Cambridge International Examinations Schedule
Rescheduling of CIE exams created further apprehensions
Karachi, Nov 19: The newly-released schedule of University of Cambridge
International Examinations (CIE) has created more apprehensions amongst students
of O' and A' levels, with many anxious about meeting admission requirements to
"There is a lot of confusion and our future is at
stake. We are still not sure about whether the exams will take place or not, and
the dates of these examinations. Some say that students will be compensated, but
whatever it is, it is not something we expect out of CIE," said a Karachi-based
O'-Level student, on condition of anonymity.
The topic of the
postponement of exams has dominated discussion on a number of socialising groups
on the internet, including Facebook. The majority of CIE examinations of the
October-November session were cancelled after the terror attack at Army
headquarters in Rawalpindi, and students expressed their unease about the lack
of information being released.
The rising anxiety among students
subsequently resulted in the British Council releasing a statement through its
information centre officer on these websites. "Where cancellation of an exam has
affected only a small number of candidates, CIE will offer each candidate a free
entry into the exam session in June 2010. For those exceptional cases where the
cancellation of an exam has affected a large number of candidates, CIE will run
an exam session in January 2010," the statement read.
As per the
statement, results for January exams would be released in March 2010, and the
grades would appear on a certificate bearing a October-November header. The CIE,
according to the statement, believed that most candidates would have completed
an adequate number of examinations in each subject for the syndicate to award
"For those exceptional cases where the cancellation of
an exam has affected a large number of candidates, CIE will run an exam session
in January 2010. (We know already that we will offer extra papers for O Level
English in January 2010 to candidates entered for the October/November session
whose exam was cancelled).
"The results for these January exams will be
released in March 2010, and appear on the same certificate as exams taken in the
October/ November session. CIE will publish details of rescheduled exams for
January 2010 after the end of the complete examination session via the British
Council website no later than 27 November," read the statement.
statement further aggravated the situation, because CIE exams are comprehensive
and based on different components. For example, Mathematics consists of
Mechanics papers 1 and 2, Pure Mathematics papers 1and 2, and Statistics papers
1 and 2, with all the component exams taking place on different dates.
"Some papers cannot be redone, and payment will be refunded to the
students concerned, while all documents will be sent to all the students
individually," a senior CIE Pakistan official, on conditions of anonymity
The official explained that some examinations had several
components. While exams of some components were held, the rest of the exams
might be judged on the basis of performance in the papers taken, with grades
being allotted accordingly.
The official did claim, however, that a
separate session will be arranged for Pakistani students for examinations that
didn't take place at all. He said that for instance, Pakistani students would be
tested in English Language, as no exam was conducted earlier.
students would, however, be barred from entering the list of international high
achievers, because separate papers would have to be designed for Pakistani
students. CIE authorities said that the new schedules will be uploaded on the
official website in the coming weeks, and students will be individually updated.
"As im married n want to appare in 2 papers so can u conform me the exam date that approx till which month exam will take place..... I WILL BE VERY THANKFUL TO YOU."
Name: Sana Nasir
City, Country: karachi, pakistan.
"mai karachi university gaya tha lekin Inquiry room se pata chala k B.SC morning shift k form ki date khatam ho chuki hai lekin is website pe date 18 nov to 26 nov 2009 mention hai.Ab koi please mujhay mail karay k form mil rahay hai ya nahi please warna mera 1 saaal zaya ho jaye ga"
"whats the exact date of b.com part 2 examination 2009 regular"
"Yes u guyz are right i went to college and they refuse to give me examination form anybody tell me what is the actual date of examination form ku official website says its from 18 to 26 of november and i want to know what is the examination actual date is it 2nd of december?"
"respected,i had work with cie practical in april/may job with sincerety and honesty.my duty was in paf chapter karachi under the supervision of sheeri karam ali.respected members i did not get the money of doing practicals. the cie practical were finished almost 3months.my school did not pay the services payment.pls,call to paf chapter and write me the what he says. thanking you."
Name: nasir khan
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KU started accepting graduate exam forms
Karachi: Controller Examinations University of Karachi (KU) has announced
that examination forms and fees of regular students of B.A (Pass)/B.Sc. (Pass)
and B.Com graduate level annual examinations 2009 (Fresh and Failures) will be
accepted from November 18 to November 26 without late fee.
The examination forms
and fee of B.A/B.Com/B.O.L & B.Sc. (improvement of division) external annual
examinations 2009 will also be accepted from November 18 to November 26 without
late fee. Moreover the Vice Chancellor KU has also allowed all those candidates,
enrolled/registered in 2003 or earlier and failed in some papers, to appear in
the forthcoming graduate level annual examinations 2009 with charges of Rs2000
in addition to the normal examination fee. The news
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PC-I for BB medical university approved
Larkana: The maiden meeting of the syndicate of the Shaheed Benazir
Bhutto Medical University (SBBMU) approved PC-I of the university project here
SBBMU Vice-Chancellor Prof Sikandar Shaikh who presided
over the meeting said that the PC-I was estimated at Rs5 billion, which would
now be sent to the Higher Education Commission for vetting.
would submit it to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council
(ECNEC) for final approval after reviewing it, he said. The federal
government had sanctioned Rs1 billion under the Public Sector Development
Programme (PSDP) in the current financial year and so far released Rs300
million, he said.
The syndicate had a Rs100 million budget for the
current year and the university had so far received Rs50 million as seed money
from the Sindh government, he said.
Mr Shaikh said the syndicate had
demanded that the government release the rest of the funds immediately. The
meeting also discussed procurement of 220 acres of land for the university to
begin construction work on the site, he said. A committee headed by
Larkana DCO and tasked to purchase the land has not yet submitted its report,
the meeting was told and the syndicate requested the DCO to finalise the site
He said the land purchase was being delayed because the
government had not yet issued notification of the committee but now the
government had released Rs88 million to purchase the land. At present,
two sites, one on the Larkana-Karachi road and the other on the
Larkana-Moenjodaro road, were being considered, the VC said, adding that the
syndicate had decided that President Asif Ali Zardari would lay foundation stone
for the university.
He said that a selection board headed by the VC had
been formed to look into measures for overcoming shortage of teachers in the
Chandka and Ghulam Mohammed Mahar medical colleges. The meeting decided
that the SBBMU would conduct upcoming examination of new batches from 2010, he
SBBMU Registrar Prof Sikandar Mughal, controller of examinations
Prof Saifullah Jamro, deans of basic medical sciences, surgery and medicine Prof
Assadullah Mahar, principal of CMC Prof Mohammed Ashraf Memon, principal, Ghulam
Mohammed Mahar Medical College attended the meeting. Dawn
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Jashan-e-Iqbal Star Awards
Karachi: The 19th Jashan-e-Iqbal Star Awards and was organised by SAP in collaboration with the Iqbal Academy Pakistan. People
from different walks of life were awarded for their outstanding performance in
their respective fields including medical science, engineering, banking, media,
human resources management, information technology, community development,
literature, finance, social sciences and fine arts.
also published the silver jubilee edition of the book containing the
profiles and achievements of the recipients of the 19th Star Awards 2008.
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Blood donation camp
Karachi: A blood donation camp was set up at the Government Degree College
Malir Cantonment under the aegis of the Omair Sana Foundation on Wednesday. The
camp was set up to collect blood donation for children suffering from
Thalassemia. Several dozen students of the institution gave blood donations on
the occasion. The students also gave cash donations for youngsters suffering
from Thalassemia. The news
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Poetry analysed at Urdu conference
Karachi: As the five-day Second International Urdu Conference being held
in the city entered the second day on Wednesday, more luminaries representing
various geographical regions spoke on their respective subjects during the
separate sessions on fiction and poetry.
The morning programme was on
Urdu fiction, and some high quality research papers were read on the occasion.
Writers Intizar Husain, Dr Mustafa Karim and Asad Mohammad Khan presided over
the first sitting.
Dr Mumtaz Ahmed Khan's topic was post-independence
Urdu novel. He briefly talked about the genesis of Urdu fiction, and then
discussed Pakistani novel written after the inception of the country.
Khan said issues like migration, nostalgia and societal shortcomings played a
predominant role in the stories that were produced after partition. He cited the
example, among many, of Shaukat Siddiqui's Khuda Ki Basti. Qurutulain Haider's
Aag Ka Darya too featured in his talk, leading him to touch upon great pieces of
fiction such as Khadija Mastoor's Angan, Abdullah Husain's Udas Naslein and
Mumtaz Mufti's Alipur Ka Aili.
Mobin Mirza's delineated the difference
between the kind of fiction that Intizar Husain, Ahmed Nadim Qasmi and Mumtaz
Mufti wrote and the novels and short stories written by the generation that came
after them. Writer Najmul Hasan Rizvi's thesis was titled Kahani Ki Hijrat,
which pertained to expatriate writers. He said those Pakistanis who live abroad
and produce quality fiction are like Ulysses – they don't want to return to
their homeland due to many a temptation.
Mazhar Jamil in his brief
speech spoke on literary magazines' role in highlighting Urdu short story. He
talked about a couple of renowned literary magazine Nuqoosh's afsana numbers,
and also praised one of Seap's 1967 editions. He concluded saying that as life
has taken many new turns, so has Urdu fiction.
Masood Asher's talk was
on international fiction's influence on Urdu fiction. He started off by
suggesting that international literature is actually western literature.
He said most new trends that one can witness in Urdu novel and short
story have been more or less influenced by western works of literature.
Indian scholar Dr Shamim Hanafi addressed the audience via telephone
He lamented the fact that while men of letters try to bridge
the gap between countries, politicians do the opposite. Shedding light on Urdu
fiction produced in India, he mentioned the names of Nayyar Masood and Khalid
Javed, adding that while Nayyar Masood in his fiction tries to save the cultural
values that hardly exist anymore, Khalid Javed is obsessed with death.
Writer and journalist Zabe Azkar read out a paper that was suffused with
philosophical and literary references, indicative of the angst that typifies
modern-day sensibilities. The afternoon session of the conference was on
Urdu poetry. It was presided over by Shehzad Ahmed, Prof Sehar Ansari and
Iranian scholar Zaibunisa Ali Khan.
Dr Yousuf Khushk's subject was Urdu
literature in Sindh. In a succinct speech, he apprised the audience of how after
partition, and with the influx of migrants, things changed in Sindh. It led to
an atmosphere of harmony, and a great many Sindhi-speaking creative people
started undertaking creative work in Urdu.
Dr Nazir Tabassum's topic was
sensibilities of ghazal writers in the NWFP. He argued that though the NWFP's
experience of partition was different to that of Sindh and Punjab, the region
managed to produce great poets like Ahmed Faraz, Farigh Bukhari and Mohsin
Dr Ali Komel Qazalbash's research work on Urdu poetry in
Balochistan was a well-constructed one. It impressed many in the audience.
He spoke of Balochistan's sense of deprivation caused by injustices of
different kinds, and rued that illiteracy in the region has not helped either.
He enlightened the gathering by telling them that in 1911 the tradition of
mushaira started to develop in Loralai. A magazine Qindeel-i-Khayal used to be
published from the same place.
Dr Qazalbash also looked back on how Urdu
literature gained popularity in the region, and claimed that even today ghazals
and nazms are being written with all the prowess and finesse that are required
for the genres. The head of Urdu department of Dhaka University, Dr Kulsoom Abul
Bashar, shed light on post-1971 Urdu literature in Bangladesh.
after 1971 the situation was rather gloomy and some people had to suffer double
migration. However, they kept composing poetry and writing critiques whichever
way they could, and today Urdu literature is in good hands, as not only things
are well on the creative front, but even prose and criticism in the country is
of high quality.
Muslim Shamim spoke on the future of the Progressive
Movement, and said life does not move back, it only progresses. Therefore the
progressive movement will keep playing its part in society. Kishwar
Naheed enthralled the audience with her poetic speech.
She in a very
subtle manner referred to the nerve-racking happenings in Swat, especially in
its Kabal region.
She brought the issue of a girl who was killed because
she stepped out of her home alone. From this point on, she strengthened her
argument related to contemporary social goings-on, quoting from different
feminist and other writers. Dr Hilal Naqvi's subject was Urdu marsia and
the 21st century.
He said that in the 21st century marsia writing is
needed because even in modern times injustice and oppression are wreaking havoc;
and marsia has a universal not local significance. Poet Shehzad Ahmed's
thesis was on science's impact on modern poetry.
He commenced his talk
by discussing Edgar Allan Poe's Eureka and developed the thrust that since
disciplines like science have certain limitations, it is poetry that has the
power to impinge upon or influence science and not otherwise.
second session, three other programmes were lined up for the day in the
conference. Daily times
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LUMHS to bear student expenses
Mithi: The Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences would bear
expenses of medical education, including admission fee, of a poor Thari girl.
This was said by LUMHS Vice-Chancellor Professor Noshad Ahmed Shaikh at
a meeting with Ms Nila Luhano, resident of Mithi, who has passed MBBS admission
test at the university, but her poor parents are unable to afford the expenses
of her studies.
Ms Nila said that she along with her father Govind
met the vice-chancellor on Wednesday and apprised him that her father earned
livelihood for his family by selling Chhola Chat on a push cart and was unable
to bear the expenses of her admission and study at LUMHS.
vice-chancellor handed over a cheque of Rs42,000 for her admission fee and said
that the LUMHS would bear the expenses of her studies for five years, she said.
When asked under what circumstances she had continued her studies, she
said that being a poor man, her father was reluctant to allow her to continue
study after she passed secondary school examination. However, she added, her
teachers encouraged her to continue study.
"Our family lives in a
single-room mud house and I do not have a table, chair and computer," she said. Dawn
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