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SSC annual exams began
Karachi, April 18: Not yielding to the pressure of candidates trying to submit their forms on the eve of the secondary school certificate annual examinations, officials of the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) told them they could appear in the supplementary exams set to be conducted after two-and-a-half months.

The Class X Science and General groups' annual examinations-2011 will begin on Monday at 225 centres set up at both the government and private schools of the metropolis with Islamiat (compulsory) paper and Ethics for non-Muslims.

However, the timings for Class X Science group examinations will be from 9.30am to 12.30pm and for the General group (both regular and private) from 2.30pm to 5.30pm.

In all, 327,000 candidates are registered in both parts of the SSC examinations.

Class IX examinations of both the Science and General groups will begin on Tuesday and their papers will be held from 9.30am to 12.30pm and from 2.30pm to 5.30pm, respectively.

Meanwhile, Section 144 of the criminal procedure code had been imposed in and around all the examination centres and, as such, entry of all unconcerned people in the examination centres will be banned while photocopier shops located in the vicinity of the examination centres will also remain closed during the examination timings.

Police will be deployed at the examination centres while the Rangers will patrol around the centres to ward off any untoward incident as well as to check the outside interference in the examination centres.

It was probably for the first time in the history of the BSEK that some private institutions of the city, which in connivance with the examination mafia had developed the habit of submitting the forms of their students at the eleventh hour merely to get allocated the examination centres of their choice, were disappointed when they were told by the officials that the forms of their students could not be accepted for the exams, commencing on Tuesday, as the Sindh governor in his capacity as the controlling authority of all educational boards of the province had strictly directed them not to entertain the forms on the eve of the exam.

Taking a serious notice of those private institutions which deliberately avoided submitting examination forms in the stipulated period only to get allocated the examination centres of their choice, the Sindh governor had directed the BSEK officials not to accept the forms on the eve of the SSC annual examinations, but with a view to saving their precious academic year such candidates be allowed to take supplementary examination and their forms be accepted once the exams were over.

The governor, however, gave a concession to all such candidates as there would be no mention of supplementary examination in their certificates.

Meanwhile, Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai, who is also holding the charge of the BSEK chairman said that all arrangements to conduct the examination in an efficient and transparent manner had been finalised and all the private candidates whose admit cards were returned to the board's office owing to the wrong addresses mentioned on their examination forms had been provided with the same on Sunday. Dawn

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Unruly scenes outside BSEK office as exams loom
Karachi: Hundreds of students thronged the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) at the eleventh hour on Saturday, hoping to submit their examination forms with only a couple of days remaining before the commencement of this year's annual examinations, only to find that the board would not entertain them; while others approached the board for different reasons.

On the directive of Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad, who oversees all of the province's examination boards, the BSEK turned latecomers away, as it had had enough of late examination forms. Hence, it did not allow them to submit the latter forms for this year's examinations of Secondary School Certificate Part-I and II, (Science and General Group).

The board stood its ground and told these students to return to their homes and appear in the supplementary examinations instead.

It had been common practice for many students to submit the required forms at the last minute, with the support of the mafia, in order to appear in the examination centre of their choosing; one that will facilitate wrongful practices like cheating.

Angered by BSEK's unexpected refusal to accept their late forms, some of the unruly students misbehaved with the board's officials, including the controller of exanimations, Ameenuddin. They attempted to bully their way into forcing the board to accept their forms, and later even tried to barge into various offices and sections, including Ameenuddin's office.

It was told that last year students used the muscle of the mafia and resorted to violence in order to forcefully submit their late applications. Therefore, pre-empting similar retaliation from this year, BSEK Secretary Hoor Mazhar arranged for local police and rangers to be on call in case the need arose to control any unrest or violence. Law enforcers took their cue after being alerted of the first signs of misbehaviour and patrolled the BSEK premises to maintain the peace.

Meanwhile, the unreasonable late comers were also joined by other students who were visiting the premises for the purpose of acquiring their admission cards, which had yet to be delivered.

According to BSEK, the board was withholding their cards, as these students had failed to submit all necessary verification documentation. Therefore, officials told them to file the missing material as soon as possible if they had any hopes of appearing for the examinations, which are just around the corner. Upon failure to do so, BSEK warned the concerned students that it will withhold their examination results and will only give the students a strict timeframe during which time they should rectify their case, otherwise their results would be cancelled permanently, said BESK Chairman Anwar Ahmed Zai.

Moreover, several students had misplaced or lost their admission cards and were visiting the board office to acquire replacements, while others approached board officials with requests to change examination centres. Also, there were a few students who raised the issue that their roll numbers were not mentioned in the examination centre's lists, which would potentially casue problems on exam day, officials said.

The Chairman also said that 25 members people have been chosen to be apart of an 'overseeing team' (OT), which is assigned the task of visiting the examination centres and submitting observations reports to the board's office after. OT's responsibilities include searching for any reports of unfair or wrongful practices during the examination and ensuring the provision of proper examination desks, water, electricity and other amenities, he added. Zai also highlighted that OT members were instructed to visit at least three examination centres, and they could not visit the same centre more than twice during the whole examination process. Adding that each OT member would be given a Performa to be filled out and countersigned by the centre's superintendents.

The BSEK has also assigned one Centre Coordinator Officer (CCO) to each of the 225 examination centres, whose responsibility is to deliver papers to the centre. These papers would be sealed in an envelope, which would only be opened by the centre's superintendent. The CCO would then collect the examination copies (answer transcripts) and return them to BSEK, Zia explained. The news

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Governor opposes HEC dissolution
Hyderabad: Sindh Governor Dr. Ishratul Ibad Khan has said that dissolution of the commission in an abrupt manner will be harmful for the country.

Talking to journalists after attending 'Dental Symposium-2011' at the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences in Jamshoro on Saturday, the governor said HEC had played a pivotal role in improving standard of higher education.

He said that he had discussed the HEC issue with the president and prime minister and presented them recommendations prepared by vice-chancellors, senior professors, academicians and intellectuals of the province, who wanted continuation of HEC and opposed its dissolution.

He said that several subjects had been transferred to provinces after passage of the 18th Amendment and the HEC was also among them. He had presented his point of view to the president and hoped the final decision would be in favour of the commission, he said.

Answering a question about the appointment of vice-chancellors, Dr Khan said they were appointed under a set criteria. A high-powered committee advertised the posts and conducted interviews of eligible candidates, he said.

The governor appointed VCs on the basis of recommendations forwarded by the committee.

About pay-scale of young doctors, the governor said that a committee had been formed to review their demands. Provincial ministers Dr Saghir Ahmed and Syed Murad Ali Shah were members of the committee and the decision would be made after receiving its recommendations, he said.

Earlier, speaking at the symposium Dr Khan announced handing over government hospital Jamshoro to the LUMHS and expressed hope the decision would help in providing effective training to young doctors. He also announced upgradation of the cardiac department of the university to institute and praised the university management for making phenomenal progress in medical education and research.

"It is a matter of pride that the HEC has ranked LUMHS as the topmost public sector medical university in the country," he said.

The steady growth of number of postgraduate courses and disciplines indicated a wide range of credibility and acceptability for the courses, he said.

Sindh Minister for Health Dr. Saghir Ahmed said that the university's mother and child care project launched with the support of WHO was providing great relief to the poor expecting mothers.

LUMHS VC Prof Noshad Ahmed Shaikh said that with over 1500 delegates from all over the country and leading scientists presenting 60 papers, the symposium would prove to be a showcase for innovation in the discipline of dentistry.

The governor awarded shields to eminent dental surgeons who played an outstanding role while working with the university.

The governor also offered fateha and laid a floral wreath on the grave of noted scholar Dr N.A. Baloch and founder vice-chancellor Allama I.I. Kazi and his wife Elsa Kazi. Dawn

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Enrolment at SSUET rises to over 5,000
Karachi: Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) has been able to offer six Bachelor degrees, five Masters degree and two PhD programmes within 17 years. Chancellor of the SSUET here stated this on Sunday. He pointed out that University's budget has risen from Rs 17.22 million in 1994 to Rs 676.71 million while it spent over Rs 185.333 million on buildings and Rs 186.348 million on lab equipment over the last 17 years. The Chancellor said the this year some 3,854 applications were received for admissions out of which 213 applicants had secured over 80 percent marks, 1,275 over 50 percent and 1,855 over 60 percent marks. app

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Six injured in clash at FUUAST
Karachi: At least six students were injured in a clash between two student organisations at the Gulsahn-e-Iqbal Campus of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science, and Technology (FUUAST) on Saturday. Activists of the Pakhtun Students Federation (PSF) and the Imamia Students Organisation (ISO) turned violent over some petty issue, and fought with one another using iron rods and clubs. The incident led to six students sustaining injuries. PSF leader Shah Kalam told PPI that ISO members, who did not attend FUUAST, attacked PSF activists, thus igniting violent quarreling between members of both organisations. The injured were rushed to a private hospital, while police and Rangers rushed to the scene to control the situation.

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Three-day training workshop at KU
Karachi: The Pakistan Scientific and Technological Information Centre (PASTIC), Pakistan Science Foundation, Ministry of Science & Technology in collaboration with the University of Karachi (KU) is organising a three-day training workshop on 'Library & Information Management' from April 19-21. The workshop will be held in the Department of Library and Information Sciences. Librarians and computer personnel from various educational institutions will attend the training. The workshop will focus on practical training on library management software like WINISIS, ABC, etc., developed and maintained by UNESCO for Bibliographic Information. The news

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Job fair at SZABIST provides opportunities to students
Karachi: The Executive Development Centre (EDC) of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) hosted a 'Job Fair 2011' at its campus here on Saturday. An official of the SZABIST said that the top employers and human resource consultants such as those from the State Bank of Pakistan, Meezan Bank, EFU, Sanofi Aventis, Herboin, Shan Foods, Rozeepk, TRG, Avanza Solutions, CRPL, Express Group, Hum TV, Junctionz Limited and Zulfiqar Industries were provided with an opportunity to directly interact with around 800 potential interns and fresh recruits from various degree programmes at both graduate and post-graduate levels. app

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SSUET and KCCI join hands to resolve energy crisis
Karachi: The country is confronting a severe energy crisis which needs to be resolved on an emergency basis for the sake of economical growth and development in the country, said that President of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Muhammad Saeed Shafiq. He added that the time has come to work on projects focused on alternate energy.

These views were expressed by Shafiq while he was addressing a meeting held by the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) in collaboration with KCCI to review progress on industrial interaction.

He revealed that KCCI is planning to hold a countrywide competition for projects on how to deal with the energy crisis. Cash awards will be given to the students as well as professors and institutions for the most feasible projects. Shafiq also offered a free of cost space for SSUET stall at the next 'My Karachi Exhibition' for the promotion of students' innovative projects.

KCCI being the apex body for promotion of healthy industrial climate, trade and commerce is inclined to avail the package of services being offered by SSUET to industrial and trading setups for enhancing their capacity building to contribute efficiently to the national economy, he further said.

The two institutions have joined hands to strengthen their collaboration in order to lay the foundation for industrial interaction by involving the academia of the university and market of the chamber.

Earlier, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, SSUET, Professor Dr S M Makhdumi, welcomed the KCCI President and his associates to join in the meeting and offered his organisation's services to resolve technical difficulties of the corporate sector at a minimum cost. The news

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