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Concern on BISE online system
Lahore: The All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association (APPSMA), expressing concern
over the newly introduced online system of registration by examination boards of
the province, has demanded restoration of the previous manual process.
Addressing a press conference at the Lahore Press Club on Tuesday,
APPSMA President Adeeb Jawadani and other office-bearers said the online system
had completely failed and added to the miseries of innocent students. They
further said owing to lack of computer facilities at private as well as public
schools, the private internet cafÈs were fleecing the students and were charging
Rs 200 for just one form.
They also said the private schools were
earlier delivered roll number slips on their own premises but now the same were
to be collected from certain government schools, adding this whole exercise was
creating a lot of problems for students and their parents as well as management
of the schools.
They also expressed concern, saying the candidates who
had been issued roll number slips had not been informed about the practical
examination contrary to the previous practice. APPSMA office-bearers also
criticised the examination boards for alleged mismanagement in allotment of
examination centres. Giving an example, they claimed that students of a private
school in Shahdra area were allotted centres in Sheikhupura. The news
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PU's Sui-Vihar project proposal approved
Lahore: The Pakistan National Commission for Unesco has
approved a Punjab University's project proposal "Sui-Vihar excavations and
archaeological reconnaissance of southern Punjab," having a total cost of
$26,000 under the participation programme 2010-11.
The project is supposed to be completed by the end of the
year. Fieldwork around the shrine of Sui-Vihar is likely to throw ample light on
various facets of Buddhism and particularly the Mahayana cult. The development
of Buddhist art in Gandhara has its own characteristics, whereas the Buddhism,
which developed in the South has its own traditions, architecture and art.
It has to be ascertained whether it was the reproduction of the art from
Gandhara or otherwise. It will also help glean the artistic excellence of the
people of southern Punjab as the raw material available in this region was
either stucco or the clay, which is easy for mouldings and modeling. The stone
extensively used in Gandhara was altogether absent in this region.
PU archaeology department chairman Dr Farzand Masih is of the view that new
techniques in manufacturing the Buddha, Buddhisativa and other deities have been
introduced in the South. Further, the fieldwork around the monastic complex has
its ramifications and will shed light on the archaeological heritage of southern
Punjab for the first time in such an extensive way on scientific lines. Students
of the department and other institutions will be imparted practical training in
digging, recording and analysing the sub-surface data.
The excavations are likely to enlighten the status of Buddhism in south
Punjab and the 'Khanqahi Nizam' of Sufis among the Muslims, which may have its
roots from the monastic life of Buddhist monks. New information thus collected
may explain as to why among all the regions of Pakistan Sufism became more
popular in southern and northern Punjab than anywhere else.
The actual fieldwork will commence soon after signing the contract between
the PNCU, Islamabad, and the Punjab University. Dawn
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Lahore: The Punjab University on Tuesday announced the results of different examinations.
According to a press statement, the exams include Doctor of Pharmacy, First
Professional, Annual Exam 2010 and MBBS, Third Professional (New Re-Organized
Scheme), Annual Exam 2010. The news
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PU VC for making Pakistan supper power of knowledge
Lahore: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has stated
that Pakistan will have to become super power of knowledge for its survival.
Addressing the participants of 4th symposium on "Engineering Sciences" at PU
Institute of Chemical Engineering & Technology (ICET) here on Tuesday, he
said the country's statistics in terms of budget allocation for education and
research was very discouraging. Pakistan attained the status of nuclear power
due to efforts Dr Abdul Qadir Khan and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and continuation of
nuclear power programme.
Kamran said it was regrettable that Muslim countries
had no contribution to the latest discoveries in educational sphere, and
Pakistan stood after Turkey, Iran, Egypt and Malaysia in the current research
scenario among the Muslim countries. He said our governments had to take
education on top priority for educational and national advancement. He said
there was no lack of funds if education had been given its due preference with
strong commitment, as the PU administration increased its budget from Rs 4
million to Rs 70 million for research which helped in promoting research culture
and as a result the university improved its ranking. In his message, Dr Samar
Mubarakmand said chemical engineering & technology were the leading domains
responsible for the advancement of economic growth of any nation. "In Pakistan,
we were striving to improve the economy by exploiting the tremendous wealth of
the country which was embedded in its large resources of coal, copper, gold,
chromium and other metals. The nation was very lucky to possess highly educated
and trained manpower which could be diverted towards exploration of our natural
resources for the betterment of the country's economy."
Dr Mubarakmand said
whether it was the gasification of coal or the extraction of valuable metals
from ore, chemical engineering & metallurgy played the leading role. He
expected the symposium would promote the exchange of latest ideas in chemical
processing and metallurgical refinement techniques among the participants. He
said our country badly needed a contribution from the engineers. The nation
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'Dubious' IUB degree not without price tag
Rahim yar khan: The treatment of education as commodity is not new to the country but the lust for fees by
premier institutions the degrees of which are not recognised by the regulatory
authorities is alarming to say the least.
And the practice is not restricted to the private-sector institutions alone.
The graduates of the Islamia University Bahawalpur's sub-campus (Rahim Yar Khan)
have been rudely awakened to non-recognition of their B.Com honours programme by
the Higher Education Commission.
The IUB sub-campus offered four-year honours programme B.Com (hons) MS-IT
(Management Sciences in Information Technology) - in September 2006 and 28
students got themselves enrolled (after going through the rigours of a written
test and interview) for eight semesters costing Rs115,000.
Nineteen students passed out in October 2010, but their elation proved
short-lived as when they applied for either jobs or higher degree programmes,
business organisations as well as educational institutions refused to recognise
their degrees. As one of the students, Ammar Zafar went to get his degree
verified from the Higher Education Commission, the latter disappointed him by
informing him that "this is a dual degree programme which requires a
clarification from the IUB".
The HEC informed him that there was no such discipline in any university of
Pakistan. The students subsequently contacted their head of department, Hamid
Khan who, instead of convincing them, asked them to knock on at door of the
chief justice of Pakistan. He expressed his inability to help them.
Director Campus Dr Shakir Ghazali, while responding to their queries, told
them the name of their programme was wrongly printed in the prospectuses and the
anomaly would be removed on their result cards.
IUB Department of Commerce chairman Dr Javed also prevaricated on the issue,
leaving the students in blind alley.
Some of the students said that they had opted for the subjects related to
management science and information technology in various semesters to be able to
have better job prospects but the varsity administration kept them in the
The IUB administration, they said, issued them result cards four times and
there was a discrepancy or two every time.
Dr Ghazali said that the IUB administration had printed the new result cards
and put down the degree name as MS commerce and the students could collect these
from the department within a few days.
Asked what's the significance of the degree and how it could help students in
the long run, he failed to even say what MS stood for.
As for the 'anomaly' in prospectuses, he said the varsity's main campus
(Bahawalpur) was the right forum to ask this question.
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Education dept gets merit-based posting policy
Lahore: The Punjab school education department has notified
a merit-based system of posting of officers after their initial recruitment in
BS-17 and 18 and of officers of BS-17, 18, 19 and 20 after their in-service
promotion. With the approval of the chief minister, the department has also
arrayed vacant posts of officers from BS-17 to BS-20 in the entire province.
The new policy envisages rooting out erratic postings and prescribes that
such posts will be considered vacant for the purpose of adjusting duly selected
or promoted officers of relevant grades.
Once the posting orders of an officer of proper grade or subject are issued,
the erratically placed incumbent shall stand relieved of his/her duties/charge.
The newly-placed officer shall assume the charge of his posting without formal
relinquishment of the charge by the incumbent placed erratically.
The officers selected by the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) as head
teacher or those who are promoted as head teachers will not be adjusted as
subject specialists or senior subject specialists.
The notification says that the over-riding principle of placement is that the
officers of provincial cadre can be posted anywhere in the province. No official
can claim as a matter of right any particular post in BS-17, 18, 19 and 20
whether filled by initial recruitment or in-service promotion.
On initial recruitment through the PPSC, the selected officers will be posted
according to the inter-se merit of each selected candidate. The officers
promoted against in-service promotion quota will be posted according to their
As far as possible, the posting policy says, the officers will be adjusted in
the district of their domicile subject to inter-se merit and seniority within
that district and availability of vacancies. The female officers may exercise
their option, according to their husband's district of domicile/place of
The competent authority may place or refuse to place any teacher or official
against any vacancy on the basis of student-teacher ratio, opening of new
school, bigger enrolment or any other administrative ground.
In case, any dispute arises between two or more persons for a seat, the
senior in merit or inter-se seniority within the district will take
The policy, however, will not be applicable to administrative posts of EDOs,
DEOs, and deputy DEOs and suitable officials will be selected by Search
Committees on seniority-cum-fitness basis under separate criteria.
The school education department has also set up a cell to redress complaints
regarding violation of this policy. The additional secretary (schools) and
director public instruction (secondary education) will run the cell. Dawn
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New book on Faiz
Lahore: On the directive of President Asif Ali Zardari, the Pakistan Academy of Letters
arranged seminars on various aspects of Faiz's poetry at all the provincial head
quarters. Papers read by eminent scholars at the Faiz's centenary seminar held
in Lahore on Feb 11, under the aegis of the Punjab chapter of the Pakistan
Academy Of Letters, have been compiled in a book form which is being published
by the University of Gujrat. The book titled " Resent Global Colonial situation
and the poetry of Faiz", contains articles by IA Rehman, Prof Syed Shabbir
Hussain Shah, Dr Nizamuddin, Prof Dr Mohammad Arif, Prof Fateh Mohammad Malik,
Dr Saadat Saeed, Dr Sughra Sadaf, Dr Zia-ul-Hasan, Hassan Jaffar Zaidi and Dr
Ali Madeeh Hashmi. The book also contains the presidential address delivered at
the seminar by Punjab Governor Latif Khosa along with a preface by Altaf Ahmad
Qureshi. Sheikh Abdur Rsdshid, Deputy Registrar, University of Gujrat, is
supervising the publication of the book. The news
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