BSEK Class IX English Mock exam

Mock exam for students of Class IX on 24th
Karachi, March 11: Around 138,000 Class IX science students will appear in a mock test of English subject to be held under the aegis of the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) on March 24, it was learnt on Thursday.

According to BSEK chairman Syed Anzar Hussain Zaidi, the number of examination centres in the city has been curtailed from over 430 to just 170 this year.

He said the exercise would help board officials find and remove the shortcomings that might arise at the examination centres so that the forthcoming secondary school certificate annual examinations could be conducted in an efficient manner.

The other purpose of holding the mock test was to ensure that all the candidates get their enrolment cards before the annual exams and the BSEK would shortly announce a date for the collection of enrolment cards by schools, he added.

He said the test would be conducted from 9am to 12noon at the 170 examination centres being set up at both government and private schools. Dawn

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Educational institutions to remain closed today
Karachi: As the metropolis plunged into violence on Thursday night, the Sindh education minister announced that all educational institutions of the city would remain closed on Friday (today).

The minister for education, Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq, announced late on Thursday night that all the educational institutions - both government-run and private schools and colleges - would remain closed in the city on Friday, according to Geo News.

Haq, who is also a senior leader of the ruling Pakistan People's Party, said that the decision had been taken in view of the deteriorating law and order situation in Karachi. The decision to close the educational institutions came hours after the PPP announced that it would observe a strike in Sindh in protest against the Supreme Court judgement removing Justice (retd) Deedar Hussain Shah as chief of the National Accountability Bureau..

Meanwhile, the University of Karachi announced postponement of all of its examinations scheduled for Friday (today). The registration of Karachi University said that new dates for the examinations would be announced later. He said that the decision to postpone the examinations had been taken in view of the law and order situation in the city. The news

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Lecturers protest
Hyderabad: A large number of college teachers of Hyderabad region, under the banner of Sindh Professors' Lecturers' Association took out a rally here on Thursday to press for the acceptance of their demands.

Talking to reporters, SPLA leaders said that the Sindh government did not appear serious in resolving the longstanding problems of college teachers.

They said that such a negative attitude of Sindh government had forced the college teachers to come out on the roads. They said that SPLA leaders had met the chief secretary in November 2010 and discussed issue of time-scale and other problems.

They claimed that it was decided in the meeting that on the pattern of primary and secondary teachers and subject specialists and Balochistan province, college teachers will also be given time-scale. They said that a summary was prepared but even after four months, no notification could be issued in this regard.

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SU VC offers to run Sufi varsity
Hyderabad: University of Sindh Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Nazir A. Mughal has offered the government to take responsibility for running the International Sufi University to be established at Bhit Shah.

Addressing members of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the senate hall here on Thursday, the vice-chancellors said that a new pro vice-chancellor would be appointed for Bhit Shah campus.

He urged faculty members to play a positive role in society development and said that the role of universities in the modern world was interlinked with community.

He shed light on new academic reforms and their implementation and said the reforms were aimed at improving the semester system, which was a major responsibility of the faculty.

He briefed the faculty members about summer classes to be introduced under recommendations of the deans committee. Major courses would be taught in summer classes and the university was also seriously considering abolishing the practice of special examinations, he said.

About a cut in annual budget of the university, protests by employees and other problems, the VC said that the members from the faculty of social sciences should help the university tackle these problems and urged the Department of Economics to give proposals for generating new resources.

He said that massive unemployment in society called for a stress on the need for vocational education and advised teachers to develop a plan for vocational education to help the unemployed youth earn their livelihood.

Dr. Mughal said that cases of teachers' promotion would be evaluated on the basis of effective teaching, publication and community service. Community service was as important as teaching, he said.

He advised heads of teaching departments to prepare feasibility reports every year about future programmes and every dean of faculty should prepare a five-year plan for future development of its institutes and departments.

The VC shared news about appointment of new pro vice-chancellor for the main campus and also offered the government to take responsibility for running International Sufi University at Bhit Shah. A new pro vice-chancellor would be appointed for Bhit Shah campus, he said.

He said that the government had approved Rs100 million for Sindh University campus at Dadu and expressed concern over delay in announcement of results by some departments.

The delay was preventing students from appearing in competitive examinations, he said, adding that results must be announced within a week.

He said that the university had produced 86 publications of international level and credit for 56 publications went to the Centre for Excellence in Analytical Chemistry.

Newly appointed pro-vice chancellor Dr. Parveen Shah, heads of various teaching departments, members of Faculty of Social Sciences and registrar also attended the meeting. Dawn

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SSUET observes world women day by opening girls' canteen
Karachi: While the organisations world-wide observed International Women's Day with a variety, the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) made it a befitting observance. On the directive of Chancellor, over 500 girls studying in different disciplines of engineering were provided a modern canteen with unique features. It was an occasion of rejoice for girls and university's female staff when Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Saiyid Nazir Ahmed inaugurated the canteen. ppi

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UHS MBBS annual examination 2010 result
Lahore: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) has announced the result of Third Professional MBBS annual examination 2010.

According to a press release on Thursday, a total of 2,100 candidates from 13 affiliated medical colleges appeared in the examination out of which 1,795 passed and 289 failed. Result of 16 candidates was put on RL list. The pass percentage remained 86.13 per cent.

Sidra Zahoor d/o Zahoor Ahmad of Rawalpindi Medical College Rawalpindi got first position securing 852 marks.Yaruk Omar Shifa s/o Muhammad Shifa of Rawalpindi Medical College Rawalpindi got second position securing 841marks and Saira Yasmin d/o Ch. Khadim Hussain of Rawalpindi Medical College Rawalpindi and Wajahat Humayun s/o Umar Farooq of Allama Iqbal Medical College Lahore got third position both securing 839 marks. The failed candidates are required to submit their admission forms on or before 04.04.2011. The news

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Edu Dept starts inquiry against Dr Majid
Lahore: Punjab Education Department has started inquiry into the appointment of Dr Majid Naeem as IT consultant and pioneer of online examination system in Boards of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BI&SE) who is allegedly involved in corruption of Rs 2.7 millions during his appointment as Principal Punjab University College of Information Technology in the past, sources in he education department said on Thursday.

A departmental inquiry held by Punjab University and NAB investigations against Dr Majid have declared him guilty for committing corruption but Dr Naeem when contacted said all these people making hue and cry were in fact opponent of online system which has ended their unfair means of income in boards examinations.

While replying allegations levelled against him by Dr Naeem Khan Registrar Punjab University, he said he had claim of Rs 900 millions against his services rendered during former General VC in the year 2001 when he introduced same system in the Punjab University.

It is worth reporting that some circles of the education department were of the view that Dr Majid Naeem was responsible for the recent problems faced by Martic examination.

Dr Majid Naeem said nothing was wrong with the system but certain elements were involved in derailing the system. He said he was given life threats and even tortured by some elements to refrain from introducing online system. He said no department of BI&SE was in favour of this system because this system had snatched the authority of deputing of supervisory staff from the computer sections of the boards against which the staff took hefty amounts from the specific people for special centres. The nation

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Teachers observe hunger strike
Lahore: The Punjab Teachers Union and the Joint Action Committee of Teachers, Punjab, on Thursday organised a hunger strike camp in front of Punjab Assembly and criticised the attitude of the bureaucracy towards facilitating teachers so that they may focus on their primary duty of teaching.

The teachers, led by PTU and JAC leaders Rana Arshad, Rana Liaquat Ali and Sajjad Akbar Kazmi, stayed at the hunger

strike camp for almost four hours.

However, no government functionary approached them to listen to their demands for the resolution of their problems.

Teachers' leaders told reporters that the ongoing academic year remained depressive for teachers because no new policy benefited them and instead created restlessness among them.

They said the government had used teachers for various additional duties like selling of sugar, anti-polio vaccination campaign, Universal Primary Education Survey, voters' registration etc.

They demanded that the government must resolve teachers' problems as price hike and inflation had pushed them against the wall, and demanded that their salaries should be increased and given incentives, which had already been approved in teachers' packages.

PEF: The Punjab Education Foundation has planned a roadmap to offer educational facilities to around 800,000 deserving students during the next five years.

The students will be enrolled under the Education Voucher Scheme and New School Programme. Dawn

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GCU acting VC greeted
Lahore: The Old Ravians Union (ORU) has welcomed the appointment of noted biotechnologist and Sitara-e-Imtiaz recipient Prof Dr Ikramul Haq as the acting vice-chancellor of the Government College University (GCU). In a press statement on Thursday, the union expressed gratitude to Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Education Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, saying that the Ikramís appointment has ended the uncertainty prevailing among the students and teachers due to the absence of any head of the institution.

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PU research paper
Lahore: Punjab University Department of Philosophy's student Ali Hassan Raza has presented his research paper 'Some Essential Principles of Writing Sirah on Prophet (PBUH)' in the international conference on 'Sirah in World Literature.' According to a press statement on Thursday, the conference was organised by the Shibli National College, Azamgarh, India, from February 26-27. Ali Hassan Raza was the only student from the country who participated in the conference.

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PU won quiz
Lahore: A team of the Punjab University's Department of Space Science has bagged second position, in quiz during the '12th All Pakistan Science Fair-2011.' According to a press statement on Thursday, the event was organised by Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences & Technology.

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FJMC won debate
Lahore: The Fatima Jinnah Medical College (FJMC) bagged the first position in the English debates of Inter-Collegiate & Inter-University Debates held at the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) here on Thursday. FJMC's Saleha Cheema stood first in the competition, Tehreem Ghani of Queen Mary College (QMC) second while the third position was shared by Halima Saadia of Government College University (GCU) and Shezein Syed from Home Economics College respectively. The topic of the competition was ěSterility of emotions is the gift of technologyî. Former Vice-Chancellor of Lahore College for Women University Dr Bushra Mateen addressed the competition participants and said that western world was not sensitive about the atrocities happening in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan though they cried for their pet animals for days. The news

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