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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 this week.

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 proceedings.

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 world.

The education minister said that national education policy would be singed by all political parties' heads so that a change of government may not interrupt it.

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 universities.

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 Muzaffarabad.

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.

Young children danced on the music and carried placards displaying their institution's achievements.

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
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