FBISE illegal housing scheme
FBISE continues with 'illegal' housing scheme
Islamabad, Nov 08: Interesting revelations have surfaced in the Federal Board
of Intermediate and Secondary Education's deal for purchasing illegal
land worth Rs750 million as a committee constituted by its board of
governors that approved the fishy scheme was first replaced by 'queen's
men' of which one wrote strong dissenting note but the committee
continued with the project.
The high-ups of the FBISE have initiated a
private housing scheme worth Rs750 million. The housing scheme from
whom the FBISE is purchasing the land has also been declared illegal by
the Capital Development Authority.
Chairperson FBISE Shaheen Khan who
is enjoying two important posts simultaneously in the capital, being
head of FBISE and Director General Federal Directorate of Education and
became centre of news last days when Higher Education Commission
declared her PhD degree as fake.
She has initiated a housing project
out of the funds of FBISE and also got approval of the board of
governors, which is being headed by her. The documents of the board of
governors' proceedings and the committees constituted by it reveal that
first a nine-member committee was constituted to look into the matter
and to finalise land for purchase.
A year after, most of the members
of that committee were not called in the meeting of which one wrote a
strong note to the chairperson FBISE.
Hameedullah Khan, the manager
FBISE, who wrote a note to the chairperson FBISE confirmed that first he and other officers were made the members of a committee
but latter were not called in the meeting. "When we were not called in
the meeting then we all left out," said the officer adding, "When you
are in an office and if you feel something against the law you do
He said that he and other members were removed from the committee without any written orders.
committee was replaced by a negotiation committee and held a meeting on
June 10, 2010. During the meeting senior member Shehnaz Perveen
objected over the entire process of the housing project of FBISE on the
basis of not being given a clear picture. "She again showed her
disbelief on all members and desired to go through the site plan of all
the societies visited so far or otherwise she can not become part of
this committee to take any decision in this regard." When the committee
members did not pay heed to Shehnaz Parveen's objection, she opted to
leave the committee.
Sources in the FBISE say that no necessary legal
procedure has been adopted by the FBISE chairperson for the launch of
housing society for the employees. "No tenders have been issued and the
location for the society has been selected merely on the basis of
favouritism," the source added.
Sources privy to the developments
disclosed that an amount of Rs261.787 million has already been released
for the Federal Employees Cooperative Housing Society, Islamabad, on the
pretext of purchase of plots in Jinnah Gardens, Phase 1 with Rs140.96
million through DD No. 3717716 dated 30-06-2010 which was released on
02-07-2010 while two cheques bearing nos. 03242801 dated 20-07-2010 and
03242803 dated 21-07-2010 of worth Rs60.412 million each from Allied
Bank Limited, Super Market Branch, Islamabad.
Moreover, the Capital
Development Authority (CDA) has published a public notice in national
newspapers on August 8, 2010 (copy available) in which a warning has
been issued regarding sale and purchase in Jinnah Gardens. According to
the notice, CDA warned that the layout plan of the housing society has
not been approved yet and any kind of sale or purchase in the society
would be illegal.
It also warned the management of the Federal
Employees Corporative Housing Society not to start any kind of
development activity until NOC is issued to them.
Chairperson FBISE and FDE Director General Shaheen Khan said that the
case of housing scheme was in the Supreme Court and she was hopeful that
she will win it. When asked about the change of committees, Shaheen
Khan said that the BoG has given the approval of the project and all
those people who were disseminating these news will loose the case in
When asked about the dissenting note of Shehnaz Parveen,
the chairperson FBISE said that if Shahenaz had written a dissenting
note then she was not the whole committee. "The committee approved the
scheme on majority vote," said Shaheen Khan. She said that FBISE should
be praised for launching such housing project for its employees.
asked that the CDA has banned sale and purchase of land being purchased
from the national kitty by FBISE, Shaheen Khan replied, "This does not
matter us because CDA has declared many other housing schemes as illegal
as well but people are living there and land is being sold and
purchased, what the CDA has done?"
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AIOU increases study period of enrolled students
Islamabad: As per directive of the Vice Chancellor Allama Iqbal Open
University (AIOU) Prof. Dr. Nazir A. Sangi, university increased study
period of students by decreasing the mailing process.
A press release
issued here on Sunday said that the process of mailing of books to the
students from materic to PhD level across the country is continued
rapidly and the admission of BEd programme has been finalized before the
The books of BEd programmes for the Semester Autumn, 2010 have
been sent to the students at their given addresses, this was announced
by Sohail Nazir Rana, Director Admissions of the university.
He said if any student has not received books so far should check admission at website www.aiou.edu.pk of the university.
case of no admission at website, the students advised to write an
application with photo copy of the paid fee in the name of Director
Admissions, AIOU up to November 20 so that to ensure admission in the
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AIOU to extend educational services to rural areas
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has been rated one of
the four mega universities of the world in terms of highest enrolment of
students. It has more than one million students across the country and
in the Middle East catering for their diverse educational needs ranging
from basic literacy to the PhD level.
AIOU Vice Chancellor Professor
Dr. Nazir A. Sangi has chalked out a comprehensive plan to extend the
AIOU's educational facilities to rural areas of the country by using
technology, such as video-conferencing, FM radio, TV broadcast, MMS, SMS
The state-of-the-art Wi-Fi Mesh network system
recently installed has enhanced communication and coordination among
regional offices of AIOU, faculty members, tutors, students and
researchers. Wi-Fi Mesh network connectivity is being used for web
browsing, email, access to e-library and others educational resources.
Wi-Fi Mesh network system facilitates students and teachers through
video-conferencing in workshops.
AIOU has also started using SMS
service being provided by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to
get faster connectivity with its students, tutors and course
coordinators. As a result of coordinated efforts of the university,
Educational Broadcast Forum has been established which provides a
platform for sharing knowledge and experiences of universities in the
country having FM radio facilities.
Model study centres and regional
offices are being established in the rural areas. The vision is not only
to enhance the educational capability of the rural people but also to
develop personality and character building. Besides, the university is
planning to chalk out professional and technical training programmes
well-matched to the requirements of the rural populace.
university has also taken initiatives on priority basis for the training
of women teachers and lady health workers in Balochistan, as mortality
rate is too high in the rural areas of the province. The university is
endeavouring to open new avenues in Balochistan to bring its people in
the mainstream by providing them technical, professional and higher
Dr. Nazir A. Sangi believes that employees are the
backbone of the organisation. He views that organizations can only
flourish and achieve set objectives when their employees are satisfied
mentally and financially. In this regard, the present university's
administration is working hard to timely promote its employees and to
create a better working environment for them. The university is also
planning many new projects for the welfare of its employees, which will
soon be materialised.
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Abduction from school exposes security
The kidnapping of a female student from a premier missionary school has
exposed poor security arrangements besides lack of monitoring especially
in the wake of prevailing threat of terrorism.
incident has highlighted lack rather absence of monitoring on part of
government which is responsible to ensure that private as well as
government institutions especially schools follow strict security
measures in prevailing law and order situation.
government had issued special guidelines to educational institutions
after terrorist attack at the International Islamic University (IIU),
Islamabad, last year. Nonetheless the government is also responsible to
ensure implementation of its guidelines which, it seems, the government
One wonders as to how there was security lapse at top
missionary institution of the provincial metropolis, Convent of Jesus
and Mary, on November 4 when a recreational ceremony, Meena Bazaar, was
organised on the school campus while the threat of terrorism,
unfortunately, has always been existing in the prevailing circumstances.
perturbing point, as reported, is students were asked to reach for
Meena Bazaar at around 7am while the CCTV cameras were switched on at
8am. The event ended at 2pm while the CCTV cameras were switched off at
The fact which highlights sheer failure of Convent of Jesus
& Mary's management is that Faryal Talat, 13, a student of class
eight, was kidnapped from a school where entry in normal circumstances
is very restricted and unknown persons are not allowed entry.
to father of the kidnapped student, Talat Mehmood, he used to pick and
drop his daughter himself. This also highlights extreme negligence on
part of the school security guards as to how they let the student leave
the school without her father.
It is pertinent to mention here that
the Racecourse police registered a case No 680/10 under section 496/A
against unknown kidnappers on Nov 4, the day of the incident. However,
so far no progress has been made in connection with recovery of the girl
The agony and pain of the family members of the kidnapped
student certainly demand immediate and firm action by those at the helm.
Besides those responsible for security lapse should also be taken to
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CIIT convocation to be held on 10th
Islamabad: The 31st convocation ceremony of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology
(CIIT) Islamabad campus will held on Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Jinnah
Convention Centre Islamabad, says a press release More then 600 students
will receive their degrees in different disciplines. On the occasion,
chancellor's and institute medals will be awarded to students from all
campuses of CIIT and campus medals will be awarded to position holding
students of Islamabad campus.
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Islamabad: Ministry of Narcotics Control (MoNC) in collaboration with
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) would launch e-learning
programme in Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) Academy and other training
institutes of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) of the country.
will support ministry of Narcotics to launch the programme, said an
official of Ministry of Narcotics Control here on Saturday.
informed main objective the project is to formulate computer based
curriculum of e-learning according to Pakistan's needs for training
institutions particularly ANF Academy, FIA Academy and National Police
Academy. "Computer based training would enhance the performance of these
institutions", he said.
He informed that ANF academy will start
functioning later this year and would be designed to be a centre of
excellence and its first model course would start in couple of months.
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Roots Sports for Peace Extravaganza held
Rawalpindi: Roots School System, DHA Phase-II Campus, held its 'Annual Roots Sports for Peace Extravaganza 2010' here on Saturday.
function was meticulously organised and flawlessly choreographed while
all the presentations were depicting creative and innovative thoughts in
support of young peacemakers' campaign towards creating a peaceful
environment through education.
Former world squash champion Jansher
Khan was the chief guest while Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of United
Arab Emirates Matter al Sadhal al Mansoori was the guest of honour on
the occasion. Mushtaq Rasul Chaudhry CEO RSS, Riffat Mushtaq Founder
Director RSS, directors Faisal Mushtaq, Khadija Omair and Walid Mushtaq
were also present on the occasion.
The whole sports ground was
transformed into make belief virtual peaceful environment. The students
were carrying banners on which it was written 'freedom from desire leads
to inner peace', 'a smile is the beginning of peace', 'whenever you are
sincerely pleased, you are nourished' etc.
Over 600 parents and
guests were excited to see young children perform in front of them
confidently and creative themes and presentations were demonstrated with
poise. The students amazed the audience with their vibrant costumes
enthralling songs, exquisite decor and aesthetics.
Jansher Khan appreciated the efforts of the young Rootsians and teachers
in devising developmental and creative approach in school curriculum
and in children. The guests attended the two and half hour ceremony with
patience and constantly applauded the young children on the brilliant
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Colourful convocation at Gandhara school
Islamabad: A grand convocation ceremony was held at Gandhara Public School, Islamabad, says a press release.
Gandhara Public School staff and students of the Advanced Montessori
Class made it a colourful, meaningful and a memorable occasion. Saima
Ammar, Founder of Pakistan Foundation For Blind (PFFB) Audio World, a
talking book library for the blind was the chief guest.
Public School Principal Zermina Shakeel spoke about the unique features
of early education at the school. She also presented a brief report on
her recent trip to The principal congratulated the young graduates on
completion of 3 years of early education at Gandhara Public School and
wished them success and happiness as they continue on the path of
learning and exploration.
The graduating class received their
certificates dressed in fabulous gowns. Before distributing certificates
to the students of Advanced Montessori, classes of Junior, Senior and
Advanced Montessori and Class I impressed the guests with colourful and
interesting skits, poems and tableau. The news
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