BS 4 years degree pass percentage

College-varsity marks ratio to determine BS (Hons) final results
Lahore, Aug 21: The examination criteria for BS (Hons) in six colleges of the city affiliated with Punjab University will remain 40:60 – papers of 40 marks will be taken by the relevant college and 60 per cent marks will be given by Punjab University in the papers that it will take after every two semesters.

This has been agreed during a meeting of principals of the colleges and the PU committee headed by Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Jamil Anwar, which is trying to settle the examination criteria. Almost the same formula will be followed by all the six universities with whom the 26 autonomous colleges have been affiliated for 4 years BS (Hons) programme.

The criteria will remain different in cases of BS (Hons) in universities and BS (Hons) in colleges because the degree will be awarded by the respective universities.

The pass percentage per paper will be 50 per cent marks within the affiliated colleges in the semester exams and 40 per cent pass percentage for per paper to be taken by the University of Punjab, the aggregate being 50 per cent marks.

The university will take examination after every two semesters. It will take two papers for each subjects/paper pertaining to one semester and second semester.

Regarding paper setting, the university will nominate one internal examiner for a paper and the other examiner will also be nominated by the varsity as an external examiner of the Punjab University.

There will be no exit in 4 years BS programme but there may be freezing of semester. The government has, however, announced there would be exit after two years and the graduates will be awarded associate degree if they do not want to complete the 4 years study.

As regards intake of students, for one BS 4 years programme, the university intake is 30 students but the college intake will be 50 students per class.

The GPA will be according to university norms. The subjects in which the PU has no BS programme, the PU/College will follow the HEC pattern like English and Commerce.

The university will declare affiliation, examination fee and registration fee after getting comments of finance/examination department of the PU. For the training, the university will pick the teachers with the help of experts and senior professors of the relevant fields. The nation

Reconstruction of the flood-destroyed schools

Rs5 billion needed for rebuilding schools
Swabi, Aug 21: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Education Sardar Hussain Babak has said that reconstruction of the flood-destroyed educational institutions and infrastructure needs about Rs5 billion and urged foreign countries and donor agencies to help in this regard.

Talking to reporters here on Friday, he said the scale and magnitude of flood was very colossal and it was really an uphill task to meet the needs of the students in the post-flood situation.

The minister said that hundreds of public and private sector schools were wiped out and damaged by the floods. “The total number of destroyed educational institutions might be about 900. It is not easy mission to make all these institutions functional immediately,” he said.

He said collection of a complete data of the destroyed educational institutions was underway and in the next few days everything would be cleared. “However, we have to admit frankly that the rebuilding of these institutions would take time and each one has to come forward to play their due role after the natural disaster,” he said.

Mohammad Ashfaq adds from Peshawar: Recent flash floods damaged around 820 schools and six colleges in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa , officials said.

Data compiled by the Elementary and Secondary Education (E&SE) department says 204 schools have been damaged extensively, and 616 partially. Officials said that the schools the province lost to the floods were constructed during the past three years.

Under the annual development programme, the provincial government constructs around 150-200 primary schools and upgrades the same number of primary schools to middle and higher level.

“Six colleges also were partially damaged. Repair and reconstruction of them would cost about Rs60 million,” Higher Education Department (HED) additional director Liaquat Shah said.

Besides the damage to the college buildings, Shah said that a bulk of books in libraries and classrooms’ furniture was also destroyed in these floods. He said that they were making efforts to complete the repair and open the damaged colleges from September 1 after the summer vacations.

According to the official data, the 820 damaged schools included 573 for boys and 247 for girls: 681 primary, 76 middle, 49 high and 14 higher secondary schools.

Bashir Hussain Shah, the E&SE additional director for planning and development said that the department had not yet made assessment of the destruction and total cost needed for the reconstruction of the damaged schools.

In Dera Ismail Khan, the number of fully and partially damaged schools is 311, followed by Nowshera with 134 schools. Kohistan is the worse-hit district where 107 schools were completely washed away by floods. The damage schools in Swat are 69, Shangla 36, Battagram 21, Charsadda 31, Swabi 29, Malakand 17, Dir Upper 19, Buner eight and Haripur 37.

“It is premature to say something about the total cost needed for the reconstruction of these damaged schools,” an official of the E&SE department told this correspondent. The engineers and other government officials concerned would visit the flood-hit schools and colleges for damage assessment, he added.

Schools in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will reopen on September 1 after the end of three-month summer vacations. The official admitted that it was beyond the capacity of the impoverished KP government to reconstruct such a large number of damaged schools without the active support of donor agencies. However, the department planned to start classes in prefabricated structures, he said, adding that the second option would be the establishment of tented schools. Dawn

KU organises walk for flood victims
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) on Friday organised a walk under the slogan of “Save flood victims of Pakistan”.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (PVC) Prof. Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi led the walk which was attended by all the deans, faculty members and a large number of students.

Dr Kazmi addressed the event and said that the current flood was one of the most devastating catastrophic incidents throughout the world which had affected more than 14 million people of Pakistan, not only this but it had adversely affected the economy of Pakistan because of which the country had to face long-term effects of it.

She added, “The time has come when we should work for our country fellows without constraints of colour, race and creed.
The KU is playing its part well by running the relief campaign for the victims of flood she said adding that relief goods have also been sent to the affected areas.

The walk was followed by a seminar in which the PVC, Dr Kazmi shared her experience of visiting the far off places of interior Sindh which has received the least aid so far. Students of the Department of Geography showed a well-designed video which depicted the entire system of flood. Anila Kausar showed more than two dozen satellite images of 60 cm resolution which told them about the direction and extent of the flood. The images showed the river pattern of Pakistan and the root of the current flood.

The satellite images showed how worst conditions prevailed at Tarbella reservoir through excessive rains and accumulation of water.

KU chancellor’s role sought in Dr Shaheen’s ‘plagiarism issue’
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) will write a letter to Chancellor Karachi University (KU) Governor Sindh Dr. Ishratul Ebad seeking his intervention in the issue of plagiarism in which FBISE Chairperson and DG FDE Dr Shaheen Khan is allegedly involved if rules and regulations are not followed in this regard.

According to the HEC sources, the commission has the only option to find a conclusion in the plagiarism issue regarding the PhD thesis of Shaheen Khan that it should seek help from Governor Sindh. “We would ask the governor to play his role in his capacity as chancellor of the university and bind the university to implement the decisions being taken by the plagiarism committee,” the source said.

He said that it was a lame excuse that she had forgot to insert inverted commas in not one or two pages but in 100 pages. “If she had taken some selective points from ECO document, it would have been ignored. Copying word to word from some other document without citation is a clear case of plagiarism,” he said.

The source said that usually in such cases the original contribution of the candidate was also taken into account and if the original contribution of the candidate was substantial in the thesis, the plagiarized portion could be ignored. “Sometimes candidates just take the material from other documents in order to thicken the thesis but in case of Dr Shaheen Khan, the original contribution is also not substantial,” he said.

He ruled out the possibility of sending the thesis to “Board of Advance Research and Plagiarism”. He said that the thesis was sent to the board before its approval. “Once the thesis is approved, it could not be sent to the board to review but to the plagiarism committee,” he said.

The source also pointed out that usually manipulation was done by the universities when they sent the thesis to an external supervisor for approval. “In case of Shaheen Khan, thesis was sent to an expert of banking whereas the thesis of Shaheen Khan was on political science,” the source said.

He said when the universities played such foul games and issued a rubber stamp to their candidates, they made such efforts to hinder the process of verification of the thesis. “Almost all the members of the committee except one or two agreed that she was involved in plagiarism hence action should be taken against her,” he said.

HEC Chairperson Dr. Javed Leghari said that according to their information, the members of plagiarism committee came to the conclusion that the PhD thesis of Shaheen Khan was plagiarized. “We would ask the HEC member of plagiarism committee Dr Iqrar who attended the meeting to write the details of the meeting and then we will call KU VC Professor Dr Peerzada to inquire into the findings of plagiarism committee. “If the university would not comply with the decision of the plagiarism committee, we would definitely look for other options,” he said.

He said that no pressure had been exerted on KU to declare the degree of Shaheen Khan as fake rather it was the decision of the plagiarism committee that she was involved in the clear case of plagiarism therefore her degree should be declared as fake.

70pc rural girls never go to school
Karachi: About 3.8 million children have never been in schools in rural Sindh, while the dropout percentage in urban Sindh is even higher. Moreover, 50 per cent children of Sindh province aged 5 to 15, are out of schools, while 70 per cent girl students in rural Sindh fail to attend the schools.

According to a survey conducted by various NGOs over the plight of education sector, there are 22,428 primary schools in Sindh including 4,792 for boys and 7,298 for girls, but only 50 per cent enrolled children could complete their primary education and about 60 per cent girl students hardly go to middle schools.

The Education and Literacy Department had planned to appoint women education visitors on the pattern of women health visitors to convince the parents to enrol their children in schools, but the government has failed to materialise this project.

In view of the distressing literacy situation particularly in the rural areas of the Sindh, the govt of Sindh had felt the need to consider the promulgation of the Compulsory Primary Education Ordinance.

The federal cabinet had approved the draft Compulsory Primary Education Ordinance 2001 in a meeting held on October 2, 2001 and the ordinance was promulgated on December 26, 2001.

In the wake of grim literacy rate, the educationists have urged the government to enforce this law, which could ensure 100 per cent increase in primary education in Sindh.

The Society for the Protection and Rights of Children (SPARC) has said that the primary education is the foundation of the compulsory education and the key objective of primary education is achieving the fundamental literacy rate by establishing the base in science, history, geography and social sciences.

The Compulsory Primary Education Ordinance 2001 was to be implemented simultaneously in at least one town or taluka of each district from April 1, 2002.

In the first phase (2001-2002), 21 towns and talukas had to be covered, 40 towns and talukas in the second phase (2002-2003), and 42 towns and talukas in the third phase (2003-2004).

Under this law, it was mandatory for the parents and guardians to send their children to school from the age of five years. About two million children were to be enrolled in schools within three years, 400,000 in the first year, 800,000 in the second year and another 800,000 in the third year. The nation

Islamic varsity fall semester
Islamabad: Due to flood crisis, the fall 2010 semester of the International Islamic University (IIU), Islam-abad, will start in September.

Shagufta Haroon, director Academics of the University, asked the new students to report to their faculties and departments on September 14.

Fees deposit schedule has already been communicated to students. app

QAU, HCC sign MoU
Islamabad: The Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) and a Canadian company Health Consortium of Canada (HCC) on Friday inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for establishing an institute of health sciences including a medical college and a university teaching hospital at QAU Campus.

The MoU was signed by QAU Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai and Syed Yasir Abbas, Country Manager, Health Consortium of Canada (HCC). Under the MoU the company will provide consultancy to QAU in developing faculty for Quality Health Sciences, and Teaching Hospital. HCC will develop detailed proposals for the sub-projects, and submit them to the QAU. After completion of the review process, HCC will initiate the execution of the project.

The Consortium will also help QAU to set up a formal link with the universities in North America or the choice of a particular university to assist in developing the faculty of Health Sciences.

While addressing the signing ceremony QAU Vice Chancellor Dr. Masoom Yasinzai said that the university has entered into a new era of development and expansion. He said QAU has very ambitious plans of development for the next ten years and the proposed institute of health sciences is a step ahead in this direction.

QAU Registrar Dr. Shafiqur Rehman, Dean Natural Sciences, Dr. Qaiser Mushtaq, Dean Biological Sciences, Dr. Mir Ajab Khan and Dean Social Sciences, Dr. Naveed-i-Rahat, were also present on the occasion. The news

Students want IIUI on public bus route
Islamabad: The students of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) are facing transport problems as the local transport did not ply on the route to the university from different areas of the capital.

The students complained that they had to wait for university buses or hire taxi which was additional financial burden on them.

They further said the authorities concerned should devise a plan to link the university through local transport to facilitate the students.

Taseer, a student, told this agency that the university buses were plying only on main roads on specific timings. The buses are always overcrowded. Resultantly, a large number of students faced hardships, he added.

An official of the IIUI, when contacted, said the university was facing shortage of funds due to which development work was getting affected. He said the IIUI had one of the best transport systems in the twin cities which facilitated students and university staff. app

Exam dates in Kyrgyzstan for evacuated Pak students
Islamabad: The Education Ministry of Kyrgyzstan has conveyed to Foreign Office on Friday that the exams for the final year foreign medical students will be conducted in Bishkek from September 4 to 20, 2010.

All those Pakistani final year medical students who were evacuated from the Osh region and, therefore, could not take the exam, have been asked to contact the Pakistan Embassy in Bishkek for further details, stated a press note issued from the Foreign Office on Friday.

According to it, final year medical students were encouraged to contact relevant persons on the following phone numbers of the embassy for details: 0312-373901/373902/373903/373904. The students may also contact the embassy through Fax: 0312-373905 and E-mail: parepbishkek+AEA-elcat.kg, stated the press note. The nation

Japanese donors’ team visits UVAS
Lahore: A 12-member Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) delegation visited the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) on Friday.

According to a press statement talking to the delegation headed by Hiroshi Okabe, UVAS VC Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz said 20 per cent livestock had been carried away by flood waters in Pakistan.

JICA delegation discussed a project titled “The master plan study on livestock, meat and dairy development in Sindh province.”

Meanwhile, UVAS is organizing a national workshop on “Flood Disaster Management of Livestock” on August 25.

The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the problems in livestock sector, definition and implementation of remedial measures so that the loss in this sector can be minimized. The news