Allama Iqbal Open University Semester Exams 2010
AIOU exams to start from May 25
Islamabad, May 23: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will commence exams of Matric, FA and BA level programmes
for the Semester Autumn, 2010 from May 25, simultaneously across the country.
AIOU Controller of Exams, Hafeez-Ullah on Saturday announced that the
roll number slips have been dispatched to all the eligible/enrolled students at
their given addresses by Postal Mail Service.
The students who will not
receive their roll no slips up to May 23 are advised to contact the nearest
regional office of the university or Deputy Controller of Exams (Result) at main
campus of the university personally to get the duplicate roll no slip. To
facilitate the students, roll number slips are also available at web site
www.aiou.edu.pk of the University.
All students are also advised in
their own interest to read the instructions mentioned on roll number slip
carefully before entering into the examination centre.
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AIOU to educate every citizen: VC
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University is trying to educate every Pakistani citizen at his
doorstep through the use of Computer, Internet, FM Radio and Video Conferencing,
said AIOU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi, says a press
He stated this while addressing a lunch party organised by the
recently promoted Professors of AIOU including Professor Dr. Syed Abdul Siraj,
Professor Dr. Shahid Iqbal Kamran and Professor Dr. Rashid A. Naeem. More than
hundred faculty members and administrative officers of AIOU participated in the
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Dr. Nazir A. Sangi and the newly
selected faculty members have announced donation of one-lack rupees each from
their own pocket for the help of AIOU poor students.
The vice chancellor
while addressing on the occasion, congratulated all the newly selected faculty
in different position and thanked for donating for the poor AIOU students. This
will go a long way benefiting the poor to get educated and ultimately for a
literate Pakistan, the vice chancellor assured.
The Vice chancellor also
shed light on the progress made by the University during the last one year. He
said that the University is spreading education to the rural poor by
establishing new regional campus in all the four provinces and the AJK. The
university is making every use of the latest communication technology to make
teaching-learning effective. In this regard the university is trying to remove
the distance through the use of latest communication technology, the vice
Dr. Sangi was of the view that institution can be
developed only when their employees are satisfied with their job. In this
regard, the university is determined to make all the efforts to promote, educate
and facilitate its employees. There are frequently selection boards meeting in
the last one year, which selected teaching faculty, officer cadres and officials
in all the specialized area.
Dr. Sangi, said that his top priority is to
spread basic education and professional training compatible to far-flung and
backward areas of the country, where even schools are not available. He said
that AIOU has many programs of basic training including livestock, art and
design, marketing and computer and with these programs, the university can bring
a revolution in the lives of poor, unemployed and backward people of the country
but for this purpose, the university is lacking appropriate funds and buildings.
For this purpose, the university has established a Fund for Poor people, in
which many people are contributing for the education of poor Pakistanis. On the
occasion, Dr. Sangi also announced to contribute one hundred thousand rupees for
this fund out of his pocket. Similarly, an amount of one hundred thousand rupees
was also announced to be contributed by the recently inducted faculty members of
Dr. Sangi said that Allama Iqbal Open University is
amongst the four mega universities of the world and it is also the largest
Public Sector University of the Country. He said that AIOU has a mandate to
spread higher education through distance education system throughout the country
and it has a nation-wide network of regional campuses in the country. Currently
the university is offering a greater number of programs through its regional
network to provide education at the doorstep of the nation. AIOU is giving
special emphasis on personality building, he added.
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HEC likely to get Rs13.5 bn for 2011-12
Lahore: The federal government is likely to allocate Rs 13.5 billion for the Higher Education
Commission (HEC) on the development side in the upcoming budget, which is Rs 2
billion less than what was allocated to the Commission in fiscal year (FY)
2010-2011, it has been learnt.
Last year, the government had earmarked Rs
15.7 billion for the HEC under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP)
2010-2011; however, the amount was later reduced to Rs 14.6 billion. It has been
learnt that this year the HEC had proposed Rs 16.5 billion development budget
for a number of new as well as dozens of ongoing schemes. However, the federal
government has agreed to allocate only Rs 13.5 billion. The federal government
is likely to announce the budget on June 3.
The amount will be spent on a
total of 170 development schemes (166 ongoing schemes and only four new
schemes). The new schemes include establishment of National Institute of Liver
and Gastro-Intestinal Diseases at Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi
with an estimated cost of Rs 573.689 million, setting up of two new universities
in Balochistan separately at Turbat and Loralai with estimated cost of Rs
1555.391 million and Rs 1493.751 respectively. The news
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FDE probe: More hired than posts advertised
Islamabad: The Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) is investigating how it hired more than 600
people in 2008 against 170 advertised posts, It has been learnt.
The directorate issued appointment letters to 641 for the positions of
non-teaching staff. However, a recent scrutiny has brought the number down to
474, who have been accommodated in the educational institutions under the
directorate's administrative control.
Documents available with Dawn show that the directorate conducted tests and
interviews of eligible candidates through the Departmental Selection Committees
(DSCs) in the four provinces for selection.
But today there are no available records of the workforce (641) hired by the
According to a source in the Establishment Division, the hiring took place in
July 2008. What happened in the next 18 months remained a mystery, he said.
"We are trying to find out what happened? Why individuals were hired over and
above the advertised numbers and who is responsible? The authority was obviously
then director general FDE and his director admin," said the official, explaining
how the directorate's teams had been sent out to verify credentials of the
He added that though the 170 posts have been filled, "today we do not know
for sure if those hired against the advertised seats are genuine candidates or
not. Because there is no record of who were interviewed, selected and under what
capacity so many appointment orders were made."
Out of the 474, another 49 were adjusted in the advertised cadre, according
to the documents of the Ministry of Education. The remaining 255 were
accommodated against other empty slots in the FDE administrated institutes.
But the Accountant General Pakistan Revenue (AGPR) had refused to release
salaries of the 255 appointed against the posts of different cadres of the
identical and higher scale with the observation that the Ministry of Education
was not the competent authority to do so.
It had directed the directorate to get approval from the Establishment
Division about their appointment. The AGPR had frozen salaries of the 255 for
the last two years.
However, it is learnt through sources in the directorate that some 30 to 40
individuals out of the 255 were drawing salaries from the AGPR without the
knowledge of FDE.
"It just came to our knowledge that some of them were already drawing
salaries from the AGPR but it was not mentioned in our documents," said a source
in the directorate.
However the directorate, which runs some 420 educational institutions in
urban and rural areas, has built up a case for the release of salaries of the
255 personnel, who had been on strike in front of its office in G-9.
According to the directorate, the protests were causing administrative
issues. It has also approached the Capital Administration and Development
Division (CADD), requesting it to approach the Establishment Division to agree
to accord "ex-post facto approval of appointments of those incumbents appointed
over and above prescribed advertised posts and adjusted against other cadre
posts in the larger interest of FG Educational Institutions". Dawn
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FDE DG takes charge today
Islamabad: Federal Directorate of Education s Director General Atif Kayani will take charge of his
office today (Monday).
Talking to Online on Sunday, Atif Kayani said that
he would resolve issues of teachers on priority basis adding that he would hold
meetings with teachers associations to review their pending cases.
pointed out that the teachers retire in the same grade in which they joined and
noted that he would revisit this issue and a committee would be set up for their
aggradations to remove their sense of deprivation. Islamabad will be changed
into modern education city to make it symbol of the education n for entire
country, he underlined.
Kayani vowed that all just rights of the teachers
would be granted and the issues of the teachers who were restored through
restoration act would also be resolved.
On this occasion, the association
of teachers congratulated Kayani over his appointment as Director General
Education and hoped that new DG would resolve the problems of the teachers.
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Rootsians exhibit cultures of the world
Islamabad: The Annual Parents Day of the Roots Thematic Montessori, 33-A and 48-A Satellite Town
campuses, was held at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) on
Federal Minister for Railways Ghulam Ahmed Bilour was the chief
guest while Dr. Rushdi Al Ani, Ambassador of Iraq and Syed Hassan Javed,
Additional Foreign Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, were present as
guests of honour.
The theme, which was adopted throughout the
performances was Cultures of the World . Students of Play Group from Roots
Thematic Montessori presented a welcome rhyme on peace. The karate performance
was conducted by Roots Students of Advance Montessori.
Music needs no
boundaries, students from advance Montessori presented dance performances that
were merged together with folkdances of different provinces like Punjab,
Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh.
The different cultures of the
world were shown through the dance performances like Ballet dance performance
was presented by the little ballerina s from advance and junior Montessori.
The Indonesia and Gypsy dance were also shown. In another dance
performance on Chinese culture dancers were holding feather banners and were
dancing on the music like a bird try to fly in air from earth. A tribute to
mothers was given beautifully and at the end children were dressed like flowers
and showed colours of spring, joy and excitement.
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NLA to launch calligraphy course from June 1
Islamabad: National Language Authority (NLA) will launch one-year calligraphy course, without any
charges, for promotion of art among younger generation from June 1.
course titled Learn Calligraphy is being initiated after successful completion
of three months Urdu calligraphy course held in the first phase.
Secretary Sarfraz Tariq said that the students would learn Khat-e-Nastaleeq and
Khat-e-Naskh during the course. He said Urdu is a vast language and calligraphy
is cultural heritage of Muslims so the authority has planned a course to raise
awareness among the younger generation about their cultural heritage enabling
them to transfer it to coming generations.
The course will be free of
cost and a certificate will be awarded to the participants at the completion of
Those who are interested in the course can contact National
Language Authority, Pitras Bukhari Road, Islamabad, or on phone number
051-925011-13. The news
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