Inter boards to hold exams simultaneously
Karachi, March 16: In a move to rationalise the centralised evaluation system, all educational boards in Sindh will simultaneously conduct the higher secondary school certificate annual examinations-2010 and assess the answer scripts.
The Class XI and XII exams scheduled to begin on April 27 would be conducted in the morning and afternoon shifts, Chairman of the Sindh educational boards' committee of chairmen Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai said.
Referring to the centralised evaluation system, he said that the Sindh educational boards' committee of chairmen with a view to ensuring that results of all the exams were compiled within the stipulated period decided to get the answer scripts of all the subjects assessed simultaneously.
He said the move aimed at rationalising the centralised evaluation system would not only help prepare the results within the stipulated time but would also ensure that new academic sessions of universities and professional colleges begin on time.
More than 600,000 candidates, including around 350,000 enrolled with the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK), would take the exams across the province, he said.
Prof Zai said all papers of both classes would be set on the new pattern which was introduced for Class XI exams last year. He added that the model papers had been provided to all educational institutions last year in this regard.
Giving marks-wise detail of the new pattern of papers, Prof Zai said that each theory paper of 100 marks would have 20 per cent objective-type questions, 50pc questions requiring short answers and 30pc descriptive questions. He added that the practical exams would carry 15 marks, instead of 25 marks.
He said he had separate meetings with all the chairmen and controllers of examinations who agreed that not only the HSC annual examinations-2010 should commence on April 27 across the province at once but also the schedule of papers should remain the same. However, he added, the exams conducted by the BIEK might have a different schedule. He explained this way candidates enrolled with all educational boards, except the BIEK, would take the paper of same subject the same day.
For those enrolled with the BIEK, he said that though their exams would also begin on April 27, the order of papers might differ from that of other educational boards. He explained that it was so planned because a huge number of candidates were registered with the BIEK and their exams were conducted faculty-wise and in different phases to overcome the shortage of examination centres.
He also made it clear that the unsuccessful candidates and repeaters of Class XI and XII would have to take their examinations according to the new pattern of papers. DawnYour Comments
2 percent job quota for disabled persons
Karachi: The Sindh government is not implementing 2 percent job quota, reserved for the disabled in the provincial as well as other institutions.
However, the Sindh Social Welfare Department has established a cell for the purpose also does not pursuing the assignment.
It may be noted here that in pursuance of the (employment & Rehabilitation), Ordinance,1981 for Disabled Persons, the Federal Ministry of Health & Social Welfare, forthwith constituted (National Council for the Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons) to facilitate the employment, rehabilitation and welfare of disabled persons and for matters connected therewith.
But, according to sources, this ordinance was also not being implemented in letter and sprit in the province.
However, the Sindh government immediately formed Provincial Council for the Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons (PCRDP) under the supervision of the provincial Social Welfare secretary whereas the Provincial Coordinator Social Welfare acts as Secretary of the Council.
The objectives of council are to execute the policy made by the National Council of the employment, rehabilitation and welfare of disabled persons and to undertake appropriate projects for these purposes.
To issue directions to the Employment Exchange and other bodies for the implementation of the projects, and from time to time take stock of the extent of the functional disabilities of disabled persons.
Official claimed that the provincial council is putting emphasis on to bring means of substance i.e. permanent rehabilitation in terms of employment, financial assistance so as to strengthen the potentials of the individuals and finally medical assessment so as to ascertain the working capacity and then a job accordingly.
At the Directorate of Social Welfare, a Cell carrying out working related to the PCRDP through employment & rehabilitation cell for disable persons" of Social Welfare Department.
The cell is working under the supervision of a Deputy Director and four Assistant Directors, have been posted presently in this cell, in Order to monitor the privileges provided under this ordinance and recruitment of disabled persons under 2% quota in the government, private and public Sectors.
The officials said that all the departments are not following the job quota fixed for the disabled persons in Sindh province. The nation
DUHS solar lamp project
Karachi: The Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) under its poverty alleviation and social responsibility pursuits has joined hands with an NGO working for the distribution and maintenance of solar lamps among the people of remote areas of Sindh.
The lamps will be the environment-friendly alternative to the hazardous kerosene lanterns being used in such areas.
Briefing the media on the project on Monday, DUHS Vice-Chancellor Prof Masood Hameed Khan said that the university had entered into an agreement with an NGO, Pehli Kiran, on raising funds for the project under which more than 1,000 dwellings in the surrounding areas of Sehwan Sharif would be provided with solar lamps. He said the area did not have electricity and its inhabitants had been relying on kerosene lanterns, use of which was not only costly but also hazardous and dangerous, besides being a cause of environmental degradation.
Prof Khan said that under this social project, the DUHS would help stakeholders get some tax exemption for the solar lamps being produced in the Karachi Export Processing Zone and meant for the remote areas of the province.
He said that besides arranging philanthropic contribution for the project, the DUHS would hold medical camps for the residents of the areas covered under the project and also ensure marketing of the handicrafts produced by the womenfolk of the areas.
In reply to a question, the vice-chancellor said that the solar lamps meant for the benefit of the masses were being allowed to be brought out of a factory in the EPZ in a limited number on the university's initiative. He said that the particular batches of the lamp would have no commercial value as the local sale or marketing of the item would be forbidden. He said that Dr Syed Mehdi Raza, the custodian of Sehwan Sharif shrine, would facilitate identification of the deserving people.
Prof Khan told the media that his institution, in addition to producing quality medical graduates and researchers, was also paying attention to the community services through its social responsibility department, which had already trained around 80 dependents of the university employees in computers.
Ayaz Mahmood, a representative of the technology firm associated with the project, also spoke. Dawn
AIKED international conference
Karachi: Professor Dr S.M. Aqil Burney, Director Umaer Basha Institute of Information Technology (UBIT) and Head of Department of Computer Science, University of Karachi (KU), returned to Karachi after attending an international conference on "Recent Advances in Artificial Intelligence, Knowledge Engineering and Data Bases (AIKED-10) at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
According to a press release issued on Sunday, Aqil Burney presented his paper on "Temporal Relational Database Management Models in Healthcare Management.
Dr Burney also visited Staffordshire University, Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Technology on the invitation of Head of Research of the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Technology and presented and discussed his research proposals in the field of e-health, data base management and RFID technology implementation in Pakistan.
JUW Debate competition
Karachi: An inter-universities debate competition entitled "The future of Pakistan is bright", under the supervision of Jinnah University for Women (JUW) will be held on March 17, 2010 at 10:00am at the varsity.
Sixteen teams belonging to several varsities of Karachi will participate in the competition. Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazhar Ul Haq and Sindh Youth Minister Syed Faisal Sazwari will be the chief guests on the occasion.
Students peace march
Karachi: The Lyari Town Municipal Administration has organised various colourful activities to celebrate the Hamara Karachi Festival, which started on March 10, 2010, and will continue till March 24.
In this regard, a peace march is being organised on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 from Town Office, Abdul Rahim Baloch Road, to Lea Market and back via Sheedi village. School students will lead the area people - including legislators, town officials, and trade union leaders - in the march, which aims to promote peace in the area.
Lyari Town Administrator Mohammed Raisee said that it was for the first time that they had invited all towns to participate in the events organised by the Lyari Town.
The Lyari Town Municipal Administration spokesperson said that outsiders had a negative perception about Lyari and that is why the town administration had invited people from different walks of life to witness the fact that the people of the town are peaceful citizens.
In the second event, a free medical camp will be set up at Abdul Khaliq Juma Hall on March 18, 2010, in which specialists in different medical fields will examine patients and provide them with free medicines. The spokesperson said that the major government hospitals were supporting them in the event.
The third event will be a music concert at the Peoples Football Stadium on March 20, in which renowned folk singers from Sindh and Balochistan, especially those from Lyari, will perform folk songs. It will be the first event of its kind after several years to bring the people of Lyari together to enjoy their cultural carnival. The news
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