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Karachi Intermediate pre-medical result 2013

In pre-medical, a close race for top three slots
Karachi, Sep 05: The results of the pre-medical and home economics examinations were announced at a ceremony hosted by the Board of Intermediate Karachi (BIEK) on Friday.

The competition between the top three pre-medical position holders was very close, as Maliha Salim of the PECHS Government College for Women clinched first position with 89.81 percent, followed by Syed Hamza bin Waqar of the Adamjee Government Science College at 89.54 percent and Naureen Shahid, also from the PECHS Government College for Women, at 89.45 percent.

A total of 18,166 candidates appeared for the pre-medical examinations, of which 9,595 passed, and the pass percentage was 52.82 percent. "I would like to thank Allah for giving me the ability to think and work hard. At this proud moment, I cannot forget my parents and all the teachers who have taught me over the years. I could never have made it without their support," said an ecstatic Salim, after being presented with a certificate and shield.

When asked if she had to depend on coaching centres for extra help, she responded in the affirmative. "I did go for extra tuitions but I made sure that I worked hard at both, my college and my coaching centre," she said.

However, she was quick to reject claims that teachers at government colleges are not interested in quality teaching. "The teachers have always been available for help. It is mostly the students who refrain from approaching them, as the general culture here is to only study seriously at coaching centres," said Salim.

Waqar, who secured second position, said that he found Urdu to be the most difficult subject to prepare for. He expressed his wish to become a doctor but added that he would only pursue the career if he was accepted by the Dow Medical College. Questioned over why he does not see private medical universities as a possible option, Waqar said, "We all are well aware of their demands. Government universities are not only better but also pocket-friendly."

The third-placed student, Naureen Shahid proffered suggestions for the BIEK's consideration, calling for changes in the curriculum. "We are studying the same things our parents studied when they were in college," she said, while also highlighting electricity load shedding as the issue worst affecting students of the city.

The results of the home economics examinations were also announced at the ceremony. A total of 341 students, all females, appeared for the exam and the passing percentage was 61.88 percent.

Only one college, Rana Liaquat Government College, offers this course. Maleeha Tahir secured the first position with 78.92 percent, followed by Afifa Noor at 78.75 percent and Aniqa Zainab at 78.67 percent.

BIEK Chairperson Anwar Ahmedzai spoke on the occasion and thanked the board staff for their efforts in preparing the results. "It is only because of them that we have managed to give out the results in August," he said, while also highlighting the fact that the board has increased examiners' salaries over the past four years but did not raise student fees.

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Want to be the next big thing? Join the IBA
Karachi: "If you get in, you may become the next president of Pakistan." Dr Ishrat Husain, the director at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), is thinking of adding this line in the prospectus of one of the most prestigious educational institutions of Karachi. And while Hussain may have said this with a quick laugh, everyone at the IBA is proud of the latest feather in its cap. Mamnoon Hussain, the president-elect of Pakistan who will take charge of his office in about a week's time, once sat in the same classrooms,where about 2,000 bright, young students, sit now. They might not have the same ambitions, but have all the desire and the abilities to be the leaders in their respective fields once they graduate.

Big names
The next Pakistani president is not the only famous one to have walked the corridors at the IBA. Shaukat Aziz, a former prime minister, and Asad Umar, a former CEO of the Engro Corporation who is now a National Assembly member and perhaps one of the country's best corporate success story, are also IBA graduates. Year after year, it has churned out eminent stars in every field from fashion to education to the corporate world. The website boasts of a list of its prominent alumni. Famous fashion designer Amir Adnan, Habib Education Trust CEO Almas Banna and Synergy CEO Ahmed Kapadia are among a few. "They make up only a fraction of our prominent alumni," says Shahid Shafiq, the alumni's representative in the IBA board of directors. Though Hussain may not be an IBA graduate himself, he has been the State Bank of Pakistan governor twice. He has been credited with major restructuring at the central bank as well as reforming the country's banking sector. And despite such a glorious past, he still desires to take the IBA to further heights. "Almost 50 percent of all CEOs in Pakistan are IBA graduates," boasts Hussain. But women are largely missing from the picture. To this Hussain pauses to ponder. "The glass ceiling [phenomena] is still prevalent in the corporate sector," he says. "So is the old boys' network where women feel out of place. The phenomenon is still present even in the developed world."

High standards
And what makes IBA so successful? Its value chain and strict adherence to standards. "Only the very best make it to the IBA. And we take students only on merit. Even if a [prospective] student is my nephew, he cannot get admission to the IBA [through unfair means] because our results are computer-generated and the admission process goes through the board of directors." This year around 3,200 students sat for the admission test for the undergraduate Bachelor's of Business Administration (BBA) programme. Only 300 could pass the rigorous exam. "[Even after admission] if a student," Hussain explains, "does not maintain 2.2 GPA, he is kept on probation. If he fails to meet the target, he is expelled." The same standards apply to attendance. "More than four absences in a semester course and you cannot continue."

IBA of the '60s
When Aziz and Hussain graduated back in the 1960s, IBA was nothing like it is today. There was no air conditioning. The wooden desks were broken, much like the ones seen in government schools. Sometimes pigeons would make nests at the windows, which nobody cleaned, said Muhammad Ather Rana, a staff member. Today, the IBA has a state of- the-art campus, with air-conditioned classrooms equipped with multimedia, and some even with Wi-Fi connectivity for video conferences.

Self-sufficiency
While other state-run institutions are crumbling under financial burdens, the IBA has managed to stand tall. But it has not always been self-sufficient financially. When Hussain took over as the director in 2008, he had set two goals. "{The] IBA had to be ranked among the top 10 universities in the region and the top 100 in the world," said the institution's registrar, Captain Ahmed Zaheer. And so the renovation began. After 1965, not a single block had been added to the building. "If a curtain hung down from its hook, no one bothered to replace it," said Zaheer. "In short it was much like any other government institution." But perhaps the standards of education were not compromised. And even for the renovation, the help from its alumni was enormous. And as acknowledgement, their names have been put on the buildings they sponsored.

Great expectations
And what does the IBA expect from the new president? "There is a legislation pending in the assembly. If it is passed, the IBA will become a university and the director will become the vice chancellor. We expect Mamnoon sahib to do us the favour," Zaheer says. The news

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