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Mismanagement mars matric exams
Karachi, Apr 05: A day after the annual matriculation examinations commenced, students
continued to suffer on Thursday because of the apathetic attitude of the
No admit cards, change of exam centres at
the last moment, principals running away with money were just some of
the problems being faced by the candidates.
from the Pak Grammar School in Qasba Colony camped outside the Board of
Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK). "Our principal, Khalid, collected
the exam fee and ran away with our forms. He is nowhere to be found,"
said a protester.
Students from the Aziz Government School
in Korangi have also not received their admit cards. They staged a
protest outside the school and demanded being allowed to take the exams.
claimed that because of their principal's negligence in submitting
their forms around 80 students could not take their exams.
On Tuesday the principal had been beaten up by the students' relatives for "putting the careers of their children at stake".
the protest on Thursday became too loud for the students taking their
exams at the Aziz Government School, the BSEK shifted the centre to the
Millat Girls' Secondary School situated nearby.
Controller of Examinations Noman Ahsan later announced that all the
remaining exams, scheduled to be taken at the Aziz Government School,
would be held at the Government Comprehensive Boys' Higher Secondary
School in Korangi No 3.
No admit cards
With many students yet to receive their admit cards, the delay was attributed to a "suicide".
the past 15 years Rashid Memon aka Mama had been collecting examination
forms from seven schools mainly in Lyari and its adjoining localities.
The principals would hand him over the forms and expect to receive the
admit cards on time.
"He had told us that he would bring
us the admit cards by March 29. On April 1 we found out that Mama had
submitted only half of the forms," said Akhtari Begum, a teacher at one
of the seven schools.
Mama's neighbours told the school officials that he had attempted suicide and was admitted at the Civil Hospital Karachi.
teacher, Shamim, said: "When we went to the hospital to ask after Mama
we found out that he was not in a condition to talk." He died a few
are now fearful for their lives. One of them said: "The parents are
angry. We are receiving threats. Our schools are situated in areas where
gun-toting gangs are common."
Scores of students also
gathered outside the BSEK to protest the delay in receiving their admit
cards. The protesters requested the authorities to consider their case
and allow the 117 affected students to take their exams.
schools affected by Mama's suicide are the Al-Hamd Public School and
the Memon School in Kharadar, the JQJ School and the Royal School at
Lighthouse, the Nimra School in Bihar Colony, the Al-Habib School in
Baldia Town and the Al-Fakhr School in Bakra Piri.
Ahsan was unavailable for comment on the issue of admit cards, Abdul
Fahim Khan, who is in charge of the recently formed complaint cell,
said: "We have yet to arrive at a decision regarding the students
protesting for their admit cards. The matter is still under discussion." The news
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BSEK takes action against schoolbr>
Karachi: Taking action against the Aziz
Government Boys Secondary School in Korangi - the school whose 87 boys
were supposed to appear in their Matric examinations, but never got
their admit cards due to their headmaster's negligence in submitting
their forms with the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) - the
board took away the school exam centre status and set up an emergency
centre for the students for their exams.
The students of the Aziz
Government Boys Secondary School in Korangi 1 1/2 had complained that
their headmaster, Mr Idrees, took money from them, but never submitted
their forms at the board office.
There were 87 students in all from the school and only 29 forms were submitted.
the boys held protests at the board office for two days, BSEK chairman
Fasihuddin Khan issued instructions to secretary of BSEK Hoor Mazhar and
controller of exams Noman Ahsan to take away the school's status as an
examination centre and make arrangements for the students for their
exams at the Millat Girls Secondary School in Korangi 2.
Millat Girls Secondary School is already an exam centre and
accommodating several examinees, the board made special arrangements for
the Aziz Government Boys Secondary School students for their English
part-II (science group) exams in a separate portion of the school for
As for the rest of the exams, the board has made
Government Comprehensive Higher Secondary in Korangi 3 the regular
centre for them. Dawn
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Principal booked for defrauding students
Karachi: The principal of a private school situated in Manzoor Colony was booked on
Thursday for defrauding the students about to appear in the matric
The Baloch Colony police station received
information on Thursday morning about a protest outside Ayesha Public
School, said SHO Ghazanfar Ali Kazmi.
police officials reached the spot they found around 21 students and
their parents protesting against not being issued admit cards for board
The police officials asked the school staff about the principal, Ayesha, but she was not present at her office.
students alleged the principal had taken extra money from them for
issuing admit cards but so far they had not materialised.
to the students, a few months ago Ayesha while asking for examination
fees from the students took Rs1,000 extra, claiming to issue them the
admit cards earlier.
When after a few weeks the students
began asking her about them, the principal gave them a run around
without issuing admit cards.
As the students continued to
protest, said SHO Kazmi, the city police chief Shahid Hayat Khan also
reached the spot and gave a call to the officials of the Board of
Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) who also arrived at the scene.
assured the protesting students of registering a case against Ayesha at
the Baloch Colony police station under section 420 (fraud) of the
Pakistan Penal Code.
Meanwhile, the BSEK officials
reassured the students of delivering their admit cards to them so they
could appear in the ongoing board examination. The school principal is
yet to be arrested.
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KU students suffer as points' drivers continue strike
Karachi: Students at Karachi University staged a protest outside its administration block
as points failed to run for a sixth day in a row on Monday.
protesters raised placards which read 'save the university' as they
camped on the road that divides the arts lobby and the administration
"In the absence of university points we have to rely on private transport which costs us a lot more," said a protester.
drivers of 32 points on campus remained on strike for the sixth day in a
row as they demanded that the transport director be removed from his
They alleged that he was responsible for the
deteriorating condition of the point shuttle service. "Transport
Chairman SM Khalid does not take care of the wear and tear of vehicles.
used oil and rusted metal sheets are used to repair the vehicles, which
results in their frequent breakdown," said a driver.
Daraz, a student leading the protest and member of the rightwing Islami
Jamiat Talba said, "The deteriorating condition of buses results in
road accidents where sometimes students even get run over."
Thursday, a large number of students staged a protest outside the point
terminal, demanding that drivers end their strike and give students
some relief. In the process two students fainted because of the heat.
Following the protest, the vice chancellor directed the drivers that
the strike be called off. But only after a day's break the drivers went
on strike again.
On Monday, the protesters dispersed as the management met students and listened to their grievances.
have assured students that points will run from Tuesday. Meanwhile, a
three-member committee has been formed to look into the allegations
levelled against the transport director," said Khalid Iraqi, director
admissions of the university.
"We will make sure that the safety and convenience of the students is taken care of," he said.
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'Karachi students prefer studying hard sciences'
Karachi: A large number of students attended a university fair organised by the
United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) at a hotel on
The fair was attended by representatives from
the University of Northern Iowa, the Hiram College, the Valparaiso
University, the University of Kentucky, the Savannah College of Art and
Design, the Emporia State University and the New York
University-Polytechnic School of Engineering (NYU-PSE).
are trying to help students get admission in universities of their
choice and guide them through their visa process. This is to prevent
them from going to consultants who hoodwink them. We give them our
services free of charge," said a USEFP official.
49,000 universities, students in Karachi know of only a handful. Philip
Assis, a representative of the US Consulate in Karachi, said: "This fair
is an attempt by the USEFP to connect students with the universities
and give them an opportunity to choose from a large pool of options."
a large number of options were available, it was observed that
universities offering courses in hard science had the largest number of
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Acting VCs of Gomal, Hazara varsities are junior among aspirants
The two professors given acting charge as vice-chancellor of Gomal
University, Dera Ismail Khan and Hazara University, Mansehra were not
only junior in terms of seniority but also had allegations of academic
corruption against them.
The process for appointment
of acting vice-chancellor is that the Higher Education Department (HED)
submits a panel of candidates, mostly three senior most deans of the
university concerned, to the chief minister to choose anyone among them
and forward the name to the chancellor for final approval. The
chancellor in consultation with the chief minister can also pick a
person other than those recommended by the HED to name him as acting
The office of vice-chancellor Gomal
University Dera Ismail Khan fell vacant after the sudden death of
Professor Dr Amanullah Akhtar in December 2013 and Prof Dr Inayatullah
Babar of University of Engineering and Technology (UET) was given the
The position was later advertised for which
around 70 applicants applied and scrutiny is yet to be made, the
sources said. The appointment of Inayatullah Babar triggered criticism
from certain academic circles, as he is not only junior among the list
of professors but has also been accused of academic corruption.
to sources, Babar has done his MS and PhD in computer science and was
made chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department of the UET for
which he was not eligible.
He got four research papers
published with slight changes in his name in a single journal, the
sources said. The officials at HED were of the opinion that they had
recommended his name in view of his rich curriculum vitae.
contacted, Dr Babar said he might be junior on the list of professors
because of his age, but he met the criteria required for the office of
vice-chancellor. "The search committee for appointment of
vice-chancellor also recommended me for a few universities during the
previous government," he said.
He said he was eligible for
the chairmanship of electrical engineering as he had done his PhD from
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, George
Washington University, USA. Also, he reminded that he was Higher
Education Commission (HEC) approved supervisor for electrical
Dr Babar rejected the allegations of
academic corruption against him as baseless and argued that the four
papers published in the UET journal had been submitted on different
dates. "The journal is normally published quarterly, but in that year
only one issue was brought out and all the pending papers were published
in it," he said.
He added any paper published in the same
journal had to be verified by a foreign and a local expert and finally
be approved by the vice-chancellor. "All my papers had been formally
approved by the experts and the vice-chancellor before publication. One
of my papers won an international award," he argued.
the Hazara University, Mansehra, the vice-chancellor's office fell
vacant after the retirement of Prof Dr Sakhawat Shah in February last.
Prof Dr Sohail Shehzad was given the acting charge. Objections were
raised as Sohail Shehzad too was not only among the junior most
professors, but had allegations of plagiarism against him.
HED officials said they had recommended Dr Sohail Shehzad's name
because he was the senior most among the current deans of the
university. This post too has been advertised with March 25 is the last
date for submission of applications.
The official website
of Hazara University said: "Sohail joined lectureship in Peshawar
University in 1999. He completed his PhD in 2005. He joined the Hazara
University in 2006 as an associate professor. He became full professor
in 2007 and dean in 2013."
Dr Sohail Shehzad is a graduate
of law and has done his PhD from Area Study Centre. He got a research
paper "A Right-Based Approach to Development" published in the
International Human Rights Perspective, a journal of Khyber Law College,
University of Peshawar in January 2003. Co-authored by Prof Ahmad Ali
Khan and Asad Ali Durrani, the paper is a clear case of plagiarism, the
A presentation made by one Jorge Daniel
Taillant at a seminar on Globalization and Human Dignity in March 2002
and a discussion paper filed by Flore Nguyen, research assistant at the
Office of High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) in September 2002,
have been combined and published in the journal without even making the
slightest changes, the sources said.
Dr Sohail Shehzad said he was the acting charge of vice-chancellor because he was the senior most among the four faculty deans.
the relevance of his post-graduation and PhD degrees, he said that he
was having a LLM degree which was enough of a qualification for
professor. "It is not the institution where you studied but the thesis
you have done that counts for PhD. I have done my PhD on the
constitution making of Afghanistan, which is relevant with my graduation
and post-graduation," he said.
Regarding plagiarism, Dr
Sohail Shehzad said he was not the first author of the paper. He said
the paper had been given to him for editing and his name was given as
co-author. The news
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Govt asked not to interfere in Edwardes College affairs
Mardan: The local Christian community has
threatened to move court against a plan of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government
to appoint principal of the Edwardes College, Peshawar.
chairman of Church Construction Committee, Indaryas Maseeh, told a press
conference here on Sunday that an advertisement flouted by the
provincial government about filling the vacant post of principal of
Edwardes College Peshawar was illegal.
Flanked by Chaudhry Fayaz
Maseeh and others, he said that the bishop was authorised to appoint or
terminate principal of the Edwardes College.
Mr Maseeh said that
under Articles 20 and 36 of the Constitution of Pakistan, minorities of
the country were autonomous to run their own institutions as per their
wishes and aspirations.
He said that the provincial government
terminated the principal of Edwardes College to appoint its blue-eyed
boy on the vacant post.
He said that a foreigner could be appointed principal of the college as per the rules.
Masseh said that the terminated principal had also filed a case against
his termination by the government. He said that provincial government
should reconsider its plan and should not interfere in the affairs of
Edwardes College, Peshawar.
He threatened that Christians would launch protest movement against the government's decision.
The protest would be extended to the entire country with passing of time, he added.
also appealed to the prime minister, chief justice of Pakistan and
chief justice of Peshawar High Court to take notice of the issue and
provide them speedy justice. Dawn
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