BISE regrets mistake
Lahore, July 23: After the Punjab government faced widespread condemnation for delaying result of matriculation annual examination 2011, the Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore on Friday claimed that the information regarding announcement of the result was based on a misunderstanding.
In a press statement, a BISE Lahore spokesman said the information appearing on board's website, "The result for the Secondary School (Annual) Examination, 2011 will be declared on 21st July, 2011" was based on a misunderstanding because, according to PBCC version, this date was not final and all the related arrangements had to be completed keeping in view this aspect of the issue.
He further said the information created an ambiguity in the minds of candidates as well as general public for which the board was regretful. The final date for declaration of the result would soon be notified by the Punjab government's Higher Education Department.
It is pertinent to mention here that stakeholders strongly reacted following examination boards of the province failed to declare matric 2011 result on July 21. This failure greatly upset the stakeholders especially students and their parents, who were also joined by various political parties to condemn the government for postponing the results at the 11th hour.
The BISE spokesman, however, failed to clarify as to why and how the information appeared on the board's website if the same was not the decision of the Punjab Boards Committee of Chairmen (PBCC).
Also one wonders as to why BISE authorities failed to contest the date of announcement of result even before one day ahead of scheduled date for result declaration. The news
Explanation sought from BISE chairman for delay in result
Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed the Higher Education Secretary to call explanation from Lahore Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Chairman Akram Kashmiri for the delay in the announcement of matric results.
However, Software engineer who has computerised the examination system of all eight boards of the Punjab was still stuck with his statement that result was ready and a summary has been moved through Higher Education Secretary to CM for fixation of date for the announcement.
He said that it was practice being exercised for the last 10 years that all the boards after preparation of result informed Higher Education Secretary for fixation of date of announcement.
He said that it was being propagated by the board staff that computerization of examination system was hurdle in the result. He alleged that certain board staff members were earning huge revenue by tempering the results and after introduction of computerized examination system, they were facing revenue loss.
On the other hand Chief Minister took strict notice of the delay in the announcement of the results of matriculation examination and ordered inquiry against the authorities concerned of Lahore Board. Issuing instructions for immediately fixing the next date for this purpose, he directed that all the eight boards of examinations of the province should declare the matric results on same date.
During a meeting with Provincial Education Minister Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, Secretary Higher Education Haseeb Athar and Chairman Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Lahore here on Friday, the Chief Minister took strict notice of the delay in the announcement of matric results and said that declaration of examination results on the fixed date is of vital importance as any delay in this regard causes difficulty to the students as well as their parents.
He also issued instructions for calling explanation of Chairman Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education Lahore and directed that the date for announcement of complete and error-free matric results should immediately fixed and information technology experts should also be inducted in the process.
He said that computerization of examination system is a revolutionary step of Punjab government which has helped in purging this system of the activities of corrupt mafia.
Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education spokesman Qaiser Virk said that the information that "the result for the Secondary School (Annual) Examination, 2011 will be declared on July 21 was based on misunderstanding because, according to PBCC version, this date was not final; and all the related arrangements had to be completed keeping in view this aspect of the issue.
The information placed on website created an ambiguity in the minds of candidates as well as general public, for which the Board feels regretful. The final date for declaration of the result would soon be notified by the Higher Education Department.of Punjab government. The nation
Private schools reject online system
Lahore: All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association demanded manual preparation of matriculation results while rejecting results prepared under the online system.
Addressing a press conference at Lahore Press Club here on Friday APPSMA President Adeeb Jawadani and other office-bearers said the delay in announcement of matric results was because of the online system.
They referred to news items regarding a statement by Punjab Education Boards Employees Federation (PEBEF) in which the federation had claimed that preparation of matriculation annual examination 2011 result was allegedly substandard and non-transparent and said it was feared that there might be some kind of embezzlement in the results.
"We therefore reject this result and demand from the government to revert to old manual system of marking", they said adding "There are chances that this system may affect positions of high achievers."
APPSMA office-bearers also criticized an IT consultant engaged by the Punjab government for online system in the examination boards and demanded his immediate removal.
They said the online system had failed completely owing to which the Punjab government should restore previous system of marking of papers.
They also warned that thousands of students would protest outside Chief Minister Secretariat in case the result remained substandard and non-transparent as hinted by the Punjab Education Boards Employees Federation. They further said APPSMA would move a court if students suffered owing to unexpected results by the boards. The news
Govt yet to fill vacant posts of school teachers
Lahore: In one of the prioritised sectors of the Punjab government, the incumbent dispensation has failed to fill vacant seats in schools, and institutions' buildings are either in dilapidated condition or are yet to be completed despite a lapse of three years.
Also sports facilities are found missing from the public sector schools, which have been further depleted because of illegal occupation of grounds. Moreover, the school tournaments have almost become non-existent, while the government is yet to take tangible steps in this regard.
This came to the fore when the Punjab Assembly on Friday took the Question-Hour on Education Department (Schools). Provincial Minister Education Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman was repeatedly told by the members about the wrong answers submitted by the department, who ultimately mentioned that District Officer-Education and Executive District Officer-Education of district Chiniot had been suspended and issued show-cause notice respectively. He also conceded that the answer to the query of PPP's Syed Hassan Murtaza was wrong. When the minister did not hesitate in admitting the mistake, two members raised voice of 'fixed match' to which neither the minister or the mover paid heed.
Earlier, PML-N's Waseem Qadir – a player of hockey and having supervised matches as international umpire in Norway – grilled the minister by asserting that the game was being ignored by the government, and only two percent of the official version was being done, while most of the talk was in the papers only. PPP's Fauzia Behram demanded that the government should have exact knowledge about the sports in order to have concrete decisions aimed at gaining positive results.
The Minister maintained that his government was doing its best to keep the games on track, and more funds would be given to the sector this year in comparison to the last year when Rs 170 million were allocated. "It was primarily because of the floods that the government could not pay due attention to the area last year," asserted the Minister.
While replying to a question about number of vacant seats in schools, the Minister mentioned that in Lahore only, 37 seats of science teachers were vacant in 27 secondary schools, which were not filled yet because of transfer, promotion or retirement. "The draft of the recruitment policy 2011-12 as per vacancy position across Punjab is ready, and will be sent to the Chief Minister soon for his nod," he told the House.
To another question, the Minister mentioned that the government was on course to fill 4286 slots of information technology teachers.
The House was also told that a mill owner had occupied playground of Government Nishat Model Middle School Faisalabad since 1988, and so far the case was pending with the civil court.
Mian Mujtaba also mentioned that the government was trying to provide facilities to the public sector under a phased-programme, and funds had been diverted to the district government for taking care of the matter. Also District Steering Committees, headed by the District Coordination Committees, had been constituted for handling the issue. The nation
Medical colleges set to start evening shift
Lahore: The stage is set to start evening classes at public and private medical and dental colleges of the country despite strong opposition by stakeholders.
The owners of private medical colleges lobbying for the evening classes have finally managed to get the support of Prime Minister's Secretariat through three 'common friends' holding key posts in the federal government.
As a result, the principal secretary to the prime minister issued instructions through a letter (No 1014/PSPM/2011) dated June 15 to the federal health ministry to make arrangements for evening classes at public and private medical and dental colleges across Pakistan.
Earlier, a similar directive had been issued by the president, but the University of Health Sciences, the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council and medical associations of the country rejected the directive and the 'controversial plan' was dumped 'forever'. However, this time the government was involved directly and a clear message was conveyed to the PMDC by the federal health ministry.
In a letter (No F.16-14/2011-MER) dated June 27, Health Deputy Director General Dr Arshad K Chandio said to the PMDC registrar: "I have the honour to refer the Prime Minister's Secretariat letter (No 1014/PSPM/2011) dated June 15, 2011 on the subject and to say that the principal secretary to the prime minister has desired that the case regarding evening shift in medical colleges may be placed before the council for appropriate action." In view of Mr Chandio's directive, the PMDC called its 119th council meeting on July 5 through a short notice of one day only. A source said letters were issued to selected PMDC members to attend the meeting, but they were not given any agenda of the meeting.
The source said there were more than 150 members of the PMDC council, including principals/heads of 100 public and private medical and dental colleges, deans/vice-chancellors of 25 medical universities, one representative each of four provinces and 26 officials of the federal government and PMDC. However, the PMDC postponed the meeting after strong protest by some council members over violation of the laid down procedure for a meeting.
The source said the PMDC had 'secretly' finalised its decision to allow some private medical colleges to start evening shift as a 'pilot project' and an announcement in this regard was expected in a couple of weeks.
Earlier, the University of Health Sciences had unanimously rejected the proposal on evening classes at its admission board meeting on April 19. The proposal was also opposed by the Punjab chapter of the Pakistan Medical Association and Young Doctors Association (central).
Similar opposition was reported from Sindh, where PMA's central and Karachi chapters warned of a strong protest. UHS Vice-Chancellor Prof Malik Hussain Mubbashar described the latest move as a blunder on part of the federal health ministry. "I shall tender my resignation in protest if the controversial plan of evening classes is executed," Prof Mubbashar said. He said evening classes would destroy the standard of medical education in the country.
"Pakistan may become a laughingstock in the world, which always discouraged private medical education. This is evident from the fact that there is not a single private medical college in countries like the United Kingdom, Ireland and Scotland," he added.
Teachers protest delay in VCs' appointment
Lahore: The Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Associations staged a demonstration outside the Lahore Press Club on Friday in protest at delay in the appointment of vice chancellors in four pubic universities in Punjab.
University teachers, led by Federation Secretary-General Prof Dr Zafar Noon, demanded that the chief minister and the governor not damage the working of province's top universities for their differences.
Dr Noon said the faculty members as well as employees of the Government College University, University of Education, University of Sargodha and Bahauddin Zakariya University had staged protest demonstrations on their universities campuses by wearing black armbands.
He said it was for the first time that faculty members had protested in the University of Sargodha.
Protesters held banners and placards bearing demands for vice chancellors' appointments. Dr Noon said it was strange that the chief minister and the governor were not accepting the search committee's recommendations. He said the universities were facing serious academic and financial crisis.
Dr Noon said the FAPUASA would meet on July 29, wherein it would be decided to besiege the Punjab Assembly, the Governor's House and the Chief Minister's House. Dawn
GCU forms Media Watch Society
Lahore: Government College University (GCU) on Friday constituted the Media Watch Society to groom the Ravians in the art of information dissemination and critical news analysis.
This society will enable the students to have hands-on experience of the latest working of leading newspapers and television channels. It will organise conferences, debates, seminars, training workshops and invite lectures by renowned opinion makers. It will also generate internship opportunities for the GCU students by creating linkages between the well-established media houses and GC University Lahore.
GCU Societies Board Chairman Prof Mirza Ather Baig said the establishment of Media Watch Society would enrich the scope of co-curricular activities and provide a platform to students to interact with professional journalists. Musadaq Sultan, who is heading the GCU Public Relations Department, has been appointed as Adviser of the society. The news
BFA students' thesis exhibition commences at PU
Lahore: Thesis exhibition of Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) final-year students kicked off at Punjab University College of Art and Design (PUCAD), Allama Iqbal (Old) Campus on Friday.
PU Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Mujahid Kamran inaugurated the event, which was attended by College Principal Prof Dr Rahat Naveed Masud, College of Information Technology Principal Prof Dr Syed Mansoor Sarwar, other faculty members and a large number of students.
Talking to media, Dr Kamran said that the creative, effective and quality work of the students relating to advertising was much appreciable, adding that the students' work was a reflection of their creative abilities and it could even be compared to the work of national and international artists. He appreciated the hard work and commitment of college's teachers in polishing the students' creative and artistic skills.
Meanwhile, Dr Rahat said that the students had, through graphic design, paintings and sculptures, successfully highlighted various aspects of a woman's life.
He also thanked the VC and said that his presence had encouraged the students. Separately, Project Head Israr Chishti said, "The exhibition's objective is to promote students' skills and train them in the art of communicating with the public through their artwork." Daily times
IUB promoting education in South Punjab: VC
Bahawalpur: Islamia University of Bahawalpur Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Mukhtar has said that the IUB had been playing a key role in the educational development of South Punjab and at present more than 50, 000 students of affiliated colleges were reaping benefit from the latest academic facilities.
In a Radio Pakistan programme 'Azam-e-Jawan, he said that the University College of Engineering and Technology had included in top engineering institutions of the country. Similarly, the university's Agriculture College had been imparting education in all sectors of agriculture and ranking wise two types of excellent quality cotton seed has been produced by the college experts. University Veterinary College is also playing an active role in the development of livestock sector in Cholistan and providing veterinary treatment facility in the far flung areas through mobile veterinary unit. He said that the new departments of Public Administration, Gender Studies and International Relations have been introduced in the university during previous year. Besides this, IUB will establish a medical college with the partnership of public and private sector, where the research on the treatment of endemic/tropical diseases will be carried out. About the ongoing development projects in the university the Vice Chancellor said that with the financial assistance of Higher Education Commission, the construction work of the buildings of Agriculture College, Rahim Yar Khan and Bahawalnagar Campus has been started while due to non-availability of the funds the project of sports complex has been delayed and is waiting for the Punjab Government attention.
With reference to the research and development process in the university he said that for the first time in the university about 20 research projects have been submitted to Punjab Agriculture Research Board, Higher Education Commission and Pakistan Science Foundation. In addition to this more than seventy teachers of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur are completing their PhD in various international universities. There teaches will not only promote the modern research in the university but the university ranking will also get a boost through this factor. The nation
Call to set up AIOU exam centre
Pattoki: The students have urged the management of Allama Iqbal Open University to establish examination centre for the BEd and MEd examinations at Tehsil Pattoki.
Allama Iqbal Open University established a examination centre at the district headquarters Kasur some 80-kms away from here. They said that AIOU management should consider it an unnecessary hardship on the poor students who are mostly female. The nation