Students from Karachi excel in AKU-EB exams
Karachi, July 19: Candidates from Karachi this year outperformed those from the rest of the country in both SSC and HSSC examinations conducted by the Aga Khan University Examination Board (AKU-EB).
This was stated by an official of the AKU-EB here on Wednesday. A 'passing the torch students award ceremony' was organised at board's office here.
"Besides my own hard work, I will give much credit to [the] AKU-EB for showing me the way to get to where I stand today. Studies at [the] AKU-EB are tough but as I got used to concept-based learning, I began to enjoy them more," remarked SSC first position holder Syed Wahaj Ahmed during the students award ceremony.
This award ceremony is a continuation of an annual tradition celebrated by the AKU-EB to recognise its top three
Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC)
As part of the tradition 2011 position holders presented awards to this year's position holders, symbolising the continuation of the journey of knowledge and achievements from one year to the next.
This year candidates from Karachi outperformed those from the rest of the country in both the SSC and HSSC exams, the only exception being the third HSSC position which was secured by Adil Shah of Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Gahkuch, Gilgit-Baltistan, with 90.18 percent of marks.
Anum Zehra Raza of Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Karimabad, Karachi, with 91 percent marks, was awarded the first position in HSSC while Hafsa Jawed of Habib Public High School (Girls), Karachi with 90.82 percent marks secured second position.
In the SSC examinations, Syed Wahaj Ahmed of Shahwilayat Public School, Karachi, with 90.27 percent marks secured first position, Sadaf Batool Rizvi of Al-Murtaza School, Karachi, stood second with 90.18 percent marks, while two students, Sheharyar Farooq of Sultan Mohammad Shah Aga Khan School and Zahra Hussaini of Habib Girls
School, both from Karachi, were awarded a joint third position with 90.09 percent marks.
Parents of the top performers and their school principals also attended the ceremony.
"This ceremony is a novel idea where alumni are passing the light of learning to the current position holders and sharing their experiences with each other.
"[The] AKU-EB is impressive. They make the students realise the importance of education and learning. In a country where local boards have failed to implement their syllabuses, [the] AKU-EB has maintained a level of transparency and implementation since its inception," remarked Musarrat Haidery, principal of Shahwilayat Public School.
A recent survey of HSSC alumni of 2010-11 conducted by the AKU-EB identified 145 placements into renowned institutions across Pakistan in a variety of disciplines such as Medical/Pharmacy/Nursing (23 percent), Engineering/IT (18 percent), Business/Commerce (30 percent), and specialised sciences and Art/Humanities (11 percent each).
Annual SSC and HSSC results are accessible online at http://examinationboard.aku.edu/examinationservices.
NED University complains of fund shortage
Karachi: The NED University of Engineering and Technology demanded Rs822.846 million from Higher Education Commission (HEC) but received only Rs699.773 million in 2011-2012.
The figures were disclosed at the annual meeting held at the university on Wednesday.
Professor Abul Kalam, Vice-Chancellor of the university, presided over the meeting in the absence of the chancellor, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan, who failed to attend the meeting for the fourth year in a row.
"This year (2012-13) the university has demanded Rs1,012 million from the HEC but is expecting a release of only Rs900 million," said Muhammad Sajeeruddin, Director, Finance, NED.
He claimed that the university received a cheque for Rs700 million on July 28 last year. "The cheque bounced because the fiscal year was ending, and the whole procedure had to be repeated."
He claimed that another payment from last year of Rs130 million was expected from the HEC, but the university had not received it to date.
There is a deficit of Rs80 million over last year, of which Rs78 million has been deferred (carried over to next year). Due to this, some development projects are facing dearth of funds.
But vice chancellor Professor Abul Kalam during the meeting maintained that it was not HEC's fault. "The funds are not being released from the finance department," he said.
During the meeting two amendments were passed by the senate. The first involved calling the four-month summer semester a summer session.
The summer semester was introduced six months back, and due to its short time span the number of courses completed in it did not equal the number completed in a regular semester.
Secondly, the academic council in the Board of Studies will now not only select lecturers but also professors and associate professors.
During the meeting the annual report of highlighting the performance of the university in 2011-12 was also released.
It was shared that in order to increase enrollments seats in the undergraduate and masters programme were increased by 193 and 270 respectively.
In the year 2011-12 there were 93 PhDs in the faculty, and the number is expected to increase as 103 faculty members are currently pursuing their PhDs within the country and abroad. During the year 1,181 students benefited from scholarships money allocated for the area was increased from Rs11.6 million to Rs13.5 million.
All of the Rs275 million allocated in the development fund were utilized. Some of the projects included construction of a road, a student facilitation centre and a separate block for a boys' hostel. During the year the number of companies in which internships were awarded to students increased from 256 to 421.
A new department of Information Technology was established in the university during the year, and this has facilitated to computerization of the examination and finance department. The news
Teachers find bias in appointment process
Hyderabad: A large number of teachers demonstrated outside the office of director of education on Wednesday to mount pressure for their demands about announcement of results of written test, restoration of job quota for heirs of retired and deceased teachers and termination of illegally appointed.
The demonstration organised by the Government Secondary Teachers Association (GSTA) was led by its president Hyderabad division Zameer Khan.
Addressing the demonstration Mr Khan alleged that illegal appointments had been made on political considerations or payment of bribes at the cost of merit. About 360 posts of physical instructor, drawing, language, Sindhi and oriental teachers were still vacant.
The government conducted written tests in March and its results were still being awaited while some 250 people who did not appear in test had been illegally appointed, he alleged.
Mr Khan said the posts for which illegal appointments had been made were of Hyderabad quota but people from Sanghar, Dadu and Naushahro Feroze had been selected. "We have submitted a written complaint to director education to consider jobs for children of retired and deceased teachers," he said. Dawn
FUUAST teachers defy proposed appointment of blue-eyed as VC
Karachi: The Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) Senate members have taken strong exception to the allegedly proposed appointment of a blue-eyed vice chancellor (VC). Addressing a press conference at the Karachi Press Club on Wednesday, FUUAST Senate member Seema Naz said that they would not tolerate the bureaucracy's conspiracy to appoint an illegal VC and such attempt will be strongly resisted.
Explaining the controversy's background, she said that Dr Muhammad Qaiser was about to complete his tenure as the FUUAST VC, when he got appointed as VC University of Karachi. "However, he has not been discharged from his duties at FUUAST since a new VC is yet not appointed," she informed. This dual position situation instigated problems and a search committee was constituted, which proposed three names for the position of new VC to the president. She added that due to the negligence of President Zardari, the Senate had so far been unable to conduct session for the appointment of new VC despite being reminded several times.
Naz said that the bureaucracy was planning to take advantage of the situation by appointing an illegal VC. She warned that any attempt at appointing a blue-eyed VC would not be tolerated but opposed. Earlier, an emergent meeting was called at the university in which senate and search committee members expressed their concerns over the situation. Daily times
800 primary schools upgraded in Sindh, says minister
Sukkur: Senior Sindh Minister for Education Pir Mazharul Haq has said that 800 primary schools and 300 elementary schools have been upgraded to minimise the gap between the number of primary and secondary schools.
He pointed out that the number of primary schools was low as compared to secondary schools in the province which according to him was a big gap in primary to secondary educational infrastructure facilities that being affected on education.
This he observed while talking to the media persons at a one-day seminar on "Free Education Health and Safety Standard in Schools" organised by Sindh Education and Literacy Department with collaboration of UNESCO (United Nation Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation) at Public School Latifabad No 2, Hyderabad on Wednesday.
The minister said that in addition to that, the PPP government has increased budget of Education Department upto 300 times to provide modern learning facilities at each school in the province. He said that a Master Plan has been prepared to provide lavatory and hygienic facilities in addition to maintain health and safety standard at each school.
He said that under the 18th Amendment education to children upto age from 5 to 16 years of age has been made free and compulsory in all provinces whereas the legislation in this regard in Sindh Assembly was in progress to implement on the Article in letter and spirit. He said that under this act not only the government has been made bond to provide free education but the enrolment of the children having age in between 5 to 16 has also been made compulsory in schools. The news