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FBISE intermediate exam chemistry paper 2012

FBISE Part-I exam: 21,000 students can reappear in chemistry
Islamabad, Aug 24: Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) has decided to give a special chance to 21,000 intermediate students, who appeared in chemistry Part-I exam in April 2012, to improve their result in the subject.

This decision was taken in a meeting after considering around 200 applications from different educational institutions as well as students, claiming that the question paper for the subject of chemistry was out of course.

Students had been claiming that the question paper for chemistry was out of course and therefore reduced their chances of getting good marks. A number of students claimed that if marks in chemistry would be given to them by considering their score in other subjects, they were confident of getting over 500 marks out of the total of 550.

Besides, most concerning issue for FBISE was that heads of some educational institutions, including Fazaia Degree College Karachi and Cantonment College Karachi, had also filed applications with the board that the question paper for chemistry was out of course. This made the board take the matter seriously and FBISE Chairperson Shaheen Khan constituted a committee headed by secretary board Prof Israr Ali and comprising representatives of Fauji Foundation, Cantt Garrison, Federal
Directorate of Education and other directorates.

The committee met on August 17, however the minutes of the meeting were released on Thursday as August 18 to 22 were holidays.

An officer of FBISE, requesting not to be quoted, said the committee had called the question paper setter and sought his explanation.

"The paper setter explained that not a single question was out of course, but admitted that he had asked tricky questions which might have confused some students and they failed to solve them," he said.

"The result of intermediate Part-I, announced on August 13, 2012, showed that students excelled in other subjects but hardly managed to get passing marks in chemistry, the officer said.

The committee then decided that all 21,000 students, who took chemistry exam, will get a special chance to improve their result, and will be able to appear in supplementary exam 2012," he added.

Director Research, FBISE, Zulfiqar Ali Rizvi said that under normal practice, students lose the chance of winning an award or scholarship if he or she takes an exam to improve his or her result. But the committee decided that this chance for improvement will not affect the students' right to win an award or scholarship. This will be considered a special case and those students who appear in it and manage to get more marks than the previous position holder, will replace the earlier topper.

"All students who think that their marks in chemistry subject were less than their expectation can apply for improvement," he said.

Mohammad Rafique, father of a student, said although the decision to give a chance for improvement was positive, according to schedule announced by FBISE, Friday (today) is the last date for submitting forms.

However, the director research said the FBISE chairperson had been informed about it and hopefully another five working days would be given to students who want to improve their marks in chemistry. Dawn

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Schools reopen after summer break
Rawalpindi: Students of most of the government schools in Rawalpindi returned to their classrooms after summer vacation on Thursday.

The Punjab government had announced summer vacation till Eidul Fitr.

The attendance in classrooms remained thin as most of the students were still in their hometowns for celebrating Eid. Some of the private schools will however reopen on Monday.

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No increase in GCU fee: VC
Lahore: Government College University (GCU) Vice Chancellor has announced that the university will not increase its fee this year despite the financial crunch and reduction in government grants.

A notification in this regard has also been issued after the approval by the GCU Syndicate.

Last year GCU VC Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleequr Rahman had slashed the GCU fee by record 23 per cent and hostels' dues by 50 percent to facilitate students.

This year, the decision will provide financial relief to almost 9,000 students of the varsity.

Talking about his decision, he said the ongoing economic crunch was affecting the budgets of all public sector universities but it did not anyway mean that the financial deficit was covered from the students.

Prof Dr Khaleequr Rahman also hoped that the government realised the importance of higher education and would increase budget for the public sector universities. The news

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Hazara varsity plans moot on 'Silk Route'
Peshawar: The department of archaeology, Hazara University, Mansehra, in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission Islamabad, will hold a three-day international conference on "Rediscovering the Silk Route" at the main campus from September 5 to 7.

"It will be first-ever international moot of its kind in which scholars from around the world will explore the legacy of the Silk Route," said Dr Abdul Samad, head of the Department of Archaeology, here on Thursday.

He said the conference's basic aim was to provide an advanced forum for national and international scholars and researchers to share their latest researches and findings of their projects on any aspect related with the Silk Route.

Dr Samad explained that the Silk Route had earned a high status in terms of archaeological heritage, cultural legacy, scriptural and lingual interaction, trade and commerce, religious thoughts, socio-political ideas, artistic and architectural endeavours, geographic-cum-strategic importance, and ethnological assets (both tangible and intangible) of innumerable hordes of diverse origins who used to move along this most frequented highway.

"The route has been the safest path for the caravans and convoys between Pakistan and China and beyond," he maintained. He added the tourism industry (both eco and cultural) had a good potential for its growth and marketing due to many places of interest along the Silk Route and in the adjoining areas.

Dr Samad, who is also an organiser of this conference, shared that this conference will generate interest in the cultural heritage of Pakistan among the public at the international, national, provincial and local level as well. Dawn

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