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Punjab matriculation and intermediate practical marks

Cut in practical marks on the cards
Lahore, Dec 31: The examination boards across the country have unanimously agreed to take measures to further reduce marks of practical in matriculation and intermediate examinations.

The move is aimed at reducing discretionary powers of examiners besides discouraging candidates to approach or use different means to get maximum marks in the practical exams.

The consensus was reached at a meeting of Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC) held at the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) here on Thursday.

The meeting had participation from almost all the examination boards across the country, including Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) while officials from Federal Ministry of Education were also present.

A sub-committee was constituted on the occasion which comprised selected chairmen from all the provinces of the country to come up with recommendations to reduce marks of practical portion from Secondary School Certificate (Matriculation) Examination and Higher Secondary School Certificate (Intermediate) Examination.

The existing ratio 30 marks (per science subject) are reserved for practical exams at matric and intermediate level while this ratio was 50 marks a couple of years ago.

It is learnt that the sub-committee would work out and suggest as to how much marks of practicals could be reduced further and the same might be adopted by examination boards across the country.

It is pertinent to mention here that Punjab province had been on the forefront in demanding reduction in marks of practical exams.

At a meeting in connection with reforms in practical exam, organised a couple of moths ago here at the provincial metropolis, the participants were unanimous in urgent need for taking steps to stop malpractices and favouritism in practical portion of matriculation and intermediate exams.

The IBCC meeting chaired by its chairman Prof Dr Akram Kashmiri, who is also Lahore BISE chairman, took up a number of important issues during the two days.

The issue regarding equivalence of Four Year Homeopathic Diploma with Intermediate Science was deferred in the meeting as no decision could be made in this regard. It is pertinent to mention here that the issue was first placed before Equivalence Committee (EC) of the IBCC in 2006 but since then no final decision had been taken in this regard.

Another important agenda item related to provision of option for alternative subject in lieu of Mathematics (Compulsory) to the blind candidates in the matriculation exam was also discussed in the meeting. However the same was not accepted by the IBCC.

Pakistan Association of the Blind, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, had requested the IBCC with suggestion that the visually impaired students might be allowed any other optional subject such as Urdu, Islamiat, Arabic, History, Physical Education, Civics or Pushto etc instead of Mathematics so that the blind students were able to dictate the writer easily as the figure was difficult job for a blind person to dictate the writer during the exam.

The IBCC meeting did not accept an agenda item related to revision of existing equivalence formulae for foreign qualifications such as O and A Levels. It was presented by Sadiq Public School, Bahawalpur.

The house observed that the said agenda item could be considered only; the same was presented by a foreign examination body. The news

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PU 119th convocation rehearsal
Lahore: Punjab University's 119th Convocation dress rehearsal will be held today (Friday) at the Faisal Auditorium, New Campus, Lahore. PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Jamil Anwar Chaudhry, Registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Akhtar, Examinations Controller Dr Zahid Karim Khan, all faculty deans, principals of colleges, directors of institutes and heads of departments in addition to 790 MPhil/PhD scholars, masters and undergraduates will participate in the full dress rehearsal.

The convocation would be held on Saturday. They have been further directed to follow the instructions already conveyed to them along with the admit card in strict conformity during the convocation. The students must wear costumes both on the full dress rehearsal and convocation days. The students, who have to travel from outside Lahore, have been advised in their own interest to keep themselves up to date with regards to the likely inclement weather conditions to avoid any inconvenience due to their late arrival. Daily times

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PU students demo against marking system
Lahore: Dozens of students from Punjab University (PU) Law College and other affiliated colleges strongly protested against the varsity's aggregate system of marking and absence of carry-on system in the LLB examinations.

The protesting students, despite rain, marched from the PU Law College and staged a demonstration outside office of the Vice Chancellor at New Campus.

They demanded the PU VC to take notice of the issue and provide relief to them. They demanded decrease in aggregate passing marks from the existing 45 per cent to 40 per cent in addition to initiation of carry-on system in the LLB examinations.

Talking to the protesting students, PU Law College In charge Samee Ozair Khan said their demands fall within the ambit of Board of Studies in Law, adding the Board had already rejected both the demands in its previous meeting on the plea that they were detrimental to the standard of legal education.

Moreover, the Bar Councils/Licensing Authorities have also serious reservations about the said demands, he added. However, he said the demand of the failed students for grant of permission to appear in Supplementary Examination would be placed before the Board of Studies in Law in its forthcoming meeting for consideration. The news

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Entrance test results
Lahore: University of Engineering and Technology has announced BSc Technology result for the year 2011. The first merit list has been displayed in this regard. Successful candidates can submit their admission forms along with fee by 7 January 2011. Second merit list will be displayed on l0 January 2011.

The commencement of classes will also be on 10 January, 2011. Besides this the last date for the submission of admission forms in M Phil Degree in Applied Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics is 15 January 2011. The nation

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Students enthrall audience at UMT Drama Festival
Lahore: Young student dramatists enthralled the audience and won big applause on their magnificent performances at the University of Management and Technology (UMT) Drama Festival 2010 at the Lahore Art Council (Alhamra), on Thursday night.

Students of 10 national universities are participating in the two-day event organsied by the students of UMT.

National College of Arts (NCA) students performed on the first day of the festival. The play was directed by NCA student, Huzefa. The hall was filled to the capacity.

Another play, 'Mahno Kahani', was directed by Faiz Rasool of the University of Veterinary Animal Sciences. 'A Sailor's Life', another play was directed by Irtiza Ali and Haris Ali of COMSATS, followed by the play 'We the Destroyers' directed by Ahsan Saeed of the Beaconhouse National University. This play presented a critical evaluation of the society and was appreciated by the audience.

Later, a comedy skit titled, 'Comedy Skit' was performed by the students of the Punjab University. The play worked as a taste changer to the audience after they witnessed a serious play.

The last play, 'Peace and Discrimination with Special People' directed by Humayun of the VOICE Society was performed. The drama focused on the social discrimination of handicapped people in Pakistani society.

As per the performance schedule of the second day, to be held today (Friday), 'Mai Kon Hoon' will be performed by the students of the Lahore School of Economics at 3:30pm and 'Thinking From Heart' by the Superior University will be performed at 4:30 pm. Daily times

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