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FUMC Convocation 2011
Islamabad, April 21: The Foundation University Islamabad (FUI) Convocation 2011 for Foundation University Medical College (FUMC) was held here on Wednesday at the college auditorium, DHA-I Islamabad.

President FUI Lt-Gen Hamid Rab Nawaz, HI(M) (r) who is also the MD of Fauji Foundation, was the chief guest on the occasion. He awarded medals, merit certificates and degrees to the graduating students. Eighty-five MBBS graduates were awarded degrees as well as Gold Medals, Silver Medals and Merit Certificates. They

were also awarded medals for being the Best Graduating Students.

FUMC Principal Maj-Gen Dr. Nasim ul Majeed (r) welcomed the guests and the parents. He presented the university report and highlighted the progress and academic excellence it has achieved in the past years which resulted in the constantly increasing number of foreign students in FUMC.

Dr Rabia Iftkhar Malik was declared the best graduating student for the year 2010. She made her parents and teachers proud by getting two Gold Medals.

Lt-Gen Hamid Rab Nawaz in his address stressed that as the future doctors all the graduates must practice what they have learned with honesty and do not forget to help those who really deserve their expertise in the rural areas. He congratulated all the graduating doctors especially their teachers and the parents because they are actually responsible for the success of the students.

FUI Rector Brig Abdul Rahman Bilal, SJ (r) appreciated the role played by FUMC in the field of medicine and expressed that he is hopeful that it will become a hub of academic activity in the areas of medicine and other related fields.

Merit certificates were given to 115 students, 22 Gold Medals, 22 Silver Medals, 14 distinctions were awarded to the graduating students. Rabia Iftkhar Malik was awarded

the 'Best Graduate Student' of the year.

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AIOU workshop from April 25
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University, Pakistan Studies Department has scheduled the workshops of First Semester for the students of M.Sc Pakistan Studies which are going to be started from April 25, around the country and would be continued till May 9.

Workshop would be conducted in the regions of Islamabad, Peshawar, Lahore, DG Khan, Karachi, Mirpur, D.I. Khan, Chitral, Abbottabad, Swat, Multan, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, Gujranwala, Mianwali, Sargodha, Sahiwal, Chakwal, Sialkot, Jhang and Sukkur, said a press release.

The students belongs to Muzaffarabad, Gilgit & Skardu have been merged in Islamabad Region. The students of Zhob have been merged in D.G. Khan, while the students of Hyderabad, Thatta, Mithi and entire Balochistan excluding Zhob have been merged in Karachi Region. The students belong to Rahim Yar Khan have been merged in Bahawalpur while the students of Larkana and Dadu have been merged in Sukkur Region. The news

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AIOU's new campus in Rahim Yar Khan
Rahim yar khan: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has become the largest educational institute in the country.

This was claimed by AIOU Vice-Chancellor Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi while addressing a function on the occasion of setting up of the AIOU new campus in Rahim Yar Khan here on Wednesday.

He said the AIOU was a distance learning university where a large number of male and female students were getting education. Dr Sangi said at least 12,000 matric, 16,000 intermediate and 22,000 graduate students were enrolled in the AIOU.

The vice-chancellor said the AIOU had set aside Rs10 million for the training programme of 30,000 teachers while a training programme for the quality education had been started in 12 different districts of the country.

The AIOU was launching a PhD programme in computer sciences from next month in which foreign teachers would also teach students, he said.

Dr Sangi said a new AIOU campus would be established in Rahim Yar Khan, adding that Rs58.8 million funds would soon be released in the first phase of the project. In the second phase, he said, an overseas employees training institute would also be established.

He said Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani had approved a studio in Multan and the project would cost Rs53 million. Earlier, Dr Sangi along with MPA Javed Akbar Dhaloon and AIOU representative Abdul Khaliq Shakir visited the Government Polytechnic Institute, Government College of Commerce in Chak 72-NP, Technical Training Centre on Thali Mahatma Road and Agriculture College near Abu Dhabi Road. Dawn

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NAB moves from RMC hostel building
Rawalpindi: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has started vacating hostel for female students of Rawalpindi Medical College (RMC) here on Wednesday. Talking to APP, the Director NAB told that all the arrangements have been completed to shift the record with utmost care as the documents are very high profile and important, he added. He said that shifting process is in progress and the building will be vacated as early as possible. The building has been shifted in sector G-8, near Ministry of Social Welfare and Noorie Hospital. It was an empty building, which has been given to NAB to establish its office there, he confirmed. Dr Muhammad Haroon, chairman YDA Rawalpindi said a few young doctors on Tuesday went to check whether the building has been vacated by NAB officials or not, but they found no major signs of movement.

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HEC extends deadline for scholarship application
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has extended the deadline for submission of online application form for batch-7 of "Indigenous 5000 PhD Fellowship Programme" till April 30. The date has been extended to facilitate the aspiring scholars and all other terms and conditions will remain the same, said a news release issued here.

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IIU cultural week ends
Islamabad: The 23rd International Cultural Week at the International Islamic University (IIU), Female Campus, has ended after three-day celebrations here on Wednesday. Ambassador of High Commission of Malaysia Dato Ahmad Anwaar Bin Adnan was the chief guest at the prize distribution ceremony.

Senator Neelofar Bakhtiar was the guest of honour. President Dr. Mumtaz Ahmad, Rector Professor Fateh Muhammad Malik and Director Female Campus Professor Qaiserah Alvi also attended the event at auditorium in female campus of International Islamic University. Prizes were given for the cultural stalls, dress show, sports and other co-curricular activities. China had been declared as the first position holder in the cultural stalls, dress show and food items as well. Jordan stood second in food items and Turkey stood third in it. Somalia got second position in dress show and Kenya got third position in it. Saudi Arabia stood second in the cultural stalls and Malaysia third. At the national level Punjab stood first in the cultural stalls and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa stood second while Gilgit-Baltistan stood third. Special prize was given to Afghanistan for their good performance. Aisha Rasheed was declared as the Best Athlete year 2011.

Faculty of Usuluddin has been declared as the best faculty year 2011. Prizes for co-curricular activities were also given to the students in various competitions, which were held as a part of the cultural week.

Ambassador of Malaysia while giving his comments thanked the university for inviting him to that prestigious event; it was his very first visit to the university during his posting.

Speaking on the occasion Senator Neelofar Bakhtiar encouraged students to work for the betterment of the country. President of the university said that he is proud of the students who have shown zeal and participated whole-heartedly in the event.

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Education enlightens mind, grooms personality
Islamabad: Brigadier Raheel Ashraf, Director FGEI (C/G) has said that education is not just the acquisition of a degree or a memorisation of facts and formulas, it is the enlightenment of the mind, intellect and grooming of personality and character.

"It is essential to develop a consciousness of this all encompassing scope of education. To achieve this end of education all sorts of material and mental barriers must be surmounted. Today's world of technology has given rise to conflicting values, in which an educated person can make a real difference by distinguishing between good and evil, right and wrong through his critical abilities," he stated this while addressing the 24th Convocation of Federal Government Postgraduate College for Women, Kashmir Road, Rawalpindi, at the Salma Masud Auditorium here on Wednesday. The degrees were awarded to the students of BA/BSc, MA Urdu and MA English for the session 2007-2009. Brigadier Raheel Ashraf, Director FGEI (C/G) was invited as the chief guest at the ceremony.

The chief guest stressed upon the students about the immense responsibility lying on their shoulders. As the carriers of the light of knowledge, he advised the graduates to share their light with millions of uneducated and deprived around them. He also advised the teachers to shift their focus from memorisation to the comprehension of the essential structure of each subject and to inculcate bold, independent and creative thinking in the students to meet the challenges of 21st century.

This year 202 students graduated in arts and 114 in science. Rolls of Honour and Merit Certificates were also awarded to 13 students of BSc and 17 students of BA, who excelled in board and university examination. The high achievers, who won distinction in their respective groups in Punjab University Examination were awarded Rolls of Honour and Silver Medals included Urooj Tanveer who got 1st position in the college in MA Urdu, Bushra Saman, who got 1st position in College in BA. Shahrukh Zaheer, who got 1st position in College in BSc.

This year the proud recipient of Begum Salma Masud award and Gold Medal were two exceptionally brilliant students, Warda Naseer (BSc) for academic excellence and Hafsa bint-e-Rafique was declared the best Urdu speaker.

Earlier in her welcome address Principal Nasreen Mirza presented a brief synopsis of curricular and co-curricular activities of the college, giving a detailed resume of the college performance in board and university examinations during the past three years.

The chief guest gave away medals and certificates to the graduates. He was presented college insignia by the principal.

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Workshop on human genetics starts at AAUR
Rawalpindi: A three-day workshop on 'SNP Genotyping: Strategies and Applications in Human Genetics' commenced at the Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) here on Wednesday. The workshop will continue till April 22, 2011.

Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP), single base pair mutation at a specific locus, are one of the most common types of genetic variation that can affect disease susceptibility, diseases development, disease resistance, response to pathogens, drugs, vaccines etc. SNPs are evolutionarily conserved and proposed as markers for comparing regions of the genome between populations, Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL) analysis, association studies to understand causes of complex diseases such as diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, etc. and to provide a genetic fingerprint for use in identity testing. Another interesting progress in SNP usage is the HapMap project aiming to provide a minimal set of SNPs to genotype/sequence human genome. SNP analysis has, therefore, become a standard research approach.

This workshop is designed to fully benefit from HEC's efforts for providing financial support to impart latest knowledge of SNP genotyping techniques and data analysis to future Pakistani molecular geneticists/students. The training sessions, both theoretical and practical, will enable them to conduct research in human genetics according to latest trends and be able to publish internationally.

PMAS-AAUR Vic Chancellor Dr. Khalid Mahmood Khan was the chief guest at the inaugural session of the workshop. The chief guest said that SNP Genotyping and analysis has a great role in identification of disease risk markers that will ultimately help in diagnosis and treatment. He informed the gathering that PMAS-AAUR provides a forum for open discussions on the topics of immediate national concern He said holding of such workshops is very essential as these provide an opportunity to know about in depth the main issues faced by our society and give a platform to the learned people to share their knowledge. He thanked the resource person and eminent scientist who attended the workshop and come from the different parts of Pakistan.

Dr. Khan also praised the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for providing financial assistants to arrange the workshop.

The three-day workshop combines lectures and simulated demonstrated on different topics including, variations in the human genome, populations choice as a consideration for genetic analysis study design, SNP genotyping strategies: PCR based and high-throughput methods, etc.

In the practical sessions participants will get hand on experience Primer designing: manually and web-based, Design of RFLP-PCR & ARMS-PCR for selected SNPs, PCR amplifications and restriction digestion, Gel electrophoresis and results analysis of RFLP-PCR & ARMS-PCR experiments besides several other planned laboratory exercise. Several interactive sessions will be devoted toward brainstorming of new ideas and thoughts for future research in Pakistan.

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A memorable day for Froebel's graduating class of 2011
Islamabad: It was a memorable celebration for this year's graduating class of 2011 at Froebel's International School's 75 A level students.

Chief guest HM Naqvi, award-winning author of 'Home Boy,' had attended Froebel's in the 1980s and 90s. He has worked in the financial services industry, run a slam venue, and taught creative writing at Boston University.

Naqvi addressed the graduating class with an inspiring opening, "Why are we here?" and discussed how Pakistani citizens jump in when institutions fail: "As you change and become part of the citizenry in a meaningful way, you need to ask yourself why you are here."

Hussain and his wife Alia, who also attended Froebel's, found the event heart-warming. "I like the warm, nurturing vibe here," he said, while Alia enjoyed Headboy Usman's witty speech about 2011 being the year of "Losing the World Cup to India, Justin Bieber's improbable rise to fame, and graduating." Head girl Saleha made a touching tribute infused with humour about growing up with the nurturing faculty, "from crayons to perfume," amidst the school's signature red-brick buildings-"our second home." A poignant video tribute created by the graduating seniors featured a rich blend of Froebelian student culture-confident, creative, enterprising, and never losing their sense of humour.

"This year's university acceptances include Harvard, Cornell and Imperial," said the smiling guidance counsellor, Rukhsia Waqas. The event ended on a celebratory note with plenty of cake, conversation and music.

Tuesday's Rawalpindi Commencement featured chief guest Tarim Wasim, an ex-Froebelian who has distinguished himself in the Californian corporate world. Tarim is currently a Director at Hellman and Friedman, a San Francisco-based global private equity firm.

Froebel's alumnae have included a diverse array of seasoned professionals including previous Minister of Foreign Affairs Nawab Malik Amad Khan, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, MNA Syed Abdul Qadir Gilani, inventor Mamoon Tariq Khan, producer Adnan Malik, female footballer Mejzghan Orakzai and model Sabina Pasha.

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Montessori students present dances, fashion show
Islamabad: Annual Parents Day of the Roots Thematic Montessori, F-10/4, was celebrated with great enthusiasm here on Tuesday at PNCA. Annual parents day is the day for parents in which their children's comes up with beautiful and enchanting surprises for them. For this event the theme, which was adopted throughout the performances, was 'Peace through Culture Fusion'.

Brazilian Ambassador Alferdo Leoni was the chief guest of the ceremony and presented football and a book on 'Brazilian Culture and History' to the students to promote the Brazilian culture, the ceremony was attended by a large number of guests, including Mushtaq Rasul Chaudhry Managing CEO Roots School System (RSS), Riffat Mushtaq, founder director of RSS and Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq, executive director of RSS, parents and students. Mona Munir (Counsellor Officer, Brazilian Embassy), Mazhar Sanjarani (Administration Officer, Brazilian embassy), Col. Suresh Sharma (Deputy Head of Nepal embassy), Mr. & Mrs. Lawa Subedi (Third Secretary of Nepal embassy), Deepak Prabhakar Gokulsing (acting head commissioner of Mauritius embassy) were the guest of honour for the ceremony.

After Qirat and translation the audience took a virtual tour of the RSS Islamabad campus.

Students of Play Group from Roots Thematic Montessori presented a welcome rhyme that is 'I love You....' that was dedicated to the chief guest. This rhyme was sung in four different languages that are Portuguese, Spanish, English and Urdu. Than a ballet dance performance was presented by the little ballerina's from advance and junior Montessori. Ballet is a formalised kind of performance dance.

Next was the Capoieria - Brazilian Performance presented by Montessori students. Capoieria is a Brazilian art form that combines elements of marital art, sports and music.

Students of Advance Montessori performed on Boogie Woogie Rhyme that depicted their love for the animals and it holds great fascination simply because they are other living creatures doing things like them. Advance Montessori students presented a purposeful performance on the community helpers. Young Rootsians champs in the act of Football dance performance presented 'Waka Waka' song that captivated the hearts of everyone present there. Than a melodious voice from Bengal, Nawshen Tabasum from Advance Montessori presented a solo performance of Bengali Song. Students from advance Montessori presented dance performances, that were merged together folkdances of different countries which were Mexican hat dance, famous tango dance of Argentina, Brazilian samba dance and this glorious performance ended with the folk dance of five Pakistani regional dances. Mardigras is a day of Brazilian carnival, when people dress up, have parade, dance and etc. Montessori students presented a marvellous Brazilian Carnival extravaganza. Students also performed on a Unity Song - We are the World.

Teachers, students and all the staff of RSS have promulgated a unique show capturing the styles of Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Pakistan. Montessori students performed an exquisite journey of fashion variations and the theme for this fashion show was "Peace through culture fusion".

Earlier in his welcome speech Faisal Mushtaq, executive director/Student Counsellor of the RSS said today, Roots has completed its 23 glorious and proud years of academic excellence and overall achievement, so congratulations to all who are a part of this great Institution and have made it possible to make us go this far. He said our aim is to provide each student the opportunity to achieve his academic and personal best within an International educational environment that encourages leadership, character, and community service, actively embraces cultural diversity, and acknowledges and accommodates the individual needs of students. He also praised the efforts of Safia Farooqi, regional headmistress, Regional Office Staff for their support, Sumaira Tanveer, Montessori Branch head and her dedicated team members for their contributions to make this event successful.

Addressing the audience chief guest appreciated the outstanding performances of the Roots Montessori Students and extended his heartiest congratulations to the students, their parents and teachers of Roots School System.

When the children of Montessori are promoting to class I, it is complete transition for them. Therefore, to honour the children, Roots arranged a graduation ceremony for them and later, chief guest gave away shields and certificates to the Montessori graduates and all the young performers who really make this event lively by their stunning performances. He also gave awards to teachers, coordinators and management staff members. In the end, RSS director presented mementos to the chief guest.

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Rootsians awarded
Peshawar: The Peshawar region Rootsians from Montessori to 'O' level were awarded for their brilliant results for the academic session 2010-11 on Wednesday.

The awards were presented to 260 students at a ceremony attended by students and their parents. Deeba Nazeer, the head of the Roots School System in Peshawar region, presented a report on the achievements of students in 2010.

Awards were distributed among students, teachers, coordinators, branch head and management staff members. In the category of all-rounder pupil award, 25 students were honoured for their performance.

In the category of academic excellence awards, seven students were awarded. A total of 28 pupils were also awarded for their outstanding performance. Up to 46 students were awarded in the category of commendable efforts in academics. Director Roots School System Faisal Mushtaq greeted the parents and wished their children a bright future. The chief guest, Qazi Muhammad Asad Khan, KP minister for higher education, praised the Roots students for brilliance. The news

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