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Federal board's SSC exams start tomorrow
Islamabad, April 7, 2008: Annual examinations of the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) will start from Tuesday.

Role number slips have been sent to the regular candidates in their schools, while the slips and forms of private candidate candidates sent to them on their postal addresses. The candidates, who did not receive their role number slips by March 28, have been asked to contact the board administration on phone numbers of 051-9250606 and 051-9250612. PPI

IIUI convocation today
Islamabad: The sixth convocation of the International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) will be held here today (Monday) to confer degrees on the graduates of the university.

The convocation will be held at Jinnah Convention Centre while Rector IIUI Dr Manzoor Ahmed and President IIUI Dr Anwar Hussain Siddiqui will award the degrees to the students who have completed their graduation during the 2006-07 academic session (from Sept 1, 2006 to Aug 31, 2007).

The degrees of PhD and other disciplines will be awarded in the convocation while gold medals will be presented to the PhD students.

A total of 1,936 students are set to receive their degrees. Among them, 1,120 are male while 816 are female students and 87, including 13 female students, are foreigners.

The university will award gold medals to 88 students for their excellent academic performance. A female student, Sofia Malik of the Faculty of Shariah & Law will be awarded two gold medals

Among the gold medallists, five students are from the Faculty of Arabic Language & Islamic Civilisation, seven from the Faculty of Basic & Applied Sciences, eight from the Faculty of Islamic Studies (Usuluddin), four from the Faculty of Languages, Literature & Humanities, 15 from the Faculty of Management Sciences, six from the Faculty of Shariah & Law and four are from the Faculty of Social Sciences.

The university aims at developing an international Islamic seat of higher learning, research instruction and training in various branches of knowledge with special emphasis on Islamic Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities. The News

Yemen to model university on AIOU
Islamabad: Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Yemen, Dr Ali Qasim Ismail, has said that the Yemeni government is starting a university based on distant learning concept like Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU).

He expressed these views during his visit AOIU on Saturday. He said that the concept of distant learning, using state of the art communication, was economical and the best way for spreading higher education in a country's remote areas.

"The purpose of my visit to AIOU is to see the preparation method of different courses since its establishment, along with opportunities and scope in practical life of those having successfully completed their study, so that such a university could be established." He maintained.

He also thanked the faculties of Arabic, Islamic studies and Vice Chancellor AIOU Prof. Dr Mehmood-ul-Hassan for exchanging their views and extending cooperation and guidance for establishment of an open university in Yemen.

While assuring the full co-operation and support to the distinguished guests and his delegation, Vice Chancellor AIOU said that earlier, the concept of distant learning was introduced in Central University, Indra-Gandhi National Open University and Bangladesh Open University in consultation with AIOU and initial working for another such university was under process in Nepal.

While briefing the guests, he said the university was established under an act of parliament some 34 years ago and now more than 670,000 students were enrolled there. He further stated that distant education system was introduced 1,400 years ago in Musjid-e-Nabawi, where Prominent Companions of Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) including Muhajrin and Ansar and all tribes across the Arab received knowledge from them and spread it, adding from here the world got the comprehensive rules for the protection of mankind.

Vice Chancellor further expressed that in last two years, the AIOU has achieved excellence by introducing Internet, satellite-based TV channels and FM Radio throughout the country.

Under Commonwealth of Learning (C.O.L), MBA/MPA programmes prepared in Canada have been modified to be taught in Pakistani universities.
French is also being taught online through Internet. Some courses of this International Degree Programme are being online through Internet, he added.

He also told the delegation that the day is not far away when AIOU will have established its campuses in many countries in the world, including Saudi Arabia and Yemen, adding that significant steps had been taken to improve the standard of education like publication of research papers and research journal of AIOU faculty.

On the upcoming Radio and Television studios of the University, Chief Engineer Mehmood Ali and Deputy Director, Mujahid Nizami apprised the distinguished guests about the details of the programme and expenditure on establishing the studios, provision of consultation and experts for establishing the television channels were also discussed.

Earlier, the senior officials of the university welcomed the delegation and they also watched the introduction movie and transmission of first Live FM Radio of the university and visited the central Library.

QAU body wants regularisation of workers
Islamabad: The Employees Welfare Association of Quaid-i-Azam University has demanded to end the illegal appointments at the campus and regularize the employees who have been working on daily wages for many years.

President Employees Welfare Association (EWA) Sufi Abdul Ghafoor informed The Nation that the former Registrar has left a lot of mess at the University and at least 165 files are waiting to be processed. The Vice Chancellor had terminated the registrar Sajid Sohail on February 15 on the complaints of faculty, employees, Higher Education Commission, Auditor General of Pakistan and on the notification of Planning Commission.

The employees have been working on daily wages for the last three and four years but have not been regularised. According to the rules, they become eligible for regularisation after three years, said Ghafoor. "Surprisingly, the cause is not the lack of capacity but some other reasons, since vacancies are laying vacant. In the transport section alone, nearly 14 post are vacant to be filled".

He said that the widows and orphans of deceased employees deserve to be employed at the University and about 25 applications have been forwarded to the VC from such people who are in the dire need of the job but things are not working smoothly.

The President of the Association said the former registrar had appointed 15 to 20 people of different grades on ad hoc basis while ignoring the existing senior workers, who deserved to be promoted on next grades.

Its also pertinent to mention here that the Auditor General of Pakistan has notified to terminate the services of three employees of the University but only the Registrar has been terminated while the other two employees, including Medical Officer and Transport Officer are still doing their job.

The employees have voiced their concerns before the Vice Chancellor Qasim Jan and the Executive body of EWA has forwarded applications time and again to the VC to address the grievances of the employees but in vain. The Nation
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