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AIOU opens admissions from matric to master's programmes
Islamabad, July 23: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has opened its admissions for the Autumn 2012 semester from matriculation to MA/MSc programmes in different disciplines from today (Monday).

The announcement was made by AIOU Admissions Director Syed Ziaul Hasnain.

The admission forms and prospectuses for all programmes being offered in the Autumn 2012 semester are available at the sale points at the main campus, regional campuses and coordinating offices across the country.

The admission forms and prospectus for SSC, HSSC and BA programmes for Pakistanis in the Middle East can be downloaded from the university's website www.aiou.edu.pk.

He said that the MSc programme was being offered in economics, Pakistan studies, gender and women studies and MCom (Accounting and Finance). MBA with specialisations in HRM, marketing management, IT management and banking and finance, while international 90 credit hour programme, COL MBA/MPA, was being offered in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Learning, Canada.

He said that MA in Arabic, Islamic studies and Urdu, while postgraduate diploma in gender and women studies) are also included.

In Bachelor's programmes, BS computer science and mass communication, BA in library and information science, commerce, and associate degree in commerce (accounting and finance) and (banking and finance) are being offered.

In Teacher's Training Programme, the admissions in BEd programme are also being offered.

The admissions of FA, ICom, FSc (pre-engineering), FSc (pre-medical), SSC (matric), dars-e-nizami in BA (shahadat-ul-alia), secondary (sanvia aama), higher secondary (sanvia khasa), six-months certificate courses, agricultural certificate courses, open tech courses and short-terms educational programmes have also been included.

The admissions director said that admission forms were being sent to all existing students by post at their addresses.

However, the student who does not receive the said admission form until August 1 can download the same from the AIOU website, or obtain it from the nearest regional/coordination office of the university, and deposit in any designated bank branch by putting roll/registration number and mobile number with fee until August 24. Daily times

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Commerce education no more part of Tevta
Lahore: Commerce stream of education at Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (Tevta) is finally being transferred to the Punjab higher education department amidst fears among employees of being orphaned in the new setup.

The decision to shift commerce education was taken some two years ago as some employees narrate stories that a commerce teachers' union leader had insulted Tevta chairman Saeed Alvi at a meeting that led to the idea of shifting commerce education.

Last year, the higher education department requested delaying the transfer for a year and agreed this year to accept the responsibility. The Tevta board is also scheduled to stamp the decision at its meeting on Tuesday (tomorrow).

According to plans, the commerce education along with all teachers, physical infrastructure, assets and liabilities and litigation cases will be shifted to the higher education department. Five different committees are working on the smooth transition of commerce education to the department.

While commerce education teachers and employees are skeptical about their fate, a Tevta board member told this
correspondent that the board members had independent minds and would discuss the transfer of commerce education without any prejudice.

"This issue was on agenda for quite some time and is now being taken up. There are many issues to be discussed and resolved before stamping Tevta board's consent on shifting of commerce education to the higher education department," he said.

Arguing that nowhere in the world does a model exist in which commerce education is separate from the technical education, the commerce teachers and employees say the higher education department is not setting up a separate directorate for them, which may take care of seniority and promotion issues of all teachers. Similarly, the fate of contract employees also hangs in the balance.

They also fear that the higher education department will phase out Diploma in Commerce (D.Com) and Certificate in Commerce (C.Com) as they do not fall in its purview. A debate on this subject was also held earlier but finally the decision had prevailed that commerce education should be shifted completely.

Tevta Chief Operating Officer Khalid Mahmood agrees that D.Com and C.Com should have stayed with Tevta but the consequent problems in terms of bifurcation could come as a bigger menace. "It is logical that shifting of a stream of education should be done in totality," he said.

Punjab Higher Education Secretary Dr Ijaz Munir says the department is ready to take the responsibility and clarifies that the seniority and promotion aspects of all employees will remain a separate issue under a commerce education director who will report to the Director Public Instruction (Colleges), Punjab.

New administrative posts had been sought from the finance department, which were expected to be made available within a few days, he added.

Stating that the department is currently in a transition phase, Dr Munir said it would monitor the working of the commerce education directorate and if found that the system was not working effectively, a new commerce education department would be created.

"The commerce employees' identity will be kept separate and their seniority list will remain operative for promotions," he said.

Dr Munir said five committees comprising representatives of higher education and Tevta were working for smooth transition of assets and liabilities, manpower and human resources, service record, litigation cases and transfer of power.

As regards different streams of education within commerce, the higher education secretary said the D.Com candidates would continue appearing for their examinations with the Punjab Board of Technical Education; I.Com candidates with the higher education department examination boards; and B.Com and M.Com examinations would continue to be conducted by the Punjab University.

He said the commerce education currently being offered in technical education colleges would continue for the time being and then it would gradually be shifted to the department's regular commerce colleges. "No layer of commerce education, coming from Tevta, will be closed," he assured. Dawn

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READ Foundation students excel in SSC exams
Islamabad: The students of READ Foundation institutions secured highest marks in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations held under the Board Of Intermediate and Secondary Education Mirpur, says a press release.

Khurshid Hassan of RFC Smhani secured 1003 marks, Samreen Kishwar from RFS Dhirkot secured 1002 marks, Hassebur Rehman of RFC Bhimber secured 1000 marks and Ali Shan also from RFC Bhimber secured 993 marks. All the four students are among the top 20 students who secured the highest marks in the SSC examination. Khurshid Hassan who secured 1003 marks is an orphan who is getting education totally for free at the RF College, Smhani.

READ Foundation is a not for profit organization working for the promotion of quality education in rural areas. It has a vast network of 340 schools where 72,000 plus children and 4,000 teachers. Currently 8,000 orphans, both boys and girls are getting education totally for free at READ schools.

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Distinction
Rawalpindi: Aamna Firdous, student of Army Aviation Public School, Qasim Base, Rawalpindi passed her 9th class examination from Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, securing 485 marks, says a press release. The news

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