THE University of Sindh, Jamshoro, functions at a snail’s pace. The semester examinations in the university were held in October 2020, but their result has not been announced yet.
This lethargic behaviour has affected final-year students the most as they are unable to enter the job market due to the delay in academic results and the absence of a degree.
The university must improve its performance, speed up its processes and declare the pending results at the earliest as the students cannot afford any further delay.
Assad Ali Baloch Dadu
PMC TEST FEE: THE Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) has decided to conduct medical college entry test from Aug 30 to Sept 30. The registration has started and the deadline is July 15. This time the PMC has set Rs6,000 as the test fee, which is a massive increase compared to Rs3,500 last year. The government should look into the matter and reduce the fee of a three-hour test on computer.
ONLINE EXAMS: Over the last about 18 months, examinations have only been conducted online, giving students an opportunity to qualify by using unfair means. This often leads to unfair results for honest and meritorious students who abide by all the legal regulations and ethical obligations. There is a dire need for the authorities to address this issue and come up with a strategy to ensure that online examinations are conducted only through fair means.
TANKER QUOTA: There is water shortage in Karachi and then, making things worse, there is a shortage of water tankers as well. I try to book a water tanker through the designated phone service as soon as the time of the booking starts, but fail most of the time. A recorded message informs me that my area’s assigned quota for the day has been utilised and I should try the next day. It is technically not possible for all the tankers to get booked within a few seconds. The staff sells tankers privately at higher rates. The matter should be investigated at the earliest.
M Maruf Athar
ECONOMIC CRISIS: The fragile economy had just started to take off when the pandemic hit the globe. The economy is now shrinking, and the rate of unemployment is increasing rapidly. Pakistan needs creative and bold policies to kick-start its economic recovery and beat the crisis. The government needs to work harder in this regard.
Published in Dawn, June 10th, 2021