Karachi Inter exams & influential mafia

Bureaucrats, others active for change in BIEK exam centres
Karachi, May 14: All is set to hold the Annual Examination 2011 of Intermediate Part I and II under the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) from May 16. However, some influential persons, ethnic groups and mafia have become active for changing the examination centres in the city as per their desire.

Sources said that MNAs, MPAs, bureaucrats and others including ethnic groups and private school mafia were forcing the higher authority of the BIEK for changing the examination centres.

Such elements become active every year to get the centres changed before the commencement of the examination process for getting their interests fulfilled including earning money through impersonations and unfair means in their desirable centres, sources said.

When contacted for confirmation of such reports, Chairman BIEK Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai said that the board had established 90 examination centres in different colleges of the city and he would not accept any pressure by the mafia and influential persons for changing the examination centres.

He said that some influential persons demanded of the board administration to change the examination centres on ethnic basis and establish new examination centres as per their desire, but the board refused their demands.

This year the board had not established any examination centre in the city outskirts to curb this practice, Prof Zai said.

When contacted General Secretary of Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA), Iftikhar Mohammad Azmi, he said that his association always condemned the process of changing examination centres for evil intentions by the mafia.

He said that the administration of the BIEK, especially the chairman of the board should take action against such mafia and reject any pressure for changing the examination centres.

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BIEK issues admit cards
Karachi: Controller Examination, Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK), Mohammad Imran Khan Chishti said that the board has issued more than 8500 admit cards to the candidates, who had submitted their examination forms from May 9 to 12.

He said that Chairman BIEK Prof. Anwar Ahmed Zai had given a last chance to the candidates to submit exam forms from May 9 to 12, adding, during these four days the board received more than 9,700 examination forms from the candidates of Science (Pre-medical and Pre-engineering), Commerce Group, Home Economics, Medical Technology and special candidates.

Candidates have been asked to collect their admit cards by May 14 from the established counters of BIEK. In case of any difficulty the candidates could contact the controller examination of BIEK during office time.

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CDGK to establish IT institute
Karachi: City District Government Karachi (CDGK) will establish the City Information Technology (IT) Institute where employees of the city government, their children and common citizens will be provided with the opportunity to get quality training. This was stated by Executive District Officer (EDO) IT, Mushtaq Hussain Rizvi while speaking at the certificate distribution ceremony of computer training courses held in the Training Lab of IT Department.

Director Training, Muhammad Fakharuddin and other officers of IT the Department were also present on this occasion.

Addressing the participants of the course, the EDO IT said that city government has decided to hasten plans to establish a first of its kind City IT Institute in Karachi. "Practical measures will be taken soon in this regard as this institute would fulfill the need for a modern information technology institute in the city," he said.

EDO Mushtaq Hussain Rizvi said that information technology is the need of the hour. City Government Karachi had started basic and advance computer training courses for its employees in the IT Training Center and this process has proved beneficial for the organisation.

He said that the present IT Training Centre at the Civic Center would also be equipped with the latest computers and other necessary equipment. On this occasion, he said to the participants of the training courses to use this opportunity and enhancing their capabilities as an employee of city government as well as carry on the process of learning.

The EDO IT also praised the performance of the Director Training Muhammad Fakharuddin and supporting staff ADO Abdul Aziz, Aamir Raza, Instructors Bilal Ahmed, Yaseen Samoon and Iqbal Aziz. To conclude, the EDO IT gave away training certificates to the participants of 40th Office Automation Course and 4th Basic Web Designing Course.

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'No bias in medical colleges admissions'
Karachi: Minister for Health Dr Sagheer Ahmed told the Sindh Assembly on Friday that the seats for admission in Dow Medical College (DMC), Sindh Medical College (SMC), Karachi, or in any medical college of the province have not been reserved on the basis of language, ethnicity, race or religion.

However, in the year 1995-96 a total of 598 merit seats were allocated for DMC and SMC, of which 39 candidates from LMC (Liaquat Medical College) and 24 from CMC (Chandka Medical College) were admitted at DMC and SMC, respectively.

Responding to a question by Nadeem Ahmed Bhutto, the minister said that in 2006-07, the number of seats for rural Sindh candidates was reduced to 30 because in the year 1999 seats allocated for DMC and SMC were reduced from 598 to 426 by the Health Department. Consequently, the syndicate of Dow University reduced the seats for rural Sindh candidates from 63 to 30.

When Bhutto asked was not it an injustice with the students of rural Sindh, the health minister said that the number of seats was reduced on the recommendations of PMDC (Pakistan Medical and Dental Council). However, it was reviewed in the year 2008, he added.

Responding to identical question by Dr. Abdul Sattar Rajpar, the minister said that there was no discrimination in allocating medical seats and added that in the year 2008 the number of seats in DMC and SMC was increased on reciprocal basis. Keeping in view this situation, he said, a medical college in Lyari has been established where 100 seats have been reserved. Sagheer said that the seats for each district have been reserved on the order of Sindh High Court.

In response to a question by Khalid Ahmed, the minister said that there was no urban-rural division in the allocation of medical seats rather the seats were being allocated on the basis of population.

When PPP's Dr Ahmed Ali Shah said that the reduction of seats in DMC and SMC was being perceived in rural Sindh as discriminatory, Dr Sagheer Ahmed said this could be an opinion of anyone. He said that the seats were reserved on the order of SHC keeping in view the population. The health minister said that the medical colleges of the province have a total of 1,000 seats for rural Sindh and 700 seats for urban centres.

He said that in Lyari Medical College, around 15 seats have been reserved for the residents of Lyari and 10 each for the residents of Keamari, Malir and Gadap.

Jam Tamachi Unnar said that Grade-20 doctors were more interested to be associated with foreign-funded health projects instead of performing their duties at the local hospitals and suggested that they should be sent to rural health centres, to which Dr Sagheer Ahmed admitted that senior doctors were interested in lucrative posts. He said that this was a good suggestion.

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KU to pay tribute to Moin Akhtar
Karachi: The Department of Mass Communication, University of Karachi (KU) on Saturday (today) is organising a seminar to pay tribute to the legendary actor, late Moin Akhtar. The event would preside over by Vice-Chancellor, KU, Professor Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui at the Arts Auditorium, University of Karachi at 10:30am. The news

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KU's Pakistan Study Centre organising national conference
Karachi: Pakistan Study Centre, University of Karachi (KU) will organise one-day national conference on 'Tareekh Aur Awam' collaboration with Quarterly Tareekh and Jinnah Medical and Dental College (JM&DC) at 10:30am on May 14 at JM&DC. ppi

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IBA Drama Festival to be held on Wednesday
Karachi: The Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi will organise a drama festival on May 18 at the auditorium of its main campus. One of the organisers, Saad Javed, a BBA Final student of IBA Karachi, said on Friday that May 14 is the last date for the registration. He said that five teams of the local universities and institutions of higher learning would be selected to stage their plays at the IBA Drama Festival 2011. The winning team would be presented with a cash prize of Rs 20,000. On the occasion a drama will also be staged to pay tribute to prominent artiste, late Moin Akhtar. This presentation would, however, not be a part of the competition, it was further stated. app

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