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Race for FDE head began
Islamabad, May 21: With the removal of Atif Mehmood Kayani on the directives of the Supreme Court, a race for the post of the director general, Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) has started.

A number of hopefuls having links with influential politicians have jumped into the foray. The new minister for Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) can also play a role in the appointment.

On the other hand, educationists have expressed the hope that like the practice before 1999, one of them would be appointed as the director general.

Besides, Dr Shahnaz A. Riaz, who has been trying to get the post for the last 14 years and also fought her case in the apex court, is also hopeful that she would get the charge of acting DG on Monday and later would be confirmed.

It may be noted that in the light of the Supreme Court's observation, CADD discontinued the service of Atif Kayani on Friday.

Prof Khalida Makhdoom, senior vice-president Federal Government College Teachers Association (FGCTA), said in the past senior-most and capable educationists were made the FDE head. With this lawful practice and a logical tradition, the education department flourished in the newly-established federal capital. A number of institutions were opened, catering to the educational needs of the people, and the number has now reached 421.

"Remarkable services of Professor Afroze Begum as the FDE head are still fresh in the memories of the residents. She raised the standard of education, particularly in the rural areas of the capital, and created new posts of teachers according to the rising
demand. Later, Professor Mohammad Akram and Professor Safdar Ali Shah also contributed a lot in raising the education standard."

Prof Tahir Mahmood, the secretary general of FGCTA, added that political instability and interference brought a number of people from outside to the lucrative post. In the beginning, officials from the Ministry of Education and then military and civilian personnel having political backing but not enough qualifications and competence occupied the office.

"For example, the period between 2001 and 2008, when Brigadier (retired) Maqsoodul Hassan headed the FDE, was the worst one with extreme level of nepotism and favouritism. In the name of teacher training, millions of funds went to waste and favourite persons were sent abroad violating all principles of merit. Walk-in-interviews were conducted to appoint blue-eyed boys on the recommendations of influential persons," he added.

He said the teaching community seemed having no place in the system as their entry into the FDE before 12pm was banned.

Consequently, the pace of progress in the education department fell to its lowest level. At the same time, endless chain of victimisation and promotion on the basis of favoritism continued.

Professor Zahid Ali Shah, president FGCTA, appealed to the secretary CADD that the teachers' body should be consulted on the appointment of the DG. "Any of the senior professors working as principal in federal government colleges should be appointed as the DG, keeping in view their past performance and administrative abilities."

Professor Tahir Mahmood said the practice of making experiments in the most important department should be stopped. It is no less than playing with our future generation.

Dr Shahnaz Riaz, when contacted, said the post was purely promotion based and she deserved to be appointed as the DG, because she was the most senior officer and has worked in international universities too.

"I am expecting that I will be appointed as the acting head of the FDE till the nomination of a permanent DG by Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani. I am sure that the PM will appoint me as the DG because he believes in merit and in the past had rejected the summery of my transfer."

Joint Secretary CADD Rafique Tahir said according to rules he could have taken over the additional charge of DG on Friday and would remain on the post till the appointment of the permanent DG. But he said he did not have any interest in the post and on Monday a deserving person will be given the acting charge. Dawn

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Moot on emerging trends in management held at MAJU
Islamabad: The Mohammad Ali Jinnah University held 1st International Conference on Emerging Trends in Management: ICETM 2012, at its Islamabad Campus, says a press release.

The purpose of this conference was to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on the latest business developments in the field of management among researchers and practitioners in universities and industries and to seek opportunities for collaboration among the participants.

Over 200 scholarly contributions from 11 countries were received. After a careful review 54 papers were selected for the conference presentation in seven sessions and for foreign scholars, who were very keen to come to Pakistan, but could not travel due to visas and other issues; were provided opportunity to present their papers online.

In the opening session Dr. Ijaz Shafi Gillani, Chairman Gallup Pakistan, was the chief guest and delivered the keynote speech on globalisation and its impact on the life of human on planet earth. Deans and senior faculty members of leading academic institutions of Islamabad inducing Dr. Muhammad Bashir Khan, Dr. Kashif-ur-Rehman, Dr. Mushtaq Ahmed Sajid, Dr. Kamran Naqi Khan, Moin Uddin, Dr. Mueen Zafar, and Atle Hetland, a well known Norwegian Researcher, journalist and columnist participated as chair, co-chair and participants in the conference.

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IIU admissions for fall semester start
Islamabad: The International Islamic University (IIU) has started admissions for the Fall Semester and applications in this regard can be submitted by June 29. Details for admission tests are available on university's website and no other letter would be issued to students in this regard, said a circular issued by university administration.

According to circular the university has started its admissions in Faculties of Arabic, Basic and Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Management Sciences, Islamic Studies (Usool-ud-Deen), Language and Literature, Social Sciences, Shri'ah and Law and in the International Institute of Islamic Economics. Result awaiting students can also apply for bachelor and master's programmes but they have to submit their degrees by October, 30.

Admission would be rejected of those students who would fail in any paper or not get required marks. Admission form can be obtained from the university New Campus, Sector H-10, branches of Habib Bank, First Women Bank and Allied Bank in Islamabad and also can download the admission form from the university website www.iiu.edu.pk and post it to admission office IIU sector H-10 Islamabad.

There are 9 teaching faculties, 39 departments and 130 degree programmes. The university has the enrolment of over 22,000 students including 2200 doctorial and post-graduate students from more than 50 countries. The university has a fleet of around 65 buses to provide transportation facility to male and female students separately all over Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Taxila areas and also has separate campuses for female and male students.

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FJWU Seminar on World Press Freedom Day
Rawalpindi: The Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU), under the umbrella of Susan B Anthony Reading Room, celebrated World Press Freedom Day in collaboration with the Department of Communication and Media Studies. FJWU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Samina Amin Qadir was the chief guest of the occasion.

The programme started with the recitation of verses from the Holy Qur'aan. FJWU Librarian Zafar Javed Naqvi welcomed the guests - Adnan Rehmat (executive director of the Intermedia) and Aftab Alam (executive director of the IRADA).

While addressing the seminar, Adnan Rehmat said that the media in Pakistan has changed enormously over the last one decade, but the threats to it have not diminished. He said that before 2002 there was a single television channel and radio station that is governed by the state. At that time, there was no interface between the media and the audience. But after that the government decided to indulge private sector in media environment and thus started licensing private television channels and radio stations. "Now we have 97 television stations and 147 radio stations," he added. He said that it is the need of the hour that we train media persons in reporting and covering public issues.

Speaking on the occasion, Aftab Alam said that across the world, including Pakistan, World Press Freedom Day was commemorated to spotlight the importance of freedom of expression, as enshrined under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The right to access (unadulterated) information is one of the fundamental rights recognised under the UN Charter. He threw some light on different rules and regulations related to the media.

The seminar was followed by an interactive question-answer session. The participants and the faculty members raised meaningful questions about the current media scenario and media rules in Pakistan.

Dr. Shamim Zaidi, chairperson of the Communication and Media Studies Department, thanked the speakers for gracing the occasion and sharing their enlightening thoughts and experiences with the faculty and students. She briefly explained to students about history and origin of World Press Freedom Day.

Addressing the seminar, FJWU Vice Chancellor Dr. Samina Amin Qadir said until and unless you raise your voice, you will not be heard. The media is becoming more powerful tool in creating, shaping and propagating public opinion. "We, at the consumer end, must be able to critically analyse the information," she added.

In the end, Professor Dr. Samina Amin Qadir presented university souvenir to the dignitaries as a token of appreciation.

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Delegation from Lahore visits Isra University
Islamabad: Faculty and students of the Lahore College of Physiotherapy Friday visited the Isra Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences (IIRS), Isra University, Islamabad, says a press release.

Students of IIRS welcomed the visitors to its state-of-the-art campus, where students of Doctor of Physical Therapy elaborated the importance of physiotherapy and rehabilitation through speeches, presentations, skits and personal experiences.

Faculty of Lahore College of Physiotherapy thanked the management of IIRS for such a warm hospitality. IIRS Principal Dr. Muhammad Naveed Babur invited the Lahore College of Physiotherapy in upcoming Rehabilitation Conference in September 2012.

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RSS Annual Parents Day held
Islamabad: Keeping to its tradition, Roots School System organised 'Annual Parents Day' here on Friday - an exhilarating performances through arts under the theme 'Disney World'.

Senator Talha Mehmood, Chairman Senate standing Committee was the chief guest while Dawar Adnan Shams, Deputy Director PRCS was the guest of honour. The chief guest Senator Talha Mehmood, Chairman Senate standing Committee appreciated the role of Roots School System in the field of education.

Students were given a platform to perform and depict the Disney characters in order to impersonate a spectacular performance through rhythms. Rootsians galvanised the audience with their innervating performances delineating various satires, nursery rhymes, and a walk through the golden ages.

RSS Executive Director Walid Mushtaq commended the efforts of students and RSS staff. While evincing the preponderance of such events he added by saying that taking time away from their structured school timetable and being part of this extravaganza will give them the ability to 'think outside the box' as it were, to see things with a different pair of eyes. He addressed the teachers to focus on creating the desire to learn ingeniously in children.

In the end the chief guest awarded Montessori Graduated students with the shields and certificates. The news

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