NTS, HEC putting students future at stake
Karachi, Dec 03: National Testing Service (NTS) that conducts the Graduate Assessment Test (GAT) made compulsory by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for admission to MPhil/PhD and its scholarship programs, has failed to issue the result sheets of candidates who appeared for the assessment test in July.
Moreover, as instructed by the NTS, the students who sent the website-published results for attestation to the concerned authority are yet to receive any response.
The irresponsibility on the part of NTS officials has disqualified the candidates from applying in MPhil/PhD programs at public and private sector institutes because under HEC rules, they do not have any proof of clearing the test.
While the NTS authorities despite repeated requests refused to provide the exact number of candidates who appeared at different centres in Karachi.
The NTS website informs that the results of those students who got 50 percent or more marks would be issued until July 15, 2009; however, it has failed to issue the result sheets to date.
Recently, the Karachi University advertised admissions in MS programmes at different faculties with GAT clearance as mandatory, leaving hundreds of students who passed the tests in a state of uncertainty. It must be remembered that mismanagement in NTS and HEC has become a routine matter but the government has totally ignored these departments.
Zain, a graduate of economics who appeared in the test on July 5, 2009 said that despite several phone calls and emails, he did not receive any response from the NTS authorities.
He said "they are not paying attention to the problems of students outside Islamabad" and added the mismanagement has shattered his dream of starting for the MS programme this year.
"I called them many times but they do not talk on the issue," said another student Mushfiq, saying the authorities at least should have issued a notification explaining why the results had not been issued.
This scribe also tried to contact the NTS numerous times but no official was available for comments. Two emails were also sent on their email address, but no response was received until the filing of this report. Daily timesYour Comments
KU declared LLM (previous) results 2009
Karachi: University of Karachi controller of examinations has announced the results of Master of Laws (Previous) Annual Examination 2009.
According to result statistics, 323 candidates were registered for the examination and 297 appeared in it, while 247 were declared pass, bringing the pass percentage to 83.16.
KU B.Com part-II exam
Karachi: University of Karachi controller of examinations has announced that the examination of Bachelor of Commerce Part II (Regular) for the subject of Advanced Accounting and Cost Accounting would be held today (January 3). PPI
Red-tape delayed opening of Lyari medical college
Karachi: The bureaucratic 'red-tape' has resulted in inordinate delay of the inauguration of the first-ever medical college in Lyari, as the college has not been registered despite the end of dateline given by the President, it has been learnt.
As per detail, the bureaucracy has neglected the President's directions to make possible the inauguration of Benazir Bhutto Medical College (BBMC) in time that was announced by President Asif Ali Zardari.
The elected representatives as well as the college administration have considered themselves helpless against the bureaucrats' attitude which they are receiving from Islamabad and Sindh.
Despite the announcement from the President to make the college functional from January 2010, the college was not made to receive its registration from Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), Islamabad.
It is worth mentioning that President Zardari was scheduled to inaugurate the college in December 2009 but due to the incomplete renovation work of the college building and non-registration from the PMDC, the president's programme of inaugurating the college has been postponed.
Following the announcement made by the president to visit the decades-old strong hold of PPP, the Lyariites have been eyeing on his visit but the prolonged tactics of bureaucracy have washed out all the hopes of the Lyari people.
Sindh Minister for Katchiabadi, Engineer Rafiq Advocate said that Zardari was interested in inaugurating the college but the registration of the college was yet to be received from Islamabad.
The ministry has confirmed that the visit of the President which was postponed by dint of not receiving green signal from the department concerned.
It is pertinent to mention that Rs500 million has been allocated for the renovation and up-gradation of the college building that was previously used as a nursing institute in the premises of the Lyari General Hospital. The college is being established according to the standards set by PMDC, Islamabad that is the regularity body of the medical institutes.
Engineer Rafiq has further said that besides the medical college, the president is also determined that the other ongoing developments under Lyari Development Package (LDP) in Lyari should be completed in stipulated time.
The development projects include the reconstruction of two girls college, establishing model schools and a law university, renovation of infrastructure of roads, streets, sewerage lines and many others.
He said: "On the directions of the President, the education system of Lyari is also being enhanced. In this connection, with the coordination of Provincial Education Minister Pir Mazahrul Haq, over 20 model schools are being established and Rs20 million have been allocated for Lyari University."
Commenting over the law and order situation in Lyari, he said that with the efforts of PPP leadership the law and order situation had been improved but more efforts need to be taken in this regard.
The special grant allocated for the said project is distributed according to the following table as Rs800 million have been allocated by the federal government for upgrading water and sewerage system.
Three hundred and twenty four million rupees were issued for the repair of roads and streets of Lyari; Rs200 million were released for streetlights, grounds and parks.
Besides, the federal government has also allocated Rs700 million to construct a flyover in Lee Market by Karachi Port Trust (KPT).
Urdu interviews collection
Karachi: An interesting compilation of interviews titled 'Baaton Ki Piyali Mean Thandi Chai' by young journalist, playwright and director, Khurrum Sohail, has been published by the City Book Point Karachi.
Sohail had interviewed personalities from different walks of life for a local Urdu daily and finally got them all together in the form of a book. The interviews of distinguished writers, lawyers, dramatists, theatre organisers and others hailing from showbiz are not only interesting, but revealing too.
Mazharul Islam, Naim Bukhari, Fazil Jameeli, Firast Rizvi, Sohail Warraich and Sahar Hasan in their comments have highlighted the qualities and skills of young Sohail, adding that in every interview he proved to be competent to hit the nail on the head and bring to light some startling things about the interviewees.
The book contains 416 pages and has been divided into four parts highlighting literature, prose and fiction, research and criticism, poetry and show business. Interviews of internationally recognised personalities such as Abdul Sattar Edhi, Robert W Gibson, Alice Albania, Professor Aaisha Jalal, Gopi Chund Narang, Kamila Shamsi, Muneeza Naqvi, Shahid Afridi, Muhammad Hanif and others make up for an interesting read. The news
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