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 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 release.

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 party.

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 chancellor explained.

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 the university.

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 FDE.

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 474.

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.

He 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 Friday.

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.

The course titled Learn Calligraphy is being initiated after successful completion of three months Urdu calligraphy course held in the first phase.

NLA 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 the course.

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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