BIEK declares Pre-Engg, General group supple results
Karachi, March 18: Controller of Examinations, Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK), Prof.. Agha Akber Mirza, on Thursday announced the results of Supplementary Examinations 2010 Pre-Engineering and Science General Group.
According to the gazette issued here, 5,246 male candidates registered for the Pre-Engineering Supplementary Exams and 5,056 appeared. Meanwhile, 2,526 students were declared pass and overall pass percentage was 49.96.
The gazette shows that 1,574 female candidates registered and 1,509 appeared while 627 students passed the supplementary exams. The overall pass percentage was 41.55. At least two unfair means cases were reported during and after the examinations, Mirza said.
Furthermore, five male candidates got A-1 grade while 22 male students and six female students got A-grade in the supplementary examinations. Moreover, 102 male candidates and 37 female got B-grade whereas 634 male and 252 female students passed their exams with C-grade, he said.
In addition, 1,637 male students and 326 female candidates were declared pass in the D grade and 123 male and six female students got E grade while three male candidates passed without any grade, he added.
On the other hand, 460 male candidates were registered and 445 appeared in the Science General Group supplementary examinations whereas 228 students managed to pass their exams. The overall pass percentage was 51.24, Mirza declared.
At least 247 female students were registered of which 236 appeared and 83 managed to pass their exams. The overall pass percentage was 35.17, he said.
Not a single candidate got A-1 or A grade in the supplementary exams of the science general group. While 17 male and eight female students got B grade whereas 77 male and 53 female students got C grade in the exams, he said.
Meanwhile, 125 male and 22 female students got D grade and nine male students got E grade, he further said.
The marks sheets would be issued after two weeks from their respective institutions. The candidates should not visit the BIEK to collect their mark sheets because the board would not entertain them in this regard. The scrutiny of answer book(s) could be done on payment of prescribed fee along with application within 40 days of the declaration of the result, Mirza added.
SPLA observes token hunger strike
Karachi: The teachers associated with Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) on Thursday observed a token hunger strike at the DJ Sindh Government Science College.
On the call of the central leadership of the SPLA, teachers of Hyderabad and Nawabshah also observed a token hunger strike in their respective districts from 10am to 5pm.
The teachers of college cadres deputed in Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Nawabshah, Mirpurkhas, Khairpur and Larkana would observe a token hunger strike from Friday till Wednesday, President SPLA Karachi Region Muzafar Ali Rizvi said.
The SPLA is observing the token hunger strike over the non-issuance of a notification of timescale, promotions and postings as well as other important departmental decisions which were still in pending, he said. The news
College classes suspended as teachers protest
Karachi: Teaching and non-teaching activities in the public sector colleges across Sindh remained suspended on Wednesday in protest against the manhandling of teachers by the police during their Tuesday rally they had taken out from DJ Govt Science College for the acceptance of their demands but was violently stopped from marching on the Sindh chief minister's house.
The Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association, on whose call classes in government colleges were boycotted, announced that teachers of various colleges of the province would observe a token hunger strike at DJ Govt Science College on Thursday while a protest rally and sit-in would be held in front of the Chief Minister's House on March 24.
This was announced at a press conference addressed by SPLA president Prof Ather Hussain Mirza at the library of DJ Govt Science College. Other SPLA office-bearers, including its Sindh chapter's secretary-general Prof Siddique Unar and Karachi region's general secretary Prof Iftihkar Azami, were also present.
Speaking about the beating up of protesting college teachers by the police on Tuesday, he said excesses meted out to the
teachers by the so-called democratic government could not make any dent in their peaceful movement as the entire teaching community from Karachi to Kashmore was united and would "continue their struggle till the acceptance of their just demands".
He said teachers belonging to different colleges of Sindh would observe a token hunger strike on Thursday at DJ Science College while lecturers of other cities of the province would observe token hunger strikes on March 18 at the press clubs of Hyderabad, Sukkur, Nawabshah, Mirpurkhas, Khairpur and Larkana.
Referring to SPLA's main demand of time-scale promotions, Prof Mirza deplored that although a summary of the matter had been lying with the Sindh chief minister since Feb 23, it had not yet been approved.
The SPLA chief demanded that the government resolve issues of the Sindh lecturers. He called for the issuance of a notification regarding time-scale of college teachers.
He said the government should withdraw the forced transfers of 414 college teachers and immediately pay their salaries, which had been stopped.
He also demanded the inclusion of 2,619 upgraded posts in the budget book. He said the government should issue a notification for the upgrade of teachers, besides holding departmental promotion committee's meeting for upgrading
librarians and directors pf physical education. The government should appoint 3,500 teachers on the vacant posts of college teachers in the province through the Sindh Public Service Commission.
He demanded the provision of health insurance for teachers and restoration of the former system of college directorate after abolishing the existing office of director-general (colleges).Meanwhile, Sindh education secretary Naheed Shah, in a statement issued on Wednesday, said the provincial education department had sent a requisition for 1,272 lecturers to the Sindh Public Service Commission to overcome the shortage of teaching staff in colleges.
She said the Sindh government had already introduced important reforms in colleges, besides solving long-standing issues of teachers.
She also directed the principals of colleges to ensure attendance of the students in their respective colleges.
Losing scholarships: Ministry hopes against hope
Islamabad: Blaming it on students' lack of access to internet, the Education Ministry is awaiting response of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) on its request seeking consideration of the belated nominations for scholarship studies for academic year 2011-12.
Mohammad Tariq, assistant education advisor of the ministry said that the reason for delay in submitting nominations by December 21 last year under the new electronic application system was that not all Pakistani students had 'online facilities'. He said on receiving complaints from the selected students, the hard copies of their applications were forwarded to the CSC on February 14 this year.
But documents available with Dawn show that it was not the case. A letter to Dr John Kirkland, executive secretary CSC on December 14 last year, a week before the deadline, the ministry had revealed that the selection of nominations was still under progress. In the letter, the ministry had requested the CSC to extend the deadline for submitting nominations up to January 20 this year. Interestingly, the letter bears signatures of Mr Tariq.
His letter on February 24 requested the commission to relax the condition of electronic application system and consider the 30 nominations sent by the ministry. "Rejection of our nominations will cause disappointment to the selected students. However, we assure you that in future, we will provide nominations to CSC through electronic system," the letter said.
In yet another letter by Naseem Javed, joint educational advisor, the CSC was told that short-listed candidates could not send their applications through electronic application system due to lack of computer and net facilities to students, particularly those living in rural areas.
But a few selected students revealed that that the ministry had contacted them for the first time after their selection on December 29, a week after expiry of the deadline for submitting applications. They said they were asked to send hard copies of their applications to the ministry.
"Perhaps a process of pick and choose was going on with the hope that the request for extension in date would be accepted," a student remarked. He said who would believe that none of the 30 selected candidates could access the commission's website.
The commission has refused to entertain all belated nominations forwarded by the ministry for scholarship studies in the United Kingdom during the current year. The scholarship, which is awarded to 10-12 Pakistani students every year, will not be available this year.
As per the procedure followed every year, the ministry held a nationwide test through the National Testing Service (NTS) on September 26 last year to select students for nomination for the scholarship from the four provinces.
The hard copies of the applications were sent to the commission almost a month after the deadline expired, though it had been made clear that only the electronically sent applications would be entertained. Dawn
QAU to get funds for expansion plans
Islamabad: Leader of the House in the Senate Syed Nayyer Hussain Bukhari has said that resources would be provided to the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) to expedite its development and expansion plans.
During his visit to the Quaid-i-Azam University here on Thursday, he congratulated the vice chancellor and faculty as the QAU has got top position in the HEC ranking of universities by publishing 548 research papers in ISI-recognised journals last year.
QAU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Masoom Yasinzai briefed the delegation on the new academic and development plans and needs and achievements of the university. He said that within a short span of time, the Faculty of Social Sciences at QAU has developed vigorously and grown in size and diversity. "During last one year, the QAU has introduced four new schools, including the School of Economics, School of Management Sciences, School of Law and the School of Politics and International Relations, while the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences will be established soon," he said.
HEC Executive Director Dr. Sohail Naqvi, in his presentation, highlighted the role of the HEC regarding the educational progress and research in the country. Among others, deans, chairpersons, directors and faculty members attended the presentation.
Bookfair at AAUR ends
Rawalpindi: A Three-day bookfair ended at PMAS-AAUR here on Thursday. In the exhibition more than 20 booksellers displayed 30,000 books. A large number of students and teachers visited the bookfair. They not only bought the books for themselves but also recommended the books for the university's library. The basic purpose of the fair was not only to provide an opportunity to students and teachers to buy books of their interest at one place, but also to promote the book reading habit, he added. The news