Peshawar University BA, BSc results 2011
Girls sweep all the top positions
Peshawar, Sep 27: Female students, all
from Jinnah College for Women, grabbed all top three positions in the University
of Peshawar (UoP) B.A./B.Sc. examinations whose results were announced on
Wednesday.In B.Sc. examinations, Hafiza Saadia Rehman stood first by securing
498 of the 550 marks, while her sister Hafiza Areeba Rehman clinched second
position with 487 marks.
The third position went to Ruby Shakoor, who secured 470 marks.
In BA examinations, Sana Shah secured the first position with 410 marks,
followed by Aleena Hashmi with 409 marks and Samreena Khan with 408 marks.
Controller (Examinations) UoP Iftikhar told reporters that 50,068 students
sat the B.A./B.Sc. examinations but only 18,445 of them (38.14 per cent)
He also said 17,927 regular students appeared in the examinations and 8,159
(45.15 per cent) passed them.
Iftikhar said 32,141 private students, too, sat the examinations but 10,286
(32 per cent) of them were successful.
He said the exam results would be posted on the university's official
website, www.upesh.edu.pk, today (Thursday) in the morning.
The controller (examinations) said students could apply for re-checking of
answer sheets and re-totalling of marks until October 13. "Those applying for
re-checking (of answer sheets) until September 30 will get the results on
October 10, while the results of those, who do so from October 1 to 7, will be
announced on October 17. The results of the mark rechecking will be made public
on October 23," he said.
Iftikhar later presented the UoP merit certificates to the top three position
holders, who were invited to the function along with parents.
The university had invited parents of position holders to the event for the
first time in its history.
Hafiza Saadia and Hafiza Areeba dedicated their success to blessings of
Almighty Allah, prayers of their parents, and hard work of theirs and their
They said they were committed to excel in the field of research to make their
parents and the country proud.
Sana Shah, who is also a Hafiz-e-Quran, said she wanted to be a
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143 graduates to get degrees on Oct 1
Peshawar: A total of 143 graduates will get their degrees in the sixth graduation ceremony of the
Peshawar Campus of the Foundation for Advancement of Science and Technology
(FAST)-National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (NUCES) here on
In the graduation ceremony overall 26th convocation of
FAST-NUCES degrees will be conferred on students of batch 2007 on completion of
their four-year bachelor degree in computer science, telecommunication
engineering and business administration. Medals will also be awarded to
distinction holders of these disciplines, says a press release issued here on
In addition, the graduates of MS Maths, Ms Computers and MBA
batches 2008 and 2009 will also be awarded degrees and medals. Parents of
graduates, guests and senior management at head office of FAST in Islamabad and
other three campuses will attend the convocation, which will be an occasion for
celebration and jubilation for all participants, at the FAST-NUCES premises in
Hayatabad Industrial Estate.
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FAPUASA calls off strike at universities
Peshawar: Employees of the public sector universities have called off their strike today (Tuesday) after
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor and vice-chancellors of such varsities assured them
provision of increased salaries.
Academic and non-academic activities in
all the universities and their constituent schools and colleges would resume
today, declared an emergency meeting of the Federation of All Pakistan
Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA).
The meeting chaired by
provincial head of the association Prof Dr Jauhar Ali was held at the Islamia
The participants of the meeting lauded Governor
Masood Kausar, who is also chancellor of the public sector universities, for the
interest he showed in resolution of the problems of the universities employees.
Meanwhile, a meeting of the vice-chancellor decided to provide 15
percent increase on their salaries as per revised basic pay scales of 2011 as
announced by the finance division.
The increase will be paid to them from
salaries of October 2011 and onward, the meeting decided.
The arrears on
account of increase in salaries from July-September would be paid on receipt of
additional grant from the government for which the relevant quarters have been
taken on board, the meeting further declared.
Held at the University of
Peshawar, the meeting was presided over by Vice-Chancellor University of
Peshawar Prof Dr Azmat Hayat Khan. Vice-Chancellor University of Engineering and
Technology Imtiaz Gilani, Director Institute of Management Sciences Prof Dr
Naser Ali Khan, registrars and nominees of the vice-chancellors of all the
public sector universities in the province attended the meeting.
participants of the meeting expressed firm resolve to follow the directives of
chancellor and adopt the revised pay scale for all universities employees from
July 1, 2011.
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The cost of an 'A'
I ran into an old high school acquaintance Mohsin last week. We decided to get together to catch up. He
was in his second year of medical school, just starting, and was doing well for
himself. Mohsin had never been, at least from what I remembered, a brilliant
student, so it was a pleasant surprise when he told me that he had topped his
first year exams. I was not only very happy for him but also quite curious as to
how the transformation had taken place, and what he had done to score such
excellent grades. He initially tried to pull a Sarah Palin on that one, but then
caved. I was utterly shocked to hear what he said next, "Yar getting to the top
is easy. I just paid some money, and got the papers out. I knew all the answers
and then, if I wasn't going to get the highest grade who was?"
what was the most shocking was the fact that Mohsin was becoming a doctor, and
that he would be seeing patients. What would the quality of his treatment be if
he got through medical school by cheating? How many lives would be in danger?
Cheating is something that exists, yes. However, it being so close to home was
something I hadnít thought about before. I decided to investigate a little
further. I conducted a facebook survey, as an in-person survey would have made
getting the right answers difficult due to the sensitivity of the subject
The findings were as follows: out of 4,850 respondents 3,926
(almost a whopping 81percent) replied that they had cheated in an exam; 51
percent of them said that they had gotten the exam paper out, or at least seen
someone getting an exam paper out, and five percent said that they cheated
because their parents had forced them to. A good indicator at least was that a
majority of them did think that cheating was wrong.
So, why do students
cheat and why is it so easy for them to do so? First of all the problem stems
from an over emphasis on ěgradesî in our society. Scoring good marks and good
grades is important, but it does not signify the end of the world if a student
gets anything below that. In real terms an A is meant for outstanding
performance, a B is for an excellent performance and a C is for a good or
average (by some measures) performance. The pressure that students face for A
grades from parents, teachers and their peers forces them to abandon their
morals and ethics and get into a win at all costs in the rat race. ěXYZís son
got two Aís, why didnít you?î is a phrase that is heard so commonly in many
families. The schools arenít helping either as where schools need to encourage
character development along with academic excellence, they are leading this A
grade race. Just pick up a newspaper when results are coming out. You see mug
shots of children with the number of As they have received on top of their
heads. When has a school ever advertised that one of their students organised a
fundraising event for the flood victims which raised over a million? When have
parents too ever asked this of a school?
Secondly, marking systems in
Pakistan all run in absolutes and not relatives which can make getting a good
grade without cheating impossible at times. In the UK or the US, grades are not
absolute, in the sense there is no 90 percent for an A. Performance is all
relative on the basis of the class and itís performance. So, the top 20 percent
band would be given an A, the next 20 percent a B and so on. Setting absolutes
is unfair to the students because not all question papers are the same, nor all
classes are taught in the same way. Relative marking ensures that all these
auxiliary factors are excluded, and an A grade never becomes unattainable.
Thirdly, students are able to cheat because it is very easy for them to
do so. Low salaries for teachers and auxiliary staff in schools is a breeding
ground for cheating. The teachers and auxiliary staff trying to fulfil the needs
of their household in times of such high inflation turn to helping students
cheat to earn an extra buck. At other times it is not the corruption of any
staff member, but negligence and weakness of the system that enables cheating.
From the way exam papers are designed, stored, printed, distributed and marked
gives a lot of opportunities to those who choose to exploit the weakness of the
The solution to these problems is two-pronged. One is to tackle
the reasons which force students to cheat in the first place and the second is
to remove opportunities for cheating too. A change of social attitudes must
Parents must begin to encourage their children to study and not
run after just an A because sometimes both donít mean the same thing. Teachers
too need to do the same. Schools must be restricted from advertising grades and
children in the way they do in newspapers and billboards. The focus should be on
character building, developing leadership and encouraging students to
participate in co-curricular activities. When teachers, parents and schools
change their attitudes it will automatically reflect in the students as well.
We also need a very strong system of examinations in the country.
Standardisation of best practices needs to take place. Opportunities for
cheating need to be minimised. This can be accomplished in a number of ways.
Cambridge, for instance, only allows its examiners to work on a question paper
at a dedicated and secure computer which is not connected to any network. The
printing happens through automated machines which not only just print but
produce sealed packets of exam papers which are then opened on exam day. These
processes are not at all expensive to implement, Such machines only cost a
little more than an average photocopier but save much more in the long run.
These best practices should also include random checks on test centres to ensure
no cheating is going on.
As for Mohsin we had a very long chat after
that meeting, and I can proudly say that he decided to go to the dean and tell
him the truth. The dean is arranging for him to retake his examinations, and I
am sure he will become a great doctor the right way. It is high time that we
remember that the cost of an A should never be the miseducation of our
children. The news
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University status for Khyber Medical College planned
Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is planning to upgrade the Khyber Medical College (KMC) and give it a
status of university to facilitate specialised research work and meet the
growing need for establishment of more medical colleges, official sources say.
"The plan is being made in consultation with the KMC faculty members and a
proposal in this regard will be forwarded to the government soon," they
The officials said that the upgradation of the KMC to university level was
announced by former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in 1989 after a long struggle.
However, instead of upgrading the KMC, which has all the needed facilities at
its campus, to the university level the Khyber Medical University (KMU) was
established in Hayatabad Township in 2006 that left the senior faculty members
of the KMC high and dry, they said.
The sources said that the plan was being considered in view of the growing
needs of students and medical research in the province. They said that the KMC
had more than four faculties, a minimum requirement of the Higher Education
Commission for awarding charter to a university and there would be no problem in
getting it upgraded.
If upgraded, the university would remain in the present KMC building in the
campus where all the facilities required for a university already existed, they
"We are committed to building more institutions as we need more doctors and
research work in view of the growing population and disease burden," a senior
They said that the KMC already had a teaching hospital known as the Khyber
Teaching Hospital, which was generating about Rs40 million revenues annually.
After its upgradation, it can get affiliation of more medical colleges and
teaching hospitals, the beneficiaries of which would be the students and
patients of this province.
"The KMC when upgraded will attract people from other provinces for research
work, which it cannot do presently because only a university can grant such
degrees and affiliation to the medical colleges," he said.
The official said that the KMU at the Hayatabad Township would continue to
grant degrees and oversee the medical colleges presently affiliated with it in
the province and the upgradation of the KMC to university would not affect its
"According to the initial concept, the KMC (university) would seek
development of medical education by setting up more medical colleges in the
province," he said.
The official said that the King Edwards Medical College, Lahore, had raised
objection to the establishment of the KMC in 1954, arguing that it did have
teaching hospital, which was a pre-requisite for a college. He said that the
existing Lady Reading Hospital, then a district headquarters hospital, was
upgraded for this purpose and today the KMC was a premier centre of medical
education in the province.
"Upgradation of the KMC would cost nothing to the government because it
already had full-fledged facilities," the official said. A meeting is likely to
be held next month to make a decision about the KMC upgradation, he said, adding
that given its academic and clinical potential it could become a self-sufficient
university within a short span of time. Dawn
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