'BISE online system a success'
Lahore, Mar 12: Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore claimed that the ongoing matriculation examination 2011 under online system was a proof of success of the computerisation of the boards.
In a press statement, the BISE Lahore's spokesman said it was being feared that the online system would not be able to encompass all the aspects of the examinations but this was a result of ignorance about the achievements of the computerized system.
He said BISE Lahore had now received 275,000 admission forms for the Intermediate (Part-I & II) Examinations 2011, which would begun from May 08, 2011. The newsYour Comments
Violation of rules: Admission of 42 medical students cancelled
Lahore: The Punjab government has moved to cancel the admission of 42 of the 90 students admitted to the province's public sector medical colleges on seats reserved for foreign pupils in violation of rules and regulations.
According to sources, the provincial government on March 4 issued a notification, cancelling the nominations on the basis of which the 42 students were granted admissions.
The sources said 118 pupils had been admitted to the medical colleges against 151 seats meant for foreign students on the basis of nominations made by the Economic Affairs Division (EAD) and Higher Education Commission (HEC). After investigating the scam, the provincial government found that 90 of the admissions were granted in violation of rules and regulations.
According to the sources, 48 of the 90 students, who should have taken either the entrance test or presented their scores of Scholastic Aptitude Test Part-11 but didn't, have been given a chance to retain their seats. They have now been told that they would have to pass the SAT Part-11 examination, scheduled to be given on May 7, otherwise their admissions would be cancelled.
A girl student - who was admitted to Fatima Jinnah Medical College, Lahore, even though she didn't bear a pre-medical intermediate certificate but rather a pre-engineering certificate - is among the 42 students whose nominations have been cancelled.
The committee set up by the Punjab chief minister that looked into the episode and proposed the corrective measures comprised Senator Ishaq Dar (convener), Justice (retd) Aamer Raza Khan, secretaries of the health and planning divisions and vice-chancellor of the University of Health Sciences, Lahore.
The notification (no SO (ME) 9-2/2010-11) dated March 4 says: "Nominations of all those candidates who do not fulfill the eligibility criteria, as prescribed in the prospectus, may be cancelled and concerned agencies may be asked to make fresh nominations strictly in accordance with the parameters laid down in the prospectus for session 2010-2011."
The notification further said the nominated candidates who did not take the entrance test or passed SAT-II examination with requisite scores, could be provisionally admitted and asked to clear SAT-II examination on May 7.
"(The) EAD and the HEC may be asked to ensure, in future, that applications fulfill all conditions laid down in the prospectus before nominating them for admission in public sector medical and dental colleges of the Punjab. It must be made abundantly clear to the EAD and HEC that admission board for medical/dental institutions of Punjab will not entertain any candidate who does not fulfill basic minimum requirements stipulated in the prospectus for admission in a session," the notification said.
The provincial government asked the EAD to follow the same criteria for the students from Indian-held Kashmir for admission to the medical colleges against seats for foreign students. Earlier, the students from Indian-held Kashmir had been exempted from sitting the tests.
The notification said the chairman of the admission board would be held responsible for implementation of the admission policy.
"In case a nominated candidate is found ineligible for any institution, the nominating agency may be informed promptly by the head of the institution so that suitable replacement can be made timely," the notification added. Dawn
Lahore: The certified short computer courses, to be offered by IT academies of Technical Education & Vocational Training Authority (Tevta), will not only be low cost as compared to private institutions but also internationally recognised.
This was stated by speakers at a seminar held in connection with the setting up of 300 IT Academies by Tevta in collaboration with Microsoft.
MPA and Punjab Chief Minister's Media Advisor Khawaja Imran Nazeer was the chief guest while a large number of students from different Technical Educational Institutions, run by Tevta, attended the seminar. Tevta Zonal Chief Dr Syed Aziz Haider said establishment of IT academies was a good move to meet the challenges of future.
District Manager TEVTA Lahore Khurram Shafique said IT education together with technical education would offer more options of employment for students in future. The programme was organised under the supervision of Principal Government College of Technology (GCT) Raiwind Road, Syed Shabbir Ali.
MoU signed between Tevta, SME: An MoU was signed between the Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (Tevta) and SME Business Support Fund on Friday under which short and long-term courses to train entrepreneurs, craftsmen, cutters and designers in the field of gems and Jewellery would be offered.
Chairperson Tevta Saeed Ahmad Alvi and Chief Executive Officer SME Business Support Fund Syed Saquib Mohyuddin signed the MoU. Other officers of both organisations were also present. About 2,000 people will be trained annually by also using the internet based distance learning system through these courses.
Lecturer appointed on ombudsman order
Lahore: Chairman TEVTA while following the direction of Ombudsman Punjab on Friday ordered appointment of a rightful candidate as Lecturer (Math) on contract basis.
According to details, Complainant Zahid Nasim applied for appointment as Lecturer (Math) in Government Polytechnic Institute, Kamalia. At the time of interview, his experience as a visiting Lecturer in a government college was not considered by the selection committee and the other candidate was selected despite the fact that he was first on merit list.
He requested for a direction to the agency to appoint him as Lecturer in accordance with the principles of justice.
In their departmental response, TEVTA authorities took the stance that the complainant's experience was that of a visiting Lecturer whereas other candidate was of regular category which carried more weight. Thus, marks of experience were not given to the complainant and other candidate (Ms.Uzma Aslam) was selected.
However, investigation initiated by Ombudsman Punjab supported the stance of the complainant. Ombudsman has directed the authority concerned to rescind the earlier order and that services of Ms. Uzma Aslam be dispensed with after serving her one month's notice or on payment of one month's pay in lieu thereof. It was further directed that Mr. Zahid Naseem (complainant) be inducted as Lecturer (Math) on contract basis against the said post. The news
Filipino university, UVAS to work on environment
Lahore: The University of Eastern Philippines (UEP) and the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) have agreed to collaborate in the area of environmental toxicology and develop joint research models to control pollutants.
UEP President Atty mar de Asis and UVAS Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz made the commitment during an interaction in an online video conference hosted by Cambridge University scholar Dr Sohail Ijaz in a technical session of the national seminar and two-day workshop on "Environmental toxicology and health."
Mr Asis expressed his desire to jointly collaborate in environment toxicology and pathology. He also suggested that both universities could also exchange their students and research models to enhance the research potential. UEP faculty of veterinary medicine dean Prof Dr Gerry Amor Camor also made an online presentation on "Understanding the pathology of tissues exposed to various toxins and pollutants" and highlighted the importance of toxicology study at tissue level.
Meanwhile, speaking at the concluding session of the two-day workshop on Wednesday, Prof Nawaz called for the formation of a Pakistan Association of Toxicology (PAT) to create awareness as well as work jointly to fight toxins that were hazardous for human and animal health and even environment.
He said: "Pakistan is facing tremendous environmental problems being caused by degradation of natural resources and disruption of ecosystem. He said the country was paying the US$4.3 billion (4.3 per cent of GDP) price for environmental degradation. He stressed that masses should also realise and understand the importance of clean environment for healthy life.
The VC said the university in recent years had promoted the cause of application of scientific research related to the contaminants and other elements in the environment, education in the environmental sciences, and the use of science in environmental policy and decision making.
UVAS pharmacology and toxicology department chairman Prof Dr Muhammad Ashraf and Cambridge University scholar Sohail Ijaz also spoke on the occasion.
Later, Prof Nawaz presented certificates among the workshop participants.
MBBS exams: The Punjab University has notified that MBBS (new re-organised scheme), second professional, supplementary examination for 2010 and MBBS (latest new re-organised scheme), second professional, supplementary examination for 2010 will begin from March 14. Dawn