Intermediate exams | Sindh colleges
A test of candidates' endurance as intermediate exams begin
Karachi, May 17: Hours-long power failures caused great hardships for tens of thousands of candidates of the
annual intermediate examinations 2011 that began in the city on Monday.
The candidates of Class XII - Pre-Engineering, Pre-Medical, Home
Economics and Medical Technology groups - appeared in the morning shift, while
students of Class XII of the Commerce (Regular) Group sat the exams in the
afternoon shift during the first phase of the Higher Secondary School
Certificate (Part-I and II) annual examinations. The exams are being conducted
by the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK).
candidates in both shifts suffered hours-long unannounced power failures at
almost every examination centre. The issue of electricity outages had already
affected their preparations for the exams, and on Monday too students sweated
heavily as they solved their papers without electricity in hot and humid
At least 11 candidates from both shifts were caught
red-handed using unfair means by BIEK officials. The cases were referred to the
committee to take the necessary action in this regard, Chairman BIEK Professor
Anwar Ahmed Zai said.
In the first shift, the candidates of Class XII
appeared in the paper of Pakistan Studies (Compulsory) from 9:30am to 11:30am,
while the students of Commerce (Regular) appeared in the paper of Principle of
Commerce from 2:30pm to 5:30pm in the afternoon shift. At least 27,240
candidates of Pre-Engineering, 17,051 students of Pre-Medical and 30,904 pupils
of Commerce (Regular) Group took the exams.
There are 90 examination
centres for the Science Group of which 47 centres have been established for male
and 43 centres for female candidates in the morning shift. Meanwhile, 67
examination centres, including 34 centres for male and 33 for female candidates,
have been established in the evening shift for the Commerce (Regular)
The BIEK has also formed a 'super vigilance team' to monitor the
examination process. The chairman BIEK, director general Colleges, regional
director Colleges Karachi and senior professors were part of the team, Zai
During the visits to various examination centres, it was observed
that students were sweating while solving their papers due to disruptions in the
power supply to those centres.
It was also observed the law-enforcement
personnel were not present at a number of examination centres. The board had
asked the Sindh Home Department, in written, to provide security arrangements
outside the examination centres to avoid external influence.
the Board's request was not entertained and the BIEK feared that examination
superintendent and other staff may face problems in the absence of police and
rangers during the next papers. The chairman BIEK stressed upon the authority
concerned to deploy the police and rangers at the examination centres. According
to Zai, the BIEK had written an application to the KESC to exempt the
examination centres from load shedding. Later on, the board received letters
from the authorities concerned in which they ensured their support. It is likely
that section 144 would be imposed around the examination centres from the next
exam and the KESC would also try to avoid load shedding in the vicinity of the
examination centres whereas the rangers would conduct patrolling around the
examination centres in the city. The news
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Sindh colleges understaffed, ill-equipped
Nawabshah: The provincial government that appears too much
interested in devolution of Higher Education Commission has no plans in the
short term to fill thousands of vacant posts of professors and lecturers in most
colleges of the province.
A survey conducted on Monday revealed that at least 4,000 posts of
professors, lecturers and subject specialists of English, Urdu, chemistry,
physics, zoology, botany, physical education, Sindhi, mathematics, political
science, international relations, computer science, economics, commerce and
other subjects had been vacant for years.
There is no teachers' training institute or academy in the province for
training college teachers. No special fund has been allocated for colleges
students to enable them to get modern education.
Majority of laboratories in the colleges have no latest scientific equipment
and there are no computer laboratories in most colleges even in this so-called
In Nawabshah colleges, more than 80 posts of lecturers of various subjects,
including English, Urdu, botany, chemistry, zoology, mathematics, Sindhi,
computer science and physical education have been vacant. The situation is the
worst at the Government Girls Degree College in Doulatpur which has no teachers
of mathematics, physics, chemistry, zoology, botany, Islamic studies, Pakistan
studies, Urdu, Sindhi, political science, Islamic culture, economics, Muslim
history, physical education, library science and English for 450 students.
Similarly, at the Government Boys Degree College in Doulatpur, there are only
four teachers of general history, computer science and two Sindhi teachers for
over 800 students.
There are no teachers for chemistry, physics, botany, zoology, English, Urdu,
mathematics, Pakistan studies, Islamic culture, Islamic history and other
subjects.The Government Boys Degree College of Nawabshah also faces the same
situation, with no teacher of zoology, political science, physical education and
library science for 200 plus students.
Over 23 posts of other subject teachers, including English, botany, zoology,
mathematics, English, Urdu, Sindhi and other subjects have been vacant at the
college for years.
The only Girls Degree College in Nawabshah, with an enrolment of 2,100
students, faces acute shortage of lecturers. The situation is almost same in
colleges in Nausharo Feroze, Dadu, Sanghar, Matiari, Khairpur, Sukkur, Larkana,
Ghotki, Qambar, Jacobabad, Shikarpur and other districts.
A senior educationist said on request of anonymity that undoubtedly, the
government was keen to raise standard of education and establishment of new
universities was also a good step but it should start the process of improvement
from schools and then colleges and then come the highest level.
The secretary general of Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association, Prof.
Mohammad Siddique Unnar, said that the sanctioned strength of teachers in the
province's colleges was 10,000 out of whom about 3,700 posts had been
He said the distribution of teaching staff among colleges was also not fair
because there was excess staff at some colleges while many others faced serious
shortage of teachers.
He said the government was not serious about raising standard of education in
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Five university students remanded
Karachi: Administrative Judge (AJ) of Anti-Terrorism Court
Karachi, Justice Maqbool Baqir here on Monday remanded in police custody five
university students allegedly involved in kidnapping for ransom and vehicle
theft cases. The Anti-Violence Crime Cell of Sindh police arrested Amir Hussain,
Mohammad Arshad, Ansar Khalid, Mohammad Salman & Mohammad Taha on May 15,
2011. The police alleged that accused, students enrolled in Master of Business
Administration, Bachelor of Business Administration and Association of Chartered
Certified Accountants programmes at various universities of the city, were
involved in cases of kidnapping for ransom and car theft in Defence,
Gulshan-e-Iqbal and Gulistan-e-Johar. Several cases of kidnapping for ransom and
vehicle theft were registered against them. On Monday, the investigation officer
(IO) produced accused and requested for their physical custody to complete the
investigation. AJ Justice Maqbool Baqir remanded them to police custody till May
29, 2011 and directed IO to submit the charge sheet and produce suspects on next
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