AKU-EB announces HSSC results
Karachi, July 21: The results of the 2009 annual examination for the Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) Part I and II examinations were announced on Monday by the Aga Khan University Examination Board (AKU-EB).
Muhammad Sheraz Ahmed of Tameer-e-Millat School, Mianwali, clinched first position with 87.64 per cent, Zohaib Ahmed of St. Bonaventure's High School, Hyderabad, got second position with 85.45 per cent, and Danyal Adil Khan of Tameer-e-Millat School, Mianwali, bagged third position with 84.18 per cent.
Of all the candidates, 26.8 per cent of the candidates earned Grade A-I and Grade A, and the overall pass rate was 72.3 per cent.
AKU-EB is a Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education established by AKU in response to demand from schools for more appropriate school examinations, AKUEB spokesperson said.
The Board provides schools with a unique service, a yearly Feedback Report based on candidates' performance subject by subject, question by question and school by school, which gives principals and teachers statistical data on areas where students require more support, he added.
The Board is also working with the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan to facilitate workshops on assessment and testing for universities in the public sector. The workshops provide space for dialogue with stakeholders, like faculty, to discuss the type of knowledge they value at their university, and how these values can be translated to further refine the higher secondary school qualifications, he said.
Candidates and affiliated schools can view their HSSC results on the AKU-EB website at www.aku.edu/akueb .Your Comments
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Karachi Medical colleges admission policy
Karachi: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah set up a committee comprising three vice-chancellors to review the admission policy of medical universities and colleges in Sindh at a meeting held on Monday at the CM House.
The committee includes vice-chancellors of Dow University Karachi, Liaquat University of Health & Medical Sciences Jamshoro and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University Larkana. The committee will discuss admission policy, promotion of teaching staff and regularisation of various issues faced in this regard, and will furnish its findings and suggestions within three days to the CM.
It was also decided in the meeting to deliberate the suggestions of the report as soon as it is submitted so that all universities and medical colleges may publish necessary prospectus for admission process. With regard to regularisation and up-gradation of various institutions, Secretary Health and Secretary Law Sindh will hold a meeting and finalise their recommendations.
Shah said that there were complaints from some quarters, particularly from rural areas, that meritorious students were deprived of obtaining educational opportunities. He urged the committee to review the existing admission policy in light of new social developments, such as the creation of new districts as well as the establishment of new universities and medical colleges. Shah added that the new policy should not only reflect the aspirations of the people, but also stay in line with the injunctions of the 1973 Constitution.
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Change in curriculum for medical education urged
Peshawar: Speakers at a two-day workshop stressed the need for concerted efforts to bring about changes in the curriculum and mode of instruction for medical education at undergraduate level.
The workshop on 'Need and Path to Change Undergraduate Medical Curriculum and Mode of Instructions to Problem-Based Learning', which concluded here Monday was organised by Khyber Medical University (KMU), Peshawar.
KMU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Hafizullah was the chief guest on the occasion. The workshop was aimed at discussing and sensitising the participants on adaptation of problem-based learning system at undergraduate level at public sector medical and dental colleges of the province.
Four representatives, each from all the public sector medical and dental colleges and a private college of the province, participated in the workshop.
The VC lauded the active participatory role of the senior faculty members of medical and dental institutions of the province and hoped that they would continue their support and cooperation in adaptation of the new learning system.
The VC assured the participants that the KMU would like to continue its support
and facilitation in terms of training, infrastructure and human resource develop-
ment to fulfill the requirements of the affiliated medical and dental colleges of the province. Change in curriculum and evaluation system would be adopted through mutual discussion and consultation, he added.
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Filmmaking workshop begins at SZABIST
Karachi: The Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) recently organised a 16mm film workshop in collaboration with an internationally acclaimed film manufacturing company. A total of 20 students from the media sciences stream combined their talents to shoot short films of one to two minutes each without sound on super 16mm (colour) format.
The two-day workshop kicked off with a two-hour session on ARRI SR 3 cameras and accessories. Renowned cinematographer Saleem Dad gave a multimedia presentation on cameras, lenses, film stocks and light meter readings. After the presentation, students started their two-day shooting workshop in which all of them ended up making short films of their own.
Film processing and telecine (film to digital transfer) were sponsored by a local film development company, making it a viable option for film students in Karachi. The cost of telecine is always heavy and by funding student projects like these, private film manufacturing companies in Karachi are taking keen interest in facilitating film students which can in turn, prove beneficial for the film industry in the near future.
Training on film format also helps in economising narrative elements of a film. Being the most expensive medium, students like to devote more time in prep work as opposed to its counterpart 'Digital' where no such consideration and heed is paid and ultimately students fail to grasp the effectiveness of storytelling skills which is an essential part of any film, students were told at the workshop. The News
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