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FBISE, FDE at loggerheads over eighth class examination
Islamabad, Dec 20: The tug-of-war between the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) and the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) over the commencement of examinations for class eighth has intensified, as the officials of both institutions are determined to conduct papers under their respective organisations.

According to sources, the FDE and the FBISE are yet to decide as to which one of them would conduct the examinations after the announcement by Federal Minister for Education Sardar Aseff Ahmed Ali Khan that the papers for class eighth would be taken by the FBISE instead of the FDE. However, no written notification has been issued in this regard.

FDE Director General Aurangzeb Rehman said that the examinations for class eight would be taken by the Federal Directorate of Education as usual. "We have had several meetings in this regard after which we have decided to conduct the examinations under the FDE," he said.

He, however, maintained that the final decision in this regard would be taken today (Monday), as the federal minister for education was busy due to the arrival of the Chinese premier.

On the other hand, FBISE Chairperson Shaheen Khan maintained that the examinations for class eighth would be conducted by the FBISE, as announced by the education minister. "This time the FBISE would conduct the examinations for class eighth," she said.

Replying to a question, as to why the notification in this regard could not be issued so far, she said that the notification regarding the commencement of the examination under the FBISE would be issued today (Monday).

The ambiguity over the commencement of the class eighth examination has caused panic among school administrations, students and parents, as they are yet not clear, as to which department would conduct the examination for class eight. Previously, the examinations for class eight and class fifth were conducted by the FDE.

It is pertinent to mention here that the schedule for the class fifth examination has been issued by the FDE. However, there has been no development in the case of examinations for class eight.

Meanwhile, the candidates for the scholarship examination for class eight are also not aware of the situation as usually they are supposed to submit their examination papers in December.

The principal of a federal government school requesting anonymity told this scribe that they have repeatedly asked the officials of the FBISE and the FDE, as to which one of them would conduct the examinations, but failed to get any satisfactory response. "The most difficult task is to satisfy students and parents, as they approach us to know about the examination-taking authority," she said.

She further said that usually the forms for the examination of class eighth were submitted in December, but they have neither received any schedule for the examination nor they were aware of the organisation, which would be conducting the examination. The news

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Online registration date for SSC exams extended
Rawalpindi: Keeping in view, the four consecutive off days, the Punjab Ministry of Education has decided to extend the registration date for Metric examination for the convenience of students.

The proper announcement regarding the extension of the registration was made here the other day.

The extension has been made due to four consecutive off days and after the decision of Lahore High Court in this regard. Meanwhile, Electronic Government Directorate (IGD), the sub division of the Ministry of Information and Technology, could not repair fault in software for last three months.

Citizens of the capital are in trouble due to delay in the issuance of computerized domicile; according to district administration about 50 to 60 applications are being received daily in this regard.

District administration started work on the project three months back to facilitate the citizens but unfortunately software could not work for more than 10 days. The software is reportedly outdated and the citizens are waiting for computerized domicile for last three months. online

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HEC scholar completes PhD from France
Islamabad: Higher Education Commission (HEC) scholar Uzair-ul-Hassan has completed his PhD from Universite Paris Descartes, Faculte des Sciences Humaines et Sociales, Sorbonne, Paris, France.

Dr. Uzair was awarded scholarship for France under the scheme "MS/MPhil leading to PhD scholarships for teachers of weaker universities." He had got admission in Masters in Educational Sciences at Universit╚ Paris Descartes, Paris. In 2008, he completed his Masters degree and began his PhD at the same university.

Dr. Uzair has completed his PhD in December 2010 and was awarded tr╦s honorable (highly honourable) grade with felicitation du jury (congratulations from jury). His research focused on how inclusion is possible in ordinary schools in particular and in society at large in Pakistan. His research, having exploitation of both quantitative and qualitative approaches, was much appreciated by the jury. Apart from completion of PhD in Social Sciences in a period of two years, he also published an article in international journal and also participated and presented his research work in three international conferences.

In 2009, he has won the Best Research Manuscript Award at the University of Alicante, Spain.

Eric Plaisance, Emeritus Professor, Universit╚ Paris Descartes, and Felicity Armstrong, Professor, University of London, UK, immediately after the PhD defence session congratulated Dr. Uzair and advised him to contribute and share his knowledge and skills with his university students as much work was needed to be done in the field of Sociology of Education in Pakistan. The news

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'Urdu needs scientific transformation for development'
Islamabad: For genuine development in Urdu language, government should select the right persons with vision to prepare a group of linguistic experts, the way experts are groomed in other fields, said Dr Attash Durrani, the founder and the head of Urdu Informatics project at National Language Authority (NLA) here on Sunday.

"We prepare experts for business, commerce, industry, science and technology, but not for our national language. This task cannot be completed only with the literary figures, heading the departments and authorities mandated to language development, now the government should take on board the language experts," he added.

He opined that only the literary meetings and seminar would not serve the larger cause of Urdu language development but there was need to work hard and on scientific bases, if one wanted to see national language stand tall with other international languages.

Durrani will retire from NLA on Monday (today) is the author of several books and dozens of research-papers. He has devoted his career to purely research and document the historic footprints of Urdu as a centuries old language and its evolution, and the challenges confronting Urdu to become a forceful language.

"If we are genuinely interested in the Urdu language development we need to have a national language policy based on the scientific language survey instead of meaningless deskwork, " he mentioned.

"We have restricted Urdu language since ages to only literature that is not more than five per cent of the entire language, and have ignored 95 per cent of the language body," said Durrani. He has been the flag-career of Urdu language planning, development and management through out his career that spread over about four decades including three with the National Language Authority (NLA).

Durrani paved the path to explore the synergy of the language and believes that the nation needs the Urdu linguistic experts to further the progress in Pakistani Urdu, technical Urdu, and Urdu informatics and Urdu terminology science.

"I have contributed what I could do to set the tone for Urdu language to take it beyond a communication source for literature, and I have the pride to having been played key role in initiating the Urdu informatics that has made possible data processing in Urdu, and keeping up the Urdu dictionaries and thesauruses, books and other documents online accessible for the Urdu users and researchers across the globe", said Dr. Durrani while highlighting is most valuable addition to the Urdu language development. Daily times

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