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FDE to set up FG College for Home Economics
Islamabad, Dec 31: Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) has initiated a project of the first ever Federal Government College for Home Economics & Management Sciences in the federal capital to facilitate female students.

The project has been approved by the Ministry of Education at a cost of Rs450 million, said Rafique Tahir, Spokesman FDE.

Ministry of Education has recruited a project director for the College, which will be constructed in Sector F-11 and CDA has handed over the plot to FDE.

The groundbreaking ceremony of the College would be held in the next few months, he said. This would be a unique college in the sector where earlier, there was no such facility for the female students.

There are at present 19 model colleges and seven federal government colleges in Islamabad city. FDE has already accomplished the project of a federal government college for women in Sector I-8/3.

A far more significant step was the start of the classes of Masters in Commerce (MCom) at Federal Government College of Commerce, H-8. For this purpose, a commerce block with a capacity of 60 boys and 40 girls was completed at the cost of Rs30 million where the classes were started in November. The most heartening aspect is that students would get quality education by spending just Rs37,000, while the private commerce colleges charge Rs200,000-300,000 for this degree, Rafique said.

In the area between Lahore and Peshawar, the College is the first one to offer postgraduate degree in this discipline, he said.

The students face shortage of model colleges during the admission days and FDE is working on the proposal to construct more model colleges to give more opportunities to students. The proposal to construct model colleges in Sector G-13 and Sihala are under-consideration to cater to the educational needs of the students.

During the year 2009, 1,400 teachers from primary to higher secondary level were given training in various disciplines and the Directorate set the target to give training to 1,000 teachers in the coming days. Moreover, eight teachers selected from different colleges got six-week training in USA under the joint venture of FDE and USAID project Ed-Links. For the students, Excel camps were arranged this year in the subjects of Science, Maths and English, he said.

Transportation for female teachers, who travel a long distance to teach, remains a major issue for FDE. This year, the department approved the project of six buses to facilitate the teachers and students of rural areas. It got the funds for the first phase of the project.

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RBISE candidates not required to submit Form B
Rawalpindi: Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education has announced that the candidates appearing in annual examination 2010 are not required to submit Form B.

According to a board press release, it is compulsory for the candidates appearing in annual examination 2011 to submit a copy of the Form-B, acquired from National Database Registration Authority.

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Graduation ceremony held
Islamabad: As many as 31 students were awarded certificates in graduation ceremony of the 27th batch of the Pakistan Air Force Finishing School, Islamabad, held on Wednesday at Air Headquarters Officers Mess.

The PAF Finishing School was established in July 1996 for female students. It offers various courses in communication skills, languages, management, art of self-presentation, domestic sciences, general culture, cuisine, protocol, art, childcare, introduction to psychology and spiritual enrichment.

On the occasion Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman awarded certificates to the students. “The dynamics of media, the rapid dissemination of knowledge and the instant means of communication have revolutionized our life styles. As a member of a progressive nation, we have to remain in step with the march of times,“ he said.

Suleman said that it was however equally essential, more so for our daughters, to develop in them a dignified poise reflecting the aspiration of a Pakistani girl. “The complexities of life are numerous, and to cope with them, it is necessary to benefit from a specialized institution like the Finishing school,“ he said while adding that such institutions were the essential adjuncts to nurture the mental and moral faculties of our younger generation.

Earlier, the directress of the school Nasreen Aurangzeb presented the course report to highlight the main aspects of the training, which is aimed at providing quality training to young girls to make them useful members of the society.

PAF Finishing School, which is the first of its kind in Asia, is a step of Pakistan Air Force towards the promotion of education and eradication of illiteracy in the country.

Main aspects of the training are aimed at providing quality training to young girls to make them useful members of the society.

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FJWU 11th annual day
Rawalpindi: The annual day of Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU), Rawalpindi was celebrated her Wednesday to mark the occasion of the University's establishment.

A special Quran Khawani and Dua were offered for the progress of the University to reach the level of excellence. A national song competition was also arranged in which students participated with great zeal and enthusiasm.

The formal ceremony of the Annual Day consisted of two main events - the conferring of pin/colour to the newly inducted students of Masters and Bachelors programmes, and the cake cutting ceremony.

Assistant Registrar FJWU Ms Farzana Akhtar formally welcomed the guests. Keeping alive the tradition of the annual day, the dean of Faculty of Islamic & Oriental Learning, Dean Faculty of Education and Vice Chancellor FJWU Professor Dr Saeeda Asadullah Khan, Dean Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Prof Dr Samina Amin Qadir, Dean Faculty of Law, Commerce and Management & Administrative Sciences and Dean Faculty of Science & Technology Prof Dr Naheed Zia Khan conferred the university pin/colour to the new students of their respective faculties.

The VC while speaking on the occasion congratulated the students on the conferral of the University colour, and said, “Being the citizen of this nation and a woman, a dual responsibility lies upon you, as you are the young hope and future of the nation.“ She quoted various sayings of Quaid-e-Azam and advised the students to work whole-heartedly for the progress of the nation and show a responsible, disciplined and devoted attitude towards life.

The VC said the country is passing through a critical stage and urged the students to use their abilities and potentials for the peace, progress and prosperity of the country.

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Book launching
Islamabad: Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) is holding a book launching ceremony titled 'The War that Wasn't Sufi and the Sultan' by Dr. Fatima Hussain, renowned scholar of history form Delhi University, India will be held today (Thursday) here in the conference Hall of PAL, H-8/1.

Sardar Aseff Ahmad Ali, Advisor to Prime Minister for Education will be the chief guest. The function will be presided over by Fakhar Zaman, Chairman Pakistan Academy of Letters while Dr. Fatima Hussain will be the guest of honour.

Professor Khawaja Masud, Dr. Mehmood-ul-Hassan Butt, Dr. Tariq Rehman and Tariq Khurshid will express their views about book. The news

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