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FDE Chairperson removal & Teachers package

Teachers package behind Shaheen's removal from FDE Islamabad, Dec 06: Mystery still shrouds the removal of Shaheen Khan as Chairperson of Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) with many senior officials claiming that she had invited the wrath of Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani by announcing an incentive package to teachers from Grade 9 to Grade 20 without any consultation with the Finance Wing, reliable sources told this scribe here on Sunday.

The sources said that the Prime Minister House clearly directed her to first consult Establishment Division and Finance Division before announcement of any package for teachers because both these departments had showed grave concern over implications of the package.

The sources further said that FDE were first trying to secure approval for incentive package for teachers working in Grade 9 to Grade 16, but when it moved another file in which it insisted to also give one-grade promotion to those teachers working in Grade 17 to Grade 20, the Establishment Division and Finance Wing both vehemently opposed this move and informed the prime minister about that.

The sources alleged that new file was moved in a bid to provide benefit to Shaheen Khan who would be able to get promotion from Grade 20 to Grade 21 in case it was approved at the highest level.

They said that the controversy reached its climax when despite direction from the prime minister at a ceremony held to mark 'Salaam Teachers Day' to consult Establishment Division and Finance Wing before announcement of the incentive package FDE gave impression to the teachers' community that it had been approved by the federal government.

It is pertinent to mention here that the teachers' community was all happy on announcement of the incentive package by the FDE without knowing the fact that it was yet to be approved both by the Establishment Division and Finance Division.

The sources said the controversy led to such situation that the Education Ministry decided to ask Shaheen Khan who is also chairperson of the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) to leave additional post of chairperson of FDE.

According to incentive package announced by the FDE, Matric Trained Teachers (MTTs) and Junior Language Teachers (JLTs) in grade 9 would be promoted to grade 14 if they have a BEd degree. Trained Undergraduate Teachers in grade 14 with six years service experience would be promoted to grade 16.

Trained Graduate Teachers with 10 years experience in grade 16 would be promoted to grade 17. Similarly, Teachers in grade 17 with five years of experience would be promoted to grade 18. While teachers in grade 18 would be promoted to grade 19 with seven years experience in case of direct appointment and five years experience if they were promoted from a lower grade. The promotion from grade 19 to 20 would require five years experience and promotion above grade 20 would not come under Time Scale Promotion Formula.

An official of the Finance Wing told this correspondent that they informed FDE that no teacher from Grade 16 could be promoted to Grade 17 without appearing in the competitive examination of Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC).

He claimed that they had approved to give Grade 14 and Grade 16 to teachers working in Grade 9 and Grade 14 respectively, adding "no approval was given for promotion of teachers from Grade 17 to Grade 20."

Former chief of FDE and currently chairperson of FBISE, Shaheen Khan told this scribe that announcement of incentive package has no link with her removal as chairperson of FDE stating "I had additional charge of FDE and now the Education Ministry has given it to some other person and this is all a routine practice and there is nothing unusual in it."

To a question, she said they have struggled a lot to prepare incentive package for teachers and it would be implemented as all stakeholders are fully agreed upon it. "Even Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has given his approval in principle for the incentive package and as soon as Finance Wing gives its recommendation it would be implemented in letter and spirit," she said.

Acting chairman of FDE Aurangzeb Rehman told this correspondent that the incentive package has so far not fully been approved but the prime minister has given in principle approval for it.

He said they would take up the issue of incentive package with the Finance Wing and after sorting out modalities it would be implemented in its current form.

To a question, he said new proposals incorporated in the incentive package including one-grade promotion to teachers from Grade 17 to Grade 20 would remain part of the package.

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Cyber crimes on the rise in absence of law
Islamabad: Several high-profile cases involving cyber crimes, including the one in which the Supreme Court website was hacked, have failed to serve as eye-opener for decision makers, with cyber criminals operating without fear of prosecution after lapse in late 2009 of an ordinance.

Official sources said that cyber crimes are on the rise, as the cyber crime wing of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has been turned into a toothless body in the absence of the law. The sources said the wing had closed thousands of cases because it did not have the mandate to pursue them.

Those who suffered at the hands of the criminals included Zafar Hasan Raja, a grade 20 officer of the ministry of finance, who was lured into becoming part of a "goldmine scheme" to get huge sums in return for investment.

Mr Raja agreed to invest and transferred a sizable amount through scratch cards to qualify for the "award".

Another complaint was received by the wing from Bank Al-Falah against a criminal who had sent e-mail messages inviting resumes from candidates for positions at the bank. The criminal, who identified himself as Sadiq Hussain, posed as a human resources manager of the bank.

He was supposed to have received money from a number of applicants.

A senior official of the National Logistics Cell (NLC) complained that lewd pictures of her daughter had been put on the web, but again no action could be taken against the criminal(s).

Pemra Chairman Mushtaq Malik filed a complaint against illegal sale of de-coders in the market, but no action could be taken.

There have also been various incidents of hacking of virtual bank accounts for payment of cell-phone bills and purchase of scratch cards.

The Prevention of Electronic Crime Ordinance (Peco) was promulgated for the first time in 2007 and was re-promulgated several times.

The IT Ministry was reminded by the Law Ministry in Oct 2009 that a request for re-promulgation of the ordinance was yet to be received.

The Law Ministry was told that the contract of director legal, who was supposed to do job, had recently expired.

The move for proper legislation of the law was also scuttled after members of the National Assembly's Standing Committee, including Anushe Rehman of PML-N and Marvi Memon of PML-Q, rejected the law in its present form as violative of constitutional provisions concerning fundamental rights. The news

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AIOU viva voce
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University's (AIOU) Department of Business Administration will start viva-voce examination of MBA programme from December 06 in its main campus.

Chairman, Department of Business Administration of the University, Dr. Syed Hassan Raza informed that the exams would be continued up to December 19.

The students across the country enrolled in MBA programme will participate and intimation letter have already been sent by post to the students at their given addresses.

External experts for each specialisation are invited from different universities and industries for the assessment of students.

Any student who has fulfilled all the requirements of viva-voce according to the university's rules and regulations and has not received the intimation letter may contact the Department of Business Administration personally or at Ph.No.051-9250089 and 051-9057723. The students may visit the web site or of the university. The nation

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NUML reopenned
Islamabad: The National University of Modern Languages (NUML) which was closed on December 2 for three days due to security threats would open from TODAY (Monday).

The entry test of BBA Hons, MBA, BS Urdu, MA Arabic, MA Chinese, MSC Economics, MA Education, MA EPM, MSC International Relations, MSC Mass Communications, MA Urdu M.Ed, B.Ed, BS B.Ed Hons, MA Persian, MA German, MA French and MA Turkish would held on Monday, according to the previous schedule, said an official of the university while talking to APP on Sunday.

While the new date for the entry test which was scheduled to be held on December 3 will be announced this week and the applicants are advised to remain in contact with Academic Branch.

The university was closed on Thursday after receiving an advisory from the Crisis Management Cell of the Ministry of Interior to adopt this precautionary measure.

The university was receiving security threats for Friday so the university management decided to close it till Monday. The end-term papers scheduled for Thursday evening and entry tests for the Graduation Programme were cancelled.

Seven to eight thousand students, including foreign nationals, forces personnel and others, were likely to appear in the entry tests. The three-day closure was announced as a safety measure for the students, the official said.

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Students prepared to be better global citizens
Rawalpindi: The Roots Model United Nations (RMUN) at DHA Campus formally commenced with the committee sessions. The sessions prepared students to be better global citizens through quality educational experiences that emphasised collaboration and cooperative resolution of conflict, modelled after the United Nations.

According to a press release, the cooperative, hands on learning of Model United Nations allowed students to confront a range of topics with the perspective of their assigned country. Through these experiences-during preparation, in committee sessions, and even in hallways developed an appreciation of different viewpoints, the frustration of negotiations, the rewards of cooperation and a broader view of the human side of international relations and diplomacy.

The committees in Roots MUN included some UN committees such as Counter Terrorism Committee, Disarmament and International Security Committee, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations human Rights Council, Economic and Social Council, Crises Commission and Historical Committee but the two revolutionary committees of Kuch Socho, Kuch Karo, Kuch Bano and Sada e Zun were the most inspiring.

The aspiration of the youth for transformation and change, their desire for a peaceful, progressive and democratic Pakistan were presented passionately under their accomplished chair Osama Gondal. This committee gave hope to the younger generation, provided a platform for the intellectual minds to indulge in simulating progressive debates where they represented as analysts, activists, politicians, socialists and members of general public and drafted resolutions for the progressive Pakistan.

However, the Committee on Women Development was revolutionary and the first of its kind in a model United Nations. It was the most provoking, interesting and engaging committee at RMUN this year. It was a milestone for young girls to represent various prominent women personalities of the past and future. The list of personalities was diverse. It included Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah, Benazir Bhutto, Asma Jahangir, Bano Qudsia, Sherry Rehman, Nigar Ahmed, Firdous Ashiq Awan, Asma Shirazi, Mukhtaran Mai, Maliha Lodhi, Noor Jahan Panezai and many more prominent politicians, stateswomen, artists, actresses, anchors and lawyers. The chair for this committee were, Shahwar Ali and Sheza Arif Toor.

Director Roots School System Khadija Mushtaq was actively involved in the committee sessions and remarked, "It gives me immense satisfaction and pride that we are grooming young intellectuals who are patriotic and passionate about the positive future of their country and want to contribute effectively and intelligently on women empowerment issues." The news

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