250 students to receive Cambridge awards
Islamabad, Jan 31: As many as 250 students would receive awards for exceptional performance in the University of Cambridge International Examinations, including 53 who achieved highest marks in the world and 48 who attained the highest marks in Pakistan in a single subject.
The University of Cambridge International Examinations has announced the winners of the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards, Pakistan. The awards celebrate the outstanding academic achievements of secondary school learners in Pakistan in the June 2010 Cambridge Examination Session.
Additionally, learners who have achieved top results for Cambridge 'O' Level Statistics, which is taken during the November examination session, will be recognised for their achievements. Many schools would be hosting individual awards ceremonies to celebrate achievements of their students.
According to the information, learners who have achieved the total highest cumulative marks across a number of subjects will also be recognised for their success. The winning learners outperformed thousands of candidates worldwide who sat examinations in Cambridge 'O' Level, Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge International 'AS' and A 'Level' subjects so it is a tremendous achievement.
These outstanding results are recognised by employers and universities around the world as proof of academic excellence.
Cambridge's Regional Manager for Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan William Bickerdike in his statement said, "I am very proud to congratulate learners across the country on their outstanding results in the Cambridge examinations. The results are a reflection of the enormous talent in Pakistan, not only amongst the learners but also within the teaching profession," he said.
He said that a great deal of hard work and dedication from the learners, as well as support from their schools and families are behind these awards. "Cambridge qualifications develop independent learners, and prepare young people for success in their further studies and beyond. These learners have a bright future ahead of them, and I wish them well," he added.
Urwat Til Vusqa and Haran Bhatti from Beaconhouse Public School System, Islamabad, topped in the world in Cambridge 'O' Level Examinations in the subjects of Mathematics and Religious Studies respectively. Sana Munir from the Roots Montessori and High School topped in the world in Cambridge 'IGCSE' in the subject of Pakistan Studies. Tanvah Hameed from Beaconhouse School System topped in the world in Cambridge International 'A' Level examinations in the subject of Psychology.
In Karachi Cambridge 'O' level examinations, as many as 15 students topped in the world in different subjects. The students who managed to bag top positions included the names of Aeman Muneeb (Additional Mathematics) from Beaconhouse School System-Jubilee Campus, Muhammad Saad Hussain (Additional Mathematics) from Beaconhouse School System-Defence Campus, Rehan Elahi (Additional Mathematics) from Karachi Grammar School, Swaleha Khalid Petiwala (Additional Mathematics) from St Michael's Convent School, Syed Muhammad Abdullah Zehravi (Additional Mathematics) from Happy Home Secondary School, Usman Beg (Additional Mathematics) from St Michael's Convent School, Zohaib Husain (Additional Mathematics) from Karachi Grammar School.
Besides that Ansab Wazir Ali Chopsi (Economics) from Beaconhouse School System-Jubilee Campus, Areeba Ambreen Tariq (English Language) from Foundation Public School, Suha Gillani (English Literature) from Karachi Grammar School, Aeman Muneeb ( Mathematics) from Beaconhouse School System-Jubilee Campus, Ansharah Riaz (Mathematics) from The Mama Parsi Girls' Secondary School, Azzah Maryum Hyder (Mathematics) from Karachi Grammar School, Meiryum Muhammad Ali (Mathematics) from Karachi Grammar School and Annum Aftab (Principles of Accounts) from St. Patrick Girls' High School topped in the world. Besides that Abdul Rafey Siddiqui (Statistics) from St Patrick High School has also topped in the world in November 2010 examination session.
Alizeh Tariq Paracha (History) from Karachi Grammar School topped in the world in Cambridge International 'AS' level, Tabish Jaleel Sheikh (Business Studies) from Karachi Grammar School, Arwa Snees Rangoonwala (Economics) from Karachi Grammar School and Nasir Altaf (Economics) from Karachi Grammar School topped in the world in Cambridge International 'A' level June 2010 examination session.
In Lahore Cambridge level June 2010 examination session, in the subject of Additional Mathematics Hamid Ali from Lahore Grammar School, Irtiza Sohail Butt from Aitchison, Lahore, Muhammad Saif-ur-Rehman from Lahore Grammar School, Mustafa Khalid from Lahore Grammar School, Saba Rahid from Lahore Grammar School bag top position.
Suhail Idrees (Biology) from Lahore Grammar School, Suhail Idrees (Business Studies) from Lahore Grammar School, Asif Yasir (Chemistry) from Ibne Sina College, Syed Muhammad Mashhood Ali Bokhari (Combined Science) from Bloomfield Hall, Umar Farooq Bhatti (Combined Science) from British Council, Muhammad Daniyal (Commerce) from Hamdard Public School, Noorzadeh Salman Raja (English Language) from Lahore Grammar School, Osama Sajid (Geography) from Lahore Grammar School topped in the world.
In Mathematics Syllabus D, Hassan Saeed from Crescent Model Higher Secondary School, Junaid Saleem from Sharif Educational Complex, Khizer Hussain from Lahore Grammar School, Mehwish Akhlaq from Beaconhouse Faisalabad Chapter, Misha Nasir Jamy from Lahore Grammar School, Mohammad Saif-ur-Rehman from Lahore Grammar School, Reesha Arshad from St Peter's High School, Suhail Idrees from Lahore Grammar School and Syed Zaman Sajjad from Beaconhouse-Defence, Lahore, have topped in the world.
Besides that Suhail Idrees (Physics) from Lahore Grammar School, Fatima Kanwal (Second Language Urdu) from Lahore Learning Campus, Hashim Bukhari (Second Language Urdu) from Resource Academia, Muhammad Haisum Maqsood (Second Language Urdu) from Divisional Model College, Faisalabad, and Noor ul Ain (Second Language Urdu) from Divisional Model College, Faisalabad, topped in the world.
In Cambridge International 'A' level June 2010 examination session, Sana Waheed (Biology) from Engro Grammar School, Daharki, Rooshanie Nadia Ejaz (Geaography) from British Council, Lahore, Ahmad Sajjad Cheema (History) from British Council, Lahore, Ghazal Noor Amar (Law) from Beaconhouse Defence, Lahore, Shaiza Ahmed (Sociology) from Lahore Grammar School, Talha Bin Mohsin (Thinking Skills) from Lahore Grammar School, Abdul Sammad Nasir (Mathematics) from Lahore Grammar School, Sana Waheed (Mathematics) from Engro Grammar School, Daharki, topped in the world.
BSS college placement programme launched
Islamabad: The launching ceremony of the Beaconhouse College Placement Programme was held at the Beaconhouse School System, Margalla Campus, on Thursday.
Director Cambridge Overseas and Commonwealth Trust Michael O' Sullivan was the chief guest on the occasion.
Regional Career Counsellor (North) Shamsa Nawaz highlighted details of the college placement programme. "Talent is what we are all born with and talent cannot be taught, but skills can be taught. Discovering the natural talent in students is what Beaconhouse College Placement Programme is all about.
In 2001 Nasreen Kasuri had started a career-counselling programme including financial aid in Cambridge and Oxford schools. 18 A Level programmes are being taught in BSS and over 17,500 students have taken O' and A' Level exams in the past 15 years," she said.
Executive Director BSS Daniya Kasuri said that being a largest network of schools, Beaconhouse has set benchmarks of excellence of private education. BSS students earn laurels from University of Cambridge in their O' and A' Level examinations every year before proceeding for higher education to colleges and universities both in Pakistan and overseas. We mark the official launch of the Beaconhouse College Placement Programme with the announcement of exclusive internship programme between Beaconhouse and Dr. Mohammad Yunus, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate's Grameen Bank and Yunus Centre.
This summer will see the first six Beaconhouse AS Level students take part in this wonderful opportunity. This 5-week internship programme is the best entrance ticket to the finest schools in the world. The programme will enable these young Beaconiites to experience Dr. Mohammad Yunus's phenomenal work in poverty alleviation across Bangladesh-Grameen Bank is one of the most inspiring socio-economic development case studies/scenarios in the world.
Ibrahim Shahid, who secured 23 As in GCE exams shared his views as student of BSS. He said: "Getting 23 As was not easy for me but it was my sheer hard work. Everyone asks me why I did it? And my answer is that I love knowledge and I went for this just to seek knowledge. Most importantly you have to set your priorities first and then go for it."
Michael O' Sullivan while speaking on the occasion guided the parents about choosing the right university for their children. He said that generalising is the enemy of wisdom because they think that oldest university is the best university. He asked them not to depend on one university and have 3 to 4 options in hand.
Later, shields were given to Ibrahim Shahid and Michael O' Sullivan by Executive Director BSS Daniyal Kasuri and Principal BMI Nishat Rafi.
AIOU plans uplift of rural area people
Islamabad: Faculty of Science of the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) would begin comprehensive plans for uplifting economic and social position of the people residing in far flung areas across the country, for that PC-II may prepare within few days.
This was announced by Vice-Chancellor, AIOU Prof. Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi while presiding a meeting with Faculty of Science, said a press release issued here on Sunday.
Dr. Sangi said that scattering education, skill and professional training and bring good change in human behaviours are included in nation building ideas of the University.
"We can secure the lives of the people of rural areas with the teaching of precautionary measures of incurable diseases," he said. The news
HEC scholar completes 2 PhDs in record time
Islamabad: Higher Education Commission (HEC) scholar Kashif Mehmood has made the whole nation proud by successfully completing two PhD degrees from France within a period of four years.
He is among those few fortunate researchers in the world who have secured double doctorates in two different disciplines (Business Administration and Computer Science) from two leading universities. Dr Kashif Mehmood completed four postgraduate degrees (PhD in Computer Science, PhD in Business Administration, MPhil in Business Administration, MS in Computer Science) within the last five years. He was awarded HEC scholarship under Overseas Scholarship Scheme for PhD in Selected Fields (Phase-1) in 2004. Daily times
Young doctors hold rally for evacuation of RMC hostel from NAB
Rawalpindi: The Young Doctors Association (YDA), Rawalpindi Chapter, organised a peaceful demonstration in front of the Rawalpindi Medical College (RMC) Girls Hostel along Rawal Road here on Saturday afternoon for evacuation of a building being utilised by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
The YDA organised the protest in association with the YDA Students Wing, Rawalpindi, to bring their demands into the notice of concerned government officials and NAB high-ups regarding evacuation of the building from NAB.
The NAB has been using the RMC hostel building for nearly 10 years and as a consequence, students, particularly females, of the RMC have been suffering. The female students of the RMC were supposed to be accommodated in the hostel being utilised by the NAB for years.
Over 250 students of the RMC, led by YDA President Dr. Muhammad Haroon and other representatives of the YDA, participated in the demonstration. During the demonstration, Rawal Road remained blocked for nearly half an hour on Saturday afternoon. However the demonstration remained peaceful.
The RMC administration and leadership of PML-N claimed that they have been trying for evacuation of the building from NAB, however, the building could not be evacuated. The YDA decided to bring the matter into the notice of concerned government officials and NAB high-ups and organised the demonstration to make them understand the problems the RMC female students have been facing, said YDA Rawalpindi Chapter Information Secretary Dr. Umar Saeed.
He said that the RMC students and YDA representatives entered into the hostel building during demonstration to talk to NAB high-ups. "The YDA delegates met the NAB staff officer and deputy director. We also talked to the NAB director, who assured us that the building will be evacuated in four to eight weeks," said Dr. Umar Saeed.
YDA Rawalpindi Chapter President Dr. Haroon informed said that the YDA and representatives of RMC students brought the problems of students into the notice of NAB director and gave the deadline of February 28 to NAB high-ups for evacuation of the hostel building.
The YDA representatives and RMC students dispersed peacefully at around 4 p.m. after putting their demand before NAB officials. The news
BISE told to prepare roll number slips
Rawalpindi: The project director of online registration system for nine examination boards in Punjab has asked the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Rawalpindi to prepare the roll number slips of the candidates for the forthcoming secondary school certificate examination creating problems for the board.
"At the eleventh hour, the director of the project sitting in Lahore sent us an email to prepare the roll number slips and return the images for distribution among the candidates. The roll number slips are to be prepared and distributed online under the new registration system," said an official of the BISE desiring not to be named.
Usually by January 25 every year, the roll number slips along with the examination centres are made ready as the examination starts in March. However, this year the board has not yet started the process because it does not have complete data on the candidates.
According to the official, the board has received admission forms of 150,000 candidates out of whom 85,000 have also deposited their fees and the board has first to verify and countercheck the data sent by the project director before preparing the admit cards.
The students, their parents and the officials of the board have been expressing their doubts about the new online system demanding the manual registration system should not be abolished abruptly.
Another problem that will be faced by the board is allotment of examination centres after scrutinising the institutions and their addresses. Under the online registration project, the centres are also to be allotted online.
The project was initially aimed at processing the data but at the last moment the boards have been given the data for preparing roll number slips for the candidates, the official said.
When contacted, Sarfaraz Ahmed, the data processing officer of the board, confirmed that they had to issue the role numbers as the data had been transferred. All-out efforts will be made to ensure the timely provision of the roll numbers and examination centres, he said. Dawn
Pakistan, Afghanistan universities sign MoU
Islamabad: In a bid to develop extensive academic collaboration, five leading Pakistani universities have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Afghan universities.
The areas of collaboration include yearly placement of more than 100 faculty members from the Afghan universities for advanced degrees in Pakistan with waiver of tuition fee, joint research, exchange visits, sharing of academic literature as well as laboratory facilities, teacher training and split MPhil/PhD programmes.
A 13-member delegation of Chancellors, Vice-Chancellors and Deans from Kabul University, Nangarhar University (Jalalabad), Shaikh Zayed University (Khost) and Herat University visited the Higher Education Commission and eight leading universities in Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar.
The purpose of the visit was to develop academic collaboration between universities. The 10-day visit (January 17 to 27, 2011) was organised by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, a German foundation.
Detailed discussions and visits to facilities resulted in signing of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with the University of Peshawar, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Agricultural University, Peshawar, the University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar, the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, and the National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad.
An MoU is planned to be signed with the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, also. Both Lahore University of Management Sciences and the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, offered cooperation and support.
In his meetings with Pakistan colleagues, Prof. Hamidullah Amin, Chancellor of Kabul University, emphasised the need for collaboration in the light of historic ties spanning culture, language, geography and religion. He highlighted that education in Afghanistan was severely affected by 30 years of war and pleaded for assistance from Pakistan. Support for education would be essential for the stability and prosperity of Afghanistan and a key factor in sustaining brotherly ties with its most important neighbour.
Imperial School & College holds 'Sports Gala'
Islamabad: 'Annual Sports Gala' was held at the Imperial International School & College, says a press release.
PNCA Director-General Tauqeer Nasir and Abdul Razzaq Memon, a prominent businessman and political figure, were the chief guest and guest of honour on the occasion.
The programme started with a 'Dragon Parade' led by the students of primary section. It depicted a dragon using Chinese symbolisation for good luck and success. It was followed by a walk past by all participants waving enthusiastically at the guests and parents who came to enjoy the event.
The children performed various colourful and daring routines of stilt walking, aerobics, gymnastics, taekwondo, brick breaking, pyramid formations and somersaults through the dangerous fire ring, accompanied by lively music and melodious tunes by the school choir.
The function came to an end with the participants releasing balloons and pigeons as a symbol of celebration and peace and enthusiastically singing the song 'Jazba Junoon' accompanied by spectators.
The gala portrayed a colourful and cheerful ambiance where the parents enjoyed watching the children and cheered them on during various displays.
Students exhibit their performing art talent
Rawalpindi: Students of the Roots School System (RSS) performed on the theme of 'Performing Arts,' including drama, rhythmic expression and music, here on Saturday.
Every branch of the system organised drama, poetry, puppetry, modelling, singing, sketching, aerobics, gymnastics, flute playing, piano performance, keyboard performance, mouth organ performance, guitar playing and acting.
In play performances, students worked on vocal, physical and emotional techniques, which allowed them to extend their abilities to create and communicate their skills. Students beautifully portrayed the story of Lal Hussain, who got three posts of Pakistan vacated at the cost of his life in the 1965 war with India.
To keep the interest of students in their studies, live performances were acted on syllabus lessons from Ginns Readers like 'Little Red Riding Hood,' 'Animals' Friends,' 'The Sea' and 'Moonshine'. Children were dressed up according to the characters like moon, lion, tiger, earth, woodcutter, king, princess and farmer. Students also sang solo songs to show their singing talent on various Pakistani songs of musical bands like 'Jazba Junoon', 'Yeh Watan Hamara Hai,' 'Watan Ki Mitti,' 'Chand Merey Zameen Phool Mera Watan' and'Earth'. They also performed on flute, piano, guitar, mouth organ and keyboard.
While participating in aerobics and gymnastics, students performed with props like wheel carts, rods, jumping from fire ring, somersaults, pike stretch and sleeping duck.
The puppetry performance was highly praised when young children of primary school performed like puppets and live singing and dialogues were spoken from backstage.
Roots School System Director Riffat Mushtaq said that students are being given training to use performing art as a form of communication for ideas, emotions and beliefs. She added that the young generation has a lot of talent, which has been explored through various activities. The news