Dengue panic & BISE Lahore

Dengue panic overshadows BISE debacle
Lahore, Sep 19: The Punjab government, which is fully focused these days on dengue virus to combat the epidemic caused by it, seems oblivious to what is happening on the educational front.

Thousands of students have been suffering from the sheer negligence of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Lahore s officials in preparing result of intermediate annual examination 2011 as either their result is delayed or there are glaring errors in the result.

The BISE had announced the result on September 10. But still, there are hundreds of students who have yet to know their result while a large number of students have also been visiting the board s office on a daily basis to their results corrected in a bid to be able to secure admission to next classes.

The situation has become terrible for students and their parents as the deadline for admission to next classes at many educational institutions is approaching fast. The situation is also alarming as most of the students have yet to receive result cards. Since they have only viewed their result on the BISE website, there is strong possibility of discrepancy in marks available online and those mentioned on the result card.

The Punjab government has now announced that no student would be deprived of admission to next class owing to the delay in his/her result. However, one wonders that why the government is reluctant to unearth the real story behind the chaos and punish those who are responsible for the situation.

A large number of students visited the board office even on Sunday but were surprised to know there was no official to help them out. They questioned how the government would ensure swift delivery of result to them in such a disappointing situation.

Sources in the BISE Lahore claim that result of a large number of students is late while many others have glaring errors in their result cards. The magnitude of errors in result is evident from the fact that the BISE authorities had to revise the list of the toppers in Humanities Group (Among Girls) the very next day after announcement of result when result of a candidate was rectified who eventually clinched first position in this group.

Similarly, another example of blatant error by the BISE authorities in the results is award of 52 marks to a candidate in the subject of Pakistan Studies out of total 50 marks.

It is pertinent to mention here that earlier, the Punjab government had to face severe criticism at the time of submission of online admission forms by the candidates for intermediate and matriculation annual examination 2011. Now when the result of intermediate is out, the government is, once again, facing criticism for its newly introduced online system as it had caused great trouble to the students and their parents.

The academic circles suggest that the government should review its decision of introduction of online system of registration and preparation of result, etc as the system had created problems for students instead of facilitating them. They believe that if the boards cannot deliver online they must revert to the manual system as transparency and authenticity are more important than digital stride.

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Students attack BISE office over result delay
Lahore: An unpleasant situation was witnessed at the office of the Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISE,) Lahore, when a large number of candidates, who still have not been given the results of the intermediate annual examination 2011, invaded the computer section of the board on Saturday.

Th1e candidates were desperate as the last date for submission of forms for undergraduate programme at many educational institutions approaches fast. At the Punjab University, September 17 was the last date; however it has now been extended till September 21.

The Lahore board along with other boards announced the result of intermediate exam 2011 on September 10. However, besides blatant errors in result of hundreds of candidates, the result of thousands of candidates was placed under Result Later (RL) category.

The obvious fact that anyone failing to get his/her result card would not be able get admission, made the candidates go crazy.

A large number of candidates have been visiting board office on daily basis to get their results corrected while others have been trying to know their fate, so that they might be able to get admissions for further studies.

On Saturday, a large number of students allegedly broke the door of the computer section while the staffs deputed there fled to avoid manhandling or any untoward situation. The students protested and chanted slogans against the government. Later, the BISE authorities had to call in police. It is pertinent to mention that the BISE authorities had to revise list of the toppers in Humanities Group (Among Girls) very next day after announcement of the intermediate exams result this year, when result of a candidate was rectified who eventually clinched first position in the group.

Similarly another example of blatant error in the results was award of 52 marks to a candidate in the subject of Pakistan Studies out of total 50 marks by the BISE Lahore.

Sources in the BISE said the result of over 10,000 candidates was RL while the number of those visiting the board office for correction in result was also in thousands.

The News could not reach BISE controller exam Ijaz Hussain and secretary Mushtaq Tahir for comments.

Mushtaq Tahir is also serving as acting chairman the BISE after the tenure of Dr Akram Kashmiri expired.

The candidates have urged the chief minister, Punjab, to take notice of the situation and provide relief to them. They also urged the Chief Justice of Lahore High Court to take suo motu notice and save future of the students.

Meanwhile, a spokesman of the Punjab government has said that admission of any student to the next class will not be stopped due to delay in intermediate result card and if needed, the date of admission would be extended. Therefore, parents and students should not worry, he added.

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PU academic year 2011 admission
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) has extended the last date for submission of admission forms for various level programmes for academic year 2011. Earlier, September 17 was the last date but now the candidates can submit their admission forms till September 21.

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PU students test dengue positive
Lahore: A Number of Punjab University's pharmacy students, mostly foreigners, residing in hostel 2, visited the University Health Centre, where their blood samples were collected for dengue test and some of them tested positive. According to a PU spokesman, some of them carried normal platelets while others carried low platelets and those who carried low platelets were referred to the Shaukat Khanam Hospital for further tests where some of them were diagnosed with dengue. Medical treatment was provided to the students and now they have been cured. These students included Dhanesh Kumar, Abbas Ansari, Jawad Alam, Ajit Kumar, Makesh Kumar and Sita Ram.

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UET budget
Lahore: The University of Engineering and Technology Senate meeting was held on Saturday which approved the recurring and development budget amounting to Rs 2327.898 million and Rs 692.446 million respectively for the year 2011-12.

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KEMU budget
Lahore: The King Edward Medical University (KEMU), Lahore, has allocated Rs 45 million for upgrade of Pathology Department and establishment of KEMU Diagnostic Centres in different parts of the provincial metropolis.

The decision was approved in the 13th meeting of Syndicate King Edward Medical University (KEMU), Lahore, held under the chairmanship of Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Asad Aslam Khan here in the Academic Council on Saturday.

The Syndicate also approved the annual budget for the year 2011-2012 with a total outlay of Rs 948.874 million, developmental and non-developmental expenditures. It also approved allocation of Rs 39 million for new KEMU building and construction of Animal House. The Syndicate also approved Rs 30 million to be allocated for research for the year 2011-2012. The news

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WISE College announces provision of jobs for students
Lahore: WISE College announced on Saturday the provision of job related experience for its students. A ceremony was held in a local hotel in this regard in which WISE College Prinicpal Hamida Tariq and other office bearers of the college were present.

Addressing the ceremony, Hamida Tariq said that WISE College, by introducing a new way of education for a very nominal fee, had set a new trend, adding that their aim was not only to thrust a degree on their students but also to provide them with part-time jobs.

Hamda Tariq regretted that even those degree-holders from well-reputed colleges failed to get good jobs only because the main aim of those colleges was to mint money in the name of education. She said that WISE College, in consultation with educationists and local and foreign job providers, had introduced a very comprehensive programme to enable students to learn and earn at the same time. Daily times

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