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BISE Lahore intermediate students problems

BISE yet to enrol 1,000 intermediate students
Lahore, Apr 28: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) is yet to enrol around 1,000 forms submitted by intermediate students with a little more than a week left in exams, and BISE officials claim the forms are in the "safekeeping" of some influential Examination Department colleagues – who are "delaying the enrolment to adjust the students at specific centres", learned on Monday.

BISE sources said with only a few days left to go in the exams – scheduled to start on May 8 – the Examination Department officials had pulled out the forms and "given instructions to enrol the students now".

The sources said no government or BISE official was taking notice of the matter, and "the tragedy is that the BISE chairman has been kept in the dark about the forms". They said the delay in the enrolment of the forms had "exposed the BISE's so-called transparent examination system". They called on the government to launch an inquiry into the matter.

BISE Chairman Muhammad Akram Kashmiri said he was unaware of the matter. However, he said he would investigate, and "a transparent centre with proper checks will be announced for these 1,000 candidates". Meanwhile, BISE Public Relation Officer (PRO) Qaiser Virk attributed the delay in registration to a "mistake by our Receipts and Despatch Department", but denied that the forms had been held back to accommodate the students at specific centres. He said there was no chance of the students missing the exams.

According to the sources, the forms surfaced on Wednesday when some "Examination Department officials directed the Inter Branch to enrol them for the upcoming exams".

Shocked officials said that the registration of the forms could have been delayed either through "sheer mismanagement, or in a bid to set up specific centres for specific peoples".

A BISE official said that the admission forms were in the "safe custody of BISE Controller Manzoorul Hassan Niazi and Assistant Controller Sheikh Iqbal... they are trying to enrol these candidates as a formality now... they have already decided where these students will sit for the exams". He said that BISE received the forms in January with single fees, and the Receipts and Despatch Department was supposed to send them after three days to the Inter Branch – which processed the forms and assigned roll numbers and examination centres. He said the government must take notice of the three-month delay and the Examination Department official's instructions.

A Receipts and Despatch Department official said it had not happened for the first time that forms had been sent to the Inter Branch after a delay. He said such delays were aimed at setting up ghost centres for candidates, and "a mafia in the BISE is involved in such corruption every year". He said while fortunately, some of the corrupt officials had been found out this year, "such things usually go unnoticed". He said corruption was also reported during matriculation examinations, but those responsible could not be identified because of the role of some influential personalities.

BISE Controller Manzoorul Hassan Niazi was not available for comment. Daily times

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Varsities asked to generate funds for uplift
Lahore: The chairman of Higher Education Commission (HEC) has asked universities to generate funds for their development projects.

Speaking at the inauguration of Student Services Centre (SSC), Government College University Lahore (GCU) here on Monday, HEC chairman Dr Javaid R Leghari said universities all over the world had set up endowment funds of billion of dollars with the help of their alumni.

He advised the public sector universities to market their researches to generate revenue. He, however, also pledged HEC's support for the promotion of quality education in the universities. Earlier, he unveiled the modern student services set up with the financial support of Rs 25.581 million from the commission. Former Governor Sindh and old Ravian Barrister Kamal Azfar and GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khalid Aftab were also present on the occasion.

The HEC chairman visited the all sections of the centre, which offers a wide range of services including individual and group guidance, scholarships information, internal advisory services and job placement for which a recruitment section has also been built in the basement of the centre.

Dr Leghari also visited the medical centre and inspected emergency healthcare facilities for the students and was told that an ambulance was also available around the clock for students. Talking about the SSC, Dr Javaid said that the services being provided by the GCU to students were highly beneficial for future social networking between students and their alma maters.

"If the educational intuitions take care of their students, they will return the debt after entering into their professional lives. Don't look down on students, look up to them, they are the future CEOs, politicians and bureaucrats," he added.

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UVAS students protest police torture
Lahore: Students of the University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences (UVAS) on Monday held a protest against thrashing of some students by the police and blocked the road outside the university. At least three students were taken in custody by Lower Mall Police, however, instant and strong resentment by the university students forced the police to release them later.

According to the UVAS officials, two students of the university had an argument with a commuter outside the campus when one of them was hit by the latterís bicycle and the situation worsened when the nearby policemen on a picket intervened. The policemen allegedly manhandled the students after which dozens of students came out on the road to protest.

The officials alleged that SHO Lower Mall Nazir Uppal, instead of pacifying the situation, made it worse as the police baton charged the protesting students in his presence. They said three of the students were taken to the police station which aggravated the situation.

UVAS Registrar Dr Kamran Ashraf said the university had moved an application against the SHO Lower Mall as he mismanaged the situation and let the violence increase. DSP Lower Mall Circle Ahmad Nawaz said the issue was resolved amicably within half an hour, adding that no action was being taken against police or students. The DSP also denied allegation of baton charge by the police. To a question, he said police had not received any application from the UVAS for action against the SHO Lower Mall. The news

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