Islamabad, Jan 30: Allama Iqbal Open University has started its admissions for the spring semester, 2012 from Matric to MA/Msc level programmes. The computerized admission forms have been dispatched to all continuing students across the country, said a news release issued here on Saturday. Director admissions, Syed Zia-ul-Hasnain said that admission froms and prospectus for all programmes offered could be obtained from the sale points at main campus,regional and coordination offices in all over the country.
Students loan scheme
Islamabad: Application are invited for the grant of interest free loans to students for pursuing Graduation, Postgraduation, M.Phil and Ph.D studies within Pakistan in approved subjects in public sector institutions for the session 2011-2012.
According to the announcement, the candidates who have secured at least 70 per cent marks in their last examinations but are financially weak to pursue their studies can submit their applications on the prescribed form supported by required documents latest by January 30. Last date for the submission of applications is March 30.
Complete details including designated branches and application forms are available at the National Bank of Pakistan website www.nbp.com.pk/studentloan.
40 institutions participated in NUMUN 2012
Islamabad: More than forty schools, colleges and universities from all over the country attended the NUMUN 2012 organized by students of the NUST's Debating & Dramatics Society (NDDS), says a press release.
Rector NUST Engineer Muhammad Asghar inaugurated NUMUN 2012. He praised the efforts of the host team. "I am inspired by the motivation shown by the group of students in coming together and working determinedly for several months to organise the event." He dilated upon the role of the United Nations in managing peace globally. Asif Durrani, Director General UN in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, enlightened the students in international diplomacy and the role of the United Nations in managing peace around the world. Dr Afshaque Khan, Principal and Dean of the NUST Business School also spoke at the ceremony.
Participants set up global village stalls and dressed up in the cultural attires of their countries to depict their countries' heritage and present their knowledge of the world's current foreign affairs. Many served food items relative to their nation and handed out other items to passers-by stopping at their stalls. They were judged by the Committee chairs of NUMUN' 12.
The second day of NUMUN 2012 began on a smooth note as committee sessions started right on schedule. The debate in the committee sessions held great promise as delegates representing different countries brought forth convincing arguments on the topics being discussed. With debate focusing on controversial topics such as the Rwandan genocide, nuclear terrorism, world health issues and the supervision of existing nuclear power plants. The news
LUMS career fair receives incredible response
Lahore: The Annual Mega Career Fair 2012 held at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) on Saturday received incredible response from the university graduates and final year students, who turned up in large numbers to explore the employment opportunities available at reputed international and national organisations and to gather information about the available foreign scholarships. The career fair was organised by LUMS Career Service Centre.
As many as 41 noted organisations, including Allied Bank, KASB Bank, Warid Telecom, Indus Motors Pakistan, Nestle, Descon Chemicals, PSO, Teach Pakistan and several others set up their stalls at the fair. Each company's representative was present at its stall to guide students about available positions in their organisations.
The event served as a bridge between industry leaders and job seekers, giving the students and employers a chance to interact with each other in a friendly environment, outside the office. The companies' executives also conducted written tests and on-campus interviews to shortlist candidates.
The stalls set up by different banks and telecom companies remained the centre of attention at the fair, where students were briefed about the procedures, requirements and eligibility criteria.
Talking to the media, students said that every university should take it as its responsibility to help and guide its students with regards to their professional careers. However, they added that it was unfortunate that very few colleges and universities across the country held career fairs for outgoing students.
A management studies student, Alisha, said that the government should hold career fairs at the national level where foreign companies could be invited to employ talented youth of the country. She added that the companies should also offer part-time jobs for students.
Talking about the career fair, LUMS Career Service Officer Ali Mumtaz said the fair was organised annually to build a strong foundation for professional career of students so that they could excel in the job market.
He added, "LUMS has expanded over the last few years; be it the number of students, faculty or the diversification offered in each academic programme and this growth and refinement in quality of education has been able to attract more and more employers, including international employers, to recruit students from LUMS." Daily times
Lahore: University of Health Sciences (UHS) has announced the result of Third Professional BDS annual examination.
A total of 459 candidates from 10 affiliated dental colleges appeared in the exam out of whom 304 passed and 153 failed. Result of 02 candidates was put on RL list. The pass percentage remained 66.52.
Moiza Ijaz D/O Ijaz Mehmood of Margalla Institute of Health Sciences Rawalpindi got first position by securing 736/900marks.
Maira Mubashar D/O Mubashar Ahmad Qureshi of Lahore Medical & Dental College Lahore and Abeera Aziz D/O Malik Ishfaq Aziz of Margalla Institute of Health Sciences Rawalpindi got second and third positions by securing 719/900 and 714/900 marks respectively. The pass percentage of different dental colleges remains as follows:
CMH Lahore Medical College Lahore 72.73%, de'Montmorency College of Dentistry Lahore 71.13%, FMH College of Medicine & Dentistry Lahore 72.34%, Lahore Medical & Dental College Lahore 52.63%, Margalla Institute of Health Sciences Rawalpindi 67.31%, Multan Medical & Dental College Multan 77.78%, Nishtar Institute of Dentistry Multan 66.13%, Dental Section, Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad, 79.17%, Sharif Medical & Dental College Lahore 62%, University Medical & Dental College Faisalabad 40%, Institute of Dentistry, Supplementary exams, will commence on March 13. The news
BISEs' top slots an 'unwholesome treat'
Lahore: Finding managers for top slots in all the eight education boards in Punjab has become difficult for the provincial government because so far neither the administrative cadre officers nor senior professors are willing to take up the 'prized' posts, apprehending they may be in a soup if anything goes wrong in boards affairs.
The 2011 intermediate annual examinations' result fiasco had rolled some heads from the hierarchy of almost all boards in the province. According to recent reports, the Anti-Corruption Establishment has started registering FIRs against the top managers – chairmen, secretaries and controller of examinations – in all the boards concerned, including the Lahore board. The ACE has also arrested three of the Lahore board's IT officials, including a programmer and a system analyst.
The fear of meeting a similar fate in case of any eventuality has apparently become a deterrent for prospective candidates for the slots and the higher education department is now giving additional charge of board chairmen to directors (colleges) in respective divisions – as is the case with Rawalpindi board.
The Lahore board, being the biggest in terms of candidates as well as staff strength, has, however, been successfully managed by a senior DMG officer Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik. He was able to revise the board's intermediate results much before the scheduled time, claiming it was mistake-free.
After the successful experiment of appointing a senior DMG officer as Lahore board head, the Punjab government is actively considering to amend board's Act and include a provision allowing appointment of administrative cadre officials as education boards' chairmen, secretaries and examination controllers.
However, some MPAs concerned as well as officials agree that there was no need of amending the Act because it has been written in civil servants' appointment letters that they could
be posted anywhere within Pakistan and abroad and in case of PCS and PMS cadre officials, in Punjab.
"This is why Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik was given the charge of Lahore board, which he could not refuse, despite the fact that he is working under a much junior colleague – the higher education secretary," said a Punjab Assembly member concerned.
It is learnt that the many BPS-18, 19 and 20 administrative cadre officials who were being considered for board assignments have either applied for a leave or managed to get their names deleted from the lists under consideration. Similarly, senior academics have also shown a lack of interest in these posts.
They also resent that the government got booked, and in some cases even arrested, the boards' top officials while letting those off the hook who introduced the model and appointed an IT consultant with dubious credentials who was more interested in selling computerisation accessories of his company than doing good to the boards' IT system. The penalised
board officials claim the whole model of computerisation system was faulty, and also acknowledged by the Judicial Commission probing the issue.
Senior officials in the Punjab government, however, also believe that only an impeccable leadership could resolve boards' management issues. Dawn
Private schools commission welcomed
Lahore: The recent initiative of the Punjab government to seek input of students, their parents and teachers for the establishment of the proposed education commission is being termed a step in the right direction. The commission will have a mandate to regulate unbridled working of private educational institutions.
The initiative also shows seriousness of the Punjab government to address the longstanding demand of the stakeholders who over the years have been demanding an independent body for regulating the affairs of private schools, especially to tap their fee structure.
According to the Punjab government's advertisements, the government plans to set up the Education Commission to protect the rights of students, their parents and teachers of private schools.
The commission will also take action against private schools on complaints. The government also plans to empower the commission to direct the private sector institutions to fix a quota for the poor but talented students under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) concept.
Over the years, the ever-increasing fees together with heavy registration and admission charges, compulsory purchase of stationery items and uniforms from prescribed shops in the private sector have been some of the major concerns of students and their parents. On the other hand, the unchecked working of private schools led to their mushroom growth in absence of any accountability which also affect quality education.
Similarly, exploitation of teachers by private schools in absence of proper service structure and their low salaries vis-à-vis workload assigned to them is also an open secret.
The recent move is certainly belated as the PML-N government, coming into power in Punjab in 2008, had announced setting up the regulatory body for private schools. But since "better late than never", the stakeholders are still excited and all praise for the government and hope to see the body functional before the general elections.
According to Punjab School Education Department Secretary Muhammad Aslam Kamboh, the government would introduce necessary legislation after the completion of the process of consultation. He said a Cabinet Committee had been formed in this regard, adding that the government would receive suggestions from the stakeholders till February 10, 2012.
The department's Deputy Director (Monitoring) Rana Abdul Qayyum, the focal person dealing with public feedback, said the move had received good response from the stakeholders. He said that so far, he had received around 800 emails from the stakeholders besides hundreds of phone calls and letters.
It is pertinent to mention here that the stakeholders can send their suggestions to the government at email@example.com . The news