FBISE Intermediate result, CDA Model School excel

Students of CDA Model School excel in SSC exams
Islamabad, July 21: Students of the CDA Model School have achieved 100% results in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Part I & II Annual Examinations 2011 conducted by the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE), says a press release issued here on Tuesday.

In all, 78 students appeared in Science and Humanities Groups, out of which 62 obtained A-1 & A grades.

In SSC-II Science Group, Izza Naeem secured first position in her class by obtaining 998 marks (95%). Mahnoor Haneef got second position with 995 marks. Shibrah Qaiser achieved third with 993 marks.

In SSC-II Humanities Group, Koynat Raja secured first position in her class by obtaining 776 marks. Noor-ul-Aein Ejaz achieved second position with 765 marks. Aqsa Masood got third position with 727 marks.

In SSC-I Science Group, Shaista Sohail stood first with 510 out of 525 marks. Sameeta Javaid of the SSC-I Humanities Group stood first in her class by securing 408 marks.

CDA Model School Principal Shahwar Ajmal has attributed the outstanding result to hard work and dedication of teaching staff and students.

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HEC Self Access Centre
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) and the University of Malakand (UoM) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tuesday for establishing the first Self Access Centre (SAC) under the English Language Teaching Reforms Project (ELTR) Phase-II.

The MoU was signed by HEC Executive Director Dr. Sohail Naqvi and UoM Vice Chancellor Muhammad Rasul Jan. An amount of Rs1.5 million has been given to the university to establish the centre at its English Department.

The centre will facilitate the faculty at UoM and serve as a hub for the English Faculty of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. The centre will facilitate teacher training, especially in the Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) and Internet Mediated Language Learning (IML).

Under ELTR (Phase-I), Self Access Centres were established at Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), Islamabad and Bahauddin Zakriya University (BZU), Multan. The ELTR (Phase-II) is more focused towards achievement of its goals to facilitate English Language and Literature faculty across Pakistan.

Dr. Naqvi said incorporating technology in regular learning process is imperative and these centres will accelerate teaching as well as learning process.

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FJWU needs more hostels for students, faculty members
Rawalpindi: Dr. Samina Amin Qadir assumed charge as vice-chancellor of the Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) last week. She is not new to the university as she has been associated with it since 2000 when she was deputed as an associate professor. Since then, she has been planning, designing and teaching courses in the departments of English, Education and Communication Studies. In 2005, she was given an additional charge of the registrar's office.

Earlier, Dr. Samina Amin Qadir was a lecturer in the Department of English at the Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, from 1978 to 1983. Then she went to Bahauddin Zakaria University in Multan as a lecturer.

Her academic qualifications include a PhD in Linguistics from Lancaster University, England; M.Ed in TEFL from University of Wales College of Cardiff, Wales, UK; Masters in English Literature from University of Punjab and Bachelors in Arts from University of Punjab.

Talking to journalists here on Wednesday, the vice-chancellor said that the major issue faced by the university is lack of hostel facility. The university has only one hostel in which only 70 students are residing. The other 12 private hostels are obtained on rent by the university in which at least 800 girls are residing. "This year, the university has a plan to build a hostel on its premises for 350 students and faculty members hailing from far-flung areas," she said.

Dr. Samina Amin Qadir said that instead of building new departments "we are currently focusing on developing and consolidating the existing departments". The focus would be on multiple degrees in the same subject. "Our existing state-of-the-art laboratories could help students in acquiring master's degrees in other science related subjects in near future. "We need to update the existing departments instead of going for the new ones in haste. The university plans to start more M.Phil programmes in near future," she said.

The vice chancellor said that development work on the new campus at Chakri would start soon as the plan has been finalised and the boundary walls have been built. "We are just waiting for the funding from the Punjab government," she said.

The vice-chancellor was of the opinion that in the upcoming rating of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) the ranking of the FJWU would improve "because 28 of our faculty members who had gone abroad for their PhDs would come back".

She said that the university is providing a daycare facility where 23 kids are being taken care of. In addition to this, healthcare is also provided to students in the university where nurses and doctors are present.

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Pakistani students win laurels
Islamabad: Two teams comprising seven Pakistani students have taken top honours among more than 33,000 participants from 52 countries in the largest 'ThinkQuest International Online Competition' to date, sponsored by the Oracle Education Foundation (OEF).

'ThinkQuest International Competition' challenges students to solve a real problem using their critical thinking, communication and technology skills and the students presented solutions using a variety of technologies, including online applications and games, websites, photo essays, online blogs/journals, animations, and videos.

Pakistani students were part of two award-winning teams; six local students Sania, Sadia, Narmeen, Iflah, Rohan, and Ahmed of Generations School created an entry called 'Mini Mentors' in coaching of Aniqa Masroor. While another local student, 'Taleaa' of Generations School, teamed up with students from Singapore to help create an entry called 'Obesity'. 'Mini Mentors' was awarded 3rd place in the 'ThinkQuest' projects event, 12 & under age division. The entry focused on how ants can teach us to deal with problems as a community, through dedicated teamwork, organisation and perseverance.

'Obesity' was awarded 2nd place in the Application Development event, 19 & under age division. The entry focused on raising awareness around weight issues and providing online tools to help people manage diet and general health.

"I would like to congratulate the winners of the 'ThinkQuest International Competition' from Pakistan. It's a pleasure to see these students being recognised for their hard work in creating projects that address key social issues," said Ahsen Javed, Managing Director, Oracle South Asia Growth Economies - West.

"It's been a splendid experience working on this project with the students. They were particularly excited about exploring the wondrous world of ants, and thoroughly enjoyed themselves in the process." said Aniqa Masroor, Generations School. "ThinkQuest has truly managed to engage children in positive learning activities by stimulating their creativity and critical thinking skills."

"The Oracle Education Foundation is please to recognise all 'ThinkQuest International Competition' participants for their outstanding achievements," said Brad Saffer, Vice President, Oracle Corporate Citizenship. "These students identified real-world problems and accepted the challenge to solve them through innovative, thought provoking solutions. Throughout the process, these students developed skills that will position them for success in the classroom and workplace."

The winners were selected from among 7,603 teams and represented China, Great Britain, Greece, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Moldova, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and the United States.

Prizes for the winners include laptops, school grants, and a trip to 'ThinkQuest Live', the inspirational awards event in the San Francisco Bay Area. The news

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