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Race for FDE head began
Islamabad, May 21: With the removal of Atif Mehmood Kayani on
the directives of the Supreme Court, a race for the post of the
director general, Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) has started.
A number of hopefuls having links with influential politicians have
jumped into the foray. The new minister for Capital Administration and
Development Division (CADD) can also play a role in the appointment.
On the other hand, educationists have expressed the hope that like
the practice before 1999, one of them would be appointed as the director
Besides, Dr Shahnaz A. Riaz, who has been trying to get the post for
the last 14 years and also fought her case in the apex court, is also
hopeful that she would get the charge of acting DG on Monday and later
would be confirmed.
It may be noted that in the light of the Supreme Court's observation, CADD discontinued the service of Atif Kayani on Friday.
Prof Khalida Makhdoom, senior vice-president Federal Government
College Teachers Association (FGCTA), said in the past senior-most and
capable educationists were made the FDE head. With this lawful practice
and a logical tradition, the education department flourished in the
newly-established federal capital. A number of institutions were opened,
catering to the educational needs of the people, and the number has now
"Remarkable services of Professor Afroze Begum as the FDE head are
still fresh in the memories of the residents. She raised the standard of
education, particularly in the rural areas of the capital, and created
new posts of teachers according to the rising
demand. Later, Professor Mohammad Akram and Professor Safdar Ali Shah also contributed a lot in raising the education standard."
Prof Tahir Mahmood, the secretary general of FGCTA, added that
political instability and interference brought a number of people from
outside to the lucrative post. In the beginning, officials from the
Ministry of Education and then military and civilian personnel having
political backing but not enough qualifications and competence occupied
"For example, the period between 2001 and 2008, when Brigadier
(retired) Maqsoodul Hassan headed the FDE, was the worst one with
extreme level of nepotism and favouritism. In the name of teacher
training, millions of funds went to waste and favourite persons were
sent abroad violating all principles of merit. Walk-in-interviews were
conducted to appoint blue-eyed boys on the recommendations of
influential persons," he added.
He said the teaching community seemed having no place in the system as their entry into the FDE before 12pm was banned.
Consequently, the pace of progress in the education department fell
to its lowest level. At the same time, endless chain of victimisation
and promotion on the basis of favoritism continued.
Professor Zahid Ali Shah, president FGCTA, appealed to the secretary
CADD that the teachers' body should be consulted on the appointment of
the DG. "Any of the senior professors working as principal in federal
government colleges should be appointed as the DG, keeping in view their
past performance and administrative abilities."
Professor Tahir Mahmood said the practice of making experiments in
the most important department should be stopped. It is no less than
playing with our future generation.
Dr Shahnaz Riaz, when contacted, said the post was purely promotion
based and she deserved to be appointed as the DG, because she was the
most senior officer and has worked in international universities too.
"I am expecting that I will be appointed as the acting head of the
FDE till the nomination of a permanent DG by Prime Minister Syed Yousuf
Raza Gilani. I am sure that the PM will appoint me as the DG because he
believes in merit and in the past had rejected the summery of my
Joint Secretary CADD Rafique Tahir said according to rules he could
have taken over the additional charge of DG on Friday and would remain
on the post till the appointment of the permanent DG. But he said he did
not have any interest in the post and on Monday a deserving person will
be given the acting charge. Dawn
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Moot on emerging trends in management held at MAJU
Islamabad: The Mohammad Ali Jinnah University held 1st International Conference on
Emerging Trends in Management: ICETM 2012, at its Islamabad Campus, says
a press release.
The purpose of this conference was to
provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on the latest business
developments in the field of management among researchers and
practitioners in universities and industries and to seek opportunities
for collaboration among the participants.
scholarly contributions from 11 countries were received. After a careful
review 54 papers were selected for the conference presentation in seven
sessions and for foreign scholars, who were very keen to come to
Pakistan, but could not travel due to visas and other issues; were
provided opportunity to present their papers online.
the opening session Dr. Ijaz Shafi Gillani, Chairman Gallup Pakistan,
was the chief guest and delivered the keynote speech on globalisation
and its impact on the life of human on planet earth. Deans and senior
faculty members of leading academic institutions of Islamabad inducing
Dr. Muhammad Bashir Khan, Dr. Kashif-ur-Rehman, Dr. Mushtaq Ahmed Sajid,
Dr. Kamran Naqi Khan, Moin Uddin, Dr. Mueen Zafar, and Atle Hetland, a
well known Norwegian Researcher, journalist and columnist participated
as chair, co-chair and participants in the conference.
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IIU admissions for fall semester start
Islamabad: The International Islamic University (IIU) has started admissions for the
Fall Semester and applications in this regard can be submitted by June
29. Details for admission tests are available on university's website
and no other letter would be issued to students in this regard, said a
circular issued by university administration.
circular the university has started its admissions in Faculties of
Arabic, Basic and Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology,
Management Sciences, Islamic Studies (Usool-ud-Deen), Language and
Literature, Social Sciences, Shri'ah and Law and in the International
Institute of Islamic Economics. Result awaiting students can also apply
for bachelor and master's programmes but they have to submit their
degrees by October, 30.
Admission would be rejected of
those students who would fail in any paper or not get required marks.
Admission form can be obtained from the university New Campus, Sector
H-10, branches of Habib Bank, First Women Bank and Allied Bank in
Islamabad and also can download the admission form from the university
website www.iiu.edu.pk and post it to admission office IIU sector H-10
There are 9 teaching faculties, 39 departments
and 130 degree programmes. The university has the enrolment of over
22,000 students including 2200 doctorial and post-graduate students from
more than 50 countries. The university has a fleet of around 65 buses
to provide transportation facility to male and female students
separately all over Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Taxila areas and also has
separate campuses for female and male students.
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FJWU Seminar on World Press Freedom Day
Rawalpindi: The Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU), under the umbrella of Susan B
Anthony Reading Room, celebrated World Press Freedom Day in
collaboration with the Department of Communication and Media Studies.
FJWU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Samina Amin Qadir was the chief guest
of the occasion.
The programme started with the
recitation of verses from the Holy Qur'aan. FJWU Librarian Zafar Javed
Naqvi welcomed the guests - Adnan Rehmat (executive director of the
Intermedia) and Aftab Alam (executive director of the IRADA).
addressing the seminar, Adnan Rehmat said that the media in Pakistan
has changed enormously over the last one decade, but the threats to it
have not diminished. He said that before 2002 there was a single
television channel and radio station that is governed by the state. At
that time, there was no interface between the media and the audience.
But after that the government decided to indulge private sector in media
environment and thus started licensing private television channels and
radio stations. "Now we have 97 television stations and 147 radio
stations," he added. He said that it is the need of the hour that we
train media persons in reporting and covering public issues.
on the occasion, Aftab Alam said that across the world, including
Pakistan, World Press Freedom Day was commemorated to spotlight the
importance of freedom of expression, as enshrined under Article 19 of
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The right to access
(unadulterated) information is one of the fundamental rights recognised
under the UN Charter. He threw some light on different rules and
regulations related to the media.
The seminar was followed
by an interactive question-answer session. The participants and the
faculty members raised meaningful questions about the current media
scenario and media rules in Pakistan.
Dr. Shamim Zaidi,
chairperson of the Communication and Media Studies Department, thanked
the speakers for gracing the occasion and sharing their enlightening
thoughts and experiences with the faculty and students. She briefly
explained to students about history and origin of World Press Freedom
Addressing the seminar, FJWU Vice Chancellor Dr.
Samina Amin Qadir said until and unless you raise your voice, you will
not be heard. The media is becoming more powerful tool in creating,
shaping and propagating public opinion. "We, at the consumer end, must
be able to critically analyse the information," she added.
In the end, Professor Dr. Samina Amin Qadir presented university souvenir to the dignitaries as a token of appreciation.
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Delegation from Lahore visits Isra University
Islamabad: Faculty and students of the Lahore College of Physiotherapy Friday
visited the Isra Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences (IIRS), Isra
University, Islamabad, says a press release.
of IIRS welcomed the visitors to its state-of-the-art campus, where
students of Doctor of Physical Therapy elaborated the importance of
physiotherapy and rehabilitation through speeches, presentations, skits
and personal experiences.
Faculty of Lahore College of
Physiotherapy thanked the management of IIRS for such a warm
hospitality. IIRS Principal Dr. Muhammad Naveed Babur invited the Lahore
College of Physiotherapy in upcoming Rehabilitation Conference in
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RSS Annual Parents Day held
Islamabad: Keeping to its tradition, Roots School System organised 'Annual Parents Day'
here on Friday - an exhilarating performances through arts under the
theme 'Disney World'.
Senator Talha Mehmood, Chairman
Senate standing Committee was the chief guest while Dawar Adnan Shams,
Deputy Director PRCS was the guest of honour. The chief guest Senator
Talha Mehmood, Chairman Senate standing Committee appreciated the role
of Roots School System in the field of education.
were given a platform to perform and depict the Disney characters in
order to impersonate a spectacular performance through rhythms.
Rootsians galvanised the audience with their innervating performances
delineating various satires, nursery rhymes, and a walk through the
RSS Executive Director Walid Mushtaq
commended the efforts of students and RSS staff. While evincing the
preponderance of such events he added by saying that taking time away
from their structured school timetable and being part of this
extravaganza will give them the ability to 'think outside the box' as it
were, to see things with a different pair of eyes. He addressed the
teachers to focus on creating the desire to learn ingeniously in
In the end the chief guest awarded Montessori Graduated students with the shields and certificates. The news
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