AIOU autumn examinations of semester 2009

AIOU Exams
Rawalpindi: City District Government Rawalpindi Administrator Imdadullah Bosal on Tuesday imposed section 144, prohibiting entry of non-relevant persons within 200 yards of examination centers established in various areas of Rawalpindi.

The autumn examinations of semester 2009 are being held under the aegis of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) here. The examinations would continue up to July 30, 2010. app

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Academic excellence award
Islamabad: Academic Excellence Award Ceremony 2007-08 & 2008-09 was held at IMCB G-10/4 Islamabad, says a press release.

Former principals Irshad Muhammad Khan, Subhan Ullah Khan, Anwar Ali Khan and Wajid Nawaz were the chief guests, who distributed academic excellence awards among the teachers who got excellent GPA in the federal board examinations. All the principals of IMCBs and Mrs. Lubna Mehmood, the Headmistress (Junior Section) IMCB G-10/4, were also present on the occasion.

Khalid Khan Niazi, Principal IMCB G-10/4, in his speech congratulated the teachers for their valuable services for the institution. He thanked all the worthy principals for their kind participation. Irshad Muhammad Khan, the founder principal, in his speech said that he was overjoyed to see the progress of the institution, its results and repute. The news

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New biology dimensions unfold at AAUR
Rawalpindi: A four-day training workshop on 'Real Time - Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT - PCR)' commenced at Pir Mehr Ali Shah-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) on Tuesday.

The workshop was organized by the Department of Bio-Chemistry in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC) to fortify the knowledge of existing teaching manpower and to impart them practical training on the subject. The workshop will focus on creating intra- and inter-university communication channels.

Although some research and diagnostic labs are using RT - PCR in Pakistan, there is a shortage of trained/skilled manpower in this area. This workshop will help train researchers and faculty members of universities and R&D institutions from Pakistan in the use of Real Time - PCR in their research work, said a speaker.

Prof Dr Masoom Yasinzai, Quaid-i-Azam University Vice Chancellor was the chief guest at the inaugural session of the workshop. Daily times

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New education policy needed to meet modern challenges
Rawalpindi: There is a need to design the education policy keeping in mind the ideological basis of Pakistan and the modern requirements. Only such policy can help the nation meet the current challenges.

These views were expressed by speakers at the launching ceremony of a book Potohar Ka Sir Syed (Potohar's Sir Syed), a collection of articles on the life and works of Mian Muhammad Hayat Bukhsh, one of the founding fathers of Anjuman-i-Faizul Islam, at the institute on Tuesday.

The book is about the contribution of Hayat Bukhsh towards imparting education in Potohar areas. He was one of the founding fathers of Anjuman-i-Faizul Islam.

Appreciating the role of the institute in imparting education to the orphans Federal Minister for Education Sardar Assef Ahmed Ali, who was chief guest on the occasion, said the institute could be a role model for others as it had been following the directions Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had laid down for it.

The minister said a cell had been established in the ministry of education to study and find ways on mainstreaming of madressahs. The Anjuman could be presented as the best example as it had been working as social welfare organisation since 1944 when it was established on the directions of the father of the nation.

The minister said 2.5 million children were getting education in religious seminaries where they usually could not get modern education and the administrations of the madressahs should follow the example of AFI.

The speakers who reviewed the book included AFI president Mian Siddiq Akbar, former ambassador S.M. Qureshi, Salahuddin Rafahi and Dr M.A. Sufi the known social workers.

The book, compiled by Prof Qazi Arif Hussain, focuses on the contribution of Mian Hayat Bakhsh who was born in Rawalpindi to spreading modern education in Potohar region, financial help and personal involvement in establishment different educational institutions. Dawn

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Training programme for teachers concludes
Islamabad: The 13th Master Trainers Faculty Professional Development Programme, which was designed to equip higher education teaching faculty with the latest pedagogical and research skills, concluded here on Tuesday.

As many as 386 master trainers were trained in 13 batches of this programme. Twenty-nine faculty members from 22 public and private universities across Pakistan participated in this programme, which was held from April 14 to June 8, 2010.

The 13th batch of MT FPDP course comprised core modules along with some additional components. In 'Teaching as a Profession' module, they gained insight about their profession. In 'Microteaching' module, they got chance to demonstrate and improve their teaching skills. 'Assessment and Evaluation', 'Communication Skills' and 'Research Methods and Skills' modules were also conducted to enhance the teaching capabilities of the participants.

Participants took keen interest in 'Competent Language Usage Essentials' module, which was highly appreciated by the participants. Other than core modules special sessions were also arranged in which eminent scholars shared their views with the participants on different topics.

Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Dr. Javaid R. Laghari urged the faculty members to get acquainted with latest advances in their respective disciplines. "In the age of information explosion, a teacher must be well prepared as today's students have access to unlimited knowledge through a variety of resources on internet. To be a good teacher, you shall have to keep pace with the rapidly changing information and technology," he said.

He appreciated the efforts of Learning Innovation Division in making up the major deficiency of pre-service training by organising regular faculty development programmes to develop and enhance the requisite pedagogical and administrative skills of the existing faculty.

Dr. Syed Mahmood Raza, Adviser (Quality Assurance and Learning Innovation) said that teachers of today have great potential and HEC is ready to provide them all opportunities to improve their natural talent, the only thing required is that they should remain focused towards their goal.

Ms Noor Amna Malik, Director General, Learning Innovation, HEC elucidated the importance of higher education and objectives of faculty professional development programmes.

On the occasion, the HEC chairman took oath from the participants that they should remain loyal to their profession. Certificates were distributed amongst the successful master trainer faculty members at the end of the ceremony.

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Roots, Indian school join hands
Islamabad: Students of the Roots School System, DHA Phase I Campus, enchanted the audience with their highly energised performance on the theme of 'Unity in Diversity through Cultural Integration,' says a press release issued here on Tuesday.

More than 500 parents and students witnessed the performance. The evening was a celebration for the achievements of Roots students. Federal Minister for Youth Affairs Shahid Hussain Bhutto attended the event as chief guest.

The Roots School System has established a linkage with the DPS, Bangalore, India, under the Jang Group and Times of India 'Aman Ki Asha' initiative. Roots School is the first academic institution in Pakistan to have active contact with the Indian school, where students are regularly interacting through video conferencing. The students of both schools have actively participated in various projects on sports, culture, music and other common areas of interest.

Roots School Director Khadija Omair and DPS Director Mansoor Khan are extremely enthusiastic to make the 'Aman Ki Asha' initiative a success. They have interacted on various prospects of this programme and soon an exchange programme between students of the two countries will take place. The most interactive and need based step taken by Roots School students is bridging differences and promoting peace with India through the 'Aman Ki Asha' initiative.

The message given during the performance was 'Hope'. Hope for each one of us for a better tomorrow and for all generations to come.

In her speech, Khadija Omair pointed out that the Roots School System aims at developing holistic individuals who are academically strong, socially adept, highly motivated and energetic about making dreams come true. She emphasised that the schoolchildren wait to engage with the world and contribute to a more peaceful and prosperous world.

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University teachers' token strike today
Islamabad: Faculty members in all public sector universities are observing a four-hour token strike on Wednesday against the cuts in budgetary allocation for education.

In a statement, Professor Mahr Saeed Akhtar, president, and Professor Kaleemullah Bareach, general secretary of Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Associations (FAPUASA) respectively said that whereas the United Nations fixed five per cent of GDP of a country, as the minimum allocation for education budget, the same is decreasing in the country in real terms keeping in view the rising population and inflationary pressures.

They said that universities in Pakistan were already in financial crunch and instead of increasing allocations; the government limited the higher education budget to approximately Rs18 billion, which is to less when compared to the past. The news

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