Women representation in the CSS examinations
Women clearing CSS complain of marginalisation
Islamabad, Oct 26: They say that educated women can raise a developed nation.
But the sad reality is that obstacles, many deeply rooted in our society, remain
there to block women's full participation in most of the fields, particularly in
Yet again, educated women seemed to have been "unfairly"
dealt with during the recent Central Superior Service (CSS) examinations.
Some of the girls, who excelled in the 2008 exams, believed that women
representation in the CSS appointments were grossly disfigured in the male to
female ratio. Out of the 4,247 who appeared in the CSS examinations, only 157
females qualified and passed the exam.
"Of these 157, only 57 have been
selected for civil service," said one candidate who cleared both written exam
and the interview but was still not allocated a position in the government.
A record number of 445 vacancies were conveyed to the Federal Public
Service Commission (FPSC). But the commission did not allocate 88 vacancies due
to "non-availability of suitable candidates."
According to a CSS
instructor with a private academy, "This appears to be the highest of injustice
because both vacancies and qualified candidates, especially girls are available.
Boys securing positions in the 600s (rankings) have been appointed to the best
groups. But girls securing positions in the 200s and 300s have been left out."
The instructor, a CSS officer himself, also pointed out provincial
disparities, where lowest of the lowest scoring Sindhi candidates were allocated
A female candidate with a bright record throughout her
academic career was also refused an opportunity to serve her country as a civil
servant despite passing the CSS examination.
She said: "So much so, PM
(prime minister) of Pakistan was generous enough to allocate 28 extra seats to
the Balochs in addition to their quota. Why can't the PM extend the same
generosity to the bright female candidates, who make up 50 per cent of the
country's population but yet denied due representation"?
"If they do not
find us suitable then what exactly are they looking for? How do they find boys
from Sindh, Balochistan, NWFP and AJK with such low positions (on the rankings)
to be more suitable than us for the best of groups," questioned another
According to an official in the Cabinet Division, "This is
one country and specially the present government, which boasts of having one of
the best female leaders of the world. It gives hope that women can also enter
the mainstream and make a difference. But such unjust results disappoint and
discourage women to make headways, and spread the impression that these exams
are not as transparent as they are meant to be."
believed that if anything, women should be given extra attention since they made
up 50 per cent of the population – the current statistics of the world demanded
this. In every field of the world the need to promote women had become more and
more obvious so why not in the civil service of Pakistan.
answers out of FPSC was an arduous task. No senior official cooperated "to
preserve the sanctity of the only credible department in the country."
Nonetheless, one senior official summed it up by saying: "88 seats have
been left empty. There just weren't enough suitable candidates." Dawn
"im thinking after reading the terms n conditions of css that y there is so low chances of success,even baord of commision may disqualify any one in interview with out solid reason,many students donnt want to appear or try thier luck coz its much difficult they even frightend with the name of css ."
City, Country: lahore
"there is 10 quota for women in css, unfortunately women cannot avail this opportunity specially of rural areas because of poor standard of education in country, rigid policies of fpsc,upper age limit of 28 years.In remote areas ,women r facing various hurdles in achieving higher education so fpsc and government should take some pragmatic measures to bring the women in empowerment otherwise it looks a joke to fix a quota seats which remain which remain unfilled."
Name: dr shaista
City, Country: karachi, pakistan
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NIP sent 24,139 applications to HEC for verification
Islamabad: National Internship Programme (NIP) has sent 24,139
applications to the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for verification to induct
young graduates in its third batch.
The last date for the submission of
application forms is November 10, and 26,408 online applications have been
received so far, said Director General NIP Ashiq Hussain Abbasi in an
He said out of the received applications, 18,338 male and
8,070 female graduates have applied to get benefit from the Programme. The
applicants who applied for NIP include 10,445 from Punjab, 397 from the federal
area, 8,986 from Sindh, 5,211 from NWFP, 249 from Balochistan, 488 from FATA,
272 from Northern Areas and 360 from Azad Jammu & Kahsmir.
Hussain informed that the government has already announced a Special Internship
Programme for the graduates of Malakand Division, giving them relaxation in the
upper age limit to 27 with a minimum qualification of a graduation degree. The
last date for the Special Internship Programme for the areas of Swat, Upper and
Lower Dir, Shangla, Chitral, Buner, and Malakand is October 31.
6,300 applications, including 5,163 from males and 1,137 from females, have been
received for the Special Internship Programme, and added that 3,000 applications
have been forwarded to HEC for verification. The DG said that 1,690 students
from Malakand, 1,780 from Swat, 437 from Buner, 234 from Shangla, 401 from Upper
Dir, 1,381 from Lower Dir, and 383 students from Chitral have applied so far.
Giving details of the selection process, he said the applications are
scrutinised by sending them to HEC for degree and institution verification while
other relevant particulars of an applicant are verified through Nadra by paying
it a fee of Rs10 per application. He said HEC is carrying out the verification
in close coordination with the relevant institutions. The news
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Educational institutions reopening after being closed down last week
Islamabad: Educational institutions across the country are reopening today
(Monday) after being closed down last week over security concerns.
federal and provincial governments had ordered closure of all educational
institutions after terrorists struck the International Islamic University
Islamabad last Tuesday. Following the attacks, the government had directed
security agencies and concerned departments to take steps to ensure foolproof
security at educational institutions across the country.
The decision to
reopen schools and universities was taken in a meeting, chaired by Interior
Minister Rehman Malik, of vice chancellors of various universities on Saturday. Daily times
AAUR reopens today
Rawalpindi: Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi
(PMAS-AAUR) will reopen today (Monday) and regular classes would be started
according to the schedule, the spokesman of the university said here on
PMAS-AAUR spokesman Musa Kalim said the decision to this effect
was taken in a meeting held under the chairmanship of Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr
Khalid Mahmood. All deans and directors also attended the meeting.
meeting decided that all staff members and students would have to show
university cards while entering into the university premises and students living
in the hostels would not be allowed to provide stay to any outsider.
participants of the meeting also reviewed the security arrangements made to
provide secure and congenial environment to the students.
said the security guards would use metal detectors and scanners on all four
entry points of the university.
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IIUI 'Peace Walk' a message of unity against terrorists
Islamabad: To condemn terrorism and extremists, Pakistan Young Journalists Forum
(PYJF) in collaboration with Pyaam Foundation and Future Leaders of Pakistan
(FLP) organised 'Peace Walk' at International Islamic University Islamabad
(IIUI) on Sunday evening.
Pyaam Foundation founder Basit Subhani, PYJF
President Rahat Kazmi, and Faiz Paracha led the rally attended by over 100 young
journalists, rights activists, students and civil society activists.
rally started from the IIUI main gate to Shariah Block that was hit by a suicide
bomber moments after at similar strike at female cafeteria.
participants shouted 'Pakistan Zindabad', 'Pak Army Zindabad', 'Terrorism, Kerry
Lugar Bill (KLB) unacceptable' etc.
They were also holding banners,
placards inscribed with slogans for national integrity and solidarity. They
waved national flags.
They stopped at blast sites, showered rose petals
there and prayed for the departed souls. They also prayed for the army and
police officials killed in terrorist attacks.
They said the people would
not succumb to terrorists, who wanted to destabilise the country. They expressed
resolve to get together against terrorists.
PYJF President Rahat Kazmi
said the youths would not allow a handful of terrorists to take the nation
hostage. "This rally aims to express resolve against terrorism," Kazmi said.
He said objective of the rally was to tell terrorists that the nation
was against them and the world that Pakistan was a peace-loving country.
Basit Subhani said the rally also aimed to pay tribute to those who had
sacrificed their lives for country and show solidarity with Pakistan armed
forces and law enforcement agencies (LEAs).
Subhani, also a renowned
singer, criticised the LEAs for failing to protect the people.
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Students set to resume studies with high morale
Islamabad: The students of twin cities have said they are not scared and
will not sit at home, saying their spirits are high and they have joined their
hands to fight against terrorism.
"No one can stop us from learning,"
they said as the educational institutions are going to be re-opened today
(Monday) after four days of closure following suicide attack on International
Islamic University, Islamabad.
Strict security measures have been adopted
in all the institutions and entrance of all un-known person and vehicles have
Though parents still have concerns over the security of
their children, but the morale of students, on other hand, are unbelievably
Muhammad Moqeet, a student of 9th class said that they cannot fight
against a terrorist by sitting at home. "I don't want to sit at home, I want to
learn and join army to fight against those who are killing innocent students,"
At least 8 students died and 36 sustained injuries in the
suicide attacks at the IIU on October 20.
Another student Bahria
University, Haseeb Arshad, said that every one has to die when their time comes,
but at least they don't want to sit at home and show our enemies that we are
scared of them "No we are not scared of any one," he added.
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Young scholars think tank on the cards
Islamabad: Comsats has embarked upon a plan to create a think-tank
comprising a select group of bright and young scholars for the provision of
innovative solutions, based on science and technology, for socio-economic
Under the plan, the country's youth would be given an
opportunity to express their views and identify the problems faced by the
country as well as to come up with concrete and economically viable solutions.
In this regard, the Commission on Science & Technology for
Sustainable Development in the South (Comsats) will organise a national moot
here today (Monday), aimed at providing an interactive forum to youth and
experts to discuss socio-economic issues and find their viable solutions.
The participants would also constitute the core group of a think-tank
for long time association with the activities of Comsats.
meeting would be participated by a select group of young scholars and eminent
subject experts from all over the country, said Executive Director Comsats Dr
Imtinan Elahi Qureshi.
He added that main emphasis would be laid on the
ideas and recommendations made by the participating youth, the applicability of
solutions in the light of the present socio-economic circumstances, and the
availability of scientific and technological capacities in the country.
He said the meeting is being organised in collaboration with Higher
Education Commission (HEC) and OIC Standing Committee on Scientific &
Technological Cooperation (Comstech) and would discuss key thematic areas
including agriculture, environment, energy, ICTs, media, education and health.
Dr Qureshi said prominent resource persons would mediate the
discussions, and recommendations prepared after the meeting would be passed on
to the Planning Commission.
The executive director said the moot would
be of a unique format, comprising two panels of discussants. One panel would
include nationally renowned senior resource persons while the second would
consist of a group of 25-30 young students and researchers of postgraduate level
and subject enthusiasts.
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Postgraduate degree result distinction
Rawalpindi: Fahad Najeeb Abbasi son of Najeeb-ur Rehman
Abbasi has successfully completed his Postgraduate Degree in 'Supply Chain
Management' from Burnel University, United Kingdom, says a press release issued
here Sunday. The news
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