UET leakage : Student mastermind held

Mastermind of entrance test leak, 8 others arrested
Lahore, July 29: Gujjarpura investigation police on Thursday arrested the main accused, a student of BSc Honours at University of Engineering and Technology, for emailing entrance test to more than 18 persons, a lab assistant and seven beneficiaries of the test.

The investigation of the case and all the arrested accused have been handed over to the Anti-Corruption Department for further inquiry.

A team of Gujjarpura investigations police, headed by Incharge Investigation Mehdi Kazmi, on directions of SP Investigations Civil Lines Capt (r) Liaqat in a late night development on Wednesday arrested BSC honours student, Naseer.

Sources said Naseer was the main accused in the case and he had emailed the question paper of the entrance test to around 18 persons. They said police had arrested Naseer after seeing the video recording of CCTV cameras installed in the net café of the already arrested accused Shuja.

The sources further said that the video of the CCTV camera at net café indicated flats located in the same area with a name of a commercial plaza. They said police investigators later collected the college identity cards of the students residing in the flats located in the plaza, adding that Shuja's computer and email address were used by Naseer from the copy of his University Identity Card over which they raided the university hostel and arrested Naseer. Later, during the interrogation, Naseer named seven other students who were also arrested by the investigation police from the plaza, the sources said, adding that all the seven students were the beneficiaries of entrance test and they had had received emails from Naseer.

Earlier, Police had arrested Anees, who confessed his crime in police custody, revealing that he had memorised 18 questions from the question paper. He also confessed that LAB assistant, Ashraf, had also helped him over which police arrested Ashraf.

SP Investigation Civil Lines Capt (r) Liaqat said that they had handed over the arrested accused to the Anti-Corruption Department as further investigations in the case had been transferred to them. While commenting on the efforts of Incharge Investigation Mehdi Kazmi, he said that the officer had worked hard and used scientific methods to nab criminals within few hours. He said he could not tell the names of students as investigation was underway and some of them might prove as innocent during the course of investigation.

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UET employees remanded over test leak
Lahore: Judicial Magistrate Khalid Saeed Watto on Thursday granted one-day physical remand of three employees of the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) to the Anti-Corruption Establishment on the charges of stealing and leaking the entrance test of the university.

The accused, namely Naib Qasid Anees, Muhammad Ashraf and Syed Shujauddin were produced before the court by Gujjarpura police who had sought 10-day physical to conduct investigation.

However, the judge while determining the nature of the crime handed over the accused to the Anti-Corruption Establishment on one-day physical remand.

The court ordered the ACE authorities to produce the accused before the court on Friday (today). The Gujjarpura investigation officer (IO) had also been ordered by the court to hand over the investigation of the case to the Anti-Corruption Establishment.

As per case details, the accused were arrested by police on the complaint filed by UET Security In-charge Lt. Col (r) Farooq Ahmed Khan who claimed that Anees and his accomplice Syed Shujauddin and Ashraf were involved in stealing and leaking question paper of the entrance test of the UET.

Police had registered a case No 848/11 under sections 409 (criminal breach of trust by a public servant) and 109 (abetment) of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC). The news

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GCU registrar Comment sought from VC
Lahore: The Governor's Secretariat has reminded the Punjab Higher Education secretary and the Government College University (GCU) vice chancellor to furnish report along with parawise comments on the revision petition of varsity's former registrar Sahibzada Faisal Khurshid in three days, says a press release.

The Governor's Secretariat had earlier written a letter to the secretary and the GCU VC on July 27 seeking explanation that why the summary for the appointment of Khurshid as a regular registrar was rejected, which was sent through the GCU Syndicate, and was supposed to be put up before the chief minister and consequently before the chancellor/governor.

The contract of Khurshid as registrar expired on Oct 11 last year and he was directed by the then VC to continue working till the appointment of a regular registrar. The GCU Syndicate on the recommendation of a search committee had sent three names, including Khurshid, for onward submission to the chancellor for appointment of one of the recommended people.

However, the Higher Education secretary had himself rejected the case regarding appointment of registrar GCU stating that the case would be taken up on arrival of the regular vice chancellor.

Khurshid in his petition, submitted to the governor, stated the role of the Higher Education Department and the Punjab government was only that of a post office in matters where appointments were recommended by the Search Committee and approved by the Syndicate under Section 14 of the Government College University Ordinance of 2002. He stated the secretary's order lacked jurisdiction.

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Living centre at LCWU
Lahore: The Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) arranged a seminar on "Accessible living environment for all" in collaboration with the Mainstream Association International Osaka, Japan, and the Milestone Society of Pakistan.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by LCWU, the Milestone Society and the Mainstream Association on an independent living centre at LCWU.

Speaking on the occasion, LCWU Vice-Chancellor Dr Sabiha Mansoor said: "The centre will be the first of its kind in which the poor, especially special people, will be provided with higher education." Dawn

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Sindh to set up Education Commission
Karachi: The Senate meeting of NED University of Engineering and Technology has approved the recurring budget of Rs 1,371 million of the varsity for the financial years of 2011-12, showing a deficit of Rs 95 million.

Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq presided over the 19th senate meeting in the absence of Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan here on Thursday. Speaking on the occasion, the education minister said that provincial government was going to set up Sindh Education Commission, as the Higher Education Commission was going to be dissolved. He said that provincial government would present the bill in the provincial government for the set-up of this commission. He said that the provincial autonomy was the dream of the masses, while the democratic government had realised the dream. The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has given a grant of Rs 700 million to NED University, while an amount of Rs 978 million is demanded of the university. As per the NED Officials,

"The HEC grant is not sufficient; the university has planned to bring the university out of this deficit of Rs 95 million by getting control over the expenditures of the varsity.

The expected income is Rs 1,275 million. Last year Rs 1,227 million was the approved budget with deficit of Rs 1.9 million that was converted later into Rs 1.3 million profits."

The university demanded for an annual grant of Rs 540 million while HEC is committed to give Rs 622 million. The expected income is Rs 814.562 million. The university demanded of the Higher Education Commission an annual grant of Rs 540 million while HEC is committed to give Rs 622 million. The expected income is Rs 814.562 million.

NED University Vice Chancellor Engineer Abul Kalam has presented the highlights of annual report 2010-11. He said that currently the university had 74 Ph.D. faculty members, while this figure was 42 in 2007-08. He said, "NED has expanded disciplines as well as increased both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. The overall enrolment at the varsity is 8,243 while it was 6,700 in 2007-08. Around 111 Ph.D. scholars are working in other universities of Pakistan as well as abroad. The NED Varsity has spent Rs 344 million on account of development projects, including strengthening of NED University and construction of Academic Block at LEJ Campus.

As many as 1,088 candidates are being provided scholarships worth Rs 11.6 million. However, this figure was Rs 6.2 million in 2004-05. It is worth mentioning that under the administration of Engineer Abul Kalam, NED University has increased the departments from five to 23, which shows the commitment and dedication of the current administration towards the development of the varsity. On the occasion, Pro-Vice Chancellor NED University Dr Muzafar Mehmood, Registrar Engineer Jawed Aziz Khan, Dr Sahibzad Rafiqui, Chairman BSEK Anzar Zaidi were also present. The nation

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KU announcement
Karachi: Registrar University of Karachi Prof Mohammad Kaleem Raza Khan has announced that the registration forms of BA, BCom, BoL and improvement of division (Regular and Private) can be submitted till August 4, along with a fee of Rs2,300 at the bank counters situated at the Silver Jubilee gate. Meanwhile, a KU spokesman said that the physical test for the security guards will be held at 9:00 am on July 31, at the football ground.

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BIEK's new trick to stop cheating in exams
Karachi: In an attempt to curb cheating during examinations, the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) has decided to design papers in a manner that would make unfair practices very difficult, by printing five distinct short question papers which will be numbered differently.

Chairman BIEK Anwar Ahmed Zai said that the board was expecting this tactic to discourage cheating during the next Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) annual examination 2012.

This is not the first time BIEK has made changes to their question papers. In the recent past the format for multiple choice questions (MCQs) also experienced a similar change so as to discourage candidates from using dishonest tactics to score higher marks in their papers, he said. He added that all examination boards of the province currently printed different MCQ papers to distribute among students.

"The board will now print five sets of the short question paper which will be numbered differently.

It would create difficulties for the students to share answers with each others," adding that there was a chance that other examination boards would also adopt this new format for short questions.

Examination boards including BIEK and the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) were also planning to create 'question bank' to end the 'past paper' practice system. "This bank would give students different questions each year," said Chairman BSEK Anzar Hussain Zaidi. The news

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