FUUAST exam schedule | Education moneymaking trend

FUUAST announces exam schedule
Karachi, June 24: The Controller Examination, Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) has announced the examination schedule of BA, B.Com and MA (Private) annual examination 2008. The official communique of FUUAST released on Tuesday stating that BA (Part I & II) exam would start from 01 July 2009 and would continue till July 23. B.Com (both parts) exam would be held from July 01 to 20, 2009. While MA part-I papers will commence from July 03 to 13 and MA final exams would be held from July 04 to 14.

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Education victimised by moneymaking trend: Anis
Islamabad: An educated person, without moral and ethical values, could not contribute anything to the development of a society, said Riphah International University Vice Chancellor Professor Anis Ahmed in an interview.

Sharing his observations of 46 years in the field of teaching, Professor Anis said that the country's educational journey has seen many ups and downs. "With time, education has become a mechanical activity instead of acting as a tool to inculcate the true spirit of knowledge among students. As a result, the country has people that are storehouses of knowledge but fail to contribute towards the country's development."

Terming it a dangerous trend, he regretted that commercialism has taken over the real purpose of education. "Instead of recognising their responsibilities in this difficult time, the target of the whole society has shifted towards earning money. Moneymaking through business is a legitimate activity but education is not a selling product and making it a business is like messing up with generations," he said and added that speaking good English in western accent is not the only qualification required to become a good and productive citizen. "It is actually the content of what we say or write that matters."

Calling for more focus on research oriented study in higher education institutions, the VC stressed the need for finding out culture-friendly solutions for the challenges faced by the country. "The lack of indigenous research is obvious from the fact that we have an agriculture based economy and the country is failing in every field of agriculture."

Expressing his opinion about the employment choices available for youth, Prof Anis Ahmed said it is the government's responsibility to conduct a comprehensive market survey to guide the students. "Due to the absence of any such authentic information, majority of the students choose the same field that leads to wastage of the human resource."

He rejected the impression that immense knowledge exposure in the past decade has left the youth confused and bewildered. In his opinion, technology has no clash with ethics, and knowledge exposure through Internet and media is a blessing instead of a matter of concern. "The problem lies with our education system that does not encourage students to think and take appropriate decisions," he added.

He said it is unfortunate that the education policy in the country has never been designed by educationists, and stressed the need to bring revolutionary changes in the teaching culture, as it is the teachers who give vision to their students.

If the youth becomes aware of its responsibilities, he said, it has all the talent to take the country out of troubles. "They can bring a revolution if they move forward with clarity of vision and a resolve to work hard, and never give up."

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International Islamic University Islamabad Seminar
Islamabad: International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) will hold a seminar on 'Science and Engineering Education in Pakistan Perspective and Challenges' in the first week of July 2009.

Leading scientists and engineers will attend the seminar, said a news release issued here. Engineer Rukhsana Zuberi, chairperson of Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) will be the chief guest on the occasion. It was decided in the meeting of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FET) with Parveen Qadir Agha, vice president IIUI.

The meeting was attended by Dr. Abdul Majeed, director Strategic Planning Cell, Dr. Muhammad Riaz, dean FET, Dr. M. Irfan, chairman Department of Environmental Sciences, Dr. Ahmed Shuja Syed, chairman Department of Electronic Engineering, Dr. Rehmat Elahi, head Department of Mathematics, Sarfraz Ahmed Mirza, director (P&P), Khalid Mahmood Raja, additional director (P&A) and others. The News

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College principal shot dead in Quetta
Quetta: Unidentified gunmen on Tuesday shot dead the principal of a commerce college in Quetta.

Academicians in Balochistan have been the victims of targeted killings, with three, including the college principal, having been gunned down in recent weeks.

Mirza Amant Ali Baig, the principal of Quetta Commerce College, was killed outside the college as he arrived on duty early morning. He died on the way to hospital.

No group had claimed responsibility until late Tuesday night.

Protests followed the killing, with college staff and students blocking Jinnah Road for two hours. The protesters chanted slogans against the government and demanded authorities immediately apprehend the culprits. All educational institutions in Quetta were shut after Baig's killing.

Baig hailed from Punjab and had been serving in Quetta for the last 15 years.

Shafiq Ahmed Khan, the Balochistan education minister, said he had raised the issue of targeted killings of teachers with Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Magsi and Chief Minister Aslam Raisani.

He said Baloch nationalists allegedly hiding in Afghanistan could be behind the killings of teachers in the province. Daily Times

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