Punjab boards online admission forms
Online admission forms a joke with students
Rawalpindi, Feb 15: All the education boards in Punjab have been made to introduce email system for
candidates of all the examinations held by them. Thus every candidate, whether
of class IX, X, XI or XII, has to email his admission forms. It is immaterial if
eighty per cent of them may never know what the hell an 'email' is. And if a
small percentage does know, not all of them may possess or even have access to a
In the new dispensation so graciously enforced to usher in the
students in the electronic era at a brisk pace, the powers that be have
introduced the system without realizing that it would spell disaster and cause
immeasurable misery to the poor students who may yet need decades if not
centuries to enter the modern age.
The bureaucrats who conceived the idea
perhaps were convinced that all the students are well off and have their
computers or at least access to them. They conveniently forgot that majority of
our students belong to rural areas where, let alone computer, there is no
Now let us look at the old system of appearing in an
examination. A candidate got the prescribed admission form printed by the
relevant Board. He would assiduously fill it, complete all the formalities,
attach all the documents and photographs, deposit fee and get it attested from
the head of a recognized institution and deposit the form in the Board office by
hand or send it through registered mail. Although this too was time consuming
and cumbersome still within the reach of every student.
Under the new
dispensation you are required in the first place to send a hard copy of your
admission form duly filled in at the computer. To whom is it to be sent is
anybody's guess. Some say that it goes in the central office located somewhere
in Lahore and supervised by some consultant of high repute who is incommunicado.
If you have a complaint send it through an email which they say is never
replied, let alone acknowledged.
That is not all. After you have
travelled from your hamlet to a city, located an Internet club, paid a sizable
amount to the owner to fill in your form and sent it to the concerned quarter,
you have more trouble at hand. After sending this Hard copy you have to go
through the old rigmarole, i.e. to send a soft copy to the relevant board
office. Get an admission form as usual. Fill it, attach the required documents
with three photographs, get it attested from someone authorised to do so, and
deposit it in the Board office by hand or send it under registered cover. And in
this process do not forget to deposit the prescribed fee in the nominated branch
of the bank.
You need not be an expert in rocket science to figure out
the trial and tribulations the students and parents have to pass through this
process. Have the great minds behind this scheme ever thought of the miserable
plight of our villages. Most of them have yet to see the amenities of modern
life. Internet and email is not for them. This is used by only a very small
fraction of those in the cities. Have they realized that by launching this
'ambitious' project they have opened floodgates of corruption and
Many people have no computer or Internet facility nearest to
their homes while net cafes charge Rs200 to Rs400 to provide an online form.
Many heads of institutions have given contract of providing online forms to
their favourite net cafes because majority of them have no facility of
It is learnt that private students are not only facing
difficulties in getting online admission forms but also facing difficulties in
getting their forms attested. Most of the heads of institutions are charging
Rs200 per student for attestation of the documents.
Students and poor parents said that the Punjab government is trying to close all
doors of getting education by introducing complicated online form system. They
said that majority of students belong to poor families and don't have computer
and Internet facility in their own homes. "Even those having the facility of
Internet cannot understand online forms," they said.
Chaudhry Abdul Hafeez Chairman Rawalpindi Board agreed that students
are facing hardships with the online system introduced for the first time. He
said that he has received several complaints that net cafes are looting students
and poor parents. Secondly some heads of institutions were charging hefty
amounts for attestation of documents, he said. He assured that he would take
strict action against such persons. He said that online form is a new system,
which was introduced for the first time, therefore, majority of students are not
aware of it. Next time we would establish a separate branch of online admission
form where students would get facility free of cost, he said.
that he has requested the higher authorities to allow us to work manually to
process all forms. "We could extend the date of submission of forms due to
introduction of online form system," he said. The news
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NA body seeks details on housing scheme by FBISE
Islamabad: The National Standing Committee on Education on Monday has taken a
strong notice of irregularities in the housing scheme of the Federal Board of
Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE), Islamabad and directed to provide
complete details within four days.
Chaudhry Abid Sher Ali chaired the
committee held at the Parliament House. The committee discussed the reported
irregularities in the housing scheme launched by the FBISE for its employees and
asked board officials to submit all the details regarding the allotment of plots
to its employees and the criteria adopted for the purpose.
officials while briefing the committee on the housing society stated that the
project was purely a welfare project to cater for the very genuine housing need
of the employees of the board with a view to provide them shelter. They said the
payments made by the FBISE on behalf of the board employees are to be repaid by
the members as per by-law through easy monthly installments without interest.
The committee was further informed that repayment by the member employees has
already started and an amount of Rs 15.8,517 million has been repaid by the
members so for which stand credited to the FBISE account.
They said that
employees of the board do not enjoy status as of federal government employees in
its true letter and spirit and as such are not eligible to be considered for any
government welfare schemes like the federal Government Employees Housing
Federation, therefore, the project was considered and approved by the board of
governors to address the housing problems mainly of low paid employees which
consist 90 percent of the total employees.
They said that the developed
plots on membership basis after due consent of the employees have been acquired
after verification and scrutiny of the previous record of Federal Employees
Cooperative Housing Society (FECHS). The FBISE officials further said no raw
land as such has been purchased for any separate housing society, colony or
scheme for the employees of the board.
Abid Sher Ali said the day would
be the darkest day in the country's history on which the Ministry of Education
is to be devolved to provinces. He said provinces do not have the resources to
tackle with the important subject and it would be tantamount to sabotage the
education system in the country.
The committee also sought a written
reply from the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Education
on a bill, Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Bill, 2008 aiming to stop
penalising students at education institutions by teachers. Daily times
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Mehfil-e-Milad held at Roots
Rawalpindi: Eid Milad-un-Nabi was observed at Roots School System with religious zeal and
fervour in all campuses nationwide including Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Lahore,
Mirpur, Peshawar, Gujranwala, Wah, Sialkot, Abbottabad and Muzaffarabad here on
A comprehensive Milad was organised to mark the most auspicious
occasion of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) birthday in the school premises. Roots
school campuses marked the holy month of Rabi-ul-Awal with naats and biography
of Holy Prophet (Peace be upon him).
The students hosted the auspicious
event with great enthusiasm. The school and stage were creatively decorated with
a huge backdrop depicting the Masjid-e-Nabwabi or Prophet Mohammad's Mosque and
palm trees. The class rooms were adorned with colourful buntings and streamers.
The students were clad in white clothes, the girls were wearing colourful
dupattas and boys were wearing cultural headgears.
Apart from the
students, faculty members graced the occasion with religious fervor to pay
homage and solidarity to the Holy Prophet (PBUH) for his greatest and divine
service to Islam and mankind. The school curriculum and activities also lays
emphasis on religious orientation of the students along with their pursuits in
The Montessori children dressed up in white clothes were
giving an impression of little angels who recited Naats with their teachers and
narrated stories about Holy Prophet PBUH in a touching and heart-warming
The Milad started with the recitation of Holy Quraan followed by
Hamd and Qaseeda. The students and teachers recited well-prepared Naats in
praise of Holy Prophet (PBUH) and delivered speeches on Prophet's birth,
childhood, youth and adult life, his character, teachings, sufferings, his
fortitude in the face of general opposition, leadership in battles, bravery,
wisdom, preaching and his final triumph through Allah's mercy over the hearts of
Placards of sayings of Holy Prophet (PBUH) were displayed and
little cut out badges of Hadiths were distributed among the students. The
closing of the Milad was marked with beautifully recited dua and distribution of
sweets among staff members and students. The event was a great source of
inspiration and value for young students to focus their minds and bring
awareness about the life and teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
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Petition against UHS VC adjourned
Lahore: The Lahore High Court on Monday adjourned hearing for indefinite period on a petition
challenging appointment of University of Health Sciences Vice Chancellor Malik
Justice Sh Azmat Saeed deferred the hearing after a
law officer sought time to file a reply on behalf of the Punjab
Tahir Hameed filed the petition claiming his right to agitate
the impugned appointment being a taxpayer citizen of Pakistan.
Nasir Mehmood Qureshi representing the petitioner submitted that the University
of Health Sciences (UHS) was an autonomous body which was established under "The
University of Health Sciences, Lahore Ordinance, 2002. He said Malik Mubashar
was appointed as vice chancellor on April 12, 2003.
The counsel pointed
out that section 12 (5) of the Ordinance said that any person who was not
eligible to be appointed as a professor was disqualified for appointment as
He said the respondent after attaining the age of
superannuation/retirement on July 31, 2005 was not eligible to meet criteria for
his appointment as vice chancellor so his presence in the office was without
He argued that the appointment of respondent was made
in violation of appointment policy as no applications from other eligible
candidates were invited before the impugned appointment, neither other equally
eligible candidates were provided with an opportunity to compete for that.
He prayed to the court to seek an explanation from the respondent VC
under what authority of law he was holding the office particularly after
completing his four years term in the office.
He also prayed that the
office of the respondent be declared vacant and the authorities concerned be
directed to appoint a qualified person.
"As per UHS Act,VC can not appoint more than 4 years but He is doing job as vc from last 8 years. Violation of UHS Act passed by Punjab Assembly."
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Lahore: The students of Punjab University's Department of French Language and Literature have
excelled in a 'French Talent Competition' (3rd concours de jeunes talents
francophones) held at the International School of Choueifat.
a press statement, the PU students bagged 2nd position each in creativity and
performance category and won a special prize from the director for best
participation in the competition.
The students included Javeria Khan and
Mahnoor Yawar of MA French Part-II and Bisma Saleem, Zil-e-Ayesha and Hafiz
Rehan of Part-I. The news
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UAF to set up modern research centre
Faisalabad: The University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) will set up an international agriculture centre to meet challenges and needs which could
emerge in the agriculture sector during the next five decades.
Addressing the participants in the inaugural session of horticulture week at
the Institute of Horticultural Sciences on Monday, UAF Vice-Chancellor Dr Iqrar
Ahmad said the institution had made 'incredible advancement' in its outreach
For the last three years, UAF scientists had been visiting the farmers at
their doorstep even in the far-flung areas of the country, he added.
The VC said The University of Western Australia intended to offer
scholarships to UAF students for conducting research in the flood-hit areas of
In connection with the horticulture week, a flower exhibition was also
organised at the main corridor of the university where students of the UAF, GC
University and other institutions exhibited their arrangements.
Dr Ahmad said horticulture sector was vital for Pakistan's exports as it had
tremendous growth potential and scores of new avenues would be explored in the
next few years.
Faculty of Agriculture Dean Dr Muhammad Ashfaq, Institute of Horticultural
Sciences director Dr Amjad also spoke on the occasion.
MILAD: The district government on Monday formed eight monitoring teams to
ensure hurdle-free movement of Eid Milad processions on their prescribed
Presiding over a meeting, District Coordination Officer Naseem Sadiq asked
the EDO (Health) to issue duty roaster of all district and deputy district
officers of health to inspect "Sabeels" of water, milk, juices and other
beverages to avoid any untoward incident on the day.
The DCO also directed DDOs, administrators of TMAs and TMOs to personally
check the routes of processions and get removed encroachments, debris or any
other obstacles on their routes. He said cleanliness and functioning of
streetlights should be especially ensured in the next two days.
He ordered the allied staff to be on their respective duties round the clock
to address complaints, added. Dawn
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UoE students meet Punjab governor
Lahore: A delegation of students from the University of Education called on Punjab
Governor/Chancellor Sardar Latif Khosa on Monday and apprised him of the ongoing
crisis at the varsity.
The students also requested the
Governor/Chancellor to visit the varsity to ascertain the facts and take action
accordingly. It is learnt that the governor assured the students that their
genuine grievances would be redressed.
The University of Education
students have been protesting ever since the removal of the varsity's two
faculty members, Dr MA Pasha and his wife Dr Shaheen Pasha, on January 17.
Dr Shaheen Pasha has been reinstated by the UoE syndicate recently while
no decision has been taken about Dr MA Pasha.
The UoE delegation, led by
Mujtaba Haider, comprised Sabahat Hassan, Raj Ali, Ayesha and Farrukh.
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PPSC clears 44 for interview
Lahore: The Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC)
has cleared 44 candidates for interview as a result of written examination for
13 posts of deputy district public prosecutor (BS-18) in the Punjab Public
Prosecution Department. According to a press note issued on Monday, the result
is available at the commission's website www.ppsc.gop.pk
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Lahore: The Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) organised a Mehfil-e-Mushaira on the varsity
campus on Monday.
The event was highly appreciated by the students as it
was held on Valentine's Day, celebrated across the world on February
It is pertinent to mention here that no regular classes were held at
the LCWU on Monday morning and the students were asked to come to the varsity to
attend the Mushaira at 3pm. It is learnt that the LCWU administration decided
not to hold regular classes in the morning in a bid to avoid any unpleasant
situation in connection with Valentine's Day.
While some students
criticised the LCWU administration for not holding regular classes, most of the
parents backed the LCWU decision and termed it a decision in best interest of
the students. The poets who attended the Mushaira included noted poet Amjad
Islam Amjad, Shahnawaz Zaidi, Qaim Naqvi and Wajid Mir. The news
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