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RBISE HSSC Part-I half-baked result

RBISE announces 'half-baked' HSSC Part-I result
Rawalpindi, Dec 26: Secretary Higher Education Punjab Dr. Ijaz Munir flanked by acting chairman of the Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) Muhammad Ashraf Saturday announced the 'half-baked' results of Higher Secondary School Certificate Part-I examinations after rechecking process.

RBISE has cancelled the results of objective part of the papers because of mistakes in them and announced the results of only subjective part of the HSSC Part I papers. According to the details only 13,720 candidates have been declared pass after getting more than 33 per cent marks out of 49,899 candidates while 34,167 candidates have been declared fail.

During the press conference RBISE acting Chairman Muhammad Ashraf said during the process of rechecking they found 1.5 per cent mistakes in subjective part of the papers whereas all the feedings of objective part of the papers were fictitious and there were 74 per cent mistakes in them.

RBISE acting chairman said that because of the objections on the results of objective part of the HSSC Part-I papers, the board has cancelled their results. "The board officials have devised a policy mechanism where the students will be given the same marks, which they will obtain in the objective part of the papers of HSSC Part-II," he added.

He said that Anti Corruption Establishment, Rawalpindi has also conducted the inquiry and has registered FIR against four officials of RBISE including former controller examination, Amjad Iqbal, System Analyst Muhammad Afzal Bhatti, Computer Programmer Asif Mehmood and Data Processing Officer Muhammad Sarfaraz.

RBISE acting chairman further said that in order to facilitate the students, the board has planned to show the objective part of the papers to all the candidates from December 26 to 31st at different centres and would announce this schedule later.

Responding a query Secretary Higher Education Punjab Dr. Ijaz Munir said that they would take all necessary steps to improve online system and would not use old system of checking papers.

"Only in upcoming Secondary School Certificate examinations we would check the papers manually, as we need some time to improve our online system," he added.

Secretary Higher Education Punjab said: "We know students and their parents have been facing many problems because of faults in the online system and we are sorry for that, but from now on the students would not face any problem, as we are going to improve our online system." The news

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FDE cancels winter vacations
Islamabad: Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) has cancelled winter vacations of 450 schools, causing anxiety among students and parents.

The FDE, explaining reason for cancellation of winter-vacation, stated that educational institutions were already observing two weekly offs days thus, the syllabus of students was left incomplete; therefore the decision had been taken. online

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Pakistan ranks 43rd in scientific research publication
Islamabad: Though the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has made enormous efforts to promote research work, Pakistan ranked 43rd in the world in terms of published scientific papers in the year 2010.

According to the worldwide scientific journal ranking (SJR); Pakistan published 6,987 research documents in 2010.

However, the same year United States was on top with 502,804 papers followed by China with 320,800 and United Kingdom with 139,683 research documents. On the other hand, India ranked ninth worldwide.

Among the Islamic countries, Pakistan trailed behind Turkey and Iran which published 30,594 and 27,510 research documents, respectively.

An official of the HEC requesting not to be named told this reporter that in 2007 Pakistan ranked 45th with 3,750 publications, in 2003 it was ranked 50th with 1,539 research papers and in 2000 54th with 1,174 papers. In 1996, the country was on 52nd position with 893 research papers.

The number of publications is directly proportional to the production of PhDs in the country.

"Pakistan gets over $10 billion every year through foreign remittances. On the other hand, due to financial crunch demand for foreign labour has been decreasing worldwide.

Even in Saudi Arabia it has been decided to push out foreign labour force and adjust the locals in their places, because it is becoming difficult even for the oil-producing countries to address the problem of unemployment."

The official claimed that in the West, population was decreasing and the new generation was more interested in the subjects of art and humanities rather than science, mathematics and research work.

Due to this, the official added, the demand for specialised persons would increase in the West and Pakistan can meet the requirement of these nations by producing specialised persons and earn huge foreign exchange.

Sources said most of the successive governments in Pakistan did not take future planning seriously and always tried to solve problems by makeshift arrangements.

The government should focus on specialisation in different subjects because only specialised persons can earn foreign exchange to steer out the country from the financial problems.

Executive Director HEC Prof Dr S. Sohail H. Naqvi said that they had been trying to generate as many specialised persons as possible and for that reason were encouraging and facilitating universities.

He said for increasing the number of PhDs, the commission required funds. "Hopefully, Pakistan will further improve its ranking regarding publication of research papers," he said. Dawn

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2 HEC officials likely to get extension in violation of rules
Islamabad: In violation of spirit of the Management Position Scale, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) is again likely to extend services of its two top officials of MP-III scale without any approval from the prime minister, sources confided to this scribe.

Sources claimed that modalities are being sorted out to extend services of these officials following the steps taken in the past to give extension to other top officials.

"The proposal for giving extension to these officials whose contracts would expire in mid-January 2012 has been forwarded to the HEC executive director but no approval has so far been given by him," sources said.

Referring to an official memorandum issued by the Finance Ministry on August 18, 1998, an official said that the government introduced the MP scales to attract highly professional and competent persons from private sector for appointment on contract basis against top management positions in public sector.

The official data showed that two of them were hired on MP-III on March 1, 2003 and both of them have been working on the same position by securing successive extension in their services.

The official regretted that MP scale was introduced to hire services of highly competent persons but "if we take a careful look we would come to know that the MP scale is being used to facilitate 'favourite' people in violation of the services rules."

The data showed that the Establishment Division raised questions in the past about ten appointments in MP scale I to III made by HEC including Dr. Sohail Hussain Naqvi (Executive Director MP-I) on Sept 16, 2004; Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad (Member Operation MP-I) on January 4, 2005; Dr Mahmood Raza (Advisor Quality Control MP-II) on July 1, 2003; Dr. Riaz Hussain Qureshi (Advisor Scholarships MP-II) on August 24, 2004; M. Jalil Ahmad (Advisor Monitoring MP-II) on April 30, 2007; Ms. Noor Amna Malik (Director General LI MP-III) on January 2006; M. Anees Sadozai (Director General Services MP-III) on March 10, 2007; Ms. Zia Batool (Director General Quality MP-III) on March 1, 2003; and Dr. Muhammad Latif (Director General R&D MP-III) on March 1, 2003.

The Establishment Division was of the view that the recruitment in MP scales is the prerogative of the prime minister, but HEC appointed all these persons without getting approval from him and even extended their services in violation of set rules and procedures.

The official said the prime minister is yet to appoint seven members of 17-member Commission of HEC that according to HEC Executive Director Dr. Sohail Naqvi enjoys the powers to take major decisions regarding appointments and extensions in MP scale officials.

Talking to this correspondent HEC Executive Director Dr. Sohail Naqvi said it is not in his knowledge that HEC is giving extension to two MP scale officials, saying "I don't know who gave this information to you as it is not in my knowledge." But the next moment he said if HEC is going to give extension to its employees it would follow set rules and procedures as always happened in the past.

To other questions he showed his disappointment and said, "These kinds of issues would distort the positive image of this institution that monitors higher education sector in the country." The news

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