Islamia College University paper tampering

ICU examination section accused of tampering with paper
Peshawar, Mar 04: The examination section of the Islamia College University (ICU) has been found guilty of tampering with the mathematics paper of a student of Bachelor of Science (BS) to give him extra marks.

Sources said that the students of the BS programme (semester system) lodged a complaint with their teachers that one Farooq Murad, their class fellow, had attained more marks in the result than he deserved.

The teachers after checking his marks sheet found that his marks in the mathematics paper were more than the teacher concerned had awarded him in the award list, the sources said. The teachers who had checked his paper had given him 20 marks but in the marks sheet the marks appeared as 80, the sources said.

The matter was taken up with the chairman of the Mathematics Department, who went straight to the examination section and brought with him the original paper, which was tampered with, the sources said.

The chairman took up the issue with the registrar of the university, Prof Dr Saeed Anwar, who has been overseeing the university affairs for the last seven months in the absence of full-time or an acting vice-chancellor after the kidnapping of Vice-Chancellor Prof Ajmal Khan in September 2010.

The registrar put the case before the committee comprising the deans of the six faculties of the university. The deans made two observations while discussing the matter, one of the deans told this correspondent.

The deans first proposed referral of the issue directly to the chancellor/governor of the province, who is the actual head of the institution in the absence of the vice-chancellor. They then decided to conduct an initial probe into the matter and submit the findings of the inquiry to the chancellor, he said.

The deans' committee constituted a two-member inquiry body under Prof Dr Naseebdar, dean of the Faculty of Religion and Law. Controller of Examinations Javed Khan did not appear before the committee, which after going through the record and interviewing the teachers, students and other officials found that the examination section was responsible for the mess. It recommended that the chancellor should constitute another high-level committee to look into the matter and fix responsibility.

Prof Dr Abdul Salam Khalis, who was member of the committee said that since the controller of examinations did not appear before them, they could not know his version. The committee, however, completed its job and submitted report to the registrar, he said.

Prof Dr Naseebdar said that they went through the entire record and recorded statements of the students and other officials concerned and found that the examination section was guilty of tampering with the paper and thus changing the result of the student.

When contacted, Inayat Ali Shah, chairman of the Mathematics Department, said he got a complaint from his students and the teacher concerned that there was some problem with the result. "Being head of the department, it is my duty to protect the rights of the students," he said, adding that he took up the issue with the registrar, who constituted a committee to probe the matter.

Controller Examinations Javed Khan told this reporter that he had received a letter from the registrar some days back about possible anomalies in the result. He said he gathered all the employees of the examination section to look into the matter. "The superintendent of examination section, Imtiaz, told me that chairman of the Mathematics Department Inayat Ali Shah has taken away the paper from the section by deceiving them," he said.

To recover the paper, he went straight to the police station and lodged a report against Prof Inayat. He alleged that it was illegal for the chairman to take papers with him from the secrecy. "Unless and until the papers are recovered, no inquiry would be of any value," he said.

After the recovery of the papers, a fair inquiry should be conducted, responsibility fixed and punishment awarded to those found guilty, Javed Khan said. He was of the opinion that any tampering with papers was out of question and nobody could make any changes in the award list submitted by teachers concerned. He said in the absence of Vice-Chancellor Ajmal Khan, he had accepted fair holding of the examination as a challenge in which he had succeeded.

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Agri varsity lecturers demand removal of admin
Peshawar: Contract lecturers of the Institute of Business and Management Sciences (IBMS), Agriculture University, have called for the removal of the 'stubborn and incompetent' administration of the varsity and immediate solution of their problems.

Speaking at a news conference on Thursday, IBMS Teachers' Association (ITA) President Shah Hassan said that despite months-long protest, the administration did nothing for solving their problems.

He said the payment of salaries to the teachers had been halted for the last two months despite a stay order from the local court. Presently, he said, the strength of the faculty is 104, most of them serving for the last 12 to 13 years in the institute and not yet regularised.

The government had announced 50 percent ad hoc relief and 15 percent medical allowances but it is yet to be implemented by the administration despite lapse of eight months, he said. He alleged mismanagement was at its peak in the university as culture of favouritism and nepotism was in vogue for promotion and recruitment process. He asked Governor Masood Kausar, who is chancellor of public sector universities in the province, to take notice of what he termed illegal practices by the administration.

Since the establishment of the institute, he maintained that it had generated millions of rupees for the university and demanded probe into embezzlement of a huge amount. He expressed concern over banning teachers of IBMS from taking classes after resumption of the session. Nobody dares to ask the administration about delaying of the session, he maintained.

Shah Hassan appealed to the Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry to take suo moto notice of the illegal actions of university administration and give them justice. The news

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Teachers on strike: Primary exams postponed in GB
Gilgit: Primary level examinations, which were to begin across the Gilgit-Baltistan region today (Thursday), were postponed due to a strike by teachers demanding a service structure and other benefits, sources said.

The sources said the examinations from class 1 to 5 were put off due to the strike.When contacted the general secretary of the teachers association, Gilgit-Baltistan, Johar Nafis, told they were deprived of their basic rights for a long time and the higher authorities were not paying any heed to their demands forcing them to launch strike.

Mr Nafis said the teachers would launch an agitation if the authorities did not fulfill their demands by March 14.

He said the association held meetings with secretary education whose assurance of meeting their demands was yet to be fulfilled.

Mr Nafis said teachers in Gilgit-Baltistan lacked a service structure and the service rules of the education department only benefited the top officials. Furthermore, the time scale which is granted to the employees of education departments throughout the country is denied to the teachers in GB. Dawn

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KU's Bengali department to organise seminar tomorrow
Karachi: University of Karachi (KU)'s Bengali department is organising a seminar on 'Qazi Nazrul Islam's Contribution to Human Rights and Bengali Language' on March 5 in the Arts Auditorium. Bangladesh's Deputy High Commissioner will be the chief guest whereas KU's VC Prof Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui will preside over the event. ppi

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Varsity employees stage protest
Larkana: Employees of Sindh University, Shah Abdul Latif University, Mehran University, Quaid-e-Awam and ZA Bhutto Agriculture University on Thursday protested in favour of their demands. The protesters observed a pen-down strike which, according to them, would continue till their demands were met. The protest was led by Ghulam Nabi Ghanghro and Allah Wadhayo Sehto. The news

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