Inter examination, water & electricity shortages

ACM takes notice of water, electricity shortages during HSC exams
Karachi, May 11: The Additional Commissioner of Karachi, Abdul Wahab Soomro, on Thursday visited different educational institutions designated as Higher School Certificate (HSC) examination centres, where he took notice of the persistent water and electricity shortages plaguing these institutions.

Accompanied by Assistant Commissioner Garden Ruqqaiya Nisar, the Additional Commissioner took strong exception to the non-availability of electricity, which had compelled candidates to take their papers in hot and humid conditions with scarce light.

A senior teacher of the college, Prof Shahzad Muslim Khan, informed Abdul Wahab Soomro that the candidates and invigilators were facing difficulties due to interruptions in power supply and non-availability of water. Khan said that the college had not been receiving water for the past four years. The news

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Exam centre shifted for security concerns
Karachi: The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) shifted on Thursday its exam centre set up at the Government National College to a college near Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre amid security concerns.

The exams scheduled for both morning and evening shifts at the National College would be conducted at Government Degree Boys College, situated on University Road near Sheikh Zayed Centre in Gulistan-i-Jauhar, said BIEK examination controller Imran Khan Chishti.

Just a day ago, a mob of outsiders had thrashed the National College principal and centre superintendent and ransacked their offices when students had not been allowed to use unfair means during the annual exams of the Higher Secondary School Certificate. The incident had resulted in postponement of the exam, scheduled for the afternoon shift of Wednesday, as teachers boycott duties in protest against the manhandling.

A source in the National College said that teachers at a meting held on Thursday morning condemned the incident and declared to boycott the exams seeking immediate relocation of the exam centre or at least proper protection to the staff.

Finally, the candidates were transported to the centre set up in Government Degree Boys College, Gulistan-i-Jauhar.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the education minister said that the minister talked to the principal over the phone and inquired about his health. He appreciated the performance of staff at the college for showing courage against those responsible for
promoting cheating in exams.

The minister also inquired from the commissioner about the incident. He was told that an FIR had been lodged against 15 persons and some people had been arrested.

The Senior Educators Forum, led by Prof Diwan Aftab Khan, demanded that the Sindh government take action against those involved in violence against teachers at the examination centres and ensure proper security arrangements at all colleges.

15 caught cheating
A vigilance team, led by BIEK chairman Anwar Ahamd Zai, visited Government Superior Science College, Shah Faisal Colony and other colleges on Thursday and detected 15 candidates using unfair means in the exams.

The team also ordered immediate 'segregation' of the one of the invigilators at Superior College where candidates were found in possession of cheating materials in his room, said a BIEK press release.

At many examination centres, the staff and candidates complained about power suspension.

During his visit to the D.J. Science College, Additional Commissioner Abdul Wahab Soomro was told that power supply had been disconnected despite the payment of a huge amount of dues to the power utility.

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42 students caught
Nawabshah: At least 42 students were caught red-handed while using unfair means during XI and XII examinations here on Thursday.

Chairman Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Hyderabad Abdul Aleem Khanzada visited examination centres of Nawabshah and Sakrand. Dawn

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SSUET to hold get together of grand parents
Karachi: Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) will hold a get together of grand parents of its passed out graduates of Batch 2008. An announcement here on Thursday said that the objective of holding this get together is to pay tributes to them and to celebrate the passing out of their grand children as engineers in various engineering disciplines. The decision to hold this function during first week of June 2012 has been okayed by Chancellor ZA Nizami at a meeting. He was informed that an estimated 3,000 grand parents accompanied by their grand sons and daughters would be attending the function to be held at the university's Convocation ground. The meeting was attended, among others, by acting Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Najeeb and Registrar Shah Mehmood Hussain Syed. app

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US govt to provide scholarships to 100 students
Peshawar: The US Government announced Thursday to provide scholarships to 100 economically disadvantaged students from Mansehra to study English.

According to a press release, the scholarship programme made possible through an agreement with Hazara University will provide students with 800 hours of intensive, after-school instruction and summer learning activities over a two-year period. "Quality English language instruction paves the way for students to have a brighter, more prosperous future," said Public Affairs Officer Marcia Anglarill of the US Consulate General Peshawar. "We are hopeful that this scholarship programme will have a lasting positive impact in the lives of these children and on the community of Mansehra."

The US government already supports 16 similar English language programmes throughout Pakistan, benefiting more than 6,000 underprivileged students. The news

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QAU students threaten protests if colleagues not reinstated
Islamabad: The students of Quaid-e-Azam University have threatened the university administration with protests if their 11 expelled colleagues were not reinstated.

Several hundred students on Thursday staged a sit-in for two hours in front of the administration block in the support of expelled students.

It is relevant to mention here that on April 27, an international conference was held in the university and some students tried to highlight the university hostel's problem, while some students even damaged the university property. Taking strict action on the incident, the university administration not only expelled 11 students but also got an FIR registered against them in the Secretariat Police Station. inp

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Speech contest at NUML
Islamabad: The German Language Department at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) Thursday arranged a speech contest, says a press release.

Besides speeches, students of the German Language Department also presented skits, songs and poetry of Dr. Muhammad Allama Iqbal in German language. Deputy Head of German Embassy Stephan Röken was the chief guest while German Deputy Defence Attaché Lieutenant Colonel Klaus Wolf, Cultural Attaché Dr Thomas Ditt and embassy officials attended the event. NUML Rector Major General (r) Masood Hasan, Director General Brigadier Azam Jamal, Head of German Department Dr. Anwar Mahmood, deans and heads and faculty members of the German and other departments of the university also attended the speech contest.

Deputy Head of German Embassy Stephan Röken, praising the performance of students, said: "It is immense pleasure to see the remarkable performance of students in German language. It really pleases me that a student with mere three months coaching has started speaking a very difficult language like German. The credit of these performances goes to the faculty and head of the German Language Department and they deserve applause for their dedication to their profession. I can realise the hard work with which German Department's teachers are catering to the needs of the German language learners otherwise a person like me couldn't learn to speak Urdu even after three-year stay in Pakistan."

He told students that it is the knowledge of language which will give them access to opportunities as communication helps build relations in the world.

The university rector said that NUML wants to develop relations with German universities and it is hoped that our students would find opportunities to study not only in the discipline of German language but also in other disciplines of information technology, social sciences and management sciences. He said that the university is looking forward to revive old relations with the Goethe Institute.

Deputy Head of German Embassy Stephan Röken and NUML Rector Major General (r) Masood Hasan gave away prizes to the winners of the speech contest. First prize went to Sara Kalsoom, Sadaf Asghar won second prize and Ameer Hamza obtained third prize for certificate classes. Syeda Rehana Bushra won first prize and Abdullah and Qasim Shehzad won second and third prizes respectively for diploma classes. In the end, the NUML rector presented the university shield to the chief guest. The news

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AIOU to set up info desk to help students in research
Islamabad: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will set up an information desk at the Central Library to help students in their research and reference work.

Addressing the concluding ceremony of a three-day workshop titled 'Analysis of Research and Statistic Data', AIOU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi said the centre would provide easy access to required data in different disciplines.

Dr Sangi hoped that training courses on research-related matters would improve the comprehension and know-how of students and help them show excellence in their exams and practical lives.

He said the AIOU had witnessed immense growth and development at various levels during the past three years. "Today, our students are enjoying state-of-the-art facilities. Many new projects meant to further improve the environment and to introduce modern facilities are also in the pipeline," he added. app

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