Awards, scholarships for position-holders
Islamabad, March 31: The Class VIII examinations, which were previously conducted under the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), would be held from now onwards under the Federal Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (FBISE), announced Federal Minister for Education Sardar Aseff Ahmed Ali.
Addressing the award distribution ceremony of Centralised Annual Examinations for Class V and Scholarship Award Distribution for Class VIII, the minister said the Ministry of Education is striving to set an example for the provinces to be followed by bringing a change in the examination system.
"The examinations under the FBISE will certainly improve the quality of education and the examination system at the secondary level," he added. The minister announced that a huge sum of money, expected to arrive in Pakistan through the Kerry-Lugar Bill, is meant to be used in the education sector. "We have planned several projects in consultation with the provinces, which will be started following the arrival of money after September," he said.
Sardar Aseff said that a lot of reforms could be brought about in the education sector. Even billions could be spent on improving the standard of education besides establishing new academic institutions. "It is the responsibility of the government to provide appropriate educational opportunities to the people and we are hopeful that it will be done in the near future," he added.
The minister announced an increase in the amount of scholarship money, as the previous amount for scholarship holders of Class VIII was Rs300 per month, which has been increased to Rs1,000 per month. Similarly, the previous amount for scholarship holders of Class V was Rs200 per month, which has been increased to Rs500 per month.
In Class V examinations, Sidra Kanwal of the Federal Government Girls Middle School, Sector G-6/2, received the overall top honour. Bushra Khudadad Kayani of the Federal Government Girls Middle School, Humak, got the overall second position. Ayesha Amin of the Allama Iqbal Model School, Tarlai Kalan, obtained the overall third position. The aforementioned students also received awards for being position holders among girl students.
In Class V examinations (among boys), Zeeshan Tariq of the Allama Iqbal Model School, Tarlai, received the first prize. Steefan Javed of the Federal Government Junior Model School, F-6/1, received the second prize. Sulzeb Shafi of the Federal Government Junior Model School, I-8/1, obtained the third prize.
The overall top positions in model academic institutions in Class V examinations were obtained by the students of Islamabad Model College for Boys (IMCB), G-10/4. Bashir Ahmed received the first prize, Malik Kashan Faisal received the second prize and Hamood Ahmad received the third prize. The above-mentioned students also received prizes for obtaining top positions among boys.
The top position among girls in model academic institutions in Class V examinations was obtained by Zainab Arooj of the Islamabad College for Girls, F-6/2. Fatima Virk of the Islamabad Model College for Girls, F-7/4, obtained the second position. Nimra Sattar of the Islamabad Model College for Girls, F-10/2, secured the third position.
The overall top position holders in model academic institutions in Class VIII examinations included Aymen Naeem of the Islamabad College for Girls, F-6/2, who received the first prize, Saqib Jamil of the Federal Government Boys Model School, G-9/4, obtained second prize and Israr Ali of the Ali Trust College, Khanna, received the third prize.
The heads of those academic institutions whose students received overall top positions also received awards. In federal government and private schools, these awards were given to Nuzhat Zehra of the Federal Government Girls Middle School, G-6/2, Parveen Kausar of the Federal Government Girls Middle School, Humak, and Ilyas Mehrban of the Allama Iqbal Model School. The award of 'Best Head' in model academic institutions was given to Khalid Niazi of the Islamabad Model College for Boys, G-10/4.
The awards of 'Best Head' in the Class VIII examinations were given to Shaista Pirzada of the Islamabad College for Girls, F-6/2, Abdul Aziz Bhatti of the Federal Government Boys Middle School, G-9/4, and Tariq Qureshi of the Ali Trust College, Khanna.
Addressing on the occasion, FDE Director General Dr. Shaheen Khan said that it is impossible to gain fruitful targets in the education sector without improving primary and secondary level education. "Currently, the education sector is facing lack of professionals and resources and abundance of problems. It is commendable that despite all these factors, our students are performing well," she added. She said huge reforms are required in the education sector, which could only be made through political will and provision of funds.Your Comments
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LUMS students win 'Battle of Minds'
Islamabad: Federal Secretary for Petroleum Kamran Lashari has said that youngsters are the future of Pakistan and they should work hard to enhance leadership traits in their personalities to meet all sorts of challenges.
He stated this at the grand finale of 'Battle of Minds 2010', a graduate intake programme run by Pakistan Tobacco Company Limited (PTC) since 2008, aimed at exploring and further building the top talent of Pakistan by providing the candidates with challenging opportunities at the start of their careers.
An increasing number of students apply every year for the programme to represent their respective universities and to be crowned the 'Battle of Minds Champion'. The programme offers great learning opportunities for university students and challenges them to apply their leadership capabilities.
This year, top students from National University of Science & Technology's (NUST) Business School, NUST College of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering (EME), Lahore University of Modern Sciences (LUMS), University of Engineering & Technology (UET) Lahore, Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute (GIKI) and Institute of Business Administration (IBA) participated in the competition.
The grand finale was participated by six teams, comprising four students each, from the six universities. In a daylong competition, the participating graduates gave presentations on selected topics.
The students from LUMS won the competition while IBA came second, followed by EME at the third position. The top three teams were given prizes by the chief guest and will also be fast tracked through PTC's challenging recruitment process.
Later, Deputy Managing Director PTC Mubashir Raza thanked the chief guest and the participants, saying that 'Battle of Minds' is aimed to give corporate exposure to the top upcoming talent of Pakistan.
A literary evening with Zulfikar Ghose
Islamabad: Language is a powerful tool having a habit of pushing a writer and there is an inner luminescence of being which a writer puts on paper while writing. There is no formula for writing and there is nothing absolute in literature.
Eminent writer and scholar Zulfikar Ghose said this while speaking at a huge gathering of literati from the twin cities at a literary evening organised in his honour jointly by Pakistan Academy of Letters and Pakistani English Forum on Tuesday.
Zulfikar Ghose is a senior English poet, prose writer, novelist, scholar, intellectual and Professor of English at University of Texas at Austin, USA. The spacious conference hall of the academy was packed to its capacity as a large number of English writers and students of English department from various universities of the capital attended the literary evening.
Zulfikar Ghose thanked Pakistan Academy of Letters and Pakistani English Forum for organizing the evening, offering a literary exchange with his counterparts here in Islamabad. He recited some of his poems from his recently published poetic collection 'Fifty Poem's' comprising the most representative poetry of his time. Briefly talking about the art of fiction writing, he said that a writer cannot consciously think for writing about political or cultural issues, but they come spontaneously and naturally and glimpse through his writings.
He said that as a writer, he hates all labels and discards all types of labels to describe him. He said that there are only good writers and bad writers. He said that he always takes images from the life and culture of Pakistan whenever he visits the country and later works upon on those images to transform them into poems and novels.
Zulfikar Ghose was born in Sialkot, emigrated with his family, in 1952, to England, where he completed his education at Keele University. He began his literary career in London. In 1969, he was invited to teach at the University of Texas at Austin, where he took up a position as professor of English, and has lived there ever since. Zulfikar Ghose has written both poetry and prose. 'The Loss of India', 'Jets from Orange', the 'Violent West', 'A Memory of Asia' and selected poems are some of his poetry books.
ACE Academy students celebrate Pakistan Day
Rawalpindi: Students of the ACE International Academy commemorated Pakistan Day with great zeal and vigour at the Bahria Town, says a press release.
The hosts of the day welcomed the guests that included dignitaries such as Ambassador of Cuba Mr Gustavo, Chairman Bahria Town Malik Riaz Hussain, Commodore (r) Iliyas, members of the National Pakistan Under-19 Cricket Team - second best in the recent World Cup, parents, students and friends.
The day began with a ceremonial march, conducted by the school's drill platoon that marched with high pride to show their commitment to the spirit of the day. After the flag hoisting ceremony, the national anthem was played.
The programmes that followed commensurate the hard work put in by the school faculty and students. The pre-school students received much accolade for their tableau by the guests. The primary section students made an already vibrant evening more colourful, and visitors enjoyed themselves with folk dance performances that were followed by motivating speeches by the same section. The secondary-school students also performed on various national songs. It was a matter of pride to see the national spirit deep-rooted in young souls. The news