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Board of Intermediate Education of Karachi: Students abandoning medicine for business
Karachi, May 27, 2008: In a radical new trend that has developed over the last year alone, over 50 percent of Intermediate students in Karachi have chosen Commerce and turned away from pre-Medical, pre-Engineering and Arts subjects.

According to official data, this year 72,921 students appeared for the Commerce subjects up from last year's meager 22,000, registering a 230 percent increase.

Compared to this, the enrolment for pre-Med, pre-Engineering and Arts has increased only 30 percent. Last year, the entire combined group of the three batches came to 60,000. This year, it increased to 77,662. However, the increase is not significant as enrolment goes up each year. What is significant is that a major chunk of the new students went for Commerce.

"Commerce provides more opportunities these days," said Salman Tariq who just sat the Commerce intermediate examinations. "You can go into banks, join multinational companies. Commerce students earn more than medical or engineering students. I think we have a strong future."

This trend has been noted by Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) Chairman Anwar Ahmedzai who said that this has prompted them to undertake statistical analysis of examination trends each year. Educationists can then see which subjects students are gravitating to and why. He added that job market trends should also be analyzed. Why are students taking less interest in the pre-Medical, pre-Engineering and Arts subjects, which were once the most popular choices?

All Sindh education boards have a research wing but they are mostly inactive. This kind of research was also once conducted at the Board of Secondary Education by the then chairman M. I. Memon, who had given this responsibility to Dr Parveen. After his assassination, the project was abandoned. Apparently, an Inter-board study of examinations in Sindh has not been carried out in the last five years.

However, BIEK chairman Ahmedzai said that he has asked the board's directorate of educational research to scientifically evaluate the examination papers for the last five years for each subject in the pre-Medical, pre-Engineering, Home Economics, Commerce, General Science and Humanities groups. He is also interested in finding out why students have been getting lower grades over the years.

The BIEK will be seeking assistance and guidance from senior professors in the research work. Daily Times

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Semester exams begin at Sindh University
Hyderabad: The Sindh University's first semester examinations started at 39 examination centres set up in different departments and institutes in a peaceful and disciplined manner on Monday.

The administration and district management had taken strict security measures on the day and set up check posts at the main entrances to the campus to check vehicles before letting them enter.

The examinations were earlier postponed after the murder of a university student, Abdul Nabi Brohi on May 14. As many as 24,000 students of the university are appearing in the first and special semester examinations.

The Sindh University's Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Mazharul Haq Siddiqui, visited examination centres set up at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Institute of Biochemistry, Institute of Microbiology and other departments to inspect security arrangements.

He paid surprise visits to boys' hostels on Sunday night and advised hostellers in a meeting to maintain discipline and pay attention to their education. Dawn

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Jamia Millia College injured teacher died
Karachi: A college teacher, who was shot at by unidentified bandits some days ago, succumbed to his wounds on Sunday, police said.

Munir Ahmed Arain, an associate professor at Jamia Millia College, was wounded in a robbery bid when he put up resistance at the campus on May 16, said Senior Investigation Officer Ghulam Abbas of Al Falah police station.

The injured teacher was taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre where he was operated upon. A team of doctors removed two bullets from his body.

After undergoing the operation, he got a case (FIR No 103/2008) registered under Section 397/34 of the Pakistan Penal Code. He informed the police that two unidentified youths had robbed him of Rs15,000 and shot at him when he put up resistance.

However, the SIO said, his condition deteriorated and he died at the hospital on Sunday.

The deceased leaves three children and a widow who took the body to Nawabshah for burial.

Police had recovered a pistol used in the offence from the crime scene, but remained unable to arrest the assailants so far. PPI

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