KU announces BSc part-I results
Karachi, July 14: The University of Karachi on Monday announced the results of BSc (pass) part-I annual examinations 2008.
According to statistics, 2,228 candidates appeared in the exams. Of these students 524 were declared as successful. The pass percentage is 23.52 per cent.
A Karachi University statement said that the marks certificates were being issued. AppYour Comments
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KU set to introduce admission test
Karachi: Karachi University (KU) has decided to impose admission testing system at undergraduate and post-graduate levels in all departments of the university this year to curb the political and other pressures at the time of admissions, it was learnt on Monday.
The upcoming meeting of the KU Academic Council will finally approve the system for the implementation at the varsity. The testing system will be applied to all departments of the university, while it has been designed in line with the NTS, GRE (Educational Testing Service) and other authentic testing services, keeping in mind their practicality and the current availability of resources at the university, a KU official, on a condition of anonymity, said.
"For BS admission, it is recommended that there should be one or more general tests, on the pattern of SAT reasoning test and SAT subject tests, for students who wish to gain admission in each faculty including any sub-divisions such as biological and physical sciences. For MSc, the test may be developed on the patterns of subject GRE of the Educational Testing Service, USA," he said and added that the recommendations of the test had been made by the test committee.
He said, "The need to start admission test at undergraduate as well as postgraduate levels in all departments was underlined by the admission committee 2008-9. The committee's recommendation to allow for admission tests to the BS program for the 2009 admissions was presented for discussion in the special meeting 'of the Academic Council held on October 21, 2008. The members were, divided in their views about the usefulness of this exercise. However, there was unanimous agreement that the issues needed further deliberation and discussion. Hence, two committees were formed to give their recommendations on different aspects of the issue. The first committee was asked to report on the system of admission tests prevalent at other universities in Pakistan as well as the existing system in place in several departments of the University.
The second committee was entrusted with the job of making recommendations for the design of "a testing system / service of the University of Karachi in line with the NTS, GRE (Educational Testing Service) and other authentic testing services."
He said, as per the recommendations, one point should be awarded for each item, also there should be negative marking for testing at the MA level only, while .All SAT kind of subject tests in one faculty should be of one hour duration and conducted on the same day; a student should be allowed to take more than one test on the same day.
"As per the recommendations, it has been observed that in some departments, the language of instruction is both English and Urdu or some other language such as .Persian.
It is recommended that candidates applying to these departments should have the option of taking their test in Urdu/ any other relevant language.
It is recommended that a brief orientation course in testing procedures and item development, on that pattern of the course conducted by the College of Physicians and Surgeons for its examiners, be developed and conducted for the KU faculty. Attending this course should be necessary for being listed as an examiner in the testing resource pool of the university. To help both the test-takers and test-administrators, the test should be formatted in such a way that each section is clearly marked with clear indication of the time required /allowed to complete it. It is recommended that in order to maintain confidentiality, the test custodians, Deans, Chairpersons, should be made responsible for ensuring maximum secrecy in printing and distribution of the test paper.
All faculty and support staff in each department should be involved in invigilation duty according to university examination rules (one invigilator for 30 students) and paid accordingly through the Chairperson or Dean for their services. It is recommended that all tests are machine-marked by using the relevant software for maximum efficiency and avoidance of errors. Where it may be considered necessary by the faculty testing committee to include some subjective items such as for admission in the English department, members of the departmental research committee should act as markers for these questions.
The results of all admission tests should be posted on the web-site of the university within 24 hours of conducting the test. Often, when a cut-off point is identified in advance e.g. 50 percent score in the test, it is considered as an eligibility criteria only for short-listing the candidates.
However, as the intake level of students at Karachi University is quite unpredictable from one year to another. It is recommended that no cut-off point is declared in advance. A university-wide testing committee should be formed by the vice chancellor in consultation with the deans with representation from other relevant academic bodies, such as the Academic Council, for overall supervision and monitoring of the admission tests," he said. The Nation
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SSC Marks sheets ready
Karachi: The marks sheets of SSC part-II general group annual examinations 2009 are ready for delivery, the controller of the examinations of the Board of Secondary Education Karachi, announced on Monday.
A town-wise schedule for the delivery of marks sheets has also been announced.
It says that the marks sheets of New Karachi, North Nazimabad, Gulberg and Liaquatabad will be delivered on July 20. Gulshan-i-Iqbal, Jamshed Town, Shah Faisal, Landhi and Korangi marks sheets will be delivered on July 21.
Marks sheets of towns of Malir, Bin Qasim, Gadap, Kemari, SITE and Orangi Town will be delivered on July 22. The marks sheets of Lyari and Saddar towns will be delivered on July 23.
The BSEK has asked the heads of recognised secondary schools to send their representatives with authority letters on the above-mentioned dates to the board office.
It was further announced that the marks sheets of Class X general group private candidates have already been dispatched to the candidates at their given addresses. App
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ACCA welcomes completion of IASB's 'most important project'
The International Accounting Standards Board's (IASB) new standard for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) will have a significant impact on millions of companies around the world, says ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) in welcoming the announcement.
Despite concerns by many that the new simplified standard, which still runs to more than 200 pages would be too complex for small businesses to use, ACCA's own research shows little concern in this area.
Richard Martin, Head of Financial Reporting at ACCA said: "We are delighted that the IASB has completed its most important project after five years' work. It comes at a critical time, because it will mean that countries will be able to apply IFRS to companies of all sizes and not need to operate two systems of financial reporting, with one for large listed companies and another for smaller or unlisted privately owned companies. ACCA has always supported IFRS as a global accounting language for listed companies – now this has been opened up for smaller businesses too.
"The use of international standards across the board should add credibility to the financial statements of unlisted companies, at a time when potential users of accounts want to be able to rely on the figures they see," he said.
"There has been concern from some quarters that despite attempting to simplify standards for SMEs the IASB had produced something which was still far too complex. However, when we field tested the exposure draft in the UK we found that small companies and their accountants were able to apply this without significant difficulty. We look forward to a widespread take up over the next few years as countries assess its usefulness in their context. ACCA is pleased that IASB as a global standard setter has recognised its obligation to make available the standard and related educational material to download for free to users," added Richard Martin.
ACCA President Brendan Murtagh, who is a partner in an accounting practice, said: "In my practice we imagine this will be warmly accepted as best practice by our clients very quickly. A set of standards which is more easily understood by smaller businesses, their potential investors, customers and suppliers can only help organisations to survive in these tough trading conditions and to potentially thrive when the current situation eases." By Noor Muhammad
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