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Cash prizes for position holders in Matric exams

Rs49m cash prizes for position holders: CM
Lahore, Aug 22: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Sunday that cash prizes worth Rs 49 million and merit certificates were being distributed among 110 boys and girls students achieving top positions in Matric throughout the country.

He said a cash prize of Rs400,000 each was being given to the students obtaining first position, Rs 300,000 to second position-holders and Rs 200,000 to third position-holders. Similarly, he said, the heads of the institutes, gaining top three positions, were awarded Rs 200,000, Rs 150,000 and Rs 100,000 each. He was addressing the prize distribution ceremony held in honour of position-holders of matriculation examinations from across Pakistan at the Chief Minister s Secretariat.

The chief minister said that gathering of position-holders of Matric examinations throughout Pakistan under one roof was a sign of national unity. He prayed that the same spirit might prevail in Karachi as well so that it could become a haven of peace and tranquillity. He said the position-holding students throughout the country had given a message to the entire nation through their speeches that they all were one and would restore the hustle and bustle of Karachi with the same spirit and make it again a city of lights. He said the students by dint of hard work had proved that no-one had exclusive right over talent and they obtained their positions through hard work, attention of the teachers and prayers of the parents who brought them up with their fair earnings.

Shahbaz said that young generation was determined to ensuring a bright future for the country and transforming it in accordance with the vision of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal in real sense besides removing the disparity between the Pakistan of the rich and the Pakistan of the poor. He said the youth would strive for such a Pakistan where there was supremacy of justice and everyone had equal rights and which was free of corruption and plunder. He said politicians had not come up to the expectations of the nation while the military dictators ruined and disintegrated the country.

Today, we pledge that we will march forward by learning a lesson from the past mistakes and will make Pakistan a great country under the leadership of Mian Nawaz Sharif, he added.

The CM said that those rulers who upheld justice, rule of law and service of the masses got popularity and respect among the masses, whereas those who deceived the masses, bowed before Aghayaar and plundered the resources had to face humiliation always. He said Hosni Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for 35 years, had become an example for the entire world. His friends and all forces supporting him had left him alone, he said. Shahbaz Sharif said that unfortunately, plundering was rampant in the country and it had weakened its foundation. He said some people criticized the setting up of Daanish schools and he invited them to see the performance of the school children as the confidence which demonstrated by the students of Daanish schools in the function had proved that if the latest and quality facilities were provided to the poor, they were equally intelligent. Keeping in view this concept, he said, Daanish schools were launched for promotion of knowledge in backward areas so that the poor and common man could also feel that they had as much right over the resources of Pakistan as the elite. He urged the politicians to learn a lesson from the determination expressed by students for making Pakistan a welfare and corruption-free country.

The chief minister said that a 26-member delegation of boy and girl students was sent to Germany, Briton and Turkey who proved to be ambassadors of Pakistan.

Earlier, the chief minister, assembly members, teachers, intellectuals and columnists gave away prizes to position holders. The chief minister also announced prize of Rs 5,000 each for the children who presented national songs and Rs 5,000 for their teacher.

Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan, Education Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, members national and provincial assemblies, intellectuals, columnists, vice-chancellors, teachers and a large number of people, belonging to various walks of life, attended the function.

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Class 9 result
Lahore: The Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore will announce the result of Class 9th Annual Examination 2011 on Monday (today). Besides BISE Lahore, the result would also be announced by the other examination boards of the province. There were rumours that the boards might delay the result but the BISE Lahore spokesman confirmed that the result would be declared on Monday (today).

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MAO College admission
Lahore: The Government MAO College by starting early procession fro admissions to Master s Degree Programme has broke its prior practice of being the last among all colleges in this regard. This year the practice of late advertisement for admission was also rectified as the MAO College published its ads in time. The first merit list has been issued for which documents submission is underway.

MAO College Officiating Principal Chaudhry Khalid Pervez has said that these measures had been taken to escalate the institution among its counterparts. He has also introduced a uniform admission policy for all disciplines of its Master s Degree programme. Prior to this, every department used to practice their separate admission policies which involved varied age limits and other criteria for admission to the college programmes. The college administration under the incumbent principal has also vowed to make the interview process more stringent rather than mere a formality.

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VCs call for independentbody for entrance test
Lahore: Vice Chancellors (VCs) of the public universities of the province have unanimously proposed the establishment of an independent authority to conduct entrance test for admission to the professional institutes including engineering and medical colleges of the Punjab.

The proposal emerged at a meeting of the VCs held on the special instructions of the Chief Minister Punjab at the Punjab University (PU) on Saturday. The participants also agreed that entrance test should only be conducted after declaration of intermediate result so that only eligible candidates could appear in the test. It was observed that this particular step would also discourage entrance test preparation centres who fleece the students every year. It is learnt that the VCs also expressed concern over the performance of the examination boards of the province and urged that the problems related to the conduct of exams and delay in announcement of results should be solved on priority basis. A meeting's participant, seeking anonymity, said there was also a proposal from a VC that entrance test should only be conducted for admission to professional institutes and the varsities should avoid holding entrance test for all the departments and academic disciplines.

He also quoted a representative of a varsity who read out a message of the VC and said if the system at examination boards was good and maximum transparency was ensured then there was no need of holding entrance test for admission at all.

Another proposal which emerged at the meeting was related to outsourcing of conduct of entrance test while some of the participants also stressed that qualifying entrance test should not be the sole criterion and its marks should be added and counted with candidates' marks in intermediate and matriculation while determining the final merit. A participant of the meeting suggested that an independent authority to conduct entrance test should be named as Provincial Admissions Testing Authority. It is pertinent to mention here that a similar testing body already exists in KP.

The meeting also proposed to computerise entrance test process and installation of the CCTV cameras at the entrance test centres. The participants also recommended increase in remuneration of the entrance test conducting staff besides development of a Question Bank to avoid any possibility of leakage of question papers.

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UET teacher issued notice for 'white paper'
Lahore: University of Engineering & Technology (UET) has issued a show-cause notice to a faculty member for issuing a "white paper" exposing alleged administrative and financial embezzlement at varsity's Institute of Business and Management (IB&M).

Faculty member Muhammad Raza Ahmad Khan has been issued the show-cause notice for allegedly indulging in indiscipline. "He created despondency and disaffection amongst IB&M faculty and started vilification campaign against the Director to elbow him out. However when it did not happen, he started maligning the university. He maliciously fed false information to the press that BBA/MBA entrance test was postponed because of the leakage of the paper", reads the statement.

It is pertinent to mention here that the "white paper" was not issued solely by the said faculty member while Chief Minister Punjab has also already formed a committee to investigate the allegations levelled through the paper. It is learnt that the UET would soon advertise posts at its Institute of Business and Management and it is likely that the incumbent director might also have been shown the door after the appointment of a full time professor.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that a syndicate meeting of the UET was held on Saturday which approved the placement of IB&M under the administrative and financial control of the UET. Earlier, the institute was functioning as an independent and autonomous institute of the varsity.

The meeting chaired by UET Vice Chancellor Lt Gen (r) Muhammad Akram Khan discussed different items including approval to allow running of pilot projects at Kala Shah Kaku Campus for revival of Pak-German University of Technology project in collaboration with nine German varsities.

It is also learnt that 70 percent of the cost will be borne by the German government while rest of the 30 percent by Pakistan government and under the project 70 scholarships will be awarded this year while 100 scholarships in the year 2012.

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Students protest against Karachi killings
Lahore: Insaaf Student Federation (ISF) Punjab on Sunday staged a protest sit-in on Jail Road against rising incidents of target killing in Karachi.

They appealed to the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) to take suo motu notice of the incidents. Activists of ISF, the student wing of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), blocked the Jail Road outside PTI office for quite some time and chanted anti-government slogans. They held banners and placards inscribed with slogans condemning the target killings and political parties including MQM, ANP and PPP. President ISF Punjab Farrukh Habib, Secretary General Waqas Iftikhar, ISF Lahore President Muhammad Usman and other office-bearers were also present there. They demanded of the rulers to tender resignations for their failure to safeguard the life and property of people in Karachi. They said it was unfortunate that rulers were busy in politics over dead bodies of innocent people in the commercial hub of the country.

They said only Imran Khan could bring the country out of the crises in the prevailing political situation and led us towards a positive change. They also appealed to the masses to support Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf for achieving peace and prosperity in the country.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Punjab condemned government s indifference to Karachi s plight and carnage. A special meeting on Karachi s conditions was held by the office-bearers of PTI Punjab here on Sunday, according to a press release. President The PTI Punjab Ahsan Rashid, General Secretary Dr Yasmin Rashid and Information Secretary Andleeb Abbas said that the government was fully responsible for letting the gang war to continue as PPP, ANP and MQM were all trying to establish their own power over the city by displaying the might of their mafias, who were above the law. They demanded that the government should announce immediate de-weaponization in the country and depoliticize the police if they were sincere in dealing with this situation. They said that if the government has tried everything and yet the situation has not improved, it was time for the government to resign. PTI will not sit as a spectator and watch the country being destroyed and will start a movement against these injustices immediately after Eid, they vowed. The news

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