HSC postponed papers schedule | KU BDS results

Postponed HSC papers rescheduled
Karachi, May 26: The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) has announced that the Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) papers which could not be held on Monday (May 25) will now be conducted on May 29. The timings and centres will remain unchanged.

The HSC papers originally scheduled for April 30 and May 12 have already been rescheduled for May 27 and 28, respectively.

The candidates who failed to reach their centres on May 23 due to some transport problem in the city may take their paper on May 30, according to BIEK officials, who said that 95 per cent of registered candidates had succeeded in reaching their centres and taking the May 23 papers. They said the BIEK was making arrangements for holding the papers for the leftover candidates by setting up two exam centres, one for male and the other for female candidates.

The officials also announced May 30 as the new date of the May 14 papers for the candidates who were allocated Govt Ayesha Bawany College as their exam centre.

The papers could not be held as the college was blacklisted in the middle of the examination process.

The candidates had to be allocated the DJ Govt Science College as their exam centres for the rest of their papers.

KU BEd exam
The University of Karachi has said that the supplementary examination of the "Teaching of General Science" (BEd) will now be held on June 3 and "Anatomy" (BDS first professional) on June 6. Dawn

KU announces BDS results
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) has announced the results of BDS third professional annual examinations 2009. Out of a total 247 registered students, 178 of them passed the examination, with a pass percentage of 72.06.

In MBBS second professional annual examination-2009, 223 students registered, all of them appeared and 137 passed the examination, with a pass percentage of 61.43. In the third professional MBBS annual examination-2009, 272 students had registered, 269 appeared and 186 of them passed the examination. The pass percentage was 69.14.

Meanwhile, Dr Rehana Firdous has become the first women chairperson of the department of Islamic Learning, KU. She has completed her PhD from University of London in 1990.

FUUAST BSc results
KarachiL Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) announced the result of B.Sc.(Honors) Geography, Zoology, Statistics and Botany first year annual examination 2008 (repeaters). The pass percentage remained at 72.41, 88.89, 61.90 and 83.78 per cent respectively, said a press release.

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Education city: No proper transport for students
Islamabad: Students, in what will be the 'Education City' of the future, continue to face immense mobility problems, yet neither CDA nor university administrations seem too serious in providing public transport to and from the campuses.

The 'H' series of the federal capital has been dedicated for educational institutions according to the master plan of Islamabad and it already comprises many higher education institutions.

Among the universities in the said area that do provide buses for their students, the problem exists within the campuses in case of departments located well apart, as there is no shuttle service available for students to go from one department to the other, whereas waiting for a taxi is too troublesome, especially during summers.

Despite this being a major issue, no concrete steps have been taken by the university authorities or the city fathers. "The problem can never be solved because the decision makers usually have cars," commented one student.

For universities like FAST, NUML and Iqra, it is not practical for students to use public transport, as stops are located far away from the campuses. In case of universities located in Sector H-11 like FAST and International Islamic University (IIU), there is no public transport from Sector G-11 bus stop up to the university entrance.

"We have no choice but to make some private arrangement with other friends to get to the university," said one FAST student. He said though the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) had announced that it would only recognise the degree of those universities that provide transport to its students, majority of the engineering universities have failed to do so.

On the other hand, in universities like IIUI and National University of Management Sciences (NUST), lack of transport within the campus has become a big irritant for the students. "For majority of the female students, it is not possible to visit the cafe reserved for girls, as it is located at quite a distance from the female campus," said one student of IIU. In NUST, the distance between different departments is in kilometres. Since most students do not own cars, they have to walk long distances to go from one place to another. "Facilities have been created for teachers but no one thinks about the problems faced by the students," said one NUST student.

Reacting to the complaints, an official at NUST said that providing a shuttle service to the students is in the overall plan of the University but it would take time. "We are in the process of construction and the shuttle service will come after that," he said adding that it would also require a huge amount of money.

"As compared to the developed world where good universities are like a city, the distance between different departments in NUST is quite normal," he pointed out and said that all around the globe, students use bicycles to move within the campuses but in Pakistan students feel ashamed to do so.

The official was of the view that there is a need to reintroduce the culture of using bicycles among youth instead of arranging for expensive shuttle service in every university. "The universities should provide special stands and tracks for bicycles." In Holland, free bicycles are available at every stand in the universities and students use them to move from one point to the other within the campus.

Indeed, the concept of using bicycles is the most suitable for a poor nation like Pakistan but for girls living in this country, doing so is considered a taboo. But to become a progressive nation, there is a need to learn certain lessons from the nations that are already on the track of development. Breaking such taboos is one lesson that provides the basis for sustainable development.

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Over 300 rare books digitised at NLP
Islamabad: National Library of Pakistan (NLP) has digitised over 300 rare books and manuscripts so far with a view to preserving the national literary heritage for the next generations. Sources told APP here that this step would not only help preserve national heritage but also facilitate researchers and scholars. The sources said initially Rs4 million were earmarked for the project. Earlier scanners were being used for preservation of books but now state-of-the-art technology like Book Eye and Zcutschel were being used for this purpose.

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Pre-school graduation ceremony
Islamabad: Sheikh Zayed International Academy (SZIA) hosted a special event known as the 'Preschool Graduation Ceremony' for the preschool students, here on Saturday, says a press release.

The students, between the ages from less than two years to almost six years, were able to hold their own as they ran through the presentation programme. On the stage, they sang, danced, performed gymnastics, recited poetry and, in short, delighted everyone with their unique flair and style.

Dr. Shoaib Ahmed Khan, founder of the Center for Advanced Studies in Engineering and CEO of the Centre for Advanced Research in Engineering, was the chief guest. He gave away the promotion certificates to the outgoing students of the Playgroup, Nursery, KG-1 and KG-2 classes.

An additional feature of the programme was the announcement of the SZIA 'High Achievers' for the Academic Year 2008-2009, - students whose academic performance throughout the year was exemplary.

Commenting on the occasion, Principal Wafaa Abdul Ghaffar, said, "Functions and ceremonies such as the one we have held today hone the communication skills of the students and reinforce the inner confidence that we like to see each child possess." The News

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