AIOU announced Matric to Ph.D level programmes schedule
Islamabad, Nov 11: Examinations from Matric to Ph.D level programmes of the Allama Iqbal Open University for the Semester Spring, 2009 have been scheduled from November 14. This was announced by Hafeez-Ullah, Controller of Exams, AIOU, said a press release.
Roll No. slips of PTC, CT, ATTC and B.Ed. programmes have been dispatched to all the eligible/enrolled students at their given addresses by Postal Mail Service.
All those students who have not received their Roll No. Slips are advised to contact the nearest Regional Office of the University.
Roll No. Slip along with Date Sheet has also been placed on AIOU website www.aiou.edu.pk for the convenience of students. Roll No. Slips to the students of Matric, Intermediate and Bachelor programmes are being dispatched and the examinations of these programmes will start from November 23.Your Comments
AIOU to get video conferencing equipment
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has signed a contract here on Tuesday with M/S Mansha Brothers, Islamabad for supplying and installation of state-of-the-art video conferencing equipment at its main campus and four provincial capitals of Pakistan.
Addressing at signing ceremony, Prof. Dr. Mehmood-ul-Hassan Butt, Vice-Chancellor, of AIOU said that video conferencing is an important technology for interaction between faculty and students and for eradication the distances.
He said that AIOU devoted special attention on using the modern technology to enhance its infrastructure and to facilitate the students.
The scheme is a part of the mega project for which funds have been provided by the Higher Education Commission.
This multi broadcast facility will assist the AIOU's teachers to arrange the seminars, lectures, Q & A sessions and other academic activities at campus/national level. APP
Junior sections of elite private schools still shut
Peshawar: The junior sections of the elite private schools in the provincial metropolis could not reopen Tuesday as it was decided to keep them shut for another three days.
The step added to the concern of the parents of the students studying in these institutions that charge them heavily. The senior sections of the expensive schools were, however, reopened on Tuesday after remaining closed for almost a month.
After getting the information about reopening of the schools - Beacon House and City School - from different sources including the school management, the parents took their kids to the schools where they were told by the security guards that the junior sections had not been reopened.
The parents expressed serious concern over the persistent closure of the schools that collect hefty amount of money from them in the shape of huge fees and other charges. A number of parents of kids studying in Beacon House conveyed their concern and said the schools had been closed down without any prior intimation. No homework was given to the students before sending them on leave, they said.
The parents were disappointed with what they called was cold response from the schools management when they tried to get information about the closure of the schools. "When I contacted the school management to inquire as to how long the school will remain closed and what will the students do during this time, I was informed that answer to those queries have been put on the website of the school," said a father.
"Now let me know, how many of us are computer literate and how many have access to computer. Isn't it the duty of the school management to inform us about the homework of the students," said the parent who wished not to be named.
The parents said that no doubt they were concerned about the security of their kids, but they could not afford a waste of their time as well. They said the school management should discuss things with them and any decision on the school closure or security measures should be taken in consultation with them.
One serious matter that the Beacon House School System needs to focus attention is to form and activate the Parent Teacher Associations (PTA). These forums have been introduced in the public sector schools to discuss important matters with the parents.
Beacon House, which is the most expensive school system, does not have any PTA at all and if there is any in some branches it is not active or autonomous in taking any decision, said another parent. The local management of the school has no power to take any decision and follow instructions from their headquarters, he added. The news
Islamabad schools reopened
Islamabad: All the private schools of Rawalpindi and Islamabad reopened on Tuesday and started full-fledged academic activities.
In the wake of terrorism threats to the educational institutions, the private schools, which were scheduled to be open on November 1, had extended vacations for almost 10 days. Now after making all necessary security arrangements the educational institutions have restarted their functioning.
The parents have taken a sigh of relief as the students were facing academic loss. "Now all private institutions have made necessary internal security arrangements and I am no more worried about my kids while sending them to schools," said Saima Iftikhar, mother of two students standing outside a school in sector H-9.
An employee of a private school said they had improved the security system of their school.
"The authorities had directed us to ensure search of all the people entering the school, including teachers and students, with metal detectors," he said.
He said they had made all necessary security arrangements including installation of walkthrough gates, CCTV cameras, pickets and deployment of security guards. "We have completed all the arrangements which were asked by the law-enforcement agencies for the security of the students studying in our institution," he said.
When asked about the loss of study to students, Attia Imdad, a teacher said the faculty had given the students enough assignments for home. She said the study loss was recoverable.
The students said they were happy over reopening of their educational institutions. "I was getting bore and feeling lonely at home," said Ahmad, adding, "I feel glad back in school again." I was scared about terrorist attacks on educational institutions, but now I want to tell those evil forces that students would defy them and would not allow them to sabotage educational system in the country" he said.
Malik Muhammad Abrar, president, All Pakistan Schools and Colleges Owners' Association (APSCOA) said all the private schools in the twin cities remained open on Tuesday. "Parents and students had been informed about the decision and all necessary security arrangements to cope with the threat of terrorist attacks have been made," Abrar said.
According to APSCOA president, a high-level meeting was held in which the managements of schools discussed the security arrangements. The police have constituted special teams for checking the security arrangements in the schools. Dawn
Early recovery of KUST VC demanded
Peshawar: Vice-chancellors of all public sector universities of the province Tuesday stressed the need for early and safe recovery of Prof Dr Lutfullah Kakakhel, vice-chancellor of Kohat University for Science and Technology (KUST) who was kidnapped by unknown persons a few days ago while on the way to Peshawar from Kohat.
A meeting of the vice-chancellors was held on Tuesday. It was attended by vice chancellor of University of Peshawar Prof Dr Azmat Hayat Khan, VC Khyber Medical University Prof Dr Hafeezullah, VC Islamia College University Ajmal Khan and VC Hazara and Abdul Wali Khan University Prof Dr Ihsan Ali.
The vice-chancellors said that the kidnapping of the head of a prestigious was an organised effort to sabotage the education system in this region. They also appealed to the people who have abducted him to release him unconditionally in the name of education and the fact that he has served youth of this area over the years.
Glowing tributes paid to late Afghan scholar
Peshawar: Senior academician and literati Tuesday paid glowing tributes to Prof Dr Rasool Amin, former education minister and popular Afghan literary figure who passed away recently.
A condolence reference was held at the Area Study Centre of the University of Peshawar. Attended by a good number of faculty and students, the reference was addressed by vice-chancellor of the university Prof Dr Azmat Hayat, former vice-chancellor Prof Dr Anwar Khan, director of the centre Dr Sarfaraz and Zahir Babari from the Afghan Consulate in Peshawar.
Dr Azmat Hayat said Dr Rasool Amin, who at one time was head of the Peshawar-based Writers Union of Free Afghanistan (WUFA), had acted as a bridge between the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan. "Having close ties with the Pakistan government and the academia of this region, Dr Rasool Amin in coordination with the Area Study Centre arranged regular conferences and seminars during the past two decades," he reminded. The vice-chancellor said Dr Rasool Amin had authored more than 200 books mainly on the issue of human rights violations and also launched a journal called WUFA. The news
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