Computerised examinations procedure
Exam guess papers to be banned in Punjab
Rawalpindi, Jan 25: Punjab government will soon ban the sale of examination guess
papers and has already computerised the primary and middle examinations
procedure to improve the education standard.
This was stated by Chairman
Task Force for Elementary Education Punjab Raja Muhammad Anwar while chairing a
meeting to review the arrangements for holding the elementary and middle
examinations here at the Commissioner Office.
The computerised procedure
would help eliminate the 'booti mafia' (cheaters) from the province, he said and
added that more than 2.3 million students would appear in the primary and middle
examinations this year, starting next month.
Raja Anwar said the
examinations should highlight bright and intelligent students, so they could be
awarded scholarships. He said Punjab government has established an Endowment
Fund for Education with Rs100 million and 20 per cent of this amount has been
allocated for primary education.
He was of the view that the upcoming
primary and middle examinations would not only grade the students but also the
teachers and their divisions.
Chief Executive Examination Commission
Punjab Nasim Nawaz told the meeting that six sets of examination papers have
been printed to check any chance of leakage. He said to ensure transparency of
the answer sheets, they would be sent to other divisions for
Commissioner Rawalpindi Division Zahid Saeed while ensuring the
security arrangements at examination centres said all executive district
officers (EDOs) of Education should send reports to the concerned police
He directed the district coordination officers (DCOs) to depute
a policeman or a civil defence volunteer at each of the examination centres,
wherever security situation so require. In addition, the school security guards
and watchmen should also be deputed to protect the examination centre from
The meeting was attended by the DCOs, EDOs, DOs of
Rawalpindi, Attock, Jhelum, and Chakwal districts, focal persons and officials
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AIOU admissions for spring 2010 semester
Islamabad: Admissions for the Semester Spring 2010 of Allama Iqbal
Open University (AIOU) would commence from February 6.
According to an AIOU
press release, admissions from matriculation to PhD level programmes will
commence from February 6.
Admission forms and prospectuses for all the
disciplines are available at the AIOU main campus in Sector H-8, Islamabad and
its 36 Regional Campuses/Offices and 116 Coordinating Offices across the
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Extension in teachers
Islamabad: Federal Government Colleges Teacher Association
(FGCTA) has demanded immediate extension in contract period of 943
teachers working under the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE).
this agency, President FGCTA Zahid Ali Shah said ultimately the services of
contractual employees should be regularised enabling them to play their
effective role in the uplift of education standard with complete job
Among the employees, 860 teachers are from the Model Colleges
and the remaining 83 are from the Federal Government Colleges.
fearful of losing their jobs plan to stage a protest demonstration in front of
Islamabad Press Club soon if their demands are not met.
They say they will go
on strike if their contract is not extended for the next year. The contractual
teachers are serving in the different colleges of federal capital for three to
The employees were appointed through proper channel and
fulfilled the criteria and they were expecting regularization through Federal
Public Service Commission (FPSC). "We contacted the authorities in FDE who
referred us to the Secretary Education saying he is the competent authority for
extending the contract," an affected teacher said.
"We approached Secretary
Education Imtiaz Kazi and he again referred us to the Federal Directorate of
The employees are looking towards the new DG FDE Shahnaz Riaz to
listen to their grievances and resolve them.
Akbar Khan, a contractual
lecturer working in H-8 college said that in a meeting, the Secretary Education
told them that the contract ending on January 31 will not be revised due to some
technicalities. Iftikhar Ahmed, a teacher at H-9 College said it is a critical
and tense situation for them and their families.
It is ironic that on one side
the government ministers are saying that contract government employees will be
regularized and on the other nobody is doing anything to extend contracts or
regularize services, he added. The nation
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Business technologies promotion
Islamabad: Speakers at a seminar at Iqra University urged the business
community to create research culture in the country to promote business
They also stressed to enhance the vision of stakeholders
by providing ideas for R&D in business technology, enabling the business
community to understand contemporary marketing and business strategies.
The speakers said this at the second International Conference on
Business & Technology 2010, organised by Iqra University, says a press
Chief guest Ijaz Shafi Gilani, Chairman Gallop International,
delivered the key note and lauded the efforts of Iqra University to bring the
business community closer through new ideas and skills, while Pro Chancellor
Iqra University Misbha Ullah Khan, Vice Chancellor UAG Isani, Dean Dr Jamil
Ahmad and the conference secretary, Dr Kashif ur Rehman, were among the
Misbha Ullah Khan said it is indeed a healthy tradition, which
followed the last year's successful event organised by the University.
"Pakistani researchers have proved that they are second to none in the world and
have the knowledge, expertise and experience to do what the academicians of the
most advanced countries can do."
He said we have great potential and an
equally great future, only if we formulate the right policies and exhibit a
strong will to execute them, adding that only then we could make our economy
more vibrant and self-reliant.
Dean Dr Jamil Ahmed highlighted almost
all areas of business such as Finance, Marketing, Management, Accounting, MIS,
Public Administration, Economics, Business Education, Computer Science, IT,
Telecommunications and Engineering.
More than 100 research papers from
all over the world were received for the event. Dr Kashif ur Rehman, the
conference secretary, informed that they received research papers from
Afghanistan, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, France, India, Malaysia,
Netherlands, Sweden and Singapore. Delegates from Australia, Afghanistan,
Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Netherlands and Singapore are participating in
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Internet generation at risk
Bone-bending rickets can now be added to the list of ills linked to children
spending uncounted hours before a computer screen, British researchers said.
Youngsters with rickets, caused primarily by a chronic lack of vitamin
D, develop painful and deformed bow-legs that do not grow properly.
condition is linked mainly with extreme poverty and the 19th-century Victorian
England of Charles Dickens, and can be easily avoided through a balanced diet
and exposure to sunlight.
But doctors reported this month that cases of
the debilitating disease have once again become "disconcertingly common" in
"Kids tend to stay indoors more these days and play on their
computers instead of enjoying the fresh air," said Simon Pearce, a professor at
Newcastle University in northeast England and lead author of a new study on
Vitamin D deficiency.
"This means their vitamin D levels are worse than
in previous years," he said in a press release.
Half of all adults in
Britain - especially in the north - have Vitamin D deficiency in winter and
spring, with one-in-six having severe deficiency.
The condition has been
linked to cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, several kinds of cancer and a
soft-bone condition in adults called osteomalacia.
While the study
focused on Britain, the same trend is likely elsewhere in the industrialised
world, the researchers suggested.
The solution? Soaking up sunrays helps
boost Vitamin D levels, but can also increase the risk of skin cancer.
The other option is adjusting diet. The rickets-preventing vitamin is
present in oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines and herring.
"Fifty years ago, many children would have been given regular doses of
cod liver oil, but this practice has all but died out," noted co-author Tim
Cheetham, also a professor at Newcastle.
But if foul-tasting oils and
expensive fish are not options, there is another ready mode of transmission:
The study, published in the current issue of the British Medical
Journal, called for new regulations recommending the addition of vitamin D to
milk and similar food products, as has been done in several other countries.
Excessive time spent in front of a computer has also been linked to
increased obesity, a jump in attention deficit disorder and anti-social
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MPhil result distinction
Islamabad: Ms Majda Shabbir, daughter of Mohammad Shabbir Ahmed, defended her
MPhil thesis with distinction in the Department of International Relations at
Quaid-i-Azam University, securing 90 per cent marks, says a press release.
title of her thesis, supervised by Professor Dr. R A Siddiqui, was 'Dr. Wangari
Maathai's Green Belt Movement in Kenya and its Relevance to Pakistan'. The
central argument of her thesis was based on ecological feminism, which
establishes a negative correlation between patriarchy and environmental
It argued in favour of investing rural women in environmental
restoration in third world countries, particularly in Pakistan, and drew
parallels from the Kenyan green-belt success story. The news
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