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.
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
The policy planners should either improve the quality of education
at secondary as well as intermediate level or revise the examination
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.
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
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
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.
were of the view that after a lapse of a certain time period the management of
professional colleges did not accept the nomination papers.
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
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
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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