Online admission forms a joke with students
Rawalpindi, Feb 15: All the education boards in Punjab have been made to introduce email system for candidates of all the examinations held by them. Thus every candidate, whether of class IX, X, XI or XII, has to email his admission forms. It is immaterial if eighty per cent of them may never know what the hell an 'email' is. And if a small percentage does know, not all of them may possess or even have access to a computer.
In the new dispensation so graciously enforced to usher in the students in the electronic era at a brisk pace, the powers that be have introduced the system without realizing that it would spell disaster and cause immeasurable misery to the poor students who may yet need decades if not centuries to enter the modern age.
The bureaucrats who conceived the idea perhaps were convinced that all the students are well off and have their computers or at least access to them. They conveniently forgot that majority of our students belong to rural areas where, let alone computer, there is no electricity.
Now let us look at the old system of appearing in an examination. A candidate got the prescribed admission form printed by the relevant Board. He would assiduously fill it, complete all the formalities, attach all the documents and photographs, deposit fee and get it attested from the head of a recognized institution and deposit the form in the Board office by hand or send it through registered mail. Although this too was time consuming and cumbersome still within the reach of every student.
Under the new dispensation you are required in the first place to send a hard copy of your admission form duly filled in at the computer. To whom is it to be sent is anybody's guess. Some say that it goes in the central office located somewhere in Lahore and supervised by some consultant of high repute who is incommunicado. If you have a complaint send it through an email which they say is never replied, let alone acknowledged.
That is not all. After you have travelled from your hamlet to a city, located an Internet club, paid a sizable amount to the owner to fill in your form and sent it to the concerned quarter, you have more trouble at hand. After sending this Hard copy you have to go through the old rigmarole, i.e. to send a soft copy to the relevant board office. Get an admission form as usual. Fill it, attach the required documents with three photographs, get it attested from someone authorised to do so, and deposit it in the Board office by hand or send it under registered cover. And in this process do not forget to deposit the prescribed fee in the nominated branch of the bank.
You need not be an expert in rocket science to figure out the trial and tribulations the students and parents have to pass through this process. Have the great minds behind this scheme ever thought of the miserable plight of our villages. Most of them have yet to see the amenities of modern life. Internet and email is not for them. This is used by only a very small fraction of those in the cities. Have they realized that by launching this 'ambitious' project they have opened floodgates of corruption and plunder?
Many people have no computer or Internet facility nearest to their homes while net cafes charge Rs200 to Rs400 to provide an online form. Many heads of institutions have given contract of providing online forms to their favourite net cafes because majority of them have no facility of Internet.
It is learnt that private students are not only facing difficulties in getting online admission forms but also facing difficulties in getting their forms attested. Most of the heads of institutions are charging Rs200 per student for attestation of the documents.
Students and poor parents said that the Punjab government is trying to close all doors of getting education by introducing complicated online form system. They said that majority of students belong to poor families and don't have computer and Internet facility in their own homes. "Even those having the facility of Internet cannot understand online forms," they said.
Chaudhry Abdul Hafeez Chairman Rawalpindi Board agreed that students are facing hardships with the online system introduced for the first time. He said that he has received several complaints that net cafes are looting students and poor parents. Secondly some heads of institutions were charging hefty amounts for attestation of documents, he said. He assured that he would take strict action against such persons. He said that online form is a new system, which was introduced for the first time, therefore, majority of students are not aware of it. Next time we would establish a separate branch of online admission form where students would get facility free of cost, he said.
He said that he has requested the higher authorities to allow us to work manually to process all forms. "We could extend the date of submission of forms due to introduction of online form system," he said. The news
NA body seeks details on housing scheme by FBISE
Islamabad: The National Standing Committee on Education on Monday has taken a strong notice of irregularities in the housing scheme of the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE), Islamabad and directed to provide complete details within four days.
Chaudhry Abid Sher Ali chaired the committee held at the Parliament House. The committee discussed the reported irregularities in the housing scheme launched by the FBISE for its employees and asked board officials to submit all the details regarding the allotment of plots to its employees and the criteria adopted for the purpose.
The FBISE officials while briefing the committee on the housing society stated that the project was purely a welfare project to cater for the very genuine housing need of the employees of the board with a view to provide them shelter. They said the payments made by the FBISE on behalf of the board employees are to be repaid by the members as per by-law through easy monthly installments without interest. The committee was further informed that repayment by the member employees has already started and an amount of Rs 15.8,517 million has been repaid by the members so for which stand credited to the FBISE account.
They said that employees of the board do not enjoy status as of federal government employees in its true letter and spirit and as such are not eligible to be considered for any government welfare schemes like the federal Government Employees Housing Federation, therefore, the project was considered and approved by the board of governors to address the housing problems mainly of low paid employees which consist 90 percent of the total employees.
They said that the developed plots on membership basis after due consent of the employees have been acquired after verification and scrutiny of the previous record of Federal Employees Cooperative Housing Society (FECHS). The FBISE officials further said no raw land as such has been purchased for any separate housing society, colony or scheme for the employees of the board.
Abid Sher Ali said the day would be the darkest day in the country's history on which the Ministry of Education is to be devolved to provinces. He said provinces do not have the resources to tackle with the important subject and it would be tantamount to sabotage the education system in the country.
The committee also sought a written reply from the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Education on a bill, Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Bill, 2008 aiming to stop penalising students at education institutions by teachers. Daily times
Mehfil-e-Milad held at Roots
Rawalpindi: Eid Milad-un-Nabi was observed at Roots School System with religious zeal and fervour in all campuses nationwide including Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Lahore, Mirpur, Peshawar, Gujranwala, Wah, Sialkot, Abbottabad and Muzaffarabad here on Monday.
A comprehensive Milad was organised to mark the most auspicious occasion of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) birthday in the school premises. Roots school campuses marked the holy month of Rabi-ul-Awal with naats and biography of Holy Prophet (Peace be upon him).
The students hosted the auspicious event with great enthusiasm. The school and stage were creatively decorated with a huge backdrop depicting the Masjid-e-Nabwabi or Prophet Mohammad's Mosque and palm trees. The class rooms were adorned with colourful buntings and streamers. The students were clad in white clothes, the girls were wearing colourful dupattas and boys were wearing cultural headgears.
Apart from the students, faculty members graced the occasion with religious fervor to pay homage and solidarity to the Holy Prophet (PBUH) for his greatest and divine service to Islam and mankind. The school curriculum and activities also lays emphasis on religious orientation of the students along with their pursuits in other areas.
The Montessori children dressed up in white clothes were giving an impression of little angels who recited Naats with their teachers and narrated stories about Holy Prophet PBUH in a touching and heart-warming way.
The Milad started with the recitation of Holy Quraan followed by Hamd and Qaseeda. The students and teachers recited well-prepared Naats in praise of Holy Prophet (PBUH) and delivered speeches on Prophet's birth, childhood, youth and adult life, his character, teachings, sufferings, his fortitude in the face of general opposition, leadership in battles, bravery, wisdom, preaching and his final triumph through Allah's mercy over the hearts of the people.
Placards of sayings of Holy Prophet (PBUH) were displayed and little cut out badges of Hadiths were distributed among the students. The closing of the Milad was marked with beautifully recited dua and distribution of sweets among staff members and students. The event was a great source of inspiration and value for young students to focus their minds and bring awareness about the life and teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
Petition against UHS VC adjourned
Lahore: The Lahore High Court on Monday adjourned hearing for indefinite period on a petition challenging appointment of University of Health Sciences Vice Chancellor Malik Hussain Mubashar.
Justice Sh Azmat Saeed deferred the hearing after a law officer sought time to file a reply on behalf of the Punjab government.
Tahir Hameed filed the petition claiming his right to agitate the impugned appointment being a taxpayer citizen of Pakistan.
Advocate Nasir Mehmood Qureshi representing the petitioner submitted that the University of Health Sciences (UHS) was an autonomous body which was established under "The University of Health Sciences, Lahore Ordinance, 2002. He said Malik Mubashar was appointed as vice chancellor on April 12, 2003.
The counsel pointed out that section 12 (5) of the Ordinance said that any person who was not eligible to be appointed as a professor was disqualified for appointment as vice-chancellor.
He said the respondent after attaining the age of superannuation/retirement on July 31, 2005 was not eligible to meet criteria for his appointment as vice chancellor so his presence in the office was without lawful authority.
He argued that the appointment of respondent was made in violation of appointment policy as no applications from other eligible candidates were invited before the impugned appointment, neither other equally eligible candidates were provided with an opportunity to compete for that.
He prayed to the court to seek an explanation from the respondent VC under what authority of law he was holding the office particularly after completing his four years term in the office.
He also prayed that the office of the respondent be declared vacant and the authorities concerned be directed to appoint a qualified person.Your Comments
Lahore: The students of Punjab University's Department of French Language and Literature have excelled in a 'French Talent Competition' (3rd concours de jeunes talents francophones) held at the International School of Choueifat.
According to a press statement, the PU students bagged 2nd position each in creativity and performance category and won a special prize from the director for best participation in the competition.
The students included Javeria Khan and Mahnoor Yawar of MA French Part-II and Bisma Saleem, Zil-e-Ayesha and Hafiz Rehan of Part-I. The news
UAF to set up modern research centre
Faisalabad: The University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) will set up an international agriculture centre to meet challenges and needs which could emerge in the agriculture sector during the next five decades.
Addressing the participants in the inaugural session of horticulture week at the Institute of Horticultural Sciences on Monday, UAF Vice-Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad said the institution had made 'incredible advancement' in its outreach programme.
For the last three years, UAF scientists had been visiting the farmers at their doorstep even in the far-flung areas of the country, he added.
The VC said The University of Western Australia intended to offer scholarships to UAF students for conducting research in the flood-hit areas of Pakistan.
In connection with the horticulture week, a flower exhibition was also organised at the main corridor of the university where students of the UAF, GC University and other institutions exhibited their arrangements.
Dr Ahmad said horticulture sector was vital for Pakistan's exports as it had tremendous growth potential and scores of new avenues would be explored in the next few years.
Faculty of Agriculture Dean Dr Muhammad Ashfaq, Institute of Horticultural Sciences director Dr Amjad also spoke on the occasion.
MILAD: The district government on Monday formed eight monitoring teams to ensure hurdle-free movement of Eid Milad processions on their prescribed routes.
Presiding over a meeting, District Coordination Officer Naseem Sadiq asked the EDO (Health) to issue duty roaster of all district and deputy district officers of health to inspect "Sabeels" of water, milk, juices and other beverages to avoid any untoward incident on the day.
The DCO also directed DDOs, administrators of TMAs and TMOs to personally check the routes of processions and get removed encroachments, debris or any other obstacles on their routes. He said cleanliness and functioning of streetlights should be especially ensured in the next two days.
He ordered the allied staff to be on their respective duties round the clock to address complaints, added. Dawn
UoE students meet Punjab governor
Lahore: A delegation of students from the University of Education called on Punjab Governor/Chancellor Sardar Latif Khosa on Monday and apprised him of the ongoing crisis at the varsity.
The students also requested the Governor/Chancellor to visit the varsity to ascertain the facts and take action accordingly. It is learnt that the governor assured the students that their genuine grievances would be redressed.
The University of Education students have been protesting ever since the removal of the varsity's two faculty members, Dr MA Pasha and his wife Dr Shaheen Pasha, on January 17.
Dr Shaheen Pasha has been reinstated by the UoE syndicate recently while no decision has been taken about Dr MA Pasha.
The UoE delegation, led by Mujtaba Haider, comprised Sabahat Hassan, Raj Ali, Ayesha and Farrukh.
PPSC clears 44 for interview
Lahore: The Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) has cleared 44 candidates for interview as a result of written examination for 13 posts of deputy district public prosecutor (BS-18) in the Punjab Public Prosecution Department. According to a press note issued on Monday, the result is available at the commission's website www.ppsc.gop.pk
Lahore: The Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) organised a Mehfil-e-Mushaira on the varsity campus on Monday.
The event was highly appreciated by the students as it was held on Valentine's Day, celebrated across the world on February 14.
It is pertinent to mention here that no regular classes were held at the LCWU on Monday morning and the students were asked to come to the varsity to attend the Mushaira at 3pm. It is learnt that the LCWU administration decided not to hold regular classes in the morning in a bid to avoid any unpleasant situation in connection with Valentine's Day.
While some students criticised the LCWU administration for not holding regular classes, most of the parents backed the LCWU decision and termed it a decision in best interest of the students. The poets who attended the Mushaira included noted poet Amjad Islam Amjad, Shahnawaz Zaidi, Qaim Naqvi and Wajid Mir. The news