New rules for students excursion trips
Islamabad, Jan 12: Educational institutions in the city will henceforth need permission from the authorities to take their students on excursion and other trips.
Jolted by the incidents of excursion buses ending up in tragedies, like the one in Kallar Kahar in which 30 students were killed, the Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) and the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) have framed new Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) in this regard and will be forwarded to the 423 schools and colleges in the Islamabad territory this week.
Some, if not all, of these institutions would soon be planning excursion trips for their more than 200,000 when the academic year ends next month.
Students of the primary and secondary school certificate (SSC) will be particularly looking forward to such trips as they finish their schools.
Under the new SOP, heads of institutions have to send a form to FDE, mentioning that they have arranged a suitable accommodation for the stu-dents being taken on a trip. School buses should be the preferred mode of travel, or else fitness certificate would be required for a hired bus.
Only a physical fitness certificate issued by the Motor Vehicle Examiner of Excise and Taxation Office will be accepted. Besides, management of the educational institutes will have to give in writing that there will be no overloading in any bus or transport vehicle. Names of professors or teachers, who will supervise the trip, will have to be mentioned, along with the tentative dates of departure and arrival and the places to be visited.
Moreover, managements of schools have to provide estimated expenditure of the trip and they will be bound to inform that how much they collected from the students and how much they were spending from the school fund.
Written affidavit from the parents or guardian will be required from every student.
Principals will be allowed to approve trips within the city but will have to seek permission from FDE for trips outside the city and those lasting five days.
If the trip is for more than five days then permission will have to be sought from Secretary CA&D, sour-ces said. 'It is good that parents or guardians will be made to approve of their child's trip but the danger exists that school managements start asking them to sign affidavits that the management will not be held responsible in case of a mishap,' said an FDE officer. 'So, the FDE should ensure that school managements fallow the SOP, rather than shifting the responsibility to parents,' he said.
Maqbool Ahmed, father of two sons, both studying in model school located in sector I-8, however appreciated the move. 'Parents need to feel their children are in safe hands,' he said, recalling the shock that the Kallar Kahar tragedy delivered to the parents of school-going children.
Principals Raja Abdul Hafeez of H-8 Commerce College and Ghazala Khalid of Margalla College were not inclined to comment, perhaps because of the added responsibilities that SOP bring to the heads of institutions. One such principal said on condition of anonymity that head of institutions already care about their students.
Joint Secretary CA&D, Rafique Tahir said that the new SOP has been framed to ensure safe journey of students and avoid any mishap. Dawn
5 education projects likely to get approval
Islamabad: As many as five mega projects related to education are likely to get approval in today's meeting of Islamabad Development Working Party (IDWP) under the Islamabad Development Package (IDP).
The projects worth Rs178 million mainly focused to improve the standard of female education institutions. These projects include reconstruction of old block of primary section in Islamabad Model School for Girls Golra, Strengthening of Islamabad Model School for Girls (I-X) Sangjani, strengthening and provision of physical facilities to accommodate and facilitate the students of Islamabad Model School for Girls Jhangi Syedan and promotion of sports and physical education and development of existing playground in the education institutions of ICT.
One of the major projects that had been approved but could not be implemented is 22 mini-buses for the higher secondary schools. The 26-seater vehicles were aimed to facilitate the students and teachers of rural areas. The project for the mini-buses is very old but could not be implemented due to the procurement ban by the government.
According to information, Islamabad Development Package (IDP) has written letter to finance division for the release of money for the transport project so that FDE could address the grave issue of transportation of students and teachers.
Currently FDE institutions are facing severe shortage of transport facilities especially in rural areas. FDE officials believe that many teachers make this issue of transportation as an excuse for their transfer and temporary duties which is creating problems for FDE management.
"We are receiving hundreds of application on daily basis for the transfer and temporary duties. A majority of applicants if not all have made transport issue as an excuse," said the source.The well-placed sources in FDE told this scribe that the projects that are likely to get approval in IDWP meeting have already been started with the available funds of FDE while more funds are required to complete them.
According to information the projects include additional class rooms in rural schools, construction of sport facilities, clean drinking water facilities and many more.
FDE DG Atif Mahmood Kiyani when contacted said that IDWP meeting, to be held on 12th January, holds a great significance in regard to the provision of facilities to the schools in rural areas. "Rural areas are always considered as the neglected area where the education facilities are in dilapidated condition. We are now focusing on the development of education facilities in rural areas to keep them on a par with the urban education facilities," he said.
He said that it was not only IDP projects that are focusing on rural areas but FDE in its capacity also trying to provide facilities to the education institutions in rural areas so that neither teachers nor students avoid them. The news
QAU controller's appeal against dismissal rejected
Islamabad: The Federal Ombudswoman for Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace Musarrat Hilali on Wednesday dismissed the appeal of Controller Examination of Quaid-i-Azam University.
In the second case of sexual harassment in QAU in one month towards the end of July 2011, the Syndicate of the University had dismissed the Controller Sardar Mohammad Babar Khan on charges of harassment of female student of the university.
The first case had emerged only a few weeks earlier when a lecturer in the Information Technology (IT) department was accused of harassing his student.
The controller examination Sardar Mohammad Babar Khan in his appeal had taken the stand that the inquiry committee of the University had dismissed him without cross examining him.
Federal Ombudswoman heard the arguments of both parties and dismissed the appeal, keeping in view the available documents.
This was the second case dismissed by the Federal Ombudswoman in week. On January 2, 2012, she had dismissed the appeal for restoration of Noor Mustafa Awan, aformer lecturer in the Quaidi-Azam University. Syndicate of the university had dismissed Noor Awan on charges of harassing a female student of the university.
According to the office of the Federal Ombudswoman both the faculty members were allegedly involved in harassing female students of the university.
Within weeks (in August 2011) af ter the cases were reported in July, the university administration constituted an inquiry committee under the anti harassment bill to investigate the allegations leveled by the students. On the recommendation of the inquiry committee, syndicate of the university terminated both teachers.
'Both cases were covered by the media. However Noor Awan filed an appeal before Federal Ombudswoman for Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace against the decision of the university.Musarrat Hilali conducted the hearing of the case and both parties were provided opportunities to give their arguments. Keeping in view the arguments of the parties and documentary evidences, she dismissed the appeals, said an official in the office of the Federal Ombudswoman. Dawn
QAU wetland project to protect Rawal Lake
Islamabad: The wetland project near football ground will be aesthetically beautiful, save Rawal Lake from pollution and help the university improve its horticulture, Botanic Garden and Biotech Park, said Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) Vice Chancellor Dr. Masoom Yasinzai.
He was speaking at the MoU signing ceremony of wetland project with Nano-Bio Solutions, a firm set up by former students of the QAU. The project will be set up between football ground and Hostel-6.
The vice-chancellor appreciated old students of the QAU for always remembering their alma mater for helping it out in difficult areas. He said that the project, a donation, would also help the university in solving its problem regarding release of sewage into Rawal Lake.
Yousuf Riaz, a former QAU student, now handling Nano-Bio Solutions, said that the NBS is collaborating with QAU on Biological Solutions for Life to socio-economically develop Pakistan through research, which goes a long way in fulfilling corporate social responsibility for cost effective innovative solutions. It will help in establishing a resource centre for the QAU Bio-Technology Park in which Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmad Qadri, a celebrated scientist and former student of Biological Sciences, QAU, is playing a leading role as an HEC scholar. The Rs4.5 million project may take one or two years but it will help in integrated farming also by recycling sewage.
The VC said that the QAU has not less than three locations from where polluted water is flowing into the Rawal Lake. Riaz said that the NBS would consult another alumni and German organisations for help in treating water from all water outlets of the QAU. The VC also performed the groundbreaking ceremony at the site. The news
CADD approves 2 new girls' degree college
Islamabad: Capital Administration and Development Department (CADD) has approved opening of two new girls' degree colleges in capital territory during the current year.
One college would be opened in the suburbs of Bahara Kaho and the second in sector I-14 near Tarnol. One college was opened in Sihala last year and construction work of Kot Hathail College has been started.
The move to open two new girls' colleges is aimed at meeting the growing demand of rural and urban population in terms of admission problem of their children, especially girls.
It is pertinent to mention that due to the absence of girls' colleges in the area, girls were forced to get admission in colleges located far away from their houses and faced several problems, including transportation, boarding and lodging. online
25 students arrested as PkSF, ISF activists clash
Mardan: The police arrested 25 activists of the Pakhtun Students Federation (PkSF) and the Insaf Students Federation (ISF) after a clash at the Government Postgraduate College here Wednesday.
The police registered a case against 33 students from the PkSF, students' wing of the ruling Awami National Party, and Insaf Students Federation (ISF), affiliated with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). The police also recovered weapons from them, the police and local sources said.
The police said the quarrel between the PkSF and ISF activists led to firing and pelting of stones. The students also beat each other with sticks. As a result, Hamid of the ISF sustained minor injures.
Those arrested included Shahid, Shehryar, Ilyas, Asim, Dad Khan, Muhammad Arshad, Tariq, Muhammad Sagheer, Muhammad Farooq, Rauf Khan, Muhammad Israr, Jan Muhammad, Fahim Ahmad, Mansoor Ali, Wajid Ali, Abdus Salam, Rawaid Ali, Noorul Haq, Sajid Ali, Safiullah. Usman Ali, Muhammad Kashif, Anwar Zeb, Inamullah and Umarzada.
The police also recovered pistols from some of the activists. Meanwhile, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf activists staged protest rally outside the college after the incident. They alleged that the police had arrested Insaf Students Federation activists and facilitated the PkSF activists to flee the spot.
However, the police later came to the site of the protest rally and calmed down the demonstrators. However, the police resorted to baton-charge when some students started throwing stones to damage the newly constructed Bacha Khan Monument and other signboards in the college square just outside the Government Postgraduate College. The news
150 students booked for storming EDO office
Attock: As many as 150 students of Government Postgraduate Collage were booked on the charges of storming the office of Executive District Officer (EDO) Education and damaging computers, furniture, record and other property.
The case was registered by the city police on the complaint of EDO Education; however, no student was nominated in the case. It is pertinent to mention here that hundreds of students staged a protest demonstration last Monday against the faulty result de-clared by Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Rawalpindi.
During the protest, the students turned violent and attacked the EDO Education office.
Whereas, the parents condemned the registration of criminal case against the students and asked the district police to withdraw it because the move could put future of the students at stake.
They asked the Punjab government to take action against the BISE officials responsible for announcing faulty result asa large number of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) students were declared fail.
Meanwhile, Punjab Teachers Association Attock district also condemned Police and district administration for their failure to prevent the protesting students from attacking the EDO Education office.
The teachers' body demanded of the Punjab government to resolve the matter amicably and avoid taking any punitive action against the students. Dawn
PU awarded 14 PhDs
Lahore: Punjab University has awarded 14 PhD degrees to different candidates after the completion of their research work in their respective areas. The news
Protest by college students
Lahore: The Punjab Group of Colleges students on Wednesday staged a protest demonstration on their Gulberg campus to express solidarity with girl students, who were killed in a stampede at a concert at Alhamra Cultural Complex.
The students protested and held varsity and commerce college administration responsible for the incident.
Punjab Group of Colleges' media director Tahira Qasim told newsmen the administration was sad about the incident and held Quran Khwani and offered dua.
Appointment of VC
Peshawar: The Engineering University Teachers Association (EUTA) on Wednesday demanded of the government to appoint the new vice-chancellor from senior serving faculty members of the university.
According to a press release issued here, the demand was in the executive body meeting of the EUTA which was chaired by its president Eng Äbdul Hadi. They demanded of the KP governor to give due consideration to make the appointment of the new VC strictly on merit as per the HEC criteria. Dawn