BISE online registration | Varsities black day

BISE makes online registration mandatory
Rawalpindi, Nov 13: Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) has directed all the affiliated educational institutions to get their students of higher secondary school certificate (HSSC) registered with the board on-line to obtain computerised roll number slips for the next annual examination.

The examination board has received the registration documents from the schools and colleges but it was necessary for them to register on-line for next year as manual registration will not help in getting the roll number slips, said Arsalan Ali Cheema the BISE spokesperson.

The board official said a website had been established and required passwords and user names had been allotted to the heads of all affiliated institutions to make it sure no one was left without online registration.

Cheema also expressed his concern over the non-registration of a good number of institutions and feared their students could not be allotted roll numbers with examination centres as their manual registration returns would not be accepted.

The board has also initiated online registration for the students of secondary school certificate SSC-I for the next annual examination and has put November 15 as the starting date.

The board has deputed its officials at town level to ensure that all regular and private students obtain on-line registration for the next annual examination. Dawn

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Varsities observe Black Day against VC's abduction
Islamabad: On the call of Association of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA), the universities of the Federal Capital observed Black Day against the Government and the Higher Education Commission for not getting released abducted Vice Chancellor of the Islamia College University Peshawar, Dr Ajmal Khan.

In Sindh the universities have already observed the day on November10, in Balochistan on November 11 and in Punjab, Islamabad and AJK the universities protested silently on Friday for the safe release of Dr Ajmal Khan.

The teaching faculty of the universities wore black armbands and displayed banners demanding the release of the VC and condemning apathetic attitude of the Government towards the academics. However, the faculty members did not boycott the classes.

The teaching faculty of Quaid-i-Azam University observed Black Day to protest against gruesome murder of Dr Farooq Khan and early release of Dr Ajmal Khan. Dr Eatzaz Ahmad, President, and DrGulraiz Akhter, Secretary, ASA, expressed their dismay and frustration at the attitude of authorities which, miserably failed to trace out Dr Ajmal Khan. They condemned the attitude of the Government especially the Chancellor of the Islamia College University who is also Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Dr Gulraiz Akhter said the academicians are performing a noble cause and kidnapping them in a broad daylight without any reason was against the values and norms of any society. He urged the authorities to make necessary arrangements to ensure security of the teaching community in vulnerable areas.

He lamented that the Government was not doing any thing for his release and the HEC is also showing a criminal silence. He said the Government should provide such type of security to all the VCs, which it was providing to the ministers. He said that due to the Government's attitude the teachers of all public-sector universities in KPK were observing on strike for the last five days.

The President of ASA, asked the federal as well as the provincial governments to take the kidnapping of the vice chancellor seriously and employ all resources for the recovery of Dr Ajmal Khan before Eid-ul-Azha. He appealed to the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan and Governor and Chief Minister of KPK to ensure safety and security of academicians.

The Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad also observed Black Day to protest against the kidnapping of Dr Ajmal Khan. The ASA of AIOU passed the resolution that the Dr Ajmal Khan should be released within a week otherwise the Government would face strong protest from the university teachers.

All the academicians of AIOU put black ribbon on the arms to show the solidarity with Dr Ajmal Khan and teacher community of KPK.

The President, ASA, AIOU and Vice President FAPUASA Dr Iqbal Shah said, "We, the university teachers, are unsafe in this democratic government era, even that I am not sure that at night I will be with my children so how can we perform our noble job".

The General Secretary, ASA, AIOU Prof Zahid Majeed said, "We don't want bullet-proof cars but want fear free teaching environment that so we can teach our future generation about the peace. The peace for the country, for the region and for the world".

Other universities also observed the day saliently without taking out any protest rally and displayed banners at the campuses in favour of their demands.

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PU teacher bail extended
Lahore: Additional District and Sessions Judge Mohsin Raza on Friday extended interim bail of Principal College of Earth and Environmental Sciences (CEES) Prof Dr Iftikhar Baloch, as Muslim Town police sought time for completing the investigation.

Muslim Town Police had booked Iftikhar Baloch in two cases for allegedly harassing and threatening two female staffers. Later, he was suspended by the PU administration. The nation

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Declamation contest held
Rawalpindi: The Beaconhouse School System, Kindergarten Branch, Rawalpindi, organised a declamation competition for students of classes I & II to highlight the importance of conservation of natural resources and damage to the environment.

The students were given different topics on environmental issues and they used quotes from environmentalists and significant personalities for a greater impact to show the intensity of the devastating situation in the world. People from different professional fields were invited to judge the speakers. Parents of the participants attended and listened to their children's thought provoking ideas, who communicated confidently, while showing full understanding of the issue.

They strongly appreciated and applauded a multimedia presentation, which was about the development of science and ill effects of industrialisation. It focused on ways to provide stability to the dying natural resources in not a complete reversal as aptly portrayed in its theme 'Go Green'.

Ramiz Hassan Khan bagged the first position, Zainab Naveed and Ayaz Kashif tied for the second position, Sidra Mubashar, Fiza Umer and Umaima Atta came in third, whereas special commendation prizes were given to Ishmal Khurram and Malaika Nadeem in the Urdu Speech Competition.

In the English Speech Competition Anam Ansar swept the contest and bagged the first position. Haris Ali, Wajih Sami Siddique stood second, Mohib Ali and Sohaib Hayat secured the third position and Hajra Nadeem and Afaf Ahmed bagged the commendation prizes. The news

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Alumni gathering
Lahore: A mega event of "Ilmians Home Coming 2010" took place at UMT main campus for UMT (ILM).

It was attended by 200 graduates who passed out in the convocations of 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006.

UMT Rector Dr Hasan Sohaib Murad addressing the participants hoped the event would not only open new windows of interaction between UMT and its alumni, but would help pool knowledge and resources for the betterment of society and future of this country. Dawn

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Steps for quality education identified
Lahore: The allocation and fair distribution of resources, consistency in policies, political will and above all community participation is required to achieve the quality education to meet international commitments for the promotion of education in Pakistan.

Besides this, private sector involved in education should also be stopped from unbridled working in order to end growing trend of class system in the society. These and many other important suggestions emerged at a workshop "Media and Civil Society Collaboration" organised by the Pakistan Coalition for Education (PEC) with the support of the Open Society Institute (OSI) at a local hotel on Friday.

It was also suggested that the donors, donating to NGOs involved in education sector, must ensure that they were giving for outcomes and not merely inputs.

The outcomes may be determined through a consultative process involving all the stakeholders including relevant ministries, civil society groups and parliamentarians.

It was also suggested that the government must establish effective mechanism for efficient implementation of its education related policies besides sufficient and timely allocations of funds.

Another aspect highlighted during the workshop was enhanced cooperation among different government departments working in the field of education, NGOs, civil society and media.

It was also suggested to form watchdog groups on education in collaboration with the journalists, parliamentarians and civil society members on the pattern of those successfully working in Nepal and Sri Lanka. The news

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