Allama Iqbal open university policy
New demands put AIOU students in a quandary
Islamabad, Nov 16: A number of students undertaking current examinations under the
auspices of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) are facing a host of problems
due to the sudden policy change of the University administration for those who
had not received their roll number slips at their addresses.
was witnessed during the last two working days at the University's main campus
where students were seen visiting various blocks to get their roll number slips.
The exchange of verbal clashes were also reported among the students and
the university staff, as the students were arguing that it would be a mere
wastage of time to revisit and meet the new requirements of photographs and
CNICs to get the duplicate roll number slip.
Earlier, it was a practice
that those students, who did not get their roll number slips at their addresses,
could download them online or get them from the AIOU campus. But currently, a
new policy has been introduced by the officials declaring that online roll
number slips are almost `invalid' and candidates are being asked at the eleventh
hour to revisit the campus to meet the new requirements.
complained that no proper guidance is being provided to them in this regard, as
the exams are about to start within days. "We have not received our date
sheets and roll number slips, and only a day is left for the BEd exam (third
semester). We give postal charges but still we have been forced to take pains to
visit the place, which is not fair," a student, Ms Perveen, said.
Public Relations Officer AIOU Ubaid was asked for his comments on the
issue, he, after contacting an official at the Examination Branch, said that
this step is being taken as part of the security measures and to ensure further
transparency in the examination.
It is to mention that candidates have to
produce CNICs at the examination centres if asked by the invigilators, as they
are provided in prior the list of candidates appearing in the exam.
educationist on the issue opined that it is very strange that this step is being
taken for transparency. "If we accept this argument for a while, it creates
several questions for the previous exams conducted under the auspices of AIOU,"
He said the proper way is that AIOU must introduce all roll
number slips with photographs, strengthen its delivery system or even
properly guide the candidates through media or any other channel. Presently,
this issue could be addressed by properly checking the CNICs of all candidates
at the examination centres.
He said sudden demands at the beginning of
the examination have created troubles for those who have not received the roll
number slips at their postal addresses.
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AIOU workshop rescheduled
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has rescheduled the
National Workshop of MSc Gender & Women Studies Programme for Spring
Semester 2009. Now the workshop will start from today (Monday) and will continue
till November 21 daily from 8:30am to 3:00pm at the AIOU main campus auditorium.
Dr Riffat Haq, Incharge Department of Gender & Women Studies, AIOU, said the
students of MSc Gender & Women Studies from all over the country would
participate in the workshop. The news
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Decisions on hold as ICU senate failed to meet
Peshawar: Various major decisions in the Islamia College University
(ICU) are on hold as the administration has failed to convene even a single
meeting of the university senate in over a year, sources said.
Islamia College University Peshawar Act, under which the university was
established in July 2008, has made it compulsory to convene at least two senate
meetings in a year but the university administration has failed to hold any
meeting so far. After the establishment of the university, it should have
convened at least three senate meetings, the sources said. University
senate is the single forum to pass annual budget and approve policies and
policies implemented without the senate's approval are illegal.
50 per cent promotions of the lecturers, assistant professors, associate
professors and professors have been stopped. The problems faced by contractual
and ad hoc lecturers, high fees being charged from students, increase in
salaries and other incentives of the employees were the major issues to be
resolved in the senate meetings.
Time and again the issue of convening
the senate meeting was raised with Vice-Chancellor (VC) Ajmal Khan who each time
promised to convene the meeting but to no avail, the sources claimed. "The VC is
holding the decision-making power which is harmful for the newly established
university. Once the VC takes a decision, he withdraws it on the second day when
deans and chairmen of respective departments build up pressure on him."
For instance, the VC stopped interviews for admissions in masters in
Urdu and theology on Nov 14 but when chairmen of the respective departments
rushed to the VC office, he agreed and allowed admissions, alleging "the VC is
dealing the affairs of the university in consultation with his blue-eyed
employees, who often misuse the VC's office".
Similarly, the university
syndicate, another statutory body, should have held at least five meetings to
discuss different issues but so far, the syndicate has held only one meeting on
Nov 14, which was made possible after repeated request of teachers.
Likewise, academic counsel – which oversees academic related affairs,
change in courses and departments and makes admission policies – has yet not
formed at the university. Giving precedence of the recently established
Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, which has already conducted meetings of the
senate and syndicate, the sources alleged that the administration of the ICU was
inefficient and lacked interest in the university affairs.
the reasons for not convening the senate meetings, VC Ajmal Khan said that he
had requested to the chancellor, NWFP Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani, to convene the
senate meeting. "We are moving slowly and gradually because the university is
new and needs more care," he said. Dawn
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Special school security wing setup
Peshawar: To encourage thousands of scared parents to send their children
regularly to school, a special school security wing (SSSW) of the police has
been established in the Malakand Division.
Education proved to be the
worst victim of terrorism in the Malakand Division, where the militants
destroyed over 200 schools, mostly for girls, in Swat district alone during the
last couple of years, forcing the schoolchildren to abandon their studies. "We
have established the SSSW to ensure protection to schools, colleges and
university all over Malakand. The wing is headed by an inspector, who is
assisted by two sub-inspectors, four assistant sub-inspectors and other cops who
would monitor the security of educational institutions in Swat," Deputy
Inspector General (DIG) of Police, Malakand, Mohammad Idrees Khan was expressing
his optimism about the establishment of permanent peace in the
"Life is returning to normal. The cinemas have reopened in Swat and
people can watch movies there. Also, barbers have reopened their shops while
women now live without any fear in the militancy-hit areas of Swat and other
districts of the Malakand Division," said the senior police official.
federal and provincial governments are strengthening and equipping the police
force in the division so that the militants are unable to stage a comeback.
Besides providing facilities and funds, more vacancies for officers and cops
have been created for Malakand. Apart from recruiting regular police, the
government has sanctioned 3,725 posts of Special Police Officers (SPOs) at a
fixed pay of Rs 10,000 per month. Over 1,800 of the SPOs have started performing
duty while 1,200 others would join duty in a few days. The rest would be
Six more police stations have been established in Swat
district, which raised their number to 15. Also, the number of subdivisions has
been raised from three to seven to help improve the law and order situation.
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RMC research on Dengue virus
Rawalpindi: A study conducted by a postgraduate trainee (PGT) at Pathology
Department of Rawalpindi Medical College revealed that nearly 15 per cent of
rural population living in Tehsil Kahuta is infected with dengue virus.
Dr. Humaira Zafar conducted the study under supervision of Head of
Pathology Department at RMC and allied teaching hospitals Professor Dr. Abbas
Hayat, which is believed to be the first of its kind in any rural area of
The study was aimed at finding out the prevalence of Dengue
Viral Infection in the healthy population of rural areas of Tehsil Kahuta and
surroundings, in district Rawalpindi. It is important that the viral infection
has been believed to be present only in urban and semi urban areas.
current study was done on the basis of random selection procedure. 84 healthy
individuals were tested for the presence of IG Anti Dengue Antibodies by 3rd
generation ELISA. Out of them 13 (15%) were found to be positive for the said
infection. "The results of the study are very much alarming showing the high
prevalence of Dengue Infection in rural areas besides urban
areas of Pakistan," Dr Humaira said.
She said that in
developing countries like one of ours, this preventable disease is one of the
important causes of high morbidity and mortality rates. "The mortality rate with
the said infection might exceed 15%," she feared. "Thus keeping in view these
results the government, higher authorities, epidemiologists, infection control
units and media should be on high alert to find the real extent and control of
this deadly disease. Otherwise Dengue will grow up and soon take an epidemic
proportion," she said while responding to a query. She added that in the absence
of specific vaccine and anti-viral treatment, the disease prevention and control
efforts should be mainly focused on vector mosquito control. "Moreover by early
diagnosis and prompt management, the morbidity and mortality rates can be
reduced to great extent."
Serious viral infections - Dengue fever and
Dengue Hemorrhagic fever - are caused by the bite of female mosquito namely
Professor Dr. Abbas Hayat has repeatedly expressed that
the spikes of dengue fever, if occurs repeatedly, might be more
deadly and might result in severe complications including hemorrhagic
manifestations. The second bite to an already infected person might cause Dengue
hemorrhagic fever, which is a cause of disease and death primarily among
children in tropical Asia.
Dr. Humaira believes that in the light of
results of the study, regular cross sectional, daily surveillance, serological
surveys and co-coordinated correspondence between administrators,
epidemiologists and infection disease control units can provide a proactive
approach for disease control. "The results of the study will be very much
helpful to plan for potential epidemic control," she said.
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Dr. Chohan delivered lectures at PIMS
Islamabad: An eminent US based Pakistani physician, Dr. Kazim Raza Chohan,
delivered a series of lectures at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences
(PIMS) & Quaid-i-Azam Postgraduate Medical College (QPGMC), Islamabad.
According to a press release issued here Sunday, Dr. Chohan is currently
working as Associate Professor of Pathology and Obstetrics & Gynaecology and
Director of Andrology at the State University of New York: Upstate Medical
University, Syracuse, New York.
The focus of his lectures at the PIMS
was on the role of environmental contaminants effecting human health especially
reproductive health. He warned that the environmental contaminants like
Bisphenol, Pthalates etc. and adulteration of milk and food products with
hazardous chemicals may be a cause for increase in infertility and cancer in our
society. His interactive deliberations at the postgraduate medical college was
on sperm DNA damage and male infertility, which were attended by faculty, and
Later an agreement was signed between Dr.
Chohan, Dr. Ghazala Mahmud and Dr. Altaf Hussian Executive Director PIMS,
Islamabad, which will allow two OBGYN residents to do 4-6 weeks internship
annually in USA. The news
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