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BISE announced HSSC supplementary exam result

HSSC suppl exam results, success ratio stood at 25.88 per cent.
Rawalpindi, Jan 05: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) on Saturday announced the results of Higher Secondary School Certificate supplementary examination for 2008.

Out of Some 13,656 students appeared in the supplementary examination 3,527 were declared passed and the success ratio stood at 25.88 per cent.

The number of male students that appeared in the examination was 5,576 and only 1,558 could get through the exam.

Similarly the result of female students was no different as out of 7,212 only 1867 were able to pass the examination in the second attempt.

Talking to mediapersons, the BISE Chairman Dr Iftikhar Ahmed Baig said they had almost overcome the practice of unfair means as only two unfair means cases were reported in the supplementary examination.

Besides the chairman, Secretary board Professor Humayun Iqbal and Controller Professor Azam Khalid were present while announcing the results. Dawn

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HEC grapples with equivalence for non-accredited/non-chartered universities
Lahore: The recognition and acceptance of degrees awarded by non-accredited/non-chartered universities and Degree Awarding Institutes (DAIs) has remained a major issue after establishment of the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

The HEC, which is authorised to determine equivalence and to recognise degrees awarded by the chartered universities and institutions, has been refusing recognition to degrees awarded by all such institutes over the years. However, the Commission is now faced with a new and more complex situation pondering as to how to consider the equivalence of higher degree awarded by charted universities/DAIs after a lower degree from non-chartered institutions.

The issue was raised in 17th meeting of the Commission held at Islamabad recently. The meeting was told that HEC had received many applications in which the students had sought status/recognition of their higher degrees awarded by chartered institutions after they got a lower degree from non-chartered institutions.

According to the minutes of the meeting, a copy of which is available with The News, the Commission had received an application from Miss Lubna Yasmin Paracha, who obtained her MA in Digital Arts degree from the University of Arts, London- a chartered university in UK- after securing BA Fine Arts from Hunerkada College of Visual & Performing Arts, Islamabad.

This institution is non-accredited/non chartered entity and its degrees are not recognised by the Commission. Another stakeholder Ms Noreen Fatima had filed a similar application with the Commission seeking clarification about validity of her MS Degree for an accredited institution earned after MCS Degree in 2002 from a non-chartered entity.

It is important to mention here that in past, the HEC had also launched a campaign against non-accredited/non-chartered universities and DAIs while advertisements in this connection were also published warning public especially parents of students not to send their children to such institutes. Undoubtedly, non-accredited and non-chartered universities and DAIs put future of students at stake, as they not only waste their precious time but also hard-earned money of their parents.

Academic circles have been expressing concern in this regard urging the government to keep an eye on non-accredited/non-chartered institutes so that such institutions might not damage future of the country.

HEC Executive Director Prof Dr Sohail H Naqvi said it had been decided that the matter regarding equivalence/recognition of degrees obtained after a lower degree from non-charted institutions would be thoroughly reviewed in the light of academic requirements and international practices for dealing with such cases.

He said after review the issue would be placed before the Commission for a final decision in this regard.

Microelectronics Research Centre starts functioning at PU: Microelectronic Research Centre, a project of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has started functioning at the University of the Punjab, Lahore, said a press statement issued from the HEC last week.

The HEC provided Rs 38.5 million for the centre. The funds were utilised for the establishment of classrooms, a computer lab, research labs, electronics workshop etc.

The MERC has been established in collaboration with Centre of Excellence in Solid State Physics (CSSP). The aim of establishment of such a centre was to train manpower in the field of electronic devices with the help of international collaborations. The Centre offers MPhil degree in microelectronic engineering and semiconductor physics (MESP), which is a unique blend of engineering and physics.

This is for the first time in Pakistan that a degree has been offered in the high-tech industry of microelectronics. By the establishment of this Centre, the physicists and engineers of the country will be able to get the opportunity of joining hands to conduct research in the related fields.The project funding was also utilised for setting up a local area network (LAN) for MERC & CSSP research students for not only to access the e-literature but also to perform research modelling and simulations' work.

For the simulation purposes, programmes such as ANSYS Multiphysics and Origin have also been purchased from the project funds. It is pertinent to mention here that the facility of ANSYS Multiphysics provided in the Centre is used worldwide for construction, analysis, and interpretation of mathematical models of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).

The facilities of MERC and CSSP provided at the Centre have been open to all public sector universities through the HEC's programme 'Access to Scientific Instruments Programme' (ASIP). Moreover, hundreds of samples have also been characterised for various universities in the last 2 years or so since the establishment of these facilities. This Centre is considered an invaluable addition to the existing resources available for research and training in the fields of Solid state Electronics. (The News)

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HEC winds up coordination unit for lack of funds
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has closed down a wing meant for looking after projects that were to be implemented with the help of foreign support, owing to unavailability of funds, an official in the commission said on Sunday.

The Federal Coordinating Unit, headed by Javed Masood, was established at HEC to supervise efforts for speedy completion of the projects regarding setting up engineering universities with the support of the foreign countries including Germany, China, Italy and Austria. The official said the federal cabinet on May 12 last year approved the project for establishing these universities at a total cost of Rs 160 billion.

But due to current economic meltdown, it was not possible to materialise the project, which led to closure of the unit in question, the official added.

The official said the HEC had specified areas for constructing university campuses and had already made temporary arrangements for holding classes. The project was to be completed in phases in 10 years, the official added.

Under the scheme, the source said curriculum and examination system of these universities were to be managed by the foreign countries.

However, the official said the HEC was giving priority to provide funds to those 7,000 PhD students who are studying abroad and in the county. They said the government has also set up four-member committee to review all HEC projects. App

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