FDE DG & teachers' package

Teachers demand removal of FDE DG
Islamabad, March 19: Teachers working under various education institutions of Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) demanded immediate removal of FDE DG Shaheen Khan as they believe that the DG is responsible for non-implementation of the teachers' package.

During the executive body meeting of Federal Government Teachers' Association (FGTA), the teachers criticised the DG and said that she was the one who assured them of the implementation of teachers' package.

"We demand the appointment of a permanent and professionally competent DG for FDE," said FGTA President Azhar Mahmood Awan. He said that the teachers are disappointed by the unprofessional attitude of the DG and wanted her immediate removal from the very important post.

The meeting was held at Federal Government Boys High School G-6/2 where the teachers condemned the dilly delaying tactics that have been adopted by the FDE DG so far. "The file regarding the upgradation of teachers has been sent to the secretary on March 8 which was technically wrong. The file should have been submitted to Implementation Committee Chairperson Shaigan Shareef Malik. Once the file is approved by the chairman it should have been submitted to the secretary for approval," said a teacher requesting anonymity.

He claimed that the DG has deliberately bypassed the Additional Secretary and Chairperson of the Committee Shaigan Shareef Malik. "The secretary Athar Tahir after giving his remarks in the file has moved it to National Institutions (NI) Wing instead," he said.

He believed that the DG has intentionally moved the file directly to the secretary so that the issue could be lingered on. "It was because of our concerted efforts that we managed to brought out the file and resubmit it on March 15 to the Additional Secretary Shaigan Shareef Malik," he added.

The teachers on the occasion expressed their concern over the lingering issue of upgradation and said that it was incompetency of the DG that she could not deal with the matter professionally. "What is the point of so much delay when PM directive was there and the letter from finance was also there," said FGTA Advisor M.A Shahid.

He, however, said that now finally the file has been moved towards the right direction and Shaigan Shareef Malik is looking into the matter. "He is an expert in prosecution and we believe that his leadership would help resolve the matter within few days," he said.

The teachers on the occasion have unanimously decided to wait for a couple of days to let the relevant authority pursue the case. "We have full faith in the competence of Additional Secretary Shaigan Shareef Malik and believe that he would professionally pursue the case," said FGTA President Azhar Mahmood Awan. The news

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BISE prepares manual roll number slips
Rawalpindi: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) issued manual roll number slips and dispatched them to the candidates appearing in the Secondary School Certificate-Part I (SSC) examination on their given addresses.

The BISE authorities dispatched the examination documents for the private candidates on their addresses and the regular candidates will receive their slips from their respective schools for the examination starting on Marc 21.

An official press release stated if any candidate did not receive the document, he could contact the board offices that would remain opened on Sunday. The roll number slips are also available on the official website of the board.

It may be recalled here that the candidates faced many problems when they downloaded faulty roll number slips for the SSC part II exams and the examination authorities had to conduct the English compulsory paper again as it was feared that many students had missed the exam. Dawn

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HEC scholars bring laurels to the country
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) scholars - Faisal Khan and Shahrukh Abbas - have brought laurels to the country by achieving top awards in the current year's business plan competition held at the University of Cambridge.

Faisal Khan is a second year MPhil student doing Systems and Molecular Biology at the University of Oxford and Shahrukh Abbas is a first year PhD Biotechnology student at the University of Cambridge. Both scholars have submitted their business plans for a social enterprise for the flood-affected women and the other for biotechnology start-up aiming to produce 'greener' bio-insecticides. Both are alumni of the University of Peshawar and pursuing doctoral studies under Overseas Scholarships for MS-MPhil leading to PhD in Selected Fields (Phase-II).

The first project was a social enterprise, Khadija's Business Park, which was the winner for the Social Enterprise stream. Faisal and Shahrukh hope that its entrepreneurial 'bazaars' for women could play a key role in alleviating the economic devastation caused by last year's floods in Pakistan. With many Pakistani families having lost up to 100 per cent of their income, the two scholars believe that their innovative approach could provide women with the skills, resources and networks to establish themselves and become active players in not only their households but the broader post-flood rehabilitation efforts as well.

The second plan, 'Sphericos Biotechnologies', was also awarded with a CUE Commendation prize for the Clean Tech stream. Its aim is to promote the cause of safer insecticides of biological origin and introduces a novel approach for the production of 'green' bio-insecticides. "With higher education touching new heights in Pakistan, young scientists need to start thinking about how to deliver the fruits of science and technology to the common man. Our next step is to nurture a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship and strengthen our academia-industry linkages. We need local solutions to local problems," said Faisal Khan, the lead person behind two projects.

The 1k Challenge is the flagship business competition organised by Cambridge University entrepreneurs and is a fierce battle between more than 100 student teams across Cambridge. "We are grateful to Allah for this achievement as both our plans were awarded. "We are being approached by several investors now that include individual businessmen as well as some international organizations," Shahrukh said. She hails from Nowshera - one of the worst-hit districts in last year's floods and is strongly passionate about putting the social venture into action. Both of these projects had been planned for implementation in Pakistan.

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Trainers programme concludes at HEC
Islamabad: The 15th Master Trainers-Faculty Professional Development Programme (MT-FPDP) organised by the Learning Innovation Division, Higher Education Commission (HEC), concluded here on Friday.

The two-month programme, which started on January 25, was attended by 29 faculty members from 24 public and private sector universities from all over Pakistan. These included 19 male and 10 female participants. So far, 443 faculty members have benefited from this programme in 15 batches.

Speaking on the occasion, Senator Nilofar Bakhtiar appreciated the achievements of the HEC during the last eight years. "I have been a great supporter of HEC, as it has brought a real change in our universities", she said.

She said that role of teacher was very important in any society. "No nation can progress without effective contribution of teachers so you are the real change agents," she told the participants of the workshop.

Dr. Laghari gave an overview of what HEC was doing for overall growth of the higher education sector, especially development of human resource. He highlighted the future role of universities in building the knowledge-economy.

"The developed world is rapidly shifting towards knowledge-based economies. If we want to compete at international level, role of higher education institutions is very critical in the days to come. The faculty members and researches will have to play a key role in making universities premium seats of learning," he said.

HEC Executive Director Dr. Sohail Naqvi said that the government has spent a lot in developing human resource as well as building physical and technological infrastructure. "Now this is universities' turn to play a leader's role in their respective communities," he added.

Dr. Naqvi urged the faculty members to focus on research, which should be relevant to social and economic needs of the country.

The programme is specifically designed for in-service teachers and aims to enable university teachers to use innovative teaching strategies and communication skills that blend academic concepts with workplace applications. Besides intensive training on different modules, some general topics were also covered by the resource persons.

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'Milad' held at City School
Rawalpindi: The City School, Harley Street, Nursery Branch, organised a 'Mehfil-e-Milad' here on Friday.

Ayesha Tahir, Abdul Moeed and Tafheem Ahmad hosted the event. The stage was beautifully decorated with flowers and in the backdrop 'Khaana-e-Kaaba' and 'Masjid-e-Nabvi' were painted.

Children recited 'Naats' with full devotion and zest and briefed the audience on 'Uswa-e-Hasna.' Each class represented itself by wearing different colour 'dupattas' and white 'shalwar kameez'. The colourful environment displayed consistency with the colour codes and presented harmony among the children.

The headmistress, staff and parents offered 'dua' with Dr. Azeema Iqbal.

In the end, Headmistress Sumaira Shafiq thanked all parents for their support and the enthusiasm they showed in making the event a success. The news

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