AIOU' exams of SSC/HSSC/BA to commence from Nov 29
Islamabad, Nov 11: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU)'s Semester Spring 2010 SSC/ HSSC/bachelor programmes examinations will commence from November 29, said AIOU Controller of Examinations Hafeezullah.
He said examination roll number slips were being dispatched to all the eligible/enrolled students at their given addresses by post.
The controller said those students who did not receive the roll number slips up to 25 are advised to contact the nearest Regional Office of the university or Deputy Controller Results, Examinations Department for issuance of duplicate roll number slip.
He said for duplicate slip students were required to bring two passport size photographs duly attested by some gazetted officer.
All students are also advised in their own interest to read the instructions mentioned on roll number slips carefully before entering the examination centre.
Unauthorized persons banned from entering exam centers: City District Government Rawalpindi (CDGR) Administrator Imdadullah Bosal on Wednesday prohibited entry of unauthorised persons around 200 yards of examination centres set up for Intermediate Part-I and Part-II Supplementary 2010 examination. Daily timesYour Comments
31ST Convocation of CIIT
Islamabad: Unfortunately, Science and Technology has never been a priority of the government nor predecessors. I sincerely hope that the new generation will take a step forward and give due importance to education and the advancement of Science and Technology so that you can steer back the nation to peace and prosperity.
This was stated by Federal Minister for Science and Technology Mohammad Azam Khan Swati while speaking at the 31st Convocation of CIIT, Islamabad Campus, at Jinnah Convention Centre here on Wednesday. More than six hundred successful students were awarded graduate and post-graduate degrees on the occasion.
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) took a humble start with minimal resources from Islamabad in 1998 offering short computer courses at its Sir Syed Campus. Soon it started Bachelor and Masters leading to PhD degree programmes. In just a few years, it has expanded from one campus in Islamabad to six other campuses one each at Abbottabad, Wah, Lahore, Attock Sahiwal and Vehari. The CIIT is one of the leading institution in Pakistan, with a well-established reputation and a wide range of interests and facilities.
In its short history, CIIT has contributed considerably in human resource development and successfully completed several assignments of national and international importance. CIIT Rector Dr. S M Junaid Zaidi (SI) being fully aware of the importance of education as a driver of economy and importance of Research and Development, promoted quality education and inculcated research culture in the institution.
Dr. Junaid Zaidi addressed the gathering and said that knowledge acquirement and higher education are transforming virtually every aspect of today's world. IT institutions have been trusted to be the centre stage of academia. These institutions have made the mandate to evolve a knowledge based socio-economic culture in the country to help the nation to face the modern challenges of globalisation. CIIT announced two awards namely Q K Ghori Award for the best thesis of Mathematics and Kausar Bashir Award (KBA) for best performer in Architecture.
Anyat-ur-Rehman, Assistant Controller of Examination CIIT, presented scroll to Chancellor Professor Dr. Qaiser Abbas.
There were more than 600 students, who secured BS degrees, Bachelor of Science in Electrical (Telecommunication) Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Bio-informatics in Computer Science, Bachelor of Science in Electronics, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and students who secured graduate degrees in Master of Business Administration (one year), Master of Development Studies, Master of Business Administration (three year), Master of Computer Science, Master of Project Management and Master of Energy Management.
MS degrees were given to the students in variant disciplines: Management Sciences, Health Informatics, Computer Sciences, Bio-Sciences, Mathematics and Physics. Two PhD degrees were awarded in Bio-Sciences and one PhD degree awarded in Physics. Graduate and postgraduate students bagged campus medals, institute medals and chancellors gold medals with 3.7 CGPA.
The Chancellors Gold medallists included Jawad Hussain, Atiq-ur-Rehman, Abdul Majeed Fazal, Muhammad Ali Rafique, Sumbul Sajjad, Sakina Shabbir, Amtul Samie Maqbool, Waqar Shams and Zeeshan Munawar.
The federal minister, who was the chief guest on the occasion, awarded degrees and awards. He addressed the gathering and appreciated the efforts of CIIT faculty, management and visionary leadership. While addressing the graduating students he said that only five per cent population has an access to university education in Pakistan and you are amongst those lucky students who are receiving quality education from a renowned instituted. The minister urged the prime minister and Ministry of Education to give education and advancement of Science and Technology top priority considering its investment to be a very profitable sector.
Teachers demand steps for recovery of VC
Peshawar: Teachers Wednesday continued protest against the government for its failure to recover Ajmal Khan, vice-chancellor of the Islamia College University, and demanded swift efforts to save his life.
The Federation of the All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter, staged demonstration outside the Peshawar Press Club. The teaching community, under the banner of FAPUASA, had suspended academic activities by boycotting classes from Monday in all the public sector universities of the province.
Following in the footsteps of FAPUASA, the vice-chancellors of all public sector universities in the province decided to shut down all the universities and its constituent institutions till recovery of the educationist and his driver Mohibullah.
A large number of teachers and students from the four public sector universities of Peshawar gathered here at Sher Shah Suri road outside the Peshawar Press Club and asked the federal and provincial governments to seriously intervene for resolution of the issue. The protesters led by FAPUASA KP President Dr Fida Mohammad and presidents of their respective associations from the four public sector universities on the campus were carrying placards and banners inscribed with slogans in favour of their demands and against the violence directed against teachers.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Fida Mohammad criticised the government for what he called its incompetence. He regretted that the government machinery along with more than half a dozen security and secret agencies failed to trace the kidnapped vice chancellor and his driver. He asked the government to restore peace in the country, especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and ensure security of the teaching and students communities.
MPhil/PhD test postponed
Peshawar: Entry test for admission into MPhil/PhD Programme at the Department of Economics, University of Peshawar, scheduled for November 12 has been postponed for an indefinite period. A press release said Wed-nesday the new date for the test would be announced after reopening of the university.
Transfer of ministry of education to provinces
Islamabad: In much-anticipated move Education Minister Sardar Aseff Ahmad Ali has sought support from Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani to delay transfer of the Ministry of Education to the provinces under 18th Amendment, sources said here on Wednesday.
Sources said the education minister in his recent meeting with the prime minister pointed out that no necessary spadework has so far been done by the ministry officials so they need time to work out modalities for transfer of subjects to the provinces before June next year.
They claimed that the education minister raised the point before the prime minister that only secretary education was invited for briefing in which the concerned authorities gave details about transfer of ministries to the provinces and no one bothered to inform him about this unprecedented development.
They said the ministry officials are yet to make some concepts clear in their minds including role of provinces with regard to multi-lateral foreign assistance that covers assistance from the banks and UN agencies and bilateral foreign assistance that comprises assistance from any country to Pakistan.
Sources said the Ministry of Education has to take major decision whether or not to reduce its top hierarchy that consists of minister, minister of state, secretary, additional secretary (PMU), senior joint secretary (Admin Wing), JEA (Policy and Planning Wing), JEA (Curriculum Wing), JEA (Projects Wing), JEA (Training Wing) and director monitoring cell.
Currently, there are 115 sanctioned posts from BS-16 to BS-22 and 336 sanctioned posts from BS-01 to BS-15 in the Administrative Wing and the ministry would also have to decide how much reduction in sanctioned posts would be necessary in the future.
The sources said the administrative control of many of the institutions currently being run by the Federal Ministry of Education can be transferred to provinces. These institutions include Urdu Dictionary Board (Karachi), National College of Arts (Lahore), Private Education Institutes Regulatory Authority (PEIRA), Academy of Educational Planning and Management, National Institute of Science and Technical Education (Islamabad), Inter-Board Committee of Chairman, Sindh Madrassatul Islam (Karachi), Dawood College of Engineering and Technology (Karachi), Pakistan National Commission for Unesco (Islamabad) and Centres of Excellence, Area and Pakistan Study Centres.
They opined that the devolution process would leave Ministry of Education with no other option except to simply make policy and deal with foreign-funded scholarships while half of the funds of Higher Education Commission (HEC) would also be transferred to the provinces after transfer of Ministry of Education.
The Ministry of Education may also transfer powers to the provinces to interact and deal with Deeni Madrassas. According to National Education Census 2005 there are 12,153 Deeni Madrassas in the country in which 1,512,445 students are getting religious education under 54,909 teachers.
Additional Secretary Education Sheghan Sharif Malik talking to this scribe said that as such no decision has been taken to transfer Ministry of Education to the provinces and when they receive directives in this respect then they would act accordingly.
"The Establishment Division has sought record of employees working in the ministry and many other developments are going on at the moment but no decision has so far been taken at any level to transfer education ministry to the provinces," he said.
Sheghan Sharif Malik said the Ministry of Education is insisting to ensure
uniform curriculum across the country that would help promote patriotism
and develop harmony among all the provinces. To a question, he said when any one asks them to complete spadework for transfer of the ministry to provinces they would do so in line with the rules and procedures. The news
PM presents Rs.100,000 cheque to MBA student to bear tuition fee
Islamabad: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday said that government accords high priority to education and is determined to bring uniformity in educational system and recently a pilot project has been inaugurated in this regard in Islamabad.The Prime Minister expressed these views while presenting Rs.100,000 cheque to Muhammad Affan Yaseen, student of MBA to bear his tuition expanses.The Prime Minister appreciated Affan for his hard work that enabled him to take his studies in MBA in tender age of 17 years.He wished him for his future endeavours and also assured him of the support of the government to complete his degree. app
USEFP celebrates International Education Week
Islamabad: In celebration of 11th International Education Week, the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) organised an event here on Wednesday to pursue undergraduate education in the US.
International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the US Department of State and the US Department of Education is meant to promote programmes that prepared by America for a global environment and attracting future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the US.
The undergraduate event was targeted to high achievers - young 0/A level and intermediate students who have performed extraordinarily in their exams and are now exploring further studies in US. The event gave talented students from a variety of schools in Islamabad and Rawalpindi an opportunity to meet and learn more about educational opportunities in the US.
Dr. Marilyn Wyatt, wife of the Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter talked about how the broad liberal arts education in the US differs from education in other parts of the world and how students can find opportunities for scholarships.
"Pakistani students who study in the US are well suited for the challenges and opportunities of the global marketplace. Studying abroad also fosters friendship and understanding among students of different countries and cultures," she said.
Wyatt referred to the Cairo Address to the Muslim world where President Obama said that the US would expand exchange programmes and increase scholarships with the Muslim world.
Wyatt revealed that nearly all of the colleges and universities in the United States benefit from the contributions of international students. More than 670,000 students from 190 countries studied on US campuses during the 2009 academic year.
Alumni from U.S Universities, on the occasion, also shared their experiences of studying in the US and how it has affected their approach towards life and work. Alumni represented their universities at more than 20 booths set up for the occasion, giving students and some parents a chance to learn more about particular U.S colleges and universities. Dr Marilyn Wyatt, spouse of US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter, talking to students during International Education Week in Islamabad. The news