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Punjab BA, BSc results & Failing colleges

11 govt colleges have zero-percent passing rates in BA/BSc
Lahore, Aug 19: The passing percentage of around 11 government colleges in the province in the BA/BSc annual examinations was zero percent, while that of around 70 colleges in Punjab was below 20 percent.

Three of Lahore's colleges are also on the list of 11 colleges with zero percent passing rates, while 10 of the city's colleges showed a below than 20 percent passing rate.

Educationists and students said that it was a tragedy that not a single student from these colleges had been able to pass the BA/BSc exams, and demanded that the higher education department suspend the principals of those colleges whose passing percentage was below 20 percent.

It is important to note that not every BA and BSc student in these colleges failed his or her exams, but that in each college only one of the groups, either BA or BSc, failed completely.

List: Although this year's overall passing percentage in the BA/ BSc exams is better than last year's, the fact that 11 government colleges showed a zero percent passing rate and 70 government colleges showed a passing rate lower than 20 percent is still worrying. The situation is even worse because this year, colleges did not allow certain students to sit for the exams just so they could improve their pass percentage. The result however, has still been disappointing. It seems that college principals have not learned any lessons from the action taken by the higher education department last year, when the Punjab Education Department suspended 26 principals on account of the poor performance of their respective institutions in the BA/BSc examinations 2009. This decision was announced at a high-level meeting with provincial Education Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman after the announcement of the BA/BSc result.

Government colleges in Chakwal, Faisalabad, Okara, Rawalpindi, Shorkot and Lahore are among those with a zero percent passing rate in the exams. In Lahore, Dayal Singh College, Government College Ravi Road, Shahdara, and Mansoora Model Degree College, Wahdat Road, are among those with a zero percent passing rate. Not one student among the 18 who appeared in the exams from the Dayal Singh College could pass the BA exams.

Hubs: According to students and educationists, the colleges that have performed poorly are hubs of student union politics and teachers' politics, and are lacking in facilities. Wise College, a private college in Lahore, is also on the list of colleges with a zero percent passing rate.

According to students of the Dayal Singh College, the college had gotten a bad name in the past because of student union politics. They said that the situation was now worse, as students were not regularly attending classes. They also complained about the lack of facilities.

Tauseef Ahmad, a college teacher, said that the government's lack of interest was responsible for the poor performance in government colleges. He said that teacher politics was at its peak in these colleges and that teachers preferred to hold boycotts rather than teach classes.

Colleges run by previously suspended principals are among those with poor passing percentages. Not one student of the 46 government colleges in the city has attained a position in the BA/BSc examinations.

According to a member of a college teachers' union, the government is planning to start a four-year BSc honours class in 26 colleges in Punjab and is planning to privatise them, but the colleges' poor performance showed that the government had failed to improve the situation and that colleges did not have proper facilities and were not properly staffed. Daily times

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Student awaits action against tormentor
Taxila: The administration of the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Taxila, has failed to take action against a student who allegedly tortured and tried to assault another student about four months back.

Saad bin Waqar, a student of electrical engineering department, alleged that he was harassed and deprived of valuables by another student and his unidentified friend.

He said he reported the matter to the disciplinary committee the very next day but so far no action had been taken against the accused.

The victim said he lived in distress as the culprit roamed on the campus freely.

When contacted, the chairman of the disciplinary committee, Dr Mumtaz Ahmed Kamal said the committee was formed by former Vice Chancellor Ikram Javaid and after taking over charge the new VC Dr Habibullah Jamal had made all orders issued by his predecessor null and void.

As a result, he added, the committee had stopped working and was not in a position to hear the case. Dr Kamal said as soon as the committee restarted functioning, the case would be heard. Dawn

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PU sends relief to flood-hit areas
Lahore: A team sent by the Punjab University, consisting of 10 students and headed by Prof Shahid Mahmood Gul and Prof Abul Wafa, visited the flood-affected areas of southern Punjab, particularly the Dajal area, and returned to the city on Wednesday after distributing relief goods worth Rs 250,000 among the flood victims. The funds were collected from students of various departments. Department of Philosophy Chairman Dr Sajid Ali and Student Adviser Iftikhar Ahmad Chaudhry are supervising the drive for the collection of donations from the student community as well as the dispatch and distribution of relief goods among the flood victims. Another team consisting of faculty members and students will leave for these areas next week. The Punjab University has opened an account at Habib Bank's Punjab University New Campus branch for the "Punjab University Emergency Relief Fund". The fund has been set up for the welfare of people badly affected by the recent floods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Punjab. Daily times

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