MA/MSc exams of UoP to commence from July 14
Peshawar, May 05: The University of Peshawar MA and MSc examinations will commence from July 14. This was decided unanimously at a meeting of departmental and administrative heads of the university. The meeting was called at the request of Controller of Examinations of the UoP Iftikhar Hussain Khan, and was chaired by Dean of Faculty of Numerical and Physical Sciences Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal.
The controller of examinations told the meeting that UoP arranged over 130 examinations in a year and always wanted to hold examinations in a fair and transparent manner. He said for the MA and MSc examinations over 400 question papers were being prepared. He requested the heads of departments to take a decision on the examinations with consensus to save precious time of the students.
The heads of the departments said although time of the students had been wasted because of the closure of university as a result of trouble on the campus last month, the courses would be covered by June 15 at the maximum. They said they saw no harm in holding MA and M.Sc examinations before Ramazan so as to start the new session on time after Eidul Fitr.
They said conducting examinations after the Eid holidays would not be advisable because the present examination structure would be disturbed and the session would be delayed, especially for the final-year students.
Prof Iqbal informed the meeting that the university had decided to comply with the notification by the federal government and UoP would observe two holidays a week. He said that the new order would be effective from May 10 till July 31. He said the University Public School and University Model School would, however, remain open on Saturdays.
Acting UoP Registrar Dr Syed Fazli Hadi served as convener for the meeting while Provost Dr Muhammad Bashir, Prof Dr Nasir Jamal, Prof Dr Shafiq ur Rehman along with deans and departmental heads were also present in the meeting.Your Comments
Loadshedding frustrates students preparing for exams
Peshawar: Excessive loadshedding is giving a tough time to college and university students, especially those preparing for examinations.
A number of students said on Tuesday the hours-long loadshedding in the last few months had adversely affected their studies. Some said their schools and colleges had power backup systems, like uninterrupted power supply (UPS), but these were not being used. They said that they are compelled to take classes and sit in examinations with no electricity in the halls.
Students enrolled in semester system courses, especially those studying computers and other sciences, said they had an extra burden of studies owing to the semester system. They had to make presentations and submit the term reports and assignments, which was impossible in absence of regular electricity supply.
Bachelor of Arts examination of the University of Peshawar is scheduled to start from May 20 and the nerves of students have been put to a test. Zara Khan, a student of Bachelor of Law (LLB) Part 2 in the University of Peshawar, said she had to sit in her annual examination in a hall with no electricity supply. "It becomes difficult to sit in the examination hall due to the heat and poor light," she said, adding that there were no power generators at the university to facilitate the students.
She said the students were also having trouble, as they could not frame a proper timetable for studies owing to unplanned and massive loadshedding. Jaweria Ahmed, who resides in a private hostel, said the students had no choice but to prepare for examinations in candlelight during loadshedding. "The situation gets worse when the hostel runs out of water due to power outage as we are not allowed to go out at night," she lamented.
Another student of LLB Part 3 from a private college said at night students were unable to study properly and the next day they had to face another agony due to power outage while attempting the paper.
Ayesha Mehmood, who is studying computer sciences, said students at the department had to do most of their work on computers but the administration had ordered to close the computer labs during loadshedding. "We have to prepare our assignments and need the Internet for that, but now the computer labs are often closed and we have to suffer a lot," she said, adding that late submission of assignments was also affecting their grades.
Hayat Khan, a student from the Chemistry Department, said: "I and my other classmates mostly read reference books for studies in the central library but now it has become difficult for us to visit the library due to frequent power failures."
A final-year student at the Fatima Jinnah Medical College (FJMC) who requested not to be named, said he is residing in a hostel and the students sometimes used cellphone torches to prepare for the examinations. She complained that examiners and teachers did not understand their predicament, as they did not consider loadshedding a problem. "With so much loadshedding, it is hard for me or any other student to study at night. If this continues, I will not be able to get good grades," she feared.
Sanya Javed, an intermediate student who is appearing in the examination, was at her wits end. "Whenever I start preparing for the examination the power shuts down and I start crying. The UPS and emergency lights also go out of charge after sometime. Because of weak eyesight I can't even study in candlelight," she complained.
Mrs Sarfaraz, who is teaching at a reputed college, expressed her dissatisfaction at the situation. "We have extended concession to the students carrying out research for submitting their works later than the stipulated time as we believe students are suffering the most due to the energy crisis," she explained.
Another extension in service for PPS
Peshawar: Yet another extension in service to Arbab Mohammad Jameel Khan as principal of the semi-government Peshawar Public School and College is being considered as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Education Minister Sardar Hussain Babak has issued special directives to put the item on the agenda of the meeting of the Board of Governors of the institution.
Appointed as principal of the institution in 1986 for the first time, Arbab Jameel has already served as head of the institution for 24 long years without any break, sources said. He has been awarded extensions until March last even without fulfillment of the required criteria, when the Peshawar High Court barred the education department from awarding him further extension, the sources added.
The sources added even after reaching the age of superannuation, he was given two extensions in violation of the provincial services rules. There were reports that several high-level inquiries were conducted into the alleged corrupt practices by Arbab Jameel. In some of those inquiries, he was found guilty and his termination was recommended, the sources said. But none of those inquiry reports were implemented, the sources added.
According the criteria for the appointment of the principal of the institution, the post should be properly advertised and the right person selected after following formal procedure. But the procedure could not be followed during the last 25 years, the sources said.
They maintained that even in March, when the court barred Arbab Jameel from continuing as principal, a senior teacher of the institution at that time Wilayat Shah was given the additional charge as acting principal instead of advertising the position.
Apart from the corruption charges, illegal allotments of houses, irregularities in appointments, misuse of power in admissions, which have been proved against him in several inquiries, the former principal has also been charged with embezzling Rs10 million in admission and tuition fees, the sources maintained.
When contacted for his comments, Additional Secretary for Schools and Elementary Education Qaiser Alam said he was not aware of the fresh development as he was out of office on Tuesday. However, proper procedure would be adopted for the appointment of the principal, he said.
The additional secretary added that the matter was before the Board of Governors (BoG), which was a responsible forum. It is not necessary that the BoG approves extension of Arbab Jameel as principal. The decision would be taken after thorough deliberations, he said.
The official was of the opinion that there was no such reason for giving successive extensions to Arbab Jameel. He is not indispensable but the decisions were taken in the interest of the institution, he remarked.
Fata students want fee, other expenses waived
Islamabad: Tribal students from Gomal University, Dera Ismail Khan, staged a protest demonstration here on Tuesday demanding to waive the fee of the students affected in the ongoing war on terror South Waziristan Agency and elsewhere in the tribal region.
Dozens of students gathered in front of the National Press Club, holding placards inscribed with demands of remission in their fee and other expenses and chanted slogans in favour of their demand.
Addressing the protesters, students from different tribal regions said that the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) was confronted with numerous crises after the 9/11 including surge in militancy and the military operations. They said that life in their hometowns was totally paralysed and had come to a standstill. "We have lost our near and dear ones while our properties have been damaged," they recalled.
The protesting students said the entire tribal region was badly affected and the education system was in chaos because of the militancy. They said that in these circumstances the students belonging to the displaced families studying elsewhere in the country were unable to pay their fees and for other expenses. They claimed that the Higher Education Commission had written to the Gomal University administration directing to waive off the dues of the students belonging to the displaced families but no step had been taken in this regard.
The protesters demanded of President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani and elected representatives from Fata to address the legitimate problems of the Fata students. They threatened that otherwise they would be compelled to intensify their protests. The news