Punjab Inter Chemistry paper leakage, BISE high-ups removal
Paper leak sets off BISE high-ups removal
Lahore, Sep 02, 2008: The Punjab government has removed the top brass of the Rawalpindi
Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) including its secretary and
Controller of Examinations on findings of a probe regarding leak of a question
paper during the recently held Intermediate Annual Examinations 2008.
is learnt that the notification regarding transfer of the Rawalpindi BISE
chairman was yet to be issued by the Services & General Administration
Department (S&GAD) while transfer orders of secretary and Controller of
Exams were issued by the Punjab Higher Education Department late
On 29 May 2008, the then Punjab Higher Education Department
Secretary Arifa Saboohi received an anonymous call regarding the leakage of the
Chemistry Part-II paper of the Intermediate Annual Examination 2008 of the
It has been learnt that the anonymous caller also faxed
the copy of the handwritten question paper to the secretary. After the incident,
the Punjab government ordered immediate investigation in the matter and a
three-member committee was formed to probe.
The paper was cancelled and
candidates were asked to appear for the examination of the same subject on June
21, 2008. Sources in the Punjab Higher Education Department said that following
approval from the chief minister, the department on late Saturday issued
transfer orders of Assistant Professor (BS-18) Muhammad Azam Khalid, who was
working as Rawalpindi BISE Controller of Examinations, directing him to report
to the department.
They added that Assistant Professor of Statistics
(BS-18) Abdul Munim from the Government College Asghar Mall Rawalpindi was
posted as BISE Rawalpindi's new Controller of Examinations.
said that Zia Ullah Khan, Assistant Professor Chemistry from the Government
College Asghar Mall Rawalpindi has been appointed as the Rawalpindi BISE
Secretary in place of Prof Humayun Iqbal, who had been transferred and directed
to report to the department.
They further said the CM had also approved
the transfer of Dr Iftikhar Ahmed Baig, adding however, the notification about
his transfer was yet to be issued by the S&GAD since he was a BS-20 officer.
The sources privy to the developments said the chief minister had also approved
appointment of Dr Yaseen, Principal of Government College for Boys Sahiwal as
chairman of the Rawalpindi BISE. They further said an inquiry had also been
ordered against the removed officials under the Punjab Employees Efficiency,
Discipline and Accountability Act (PEEDA) 2006. The News
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Loadshedding causes inconvenience to students
Lahore: Frequent power shutdowns are causing a lot of inconvenience to the
students. Students are compelled to take classes in hot and humid weather. Load
shedding is affecting not only the timetable schedules but also the
Madeha Qamar, student of MSC, Applied Hydrology at Punjab University
says I need internet for searching, my study hours get really disturbed because
of massive and infrequent load shedding, adding that small dams could be the
instant way out for the problem, small power houses could help generating
electricity to great extent.
I usually study at night because of the routine
we follow. When I reach home at 3:30 am it takes me almost two to three hours to
refresh. Our studies are tough and we usually study at night. In dim light I
can't concentrate properly. Physically getting out of order my sleeping hours
gets effected and I remain worried about my results, said Iqra Shafique student
Principal of University of South Asia, Arshad M Bhutta, opines that
load shedding effect mentally, physically, and emotionally as well. Light is
energy so when you are not getting it your body gets slow down automatically.
But as elite class join here so they don't even have any problem at home. In
comparison with the government institutes, he said we have our own generator so
we are facilitating the students all the way. They are paying Rs 8,000 for
comfortable atmosphere, how government institutes can do that with fees in
Muhammad Umar doing MBA in marketing from University of South Asia,
says we come to the university for seeking guidelines but we have to work at
home where I can study with full concentration. UPS even can't start internet,
as it is an artificial way of producing the light. I have to search a lot for my
assignments and to prepare presentations and it could be done in its best way
with uninterrupted power supply.
Miss Rubina, St Andrew's high school teacher
claimed that government should at least reduce load shedding from the schools in
the academic hours so that students can learn peacefully during the hours
reserved for it. Creativity and attention come through brain, so children need
expressions to show and could be done in conducive environment.
admin member at St Anthony High School showed his anger against the government
which, he say, is playing with the future of children as they are the bright
lights of the days to come.
Abdur Rehman preparing for the CSS exams says in
this exam one has to learn all the time in focussed state of affairs,
unfortunately I am not getting it. I have to go to libraries for my studies but
it get toughen for me to study for hours without light in the
Darakshan Jamil doing BS (hon) from LCWU maintains that he really gets
irritated with the load shedding when he is preparing for his next day
presentation and the light goes off. The Nation
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British Chevening Scholarships Programme for postgraduate studies
Lahore: The British Council (BC) held a ceremony at a local hotel on Monday, in honour of five candidates leaving for
their postgraduate studies under the British Chevening Scholarships
British High Commission Deputy Head of Press and Public
Affairs Jennifer Wilkes presented the scholarships to the five candidates. The
candidates are leaving to study at different UK universities; Sumaira Latif is
pursuing a degree at the University of Bristol; Salman Ali Khan at the School of
Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London; Sabeen Inamulhaq at
the University of Sussex; Zarak Mirza at the University of Bristol and Usman Ali
Khan also at the SOAS University of London.
The British Chevening
Scholarships Programme is funded by the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office and
managed by the British High Commission and the British Council. Every year
scholarships are awarded to some of the country's geniuses. Candidates qualify
for a year's postgraduate study in a wide variety of subjects, including
management, media studies, international relations, law, gender studies, social
development and public administration. This year, 16 scholarships were awarded
to candidates from Pakistan.
The BC authorities, on the occasion, also
announced Chevening Scholarships for 2009-10. The last date to submit
scholarship applications is September 15. The application forms are available at
the BC website.
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Snake show held at University of Veterinary Sciences (UVAS)
Lahore: The Reptiles Hunting Club, in
collaboration with the Department of Medicine and Surgery of the University of
Veterinary Sciences (UVAS), arranged a snake show on the college campus on
According to a press release issued by the UVAS, Vice-Chancellor
Professor Dr Muhammad Nawaz inaugurated the show, which exhibited various
species of snakes, including the rat snake, the cobra, the krait, the carter and
The vice-chancellor, speaking on the occasion, said that the
show had been arranged to create awareness among students about the safety
precautions that should be taken when handling snakes. He encouraged research
into antidotes made from snake venom. The show also included instructions on how
to identify and safely handle venomous snakes. Both students and teachers
attended the show and it was well received by all. Daily Times
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AIOU announces Iqbal awards for best research papers on Iqbaliat
Islamabad: Iqbaliat Department of Allama Iqbal Open University here on Monday announced cash awards
named as "Iqbal awards" for research scholars of M.Phil and PhD levels for best
research papers on Iqbaliat.
The awards were announced, here,
in a press conference addressed by the university's Vice Chancellor
Mahmood ul Hassan Butt along with Dr. Shahid Iqbal Kamran, Iqbaliat Department
and Inamul Haq, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences department.
The awards include Rs 20,000 for
M.Phil and Rs 30,000 for PhD level for research scholars of the country's
universities including Islamia University Bahawalpur,
Karachi University, Punjab University and Allama Iqbal Open University.
The VC who also heads the Iqbal
award committee which sorts out best research papers on Iqbaliat for the Iqbal
awards, said that those papers were selected, which had been written during
2002-03 and 2004 to 2006.
He said that these awards would be
given to the winning scholars in an international conference being held in
September by the university.
Announcing the winners, Nasim
Abbas, who belonged to Multan and presently was teaching in local college of the
city won Iqbal award in M.Phil level for his research paper titled "Quratul Ayan
par Allama Iqbal Kay Asrat" during 2002-03.
During the same period, Akhtar
Nisa, presently working as a teacher at local college of Lahore was announced
for the award for her producing a best research paper titled" Shuruh
Kalam-e-Iqbal, Tahqiki wa Tankidi Mutala" in M.Phil level.
From 2004 to 2006, in M.Phil level
Zahid Hussain Chughtai who is a journalist, also won Iqbal award for his
research paper titled "Iqbal Arshi Amratsari."
About the PhD level research, Dr
Khalid Almas' research paper titled " Istiqrai Istadal aur Fikar-e-Ibal" was
selected for Iqbal award, during 2004 to 2006.
The VC also announced that next
time the awards would be increased to Rs 40,000 for M.Phil and Rs 50,000 for PhD
Speaking on the occasion, Dr
Shahid Iqbal Kamran said all the process was carried out in a transparent manner
and called for conducting more research to promote Iqbaliat in the country. App
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