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Clash between FDE, FBISE on power to conduct exams persists
Islamabad, Dec 28: The tussle between Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) and Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) over the commencement of examinations of fifth and eighth classes continued as no notification was issued to the federal government schools' administrations to declare which body would conduct the examinations in March, 2011.

The said examinations had previously been conducted by the FDE but this time the controversy irked the schools' administrations, students and the parents as they did not know which department would conduct the examinations.

Around 16000 students in the past appeared annually in eighth class examinations and over 12000 students appeared in the fifth class, it is learnt. Federal Minister for Education Sardar Aseff Ahmed Ali had announced in November that the examinations for eighth class would be taken by the FBISE instead of the FDE. The schedule for the examinations of class fifth was issued by the FDE but the FBISE chairperson confidently said the FBISE would conduct the said examinations in March, as it had the authority.

Both the departments are trying hard to convince the ministry of education officials to give this authority to them, said the sources, adding the issue could not be resolved without the intervention of top officials of the ministry. They said

According to a FBISE official, it is actually the responsibility of the FBISE to conduct the examination for class eighth so that transparency could be ensured and the students could be evaluated in a good manner. "The FDE is responsible for imparting quality education. They have nothing to do with conducting examinations. It is not fair if the FDE itself conducts examinations and prepares results," he said.

On the other hand, the FDE officials take a stance that according to the FBISE Act 1975 (as passed by the parliament), the FBISE could not conduct the examination for class eighth rather it could only hold examinations for class ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th. "The board should contact the parliament if it wants any amendment in the act," they said.

They alleged the FBISE to strengthen itself and generate more posts in it by taking the responsibility of conducting examinations. "Obviously, when they are taking an additional responsibility, they will demand more staff for which they will be able to pick their blue-eyed individuals," they said.

The schedule for the class fifth examination has been issued by the FDE. However, there is no development in the case of examinations of class eight.

A federal government school's principal, on the condition of anonymity said that they had repeatedly asked the officials of the FBISE and the FDE as which one would conduct the examinations, but failed to get any satisfactory reply.

"The most difficult task is to satisfy students and parents, as they approach us to know about the examination-taking authority," he said.

He further said usually the forms for the examination of class eight were submitted in December, but they neither received any schedule for the examination nor did they know about the department to conduct the examinations.

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FBISE determined to conduct exams despite no notification from education ministry
Islamabad: FBISE Chairperson Dr Shaheen Khan said the board was an autonomous body to conduct the examinations adding the board would conduct the examination. She said the file regarding the approval of the FBISE as an examination-taking authority was lying with the ministry of education and it would soon issue the notification. "In this scenario, no doubt that FBISE is all set to hold eight class examinations from March, 2011," she categorically said. She said the FBISE had an entire setup for examinations so they would not need any special arrangements if they got the additional responsibility. She the board had been conducting the examinations of matriculation, FA and FSc. "We have all the expertise to hold examinations for class eight," she said. When asked how many students would appear in eighth class examinations under the FBISE, she said a meeting would be called in few days to discuss the matter adding she would be able to tell about the number of students after the meeting. Daily times

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Only 82 foreign degree holders pass PMDC examination
Islamabad: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) on Monday announced that only 82 out of 740 foreign medical degree holders could pass National Board Examination (NEB).

A press release issued by the PMDC said that in order to check the proficiency of the holder of the foreign degree, PMDC organised National Board Examination (NEB) on December 19.

The PMDC holds the exam biannually. The foreign degree holder students divided in three groups appeared in NEB theory part.

According to the information, nine dental students appeared in the exams and none of them could pass it. It said that 29 students who were repatriated from Cuba and troubled Kyrgyzstan after ethnic riots, only 9 of them were able to pass their exam.

It said that successful candidates would now appear in the clinical examination of PMDC, salted to be held on Jan 2, 2011.

Roll numbers of the candidates who passed the examination are:

102-0004, 102-0012, 102-0017, 102-0021, 102-0024, 102-0044, 102-0048, 102-0058, 102-0083, 102-0097, 102-0111, 102-0120, 102-0122, 102-0124, 102-0133, 102-0134, 102-0139, 102-0150, 102-0180, 102-0192, 102-0201, 102-0202, 102-0203, 102-0209, 102-0210, 102-0222, 102-0231, 102-0242, 102-0243, 102-0245, 102-0261, 102-0262, 102-0268, 102-0278, 102-0291, 102-0332, 102-0346, 102-0351, 102-0369, 102-0379, 102-0385, 102-0403, 102-0411, 102-0439, 102-0441, 102-0448, 102-0473, 102-0474, 102-0480, 102-0490, 102-0494, 102-0508, 102-0514, 102-0538, 102-0554, 102-0555, 102-0556, 102-0560, 102-0565, 102-0576, 102-0589, 102-0601, 102-0603, 102-0625, 102-0626, 102-0627, 102-0631, 102-0656, 102-0659, 102-0660, 102-0671, 102-0676, 102-0678, 102-0679, 102-0680, 102-0681, 102-0693, 102-0708, 102-0709, 102-0710, 102-0718, 102-0737. Dawn

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Degrees conferred on medical, nursing graduates
Islamabad: As many as 41 students of Shifa College of Medicine and 25 of Shifa College of Nursing were conferred degrees.

The two educational institutions are governed by Shifa Foundation and have an affiliation with Bahria University.

In the final MBBS examination, 2010, Bilal Haider Lashari secured first position with 79.5 per cent marks, Muhammad Zain Sohail second 73.67 per cent marks and Ayesha Azmat third with 73.06 per cent marks.

In the final Post-RN Nursing examination, Humera stood first with 80 per cent marks followed by Salimah Suleman with 72.5 per cent marks and Sabrina with 72 per cent marks, while the first position in the final BSc (Nursing) examination went to Junaid Ahmad (85 per cent marks), second to Muhammad Yasir Shah (83.6 per cent marks) and third to Haleema Sadia (83.2 per cent marks).

Dow University of Health Sciences (Karachi) Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Masood Hameed Khan gave away prizes, medals and degrees to position-holders.

He said he had observed that Shifa College of Medicine and Shifa College of Nursing strived to instil in the students an appreciation of the meaning of series, a love of learning, which would stay with them throughout their professional lives and a sense of duty to their patients, their colleges and their community.

Dean of Shifa College of Medicine and Shifa College of Nursing Professor Dr Mohammad Amin said that the two educational institutions were fighting out the memorisation of information and facts, and trying to produce walking encyclopaedia, promote concept formation and contextual learning, and produce lifelong learners.

Prominent among those in attendance were Rector of Bahria University Vice Admiral (r) Mohammad Haroon, Principal of Shifa College of Medicine Professor Dr Muhammad Aslam and Director of Shifa College of Nursing Zahra Ladhani. The news

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IMC teachers in financial straits
Islamabad: Islamabad Model Colleges (IMC) system is considered the best public educational system in the country but most of its teachers are facing financial crisis. Majority the lecturers work on daily wages and their emoluments are lesser than a labourer.

The daily wagers are getting salaries from student funds of their respective institutions, not from the Finance Division. The Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) had issued a notice in July this year to increase the salary of the teaching staff from Rs8,000 to Rs10,000 but the raise was later denied at a principals' meeting.

A source in FDE told this reporter that "almost 40 per cent teaching and non-teaching staff in the model schools and colleges are getting salaries from student funds." He added: "Nearly half of the 1,316 lecturers and teachers are working on daily wages." The source said in 20 model colleges; 399 male and 917 female teaching posts were sanctioned.

"Education plays a vital role in development of any country," said a senior educationist in FDE. He believed that "a teacher builds a successful nation and if it is ensured that the teacher gets enough financial benefits to lead a decent life he will then be in a position to invest all his energies in doing justice to his profession."

"As cost of living is increasing, it is very difficult for me to run even my kitchen with the Rs8,000," said a lady teacher who is mother of three and whose husband has died.

Another teacher said: "Teachers are main pillars of education system but the government has ignored them. A daily wage teacher is forced to work as a regular teacher; why this injustice?"

Dr Mohammad Tariq Masood, Director Model Colleges at the FDE, while accepting the meager amount being paid to the teachers explained that the budget allocated for education was not enough to meet the rising expenditures of the department, adding the number of students was multiplying.

However, he added, the management had no option but to double the students' fund to compensate the teaching staff. Dawn

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AMC scientific symposium held
Rawalpindi: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani attended 6th Annual Scientific Symposium, organised by Amcolians Alumni Association of Army Medical College on Friday, says a press release. The symposium covered the subject of 'Disaster Management' and was attended by leading national and international experts in the field. The COAS appreciated the efforts of Army Medical Corps in the filed of disaster management. He urged the participants to learn from past experiences and prepare themselves to meet the future challenges in a befitting manner. Earlier, COAS was received by Surgeon General Lieutenant General Muhammad Rehan Burney at Army Medical College.

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SZABIST holds seminar on BB's services
Islamabad: Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST), Islamabad Campus, on Monday organised a seminar on 'Life and Services of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto'.

Managing Director, Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal Zamurrud Khan was the chief guest while Professor Fateh Muhammad Malik, Rector, International Islamic University, Islamabad, and Ms. Marvi Sirmed, Project Director, UNDP, were the guests of honour. Syed Asad Hussain, Director SZABIST, Islamabad, was also present on the occasion.

While addressing the gathering MD Bait-ul-Mal Zamurrud said that Shaheed BB was a committed and unparalleled leader with extraordinary political vision and wisdom. She struggled her whole life for the welfare of humanity and we would continue her mission.

He said that December 27 is a day of sorrow and national tragedy when we lost a leader of the east. He said Mohtarma was the first Muslim female elected prime minister, which gives an example to the women of the nation to play their due role. "She had always given a special focus to the education sector," he added.

Professor Fateh Muhammad Malik has said that history would remember Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto due to her relentless efforts for well-being of the common people. He said like her father Shaheed BB played a great role in making Pakistan more stronger. Ms. Marvi said that Shaheed Bhutto was a leader of high stature.

Earlier, in his welcome address Syed Asad Hussain said that Shaheed BB had always given priority to the education sector. "A testimony to the fact is that she is the Founding Chancellor of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology," he said.

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Intel awards for teachers, administrators
Islamabad: An award distribution ceremony was organised by the Intel Pakistan Corporation and Ministry of Education here on Thursday to recognise the outstanding performance of academic institutions and teachers.

Five teachers are selected every year as winners of grand awards. These teachers use technology effectively to promote inquiry-based learning. Intel Education Awards are held annually in Pakistan to promote technology integration by teachers and schools.

Speaking on the occasion, Education Secretary Muhammad Athar Tahir said that the Ministry of Education and Intel were promoting competitive environment for teachers and academic institutions. "Intel is playing a vital role in education sector and the ministry would further strengthen its coordination with it to achieve better performance in future," he added.

The awards are aimed at motivating teachers and school administrations to enhance technology implementation in classrooms and develop the 21st century skills among students. The Intel Teach programme is designed to enable teachers to effectively use technology to enhance student learning in the digital world.

Intel to date has trained 279,097 teachers in Pakistan, reaching out to over 75 cities and districts of Pakistan. Intel Education also conducts forums and workshops and so far has reached out to over 16,000 teachers and principals, focusing on integrating technology and modern teaching methods in the teaching and learning process in Pakistan.

Intel Education Awards are held with the objective of keeping teachers abreast with the latest teaching methodologies, said Naveed Siraj, country manager of the Intel Pakistan Corporation.

"Outstanding schools and teachers who demonstrate innovative use of technology are recognised for their efforts to inculcate cutting edge skills in students," he said. He added that technology plays an important role in developing these skills and Intel and the government are working hand-in-hand to train teachers across the country.

List of Award Winners

Intel Teach Essential-ICT 2010: Hina Qamar of the Beaconhouse School System bagged first position. Shazia Tahir of the Fauji Foundation Model School stood second. Faryal Haseeb of the Fauji Foundation Model School, Adiala Road, Rawalpindi, achieved third position.

Intel Teach Getting-ICT 2010: Rasheeda Shariq of the Roots School System achieved first position. Fauzia Tariq of the Roots Junior School stood second.

Principal of the Year Award: Air Commodore (r) Pervez A. Niazi of the Fazaia Inter College, Chaklala, Rawalpindi and Air Commodore Muhammad Naseer of the Joint Staff Public School & College, Chaklala, Rawalpindi

Teacher of the Year Award: Ammara Pervaiz of the Roots School System, F-8/4; Hina Qamar of the Beaconhouse School System, Wah Cantonment; Tahmina Raees of the Roots School System, Satellite Town, Rawalpindi

Appreciation Award: Naseem Javed (joint educational adviser at the Training Wing, Ministry of Education), Aurangzeb Rehman (director-general of the Federal Directorate of Education), Dr. Nazir Sangi (vice-chancellor of the Allama Iqbal Open University), Air Commodore Waheed Tariq (assistant chief of the air staff-education, Pakistan Air Force), Wing Commander Khalid Javed (deputy director TTI, Pakistan Air Force), John Raleigh (EdLinks, USAID), Major General Zahid Pervaiz (director general of the Fauji Foundation Welfare Trust), Group Captain Tahir Mahmood (director of the Teachers Training Institute, Pakistan Air Force), Faisal Mushtaq (director of the Roots School System), Ijlal Hussain (deputy chief of party, USAID), Fazl-e-Rehman (assistant educational adviser to the Training Wing, Intel ISEF Fair director, Ministry of Education), Brigadier Muhammad (general manager education at the Fauji Foundation Welfare Trust), Abida Sohail (manager learning innovation at the EdLinks, USAID), Colonel Muhammad Arshad (senior executive manager education at the Fauji Foundation Welfare Trust), Hameed Niazi (section officer of the Ministry of Education), Durdana Shaheen (principal of the Fauji Foundation Model School, Adiala Road, Rawalpindi), Atifa Arooj (curriculum research officer at the Roots School System), Nadia Qasim (curriculum research officer at the Roots School System), Rubina Hussain (vice-principal of the Fazaia Inter College Chaklala, Rawalpindi) and Zareen Kamran (vice principal of the Joint Staff Public School and College, Chaklala, Rawalpindi). The news

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