FAST-NU convocation for session 2009-10
FAST-NU convocation on July 17
Peshawar, July 12: The 5th convocation of Foundation for Advancement of Science &
Technology (FAST) and National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences for
the session 2009-10 will be held here on July 17.
Prof Dr M Qasim Jan,
former vice-chancellor of Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, and University of
Peshawar, will be the chief guest on the occasion. "A total of 152 graduates of
the university will be awarded degrees while 16 graduates of various disciplines
will get medals for their distinctive performance," said Dr S Ghiasul Haq,
director of the Peshawar Campus of the institution.
Peshawar Campus was
established in 2001, he said, adding, "We have about 500 students on roll at
present while the strength of our permanent faculty is 42 including eight PhDs.
We also have some 15 visiting faculty." He said the courses of Bachelor in
Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, BBA, MBA, MS in Mathematics and
Computer Science and PhD Mathematics were currently being taught here. The news
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Surplus primary teachers being transferred to rural areas
Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has introduced a new policy
to address shortage of teachers in the public sector primary schools.
"The policy, introduced recently by the elementary and secondary
education department, envisages adjustment of existing teachers keeping in view
the strength of students enrolled in the government primary schools," an
According to the new policy, teachers would be
posted in schools, particularly located out of the cities, where deficiency
exists by reducing staff from those schools, where they are in higher numbers.
The teachers of primary schools serving in the city areas are given some
additional incentives, which are not provided in the rural areas. The attractive
allowances prompted teachers to get posted in the city areas, no matter they
were needed there or not, the official said.
"Primary schools in rural
areas are left without sufficient number of teachers, who try to get posted at
city schools for getting incentives. On the other hand more than required
teachers are posted in the schools of city areas," he said.
additional director of elementary and secondary education department,
Hakeemullah, called the new policy as 'rationalisation policy.' The presence of
teachers in all primary schools would be ensured at all costs, he said.
He confirmed transfer of surplus teachers to the primary schools of
urban areas. Citing the example of Government Girls Primary School Qaidabad in
Kakshal area, he said that 15 women teachers were posted at the school where
only five were needed.
"Now we have linked the salaries of the teachers
with their areas of appointment. A teacher appointed in a union council, will
work in the same area or adjacent union council forever. If a teacher manages
his transfer to the city area, his salary will be stopped," he said.
new policy would help ensure presence of teachers in primary schools of rural
areas, he said. "The ration of teacher and students is set at 1:40," he said.
He said teachers in the city schools were getting house rent, which was
45 per cent of their basic pay, while in rural area the amount was reduced to 30
per cent. Similarly, there was no conveyance allowance in the rural areas while
teachers in the city were getting Rs1,200 to Rs2,400 in the name of that
It is worth mentioning that around 367 primary schools are
closed for non-availability of teachers across the province, leaving thousands
of children out of school. Dawn
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Teacher, employees bemoan school admin apathy
Lahore: Class-IV employees of Government Central Model School Lower Mall
and a senior teacher residing within school premises have been facing acute
shortage of water for the last many days as the school administration has
allegedly deprived them of the facility.
The teacher, Muhammad Sohail
Manzoor, said that electricity connection to his residence of has also been
disconnected as he was being pressurised to vacate his residence despite the
fact that the matter was in the court.
He said the poor residents
including women, children and elders were suffering owing to the alleged move of
the school administration. The teacher further said there were a total of eight
quarters within the school premises.
He said hot weather was adding to
the miseries of the residents, who had to arrange water for drinking and other
purposes themselves. This correspondent could not reach the administrator of the
Government Central Model School Lower Mall despite repeated attempts on his cell
When contacted, senior headmaster Ch Muhammad Yousaf said he had
been out of city for the last couple of days and was unaware of the situation.
He, however, said there might be some technical problem with the water-motor as
it was also repaired in recent past. He also rejected allegations levelled by
the teacher. The news
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PU academician to get Emerald Literati Network Award
Lahore: Punjab University (PU)
Department of Library and Information Sciences Chairperson Dr Kanwal Ameen's
research paper have been selected for the Emerald Literati Network 2010 Awards
Emerald nominates 'an outstanding paper' every year for
the award, and Dr Ameen's paper has been included among the award winning
papers. The award winning papers are selected by a team of eminent academics.
Dr Ameen's paper titled "Information and digital literacy: A stumbling
block to development? - A Pakistan perspective", has been selected as one of the
most impressive pieces of work throughout 2009. She will receive the award by
post within a couple of months. Daily times
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