Karachi university exam answer sheets
Sale of blank answer sheet at KU
Karachi, March 09: While the phenomenon of "leaked papers" seems to be commonplace,
blank answer sheets are now being sold at the University of Karachi (KU) by the
"cheating mafia," exposing the ongoing examination process for private
candidates of the Bachelor of Arts (BA) programmes as purposeless.
answer booklet for private candidates is priced at Rs10,000, and these copies
can be filled outside examination centres. Answer booklets are distributed
through the Store Section, and staff at the department note down serial numbers
imprinted on the booklet before handing them to centre superintendents.
In practice, the process of examination has to pass through the offices
of private registration and the department of examination, which approve and
issue relevant documentation for candidates. Once the documentation is complete,
students are then considered eligible to sit in particular exams.
sale of blank answer sheets makes the examination process redundant, however, as
students only have to ensure that their completed answer booklets are received
by the cheating mafia, and placed in the pile of final answer sheets according
to serial and roll numbers.
Those involved in cheating often deal with
centre superintendents, and receive blank answer copies as per their
requirements, sources said. Any student availing this "facility" is bound to
submit answer booklets to the centre's superintendent once the exam is formally
over. These candidates have one hour to deposit their answer booklets, and
superintendents adjust these copies according to their serial numbers, sources
"Matters are settled at the offices of private registration and
the department of examination before a candidate appears in the exam," sources
revealed, adding that answer booklets are easily accessible to impersonators and
"favourites" at legal and illegal examination centres.
Sources said that
KU has its own printing press, where the entry of unauthorised persons is
strictly banned. Question papers, however, are available outside exam centres,
sources claimed. It has been learnt that BA question papers were
available well before the start time of the exam.
The phenomenon of
impersonation is also rife in these exams, with a minimum of Rs5,000 being
charged as the fee for ensuring that someone other than the original candidate
takes the exam. Those student wings which are directly involved in impersonation
cases charge Rs6,000 per subject, sources said. Furthermore, charges for
changing a candidate's picture, and issuing another registration and admit card
bearing the original stamp of the assistant controller of the examination start
from Rs12,000 and can go up to Rs15, 000, sources claimed.
any links to the university also operate, but charge Rs8,000 for impersonation,
sources maintained. Employees working at the Department of Examination
(External), located at the Silver Jubilee Gate, collect between Rs3,000 and
Rs4,500 for issuing an 'admit card' to covering students. This facilitates an
impostor appearing in the exams in place of the original candidate, sources
In cases where either the impersonator or the genuine candidate are
afraid of vigilance teams, extra amounts are paid to obtain a 'registration
card' bearing the photograph of the candidate who will appear in the exams,
sources explained, claiming that those involved in this business receive between
Rs5,000 and Rs7, 000 each..
The attendance of such candidates is also
marked confidentially, sources said, claiming that the cheating mafia also use
the cover of various student wings to pose themselves as blameless.
Sources informed that the phenomenon of abetting cheating is
facilitated by the "cheating mafia," which consists of teaching and non-teaching
employees of the university, as well as several student wings of political
Interestingly, sources said, teaching and non-teaching employees
of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST), Karachi
are also actively involved in this matter.
Further, sources alleged, the
in charge of one of the science departments, an assistant professor at the Arts
faculty, a central librarian, and a clerk at the Science faculty are the key
players of this "business." Sources further claimed that an office assistant,
who has also worked in the office of the Dean of Commerce before joining the
Dean of Science, is known as the "king" of the cheating mafia, and has more
assets compared to anyone at the campus.
Sources narrated that one of the
factions of a student wing, allegedly heavily involved in this racket, offers
certain guarantees as per their standards. If one of their impersonating
candidates is caught by vigilance teams, the student wing assumes the
responsibility of paying the fine, sources said.
The fine imposed in
such a circumstance amounts to Rs5,000, while the student is merely disqualified
from that particular exam. However, no ban on such students is imposed, and they
can retake these examinations the next time round, sources explained. Moreover,
sources claimed, the impersonator usually goes scot-free, and no punitive action
or inquiry is initiated against such practices or the perpetrators – university
employees or alien agents – of this phenomenon.
Sources claimed that a
house located in the KU Staff Town, Block-D, is being used as an illegal
examination centre, where favourites fill in answer sheets, even though they
have already appeared at the actual examination centre.
of examination include an apartment situated in County Garden, Metroville-III,
Faraz Avenue in Gulistan-e-Jauhar, and other places near KU and Millennium Mall.
These illegal centres are being run with the aid of the KU staff, sources
The new examination complex located in front of the IBA Boys
Hostel is said to the "den" of the cheating mafia, sources said, while
examination centres at and in proximity of the Department of Health and Physical
Education is another haven for the cheating mafia.
These centres have
several front men in this business, sources explained, adding that a couple of
them play a major role once exams are over. Sources said that while in the
recent past, the cheating mafia approached a person in need of help and offered
their services, the situation now is that anyone can approach the mafia for
Recently, vigilance teams during visits to the examination
centres, including those at the the Department of Geology, Old Computer Science
Building, Library Information and Sciences as well as a couple of blocks of
Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre, witnessed several cases of impersonations and
unfair mean cases.
Till March 8, 2010, different vigilance teams have
reported 104 unfair means and 13 impersonation cases. Four mobile phones were
also recovered from students, which were being used to answer the question,
albeit with help from "friends" outside the examination centres.
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KU VC in disbelief
Karachi: The acting vice-chancellor (VC) of the University of Karachi (KU), and the dean of
Science, Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi, was in disbelief when the newsman sought her
version on the matter.
"This is unbelievable! It is shocking. I will call all
the people concerned to my office on Tuesday to thoroughly investigate the
matter," Kazmi said.
The acting VC assured that serious action would be
initiated against those involved in this scandal. However, she stopped short of
providing guidelines that the university will follow to address this issue.
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KU controller's absence
Karachi: KU staff has revealed that (KU) Controller of Examination Nasir
Khan is not attending work these days, and signs office
files and paperwork from home.
The newsman subsequently contacted Khan at his
residence, the controller said that Deputy Controller General Qamar Alam is
dealing with examinations, and he would be the right person to talk to in this
Khan argued that centre superintendents are responsible for occurrences
of, if any, candidates using blank answer booklets, as they are "custodians" of
these sheets. On the other hand, Alam said that Khan is overall in charge, and
thus, abstained from commenting. The news
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Boards body to submit proposals on uniform rules
Karachi: Board of Intermediate Education Karachi Chairman Professor Anwar
Ahmedzai, who also heads Sindh Boards Committee, has convened a meeting of the
committee on March 13 in Hyderabad.
Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan had
constituted the committee to seek its recommendations for evolving uniform rules
and regulations of all educational boards in the province.
Ahmedzai heads the
committee, while Sukkur Board Chairman Dr Mahboob Shaikh, and Sindh Board of
Technical Education Chairman Professor Saeed Siddiqi, are its members.
to a press release, the committee would have to submit its recommendations in
this regard. It would review existing rules and regulations of all the boards,
and make recommendations to bring uniformity.
The committee would also prepare
uniform timetable for annual examinations of first and second years of
intermediate, which would start from April 27.
All the nazims (controller
examinations) have also been called at the meeting. Their recommendations would
be tabled before the committee on the same day for approval, the press release
said. Daily times
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Ex-NED VC's pension
Karachi: A former vice chancellor of NED University of Engineering and
Technology has been waiting to get his pension for the last 16 years because of
bureaucratic hiccups and alleged malice.
Mohammad Munir Hasan, who now teaches at Bahria University,
Karachi, said he had 45 years of experience in teaching, research and
administration, including experience in colour service in the corps of EME
Besides having first-class educational achievements in his
career, he is a pioneer of biomedical engineering education and research in
Pakistan. He did his BSc Engg (Electrical) from the University of Engineering
and Technology, Lahore, in 1964; MSc from University of Nottingham, in 1975 UK;
and PhD from University of Sheffield, UK, in 1981.
In an appeal addressed
to Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry maintained that he retired in 1994 as the vice
chancellor of the NED University but is still waiting for his pension. "The
sitting vice chancellor and the registrar have made the date of my retirement an
issue," he said.
"To decide the date of my retirement, the syndicate of
the university in its 100th meeting held on May 8, and May 22, 1996, passed a
resolution No. SYN-100.4, which reads as follows: 'Resolved that a committee
comprising the following members of the syndicate be constituted to look into
the matter and compile its recommendations for placing before the syndicate for
its consideration and decision: 1) Mr. Justice Amanullah Abbasi Convenor;
Maulana Amjad Thanvi-Member; Mehtab Akbar Rashidi-Member; Engr. Abdul
AzimKhan-Member; and Syed Muzaffar Ali Shah-Member.
It was also decided that the
committee may invite any present or previous member of the syndicate or any
other officer of the University for establishing the facts.' Although the matter
of deciding the date of my retirement could have easily been resolved, but in
order to harm me financially, the meeting has never been called during the last
16 years, on one pretext or the other," the letter reads.
further states: "On March 15, 2007, I wrote to the Governor of Sindh, who is
also the chancellor of the university, and requested him to kindly look into
this matter and pass orders to the NED University for the payment of my pension.
The registrar of NED University replied vide letter No. Dr (Estb)/ (PF-192)/
Vol-V/8611, dated August 15, 2007, which was full of misstatements, unrelated
and distorted stories."
"On August 25, 2007, I sent para-wise comments on
the response of the registrar of NED University to the Governor of Sindh. Then I
received another letter from the NED University No. DR(Estb) /(PF-192)
Vol-V/11789, dated November 21, 2007, in which NED University offered me to
accept its personal decision about the date of my retirement."
reply to NED University dated November 27, 2007, I made it clear to the
registrar that after the decision of the syndicate vide Resolution No.
Syn-100.4, all actions, including sending letters to me are in violation of this
resolution and illegal and ultra vires."
"I wrote to the registrar of NED
University that under the circumstances, I could not accept his personal
decision against the decision of the syndicate and that the only course of
action open to him was to take my case back to the syndicate with reference to
resolution No. Syn. 100.4 and admit fault in not calling the syndicate's
committee meeting for such a long time.
"On May 27, 2008 I wrote to the
members of the syndicate of the university in detail with reference to my case,
requesting all of them to raise this issue in the next meeting of the syndicate.
However, not a single member dared to ask the vice chancellor of his illegal
action in deciding the date of my retirement."
"The above facts clearly
show how the sitting vice chancellor of NED University has been behaving
illegally. He is biased against me because once in 1998, I had informed the
worthy vice chancellor about his illegal actions/decisions in running day to day
affairs of NED University, Karachi."
"In revenge, it was the deliberate
attempt of vice chancellor not to call the meeting of the syndicate's committee
so that he could personally deal with my case, distort and twist the facts in
deciding the case of my pension and harm me intentionally. He thinks that nobody
is in a position to take any notice of his illegal actions.
"I pray to
the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, to kindly take suo
moto notice and pass orders to the concerned authorities to release the entire
amount of my pension, after hearing my legitimate grievances and without any
further delay of time. The news"
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Sindh education standard
Larkana: Sindh Minister for Education Pir Mazharul Haq has admitted
that the province is lagging behind Punjab and the NWFP in education.
Sindh needed hectic efforts to meet the standard of education, he said.
Speaking at a ceremony to mark resumption of B.Ed and M.Ed classes at
Shaheed Benazir Bhutto College of Education here on Monday, he said teachers in
this area had suffered a lot due to non-availability of teachers' training
facilities. He said that soon under the supervision of Shah Abdul Latif
University diploma classes for training would be started.
He said the
30-year ban on recruitment had created a shortage of teachers and referred to
recent appointment of 6,000 teachers which he claimed were recruited on merit.
He said the government would soon recruit 13,000 new teachers to bridge
He regretted that the performance of government schools was not
up to the mark and expressed his determination to re-establish their lost
Under the president's directives, teachers' scales would be
revived and salaries enhanced in the upcoming education policy, the minister
Speaking on the occasion, Sindh Law Minister Ayaz Soomro accused
the previous government of closing the College of Education of Larkana only to
victimise local people.
He announced up-grading Government Little Folk's
Middle School to high school.
Ms Shabroz Sandelo, principal of the
college, welcoming the guests said that college imparted education to 4,000
girls and informed the ministers about the lack of facilities.
Shahnaz Pir Mazharulhaq handed over appointment orders of junior school teacher
to 10 girls.
Earlier, the ministers went round the exhibition and
appreciated efforts of students. Dawn
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3D animated series
Karachi: The premiere of a 3D educative animated cartoon series was held
at the SMB Fatima Jinnah School by the Zindagi Trust and the Bookgroup on
The animated series is aimed at entertaining children and at the
same time teaching them good eating habits. The dramatic story telling,
compelling characters with celebrity voiceovers and exciting animation in each
of the three episodes, makes it fun to watch and gets the message delivered
The premiere was attended by the celebrity cast members who
had lent their voices to the animated series. Khaled Anam, Sania Saeed, Arjumand
Rahim, Faisal Qureshi, Adeel Hashmi along with the founder of the Zindagi Trust,
Shehzad Roy, attended the event where over 2000 students of the school were
This is the first time that an all-star cast has given their voices to
an animated cartoon series in Pakistan. It is worth noting here that the
management of the school was taken over by the Zindagi Trust and the Bookgroup
"The Zindigi Trust and the Bookgroup took over the management
of the SMB Fatima Jinnah Government Girls School in 2007 and replaced the
outdated government textbooks with modern and child-friendly textbooks. We also
established many new facilities such as a library, an audio-visual room, an art
room, a cafeteria, health room etc.
We created a culture of learning, not just
by changing books and government policies, but also by bringing in modules like
chess, art, and rowing. Everybody, irrespective of their economic status, is
entitled to the same standard of education," said Roy. The news
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