Intermediate, B.Com revised examinations schedules

BIEK, KU announced revised exams schedules
Karachi, Jan 04: The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) has announced that HSC Science (pre-engineering and pre-medical), Arts (humanities) and Home Economics supplementary examinations-2009 as well as the CT/PTC annual examinations-2009 will begin on Monday. However, the HSC (commerce) supplementary examinations-2009 will commence on Wednesday.

All these examinations would be held in accordance with the date sheets already provided to all affiliated educational institutions and the designated examination centers, BIEK officials said, adding that new dates for December 30 and 31, 2009 and January 1 and 2, 2010 papers which were postponed would be announced on January 6.

Meanwhile, A spokesman for the University of Karachi announced that the oral pathology paper for the students of BDS (third professional) which was earlier postponed will now be held on Tuesday. The community dentistry paper for the students of BDS (second professional) will be held on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, KU controller of examinations announced that the papers of the on-going BCom annual examinations-2009 for male regular candidates scheduled for January 11 will be held at centralised examination centre set up at the new examination complex, near the university's Maskan gate. However, the centres and timings of all other papers will remain the same as already announced in the programme.

Meanwhile, Registrar of the Karachi University Prof Raees Alvi announced that the new academic session-2010 of both the morning and evening programmes will commence on January 11. According to him, the decision has been taken in view of the law and order situation in the city and the delay already caused in the completion of the admission process and the holding of the degree examinations. Dawn

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Adhoc teachers wait for salaries
Karachi: The government wants to flourish private coaching centres in the province hence more than 500 adhoc college lecturers are still waiting for their salaries despite of their job regularization. The Sindh Education Department had stopped their salaries nearly seven months ago without any intimation or reason. Conversely, as many as five associate professors have been retired with the hope of getting promotion in 20 grade from 19.

Central Leader of Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) Prof Iftikhar Azmi expressed these views on Sunday. He said that families of ad-hoc college lecturers are suffering from severe financial crunch, while they were getting income from coaching and tuitions.

He said, "Around six years have been passed but there is no up-gradation of teachers on the basis of fourtier formula. On the other hand, in Punjab teachers are getting promotions annually on the same formula. Around 1,048 promotions in all grades are pending. The government has failed to resolve the issues of college teachers and educational institutions in the province."

It is to be noted here that the last meeting of Provincial Selection Board-One, held on 12 November, 2009, had been ended without giving 20-grade promotion to any single deserving teacher, while around 80 college teachers, waiting for their promotion. Prof Azmi said that the education department had not submitted cases in the PSB-One meeting, chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and well attended by 12 secretaries of different sectors, including Sindh Chief Secretary, a source said.

The meeting ended without giving promotion to any deserving teacher from grade 19 to 20 due to the inefficiency of the Sindh Education Department, who did not submitted the cases in the high level meeting.

He said that five associate professors had been retired while out of them 56 were male and 49 female. The nation

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Many hurdles to overcome before SBBMC become reality
Karachi: The fate of the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Medical College (SBBMC), the establishment of which was passed through a bill in the Sindh Assembly, seems uncertain owing to inadequate homework and necessary legal procedures.

The SBBMC is temporarily set up in the premises of the Ayaz Samoon Nursing School.

The SBBMC has yet to be intimated with the admission policy, which is the key to making the college functional.

According to sources, influential businessmen are already occupying the Ayaz Samoon Nursing School. There are four large warehouses at the school that have been occupied for decades.

During 1973 and 74, the then provincial government had asked the warehouses owners to shift someplace else and was also prepared to pay them compensation in advance.

However, the warehouse owners refused to budge and continued occupying the warehouses even after accepting and receiving the compensation money from the government, thus making their occupation illegal.

Presently, the warehouse owners have once again refused to vacate the premises and demanded compensation money again.

The SBBMC administration had recently invited applications for the posts of professors, associate and assistant professors to complete the teaching faculty, but received no applications as it offered less emolument and perks in comparison with the private sector.

However, hundreds of applicants rushed to catch the post of demonstrators but just 200 were issued interview letters to select the appropriate candidates for only 30 seats.

According to sources privy to the situation, unless stern measures were taken against the influential mafia controlling the premises of the nursing school, the fate of the SBBMC would remain a dream that is unlikely to come true.

Meanwhile, the doctors and paramedics employed at the Lyari General Hospital do not execute their responsibilities, while more than 50 percent of them are simply ghost employees.

They consume hefty funds worth more than Rs 5 million, which is a burden on the national exchequer.

Lyari Town Nazim Mehmood Hasim and Town Municipal Officer Muhammad Raeesi have discussed the admission policy with SBBMC Principal and Project Director Hassan Dost Afridi.

Mehmood said that initially 100 seats have been allocated to the SBBMC while it was likely that the admission policy would be announced within the next two weeks.

Mehmood said President Asif Ali Zardari is expected to visit Lyari in the next 10 days and then the SBBMC would be officially inaugurated alongwith other major projects. Daily times

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