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KU announces BEd, BSc results
Karachi, June 10: The University of Karachi announced the results of BEd (Morning Program) annual examinations 2012.

There were 916 candidates registered and 900 of them appeared in the exams. Four hundred sixty of them passed the exam, making the pass percentage 51.11 percent.

The university also announced the results of BSc (Pass) Part-I, annual examinations 2012. There were a total of 2,249 candidates registered and 2,159 of them appeared in the exams. Six hundred seventy six of them passed the exams, making pass percentage 31.31 percent.

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KU refuses to set up Pak-Turk school
Karachi: The proposition made by Pak-Turk School to establish a school on the premises of the University of Karachi (KU) was rejected during a syndicate meeting on Saturday. The university said it would establish its own school.

One member of the syndicate has taken responsibility of financing the construction, while another has taken responsibility of furnishing the school.

Other key decisions made at the meeting included giving the posts of chairpersons in the departments of Chemistry, Special Education, Genetics, International Relations, Food Science and Urdu. The syndicate paid special attention to proposals made for power upgradation.

A Memorandum of Understanding will be signed by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of UAE and the KU soon. Additionally, a committee has been formed to take care of the issues raised by the HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry.

A letter written by Dr Atta ur Rehman to establish the ICCBS technology park has been rejected. The news

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O Level papers were not leaked in Pakistan: CIE
Karachi: Michael O'Sullivan, the chief executive officer of the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), arrived here on Friday to deal with uproar following cancellation of O Level examinations of Islamiyat and Pakistan Studies given last month.

In an exclusive interview, Mr O'Sullivan said he understood the feelings of students and their parents and was truly sorry for what had happened.

"I have come to Pakistan several times and know how the families and entire households here get involved in their children's examinations. I realise the impact this breach and the taking of the two papers again will have on them. But unfortunately this is the only way for us to deal with the situation," he said regretfully.

"That is really why I have flown down to Pakistan, to speak to students, their parents and schools here. It is important that we communicate on this," he added.

Asked if something like this had ever been experienced before, the CIE chief, who was appointed to the position in April, said it was extremely rare. "It is almost unprecedented," he said.

Mr O'Sullivan declined to comment on how the breach had been discovered and whether or not those responsible had been taken to task. "Since investigations are still under way, it would be premature to comment on it. What we do know for sure is that after the exams we became aware that a significant number of students in Pakistan had gotten access to the
exam material beforehand which they had also passed on to their friends. So security was breached. The exams have been compromised as a result of that.

"We have a variety of sources of evidence pointing to this fact. But if I spoke about those sources of information, and how the breach happened, I would also be hurting the investigations going on," he explained.

"Still, we can say that even though some students here saw the papers before sitting for the actual exams, based on points, we are sure that the breach itself was not caused in Pakistan."

He made it clear that even though investigation was continuing, the CIE would not be going back on its decision to give the examinations again, regardless of the outcome.

On being asked then why students in Pakistan alone have to sit for the exams if the breach didn't happen at this end, he said the majority who took these two subjects were in this country although the CIE could also announce a retaking of the exams in other countries where they were held too.

"I would also like to say that the new papers will be of equivalent levels of difficulty and the results will also be announced on schedule in August with the other subjects," he pointed out.

Furious parents have threatened to sue the CIE, the British Council in Pakistan and several schools here but Mr O'Sullivan said no one had taken legal action against them as yet. Many students, after having appeared for their exams in May also left their cities or even the country for summer vacations and may not be able to retake the exams on the fresh dates of June 13 and 14.

"Well, they can approach us so that we can arrange the exams for them wherever they may be on June 13 and 14. They also have the option of taking the exams in November without any payment for it as they have already paid for the May exams," he said. Some parents have said the children may not be in a very focused frame of mind for the exams being given again. Therefore, the CIE board should check and compare both their earlier answer sheets and the latter ones in order to give them the better of the two grades.

To this Mr O'Sullivan said they had saved the original exam answer books, too, and would decide what to do about it if the difference in grade was too big.

Asked what happens if as a result of all that has happened schools in Pakistan shun the Cambridge board and opt for other international boards next time, and wouldn't it have been better for them to ignore the breach in order to avoid all this negative publicity, the CEO said: "Once again, we completely understand the distress students and their families are going through. But we had to take these steps to make sure the integrity and validity of examinations is maintained and to be sure that students have a fair chance of getting a valid grade without being disadvantaged." Dawn

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1,100 Dow University graduates awarded degrees
Karachi: Over 1,100 graduates belonging to different disciplines were awarded degrees and shields at the fourth annual convocation of the Dow University of Health Sciences at its Ojha Campus.

The university conferred degrees upon the graduates of MBBS, BDS, MPhil, MBA, Nursing and Medical Technology and other postgraduates of various disciplines.

DUHS Vice Chancellor Prof Masood Hameed Khan presided over the convocation as the chief guest, while Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Umer Farooq, Dow Medical College Principal Prof Junaid Ashraf, dignitaries, academic council members, professors, chairmen, heads of departments, lecturers, parents and students were in attendance.

In his address, Prof Khan congratulated the graduates and their parents and also reminded all the graduates of their responsibilities.

He also recounted the progress of the university since its inception and highlighted its developments.

He informed everyone in attendance that the university was established in 2003 with three constituent institutions and it had now expanded to almost 50 institutions.

He said the vision and mission of the DUHS was focused on three domains: academic excellence, human resource development and community healthcare.

The university has been aiming to provide maximum possible health services to the community, he added.

He advised the graduates to maintain high standards of the medical profession in their house jobs and future medical practice.

He emphasised that the students should not engage themselves in malpractice and they should maintain pride and dignity in their profession.

Prof Farooq and Prof Ashraf congratulated the young doctors and their parents for the former acquiring their medical degrees.

Later, the students took the Hippocratic Oath. At the end of the ceremony, Prof Khan along with Prof Farooq and Prof Ashraf awarded gold medals to the graduates with distinction and degrees to other graduating doctors.

The gold medals were awarded to Momina Waqar for being the best MBBS graduate; Rasheeqa Mahmood, Rooma and Ammara Asif for being the top three MBBS graduates of the DMC; Neelam Khetpal, Saima Riaz and Faryal Shareef for being the top three MBBS graduates of the Sindh Medical College; Amna Hussain, Saba Binte Tariq and Bushra Naeem Khan for being the top three BDS graduates of the Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan Institute of Oral Health Sciences; and Shahnaz, Noureen and M Mushtaq Qadir for being the top three nursing graduates of the Institute of Nursing. The news

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