FG schools, colleges teachers' promotion

Federal Government schools & colleges
Islamabad, Jan 14: The notification regarding the time-scale promotion of 210 teachers and one-time upgradation of 547 teachers is likely to be issued by the Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) on Monday, it was learnt reliably.

According to information, the 210 teachers of federal government model colleges would get time-scale upgradation to grade 18 from grade 17. The Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) has completed the examination of cases and approved 210 eligible teachers for promotion.

Among 210 lecturers 130 belong to federal government colleges, including 79 females and 51 males. Meanwhile, 80 lecturers belong to model colleges, including 24 females, 41 senior female teachers and 15 male teachers.

The DPC was headed by CADD Additional Secretary Khalid Hanif and the minutes of DPC were issued on Wednesday. Meanwhile, 547 male teachers of federal government schools would get one-time upgradation from grade 16 to grade 17.

According to information, the meetings of the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC), which started on January 2 and ended on January 6, examined the cases. The one-time promotion of teachers from grade 16 to 17 was announced by Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani. It is pertinent to mention here that it is only one-time promotion that has been ordered by the prime minister. Such promotions would not occur in future until some special orders were issued by the authority.

The notification regarding one-time upgradation was issued on October 14, 2011 after a 22-day protest march staged by college teachers. According to information, the grade 16 teachers have been waiting for their promotions for more than 20 years in some cases as the hiring in grade 17 through the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) had increased over years resulting in lesser promotion opportunities for the grade 16 teachers.

The promotion of teachers from grade 16 to grade 17 would take effect from January 2011. Moreover, only cases before January 2011 would be entertained. The eligibility criteria for one-time promotion was three-year consecutive service in grade 16, however, there are a few teachers who have not completed three-year service in grade 16 but only two years with some months have also been promoted. The cases in which relaxation is given in experience have been adjusted while giving them acting charge in various academic institutions.

The DPC for the one-time promotion cases was headed by CADD Joint Secretary (JS) Rafique Tahir while other members of the committee included FDE Director-General Atif Mahmood Kiyani and CADD deputy secretary (administration).

The eligibility criteria for both one-time upgradation and time-scale promotion included that no disciplinary action has ever been taken against the candidate and there is no adverse remarks in the Annual Confidential Report (ACR) of the candidate.

Federal Government Teachers Association (FGTA) President Azhar Awan said that they were pleased that their demands have been met after a long struggle. "We are hopeful that the upgradation of remaining teachers would also be done on immediate basis," he said.

Federal Government College Teachers Association (FGCTA) General Secretary Tahir Mahmood, however, said that they were not satisfied with the condition on which time scale formula has been applied. "We are actually given one-time promotion after which four-tier promotion formulas would be applied," he added.

He demanded of the relevant authorities to revisit the policy and allow consecutive application of time-scale formula. CADD Joint Secretary Rafique Tahir, when contacted, said that the DPC of the teachers have been conducted speedily so that the grievances of teachers could be addressed on immediate basis. "The DPC of 800 female teachers have also been completed, however, the minutes are yet to be signed," he said. He said that the process of upgradation could not be conducted so speedily if the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) has not followed the process so rigorously.

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Punjab teachers' protests
Rawalpindi: The Punjab government has decided to take strict action against college teachers for disobeying orders of the education department and staging protests in various cities of the province.

Sources in the Punjab Education Department said that the provincial government has decided to terminate services of those college teachers who are not following the government orders and staging protests.

College teachers have been staging protests for last two months in favour of their demands, including one-step upgradation and regularisation of services of all contract teachers. On directives of the Punjab chief minister, a committee was formed to hold talks with teachers and solve their problems but the committee didn't show any progress. On this, all college teachers in Punjab started protest and boycotted classes in colleges. On January 11, college teachers staged a protest in Nasir Bagh, Lahore, and urged the government to accept their demands.

Sources said that in first phase the Punjab government would issue show-cause notices to protesting teachers. When contacted Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association President Ilyas Qureshi, he said, "We have received the threat of termination, but the strike of all college teachers would continue till the acceptance of their demands."

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Beaconite claims second position in world competition
Rawalpindi: Ebad ur Rehman, a student of grade V at Beaconhouse School System, Civil Lines Campus, is an inspiration for millions of young Pakistanis.

He is the only Pakistani child to participate in an international online Ole Miss Math Contest organised by the University of Mississippi. Out of almost 1,400 participants, he secured second position the world over in Elementary Brainteaser Ranking, says a press release issued here on Friday.

Ebad ur Rehman's parents, Zulfiqar Haider, a doctor, and Tahera Batool are thrilled and extremely proud of their son. His father said, "Ebad is the gem of our family and we are always thankful now and then for He bestowed us with a son like Ebad".

Beaconhouse Civil Lines Headmistress Mrs Nabila Khalid said that she was delighted with Ebad's success. She recalled that Ebad ur Rehman had also won laurels when he won the bronze medal in the International Kangaroo Math Contest and made the school proud when had stood third for last two consecutive years in Abacus International Math Challenge. He has an impressive series of excellent academic achievements behind him already at this tender age. She said that Ebad is fond of solving online quizzes and puzzles and also enjoys watching cartoons on TV.

Saman Imtiaz, Beaconhouse's regional communications manager, said that Ebad ur Rehman's achievement is a source of pride for the school. She said Beaconhouse continuously strives to develop essential skills in students from an early age. "We are proud to be of service to Pakistan, different programmes undertaken by the school for students and community at large are Beaconhouse's contribution towards developing young, intelligent go-getters. Students like 28 A grades record holder Beaconite, Zohaib Asad and Ebad ur Rehman are a testimony to the best learning environments at Beaconhouse," she said.

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RSS holds Chinese troupe performance
Islamabad: The Roots School System (RSS), in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture of People's Republic of China, Department of Culture of the People's Government of Guangdong Province and the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan organised a Chinese Troupe Performance at the PNCA Auditorium here on Friday.

Yang Linhai, cultural counsellor of the Chinese Embassy, was the chief guest. Guests of honour were Simeon B Abarquez, administration ommissioner at the Sri Lankan High Commission, and Zardasht Shamsh, cultural attache of the Embassy of Afghanistan.

In between the Chinese performances, young Rootsians mesmerised the audience with 'Festivals of China' comprising famous Chinese ribbon dance, umbrella dance, fan dance and martial arts performance, to wish the Chinese friends 'A Happy Chinese New Year'. Dressed in Chinese costumes, skilled with Chinese dancing techniques, students not only shocked the audience with their dancing skills but also spoke 'Mandarin' while hosting the show. Chinese solo dances and acrobatic gymnastic performance by professional acrobats trained in China had lasting impressions on the minds of the audience.

In the end, the audience was spellbound while witnessing 'Golden Meditation' by Chinese acrobats. The rounds of applause compelled the magician to repeat his tricks and also taught few tricks to the children upon their insistence.

Walid Mushtaq, executive director of the Roots School System, felicitated the students who performed exhilarating Chinese performances and gave his commitment for continuous engagement with the Confucius Institute for even more accelerated and far-reaching Chinese language programme and summer schools to China, so that the students could benefit from the exposure and education beyond borders.

Speaking at the occasion Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq said, "Our enthusiasm, dedication and devotion to nurture Pak-China friendship is very profound."

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Plea against PU VC put off
Lahore: Justice Sheikh Ahmad Farooq of the Lahore High Court on Friday postponed for January 18 the hearing of an application challenging PU former vice chancellor Mujahid Kamran's appointment as the varsity's acting VC.

The judge on January 2 had directed the acting vice-chancellor to personally appear. Dr Mujahid Kamran appeared on Friday and sought time to file the reply. The judge accepted his request and deferred the hearing. Dr Mughees-ud-Din, a candidate for the slot of VC, had already filed a constitutional petition against expected extension to Dr Mujahid Kamran. Now, he filed this application challenging Dr Muhajid Kamran's appointment as acting VC. The petitioner counsel Asad Manzoor Butt submitted that Dr Mujahid Kamran was earlier appointed as the vice chancellor for a period of four years under section 14 of Punjab University Act and his tenure had ended on January 2, after which he was given the acting charge. He pleaded that, under the law, the VC could neither be granted extension nor permitted to serve as a stopgap arrangement such as by acting charge of the slot. He alleged that Dr Mujahid Kamran wanted to continue as a stopgap arrangement so that his wife or cousin could be facilitated. He submitted that extension in service to a retired VC by the government was unlawful after a judgment by the Supreme Court, which declared extension after retirement from service as illegal and unlawful.

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PU awards seven PhDs
Lahore: Punjab University has awarded seven PhDs to candidates after completion of their research work.

According to a press statement issued here Friday, a PhD degree was awarded to Fauzia Anjum Chattha, daughter of Irshad Ullah Chattha, in the subject of Chemistry after approval of her research thesis entitled "Synthesis of Heteroarylacetic Acids and Study of Their Biological Activities." Muhammad Amjed Hussain Cheema, son of Ch Nazir Ahmad, was awarded a PhD in Geology after approval of his research thesis "Microfacies, Diagenesis and Depositional Environment of Samana Suk Formation (Middle Jurassic) Carbonates Exposed in South East Hazara and Samana Range." Syed Tanweer Hussain, S/o Syed Shamshad Hussain Shah, was awarded a PhD in Urdu after approval of his research thesis "Bar-e-Saghir Kay Mustashriqin Ke Urdu Kutb-e-Qawaid Ka Tehqiqi-o-Tanqeedi Mutala." Muhammad Ayub Faridi, S/o Akbar Ali Shah, was awarded a PhD in High Energy Physics after approval of his research thesis "Foliation and Isometric Embeddings of Schwarzchild Spacetime." Asma Shahid Kazi, D/o Abdul Naseer Khan, was awarded a PhD in Education after approval of her research thesis "Use of English Language Learning Strategies by Students at Higher Secondary Level."

Saleem Ullah, S/o Muhammad Hussain, was awarded a PhD in Education after approval of his research thesis "The Selection of Poetry for Inclusion into Compulsory English Curriculum Grade Six to Ten." Rukhsana Bashir, D/o Muhammad Bashir, was awarded a PhD in Special Education after approval of her research thesis "Causes and Remedies of Social Exclusion of Students with Hearing Impairment."

They have completed their theses under the supervision of Prof Dr Munawar Ali Munawar, Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz Ch, Prof Dr Aurangzeb Alamgir, Prof Dr Haris Rashid, Prof Dr Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal, Dr Muhammad Saeed Shahid and Prof Dr Abdul Hameed, respectively.

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Education resource centre at LCWU
Lahore: British Council Pakistan will set up an International Education Resource Centre at Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) with the partnership of the university's Faculty Development Centre.

According to a press statement, it was decided during a meeting of LCWU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Sabiha Mansoor, deans and heads of departments with the representatives of British Council Pakistan here Friday.

Ms Nadia Kamran, head of Education UK, British Council Pakistan, said that the purpose of setting up this student hub was to promote and enhance international education programmes with the expressed goal of increasing knowledge transfer, student and staff mobility and best practices sharing between the academic communities in Pakistan and the UK.

The British Council will facilitate, build the capacity and mentor 18 faculty members at LCWU in the following areas: Career counselling, transnational education, linkages and research collaboration, digital aspects of internationalization, coordinating activities and publications, attracting regional students, business entrepreneurship, staff and student mobility and social entrepreneurship.

Ms Kamran said that selected faculty members would be trained for 6-8 weeks after that they would be kept in constant touch through meetings, e-mail, Skype and video conferences so that they could enhance their administrative and managerial faculties to uplift their institution nationally and internationally. Appreciating British Council for its cooperation, Vice Chancellor Dr Sabiha Mansoor said that her vision that LCWU ranked in the top 500 universities in the world and setting up education international recourse centre would help her take varsity on that height. The news

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KEMU approves changes to postgraduate programmes
Lahore: A meeting of the Academic Council of King Edward Medical University has approved certain changes in the framework of MD/MS/MDS postgraduate programmes.

Chaired by KEMU vice-chancellor Prof Dr Asad Aslam Khan here on Friday, the meeting also approved rules to make the entry test more transparent besides giving approval for increasing the number of examiners in final examinations.

The council gave approval to start masters in the Health Professional Education, for which the curriculum committee chairman shall submit the detailed curriculum in the next aca-demic council meeting. The council decided that the MD/MS/MDS postgraduate programmes should be of four-year duration.

The said programmes are: MD programme internal medicine, MD programme pediatric medicine, MD programme preventive medicine, MD programme radiology, MD programme dermatology, MD programme family medicine, MD programme psychiatry, MD programme oncology, MD programme cardiology, MS programme general surgery, MS programme obstetrics and gynecology, MS programme ophthalmology, MS programme ENT, MS programme anesthesia, MS programme urology, MSprogramme pediatric surgery and MDS programme oral and maxillofacial surgery.

While the five-year duration was approved for the MD/MS/MDS postgraduate programmes which included MD programme neurology, MD programme gastroenterology, MS programme orthopaedic surgery, MS programme plastic surgery, MS programme cardiac surgery and MS programme neurosurgery. The council approved that the minimum passing marks to get admission shall be 60 per cent and in final examinations only those candidates in oral and practical shall be eligible who obtain 60 per cent marks in the theory. Dawn

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