Master degree for Central Superior Service (CSS) examinations
World Bank for raising CSS educational level
Islamabad, Apr 02: With elected public representatives need not have any
education, the World Bank (WB) and a number of would-be bureaucrats
strongly want the future civil servants in Pakistan to carry a Master's
degree as their basic qualification.
Not only the WB but also
the candidates have floated almost similar kind of proposals to set
minimum required education to masters level for the Central Superior
Service (CSS) examinations, well-placed official sources said here on Thursday.
When contacted for comments, Federal Public
Service Commission (FPSC) Chairman Justice (Retd) Rana Bhagwandas
confirmed that the candidates do desire an increase in the education
standard for the future CSS hopefuls.
"But I have no knowledge
whether a World Bank proposal is also there as it may be a development
prior to my assuming the position," the FPSC chairman responded to a
query. Rana Bhagwandas maintained that neither the proposal had been
discussed at the commission platform nor it was being under active
consideration at present. "Therefore, you can say that there is no as
such substance in it."
The FPSC chairman is engaged in
conducting interviews of those successful candidates who qualified the
written examinations in the CSS 2009. It is a suggestion on part of the
candidates whom the commission is interviewing these days.
FPSC sources insisted that there was a pending WB proposal and said
that the same could be discussed at the next meeting of the full
commission, all members, chairman and the secretary to accept or reject
the new arrangements.
The age limit for the CSS aspirants, these
sources said, would be increased at least by two years, bringing it to
30 years from the present 28 years for the fresh postgraduate degree
At present, the age restriction for the regular
government employees, wishing to attempt the CSS, is 30 years and the
new one would be 32 years in order to accommodate them in view of being
in the service.
While explaining the process, they said that the
proposals would be discussed first at the platform of the commission
and then, if approved, would go before the Establishment Division and
finally to the prime minister for an approval.
To another query,
the sources within the commission said that the FPSC would have to make
public at least two years before implementing the new mechanism. It
would done thru be massive advertisements in the national newspapers in
the two-year time. The news
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UK HC announces new visa fees for 2010-11 financial year
Islamabad: British High Commission in Islamabad Thursday announced
new UK visa fees for the 2010-11 financial year, these new fees will
come into effect on April 6,2010.The fee increase, which applies
globally, is reviewed regularly and agreed by parliament. The new fees
ensure a firm and fair immigration system, and will support a robust
and enhanced visa service using the latest technology, with the cost of
In most visa categories the maximum fee increase is 2.5%. Some fees
continue to be set at a level lower than the actual processing cost
because it is considered to be in the interests of the UK to do so.
Examples of subsidized visa categories include tourist visas and also
the Tier 4 student visa which reflects the contribution made by
international students to the UK economy and education.
In setting the fees, the UK government aims to strike the correct
balance between maintaining secure and effective borders and improving
the visa service to customers, and ensuring that the fee structure
supports the UK's ability to attract those migrants and visitors that
make a valued contribution. App
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127 training centres to be established
Islamabad: As many as 127 National Technical Training Centres,
under a comprehensive plan with at least one in every district, will be
established to raise the level of education in the country.
decision to this effect was taken at a meeting held here on Thursday
under the chairmanship of Education Minister Sardar Aseff Ahmed Ali to
discuss various areas of education with the provincial/area education
secretaries and managing directors of national and provincial education
The participants of the meeting were informed that
these centres would provide state-of-the-art training, ranging from
soft skills such as language, social engineering, etc, to highly
technical areas of IT fabrication, operation and maintenance of heavy
machinery, and modern agriculture skills in line with local and
The choice of skills/technical training to be
offered would be decided according to the requirements of the local
market/industry and the availability of raw material/natural resources.
These centres would arrest the dropout rate in education and
provide opportunities for employable skills, making education to yield
economic benefits that would help reduce frustration and agony among
the educated youth, thus making them more skilled and productive.
initiative, at an estimated cost of $692 million, has already been
approved by the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) and the
provinces have already conveyed their concurrence for the same.
Initially, the project would be financed by the federal government in
collaboration with international partners/donors.
would become self-sustaining/income-generating after a period of five
years and would be taken up by the provinces/areas accordingly.
meeting stressed the need for the provision of missing facilities in
schools like electricity, classrooms, drinking water, latrines,
boundary walls, building and furniture.
The issue of
up-gradation of primary schools to secondary level to increase access,
especially for females in the rural areas, was also discussed and it
was suggested to provide stipends to students at school level to arrest
dropouts and increase the retention rate.
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Computer graduate seeks govt help for job
Rawalpindi: Short in height but high in spirits, three feet and
eight inches tall Khurram is a graduate in the field of computer
sciences, but is a little disappointed for not being able to get a job
since August last after clearing his final examinations.
Ishfaq Qazi, 23, completed his BSc (Honours) in Software Engineering
from the University of Engineering & Technology (UET), Taxila, and
was confident that after getting his degree, he would not only get a
suitable job but also be able to continue further studies. However, so
far, he has failed to get a positive nod from any government or private
institution where he took written tests and gave interviews.
he is doing an internship with EDO Health through the National
Internship Programme, but he is not getting a chance to show his skills
in Software Engineering. Khurram has also sent a proposal to the health
department for establishing their IT department and creating their
official website free of cost, but he is still waiting for a response
from them. Four research papers by Khurram have already been published
in different publications of Malaysia, Korea, Greece and England.
Khurram said, "I didn't make my short height my weakness
and competed many other normal boys at UET Taxila. During my study
period at the university, I didn't consider myself as a disabled
person, but now I am thinking I was wrong, as despite clearing the
tests and interviews in many government and private organisations, I
failed to get a job," he said and added that he also applied in UET
Taxila for the post of laboratory assistant, but he is still waiting
for a response from even his own university.
"I want to continue
my studies, but because of my limited resources, I am not in a position
to do so, which is why I am looking for a job to bear my expenses. I
want to work like other normal persons and want to support my father,
who is running a technical education school since 1976, where he
provides free education to young boys," Khurram said.
free education at UET Taxila because of the former Punjab governor,
Khalid Maqbool, when he visited the university and after meeting me
ordered waiving off all my university fees," he added.
appealed to Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, Punjab Chief
Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif and Governor Punjab Salman Taseer to help
him get a suitable job, so he could not only help his family but also
continue to get higher education in Software Engineering.
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'Information Week & Expo' from 5th
Islamabad: In order to enhance information literacy and virtual
learning environment among students, faculty members and knowledge
seekers, Riphah International University will hold 'Information Week
& Expo' here from April 5 to 9.
This is a unique activity
that will promote information culture among the world of academia and
information professionals and providers, says a press release.
opening ceremony of the Information Week will be held on April 6 at
10:30am while the closing and prize distribution ceremony will be held
on April 9 at 10:30am at the main University Campus in Sector I-14.
the week, an exhibition will be held on April 6-7 at the I-14
University Main Campus, in which book sellers, publishers, information
providers, news agencies, print & electronic media, cellular
companies, FM radios and educational institutions will participate.
essay writing competition on the subject 'Libraries are the Beating
Heart of the Nation' in English and Urdu will also be held among
students and faculty members, in which all students and faculty members
of colleges and universities can participate. The last date for
submission of essays is April 2 (Friday).
TV talk shows and
lectures on various topics related to Information Technology with
particular reference to the role of libraries will be held on April 7-8
from 10:30am to 12:00 noon at Al-Mizan Campus of the University.
Riphah Information Portal, developed by Zulfiqar Library of Riphah International
University, will also be formally launched and inaugurated on April 6 for the benefit of all.
Information Services Department of Riphah International University is
giving final touches to the arrangements for observing the week.
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Class V exam distinction
Islamabad: Fakiha Saleem secured second position in
the Federal Government Girls Model Middle School, Sector G-7/3-4, by
securing 419 marks out of 600 in the Class V Centralised Examination
conducted by the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), says a press
release. She is the daughter of Saleem Akbar Usmani, senior sub-editor
at the 'The News'.
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Beaconites revive world eras on fashion ramp
Islamabad: With the academic year drawing to an end, Beaconhouse
School System All Girls A Level Branch in Sector F-10/3 hosted its
much-awaited second annual fashion show titled 'Eras of the World' here
The competition show was participated by a total of
35 'models' and 13 'designers' on exotic themes of 'Egyptian Allure',
'Greek Paradise', 'Arabian Aura' and 'Mughal Galore'. It was a closely
contested show, as all designers and models had followed the guidelines
provided and had come up with excellent original designs and modelling.
lot of care and painstaking effort was put in to ensure that the
dresses were specifically designed to fit the themes and not just
picked out from the wardrobe and showcased on stage. It was also
evident that a great deal of research went into the designs.
worthy judges, Anum Cheema - a young designer in her own right, and
Saman Imtiaz and Asma Jahangir - both from within the Beaconhouse
School System - announced the results. The winning designers included
Madiha Zulfiqar for the theme 'Greek Paradise', Raeesa Jahangir for
'Mughal Galore', Shumaila Javed Bhatti for 'Egyptian Allure' and Fariya
for 'Arabian Aura'. The Overall Best Model prize went to Hina Raja, who
modelled an outfit designed by Shumaila Javed Bhatti.
Cheema appreciated all participants for their efforts. She said: "It is
worth appreciating the way students pulled it off so well. Hats off to
the event management team!"
Principal Mrs Gulraiz Husain said
that such platforms help nurture and bring out the talent in young
girls. "At the Beaconhouse All Girls A Level Branch, our aim is to
provide a variety of enriching experiences to our students," she said.
Zia, the head of the Event Management Committee, along with her team
worked diligently to make the event a great success. "The fashion show
was well-organised, amazing and a fun-filled experience," remarked one
of the girls.
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College teachers warn of protest
Peshawar: Sarhad Collage Teachers Association (SCTA) Thursday threatened to
launch protest drive if the government failed to accept its demands.
The warning was given at a meeting of the association held here with
provincial president Sabz Ali Marwat in the chair.
participants of the meeting declared that the college teachers were
facing immense problems, but the Pakistan People's Party-led government
did not pay any heed to their rightful demands.
The president of
the association said the government had failed to materialise its
slogan of "Quality Education and Prosperous Teacher." He said the
government should implement the time-scale formula for the welfare of
teachers. He maintained that the government had also failed to fulfil
the promise it made with the teachers of giving them one-step promotion
on the pattern of university teachers. The teachers also demanded
sizable raise in their salaries in accordance with hike in the price of
items of daily use. The news
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