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FDE director general | Urdu university hiring

FDE still without DG
Islamabad, July 10: For the last about two months, the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) has been running on an ad hoc basis as the government is yet to appoint its director general.

According to sources, the FDE is currently working under the Ministry of Capital Administration and Development and is responsible for the education in the capital. About 420 institutions are under the administrative control of the FDE.

However, after the removal of Atif Mehmood Kayai on the directive of the Supreme Court on May 18, the government has failed to appoint his successor.

The most important function of the FDE director general is to organise and manage the administration, support the system and activities that facilitate the effective running of educational institutions.

Spokesman for Federal Government College Teachers Association Professor Tahir Mehmood said the post of director general was very important.

"This is the reason that in the past senior-most professors of F.G. colleges having lots of experience in both academics as well as administration were appointed as the director general of the FDE," he added.

An official of CAD requesting not to be quoted said after implementing the orders of the apex court, the acting charge of the FDE was given to its director administration Tajamul Hussain Shah while Shahnaz A. Riaz, a candidate for the post of DG, was appointed as the director monitoring and evaluation.

He said: "In past, a considerable number of people from outside were inducted as the DG. In the year 2000, even a retired brigadier was hired as the FDE chief, the first critical turning point in the history of the institution."

He said it was the need of the hour that ad hocism, time-gap arrangements and experiments with the post be stopped.

"The officials, especially the teaching staff members, find it hard to get their grievances resolved in the absence of the director general," he said.

When contacted, Joint Secretary CAD Rafique Tahir said a summery for the appointment of the director general FDE had been sent to the prime minister secretariat. He said it was expected that the new prime minister would appoint the FDE head soon. Dawn

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Special children bag all top positions in SSC's Matric exam
Islamabad: Special children from special education centres functioning under the Directorate General of Special Education and Social Welfare excelled in the Matriculation examination conducted by the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) for academic year 2012.

A total of 24 students - 13 boys and 11 girls - appeared in the examinations from National Special Education Centre for Hearing Impaired Children, H9, Islamabad, and the result of the centre remained 100 percent. Sana Ashraf scored highest marks (852) and finished with the first position. Sehar Rubbab scored 787 marks and stood second while Marryam Rafique scored 780 marks and got the third position.

Meanwhile, a total of 11 students from National Special Education Centre for Visually Impaired Children appeared in the Matriculation exam and the result of the centre remained 99 percent. Amna Azhar topped the exam with 841 marks, Muhammad Fareedul Hassan bagged 773 marks and got the second position while Tahira Kausar earned 765 marks and bagged the third position.

A total of nine students appeared in the matriculation examination from National Special Education Centre for Physically Handicapped Children and the result for the centre remained 89 percent. Kamran Khan got the 1st position with 683 marks.

Special Education and Social Welfare Director General Syed Mustafain Kazmi on Monday congratulated the students on competing with the normal children and showing extraordinary results in the Matriculation examination. He appreciated the efforts of all centres' principals and teachers for their efforts in this regard. He further said that these students have worked extremely hard and shown commitment, courage and desire to become productive segment of society. Daily times

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Urdu varsity hired over 100 employees 'against rules'
Islamabad: The management of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology appointed and promoted over 100 employees against rules and in violation of a February 2011 Supreme Court order during the last two years, it has been learnt.

Besides, the Islamabad and Karachi campuses of the university have set different criteria for appointments on same posts.

According to documents available with Dawn, the university management appointed over 20 employees who had retired about five to 10 years back.

Those who were hired at the Karachi campus after reaching the age of superannuation include registrar Dr Qamarul Haq, treasurer Qazi Zaffar Abbas, personal secretary to the vice chancellor Mr Samad, deputy controller Abubakr Saeed, assistant director Zafar Mohiuddin, database in-charge Syed Asghar Ali, audit officer Mohammad Ishtiaq, coordinator Badaruddin Badar, professors Sayal Ali Akbar, Dr Qadeer, Abdul Hakeem and Dr Rehana.

Similar appointments made at the Islamabad campus were faculty deans Dr Noman Jafari, Dr Abdul Salam, Dr Nawab Haider, Naeem Akhtar, Ahmed Ansari, Mohammad Naseem Khan, Waheed Khan, Mohammad Akram, Shafqat Amin and Javaid Kiani.

According to sources, over 80 employees were appointed in violation of rules. Baqar Subhan was first appointed as law officer and then made lecturer. Fakhira Kashif of the computer science department was initially hired as a lecturer on contractual basis and then upgraded to the post of assistant professor.

Besides, a number of persons who allegedly had reference of university officers or Higher Education Commission (HEC) high-ups were appointed and promoted. They included Tuba Sheikh, Ayesha Shahid, Obaidullah Qureshi, Nasim Khan, Najeebullah Saif, Khalid Mehmood, Yasir Saeed, Shahzad Aziz, Khurram Moeen Rana, Zahoor Ahmed and Adil Awan.

According to the documents, the HEC sent a letter to the VC of the university, Dr Mohammad Qaiser, in October 2010 informing him that faculty members of different universities had raised the issue of appointment of eminent/retired professors as deans and directors at the Urdu university against rules.

An officer of the university requesting not to be named said they had tried to contact all the relevant forums to address the issue and ensure that the irregularities were removed but the VC never bothered to listen to them.

"Although there is a clear order of the Supreme Court that retired persons cannot be reappointed, especially on administrative posts, the management never followed the directive," he said.

"Some of the faculty members who are over 70 years old are getting over Rs300,000 per month salary, which is a burden on the exchequer. On the other hand, qualified people remain jobless," he said.

Public relations officer of the university, Nawaz Jillani said that the management had been trying to resolve the issues of the university. Just four years back, there were 2,100 students in the university but now their number has reached 3,700.

"Earlier, there were only 37 faculty members but now we have over 140 teachers, out of whom 30 are PhDs. In its ranking, the HEC has put the university at number six," he said.

Professor Dr Zahid Saleem said the university had 171 sanctioned posts of faculty members but only 143 teachers had been appointed.

Vice Chancellor Dr Mohammad Qaiser said that the university had produced 16 PhDs, which was a big achievement.

"I have never done anything against the rules. It is possible that employees of lower cadre (grade 1 to 4) had been directly appointed, but all officers have been hired after meeting the requirements," he claimed.

"As far as the registrar of the university and some other officers, who have crossed the age of superannuation, we don't have their replacements. As soon as we get the replacement we will relieve them," he said. Dawn

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BA, BSc students in NWA miss papers
Miranshah: A number of male and female students on Monday could not reach examination halls to take papers for the Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) in North Waziristan Agency due to curfew. Official sources said a number of students and invigilators supervising the examination were not able to reach the examination centres in Mir Ali and Miranshah due to the curfew. The students were supposed to appear in the economics and geography papers. The news

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Summer camps irksome for students, parents alike
Attock: In the wake of prevailing extreme heat wave, parents of the students in the district have demanded that government should immediately close all the ongoing summer camps in the private schools, which they blamed, were not only posing serious threat to the students' health but had also become a headache for them.

Many of them said that their children especially girls had been complaining of pain in the eyes, fever, headache and other heat-related issues and were, in fact, afraid of attending the ongoing summer camps.

Loadshedding was stated to have worsened the situation for them as majority of the schools had no generator facility. "The administration of our institutes has been warning the students of heavy fines being imposed on them in case they prefer to stay away from these camps to continue till July 30," they disclosed. They wondered what the use of summer vacation was if the students were to be forced to attend summer camps in the sizzling heat.

Besides students and parents, the teachers were also troubled by the camps but were silent for fear of losing their jobs, it has also been learnt.

They have also asked the government to immediately impose a ban on the summer camps at the schools and colleges in order to avoid any untoward incident. Adding to the woes of the students, severe heat wave gripping most parts of the district further intensified on Wednesday. Dawn

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