FPSC screening tests from June 22
Islamabad, June 11: Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) will hold professional screening tests from June 22 to July 1, said a press release on Wednesday. The test will be held simultaneously, at Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, D.I. Khan, Gilgit, Multan and Sukkur for various posts in Commission's consolidated advertisement nos. 19/2008 to 21/2008.
FPSC comes to a standstill without a chairman
Islamabad: Despite the lapse of 70 days, President Asif Zardari has not yet appointed a new chairman for the Federal Public Service Commission.
Without a chairman, the functioning of the FPSC has literally come to a standstill. Neither the process for the fresh appointments could be started nor those whose nominations have already been finalised by the Commission could be processed any further in this situation, sources in the FPSC say.
Under Article 242(1-A) of the 1973 Constitution, it is the discretion of the president to appointment the Commissionís chairman.The last chairman, Lt-Gen (retd) Shahid Hameed, retired on March 29. However, despite the lapse of almost 70 days, the president has not yet appointed a new head.
The FPSC is the countryís top institution that makes BS-16 and above appointments in almost all the federal government departments besides conducting the Central Superior Services (CSS) competition every year to make appointments in the civil services.
Under the FPSC Act, the chairman has such a crucial role in the functioning of the Commission that in his absence the recruitment process could neither be initiated nor finalised. The Commission also comprises eleven members but they too are dependent on the work assigned to them by the chairman. In absence of the chairman, no member or any other official of the Commission could look after the work of the chairmanís office. The government also does not have any power to appoint an acting chairman till the appointment of a regular one by the president.
The sources said the CSS 2008 allocations to the successful candidates were awaiting the sanction of the Commissionís chief. The result of the CSS 2008 was announced when the former chairman was in the office but the allocations are yet be made against over 300 vacancies already conveyed by the Establishment Division to the FPSC. The FPSC sources said that all the homework is complete regarding the CSS allocations, which now only require the chairmanís sanction.
Besides, the sources said, the Commission was also helpless to process either those appointments that were sought by different ministries and departments or the nominations that had already been finalised by the Commissionís committees but not yet sent to the respective government departments.
The Commission in routine receives requests from different government agencies to make appointments against the posts that fall within its purview. These posts are advertised following which test and interviews are conducted. For the interviews, it is the chairman, who constitutes committees.
Similarly, some of the two-member committees, which were assigned to interview candidates against different government posts by the former chairman, have completed their assignments and sent their nominations to the chairman office for approval and for their further processing to the respective government department etc for appointment. But these nomination cases are also waiting for the chairmanís formal approval. However, no one knows when would the president appoint the new FPSC chief.Your Comments
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'530 university teachers work under TTS'
Islamabad: Higher Education Commission (HEC) Quality Assurance Director and former Vice Chancellor of Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad Dr Azam Khwaja has revealed that 530 teachers are working at various universities of the country under Tenure Track System (TTS).
Delivering a lecture in Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology (FUUAST) on Tuesday, Khwaja urged teachers to appreciate that in the recent past, it was unthinkable that a teacher could receive 312,000 rupees in salaries or attain more than grade 20. "HEC has done precisely that in order to enhance the standard of education in the country. We have granted scholarships for higher education to hundreds of students and teachers. More than 400 of such students have returned and are contributing to improving the standard of teaching in the academia.
FUUAST Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Qaiser also spoke at the occasion, and expressed hope that the HEC would continue its fine work despite the financial crunch.
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UAE students excel in language courses at NUML
Islamabad: A graduation ceremony was held at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) here on Tuesday for 20 students from the UAE who completed their courses in regional languages.
The courses commenced about two years ago after the signing of an MoU between the Government of UAE and NUML in May 2007.
UAE Ambassador Ali Saif Al Awani was the chief guest on the occasion. The graduation ceremony was attended by high officials from the office of Presidential Affairs, Abu Dhabi, and guests from the UAE embassy along with the rector and deans and heads of departments at NUML.
Speaking on the occasion, Director Academics Saeed Akhtar Malik said that the young graduating scholars, who earlier had no idea of our regional languages, have now achieved preliminary targets of courses with their hard work, dedication and interest.
"Four students learned Balochi, four Bengali, four Pushto, three Punjabi, two Persian and three learned Urdu language. During their training, emphasis was laid on four language learning skills - reading, writing, listening and speaking," he said.
"Special syllabi were designed for the UAE students to make them proficient in these skills while a team of qualified teachers was deputed to teach and achieve the desired goals," Saeed Akhtar Malik said and added that the students were evaluated, assessed and supervised without any relaxation.
During the ceremony, the students spoke about their education and stay in Pakistan in the languages they had learned at NUML. Their speeches were appreciated by all present on the occasion, especially UAE Ambassador Ali Saif Al Awani, who congratulated the students on their achievements.
Later, certificates, souvenirs and gifts were given to students by the chief guest. The News
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IIUI job fair
Islamabad: Over 30,000 people will participate in a two-day national job fair starting Tuesday at International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), said IIUI President Dr Anwar Siddiqui in a press statement on Monday.
He said first day of the job fair would be reserved for male students, while the second for female students. He said the job fair would certainly benefit 17,000 students - 7,000 females and 10,000 males - of the university. app
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