BISE online system | Dubious IUB degree

Concern on BISE online system
Lahore: The All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association (APPSMA), expressing concern over the newly introduced online system of registration by examination boards of the province, has demanded restoration of the previous manual process.

Addressing a press conference at the Lahore Press Club on Tuesday, APPSMA President Adeeb Jawadani and other office-bearers said the online system had completely failed and added to the miseries of innocent students. They further said owing to lack of computer facilities at private as well as public schools, the private internet cafÈs were fleecing the students and were charging Rs 200 for just one form.

They also said the private schools were earlier delivered roll number slips on their own premises but now the same were to be collected from certain government schools, adding this whole exercise was creating a lot of problems for students and their parents as well as management of the schools.

They also expressed concern, saying the candidates who had been issued roll number slips had not been informed about the practical examination contrary to the previous practice. APPSMA office-bearers also criticised the examination boards for alleged mismanagement in allotment of examination centres. Giving an example, they claimed that students of a private school in Shahdra area were allotted centres in Sheikhupura. The news

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PU's Sui-Vihar project proposal approved
Lahore: The Pakistan National Commission for Unesco has approved a Punjab University's project proposal "Sui-Vihar excavations and archaeological reconnaissance of southern Punjab," having a total cost of $26,000 under the participation programme 2010-11.

The project is supposed to be completed by the end of the year. Fieldwork around the shrine of Sui-Vihar is likely to throw ample light on various facets of Buddhism and particularly the Mahayana cult. The development of Buddhist art in Gandhara has its own characteristics, whereas the Buddhism, which developed in the South has its own traditions, architecture and art.

It has to be ascertained whether it was the reproduction of the art from Gandhara or otherwise. It will also help glean the artistic excellence of the people of southern Punjab as the raw material available in this region was either stucco or the clay, which is easy for mouldings and modeling. The stone extensively used in Gandhara was altogether absent in this region.

PU archaeology department chairman Dr Farzand Masih is of the view that new techniques in manufacturing the Buddha, Buddhisativa and other deities have been introduced in the South. Further, the fieldwork around the monastic complex has its ramifications and will shed light on the archaeological heritage of southern Punjab for the first time in such an extensive way on scientific lines. Students of the department and other institutions will be imparted practical training in digging, recording and analysing the sub-surface data.

The excavations are likely to enlighten the status of Buddhism in south Punjab and the 'Khanqahi Nizam' of Sufis among the Muslims, which may have its roots from the monastic life of Buddhist monks. New information thus collected may explain as to why among all the regions of Pakistan Sufism became more popular in southern and northern Punjab than anywhere else.

The actual fieldwork will commence soon after signing the contract between the PNCU, Islamabad, and the Punjab University. Dawn

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PU results
Lahore: The Punjab University on Tuesday announced the results of different examinations. According to a press statement, the exams include Doctor of Pharmacy, First Professional, Annual Exam 2010 and MBBS, Third Professional (New Re-Organized Scheme), Annual Exam 2010. The news

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PU VC for making Pakistan supper power of knowledge
Lahore: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has stated that Pakistan will have to become super power of knowledge for its survival.

Addressing the participants of 4th symposium on "Engineering Sciences" at PU Institute of Chemical Engineering & Technology (ICET) here on Tuesday, he said the country's statistics in terms of budget allocation for education and research was very discouraging. Pakistan attained the status of nuclear power due to efforts Dr Abdul Qadir Khan and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and continuation of nuclear power programme.

Kamran said it was regrettable that Muslim countries had no contribution to the latest discoveries in educational sphere, and Pakistan stood after Turkey, Iran, Egypt and Malaysia in the current research scenario among the Muslim countries. He said our governments had to take education on top priority for educational and national advancement. He said there was no lack of funds if education had been given its due preference with strong commitment, as the PU administration increased its budget from Rs 4 million to Rs 70 million for research which helped in promoting research culture and as a result the university improved its ranking. In his message, Dr Samar Mubarakmand said chemical engineering & technology were the leading domains responsible for the advancement of economic growth of any nation. "In Pakistan, we were striving to improve the economy by exploiting the tremendous wealth of the country which was embedded in its large resources of coal, copper, gold, chromium and other metals. The nation was very lucky to possess highly educated and trained manpower which could be diverted towards exploration of our natural resources for the betterment of the country's economy."

Dr Mubarakmand said whether it was the gasification of coal or the extraction of valuable metals from ore, chemical engineering & metallurgy played the leading role. He expected the symposium would promote the exchange of latest ideas in chemical processing and metallurgical refinement techniques among the participants. He said our country badly needed a contribution from the engineers. The nation

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'Dubious' IUB degree not without price tag
Rahim yar khan: The treatment of education as commodity is not new to the country but the lust for fees by premier institutions the degrees of which are not recognised by the regulatory authorities is alarming to say the least.

And the practice is not restricted to the private-sector institutions alone. The graduates of the Islamia University Bahawalpur's sub-campus (Rahim Yar Khan) have been rudely awakened to non-recognition of their B.Com honours programme by the Higher Education Commission.

The IUB sub-campus offered four-year honours programme B.Com (hons) MS-IT (Management Sciences in Information Technology) - in September 2006 and 28 students got themselves enrolled (after going through the rigours of a written test and interview) for eight semesters costing Rs115,000.

Nineteen students passed out in October 2010, but their elation proved short-lived as when they applied for either jobs or higher degree programmes, business organisations as well as educational institutions refused to recognise their degrees. As one of the students, Ammar Zafar went to get his degree verified from the Higher Education Commission, the latter disappointed him by informing him that "this is a dual degree programme which requires a clarification from the IUB".

The HEC informed him that there was no such discipline in any university of Pakistan. The students subsequently contacted their head of department, Hamid Khan who, instead of convincing them, asked them to knock on at door of the chief justice of Pakistan. He expressed his inability to help them.

Director Campus Dr Shakir Ghazali, while responding to their queries, told them the name of their programme was wrongly printed in the prospectuses and the anomaly would be removed on their result cards.

IUB Department of Commerce chairman Dr Javed also prevaricated on the issue, leaving the students in blind alley.

Some of the students said that they had opted for the subjects related to management science and information technology in various semesters to be able to have better job prospects but the varsity administration kept them in the dark.

The IUB administration, they said, issued them result cards four times and there was a discrepancy or two every time.

Dr Ghazali said that the IUB administration had printed the new result cards and put down the degree name as MS commerce and the students could collect these from the department within a few days.

Asked what's the significance of the degree and how it could help students in the long run, he failed to even say what MS stood for.

As for the 'anomaly' in prospectuses, he said the varsity's main campus (Bahawalpur) was the right forum to ask this question.

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Education dept gets merit-based posting policy
Lahore: The Punjab school education department has notified a merit-based system of posting of officers after their initial recruitment in BS-17 and 18 and of officers of BS-17, 18, 19 and 20 after their in-service promotion. With the approval of the chief minister, the department has also arrayed vacant posts of officers from BS-17 to BS-20 in the entire province.

The new policy envisages rooting out erratic postings and prescribes that such posts will be considered vacant for the purpose of adjusting duly selected or promoted officers of relevant grades.

Once the posting orders of an officer of proper grade or subject are issued, the erratically placed incumbent shall stand relieved of his/her duties/charge. The newly-placed officer shall assume the charge of his posting without formal relinquishment of the charge by the incumbent placed erratically.

The officers selected by the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) as head teacher or those who are promoted as head teachers will not be adjusted as subject specialists or senior subject specialists.

The notification says that the over-riding principle of placement is that the officers of provincial cadre can be posted anywhere in the province. No official can claim as a matter of right any particular post in BS-17, 18, 19 and 20 whether filled by initial recruitment or in-service promotion.

On initial recruitment through the PPSC, the selected officers will be posted according to the inter-se merit of each selected candidate. The officers promoted against in-service promotion quota will be posted according to their inter-se seniority.

As far as possible, the posting policy says, the officers will be adjusted in the district of their domicile subject to inter-se merit and seniority within that district and availability of vacancies. The female officers may exercise their option, according to their husband's district of domicile/place of residence.

The competent authority may place or refuse to place any teacher or official against any vacancy on the basis of student-teacher ratio, opening of new school, bigger enrolment or any other administrative ground.

In case, any dispute arises between two or more persons for a seat, the senior in merit or inter-se seniority within the district will take precedence.

The policy, however, will not be applicable to administrative posts of EDOs, DEOs, and deputy DEOs and suitable officials will be selected by Search Committees on seniority-cum-fitness basis under separate criteria.

The school education department has also set up a cell to redress complaints regarding violation of this policy. The additional secretary (schools) and director public instruction (secondary education) will run the cell. Dawn

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New book on Faiz
Lahore: On the directive of President Asif Ali Zardari, the Pakistan Academy of Letters arranged seminars on various aspects of Faiz's poetry at all the provincial head quarters. Papers read by eminent scholars at the Faiz's centenary seminar held in Lahore on Feb 11, under the aegis of the Punjab chapter of the Pakistan Academy Of Letters, have been compiled in a book form which is being published by the University of Gujrat. The book titled " Resent Global Colonial situation and the poetry of Faiz", contains articles by IA Rehman, Prof Syed Shabbir Hussain Shah, Dr Nizamuddin, Prof Dr Mohammad Arif, Prof Fateh Mohammad Malik, Dr Saadat Saeed, Dr Sughra Sadaf, Dr Zia-ul-Hasan, Hassan Jaffar Zaidi and Dr Ali Madeeh Hashmi. The book also contains the presidential address delivered at the seminar by Punjab Governor Latif Khosa along with a preface by Altaf Ahmad Qureshi. Sheikh Abdur Rsdshid, Deputy Registrar, University of Gujrat, is supervising the publication of the book. The news

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