BIEK declares HSC Part I Commerce results
Karachi, Jan 01: The Controller of Examinations, Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) has announced the results of Higher Secondary School Certificate, Part-I, Commerce Group (Regular and Private) annual examinations 2010 on Friday.
The gazette issued showed that 19, 375 male (regular) candidates registered and 18, 832 students appeared in the exams. The pass percentage of seven papers stood at 29.82 per cent results with results of 22 pupils withheld.
On the other hand, 14, 072 female candidates (female) registered and 13, 805 students appeared in the examinations. The pass percentage in seven papers was 48.79 per cent. Total five cases of unfair means were reported during and after the examinations.
According to the result, 4,393 male candidates registered as private candidates and 4,232 students appeared in the exams. As per the gazette, the results of 10 students were withheld and pass percentage of seven papers was 31.83 per cent.
Meanwhile, 1,942 female students were registered as private candidates and 1,868 candidates appeared in the exams. The results further showed that results of five pupils were withheld while pass percentage in seven papers was 24.75 per cent. At least two cases of unfair means were reported during and after the examinations. The news
Demand for SMC upgrade
Karachi: A group of the Sindh Medical College (SMC) alumni from Pakistan and North America expressing dissatisfaction over the quality of education and training being imparted to students at the college has highlighted the need to upgrade its status to a university.
The alumni said that theirs was not a politically-motivated group and that they simply wanted to get the education standards improved at the college through its transformation into a university at its present site while utilising the force of doctors and infrastructures already available with its adjacent federally-run institution, the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC).
They noted that the JPMC would finally be devolved to the Sindh government in the spirit of the 18th amendment in the constitution of Pakistan.
These views were expressed by Dr Jawaid Suleman, Prof Saeed Akhtar, Dr Qaiser Sajjad and Prof Nusrat Anis while addressing a press conference on Friday.
The alumni said the proposed establishment of the Sindh Medical University should not be compared with the proposed Lyari University project that could not be materialised even after two years of the presidential announcement to this effect. They added that the SMC was established in 1973 and so far had produced over 32 batches of 10,000 medical graduates.
The SMC, which is currently being governed by the Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), was never a constituent of the Dow Medical College, they argued, recalling that the SMC was founded as an independent medical college affiliated to Karachi University just like the DMC.
"The SMC was in fact taken over by the DUHS despite protests by SMCians," the alumni said, adding that the SMC students were still being taught by JPMC doctors and not by the DUHS faculty and as such the creation of the SMU would not result in any curtailment of DUHS units.
Admitting for the first time before the media that the alumni were struggling for the upgrading of the SMC and had approached the president in this regard, the alumni said that they failed to understand why certain quarters were raising concerns over the related development.
"No hue and cry was raised by the DUHS when the Lyari University project was announced, despite the fact that the Lyari General Hospital formed part of the DUHS," one of the speakers argued.
About the concerns of the JPMC's administrative and academic staff reported in the media, Dr Suleman said that these were ill founded, because "the academic council of the JPMC has already submitted their proposal of becoming part of the SMC and the resolution is lying in the Presidency".
He said that his group without any political or ethnic prejudice was sincerely working for the addition of a quality medical education centre and the relevant quarters should facilitate the efforts in this regard instead of sabotaging them.
"We intend to bring money from the Sindh Medical College Alumni Association of North America for an improved and technically sound SMU," said Prof Saeed Akhtar. He added that they would ensure continued meaningful academic activities and development in the proposed university and the alumni would be part of its syndicate for the purpose.
Responding to a question, an alumnus said that despite the fact that the alumni would invest a huge amount in the development of the proposed university, tuition fee would not be enhanced even in the case of new admissions. "We will ensure that the fee structure remained on a par with what the public-sector medical colleges/universities charge or will charge in future," he added.
The speakers also mentioned that the DUHS batches currently studying at the SMC would not be disturbed in any way.
According to Dr Suleman, the SMC should also be accorded a university status particularly when all government medical colleges which were established during the Bhutto era and private colleges had been given a university status.
Schools, colleges reopenned
Karachi: All government schools across Sindh will officially reopen on Saturday after 10 days (from Dec 22 to Dec 31) of winter vacation.
However, a majority of private schools which usually observe Saturday as a weekly holiday will reopen on Monday.
When the Sindh education department private educational institutions' director, Mansoob Hussain Siddiqui, was contacted to know whether private educational institutions of the province would reopen on Saturday, he said that according to the education department calendar, all private and public schools and colleges across the province were scheduled to reopen on Saturday after the winter vacation.
However, there were some big private schools which remained closed on Saturdays and they might reopen on Monday, he said, adding that in view of the massive curtailment of the academic session† all private educational institutions should reopen on Saturday.
He said students had already suffered a lot because educational institutions had remained closed in the wake of recent floods in Sindh and on some other occasions since the beginning of the current academic session in April 2010.
The Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association's secretary-general, Prof Iftikhar Azmi, was optimistic that all government colleges would reopen on Saturday. Dawn
SSUET extends date for payment of admission fee
Karachi: Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) has announced that the last date for payment of admission fee by the candidates selected for admission in the BS programmes 2011 has been extended up to Jan 15. An announcement here on Friday said that the orientation session for the first semester batch 2011 will be held on Jan 24 at 9am and will be followed by regular classes. The classes for the 3rd, 5th and 7th semester will commence from Jan 27. app
Scholarships available at varsity
Hyderabad: The Sindh Agriculture University is awarding USAID-funded scholarships on merit and need-based programme for BS and MS level studies.Director Planning and Development said on Friday that students expecting their enrollment in batch 2011 in MS (two-year) and BS (four-year) agriculture are eligible to apply.
Needy female students will be encouraged to apply for 25 per cent of the allocated slots reserved for them, especially those coming from remote and vulnerable areas, he added.
MBA Seats Increased: The University of Sindh has increased 100 seats for admissions to MBA (evening programme).
According to an announcement, the BBA (evening programme) has also been started at Allama I.I. Kazi campus in Jamshoro. The news
SALU moot on biodiversity concludes
Khairpur: Noted research scholars presented papers on different topics at third session of international conference on "Bio-diversity is our life" at Kojhi Hall of the Shah Abdul Latif University here on Friday.
Egyptian scholar Adel Ahmad Abdul Saud said in his research paper that date palm was one of the oldest palms on earth and its population in the world exceeded 100 million, including more than 3,000 different cultivars.
Plant tissue culture technique had contributed to expansion of elite cultivars in different countries, he said.
Rahmatullah Qureshi, Humera Shaheen, Sidra Rana and Dr Ghulam Raza Bhatti said in their ethobotanical study of Rohri Hills, conducted during 1998-2009, that the area people used native plants to treat patients for different diseases.
Some 48 plant species were used by the people for 25 ailments, they said.
Wajid Naseem presented results of a study to evaluate the impact of projected climate change on sunflower cultivation in the Punjab.
He said that according to future climate change scenario analysis, sunflower yield was likely to reduce in both irrigated and rain-fed areas.
Many other researchers from different universities and colleges also presented their papers. Dawn