Loadshedding worst for those taking examination

Power crisis worst for those taking examination
Lahore, June 05: The worst ever power crisis amid sizzling heat has been greatly irking students, especially those appearing in the ongoing Intermediate (Part-I) Annual Examination 2012.

A number of students strongly condemned the rulers and politicians for their failure to resolve the energy crisis. They also criticized those doing politics on this critical issue.

Amjad, a student, appearing in the ongoing intermediate exam, castigated all political parties and held them responsible for excessive power cuts in sizzling heat.

He said the politicians were not sincere with the nation and the country. Were they sincere the situation related to energy crisis would have been different today since it was the longest serving democratic government in the country, he said. Students, especially those appearing in exams, were greatly disturbed owing to excessive loadshedding but rulers remained unmoved as ever, he added.

Another student, Muhammad Akhtar, also condemned the rulers and said excessive power outages had made it impossible for students to do exams preparation. He said power cuts coupled with rising mercury had made their lives miserable but rulers and opposition parties were busy in doing just politics. "Every one talks about us (youth) but no one is really interested in addressing real problems we are facing", Akhtar said.

Meanwhile, in a press statement, the Insaf Students Federation (ISF) also condemned both federal and provincial governments for their failure to resolve the energy crisis.

The ISF, the student wing of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), also came hard on the Punjab government, observing the provincial government had done nothing concrete with regard to addressing energy crisis despite shifting of powers to provinces under 18th Amendment.

Muhammad Usman, ISF Lahore president, said students were facing extreme problems with regard to preparation for exams. He termed the Punjab Chief Minister's participation in demonstrations against power cuts a "drama", saying had the Punjab government done something practical the situation would have been different.

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Notices to 110 private schools
Lahore: The executive district officer (EDO) Education, Lahore, claimed Monday that his office had issued show cause notices to 110 private schools which remained open in violation of the Punjab government's notification of summer vacation. The Punjab government, through a notification on May 30, had announced summer vacation schedule for public and private school of the province from June 01 till August 19, 2012. However, since most of the private schools had already announced examination schedule beyond June 01, the School Education Department's Secretary Muhammad Aslam Kamboh had claimed that action against private schools would be taken if the same were found open after June 06. In this scenario the 'efficiency' of the EDO Education Lahore, Pervaiz Akhtar, to issue show cause notice before the deadline was uncalled for. The news

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KU slams protest over results
Karachi: Reacting to protests by students against the recently announced results of the first professional bachelor of dental surgery and MBBS, Karachi University said on Monday it was not responsible for students' poor or good results in their examinations.

In a statement the KU said the preparation of the question paper and nomination of examiners for assessment of answer scripts was done by the boards of studies of BDS and MBBS and the university's role was only restricted to declaring the results forwarded to it.

It said multiple choice questions were electronically examined through the computer whereas the theory papers were assessed by faculty members. The total numbers of both sections were combined by KU staff after which results were announced.

"In such a case, if a candidate fails with a difference of either one or two marks, the university has no authority of granting grace marks to students as per the policy of the university's academic council and the Higher Education Commission," it added.

Meanwhile, KU vice chancellor Prof Dr Mohammad Qaiser expressed regret over students' protests.

"Medicine is a very respectable profession and its students need to keep in view some ethical considerations before coming out on the streets. Protests for a few marks do not suit the dignity of their profession," he said.

He further stated that though the university had no direct concern with the issue, a committee comprising the dean and secretaries of board of studies of MBBS and BDS was formed to look into the issue. But it was unfortunate that students had shown distrust in the committee even before it could come up with its findings and recommendations. Dawn

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Hazara University launches project for archaeological heritage promotion
Mansehra: The Department of Archaeology, Hazara University and Leicester University in United Kingdom under a joint venture formally launched a British Council-funded project aimed at promoting archeological heritage of Pakistan.

The project link coordinator, Dr Abdul Samad told reporters here on Monday that the "Strategic Partnership Extension in Knowledge Exchange" had been designed scientifically to promote the archaeological heritage of Pakistan for sustainable tourism.

He said the project had been primarily executed in Chitral valley and more than 150 archaeologists, tourism specialists, local community members and officials of department concerned were involved in it.

Dr Samad, who is Chairman Department of Archeology, Hazara University, explained that the project activities would be self-sustainable and ultimately play an important role in developing a positive image of Pakistan at the international level. He added the local community would also be involved in the programme, which could create job opportunities.

"We are working on the capacity building of Chitrali community," Dr Samad maintained. "We are imparting special training to archeological experts who will disseminate the knowledge and skills at the local level," he added.

Dr Samad expressed the hope the project would play an integral role in promoting archaeological tourism and help policymakers adopt ideas proposed by experts to understand the reality that archaeology was the biggest revenue generating asset in Pakistan.

On the occasion, Dr Syed Sakhawat Shah, Vice Chancellor, Hazara University said the Department of Archaeology had adopted pragmatic ways for contemporary research in the field of archaeology. The news

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