Karachi University exams & students cheating

Invigilator gets a thrashing from students at KU
Karachi, Feb 09: Certain students of Karachi University are willing to go to any lengths in an effort to secure dishonest marks, and have proved this by physically assaulting a lecturer from the Jinnah Government College, who was trying to stop one of them from cheating during an exam on Tuesday.

Anwar Rajput, a lecturer in his late fifties, was invigilating an examination when he came across a student who was allegedly trying to cheat. In retaliation, the student decided to call out to his friends, who obliged by dragging the elderly teacher out of the exam venue and physically assaulting him. It was only after a while that other teachers managed to rescue the lecturer from the clutches of the students who had turned violent. The student who was allegedly caught cheating was handed over to the vigilance team and his paper was cancelled.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Dr Nasiruddin, who is in charge of security during examimartions said that the vigilance team will decide upon the fate of the student and report back to him (Dr Khan) the following day.

General Secretary of the Sindh Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association Professor Iftikhar Aazmi strongly condemned the 'barbaric' attitude of the students and said that he had called for an emergency meeting to discuss the incident. Meanwhile, another meeting was also organised at the Nazimabad Government College on February 14 and would be attended by teachers from Sindh.

Terming the actions of the students as 'deplorable', the President of the Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS), Dr Abid Hasnain blamed the incident on the mismanagement, lack of planning and indifference of the KU administration. He pointed out that security on the campus had become a major concern for teachers and others. Hasnain accused the KU administration of taking no concrete steps towards controlling the volatile situation on the campus.

A number of calls were made to Vice Chancellor of Karachi University Professor Pirzada Qasim to inquire about what action was taken against the students who were accused of beating the lecturer. However, they remained unanswered till the filing of this report. The news

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PU students stage protest against varsity admin
Lahore: The Punjab University's Institute of Mycology and Plant Pathology (IMPP) students protested and staged a sit-down in front of the vice chancellor's (VC) office on Tuesday, the protest being the second in three months.

The students had been protesting for a agriculture related faculty and resolution of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) degree equivalence issue for the past one year, and they have been further aggravated by the VC Mujahid Kamran's constant failure in fulfilling his promises regarding the two issues.

According to the students, the degree equivalence issue of the IMPP students has been pending for more than nine months, but the varsity administration has failed to solve it. The VC further promised to provide the students with a qualified faculty for agriculture department, but has failed to do so.

The IMPP students were shouting slogans against the VC and the department administration, saying that they have deceived the students regarding their degree equivalence issue. They said that the administration had appointed four agriculturists but had done so without considering their specialisation or qualifications in basic agricultural courses.

Scuffle: Students wanted to meet the VC to put forward their demands but they were not allowed to do so. The administration closed the doors on them and called for security guards when the students tried to break in. The administration also called police for their help. Several students were injured during the incident, but the protest continued and they kept on shouting slogans against the administration.

The students say their degree equivalence issue has been pending for almost a year now and "no one, including the administration or the government officials, are keen to solve their problems", adding that they had several meetings with the VC in the presence of PPP former parliamentarian Chaudhry Ghulam Abbas, but all their promises are as yet unfulfilled.

Separately, regarding the issue of agriculture related faculty, they said that although a botanist had been appointed as an associate professor in the institute, PU Registrar Dr Muhammad Akhtar has clearly indicated that he would not be joining the IMPP.

They added that they had "lost their trust in the varsity administration and see their future at stake."

Later, the VC held a meeting with the protesting students, in which he said that he had honest intentions of solving all their problems, adding that "the varsity's academic committee is currently looking into the matter of students' degree issue and that it would be resolved soon." Daily times

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ICPAP result
Lahore: The Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Pakistan (ICPAP) has announced the result of the Winter Examination 2010. A total of 180 students had appeared in the said exam out of which 102 were declared successful.

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Seven exam officials suspended
Lahore: The EDO Education Lahore during a surprise visit to different examination centres set up for Class-VIII annual examinations on Tuesday suspended a Superintendent, five Invigilators and an Acting Resident Inspector for their failure to ensure transparency in the conduct of the exam.

EDO Education Pervaiz Akhtar suspended the examination staff deputed at Government Elementary School, Gulbahar Colony, Lahore Cantt, while he also replaced the entire examination staff at the Government High School for Boys, Gulberg, for their unsatisfactory performance in the conduct of the ongoing Class-VIII examination.

About two different papers, including Islamiat/ Ethics (for Non-Muslims) and Nazra Quran, were scheduled for Tuesday.

The examination is being conducted on uniform basis across the province by the Punjab Examination Commission (PEC). Meanwhile, reports of unsuitable arrangements, including shortage of furniture, were received from different exam centres from across the provincial metropolis.

The delayed arrival of question paper of the subject Ethics was also reported from different examination centres owing to which the young candidates had to face a severe problem.

EDO Education Pervaiz Akhtar said that the examination staff was suspended and replaced owing to their failure to ensure complete transparency in the exam and satisfactory arrangements for the conduct of exam. The news

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UHS prizes
Lahore: University of Health Sciences (UHS) Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Malik Husain Mubashar has announced awarding two annual prizes to MPhil microbiology students for showing excellence in research and academics.

According to a press release, the announcement was made at the inaugural session of a three-day 'hands-on' workshop on microbiology at the UHS on Tuesday.

The UHS microbiology department has organised the workshop to provide an opportunity to young microbiologists to learn processing of clinical samples under supervision of experts.

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Dawn Education Expo
Lahore: The two-day Dawn Education Expo, 2011, opens at Pearl Continental Hotel, Lahore, on Wednesday (today) at 11am.

It's the eighth edition of the education expo which is a unique higher education platform meant to facilitate the enrolment of Pakistani students in universities and institutes of higher learning.

The exhibition is organised with a specific objective of helping institutes of higher learning reach a national cross-section of Pakistani students who have the qualification and means to pursue further studies in Pakistan or abroad.

This year many leading universities and higher educational institutes from Pakistan, UK, Australia, Malaysia, Germany, Ireland and the UAE are participating in the event.

Faculty, admission officers and career counselors will interact with visiting students directly on a one-on-one basis. The event has been scheduled at a time when most participating institutions are enrolling students.

The exhibition, going to conclude on Thursday, will remain open from 11am to 7pm. The entry is free.

A similar exhibition was held at the Expo Centre in Karachi on Feb 6 and 7. Its next destination is Islamabad where it is scheduled for Feb 13. Dawn

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VU launches traffic awareness programmes on TV
Lahore: The Virtual University (VU) of Pakistan announced the launch of a series of traffic awareness programmes on its television network. The launching ceremony was held at the VU head office on Tuesday, in which city traffic police officials and media representatives were present.

Speaking on the occasion, VU Managing Director, Tajdar Alam, highlighted the objectives of making this series. He said that VU would offer these programmes free of cost to any broadcasting channel in Pakistan that wishes to rebroadcast them. VU Rector, Dr Naveed A Malik, said that in addition to providing education and academic contents, VU was also making efforts in developing programmes that would aware people of social issues that were directly related to the well-being of the country and were essential for building a civilised nation. Chief Traffic Officer Ahmad Mobeen appreciated the efforts of VU and said that it was commendable that the university was highlighting the social issues in addition to imparting formal education. Daily times

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