Papers rescheduled in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

UoP reschedules various papers
Peshawar, July 31: The University of Peshawar has postponed examination papers of various faculties scheduled for August 2, 3 and 4 due to floods across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

According to a press release the papers were supposed to be held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. It said that the postponed papers included Bachelor's of Education scheduled for August 2, Master's of Education set for August 3 and MBA on August 4. The rest of the papers from August 5 onwards would be held as per the already announced schedule.

It further said the candidates who missed their papers on July 29 and 30, 2010 due to blockades of land routes might approach the examination section through head of departments in case of regular students, and through superintendents of examination centres in case of private students so that the papers they had missed could be rearranged for them. The news

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"According to new order, the Entrance Test (ETEA) for Admission to B.Sc Engg/Non-Engg. Programmes has been postponed once again from 5th August 2010 till further order. New test date will soon be advertised in Press and Media."
Name: Luqman
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UET postpone entry test
Peshawar: According to a press release issued by the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), the entrance test 2010 for admission to UET and affiliated engineering colleges of the province, which was to be held on Aug 1, now would be held on Aug 5 at Col Sher Khan Stadium in Peshawar and Ayub Medical College at Abbottabad simultaneously. Dawn

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KMU extends date for entry test registration
Peshawar: Due to torrential rains and floods in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Khyber Medical University here Friday announced one day extension in the registration date for candidates who wanted to appear in the entry test for admission to medical and dental collages.The decision was made after a meeting presided over by acting Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Shahid Muhammad.

Other participants included varsity Registrar Dr Jalilur Rehman, Treasurer Abdul Sadeeque, Controller Examinations Prof Dr Shehnaz Akhtar and Prof Dr Abid Hussain of the Khyber Medical College.

The acting VC said the registration process would continue till August 2 while registration centres would remain open on Saturday and Sunday for convenience of the students.The entry test would be arranged at the Army Stadium Peshawar and the Ayub Medical College Abbottabad at 9 a.m. on August 8.The candidates were advised to call the university authorities at phone 091-5813015 for further inquiry. The news

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Varsities unable to pay raise in salaries
Islamabad: The universities, financed by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), are unable to pay increased salaries to their employees as per the Federal Government's decision in the budget for the year 2010-2011, which was to be effective from July 1, 2010.

HEC claims that the allocations for the current financial year do not include the funds required for paying additional 50 percent of the salaries that would be due from August 1, 2010 when the salary for the month of July is to be paid.

Professor Fateh Moham-mad Malik, Rector International Islamic University Isla-mabad (IIUI), while talking to TheNation said that IIUI had paid fifty percent increased salaries to its lower staff (BPS1 to 16) but it would not give the fifty percent increment to its senior officers. He was of the view that HEC had advised them to generate own resources to meet that increment in the salaries of the staff. However, the said increment would only be given to the senior officers after having proper resources, he maintained.

Similarly, Vice Chancellor of Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Dr Masoom Yas-inzai, while addressing the protesting staff on Friday, categorically said that QAU needed three hundred million rupees in order to pay the increased salaries to its staff, adding that unless Higher Education Commission would give this amount to the university, the increased salary structure might not be implemented.

Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) has also announced to observe black day on August 3 against the budgetary cuts imposed by the government on the Higher Education Commission which has put the development projects on hold. It is also feared that if the present situation, with regard to budgetary cuts, is not improved the universities would not be able to pay the salaries to their employees after couple of months.

The universities at a meeting with HEC on July 28 decided that the student fee should be increased, which FAPUASA has apposed saying that the move would make the higher education out of reach for a common man.

It has been leant that University of Sindh, University of Jamshro and Khairpoor University have not given 50 percent increment to their employees, which has been causing resentment among the academic and non-academic staff of the universities.

General Secretary of Academic Staff Association of Allama Iqbal Open University, Zahid Majeed, said the notification for the raise of faculty's salaries had been issued but the faculty members were not getting the medical allowance. He demanded that the medical allowance should also be raised in the similar fashion as the HEC had increased the 35 percent medical allowance of its employees.

The officials of HEC, when contacted, said the HEC wanted that every body should get the 50 percent raise but in the recurring budget of the current financial year, the additional budget for the 50 percent salary raise, announced by the government, had not been allocated.

They said that for paying the 50 percent raise in salaries, the Commission needed at least Rs 7 billion and in that regard the Commission was negotiating with the government to allocate the supplementary grant for the payments. Despite the lapse of one month, the government had not released the amount allocated for the current financial year, they added. The nation

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Plan to ensure better education
Lahore: Secretary School Education Department Punjab Muhammad Aslam Kamboh said the objective of rationalisation of staff was to ensure their allocation on workload basis and student-teacher ratio according to actual need of a school.

Chairing a high level departmental meeting held to review the pace of rationalisation, he said that surplus staff would be adjusted to the nearest school deficient in staff under this process and a vacancy could be filled through transfer or recruitment at once. He added no teacher would be declared surplus and their job security would be fully ensured. He further said the exercise of rationalisation was being conducted to address complaints regarding shortage of staff, ensure quality education without extra financial burden and to give a reasonable workload to every teacher to ensure feasible enrolment for each school. The meeting was told that EDOs (Education) with the coordination of DMOs and DEOs shall prepare a rationalisation plan. The committee would scrutinise the rationalisation plan on case to case basis and grant its approval.

The approved rationalisation plan would be notified by the concerned EDO (Education), he said adding the whole rationalisation exercise shall be completed before August 14, 2010.

Muhammad Aslam Kamboh further said Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif had sanctioned the up-gradation of 1,834 schools adding under this scheme 400 middle schools would be up-graded to high school and 434 primary schools would be up-graded to middle schools. "The surplus staff may be posted in these schools for making them functional in public interest", he added. The news

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