New paper checking system introduced
Rawalpindi, Jan 23: Under a new system, the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Rawalpindi, will provide answer sheets to examiners for evaluation with bar codes in an effort to keep the identity of candidates under wraps.
"To check the possibility of examiners favouring or targeting students, the board will paste a separate sheet with bar code on answer sheets to keep the identity of candidates secret for evaluators," said Chaudhry Abdul Hafeez, chairman BISE. The bar sheet would have two parts with one code. Part A pasted on the front of the answer sheet will have the roll number, candidate's name with signatures, and the signatures of the deputy superintendent of invigilation.
The front part will be separated from the answer sheet by invigilators before handing them over to examiners. It will be kept by the secrecy department without knowing where the answers sheets were being evaluated, the chairman said. The part B of the bar sheet will remain pasted on the back of the answer sheet. The evaluator will mention marks of candidates on the given columns in the B part without knowing their identity.
After the evaluation of answer sheets, candidates will be identified through the bar code mentioned both on parts A and B, only read by a computer programme, Mr Hafeez said. He said the new system approved by Punjab Boards Committee of Chairmen would be applicable for the province's nine examination boards from 2011.
In the past answer sheets with names and roll numbers of candidates were handed over to evaluators for checking. Recently to ensure transparency, the boards also introduced centralised marking system – examiners checked papers under one roof and not allowed to take away answer sheets. The BISE chairman hoped that that the new system of bar code would ensure maximum secrecy and transparency in evaluating answer sheets. Dawn
Agri-models go on display at PMAS-AAUR
Rawalpindi: An exhibition of agri-models organised by the Department of Agricultural Extension of Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) was held here on Thursday.
The aim of the exhibition was 'Learning by Models' and students presented their ideas keeping in mind the basic theme 'Farmer First'. The objectives of the exhibition were to train the students about latest information of agriculture to the farming community so that the farmers can take advantage of the latest research.
Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Khalid Mahmood Khan inaugurated the exhibition. He said that agricultural extension agents can play an important role in educating the farming community and solving their problem and disseminate information through models and it is one of the best media for reaching a large number of people, especially illiterate and partially literate people.
He said that agriculture is the only sector, which can help in effectively countering economic pressures in shortest possible time and the farmers of Pakistan can play a major role in making our country self sufficient in food thereby helping the country overcome its economic perils. He appreciated the efforts of the students and urged them to focus on concentrated research in agriculture sector.
The exhibition was a systematic display of information, actual specimens, models, posters, photographs charts etc. in a logical sequence. In the exhibition, students also showed, planning a model village, demonstrating improved irrigation practices, soil conservation methods, showing high-yielding varieties of seeds and plants new agricultural implements and the best products of village industries. Deans, director, chairmen of various department and faculty members were also present on the occasion.
AIOU exams rescheduled
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has rescheduled its Spring Semester examinations from Matric to Ph.D level, which were cancelled due to some unavoidable reasons.
AIOU Additional Controller of Examination on Thursday said the examinations scheduled for December 31 was cancelled in Karachi city which will now be conducted on February 2.
The examinations of Matric, FA, BA and postgraduate level programmes which were cancelled on January 5 due to assassination of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer will held on January 29 (Saturday). However, the exams of postgraduate level programmes was rescheduled on February 1 across the country, he said. The examination centres and examination timings will remain unchanged and revised roll number slips will be issued accordingly.
SZABIST holds moot on computer sciences
Islamabad: The 12th National Research Conference on Management and Computer Sciences was organised by Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST).
Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) Executive Director Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri was the chief guest while Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) President Syed Ali Raza Saeed Shah was the guest of honour. SZABIST Director Syed Asad Hussain was also present on the occasion.
Over 170 papers were presented during the conference that was attended by a large number of students from SZABIST and other prominent educational institutions of the country. SZABIST also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the SDPI to carry out joint research, foster dialogue among scholars, experts and policy makers and disseminate research and analysis. Syed Asad Hussain, Director SZABIST, Islamabad, and Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director SDPI, signed the MoU. Dr. Suleri said that there is a need to convert research work into policy and advocacy and to enhance the capacity of the young generation so that they can be a catalyst force for sustainable development.
Young Sara a beacon for girls aiming to win accolades in sports
Islamabad: Those familiar with the typical Pakistani family structure would agree that when a girl expresses her desire to take up sports as a career, the mother is usually the first to oppose such an idea.
Amazingly, things were just the opposite for Sara Nasir, who won karate gold at the South Asian Federation Games last year and then landed another gold at the recent National Games in Peshawar.
"It was my mother who wanted me to take up karate as a career. My father opposed the idea so she talked to my grandfather, who ultimately allowed me to go ahead, but with a few conditions," said Sara in an interview.
Sara's mother always stood by her whether it was her tough training schedule or stressful championship days. She accompanied her on all tours. "My family has put up only one strict condition - if sports affects my grades in college, they would not allow me to continue," said Sara.
Born on July 18, 1990, Sara belongs to a small village in a Tehsil of Rawalpindi. She is currently a B.Com student. She took training in martial arts from an army coach, Riaz and competed in the under-55kg weight category at the SAF Games to claim gold. "No other Pakistani woman has ever won a SAF gold in karate," she said.
Though she created history by competing in a largely male-dominated sport, Sara somehow failed to get the kind of media attention that her compatriot, Naseem Hameed, who became the fastest woman in South Asia at the same Games.
Even Sara had no answer to this question. "Yes you are right, but I myself fail to understand the reason," she said innocently. She is wise enough for not wasting her time on thinking about these issues, but it surely is the responsibility of sports authorities to ensure equal encouragement for all heroes.
She is however happy that conditions are improving in women sports in the country. "More and more girls are now enjoying sports and it gives me a sense of pride that I am part of the group that has helped bring about this change," she said while adding that a lot more can be done for women's sports.
She laughed when asked if she had ever tried to 'teach' someone a lesson in ordinary life. "I am frequently asked this question, but it is a fact that I have never come across any situation where I would have to use my karate skills," she said. "We are trained not to hurt anyone even while fighting for the medal. I am sure in any such situation, I will be the one who will get hurt," she added.
Sara says that she owes her medal to her mother as well as her coach Riaz. "He was the one who saw spark in me and gave me the confidence to compete at the international level. He never let me lose hope at any stage," she said.
Talking about her routine these days, Sara said that she is focusing more on her studies these days. "I remained so much busy in sports for the past many months that I completely neglected my studies. I am taking break these days to cover up."
In free time, Sara loves to listen to music. She is also fond of drawing sketches. "I don't get much time to rest. So sleeping is another thing that I thoroughly enjoy when I have free time," she said. The young athlete has high hopes for the future of women karate in Pakistan. "I think my achievement is just the start of the successes waiting for my country," said the determined young hero.
Students float innovative ideas for traffic discipline
Islamabad: Young people participating in a declamation contest on the 'Role of Students in Checking Road Accidents' came with innovative ideas to maintain traffic discipline in the city. Police bosses agreed to make them a part of policy for ensuring safe road environment, the police spokesman said.
The contest, arranged by the Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP), in collaboration with Atlas Honda Limited, at the National Library of Pakistan here on Thursday in connection with 5th anniversary of ITP, was open for students of all educational institutions. National Language Authority Chairman Iftikhar Arif was the chief guest, while IGP Syed Kaleem Imam, SSP (Traffic) Dr. Moeen Masood and SP (Traffic) Mir Vaiz Niaz and other police officers were present on the occasion.
The panel of judges included Iftikhar Arif, Mansha Yaad and SSP National Highways and Motorway Police Muhammad Ali Babakhel. The judges declared Qasim Idrees of the Pir Mehr Ali Shah University of Arid Agriculture (Rawalpindi) as first position-holder, Zohaib Chan of the Commerce College (Islamabad) was adjudged second and Javeria Mughal and Ameena Firdous obtained 3rd and 4th positions respectively.
Iftikhar Arif said that the ITP has succeeded in ensuring safe road environment in the city within a very short span of time. He said that policing in Islamabad is far better as compared to other parts of the country.
IGP Syed Kaleem Imam said: "Young people are our real asset and their hard work can ensure bright future for the country. Education is key to success and every challenge can be countered with hard work and sincere approach in life." He said that the ITP is doing its best for ensuring a safe road environment in the federal capital.
The IGP thanked the customer care and road safety manager of the Atlas Honda Limited, Tasleem Shuja. He also announced a prize of Rs10,000 for the first position-holder, Rs8,000 for the second and Rs5,000 each for third and fourth position-holders. Tasleem Shuja announced a motorbike for the first position-holder in the next competition of the Islamabad Traffic Police. The news