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Admission fee, date vary in government colleges
Lahore, Aug 09: After declaration of matriculation annual examination's results by all the eight examination boards of the province last week, admissions to colleges has finally begun in Punjab.

Nonetheless, what is missing in the whole process is uniformity both in terms of prices of admission prospectus and final dates to submit forms.

It is understandable that the government, as ever, is helpless in bringing private sector under control but what can be done is not being done as far as working of public sector colleges is concerned.

The varied dates to submit forms and varied prices of prospectus of the public run institutions expose well lack of coordination on part of officials concerned. On the other hand, sale of prospectus on high rates by private colleges speaks volumes of government's apathy.

The fee charged by colleges working in private sector is certainly a different thing for which no government ever, even, thought to introduce legislation or regulations.

Another aspect being highlighted by the stakeholders is demand of more and more seats at the government colleges so that maximum number of students could be saved from exorbitant private sector. For this, the academic circles suggest the government to introduce second shift programmes in as many public colleges as possible.

Similarly another fact worth mentioning in connection with result of matriculation exam is introduction of Rs 450 as Certificate Fee by the boards. The Punjab government is being castigated for the new monetary intervention as earlier there was no such fee and certificates were issued to the successful candidates without any extra fee.

The new fee has been introduced for students of government and private schools alike. The Punjab government had taken much pride in waiving off registration and examination fee of students of government schools appearing in matric exams without considering the financial constraints the boards had to face.

It was said the government would compensate the boards by providing grants to the same but to no avail. The stakeholders believe the Certificate Fee is an effort to avert financial deficit being faced by the boards at the cost of waiver to the government schools students. They also term the recent initiative a move to make a fool of thousands of students and their parents.

Similarly, no uniformity was observed in recently held MPhil admission tests in the Punjab University. While a number of departments charged Rs 250 or a bit more per student for the test, the PU College of Earth & Environmental Sciences took a lead and charged Rs 500 per student for the test.

A number of institutes/departments did not entertain new admissions at all. One such was the PU Institute of Communication Studies (ICS). It is learnt the institute did not enrol students this time owing to last year's controversy over MPhil admissions for which the management is, reportedly, already facing an inquiry.

The ICS management, however, claims the institute could not manage a new class as there are already over three different batches of MPhil. Another excuse they offer is non-availability of senior faculty members saying without them the admission process could not be handled properly and objections are raised as witnessed in the past. The news

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BISE errors reflective of government's careless attitude
Lahore: Mismanagement and errors shown in the matriculation examination results by the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) administration and "poor performance" by students belonging to the government schools has clearly exposed the government's careless attitude towards the education sector.

The entire mismanagement has clearly laid open the fact that none of the government officials is bothered to sincerely identify and then rectify the mistakes, and thus work for the betterment of the education sector.

Protests being carried out at various academic set-ups by students, teachers and employee unions regarding several academic and domestic issues reflect that the education system is in poor condition and officials concerned are constantly misinforming and cheating the Punjab chief minister.

It is important to mention here that on the occasion of the announcement of the matriculation results, students, parents and media likewise protested against BISE regarding their mismanagement. The next day, BISE's own employee welfare unions started a protest for the fulfillment of their demands. There are even rumors that these corrupt BISE officials are now planning to disrupt and mishandle the upcoming Intermediate results as well.

Disappointed: BISE administration has not only disheartened the students and their parents by holding an entirely mismanaged prize distribution ceremony, but it has also annoyed the educationists by showing several careless errors in the matriculation results. The tragedy, however, is that none of the government high-ups or even the education minister has tried to question the BISE authorities regarding this issue.

Even the BISE administration accepts that there are certain officials within BISE who are conspiring against the chief minister. Unfortunately, it is not the first time that the education minister has ignored the corruption and mismanagement shown by BISE. The minister previously ignored the illegal appointment of supervisors in matriculation examination centers by the BISE officials as well.

The underlying reason for all the mismanagement shown by BISE is that most of the officials employed by BISE were recruited during the tenure of former Punjab chief minister and were not given posts as per their qualifications. For example, the post of the public relations officer (PRO) was given to a candidate who was a graduate of psychology and according to sources, this particular official was largely responsible for the mismanagement at the BISE prize distribution ceremony.

According to the sources, officials from the BISE's PRO department have also been involved in the appointment of fake supervisors.

Action: However, despite the BISE chairman and other officials having knowledge of this corruption, they are unable to take action against the officials concerned due to their strong political backgrounds.

Similarly, there are several officials present in the BISE computer departments who allegedly have been involved in wide-scale tampering of results, an example being the tampering done with the result of the top candidate last year. The officials involved are still designated at their posts, as the administration is unable to remove them due to the shortage of working staff.

Last year, negligent BISE officials had awarded a bronze medal and Rs 10,000 for the third position in Intermediate's Commerce Group (among boys) to a private candidate who had secured 914 marks, despite another student having scored 915 marks. This year again there were several errors in the results, examples being, the passing percentage of Persian written as 119.72 percent, and that 507 candidates appeared in the examinations while 607 were said to have passed it.

Another shameful aspect for the government is the unsatisfactory performance shown by the students from government schools, all the top positions being secured by students from private institutions. This shows that the educational progress in government schools is extremely slow; despite repeated claims of the government of trying to alleviate the educational standard in these institutions. It is high time the government as well as the education minister take notice of the corruption at BISE and remove all the corrupt officials. Similarly, the education minister should also inquire the Lahore EDO as to why the students from government schools are unable to show good performance in matriculation and Intermediate examinations. Daily times

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BISEs to charge Rs450 for matric certificate
Lahore: The cash-starved boards of intermediate and secondary education have imposed a Rs450 fee on each student, who has qualified the matriculation annual examination and wants a certificate.

All the eight boards were crying hoarse since the chief minister had directed the boards not to charge any fee from students appearing from public sector schools.

The financial position of boards further weakened with the announcement of 50 per cent increase in salaries and 15 per cent in medical allowance of employees.

To improve financial position of boards, the Punjab Boards Committee of Chairmen decided to impose Rs450 fee for issuing a certificate to successful students.

The Lahore board alone is expected to generate some Rs57.04 million from private as well as public sector schools' students. As many as 126,753 candidates have passed the matriculation annual examination from the Lahore board.

Board officials say boards were autonomous entities and could take measures and charge students to generate resources and save themselves from going bankrupt. They say the decision was taken in a recent meeting of the Punjab Boards Committee of Chairmen.

Students of public sector schools have condemned the boards' decision alleging that the boards had taken the decision in clear negation of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif's vision of supporting the poor strata of society to seek education without any financial burden.

It is learnt that some students' parents had also approached boards' offices requesting them to waive off this fee as they would be required to pay for every service, including purchasing prospectuses of different colleges and getting admissions to colleges to seek higher education. Dawn

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FAST-NUCES Convocation
Lahore: The 22nd Convocation of FAST-National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (NUCES) was held at the varsity on Saturday. During the convocation, degrees were awarded to students in MS Computer Science, MS Mathematics, MS Software Project Management, Master of Business Administration, MS Electrical Engineering, BS Computer Engineering, BS Telecommunication Engineering, BS Telecommunication Engineering, BS Computer Science and Bachelors of Business Administration.

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PEF result
Lahore: The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has declared the result of 9th Quality Assurance Test (QAT) of the Foundation Assisted Schools. According to the result issued in a DGPR handout, 1,335 partner schools from 29 districts took part in the test and 1,203 schools qualified the test. The overall passing percentage was 97 per cent. The detailed result is available at PEF website The news

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PU research journals
Lahore: AS research is the buzzword for universities after the latest ranking of universities issued by the Higher Education Commission, the Punjab University last week reviewed the status of its research journals with regard to their recognition by the HEC and their quality. The PU is currently publishing 31 research journals being brought out by 13 faculties.

PU vice-chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran impressed upon all research journal editors to keep their record up-to-date and maintain it as per requirements of the HEC.

At the meeting, journals' editors complained about insufficient PU representation in various sub-committees constituted by the HEC for recognition of research journals being published by universities. The faculty members stressed that the varsity administration should hold meeting with the HEC officials at the earliest for early recognition of the varsity research journals.

Prof Kamran told the meeting participants that the university had enhanced the spending on research to the tune of Rs50 million in the current year's budget. He said state of the art facilities and latest equipment were being installed in varsity laboratories to facilitate advanced studies and promote research culture. Dawn

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PU distinction
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) Oriental College's magazine has earned the unique honour of being included on the recently published list of 100 most important research journals identified by the members of Advisory Committee of the Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) which is available on The news

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