Shortage of teachers persists in schools
Islamabad, July 06: The shortage of teachers in the public sector schools of Punjab persists even after the city district government and educational directorate filled 850 vacant posts a couple of months ago.
Sources told 'The News' here Tuesday that on the directions of the Punjab chief minister, the City District Government Rawalpindi and the Executive District Office Education, Rawalpindi district, filled 850 posts of teachers of different subject mostly science which were vacant for long. According to the sources, around 1,500 posts were vacant out of which the authorities invited applications for recruiting over 1,000 teachers. With the completion of process of recruitment only 850 successful candidates joined their services.
The remaining 150 candidates did not turn up as they got better jobs in other government departments.
Out of the 700 candidates who joined the services, a good number of them have also left the schools on reasons of being transferred to far way stations from their home towns. Many of them were female teachers. They had approached the EDO Rawalpindi and related officials in the city district government for transferring their services to their home stations. However, they failed in their efforts and finally left their jobs. As a result the shortage of teachers enhanced. At present around 30 per cent filled in posts again fall vacant. The students are suffering badly due to non-availability of teachers particularly of high schools.
The representatives of SOS Teachers Association including Shafiq Bhulwalia, President Rawalpindi, confirmed the information provided by the sources. He said that a large number of teachers have left their jobs only because of being posted at far away stations from their home towns. He stressed that the teachers while being appointed should be posted at their hometowns particularly females.
However, EDO Education, Rawalpindi District, Qazi Zahoor, told 'The News' that though the posts are vacant for one reason or another but the authorities filled up the posts in phases and the same is in the notice of the concerned authorities. Recently on the directions of the Punjab chief minister, 992 teachers are being recruited in different parts of the Punjab against the vacant posts. Applications have been invited from the interested candidates and the process of making fresh recruitments of 992 teachers against the vacant posts would complete in a month. After summer vacations, the newly appointed teachers would join their duties in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Punjab Government Act.
30 Pakistani scientists make contribution
Islamabad: As many as 30 Pakistani scientists working at CERN made visible contribution in the research that has finally led to discover the Higgs boson, also nicknamed the "God particle" that travels faster than light.
According to the working mechanism, 15 Pakistani scientists used to work at the main laboratory in CERN, developed in the northwest suburbs of Geneva on the Franco-Swiss border in 1954, while remaining 15 were engaged in carrying out research work simultaneously in line with the directions given by a team of senior CERN scientists using 8 MV Pelletron Tandem accelerator facility based on sophisticated technology at National Centre for Physics (NCP).
NCP's Director General, Hamid Saleem, told this correspondent that in all, 15 physicists, ten engineers and five lasers and opto-electronics experts contributed in the research that led to the discovery being widely considered as one of the greatest achievements in the field of science.
These scientists included Dr Hafiz Hoorani, Dr Jamila Bashir Butt, Hassan Shahzad, Taimoor Khursheed, Saleh Muhammad, Muhammad Ahmad, Wajid Ali Khan, Adilur Rehman Zafar, Ishtiaq Hussain, Waqar Ahmad, Shamoona Fawad Qazi, Imran Malik, Zia Aftab and Muhammad Shariq Khan.
He said a grid having 500 computers was set up in NCP and the Pakistani scientists have so far contributed in numerous ways including detector construction, simulation, physics analysis, grid computing, computational software development and manufacturing of mechanical equipment.
The data provided by NCP stated that Pakistan has made material contribution to the tune of 10 million dollars. It also signed an agreement with CERN that doubled the Pakistani contribution from one to two million Swiss francs. With this new agreement Pakistan started construction of the resistive plate chambers required for the CMS muon system. While more recently, a protocol has been signed enhancing Pakistan's total contribution to 10 million dollar.
Hamid Saleem said the Pakistani scientists were also among those proud fellows who were wildly applauding the most ambitious experiment held at CERN with protons being fired in 27-km tunnel in an attempt to unlock the secrets of the universe.
He said they prepared CMS detector consisting of assembling and testing of 288 Resistive Plate Chambers, helped in fabrication of mechanical pieces at the cost much less than the European cost and designed tracker alignment and other opto-electronic related work.
It is also pertinent to mention here that CERN has given best supplier award to Heavy Mechanical Complex in recognition of its services in providing necessary equipment in the preparatory phases of the experiment.
Hamid Saleem said NCP is offering basic facilities to conduct research in various fields including centrifuge, accelerator, fission and fusion, coating and metallization, medical and pharmaceutical, semi-conductor, solar, live stock, plasma sterilization, food processing and packaging.
Students of FG Quaid-i-Azam Public School excel in SSC exam
Islamabad: The result of FG Quaid-i-Azam Public School remained excellent in the recent SSC-II Annual Examination held under the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education as its students attained good positions.
According to the result announced recently, Nida Sabir Malik secured 999 marks and stood first in the school, winning scholarship on merit basis. Similarly, Abdul Hannan Raja and Muhammad Zain secured 983 and 972 marks respectively.
Overall the school result remained 94 per cent with sound GPA obtaining 23 A-1 and 32 A grades. Twelve students got more than 900 marks and eighteen students secured more than 800 marks.
In this connection, the school management arranged a function to appreciate the performance of the students in the exam. Speaking on the occasion, the principal felicitated the successful students particularly the position-holders, their parents and teachers.
He encouraged and advised the students to continue on their hard work and further improve their academic record. He also advised the students to build up their morality and character and always be submissive and respectful to their elders. He prayed for the successful students for their brilliant future. He said to build up a solid background for them and enlighten the good name of their country. The students also expressed their views. They were also awarded prizes and certificates for achieving distinctions in the exam.
KMU extends date for registration
Peshawar: The Khyber Medical University (KMU) has extended the date for online registration of the candidates for the entrance test for admission to public and private medical colleges in the province.
The date for the registration had earlier been fixed as July 5, said a press release on Thursday. However, three-day extension has been made in the date on the request of students and their parents, the communiqué stated, adding the new date for the registration was July 8.
The entrance test is scheduled to be held on July 15 at the Karnal Sher Khan Stadium in Peshawar and Ayub Medical Complex Abbottabad. The news
COL to help AIOU set up open-schools network
Isalamabad: The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) on Thursday reassured its support to the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) for setting up of open-schools network to improve literacy rate and ensure education for all at primary, middle and secondary level.
The system has already been successfully tested in many countries, including UK, India, Namibia and Tanzania.
During a detailed presentation on the open-schools project at the AIOU main campus, the visiting COL education specialist, Frances Ferreira, said that her organisation would also find international donors to support the project, which would serve as a model for other countries to enhance literacy rate through distance-learning programmes.
Eulogising the AIOU project, she said the COL would also be expending necessary technical support, like designing curriculum for open schools that were to be set up in cooperation with the provincial governments. Presiding over the presentation ceremony, AIOU Vice Chancellor Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi hoped that the COL would be a strong partner in the mega project that aimed at imparting basic education to around one million boys and girls during the next three year. "We will need financial support of around $20 million from international donors to meet project's cost," he said.
The project will be made financially sustainable to make open-schools system self-sufficient, he said. Sindh Additional Secretary Aftab Inayat, who was present on the occasion, assured the AIOU of the provincial government's help in implementing the project.
The presentation was given by Mir Mukhtiar Hussain Talpur, Bureau for the University Extension and Special Programme. He elaborated various phases of the project and said that it would be a milestone in provision of basic education to the young generation at their doorsteps.
Under the proposed project, Pakistan National Institute of Open Schools and Lifelong Learning will be established at the AIOU, he said. Daily times