Graduate record examination policy
QAU students protest HEC's policy on GRE
Islamabad, March 17: A number of Quaid-i-Azam University's students on Tuesday staged a protest demonstration
against the introduction of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) by the Higher
Education Commission for awarding MPhil and PhD degrees.
marched from the National Press Club to the Parliament House and staged a sit-in
there. However, they dispersed after two hours as MNA Tariq Fazal Chaudhry
assured them that he would arrange a meeting of the students' representatives
with the education minister on Wednesday.
The students enchanted slogans
against the HEC for introducing a "black law" in the form of GRE. They were also
carrying banners and placards demanding withdrawal of the GRE condition, which
according to them, was at odds with the country's education system.
protesters also criticised the HEC for "failing" to introduce a uniform GRE
policy for implementation in Pakistani universities. According to the HEC
criteria, any candidate sent to U.S. for higher study has to pass the NTS
examination, whereas international GRE has been imposed on local PhDs, they
"The commission has sent above 4,000 students to the universities
in Europe and China without requiring GRE and passing the local NTS test was
considered sufficient, but for the admission to local universities GRE has been
made compulsory," a student said.
"The test that
the HEC has made compulsory for us is conducted nowhere except in few
universities of America and it is only compatible with the education system of
that country, but has no relevance with our system or any other in the world",
"They want us to take a graduation level test at advanced
levels and it is not a research paper and does not impact our research
capacity", said a girl student.
"Isn't it silly to evaluate an Mphil or
PhD degree through a graduation level examination?" she questioned. "The fee to
take the GRE is very high and many students cannot afford to pay it costing
Rs15, 000", said another student.
It is worth mentioning here that in
2005, the HEC introduced the quality criteria for the award of MPhil and PhD
degrees in the Pakistani universities.
However, the HEC has failed to
introduce a uniform policy for the implementation of this test and over the past
five years the policy regarding the GRE has been changed by the HEC several
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FBISE annual matric examinations 2010
Islamabad: The Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) will hold `Secondary School Certificate (SSC)
Annual Examination 2010' from March 25. The roll number slips of the ex-private
candidates appearing in examination have been dispatched to their given
addresses, said a news release issued here.
If the roll number slip is not
received by any candidate up to 17-03-2010, he or she should contact Controller
of Examinations on his phone number 051-9250606, Director One Window on
051-9250612, Deputy Controller of Examinations (SSC Conduct) on 051-9250620 or
Assistant Controller of Examinations (SSC Conduct) on 051-9250642.
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Ministry empowers youth to develop their dynamic efforts
Islamabad: Ministry of Youth Affairs empowers youth to identify and
develop their dynamic efforts to attain and maintain success and own their
Minister of youth affairs, Shahid Hussain Bhutto
said that "mainstreaming the youth from backward and special areas" under this
programme, the young people from backward areas will be invited to visit major
cities and get the exposure of city life, exposure for development in the
country, visit to major development projects and institutions of learning. He
said that special scholarships will be offered to students from backward and
special areas to study and live in urban universities, colleges, schools and
"This will provide opportunities for learning and
interaction with their contemporaries in urban areas, experience the urban
environment and build the bonds amongst the youth and share their value" he
added. Shahid Bhutto said that the aim is to create inspiration in the youth of
such areas to improve their own environments and play constructive role in their
"We do this by enhancing the lives of the country youth and expanding the
training opportunities, pointing the way to a future full of hope and working
together to create that future.
He said that "our projects like National
Internship Programme (NIP) and National Volunteer Movement (NVM), which we
provide in a safe atmosphere to start training for the better future" he added.
"However there is a great need to enhance the existing programmes of skill
development and vocational training in the country as it has a tremendous
potential to provide employment to our youth in rural and urban areas as well as
the job market abroad" he added.
He said that the future of any nation is
dependent on the integration of the youth in the political and other social
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PMAS-AAUR 11th convocation
Islamabad: Students of a university in Rawalpindi have been made to take an oath
that they would not embarrass the Punjab governor by refusing to receive medals
from him, as was happened in the past and shown on TV channels countrywide. The
administration of Pir Maher Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi,
has taken such a solemn undertaking from 55 students to receive their medals
from the governor at the convocation to be held on Wednesday.
PMAS-AAUR informed after oaths were taken the governor has been told about
it and assured he can confidently confer the medals on the students. The sources
said after two incidents when some students of Lahore and Faisalabad refused to
receive their medals in protest from Salman Taseer, the universities have become
cautious in inviting the governor, who has also avoided convocations of a few
universities fearing embarrassment.
The official spokesman of the
university, Musa Kaleem, expressed his ignorance about the issue of taking oath
from students to ensure no one protests before the Punjab governor. He said he
was not aware of any such development. One of the students of Arid Agriculture
University Rawalpindi told this correspondent on condition of anonymity the 55
medallists of the university had been asked to take oath one by one by the
The student said the medallists were no more a
part of the university as they had passed their degrees and the university had
to call them for the exercise of undertaking of oaths.
Some 28 students
would receive gold medals, 16 will get silver and 11 will receive bronze medals
from Salman Taseer. The university is holding its 11th convocation and some
1,450 students will be awarded with their degrees.
Salman Taseer had two bad experiences while conferring medals on the students.
On October 9, 2009 an LLB position-holder of Quaid-e-Azam Law College, Muhammad
Shahid, refused to accept a gold medal from Taseer at the Punjab University's
convocation, leaving faculty members and the other award recipients
The student asked the governor why the Pakistan People's Party
was not taking action against MQM activists who killed innocent people in
Karachi on May 12, 2007, and burnt lawyers alive in April last year. As he
explained his point of view, the governor again tried to give him the medal but
the student left the stage without taking his award.
In another incident, in Nov
2009 Atta Rasool, a textile engineering student of a university of Faisalabad,
left the governor in a daze when he refused to take his bronze medal from the
governor, saying he disagreed with the governor's statements.
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Pakistan National Library
Islamabad: The National Library of Pakistan is providing the students a
treasure of knowledge as around 90 percent students vying for the CSS
competition examinations visit the library on a regular basis to seek help from
reference material available with the library archives to get themselves
prepared for the exams.
National Library of Pakistan Director General
Chaudhry Mohammad Nazir said that the library has a stock of
300,000 books on diversified subjects and the CSS students and position holders
are utilizing this treasure to excel in the competitive exams.
Library is the largest public library operating in the federal capital and
thousands of readers visit the library to opt reference material from magazines,
books and journals.
"Books on diversified subjects are being added to the
library archives by each passing day as the library receives more than thousand
books, journals and magazines every month under copyright law," Nazir said. The
library has also preserved around 10 thousands historical and rare books for the
readers which includes original Aain-e-Akbari and around 150 books of Quranic
translations, he said.
"The process of finding books and other reading
stuff has been simplified to facilitate the readers. Earlier, the visitors were
bound to find out required book or material through card system," he observed.
"Now they just browse the library website to know about the availability of
books or reference material through the internet while sitting at their homes.
The library has also maintained record of 40 year-old newspapers and the readers
can obtain the required news in scan form or photocopy in the library," he
Looking into the rough texture of newspapers, the library has
initiated a project for digitising 40 years record of newspapers within a year,
Chaudhry Nazir said.
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RMC principal removed
Rawalpindi: The Punjab government removed Rawalpindi Medical
College (RMC) Principal and Allied Hospitals In-charge Professor Dr. Mohammad
Mussadiq Khan from his post with immediate effect through a notification issued
on Monday night.
The professor of urology at RMC and head of Urology
Department at Benazir Bhutto Hospital, Dr. Muhammad Afzal Farooqui, has been
given the additional charge of the RMC principal. Dr. Mussadiq has been directed
to report to the Punjab Health Department.
"Dr. Mohammad Mussadiq Khan
has been transferred with immediate effect and directed to report to the health
department," says the notification issued by the Services & General
Administration Department of the Chief Secretary's Office here on Monday
Chairman Task Force of Administrative Efficiencies at Chief
Minister's Secretariat Syed Farogh Navid said that he
recommended the Punjab government to remove Dr. Mohammad Mussadiq Khan from his
"It (the transfer) is not the sole action taken against Dr. Mussadiq,
further action would also be taken against him for whatsoever he had done
wrong," he said while responding to a query.
He said that he had completed his
inquiry recently and whosoever be found guilty would have to face the music, but
it might take a little time. The news
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IIUI cafeteria high rates
Islamabad: The female students of International Islamic University (IIUI) on
Tuesday staged a protest demonstration against the alleged unhygienic food and
high rates of IIUI female cafeteria.
They occupied the cafeteria for at least
three hours and chanted slogans against its administration. After the protest,
the IIUI administration closed the cafeteria for a couple of days.
Over 50 girls
from different departments of the university staged the protest demonstration in
front of the cafeteria. The students said they brought the matter of unhygienic
food and high rates to the notice of the IIUI administration many times, but it
paid no attention to the issue. The students were carrying banners and placards
inscribed with slogans including 'stop serving unhygienic foods', 'cafeteria- an
enemy of our lives' and 'stop serving poisonous food'.
They demanded that the
university administration take action against owner of the cafeteria. IIUI
Vice President Perveen Qadir Agha said she was aware of the
matter as since long the students had been complaining against the cafeteria
"The cafe has been closed for two days and the university
administration would hold talks with the café administration to settle the
matter. Hopefully, all complaints would be addressed and matter would be solved
amicably," she said. Daily times
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