Asif Ali tops SSC-II exams
Sukkur, May 16: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Sukkur, announced on Friday results of Secondary School Certificate Part-II (Class-X) annual examination-2009 of science and general groups.
In science group, Asif Ali, son of Abdul Qayoom Malik, stood first class first, Sumera, daughter of Ghulam Mohammad Korai, first class second and Shazia, daughter of Mir Khan Abbasi, grabbed first class third positions in the examination.
Among boys, Asif Ali, son of Abdul Qayoom Malik, of Public School Sukkur, grabbed first and Shahzeb, son of Liaquat Ali Memon, of Hira Public Higher Secondary School second positions.
Junaid Iqbal, son of Mohammad Iqbal Bhutto, of Public School Sukkur and Azmat Ali, son of Ghulam Qadir Phull, of Iqra Public Higher Secondary High School, Gambat, snatched third position. Both secured 723 marks each.
Among girls, Sumera, daughter of Ghulam Mohammad Korai, of Mehran Model School, Pano Akil, stood first; Shazia, daughter of Mir Khan Abbasi, of Mazhar Muslim Model Higher Secondary School, Ranipur, stood second and Amara Shaikh, daughter of Ahsanullah Shaikh, of Indus Public School, Sukkur, stood third.
Total 37,467 candidates (including boys and girls) were registered in the science group. But 66 candidates remained absent and 37,401 appeared in the examinations. Of the total appeared, 471 candidates passed in Grade-A1; 5,004 in Grade-A; 10,720 in Grade-B, 9; 175 in Grade-C; 1,594 in Grade-D, and 2 in Grade-E.
Total 26,966 candidates were declared pass while 10,212 candidates failed. Results of 223 candidates were withheld due to cheating in exams and for want of documentation. The passing percentage of boys remained 69.23 and of girls 78.77.
In the general group, total 2,275 candidates (1,899 boys and 376 girls) were registered, out of them three candidates were absent and 2,272 candidates appeared in the examination.
No one passed in Grade-A1, 13 candidates passed in Grade-A, 318 in Grade-B, 883 in Grade-C, 314 in Grade-D and 1 in Grade-E. Total 1,529 candidates were declared pass and 661 fail.
Results of 82 candidates were withheld for cheating or over other concerned issues. The pass percentage in boys remained 65.77 and in girls 75.00 (combined 67.30 per cent).Your Comments
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KU teachers irked by 'controversial' reappointment
Karachi: Resentment is growing against the reappointment of Prof Dr Jalaluddin Ahmed Noori as the dean of Islamic Studies, Karachi University, for a second term and the faculty members concerned have sent a letter to the Higher Education Commission (HEC) asking it to take notice of the situation, it was learnt.
It is worth mentioning that Prof Dr Jalaluddin Noori has been the subject of much controversy for many years on account of charges of forgery and plagiarism. Once demoted for allegedly changing his date of birth on his documents, he was later exonerated of all charges by another inquiry committee.
Though the faculty has been raising the issue repeatedly, Dr Noori was among the three professors whose names were recommended by KU vice-chancellor Dr Pirzada Qasim for the position of dean of the Islamic Studies' faculty.
Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad, being the chancellor of KU, then chose Dr Noori, who took the charge on March 24, 2009.
In a letter dated May 13, 2009, Prof Dr Hassamuddin Mansoori and Prof Dr Ghulam Mehdi, chairmen of the departments of Asool-ud-din and Arabic respectively, had requested the HEC to "save the university from a forger".
The letter claims that Dr Noori had his date of birth "changed through fake means" and possessed two identity cards with two different dates of birth.
The letter states: "He has no genuine and legal documents to prove his eligibility for any teaching post and all his educational certificates are testimonies to his forgery. He is neither a matriculate nor had passed any subsequent examinations. The degree on the basis of which he secured admission to the PhD programme was also proved to be a fake."
About his PhD thesis, the letter says, "Not only was his PhD thesis entirely plagiarised, but the text he later added when asked to rectify his mistake was also copied."
The letter claims that Dr Noori's "plagiarism in his PhD thesis" was reported to the KU vice-chancellor.
The two senior university teachers further alleged that Dr Noori's other research work was also filled with plagiarism and now he was using KU funds worth billions of rupees for "self-projection" by publishing books whose text had been taken from different sources.
"It's no less than a tragedy for Karachi University that a person like Dr Noori, who had been found guilty of a number of serious offences, has been made the dean of the faculty of Islamic Studies for the second time. All teachers of grade 21 and 22 are protesting against his reappointment and this letter is a part of this protest."
When KU vice chancellor Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim was contacted, he said, "Dr Noori was not inducted in my tenure. He has been in the department for a long time. Despite all the allegations, he is among the senior most teachers in the department and that's why his name was on the list. However, the decision was taken by the chancellor independently.
"The faculty raises many objections against Dr Noori, but has not been specific. If they have any issues, they can meet syndicate members, who can take up the issue at a higher level."
About Dr Noori's alleged plagiarism, he maintained that it "had only been a year" since the question of his alleged plagiarism was raised.
The KU committee on plagiarism had investigated Dr Noori's case along with other cases of teachers accused of plagiarism, but before the findings of the committee could be presented, the syndicate needs to decide about the punishment to be given to wrongdoers.
"Obviously, a person who commits 20 per cent plagiarism and the one who copies 80 per cent text cannot be awarded the same punishment. So, one needs to decide about this aspect of the issue first," he said, adding that the addressing the issue of plagiarism at the university took time because the relevant software was not available.
A syndicate meeting to be held on Saturday includes the matter of plagiarism at the university on the agenda.
It is interesting to mention here that Dr Noori submitted his PhD thesis in 1989 and was awarded a degree in Islamic Studies under the supervision of Dr Abdur Rasheed, who was allegedly involved in embezzlement while he was the head of the Shaikh Zayed Islamic Centre, which is a part of KU. Though the allegation was proved by an inquiry committee later, no strict action was taken against him and he still teaches at the university.
Sources said that Dr Noori's PhD thesis was discovered to be plagiarised in 1994. Instead of cancelling his degree, the Board of Advance Studies and Research, KU, allowed Dr Noori to make corrections in his thesis, which he did by allegedly adding more plagiarised text.
Surprisingly, nobody raised the issue of his PhD allowance, which Dr Noori had been availing since 1989, the sources added.
They wondered if Dr Noori's PhD thesis was unfinished and he was allowed to finish it in 1994, how he could avail his PhD allowance in the intervening years, when his thesis remained incomplete.
The sources said that Dr Noori had been accused of changing his date of birth from 1950 to 1956. Upon this charge, a syndicate meeting held in October 2002 demoted him from professor to associate professor.
This reporter asked Dr Noori for his version on the story, but he refused to speak. Dawn
Computer lab inaugurated at Arts faculty
Karachi: The KU inaugurated Computer Applications Laboratories at the Faculty of Arts on Friday. Now about 204 students can use the labs at a time. The credit for this, according to the university officials, goes to Dr Aqil Burney, Director Main Communication Network of the university and Chairman Department of Computer Science. The student can also use video conference facility at the lab. The KU Vice Chancellor has directed Dr Burney to initiate same facilities at Dr Mahmood Hussain Central Library as well and the project will be completed soon.
KU holds condolence for Qamar Shahbaz
Karachi: Every writer has a special attachment to his country's culture and civilisation, and has thorough knowledge and understanding of his contemporary society. Qamar Shahbaz was the same – sometimes even more than that.
The heartfelt critique of the intellectualism of Shahbaz was forwarded at a condolence reference organised by the University of Karachi (KU), Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai Chair and Institute of Sindhology, Sindh University Jamshoro at a local hotel on Thursday night.
Sindh Culture and Tourism Minster Sassi Palejo termed Shahbaz as a person who always spoke the truth, and never deviated from the path of righteousness, even in politics. She urged Sindhi youth to read the works of Shahbaz and other writers to know more about their language and literature. She announced that the unpublished material of the departed soul would be published by her ministry and the under construction Library at Sachal Goth, Karachi, will be named after him.
Sindh University Vice Chancellor Mazhar ul Haq Siddiqui discussed the humorous side to Shehbaz's character, saying that he was always the centre of attraction at his university. "His wit and humour was instantaneous, and brought mirth and joy to the people," Haq recalled.
Amar Jalil, Mehtab Akbar Rashdi, Mazhar Jamil, Prof. Afaq Siddiqui, Prof. Salim Memon and Shaukat Hussain Shoro also attended the Reference. The NewsYour Comments
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HSC arts group exams from June 18
Karachi: The Higher Secondary School Certificate annual examinations 2009 of the arts group will now commence on June 18 instead of May 30, chairman of the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai announced on Friday.
About 70,000 regular and private candidates are expected to appear in the examinations for which about 68,000 candidates have already been registered. The last date for submission of examination forms with a double late fee has been extended to May 23.
Meanwhile, the BIEK chairman, along with members of the board's monitoring team, visited various examinations centres in the city to observe arrangements for the science and commerce groups examination.
A total of 13 candidates were caught using unfair means at various centres on Friday, an official of the board said, adding that their cases would be decided by the BIEK unfair means committee.
The external registration unit of the University of Karachi on Friday announced that the registration forms for BA, BCom, BOL and BSc improvement of division could be submitted with the normal fee of Rs1,800 from May 18 to 30. Dawn
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Blessed with five teachers..no students... and Rs84,998 in salaries
Karachi: Not a single student is available for the seven-member staff at Mehnaz Government Boys Lower Secondary School is situated in Keamari Town. Of these seven members, five are teachers and two are lower cadre employees, who regularly draw a total of Rs84,998 in salaries per month, it was learnt.
The school in question is situated at Custom Line near the shrine of Pir Haji Ghaib Shah in Keamari. Established in 1956 in a building situated near Keamari Post Office on Dhramsala Road, it was named after a known homeopathic doctor Dr Sukhya. The school is supposed to operate in the second shift during noon, yet the staff is irregular in attendance.
Amjad Irshad, the head master of the school, is alleged to visit the school only thrice a week. Junior school teacher (JST), Ghulam Murtaza, who is also a homeopathic doctor, comes to school off and on. Sources revealed that he runs three clinics, one of which is located in Keamari.
Gul Muhammad, the watchman of the school, rarely visits the school. On the rare occasion that he does, he is efficient enough to convert the marked "L" (abbreviation of leave) into "P" (present) in the attendance register at the end of the month. Two junior school teachers (JSTs), Rizwan Ahmed and Muhammad Tariq, are perhaps the only ones regular in their duties, and come to school everyday, except for Sunday.
Similarly, Naib Qasid Aslam visits the school daily during his duty hours and leaves the school at its official closing time. All the staffers used to pay regular visits to the school from first to the sixth of every month, when the salary is expected to be drawn.
Years ago, a donor agency had bound public sector school managements to mention every detail of their school, including the number of students in a form. The agency is supposed to donate Rs 375 per student, and in order to get as much grant as possible, school managements usually try to mention greater number of students in the form than the exact figure.
According to sources, the number of students mentioned in the form submitted as formality to Assistant District Officer (ADO) Education office is around 120, but in fact only two students were enrolled there last year, who like many other students quit the school due to obvious reasons.
The lower secondary school in question has a unique history of rise and fall. Initially, it was a private school where getting admission was considered to be a tough task. However, during Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's regime, this school was also nationalised, following which the performance of the school started declining.According to the school record, 786 students were enrolled in this school till 1988.
However, due to the dilapidated condition of the building, the school was shifted to the present location in 1989 where a primary school was being run in morning shift.
In 1995, the number of students in the school was around 250 and a 10-member-strong was deputed there. In 2006, the number of students at the school fell to only seven, which is currently nothing but zero. However, the staff is still there to earn every possible benefit.
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Why is biomedical engineering not taking roots?
Karachi: Biomedical Engineering is one of the most important emerging sciences in the world but lack of recognition and patronage from the government is hampering its expected progress in Pakistan, said Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET) Department of Biomedical Engineering Chairman Dr Abdul Haleem during a candid talk.
"Biomedical Engineering is a combination of medical sciences and electrical engineering. The basic subjects are Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Biophysics and all the subjects of Electrical Engineering. These subjects are taught to the students to enable them to understand the human body and know the chemical changes taking place therein," he elaborated.
Biomedical Engineering has been accorded due importance in the United Kingdom, United States, Europe and developing countries such as Egypt, India and Iran. These countries have concentrated efforts on research and development in the field that has enabled them to produce world class Biomedical Engineers.
In stark contrast, Biomedical Engineering is neglected in Pakistan. "Nobody knew anything about this discipline until 1995. Pakistan Engineering Council and all the Engineering Universities in the public sector failed to take any action to initiate its teaching. There were no experts in this field until 1996.
"All medical engineering equipments were exported from abroad and nobody in Pakistan had any knowledge about their working and maintenance. Jamia Millia Technical College, Karachi, became the pioneer in the field when it introduced a diploma course in the field," said Engineer Saima Hayat, who teaches at SSUET's Biomedical Engineering Department.
Surprisingly, the need for Biomedical Engineering education was felt in the 14th Conference of Biomedical Engineering Society of India held in New Delhi in February, 1995. Delegates from Pakistan recognised the importance of the discipline and SSUET became the first engineering university to establish a full fledged Biomedical Department in 1996. NED University followed suit in 2006.
Haleem remains optimistic about courses taught in his department and the standard of teaching. "We have gone through the courses of more than 70 universities of the world and then compiled a syllabus that is indispensable in modern times and it can compete with any university of the world. From 2010, we will begin admitting students from both pre-medical and pre-engineering fields.
"We teach electronics, biomaterial, biophysics, laboratory instrument and some other subjects. We engage the students in performing practical experiments with the latest equipments that allow them to learn the subject in depth. It is a matter of great pride for us that our students design and build new equipment when they reach final year," he said.
The current scenario in Pakistan in relation to Biomedical Engineering seems apathetic, but Dr Haleem remained positive. "Some good private hospitals have opened this department thus giving it a new lease of life. What we need is government patronage to organise it as an important player in the life of the nation. The government should open separate departments in government hospitals, which will help in employing modern biomedical equipments by qualified engineers. The diagnosis will be easy for the doctors with the results from the equipment. The engineers would maintain the equipment in immaculate working condition. We will save foreign exchange by making our own equipment and saving on maintenance cost by using our own engineers," he concludes.
Saima Hayat agreed. "More than 950 government hospitals are spread across Pakistan with operation theatres and laboratories, but these hospitals do not have Biomedical Engineering Departments to take care of these facilities. The government should begin with doing that precisely." The News
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