Schools & colleges exams schedule | Roots School turns 20
Exam schedule 'to be reviewed'
Islamabad, April 17, 2008: Federal Minister for Education Ahsan Iqbal has promised to take
up the issues of special pay scales, regularisation of contractual teachers and
enhancement in the retiring age with the HEC chairperson in his meeting later
Ahsan Iqbal was responding to questions of participants at
Earth Science Auditorium Quaid-i-Azam University here Wednesday. QAU Vice
Chancellor Dr Qasim Jan was in the chair, while Dr Razia Sultana conducted the
Ahsan Iqbal said that his ministry would also review the
examination schedule of schools and colleges to make it relevant to our weather
conditions. He said that education also promotes a country's culture in the
The education minister said that national education policy would
be singed by all political parties' heads so that a change of government may not
Ahsan Iqbal in his address said that the last university he
visited in his earlier stint in 1999 was the QAU and he is picking the thread
exactly from that point. He said that industrial revolution in Europe was
brought about by academia and 21st Century marks the advent of a new paradigm
shift in the wake of information revolution.
He said that the government
aims at having 100 per cent primary education in the country by 2010 and will
try to sensitise the society regarding education as we did in case of judicial
crisis. He said that primary and higher education should not be at the expense
of each other.
He said universities are battleground for ideas. "Such
battles lead to creation of knowledge. Diversity brings in new ideas," he said.
He said that there should be a formula for promotion on the basis of
time, performance and qualification but one can be promoted in higher grades
while remaining in the same slot after a passage of certain period. He said QAU
has the infrastructure to be put in the top 100 universities of the world and he
wanted to accomplish the task.
Masood Akhtar, President, ASA, QAU,
demanded better salary structure for the teaching community and regularisation
of the faculty on contract.
In the question hour, Dr Zulfiqar Butt,
chairperson of earth sciences, referred to seven types of salaries existing for
a single slot of professor at QAU.
A questioner stressed the need of
regularising contractual lecturers and assistant professors at QAU who had to
undergo more rigorous selection criteria than their BPS counterparts. He also
demanded special pay scales in vogue at KRL, PAEC etc to the BPS faculty in
Roots School System turns 20
Rawalpindi: The Roots School System (RSS) celebrated its 20th birthday on
Wednesday in Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Wah, Mirpur, Lahore, Peshawar and
Established in April 1988, the RSS has innovated modern
educational standards with universally acclaimed academic excellence and
all-round development of students.
Its campuses in seven cities were
decorated with balloons, banners, charts, birthday cards, buntings and flowers.
Children wore colourful clothes with birthday caps, carrying pompoms and dancing
with joy. Senior students delivered speeches on the history and achievements of
RSS. One could see the affection and attachment of children with their
institution, as all sang the birthday song and wished their school. Children
also painted their faces with '20th Birthday' written on them.
children danced on the music and carried placards displaying their institution's
Founder Director Riffat Mushtaq, Director Academics Faisal
Mushtaq, Director Planning and Development Walid Mushtaq and Director for
External Programme Khadija Omair graced the occasion by their presence at the
formal cake-cutting ceremony.
Speaking on the occasion, Riffat Mushtaq
said "For last 20 years, RSS has given every child a strong foundation in his or
her formative years, right from Montessori, to develop him or her into a
well-rounded, responsible, happy and a fulfilled adult. The institution that
started from Montessori has now grown into a full fledged institution, offering
qualifications up to undergraduate level." The News