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BISE, Rawalpindi HSSC exams from May 28
Rawalpindi, May 02: The annual examination of HSSC Part-I under Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Rawalpindi will start on May 8, while HSSC Part-II exam will commence on May 28. A BISE, Rawalpindi official said that a total of 52,000 and 62,300 male and female candidates would appear in the HSSC Part-I and Part-II examinations respectively and as many as 190 examination centres had been established.

He said that roll number slips of all the regular and private candidates had been dispatched to their respective address. app

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FSc Part-I students in aquandary
Islamabad: A large number of students appearing in the annual examination of FSc (Part-I) being conducted by Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) Islamabad, have expressed their dissatisfaction with the setting of biology paper.

The students at various exam centres said that the paper pattern was not to test their ability or grip over the subject but to play hide and seek with their destiny.

A student, Bilal Satti, said: "Most important chapters of the text book have been overlooked and majority of the questions have been selected from the unimportant chapters. Instead of asking questions proportionately from the entire text book, only three chapters in succession i.e. chapters 9, 10 and 11 have been chosen by the examiner for the questions".

Iftikhar Ahmed, the father of a female student, said that the paper should be prepared from the whole book so that students could get equal chance to solve the paper.

The worried students as well as their parents have requested the FBISE authorities to give the candidates grace marks in the biology paper to save their career.

It is to mention that the students from Islamabad Capital Territory, cantonments and garrisons, federally administered northern areas and overseas are taking the exam.

Spokesman for FBISE Syed Akhtar Hussain said that the students' complaints did not carry weight because questions were not out of course. "Most of the students use 'guess papers' or they do selective studies. At the failure of their guess, they start complaining about the question paper," he said.

However, their complaints would be conveyed to the controller of examination and he would defiantly look into the matter, he said.

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Colleges' affiliation with QAU facesdelay
Islamabad: The process to affiliate public sector colleges in the federal capital with the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) faces delay and it seems the decision will not be implemented before the start of the new academic session in September. The educational institutions in the city are currently affiliated with the University of Punjab, Lahore.

Sources said the colleges could not print their prospectuses for the new admissions as the affiliation with the university had to be mentioned on them. On the other hand, the file regarding formation of the board of studies has become a 'shuttlecock' between the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) and the Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD).

Considering the problems of the students and lack of communication with the Punjab University, it was decided in March 2011 that the process to affiliate all the degree-awarding institutions under the FDE with the QAU would be completed within one year and the institutions would start their new academic sessions from September 2012 under the QAU.

But so far CADD has not completed the process due to which the managements of colleges are still waiting for printing their prospectuses. Besides, every year the inspection team of the Punjab University visited the colleges and charged Rs15,000 as an inspection fee for BA/BSC, BCom and postgraduate classes. This year, however, the college managements remain confused as which of the two universities would send their team for inspection.

A college professor said that after implementation of the 18th amendment, the federal ministry of education was dissolved and colleges in the federal capital were given under the administrative control of CADD. At the same time, with a vision to enable the educational institutions to enhance their performance certain steps were to be taken. Under one of the decisions, all the colleges directly under the federal government would be affiliated with the QAU after making necessary arrangements. The decision was taken in view of the fact that the PU already catered to miscellaneous needs of graduate and postgraduate students from a vast area of the province and was overburdened. Because of this, the students in the capital city faced a number of issues like discrepancies and delays in their results and travelling to Lahore in case of an emergency for getting a minor problem resolved.

With this in mind, Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari, who was then leader of the house in the Senate, sent a request to the QAU authorities and the government approved affiliation of all the federal colleges with the QAU. The QAU desired submission of cases through the FDE followed by CADD. The 155th meeting of the syndicate of QAU approved the affiliation of 20 model and 10 F.G. colleges in March 2011. A committee for affiliation of the colleges was also constituted which was headed by Rafiq Tahir, the joint education adviser CADD, and comprised five members from the QAU and four from the FDE.

The professor added: "The QAU sought CVs for appointment of the chairman of the board of studies, co-opted members, two experts and academic council from the FDE. But the file with ifs and buts is oscillating between the FDE and CADD."

"While the closing date for refreshing the affiliation with the Punjab University is approaching, the affiliation process with the QAU lingers on. Only after one month, the colleges will prepare for starting admissions and need prospectus, updated in all respects. Besides, they have to decide about the board of studies because there subjects like Persian and Arabic which are not taught at the QAU," said the professor.

Professor Tahir Mahmood, the secretary general of the F.G. College Teachers Association, observed: "We are surprised why the authorities concerned seem unwilling to fulfil their own words. They have chains of excuses to justify the delaying tactics. The QAU has already said it is ready for affiliation."

He demanded that the affiliation process should be completed on time to avoid confusion and hardships for the institutions as well as the students seeking admissions.

When contacted, Rafiq Tahir, the joint education adviser CADD, said the board of studies had been completed and by May 10 its notification would be issued. "Next year's admission will be done through the QAU; however, those students who are in the second-year degree classes will continue with the PU and after one year, we will be completely affiliated with the QAU. As far as inspection of the educational institutes is concerned, it will not be done this year," he said.

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Students relieved Court declares non-refund policyillegal
Islamabad: Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday declared the non-refund policy of all the educational institutions as illegal and directed the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to formulate a policy that safeguards the students' interests.

Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the IHC passed this order while deciding the petition of a student who got admission at Comsats Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) in BS Computer Science programme.

The petitioner deposited Rs69,000 as admission fee but then deposited another Rs85,000 at FAST University when he received an admission offer for the same programme by them.

The CIIT, however, refused to refund his admission fee when he informed them of his admission at FAST University and asked for his money. The Comsats administration told him that due to their non-refund policy, the fee, once deposited, could not be returned to anyone.

The court observed the policy was neither rational nor legal. It directed the HEC to restructure the policy and bring the same in conformity with the court's orders.

The court observed: "There is no statutory provision through which the entire fee deposited by the students can be forfeited and non-refund of fee to a student who leaves the institution at the very initial stage is against the principles of justice."

The order further said the educational institutions' approach in parting education appeared to have commercial orientation and "due to this very reason, such policies are introduced to squeeze money from the students who, in the compelling circumstances, are forced to submit an undertaking regarding acceptance of all terms and conditions". The order stressed that educational institutions cannot be allowed to operate purely on commercial considerations.

Justice Siddiqui said such policies, in fact, burdened the entire family and there were instances where brilliant students had been deprived of education for good as their families were not financially so strong as to deposit fee at different institutions to secure admission for them.

He said: "The institutes' management is expected to demonstrate parental conduct with the students instead of dealing with them like a businessman.

"Availing better opportunity is the right of every student and it should not be treated as an offence."He, however, said the institutions might be allowed by the HEC to deduct certain amount from the deposited fee against their expenses on the services made available to the students till their stay with them.

The petitioner, Usman Syed, through his counsel Barrister Omer Farooq adopted before the court that he applied for admission in the bachelor programme at CIIT, Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute (GIKI) and FAST University, simultaneously, in 2010.

He said the CIIT on July 7, 2010 sent him an offer letter for admission and he deposited the admission fee. On July 19, 2010, the FAST University also approved his admission and asked him to deposit the fee which he did. According to the petitioner, on July 29, 2010, he approached the additional Registrar CIIT Nadeemuddin Qureshi who refused to refund
the fee saying that no such practice prevailed at Comsats.

Raja Abid Hussain, counsel for the CIIT told the court that petitioner deposited the admission fee after accepting the terms and conditions mentioned in the offer letter.

He said, the institution announced the opening and closing dates for admissions and reserved the seats for those students who met the criteria adding that because of the admission of the petitioner, the other aspirants were denied the same because of the limited number of seats. He pointed out that CIIT operates under CIIT Ordinance 2000 and its policies
were formulated in accordance with the said ordinance.

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997 newly-appointed teachers waiting for salaries
Rawalpindi: The educational directorates of the Punjab have yet not made any arrangement to release salaries to the newly appointed 997 teachers.

The recently appointed teachers of Punjab educational institutions on condition of anonymity said that they were appointed in February this year after clearing tests and interviews. At the time of appearing for selection they had also submitted their degrees, certificates and other necessary documents as per rule of the government. On the directives of the Punjab chief minister a special training course was arranged for the teachers, which was completed by them.

As they started teaching in their respective schools in March after getting training, the authorities in the educational directorates have yet not made any arrangement to release their emoluments. When they approached the concerned executive district officers and other officials in the directorate, they instead of giving positive reply have come up with lame excuses that the salaries of the recently appointed teachers both male and female are not being released because the department is working on to ascertain whether the degrees and certificates of these tutors are genuine or not.

The aggrieved teachers informed that all these things including certificates, degrees and other required documents were produced at the time of interview then why such confusion is being created by the related authorities in the educational directorates.

They have demanded of the Punjab chief minister to take notice of the issue and direct the related authorities including the city district government and the educational directorates to release their salaries for the month of March. In other case, tension and anxiety is constantly prevailed among the newly appointed teachers. When tried to approach the EDO Education of Rawalpindi district to know the real facts behind the claims of teachers, he did not attend his cell. The news

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Laptop distributionceremony
Rawalpindi: The Punjab government will distribute 7,500 laptops among students of the district at the auditorium of Pir Mehr Ali Shah-Arid Agricultural University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) on May 2.

Earlier, the ceremony was to be held at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif will be the chief guest at the ceremony. He will also lay the foundation stones of some of the development schemes including a boys' college building at Khayaban-i-Sir Syed.

A PML-N local leader requesting not to be named said on Sunday that the provincial government changed the venue as the cricket stadium was being managed by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), a federal government entity and the PML-N did not want to rely on the PCB as it would not allow the Punjab government to organise a political function there.

He said the ceremony was delayed due to unavailability of the chief guest while laptops in Attock, Chakwal and Jhelum districts were distributed among students without the Punjab chief minister.

He said Maryam Nawaz, daughter of PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, was to distribute laptops among female students at Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) but the function was
delayed due to her busy schedule.

"A total of 2,500 laptops will be distributed among the female students at FJWU," he said. Dawn

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CPSP golden jubilee events to start on May 2
Islamabad: The College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) is organising a series of activities from May 2 to May 6 at teaching hospitals of the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi to mark the 50 years of its establishment.

The CPSP has planned a total of 17 workshops to celebrate its golden jubilee that would be held at tertiary healthcare facilities, including Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, Islamabad, Benazir Bhutto Hospital, Holy Family Hospital, Shifa International Hospital, Foundation University Medical College, Fauji Foundation Hospital, Rawalpindi, AFIC, AFIP and AFID.

The first of the planned workshops would be held at PIMS on vaginal fistula repair on May 2 followed by a workshop on medical education at the CPSP office of the federal chapter on May 3. A workshop on cervical cancer screening would be held at PIMS and on electro-physio-cardiology at AFIC on May 3.

The BBH would host two workshops, one on plastic and reconstructive surgery and the other on drug dependence in psychiatry while the HFH would host three workshops on May 3. The workshops on management of vascular malformations of the head and neck, multi-disciplinary case, handling of common emergencies (poison control, sepsis, disaster) and hepatobiliary and GI workshop would be held at Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad, while a workshop on clinical audit would be held at AFIP on May 3.

The FUMC would hold a workshop on non-invasive ventilation (NIV) and spirometry while the FFH Rawalpindi would host a workshop on Basic techniques in vascular surgery the same day.

As a part of the golden jubilee celebrations, the CPSP regional centre would hold a ceremony for the distribution of intermediate module certificates at its regional office on May 4 that would be followed by groundbreaking ceremony for extension of CPSP Regional Centre, Islamabad.

"The CPSP decided to hold workshops in almost all leading teaching hospitals of the twin cities because majority of the specialties in medical profession are covered by the CPSP," said Vice President (North) Professor Dr Shoaib Shafi. It is important that the CPSP was established 50 years back under the act of parliament. The CPSP is the highest degree awarding institution in Pakistan on post-graduate medical education in as many as 63 disciplines. It is an autonomous body that covers nearly 95 per cent of the total specialists in medical profession in Pakistan.

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Graduation party held at IGSC
Islamabad: In keeping with the tradition of International Grammar School and College (IGSC), the High School celebrated its annual graduation by hosting a party to say farewell to the IGCSE final and GCE 'A' level class of 2012, says a press release.

The celebrations took place at the IGSC campus, especially adorned with luminous decorations to add to the magical effect of the evening.The seniors arrived in full grandeur in a beautiful carriage driven by white horses, the girls elegantly clad in 'saris' and the boys dressed in suits and tuxedos; they walked down the red carpet beaming with excitement.

The celebrations commenced with a variety of performances by the students, including parodies and skits, songs and medleys that had the audience thoroughly entertained. Lined up next was a video tribute created by the juniors for their graduating seniors featuring the school culture, their creativity and humour had the audience laughing at one point and in tears at yet another - a truly emotionally intense video. Individuals from the outgoing classes were then presented with their honorary titles and souvenirs that would be cherished by them for many years to come.

Speaking on the occasion, the valedictorian, Sundus Noeen, also the highest achiever in the world, holding world distinction in Chemistry from the University of London and straight As in all other subjects, said with teary eyes, "Having been a part of the IGSC family for the past decade has honestly been more than a life-changing experience. IGSC has helped me blossom from a shy little pre-schooler to a confident young adult ready to take on the challenges of college life. The 'global community' as I like to call it here at IGSC is an integral part of the campus life and the different cultures, religions, foods and languages make the close-knit community here different. Growing up in such a diverse environment has helped me connect to a myriad of cultures. I feel proud that our school has recently been awarded with the honour of being recognised as one of the top 100 schools in the world, by the Cambridge University itself, and I can say with absolute assurance that it is indeed well-deserved."

The principal wished the graduates all the very best in all future endeavours and said, "Each one of you is imprinted in my memory so endearingly, to be cherished for a long time to come."

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Froebel's School bids farewell to 'Class of 2012'
Rawalpindi: It was a bittersweet moment as the Class of 2012 at Froebel's International School gathered in their auditorium for the last time to bid farewell to their school and teachers. Donned in the caps and gowns that traditionally mark the occasion, they listened to the praise and final words of wisdom imparted from their mentors before they enter the next phase of their lives.

Principal Umber Tariq gave an emotional speech to her students. "This class is unique, not because of what they accomplished, but how they accomplished it. They took great care and were always there for each other. It was remarkable to see this group of students grow into young, responsible men and women as one big family!"

The chief guest for the evening, Hijab Fatimah, founder of the Gachrang School of Arts, reflected on her own experiences and encouraged the cohort to be earnest in their future endeavours. "To dedicate themselves with passion and to love what they do" was the message that was reiterated as she handed out diplomas to the graduating students.

Former head girl Jannat Ali Meer then gave a fitting goodbye speech on behalf of her peers. She reminisced the tremendous journey they had undertaken from pre-school to A-levels and how Froebel's was an integral component of their lives. "There are so many memories for us to cherish from our time at Froebel's. These red bricks have a story and a memory of us in every corner."

The evening concluded on high spirits, with the students anticipating the path ahead, their time at Froebel's having placed them in excellent stead for success at home and abroad. Jannat is amongst many of her peers who have been accepted by internationally renowned universities.

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Annual day at City School
Rawalpindi: The City School, Cantonment Senior Branch, organised its annual day here on Tuesday. The theme for the event was 'Global Village: Neighbouring Countries.' Different classes represented cultures, culinary delights, detailed information, dresses and folk dances of China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Iran and Bangladesh. Class Prep I-C represented Mughal history. There was also an exhibition of students' scientific acumen through a number of science projects, which were greatly appreciated by the large number of parents who visited the campus. The news

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