BA, BSc students' plight is miserable

Lahore, Nov 13: Likewise the Matric and Intermediate examinations, the plight of students appearing in the BA, BSc examination of the Punjab University is miserable. In Matric and Inter examination, 50 percent students failed to qualify the examinations.
The pass percentage in BA, BSc examinations have never been beyond 24 per cent. The percentage among girls is surprisingly 29.28 per cent as compared to boys which stands 16.60 per cent.

Thus only 20 per cent students manage to secure admission in MA, MSc, out of whom only four per cent qualify for their PhD every year in the University of Punjab.

The destiny of fail students is drop out and even to quit the studies. By reaching postgraduate classes only four per cent are left who manage to obtain Master degrees.

The policy planners should either improve the quality of education at secondary as well as intermediate level or revise the examination system.

In the BA, BSc, examination of the Punjab University 2008, declared recently, only 30,000 out of 1,72,000 who appeared in the examination were successful. The private sectors again outclass the public sector vis-a-vis performance in academic matters.

The girl students of Leadership College secured the overall first positions. The girls outnumbered boys. In the Arts group, a private candidate stood first by obtaining 642 marks, the overall third position was also obtained by a private girl student.

Some more interesting facts came to light. The result of ten colleges remained Zero per cent while result of six colleges in the city is below the University mark.

Only four students of a degree college which sent 40 students for the examination could qualify. Even the result of Islamia College Civil Lines was not beyond 13.8 per cent.

Prof M Sharif Malik of Education Executive Club says that the poor pass percentage of boys is the result of parent negligence. The other reason is lack of vigilance and accountability of colleges giving poor result by the Punjab education department. There is no punishment for teachers and Principals who showed poor result.

The teachers training programmes should also be frequently launched. Those who show excellent performance should be suitably rewarded. The Nation

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Gilgit-Baltistan students worried over delay in nomination to medical colleges
Gilgit: Although admissions to medical colleges throughout the country have been closed, students of Gilgit-Baltistan are still waiting for their nomination against reserved seats in various professional colleges.

The government has approved a quota of 44 seats in different medical colleges and the Directorate of Education, Northern Areas, has nominated students against the reserved quota.

This process should have been completed by now, but the Directorate of Education continues to sit on the nomination file, putting the future of students at stake.

The students were of the view that after a lapse of a certain time period the management of professional colleges did not accept the nomination papers.

When contacted, an official of the nomination branch said the issue was confidential and the reasons behind the delay in the nominations could not be made public.

However, he said the nomination committee, which was headed by the Northern Areas chief executive, is likely to be convened soon which would finalise the nomination.

He said the department realised the loss being suffered by the students but it was unable to expedite the process because the nomination committee had to see as to who was to be nominated. He said the meeting of the committee had not been convened by the region's chief executive, Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan, and the whole process might take about 10 to 15 days.

The official said the committee had completed the nomination of students for admission to engineering colleges but a similar process for admission to medical colleges had been delayed due to some reasons. Dawn

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HEC for promotion of social sciences
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has decided to promote the education of social sciences in the country.

In this regard, a series of meetings of the HEC sub-committees on History, Library Sciences, Thematic Research, Sociology, Multidisciplinary Journals, Islamic Studies and Urdu/Regional Languages were held at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Pakistan on Wednesday. The agenda of the meetings was to evaluate the HEC approved supervisors and recognised journals and to make recommendations for faculty and institutional development, training, promotion of research culture and journals in respective disciplines.

HEC Academics Member Dr Riazul Tariq briefed the participants of the meeting about the ongoing initiatives of the HEC to promote social sciences and humanities in the country. He said that the members of subcommittees should play their pivotal role to promote research and teaching in various disciplines of social sciences and humanities. He also assured that the HEC would welcome new ideas and suggestions to strengthen social sciences and humanities. The members of sub-committees lauded efforts of the HEC for initiating various programmes to promote social sciences and humanities in the country. They also assured that they would co-operate with the commission. University of Gujarat Vice Chancellor Dr M Nizamuddin presided over the meeting of sub-committee on Thematic Research. The committee identified areas of research that would be given priority and it also decided to solicit proposals through advertisement on the themes identified for competitive research grants. The HEC has allocated an amount of Rs 30 million for the improvement of research. The meeting of the sub-committee on History was presided over by Prof Dr Qalibi Abid, who is the chairman of University of Punjab History Department. The sub-committee discussed whether or not journals being published in the country were complying to the HEC criteria. Daily Times

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