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FDE summer vacation extended

FDE to extend summer vacation till September 13
Islamabad, Aug 09: Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) will issue a formal notification on Monday to extend summer vacation for the students of Islamabad Model and Federal Government colleges and schools till September 13.

Talking to APP, Director General Federal Directorate of Education Shaheen Khan said Minister for Education has already announced extension in summer vacation for which the notification will be issued.

She said now the students will not get the winter vacations of two weeks in December to make up for the lost time in summer.

The decision to scrap the winter vacations will remove concerns of the parents that children will not be able to cover the syllabus.

The summer vacation will be extended due to the Holy month of Ramazan and Eid.

The teachers who went to their hometowns during vacation will benefit from the extension as most of them would have to go again to their hometowns for celebrating Eid if vacations are ended during Ramazan.

Earlier, FDE announced summer vacations from June 18 till August 23. While the vacation for the students from class one to class five were started from June 7 due to scorching summer heat.

Usually, the students and teachers move to their hometowns in vacation and return late even if schools are opened. It is good as they could spend Eid with their relatives, said a teacher.

The teachers said the decision to end winter vacation will help them to complete the syllabus despite the extended summer holidays.

Students are excited on the decision as they will get extra time for completing their homework and for preparation of Eid celebrations.

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"please answer must.is fbise board also announced holidays for wah cantt schools which are under fbise board?because some people are saying that in wah cantt which schools are under fbise board are considerd as a schools of cantt area.so they have no holiday after 15th of august.please answer must .it is really in need"
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"someone just tell me whether the holidays for ramazan is extended only for islamabad colleges or for rawalpindi colleges also"
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"plz clear to us that on which date federal board of education is issuing the formal notification about the extension of summer vacation. and also clear will this notice be for all the federal schools of Pakistan."
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11th International Pure Mathematics moot ends
Islamabad: The three-day International Pure Mathematics Conference ended here on Sunday. A large number of eminent mathematicians of the country attended the conference. The conference was held here at the National Centre for Physics, says a press release.

The mathematicians said this is a regular feature of Pakistan Mathematical Society (PMS). The subjects of psychology, economics, biology, statistics, computer science, management sciences, pharmaceutical sciences and many others, cannot be studied and comprehended without the good understanding of mathematics, they added.

"Numbers only have been created by God else is the work of man" was remarked by some great Mathematicians. This still stands true because many of the new and old subjects are under the strong influence of mathematics.

The chief guest of the concluding ceremony, Dr Masoom Yasinzai, vice chancellor of the Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, said in his concluding remarks that lack of funds has been the major hurdle in attracting the foreign delegates. He assured that there will be at least 15 foreign delegates next time when the conference will be held. He also thanked Riphah International University for the consecutive support for the PMS.

He congratulated Professor Dr Qaisar Mushtaq - the convener of the conference - saying that he has been arranging the event successfully. Professor Dr Abdul Basit, Chancellor of the Preston University, and a motivating force in organising the conference thanked all the worthy and national delegates. He congratulated the society on organising and on the successful conclusion of 11th IPMC.

He said that it is a great contribution in the field of Mathematics as 51 papers were read out in the conference. He assured his continuous support to the PMS. Finally he concluded with thanks to all the organising members of the conference.

Professor Dr Qaisar Mushtaq - the convener of the conference and President of Pakistan Mathematical Society - in his opening remarks threw light on the struggle, history and activities of the PMS. He explained the importance of Mathematics and said the private and public universities should promote activities regarding mathematics.

All the papers read out were in consistent with the most modern researches carried on. The inquisitive audience shared the intellectual talks of highranking mathematicians of the country and abroad which opened new vistas of their heart and mind. The news

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FPSC denies jobs to 13 women applicants
Islamabad: The Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) is denying jobs to 13 women candidates on the 10 per cent quota reserved for women from Punjab.

On May 22, 2007, the federal government had announced in a memorandum its decision "to reserve 10 per cent quota for employment of women to all posts across the board in the federal government services, including CSS competitive examination, to be filled by direct recruitment in addition to their participation in the open merit".

The memorandum declares in clear terms that the said quota is in addition to the posts that women candidates may obtain on merit in competition with men.

However, the FPSC denied the successful women candidates from Punjab their share of quota of 19 posts reserved and assured to them in the memorandum.

The FPSC instead provided benefit to some male candidates, most of whom had not qualified on merit for any post.

"Men rather than women have become beneficiaries," said one of the 13 women candidates who applied in 2008.

The Supreme Court and the Lahore High Court gave judgments against the FPSC on the matter, said another candidate. Yet the FPSC has not taken any step to correct its mistake. Dawn

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HEC to take up non-provision of 22 MPs degrees with ECP
Islamabad: Non-provision of degrees of 22 elected representatives would top the agenda of the meeting likely to be held on Thursday between respective representatives of Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the sources said here on Sunday.

The sources said that HEC's focal person Rahim Bux Channa vigorously took up the issue of those degrees that were yet to be received by the commission in the first meeting held on August 5 and asked the ECP's nominated officer to ensure provision of these degrees at the earliest.

"But despite assurance by the ECP's nominated person in the first meeting no more degree has been provided to HEC and the issue is going to be taken up again in the upcoming meeting," the sources said.

HEC's focal person Rahim Bux Channa said that provision of degrees of all elected representatives is necessary for completion of verification process and "we would take up the issue again in the upcoming meeting." He said HEC has so far tested 294 degrees out of which 246 were declared genuine and 47 fake in line with the reports presented by the respective universities while cases of 12 degrees were pending before the courts. Para 3 (IV) of the policy guidelines issued by the ECP verification is required in respect of "all degrees" submitted by the members in their nomination papers.

ECP's nominated officer Muhammad Afzal Khan has already said that all degrees of the elected members as per their own declarations in the nomination papers would be verified.

Rahim Bux Channa said they are trying to complete the verification process as soon as possible but "everything is not in our hands." To a question he said it is up to ECP whether it secures degrees directly from the elected members or asks respective returning officers who hold record of nomination papers.

One of the senior officials of HEC told this scribe that an interaction between Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and HEC Chairman Dr. Javed Leghari has nothing to do with the verification of degrees. He said HEC is trying hard from the very first day to speed up the verification process and it would continue to pursue the same policy in the coming days.

HEC Executive Director Dr. Sohail Naqvi said there is some unnecessary hype about interaction between the Army Chief and HEC chairman as both of them were only present there due to a board meeting of NUST. "We have a very clear policy about verification of degrees of the elected representatives and we have been pursuing it from day one," he said.

To a question he said he cannot make any guess about how much time the verification process would take, saying "we are trying to complete it at the earliest."

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15 scholarships for flood-affected students
Islamabad: Fifteen scholarships for flood-affected students were announced during the annual get together organised here by Quaid-i-Azam University Alumni Association Pakistan.

Speaking on the occasion, Murtaza Noor, secretary general of QAU Alumni Association, highlighted the main achievements of the alumni since its inception. "We have also initiated various programmes for welfare of the students of QAU including need based scholarships and construction of social sciences seminar hall," he said. He said that scholarships would be awarded to the students belonging to flood affected areas in three years in the disciplines of business education, international relations and economics.

QAU Alumni Association President Sikandar Ahmed Rai said that Alumni of Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad are ambassadors at large within and outside the country and are playing an active role in developing goodwill for the university.

QAU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Masoom Yasinzai who was chief guest on the occasion briefed the audience about different initiatives taken by the university administration for faculty members, institutional development and promotion of research culture. The news

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QAU hostels without power, water
Islamabad: Power supply to hostels of Quaid-I-Azam University (QAU) has been suspended for two days and students have also been facing water shortage. Students told Online that power supply has been suspended in hostels 3, 4 and 1 for the last two days, because of which PhD and M Phil students have been facing severe problems particularly. Due to power cut, the hostels have also run out of water. The students said despite complaining several times to the authorities concerned and administration, the problem remains as it was. In addition, due to the recent rains, roofs of hostels have started to drip. They said that university administration has pledged that they would get connection of electricity from Diplomatic Enclave in order to fulfill the energy requirements of the university. "But nothing has been done so far in this regard for several years just. These are false promises," they said. The students said due to cut of energy a lot of time is being wasted. They demanded of the university administration and specifically the chancellor, who happens to be President Asif Ali Zardari, to take notice of the situation and order for permanent solution to this problem. online

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QAU Alumni holds reunion
Islamabad: QAU Alumni Association Pakistan organized an annual get together of the university graduates belonging to various walks of life here on Saturday. QAU Alumni Association secretary general Murtaza Noor addressing on the occasion highlighted main achievements of the Alumni since its inception and informed the participants that the association has organized four annual dinners, Spring Gala; several get togethers and published two editions of directory of the members. She informed the gathering that the Alumni also initiated various programmes for the welfare of the present students of QAU Islamabad including need based scholarships and construction of social sciences seminar hall. She also said that fifteen scholarships would be awarded to the students belonging to flood affected areas in three years. app

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Only education can bring change in society: VC FJWU
Islamabad: Fatima Jinnah Women University has now completed its eleven years. In a short span of time the university has grown exceptionally and has earned a reputation for excellence in teaching and research nationally and internationally.

Prof. Dr. Saeeda Asadullah Khan was appointed as Vice Chancellor of the university in March 2007 and since then she's striving hard for the promotion of quality education in the university as well as emphasizing on the tradition and values of our society.

For our proud profile column we got a chance to speak to her candidly about her personal achievements, aspirations and desires for the promotion of education in the country. She answered each of my questions comfortably and with great poise.

When asked how is Fatima Jinnah Women University different from other universities, she replied that they are not only giving degrees to the students instead the university besides education is equipping them to become a productive and useful member of the society. "In our annual art and craft mela which is held annually in the university premises, we encourage the students to display their products so that if they venture out with their product in the market they have the experience of entrepreneurship, boutiques etc. We also teach entrepreneurship in Business Administration Department. Besides this, the students have to show voluntary work of 20 credit hours in any field before acquiring a degree. It could be any voluntary work in the field of health or education or any community work like educating working class ladies, or community help like water problem or sanitation. As an institution, FJWU has contributed immensely in nation building and development by providing trained professional women as an important human resource for all fields in various capacities. FJWU graduates have been successfully working in all sectors and are providing support and leadership to their families and communities. Our students should understand that, this higher education that they are pursuing through public university and availing state-of-the-art facility is at highly subsidized rates through public tax payer's money, they have to pay back through their community ownership and voluntary work for the society. Moreover community work and internship are compulsory degree requirement," she said.

She said that we have a strength of 5,000 females who study now in the university and being the women university it is at par with other co-educational system. It has male faculty staff as well as visiting faculty staff who teaches at all levels. We compete with other coeducation or male universities with same strength. The university has its own day care facilities not only for the faculty but also for the students who are married and have kids. Education and health of the people are of critical importance in our country and cut in educational budget is very demoralizing for the universities, faculty and students. "It is a big setback because it is only education that the steer us to progress. We have the highest number of youth from 14 to 25 years of age whose basic requirement is education. She suggested that education budget should be sustained, instead of cutting it otherwise whatever that had been done earlier in this sector would be wasted. Our hostel facilities and our new campus on Chakri Road is drastically suffering because of the budget slash. Currently we are in dire need of two overhead bridges on the main university road as six of our students have met major accidents while crossing the road," she said.

While talking about the international collaboration with the university she said that FJWU has been successful in attracting foreign qualified faculty with extensive training and experience from different countries who make use of latest pedagogical techniques for teaching the courses offered at the university. "The university has an extensive information resource in print and electronic media with a library that has a collection of more than 35,000 printed books. The university also provides access to over 45,000 e-books and 23,000 international e-journals through HEC digital library. It has state of art computer labs and laboratories. The students of the Mass Communication started off with half an hour FM radio station Voice of Women four years back. Now the air time has gone to three hours and the range is now 26 kilometers. The radio station broadcasts educational, entertainment and informative programs that provides practical knowledge to the students. After acquiring the Mass Com degrees students are hired immediately by commercial FM channels as they have the on-hand experience of radio broadcasting. Six universities are members of Educational Broadcasting Forum and FJWU is also one of them. Dr. Saeeda Asadullah is multi linguistic and has proficiency over six languages which are English, Urdu, Sindhi, Arabic, French and Turkish. "When you learn different languages you are open to knowledge thus creating an enabling environment for the faculty as well as the students. For a vice chancellor it is important to create knowledge and produce think tanks. We need to focus on research now. As a member of Modern Language Association she revealed that a debate is going on in the west nowadays that we need to 'publish or perish' but still we should realize that what we are publishing and who is reading our journals. We cannot bring about a change by criticising, instead we should be more constructive. We should become a role model for our students as we are constantly giving them silent messages," she said.

Talking on gender equality she said that I don't have to be apologetic just because I am a woman. "Islam gives me equal rights as men. In Pakistan at least we have our own voice. Like in West it took quite some time to recognize the value of women as they still indulge in domestic violence and gender disparity. I am an optimist and believe in my youth. We have a commitment to create knowledge and failure is not a failure if we learn from it," she said.

The Vice Chancellor though lives with her mother, a fully devoted daughter still finds out time for unwind. She is a member of various organizations and finds time to attend their functions. She loves to eat at home and has a strong penchant for vegetables with broccoli being her favourite vegetable. Chicken roast and fish are occasional treat for her.

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Students of Faiz ul Islam School excel in SSC exam
Rawalpindi: The students of Government Faiz ul Islam High School No 2 Shakriyal showed good result in Secondary School Certificate Annual examination announced by Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Rawalpindi, says a press release issued here Sunday. Waleed Murtaza got first position in the school by securing 790 marks while Mohamamd Yaqoob and Amir Shahzad got second and third positions respectively. The over result of the Government Faiz ul Islam High School No 2 Shakriyal remained 92 per cent. Twelve student passed the examination in first division The news

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