A-level students vs medical colleges

Notice to IBCC head on plea against admission policy
Lahore, Oct 06: A Lahore High Court division bench on Tuesday issued a notice to the Inter-Board Coordination Committee (IBCC) chairman on a petition challenging admission policy for A-level students desiring to enroll themselves in medical colleges.

A student, Fazeel Shahid, filed the petition submitting that he recently passed his A-level exam and secured five As with more than 90 per cent marks. In O-level, he secured nine As and one B.

Petitioner's counsel Sherjeel Adnan Sheikh pleaded that the IBCC this year set new regulations for the students wishing to continue their education in Pakistan after doing their A-level.

He pointed out that for converting the grades of O and A levels into FSc marks, an equivalence formula had been framed by the IBCC which considered eight O level subjects (five compulsory and three elective) and three A level subjects.

Since a total of 11 subjects were considered for equivalence, the total marks were 1100. It was also hallmark of the policy that marks secured in a subject of O or A level carried equal weight.

The counsel said the subjects other than the one mentioned were not considered for equivalence, therefore, subjects like additional mathematics or further mathematics were taken as additional ones.

He further pointed out that if the policy made by the respondent was implemented, a student who had done his A & O levels with straight As in O level and straight A* in A level still got maximum marks of 950 out of total of 1100 unlike FSc students who got marks without any deduction. Whereas according to Cambridge policy, A* was on 90 per cent and A on 85 per cent, he added.

Mr Sheikh argued that the merit for admission to medical colleges was about 83.1 per cent, but the petitioner who had done his A & O level and secured 5 As + 3A* in A level, 9As & 1B in O level still could not get admission to medical college owing to the new equivalence policy made by the IBCC.

He said the equivalence policy of the respondent was harsh, based on unequal treatment, and if allowed to sustain shall practically reduce the scope of the petitioner for admission to the medical college.

And if this policy was implemented it would surely diminish the chances of any A level student to get admission to medical college, he added.

The counsel, therefore, prayed that the IBCC "equivalence policy" be declared illegal, unreasonable, discriminatory and of no legal effect and the respondent authority be directed to amend the same.

The bench comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Yawar Ali Khan issued a notice to the IBCC chairman for Oct 11.

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"The IBCC love to give students the run around.. Its been a miserable time dealing with them. Please get rid of this useless organization who just want your money and arent willing to do their job efficiently. Everyone would be crying or upset in the offices of the IBCC, because no one knows what the hell they are doing there. No one picks up the phone and their website looks like it was developed by a 12 year old.. May Allah punish those in the IBCC who are messing with peoples brain, time , emotions, and money."
Name: Palwasha
Email: platin432@hotmail.com
City, Country: California, USA

"O/A Levels are far better than our conventional matriculation system because of their refined checking and course system.In matric, checking is depend on the mood of the teacher."
Name: Adeel Ashraf
Email: Adeel_Ahmed_19@Hotmail.com
City, Country: Lahore, Pakistan

"the future of lacs of ordinary pakistani students who follow pakistani system of education cant be brought at stake by favouring just few hundred A level students.the argument is not here that which system is better,,,every country in the world promotes its own educational system.and definitely the FSc students should be given edge."
Name: osama
Email: thedeserthawk@hotmail.com
City, Country: islamabad..pakistan

"this is wrong their should be no deduction of marks in o and a level.this is degrading of students in pakistan. please do something if u will not degrade o and alevel than pakistan will have better future. i request you plz plz."
Name: zarfshan ikram
Email: zarfshanikram@yahoo.com
City, Country: sahiwal..pakistan

"i totally agree with the students posted above.! our government is very unfair with o and a level students ! after all o and a level students study so hard and in the end what they get is ....that there marks are reduced by IBCC ! fsc and alevel students should be treated equally in my opinion and this is what all the other students think too. doing a levels students get better knowledge on the other way around ..fsc enables the student to stop thinking and ! seriously a level students should be allowed to sit on different seats for entry test in mediacl colleges . government should really do something to help alevel students to enter in medical colleges . we should go for knowledge not for marks"
Name: farah
Email: farahflower@hotmail.com
City, Country: lahore.pakistan

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Students' attack on VC House: UAF admin sees solution in 'multiple' committees
Faisalabad: The University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) administration will constitute student governance committees at each hostel to avert any violent protest in future.

The decision was taken by the Deans Committee which met in the backdrop of an attack by a mob of university boarders at the official residence of the vice chancellor on campus.

On the night between Oct 1 and 2, the students besieged VC Dr Iqrar Ahmed's residence for about five hours and threw stones even in the presence of the university security guards, damaging valuables. They set a security vehicle ablaze, injured Farooq Ahmad, a university teacher, and broke the windowpanes of the auditorium.

The students also injured four constables when the police were called in, making the uniformed men stay away from the furious mob.

The meeting, chaired by the vice chancellor, decided that the Student Affairs Committee would formulate the SOP (standard operating procedures) for new committees and the institute head (vice chancellor) would constitute a parallel oversight committee to identify the lapses and suggest measures to avoid any untoward happening. The counselling and vigilance committees are being planned for each faculty/division/institute and sub-campus.

The meeting also decided to identify those who attacked the VC House, pledging to award exemplary punishment to them through the Student Affair Committee.

The Civil Lines police have registered a case against more than two dozen unidentified people on the complaint of security officer Nasir. No arrest has been made so far.

The demands the students made during midnight violence were relief to the students belonging to the flood-hit localities, payment of internship and admission of students possessing less than 3 CGPA to postgraduate courses. They were also protesting delay in declaration of results and admissions to postgraduate courses, non-cooperation of sanitary, electricity and civil work staff and what they said "improper attitude of some teachers, hostel staffers, security guards and others".

The committee would ask the Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (Fesco) to minimise loadshedding on campus in keeping with the demand of the students. The officials decided to make available generator to each department with fresh purchases as well as repair of out-of-order ones.

Among other decisions were expeditious work on three under-construction hostels and introduction of admissions through one-window operation to facilitate students. The board of directors of the Endowment Fund Secretariat (EFS) and the Syndicate would be approached for construction of new hostels, it was decided.

A proposal for providing relaxation in fee and payment to undergraduate students sent for internship during session 2009-10 is on the agenda of the EFS that is set to meet on Oct 7 (tomorrow).

All PhD students will have to remain present in the offices of their supervisors and work in the laboratories from 8am to 4pm daily. They will mark their attendance on registers like the university staff. The admission of the PhD students who fail to attend the offices of their supervisors for seven days will be cancelled, were some other decisions.

Each PhD supervisor, it was decided, will submit data and an undertaking that no (PhD) student under his supervision will work in any public or private organisation during the period of study in the university. The supervisors have been asked to submit this data through their deans/directors to the VC Office. In case of incorrect information, the supervisors concerned will be taken to task for misconduct, the committee decided.

It also decided that in future the percentage for admission to postgraduate courses from within and outside the university will be set like other universities across the province. Dawn

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IUB asked to lodge graft case against ex-VC
Lahore: The Punjab government has asked the Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB) vice-chancellor to lodge an FIR and file a civil suit against the varsity's former VC, Dr Belal A Khan, for misappropriation of funds.

Recently, the Punjab Higher Education Department had sought advice of the Law Department in order to take action against IUB ex-vice chancellor for alleged misappropriation of funds and illegal appointment of retired personnel in the varsity.

According to a document, available with The News, the Punjab Law Department had advised the Higher Education Department to lodge a criminal case under the law against the former VC as there was sufficient evidence that Dr Belal A Khan had committed a cognizable offence including criminal breach of trust as the vice-chancellor of the varsity.

Afterwards, the education department wrote to the incumbent IUB VC: ́As the new Vice Chancellor, Islamia University, Bahawalpur, has taken over the charge, it is for the varsity, through its VC, to take necessary legal action on the basis of the available evidence against ex-VC Dr Belal A Khan. An FIR may be lodged against him. Likewise, a civil suit for the recovery of the amount embezzled by him may also be filed."

It is pertinent to mention that Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif had formed a high level enquiry committee in 2009, comprising Secretary Higher Education Ahad Khan Cheema, Commissioner Bahawalpur Muhammad Mushtaq and the then Chairman Chief Minister's Inspection Team (CMIT), Salahuddin Ahmed Khan Niazi, to inquire into the allegations against the then IUB VC.

The committee had proposed a formal enquiry and initiation of audit pertaining to the period of the said VC. The report reads: ́The VC has been running the university like his personal fiefdom. All rules and regulations have been bulldozed, section 15 (3) of IUB Act giving emergency powers to VC used in routine and all illegal appointments got rubber stamped through a pliant syndicate. It seems that he has been taking actions in disregard of rules and regulations which enquiry committee is unable to comment due to non-availability of record whether taken for the betterment of the institution or not. However, it may be added that the VC showed moral courage in owning up all actions."

Interestingly, Dr Bilal A Khan was allowed by the governor/chancellor to continue work as the vice chancellor after the expiry of his term on October 2, 2009. However he relinquished the charge following Prof Dr Muhammad Mukhtar assumed the charge of office of the IUB VC with effect from July 23. When contacted, Higher Education Secretary Ahad Khan Cheema also confirmed that the incumbent VC of Islamia University Bahawalpur had been directed to take necessary legal action against the ex-VC on the basis of the available evidence.

To a question, he said the incumbent VC might also seek to place the name of Dr Belal A Khan on the exit control list (ECL). The news

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Teachers protest curb on varsities' funds
Lahore: Faculty members of various universities on Tuesday observed a black day to protest against federal government's failure in fulfilling the promise of releasing funds to the seats of higher learning.

The faculty members on the call of the Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Associations (FAPUASA) staged peaceful protest demonstrations in their respective universities while wearing black armbands and holding black banners demanding release of varsities funds.

FAPUASA President Prof Dr Mahr Saeed Akhtar led a demonstration of teachers in front of the Institute of Education and Research on PU New Campus.

In the University of Engineering and Technology, the protest was led by FAPUASA Punjab chapter president Dr Zafar Noon.

Speaking to protesters, he criticised the prime minister for not releasing funds to universities despite an announcement made by him in this connection. He demanded the federal government should give funds to the varsities so that these institutions might disburse 50 per cent enhanced salary, 15 per cent medical allowance among teachers and increase the pension of their retired faculty members.

He demanded the government should enhance grants for varsities and ensure regular funds for scholars sent abroad for doing PhDs by Higher Education Commission and different universities. The government should refrain from increasing students' fees and instead stop funding private universities that were already minting millions.

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Students' rally against BoGs
Lahore: The newly-formed Lahore Students Council (LSC) on Tuesday held a demonstration against the constitution of boards of governors in colleges across Punjab.

A large number of students from different colleges staged a sit-in at Faisal Chowk for almost five hours despite the imposition of Section 144. The demonstration added to traffic mess on The Mall and adjoining roads.

The protesters, who were carrying banners and placards, led by council president Numair Aslam Wattoo, chanted slogans against the Punjab government.

Punjab Labour Minister Ashraf Sohna and MPA Rana Arshad assured the students that their rights would be protected. Dawn

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