BISEs told to amend 'alias' policy
Lahore, June 11: The Punjab ombudsman on Thursday directed the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Lahore, to amend its policy regarding mentioning of the old name of a student in duplicate/corrected matriculation certificate with the addition of the word 'alias'.
Mahmood Khan Parwaz submitted an application to the ombudsman stating that the name of his son, Muhammad Tanvir Ahmad, was mistakenly printed as Hafiz Muhammad Tanvir in the admission form of matriculation exam 2008 and the result card/original certificate of matriculation was issued with the same mistake.
On his application, he said, the board corrected his son's name, but the old name was also printed with the addition of the word 'alias'. He requested the ombudsman that directions be given to the board to delete the old name along with the word 'alias' from the certificate.
The board claimed the student's name had been corrected on his request and the old name was mentioned with the word 'alias' as per rules.
The ombudsman observed that the old name mentioned as 'alias' was generally considered to be another name of the same person and could create complications on production of such a document by a person in future.
The ombudsman directed the BISE to issue a fresh certificate to the complainant in which the word 'alias' with the old name be deleted and the old name be separately mentioned in the duplicate certificate to indicate that the particulars were printed in the original certificate in that way.
He directed the board to amend its policy and not to print the word 'alias' in the duplicate certificates and if considered necessary, the particulars of previous/old name of a candidate be separately shown/printed at the bottom of a duplicate certificate.
All educational boards were also directed to amend their policies accordingly.
Issue of BMC recognition by PMDC still unresolved
Peshawar: More than 70 male and female students of Bannu Medical College stayed in the provincial metropolis to stage protests and interact with whoever could help them in seeking resolution of their problems. The BMC students were on strike since last one month and this was a desperate attempt to invite attention of the authorities to the sorry state of affairs at their college, which was established in 2006 by the then chief minister Akram Durrani as he tried to bring every conceivable project to his native Bannu. Four years later, it is still lacking in many respects. The students were hoping that their protests in Peshawar and better media coverage would prompt the provincial government to take measures to upgrade facilities at the college for meeting the standards required for its recognition by the Pakistan Medical and Dental College (PMDC).
Their protests made an impact as Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti convened a high-level meeting to discuss the needs of Bannu Medical College in the start of this month. If properly implemented, some of the decisions that were taken would help resolve the problems highlighted by the students. The Khalifa Gul Nawaz Teaching Hospital, named after a freedom-fighter, would be made fully operational by the end of the year, an endowment fund would be set up to offer incentives and hire the needed teaching staff and request would be made to the federal government and PMDC for provisionally recognizing the college. The students, though, are sceptical as in the past also promises were made and forgotten following their earlier protests. However, they are determined to pursue the matter as the first batch at the college is now in the fourth year and non-recognition of Bannu Medical College by the PMDC would render them ineligible to appear in the MBBS examination.
The 500 students of the college had earlier organised demonstrations in Bannu and set up camps selling pakoras and sewing clothes as a mark of protest against the government's apathy to solution of their problems. A group of students narrated their woes as they sat down with this writer while camping in Peshawar recently as part of their protest campaign. They had been on strike since May 13, refusing to take classes and instead agitating on the streets. Their major concern was non-recognition of their college by the PMDC due to its various deficiencies. Initially, 50 students yearly were being admitted, then the number was raised to 100 without providing the requisuite facilities.
The intake of students is now 153 and the college strength would rise to 653 later in the autumn when new admissions are given. This has led to overcrowding in the classes, laboratories and hostels, which in case of male students were set up in rented buildings and lack basic services. There are more than 200 female medical students belonging to places all over the province and they too are suffering due to the plethora of problems at the college. The Khalifa Gul Nawaz Teaching Hospital is not yet fully functional. Work on its construction started in 2004 but only six out of the 11 planned blocks have been built until now. Shortage of teachers is a serious issue. Ninety sanctioned posts of the teaching faculty are still vacant. The PMDC in its last report following a visit by its designated inspection team noted that the college was being run with 20 percent of the required teaching staff only. According to the students, the problems at Bannu Medical College kept piling from the tenure of its first principal, Dr Omar Ali Khan, who was followed by Dr Shafiullah and was recently replaced by Dr Khan Nawaz.
The college principal was normally entrusted with four posts, making it difficult for him to concentrate on his job. The Ittehad-e-Talaba, the united platform of the protesting students, highlighted many other problems concerning their inadequate library, the non-operational Self Learning Resource Centre, the poorly maintained laboratories, security concerns, etc. The Bannu Medical College is the third biggest college in terms of students' strength after the Khyber Medical College, Peshawar and Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad. However, it is fifth in order of merit primarily due to its many inadequacies on account of the government's inability to meet its needs. The college could slip further in ranking if remedial measures weren't taken to resolve its many problems. F.P. Report
New building for PU archives
Lahore: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran on Thursday approved in principle the construction of a new building for varsity archives.
He was presiding over a meeting of the eight-member committee, constituted for collection and preservation of historical records and primary source documents accumulated over the course of 128 years of the university.
The archives consist of records selected for permanent or long-term preservation on grounds of their enduring, cultural, historical or evidentiary value.
The meeting decided that the university should also approach various international agencies known for extending donations for preservation of archival collections as well as technical assistance.
Currently, the meeting decided that varsity archives could be preserved on the second floor of the main library building.
It was informed that the establishment of an archival unit would keep the archival material in an organized format. The PU library had already developed a digital preservation unit in 2007-08 and as such it would provide support in all respects to preserve varsity archives.
The meeting was attended by committee convener Professor Emeritus Dr Khawaja Muhammad Zakria, Prof Dr Muhammad Saleem Akhtar, registrar Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan, chief librarian Chaudhry Muhammad Hanif, additional registrar Dr A Alamgir, treasurer Dr Uzma Ikram and Urdu department chairman of Oriental College Dr Tehseen Faraqi.
PU LLB results
Lahore: The PU on Thursday declared the results of LLB Part-III, supplementary examination 2009, MPhil Communication Studies (Research Track), semester system, session 2008-10, BSc Computational Physics (four-year), (evening), semester system, session 2005-09, BSc Computational Physics (two-year), (morning), semester system, session 2006-08 and BSc Computer Science (two-year), semester system, session 2002-04. Dawn
200 contract teachers 'sacked' in Kurram Agency
Parachinar: Two hundred teachers, inducted nearly seven years ago in the state-run schools on contract basis, were sacked in the violence-hit Kurram Agency on Thursday.
Sources said the teachers had been appointed on contract basis to make up for the lack of staff in the government schools in Kurram Agency in 2004 after proper procedure of tests and interviews. The sources said the education department in Kurram sacked the teachers with effect from June 30, 2010.
Two of the sacked teachers, Tajir Hussain and Zamin Hussain said that when they contacted the agency education officials in this regard, they said they had nothing to do with this matter as it had been done by the high-ups of the education department.
Meanwhile, this scribe tried to contact Agency Education Officer Muhammad Afzal several times but he was unavailable to comment on the issue.
The social and political circles expressed their concern over the government decision, arguing that the education of children was already at stake in the area because of violence. They said the decision would not only affect the students but also the poor families of the teachers whose jobs were terminated.
The teachers and tribal elders asked the federal and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments to take note of the issue and withdraw the termination order of the teachers to save the future of children in Kurram Agency. The new