Inter commerce results declared
Karachi, Oct 13: Female students clinched five of the six positions in the Intermediate (class XII) Commerce group (regular and private) annual examinations-2010 results of which was announced by the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi on Tuesday.
The top position among the regular candidates was, however, bagged by Hafiz Mohammad Yousuf Sheikh (Roll No.515231). The second and third positions were secured by Nishat Fatima (Roll No.529719) and Syeda Iqra Akber (Roll No.530270), respectively.
All the top three positions among the external candidates went to female students.
Hafiz Mohammad Yousuf, son of Mohammad Ishaque Sheikh, is a student of the College of Emerging Technologies. He passed the examination in the 'A-1' grade by obtaining 972 (88.36 per cent) out of the total 1,100 marks.
Nishat Fatima, daughter of Mohammad Shafique Khan, securing the second position also passed it in the 'A-1' grade by obtaining 962 (87.45per cent) marks. She is a student of the Comecs Institute of Business & Emerging Sciences. Syeda Iqra Akber, daughter of Syed Akber Ali, who followed her in the 'A-1' grade to secure the third position with 933 marks (84.81 per cent) is a student of the Institute of Business Education.
Among the external candidates appearing in the same examination, Wajeeha Zafar (Roll No.615078), daughter of Syed Zafar Ahmed, secured the first position by obtaining 891 (81per cent) marks; Reeba Ather (Roll No.614599), daughter of Ather Pervaiz, got the second position by securing 882 (80.18pc) marks; and Ms Kousar, daughter of Umer Farooq, bagged the third position with 862 (78.36 per cent) marks.
The statistics of the results shows that the overall pass percentage in the examination for regular candidates stood at 47.44 and that of for private candidates 42.79.
Speaking at a ceremony held in honour of the position-holders at the board's conference room, BIEK Chairman Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai appreciated performance and achievement of the position-holders as well as all those who passed the examination with flying colours, and hoped that other students would also follow them in pursuit of knowledge and higher education.
He informed the audience that the board was considering a proposal to exempt the students hailing from flood-affected areas of the country from examination fee. The proposal, he said, would be discussed at a meeting of the committee of chairmen of Sindh educational boards scheduled to be held on October 15 in Hyderabad.
Referring to the increasing trend of seeking admission in commerce faculty at the higher secondary school level, Prof Zai observed that about 30,000 candidates appeared in the commerce group examination last year and the number this year had gone up by over 3,000. As such, he said, the education department should make arrangements and do planning for enhancing seats in the commerce faculty of colleges.
He announced that BIEK would establish a 'students syndicate' comprising position-holders and heads of 12 educational institutions to propose/recommend changes and improvement in the examination process, system, procedures etc.Your Comments
Demo held against proposed high-rise near KGS
Karachi: Hundreds of parents whose children are studying in Karachi Grammar School (KGS) staged a demonstration on Tuesday against the proposed construction of a 20-storied building on Clifton's Khayaban-i-Saadi, located just 100 metres from the school's junior and kindergarten branches.
A large number of parents and other stakeholders first assembled at the KGS and then demonstrated in front of Plot F-8, Khayaban-i-Saadi, whose owner had reportedly applied for a change of land use from residential to commercial in the city government's master plan department and where a builder intended to construct a 20-storied commercial building.
Criticising the city government for declaring both the Khayaban-i-Saadi and Khayaban-i-Roomi as commercial roads through a resolution passed in June 2005, the protesters urged the city government to immediately cancel the commercial status of both the roads, or else conversion of residential plots into commercial ones on these roads will open floodgates of commercialisation, endangering the security of children and schools of the locality, its environment, besides creating traffic congestion.
They were carrying banners inscribed with slogans such as "commercialisation of Khayaban-i-Saadi and Khayaban-i-Roomi not acceptable", "Down with Builders Mafia", "Help save environment", Keep schools safe," "Keep high-rises away", Protect children and secure their future," etc.
The demonstrators, including a large number of women, shouted slogans against the proposed construction of the building, declaring that any commercial activity around the schools was not acceptable in any civilised society merely because such activities put children at risk.
They apprehended that if this high-rise building was allowed, there are 15 more plots along this road where multi-stories building could be constructed.
Amber Ali Bhai of Shehri, who was also protesting against the proposed high-rise building as one of the parents said that they assembled there to voice their anger over the commercial activities around schools in any part of the city.
She urged the protesters to continue their struggle against the commercialisation of roads and construction of high-rise buildings in areas where schools existed.
Mr Hussain, who introduced himself as one of the parents, said that they were against the city government's policy of declaring Khayaban-i-Saadi and Khayaban-i-Roomi as commercial roads as such a trend would not only vitiate the environment but would also increase traffic congestion.
It may be pointed out that around 2,000 parents and former students of the KGS signed and submitted a petition to the Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa) on Friday.
The petition stated their concerns about security and traffic congestion if the construction of a commercial building on Plot F-8 on Khayaban-i-Saadi is permitted.
Joining the campaign against the construction is the Fifth Avenue Neighbourhood Society (Fans), which comprises 40 households near Plot F-8.
Fans concerns are similar to those of KGS and other stakeholders. They fear lapses in security, environmental impacts, increased traffic and noise, which is going to increase commercialisation.
A public hearing concerning the proposed high-rise building has also been arranged by Sepa on Oct 14 at 10am at Regent Plaza.
SU plans campus in Larkana
Hyderabad: The University of Sindh, at a meeting of the vice-chancellor's executive council on Tuesday, decided to establish a campus in Larkana.
The meeting discussed law and order situation at the campus and problems of transport, particularly point buses for students. It expressed sorrow on the demise of a girl student, Neetu Roopchand, in a bus accident on Monday.
It decided to convene a conference of political parties and members of civil society to discuss law and order and other problems created by student wings of political parties.
The meeting discussed the appointment of directors of maintenance and security system in the university. Registrar Dr Mohammad Siddiq Kalhoro said that the university was going to set up a centralised security system.
Mehran University admission date extended
Hyderabad: The Centre of Excellence in Arts and Design, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, has announced that last date for submission of admission forms by students from Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and other areas under provincial quota has been extended up to October 15. Dawn
BIEK proposes students syndicate
Karachi: The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) has come up with a plan to establish 'students' syndicate'. The decision has been taken to improve the standard of examinations, Chairman, BIEK, Anwar Ahmed Zai told the local media on Tuesday.
As a policy matter, the BIEK wants to improve the system progressively and the Board would like to take all stakeholders on board, he said. He was speaking on the occasion of marks sheet and merit certificate distribution ceremony in honour of position holders in Commerce (Private and Regular) facility, which was held at the Board Office.
"We have planned to invite all top three position holders, including regular and private candidates of various faculties. In addition to this, the colleges of position holders' students would also take part in this exercise," he further said.
"We would have a house of around 50 people, including the heads or representatives of such colleges and position holders in this syndicate," Zai said.
They would meet after three months to discuss the changes if, any possible, and they have to give solid reasons to support their suggestions in this regard, he added.
Moreover, in the next season, only those students who had received overall first position in any discipline (faculty) would participate in the house (syndicate), he explained.
The Board would participate as an observer only and it would be responsible to convey the recommendations to the education department for approval and implementation, the chairman BIEK said. The news
Flaws in working of HEC highlighted
Karachi: Highlighting a number of flaws in the working of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), speakers at a seminar called for review of the commission's policies and programmes, which, they said, had been introduced without adequate homework and, consequently, had caused 'chaos' at public sector universities instead of improving their standard.
The programme on higher education was organised at Karachi University by the Karachi University Teachers Society (Kuts) on Tuesday.
There was a unanimous concern among the speakers about the cuts in the budgetary allocations of public sector universities and they urged the government not to deprive under-resourced students to opportunities of higher education and release adequate funds without any further delay.
A major complaint highlighted at the event pertained to the four-year bachelors and two-year masters level programmes. The new academic programmes, they said, had been introduced without hiring new teachers, provision of required infrastructure and additional funds while the extensive programmes had increased teaching load by 50 per cent.
The quality of research had also gone down as the HEC criteria gave value only to the numbers of publications.
"This is a disaster like situation. No vision was involved at any level, it seems," remarked Dr Shahid Qureshi representing the Institute of Business Administration.
Referring to a report published in an international journal, Dr Nasiruddin Khan, head of the university's centralised science laboratory, said that though the number of research publications in Pakistan had increased manifold over the recent years, the publications had insignificant relative impact.
The HEC had failed to create a genuine culture of research, he said, adding that programmes of tenure track system and hiring of foreign faculty were flawed and created frustration among teachers.
"The autonomous status of public sector universities must be restored and the commission should be turned into an advisory body, comprising relevant stakeholders," he recommended.
Samina Qureshi and Syed Asim Ali, both teachers on the KU campus, gave a presentation on how to strike a balance between teaching and research. Teachers who focused primarily on educating students suffered when it came to promotions and other incentives as the HEC criteria gave no importance to a teaching job.
They recommended alternate strategies to remove the anomaly.
Earlier, Dr Abid Hasnain of Kuts explained that the recent strike by teachers was not a compromise on student interests, but was an effort to ensure that the process of education continued.
He criticised what he called the mindset that looked at universities as money-making organisations and said that this would do extreme harm to the institutions of higher learning.
Emphasising the need for adequate government funding for the public sector institutions, Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, the KU vice chancellor, said that state universities all over the world were run with government support and the same should be the case in Pakistan.
The student fee was a small part of the university income and even if it was doubled, the university administration couldn't meet its expenses, he said. Dawn