BIEK postponed papers new schedule
BIEK announces new date for postponed papers
Karachi, May 22: Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) Friday notified
that the postponed papers of Mathematics-II, Meal Management and Food
Preservation, Clinical Pathology and Serology-II and Health and
Physical Education-I for the Higher Secondary Certificate Annual
Examination 2010, which were earlier scheduled for May 20, would now be
held on the same venue and time on Tuesday, May 25. ppi
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In pursuit of an actual 100% literate school
Karachi: It is a classroom of about 40 students, with the teacher
helping her class to form basic sentences in English. The class reads
aloud what is written on the blackboard and responds actively when the
teacher asks questions. This could be the picture of any classroom in
the world. The only thing that makes it different though is the fact
that this classroom comprises 40 adults and is being held after school
The school where these adults are being taught is
Dawood Public School (DPS), and the student body in the classroom
comprises the support staff working at the school as sweepers, maids,
gardeners, watchmen, and security guards. They have been studying
English, Maths and Urdu for the past two years now; since the time the
school's current chief executive officer (CEO) initiated the project.
DPS CEO Sabrina Dawood said, "Imagine what the world would be like if
you didn't know how to read anything at all. Most of our support staff
cannot read whatever is written on billboards, on the walls, on
television and in the newspapers. What we want to do is to enable them
to read so much so that they are at least able to know the world around
them better. Our ultimate dream is to make the school hundred per cent
literate in the true sense."
As Dildara, a worker at DPS
recalls with a candid laugh, "We were initially invited to study under
the project for a period of four weeks only, probably so that we
wouldn't run away. But after those four weeks, we were ourselves so
interested in learning new things that there has been no turning back
At the school, it is mandatory for these 'students'
to come to class everyday in order to study. If they do not do so, they
can even risk losing their jobs. Esther, a maid at DPS and a mother of
four children confesses that at first, she did not find studying
interesting at all. "But now I am able to comprehend the difference
between my former and new self. I can now find mistakes in my own
children's homework and that gives me a sense of empowerment and
achievement," said a smiling Esther.
On attending classes
regularly, Elizabeth, who is also a maid at DPS said, "It makes me both
happy and sad to get the opportunity to study at this stage in life. I
am pleased because I have been given an opportunity to study for free
by the school administration, but I am sad at the same time because now
I have realised that had I been able to read and write earlier, my life
would have been far more successful."
In-charge Nusrat Hilal volunteers to teach the school's support staff
everyday for one hour. When asked what the most challenging part of the
project is, she replied, "Teaching adults is far more demanding than
teaching children because kids are fast learners. Plus, the adults we
have here are already burdened by financial and work pressures so to
make sure that their attention does not get diverted gets difficult at
times." Daily times
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Student group sets out to turn
Karachi: It was a chilly evening in December 2003. Uzma Shah and
her friends were on their way home from a tuition centre. Like always,
their car echoed with laughter, songs, jokes and giggles.
minutes later, the joyful ride turned into a horrifying accident,
leaving a long lasting mark on all the passengers. On the Baloch Colony
expressway, the over speeding car flipped from the top road to the
lower one and later was hit by a vehicle.
For Shah, the incident
proved to be much more disastrous than the others. Her spinal cord was
damaged and she was confined to a wheel chair for the rest of her life.
Now, it is a sunny afternoon in May 2010. Shah is putting final touches to her plan along with her teammates.
of a taskforce named "Enable Pakistan", the taskforce members will make
their way to one of the busiest streets of the city, Tariq Road on 23
May. Shovels on their back and cement sacks in their hands, the
determined youngsters will set up ramps along the street, in a bid to
help people with disabilities.
"Since the government has totally
neglected the disabled people of the society, therefore we decided to
take the matter into our own hands of building ramps so that people on
wheelchairs can have access to shopping malls and other recreational
places," says the 28-year-old Shah.
Despite writing several
letters to the government, the group failed to get any kind of response
regarding their initiative. Comprising around 50 university students,
members of the group pooled their own money into setting up the ramps,
each costing between Rs2,500 and Rs3,000.
student from the University of Karachi is helping us to build the
ramps. With the money we have collected from students and relatives, we
would be able to set up around eight to 10 ramps on the road. If our
budget allows, then we will construct ramps along Shahrea Faisal," said
a volunteer, Zohair Makhani.
Prior to this, the group conducted
a survey, interviewing around 60 university students regarding persons
with disabilities (PWDs). "We wanted to find out how much are people
aware of the issues that revolve around handicapped people. Sadly,
majority of the people do not even know what a ramp is."
the volunteers also visited shopping centres, restaurants and parks to
see which of the places had a ramp. To their dismay, out of the malls,
only Park Towers has a ramp for wheelchair people. Meanwhile, out of
the eateries, only the five star hotels have a ramp.
go out now as there is no facility for PWDs in the limited recreational
places. Feeling the pain, now I have decided that instead of being
dependent on others, we will do ourselves now," says Shah.
the volunteers are ready to meet any hurdles they might face when
constructing ramps. "We are ready to face any kind of threats,
opposition coming as a result of our actions. PWDs are part of our
society and now it's high time that they are given their due shares and
their rights," said Hasan, a zealous volunteer.
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KU Syndicate approves Rs1.969bn budget
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) held the meeting of its
syndicate on Friday under the chairmanship of the KU Vice-Chancellor,
Professor Dr Pirzada Qasim Siddiqui. The actual annual expenditure of
Rs1.969 billion for 2010-2011 was approved by the meeting.
is pertinent to mention here that the said budget has been arrived at
after taking into consideration the requirements of each faculty and
Haseeb Ahmed Khan and MPA Muzaffar Ali Shujra
endorsed the budget and said it was realistic and that it should be
approved and provided to the University because the University had to
face the deficit in the last few years because of the shortfall in the
proposed budget. They added that education, especially universities,
should be given priority in the annual budget.
In addition to
this, Saba Masood, Lecturer, Department of Economics, has once again
been nominated representative member of the Board of Secondary
Education, Karachi, for the period of two years.
occasion, new chairpersons of various departments were also nominated
for a period of three years. These include, Prof. Dr. Zaheer Hussain,
Department of Physiology; Prof. Dr. Sheikh Sirajuddin Nizami,
Department of Chemistry; Dr. Abdur Rehman Zaki, Department of Business
Administration; Prof. Dr. Uzma Farman, Department of Urdu; Dr. Obaid
Yousuf Khan, Department of Genetics; Prof. Dr. Majeed Ullah Qadri,
Department of Petroleum Technology; Prof. Dr. Jahan Ara, Department of
Food Sciences and Technology; Prof. Dr Shaista Tabbassum, Department of
Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Shahana
Urooj Kazmi directed the committee of Syndicate that was created to
monitor matters related to the regularisation of the employees of
BCC&T, to report the matters as early as possible. Moreover, the
proposed seats for initiation of teaching session at the Department of
Teacher's Education have also been approved. The meeting approved the
proceedings of the meeting of the Sindh Abdul Latif Bhittai Chair,
which was held on May 14, 2010. The news
HEC refuses to commit uplift grant to KU
Karachi: The Higher Education Commission refused to commit any
development grant to Karachi University for the next financial year in
a syndicate meeting held to present the university's budget on Friday.
The KU syndicate was told about this by Dr Riaz Qureshi, who
represented the HEC on the KU syndicate. The budget meeting was
presided over by KU Vice Chancellor Dr Pirzada Qasim.
worth mentioning here that public sector universities in the country
are facing a serious crisis following a government decision to stop
release of over Rs7 billion committed for developing the higher
education sector of the country in the current year.
yet another setback for higher education as the government has so far
released only Rs10 billion out of the Rs22.5 billion initially
committed amount under this year's public sector development programme.
Expressing regret over the government's refusal to release the
committed amount, the syndicate members said a resolution be presented
at the top government level in order to highlight the pressures the
institutions of higher learning were facing.The stoppage of development
funds would affect a number of projects on the campus as the university
had already suffered a loss of Rs639 million last year when the HEC
failed to deliver the allocated amount to the university, they said.
Earlier, the university suffered a loss of Rs140 million and Rs150
million in 2007-08 and 2008-09, respectively, on account of non-payment
by the HEC.
According to the budget document, the university
has proposed an annual development grant of Rs780.660 million for the
next financial year. Of this amount, Rs297.110 million is allocated for
capacity enhancement of faculty of pharmacy, Rs221.221 million for
departments of economics, business administration, commerce and
economics and Institute of Applied Economics, Rs253.258 million for the
establishment of a power generation system and Rs9.071 million for a
project meant for using indigenous resources in modern science
industries and environmental protection.
No allocation for research
The syndicate approved a total budget of Rs2,640.721 million, of which
Rs1,969.280 million has been proposed to be requested from the HEC. The
requested amount also includes a Rs51.120 million grant for the tenure
track facility and Rs51.271 million for the Institute of Sustainable
No research grant has been proposed
for 2010-11 under a separate head as has been a practice over the past
years. The impact of revision of pay scale is stated to be Rs78
An increase in student fees is likely as revenue
from the university's own sources has been proposed to be Rs566.350
million, which was proposed to be Rs490 million in 2009-10.
The university income was Rs1,476.665 million in 2008-09 that included
a government grant of Rs790.038 million. The rest was earned from
tuition, enrolment fees and recoveries under different heads. The KU
expenditures in the same period was precisely the same: Rs1,476.665m.
The budget document makes no mention of the income from the evening programme.
The syndicate members criticised out-of-way promotions and vowed that
such practices would not be tolerated in future. It was decided that
the statutes committee would decide the status of the computer science
department, which is currently being run at the Umer Basha Institute of
The syndicate rejected the case of deputy registrar (legal) Asif Mukhtar who was recommended to be promoted to grade 20.
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SPSC test result
Hyderabad: Sindh Public Service Commission has announced the
result of pre-interview written test held in October 2009 for the posts
of lecturers (male/female) in different subjects in education and
literacy department, government of Sindh.
LUMHS EXAM: The
Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences Jamshoro has
announced the results of M. Phil Physiology and MSc Operative Dentistry
examinations held in October 2009. Dawn
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