Punjab education boards English paper again
English paper again: Minister admits failure of e-system
Lahore, Mar 09: Punjab Education Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman
conceded on Tuesday the failure of the newly-introduced online examination
registration system in all eight education boards in the province currently
holding the secondary school annual examinations for 2011.
At a press conference, the minister said the boards would advertise and
invite applications from the candidates who could not sit for the English paper
(compulsory) held on Monday and fresh examination would be held for such
He claimed that there were a few hundred students in Punjab who could not
appear for the paper. He said the system would be improved so that no complaints
were received in the coming intermediate exams.
The minister also admitted that all the eight education boards had issued
roll number slips manually to some 17,000 students across Punjab.
The minister flanked by Higher Education Secretary Haseeb Athar and Lahore
board chairman Prof Dr Akram Kashmiri, said the online system had been
introduced to help the candidates so that all of them would not be required to
visit boards' offices first to get admission forms and then to submit those to
get roll number slips.
He said the online system would also help root out the "booti mafia" (helping
candidates pass papers through unfair means) in examinations. He, however,
failed to explain that how the online system would root out the usage of unfair
means in examination halls. He said the online system would allot examination
centres to supervisory staff and offer answer-scripts having bar codes.
The minister said the successful implementation of online system and rooting
out of booti mafia would lead to the end of entrance tests for admission to
medical, engineering and other professional educational institutions.
When asked, the minister could not explain why proper pre-testing of the
online system was not conducted and why manual system was not retained along
with the online system. The news
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No-go areas around exam centres
Lahore: The Punjab government, in exercise of powers vested under section 144
(6) Criminal Procedure Code 1898, has directed the Administrators and District
governments of Sahiwal, Okara, Pakpattan, Sargodha, Khushab, Mianwali, Multan,
Lodharan, Khanewal, Vehari, Dera Ghazi Khan, Layyah, Bahawalnagar, Jhang,
Faisalabad, Toba Tek Singh, Nankana Sahib, Kasur, Attock, Jhelum, Chakwal,
Sialkot, Mandi Bahauddin and Narowal to extend their orders pertaining to the
conduct of the Secondary School Certificate Annual Examination 2011 respectively
till the termination of the examination.
According to these orders, no person
other than the bonafide candidate of the said examination, holding Role Number
slip issued by the Chairman of Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education
for the said examination or a member of Supervisory Staff, shall enter within
the area of 100 yards of the examination centres in the revenue limits of above
Similarly, no person, or bonafide candidate or a member
of Supervisory Staff shall carry Guidebook or solved paper within the area of
100 yards of the examination centres before or during the examination hours
within the revenue limits of above mentioned districts.
This step has been
taken in view of the fact that in these districts outsider elements are likely
to create untoward situation in and outside the examination halls and disturb
the public peace and tranquillity. The nation
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PU announces results
Lahore: The Punjab
University (PU) on Tuesday announced the results of different
According to a press statement, the exams are: Master of
Information Technology, Second Year, 1st Annual 2010, Diploma in Laryngology and
Otology, Part-I, Supplementary 2007 - Annual 2009, BS (Hons) Home Economics,
Part-I (First Year), 2nd Annual 2010, MBBS, Final Prof (NROS), Annual Exam 2010,
MA Special Education (Regular Programme), Session 2008-10 (annual), MA Special
Education (Afternoon Programme), Session 2008-10 (annual), MA Special Education
(Evening Programme), Session 2008-10 (annual), LLM (Final), Annual Exam 2009 and
MPhil Sociology, Semester System, Session 2006-08.
Detailed results are
available at the PU website www.pu.edu.pk
BA/BSc date sheet
University (PU) has issued the written and practical examination date sheet of
BA/BSc Annual Examination, 2011. Written exam will commence from April 7 and
conclude on May 2 while the practical exam will commence from May 9 and conclude
on June 21. The date sheet is available at the varsity website www.pu.edu.pk . The news
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Student in lock-up for teacher's sake
Islamabad: A student's plan to teach a man a lesson for
allegedly harassing his female teacher landed him in the lock-up on Tuesday,
With a shawl over him, the police spotted the student roaming in street 20 of
sector F-11/2, which housed an office of Tajikistan embassy, with a
wheel-spanner in his hand. During search, police also recovered a loaded 30-bore
pistol from him. He was taken into custody and shifted to Shalimar police
Police said the student, AY, son of an influential person, is a second-year
student in H-8 college.
He told the police that one of his female teachers complained that a man
roaming around the college has been harassing her for the last couple of
The student said he and his college friends warned the man but he continued
to visit the college.
The student told the police that when on Tuesday his teacher again complained
about the man stalking her, he decided to deal with 'strictly'.
He said he was planning to visit the man at his home in Saidpur village when
the police arrested him.
The police called the student's teacher and the man to the police station to
verify his statement. Later, he was booked for carrying illegal arm. The student
will be produced in the court on Wednesday. Dawn
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Riphah University clarifies news item
Islamabad: The Riphah International University has clarified a news story published on
March 5, 2011 titled 'Riphah University introducing courses not recognised by
The press release stated that the university is chartered by the
federal government and its degree programmes are designed and implemented in
accordance with the recommendations and guidelines of Higher Education
Commission (HEC) and concerned regulatory bodies.
It is offering many
programmes under different faculties. Under Faculty of Medical and Health
Sciences it offers MBBS, BDS PharmD and MPhil in Basic Sciences, Doctor of
Physical Therapy (DPT) and post Professional DPT. The university has also
established a quality assurance cell to ensure compliance of all HEC guidelines
and directions to undertake/ offer any academic programme.
The Doctor of
Physical Therapy (DPT) and Post Professional DPT were also designed and
implemented according to HEC guidelines. Many other universities in the private
as well as in the Public sector are running same programmes. HEC has established
the National Curriculum Revision Committee (NCRC) to review and approve physical
therapy curriculum. The committee has unanimously approved that the first
professional degree for physical therapy should be DPT (Five years) and all the
universities should upgrade their programs gradually from BSPT to DPT to fulfil
the national and international needs of the physical therapy professionals and
current practice of physical therapy to serve the community better. Riphah
International University was the first to upgrade this programme. Other
universities also followed it.
So there is no ambiguity about the
recognition and the level of education of these programmes. The description of
both programmes include that the Doctor of Physical Therapy is a clinical degree
with the most advance and evidence based subjects to fulfil the national and
international needs and scope of current practice in physical therapy. The level
of the degree for equivalency purposes will be a graduate degree like Doctor of
Pharmacy or MBBS (17 years of schooling) in Pakistan.
A Post Professional
Doctor of Physical therapy (PP-DPT) is a post professional degree (equivalent to
18 years of schooling/MPhil according to HEC criteria), a higher-level
qualification after a four years BSPT degree programme, offering more intense
clinical training and preparing graduates for higher-level work and better
career outcomes. Graduates will possess the most current knowledge in the field
of physical therapy. Three batches already graduated with this degree and they
had been received their equivalency of 18 years of schooling/MPhil from HEC.
Saadia Khalid adds: The clarification issued by the Riphah International
University includes nothing new. All these points were mentioned in the news
story. The university has failed to answer the actual issue being raised in the
story i.e. whether the degrees of students would be recognised as doctorate or
Secondly, the university needs to correct its record. The National
Curriculum Revision Committee (NCRC) of the HEC has reviewed the curriculum for
the BS Programme of Physical Therapy, not for the doctorate programme. Moreover,
the revised curriculum is yet to be distributed. 'The News' stands by its story.
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Fight against terrorists in Fata & schools
Not many Pakistanis are aware that a major fight is going on against terrorists throughout the length
and breadth of Pakistan. However, the biggest sufferers are the people of the
Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata). These people are in the direct
firing range of extremists and militants, who are totally ruthless and cold
blooded. The militants have slaughtered hundreds of people and otherwise killed
thousands of them. Even women and children are not spared. Schools are blown up
and tribal elders indiscriminately targeted. Also, people have been forced to
leave their homes.
While the armed forces and police are valiantly
tackling the menace and sacrificing their lives, the most crucial aspect of the
overall struggle against the militancy is the destruction of education system in
Fata. According to figures, 447 out of 638 schools in South Waziristan have been
fully destroyed or partially damaged by Taliban militants. On top of it, the
dropout rate in public sector primary schools stands at 69 percent, which by all
means is a lot. Overall, the literacy rate in Fata is about 16 percent while
among the women population only three percent is literate. On the other hand, in
the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, militants have blown up around 282 schools,
which has affected 13,000 female and 18,000 male students. The attacks against
schools are continuing with impunity.
Education is one issue that is most
important for all human beings. It provides nations a chance to improve the
destiny of their people and rise from abyss of poverty and violence. It is the
pathway to prosperity and affluence. Unfortunately, it is education that has
been targeted in Fata, an area that was already drowned in squalor and
According to a survey conducted by The New America Foundation
and Terror Free Tomorrow in Fata areas, while nine out of every 10 people oppose
the US military pursuing al-Qaeda and the Taliban in their region, nearly 70 per
cent of Fata residents instead want the Pakistani military alone to fight
Taliban and al-Qaeda militants in the tribal areas. In fact, the figure
supporting the Pakistan Army could be even higher.
It is the job of the
government to see that schools destroyed by Taliban are rebuilt and the
educational process in Fata continues without hindrance. In this regard,
ordinary Pakistanis should also help. This could be through a campaign launched
by prominent Pakistanis who could collect funds and books for the affected Fata
children. While we should fully support our armed forces and police who are
selflessly engaging the terrorists, let's spread awareness of the plight of Fata
children and launch a campaign in this regard. -By Abdul Zahoor Khan Marwat
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Urdu declamation contest held at IIU
Islamabad: The International Islamic University (IIU) arranged an Urdu Declamation Contest in
collaboration with the First Women Bank Limited to mark International Women's
Director Institute of Global Learning, California State University,
Dr. Rubina Bhatti delivered a lecture on 'Gender issues in global political
economy with a special emphasis on Pakistan'.
Dr. Rubina Bhatti also
chaired a special contest on the topic of 'Women's economic empowerment and its
role in the national growth and development'.
Speaking on the occasion,
she said that economic empowerment of women is pre-requisite for development of
any nation and Pakistan is no exception at all. She expressed her satisfaction
over women becoming more and more active in national development of
Professor Qaisra Alvi highlighted the significance of Islamic
teachings in order to improve the status of women. She said that Islam has given
all rights to women.
Female faculty members, administrative officers,
staff members and a large number of female students attended the event.
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Students learn modern concepts of robotics
Islamabad: Innovation 2011, an inspiring robotics workshop, was organised by the NUST School of Mechanical
& Manufacturing Engineering (NUST-SMME) for high school & university
Students from Rawalpindi-Islamabad attended the workshop held
on three consecutive Saturdays and Sundays. Students were introduced to modern
day concepts of robotics and their applications in various facets of life. They
learnt use of advanced sensor technologies such as Sonar, Ladars, Infrared and
Vision based sensors.
Dr Yasar Ayaz and Emad ud Din, faculty experts in
robotics, were the instructors for the training. Faculty of NUST-SMME also
exhibited their potential as an instrument in building resource for the
advancement in robotic technologies in Pakistan.
their skills. Rector NUST Engr. Muhammad Asghar accompanied by principals from
participating schools, faculty and students from NUST and respective schools
were present. Rector NUST emphasised the importance of innovation and the
potential of Pakistani youth to explore new horizons through knowledge of modern
day technologies and their implementation to support local industries through
value addition and design improvements.
In the end prizes were
distributed to the winners. Principal NUST-SMME Dr Abdul Ghafoor applauded the
students for their keen participation and thanked all the guests including
parents of the students for gracing the event. The news
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