Boys grab top positions in Bannu HSSC results
Bannu, July 21: The boy students outshined the girls as Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Bannu on Tuesday announced results of the Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) examinations.
All the top three positions were clinched by the boy students. Waqas Khan, of the pre-medical group and a student of Government Degree College No.2 Bannu, stood first by securing 977 marks out of 1100.
Mohammad Assad, of the same group and a student of the Cadet College Razmak, North Waziristan Agency, grabbed second position by getting 967 marks.
Mohammad Tufail, of the pre-engineering group and a student of the Cadet College Razmak, North Waziristan Agency, obtained 959 marks and stood third. He topped his own group of pre-engineering.
Mehmoodullah and Mohammad Younas, were declared second and third in the pre-engineering group by getting 935 and 934 marks respectively.
The humanities group was topped by Amjid Hussain, a student of Governemnt Degree College No.2 Bannu as he grabbed 848 marks, followed by Ms Alia and Ameenullah, who obtained 839 and 827 marks respectively.
Of 1,450 candidates appeared in the pre-medical group, 1,177 were declared successful.
Similarly, in the pre-engineering group, 1,801 candidates appeared in the examination among them 1,287 were declared successful.
In the humanities group, out of 6726 candidates, 3540 were declared successful. DawnYour Comments
Admissions to AIOU
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will start admissions from Matric to Ph.D level for the Semester Autumn 2010 from August 2.
In middle east countries, the admissions of BBA/BA/B.Com, Intermediate and Alisan-ul-Arabi programmes will also commence from August 2.
Last date for submission of admission forms along with fee would be August 31 and the candidates/students will have to pay late fee/double fee for getting admission after the due date.
This was announced by Sohail Nazir Rana, Director Admissions, AIOU on Tuesday. The admission forms and prospectus can be obtained from the main campus of the university as well as from its all Regional Campuses/Offices around the country. While in Middle East countries, the admission forms and prospectus would also be available in Pakistani High Commission and Embassies.
To avoid late fee/double fee, Director of Admissions Sohail Nazir Rana advised the candidates/students to deposit the admission forms along with prescribed fee up to August 31 in any branch of First Women Banks, Bank Al-Falah, Allied Bank and in nominated branches of National Bank of Pakistan and Habib Bank Limited.
FDE promotes 5,000 teachers to BS-16, BS-14
Islamabad: In a major development, the promotion of 5,000 teachers of two categories in the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) has been approved. The Ministry of Education is expected to issue a notification to this effect in a couple of days, sources said.
Well-placed sources said that it has been approved to give Grade 14 to Matric Trained Teachers (MTT), currently working in Grade 9 and having academic qualification of Secondary School Certificate (SSC). Similarly, Grade 16 has been approved for Trained Undergraduate Teachers (TUGTs) who are now in Grade 14.
Sources said that the promotion of teachers would add financial burden of Rs150 million per month due to which both the Ministry of Education and Finance Division had been showing reluctance that caused a long delay in completion of the process of promotion.
An official said that there are some changes in the criterion for promotion in both categories as FA and CT is necessary for promotion in the MTT category and BA along with BEd is required in the TUGT category.
But the promotion case of Trained Graduate Teachers (TGTs) who are working in Grade 16 has hit snags, as they cannot be directly promoted to Grade 17 because according to rules they have to secure promotion through the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC).
Sources said the negotiations of teachers' association with officials of the Ministry of Education and Finance Division failed to yield results as existing rules and procedures do not allow direct promotion to Grade 17.
The office-bearers of the teachers' association have not yet lost hope as they are quite hopeful that they would find out some way for promotion of TGTs in Grade 17.
Some trained graduate teachers said they have masters and BEd degrees and take classes of arts and science subjects but they feel ignored as during last two decades teachers were appointed in Grade 17 directly through the FPSC.
FDE Chairperson Shaheen Khan said that they had forwarded a promotion case of 13,000 teachers to the Ministry of Education and hopefully all of them would get promoted with the passage of time.
Talking to this scribe, Education Secretary Imtiaz Qazi said that they have given approval for promotion of teachers in two categories, including MTT and TUGT.
Future of foreign qualified doctors at stake
Rawalpindi: The future of more than 570 foreign medical graduates is at stake as they don't have registration or licence for practice in Pakistan.
These medical graduates have returned to Pakistan after getting medical degrees from different countries, including Ukraine, Afghanistan, Russia and Kyrgyzstan. They alleged that they were facing problems in registration due to the strict examination of the University of Health Sciences (UHS), Lahore.
According to them, the UHS, Lahore, was not ready to pass them in the examination for registration despite having medical qualification from abroad. "The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council should take our examination, as we don't have trust in the UHS," they urged.
Muhammad Jamil Khan said that more than 600 foreign medical graduates have been struggling for the last many years to get registration and licence for medical practice in Pakistan. "The UHS is a provincial institution then how could it conduct examinations throughout the country? The foreign medical graduates don't have trust in the UHS, as it has passed only 18 candidates out of around 577 students in the examination held on June 20. We have got medical degrees from countries like Ukraine and Russia after spending lots of money and for this we have faced hard times," he said.
He said: "Now we are back in our country to serve our nation, but no one is ready to hire our services." He said that the concerned authorities should give them an opportunity to serve as doctors in hospitals or rural areas of the country where there are no doctors. "The PMDC should allow us to visit hospitals to get some experience," he added.
Adnan Ahmed said that in many parts of the country there is a dire need of doctors but the concerned authorities are not ready to hire services of foreign qualified doctors. More than 600 foreign medical graduates are doing nothing and it's only because of the UHS, Lahore.
When contacted the official spokesman of the UHS, Lahore, Muhammad Atif, to get his point of view, he said that the University of Health Sciences conducts examinations for foreign medical graduates two times a year to check the standard of education of foreign graduates. He said that the education standard of these foreign medical graduates is very low that's why only 3 to 5 per cent passed the first and second examinations conducted by the UHS, Lahore. He said that mostly these graduates complain that the university makes very tough papers for them, but it's not like that. "We make papers of basic level which our Pakistani graduates could pass easily," he added. The news
Veil banned in Syrian universities
Damascus: Syria has banned the face-covering veil from the country's universities to prevent what it sees as a threat to its secular identity.
The education ministry issued the ban on Sunday, according to a government official.
The ban, which affects public and private universities, is only against the niqab – a full veil that reveals only a woman's eyes – not headscarves, which are far more commonly worn by Syrian women.
The billowing black robe, known as a niqab, is not widespread in Syria, although it has become more common recently – a move that has not gone unnoticed in a country governed by a secular, authoritarian government.
"We have given directives to all universities to ban niqab-wearing women from registering," the government official said.
The niqab "contradicts university ethics", he added, saying the government was seeking to protect its secular identity. AP
ACCA to introduce Foundation in Accountancy
Islamabad: The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has announced the Foundation in Accountancy, a new flexible suite of entry-level awards designed with both students and employers in mind.
The Foundation in Accountancy is being introduced after detailed consultation with employers, learning providers, members, students and professional accountancy bodies and regulators.
Retaining a revised Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) Qualification, it provides grounding in financial and management accounting, with professionalism and ethical behaviour at its core.
"For students, the flexible range of entry points means that they can begin at an appropriate level, avoiding duplication, so saving time and money in the long term," said Arif Masud Mirza, head of the ACCA Pakistan. "They can complete qualifications in their own time, selecting those that best suit their own career aspirations."
For the first time, the Foundation in Accountancy will see certification awarded at each level, helping students to chart their progress, and employers to recruit and train to meet their particular business needs.
The highly practical content means that the knowledge students acquire can be directly applied in the workplace, offering immediate benefits to existing and prospective employers.
Mirza said that employers should know that they are taking on competent employees in account-support roles. And they can be assured that this new range of awards will train individuals to the same consistent and high standard of the full ACCA Qualification, which is recognised and perceived highly all over the world.
Arif Masud Mirza said that employers can also be confident that candidates know how to conduct themselves professionally and ethically in the workplace, because completing the Foundation in Professionalism element is a prerequisite for receiving certification for any of the awards within the Foundation in Accountancy.
The wide-ranging syllabus spans the key elements of financial and management accounting, including an Accountant in Business module that puts students' new knowledge into an economic, legal and regulatory context.
He said flexibility is a key feature of ACCA's new suite of awards in terms of assessment delivery and level of progression. ACCA has increased its computer-based offering and now offers students the choice of sitting exams by CBE or paper for the first seven examinations, which make up Foundations in Accountancy.
In addition, students can complete a combination of examinations in order to achieve awards at different levels. For example, students can complete two of the core examinations plus Foundations in Professionalism in order to complete the first level qualification - Introductory Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting or continue to progress to whichever level they choose.
Students who complete all seven core examinations, two of three options from Foundations in Taxation, Financial Management and Audit, the Foundations in Professionalism module and a years' work experience will have achieved the requirements to gain the CAT Qualification. However, those who wish to complete an-entry-level qualification to progress onto the ACCA qualification, can do so after completing the Diploma in Accounting and Business.
Miniatures by four fresh NCA graduates go on display
Islamabad: An exhibition of skilfully executed miniature paintings reflecting the talent of four recent graduates of the National College of Arts opens at Nomad here today (Wednesday).
The show features the works of Beenish Khalid, Fatima Shakil, Saima Beenish, and Silwat Momtaz.
Beenish Khalid's work is a social comment on the significance of 'kursi' (chair, power), particularly in higher corporate and government positions. Having a 'kursi' or being in a position of power should be accompanied by a much higher sense of responsibility which, the artist believes, is severely lacking in our society.
"The one and only thing that people in power want is to benefit themselves; they care two hoots about the thousands and millions who are dependent on their actions. To me, the madness to attain a 'kursi' is almost the same as going to the toilet to sit on the commode; the result is nothing but a stinking, rotting, festering pile of corruption, injustice, instability and class differences that make a disgusting parody of our society, much like what happens to food once it is passed through the body," Beenish explained at the exhibition's preview.
Fatima Shakil derives inspiration from photographs. "Times change and so do all other things, but photographs never change. From sometime now, I have been involved in and drawn towards old photographs since they capture a moment that remains constant. I have tried to establish a link between photographs of the past with current time, or between now and then," she remarked.
Saima Beenish's entire body of work serves to show how the traditional technique of miniature painting can be incorporated into contemporary imagery. "Ever since I started to draw, portraits have been my passion. I feel having been blessed with an incredibility beautiful gift - the gift of making portraits that also capture the personal traits of the individual. I meld the physical and perceived characteristics in my compositions. Every work of art that I create provides me with an opportunity to express beauty and desire. The desire to paint portraits intrigues me to explore other mediums; in the present case, I have tried my hand at miniature painting while expressing the same level of sensitivity," the artist said.
Silwat Momtaz uses objects as the building blocks of her work. "I have done so because each one of us can relate to objects, but at a different level, offering various tints and shades of meaning," she elaborated. The exhibition will continue till August 15. The news