Teaching assistants facing uncertain future
Rawalpindi, Mar 19: Contracts of more than 2,500 honorary teaching assistants, including male and female, throughout the Punjab province have expired creating uncertainty among them about their future. They demanded the government to extend their contracts.
Former chief minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif had appointed all these honorary teaching assistants in the various colleges in September last year. These honorary teaching assistants faced a lot of problems even for getting their salaries, which were released after several months. Now as their contracts have expired they fear about their future.
Amadud Din, an affected teacher at Gordon College, said, "We are worried about our future as our contracts have expired. The concerned authorities are still undecided about our future."
"We are confuse and depressed by the present situation and request to the concerned authorities to decide in the larger interest of teaching assistants," he added.
In Rawalpindi district more than 150 honorary teaching assistants were appointed in 50 colleges including in the suburbs areas of the city.
Sohail Talat, an honorary teaching assistants who was appointed in the Government College, Chakri, said, "The former chief minister has promised to extend our contracts when he appointed us, but now we are going to face joblessness."
Huma Hayyat, another teaching assistant, said, "Our one month salary is still pending and the concerned account officer is not paying attention towards it."
She said that, according to promise of the former CM it is the responsibility of present regime to extend our contracts.
When contacted, Director Colleges Rawalpindi Dr Muhammad Ashraf said, "We will act according to the policy of the Punjab government, however, I think that their contracts will be extended because there is already shortage of the teaching staff in colleges." The NewsYour Comments
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FDE issues new academic year schedule
Islamabad: Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) has issued a schedule for opening of admissions of students to grade-I and pre-grade-I classes at Islamabad model colleges (IMCs), FDE Spokesman Prof Rafiq Tahir told APP. He said schools and colleges being run by the FDE would remain closed on account of spring holidays from April 1 to 11. He said parents could obtain admission forms for their children's admission to grade-I class till March 24 and submit them till March 31.
He said tests for grade-I class admissions would be held on April 6 and 7. List of successful candidates will be displayed at the IMCs on April 10, while the classes will commence from April 20, the spokesman said, adding, children aged five and six-year-old on March 31 would be eligible for admission to grade-I. Tahir said the IMCs would carry out process for registration of admissions to pre-grade-I class from March 24 to March 31. In this connection, he said, registration forms would be received from April 1 to 7.
He said tests for admission to grade-I class would be conducted on April 13 and 14, while list of successful candidates would be displayed on April 20. He said academic session for grade-I class would commence on April 27. He said decision to start current academic year from April 12 was taken by an inter-provincial meeting of education ministers. He said Federal Minister for Education Mir Hazar Khan Bijrani chaired that meeting.
IIUI introduces Integrated Encyclopedia of Quran
Islamabad: The International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) in collaboration with Society for the Qur'anic Studies (SQS) arranged a ceremony to introduce Integrated Encyclopedia of the Qur'an here on Wednesday. IIUI Rector Prof Fateh Muhammad Malik was the chief guest on this occasion. IIUI Vice President Dr Zafar Ishaq Ansari and others were also present. Malik said Muslims were lacking far behind others in research and quality education. "It is a hard reality that non Muslim scholars were pioneers in even Qur'anic research," he added.
He appreciated the efforts of Dr Muzaffar Iqbal, SQS, Centre of Islam and Science, Canada, for initiating the Integrated Encyclopedia of the Qur'an Project. Iqbal said the Encyclopedia would comprise seven volumes containing over 660 articles spread over approximately 5,000 pages. Muslim scholars from all over the world having academic qualifications and internationally accepted research publications have been carefully selected to contribute to this noble venture. The SQS started this under the guidance of Dr Muzaffar Iqbal, founder president of Centre of Islam and Science, Calgary, Canada as its General Editor. App
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HEC remains rudderless
Islamabad: Higher Education Commission (HEC) is still rudderless, as government has failed to appoint permanent chairman of the Commission even after the resignation of its chairman Dr Atta-ur-Rehman, some six months ago.
After the resignation of Dr Atta-ur-Rehman on October 9, 2008, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani elevated his Special Assistance on Social Sector Shehnaz Wazir Ali and appointed her as Incharge of HEC. But she has not been serving as Acting Chairperson of the Commission and only looking after the affairs of the Commission and hasn't chaired any official meetings yet. The Nation
University of Balochistan (UoB) holds entry test
Quetta: University of Balochistan organised entry tests for new admission into MBA and MPA here Wednesday. More than 500 candidates participated . Vice Chancellor Dr Masoom Yasinzai monitored these tests. He was accompanied by Chairman of the Department Professor Naeem Ahmad Khan, Akram Dost and other teachers. He appreciated better arrangements and procedure for entry tests and said that test is very much necessary for improving standard of education. Ppi
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Beaconites excel in 'O' level exams
Islamabad: Tabish Jaleel Shaikh of the Beaconhouse School System, Margalla Campus - Girls Branch, secured a distinction in Additional Mathematics and topped in Principles of Accounting in the 'O' level examination in the region, says a press release. Another high achiever, Sidra Hassan, attained a regional distinction in Chemistry. Syeda Malika Shahbaz topped in First Language Urdu in the region. At a ceremony arranged at the campus in honour of O-Level teachers for their pivotal role in achieving this great landmark, the principal of Beaconhouse Margalla Campus Dr. Sajid Hussain and the headmistress of girls branch Mrs. Farooq praised their determined efforts and contribution.
Academic attends moot in UK
Peshawar: Hazara University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Ihsan Ali returned after attending the first trans-national conference of the British Council's Skills for Employability Programme in UK. A press release received here said the Bradford College, England, had invited the vice chancellor to participate in the first trans-national conference of the British Council's Skills for Employability Programme, which was organised by the college from March 7 to 15. Besides this, he also visited various universities of UK, including Leicester, Brunel, Glasgow, and met Hazara University scholars who are doing their PhD programmes at these universities. The News
University of Peshawar (UoP) Inter-College Athletics Ziaullah of PG Peshawar grabs 3-gold medals
Peshawar: Ziaullah Khan of Post Graduate Department University of Peshawar (UoP) claimed three gold medals on the opening day of the two-day Inter-College Men Athletic Meet, which got under way here at Campus track on Wednesday. Ziaullah grabbed gold medal in 800m, 400m hurdles and 1500m races by pining hope for the best athlete. Long racer Ziaullah, who is also skipper of PG team, while talking to APP, said that he would certainly mark his way to grab the best athlete award by recording positions in the remain two events - 400m and 5000m races.
A total of 150 athletes from 15 colleges affiliated with University of Peshawar are taking part in the two-day event followed by the annual day presentations. A team of 34 Technical Officials (TOs) is supervising the event. Earlier, Controller of Examination University of Peshawar Iftikhar Hussain Khan was the chief guest on this occasion and formally inaugurated the event while Vice Chancellor UoP Prof. Dr. Azmat Hayat will be the chief guest on the final and prize distribution ceremony on Thursday. Speaking on this occasion the chief guest Iftikhar Hussain Khan appreciated the directorate of Sports University of Peshawar for organizing the event in a smooth manner. He said that the university would take all out efforts in providing facility to the students of all its affiliated colleges.
In the other events of the day, Zahir Khan of Govt. College Tangai won gold medal by winning 200m, Sajjad of PG Peshawar and Suleman of GC Peshawar won silver and bronze medals. In the 800m Ziaullah won gold medal, followed by Suleman and Khalil Ahmad of GC Peshawar. In 110m hurdles, Gul Rehman of GC Charsadda recorded best time by winning the gold, followed by Kaleem of PG Peshawar and Asim of GC Pabbi. In 400m hurdles Ziaullah again won gold medal, followed by Gul Rehman and Suleman. In long jump Muhammad Sajjad of PG Peshawar won gold medal, followed by Muhammad Asim of GC Pabbi and Mehraban Afridi of PG Peshawar while in the last event of the day Jawadullah of PG Peshawar got gold medal in discuss throw, followed by Muhammad Abid and Qami Jamal of GC Peshawar.
Inter-College Soccer PG Peshawar, GC Landikotal reach final
Peshawar: Post Graduate Department Univer-sity of Peshawar and Government College Landi-kotal took berth into the final after registering victories against their respective semi-finals of the UoP Inter-College Football Tournament being played here at two different venues inside the campus grounds on Wednesday.
In the opening match PG team faced tough resistance against Government Post Graduate College Swabi as the first-half was ended goal-less draw. Swabi College event got a penalty kick but they attempt of Murad Ali was nicely intercepted by PG goal-keeper with his nice save. After the goal-less draw, PG team took the lead in the 48th minute through a field attempt. Kamran and Babar made a fine move and after exchanges the ball they reached to the danger zone where Babar gave a free ball to Jibran Ali who did nothing wrong in dispatching it into the net. After Jibran's goal PG team took command over the match and thus it was in the 60th minute when Jibran doubled the lead through field attempt in a similar fashion. Thus PG Peshawar won the match by 2-0. In the second match Gover-nment College Landikotal defeated Government College Charsadda by a solitary goal in the 76th minute.
None of the team could score any goal in the first-half. Both have chances but due to poor finishing they could not utilize their goal-fetching moves. It was in the 76th minute when right-winger Waheed zoomed into the danger zone and by reaching at his pit right position Waheed kicked into the goal-post nicely to make it 1-0. Saleem Khan and Syed Imtiaz Ali Shah supervised the matches. The final of the event will be played on Friday. App
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