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AIOU announces results
Islamabad, Nov 22: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) announced the results of admission test for COL MBA/MPA programme on Sunday.

The tests were held on October 25 at Abbottabad, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Rahim Yar Khan, Sahiwal and Sargodha, said a news release issued here.

The information letters/admission offers have been sent to the successful candidates by post at their given addresses. On the request of the candidates, who have passed the admission test for COL MBA/MPA Programme during the year 2009-2010 but could not deposit the fee due to unavoidable circums-tances, are also advised to deposit their fee as per instructions of the admission department.

The results are also available at website of the university or, for convenience of the candidates, a set of offer documents has also been sent on their email address and uploaded at the website.

The selected candidates are advised to deposit the requisite fee with acceptance of admission by November 25.

In case of any inquiry, the candidates are advised to contact the Departmental of COL MBA/MPA Programme personally or at phone no. 051-9057425, 9057434 and 9057840.

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Schools, colleges open today
Islamabad: All the educational institutions working under Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) will open on Nov 22 after a week-long holidays.

Although the FDE announced Eid vacations from November 16 in all model, federal government and Islamabad colleges, the holiday mood prevailed and the institutions wore deserted look well before the holidays.

Most of the students have left with their parents for their native towns to celebrate Eid with their families.

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Teachers show concern over FDE DG's removal
Islamabad: The teachers' community has expressed reservations over the removal of director general of the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) Shaheen Khan.

According to teachers, the step would discontinue the implementation process of the recently announced package for the teachers.

Joint Education Advisor Aurungzeb Rehman on Nov 12 replaced Shaheen Khan. The former was appointed as an acting director general of FDE.

Prof Tahir, representative of the Federal Government College Teachers Association (FGCTA), said that Shaheen Khan was removed from her position soon after the announcement of package for the teachers.

He said Shaheen Khan made intensive efforts in fulfilling the longstanding demand of teachers for upgradation since taking charge of the directorate, a few months back. She was removed at the behest of some negative elements, who did not want implementation of the package in its true spirit, he alleged.

Prof Tahir said " all the teachers associations of model and federal government educational institutions have strongly opposed the removal of Shaheen Khan and decided to stage protest after Eid holidays, if the removal orders are not reversed".

He appealed Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and Minister for Education Sardar Aseff Ahmad Ali to reverse the decision.

An FDE official told APP that the removal of Shaheen Khan at this moment would hamper the implementation of the teachers' package.

"Though new DG Aurungzeb Rehman is a competent man but it will be difficult for him to implement the package in its true spirit. Ultimately, the teachers will have to bear the brunt," the official said.

"Unfortunately, bureaucrats and army personnel have been appointed as FGE DG in political and military regimes. Educationists are rarely given a chance to serve at this position," said Prof Javed, a senior lecturer at a Federal Government College.

For the first time, a landmark initiative of upgradation of teachers was taken but now it seems difficult to make it happen, he said. app

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College librarians facing uncertain future
Rawalpindi: The absence of a regular service structure is causing frustration among college librarians in the Punjab education department as many of them have already retired in the same grade they started their job, it has been learnt.

Despite their repeated demand, the authorities concerned have done nothing, keeping the librarians in the position of hoping against hope.

Though the higher education department has provided grade 17 to the librarians holding postgraduate degree in the discipline but they have no chance for promotion to the next grade.

"I was appointed as an assistant librarian in the basic pay scale of BPS-16 in 1982 after obtaining postgraduate diploma in Library Science from the Punjab University and was given BPS-17 as personal grade after getting a master's degree.

However, since then I have not been promoted to the next scale," said Parveen Akhtar, who is also senior vice-president of Punjab College Librarians Association's women wing.

"I have qualification in library science only and got job in the relevant profession having no other option. I have been waiting for promotion for the last 28 years and have lost hope as I am nearing the age of superannuation," said Parveen, who is at present posted as the librarian at Government Degree College for Women, Khyaban-i-Sir Syed.

There have been no fresh appointments even as assistant librarians since 1997 and many seats in colleges remain vacant, said Fayyaz Ahmed Bukhari, General Secretary of the PCLA.

The basic reason for the shortage of librarians is that they have not been given a regular service structure such as promotion beyond basic pay scale (BPS) 17 and the proposals for such facility are pending with the provincial government for the last 20 years, he added.

Mr Bukhari said BPS 17 presently given to the librarians with master's degree in library science was a personal grade, not a regularised one.

He said the librarian at Sir Syed College for Women Khayaban-e- Sir Syed had been working in the grade 17 for the last 20 years and the librarian of Government Viqarun Nisa College for women died at the age of 60 in the same grade.

He said librarians were considered as part and parcel of teaching staff but they were not provided the service structure and other facilities enjoyed by lecturers and professors.

They said they were working without library assistants, boo keepers and peons which created further problems for them. Deputy Director Colleges Rawalpindi Mohammad Javed Rana said all important decisions were taken by authorities at the higher education department in Lahore and the local directorate only forwarded the policy matters to them.

He said librarians had time and again approached the college directorate about their concerns regarding absence of regular grades and his office had conveyed them to the relevant quarters for further action. Dawn

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