HSC exam forms | Karachi students' grace marks
HSC (humanities and medical technology groups) form for annual examinations-2009
Karachi, May 23: The last date for submission of forms for the Higher Secondary
School Certificate (humanities and medical technology groups) annual
examinations-2009 for regular and private candidates, including special
candidates, has been fixed as May 23. The exams will begin on June 18.
According to the controller of examinations, Board of Intermediate
Education Karachi, Prof Agha Akber Mirza, a detailed schedule for the
examinations will be announced on June 3.
He stated that the HSC papers
which were originally scheduled for April 30 and May 12 but had to be postponed
owing to disturbances in the city would now be held on May 27 and 28,
Karachi University LLB, LLM & MA exams
Karachi: The University of Karachi has announced that a last chance to appear in the LLB and LLM examinations-2009
is being given this year to the willing candidates, agencies add.
statement issued on Friday said that the relief was being given since the
relevant notification was issued after commencement of the examinations.
In a separate statement, the university said that the MA examinations
2008 earlier scheduled for May 25 would now begin on June 15. Dawn
"I want to request Minister of education that being a student i have applied and other students of University also apllied in Mora scholarship but from last year we did not get the scholar from Matiari District plz do some action to authorities."
City, Country: Matiari
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By the 'grace' of God and the governor
Karachi: Please forward this message to all: "We, the students of first
and second year, humbly request governor Sindh Ishratul Ebad that the situation
of load shedding has become worse in Karachi and it is very difficult to study
in such hot circumstances so please announce grace marks so that there would be
some relief for the students. Thanks a lot."
For the first time I was
actually tempted to forward this SMS to everyone. Not because I was afraid of
"bad luck" but because I wanted to share with my friends and acquaintances what
the students of today have come down to. How the concept of grace marks is being
taken for granted and more importantly, how the governor obliges each time.
In a recent statement by the Sindh governor, he suggested that two per
cent grace marks should be awarded to students who appeared in SSC Part I and II
(Class IX and X) annual exams 2009 as 'unprecedented load shedding on a daily
basis resulted in great academic loss'. While we appreciate the fact that the
governor acknowledges the severity of the problem, the one question that comes
to mind is if load shedding results in 'academic loss', do grace marks lead to
academic gain? And what message is the government giving to the students? That
they shouldn't study hard as ultimately the government will compensate them?
Anyone who has lived in Karachi [for even less than a decade] knows
about the severity of the problem. We have all taken our exams in these "hot
circumstances" then why should the government even pay attention to such a plea
by students, who are always on the look out for a 'short-cut' to success? Why is
it that whether it's load shedding or a strike call by a political party to
condemn the acts of violence that took place in the city two years ago, it is
the education sector that has to compromise? Why does the government support
By now, most citizens have learnt to make peace with the
problems of our country and also know how to move on with their lives, then why
in the case of exams do students expect "extra favours" from the government, I
have yet to understand.
The SMS also made me realise how students are
willing to unite for "grace" marks at the drop of a hat, but unwilling to study
hard round the year (instead of waiting till the eleventh hour) so it is less
burdensome when preparing for their annual examinations. Also, if they can unite
for this cause, why can't they do the same when it comes to questioning the
government about the old pattern of examinations that encourages rote learning
or for that matter, even protest against the outdated syllabus? But then again,
why would they need to when, by the grace of God, we have a governor like Ebad
to support their cause.
"DURING THE SHORTAGE OF ELECTRICITY I SAW SEARCH LIGHTS OPENED ALL THE DAY TIME ON STREETS OF MANY AREAS AMESING.......WHILE DAILY LOADSHEDDING TIME IS ALSO WRONG IT IS 11:30 TO 2:30PM IT SHOULD BE CHANGED,DUE TO LOAD SHEDDING STUDENTS CAN NOT STUDY WELL..PLZ DON NOT OFF LIGHT AFTER 12PM. "
City, Country: hyderabad
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DCET: edging towards the brink!
Karachi: Once a premier institution of engineering and architectural
education for students from across the country Dawood College of Engineering
& Technology (DCET) has suffered the after effects of succeeding regimes
that eventually led to its institutional decline.
A sound foundation
Founded as a private sector institution in 1962, the DCET
extended some of the finest infrastructure and human resource for the production
of qualified engineers and also architects after the merger of Government School
of Architecture in 1972. Under the
Nationalisation Policy of the Bhutto
government, it was taken over by the regime and named as National College of
Engineering and Technology.
For academic management, it was affiliated
with the University of Karachi till 1977 when the affiliation was shifted to the
NED Government Engineering College once it was up graded as a
The federal government renamed the college as DCET in 1980 in
recognition of the services of Dawood Foundation. Administrative and academic
affairs remained smooth as long as the college functioned under proper
institutional arrangements. At the time a board of governors headed by the
federal education minister was responsible for key policy making.
management was supervised by an executive committee; financial and developmental
affairs by the finance and planning committee while the selection of suitable
faculty members and officers by a selection committee.
In 1990, a drastic change was introduced, when an all powerful
principal, inducted with the help of the then federal government, froze all the
institutional arms. By promoting nascent nepotism, malpractice and corruption,
the principal was able to avert all forms of accountability.
illegal admissions were granted to ineligible candidates. Malpractices rose to
such a level that the NED University disaffiliated the college in 1998. For more
than two years, the college was rudderless without any affiliation. On the
intervention of the government, Mehran University of Engineering &
Technology granted affiliation in 1999-2000.
Academic standards declined
considerably. No new faculty worth the name could be inducted during this
period. Blatant influence of political groups marred the normal academic work.
Upon the initiative of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and the then the
President, the college was awarded a degree awarding status in
However legal experts are of the opinion that the ordinance must be
ratified by the parliament as it was not included in the controversial
provincial constitutional order. While the administration was busy bringing the
academic process back to desired levels, the expedient elements removed the
principal which led to mass scale unrest amongst the students.
alleged mishandling by unruly elements, the acting principal also left in the
third week of April, 2009. No senior faculty member is willing to take up the
task while the protests are ongoing.
For the future of DCET
A national asset in respect to engineering and architectural
education, DCET is among few federal institutions of higher learning that draw
student body from all across the country. It is probably the only option
available for deprived students of FATA, PATA, Balochistan and rural areas of
Pakistan to access professional education at an affordable fee structure. They
obtain the rare opportunity of studying in Karachi and benefiting from the vast
opportunities that this metropolis has to offer.
Few steps must be taken
without any further delay. The parliament must be requested to approve the
ordinance after fulfilling necessary law making pre-requisites. Relevant
parliamentary standing committee may be asked to send a fact finding mission to
appraise the overall administrative, academic and financial
The mid ranking administrative cadres must be seriously
examined to root out corrupt and politically motivated elements. This has been a
lingering ailment of the college for two decades. Finally, an academic with
strong administrative credentials must be appointed as the principal with
sufficient powers to run the administration. It must be remembered that
institutions take decades to evolve but disintegrate in a wink, if due attention
is denied to their affairs!- The writer is a Karachi based retired banker (The News)
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10th DA women college convocation held
Karachi: The 10th Convocation of Defence Authority Degree College for Women was
held in the institution's auditorium on Friday with University of Karachi Vice
Chancellor Professor Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui presiding over the
As many as 613 graduates of the session 2005, 2006 and 2007
were awarded BA, BSc and BCom degrees whereas 45 masters degrees were also
conferred on the students.
Dr Qasim in his convocation address said that
the nation has lagged behind in education dismally. He lamented that education
has never been given its due priority in the past and the culture for learning
and research could not be developed. He attributed this dismal state to the lack
of political will and allocation of inadequate funds for education. He said that
the real wealth of a society was the quality of manpower it produced and added
that in the world of knowledge-based competition, quality and relevance of
education were the key elements in national development. The VC advised the
students to develop a strong sense of dedication and patriotism and stressed
that educating the young generation is the only solution to cope with the
present problems. Dr Qasim further said that it is the responsibility of the
educators to bring a visible change in society. Education, he said, is the only
hope for the nation's betterment and salvation. He pointed towards the malice
inherent in our contemporary education system, which lacked the necessary
vitality. He observed that an educated person, apart from professional
brilliance, should also have a versatile personality with an understanding of
the humanities and liberal arts. He stressed on the empowerment of a large
number of uneducated and neglected womenfolk in the country by providing them
quality education. He also congratulated the DHA College for Women for
maintaining its glorious tradition of getting top positions in university and
board exams. He also appreciated the excellent student teacher ratio of 1:20
being maintained by the college.
Earlier, Principal Prof Nasreen Nasir,
in her annual report, highlighted the academic and co-curricular achievements of
the college. She said that the college imparted education to young women to
nurture and develop their intellectual and physical talents in an intellectually
stimulating environment. As many as 45 students of the college were awarded
degrees in MA (Economic), 296 students were awarded BCom degrees, 87 students
received BSc degrees and 230 students were given BA degrees in Humanities. App
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CDGK summer camps to charge high fees
Karachi: The CDGK will organise summer camps for school children from June
2. However, it has been decided to charge high registration fees from the
children; which will be a financial burden on the parents, it was learnt on
As per details, the summer camp will include various sports,
competitions, fun package, learn and play package, and many others. It is worthy
to mention here that the event is being organised after a couple of years.
The event would be organised on various sports complexes and grounds of the
City government, including Kashmir Road sports complex, women sports complex and
The sources said that during the summer camp, they would
organise coaching camps for swimming, skating, gymnastic, football, hockey,
marshal arts, lawn tennis, table tennis, volleyball and basket ball. Moreover,
competitions will also be organised to test the performances of the children
participating in different coaching camps.
It has also been learnt that
services of renowned coaches and players of various sports disciplines have been
hired to provide appropriate coaching and training to the participants. The
coaches would be the players of international level in their disciplines. When
former mayors Abdul Sattar Afghani, Dr Farooq Sattar, were the mayors and later
Faheem-uz-Zaman Khan and Dr Saghir Ansari and few others were the administrators
of the defunct KMC, the summer camps were organised regularly.
A high official in the CDD, when contacted said that this is not an
old tradition when coaches and players agreed to provide free coaching to the
This is the time of commercialism and everyone wanted to be paid
for his expertise. That's why registration fee is being charged, instead of the
view that City government wishes to earn something from such activities.
further mentioned that coaches and international players were not ready to
provide free coaching and training to the children. They did not even agree to
visit the camps for a single day. Thus, to pay charges to them for their
services during the summer camps, registration fee has been imposed.
Meanwhile, the DO sports of CDD, Iqbal Nawaz, when contacted, said that
preparation for organising the summer camps is in full swing, which is
commencing from June 2. The timing of the camps would be from 9:30am to 3:00pm,
while lunch would also be provided to the children, he said.
He said that
complete schedule about that camps would be announced in a day or two to inform
the interested parents.
Nawaz emphasised that instead of quantity of the
children, the quality is being focused regarding organising the camps. He
mentioned that admission in CDGK summer camps would be given to children aging
from 5 to 13 years. The Nation
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Sindh Univresity announces results of M.Com
Hyderabad: University of Sindh (SU) has announced the result of M.Com final Post-Graduate
(College Side) annual examination 2007. According to the announcement, 459
candidates submitted their examination forms while 450 appeared and nine were
absent. Total of 289 candidates passed the examination. The News
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Stamps issued on Parsi high school's 150 years
Karachi: On the eve of completion of hundred and fifty years of Bai Virbaiji
Soparivala Parsi High School, Karachi, the Pakistan Post has issued the
commemorative stamps of Rs. 5 each. The stamps will be available in the markets
from today (23rd May 2009). The designer of the stamp is Faizi Ameer Siddiqui
and its format is rectangular in shape.
Not only the Parsi community of
Karachi but the entire city is indebted to Seth Shapurji Hormusji Soparivala and
his family for laying foundation of the respected and prestigious school in
1859. It was a small Parsi Balakshala housed in the residence of one Dadabhoy
As the school going community increased, it outgrew the
building. In the year 1869 Shapurji was deprived of his beloved wife Bai
Virbaiji. In May 1870 Shapurji who had been so far the greatest benefactor of
the school, donated a sum of Rs. 10,000 on the condition that it should be named
after his late wife. The opening ceremony was performed in September 1870 by the
then Commissioner of Sindh, Sir William Mereweather; and Jamshedji Framji Master
was nominated as the Headmaster of the institution. During the formative years,
Gujrati was entirely a co-educational institution.
In October 1904, the
eldest son of the Founder, Seth Khurshedji Soparivala laid the foundation stone
of the present school building on Victoria Road. In 1909, the school observed
its Golden Jubliee.
In 1919, the Cowasjee and Virbaiji Variawa family set up
a trust fund to feed and cloth the poor Parsi students and to date the 'Bhojan
Fund' does just that.
The period from 1920-1946 was momentous. The school was
raised to the status of High School, saw the extension of building. It boosted
the motto 'Towards that Best Light'.
In 1947, at the request of M.A. Jinnah
to the community and the Principal Behram Rustomji, the school opened its doors
for the very first time to non-Parsis.
Hence as of today, BVS Parsi High
School thus holds the distinction of being one of the oldest and prestigious
institutions for young boys in the city of Karachi. The Nation
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