Rawalpindi Inter paper rescheduled | HEC scholars bleak future
Inter exams Islamiat (Elective) paper rescheduled
Rawalpinid, April 24: Islamiat (Elective) paper
for group II of Intermediate Examination Annual 2009 has been cancelled
according to a press release.
The examinations are being held under the
auspices of Intermediate and Secondary Education Board Rawalpindi.
this paper will be held on May 7 (Thursday) at 01:30pm. Examination centres
allotted to the candidates are not being changed. Daily Times
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3000 HEC scholars face bleak future over paucity of funds
Islamabad: The fate of almost 3,000 students sent abroad for higher studies
on the government expenses by Higher Education Commission (HEC), is put at stake
after the relevant quarters turned a deaf ear to their concerns especially with
regard to the provision of the allocated funds.
Sources privy to the
development informed that after the repeated requests and revision of
the scholarships of these students sent abroad to different world educational
institutes, the finance division is now showing little interest in the
The cold shoulder response from the relevant circles also pushed the
HEC into a difficult situation, which according to the sources took some
measures including the revision of the mode of payment with various universities
and institutions in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, United States of
America and others.
According to the arrangements, the government has to
provide funds for the project and under that arrangement the HEC has to pay to
the institutes concerned as well as the scholars their tuition fees, stipends
and other expenses for a period of one year in advance.
The authorities after
successful negotiations with the said institutes first got reduced the time
period of advance payment to 6 months and subsequently to three months but even
then they failed to release the required amount for these officially selected
scholars. The sources further said that in meetings with finance division it
seemed that the present government wanted to get ride of the students, studying
abroad under "HEC Scholarship Programme."
It is relevant to mention here that
a loss of billions of rupees is expected if the government fails to submit the
dues of Pakistani students immediately as a result of which previous investment
on these scholars would go in vain.
Reliable sources in the Finance Division said that miseries of the
Pakistani scholars were being considered and funds would be released to HEC in a
short span of time. However, despite several attempts no official in the Finance
Division was available to respond on this serious matter.
Dr Mukhtar Ahmad,
Member Operations and Planning HEC, when contacted confirmed that HEC was not
able to convince the foreign institutes, as it was not possible to make changes
in the rules and regulations of said foreign institutes.
He further said
that due to free education in the European countries HEC scholars in the
European institutes were comparatively in better position than those who got
enrolled in the other foreign institutes like US, Australia and the UK.
Mukhtar however expressed optimism regarding positive response of the government
to release funds to the commission. He said that HEC Chairperson Shehnaz Wazir
Ali was continuously convincing the finance division to release the funds to
regain the confidence of the commission's scholars. Executive Director HEC Dr
Sohail H Naqvi, when contacted said that HEC negotiations with
foreign countries institutes were successful. He said that the HEC had convinced
the different countries' organisations, which are playing a bridge between HEC
scholars and the respective universities across the world regarding submission
of dues in installations. In the prevailing financial crunch, HEC could not pay
in advance the pledged amount of HEC scholars to their universities. He
suggested that the present government should review its policy regarding HEC.
To a query, he replied that no more compensation was expected from the fee
schedule of the scholars and if funds were not released future of thousands of
the HEC scholars' would suffer. Responding to another query, he said that
higher-level education system should be remained autonomous from the Ministry of
It is the right time to take benefit from that investment which
HEC earlier had made by sending thousands of talented students abroad for
qualitative educations in the best ranking universities of the world", he
remarked. The Nation
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Spanish language speech contest held at NUML
Islamabad: A Spanish speech contest was organised by the Spanish Department in the National University of
Modern Languages (NUML) here on Thursday. A large number of diplomats from the
embassies of the Spanish speaking countries were present on the occasion.
Prominent among them were Eduardo Bustamante, First Secretary of the Argentine
Embassy, Javier Gongora, Charge d Affaires of Embassy of Mexico and Dr. M
Catalina Alliende, Honorary Consul of Chile. Liu Ying, Syed Rouidaad and Aiza
Azam were adjudged the best speakers among the participants and given souvenirs
by the first secretary of the Argentinean Embassy. During the speeches musical
items and skits in Spanish language were presented by students of the
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Probe ordered into fee hike in private schools
Islamabad: Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (PEIRA) Chairman Atif Mehmood
Kiyani has ordered an inquiry into the matter of fee increase fee by some
private schools in the name of 'security measures'. The decision was taken amid
the reports that some private educational institutions have increased fees,
aimed to make security arrangements for the institutions. Atif Mehmood has
directed PEIRA Member (Academic) Imtiaz Qureshi to investigate into the matter.
It may be mentioned here that the government had asked educational institutions
to take possible security measures following intelligence reports that
terrorists might target the educational institutions.
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NUST & FJWU ink agreement
Islamabad: National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) and Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU)
Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) pertaining to development of
academic and research linkages between the two institutes, says a press release.
The agreement was signed during the visit of FJWU delegation to the NUST campus
at Sector H-12, Islamabad.
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'Open House' at Fast University
Islamabad: National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences,
(Fast-NU) organised an Open House-2009 at its premises to ensure opportunity to
industry to interact with the graduating students for recruiting them in
respective firms and companies.
It was also aimed to preserve the talent
and encourage companies to nurture this talent into professional
In his comments here Thursday, FAST Rector Dr. Amir Muhammad
said the event was organised to ensure recruitment of graduating students of BS
and MS (Computer Science), BS (Telecom engineering), BBA and MBA.
students are interviewed and usually evaluated on the basis of their final year
projects for possible employment.
This year the 320 students are
completing their graduation from Islamabad campus of the university. Of these 70
are from BS Computer Science and 40 from MS Computer Science while 150 students are getting their BS degree in Telecom
Graduating batch also includes 35 students from BBA and 25 from MBA. Senior Management representatives of more than
30 firms, companies and institutions from all over the country
participated in the event.
They observed and evaluated students' projects and interviewed the graduating students for possible hiring and
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IMDC to hold seminar today
Islamabad: The Islamabad Medical and Dental College (IMDC), in
collaboration with the Directorate of Malaria Control and the World Health
Organization, is holding a National Awareness Seminar here today (Friday) in
connection with World Malaria Day.
Organized by IMDC's Department of
Community Medicine, the seminar aims to enhance awareness among medical
students, doctors and the general public about malaria morbidity and mortality
and the various interventions currently underway to control the
"Leading experts from Islamabad and Rawalpindi will deliver
lectures highlighting the importance of the day, key facts about malaria in
terms of its mode of transmission, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, drug
resistance, prevention, insecticide resistance, economic impact, and elimination
strategies," Professor Dr. Muhammad Ashraf Chaudhry, chairman of the seminar's
organising committee has informed through a press release.
Akbar Khan Niazi, chairman IMDC, will present the welcome address. Professor Dr.
Muhammad Ashraf Chaudhry, head of community medicine, will speak on preventive
measures against malaria; Dr Qutbiddin Kakar, National Officer of Roll Back
Malaria in Pakistan, will discuss malaria and its control in Pakistan while Dr.
Saeed Alam, Professor of Pathology at IMDC, will speak about malaria
pathogenesis and latest laboratory diagnostic techniques Malaria is a
life-threatening parasitic disease and one of the major public health challenges
of the 21st century.
The disease continues to haunt 40% of the world's
population. It infects more than 500 million people per year and kills more than
1 million. Pakistan encounters approximately 500,000 cases annually in addition
to frequently reported seasonal epidemics and largescale outbreaks in the
Malaria is caused by a parasite called Plasmodium, which is
transmitted via the bite of infected mosquitoes. If not treated, malaria can
quickly become life-threatening by disrupting blood supply to vital
Dr. Ashraf said key interventions to control malaria include
prompt diagnosis and effective treatment with artemisinin-based combination
therapy, use of insecticidal treated bed-nets by people at risk, and indoor
residual spraying by insecticide to control the vector mosquito. It is for these
very reasons that raising awareness is the principal goal of World Malaria Day,
he said. The seminar will be held at 10.30 a.m. The News
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Balochistan professors, lecturers boycott continues
Quetta: Balochistan Professors and lecturers
Association boycotted classes in all the Government Degree and Inter Colleges in
the province second day Thursday. President of the Association Professor
Muhammad Nawaz told that college teachers protest would continue till their
demands are accepted. He said teachers are protesting for several weeks but
high-up did not pay any attention on their demands nor contacted them. He said
that our demands of upgradation of teachers posts, reserving quota for them at
proposed housing scheme, additional wages for evening classes at the colleges,
enforcement of time scale and others should be accepted He said that 1600
teachers of more than 80 Degree and inter colleges for boys and girls were
boycotting classes. He said an indefinite boycott of classes has been started
which would continue till our demands are accepted. He said they would also
boycott annual examination of FA and F Sc being commenced from April 27 in the
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NWFP primary school teachers to get higher scales
Peshawar: The Provincial government has taken decision in
principle to evolve such a mechanism that Primary School Teachers (PSTs) would
move to higher scales automatically according to their seniority and the primary
teachers would be made financially empowered. This was informed by the secretary
education Muhammad Arifeen Khan while talking to a delegation of All Primary
Teacher Association (APTA) headed by the district Karak President of APTA
Usmanullah Khattak and other cabinet members here on Thursday and added that the
government would approve the new service structure very soon.
informed that in the new service structure the PSTs and Certificate Teachers
(CTs) would get an opportunity to move to upgraded scale and a designated
headmaster of BPS 16 or 17 would supervise the affairs of the Primary schools.
The delegation informed that the Secretary education has assured them that one
teacher would be given on 30 students instead of 40 in primary schools which
would minimize the burden of the Primary teachers and the government would give
its approval also very soon.
Arifeen added that the government would made
primary teaches autonomous in limited resources to utilize up to two and a half
Lac rupees in school and even they could construct new additional rooms also in
the school with the consultation of the Chairman of Parent Teacher Council (PTC)
and the government would take every steps to make the teaching affective and
resolved that every problem of the teachers inside the school would be resolved
for having no excuse to not impart the quality education to the students in
making the country an educated one in real sense.
He informed that the
government would overcome the deficiency of staff in primary schools through
rationalization and one teacher on 30 students formula and added that the
government was providing all basic facilities to the newly created schools and
also providing facilities to the already established schools. He also informed
that the government would issue the notification of ending the one time
promotion formula for PST teachers and all those teachers would be promoted
automatically who would achieve ten year service.
Meanwhile, the patron in chief
of All Teacher Association (ATA) Malik Noor Wali Khan has asked the elected
representatives of the local government to abstain from involving teachers in
politics. He was talking to a gathering of teachers at Shaheedan Chountra here
alleged that the undue interference of the councilors in the affairs of schools
has made the environment of education unbearable and asked them to restrict to
their job of community development.
While citing the example of Mahmoodkhel
primary schools, Noor Wali Khan said that it was the result of councilors'
interference which has prepared the two teachers of Mahmoodkhel primary school
in Tehsil Banda Daud Shah for dismissal from services. He also asked the
teachers community to recognize their basic responsibilities of teaching and
keep it prior over all other responsibilities and avoid participation in
politics. He warned that some elements in Tehsil Banda Daud Shah dragging the
teachers in to the arena of politics but the ATA would foil their negative
designs to use teachers for personal ends. Malik Noor Wali Khan urged on the
government to end the political interference in education department and the
teachers transfer should be made only on merit. F.P. Report
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