Karachi University new GPA system | SBTE exams results
New marks system irks Karachi University students
Karachi, Feb 28: Students of several departments of the Karachi University on
Wednesday staged a demonstration on the campus to protest against the
introduction of the grade point average (GPA) system in place of the existing
division system in the middle of their courses.
A large number of
students assembled in front of the university's arts lobby and raised slogans
against the GPA system and officials of their departments for introducing the
The students said that they had already completed their third
and fourth semesters under the present division system, but the administration
was introducing a new system in the middle of their courses.
protesting students went to the university's administration block to meet the
vice-chancellor of the university.
The vice-chancellor was reportedly
not available, and therefore the students met the university's students'
adviser, Prof Tanveer Khalid. They brought the issue to her notice.
adviser listened to the protesting students and assured them that she would
arrange a meeting of the affected students with the chairmen of their respective
departments in a couple of days.
According to the protesting students,
the administration's decision to introduce the GPA system in the middle of their
courses has not only badly affected the results of more than half of the
students of departments where the system has been implemented, but in some cases
a number of students would also have to revert to their previous semester
Reiterating that their protest against the newly introduced GPA
system would continue as long as the university administration did not withdraw
it, the students said that had the university administration been sincere about
introducing the new system, it would have announced the new system in the
beginning of their courses, instead of imposing it on them when they already had
passed four semesters.
They claimed that according to a notification
issued by the university administration sometime back, the GPA system was
supposed to be applied to the students of batch-2008, but some teachers had
applied the new system to the students of batch of 2007.
the university's dean of faculty of management and administrative sciences, Prof
Abuzar Wajidi, was contacted for his comments on the issue, he said that
the situation might have had arisen due to some confusion among teachers
regarding the GPA system.
He was optimistic that the issue would be
resolved amicably in a couple of days.
Protest against GPA system continues
Karachi: Students of some departments on Friday continued their protest
on the second consecutive day to voice their anger over the introduction of the
GPA (grade point average) system by the University of Karachi.
of the public administration department also boycotted their classes and vowed
to continue the protest till the withdrawal of the GPA system.
the KU administration nor the teachers' association has taken any initiative to
help resolve the issue though the students' protest has been affecting academic
activities at several departments for the last two days.
Prof Raees Alvi, when contacted, stated that since the matter was purely an
academic one, it would be referred to the KU deans committee.
protesting students are opposing introduction of the GPA system in the middle of
"Isn't it amazing that the marks we have obtained in the
last four semesters will be calculated under the division system and those of
the upcoming semesters under the GPA system?" asked a student of the public
Several senior teachers of the university
believe that the protesting students' grievance was genuine. Requesting not to
be quoted, they said there was no logic in applying the GPA system to the
students who were in the middle of their courses as they had already been
declared pass in their previous semesters under the division system.
"The GPA system should be applied to the first semester of any course
and students should know about the system of examination before they are
admitted to the course of their choice," they argued. Dawn
"I am also a student of K.U batch 2007. yes we all r truly badly affected by this newly announced GPA system. I think now its 2 late to announce the new system in the middle of our graduation. So plz do continue that division system for atleast the batch of 2007. "
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"Please show me Result Of DIT 2nd Semister Batch (SEP-FEB)2009."
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SBTE exams results announced
Karachi: The Sindh Board of Technical Education (SBTE) on Thursday
announced the results of diploma in business administration (DBA) part-I and
part-II supplementary examinations 2008.
According to the results, 32
candidates appeared in the part-I exams from all over Sindh. 24 students passed.
The pass percentage is 75 per cent.
In part-II exams, 127 candidates
appeared from all over Sindh while 67 passed the exams. The pass percentage is
52.76 per cent.
The SBTE also announced the results of diploma in
information technology (DIT) 1st and 2nd semester (March-August) examinations
According to the statistics of the results of 1st semester, 1,922
candidates appeared in the exams from all over Sindh. 1,502 students passed.
The overall pass percentage is 78.14 per cent.
According to the
statistics of 2nd semester, 1,497 candidates appeared from all over Sindh. 1,214
students passed. The over all pass percentage is 81.09 per cent.
SBTE also announced the results of diploma in computer business management
(DCBM) 1st and 2nd semester 2008.
According to the results of 1st
semester, 315 candidates appeared in the exams from all over Sindh. 203 students
passed. The pass percentage is 64.44 per cent.
According to the
statistics of the results of 2nd semester, 195 students appeared from all over
Sindh in the exams. 157 students passed. The pass percentage is 80.51 per
"please show me DAE second year result ."
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Education dept told not to fill 639 posts
Karachi: The Sindh High Court on Thursday restrained the provincial
education department from fresh recruitment against 639 posts of lecturers and
directed the department to submit details of the appointment of 91 lecturers who
have been given posting orders.
An SHC division bench passed this order
while hearing the petitions of 639 lecturers, who were selected by the Sindh
Public Service Commission (SPSC) for government colleges, but were not given
The petitioners submitted through their counsel,
Shua-un-Nabi and Zamir Ghumro, that the recruitment process was started in June
2005 with the publication of a SPSC advertisement inviting applications from
eligible candidates for the post of lecturers. They submitted that the SPSC had
declared 741 applicants as successful candidates in June 2005, of them 91
candidates had been given posting orders in compliance with an SHC order in Sept
2007. The rest of the successful candidates were given offer letters in May 2008
and they signified their acceptance of the offer immediately but were still
awaiting posting, though the posts they had been selected for were lying vacant
to the detriment of students.
They said the government was bound to
accept the SPSC's recommendations in the absence of any justifiable reason and
its own offer letters. Once having accepted the SPSC recommendations, it had no
authority whatsoever to go back on its solemn commitment, they added.
The additional advocate-general along with the provincial secretary
education appeared before the division bench comprising Justice Athar Saeed and
Justice Syed Mahmood Alam Rizvi on Thursday and argued that the relevant matter
was pending before the Supreme Court and it was to be determined whether the
chief minister could withdraw the offer letters or whether a caretaker
government could issue the posting orders.
However, the petitioners'
counsel took the plea that the matter pending in the Supreme Court had no
relevance with the present case.
They said that 91 of the SPSC-selected
lecturers, who approached the court earlier, had already been posted in
compliance with the court order while 11 had been given posting by the education
department on its own.
The petitioners, who had been issued offer
letters, were thus being discriminated against in violation of their vested
right, they said, claiming that fresh hiring was being made on the still vacant
The bench after hearing both sides adjourned the matter till
March 12. Dawn
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Karachi not prone to major earthquakes, SSUET study claims
Karachi: Contrary to the general notion that Karachi is located on the
major earthquake fault lines, researchers at the Sir Syed University of
Engineering & Technology (SSUET), have discovered that Karachi is in fact
situated along the Minor Earthquake Zone and is not prone to any major or
The Institute of Human Settlement and
Environment (IHSE) at the SSUET Department of Civil Engineering has also
established that Murray Ridge Area, located about 200 kilometres southwest of
Karachi, in the North Arabian Sea is vulnerable to the generation of Tsunami if
a major earthquake strikes the region.
Civil Engineering Department
Chairman, Dr S.M. Makhdumi, informed that IHSE has prepared four
reports on disaster management , that include Disaster Preparedness &
Development of Warning System for Coastal Region of Pakistan, Global Warming,
Planning & Mitigation and Seismic Zones of Pakistan.
Dr Makhdumi said
that IHSE that was established in 2001 has been working on the projects that are
vital to the general public. "It has undertaken exhaustive scientific studies of
natural disasters affecting Sindh and Coastal North Arabian Sea. The study
established the vulnerability of coastal waters, south of Karachi, to the
occurrence of Tsunami and recommends development of 'Warning System' for
effective remedial and relief measures necessary to minimise the loss of human
lives in case a Tsunami hits the coastal regions of Sindh."
The IHSE has
also updated the existing seismic zone map of Pakistan (1980) on the pattern of
Sindh-Balochistan map already published by the university. The revised Seismic
Zone Map of Pakistan, according to Dr Makhdumi, will assist the engineering
institutions in Pakistan in revising and updating the building code of the
Former Pakistan Meteorological Services Director General, Syed
Amir Ahmed Kazmi, who is currently an environment consultant at SSUET, said that
the major seismic fault in Sindh, Sarjan-Jampir Fault, which devastated upper
Sindh and buried Moenjodaro some 5000 years ago and remained active for
centuries, is (according to the new definition of Active Fault 1986) in the
process of stabilisation. "No major earthquake has struck Sindh during the last
several centuries", Kazmi asserted.
According to Kazmi, the Rann of
Kutch area is seismically active and has generated Tsunamis in the past.
However, due to the drying up of the sea water in the area around the island,
the Rann of Kutch is now a solid mass of land and unlikely to generate Tsunamis
in future. "Tsunamis will continue to be generated along the Makran coastal
waters in future and cause major damage to Pasni, Gwadar, Jiwani and other towns
in the coastal areas of Balochistan. However Tsunamis occurring along Makran
Coast are not expected to cause damage to the Karachi coastal region", Kazmi
Shahid Saleem, Assistant Professor at the SSUET Department of
Civil Engineering, and a member of IHSE team talked about the lethal effect that
Tsunami could have. "Tsunamis can move at the speed of a hundred miles per hour,
and its waves can be as high as 100 feet or more. The time lag between the
occurrence of Tsunami and its waves hitting the coast is the controlling factor.
This is the time that could wisely be used to minimise the brutal force of
Tsunami if a warning system exists in the area", Saleem
Pacific Tsunami Warning System, according to Kazmi, has two
Warning Systems in Hawaii and Alaska. The United Nations, in collaboration with
World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR), had decided to set up a Tsunami
Warning System in the Indian Ocean after the devastating Tsunami that hit
several countries of the region. The system was installed in 2006 and
now 25 countries have joined in. The countries include Indonesia, Sri
Lanka, Thailand, Burma, the Maldives, the Seychelles, Kenya, Tanzania and France
(for Réunion), Australia and India. The News
SU students force boycott of classes: Clash with security guards
Hyderabad: A group of students armed with clubs forced boycott of
classes on Friday and held a demonstration in protest against what they termed
as harassment by security guards posted at the Sindh University
vice-chancellor's house who suffered injuries in a clash with students late on
According to reports, a group of students on motorcycles
and security guards exchanged hot words, which led to a scuffle after the group
came back with their colleagues.
The enraged students threw stones at
the VC's house and resorted to aerial firing. Jamshoro police arrived at the
scene but refused to intervene.
The students then went away and staged a
sit-in at the hostel gates.
As soon as classes started on Friday, the
group armed with clubs not only forced the students to boycott classes but also
tortured some. Later, they held a sit-in at the Zero Point. The group's leaders
Kamran Bhalai, Ameer Brohi, Farhan Memon and G.M. Jatoi claimed that students
who were going to hostels last night were harassed by security guards. When two
students went to the VC house to lodge complaint, the guards snatched their
motorcycles and subjected them to torture, they said and added that when their
colleagues knew about the incident they joined them and a scuffle took place.
The university employees also boycotted their duties, wore black armbands and
staged a sit-in outside the vice-chancellor's office, raising slogans against
police and university administration.
The employees' leaders Ghulam Nabi
Bhalai, Akhtiar Channa and Atta Pathan alleged that some students, who were dead
drunk, attacked them at the vice-chancellor's house and snatched their weapons.
They said that police reached there but took no action against the miscreants.
They demanded that the vice-chancellor cancel the admissions of the rowdy
students, otherwise, they would launch a movement from Monday.
injured guards Anwar Nohani, Mohammad Ali Bhalai and Abdul Hussain Nohani were
admitted to Liaquat University Hospital Jamshoro.
Police have registered
a case against 50 students on a complaint lodged by Mohammad Ali, one of the
security guards. Dawn
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IBA to get Rs 905m for uplift
Karachi: Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad stressed on the need to
expedite the procedure of granting a university status to the Institute of
Business Administration (IBA). Ibad was speaking at a high level meeting, held
to review the progress on giving IBA a university status, at the Governor's
House on Friday. It was revealed in the meeting that IBA will get an amount of
Rs 905 million as a grant from a private charity organisation, Aman Foundation,
to upgrade its academic and administrative structure.
The grant will be
used to construct administration and entrepreneur towers at IBA's city and
university campuses respectively. In the administration tower, offices of the
administration and faculty members will be set up besides well equipped
classrooms, libraries and laboratories. While in the university campus, the
construction of an entrepreneur tower has been planned in which the youth will
be given practical training through short courses to make them excel in their
respective fields in accordance with the needs of the industry. Daily Times
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