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