Islamabad matriculation exams & Power outage

Power outage disrupts students' exam preparation
Islamabad, March 22: Frequent power outages have made the residents of twin cities severely perturbed by disturbing their routine activities.

There seems to be no end to the power outages in the twin cities like other parts of the country casting negative impact on the studies of students preparing for their final exams. No day passes, when they feel affected as loadshedding turns bright nights into darkness and students wait for the light to return so they can resume their studies.

"My children are taking their final exams of matriculation but they are unable to concentrate on their studies because of persistent power outages which may affect their grades," said Anisa, a mother. But loadshedding for such long hours will make difficult for them to focus on their studies, she said.

Housewives feel an extra burden on their shoulders if they are washing clothes they are worried that their watching machines would stop, as there is no confirmed time for power to disappear.

Family dinners are interrupted and suddenly people feel at a loss as what to do with their time. As now there is no television to watch and no computer to surf the internet and play games. But who is benefiting from this situation?

The manufacturers and sellers of emergency lights, candles, generators and uninterrupted supply systems (UPS). They will continue to do good business as far as this situation will continue.

The government is issuing assuring statements that many power projects are in the pipeline to meet the energy shortages. In the long term, there is a need to look for alternative sources of energy. Pakistan has abundant sunshine throughout the year so solar energy is an option. Although industry analysts say the cost for solar energy is high but there are advancements, which can result in lower costs. Another source is wind and things can happen on this front if attention is focused on this area.

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AIOU offers BS in Environmental Science
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Department of Environmental Science has offered four-year BS in Environmental Science for Spring semester 2010.

The programme has been developed in view of the emerging needs relating to environmental education and awareness. According to an estimate, the institutions and universities in the country meant for environmental education collectively produce about 300 experts on environment annually as against a demand of 13,000 professionals. The scheme of studies is modern, comprehensive, innovative, balanced in terms of theoretical and practical component and at the same time at par with the HEC standards.

Environmental Science is an emerging science, inter- disciplinary in nature integrating natural and social sciences in a holistic study of the world.

It is a mission oriented study seeking valid and contextual knowledge, skills, attitudes and their impartial, fair and balanced application to the contemporary world.

Environmental conservation, alleviation of poverty and sustainable development are high on the agenda of the country and the developing world.

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AIOU education workshop from March 24
Islamabad: Directorate of Regional Services, Allama Iqbal Open University, Rawalpindi region will conduct the workshop for MA Education programme from March 24.

The workshop is being arranged for the enrolled students of MA Education for the course code 584 (Planning Population Education) and course code 506 (Development Education).

The intimation letters regarding workshop coordinator and venue of the workshop have been sent to all the students by post at their given addresses, said an news release issued here Friday.

Students who have not received their intimation letters can contact the regional campus Rawalpindi in the main campus of the university. All re-appear students who want to attend this workshop are advised to contact regional campus to obtain formal approval for attending the workshop. The news

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AIOU daily wagers to move SC for regularisation
Islamabad: About 500 daily-wagers of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has signed a writ petition to be filed in the Supreme Court (SC) for regularisation of their job, it was learnt on Thursday.

After the reluctance of AIOU administration to disclose the actual number of daily-wagers, AIOU Employees Welfare Association (EWA) started voluntary registration of the employees.

Some 1,000 daily-wagers of the university had staged a mini-march on the premises of the university in February.

When the university administration did not meet their demands, the EWA launched a signature campaign. So far 500 daily-wagers have signed the application.

AIOU EWA president Malik Saeed said they had decided to hold a protest during the ongoing session of parliament to make it realize the gravity of the issue. "We would be forced to seek justice from the SC if parliament failed to resolve it, he added.

He said EWA held three meetings with Dr Nazir Ahmad Sangi, acting Vice Chancellor of AIOU, which remained fruitless.

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Female educators visit AIOU
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) is providing maximum opportunities to people in the field of education, said Director Students Advisory and Counseling Cell Syed Ziaul Hasnain Naqvi on Sunday.

He was addressing a delegation of female principals, vice-principals and instructors representing 45 different technical and vocational institutes for women of the country.

He said the university was not only imparting higher education to students but also running vocational and agricultural courses, which facilitate people in earning livelihood.

Naqvi said that AIOU had imparted education to millions of students over the small period of 35 years. Daily times

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IMCs to receive admission forms till March 22
Islamabad: The last date for receiving admission forms for Class-I in Islamabad Model Colleges is March 22. Talking to APP, Director Model Colleges, Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) Chaudhry Muhammad Sadiq said that the admissions for Class I were announced through an advertisement and form distribution process started from March 17 which will be closed on Monday.

The process of submitting admission forms will commence on March 22 and the last date for submission is March 30 while the tests and interviews will be held on 5th and 6th April. All the model schools and colleges will remain closed for Spring vacations from April 1 to 10, he informed.

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IMCB has new staff association
Islamabad: The oath-taking ceremony of the Academic Staff Association (ASA) of Islamabad Model College for Boys (IMCB), G-10/4, was held here, says a press release.

Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) Director General Dr. Shehnaz Riaz Anjum was the chief guest on the occasion. The ceremony was also attended by Principal Khalid Khan Niazi and Headmistress Lubna Mehmood along with representatives of staff associations of different model colleges.

In her speech, Dr. Shehnaz emphasised on the importance of college staff associations, saying that these associations would promote and secure the cause of education and play a positive role in addressing the longstanding grievances and problems of the teaching community. She later administered oath to the office-bearers of the college association and congratulated the newly elected members. In his speech, Ijaz Athar, president of the association, promised to work in accordance with the rules set out for the association.

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Students pay tribute to homeland
Islamabad: Sheikh Zayed International Academy (SZIA) staged a grand celebratory function here Saturday to pay tribute to the creation of Pakistan.

Minister for Commerce Makhdoom Amin Fahim graced the event as the chief guest. Aside from parents, several ambassadors and members of diplomatic delegations attended the function.

Virtually, every student - right from Playgroup to Grade 12 - participated in the event with speeches, poetry, patriotic songs, cultural dances, a fashion show, and presentations based on provincial costumes, famous personalities and historical figures.

The second part of the programme featured a multimedia presentation on Pakistan, followed by a lavish buffet luncheon offering the best of Pakistani cuisine.

The programme was undoubtedly a befitting tribute to the nation of Pakistan. Speaking on the occasion, the Academy's principal Wafaa Abdul Ghaffar said, "Events such as the one staged today serve to reinforce one of the most important objectives of SZIA - that of inculcating cultural awareness among our students." The news

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