FAST-NU convocation for session 2009-10

FAST-NU convocation on July 17
Peshawar, July 12: The 5th convocation of Foundation for Advancement of Science & Technology (FAST) and National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences for the session 2009-10 will be held here on July 17.

Prof Dr M Qasim Jan, former vice-chancellor of Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, and University of Peshawar, will be the chief guest on the occasion. "A total of 152 graduates of the university will be awarded degrees while 16 graduates of various disciplines will get medals for their distinctive performance," said Dr S Ghiasul Haq, director of the Peshawar Campus of the institution.

Peshawar Campus was established in 2001, he said, adding, "We have about 500 students on roll at present while the strength of our permanent faculty is 42 including eight PhDs. We also have some 15 visiting faculty." He said the courses of Bachelor in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, BBA, MBA, MS in Mathematics and Computer Science and PhD Mathematics were currently being taught here. The news

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Surplus primary teachers being transferred to rural areas
Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has introduced a new policy to address shortage of teachers in the public sector primary schools.

"The policy, introduced recently by the elementary and secondary education department, envisages adjustment of existing teachers keeping in view the strength of students enrolled in the government primary schools," an official said.

According to the new policy, teachers would be posted in schools, particularly located out of the cities, where deficiency exists by reducing staff from those schools, where they are in higher numbers.

The teachers of primary schools serving in the city areas are given some additional incentives, which are not provided in the rural areas. The attractive allowances prompted teachers to get posted in the city areas, no matter they were needed there or not, the official said.

"Primary schools in rural areas are left without sufficient number of teachers, who try to get posted at city schools for getting incentives. On the other hand more than required teachers are posted in the schools of city areas," he said.

The additional director of elementary and secondary education department, Hakeemullah, called the new policy as 'rationalisation policy.' The presence of teachers in all primary schools would be ensured at all costs, he said.

He confirmed transfer of surplus teachers to the primary schools of urban areas. Citing the example of Government Girls Primary School Qaidabad in Kakshal area, he said that 15 women teachers were posted at the school where only five were needed.

"Now we have linked the salaries of the teachers with their areas of appointment. A teacher appointed in a union council, will work in the same area or adjacent union council forever. If a teacher manages his transfer to the city area, his salary will be stopped," he said.

The new policy would help ensure presence of teachers in primary schools of rural areas, he said. "The ration of teacher and students is set at 1:40," he said.

He said teachers in the city schools were getting house rent, which was 45 per cent of their basic pay, while in rural area the amount was reduced to 30 per cent. Similarly, there was no conveyance allowance in the rural areas while teachers in the city were getting Rs1,200 to Rs2,400 in the name of that allowance.

It is worth mentioning that around 367 primary schools are closed for non-availability of teachers across the province, leaving thousands of children out of school. Dawn

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Teacher, employees bemoan school admin apathy
Lahore: Class-IV employees of Government Central Model School Lower Mall and a senior teacher residing within school premises have been facing acute shortage of water for the last many days as the school administration has allegedly deprived them of the facility.

The teacher, Muhammad Sohail Manzoor, said that electricity connection to his residence of has also been disconnected as he was being pressurised to vacate his residence despite the fact that the matter was in the court.

He said the poor residents including women, children and elders were suffering owing to the alleged move of the school administration. The teacher further said there were a total of eight quarters within the school premises.

He said hot weather was adding to the miseries of the residents, who had to arrange water for drinking and other purposes themselves. This correspondent could not reach the administrator of the Government Central Model School Lower Mall despite repeated attempts on his cell phone.

When contacted, senior headmaster Ch Muhammad Yousaf said he had been out of city for the last couple of days and was unaware of the situation. He, however, said there might be some technical problem with the water-motor as it was also repaired in recent past. He also rejected allegations levelled by the teacher. The news

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PU academician to get Emerald Literati Network Award
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Department of Library and Information Sciences Chairperson Dr Kanwal Ameen's research paper have been selected for the Emerald Literati Network 2010 Awards for Excellence.

Emerald nominates 'an outstanding paper' every year for the award, and Dr Ameen's paper has been included among the award winning papers. The award winning papers are selected by a team of eminent academics.

Dr Ameen's paper titled "Information and digital literacy: A stumbling block to development? - A Pakistan perspective", has been selected as one of the most impressive pieces of work throughout 2009. She will receive the award by post within a couple of months. Daily times

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