Chevening scholarships announced
Islamabad, Feb 13: British Council has announced 'The British Chevening Scholarship 2011-12' for the Pakistani citizens.
The scholarship are for one-year post-graduate study in the United Kingdom, an official of British Council said here on Sunday.
He said the scholarship are fully funded that cover tuition fees for most of the courses (12,000 pounds), a monthly stipend, allowance and air travel.
The fields of study are Security and Counter Terrorism, Governance and Democracy, Regional Stability and Conflict Resolution, Media and Communication, and Economic Growth, he added.
The applicants must have command over written and spoken English and a minimum of three-year experience in the related subject to qualify for the scholarship.
Dual nationals are not eligible for the scholarship,
he added. Complete application forms must be filled in online by March 21.Your Comments
HEC degrees verification process
Islamabad: Any visible 'movement' is yet to be seen to ensure verification of degrees of over 350,000 federal government employees till April 4 announced by the prime minister, reliable sources told this scribe here on Saturday.
Sources said at first the Establishment Division was entrusted with the task to initiate the degree verification process, but now the Cabinet Division has been asked to take responsibility of this daunting task.
"The Cabinet Division has so far not contacted any official of Higher Education Commission (HEC) or issue any kind of directives to make it clear that when and how the process of degree verification would start in line with the directives of the prime minister," the sources said.
The sources said keeping in view the experiences during the verification of degrees of lawmakers the federal government should have started verification of degrees of the federal government employees on war footing.
"The current situation shows that even it would be difficult to collect over 350,000 degrees, let alone their verification within the announced deadline," the sources claimed. An official said heads of respective departments would be responsible to collect degrees of their employees, but it is not clear whether they would submit it to the Cabinet Division or directly to HEC that would have mandate to verify these degrees.
He said there should be a clear-cut procedure and every thing should be made clear to avoid confusion or confrontation in the middle of the process that happened when HEC got engaged to verify degrees of the lawmakers.
He said Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has announced an ambitious deadline, but the concerned authorities are yet to show any kind of enthusiasm to honour his announcement.
The sources said HEC would make special arrangements to ensure swift and smooth verification process, but timely provision of degrees would be one of the big hurdles for its completion.
HEC's focal person Rahim Bux Channa confirmed to this correspondent that they have not received any written directives from the Cabinet Division to initiate verification of degrees of the federal government employees.
"We have just heard about it, but never received any directives so verification of degrees would start when we would be asked to do so," he said.
He said they would adopt a clear stance and ask the relevant authorities that all the federal government employees should submit their original certificates because they would not accept photocopies of degrees.
Secretary Establishment Division Abdul Rauf Chaudhry said that they received written directives from the prime minister, but now they have been asked to keep away from verification process, as the Cabinet Division would take steps for verification of degrees of the federal government employees. The news
HEC for taking action against incomplete PhDs
Lahore: The Higher Education Commission has again directed the heads of government universities to take action against those teachers who have yet not completed their PhD degrees.
It is to be noted here that Prof Safdar Ali Sherazi of Department of Geography, Punjab University has simultaneously took admission in PhD at Karachi University in 2006 and teaching at PU's Geography Department at the same time. The nation
Bilingual debate contest held at AMC
Rawalpindi: An Inter-city Bilingual Declamation contest was held at the Army Medical College (AMC) Auditorium with an interesting list of topics for debate, both in English and Urdu.
The hall was packed and the atmosphere expectant as the chief guest, former principal AMC, Major General Masood Anwar, took his seat.
The serious topics in English included, 'A crowded hour of a glorious life is worth an age without a name; 'Leadership is an art not a charisma' and 'One death is a tragedy, a million is a statistic.' The humorous topics included, 'An officers wife is always his senior;' '... hence came the slap' and 'Beauty needs preparation.' The judges for the English debate were Principal, SLS senior branch, Shaista Qamber; school coordinator Beaconhouse, Mobeen Shahid, Talib Bukhari; Air Commodore (r) Qadeer A. Hashmi and Brigadier Waqar Azeem judged the Urdu debate.
Jawaad Quereshi spoke with conviction on the topic 'One death is a tragedy, a million is a statistic,' and made a concrete case of his views with statistics and quotes, while Farah Bano had everyone in stitches on the topic 'Dil tau bacha hai, ji.' Not only was her content hilarious, she put it across with great aplomb, gestures and vocal inflection.
Fatima Mukhtar of Fauji Foundation won the English debate, Junaid Arif of Military College of Signals bagged second position while Maham Mumtaz of YMC stood third position. Waqas Ahmed of MCA bagged the first position in Urdu debate while Sehrish Khan of YMC and Sikander Aslam of Fauji Foundation stood second and third respectively. The trophy was bagged by Military College of Signals MCS. The news
BS programme Test without tool
Rawalpindi: Four degree colleges offering the recently-launched BS (bachelor of sciences) programme in Rawalpindi division have not been provided necessary computer labs and faculty for the subject of Information Technology while the first-term examinations are approaching fast, it has been learnt.
"The Punjab higher education department has started introducing the four-year degree programme in 26 colleges of Punjab but necessary infrastructure and facilities have not been provided yet," said a lecturer at Government Gordon College for Boys.
Gordon College, Government Postgraduate College for Women, Satellite Town; Government College for Boys, Chakwal, and Government College for Boys, Jhelum, offered admissions in different disciplines in September and the first session started in October.
Under the programme, the subject of computer studies has been made compulsory but now students and their teachers are facing problems in getting basic knowledge of IT due to absence of the facilities, the teacher said.
The only existing IT facilities in the colleges are for the students of intermediate level and the labs in this regard were established in collaboration with private sector, he said.
According to information gathered by this reporter, the colleges offered 50 seats in every discipline – IT, Mathematics, Business Administration, Physics, Chemistry, English, Psychology, Fine Arts and Economics.
On an average, 40 students took admission in every discipline in the four colleges but their administrations are finding it difficult to arrange computers and teachers, said Rauf Ahmed Shah, General Secretary Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association, Rawalpindi chapter.
He said the situation in the two colleges of Chakwal and Jhelum was precarious as a large number of students had taken admissions there.
Though there are computer labs for ICS students in Satellite Town College for Women and the administration has arranged more computers on its own, the situation is pathetic at the Gordon College.
"The BS students are taken to a nearby government school where more computers are available than the college for ICS students," said Mohammad Ali, a student of BS IT programme.
"We are taken to Government Islamia Higher Secondary School No 4 for Boys for practical work," he added. There is only one IT teacher in the college to teach the ICS students and he is also engaged in guiding the BS students, Ali said.
"As far as computer lab is concerned, the college has been allocated Rs4.8 million as a grant-in-aid by the Punjab government. As soon as we receive the amount, work on establishment of a lab will be started," said Dr Abdul Qayyum, the principal of Gordon College.
Regarding the hiring of IT faculty, the principal said the government had sanctioned four seats for IT department and the Board of Governor would decide when and how the appointments would be made.
The matter of BoGs is pending with the Lahore High Court and after its decision the board will start hiring the staff, he added.
The Punjab government has set aside Rs195 million to establish IT labs in the 26 colleges and advertisements inviting tenders have been placed in newspapers, said Dr Mohammad Ashraf, Director Colleges, Rawalpindi division.
He said the government had decided to establish two labs in every college – one general lab for basic courses and the second advanced one for students specialising in IT subject. Dawn
FDE teachers to go on strike from Wednesday
Islamabad: The teachers of all federal government academic institutions have announced strike from Wednesday for an indefinite period due to non-implementation of teachers' package announced by Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani in November.
According to information available, the Federal Government Teachers' Association (FGTA) held meetings with the high-ups of the Ministry of Education for immediate implementation of the teachers' package, however, all their efforts have proven futile so far.
A three-member implementation committee on uniformity of education system in the ICT and upgradation of teachers was constituted by Federal Minister for Education Sardar Aseff Ahmed Ali. The committee included Additional Secretary Education (Chairperson Shaigan Sharif Malik, FBISE Chairperson Dr. Shaheen Khan (Member) and Aurangzeb Rehman, (former director-general of the Federal Directorate of Education, now not in the committee).
According to information, the FGTA representatives in their meeting held on February 2 had decided to start their strike on February 7, however, Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Chairperson and Federal Directorate of Education DG Dr. Shaheen Khan requested them to give some time for the implementation. "She asked us to wait till February 15, and committed that the teachers' package would be announced in the meeting to be held on 15th of this month," said FGTA Adviser M A Shahid.
He said that if the demands of the teachers were not be met in the forthcoming meeting, teachers would launch a protest besides boycotting the classes. "The FGTA, being an elected representative body of about 7,000 teachers working in 388 educational institutions under the FDE, Islamabad, and also being the largest stakeholders of the education department is always keen to expedite the implementation process of upgradation of teachers and uniformity of education system in the ICT.
Shahid said that the FGTA has already given its five-point recommendations for upgradation of teachers and 12-point recommendations for the uniformity of education. "Teachers of all cadres (BPS-9 to BPS-16) working under FDE, Islamabad, have been deprived of their professional promotion for previous 25 years due to drastic discrimination and disparity in promotion formulas for the teachers (BPS-9 to BPS-16) and administrators (BPS-17 to BPS-20)," he said.
He said that FGTA has also demanded immediate suspension of "four-tier structure for federal government teachers 2000" that protects recruitment and promotion rights of only 791 administrators, re-scheduling and re-designation of "four-tier structure for federal government teachers 2000" into proposed "five-tier structure for federal government teachers 2010" which will protect the recruitment and promotion rights of all about 7,000 teachers and administrators of all proposed five cadres (BPS-16 to BPS-20) equally and uniformly without any kind of disparity and discrimination," he said.
For uniformity of education system FGTA has proposed uniform nomenclature of all institutions under FDE which includes uniform service structure for all teachers and administrators under FDE, uniform administrative structure for all institutions under FDE, uniform administrative structure of control and command authority FDE, uniform syllabi in all institutions of all levels under FDE, Islamabad, uniform fees and funds structure for all levels and for all institutions under FDE, uniform distribution of financial resources among all institutions and uniform infra structure for all institutions under FDE which includes uniform distribution of transport facility among all institutions under FDE, giving priority to remote rural areas, uniform curricular and co-curricular activities annual calendar for all institutions under FDE, uniform assessment/examination system for all Institutions under FDE and uniform admission policy for all levels and for all Institutions under FDE.
'Frolympian' spirit endures rain
Rawalpindi: Rainy weather did not deter students from competing in outdoor games at this year's 'Frolympics' tournament at Froebel's International School here on Saturday.
The three-day event included Basketball, Volleyball, Cricket, Football and Table Tennis, held at the multi-acre campus. The competition was intense among participating schools, which included Roots DHA, the City School Cantonment and Satellite Town, St. Mary's, and Shaheen and Bahria of Islamabad. The host team, Froebel's Rawalpindi, were the overall winners amid a sense of camaraderie and good sportsmanship.
Sardar Saleem Haider, State Minister of Defence Production, graced the occasion as chief guest, lauding the efforts of the students in his address. Frolympics infuses Froebelians with the Olympian spirit, an attribute echoed by their headmistress, Umber Tariq. She expressed her pride at the "Froebelian spirit triumphing through adversity" including "injury and unfriendly weather."
Overall, it was a well-organised tournament that reflected the school's commitment toward athletics.
Rootsians celebrate 'Colours of Islam'
Islamabad: The students of Roots School System, DHA-I Campus, organised an event on Islam and its sublime teachings titled 'Colours of Islam' in connection with the holy month of Rabi-ul-Awwal.
The event emphasised on engaging children in activities related to our beautiful religion Islam. Among many competitions, some were Qira'at, 'Hamd', Na'at, calligraphy, poetry and poster-making. Hammad Jadoon was the chief guest at the opening ceremony. He shared his life story with students regarding how he came to realise the importance religion in life.
Among many winners of the competitions, some were Omer Sikander for Qira'at, Mahrukh Toor for Na'at, Saad Inam for Hamd, Asifa and Anusha for Calligraphy, Zubair Khan for Poster-Making.
Speaking on the occasion, Roots School System Director Khadija Omair said that Islam is a religion of harmony and submission to the laws of Allah Almighty. The teachings of Holy Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (peace be upon him) would lead us to the path of righteousness and piety. "Youth are the future of tomorrow and the future of Islam rests on their shoulders so they should maintain a balance between social duties and religion," she added. The news