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BISE, Rawalpindi HSSC exams from May 28
Rawalpindi, May 02: The annual examination of HSSC Part-I
under Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Rawalpindi
will start on May 8, while HSSC Part-II exam will commence on May 28. A
BISE, Rawalpindi official said that a total of 52,000 and 62,300 male
and female candidates would appear in the HSSC Part-I and Part-II
examinations respectively and as many as 190 examination centres had
He said that roll number slips of all the regular and private candidates had been dispatched to their respective address. app
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FSc Part-I students in a quandary
Islamabad: A large number of students appearing in the
annual examination of FSc (Part-I) being conducted by Federal Board of
Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) Islamabad, have expressed
their dissatisfaction with the setting of biology paper.
The students at various exam centres said that the paper pattern was
not to test their ability or grip over the subject but to play hide and
seek with their destiny.
A student, Bilal Satti, said: "Most important chapters of the text
book have been overlooked and majority of the questions have been
selected from the unimportant chapters. Instead of asking questions
proportionately from the entire text book, only three chapters in
succession i.e. chapters 9, 10 and 11 have been chosen by the examiner
for the questions".
Iftikhar Ahmed, the father of a female student, said that the paper
should be prepared from the whole book so that students could get equal
chance to solve the paper.
The worried students as well as their parents have requested the
FBISE authorities to give the candidates grace marks in the biology
paper to save their career.
It is to mention that the students from Islamabad Capital Territory,
cantonments and garrisons, federally administered northern areas and
overseas are taking the exam.
Spokesman for FBISE Syed Akhtar Hussain said
that the students' complaints did not carry weight because questions
were not out of course. "Most of the students use 'guess papers' or they
do selective studies. At the failure of their guess, they start
complaining about the question paper," he said.
However, their complaints would be conveyed to the controller of
examination and he would defiantly look into the matter, he said.
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Colleges' affiliation with QAU faces delay
Islamabad: The process to affiliate public sector
colleges in the federal capital with the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU)
faces delay and it seems the decision will not be implemented before the
start of the new academic session in September. The educational
institutions in the city are currently affiliated with the University of
Sources said the colleges could not print their prospectuses for the
new admissions as the affiliation with the university had to be
mentioned on them. On the other hand, the file regarding formation of
the board of studies has become a 'shuttlecock' between the Federal
Directorate of Education (FDE) and the Capital Administration and
Development Division (CADD).
Considering the problems of the students and lack of communication
with the Punjab University, it was decided in March 2011 that the
process to affiliate all the degree-awarding institutions under the FDE
with the QAU would be completed within one year and the institutions
would start their new academic sessions from September 2012 under the
But so far CADD has not completed the process due to which the
managements of colleges are still waiting for printing their
prospectuses. Besides, every year the inspection team of the Punjab
University visited the colleges and charged Rs15,000 as an inspection
fee for BA/BSC, BCom and postgraduate classes. This year, however, the
college managements remain confused as which of the two universities
would send their team for inspection.
A college professor said that after implementation of the 18th
amendment, the federal ministry of education was dissolved and colleges
in the federal capital were given under the administrative control of
CADD. At the same time, with a vision to enable the educational
institutions to enhance their performance certain steps were to be
taken. Under one of the decisions, all the colleges directly under the
federal government would be affiliated with the QAU after making
necessary arrangements. The decision was taken in view of the fact that
the PU already catered to miscellaneous needs of graduate and
postgraduate students from a vast area of the province and was
overburdened. Because of this, the students in the capital city faced a
number of issues like discrepancies and delays in their results and
travelling to Lahore in case of an emergency for getting a minor problem
With this in mind, Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari, who was then leader
of the house in the Senate, sent a request to the QAU authorities and
the government approved affiliation of all the federal colleges with the
QAU. The QAU desired submission of cases through the FDE followed by
CADD. The 155th meeting of the syndicate of QAU approved the affiliation
of 20 model and 10 F.G. colleges in March 2011. A committee for
affiliation of the colleges was also constituted which was headed by
Rafiq Tahir, the joint education adviser CADD, and comprised five
members from the QAU and four from the FDE.
The professor added: "The QAU sought CVs for appointment of the
chairman of the board of studies, co-opted members, two experts and
academic council from the FDE. But the file with ifs and buts is
oscillating between the FDE and CADD."
"While the closing date for refreshing the affiliation with the
Punjab University is approaching, the affiliation process with the QAU
lingers on. Only after one month, the colleges will prepare for starting
admissions and need prospectus, updated in all respects. Besides, they
have to decide about the board of studies because there subjects like
Persian and Arabic which are not taught at the QAU," said the professor.
Professor Tahir Mahmood, the secretary general of the F.G. College
Teachers Association, observed: "We are surprised why the authorities
concerned seem unwilling to fulfil their own words. They have chains of
excuses to justify the delaying tactics. The QAU has already said it is
ready for affiliation."
He demanded that the affiliation process should be completed on time
to avoid confusion and hardships for the institutions as well as the
students seeking admissions.
When contacted, Rafiq Tahir, the joint education adviser CADD, said
the board of studies had been completed and by May 10 its notification
would be issued. "Next year's admission will be done through the QAU;
however, those students who are in the second-year degree classes will
continue with the PU and after one year, we will be completely
affiliated with the QAU. As far as inspection of the educational
institutes is concerned, it will not be done this year," he said.
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Students relieved Court declares non-refund policy illegal
Islamabad: Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday
declared the non-refund policy of all the educational institutions as
illegal and directed the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to formulate a
policy that safeguards the students' interests.
Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the IHC passed this order while
deciding the petition of a student who got admission at Comsats
Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) in BS Computer Science
The petitioner deposited Rs69,000 as admission fee but then deposited
another Rs85,000 at FAST University when he received an admission offer
for the same programme by them.
The CIIT, however, refused to refund his admission fee when he
informed them of his admission at FAST University and asked for his
money. The Comsats administration told him that due to their non-refund
policy, the fee, once deposited, could not be returned to anyone.
The court observed the policy was neither rational nor legal. It
directed the HEC to restructure the policy and bring the same in
conformity with the court's orders.
The court observed: "There is no statutory provision through which
the entire fee deposited by the students can be forfeited and non-refund
of fee to a student who leaves the institution at the very initial
stage is against the principles of justice."
The order further said the educational institutions' approach in
parting education appeared to have commercial orientation and "due to
this very reason, such policies are introduced to squeeze money from the
students who, in the compelling circumstances, are forced to submit an
undertaking regarding acceptance of all terms and conditions". The order
stressed that educational institutions cannot be allowed to operate
purely on commercial considerations.
Justice Siddiqui said such policies, in fact, burdened the entire
family and there were instances where brilliant students had been
deprived of education for good as their families were not financially so
strong as to deposit fee at different institutions to secure admission
He said: "The institutes' management is expected to demonstrate
parental conduct with the students instead of dealing with them like a
"Availing better opportunity is the right of every student and it
should not be treated as an offence."He, however, said the institutions
might be allowed by the HEC to deduct certain amount from the deposited
fee against their expenses on the services made available to the
students till their stay with them.
The petitioner, Usman Syed, through his counsel Barrister Omer Farooq
adopted before the court that he applied for admission in the bachelor
programme at CIIT, Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute (GIKI) and FAST
University, simultaneously, in 2010.
He said the CIIT on July 7, 2010 sent him an offer letter for
admission and he deposited the admission fee. On July 19, 2010, the FAST
University also approved his admission and asked him to deposit the fee
which he did. According to the petitioner, on July 29, 2010, he
approached the additional Registrar CIIT Nadeemuddin Qureshi who refused
the fee saying that no such practice prevailed at Comsats.
Raja Abid Hussain, counsel for the CIIT told the court that
petitioner deposited the admission fee after accepting the terms and
conditions mentioned in the offer letter.
He said, the institution announced the opening and closing dates for
admissions and reserved the seats for those students who met the
criteria adding that because of the admission of the petitioner, the
other aspirants were denied the same because of the limited number of
seats. He pointed out that CIIT operates under CIIT Ordinance 2000 and
were formulated in accordance with the said ordinance.
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997 newly-appointed teachers waiting for salaries
Rawalpindi: The educational directorates of the Punjab have yet not made any
arrangement to release salaries to the newly appointed 997 teachers.
recently appointed teachers of Punjab educational institutions on
condition of anonymity said that they were appointed in
February this year after clearing tests and interviews. At the time of
appearing for selection they had also submitted their degrees,
certificates and other necessary documents as per rule of the
government. On the directives of the Punjab chief minister a special
training course was arranged for the teachers, which was completed by
As they started teaching in their respective schools
in March after getting training, the authorities in the educational
directorates have yet not made any arrangement to release their
emoluments. When they approached the concerned executive district
officers and other officials in the directorate, they instead of giving
positive reply have come up with lame excuses that the salaries of the
recently appointed teachers both male and female are not being released
because the department is working on to ascertain whether the degrees
and certificates of these tutors are genuine or not.
aggrieved teachers informed that all these things including
certificates, degrees and other required documents were produced at the
time of interview then why such confusion is being created by the
related authorities in the educational directorates.
have demanded of the Punjab chief minister to take notice of the issue
and direct the related authorities including the city district
government and the educational directorates to release their salaries
for the month of March. In other case, tension and anxiety is constantly
prevailed among the newly appointed teachers. When tried to
approach the EDO Education of Rawalpindi district to know the real facts
behind the claims of teachers, he did not attend his cell. The news
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Laptop distribution ceremony
Rawalpindi: The Punjab government will distribute
7,500 laptops among students of the district at the auditorium of Pir
Mehr Ali Shah-Arid Agricultural University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) on May
Earlier, the ceremony was to be held at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif will be the chief guest at the
ceremony. He will also lay the foundation stones of some of the
development schemes including a boys' college building at Khayaban-i-Sir
A PML-N local leader requesting not to be named said on Sunday
that the provincial government changed the venue as the cricket stadium
was being managed by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), a federal government
entity and the PML-N did not want to rely on the PCB as it would not
allow the Punjab government to organise a political function there.
He said the ceremony was delayed due to unavailability of the chief
guest while laptops in Attock, Chakwal and Jhelum districts were
distributed among students without the Punjab chief minister.
He said Maryam Nawaz, daughter of PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, was to
distribute laptops among female students at Fatima Jinnah Women
University (FJWU) but the function was
delayed due to her busy schedule.
"A total of 2,500 laptops will be distributed among the female students at FJWU," he said. Dawn
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CPSP golden jubilee events to start on May 2
Islamabad: The College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) is organising a series of
activities from May 2 to May 6 at teaching hospitals of the twin cities
of Islamabad and Rawalpindi to mark the 50 years of its establishment.
CPSP has planned a total of 17 workshops to celebrate its golden
jubilee that would be held at tertiary healthcare facilities, including
Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, Islamabad, Benazir Bhutto
Hospital, Holy Family Hospital, Shifa International Hospital, Foundation
University Medical College, Fauji Foundation Hospital, Rawalpindi,
AFIC, AFIP and AFID.
The first of the planned workshops
would be held at PIMS on vaginal fistula repair on May 2 followed by a
workshop on medical education at the CPSP office of the federal chapter
on May 3. A workshop on cervical cancer screening would be held at PIMS
and on electro-physio-cardiology at AFIC on May 3.
BBH would host two workshops, one on plastic and reconstructive surgery
and the other on drug dependence in psychiatry while the HFH would host
three workshops on May 3. The workshops on management of vascular
malformations of the head and neck, multi-disciplinary case, handling of
common emergencies (poison control, sepsis, disaster) and hepatobiliary
and GI workshop would be held at Shifa International Hospital,
Islamabad, while a workshop on clinical audit would be held at AFIP on
The FUMC would hold a workshop on non-invasive
ventilation (NIV) and spirometry while the FFH Rawalpindi would host a
workshop on Basic techniques in vascular surgery the same day.
a part of the golden jubilee celebrations, the CPSP regional centre
would hold a ceremony for the distribution of intermediate module
certificates at its regional office on May 4 that would be followed by
groundbreaking ceremony for extension of CPSP Regional Centre,
"The CPSP decided to hold workshops in almost
all leading teaching hospitals of the twin cities because majority of
the specialties in medical profession are covered by the CPSP," said
Vice President (North) Professor Dr Shoaib Shafi. It is important that the CPSP was established 50 years back under
the act of parliament. The CPSP is the highest degree awarding
institution in Pakistan on post-graduate medical education in as many as
63 disciplines. It is an autonomous body that covers nearly 95 per cent
of the total specialists in medical profession in Pakistan.
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Graduation party held at IGSC
Islamabad: In keeping with the tradition of International Grammar School and College
(IGSC), the High School celebrated its annual graduation by hosting a
party to say farewell to the IGCSE final and GCE 'A' level class of
2012, says a press release.
The celebrations took place at
the IGSC campus, especially adorned with luminous decorations to add to
the magical effect of the evening.The seniors arrived in full grandeur
in a beautiful carriage driven by white horses, the girls elegantly clad
in 'saris' and the boys dressed in suits and tuxedos; they walked down
the red carpet beaming with excitement.
commenced with a variety of performances by the students, including
parodies and skits, songs and medleys that had the audience thoroughly
entertained. Lined up next was a video tribute created by the juniors
for their graduating seniors featuring the school culture, their
creativity and humour had the audience laughing at one point and in
tears at yet another - a truly emotionally intense video. Individuals
from the outgoing classes were then presented with their honorary titles
and souvenirs that would be cherished by them for many years to come.
on the occasion, the valedictorian, Sundus Noeen, also the highest
achiever in the world, holding world distinction in Chemistry from the
University of London and straight As in all other subjects, said with
teary eyes, "Having been a part of the IGSC family for the past decade
has honestly been more than a life-changing experience. IGSC has helped
me blossom from a shy little pre-schooler to a confident young adult
ready to take on the challenges of college life. The 'global community'
as I like to call it here at IGSC is an integral part of the campus life
and the different cultures, religions, foods and languages make the
close-knit community here different. Growing up in such a diverse
environment has helped me connect to a myriad of cultures. I feel proud
that our school has recently been awarded with the honour of being
recognised as one of the top 100 schools in the world, by the Cambridge
University itself, and I can say with absolute assurance that it is
The principal wished the graduates
all the very best in all future endeavours and said, "Each one of you is
imprinted in my memory so endearingly, to be cherished for a long time
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Froebel's School bids farewell to 'Class of 2012'
Rawalpindi: It was a bittersweet moment as the Class of 2012 at Froebel's
International School gathered in their auditorium for the last time to
bid farewell to their school and teachers. Donned in the caps and gowns
that traditionally mark the occasion, they listened to the praise and
final words of wisdom imparted from their mentors before they enter the
next phase of their lives.
Principal Umber Tariq gave an
emotional speech to her students. "This class is unique, not because of
what they accomplished, but how they accomplished it. They took great
care and were always there for each other. It was remarkable to see this
group of students grow into young, responsible men and women as one big
The chief guest for the evening, Hijab Fatimah,
founder of the Gachrang School of Arts, reflected on her own experiences
and encouraged the cohort to be earnest in their future endeavours. "To
dedicate themselves with passion and to love what they do" was the
message that was reiterated as she handed out diplomas to the graduating
Former head girl Jannat Ali Meer then gave a
fitting goodbye speech on behalf of her peers. She reminisced the
tremendous journey they had undertaken from pre-school to A-levels and
how Froebel's was an integral component of their lives. "There are so
many memories for us to cherish from our time at Froebel's. These red
bricks have a story and a memory of us in every corner."
evening concluded on high spirits, with the students anticipating the
path ahead, their time at Froebel's having placed them in excellent
stead for success at home and abroad. Jannat is amongst many of her
peers who have been accepted by internationally renowned universities.
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Annual day at City School
Rawalpindi: The City School, Cantonment Senior Branch, organised its annual day here on
Tuesday. The theme for the event was 'Global Village: Neighbouring
Countries.' Different classes represented cultures, culinary delights,
detailed information, dresses and folk dances of China, Afghanistan,
Pakistan, India, Iran and Bangladesh. Class Prep I-C represented Mughal
history. There was also an exhibition of students' scientific acumen
through a number of science projects, which were greatly appreciated by
the large number of parents who visited the campus. The news
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