AIOU admission forms can be submitted by 25th
Islamabad, Feb 07: The candidates applying for admissions at Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) from Matric to post-graduate level, can submit their forms with fee at the nationwide branches of First Women Bank, Bank Al-Falah, Allied Bank and the designated branches of National Bank of Pakistan and Habib Bank till February 25.
The fee will be accepted in the shape of bank draft or pay order till due date, AIOU Director Admission, Syed Zia-ul-Hasnain said in a statement on Monday. He said that admission forms for Semester Spring 2012 for Matric to MA/MSc level programme can be obtained from sale points at main campus, regional campuses and coordinating offices all over the country.
The computerised admission forms have also been sent to all the continuing students across the country, he said. app
FDE teachers still waiting for new notification
Islamabad: Mentioning wrong date in the notification regarding one grade upgradation of 1,046 teachers working under Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) was not a mistake but a deliberate step that is why the officials of Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) are still hesitant to issue revised notification for implementation of this package from January 2011, the sources said on Monday.
Joint Secretary of CADD Prof. Rafique Tahir some days back informed that the notification regarding upgradation of FDE teachers (BPS-16 to BPS-17) wrongly carried the date of January 5, 2012 instead of January 1, 2011 for implementation of the package so a new notification would be issued on last Tuesday.
"It was not a typing mistake but a deliberate effort to get to know whether the teachers would think it advisable to get satisfied or raise voice against this violation of the directives of the prime minister," the sources said.
According to the official data the government on October 14, 2011 has approved an automatic time scale promotional formula regarding the teachers' promotion working in BPS 17 - 20 in line with the announcement made by the prime minister on Salam Teachers Day.
The formula guaranteed a promotion to all the teachers working in federal government schools, colleges and Islamabad Model schools and colleges, next scale after a specific period.
An assurance notification issued on October 14, 2011 stated that "The time scale formula would be adopted for implementation of the Prime Minister's directives ... for teachers in BS-16 and above under the Federal Directorate of Education w.e.f 01-01-2011."
The formula pointed out that Trained Under Graduate Teachers (TUGTs) in Grade 14 would be promoted as Trained Graduate Teachers (TGTs) in Grade 16 with six years service experience. Trained Graduate Teachers (TGTs) in grade 16 would be promoted in grade 17 on the basis of 10 years service experience in the same grade. Teachers in Grade 17 with five years of experience would be promoted in Grade 18. Teachers in Grade 18 would be promoted in Grade 19 with seven years experience in case of direct appointment and five years experience if they are promotees.
The sources claimed that when FDE moved file in which it insisted to 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 now CADD officials are trying to give promotion to Grade 17 from start of this year with an aim to avoid financial burden and ensure seniority of those teachers already promoted last year.
CADD Joint Secretary Prof. Rafique Tahir told this scribe that administration wing is dealing with the issue of revised notification regarding upgradation of FDE teachers from Grade 16 to Grade 17 and it is expected that it would sort out the modalities at the earliest.
Admission forms without Form-B allowed
Rawalpindi: Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) has waived off the condition under which the submission of the Nadra's registration form 'Form-B' was made mandatory for the annual intermediate examination 2012. The board had made submission of Form-B mandatory in order to avoid mistakes in the names of the students. But now, according to the decision of the board, the students can submit their admission forms without the 'Form-B' but they will have to submit it before the announcement of the result.
Inter-school Naat competition held
Islamabad: The Inter-School Naat Competition held at GSIS (Global System of Integrated Studies) School and College.
City School, Beaconhouse School, Ghandhara School, GSIS School, Elite School and Schola Nova School participated in the category 1 competition for students ranging from 12 to 14 years of age. Usama Zaheer of Beaconhouse School secured first position, Babar Ali of GSIS School second position and Fahad Amin of Schola Nova School and Ali Hadi of GSIS School stood third.
In the category 2, students ranging from 15 to 17 years of age participated among which Anwaar Kazim of GSIS School received first position, Shariq Khawar of Beaconhouse School and Izwar Tipu of City School received second position whereas Yawar Abbas of GSIS School received third position. Principal GSIS Qurat-ul-Ain Ali awarded winners with trophies.
Punjab signs MoU with Google to promote tourism
Lahore: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Punjab government and Google for cooperation in information technology (IT) sector at Arfa Software Technology Park, here on Monday.
Under the agreement, Google will provide access to the historical and tourist attractions of the province on internet to promote worldwide awareness about the rich heritage of the province.
Tourism secretary Dr. Allah Bakhsh Malik and William Fitzgerald of Google Asia signed the document. Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, provincial finance minister Kamran Michael, the Planning & Development chairman, the Irrigation secretary, the Information Technology Board chairman and representatives of Google were also present.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister welcomed the agreement with Google for cooperation in information technology and said that access to the historical and tourist sites of Punjab through Google mailing and internet would promote awareness about the modern and ancient Lahore as well as its historical and cultural heritage. He thanked Google and said that Punjab government was implementing a comprehensive programme on information technology.
Measures are also being taken for the speedy execution of land record computerisation project, the CM said and urged Google to extend assistance in the expeditious completion of this project. He said that there were a number of Punjab government projects about which Google could provide information to the world.
The CM said that Pakistan, especially Punjab, was a very important province with regard to tourism and there were a number of tourist attractions and collaboration with Google would be meaningful. Highlighting of these historical and tourist sites on internet through Google will also bring about a positive change in the image of Pakistan in the world, he said, directing the Planning & Development chairman and the Land Record Computerization project director to give a briefing to the Google team on the steps taken by the Punjab government during last four years so that their assistance in these projects could also be solicited.
William Fitzgerald of Google Asia termed the interaction between the Punjab government and Google in information technology a good beginning, saying that Google was engaged in the relief activities f or flood affectees. The news
UHS to introduce Basic Life Support in curriculum
Lahore: University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Monday announced to make Basic Life Support an essential component of the curriculum of MBBS and BDS courses to train medical and dental students in quickly responding to emergencies.
According to details, the course would be mandatory for all fourth year and final year MBBS, third and fourth year BDS and allied health sciences' students to undergo Cardiac First Responder (CFR) course as a basic life support course under the supervision of an instructor faculty, being developed by UHS in collaboration with Disaster Relief by Irish and Pakistani (DRIP), Institute of Learning Emergency Medicine (ILEM) Ireland and Pre-hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) Ireland.
The UHS would also award an international certificate to students jointly by UHS and Irish Institutes on successful completion of the course. No medical or dental student would be allowed to appear in final year examination unless they have completed training and received certification in this essential course. There would be at least one station each of basic life support in the practical examination of medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology and paediatrics subjects of MBBS with effect from the 2012 annual examination.
Inaugurating the first workshop, UHS Vice Chancellor Prof Malik Hussain Mubbashar said that patient's immediate care was a field in medicine which needed to be standardised as most of lives were lost in first 10 'golden' minutes of any emergency such as heart attacks, strokes, shock and trauma. Daily times