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A Rat Race for Admission Tests
Lahore, July 12: In a couple months from now, our country is going to witness a
magnificent feat where the participants are nation's young breed who are
to be sieved through. The successful, rather lucky ones, will be
awarded a dire necessity-for free. Wondering what is it? The show is
called ECAT(Engineering College Admission Test) & MCAT(Medical
College Admission Test) and the participants are young, immature,
volatile, semi-scientific oriented incomplete personalities who spent
their previous life hours in cramming pages that are of no worth for
themselves and nation. And the 'dire necessity' is Higher Education.
First MCAT & ECAT conducted in year 2004-2005, was on the
principle to contain the heavy flux of students in limited institutions
who wished to get higher and specialized education in order to ensure
goodness towards themselves and nation in today's living world of
industrialization. While the nation's policy maker mischieved us by
propagating that through this act(entry test) a bright and a dull
student can be sifted and the right candidate can be awarded the
almost-free higher education.
I still cant understand that how people justify that a 70% score
holding student cannot study what a 80% student study despite both share
the same brain weight. In professional studies, it is the systematic
channel through which a candidate is refined to become a defined
specialist. Anyhow, the real reason is of monetary imbalance due to
artificially created limited resources, myopic visions and colonial
brainwashed attitudes. Most people justify the 'containing of heavy flux
of students' and 'limited academic resources' on monetary and budget
allocation perspective but I consider the real cause to next deeper level on the basis of a
defining question- "Education a commodity?" or "Education a necessity?"
With the advent of capitalisto-democratic world of governance, state
policy makers took education as an economic issue-entity for investment
stating 'how to provide education in a given economic priority.' Such reform concluded that state is only responsible for
providing a fertile environment for investors to invest on institutions
and infrastructure while state acts as a regulatory body.
Thus, a complex hierarchical system arises in which various investors
are stakeholders resulting in different syllabi, levels of educations,
institution standards and student's mindsets, as we all witness. Policy outlined on the basis of costliness means defining
nation's brain on the basis of rupee-note! Acknowledge yourself how we
all deal our practical life problems around rupee-note either it is of
physical, mental, social, martial, religious or friendship values, state
studies and implements through cost-benefit lens, tax to GDP ratio, %
of budget allocation and capitalization of schools and universities
markets rather than gauging how many philosopher, leaders,
thinkers,policy makers are made to genesis. And adding to misery,we, 3rd
world country becomes prey of developed countries who buy our few
sieved-through trained specialists by attracting them to mirage of
high-wages which in reality is a cheap wage!In this whole scenario, state becomes a rubber-stamp.
But a rational mind declares food, shelter, clothes, health and
education a necessity. In this perspective, it becomes state
responsibility since a bond between citizen and state is of rights and
responsibilities.State lays emphasis to necessities as responsibility
and shifts its focus from monetary aspect to attempts in compiling a
system through which each strata of society receives one syllabi and a
uniform personality oriented citizens are developed which can deal with
their realms of lives on a ideology, thought and cultures which a
society laid its foundation on.
State will calculate precisely the need of trained specialists,
revolutionizing and resourceful candidates which will help in building
state infrastructures and institutions. Definitely, monetary and
resources are entities to be considered for developing a progressive
education system but state will intelligently use its given resources
and economic situations to fulfill its education responsibility giving
quality priority rather rupee-note.
In a nutshell, in a commodity perspective state escapes itself from
its sole utmost responsibility and so creates such types of hurdles and
barriers (MCAT & ECAT) limiting the development and
Thus, the etiology of education dispute is vision and source of
guidance. In today's scientific world, nations and societies have
considered 'human brain' as a source of guidance either in the form of
genius personality or majority rule or scientific thinking for incoming
problems. Yet another perspective that has been either all together
rejected or neglected is guidance providence is Creator's job. My above
whole discussion derives from just a saying in Islam:
"Education is obligation(necessity) for every man and woman."
By Usman Khalil
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KU announces MEd results
Karachi: The Karachi University announced the results of the MEd (Morning) Annual Examination, 2012, on Thursday.
hundred-and-ten (110) candidates were registered, 109 appeared in the
examination and all but 29 were declared successful, making the pass
percentage 73.39. The KU also announced the results of the MEd First
Year (Evening Programme) Annual Examination, 2012. Of the 67
candidates, 46 passed, making the pass percentage 68.66.
for the MEd Second Year (Evening Programme) Annual Examination, 2012,
there were 77 registered candidates and 74 of them appeared in the exam.
All but 23 passed the exam, making the pass percentage 68.92 The news
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SL asks KU for research facility
Karachi: Sri Lankan Defence Ministry has requested University of Karachi
(KU) to assist them in establishing a multidisciplinary research
facility in General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU), Sri
Lanka. The request has been made to establish a research centre like
International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) in
University of Karachi. This was stated by Director ICCBS Prof Dr
Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, while presiding over an official meeting held
at the ICCBS, here on Thursday.
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HEC ranking of private universities
Lahore: The University of Management and Technology (UMT) has been awarded the
top position in the general category of the private sector institutions
in Punjab by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in its ranking for
the year 2013.
The UMT has been awarded 25 points on the basis of
it teaching standard, quality assurance criteria and research output.
Among other private universities in the same category, the Forman
Christian College, Lahore, got 23 points, Beaconhouse National
University, Lahore, got 21 points, University of South Asia 21, Superior
College (University) 18, Hajvery University 18, University of Central
Punjab 15, Minhaj University 14 and the University of Lahore was awarded
12 points. The UMT offers 150-plus degree programmes in diversified
areas, and boasts a base of 400 full-time faculty members, including
more than 60 PhD scholars, and around 6,000 students. The achievement of
the "number one ranking" in the general category is more challenging
than in any single discipline. UMT Department of Media and Communication
Director (Advance Studies) Prof Dr Mujahid Mansoori said that the university was earlier placed in the W-4 category. He said it
had been put at the top of the ranking list among private universities
in the province because of the leadership vision of Rector Dr Hassan
Suhaib Murad. He said the UMT was the most quality conscious university
among all the HEC chartered private universities of the province; it
focuses on quality research and teaching quality. "The teachers and the
learning outcome evaluation criteria adopted by the UMT is very strict,"
he added. Daily times
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HEC to follow transparent mechanism for implementing laptop scheme
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) would follow a merit based
criteria for implementing the Laptop Scheme recently announced by the
government for the brilliant students across the country.
Education Commission Chairman Dr. Javaid R. Laghari told APP that the
Laptop Scheme for Youth, after gaining great popularity in Punjab
province, was being expanded to the other parts of the country so that
the outstanding students can be rewarded.
"It is very
necessary to equip the students with latest knowledge and Laptop
facility with access to internet can keep them in touch with the
external world", he observed.
This scheme would enable the
youth to seek latest knowledge, interact with international
universities and gain vast career opportunities, he said.
amount of Rs3 billion has been approved by the government in this
years' budget and the commission would soon finalise the criteria for
this programme, in consultation with all the stakeholder, he added. The news
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Women's University reopens after suicide attack
Quetta: Despite threats and intimidation, students of
Sardar Bahadur Khan Women University appeared to be determined to carry
on their educational journey.
SBK women university was opened amid tight security on Wednesday
after 25 days of deadly suicide bombing, which left more than a dozen
female students dead.
Academic activities were resumed in Balochistan's only female university.
The students gathered at the site of deadly blast and chanted full
throated slogans against the government and university administration
for their failure to avert the tragedy, which struck the university on June 15.
Around 40 female students reached university to resume their studies.
"We will not bow our heads before terrorists", an emotionally charged
female student Bakhtawar Bibi said.
Women university was closed for an indefinite time soon after the
bombing. Intelligence officials revealed that a female suicide bomber
had carried the attack inside the university bus. "We will continue our
struggle despite odds", she said.
Vice Chancellor SBK Women University Farzana Jabeen told reporters
that strict security measures were adopted to ensure protection of
"Secret cameras have also been installed to make sure proper monitoring inside university", she said.
Moreover, scanners have also been installed at the entrance gate of
university to check vehicles and barbed wires were placed at walls.
Shaista, another female student said that her parents
stopped her from going to university owing to looming security threats.
"I will be coming to university, no matter what happens", Shaista said.
Police and paramilitary troops were also deployed outside women university to avoid occurrence of any untoward incident. Dawn
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Historic Islamia College buildings face damage due to airconditioning
Installation of airconditioners in Khyber Union Hall and the Roos-Keppel
Hall of the historic Islamia College could cause damage to the
buildings as the work wasn't undertaken with the care that it deserved.
of the teachers, requesting anonymity, said use of modern technology
should have been made while installing the airconditioners as the iconic
Khyber Union Hall and the Roos-Keppel Hall weren't ordinary buildings.
They said several airconditioning machines were first installed in a
routine manner at the Khyber Union Hall and then at the Roos-Keppel
They felt special care should have been taken and
modern technology used during the work in a bid to preserve the unique
structure of the two much loved buildings at the Islamia College.
teachers asked the authorities to look into the matter as any harm
caused to the Islamia College buildings in the year of its centenary
would be tragic. The Archaeology Department had declared the Islamic
College buildings a national heritage and, therefore, every effort
should be made to keep these buildings in good shape.
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Governor withdraws removal order of Gomal University VC Prof Kundi
Peshawar: The order by the former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Barrister Masood
Kausar for removal of Prof Mansoor Akbar Kundi from the post of
Vice-Chancellor of Gomar University, Dera Ismail Khan, has been
withdrawn by the new Governor Engineer Shaukatullah.
was learnt that the removal order was withdrawn on Tuesday and conveyed
to Prof Kundi on Wednesday. The then Governor Masoor Kausar had issued
the order on September 27, 2012, but Prof Kundi had approached the
Islamabad High Court against his removal and was granted a stay order.
He had continued to serve as the vice-chancellor after obtaining the
stay order against the wishes of Governor Masood Kausar.
the time, it was widely believed that Prof Kundi was being sacked for
refusing to offer help to senior provincial minister Rahimdad Khan, who
was facing a fake graduation degree case in the court. Rahimdad Khan,
who like Masood Kausar belonged to the PPP, had claimed that his degree
was genuine and that he had obtained it from the Gomar University. The
case is still undecided.
Prof Kundi was appointed the
vice-chancellor for four years and his tenure is due to end on November
14, 2013. After the Gomal University's founder vice-chancellor Nawab
Allah Nawaz Khan, Prof Kundi would be the first vice-chancellor to
complete his four years tenure.
It may be added that in
the recently announced Higher Education Commission rankings, Gomal
University was declared the fifth best university among the medium sized
universities in the country. The Gomal University has steadily improved
its ranking as some years ago it was the 19th in its category of medium
size universities in Pakistan.
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Decision made to set up IT park at UoP
Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology (IT) Board has decided to
set up IT park at the University of Peshawar (UoP) in line with the
proposal forwarded by the university.
memorandum of understanding (MoU) to this effect was signed here on
Thursday. The board under the MoU would also set up five incubation
centres that would provide opportunity for 120 students to establish
their own IT businesses in the province. The agreement to remain
effective for four years was signed by UoP Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr
Muhammad Rasul Jan and KP IT Board Managing Director Abdul Majeed Niazi.
IT Board Director Marketing Shehnaz Shamsher and Chairman of Department
of Computer Science Dr Saeed Mehfooz were also present on the occasion.
Under the agreement, IT Board would provide equipment
worth Rs3 million for establishment of state-of-the-art software house
environment for students in Computer Science Department while Rs2
million has been earmarked for resource persons and paying stipend to
the trainee students.
Talking on the occasion, IT board MD
said the purpose of the initiative was to extend financial support to
the IT graduates and build on their skills so that they can start own
He added that female students would benefit from
the project as most of them prefer to work in a software house located
on the premises of the UoP.
"UoP being the mother
institution of KP is looking to enhance entrepreneurial, managerial and
communication skills of youth of this region so that they may be
empowered to compete at the national and international circuit," said
UoP Vice-Chancellor Dr Muhammad Rasul Jan.
agreements like the one with KP IT Board as a move towards filling the
gap between theory and practical, hoping that it would lead to
furthering economic growth of the province through influx of funds from
within the country and abroad. The news
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AIOU admissions closed
Islamabad: Friday is the last date for submission of the
admission forms of MS/MPhil and PhD programmes for the autumn semester,
2013 at the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU).
announced by Board of Advance Studies and Research (BASR) Director Dr
Hamid Khan Niazi. He said the admission forms could be downloaded from
the university's website www.aiou.edu.pk.
He said the
admissions of PhD programmes (on MS/MPhil basis) are offered in Islamic
Studies (general), Islamic studies (Quran and Tafseer), chemistry
(offered in Islamabad only), Iqbal studies, Pakistani languages and
literature with specialisation in Pashto, Balochi, Brahul, Sindhi,
Saraiki, Punjabi) and Urdu, while the admissions of MPhil programmes are
being offered in Islamic studies (general), Islamic studies (Quran and
Tafseer), Arabic, chemistry (offered in Islamabad only), Iqbal studies
and mass communication.
The admission of MS is being offered in community health and nutrition only.
eligibility for PhD admissions is MPhil 1st Division/3GPA in the
relevant subject and must have passed the NTS GAT (subject) test with at
least 60 percent marks while MSc with 2nd division and must have passed
the NTS GAT (general) test with 50 percent marks is the eligibility for
admissions in MS and MPhil programmes," the BASR director added.
said the NTS, GAT (general/subject) results are valid for 2 years and
the students who have passed the said test within this period, can also
In addition, AIOU Admissions Director Syed Ziaul Hasnain
said the admissions from Matric to master level programmes for the
autumn semester, 2013 would start from July 22. According to controller
of exams, the results of ATTC, PTC, CT, BEd, MPhil economics, Arabic,
Iqbalyat, Pakistani languages, PhD in Islamic Studies, Pakistani
languages and Iqbalyat for the autumn semester, 2012 had already been
declared and placed on the website www.aiou.edu.pk of the university. He
further said the remaining results for the autumn semester, 2012 would
be declared before the commencement of new admissions, which is going to
be started from July 22. online
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