Delay in Federal board supplementary examination

Federal board supplementary practical examination 2009 postponed
Islamabad, Oct 22: Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) has postponed Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) supplementary practical examination 2009, earlier scheduled to commence from October 22.

According to a news release issued here on Wednesday, the examinations have been delayed till further orders due to prevailing law and order situation in the country.

The candidates will be informed of the new schedule by post.

Meanwhile, the Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) on Wednesday postponed the supplementary examinations for FA and FSc.

The postponement coincided with the scheduled opening day of the exams. The board said a new date would be announced depending on the security situation.

Secretary RBISE Prof Humayun Iqbal said that the decision had been taken following the Punjab government's directive to close all the educational institutions till October 25. app

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Closure of educational institutions disturbs exams
Peshawar: After the closure of educational institutions in the Frontier province for security reasons, ongoing examinations and other scheduled functions have been postponed.

The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Peshawar suspended its practical examination for the secondary school certificate on Wednesday. No fresh schedule for the examination was, however, unveiled.

The NWFP University of Engineering and Technology postponed its B.Tech examination. A notification issued by controller of examinations, the B.Tech Annual Examination 2008, which was in progress, had been postponed for security reasons. New dates would be announced later, the notification said.

The annual convocation of the University of Peshawar was scheduled for October 30. The current wave of terror forced the university to postpone the event. The Khyber Law College of the university also deferred its examinations. A university notification said the annual convocation for the session 2007-08 for the regular students who did their Master, MPhil and PhD had been postponed. Next date would be announced keeping in view of the security situation, the notification said.

The recent wave of terror paralysed life in the provincial metropolis on the one hand and badly affected education activities on the other. First some private institutes announced closure for a few days, which was followed by the institutions run by autonomous bodies like the University of Peshawar, army and other services.

The government was reluctant to close the schools. But the other day's terrorist incident at the International Islamic University, Islamabad, and defusing of two bombs near a girls high school in Peshawar forced the government to suspend all education activities for a week.

The educational institutions had, however, announced that offices would remain open and only students would not attend their classes. But now it seems that all activities at the educational institutions are coming to a complete standstill. The news

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Academic institutes closed for safety of student
Peshawar: NWFP Minister for Information Mian Iftikhar Hussain has said that educational institutions were not closed for fear of terrorist attacks but for safety of students in the province as per wishes of their parents.

The information minister, who also holds the portfolio of Transport Department, said the NWFP government was fully aware of the importance of education but the decision was taken to avoid any unpleasant incident.

According to a handout, the minister was talking to a group of editors and bureau chiefs of local print media, whereas the handout did not specify as to where the meeting was held and who attended it.

The minister said the ANP-led government was in favour of serious and full-fledged operations against militants in settled and tribal areas. He said the Frontier province had been adversely affected during the Afghan war and war against terror for the last three decades. He said that besides human losses, the whole infrastructure of the province had been damaged in the ongoing clashes between security forces and militants. He demanded that funds for the displaced families and victims of operation should directly be provided to the provincial government.

Iftikhar Hussain said the federal government and army should launch a thorough and blanket operation across the country so that there should be no safe passage for the militants. He also appreciated the role of media in the 'war against terror' and hoped that the government would respect any positive move of the media in this regard. The news

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IJT protests IIU blast, closure of institutions
Peshawar: Activists of Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT), university campus, Wednesday protested against the twin suicide bombings at the International Islamic University (IIU) in Islamabad and demanded resignation of the interior minister.

The demonstrators, led by IJT University Campus General Secretary Shad Muhammad Shaheen, gathered outside the Press Club. They were holding placards and banners inscribed with slogans in favour of their demands.

Addressing the student activists, Shad Muhammad said the blast at IIU was a result of incompetence and unpopular decisions of the government. He said the government was fighting the US war and that was the reason the entire country was converted into a war zone. He demanded immediate resignation of Interior Minister Rahman Malik.

Our correspondent adds from Charsadda: Activists of the Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) took out a rally here Wednesday to protest the closure of educational institutions and the Kerry-Lugar Bill. Scores of IJT workers of Postgraduate College, Charsadda, led by Peshawar Division Nazim Shabbir Ahmed and District Nazim Qari Amin Jan, started protest march from the college premises and gathered at Farooq-e-Azam Square.

The protesting students were chanting slogans against the closure of educational institutions, Kerry-Lugar Bill, suicide attacks and formation of Student Volunteers Movement.

Addressing the rally, the IJT leaders alleged that Interior Minister Rehman Malik was responsible for the deteriorating law and order in the country. They said that closure of educational institutions was a conspiracy aimed at depriving the young generation of education. The leaders equated the Kerry-Lugar Bill with slavery of Pakistani nation, saying that acceptance of the bill would have disastrous impact on the country and the people. The news

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Registration of ICT educational institutions
Islamabad: The Islamabad Capital Territory's Private Educational Institutions' Regulatory Authority (PEIRA) has granted conditional registration to the city's 62 privately-run schools and colleges.

According to PEIRA Chairman Atif Mehmood Kiyani, registration of the educational institutions in question will be cancelled if their administrations fail to ensure basic facilities, especially proper library and science laboratories, on their premises.

Kiyani said on Wednesday that many deadlines had been set in the past for provision of basic facilities at private schools and colleges but to no avail. app

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Poetry competition
Islamabad: The Pakistan Youth Alliance is all set to hold poetry competition in connection with celebration of Iqbal Day being held on November 9.

A press release issued here on Wednesday stated that the Pakistan Youth Alliance has invited the young poets and artists from all over the country for participating in poetry competition being planned in connection with the celebration of Iqbal Day.

The Press release also informed that the participants could send poetry (English and Urdu) along with contact information and NIC numbers to before November 15, 2009. One person can make one attempt each in Urdu and English and only inspirational and patriotic poetry will be considered for competition.

According to details, a panel of renowned artists and poets along with upcoming poets will select the best effort. First prizewinner would be awarded cash prize of Rs 10,000 Rs (Each in Urdu & English) while runner-ups would be given collection of Iqbal's poetry. The nation

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