FDE institutions summer vacation extended
Summer vacation extended till Sept 4
Islamabad, Aug 15: Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) on Sunday announced extension in
summer vacations for all the educational institutes working under Federal
Directorate of Education (FDE) till September 4.
CADD Spokesman Rafique
Tahir told this agency that the decision has been taken in a meeting of the
officials of CADD and FDE held Sunday.
The division has announced
vacations again due to the hot weather conditions and the ongoing month of
Ramazan and directed the private educational institutes to follow the same
decision, Rafique Tahir said.
The summer vacations that had started on
June 1 had ended on August 10 and the students joined their institutes on August
11. And now the students will have vacations till Eidul Fitr.
of the students as well as teachers especially who had moved to their native
towns were demanding extension in the summer vacations so that they could
observe fasting and celebrate Eid at their home towns. The news
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4 Nust officials arrested
Islamabad: The capital police on Wednesday arrested four
officials of National University of Science and Technology (Nust) for stealing
entry test papers for pre-engineering department.
Sabzi Mandi SHO Sub-Inspector Shahid Mehmood said that the police had
arrested four persons nominated in the FIR.
The accused will be produced in the court on Thursday for seeking their
physical remand, he said, adding that four other accused were still at
He said the university's registrar, Saleem Dawood, told Sabzi Mandi police on
Tuesday that staff of the university had allegedly
stolen entry test papers
In response to the complaint, the police registered a case against eight
persons nominated by the registrar.
The investigation officer said the entry test was held on July 17, but later
it was declared null and void when the registrar came to know that papers were
stolen. A departmental inquiry was conducted which found the university's
officials involved. Dawn
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Girls clinch top honours in HSSC examination
Islamabad: Girls, once again, outshone boys in the Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC)
Part-II Annual Examination 2011 held under the Federal Board of Intermediate and
Secondary Education (FBISE), with Fatima Khalid from the Army Public School and
College, Sargodha Cantonment, clinching the top position.
girl, with roll number 560752, secured 1029 marks in the Pre-Engineering Group
and secured overall first position. Amna Farouk from the Bahria College, Naval
Complex, Sector E-8, stood second with 1024 marks. Amna Arshad from the Army
Public School and College for Girls, Rawalpindi Cantonment, secured 1021 marks
and stood third.
As many as 37,386 regular students appeared in the HSSC
Part-II Annual Examination 2011, out of which 30,134 passed. The pass percentage
remained 80.60%. On the other hand, 8,969 private and ex-students appeared in
the examination, out of which 4,983 passed and the pass percentage remained
55.56%. The overall pass percentage in the examination remained
Seema Kanwal from the Hamza Army Public School and College,
Rawalpindi, stood first in the Pre-Medical Group by securing 1019 marks. Uzma
Shaheen from the Punjab College for Information Technology for Women, Sargodha,
stood second by securing 1015 marks. The third position was shared by Misbah Zeb
from the Army Public Science College, Okara Cantonment, and Muhammad Abdullah
Mahmood from the Global College System, 115 Range Road, Rawalpindi, by securing
All three top positions in the General Science Group were
bagged by girls. Maria Hamdani from the Askaria College, Rawalpindi Cantonment,
secured 997 marks and stood first. Umm-e-Laila Shigri secured 980 marks and
stood second. Sundus Maria secured 979 marks and clinched the third
Girls also remained on top in the Commerce Group. The first
position was achieved by Anab Sundus from the Pakistan Education Centre, Doha,
Qatar, who secured 945 marks. Humna Khalid from the Pakistan Education Centre,
Doha, Qatar stood second by securing 938 marks. Nageen Abbas from the Punjab
College, Sector F-8/4, Islamabad, stood third by securing 907 marks.
the Humanities Group, Salma Faiz from the Ghazali College for Women, Bhara Kahu,
stood first by securing 929 marks. Syeda Bint-ul-Huda Zaidi from the Federal
Government College for Women, F-7/2, stood second by securing 913 marks. The
third position was shared by Muhammad Mohsin Habib from the Institute of Islamic
Sciences, Satra Meel, and Farwa Batool from the Federal Government College for
Women, Kashmir Road, Rawalpindi Cantonment. Both of them secured 911 marks.
Addressing the result announcement ceremony, Federal Minister for
Professional and Technical Training Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada said that only
those countries have progressed in the world whose citizens have acquired
education. "By looking at the results, we can assume that the future of this
country is in the hands of women," he said.
Federal Board of Intermediate
and Secondary Education (FBISE) Chairperson Dr. Shaheen Khan said that the first
examination under the FBISE was conducted in 1976 in which 171 education
institutions were affiliated, but now more than 988 institutions were affiliated
with the FBISE out of which 50 were abroad. "The FBISE is the only education
board in the country which is ISO certified," she said.
She said that
extensive measures have been taken to improve the quality of services during
last three years as a result of which there was not a single incident of paper
out, cheating or fake documentation. The news
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HEC cuts 5 to 10 percent budget of universities
Islamabad: Higher Education Commission (HEC) has started reducing budget allocations for
universities and it is feared that not only management of the universities will
bear the brunt besides severe financial problems could hit scholarships
Official sources said that HEC had directed all
educational institutes in country through a letter to keep the commission
informed about the current status of their funds. It can be inferred that the
current status of financial conditions is worse than those in last year. The HEC
through letter informed the universities that they cut down the budget by 5-10
percent considering the credibility of the universities. Source from HEC have
declared the situation to be the worst in the history of the
Sources said that HEC had cut down funds of 128
public sector Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) across the country. HEC cut
down five percent budget of International Islamic University (IIUI) funds, seven
percent of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), five percent of Bahria
University, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, National Defense
University, Islamabad (NDU), National University of Sciences & Technology
(NUST), Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU), Islamabad, Fatima Jinnah Women University
(FJWU) and Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE),
Besides according to sources HEC has planned to cut down 7-10
percent in the budget of Federal Urdu University, Abdul Wali Khan University,
Mardan, Frontier Women University, Gomal University, D.I. Khan Hazara
University, Dodhial, Mansehra Institute of Management Science, Peshawar (IMS),
Islamia College University and other educational institute.
the financial crisis had also affected six new development projects. The Federal
Cabinet allocated Rs 679.895 million for the six new schemes of HEC in the
federal budget for 2011-12 under PSDP which Rs 20 million have been sanctioned
for the establishment of National Institute of Liver and Gastro-intestine
Diseases at Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, Rs 60 million to erect a
university at Turbat, Rs 50 million for National Defense University, Rs 49.895
million for Establishing a university at Loralai, Rs 300 million for
establishment of a university at Malakand/ Swat and Rs 200 million for
indigenous PhD fellowship for 5,000 scholars. Out of a total allocation of Rs 14
billion in the current budget, Rs 13,320.105 million have been sanctioned for
166 on-going while Rs 679.895 million for six new schemes.
sources, the HEC was allotted budget of about 14 billion rupees for the year
2011-2012. Out of which 120 million rupees were fixed for scholarships. Given
that current situation of HEC, it seem unable to maintain the scholarship funds
due to which the student study abroad complain of scholarship funds but the
commission uses ill will tactics. Besides according to universities officials,
5-10 percent cut in budgets the educational institutes seem difficult to
maintained their administrative and other expenses. He also said scholarship
programs and the provision of tuition fee under higher education commission
would be affected.
The administrative officials of QAU and IIUI on the
condition of anonymity said that they have received letter regarding
budget detection. They said due to this cut universities would face stationery
and due date billing paid problems in first phase then the second phase the
educational institutes would face maintaining problems. Daily times
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NSSA launched to provide software to higher education sector
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) in collaboration with the Microsoft Pakistan has
launched National Student Software Accessibility (NSSA) portal to provide
genuine software availability to the higher education sector.
service will streamline software distribution to all faculty members and
students of public sector universities in the country. All public sector
universities recognized by the HEC have been provided a customisable portal for
licensed software distribution.
The portal consisting of around 150
software applications will enable over one million students and about 40,000
faculty members to download genuine Microsoft software.
The event to mark
the launch of the portal was held at HEC Secretariat on Saturday and was
attended by the vice chancellors, rectors,
representatives from different universities of the country.
Education Commission Chairperson Dr Javaid R. Laghari said that this is a great
opportunity for institutions of higher learning to gain access to a broad
spectrum of technology and enable the country to move towards a knowledge-based
economy, ultimately benefiting the country through socio-economic
Microsoft Pakistan's Country General Manager Kamal Ahmed
said that Microsoft believes that Information and Communications Technology,
combined with education, provides the path to individuals, communities and
nations to achieve their potential. The news
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