Inter humanities exams | Karachi University plagiarism probe
Intermediate humanities exams from 18th
Karachi, June 03: Over 70,000 regular and private candidates of the humanities
group will appear in the Higher Secondary School Certificate annual
examinations-2009, scheduled to commence on June 18.
chairman of the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai,
the exams will be conducted from 2.30pm to 5.30pm on weekdays, except Friday
when their timing will be from 3.30pm to 6.30pm.
The intermediate board
set up 90 examination centres in colleges, he said, adding that the institutes
which were blacklisted during the recent exams were not included.
further said that exam centres were also not set up in those colleges, which had
not got their sanctioned new establishment approved so far, because such
institutes generally assign invigilation duties to outsiders in the wake of
He said that the board had formed 32 vigilance
committees to check incidents of unfair means during the exams.
admit cards of regular candidates had already been sent to their respective
coll- eges while those of private candidates were being dispatched on their
residential addresses through a courier service.
The private candidates
have been advised to contact the board's arts section for duplicate cards if
they do not get their admit cards by June 9.
BIEK chairman said that the practical exams of the recently concluded HSC (Part-I and -II)
pre-engineering, pre-medical, computer science and home economics groups' annual
examinations would begin from June 8.
Prof Zai said that centralised
assessment of the recently concluded exams would begin from June 10 so that
results could be compiled by the end of July and announced in August.
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Officer appointed to probe plagiarism case in KU
Karachi: The Karachi University administration has appointed retired
Justice Saleem Akhtar as inquiry officer to investigate the case of plagiarism
allegedly by Prof (Dr) Jalaluddin Ahmed Noori, dean of the faculty of Islamic
Studies, who has been suspended along with two other senior teachers of the
They were suspended following a unanimous decision of the KU
syndicate about two weeks ago.
Retired Justice Saleem Akhtar is
presently serving as the director-general of the Sindh Judicial Academy.
The latest decision taken by the KU authorities after a delay of over
two weeks has quashed speculation circulating in the university that the
administration is considering going back on the decision taken at the last
Higher Education Commission chairperson Shehnaz Wazir
Ali has sent a letter to KU authorities with directives to conduct an inquiry
into the credentials of Dr Noori.
It may be mentioned here that Prof
(Dr) Noori's case has been one of the most publicised cases of plagiarism in the
history of the KU and the extension given to the professor as the dean of the
faculty of Islamic studies for the second time by the chancellor of the
university led to protests by the faculty concerned, who also accused him of
holding fake educational certificates and having two identity cards with
different dates of birth.
KU registrar Prof Mohammad Raees Alvi
confirmed that the inquiry officer's appointment and said that some other
names were under consideration to carry out the investigation into the cases of
Prof (Dr) Saeed Arayne, chairman of the chemistry department, and Prof (Dr)
Najma Sultana, wife of Dr Arayne and former dean of the faculty of pharmacy who
is currently teaching at the department of pharmaceutical chemistry.
"First inquiry officer has been appointed and the university
administration will soon appoint other officials to conduct investigation into
the two other cases," he said.
"The inquiry officer is independent and
can investigate the charges of fake educational degrees levelled at Dr Noori,"
According to sources, the other names under consideration are
of Justice Haziq-ul-Khairi, who is the Chief Justice of the Federal Shariat
Court and, retired justice Mamoon Qazi, adviser to the State Bank of Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Dr Zakia Bibi, a cooperative teacher at the department of
chemistry, whose services as cooperative teacher were recently terminated on
charges of plagiarism, has approached the office of the provincial ombudsman and
requested that her case be reviewed.
It's worth recalling that the KU
syndicate had unanimously approved the findings of a committee on plagiarism
over two weeks ago and decided that a formal inquiry should be instituted
against three senior university teachers on charges of plagiarism. Dawn
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KU L.L.B. Examinations
Karachi: University of Karachi (KU) has announced
that the Annual Examination-2009 of L.L. B. (Part-1) will commence from June 8
and conclude on June 22, 2009. Departments of Zoology, Biochemistry and Library
& Information Science will be the centres of the examinations. Meanwhile,
The University has appointed Urdu Department Chairman, Dr Zafar Iqbal, as the
Enquiry Officer in the beating of a KU security guard by the students on May 26.
He has been requested to submit the Enquiry Report within a week.
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Evaluating the KU Quality Enhancement Cell
Karachi: The Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) at the University of Karachi
(KU), which was founded by the vice-chancellor a couple of years ago, seems to
be striving hard to achieve the given task but overall, as the general standard
of the university show, things have not met the expectations, a senior professor
at the Faculty of Arts, who wished to remain anonymous said.
Other teachers and students shared the same observation, while many
students and even a few teachers expressed their astonishment that such a cell
was indeed in the university.
Director of the Cell Prof Sajideen had no
such misgivings. "We have worked hard and hope to get results. These things
(Quality Enhancement) take time. Our prime targets are the Masters students who
have passed out and we want to know if they are doing well in their respective
fields. For that, we have issued questionnaires to the respective employers, who
send us their feedback. We study their response and focus our attention towards
grey areas to improve the performances of the students who are currently
enrolled," he said.
The Cell has asked the departments to submit their
self-assessment report, and two departments – Commerce, Public Administration
and Institute of Environmental Studies have obliged. The Commerce Department has
declared as their mission "produce well-skilled human resource capable of
carrying out financial, managerial, commercial and research activities in
national and international organisations", while the programme team has also
conducted surveys on graduating students, teachers evaluation, employers'
opinion and that of faculty. The other two have worked on the same pattern.
The Cell has envisaged an 'Implementation Plan Summary' that will work
on the recommendation of the assessment teams' findings. The paper will have the
comments of the chairpersons of respective departments, Deans and Director of
QEC and will then be submitted to the Vice Chancellor for his action.
"The evaluation of teachers is a difficult task. It is very sensitive
matter. Students are also required to assess their teachers and report to the
chairperson of their departments. It is very dangerous in the semester system.
The chairpersons will be unable to maintain the confidentiality and the students
might be in hot waters", the professor said.
The QEC encourages
departments to hold conferences that would be instrumental in increasing the
knowledge of teachers and students. Two international conferences were held but
the choice of participants from home and abroad made these programmes lacklustre
as they didn't benefit the audience.
The QEC had a monthly budget of one
million rupees which was increased to 1.5 million recently by Higher Education
Commission (HEC). The total number of staff at QEC is three – a peon, an analyst
and a Computer Programmer in addition to the Director and it is really
surprising that the university expects this cell to work wonders.
rather interesting development that in a meeting of Federation of Pakistan
Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA), held in Lahore recently, the
umbrella association of the teachers demanded the abolition of QEC in all the
universities. The association has not given reason for the demand but insiders
say that teachers felt insecure in the face of certain actions by the QEC. One
of the actions that QEC wants to take is the demand that the attendance sheets
of all the teachers should reach QEC by the 5th of every month. This would allow
the QEC to know about the attendance of the teachers and the students. "Teachers
were wary of the move because they are not very regular in taking the classes.
They want to draw salaries but refuse to perform", a senior Professor confided.
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ICCBS acquires subscription of prestigious online database
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) International Centre for Chemical
and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) has acquired subscription of an online database
titled "Community of Science (COS) Funding Opportunity".
The facility has
been sponsored by the Dr Panjwani Memorial Trust, while the database is being
placed at the Dr Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (PCMD)
at the KU.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, an official of the ICCBS
said that the afore-mentioned database is the world's most comprehensive source
of funding information for researchers, containing more than 25,000 records,
representing over 400,000 funding opportunities worth over $ 33 billion.
"The database will be accessible to all faculty members and KU
scientists through the ICCBS local area network. This initiative of the Dr
Panjwani Memorial Trust has an strategic importance because there is hardly any
funding currently available to Pakistani scientists, while globally there are
many multinational and international funding agencies who support research
projects that are meritorious and relevant to human needs," he said. The News
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SHC restrains SPSC from announcing results of CCE
Karachi: A division bench of the Sindh
High Court (SHC) comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Bin Yamin on
Tuesday restrained the Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC) from announcing
the results of the Combined Competitive Exams (CCE) 2008 till a decision is
reached in a constitutional petition before the court.
The bench was
seized with the hearing of a petition filed by Uzma Rafique, Raja Lowe Kush
Permandani and four others candidates who were to appear in the paper of 'Civil
Law' in the CCE.
The petitioners maintained that as per schedule provided
to them, the paper was to be held from 2 pm to 5 pm on April 18, 2009, but when
they reached the examination centre, the watchman told them that the paper was
held in the morning from 10 am to 1 pm.
The petitioners maintained that
they then reached the office of the SPSC Chairman SSN Abbasi and staged a
The chairman was in his office but the SPSC controller
examination, a respondent in the petition, prevented them from meeting the
chairman, who slipped away from a back door, the petitioners
They maintained that on their protest, a senior member of the
SPSC Anwar Haider also reached the SPSC office and asked them to moved
applications on oath, which they did. They also maintained that they resorted to
all methods to get their issue registered and solved, but failed and as a last
remedy filed the instant petition.
The SHC bench after hearing the
initial arguments by the counsel for petitioners restrained the SPSC from
announcing the results of the CCE exams till a decision is reached in this
The bench also issued notices to the respondents for July 6. Daily Times
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