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Allama Iqbal Open University postgraduate final exams 2009

AIOU postgraduate examinations, semester Spring 2009
Islamabad, Dec 08: The final exams of all postgraduate programmes of Allama Iqbal Open University for the semester Spring 2009 will start from today (Tuesday) around the country simultaneously.

This was announced by Controller Exams AIOU Hafeez-Ullah, adding that the roll number slips have already been dispatched to all eligible and enrolled students at their given addresses by the postal mail services.

All those students who have not received their roll number slips so far are advised to contact the nearest regional office of the University.

The facility of downloading the roll number slips is also available on the website of the University, however, for entry in examination centres using web based roll number slips, a student has to produce his/her CNIC issued by Nadra or any other valid document bearing his/her photograph due to the prevailing security scenario.All students are also advised in their interest to read the instructions

mentioned on the roll number slips carefully before entering the examination centre.

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Attention towards female education
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) is amongst the four mega universities in Distance Learning Education System around the world, said Prof Dr Mehmood-ul-Hassan Butt, Vice Chancellor AIOU.

Talking to a delegation of Swedish journalist, writer and renowned poet Peter Curman here Monday, the VC said AIOU is not only spreading education but also creating knowledge for the sake of introducing a positive identification of the country at national, social and international levels.

"It's one of the qualities of this University that it has 52 per cent female students and it gives more attention towards female education for the reason that male education benefits only one person while the education of a female benefits the whole family," he said.

He said more than 200 theses of MPhil and PhD have been written so far by scholars under the supervision of Department of Iqbaliyat, adding that poets and writers are the assets of society because they struggle by their skills for decreasing the distance between different nations and societies and give the real shape of 'Global Village' to social conception.

Peter Curman, the Swedish poet, is one of the few writers who played his role in the closing in of the west and east with each other by his skill, highlighting Pakistani culture and literature in his books which is the reflection of his affection with the people of Pakistan.

Peter Curman said AIOU has risen with optimistic identification and is serving the country in the education sector more than other educational institutions.

Renowned intellectual from Karachi Prof Dr Muhammad Ali Siddiqui said the poetry of Peter Curman is different from other western poets, comprising topics relating to human beings.

Dean Faculty of Social Sciences Prof Dr Abdul Hafiz, Chairman Department of Pakistani Languages Prof Dr Inam-ul-Haq Javed and Chairman Department of Mass

Communication Dr Abdul Siraj also addressed on the occasion.

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Security measures in place at educational institutions
Rawalpindi: On the directives of the Punjab government, the local city administration has taken strict security measures to prevent any terror attack or suicide bombing in the provincial educational institutions.

District Education Officer (Colleges) Ulfat Mahmood Janjua said that in all there are 65 colleges in the Rawalpindi Division. Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has issued special directions for taking strict security measures in provincial educational institutions and even private academic institutions in the Rawalpindi district and division.

Following the directives, the commissioner Rawalpindi implemented the orders which include increasing the height of boundary walls by eight feet, appointment of security guards with required arms and ammunition, metal detectors and help of police.

The Punjab government has allocated no special fund for this purpose and the concerned administrations have been asked to meet the security expenditures from the funds allocated annually to them.

The height of the walls have been raise to eight feet while outsider is allowed to enter in the premises of the educational institution, Ulfat Janjua said.

Only the parents and guardians are allowed to pick and drop their children. The students are not even allowed to go out of school during break time, informed the concerned headmasters of their schools functioning under the Punjab government.

An official in the office of the Executive District Officer on condition of anonymity said that principals and managements of the private institutions like Beacon House, City School etc. have also been issued necessary directions for adopting measures for the safety and security of the students.

The EDO as well as the commissioner conduct surprise visits to both public and private institutions to monitor the security arrangements.

Meanwhile, the parents whose children are studying in federal government schools in Rawalpindi Cantonment have expressed their dissatisfaction over the concerned management for not adopting measure for the safety and security of their children.

On condition of anonymity, a resident of Tariqabad said that his children study in FG School, Lalkurti. The management has not taken any security measures for the safety of the school children, he alleged.

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27 students received gold medals
Islamabad: In recognition of their excellent performance in Secondary and Higher Secondary School Certificate Examinations, 27 students studying in READ Foundation and public sector schools were awarded gold medals here on Monday.

The medals were given during the second Academic Excellence Awards ceremony of READ Foundation, held in coordination with Procter and Gamble (P&G) Pakistan under its global corporate cause of 'Live, Learn and Thrive'.

Jubilant students, excited parents, teachers and principals from accomplished schools, government officials, and representatives of donor agencies, INGOs as well as corporate sector attended the ceremony.

AJK Prime Minister Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan, while speaking on the occasion as the guest of honour, lauded READ Foundation for its tremendous contributions in the education sector, especially in the improvement of access and quality of education in far-off and hard-to-reach rural areas, and for its initiative of instituting academic recognition awards at high school level.

He said the state government has allocated a significant budget for 2009-10 and is committed to allocating its best resources in the coming years for alleviating the education sector to its best. The AJK government strongly approves the role of the private sector in socio-economic development and encourages civil society, NGOs and corporate sector as well as media to come forward and help the government in realising its plans of raising the standards of education at all levels and making education accessible to common people at their doorsteps, he said.

The AJK prime minister said he was delighted to see that 50 per cent of the award recipients hail from economically-challenged rural areas of AJK that were badly affected in the 2005 earthquake. He also announced Rs100,000 cash award for Mehtab Ahmed of READ Foundation School Charohi who secured first position in the SSC Examinations of the board.

"At the same time, I feel it pertinent to emphasise that academic success alone does not assure anyone of success in life. We aim to nurture students who will come out of our education system, equipped not with textbook or prepared answers but with readiness of mind that they need to take on the world," he said.

Chief Executive Officer READ Foundation Mahmood Ahmed expressed immense pleasure over the fact that the Foundation, as one of the largest educational NGOs in Pakistan, is steadily translating its slogans into action by providing equal opportunities of quality education to every child, with continuous wide-range support of its individual and institutional partners and the communities it serves.

He paid homage to the teachers for their devotion and commitment towards the development of future leaders and to their professionalism and excellence that has inspired students to excel.

"It was a great experience studying in READ Foundation School. I learnt valuable knowledge and values galore, with an emphasis on understanding rather than simply recalling facts," said Mehtab Ahmed, a READ Foundation student who received the award of the first position holder in AJK Board's secondary school examination.

Director READ Foundation Muhammad Fayyaz Khan in his welcome address said the Academic Excellence Awards were started in the year 2008 to recognise the academic accomplishments of students at various levels. He said the students, being recognised today, present some of the finest examples of how READ Foundation is fulfilling its mission of building futures through quality-oriented, purposeful and value-based education and training. The news

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Killings of students
Nasirabad: Murders of students from Balochistan at educational institutions in Sindh is matter of grave concern for the Baloch and Sindhi nations because both the nations are suppressed whose resources and coast are in the control of unseen forces.

These views were expressed by former President National Party Dr Abdul Hayee Baloch while speaking with Correspondent after offering condolence with relatives of Niaz Baloch a student who was killed in Tando Jam University.

He said killing of our students in Sindh Educational institutions is matter of concern for us. Establishment has destroyed our education by capturing resources and coast of Balochistan and pushed people into dark while on the other Balochistan students are killed in Sindh institutions.

Both Baloch and Sindhi are suppressed nations and killings of students is matter of grave concern for them. Non arrest of killers of Niaz Baloch is failure of Sindh government.

His murder is a tragic incident and we strongly condemn it. He said Sindh government should immediately arrest killers of Niaz Baloch and provide justice to the affected family.

He asked Federal government particularly government of Balochistan should take immediate step for arrest of killers otherwise people would not sit silent. PPI

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