Ad hocism rules Punjab Board of Technical Education
PBTE is the only board holding and conducting all final examinations pertaining to technical, commercial and vocational education
Lahore, May 03: Adhocism seems to rule the Punjab Board of Technical
Education (PBTE) as none of the top slots is currently held by regular
The posts including those of Chairman, Secretary and
Controller of Examinations are all being "looked after" by officials on
additional charge exposing government's "commitment" to promote
technical education and vocational training in the province.
Operating Officer of the Technical Education & Vocational Training
Authority (Tevta) has been holding additional charge of Chairman PBTE
since February 2010 while earlier the same post was looked after for
almost a year on additional charge basis.
The post of PBTE
Secretary is being held by the board's senior research officer while
the post of Controller of Examination is also being held by the board's
Deputy Controller of Examination on additional charge. Besides this the
post of board's Audit Officer is also being managed on additional
It is pertinent to mention here that PBTE is the only
board holding and conducting all final examinations pertaining to
technical, commercial and vocational education below degree level in
Moreover, the recent decision of the Technical
Education & Vocational Training Authority (Tevta) management to
abolish posting of its employees on key slots of PBTE on deputation has
raised concern among the stakeholders.
Recently the Tevta
authorities decided that the posts of Chairman, Secretary and
Controller of the PBTE would be advertised and appointments against
these posts would be made on contract mode only. "There will be an open
competition", said a senior official adding "Only the best individuals
would be appointed against these top slots to achieve desire results."
added since PBTE was an examining body; it had been decided to appoint
neutral individuals against top slots. There had been alleged incidents
of favouritism, the official said adding the fresh move would help in
ending such practices.
However, the Tevta employees believe
the move is an effort to deprive them of their right. They argue the
boards dealing in general education welcome only teachers of schools
and colleges to serve on key posts on deputation. "Why the same policy
cannot continue in the technical education board?" they question.
contacted Chairman Tevta Saeed Ahmad Alvi said the posting of PBTE
Chairman delayed for sometime as one of the applicants had filed a writ
"The matter is solved now", he said adding "The
candidate for this slot will be finalized in almost two weeks time." He
further said the posts of Secretary and Controller would also be
Talking about ending appointments through
deputation on key slots, Chairman Tevta said the decision was taken
after due deliberations. "There has been an unhealthy competition for
these slots", he said adding it was also unfortunate that the
candidates aspiring for such posts usually tried to use connections for
appointments on administrative posts. Mr Alvi further said the posts
would now be advertised and filled through a competition. He added
Tevta employees would also be allowed to compete. The news
"respected all the story is true and there is no proper rule to inform the students about anything,the story is same for all level students even for M.Phil student .student also disagreed with their CGPA system .no one ready to clarify about this system. the behavior of the all officials even Head of departments quit unprofessional they deal with the student like animal. They dropped the student without assigning any reason.Neither HEC nor any other take attention about all these things."
Name: H M Afzal
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GCU assumes the role of a 'martinet'
Lahore: The Government College University administration has detained admission
of 90 students who were to sit the FA/FSc annual examination beginning
on May 8. The students have been charged with missing the target of
attending 75 per cent lectures.
However, as the proverbial
machine of justice rolls on to penalise the students, there are certain
cases that need attention besides varsity administration's failure to
keep the students informed about the status of their attendance.
all, the university is charging handsomely from students.The Ravians
are now running from pillar to post to drive home their point and
protesting, what they call, ruthless attitude of the university
administration. One of the dropouts had brought laurels to the
university by earning position in the Lahore board in intermediate
Part-I annual examination.
Another student says he could not attend classes upstairs because of fractured leg.
deserves mention here that there are very few cases of students'
detention from annual examination by the publicsector colleges
affiliated with the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education,
What other colleges do? Most colleges do detain their
students' admission when they submit the admissions of the eligible
ones with single fee (for which Feb 6 was last date).
they ask the delinquent students to make up for their short lectures
and finally send admission of those who fulfill the minimum 75 per cent
The last date of sending admission with double fee was Feb 27.
there is a third chance to make up for short lectures and the
institutes send admission with triple fee for which the last date was
April 8 – a month before the commencement of the examination.
the board rules allow that the students' attendance could be raised up
to 75 per cent through special lectures otherwise their names could be
withdrawn up to 14 days before the examination.
It seems the
GCU administration has failed to utilise the double and triple fee
options as it had sent candidates' admissions with single fee and kept
on reminding students, as it claims, by putting up notices on varsity
campus twice in January and February.
However, some students
say as they were not coming to the university, it was futile to put up
any notice. "The varsity administration should have informed us by
sending warning letters at home as it did to inform that our admissions
had been detained," they are unanimous.
One of the affected
students is a position-holder of matriculation and the GCU detained his
admission to intermediate Part-I annual examination. He claimed having
informed some officials in the university that he was invited by the
Punjab government to visit Murree along with other position-holders.
said he also spent over a week at the Management for Performance and
Development Department and was also invited to some other high-profile
He has no idea whether his absence on this account
has been considered a demerit. "The varsity administration is not
showing me the record of my attendance," he says.
the parents of some of these students have submitted an application
with the Governor's House but the fate of these students is uncertain.
university administration has already informed the board in writing
that the students in question did not attend the mandatory 75 per cent
of the total delivered lectures.
The governor cannot interfere in the matter because the matter lies with the Punjab government. Dawn
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UHS employees stage demo
Lahore: The University of Health Sciences employees along with
their children held a protest demonstration and hunger strike camp in
front of the Punjab Assembly on Saturday against the varsity's gate
closure and not their regularisation.
The UHS employees
continued their hunger strike camp in front of Punjab Assembly on the
38th consecutive day but failed to attract the attention of the
provincial government authorities yet hoping fulfilment of their right
of regularisation on the World Labour Day.
They said the UHS
administration had closed gates and deployed police to prevent them
from entering the university premises despite several written requests
by the employees in this regard. They also alleged that the UHS
administration, while misusing authority, had stopped their salaries
and started process of fresh recruitment against their posts in
violation of rules and regulations. "The UHS administration has stalled
the salaries of employees as a token for their consideration of World
Labour Day," the employees said and added that they were unable to
bring milk for their children, besides being unable to pay rent of
their houses and school fees of their children. "The provincial
government must stop this economic killing of more than 110 employees
of the UHS, who are protesting and observing hunger strike under the
scorching sun for over a month," they added.
They urged Punjab
Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sahrif and Governor Salman Taseer to
intervene and restore their employment and regularise their services by
upholding the rights of working class in connection with May Day. The news
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Idara-i-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) report
Lahore: The Idara-i-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) has launched an Annual Status of
Education Report on learning levels of 3- 16 years old children in
Punjab. The assessment was made in 2008-09.
The report has made
revelation about students learning which should alert the school
education department and further strengthen its efforts towards
ensuring quality education.The recruitment of qualified teachers is one
The report is based on the data gathered from 12,077 students belonging to 4,800 households in 240 villages of eight districts.
ASER-2008 says that only 58 per cent of Grade-V children can read
Grade-II level texts in Urdu, while only 44 per cent of Grade-V
children are able to do Grade-II level division correctly – three
digits divided by single digits with carry.
The report also
says that children's attendance is better than that of teachers at
primary level, which is 79 per cent and 70 per cent, respectively.
ratio, however, trails behind teachers by the time children get to
middle level with 84 per cent and 73 per cent, respectively.
are still 39 per cent schools without toilet facility and 28 per cent
primary schools without water. This improves for elementary schools as
27 per cent are without toilet facility and 28 per cent without water.
report also provide information that 87 per cent children of the age
group 3-16 years are in schools, 13 per cent are out of school and 9.6
per cent of all children are never enrolled in any type of school.
also explains that 74.6 per cent of this age group was enrolled in
government schools, 23.3 per cent in private schools, and two per cent
in madaris and other types of schools/learning facilities.
It also explains that parents send proportionately more girls to private schools than to government schools in rural areas.
ASER says there is an urgency to launch a province-wide campaign for
'numeracy and literacy' at the primary age level of 5-10 years through
a very systematic approach of a four to six months module.
ITA in collaboration with the South Asia Forum for Education
Development will repeat ASER every year from 2010 to 2015. Dawn
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