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FBISE HSSC exams from Nov 19
Islamabad, Nov 09: The Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) Supplementary Examination 2013 of the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE), will commence from November 19 (Tuesday).

The roll number slips of the candidates appearing in the said examination have been dispatched at the addresses given by them in the admission forms, said a news release issued here on Friday.

In case, the roll number slip is not received by any, students can contact the given telephone numbers for their complains.

Controller of Examination (Conduct) telephone number 051-9250606, fax number 051-9250607. Deputy Controller of Examination (HSSC Conduct) Telephone number 051-9250619, Assistant Controller of Examinations (HSSC Conduct) telephone number 51-9250641, Assistant Secretary One Window Cell telephone number 051-9250651, Superintendent (HSSC Conduct) telephone number 051-9250666, Ext-130. The news

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2,655 graduates awarded degrees at QAU's 6th convocation
Islamabad: As many as 2,655 graduates were awarded degrees at the 6th convocation of the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) here on Tuesday.

The degrees of MSc, MPhil and PhD levels in the fields of Biological Sciences, Natural Science, Social Sciences and Medicine were awarded to the graduates.

Seven graduates received the Chancellor's Gold Medal each for excelling at MSc and MPhil levels, while 39 were awarded Vice Chancellor's Medal at MSc level and 27 at MPhil level.

The university has awarded Master's degrees to 1,708 graduates, MPhil degrees to 766 and PhD to 181.

President Mamnoon Hussain was the chief guest on the occasion, while vice chancellors, ambassadors, officials, parents and teachers attended the ceremony.

QAU Vice Chancellor Dr Masoom Yasinzai said the university, since its inception in 1967, laid emphasis on programmes leading to research degrees, which was obvious from its inclusion in the top world universities. He said currently 75 per cent of its faculty held doctorate degrees and were actively engaged in quality teaching and research.

The current management had adopted a holistic approach towards enhancing the capacity building of existing faculty and induction of new faculty members in the disciplines of Natural, Social and Biological Sciences, he added.

Dr Yasinzai said the QAU had inducted more than 100 young PhD scholars during the last three years, who had recently completed their doctoral studies from technologically-advanced countries, he added.

The VC said the university followed a provincial quota system in its admissions and derived strength from diversity and promoted inter-provincial harmony. Of the 7,500 students on the campus, about 40 per cent consisted of PhD and MPhil scholars, he added.

He said the university on average produced about 100 PhD scholars annually, in addition to MPhil and Master's degree holders. He said currently 34 projects worth Rs 180 million at the national level and seven projects worth Rs 80 million with the collaboration of international donors were underway.

The VC urged the president to lift the ban on new recruitments to cope with the shortage of teaching and technical staff and allocate funds for the establishment of hostel facilities, especially for female students. app

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AIOU exams to start on Nov 18
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has scheduled its final exams of postgraduate diploma, MA and MSc programmes for the Spring Semester 2013 from November 18 across the country simultaneously.

This was announced by Dr. Hamid Khan Niazi, controller of examinations at the AIOU.

The roll number slips, he said, are being dispatched to all enrolled students at their given addresses by postal mail service. If any student does not receive his or her roll number slip till November 10, he or she should contact the nearest regional office of the AIOU or Abid Hussain Satti, deputy controller of examinations (conduct), personally or on his telephone numbers 051-9250051, 9057648 for issuance of duplicate roll number slip. For duplicate roll number slip, students are required to bring two passport size photographs duly attested by a gazetted officer.

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World Bank cancels Rs7 billion easy loan for HEC
Islamabad: Amid sharp cuts made by the government in HEC's budget and political opposition after the parliamentarians' degree verification saga, the commission has failed to utilise a hefty Rs7 billion given by the World Bank.

According to documents available with The News, HEC has failed to achieve key targets pertaining to improvement in quality of higher education in the country set by the World Bank under a $300 million project.

After a mid-term review of the project the bank expressed strong dissatisfaction over the performance of HEC in implementing various educational plans during the year 2012/13.The review resulted in cancellation of $65 million (Rs7 billion approximately) soft loan that the bank was supposed to provide had the HEC achieved various disbursement-linked indicators (DLI).

When contacted by The News, Executive Director Dr Mukhtar admitted that HEC could not meet some targets, saying a few were unrealistic while the others could not be met owing to financial crisis under the last PPP regime.

He said delay in the release of government funds last year was also one of the reasons why HEC was unable to meet some targets. Sources said the bank had agreed to provide funds for improving quality of education in 1,000 HEC affiliated colleges, provision of student loans and need-based scholarships and boosting accountability in public universities but the commission failed to meet the expectations of the bank.

In its report, the bank review mission rated implementation progress, project management and counterpart funding as unsatisfactory for June 2013 while the same aspects were rated moderately unsatisfactory for April 2013.

After the scathing report of the WB mission, Executive Director HEC Dr Mukhtar Ahmed responded via letter No.1-5/HEC/PC(TESP)/2013 agreeing to "redefine" the targets set under DLI No1, 4, 9, and 7.

Under the Tertiary Education Support Project (TESP) the World Bank had agreed to provide $300 million to Government of Pakistan over a period of three years for improvement of higher education in the country. The loan was to be provided based on HEC's performance in implementation of certain projects.

Dr Mukhtar said HEC had been going through administrative crisis but now it has recovered and it is hoped that the commission will meet 20th November deadline set by the bank to streamline the targets under the project.

He claimed that HEC had successfully achieved some targets set by the World Bank and overall performance remained satisfactory.

"Despite dropping of some targets, we will continue to work with World Bank in implementing TESP until 2015 and we are hopeful that we will get another project by the bank after the end of the current one," he said.

Noted educationist and former chairman of HEC Dr Attaur Rehman lamented the situation, saying the commission had been going through a tough time during last two years as fake degree holders had been attacking it for its strong stance on the issue.

"When 200 parliamentarians with dubious degrees are targeting one institution, its performance will definitely suffer as it was facing an existential threat," Dr Atta said.

He said the last PPP government significantly decreased HEC funding which adversely affected the performance of the commission.

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NUML, IIU sign MoU
Islamabad: Geographic proximity between National University of Modern Languages (NUML) and International Islamic University (IIU) has been translated into an academic proximity as a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between both the universities on Thursday, says a press release.

The MOU was signed by the IIU President Dr. Ahmad Yousif A. Al-Draiweesh and NUML Rector Major General(r) Masood Hasan in a simple but graceful MoU signature ceremony at IIU. Professor Dr Masoom Yasinzai was also present at the occasion.

The signing ceremony was attended by the Registrar Brigadier (r) Saeed Akhtar Malik, Dr Syed Ali Anwar, Dean Faculty of Near Eastern Languages, Dr Shazra Munnawer, Dean Faculty of Advanced Integrated Studies and Research, Dr Rashid Ahmed Khan, Dean Faculty of Management Sciences, Dr Nighat Ahmed, Head of English Studies Department from NUML, DG Gulzar Ahmed Khawaja, Munawer Iqbal Gondal, Dean Faculty of Language and Literature, Dr Nabi Bux Jamani, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, Dr Muhammad Sher, Dean Faculty of Basic and Applied Sciences, Dr Shugufta Haroon, Director Academics and other officials from IIU.

Speaking at the ceremony, President Dr. Ahmad Yousif A. Al-Draiweesh said that IIU and NUML are located close to each other geographically but there was less interaction between both the institutions in terms of benefiting from each others strengths and potentials academically. This understanding has connected us academically and is harbinger to a journey towards knowledge and research in which we would keep adding other academic partners from Sadui Arabia, Middle East, International and Western World.

He said that IIU is about to launch many new projects including Arabic Language Centre, Faculty of Translation and International Conferences on different latest trends and NUML would be our active partners in all these projects. Moreover, to benefit from each other, exchanges of students, faculty, science research materials, training and development programes would be carried out, he added.

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90,130 students visit PSF science caravans
Islamabad: More than 90,130 students from 430 schools visited science caravans and exhibitions during the last year, arranged by Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF).

This is aimed at developing the skills of students to think and solve every day problems by application of science and technology in daily life.

In Federal capital, 30,500 students from 166 schools visited the exhibition, 28,950 students from 128 schools visited the exhibition in Sindh, 11,500 students from 45 schools visited the exhibition in Punjab, while in Khyber PakhtoonKhaw, 14,000 students from 67 schools visited the exhibition and in Balochistan, 5,180 students from 24 schools visited the exhibition. PSF has also provided computers and lab equipment to twenty five (25) schools in rural areas of the country. The news

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1.3m AIOU students to create awareness about dengue: VC
Islamabad: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) would involve its 1.3 million students in creating awareness about the dengue fever and promote preventive measures, AIOU Vice Chancellor Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi said on Tuesday.

Addressing an anti-dengue walk held at the main campus of the university, he said the university would fulfil its duty to educate the nation on health-related issues through various programmes.

A disease preventive measures guideline and a first aid programme had been included in the syllabus of matriculation, he added. He said similar walks and awareness campaigns would be arranged at the university's campuses in all the four provinces.

The Officer Welfare Association (OWA) office-bearers led by Muhammad Qasim Haider took part in the walk. Deans, academicians and senior officers, employees and the students of the Federal Primary School also participated in the walk.

The walk was aimed at spreading awareness among people about dengue and its preventive measures. Banners and placards about preventive measures of dengue virus were displayed during the walk.

The walk started from the university's Academic Block and concluded in front of the Registrar's Office. Pamphlets inscribed with "be aware of mosquito bite and learn how to save yourselves" were distributed among the participants. app

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