BISE back to square one
Rawalpindi, March 03: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) has to go back to square one as online system has failed to deliver.
Now the board has prepared the printed roll number slips for both the regular and private candidates appearing in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination starting on March 5.
The administration of the examination board made arrangements to prepare the printed roll number slips as the parents and the students complained that downloading process for the documents was very slow and the online roll number slip had many errors.
"We have dispatched the roll number slips to the schools for the regular candidates and to the examination centres for the private candidates in all the 19 tehsils of the four districts of Rawalpindi, Attock, Chakwal and Jehlum", BISE spokesman Muhammad Arsalan Cheema said.
According to a handout, the board has also set up helpline counters at its offices in Rawalpindi and the candidates who have not received their roll numbers can inquire about their status from the counters which will remain opened 24 hours.
The board has to take these measures on urgent basis after the parents and the candidates complained about errors in the roll number slips downloaded from the Internet.
It is pertinent to mention here that all the nine examination bodies in the Punjab adopted online registration system first time.
An official of the BISE on the condition of anonymity said that the management had to put in extraordinary efforts to make sure the necessary document should reach the candidates before the start of the examination as online system failed to deliver fully.
He said that the BISE officials had to work day and night for one week to prepare the roll number slips for thousand of candidates as the project director in Lahore informed the board to prepare the document itself in one month before the start of the examination.
The BISE spokesman in response to a question whether the SSC annual examination would start on the due date said that all-out efforts were being made to provide the roll number slips to the candidates at the examination centers. DawnYour Comments
PU female lecturer claims abuse at director's hands
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) is under a series of scandals as another female faculty member has submitted a complaint of harassment against the institute's Director, Dr Ahsan Akhtar Naz.
Maliha Hassan Laghari, a female lecturer of the ICS, has accused the director of harassing her. Maliha wrote a two-page complaint to the PU Vice Chancellor (VC) Mujahid Kamran, in which she wrote about how in addition to forcing and threatening her to resign from her post, Dr Naz and another lecturer Shafiq Kamboh had insulted and defamed her.
In her complaint, titled "Insulting and humiliating attitude of the director towards female faculty", Maliha requested the VC to remove Dr Naz from his post since he does not deserve it because of his abusive behaviour and language towards the female faculty members.
Maliha wrote that she had been serving the ICS for the last three years, and Dr Naz, soon after taking charge of his office, had started harassing her through different tactics. She also requested the VC to provide a peaceful environment to the female faculty members of the ICS by taking a strict action against Dr Naz. The lecturer also said that she would resign from the varsity in case no action is taken against Dr Naz's harassment.
The VC has forwarded the complaint to Social and Behavorial Sciences Dean, Professor Dr Qalb-e-Abid, for inquiry.
According to sources, Qalb-e-Abid had a meeting with Maliha on Tuesday, where he also recorded her statement. Separately, the sources say that Dr Naz also called Maliha to his office and asked her to withdraw the complaint against him.
Meanwhile, the PU faculty also demanded the VC to immediately replace Dr Naz from his post, and said that he had already faced a number of inquiries over allegations of sexual harassment of female students.
The faculty members also expressed their surprise and concern over the VC for not taking any action against Dr Naz even after he was proved guilty in previous cases. They said, "The VC needs to take daring steps at this moment to save the varsity's reputation."
According to the sources, the VC had not taken any action against Dr Naz because of political pressure.
It is noteworthy that Dr Naz had been convicted in a sexual harassment case in the year 2002 and was transferred by the then VC to the PU Sohail Iftikhar Research Institute. Recently, another case of illegal admissions to MPhil class and misconduct had been proved against him in an inquiry and a syndicate verdict was still awaited against him under the PEEDA Act. Daily times
Lahore: The Punjab University Examinations Department has announced the revised exam date-sheet of BBA (Hons), First Year, Second Year, Third Year & Final Year, Annual Exam 2010, written exam date-sheets of Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm-D), Second Professional, 2nd Annual Exam 2010, Bachelor of Pharmacy, Third Professional, 2nd Annual Exam 2010, BS (4-year programme), First Semester Examination 2011, and practical exam date-sheet of MBBS, First Professional, Part-II, Supplementary Exam 2010. Detailed date sheets are also available on Punjab University website www.pu.edu.pk.
PU students excell in contest
Lahore: Students of the Punjab University's Department of Electrical Engineering have excelled in the "IEEE Week 2011" held at FAST University, Lahore. The department students in Circuit Schematics Muhammad Azeem and Mah Zaib in Money Stacking (quiz) Muhammad Azeem Javed in Geek Wars (progh and quiz) M Azeem, Mah Zaib and Muhammad Abdul Basit won first positions while in Microprogramming M Azeem and Mah Zaib and in Money Stacking (auiz) M Abdul Basit won second positions.
Education ministry to adopt legal stance
Islamabad: The Ministry of Education is all set to put forward a legal stance that the Implementation Commission can take decisions only on those clauses falling in the concurrent list and there is no question of abolition of the ministry as a whole under the 18th Amendment, sources said here on Wednesday.
Sources said the high-ups of the ministry have now held the view that there is no mention of abolition of the Ministry of Education in the 18th Amendment and the prime minister, who enjoys executive powers, can decide whether to keep it intact or abolish it entirely through executive orders.
Though it is not clear whether the Implementation Commission would again invite representatives of the Ministry of Education to discuss the devolution plan yet its officials were quite confident that there is no chance of abolishment of the ministry under the 18th Amendment.
One of the senior officials of the ministry told this correspondent that they hoped that the Implementation Commission would hold another meeting with representatives of the ministry and if it happens they would put forward their arguments in line with the existing laws.
He referred to the viewpoint of the members of the NA Standing Committee on Education and said except one all other members belonging to different political parties including Pakistan People's Party, Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), Pakistan Muslim League (Quaid) and Muttahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) strongly recommended the government that the federal Ministry of Education must not be abolished and curriculum and syllabus should not be shifted to the provinces.
The recommendations forwarded by the NA Standing Committee on Education to the Implementation Commission stated that the education ministry must be kept intact, as per functions under Part I and Part II of Federal Legislative List (FLL); Core Curriculum up to Higher Secondary Level must be within federal jurisdiction; Islamic Education needs to be with the federal level; Centres of Excellence (12), although included in Entry 38 of abolished Concurrent List are research entities and covered under Entry 16 of Part I of FLL, need to be retained at the federal level.
The official said Islamic education requires to be relocated in Part II of FLL, as the representatives of all the five boards of Ittehad-e-Tanzeemate-Madaris Pakistan (ITMP) have agreed to accept Madrassah Education Authority, if linked with the federal Ministry of Education.
In an interaction with this scribe former Minister for Education Sardar Assef Ahmad Ali said Chairman of the Implementation Commission Mian Raza Rabbani remarked during a meeting that powers falling in the concurrent list would be shifted to the provinces but some segments of the media started propagating that decision was taken to abolish the Ministry of Education at the federal level.
To a question about mandate of the Implementation Commission he said many legal advisers had told him personally that it enjoys the mandate to transfer powers to the provinces given in the concurrent list but it cannot advise the federal government to abolish any ministry.
Open contest for FDE logo design
Islamabad: The Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) has announced an open competition for designing of its logo, says a press release issued here on Wednesday. The winner will be awarded a cash prize of Rs10,000. Both individuals and organisations are eligible for the contest.
Research poster of HEC scholar wins award
Islamabad: The research poster 'Contributions of Religious Institutions to Disaster Risk Governance' by a Higher Education Commission (HEC) scholar has been awarded the Best Poster of the Year in Social Science Category, out of 200 submissions from all over the world, during the Annual Graduate Junction Poster Competition 2010.
The research poster was created by HEC scholar Abdur Rehman Cheema, PhD student of Development Studies at Massey University, New Zealand. He has presented his research in six international conferences in Christchurch, Wellington, Canberra, Daejeon, Abbottabad and Riyadh in the last three years.
His research explores ways and means to make Pakistan safer from natural hazards by examining the disaster risk governance structure of the country before and after the 2005 earthquake in Azad Kashmir.
Cheema is pursuing his doctoral studies under HEC's programme 'MS/MPhil leading to PhD in Economics and Finance Abroad'. Since the beginning of his PhD, his research work has been widely acknowledged.
FJWU holds lecture on women's role in Islam
Rawalpindi: A philosophical and intellectual lecture on the 'Role of Women in Islam' was held at the Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) here on Wednesday. The lecture was organised for the students of Gender Studies Department to increase their knowledge regarding the rights and responsibilities of women in an Islamic society.
Dr. Syed Bilal Qutab, former professor of the Boston University, USA, was the guest speaker on the occasion. He is an architect by profession, trainer and a counsellor.
He said that Islam has given a privileged status to women rather than men. The role of women as a mother, daughter and sister is a blessing of Allah. He also explained many complex issues regarding women's rights in detail and differentiated the teachings of Islam from other religions. Men and women have different roles in Islam. There are differences between roles of women and men, their rights and obligations. The majority of Muslim countries give women varying degrees of rights regarding marriage, divorce, civil rights, legal status, dress code and education based on different interpretations, but he said that Muslims should only follow the teachings of Holy Qur'aan and 'Sunnah'.
Dr. Qutab also shed light on the teachings of Holy Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (peace be upon him) with references of 'Hadith' and 'Sunnah'. The Islamic law is the product of Qur'aanic guidelines, as understood by Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh), as well as of the interpretations derived from the traditions of 'Hadith', which were agreed upon by majority of Muslim scholars. The news