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CCI approves HEC financing by Centre till current NFC Award period
Islamabad, April 29: The federal government will continue to fund the Higher Education Commission (HEC) until the period of the current National Finance Commission (NFC) Award.

The decision was taken during the meeting of the Council of Common Interests (CCI) here Thursday chaired by Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and attended by the chief ministers of all four provinces.

The CCI approved financing of universities' expenditures by the federal government till the period of the current NFC Award. The CCI also agreed that financing for current activities of the federal ministries devolved to the provinces would be borne by the provinces. Eight agenda items were presented before the council but four were deferred till the next meeting of the CCI.

The CCI approved the Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) Bill, 2010 but deferred the consideration of Regulation of Generation, Transmission and Distribution of Electric Power Amendment Bill, 2010 till the next meeting of the council. The council also decided that the matters regarding financing for National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) and National Education Foundation (NEF) would be considered in the next meeting of CCI.

The council considered the report of a committee comprising federal finance secretary and four provincial chief secretaries regarding post- beyond June 30, 2011 financing of activities devolved or being devolved to the provinces. It was decided that the federation would fund vertical programmes of health and population sectors. All provincial projects would be financed by the provinces except those being executed under presidential or prime minister's directives.

Sources said Prime Minister Gilani informed the CCI that the load management plan will be presented in the Energy Conference.

The council considered National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra)'s Annual Report 2009-10 and State of Industry Report 2010 and noted the progress. The CCI also took note of steps taken by Nepra.

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Roots celebrates achievements of its students
Islamabad: The Annual High Achievers Celebration and Graduation Ceremony of the Roots School System, DHA-I Campus, was held at the Jinnah Convention Centre here on Wednesday evening.

The proud graduates, brimming with joy, marched down the aisle in their graduation gowns and mortarboards. Students were given certificates, medals and shields at the ceremony by the chief guest, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Mir Changez Khan Jamali, and the guests of honour - Martin Fryer, acting country director of the British Council in Pakistan; Begum Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, several ambassadors, government heads and other dignitaries.

The messages of the president and prime minister were read out on the occasion. They highly appreciated the achievements of Roots School System students in acquiring international scholarships.

The audience was then given a virtual tour of the activities being held on the DHA campus and other national and international activities of students, including summer camps, Public School Adoption Programme, Model United Nations and German Culture Club. A BBC documentary was also shown on the occasion.

Addressing the ceremony, RSS Director Khadija Mushtaq said: "Students are our nation's hope and we are here to celebrate the achievement of those who have struggled hard and received international scholarships."

The achievements awarded on the night included world-class achievements in O Level/IGCSE/A Level examinations, graduate honours in the LLB/BSc programmes, acceptance offers to the world's top universities and placements in summer programmes of prestigious universities of the world. In keeping with the philosophy of holistic development, many other achievements were recognised and awarded, including Student of the Year, NSTC, winners of the Aero Modelling Contest at IST, Community Service Leadership, German Cultural Club involvement, achievement in sports, Naat-Khawan, Artist of the Year, Artistic Achievement and Event Managers of the Year.

Special recognition was given to students who had attained placements at the world's top universities on full scholarships amounting to over $100 million. These included Mohammed Ibrahim, Shizza Fatima, Waleed Chaudhry, Rehman Shukr, Dure Aziz Amna, Hassan Kiani, Talal Javaid Qadri, Abdur Rehman, Hamza Farrukh, Mahnum Shahzad and Ibrahim Omer Khan.

Overall more than 70 students received acceptance offers from world-class universities. Special recognition was also given to students who had attained placements in the world's most prestigious summer programmes, on full scholarships amounting to over $60,000. These were Neha Omair, Alizeh Zaman, Ahsan Mehmood, Rimsha Ali Malik, Shahwar Ali, Farrukh Khan Jadoon and Iqra Naqvi. Overall more than 17 students received acceptance offers.

O Level students who attained top positions in the world in their Edexcel/Cambridge May/June 2010 examinations included Shazil Abrar, Zeest Hassan, Marvi Tariq, and Sana Munir. Overall more than 21 students received top positions. BSc World class achievers who topped the world were Salman Khan, Sara Hameed and Hassan Khurshid.

The ceremony came to an end with an entertainment segment titled 'One World One Heart' that celebrated cultural diversity of the world. Students dressed up in cultural dresses danced on the songs of different countries. The news

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Teachers without salaries for past 16 months
Rawalpindi: Eight lecturers have served a legal notice on the directorate of Federal Government Educational Institutions Cantonments and Garrisons (FGEICG) for depriving them of their salaries for the last 16 months.

The teachers, hired on contract for the last three years in colleges run by FGEICG, started facing problems when they along with 16 other lecturers moved the Lahore High Court (LHC) for regularising their services in September 2009.

Out of 25 petitioners the directorate of FGEICG, run under the Ministry of Defence, did not renew the contracts of Mudassir Iqbal, Nighat Gohar, Razi-ur-Rehman, Ejaz Ahmed, Saima Muneer, Nasrum Minullah, Haji Bashir and Syed Khalid Hussain and stopped their salaries in November 2009.

"The authorities paid three months salaries in November two years ago after an official of the directorate assured the court that the contractual lecturers would keep getting salaries," one of the lecturers, who requested not be identified, said. "But after that the department had denied lecturers salaries and some of them have been verbally asked not to enter the colleges' premises," he said.

The legal notice served through Abdul Rahim Bhatti advocate maintained that the authorities have been violating the November 17, 2009 orders of LHC. "Salaries of eight teachers have been stopped after their contracts were not renewed," said Mr Bhatti.Another lecturer requesting anonymity said their cases of regularisation were pending with the newly-established Islamabad High Court. "We have almost lost our jobs. The authorities have stopped our salaries despite the fact that the high court had clearly directed the department not to take any adverse action against us till the final outcome of the petition."

In their petition before the LHC, the lecturers had maintained that the Supreme Court had ordered regularisation of all contractual teachers of the federal government if they had served for the last three or more years in the department.

"After obtaining restraining orders from the high court, we contacted Ministry of Defence for release of salary but we were informed that our contracts were not renewed as we were overage," the lecturer said. Dawn

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32 caught cheating in exams
Karachi: A vigilance team of the Governor's House on Thursday visited the Govt Boys Secondary School, Sharfabad, and found 32 SSC students using unfair means in different exam halls.

Cheating material was seized from them and their cases were forwarded to the Board of Secondary Education Karachi. app

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