BISE Lahore alias policy
BISEs told to amend 'alias' policy
Lahore, June 11: The Punjab ombudsman on Thursday directed the Board of
Intermediate and Secondary Education, Lahore, to amend its policy regarding
mentioning of the old name of a student in duplicate/corrected matriculation
certificate with the addition of the word 'alias'.
Mahmood Khan Parwaz
submitted an application to the ombudsman stating that the name of his son,
Muhammad Tanvir Ahmad, was mistakenly printed as Hafiz Muhammad Tanvir in the
admission form of matriculation exam 2008 and the result card/original
certificate of matriculation was issued with the same mistake.
application, he said, the board corrected his son's name, but the old name was
also printed with the addition of the word 'alias'. He requested the ombudsman
that directions be given to the board to delete the old name along with the word
'alias' from the certificate.
The board claimed the student's name had
been corrected on his request and the old name was mentioned with the word
'alias' as per rules.
The ombudsman observed that the old name mentioned
as 'alias' was generally considered to be another name of the same person and
could create complications on production of such a document by a person in
The ombudsman directed the BISE to issue a fresh certificate to
the complainant in which the word 'alias' with the old name be deleted and the
old name be separately mentioned in the duplicate certificate to indicate that
the particulars were printed in the original certificate in that way.
directed the board to amend its policy and not to print the word 'alias' in the
duplicate certificates and if considered necessary, the particulars of
previous/old name of a candidate be separately shown/printed at the bottom of a
All educational boards were also directed to
amend their policies accordingly.
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Issue of BMC recognition by PMDC still unresolved
Peshawar: More than 70 male and female students of Bannu Medical College stayed
in the provincial metropolis to stage protests and interact with whoever could
help them in seeking resolution of their problems. The BMC students were on
strike since last one month and this was a desperate attempt to invite attention
of the authorities to the sorry state of affairs at their college, which was
established in 2006 by the then chief minister Akram Durrani as he tried to
bring every conceivable project to his native Bannu. Four years later, it is
still lacking in many respects. The students were hoping that their protests in
Peshawar and better media coverage would prompt the provincial government to
take measures to upgrade facilities at the college for meeting the standards
required for its recognition by the Pakistan Medical and Dental College (PMDC).
Their protests made an impact as Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti convened a
high-level meeting to discuss the needs of Bannu Medical College in the start of
this month. If properly implemented, some of the decisions that were taken would
help resolve the problems highlighted by the students. The Khalifa Gul Nawaz
Teaching Hospital, named after a freedom-fighter, would be made fully
operational by the end of the year, an endowment fund would be set up to offer
incentives and hire the needed teaching staff and request would be made to the
federal government and PMDC for provisionally recognizing the college. The
students, though, are sceptical as in the past also promises were made and
forgotten following their earlier protests. However, they are determined to
pursue the matter as the first batch at the college is now in the fourth year
and non-recognition of Bannu Medical College by the PMDC would render them
ineligible to appear in the MBBS examination.
The 500 students of the college
had earlier organised demonstrations in Bannu and set up camps selling pakoras
and sewing clothes as a mark of protest against the government's apathy to
solution of their problems. A group of students narrated their woes as they sat
down with this writer while camping in Peshawar recently as part of their
protest campaign. They had been on strike since May 13, refusing to take classes
and instead agitating on the streets. Their major concern was non-recognition of
their college by the PMDC due to its various deficiencies. Initially, 50
students yearly were being admitted, then the number was raised to 100 without
providing the requisuite facilities.
The intake of students is now 153 and the
college strength would rise to 653 later in the autumn when new admissions are
given. This has led to overcrowding in the classes, laboratories and hostels,
which in case of male students were set up in rented buildings and lack basic
services. There are more than 200 female medical students belonging to places
all over the province and they too are suffering due to the plethora of problems
at the college. The Khalifa Gul Nawaz Teaching Hospital is not yet fully
functional. Work on its construction started in 2004 but only six out of the 11
planned blocks have been built until now. Shortage of teachers is a serious
issue. Ninety sanctioned posts of the teaching faculty are still vacant. The
PMDC in its last report following a visit by its designated inspection team
noted that the college was being run with 20 percent of the required teaching
staff only. According to the students, the problems at Bannu Medical College
kept piling from the tenure of its first principal, Dr Omar Ali Khan, who was
followed by Dr Shafiullah and was recently replaced by Dr Khan Nawaz.
college principal was normally entrusted with four posts, making it difficult
for him to concentrate on his job. The Ittehad-e-Talaba, the united platform of
the protesting students, highlighted many other problems concerning their
inadequate library, the non-operational Self Learning Resource Centre, the
poorly maintained laboratories, security concerns, etc. The Bannu Medical
College is the third biggest college in terms of students' strength after the
Khyber Medical College, Peshawar and Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad. However,
it is fifth in order of merit primarily due to its many inadequacies on account
of the government's inability to meet its needs. The college could slip further
in ranking if remedial measures weren't taken to resolve its many problems. F.P. Report
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New building for PU archives
Lahore: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran on
Thursday approved in principle the construction of a new building for varsity
He was presiding over a meeting of the eight-member committee,
constituted for collection and preservation of historical records and primary
source documents accumulated over the course of 128 years of the university.
The archives consist of records selected for permanent or long-term
preservation on grounds of their enduring, cultural, historical or evidentiary
The meeting decided that the university should also approach
various international agencies known for extending donations for preservation of
archival collections as well as technical assistance.
meeting decided that varsity archives could be preserved on the second floor of
the main library building.
It was informed that the establishment of an
archival unit would keep the archival material in an organized format. The PU
library had already developed a digital preservation unit in 2007-08 and as such
it would provide support in all respects to preserve varsity archives.
The meeting was attended by committee convener Professor Emeritus Dr
Khawaja Muhammad Zakria, Prof Dr Muhammad Saleem Akhtar, registrar Dr Muhammad
Naeem Khan, chief librarian Chaudhry Muhammad Hanif, additional registrar Dr A
Alamgir, treasurer Dr Uzma Ikram and Urdu department chairman of Oriental
College Dr Tehseen Faraqi.
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PU LLB results
Lahore: The PU on Thursday declared the results of LLB Part-III, supplementary examination 2009, MPhil Communication
Studies (Research Track), semester system, session 2008-10, BSc Computational
Physics (four-year), (evening), semester system, session 2005-09, BSc
Computational Physics (two-year), (morning), semester system, session 2006-08
and BSc Computer Science (two-year), semester system, session 2002-04. Dawn
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200 contract teachers 'sacked' in Kurram Agency
Parachinar: Two hundred teachers, inducted nearly seven years ago in the
state-run schools on contract basis, were sacked in the violence-hit Kurram
Agency on Thursday.
Sources said the teachers had been appointed on
contract basis to make up for the lack of staff in the government schools in
Kurram Agency in 2004 after proper procedure of tests and interviews. The
sources said the education department in Kurram sacked the teachers with effect
from June 30, 2010.
Two of the sacked teachers, Tajir Hussain and Zamin
Hussain said that when they contacted the agency education officials
in this regard, they said they had nothing to do with this matter as it had been
done by the high-ups of the education department.
Meanwhile, this scribe
tried to contact Agency Education Officer Muhammad Afzal several times but he
was unavailable to comment on the issue.
The social and political
circles expressed their concern over the government decision, arguing that the
education of children was already at stake in the area because of violence. They
said the decision would not only affect the students but also the poor families
of the teachers whose jobs were terminated.
The teachers and tribal
elders asked the federal and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments to take note of the
issue and withdraw the termination order of the teachers to save the future of
children in Kurram Agency. The new
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