Power(less) colleges affecting students’ performance

 KARACHI - Commissioner Karachi Roshan Ali Sheikh has failed to get the electricity restored at 48 public colleges in the metropolis by Karachi Electricity Supply Company (KESC) despite the papers of Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) Part-I & II Annual Examinations-2012 are being held in these colleges. KESC disconnected power for 48 public colleges against the unpaid dues, which is around Rs 1.9 million.KESC has refused the request of the Commissioner Karachi to reinstate the supply to these colleges especially during the intermediate examinations, The Nation learnt on Tuesday. A source said that Additional Commissioner-I, Abdul Somroo, on behalf of Commissioner Karachi Roshan Ali Sheikh, wrote a letter to KESC Administration, requesting the KESC to restore the supply of electricity to the 48 public colleges and ensure that all examination centres receive continuous and uninterrupted supply of electricity during the intermediate examinations timings.The commissioner assured the teachers community about the restoration of power at these government colleges in a meeting, held recently at the office of Commissioner Karachi. The meeting was chaired by Commissioner Karachi Roshan Ali Sheikh, and attended by Board of Intermediate Examinations Karachi Chairman Anwar Ahmed Zai, Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) Central Leader Prof Athur Hussain, SPLA General Secretary Prof Iftikhar Azmi, Prof Ali Murtaza, Prof Muhammad Arshad, Prof Taiyab, Prof Hasan Baloch, Prof Feroz Siddiqui, BIEK Controller Examination Imran Chishti, Deputy and Assistant Commissioners.Commissioner Karachi Roshan Ali Sheikh had assured full Police protection to the public college teachers and the administration of the Board of Intermediate Examinations Karachi (BIEK) against the miscreants and cheating mafia during the ongoing papers of Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) Part-I & II Annual Examinations-2012. The source told The Nation, “KESC has also responded to the office of the commissioner, saying that KESC has already declared 65 percent colleges of total 139 in the city exempted from loadshedding. The administration claims that KESC is already facing financial crunch.”Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) General Secretary Prof Iftikhar Azmi has criticized the role of KESC, and said that the KESC’s claim that 65 percent colleges of total 139 are exempted from loadshedding is not true, as the dilemma of loadshedding is continuing during the intermediate examination in all public colleges.Talking about the law and order situation in the public colleges during the examinations, he said that during the last two examinations the papers were held peacefully in the city. He said, “As per promise of Commissioner Karachi Roshan Ali Sheikh, police force was deployed in and outside of nearly all public colleges during the examinations.”Meanwhile, as many as 23 candidates were caught while using unfair means in the paper of Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) Part-I & II Annual Examinations-2012, held on Tuesday. The special vigilance teams, setup by BIEK, paid a surprise visits to various examination centres of the city. These teams comprised on BIEK Chairman Anwar Ahmed Zai, Director General College Nasir Ansar, Director Private Schools Mansoob Siddiqui and Imran Khan Chishti.The special vigilance teams visited various examination centres of the city, including Govt Postgraduate Home Economics Girls College, Govt Degree Khatoone-e-Pakistan Girls College, Govt Science and Commerce Boys College Gulsitan-e-Johar, Mehran Boys College and Ideal Boys and Girls College Gulshan-e-Iqbal. As many as 87 examination centres have been setup across the city to accommodate 161,556 candidates in the first phase of the examination. 

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