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Pakistani Students win top honors in 2009 global ThinkQuest Competition
Islamabad, Jun 22: Pakistani students took top honors in the 2009 global ThinkQuest competition online out of 955 teams of 83 countries including Australia, China, India, Pakistan, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States. ThinkQuest, sponsored by the Oracle Education Foundation (OEF) is a protected, online learning platform that enables teachers to integrate learning projects into their classroom curriculum and students to develop 21st century skills.

The competition includes a Website Competition that challenges student teams to develop educational websites on topics of their choosing and a Narrative Competition that challenges student teams to publish their ideas on topics of global importance using OEF's ThinkQuest Projects platform.

Muhammad, Muznah and Rida of Generation's School collaborated with students in Singapore to create a website called "Portable Partners-Friends or Foes", which examined common mobile devices used by young people.

"The Oracle Education Foundation is pleased to recognize the outstanding achievements of all the students who participated in the ThinkQuest Competitions," said Clare Dolan, Vice President, Oracle Corporate Citizenship.

"These students developed skills that are critical for success in the 21st century while producing outstanding educational resources that will benefit their peers globally."

"ThinkQuest was a challenging yet enjoyable experience for me.

It was an honor for me not only to compete on an international platform, but also to represent Pakistan," said Muhammad, a student team member from Generation's School. "My teammates and I gave it our best shot to make our website a worthy contestant in ThinkQuest. The news about our victory was a complete surprise and I would like to acknowledge my teammates and coaches for their hard work and guidance."

Prizes for winning teams include laptop computers, digital cameras, school grants, and a trip to the awards event in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Pakistani Students win top honors in the 2009 global ThinkQuest Competition. App

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Female candidates protest against FDE mismanagement
Islamabad: Thousands of female candidates, who appeared for the interview of teachers (BPS-9 to BPS-14) Saturday protested against the mismanagement of the Federal Directorate of Education.

The shortage of registration forms caused the trouble, which resulted in scuffles between the FDE staff and the relatives of female candidates. Around 8000 female candidates had arrived at the F G Model School for Girls G-9/3, but there were only 2,000 registration forms.

The candidates exchanged harsh words with a female official of the FDE over the issue. The situation turned worst when the people who came along with the female candidates scuffled with male FDE staffers. They damaged the school building and furniture.

The FDE staffers however, managed to escape while the interviews for female candidates cancelled.

FDE Director General Attique-ur-Rehman said, "We were not expecting such number of candidates that is why this incident happened."

He said the new schedule will be announced on Monday (June 22) and three centres would be reserved for female candidates.

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Preston University Convocation
Islamabad: Preston University will hold the 32nd convocation of its Islamabad Campus on June 23 (Tuesday). This mega event will held at Jinnah Convention Centre, said a news release issued here Saturday. The Chairman Senate, Farooq H. Naek will be the chief guest on the occasion. Bachelors and Masters degrees will be conferred upon more than 350 graduates at the convocation. Gold medallions and merit certificates will also be awarded to the graduates who have stood first in their respective fields of specialisation.

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Riphah advisory board constituted
Rawalpindi: Riphah International University (RIU) Islamabad has formed Riphah Advisory Board for Excellence (RABE) consisting of top executives of industry and business concerns to join faculty and students in building human resource.

The objective behind setting up the advisory board is to produce a new generation of professionals, researchers and leaders needed for our country and for the Ummah.

According to a press release issued here Sunday, RABE, will also help in achieving economic independence and create entrepreneurial mind set and culture with a vision of integrity with Islamic values and contemporary approaches for human recourse development.

The first meeting of the advisory board was held on June 20, 2009 at Al-Mizan campus of Riphah International University in Rawalpindi, which was attended by a number of chief executive officers and senior executives from industry and business in public and private sectors including Computer Society of Pakistan President Tahir Chaudhary, Alternative Energy Development Board (Technical) Director General Irfan Afzal Mirza, Leadership and Management Solutions Chief Operating Officer Dr. Mazher Jamil, Technology Infrastructure Citibank Manager Murtaza Kazmi, Total Media Solutions Marketing Manager Farooq Ishaq, ACER Technologies for Pakistan and Afghanistan Manager Zahid Universal Service Fund Mehmood Pervaiz Iftikhar, Head of Technical Department Panda Security Head Engineer Naeem Akhtar and Channel-7 Managing DirectorAhmed Masud. The meeting was also attended by the senior faculty members and officials of Riphah International University.

Islamic International Medical College Trust and Riphah International University Executive Director Asadullah Khan gave a brief resume of activities of the trust and the university. He welcomed the participants and highlighted the objectives of the Riphah Advisory Board for Excellence. He said the board will help strengthen the university-industry linkages and to merge theoretical and practical experiences to enhance the overall quality of education and research.

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Director of the Dawah Academy appointed Islamabad: Dr. Sahibzada Sajid-ur-Rehman, Professor Islamic Research Institute of the International Islamic University (IIU) has been appointed as director of the Dawah Academy. His predecessor Professor Abdul Jabbar Shakir has been appointed as Director Seerah Study Centre and Seerah Library of the Islamic Research Institute, said a press release issued here on Saturday.

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PakTurk School students excel in Shaheen Scout Rally
Murree: All Pakistan Shaheen Scout Rally, under the supervision of Punjab Scouts Association, was held in Ghora Gali Murree. Around two hundred schools attended the rally. According to a press release issued here Sunday, a group of eight students from PakTurk International Schools and Colleges Junior section, Islamabad including Ali Jalal, Faqaq Wadood, Sibghatullah, Waqas Khaliq, Abdullah Abbasi, Mohammad Osman, S.M. Qasim and Faras Wadood participated in the camp with their unit leader Aoun Abbas. The group won first position in All Punjab Gymnastics, second in Camp Inspection. While Ali Jalal secured second position in the competition of recitation of Holy Quraan and Abdullah Abbasi got third position in general knowledge competition. Pak Turk College Principal Davut Akbulut congratulated the students and (Director Sports) Aoun Abbas on their achievements. The News

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