Matriculation examination age limit | SBTE promotion policy

Matric candidates: request to relax age bar rejected
Karachi, July 19, 2008: The Inter-Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC), a representative body of all educational boards of the country, has turned down a request from the NWFP for lifting the age bar on the candidates appearing in the matriculation examination.

The request for relaxing the minimum age from 14 years, as fixed recently, to lower side for SSC part-II candidates was forwarded by the NWFP government to the IBCC and was discussed at a recent meeting of the committee. However, the participants did not approve it on the grounds that such a relaxation could encourage the trend of double promotion at schools level and could also affect the quality of education.

An IBCC member who attended the meeting said on Friday that another proposal forwarded by the committee of chairmen of the Punjab educational boards was also rejected by the IBCC. The proposal pertained to allowing Science group students to appear as private candidates in the board's examinations.

The participants argued that the Science group examinations involved practicals and private candidates could not avail such facilities for preparation and practical examination. Moreover, they said, private candidates could not meet the condition of 75 per cent attendance which was mandatory for all the candidates appearing in the board examinations across the country.

The IBCC member said that the meeting was not approve of a request from the Allama Iqbal Open University for the grant of certificate-awarding status for the AIOU in the case of Intermediate Science (Pre-medical) group. It was noted that the university was basically a distant learning educational institution.

He said that although all the IBCC members opposed the proposal on the grounds that such a decision would amount to a violation of the rules governing the educational boards, the meeting decided to refer the matter to its select committee for an advice. It was decided that the matter would be discussed at the next IBCC meeting in the light of the select committee's report.

According to Prof Ahmed Zai, the chairman of the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) and also a member of the IBCC, all decisions taken at the IBCC forum are required to be implemented by all educational boards of the country in letter and spirit to ensure a uniform policy to be pursued by all boards. Dawn

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New promotion policy for SBTE exams
Karachi: Those who fail in four or more subjects should not be promoted to the second year. This was unanimously agreed upon at an inter-provincial conference of the controllers of examinations of the Technical Education Boards held recently. This was announced by the Controller of Examinations of the Sindh Board of Technical Education (SBTE), Karachi, Prof. Siraj-ul-Islam Bukhari, on Friday.

He said that it was first time that the Controllers of Examinations of all four boards attended the two-day moot to consider drawing out a uniform policy for the conduct of technical and vocational education in the country as well as the policy of the promotion of candidates.

The agenda included considering the existing attendance and promotion rules of DAE, D.Com., DBA, and TSE courses and necessary amendments to make the existing rules for all technical boards uniform.

The conference considered the uniform grace marks policy and number attempts/gaps for students appearing in regular courses, and it was agreed that the grace marks policy for the technical education should be in accordance with its needs. It was also agreed that a candidate who failed in four or more subjects in the first year should not be promoted to the second year. It was agreed that another meeting of the controller of examinations would be convened on August 19 and 20 to finalise the remaining recommendations. The News

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KU announces MBBS suppl result
Karachi: The University of Karachi on Friday announced results of the MBBS (First Professional) part-A, supplementary examination 2008.

According to statistics, a total of 127 candidates appeared in the examination 108 of them were declared successful. The pass percentage stood at 85.04.

A KU statement said that the marks sheets were being dispatched to the candidates. It advised the candidates to collect their marks sheets from their respective colleges.

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FUUAST announced BS(CS) results
Karachi: The Controller Examinations, Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology (Fuuast) on Friday announced results of repeaters of 2004 batch II of BS (CS) semester-VI (Morning), repeaters of 2003 BS (CS) batch-I semester-VI (Morning), annual BSC (Hons) first year Chemistry (2007) and repeaters 2007 batch-IV semester-II (Evening). Dawn

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Tribute to 108-year-old Aligarh student
Karachi: The Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) Chancellor Z.A. Nizami, along with a delegation of the Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA) met Nisar Ahmed Khan, a 108-year-old ex student of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). The delegation announced that the AMUOBA, in collaboration with the SSUET, will be honoring the legendary Aligarhian on his birthday on September 29.

Nisar Ahmed Khan was born in Ghaziabad, District Meeruth, Uttar Pradesh in 1901 and completed his Bachelors in Science from the AMU in 1927. He then went to the US for further education and before Pakistan had come into being, was appointed as the Uttar Pradesh Agriculture Director, with a posting in Rampur.

Khan is the oldest living student of AMU who participated in the silver jubilee celebrations of the university in 1925 and had the opportunity to meet many influential leaders, including Maulana Mohammed Ali Jauhar, Maharaja Mahmoodabad and Nawab Muzammal Khan. Post partition, he served in several positions in the agriculture department of Dhaka. App

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