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AIOU exams to start on May 9
Islamabad, April 25: Examinations for ATTC, PTC, CT and BEd programmes of the Allama Iqbal Open University for the semester Autumn-2010 would begin from May 9.

AIOU Controller of Examinations Hafeez-Ullah announced this by here on Sunday.

Roll no slips of PTC, CT, ATTC and BEd programmes are being dispatched to all the eligible/enrolled students at their given address by postal mail services.

The students, who will not receive their Roll No. up to May 5, are advised to contact the nearest regional office of the university or Superintendent, Teacher Education Section, Examination Department for issuance of a duplicate roll no slip.

For duplicate Roll No slip students are required to bring two-passport size photographs duly attested by the gazetted officer. Roll No. Slip along with date sheet has also been placed on AIOU website www.aiou.edu.pk for the convenience of students. All students are also advised in their own interest to read the instructions mentioned on Roll No. Slip carefully before entering into the Examination Centre. The news

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FBISE HSSC exams from May 4
Islamabad: The Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) will hold Higher Secondary Certificate (HSSC) annual examination-2011, from May 4. According to press release issued here on Saturday, roll number slips of the candidates; have been dispatched at the addresses given in admission forms. In case, the roll number slips is not received by any candidate, he or she should immediately contact the board's officers including Controller Examination at 051-9250606, Deputy controller examinations at 051-9250619, Assistant Controller Examinations at 9250641 or Assistant Secretary (One Window Cell) at 9250651.

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Dr Inayatullah given HEC award
Islamabad: Higher Education Commission (HEC)'s Committee for Development of Social Sciences and Humanities on Saturday awarded Life Time Achievement Award to Late Dr Inayatullah, an eminent social scientist of the country.

Chairperson HEC Dr Javaid R Laghari gave award to his wife during the concluding ceremony of the first conference on 'Promotion of Social Science Research organised by HEC.

Inayatullah, the founder and chairman of Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) Department of International Relations had worked as a researcher with several UN Research Institutions at New York, Geneva and Kuala Lumpur for 15 years.

He received his master's degree in Economics from University of the Punjab in 1956. Later, he did master's in Sociology from Michigan State University and PhD in Political Science from Indiana University, USA.

He worked assiduously for the promotion of social sciences in the universities. app

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Teachers demand release of benevolent fund
Rawalpindi: Around 1,600 teachers, both males and females, of Rawalpindi Division are waiting for their benevolent fund.

They have urged the authorities to release the budget as the concerned department is saying that they didn't have budget to pay the funds. A number of teachers said that all the teachers are waiting for their benevolent fund for the last year. Teachers are visiting the District Accounts Office to get their checques, but there is no one to entertain them because of shortage of funds. They said that total amount of Benevolent Fund is around Rs630,000 that was approved in the budget was supposed to be paid by December 2010.

"Concerned authorities should release funds as soon as possible to facilitate the teachers," they said. Muhammad Razaq, a teacher, said that the Benevolent Fund including educational scholarships to the children of the teachers, marriage grants and grant for funeral expenditures for the close relatives of the teachers.

He said that total amount of the benevolent fund in the budget is around Rs6.3 million including around Rs4.6 million for educational scholarships, Rs1 million for marriages grant and Rs600,000 for funeral expenditures. He said that like him many teachers are continuously visiting the District Accounts Office and education office to get their checques, but no one has any idea when the funds would be released.

Waqar Shah, another teacher said that all the teachers are facing hard times because of low salaries and now they are facing shortage of funds. The high officials and the concerned department should take notice of the delay and release the budget as soon as possible. Despite of several attempts, EDO Education Qazi Zahoor was not available to comment over the issue.

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Former principal of RMC charge-sheeted
Rawalpindi: After a preliminary inquiry into a number of cases involving financial and disciplinary irregularities at the office of principal Rawalpindi Medical College and Incharge Allied Hospitals, former RMC principal has been charge-sheeted under PEDA.

The provincial government has also appointed Secretary Minorities Arshad Bin Ahmed as inquiry officer to get response from the accused including former RMC principal Dr. Muhammad Mussadiq Khan, as to why they should not be declared accountable into the corruption cases.

RMC Principal Professor Dr. Muhammad Afzal Farooqi when contacted, confirmed that the former RMC principal along with a few other officials have been charged sheeted into the cases of irregularities under PEDA while inquiry officer has issued notices to the accused including Dr. Mussadiq seeking their replies. It is important that a high-level inquiry was conducted to investigate a number of cases allegedly involving financial and disciplinary irregularities at the office of RMC principal last year.

The inquiry committee headed by a provincial secretary started examining record at the RMC principal office on April 19 last year in a number of cases related to purchase of different equipment and appointment of staff including doctors at the RMC and allied hospitals.

Earlier, Professor of Surgery and Ex-Principal RMC Dr. Mohammad Mussadiq Khan was made OSD after an inquiry conducted by a special Task Force of Administrative Efficiencies at Chief Minister's Secretariat into a number of corruption cases at RMC and allied hospitals. The provincial government removed Dr. Mussadiq from his post with immediate effect through a notification issued on March 15 last year.

The Task Force took nearly four months to finalise the inquiry into the corruption cases that was initiated during November 2009. However, later in April, another inquiry committee started working to investigate financial and disciplinary irregularities at RMC and allied hospitals. When asked, Dr. Afzal Farooqi said that after charge sheet, the accused have been asked to submit their replies to Inquiry Officer Arshad Bin Ahmed two weeks back.

"The inquiry officer would finalise its report into the matter within 60 days," said Dr. Farooqi while responding to a query.

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Seminar on future of higher education held at QAU
Islamabad: The National Students Federation (NSF) organised a seminar titled 'HEC and the Future of Higher Education' at the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU).

The seminar was organised in order to bring forth both sides of this highly polarised debate and to engender a culture of debate and tolerance on university campuses. Speakers included QAU faculty members Dr. Aasim Sajjad Akhtar, Dr. Tahir Amin, Dr. Khursheed Hasnain and Mushtaq Gaadi.

Dr. Aasim Sajjad spoke about the need to view the issue of the devolution objectively and dispassionately, as opposed to the rhetorical and incendiary debate currently being waged on the national media. He pointed out that devolution had long been an object of focus of various governments, including the Musharraf government, but the media only created a controversy about devolution in times when democratic governments were in power.

Dr. Khursheed Hasnain spoke about the need for a phased devolution of the HEC and pointed out that the HEC in itself had achievements as well as flaws. He listed the digitisation of journal libraries and improvements in internet provision to universities as among the achievements of the HEC while pointing out that under prepared students were being sent for PhDs and the quality of those doctorates left much to be desired. He opposed the policies, which in his view were leading to an erosion of the quality of higher education and giving rise to greed, plagiarism, and commercialisation of higher education.

Dr. Tahir Amin presented a defence of the HEC's performance and stressed that there were political, rather than legal reasons behind the devolution of the HEC to the provinces. He claimed that the politicians were carrying out a vendetta against the HEC for exposing the fake degrees of legislators. He also spoke of the lack of capacity in the provinces to manage higher education while conceding that greater provincial equity and provincial participation in the management of higher education is required.

Mushtaq Gaadi expressed the opinion that the HEC has served primarily as a vehicle of the commercialisation of higher education as opposed to an institution that has improved quality, accessibility, or equity in higher education. He objected to the claim that the HEC was necessary in order to ensure transparency in the governance of higher education, pointing out that its own decision-making procedures and selection criteria for funding were highly opaque.

A lively discussion ensued after the speeches on the merits of the HEC's devolution. Interestingly enough, most of the students presented a nuanced understanding of the matter, and were mindful of the need for greater empowerment of the provinces in matters of higher education. Overall, the participants managed to achieve a consensus that provincial autonomy was a desirable policy option as well as a constitutional reality and that it is through the democratic process, which necessarily includes decentralisation of decision-making in various fields.

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Students highlight environmental challenges
Islamabad: Using variety of mediums, school students highlighted the environmental challenges faced by the country and their solution in an annual Travelling Nature Carnival organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) on Sunday.

The event was aimed at enhancing awareness about nature conservation among students and the general public through interactive games and competitions. Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Imtiaz Innayat Elahi was the chief guest on the occasion. He visited different stalls and appreciated the efforts of students and WWF Pakistan. A large number of people visited the colourful carnival that was organised at the F-9 Park.

They visited colourful and activity filled stalls set up by the public and private schools around different themes including Say No to Plastic Bags , Animals and Plants of Wetlands , Impact o Air and Water Pollution on Health , Industrial Waste and Air and Water Pollution , Threats to Blind Indus Dolphin and Global Warming and Climate Change. Some other themes were Organic Farming, Kitchen Gardening, Adopt a Tree and solid waste management. The students used creative ways to explain themes selected by their schools. Most prominent ones were 3D Display Model Competition by 70 schools across the twin cities.

The students, along with the help of teachers, prepared extensive models explaining their selected themes. There were students in uniforms standing besides every model to explain the whole process to the visitors.

I have explained the model to around 50 visitors, said Arhum Abid from Roots School System standing with a model prepared to highlight the process and benefits of relying on Bio Gas. There were huge models of Indus River Dolphin at the stalls presenting Threat to Blind Indus Dolphin theme requesting people not to lock them away and there were also giant scary monsters made up of black plastic bags urging visitors not to buy plastic bags. The basic ideas were of the students. The children than had brainstorming sessions with teachers about their ideas and it took almost three weeks to come up with these models, said Mah Gul, a teacher of the Roots School System, Harley Street.

The stalls also offered souvenirs like colourful bookmarks, mats, photo frames, pencil box and bracelets-all conveying the environmental messages. Despite hot weather and big rush over her stall, Shireen Abbas at the Beaconhouse School System stall was enjoying playing guitar besides a big globe made by her school. Some students were dressed up according to themes to add colour to their stall whereas some others were wearing themed shirts prepared by the students again.

Some other activities at the carnival included environmental art competition, quiz competition, essay competition, magic shows, environmental puppet show, lucky draw, live music and an environmental theatre highlighting the key environmental challenges of Pakistan an the value of natural resources of the country. The winning students were presented with shields and certificates.

While expressing his views to at the concluding ceremony, CDA Chairman Imtiaz Innayat Elahi said that environmental conservation is an effort, which all of us have to undertake together. We should act as a responsible guardian of nature as we hold the environmental interest of the future generation, he pointed out.

Talking to the Media, Director Corporate Relations, WWF Pakistan, Anwar Nasim said that since past ten years, WWF Travelling Nature Carnival has attracted thousands of visitors and played a vital role in ensuring the future sustainability of environmental resources of Pakistan by bringing a positive change in the attitude of society. He said that such activities help to promote a more responsible and environmental conscious generation.

Manager Corporate Relation WWF Pakistan Marriyum Aurangzeb said that it is very unique festival bringing together students, parents, corporate sector, media, government organizations and general public to promote learning about critical environmental issues of the country.

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Oak students pledge to save Mother Earth
Rawalpindi: On the Earth Day, the students of the Oak school pledged to save Mother Earth in a ceremony here on Friday, says a press release.

With the uttering of every line of the oath, the teachers reaffirmed their loyalty to Mother Earth and vowed to keep the beauty of the Mother Earth. Primary and pre-school students paid homage to Mother Earth by expressing their views on topics such as 'Respecting the Environment' and 'My Country'.

The Silver Oaks School also decided to join hands with Rescue 1122 to raise awareness on the challenge. Seventeen students went to the Rescue 1122 office to plant trees. "Let us all repeat the Oakian Oath and promise to give back, if possible, even an iota of what Mother Earth has given us, unconditionally and for so many years."

The students took oath that from today onwards they will switch off all unwanted lights and electronic devices, switch off all lights and electronics whenever they leave an office or a room, switch off all extra lights and electricity usage material before going to bed, protect greenery and nature around their house or place of work, not waste water while bathing and washing, not dispose-off trash in open spaces, support local growers and producers of food and products, keep roadways, streets, office, neighbourhood and surroundings clean.

Principal of the school Nasrin Tariq reaffirmed the commitment to develop enlightened leadership of tomorrow. The news

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