A-level students vs medical colleges
Notice to IBCC head on plea against admission policy
Lahore, Oct 06: A Lahore High Court division bench on Tuesday issued a
notice to the Inter-Board Coordination Committee (IBCC) chairman on a
petition challenging admission policy for A-level students desiring to
enroll themselves in medical colleges.
A student, Fazeel
Shahid, filed the petition submitting that he recently passed his
A-level exam and secured five As with more than 90 per cent marks. In
O-level, he secured nine As and one B.
Sherjeel Adnan Sheikh pleaded that the IBCC this year set new
regulations for the students wishing to continue their education in
Pakistan after doing their A-level.
He pointed out that for
converting the grades of O and A levels into FSc marks, an equivalence
formula had been framed by the IBCC which considered eight O level
subjects (five compulsory and three elective) and three A level
Since a total of 11 subjects were considered for
equivalence, the total marks were 1100. It was also hallmark of the
policy that marks secured in a subject of O or A level carried equal
The counsel said the subjects other than the one
mentioned were not considered for equivalence, therefore, subjects like
additional mathematics or further mathematics were taken as additional
He further pointed out that if the policy made by the
respondent was implemented, a student who had done his A & O levels
with straight As in O level and straight A* in A level still got maximum
marks of 950 out of total of 1100 unlike FSc students who got marks
without any deduction. Whereas according to Cambridge policy, A* was on
90 per cent and A on 85 per cent, he added.
Mr Sheikh argued
that the merit for admission to medical colleges was about 83.1 per
cent, but the petitioner who had done his A & O level and secured 5
As + 3A* in A level, 9As & 1B in O level still could not get
admission to medical college owing to the new equivalence policy made by
He said the equivalence policy of the respondent was
harsh, based on unequal treatment, and if allowed to sustain shall
practically reduce the scope of the petitioner for admission to the
And if this policy was implemented it would
surely diminish the chances of any A level student to get admission to
medical college, he added.
The counsel, therefore, prayed that
the IBCC "equivalence policy" be declared illegal, unreasonable,
discriminatory and of no legal effect and the respondent authority be
directed to amend the same.
The bench comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Yawar Ali Khan issued a notice to the IBCC chairman for Oct 11.
"The IBCC love to give students the run around.. Its been a miserable time dealing with them. Please get rid of this useless organization who just want your money and arent willing to do their job efficiently. Everyone would be crying or upset in the offices of the IBCC, because no one knows what the hell they are doing there. No one picks up the phone and their website looks like it was developed by a 12 year old.. May Allah punish those in the IBCC who are messing with peoples brain, time , emotions, and money."
City, Country: California, USA
"O/A Levels are far better than our conventional matriculation system because of their refined checking and course system.In matric, checking is depend on the mood of the teacher."
Name: Adeel Ashraf
City, Country: Lahore, Pakistan
"the future of lacs of ordinary pakistani students who follow pakistani system of education cant be brought at stake by favouring just few hundred A level students.the argument is not here that which system is better,,,every country in the world promotes its own educational system.and definitely the FSc students should be given edge."
City, Country: islamabad..pakistan
"this is wrong their should be no deduction of marks in o and a level.this is degrading of students in pakistan. please do something if u will not degrade o and alevel than pakistan will have better future. i request you plz plz."
Name: zarfshan ikram
City, Country: sahiwal..pakistan
"i totally agree with the students posted above.! our government is very unfair with o and a level students ! after all o and a level students study so hard and in the end what they get is ....that there marks are reduced by IBCC ! fsc and alevel students should be treated equally in my opinion and this is what all the other students think too. doing a levels students get better knowledge on the other way around ..fsc enables the student to stop thinking and ! seriously a level students should be allowed to sit on different seats for entry test in mediacl colleges . government should really do something to help alevel students to enter in medical colleges . we should go for knowledge not for marks"
City, Country: lahore.pakistan
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Students' attack on VC House: UAF admin sees solution in 'multiple' committees
Faisalabad: The University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF)
administration will constitute student governance committees at each
hostel to avert any violent protest in future.
The decision was
taken by the Deans Committee which met in the backdrop of an attack by a
mob of university boarders at the official residence of the vice
chancellor on campus.
On the night between Oct 1 and 2, the
students besieged VC Dr Iqrar Ahmed's residence for about five hours and
threw stones even in the presence of the university security guards,
damaging valuables. They set a security vehicle ablaze, injured Farooq
Ahmad, a university teacher, and broke the windowpanes of the
The students also injured four constables when the
police were called in, making the uniformed men stay away from the
The meeting, chaired by the vice chancellor,
decided that the Student Affairs Committee would formulate the SOP
(standard operating procedures) for new committees and the institute
head (vice chancellor) would constitute a parallel oversight committee
to identify the lapses and suggest measures to avoid any untoward
happening. The counselling and vigilance committees are being planned
for each faculty/division/institute and sub-campus.
also decided to identify those who attacked the VC House, pledging to
award exemplary punishment to them through the Student Affair Committee.
The Civil Lines police have registered a case against more
than two dozen unidentified people on the complaint of security officer
Nasir. No arrest has been made so far.
The demands the students
made during midnight violence were relief to the students belonging to
the flood-hit localities, payment of internship and admission of
students possessing less than 3 CGPA to postgraduate courses. They were
also protesting delay in declaration of results and admissions to
postgraduate courses, non-cooperation of sanitary, electricity and civil
work staff and what they said "improper attitude of some teachers,
hostel staffers, security guards and others".
would ask the Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (Fesco) to minimise
loadshedding on campus in keeping with the demand of the students. The
officials decided to make available generator to each department with
fresh purchases as well as repair of out-of-order ones.
other decisions were expeditious work on three under-construction
hostels and introduction of admissions through one-window operation to
facilitate students. The board of directors of the Endowment Fund
Secretariat (EFS) and the Syndicate would be approached for construction
of new hostels, it was decided.
A proposal for providing
relaxation in fee and payment to undergraduate students sent for
internship during session 2009-10 is on the agenda of the EFS that is
set to meet on Oct 7 (tomorrow).
All PhD students will have to
remain present in the offices of their supervisors and work in the
laboratories from 8am to 4pm daily. They will mark their attendance on
registers like the university staff. The admission of the PhD students
who fail to attend the offices of their supervisors for seven days will
be cancelled, were some other decisions.
Each PhD supervisor,
it was decided, will submit data and an undertaking that no (PhD)
student under his supervision will work in any public or private
organisation during the period of study in the university. The
supervisors have been asked to submit this data through their
deans/directors to the VC Office. In case of incorrect information, the
supervisors concerned will be taken to task for misconduct, the
It also decided that in future the
percentage for admission to postgraduate courses from within and outside
the university will be set like other universities across the province. Dawn
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IUB asked to lodge graft case against ex-VC
Lahore: The Punjab government has asked the Islamia University
Bahawalpur (IUB) vice-chancellor to lodge an FIR and file a civil suit
against the varsity's former VC, Dr Belal A Khan, for misappropriation
Recently, the Punjab Higher Education Department had
sought advice of the Law Department in order to take action against IUB
ex-vice chancellor for alleged misappropriation of funds and illegal
appointment of retired personnel in the varsity.
According to a
document, available with The News, the Punjab Law Department had advised
the Higher Education Department to lodge a criminal case under the law
against the former VC as there was sufficient evidence that Dr Belal A
Khan had committed a cognizable offence including criminal breach of
trust as the vice-chancellor of the varsity.
education department wrote to the incumbent IUB VC: ́As the new Vice
Chancellor, Islamia University, Bahawalpur, has taken over the charge,
it is for the varsity, through its VC, to take necessary legal action on
the basis of the available evidence against ex-VC Dr Belal A Khan. An
FIR may be lodged against him. Likewise, a civil suit for the recovery
of the amount embezzled by him may also be filed."
It is pertinent to
mention that Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif had formed a
high level enquiry committee in 2009, comprising Secretary Higher
Education Ahad Khan Cheema, Commissioner Bahawalpur Muhammad Mushtaq and
the then Chairman Chief Minister's Inspection Team (CMIT), Salahuddin
Ahmed Khan Niazi, to inquire into the allegations against the then IUB
The committee had proposed a formal enquiry and initiation of
audit pertaining to the period of the said VC. The report reads: ́The VC
has been running the university like his personal fiefdom. All rules
and regulations have been bulldozed, section 15 (3) of IUB Act giving
emergency powers to VC used in routine and all illegal appointments got
rubber stamped through a pliant syndicate. It seems that he has been
taking actions in disregard of rules and regulations which enquiry
committee is unable to comment due to non-availability of record whether
taken for the betterment of the institution or not. However, it may be
added that the VC showed moral courage in owning up all actions."
Dr Bilal A Khan was allowed by the governor/chancellor to continue work
as the vice chancellor after the expiry of his term on October 2, 2009.
However he relinquished the charge following Prof Dr Muhammad Mukhtar
assumed the charge of office of the IUB VC with effect from July 23.
When contacted, Higher Education Secretary Ahad Khan Cheema also
confirmed that the incumbent VC of Islamia University Bahawalpur had
been directed to take necessary legal action against the ex-VC on the
basis of the available evidence.
To a question, he said the incumbent VC might also seek to place the name of Dr Belal A Khan on the exit control list (ECL). The news
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Teachers protest curb on varsities' funds
Lahore: Faculty members of various universities on Tuesday
observed a black day to protest against federal government's failure in
fulfilling the promise of releasing funds to the seats of higher
The faculty members on the call of the Federation of
All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Associations (FAPUASA) staged
peaceful protest demonstrations in their respective universities while
wearing black armbands and holding black banners demanding release of
FAPUASA President Prof Dr Mahr Saeed Akhtar
led a demonstration of teachers in front of the Institute of Education
and Research on PU New Campus.
In the University of Engineering and Technology, the protest was led by FAPUASA Punjab chapter president Dr Zafar Noon.
Speaking to protesters, he criticised the prime minister for not
releasing funds to universities despite an announcement made by him in
this connection. He demanded the federal government should give funds to
the varsities so that these institutions might disburse 50 per cent
enhanced salary, 15 per cent medical allowance among teachers and
increase the pension of their retired faculty members.
demanded the government should enhance grants for varsities and ensure
regular funds for scholars sent abroad for doing PhDs by Higher
Education Commission and different universities. The government should
refrain from increasing students' fees and instead stop funding private
universities that were already minting millions.
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Students' rally against BoGs
Lahore: The newly-formed Lahore Students Council (LSC) on Tuesday
held a demonstration against the constitution of boards of governors in
colleges across Punjab.
A large number of students from
different colleges staged a sit-in at Faisal Chowk for almost five hours
despite the imposition of Section 144. The demonstration added to
traffic mess on The Mall and adjoining roads.
who were carrying banners and placards, led by council president Numair
Aslam Wattoo, chanted slogans against the Punjab government.
Punjab Labour Minister Ashraf Sohna and MPA Rana Arshad assured the students that their rights would be protected. Dawn
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