Students win roll number slip case
Lahore, Mar 10: Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed of the Lahore High Court on Wednesday directed the chairmen of the Boards of Intermediate and Secondary Education to inform the court when were the students of Matric issued roll number slips and how many of them could not sit in the examinations?
Earlier, Lahore BISE Chairman Muhammad Akram Kashmiri and Faisalabad Board Chairman Mumtaz Hussain, along with their counsel Sheikh Shahid Waheed, appeared before the court and claimed that except for a few, all the students successfully took part in the examination. But Advocate Azhar Siddique, the petitioner, opposed their claims, saying that the parents of the students along with their kids "are still protesting against the boards for not receiving the roll number slips."
The board chairmen undertook before the court that all those students who could not appear in the examination would be given chance in order to save their academic year. They had informed the court hat new date for examination would also be announced soon.
They further said the Punjab government had introduced the new online exam system to curb corruption, cheating of all types and Booti Mafia.
The Justice said the court could issue any order for the protection of basic rights of the citizens as this matter could be minor for boards but not for the court.
Mr Siddique pointed out that corruption references were pending with national accountability bureau against Dr Naeem, head of new online system of all boards. Dr Naeem had already been expelled from government College University and Punjab University of information technology on corruption charges, he added and raised a question, "How a corrupt man can bring change in the system". The judge directed the boards' chairmen to submit their affidavits and adjourned hearing of the case for two weeks.
Advocate Azhar Siddique in his petition, had contended that all intermediate and secondary education boards of Punjab had changed the procedure of MCQs for class-x examination. He said the students needed much time to understand the newly-introduced pattern.
He said the administrations of the all BISEs seemed to have decided to create hurdles for students in these examinations.
Mr Siddique said this step also failed as no student could be able to submit online admission form. He pointed out that majority of the students could not get their roll number slips and had to visit board offices many time. He alleged that the students were forced to grease the palm of concerned officials to get their roll number slips.
The petitioner, therefore, prayed to the court to order all BISEs to withdraw newly introduced pattern of MCQs and also stay holding of the exams till final decision on the petition. The nationYour Comments
Teachers to rally against extra duties
Lahore: Teachers have criticised the Punjab school education department for assigning them various additional duties without resolving their problems including a raise in salaries.
Schoolteachers under the banner of Punjab Teachers Union and Joint Action Committee have announced a demonstration and a hunger strike camp in front of Punjab Assembly on Thursday (today).
In a statement issued here on Wednesday, PTU and JAC leaders Rana Muhammad Arshad, Rana Liaquat Ali, Syed Sajjad Akbar Kazmi and others stated that teachers were being deputed to administer anti-polio vaccination drops to children, census duty, bringing out-of-school children to schools and examination task.
These duties, they said, resulted in poor performance of their students in examinations and then teachers were held responsible for it.
They said the Punjab school education department had failed to fully implement the teachers' package and teachers serving in Lahore were not being given big city allowance while in-service promotion of quota under the four-tier formula was not being implemented. They also alleged that teachers were also being denied salaries in different districts. Dawn
Dr Ikram new GCU VC
Lahore: The Punjab government on Wednesday appointed Dr Ikramul Haq as Acting Vice-Chancellor of the Government College University.
The Punjab Higher Education Department, after approval of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Governor Sardar Latif Khosa, has issued the notification of noted biotechnologist and Sitara-e-Imtiaz Prof Dr Ikramul Haq as the Acting VC GC University Lahore.
Prof Ikarm, who is working as Government College University Dean Faculty of Science and Information Technology and Director Institute of Biotechnology, did his post doctorate from the Cornell University, New York, USA as a Fulbright Scholar. The nation
PU MBBS exam date sheets
Lahore: Punjab University Examinations Department has issued date sheets for written examinations of MBBS (New Re-Organized Scheme), Second Professional, Supplementary Exam 2010 and MBBS (Latest New Re-Organized Scheme), Second Professional, Supplementary Exam 2010. The exam will commence from March 14 and conclude on March 21, 2011. Detailed date sheet is also available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk, said a press release here on Wednesday.
Lahore: Punjab University Department of French Incharge Saleha Nazeer has earned her PhD degree from the Sorbonne University after the completion of her dissertation titled "Iqbalian Critique of Modernity: A Comparative Study." The background of the dissertation was provided by one of the best known pieces of French literature, The Little Prince by Antonie de Saint Exupery. Taking this modern classic as a statement on the modern condition, the dissertation detailed Muhammad Iqbal's critique of modernity and looked at how this critique was received by two Iranian intellectuals Ali Shariati and Jalal Al-e-Ahmad.
Qirat, Naat, calligraphy contests
Lahore: Intercollegiate Qirat, Naat and calligraphy competitions were held at the Lahore College for Women University in which 12 colleges participated from all over the city. Dr. Humala Khalid, Dean of Islamic Studies, Humanities and Oriental Learning, was presiding the event. The competition was organised by the Islamiat Department of the LCWU.
In Qirat competition, 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes were won by Hafiza Momina Farooq from Islamia College, Hafiza Madiha Kaleemullah from Post Graduate College and Irum Ahmad from Queen Marry College respectively. Sajida Mushtaq from Fatima Jinnah Chuna Mandi College, Muniba Ijaz from Post Graduate Samanabad and Hafiza Misbah from Government. Degree College won 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in Naat competition respectively. The trophy was awarded to Samanabad College on team performance whereas in calligraphy competition 1st, Mehwish Idrees stood first, 2nd and 3rd positions were bagged by Aqsa Naeem and Sehar Jameel respectively. All the three students were from the LCWU. The news