BISE Lahore online examination system failure
BISE computerisation – a dream turns nightmare
Lahore, Sep 19: Technology may be one of the surest routes to advancement but
embracing it without doing homework makes it a burden. It is such a scenario
which has made computerisation of many a manual system in Pakistan a genie out
of bottle, unlike other countries which have achieved through it a fair degree
of efficiency, accuracy and transparency in results.
The Lahore Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education's flirtation with
the online examination system has proved one big failure. The computerisation of
results in all eight education boards in Punjab, introduced by former Punjab
higher education secretary Ahad Cheema and being spearheaded by consultant Dr
Majid Naeem for well over a year, has become neither efficient nor accurate. The
objective of transparency too remains to be seen. Every time the boards declare results they end up seeing on their campuses
long queues of candidates anxious about their late results or those who want to
get their result-sheets corrected.
This year's FA/FSc results, declared on Sept 10 (third successive
computerised results), have proved not much different from previous experiences.
The Lahore board declared more than 25,000 candidates' results late (RL),
triggering an unusual rush of students at its offices for the last nine days.
Hundreds of candidates are visiting board offices for rectification of mistakes
on the computer-generated result cards.
There are instances in which the candidates have been given 52 and 53 marks
out of 50 in Pakistan Studies paper, or 102 marks out of 100 in other papers,
girls' pictures appearing on boys' result cards, shuffling of figures like
computer posting 29 marks instead of well-earned 92 marks.
There are also cases of declaring results without posting all papers' marks.
The most glaring example is the case of Sara Abbas of Mansoora Girls College,
who was finally declared first position holder in humanities group among girls a
day after the declaration of results. She suffered agony for board's failure to
post all papers' marks. Originally, she was given only 29 marks in Education
paper and her result was kept late.
However, when the result was cleared on inquiry, she was found having
obtained 93 marks in the paper and overall 955 marks that marked her way to the
coveted top position in humanities.
The whole sequence of positions in this group was changed and the first and
second position holders' jubilation tainted, while third position holder Neelam
Shah's delight dampened as she was dropped out of the list of position
At a special medal-awarding ceremony, she declared the computerised system
the culprit responsible for delaying her hard-earned position.
Unable to cope with the student rush, the unfriendly staff at the board
offices has failed to detect errors and make corrections.
Consultant Dr Majid Naeem most of the time is not available; either he
remains busy somewhere or avoids exposure to public wrath.
In an incident of such nature angry students, accompanied by their parents,
stormed board's computer offices as well as board secretary's office. The police
stepped in to rescue the board officials who admitted that the students were
forced to take the extreme measure in the absence of any relief in sight.
"We are helpless as we are supposed to find bar-coded answer scripts that
have been intermingled while working in hurry and checking huge number of
scripts," a board official said.
"We are able to clear only 100 to 200 results in a day, while the candidates
in queue are still in thousands," another official said.
The situation at the Lahore board is bound to worsen as it has received some
4,000 applications for re-checking of answer scripts and the number will further
rise till Sept 26 - the last date for applying. The candidates have also paid
Rs700 for re-checking of each answer script and the board officials have yet
to start work on this front.
The students and their parents have called into question the credibility of
results. "If there are so many mistakes in results, which are being updated, how
many students will be suffering with low marks unknowingly," they said.
It is alleged that the board itself is a victim of apathy of the higher-ups
like the higher education secretary and the chief minister. Two experienced
officials – Controller of Examinations Prof Manzur-ul-Hassan Niazi and chairman
Prof Dr Akram Kashmiri - have been relieved on the completion of their
tenures (the latter in the middle of the crisis on Sept 16).
Board Secretary Mushtaq Tahir, whose tenure also expired on July 31 and kept
dragging owing to political affiliations, has been given the additional charge
of the chairman. Newly-appointed CoE Ijaz Husain Naqvi will obviously take time
to be in charge of the affairs.
Confronting the leadership crisis and pending job of clearing RLs and
re-checking of scripts, the Lahore board is also supposed to take on another
huge task of holding matriculation supplementary examination from Oct 8 and
intermediate supplementary examination from Nov 12.
The board doesn't afford even a single free day before preparing for these
assignments as it has already lost many days.
The affected students (and their guardians) have demanded that the higher-ups
appoint a team of experienced and credible people to streamline the board
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Business schools asked to get NBEAC accreditation
Islamabad: Appreciating the initiatives taken by the National Business Education Accreditation Council
(NBEAC) for improvement of the quality of business education in Pakistan, HEC
Chairperson Dr Javaid R. Laghari has emphasised the need to further enhance the
efforts and advised business schools to immediately seek accreditation through
During the meeting with NBEAC Chairman Dr Hasan Sohaib Murad, Dr
Laghari identified the need to synchronise the roadmaps of various degree
programmes from undergraduate to doctoral level for smooth transition of the
students. He also highlighted the need for faculty development for increasing
the quality of classroom instruction and industrial linkages.
agreed during the meeting that the MBA degree should be considered in principle
as a two-year degree and minimum requirement for admission should be 16-year
qualification. Those entering into the MBA programme with prior education in
business administration would be provided with waiver of upto 15 credit hours
while those joining from non-business undergraduate degrees would undergo
two-year studies including summer sessions if necessary. Similarly, students
with 14-year degrees should be offered admission into other degree programmes to
facilitate them converting into 16-year bachelor degree.
HEC ED Dr Sohail
Naqvi emphasised revamping of curriculum and its alignment with cutting-edge
developments at global level and to meet the demands of corporate sector in
Pakistan. It was agreed that communication and leadership skills along with
managerial expertise should be made part of curriculum for enhancing personal
effectiveness and development of managerial expertise.
The chairman NBEAC
apprised the HEC leadership about steps taken to develop a formidable team of
evaluators at national level to take care of the workload of peer evaluation. He
also informed that a premium training programme of top tier trainers will be
held in October in collaboration with the European Foundation for Management
Development at Brussels.
HEC Chairperson approved the idea of setting up
National Resource Centre for Case Studies to promote practical training and
provide analytical training on issues related to the world of business and
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First phase of Wildlife Park at QAU launched
Islamabad: Former federal minister for
textile Rana Farooq Saeed Khan launched the first phase of the Wildlife Park, an
extended project of Botanic Garden (BG), Quaid-i-Azam University, by releasing
four pairs of geese into a small artificial lake here on Thursday
Others participating in the ceremony included Dr Abdul Hameed,
Dean Biological Sciences and head of the Technical Committee, BG, Rana
Shafiq-ur-Rehnman, President of Green Circle Organisation helping QAU in setting
up the Botanic Garden and its extension, S Shahid Raza, CEO of Leonz, who
donated these birds, S Israr Ali, Vice-Principal of Islamabad College for
The geese, which included an Australian pair also, were released
near Housing Colony of the New Campus, QAU, near Shahdara Road, in a pond
created as part of water harvesting arrangement. The pond will not only house
marine birds and animals but would also serve as back-up reservoir of water
during dry seasons.
Talking to this scribe, Rana Farooq Saeed hoped that
Botanic Garden and its extension project will attract residents of the
twin-cities and tourists visiting Murree Hills and Galiyat using the nearby
The birds will later be shifted to the Wildlife Park to be
located on the eastern boundary-line of QAU along the nullah before Bhara Kahu.
It will be part of a herbal tea hut and would include a lake and enclosures for
animals and birds to attract tourists.
The work on Botanic Garden started
in the middle of January this year and more than 60-hectrate of land was
levelled for the BG and its extended project. The BG itself, an HEC funded
project, is spread on 25 acres and includes water storage, tissue-culture lab
and offices to be set up in near future.
The extended project aims at
putting the unattended university land into useful utilisation and also get the
land vacated from qabza groups in the process. According to a QAU source, more
than 200 acres of land is under illegal occupation of villagers as well as mafia
enjoying political support.
The BG also got pigeons, rabbits and dogs
donated by individuals, organizations and firms. Many more species are in the
pipeline and will be introduced after the requisite infrastructure is
In a parallel development, a Kitchen Gardening Club has also
started working at QAU. It aims at motivating, guiding and helping Campus
Community including faculty, students and employees for kitchen gardening, which
has become a necessity to combat food insecurity and rising prices of
vegetables, fruits, poultry and fish. The club is part of Pakistan National
Kitchen Gardening Club started by GCO some weeks ago.
The QAU staff will
be offered to use university land for growing vegetables and fruits for their
households each having some marlas of land for the purpose where the teachers
and staff can bring their families and work as part of hobby and training and
use the produce in their kitchens. The news
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