Intermediate suppl exam result
Lahore: Feb 08: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) on Friday declared the results of Intermediate (Combined) Part-I and II supplementary examinations for 2010, showing a pass percentage of 34.27.
The preamble to the result notification says as many as 34,255 candidates appeared for the examination out of whom 11,739 were declared successful.
The candidates, who appeared in full subjects in Part-I and II supplementary examination for 2010 and failed in one or two subject(s) may reappear in the failing subject(s) till intermediate Part-I and II supplementary examination for 2011. Those who failed in more than two subjects will have to appear in the next intermediate annual examination in full subjects of both the parts.
The candidates intending to apply for re-checking of their papers may apply for the same on the prescribed proforma within 15 days of the declaration of the result.
Those intending to improve their grade or marks are allowed to appear in Part-I or Part-II or both or the subjects within one examination opportunity within one year of passing the relevant examination in the same group/subjects in current syllabus.
The candidates, who have either been placed under compartment or have failed in the supplementary examination may submit their forms and fee for the intermediate annual examination for 2011 with single fee till Feb 28, with double fee till March 14 and with triple fee till March 22. DawnYour Comments
PEC Class 8 exams started
Lahore: The Class-8 Annual Examination 2011, being conducted by the Punjab Examination Commission (PEC), will start across the province from Monday (today).
As many as two different papers, Urdu (8:30am to 11:00am) and Social Studies (1:00pm to 3:30pm) have been scheduled for Monday. As per the date-sheet issued by the PEC, two papers, including Islamiat (Ethics for Non-Muslims) and Nazra Quran will be held on February 8, Mathematics on February 9 and English on February 11.
On February 12, the last day of the examination, various papers of different groups have been scheduled.
It is pertinent to mention here that parents of the students have been expressing concerns over the tight examination schedule as witnessed in the recent primary (Class-5) examination 2011 conducted by the PEC. However, according to the Punjab government officials, the date-sheet has been prepared keeping in view convenience of students and their parents. They argue that two simple papers were being conducted in a day as done in the past.
PEF to expand teaching in clusters:The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has planned to expand the Teaching in Clusters by Subject Specialists (TICSS) programme in all the 36 districts of the province.
According to a PEF Chairman Raja Muhammad Anwar, the decision has been taken, keeping in view the success of the TICSS programme in educating science and English subjects in partner schools in 24 districts. He observed that the TICSS was very useful in imparting qualitative education to students of low-income schools who could not afford extra coaching in the subjects.
UE students urged to avoid strikes
Lahore: University of Educationís Academic Staff Association (ASA), in a meeting held on Friday, observed that the sacking of two faculty members was purely an administrative measure and students should not indulge in this issue.
According to a press statement issued here, the meeting, chaired by UE's ASA president by Dr Khalid Mehmood, observed that the varsityís vice-chancellor, Prof Dr Farhat Saleem, had sacked Division of Science & Technology director Dr Anwar-ur-Rehman Pasha and his wife Shaheen Pasha on charges of unsatisfactory performance, non-compliance, instigating students and doing politics, instead of performing their duties. The ASA also observed that only a few students of IT department of the varsity were protesting according to the alleged instructions of these professors for disturbing the educational environment of university. The news
Parents demand action against 'outsiders' as clashes feared at UoE
Lahore: Parents of thousand of students have demanded the Punjab government to stop outsiders' interference in the University of Education affairs and take stern action against the miscreants involved in spoiling the campus environment. The university reopens today amid fears that certain elements would try to disrupt normal proceedings.
These parents maintained that it was the job of the government to maintain peace and provide their children with an environment which was conducive to academic pursuit. Mr Cheema, a parent, urged the chief minister to take note of the situation and severely punish those vandalising the campus and harassing the student body. Mr Qayyum, another parent, said we are sending our children to the university and it is the state's responsibility to ensure their safety. "The government must see to it that are children remain safe and sound," he said. About a fortnight ago UoE Vice Chancellor Professor Farhat Saleem dismissed Science and Technology Director Dr Anwaar-ur-Rehman Pasha and his wife Dr Shaheen Pasha on serious charges.
There have been violent protests at the campus since then. According to the varsity administration, the teachers were dismissed because of the complaints of the faculty members and students and these complaints were found to be true by an inquiry committee. A number of students of the Department of Science and Information Technology held Dr Pasha and his wife responsible for the whole situation. They said that recent violence by some students had gravely affected their studies. A student of the third semester claimed that the students started protesting on the 'instigation' of Dr Pasha. He said that he had seen Dr Pasha calling outsiders in a bid to ruin the environment of the campus.
UoE faculty slams sacked professors
Lahore: The Academic Staff Association of the University of Education held a meeting at its Township Campus. The main objective of the meeting, chaired by ASA President Khalid Mehmood, was to communicate the UoE's statement and to condemn the 'illegal' acts being committed by two terminated professors. Almost three weeks ago, UoE VC Prof Dr Farhat Saleem sacked Division of Science and Technology director Dr Anwarur Rehman Pasha and his wife Shaeen Pasha on charges of unsatisfactory performance, non-compliance, instigating students and doing politics instead of performing their duties.
The ASA president said Dr Pasha was a highly-paid faculty member in the university but was still not taking classes and had gone to such an extent that he wrote against the vice chancellor.
He further said Shaeen Pasha also did not take classes and was in the habit of misbehaving with her seniors and written complaints had been received against her that she had misbehaved with senior faculty members. The ASA said the matter of terminating these two professors was purely administrative issue and students should not get involved in it. Daily times
UHS director's appointment Reply sought from health secy, others
Lahore: Justice Asad Munir of the Lahore High Court (LHC) has sought a report and parawise comments from the Punjab health secretary and others on a petition challenging appointment of Col Javed Iqbal (retired) as director administration and coordination at the University of Health Sciences (UHS).
Asmatullah Khan filed a petition claiming his right to question the impugned appointment being a taxpayer citizen.
Advocate Nasir Mahmood Qureshi, on behalf of the petitioner, pleaded that the respondent was appointed on May 20, 2003, as general manager administration and coordination on a contract basis for one year. He said the appointment was made without advertising the post in sheer violation of laws.
Even otherwise not advertising the post before appointment was also a sheer violation of fundamental rights of the all other citizens who were eligible for appointment on the post, he said.
He alleged the respondent was a blue-eyed child that despite his appointment on May 20, 2003, he had assumed charge of the post w.e.f. May 6, 2003, and he was paid even for the period during which he had not actually served.
Advocate Qureshi pointed out the respondent was appointed for a period of one year against the fixed monthly salary of Rs26,603 and thereafter, his contract was revised against all allowances and pay according to BPS-19.
He said later his post was re-designated as director administration and coordination on July 22, 2008, and he was allowed to continue for another five years in violation of law and government policy.
The petitioner, therefore, prayed that the impugned appointment be declared unconstitutional, unwarranted and of no legal effect and the post of director administration and coordination at the UHS be declared vacant.
The judge after hearing the arguments directed the respondents to file their reply by Feb 15.
Of Daanish schools and their critics
Lahore: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif last week inaugurated second Daanish School in Hasilpur tehsil, Bahawalpur, with full pomp and show, featuring touchy moments as he (the chief minister) cried with an underprivileged girl who got admission to her dream school.
Amna Mahmood, a Class-VI student, cried after reading her early life story in English. In his speech, the chief minister said millions of Amnas were suffering the same plight, as they craved for meal, medicine and shelter. He said the Daanish School would offer fatherly and motherly treatment to 220 young students – 110 boys and as many girls – admitted to the first Class-VI session.
The two Daanish schools established in Rahim Yar Khan and Hasilpur have been made functional, while the third one is scheduled to be formally launched in Chishtian, Bahawalnagar, within two weeks. Each Daanish School campus, worth around Rs1 billion, consists of separate academic campuses and hostels for boys and girls and has an estimated Rs21 million annual operating expenditure. The government will be spending some Rs15,000 a month per child to offer them quality education through the usage of modern resources of teaching and methodologies by well-qualified and well-trained teachers.
Pointing to the criticism that he was facing for establishing such expensive schools, the chief minister became emotional and said this school was not for children belonging to elite families but hundreds of thousands of boys and girls like Amna.
Everyone present at the ceremony including foreign dignitaries, ministers, local political leaders and lucky children's parents lauded the chief minister's determination. The chief minister said: "I did not commit the crime of rental power or loot Punjab Bank and NICL." He said if he was given this money, he would have established Daanish schools across Punjab.
However, the chief minister's emotional speech did not move some of those present at the ceremony including his critics for the reason that he simply ignored the basic needs of "millions of Amnas" who were unable to find a school that could offer them simple academic environment and bring them out of dark clouds of illiteracy.
The critics believe that flashy projects like Daanish schools cannot even create a stir in improving the education and literacy indicators touching humiliating low rankings. Pakistan is just ahead of Afghanistan among all South Asian countries in terms of education indicators. Learning levels of most students in public schools are much below their class-wise standards.
The Punjab Literacy and Non-Formal Basic Education (LNFBE) Department's five-year strategic plan for 2010-2015 says that 3.8 million children, including two million girls, of 5-9 age group were out-of-school in 2009. The number of out-of-school children from amongst 5-14 age group is even more scary – a whopping 6.5 million – and this frightening figure is on the rise!
May be the Programme Monitoring and Implementation Unit (PMIU) is either not able to gather data about school education's on ground situation or just not communicating the data to people at the helm of affairs for taking informed decisions instead of emotional ones!
When such a huge backlog is waiting for government's initiatives to improve on the ground situation, flashy projects like Daanish schools will be criticised. "There is a need to prepare a cake first than going for its toppings and embellishing," says an educationist.
While the Punjab government is all set to fail in meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Education For All (EFA) goals by 2015, it formally recognised its failure when former Punjab LNFBE department secretary Haseeb Athar in March last year set a new target of achieving cent per cent literacy rate by 2020. Mr Athar is now heading the Punjab higher education department.
The Punjab school education department is quietly merging schools and has brought down the tally of 63,000 schools to 61,000 now. "The mergers are currently being done 'carefully' to avoid backlash. The Punjab government wants to bring down this tally to 40,000 schools so that they might be provided missing facilities and run effectively," says school education department secretary Aslam Kamboh.
Punjab Planning and Development chairman Javed Aslam also endorses this plan, saying that most schools are opened on political grounds and have just 100 or less students. This whole equation of building state-of-the-art 'poor man's Aitchisons' and ignoring the stark realities regarding literacy rate, learning outcomes and out-of-school children is pinching those who are more loyal to the people of Punjab than the chief minister.
Mr Sharif in his speech said: "We are fooling ourselves by not providing educational opportunities to millions of children who will remain unable to decide between black and white and fact and fiction." Stating that people would never be able to keep their heads high, he said: "We still claim we are greatest scions of Islam."
Mr Sharif said loot and plunder was the order of the day and 80 per cent of country's resources were being used by 10 per cent of the population. He said public schools lacked facilities like furniture and toilets and many children were taking their classes under trees.
Educationists believe the government should focus on providing facilities to some 10.9 million children studying in public schools instead of going for unjust distribution of available resources and spending billions of rupees on state-of-the-art schools. They say each Daanish School will impart education to just 1,100 students in five years and they criticise the government and the chief minister for slashing the already meagre funds allocated for public schools and diverting the money to flashy projects for political gains.
The educationists say the chief minister could have used these funds to strengthen some good schools in all tehsils, provide well-educated and well-trained teachers for quality education and create a positive ripple in the otherwise gloomy scenario. He should emotionally look at the case of 40 per cent of the children who get admission to public schools, but drop out before reaching Grade-V, a benchmark for admission to Daanish schools. Dawn
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department on Saturday announced results of various examinations. According to a press statement, these exams included MS Management, Semester System, Session 2007-2009, MPhil Persian, Semester System, Session 2003-2005, Master of Human Resource Management (Evening), Semester System, Session 2007-2009 and BSc Computer Science (2-Years), Semester System, Session 2007-2009.
Lahore: The Punjab University has awarded PhDs to two students in the subjects of Molecular Biology and Chemistry. Namerah Ahmad Sabir d/o M Ali Ahmad Sabir has been awarded a PhD in the subject of Molecular Biology after approval of her research thesis "Molecular Determinants of Lens Disorders" while Irfan Ashiq s/o Ashiq Hussain has got PhD in Chemistry.
PUASA concerned at teacher's American visa cancellation
Lahore: The executive council of the Punjab University's Academic Staff Association (PUASA) has expressed concern over cancellation of visa of a faculty member by US Embassy without any justification.
The faculty member, Dr Hammad Lakhvi, assistant professor at the PU Institute of the Islamic Studies, was scheduled to attend an international conference from February 15 to Feb 17, to be organised by the South Asian Studies Association in Chicago.
In a statement, the PUASA executive council observed that Dr Hammad Lakhvi was scheduled to participate in a purely academic activity however the act of the US authorities was tantamount to downplay the dissemination and exchange of ideas between the academicians of the both countries.
PUASA President Prof Dr Mahr Saeed Akhtar who is also president of the Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) said that Dr Hammad Lakhvi had been granted a visa for the US from 2007 to 2012.
It was in line with the said permission that he had to proceed to the US to participate in International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society, he added.
He said the abrupt cancellation of the visa was an injustice as Dr Hammad Lakhvi was a senior academician and had represented Pakistan and the Punjab University at different international forums, including in the United States in the past.
He said it would be highly appreciated if the cancellation order was withdrawn and Dr Hammad was allowed to participate not only in the said conference but also in all subsequent academic activities on that part of the planet.
Dr Lakhvi said that a few days ago he had received a telephonic call from the US embassy, Islamabad and the authorities enquired about his possible departure to the US.
He said on showing his willingness, the authorities asked him to come to the US embassy as there was an error in his visa. He said that upon his arrival at the embassy, the authorities demanded his passport and after necessary examination returned it to him.
Dr Lakhvi said he was shocked to see that his valid visa had been cancelled. He said no reason behind the move was explained to him and he was simply informed that the visa was cancelled on instructions of the States Department.
According to Dr Hammad Lakhvi, he was granted a five-year visa in the year 2007 when he intended to attend a conference in the US, adding that however the visa was issued at a time when the conference had already ended.
He said he, however, visited the US to attend a conference at Los Angeles in April 2010.
"I cannot comprehend as to why my visa has been cancelled out of the blue", he said, adding that necessary finances to attend the conference in Chicago were already provided by the Punjab University.
Education expo attracts students
Lahore: A three-day actepr Education Expo & Book Fair attracted a large number of visitors on its second day at the Lahore International Expo Centre on Saturday.
The visitors, mostly students, took keen interest in the book stalls and special desks set up by a large number of leading educational institutions, including professional colleges, universities, boarding schools and education consultants, dealing in foreign education, professional bodies and leading publishers and booksellers.
The event, jointly organised by Mir Khalil ur Rahman Memorial Society (Jang Group of Newspapers), Federal government and the Punjab government, will conclude on Sunday (today).
A students' conference has also been scheduled for the concluding day of the expo.
The representatives of participating educational institutions and other professional bodies expressed satisfaction over the response of the public.
The visitors, belonging to different walks of life, also lauded the academic event and were of the view that such events should be organised on regular basis, as the same proved a great help by providing a range of opportunities under one roof.
It is pertinent to mention here that dozens of leading educational institutions, including the University of Lahore, University of Management & Technology (UMT), Superior Group of Colleges, Virtual University (VU), Professionals Academy of Commerce (PAC), the Lahore City University (LCU), Chand Bagh School, Sharif Education Trust, have set up stalls at the educaiton expo and book fair.
NCA students pay tribute to their teacher
Lahore: "SILSILA" is a unique initiative , spanning over 17 years , which is in fact a collective tribute by the Art students of NCA to their teacher, the renowned artist RM Naeem, who has been contributing towards the progress of this society through his creative impulses.
"Silsila" , a group show of paintings and recent art works of some 20 art students, most of them already established young artists in the country, displays the positivism of thought and maturity of horizon of these brilliant prodigies of RM Naeem , who had been a part of RM Naeem's Residency Programme.
RM Naeem, who has been teaching art for the last 17 years at NCA and also initiated an International Art Residency Programme did not hide his excitement and pride which he has earned through his dedicated and sincere efforts to infusion a sense of positivism into his students. RM Naeem's philosophy and resolve in art is very simple. He believes in sensitizing his students about our Eastern attitudes and behaviours in art. His art displays the Eastern 'Inticacy', Delicacy and Faithfulness, the sublime Eastern values.
The impressive works RM Naeem, his artist wife Sadaf Naeem, the young artists like Naseer Bhurgari, Asif Sharif, Ali Kazim, Irfan Hassan, Muddassar Manzoor, Nazia Gul, Faisal Asghar, Mohammad Zeeshan, Saba Khan, Hira Mansoor, Naveed Sadiq, Irfan Dahari, Amra Khan, Matayb Shah, Kakul and Sana Arjumand certainly create an aura of artistic mysticism. The news