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Punjab may abolish class X, XI practicals

Class X, XI practicals may be abolished
Lahore, Oct 13: The Punjab government is seriously weighing up an option to abolish practicals from matriculation and intermediate examinations and to replace the same with Alternative to Practicals (ATP) as offered in foreign qualifications like O and A levels.

An important workshop to contemplate introduction of reforms in practical exams and the possibility of switching over to the ATP pattern was held recently. The workshop ěReforms in Practical Examinations' was organised by Punjab Higher Education Department with the collaboration of GTZ. The event held at a local hotel was chaired by Secretary Higher Education Ahad Khan Cheema while senior officials of different examination boards of the province and representatives of top private institutions also attended.

The meeting though did not reach any conclusion was unanimous in urgent need of taking steps to stop malpractices and favouritism in practical portion of matriculation and intermediate exams held by Boards of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISEs) of the province. The participants expressed concerns over prevailing system maintaining under this system the examiner conducting practical exams enjoyed maximum discretionary powers while marks awarded by him/her were seldom questionable no matter if a student was awarded 10 out of 25 marks or 20 out of 25 marks etc. 'It is a fact that this aspect is seldom questioned', a senior official of a board said while seeking anonymity. He further said the possibility of favouring a particular candidate in practical exams could not be ruled out. Therefore there is dire need of addressing this issue, he went on to say. They suggested that efforts should be made to regulate this aspect in order to ensure that neither any student suffer no any get favour. A proposal was also floated to amalgamate marks of practical portion of science subjects into theory portion.

A participant of the meeting said the option of introducing ATP like practicals was thoroughly discussed and was supported by most of the attendees including government officials.

It is worth mentioning here that UK boards offering qualifications like O and A level in Pakistan donít bar private students from acquiring science education unlike local boards as the issue surfaces raises almost every year before commencement of the exams. The issue surfaces as students who want to appear as private candidates could not avail opportunities of practicals unlike students of government as well as private schools. Addressing the workshop Secretary Higher Education Ahad Khan Cheema said mismanagement in matriculation and intermediate practical examination was a known fact admitting that most of the candidates also used theirs sources to get high marks in the practical examination. 'Because of this phenomenon poor and eligible students are denied their rights and the failed to get good results', he said adding 'There are lots of other deficiencies in practical examinations system which makes the position of high achievers doubtful.'

Ahad Khan Cheema further said the government was well aware of the importance of practical of science subjects and wanted it to be the part of examination system but at the same time the government desired to make this system transparent and free from malpractices.

For this purpose government wants to reduce the discretionary powers of examiner and has a plan to add questions of practical in theoretical papers, he added. The news

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GCU registrar likely to go
Lahore: Government College University (GCU) Registrar Sahibzada Faisal Khurshid may not continue his post because the Punjab government's regulation wing says that varsity's vice-chancellor's stance to consider registrar's three-year contract tenure as probation period is against the law.

Sources in the higher education department say the regulation wing suggests that the post be re-advertised.

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Headmasters regularised
Lahore: The Punjab government has regularised the services of headmasters appointed on a contract basis.

The services of the headmasters have been regularised with retrospective effect from Oct 19, 2009.

BIOTECHNOLOGY: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has urged all universities in the country to make all-out efforts to take initiatives in the field of biotechnology to strengthen the national economy.

This was stated by HEC Executive Director Dr Sohail H Naqvi while participating telephonically in a meeting on "Lahore Biotechnology Park (LBP): Understanding its Business Plans" organised by the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences on Tuesday.

Dr Naqvi assured the participants that the commission would provide all-out support for setting up the first biotechnology park in Pakistan.

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UET student commits suicide
Lahore: A University of Engineering and Technology (UET) student reportedly committed suicide in his hostel on Tuesday evening.

Police said Safwat's body was found hanging from his room's ceiling fan. He hailed from Gilgit. Dawn

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PU VC to welcome new students
Lahore: Vice-Chancellor Punjab University Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran will address the welcome party being hosted in the honour of newly-admitted students of BA/BSc and MA/MSc to be held in Faisal Auditorium New Campus at 10:00 am tomorrow (October 14).

This was stated by the Advisor Students Affairs (ASA) Iftikhar Ahmed Chaudhary while chairing a meeting here on Tuesday.

The advisor emphasised upon the responsible officers of PU that they should exhibit due sense of responsibility and diligence for making foolproof arrangements for the forthcoming welcome party which is being regularly organised by the present administration for proper orientation and introduction of the newly-admitted students in PU departments.

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PhD degrees awarded
Lahore: Punjab University has awarded PhD degrees to Farhat Jamil, Zulfiqar Ahmed and Bashir Ahmed in the subjects of Applied Psychology, Commerce and Urdu respectively here on Tuesday.

Farhat Jamil D/o Muhammad Jamil has been awarded PhD degree in the subject of Applied Psychology after approval of her research thesis entitled "Development and Validation of Menopausal Symptoms Scale and Psychosocial Aspects of Menopause". She has completed her thesis under the supervision of Prof Dr Ruhi Khalid, Director Institute of Psychology, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore.

Zulfiqar Ahmad S/o Ali Ahmad has been awarded PhD degree in the subject of Commerce after approval of his research thesis entitled "A Study of Relationship Between Organizational Climate and Job Satisfaction of Middle-Level Managers in Pharmaceutical Industry in Pakistan". He has completed his thesis under the supervision of Prof Dr Liaquat Ali, Dean Faculty of Commerce and Principal Hailey College of Commerce, University of the Punjab, Lahore.

Bashir Ahmad S/o Yar Muhammad has been PhD degree awarded in the subject of Urdu after approval of his research thesis entitled "Urdu Nasr Per Saqoot-e-Dhaka Ke Asrat."

He has completed his thesis under the supervision of Dr Muhammad Saleem Malik of Department of Urdu, University of the Punjab, Lahore.

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BS Hons classes start
Lahore: The classes in 15 various disciplines of BS Hons (4-year) programme have been started at Samanabad Post Graduate College for Girls.

The college Principal Dr Tasneem, in a statement issued on Tuesday, said the students would be met with all available facilities for their studies. She said they would be taught through experienced staff and the college administration would fully focus on discipline and training of the students.

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IUC President visits City varsities
Lahore: Orhan Hikmet Azizoglu, President, International Universities Council (IUC), on Tuesday arrived as an esteemed guest of the University of Lahore at 3am on October 7.

The Chairman of the University of Lahore and General Secretary International Universities Council, MA Rauf greeted him at the airport. After breakfast at the University of Lahore New Campus, Azizoglu along with MA Rauf attended a discussion at the University of Engineering and Technology by the Vice Chancellor of UET Lt General Muhammad Akram. After a detailed presentation of the faculties and accomplishments of the university, issues of mutual interest were discussed highlighting the need for an increase in collaboration between universities in Pakistan and those in Turkey and around the world.

Potential synergy between the JUC and UET was also discussed. Azizoglu and Rauf were later escorted to the University of the Punjab where they were greeted by Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, Vice Chancellor, PU, who along with his team of notable academicians discussed the need for enhanced relations between international and Pakistani universities and the promotion of culture and language between the two countries of Pakistan and Turkey. The meeting concluded with an exchange of gifts between the two parties after which Azizoglu was given a tour of the City. The night concluded with an exclusive dinner attended by senior faculty of the University of Lahore and notable personalities of Lahore. The nation

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