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FBISE HSSC Supplementary exams result 2011

HSSC exams' result
Islamabad, Dec 13: Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) will announce the result of Higher Secondary School Certificate Supplementary Examination, 2011 today (Tuesday). The result of HSSC supplementary exam held in October will be available on Federal Board website at www.fbise.edu.pk, said a news release issued here Monday. The result will also be available on SMS unified code 5050.

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Students win positions in international climbing contest
Islamabad: An international climbing competition was held with a view to promote taste of adventure and thrilling sports among the youngsters of the country.

The competition was jointly organized here by Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) and Adventure Club to mark the International Mountains Day. The event was held in three categories including Under-12, Under-15 and "Under-18. More than 300 boys and girls from City School (Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Nowshera, Peshawar ), Beaconhouse, Multi Adventure Club, NUST, IIUI, Falcon Club, Chenab Nagar and Sui Northern Gas have participated in the competition.

In Under-12 (Boys) category Ammad Khattak, Moiz Ali and Usman Zafar got first, second and third position respectively while in Under-12 (Girls) category Ceman Nadeem grabbed first, Zohaa Zubair second and Zainab Sohail got third position.

In Under-15 (Boys) category, Haris Altaf, Saad Mehmood and Shahab secured first, second and third positions respectively. Maira Khan, Tehreem Khan and Marya Kamran succeeded to grab first, second and third positions in Under-15 (Girls) category. In Under-18 (Boys) category, Hasseb Altaf got first, Umair Saeed second and Areebul Hassan third position while in Under-18 (Girls) category, Haman Kiran, Aleez Sana and Palwasha got first, second and third positions.

In Boys (open) category, Shayyan Korrani, Imran Junaidi and Sajid Aslam got first, second and third positions while in Girls (open) category Nazia Parveen grabbed first, Rabia Parveen second and Saqiba Arshad got third position. Speaking on the occasion PTDC Managing Director Mir Shahjahan Khetran said the event would greatly help create awareness amongst youth about importance of mountains in human life and promotion of tourism as well as sports in the country. He was delighted to see a large number of youngsters and children in the audience and was confident that the Pakistani youth is developing a taste of tourism and adventure sports. The news

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Hostels' shortage in twin cities irks students, workers
Islamabad: Students, bachelors and working people are facing accommodation problems due to acute shortage of hostels in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

Setting up of more hostels could bring relief to them, who come here from far-flung areas of the country in search of jobs, training and education.

A student of Islamic International University Islamabad (IIUI) said, "In the past three years, I have changed my residence many times due to the ill attitude of the house owners, exorbitant rents and shortage of basic facilities".

Another student of the IIUI claimed that the rents of rooms and houses had surged in the last few years due to the unprecedented influx of students and job seekers in the twin cities.

He also said the private hostels have been charging Rs 6,000 to 10,000 for a single bed accommodation, while these hostels have no proper cleanliness system.

An employee of a private company said the bachelors are facing many problems in finding accommodation, because the owners prefer to rent out houses to families.

The bachelors and students living in private hostels have complained that the hostels administration do not serving hygienic food and the authorities concerned have ignored it.

A private hostels inmate said that most of the hostels' kitchens did not follow the proper hygienic principles posing health risks to the boarders.

"We have been quite used of getting stomach problems because of unhygienic food being served to us in the hostels. We cannot stop eating at the hostels because we are compelled to eat whatever they offer. We have no option at all", they observed.

When contacted a private hostel manager said that he was not satisfied with his earnings because the bachelor consume food more but pay less amount for it. He also claimed that whatever food they served to boarders proper hygienic principles are being taken care of. However, he said that if they demanding high quality foods than they must pay high charges. app

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'QAU not bound to follow quota in appointments'
Islamabad: The management of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) on Monday told the Senate Special Committee meeting that they were not bound to follow quota system while filling up vacancies in the university.

At this the committee, headed by leader of the house Syed Nayyer Hussain Bukhari, decided to call secretary Establishment Division in its next meeting to seek clarification in this regard.

The committee meeting was called to ascertain if the provincial quotas were being observed in recruitments at the QAU.

Others who attended the meeting were senators Dr Abdul Malik, Mohammad Zahid Khan, Islamuddin Shaikh and Syed Tahir Husain Mashhadi.

When members of the committee asked the QAU registrar, Dr Shafique-ur-Rehman, why the university did not observe provincial quota at the time of recruitments he said the management was not bound to follow the quota and all the posts were filled purely on merit.

On request from the members of the committee, he, however, gave domicile-wise break-up of the posts lying filled up at present.

Of the total 1,274 sanctioned posts in BPS 1-16, 995 persons have been appointed, he said and added of them 595 were recruited from Punjab, one from Sindh, 184 from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, three from Balochistan, 179 from Islamabad, 32 from AJK and one from Fata/Fana.

As far as officers in Grade 17 and above are concerned he said on 460 sanctioned posts three were appointed from Balochistan, eight from Sindh, 187 from Punjab and 37 from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Convener of the committee, senator Nayyer Bukhari said that he also believed in merit while filling faculties but Grade 1 to 16 posts should at least be filled on quota.

He, however, expressed his astonishment over small number of applications the university received for a lone vacancy of assistant professor (grade 19) in 2009. He said the response to the advertisement showed that the concern about unemployment was unfounded.

The QAU received only five applications and called three of them for interviews and filled the post, he said.

He said that the university's VC should also ensure his presence in the next meeting.

Senator Dr Abdul Malik said that he had no idea about the QAU but there were five universities in Balochistan and none of them was following merit in appointment. He said one of the universities VC had appointed his relatives on some vacant posts.

Regarding appointments in QAU he said poor response showed that people had no confidence in recruitment policy of the QAU.

He asked the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to monitor the recruitment process of the QAU and ensure that provincial quota was not violated.

The HEC advisor on human resource development, Prof. Riaz Hussain Qureshi, said that the commission had also advertised scholarships but response from Sindh and Balochistan was poor as compared to Punjab and KP.

He, however, said the National Testing Service (NTS), introduced by the HEC, has ensured lecturers appointments on merit.

Besides, for the appointment of professor publication of 10 theses is a must, and for professor 15 publications along with PhD degree are required.

Members of the committee also instructed the HEC official to provide domicile-wise breakup of HEC employees in next meeting which will be held on December 25.

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QAU students launch project for transvestites
Islamabad: Taking their cue from the Supreme Court's initiative on the gender-confused people, a group of students from Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) have launched a project that envisaged creation of job opportunities for the mistreated community within the institution.

"The students conducting research on gender studies have requested the vice chancellor to allow opening of a photocopier machine on the campus to be run by a eunuch and to employ them as drivers and guards in the university to help them earn a respectable livelihood," argued Islamic jurist Dr Mohammad Aslam Khaki before the apex court.

A two-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain had taken up a petition moved by Dr Khaki seeking emancipation of hermaphrodite children and find out ways for their welfare.

Dr Khaki informed the court that one of the students who interacted with the eunuchs had even donated a photocopier machine. "Society has been mobilised but still needs time to fully gear it up," Dr Khaki observed.

One of the students later said that how during her study at the Bari Imam shrine she had found horrendous details about the life of the most oppressed and deprived segment of the society who were subjected to everyday humiliation.

She said even prayer leaders did not appear to perform funeral rituals when anyone from these ignominious merrymakers died.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission of Pakistan informed the court that they had enrolled 104 eunuch/transvestites as voters in six districts of the country. The ECP's joint secretary Sher Afgan said efforts were afoot to expand the scope of the voter list.

During the last hearing, the apex court had ordered the ECP to enroll eunuchs as voters after collecting details from the social welfare departments. According to estimates, the number of gender confused persons in the country is between 80,000 and 300,000.

More job opportunities could be created, Dr Khaki suggested, by employing them as guards or office staff in girls colleges. Even police could hire them for night patrolling and body search when female constables were not available.

Rifee Khan, a well-educated eunuch from Karachi, told the court that the cantonment boards at Faisal as well as Clifton had hired the services of 19 eunuchs for the recovery of taxes. Approximately, Rs130 million have been recovered from defaulters, she said, complaining, however, that they were not being regularised.

The court referred the matter to the departments concerned with an observation that the court would appreciate if they were absorbed.

The district administrations of the four provinces were also directed to speed up the process of finding out families of eunuchs and help them get inheritance rights in both movable and immovable properties.

Meanwhile, the initiative taken by the Balochistan government was disapproved by the court by declaring it an eyewash. A representative of the Balochistan government informed the court that they had secured allocation of Rs30 million in the public sector development programme for the construction of a welfare centre and Rs50 million for a training centre for skill development of eunuchs. Dawn

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Women teachers seek absorption in FDE schools
Islamabad: Dozens of female teachers seeking absorption in different schools of Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) on Monday staged a protest here appealing Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) to stop FDE for sending them back to their parent departments.

Carrying banners and placards, they were chanting slogans against the FDE and alleging it ignoring the federal government's guidelines over wedlock policy. It is pertinent that FDE is sending some 65 teachers back to their parent departments following the decision of high court that dismissed 44 petitions of over 100 female teachers seeking absorption in FDE schools under wedlock policy.

According to the court orders, the teachers who had been posted in Islamabad under wedlock policy were not entitled to be absorbed in the FDE schools. Under this policy, wedded working couple is entitled to live and work at the same station. Daily times

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Discussion on education financing on December 14
Islamabad: ActionAid will arrange a panel discussion on 'Education Financing in Pakistan: Challenges and Way Forward' on December 14 (Wednesday) to discuss the structural and non-structural issues of public education financing in Pakistan.

The panel discussion will be organised in collaboration with Sustainable Development Policy Institute at 14th Sustainable Development Conference (SDC). Education is a basic human right and Article 25 A of the constitution clearly states that the government is responsible for ensuring provision of 'free and compulsory education to all children of the age of five to sixteen years in such a manner as may be amended by law'.

Besides Pakistan's international commitments like United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Education For All (EFA), the progress to meet education related challenges is not at all substantial.

Primary education envisioned in the MDGs is out of reach now because every child of primary age would need to have started the school in 2009. Statistics show that 44% of females were able to enrol in primary schools as compared to 56% of males. Of which, 50% of enrolled children dropped out of school without finishing primary education. The situation is far more crucial in the rural areas of the country where only 33% of females are literate as compared to 63% males.

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Dr Jahanzeb made Swat university VC
Peshawar: The recently established University of Swat has finally got a full time vice-chancellor with the appointment of Prof Dr Mohammad Jahanzeb Khan, chairperson, Psychology Department, University of Peshawar, after more than a year long selection process.

The formal notification of the appointment of Dr Jahanzeb as the vice-chancellor was issued on December 3, though he took charge of his office on December 7. Before him, Prof Dr Farooq Swati, dean, faculty of arts, University of Peshawar, served as acting vice-chancellor of the university in Swat for 13 months. He was assigned acting charge of the vice-chancellor after the assassination of first project director-cum-vice-chancellor of the university, Dr Mohammad Farooq Khan, on October 2, 2010.

The position was advertised in November 2010. Some 60 candidates had applied for the job and 10 were short-listed by the search committee. Three among them including Dr Jahanzeb, Prof Dr Mohammad Nisar and Dr Farooq Swati were called for the panel interview.

The new vice-chancellor is a noted psychologist and was serving as chairperson of Psychology Department at University of Peshawar. He has been teaching different courses to MSc, MPhil and PhD students since 1990. He has done his MPhil on "Area of Assessment of Depression" and then PhD on Ethnic Self-Discrepancy in Afghan Refugees and Native Pukhtoons. He joined the University of Peshawar as a lecturer in 1990 and served in that capacity till 1998 when he was elevated as assistant professor. He was promoted as professor in 2009.

Dr Jahanzeb's first priority is to acquire land for the university, which has been functioning in some buildings of the Jahanzeb College. "Land for the project has been identified near Charbagh, but there is some litigation, which would be resolved soon," he said.

He said he had been assigned a Herculean task, which would need hard work. "I appeal to the people of Swat to help me out," he said. His immediate focus was to set up counseling psychology and clinical psychology centres at the university. More disciplines would also be introduced in the university where only seven subjects are being taught.

Dr Jahanzeb said the faculty was deficient in the university and most of the departments were being run by one or two teachers. He sad he would focus attention on developing a good team, adding that linkages would also be established with national and international universities.

Hailing from Swabi, Dr Jahanzeb remarked: "I belong to Swat from now on." He said he would utilise all his energies and capabilities to make the University of Swat a world class institution. The news

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