Confusion over summer vacation prevails
Karachi, May 17: Thousands of schoolchildren and their parents who have been waiting for the start of the two-month summer vacation on June 1 are disturbed by the uncertainty created by the Sindh education department on the issue of summer vacation's starting month, it emerged on Wednesday.
Parents and schoolteachers as well as some of the school management representatives said that the education department which, they said, "believes in planning something and doing something else" once again resorted to a torturous exercise of changing the summer vacation's starting date.
"We have been teaching our students as per a course plan prepared keeping in view the routine summer vacation starting from June 1 and ending on July 31," said a couple of school management personnel.
While only two weeks of May are left, a majority of schools have also started conducting pre-vacation examinations as well, said the schools management people, adding that a majority of the schools wants the vacation to start from June 1 and not from July 1.
According to the minutes of the Sindh education department's steering committee which met in the second week of February this year, the chairmen of educational boards, education department's officers and the representatives from private schools and other institutions in principle decided to start summer vacation from June 1 for two months.
However, in view of the absence of some representatives of the so-called "big schools in the private sector", they had agreed that the education department might hold a separate meeting with the schools in question later and if they were convinced to delay the commencement of the summer vacation for one month, a summary would be moved for the chief minister to get his approval on a major shift from the routine.
Last year too the education department had tried to shift the vacation to July-August instead of June-July on the grounds of the commencement of Ramzan in hot summer days, a parent recalled and added that this year as per a climate change expert, August would going to be a calm and pleasant month and as such the education department's summary for not holding classes in August had become questionable.
The month of May has so far been hotter and June too is likely to remain unbearable for schoolchildren from summer point of view across the province, said anther parent and added that the education department should be realistic and not confuse things.
Syed Khalid Shah, chief of the All Pakistan Private School Management Association said that there had been a lot of concerns and confusion among students and parents on the subject.
"We have been told that the education secretary has sent a summary to the chief minister in regard to the summer vacation about a week ago and is waiting for a green signal," he said.
"It is ridiculous that the education department instead of reporting the results of its meeting with the so-called private schools to the steering committee resorted to forward a summary to the CM."
The education secretary of Sindh could not be reached despite repeated attempts on Wednesday night when some of the media channels were highlighting the issue and releasing unconfirmed announcements regarding summer holidays.
However, when contacted, a spokesman for the Chief Minister said that he had been told that the much publicised summary reached to the Chief Minister House just on Wednesday.
Any decision would be taken by the chief minister in a day or two, he added. Dawn
HEC grants highest 'W4' category to SSUET
Karachi: The Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) has been granted 'W-4' category by the Higher Education Commission (HEC). A spokesman of the SSUET said here on Wednesday that this category of HEC was granted upon the inspection of this university by a HEC committee on January 24. He said that based on the information provided on Quantitative Assessment Form (QAF) and recommendation by the committee, the HEC chairman approved the categorisation of the university in Category 'W4'. Earlier in 2008, the SSUET was granted the 'W' category for fulfilling the HEC's criteria. The SSUET was established in 1994 with only 200 students admitted to the disciplines of computer and electronics engineering and computer science and subsequently new disciplines of bio-medical, civil and telecommunication engineering were added. Today SSUET has over 5,000 students on its roll. app
AIOU exams to begin on May 21
Islamabad: The final examinations for matriculation and postgraduate programmes of the Allama Iqbal Open University for the Autumn Semester 2011 will begin on May 21 across the country.
AIOU Controller of Examinations Muhammad Bashir Chaudhry has said that roll number slips of the matriculation and postgraduate programmes have already been dispatched to all enrolled students at their given addresses by postal mail service.
He said students who did not receive their roll number slips so far are advised to contact the nearest regional office of the university or deputy controller of examinations (result section), examinations department, AIOU, Islamabad, for issuance of duplicate roll number slips.
Students are required to bring two passport size photographs duly attested by a gazetted officer.
Roll number slips along with datesheets have also been placed on the AIOU website www.aiou.edu.pk for the convenience of students.
NUML organises cultural extravaganza
Islamabad: Seven regional campuses and the main campus together put up an exotic show of performances, speeches and cultural dances to provide an opportunity to students to let their vocal, artistic and literary senses to feast further at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) here on Tuesday, says a press release.
In the first round, debaters showcased their mastery in a declamation contest and they beautifully built their cases with the help of literary quotations, Qur'aanic verses, historic allusions and with a mix of literary figures and dramatic touches to win points from judges and a round of applause from the audience. Though it was a declamation contest, there was also a spectacular view of regional integration, solidarity, sportsman's spirit and uniformity for the audience.
In inter-campus English declamation contest, Muhammad Irfan from Multan Campus won the first cash prize of Rs5,000, Anum Iqbal from Lahore Campus won the second cash price of Rs3,000 and Zunaira Butt from Faisalabad Campus won the third cash prize of Rs2,000. Sajid Ali Niazi from the Islamabad Main Campus won the first cash prize of Rs5,000 in Urdu inter-campus declamation contest, while Sajid Abbas from the Islamabad Main Campus grabbed the second prize of Rs3,000 and Muhammad Arif Qureshi won the third prize of Rs2,000.
In the second round of performances, male students of Gilgit-Baltistan, Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Punjab, who were dressed up in their regional and cultural attires, enthralled the audience with their cultural dances on popular folk tunes.
In the end, NUML Rector Major General (r) Masood Hasan distributed prizes among the winners.
RSS Annual Parents Day held
Islamabad: The Roots School System's Gulzar-e-Quaid, Gulrez and E-11 campuses held their Annual Parents Day at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA).
Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan Republic to Pakistan Alik Orozov was the chief guest on the occasion.
Students of RSS exhibited beautiful performances on the theme of 'Dancing Colours of the World'. The performances included 'Colours of Harvesting Season', 'Under the Sea', 'Mortal Combat', 'Rocking Colours of the World', 'Spring in the Jungle' and 'Pakistan's Folk Dances'.
The Rootsians left the audience spellbound with their spectacular performances.
RSS Executive Director Walid Mushtaq said: "RSS immensely emphasises on the character-building of every child and to make them trailblazers and pioneers in every walk of life."
Bahria University's BoG meeting held
Islamabad: The 24th scheduled meeting of the Board of Governors (BoG) of Bahria University was held here on Wednesday. Chaired by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandila NI (M), who is also pro-chancellor and chairman of the Bahria University Board of Governors, the meeting was attended by members. With a heavy agenda of points, the meeting lasted well over three hours. A detailed briefing was given on the spate of progress on various ongoing projects, with special reference to expansion of academic areas, new infrastructures and additional educational facilities in various campuses. The board lauded the rapid growth of the university both in terms of facilities and quality standards.
AWKU, UK varsity sign MoU
Mardan: A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between Abdul Wali Khan University (AWKU) Mardan and the International Durham University, United Kingdom, here on Tuesday.A press release stated that Mrs Sharne Procter, director of International Durham University, UK visited AWKU in Mardan. She was briefed about the different developments that have taken place since the establishment of the university three years ago.Acting Vice-Chancellor Prof Saeed Anwar, deans of the faculties and other senior faculty members were also present on the occasion. Later, the MoU was signed by Prof Dr Saeed Anwar and Mrs Sharne Procter on behalf of their respective universities. The news