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BIEK suspends affiliation of colleges with zero pass percentage
Karachi, Sep 16: The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) has suspended the
affiliation of the colleges that had recorded zero pass percentage this
The board reached the decision after reviewing the results of the pre-engineering and pre-medical examinations.
the last three years, we have been sending warning letters to these
colleges as not a single student enrolled there has passed," said Anwar
Ahmed Zai, the BIEK chairman, in a statement issued on Saturday.
This year, 13 pre-medical and 12 pre-engineering colleges have recorded zero pass percentage.
chairman hoped that after the suspension, the colleges will work harder
to improve their results. "If they improve their performance, the board
will consider renewing their affiliation."
Most of the
colleges where no student passes are located away from the city hub and
enrol less than a dozen students. For years, they have been returning
zero percent results.
Colleges Director Nasir Ansar said most these colleges were situated in one or two rooms and privately registered.
BIEK chairman said that it was incumbent upon the board to
provide registration to the colleges where more than 10 students were
enrolled. He added that these colleges were often situated in conflict
areas including Orangi Town, Korangi, and Lyari and faced problems such
as teacher and student absenteeism due to the volatile security
Zai said some colleges with zero pass
percentage were small, private ones that were only interested in minting
money regardless of the results they produced.
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Names of colleges whose affiliation has been suspended
Karachi: The Govt Degree Boys College, Surjani Town
Dewa College, Gulshan-e-Iqbal
Defence Cambridge College
Azeemi Public Higher Secondary School
Govt Boys Higher Secondary School, Korangi
Govt Degree Boys College, Shams Peer Baba Bhit
Al-Hadeed College for Science, Commerce and Arts
Allama Iqbal Inter Girls College, Steel Town
NJV Govt Boys Higher Secondary School
MTI Higher Secondary School
Govt Girls Higher Secondary School, Landhi No1
Allama Iqbal Govt Boys Higher Secondary School, Sohrab Goth
Habib Academy Higher Secondary School, Korangi 5-1/2
Jan Mohammed Brohi Govt Degree College, Gulshan-e-Maymar
Tariq bin Zaid College, Shah Faisal
Al-Noor Degree College of Computer Science
Happy Palace Girls Higher Secondary School
Madre Millat Girls College
Karachi Govt College for Women, Chand Bibi Road. The news
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Why is the Urdu Dictionary Board being ignored?
Karachi: "I am quite worried. The Urdu Dictionary
Board is being treated like an orphan," says Mohammad Ehsan Khan, an
external scholar for the Board whose association with it goes as far
back as 1961 when Shanul Haq Haqqee, eminent lexicographer and scholar,
engaged him to work for the Board seeing his particular interest in the
"I worked for the Board till all its 22 volumes were published in
2010. After its publication, the Board should have come up with revised
editions of each of the volumes of the dictionary. They should have also
put the dictionary on a CD-Rom and made it available online," says Mr
Khan, former research-in-charge in Water and Power Development Authority
based in Lahore.
"Apparently the resident engineer from the Quaid-i-Azam Mazar
Management Board is working as the chief editor of the Board," says
Younus Hasny, who had been chief editor of the Board from 2001 to 2003.
"The dilemma is that the decision-makers in the government do not
understand what a complex and mammoth task it is to create a dictionary.
People who have no idea about a dictionary are at the helm of its
affairs," adds Mr Khan, currently a research supervisor for PhD Urdu
students at the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology
"While I was working for the Board I was often asked when I will
finish working on the dictionary. What they never understood is that
this kind of work never ever ceases," says Mr Hasny, who worked on the
17th, 18th and 19th volumes of the dictionary.
Established in 1958 by the federal ministry of education it was then
known as the Urdu Development Board (Urdu Taraqqi Board) and its name
was changed in 1982 to Urdu Dictionary Board. Till 2007 the board fell
under the federal ministry of education. But after the passing of the
18th amendment, it was handed over to the cabinet division, following
which the National Language Authority was asked to look after its
affairs, now being looked after by the Ministry of Information,
Broadcasting and National Heritage.
The Board has been without a chief editor for the last two years. For
the time being Muhammad Arif has been working as the acting chief
editor since September 2012 though he is associated with the
Quaid-i-Azam Mazar Management Board. "I'll continue to hold this
additional charge till a chief editor for the Board is found," says Mr
When asked that why it was difficult to fill the vacancy, Mr Arif
said: "Two of our editors just retired and the government has put a ban
on recruitment." To which Mr Hasny counters that retired chief editors
and editors could be hired on a contract basis as was done in his case.
The Urdu Dictionary Board (Urdu Lughat Board) is situated behind the
General Post Office, near the Nipa Flyover in Gulshan-i-Iqbal, and is
housed in a modest building which except for its board that announces
its presence one would pass it by without casting a glance. Climbing up
the stairs of the premises, one enters the main editorial hall where the
staff is working quietly away on their glass-topped formica tables,
minutely scrutinising words. A stack of cards neatly lined in a narrow
drawer is placed on the tables of the assistant editors. "We are
revising the word list for the soon-to-be-published Concise Urdu
Dictionary," says a staff member.
"We are now working on a two-year project of taking out a two-volume
concise Urdu Lughat," says Mr Arif. Giving further details, Aqeel
Siddiqui, an assistant editor, says that so far volume one has been
completed and 400 pages of volume two have also been compiled. "However
these have to go through a couple of revisions before we publish them,"
says Mr Siddiqui. Both of them also say that the Board is planning to
revive the now-defunct quarterly magazine of the Board, Urdunama. "The
secretary for national heritage has given us the approval and we plan to
start working on the magazine soon," says Mr Arif.
Coming back to the issues besetting the Board, a former chief editor
who helmed the board from 2003 to 2007, says: "If the Concise Urdu
Dictionary is published in its current form, then it will be awful for
the Urdu language and shameful for the country. No rules have been
devised as to which word should be included or excluded. The words are
being compiled that go against modern lexicography rules." He adds: "I
was invited to advise as to how to go on about it but I told the Board
officials that it is not my job alone but other qualified scholars and
lexicographers should have also been included."
According to Mr Hasny initially he was sent a couple of copies of the
Concise Urdu Dictionary about once or twice for proofing and revision
but after that they were discontinued. "I have heard that the Board is
working on the Concise Urdu Dictionary. But nobody has contacted me nor
consulted me for suggestions or proofing the yet-to-be-published Concise
Urdu Dictionary," says Mr Khan,
The former chief editor further says that one also needs to ask them
what they are doing to preserve the 1.4 million lexicon reference cards
housed in the Urdu Dictionary Board which is an asset that needs to be
shared with the world. "There is so much that can be derived from the
22-volume Urdu dictionary; such as Children's Urdu dictionary, technical
dictionary etc but whatever work that they are doing is quite slow,"
says Mr Hasny.
"It is so painful what is happening right now with the Urdu
Dictionary Board," says Mr Khan. "I just hope the new government pays
attention to the affairs of the Board." Dawn
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