Private institutes' students excel in HSSC exams
Timegara, July 21: Students of private educational institutions have performed well in the higher secondary school certificate examination 2012 announced by the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Malakand, on Friday.
Ms Tasneem of Air Foundation School and College, Timergara topped the over examination obtaining 960 marks, Wasim Shah of the Allama Iqbal Model School, Sakhakot, Malakand Agency stood second by obtaining 941 marks, while Ziaullah of the Ghandhara College of Science and Technology, Chakdara bagged 939 marks securing third position, respectively.
In pre-medical (girls) group, Ms Tasneem of Air Foundation School and College bagged 960, Ms Komal Akbar of the Jamal English Education Academy, Chakdara got 937 while Ms Noora Qazi of the Air Foundation School and College, Timergara secured 932 marks and stood first, second and third, respectively.
In pre-medical (boys) group, Ziaullah of Ghandhara College of Science and Technology, Chakdara got 939 marks, Wasimullah of Bajaur Public School and College, Khar got 935 and Abbas Ahmad of the Ghandhara College, Chakdara got 934 marks and stood first, second and third, respectively.
In pre-engineering (girls), Ms Urooj Javid of the University Girls College, Chakdara got 790 marks, Reema Gul of Frontier Education Foundation, Chakdara got 778 marks and Ruhi Naz of the Girls Degree College, Thana got 765 marks and stood first, second and third, respectively.
In humanities group, a private candidate Reema Kamal of Lower Dir got 876 marks, Sonia got 871 and Salma 849 marks and got first, second and third positions, respectively.
BANNU: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Bannu declared the intermediate (part-I and II) annual examination results on Friday.
Saeed Hadeed Hassan of Cadet College, Razmak, snatched first position by receiving 976 marks and Sammia Jabeen of Frontier Education Foundation and Waseem Khan of Degree College Bannu-II got second position by receiving 971 marks each. Mohammad Irfan of Degree College, Bannu-II secured the third position by getting 968 marks. The degree college Bannu-II excelled by getting seven top positions in the exam. DawnYour Comments
Absence of full-time VC affecting ICU affairs
Peshawar: The absence of a full-time vice-chancellor at the Islamia College University (ICU) is badly affecting the administrative affairs of one of the most prestigious seats of learning in the province and the recent move to replace the acting vice-chancellor may cause further deterioratation in the situation.
The first vice-chancellor of the university, Ajmal Khan was kidnapped in September 2010. The government and law enforcement agencies have failed to recover him and since his abduction the university affairs are being run through a caretaker setup.
After the kidnapping of the vice-chancellor, Prof Dr Haider Shah was given the acting charge of the office in accordance with the University Act, which says the senior most faculty member of the institution would be given the acting charge in case of absence of the vice-chancellor.
The caretaker administration of the university was against the posting of a number of administrative officials and teachers on deputation, nominations in the university's senate, alleged favouritism in appointments, plagiarism cases, mismanagement in the examination system and financial irregularities allegedly carried out by officials appointed by the previous administration.
This was the reason that the university nominees in the senate, who were four in number, started opposing the acting vice-chancellor. Meanwhile, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) found a senior faculty member of the university Prof Dr Javed Badshah, who happened to be a nominee of the university senate, guilty of plagiarism and asked the university administration to take action against him.
In order to preempt any possible action against him, Javed Badshah threatened to move a resolution against the acting vice-chancellor in the senate meeting on April 27, which according to majority of the faculty members of the university was illegal.
The threat worked as the vice-chancellor assured the meeting that he would tender his resignation. It caused resentment among the teachers of the university who stood up behind the vice-chancellor and started a movement in the name of saving the university. They moved the court against the meeting, which according to them was illegal. They also restrained the vice-chancellor from quitting his office. The court also stayed the proceedings of the meeting.
Now that the higher education department is all set to issue minutes of the senate meeting, the acting vice-chancellor is expected to be replaced. The names under consideration for the office have, however, created concern among the teachers as none of them include any faculty member of the university.
Teaching Staff Association of the university was the first to express its serious concern over the situation. President of the association Faisal Shehzad said that first of all he wanted to dismiss the notion that there was any wrangling among the teachers of the university. "The mud-slinging in media by some vested interest elements will ultimately tarnish the image of the institution, which is about to mark its centennial celebrations," he said.
"It is a war between the right and the wrong. We want an end to wrong and end the injustices in the university. We don't have any vested interests and we don't represent any particular group," he argued.
The teachers are perturbed over the reports about expected appointment of an acting vice-chancellor from another university. The names of Prof Dr Noor Jahan and Prof Dr Yaseen Iqbal of the University of Peshawar and Prof Dr Fida Mohammad of Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Science and Technology are considered as the favourites. All hree belong to the Friends group supported by the Awami National Party (ANP).
The ruling ANP has focused special attention on the universities as almost all the vice-chancellors appointed during its rule are from its like-minded group.
The Teaching Staff Association president said bringing someone from another institution when experienced and able teachers were available in the university would cause serious resentment among the faculty members. The teachers were particularly concerned about the expected appointment of Dr Noor Jahan, who according to them was the junior most professor.
A senior teacher said on the condition of anonymity that Dr Noor Jahan was promoted as professor in 2010. In comparison, he said several faculty members of the ICU were made professors before 2000. He alleged that some senior members of the ruling ANP were pushing for her appointment. The news
France to provide 90 scholarships
Islamabad: The French embassy has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) regarding provision of scholarships for Pakistani students.
French Ambassador to Pakistan Philippe Thiebaud, HEC Chairman Professor Dr Javaid Leghari and vice chancellors of six universities signed the MoU at the French embassy.
Speaking on the occasion, Thiebaud said these were need-based scholarships. "We celebrated the France Day a few days ago and announced to increase bilateral cooperation with Pakistan. This MoU is one of those collaboration, which we announced a few days ago. The scholarship programme will benefit 90 students from six universities, with total cost of Rs 23 million," he said. The envoy also assured to continue such cooperation in the future. The ambassador said that through such activities, people would be encouraged to get higher education within the country instead of going abroad.
The ambassador said that the programme was only for six universities initially, which might be extended to other universities.
He said there was a need to invest more in the education sector of Pakistan because it was the only way to put the country on the path of development.
"This scholarship scheme will further strengthen the close and long-term bilateral relations between the governments of Pakistan and France," he said. In Pakistan, less than eight percent of the people between 17 and 23 years of age are currently enrolled in any form of higher education. "The new scholarship programme is one answer to this challenge. This programme will enable young people, primarily from FATA, KP and Balochistan, to pursue their education in top universities/institutions of Pakistan."
The scholarships will be offered in the fields of social science, business and architecture. Students from the Quaid-e-Azam University; COMSATS Institute of Technology, Islamabad; Government College University, Lahore; Institute of Management Sciences, Peshawar; Institute of Business and Management, Karachi; and Sardar Bahadur Khan Women University, Quetta; will benefit from this programme.
The scholarship awards are designed to cover the complete cost of education during the entire academic programme of the 90 recipients. Daily times
NUST launches computer-based entry test
Islamabad: The National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) has achieved an unprecedented milestone in Pakistan by commissioning a sophisticated facility of computer-based entry test for its Fall 2012 semester.
Owing to rapid advancements in the domain of information technology, NUST has been continuously adapting itself to meet the current as well as futuristic educational needs.
The university provides its students with on-campus facilities at par with the latest technology. In that context, state-of-the-art cloud computing equipment has been installed at H-12 Campus which can accommodate over 1,000 candidates at a time. The software automatically generates question paper a little while before the commencement of the examination, and compiles the result instantaneously without any human intervention.
It is heartening to note that candidates appearing in the e-tests find themselves at great ease in the examination. pr
16 university teachers facing the axe
Islamabad: Management of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology has decided not to renew contracts of 16 faculty members who were hired only four months ago and would become jobless just before Eid.
On the other hand, the management has advertised 40 new posts and instead of sending the applicants formal call letters, it was calling the candidates through phones to come for the test on July 25.
According to sources, a total 18 visiting faculty members were appointed on February 27 and just after four months, 16 of them have been informed that "university does not need their services anymore".
The advertisement for the new recruitments has also been given through additional registrar which is another unprecedented step because as per normal practice such advertisements are given through registrar's office of the university, sources said.
According to documents available with Dawn, 16 faculty members: Sajjad Hussain, M Ishtiaq Ameer, Sajid Mehmood, Mohammad Wasim, Zoya Khan, Salman Saleem, M Sajjad Akbar, Nausheen Saba Khurram, Rabia Basheer, Mohammad Azam, Tahir Hussain, Beenish Abbas, Irfan Khalid, Sadia Fatima, Mohammad Hanif and Sidra Tehreem have been informed that their contracts will not be renewed so they will become irrelevant for the university after date of expiry of their contract.
When contacted, Zoya Khan, one of the affected teachers, said that she was only informed about the decision on Friday. However, she resolved to ask the management about the reason behind the move during her next visit to the varsity. Another faculty member, Sajid Mehmood, when contacted, was too disappointed about the decision to comment.
However, another faculty member requesting not to be named said, "It is very strange that university has decided to terminate our services without assigning any reason and is hiring new staff to replace us.
"We were doing fine but still management has decided to terminate our jobs which will be implemented just before Eidul Fitr and it will be really painful for us and our family members.
Decision makers should take notice of our issue," he pleaded. "The varsity management was appointing new faculty members/staff and for that due procedure is not being followed," he alleged.
Nawaz Jilani who was initially appointed as a lecturer along with the other 17 persons but was later offered the post of university's public relations officer (PRO) said that Ramazan had nothing to do with the termination of faculty members. "They can find jobs somewhere else because there are lots of jobs for the competent persons in the market," he remarked.
Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof Suleman D Mohammad revealed that he was neither taken into confidence while hiring the faculty members nor the same was done before firing them.
"At the moment there is an acting vice chancellor (VC) in the varsity. So decision of hiring or firing cannot be taken till the appointment of a permanent VC. "Being a dean, the management should have taken my suggestions at least before taking the decision," he said.
Registrar of the university, Prof Dr Qamarul Haq, said that he was disappointed to know that faculty members were being terminated ahead of Eid and assured that he would talk to the VC to resolve the issue. When asked why the advertisement of hiring new faculty members was not issued with his name, he said: "I am not aware of any advertisement appearing in the press regarding new recruitments. If it really did, it was illegal."
Campus Incharge Prof Dr Zahid Saleem, when contacted, said that it was a normal routine that university terminated the services of faculty members because in next semester courses could change. "Most of the faculty members are new, so they may perceive the decision as unusual. We will call them again if the services of anyone of them are required," he assured.
Acting Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof Dr Mohammad Qaisar came up with a different version of the story saying the decision regarding not to revise the contracts had been taken on performance bases.
However, he assured that he would look into the matter on humanitarian grounds. As far as advertisement for new jobs was concerned it was published in press after getting approval from the relevant authority, he insisted. Dawn
PU awards five PhDs
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) has awarded PhD degrees to five scholars in different subjects.
Sulaiman s/o Shamas ur Rahman has been awarded PhD in Molecular Biology after approval of his thesis "Study the effect of cytokines on stem cells for the repair of injured hepatocytes", Shoaib Akhter s/o Muhammad Hafeez Ali Farooqui in Molecular Biology after approval of his thesis "Potential of mesenchymal stem cells for the repair of diabetic heart failure", Rafia Rafique d/o Muhammad Rafique Chaudhry in Applied Psychology after approval of her thesis "Psychosocial and behavioural risk factor of early onset ischemic heart disease", Aman Ullah s/o Ghulam Sarwar in Islamic Studies after approval of his thesis "Uloome-Islamia ke tashkeel jaded mai Moulana Syed Manazar Ashan Gilan ka Kirdar" and Saima Ashraf d/o Muhammad Ashraf in Special Education after approval of her thesis "Classroom communication and academic achievement of students with hearing impairment in segregated and inclusive settings".
Lahore: Prof Rao Jaleel Ahmed, Principal Government Dyal Singh College, will retire from service on Saturday (today). The news