300 AIOU students still waiting for detailed mark-sheets
Islamabad, June 21: More than 300 students of MSc Gender & Women Studies (session 2008-2010) of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), Islamabad, are facing problems, as they have not received their detailed mark-sheets yet.
Around 300 students were enrolled in AIOU in the programme of MSc Gender & Women Studies in session 2008-2010. Although they have passed the examination yet they are still waiting for their detailed mark-sheets.
Many students said that the concerned officers are not ready to solve their problems and they are using delaying tactics.
They said officials in Examination Department are saying that the department has offered this programme without the approval of Academic Council and they would not issue the detailed mark-sheets until the approval of the programme.
A student, on condition of anonymity, said that he has got admission in M.Phil programme of Quaid-i-Azam University but his admission wouldn't be secure until he submit his detailed mark-sheets, but no one at the AIOU is ready to help him.
He said like him all the students are badly suffering and worried about their future. They said that if the programme was not approved then why it was offered. "The VC AIOU should take notice of this mismanagement and issue us detailed mark-sheets so that we could get admission for further studies," he added.
When contacted, Head of Department Gender & Women Studies AIOU Dr. Riffat Haq said that there was little misunderstanding at the Examination Department because of the bifurcation of full-credits courses, which has created confusion. He said that students don't know the exact situation that's why they are saying that programme was not approved. The fact is that the programme was already approved and now we have again discussed this issue in the meeting of Academic Council and the students would get their detailed mark-sheets very soon.Your Comments
Teachers, staff stage protest against closure of BECS
Islamabad: Hundreds of teachers and administrative staff of the Basic Education Community Schools (BECS) currently being run under National Education Foundation (NEF) on Monday staged a protest march and sit-in in front of the Parliament House against closure of the programme from July 1 under the 18th Amendment.
The protesters were carrying placards and banners chanted slogans against the alleged apathy of the government and maintained that the decision to close down these institutions would deprive over 15,000 teachers and administrative staff of their jobs.
The programme is likely to be closed from July 1, as neither federal government nor the provincial governments have allocated any budget for it and provinces also refused to adopt it, which has caused extreme level of frustration among the employees and students.
According to information, the project has basic community schools in the country with more than 550,000 students belonging to the poorest families. Around 1,000 schools are running for the last 10 years as the current project has succeeded the earlier project of non-formal basic education initially started in 1996. The project is being implemented in conformity with international communities like MDGs and EFA goals to which Pakistan is signatory.
The protestors were of the view that article 25-A and 37(b) declared basic education as a fundamental right of every citizen and closure of community schools would amount to depriving people of their basic right.
The speakers said people might lodge constitutional petitions against the closure of schools as devolution means shifting of responsibility from the federation to the provinces and not elimination of social facilities serving the poorest in the country.
Later, addressing a press conference in the National Press Club, the officials of the NEF condemned the government's decision to wind up the programme and urged the authorities to review the decision.
NEF Deputy Director Saadia Atta Ghuman said that there was no mention in 18th Amendment to make an end to NEF and snatch jobs from teachers and deprive students of the educational facilities.
She demanded of the government to pass a resolution and regularise the BECS programme to avoid unemployment and illiteracy. "Only those students take admission in our schools who could not afford fee, books and other educational expenses, which are being provided free of cost in the BECS schools," she said.
She said that winding up of such a successful project would cause serious embarrassment at international level especially while negotiating with donors for social sector development. The news
Graft probe against former RMC principal
Rawalpindi: A three-member special committee formed by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif will start a graft probe against a former principal of Rawalpindi Medical College (RMC) from June 23.
Professor Dr Mussadiq Khan, who had been made OSD and left the country two months ago, faces the charges of embezzlement, misuse of power, and installing faculty machinery, including MRI and incinerator, in the government hospitals in Rawalpindi.
The provincial government had removed Dr Khan from his post on March 15 last year.
The committee, headed by Secretary Auqaf Arshad Bin Ahmed, comprises King Edward Medical University Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Asad Aslam and Planning and Development Chief Khalid Javed.
Sources in the RMC said the body was formed after complaints of misuse of power against Dr Khan and the fact that he went abroad without taking a mandatory No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the provincial government.
Members of the body are arriving in Rawalpindi on Tuesday and start work on June 23. They will stay in the city for three days.
Sources said though Dr Khan and his accountant Mohammad Tariq alias Brigadier are out of the country, the committee would "scrutinise documents and investigate 28 officials of RMC and allied hospitals".
They said earlier the health department launched internal inquiry against the former principal and held him responsible for installing faulty machinery at Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH), Holy Family Hospital (HFH) and District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital worth more than Rs300 million.
The incinerator and MRI machine at HFH, CT Scan Machine at BBH and air-conditioners at the three allied hospitals went out of order soon after installation, according to sources.
The committee will also investigate the allegation of getting bogus house job certificate for Dr Bilal Mussadiq, son of Dr Khan, from the HFH. It will also look into allegations of setting aside rules for purchasing medicines for the government hospitals.
Dr Khan went to America without getting permission from the provincial government after he was made OSD and an inquiry was conducted by a special Task Force of the Chief Minister's Secretariat into alleged corruption cases at RMC and allied hospitals.
Dr Khan had battled in vain to save the life of Benazir Bhutto when she was brought to then Rawalpindi General Hospital following a gun and bomb attack as she left an election rally at Liaquat Bagh on December 27, 2007. The hospital was later named after Ms Bhutto.
According to media reports, ironically Mr Khan's doctor father, Sadiq Khan, was on duty at his Rawalpindi hospital in October 1951 when Liaquat Ali Khan, Pakistan's first prime minister, was brought in after he was gunned down at a rally in the same park where Ms Bhutto was attacked. The park was later named Liaquat Bagh after him. Dawn
Foundation School student does the nation proud!
Rawalpindi: Twelve-year-old Fatima Noor, a student of The Foundation School, brought laurels to the nation as her artwork titled 'Monkey Car' was the only one from all over Pakistan to be selected in the 'My Dream Car Drawing Contest' organised by the Toyota Motor Company, Japan, says a press release.
Earlier, more than 120,000 entries from over 50 countries around the world were sent for this prestigious competition. Three talented students, Fatima Noor, Ali Ishaq and Adeel Ahmed, of The Foundation School were declared national winners.
Pakistan has made it to the world contest in Japan as Fatima Noor's artwork 'Monkey Car' is the only one from all over Pakistan to be selected. She has won an all-expense-paid visit to Japan with a guardian sponsored by the company.
"We thank Almighty Allah for recognising our aspirations and endeavours and making our dreams come true. We are an institution with a conception that a teacher's responsibility is not only to enlighten the minds of the students but also with proper guidance and steering, exert their inherent qualities. Thus not only edifying them but also grooming and polishing their personalities," said Madiha Imran, principal of The Foundation School, on this joyous occasion.
Fatima Noor has first been invited to Karachi for a function specially organised by the Toyota Indus Motors, Pakistan, in her honour. She has made the whole nation proud!
Student of The City School selected for IGGY
Islamabad: The City School's Capital Campus nominated its student Bakht Jamshaid Baryar for International Gateway for Gifted Youth (IGGY); a programme of University of Warwick, UK.
Bakht Baryar, an 'A' Level student, was selected to attend the two-week course 'Global Leaders' on scholarship in August 2010. The aim the University of Warwick's programme is to identify the top youth of the world in terms of ability and intelligence.
Bakht made an excellent contribution to the programme and proved himself a strong leader. This year, too, Bakht has been selected by Warwick Junior Commission of International Gateway for Gifted Youth (IGGY). The second of its type, the commission is encompassing only ten students from across the globe. The selection for the highly competitive commission was done internationally after a very challenging essay competition. The entrants were required to submit an essay on, "Do you think complacency remains in your country after the perceived failure of the Copenhagen Summit?" The winning entrants were then short listed by a panel of leading human rights lawyers, academia and students from around the world. In addition; upholding the debating tradition of The City School Bakht has also been selected for participation in the Vienna Model United Nations; a highly prestigious MUN arranged by the United Nations Youth and Student Association of Austria and Academic Forum for Foreign Affairs.
The school has congratulated Bakht on his achievements and his teachers whose dedication has culminated to this achievement.
Fazlehaq College students shine in SSC exams
Peshawar: The Fazlehaq College produced outstanding results in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Part-I and II examinations 2011 conducted by the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Mardan. In SSC Part-I, the Fazlehaq College Mardan students scored the highest marks and secured top three positions, while overall success ratio in Part-I was 99 per cent and that in Part-II was 100 per cent. A total of 17 students were placed in A-1 grade while 39 more achieved A grade, which is also a remarkable achievement that has not been obtained by any other private institution in the entire district. The news