AIOU Matric, intermediate exams 2009

AIOU to commence Matric, intermediate exams from June 7
Islamabad, May 25: The final examinations of Matric and Intermediate programmes of the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) for the Semester Autumn, 2009 will start from June 7. The exams will be held all over the country simultaneously, said Hafeez-Ullah, Controller of Exams, AIOU.

The Roll No. slips of Matric and Intermediate programmes have been dispatched to all the eligible/enrolled students at their given addresses through Post Office.

All those students who has not received their Roll No. Slips before June 3, are advised to contact the nearest regional offices or Superintendent Exams (Undergraduate) at main campus of the university personally to get the duplicate Roll No. Slip.

To facilitate the students, Roll No. slip is also available at web site of the university.

All students are also advised in their own interest to read the instructions mentioned on Roll No. Slip carefully before entering into the examination center. App

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Prof Malik still looking for justice
Islamabad: So now teaching students how to stand up to the injustice amounts to 'misconduct' if a report by a committee formed on order of the prime minister to inquire into torture on Prof Tahir Malik is something to go by. The committee, without questing any of the over 20 witnesses of the case, declared Prof Malik guilty and issued him show cause notice. He would now plead his case before the National Assembly Standing Committee on Education today (Wednesday). Called for comments, Prof Malik said that it is ridiculous after the fact that Brig (r) Ranjha, who along with his accomplices, had beaten him black and blue on premises of NUML in full view of students and faculty members had admitted his crime and apologized.

He said the inquiry committee has not interviewed any one of over 20 witnesses of the case including TV anchor Aasma Sherazi, head of International Relations Department of NUML, faculty members and students, compiling the report. That the committee compiled the report sitting in the NUML rector's office is enough to prove malafide since the university administration itself is a party to the bad episode, he said. He said before February 4, 2010, the university was going peaceful and it is Brig (r) Ranjha who instigated students into violence by his blatant display of bashing a teacher, that followed students protests all over the country. He said the inquiry committee was siding with Ranjha as they mentioned warnings in my job record and skipped the fact that Federal Directorate of Audit had found Ranjha's appointment illegal and he was facing even criminal cases, one such registered with Aabpara Police Station. He said, "All I need is justice. Unveil the culprits."

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Allocating only 3 percent of GDP for education will be a big jump: Ahsan
Islamabad: Allocating even 3 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) for the education budget will be a huge jump, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Ahsan Iqbal said on Monday. Speaking at the pre-Budget 2010-11 Seminar on the "Education Sector Budgeting" organised by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute in collaboration with the Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives here on Monday. Iqbal said things can be changed with a visionary leadership or by creating a demand through societal pressure. Education was suffering from internal efficiency crisis as well as population increase, he said. The PML-N leader said they had tried to enrol 0.1 million children in schools on September 9, 1999 and succeeded despite opposition from the bureaucracy. 0.876 million children were enrolled in one day, he added. This showed that it was the incapacity of the Education Department and not the children and their parents that was responsible for low enrolment. Daily times

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Curriculum for schools and seminaries proposed
Islamabad: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Education on Monday proposed a national curriculum that would be implemented in all educational institutions and 'madrassas' in consultation with stakeholders.

The members of the committee opined that 'madrassas' should follow the national curriculum prepared by the Ministry of Education that could bring them at par with other educational institutions.

Minister of State for Education Ghulam Farid Kathia said that 'madrassas' were under the control of interior and religious affairs ministries so they could not force administration of 'madrassas' for introduction of national curriculum.

The members during the meeting, held under the chairmanship of Abid Sher Ali, after thoroughly discussing the issue of enforcement of national curriculum in 'madrassas' suggested holding a joint meeting of the three ministries to deal with this issue.

The committee also discussed Islamabad Capital Territory Private Educational Institutions Ordinance 2007 which is under consideration at the moment. The committee had constituted a sub-committee, which proposed that the regularity authority should not determine the fee structure of the private schools as every school charges fee according to the facilities being provided to the students.

It also proposed that the self-finance position of the authority should not be changed and the government should also allocate annual grant that would be at the disposable of the authority.

Alleged irregularities and different issues related to Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) also came under discussion. Chairman Abid Sher Ali showed concern over appointments against the posts of teaching and non-teaching staff in different schools and colleges. The members pointed out that there were five to six posts of directors whereas eight directors have been working in the directorate.

The chairman raised the issue of restoration of two directors including Farzana Gondal and Chaudhry Sadiq who were suspended on the charges of irregularities. He said without conducting any inquiry why they have been reinstated again but relevant officials found it hard to justify their restoration.

Discussing the issue of termination of Nazia Rafique, ex-programme manager, CIDA Dept Swap Project for Education, the committee directed the ministry that Nazia Rafique should be reinstated as the rules and procedures was not followed in the case.

The committee recommended to the ministry to review the policy of granting six monthly renewable contracts and daily wages scheme to project employees of the Ministry of Education and should follow the guidelines of the Planning Commission.

It was recommended that such cases including Science Education Project Phase-1 officers should be referred to Establishment Division, FPSC and Prime Minister's Secretariat for regularisation. The news

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