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FBISE postponed HSSC practical exams

Exams have been delayed till further orders
Islamabad, Oct 23: The Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) has postponed the practical examination of Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) supplementary examination 2009, scheduled to commence from October 22.

According to a press release issued here, the exams have been delayed till further orders due to the prevailing security situation in the country.

The candidates will be informed about the new schedule at their home addresses as and when finalised.

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Academics criticise HEC criteria for VCs selection
Islamabad: Lack of uniformity in the policies of Higher Education Commission (HEC) with regard to selection of vice-chancellors of the universities has caused ambiguities and concerns among the professors and lecturers who have objected to the entire criteria set for the selection of the vice-chancellors.

Advertisements that have appeared in the press for the vacancies show that different criteria have been set for different universities for the candidates who want to apply for the position of vice-chancellor.

The time period, for instance, to apply varies for different universities from days to weeks. For example, for the office of vice-chancellor of Hazara University the advertisement that appeared on October 20 says the candidates can apply within eleven days where as for the same position of QAU nearly one-and-a-half months time period has been fixed to invite applications.

In some cases, the restrictions of age-limit have been abolished completely while in some advertisements it is clearly mentioned that the candidate should not be more than 65 years of age on the date of submission of application.

Professors of the universities believe that different criteria have been set to benefit few or to select favourites. They regretted that at least basic criteria for the appointment of vice-chancellors of the universities should be uniform across the country.

One of the members of the search committee when contacted opined that requirements of each university are different so the criteria for the vice-chancellor of every university would be different.

"QAU is a research-oriented varsity and international applications have been invited for the position of vice-chancellor, which would take time that's why time duration is long compared to other universities" he added.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) has been criticising the process of appointment of vice-chancellors of the public sector universities terming it non-transparent and based on considerations other than merit.

To appoint in-service professors as vice-chancellors of the universities has been their long-standing demand.

Meanwhile, due to security risk and unstable law and order situation, tests to be conducted by National Testing Service Pakistan has been postponed till further announcement.

University of Peshawar admission test, State Bank of Pakistan Sbots-16 Batch, AIOU M.Phil/PhD test and Minhaj University Lahore test that were to be held on October 25 have been postponed. The nation

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Convocation of NUST on Oct 29
Islamabad: National University of Science and Technology (NUST) will hold its 6th convocation here on October 29. Degrees and gold medals would be awarded to the masters, Mphil and PhD students who have graduated after December 6, 2007, said spokesperson of the university here Thursday. All the interested graduates have been advised to inform the registrar about their willingness to attend the convocation by providing necessary information including name, registration number, year of passing, telephone number and mailing address. The graduates can bring only two guests in the convocation Hall. Further information can be obtained from the phone numbers 051-90851043,90851045 and 90851047.

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PAL selects Bhutto's book for 'Pas-e-Zindan' award
Islamabad: Pakistan Academy of Letters on Thursday announced the prestigious 'Pas-e-Zindan' Award for the book 'If I am Assassinated' written by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.

While announcing the Award, PAL Chairman Fakhar Zaman said that according to the decision on the best books written during the four martial law periods in Pakistan, the eminent panel of Judges has chosen Shaheed Z A Bhutto's 'If I Am Assassinated'.

Other then the chosen book of Bhutto, PAL has also awarded Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani's book 'Chah-e-Yousaf Se Sada', Makhdoom Javed Hashmi's book 'Takhta-i-Dar Kay Sai Talay', Tariq Khursheed's book 'Soey-Dar - Kia Main Deshet Gard Tha', Hameed Akhtar's book 'Kal Kothri' and Zafar-ullah-Poshni's 'Zindagi Zindan Dili Ka Naam Hai'.

During the four martial law periods in Pakistan that of General Ayub Khan, General Yahya Khan, General Zia-ul-Haq and General Pervez Musharraf, the political prisoners not only waged political struggle, but also penned down the era of persecution and imprisonments for raising voice against the establishment. Many books regarding 'Pas-e-Zindan' Award were published earlier, but there was no appreciation of such literature in Pakistan so far.

PAL chairman said that many captive writers raised the voice of truth against dictators and martial law while in prison. He said that through this award, Pakistan Academy of Letters decided to pay tribute to all such writers. He said that the so-called conspiracy case in the era of General Ayub, the cruelties in the eras of General Musharraf is the part of our history. The hardships, which the writers suffered during these times are reflected in these books.

Fakhar Zaman said that PAL will organise a big ceremony to give 'Pas-e-Zindan Award'. The president of Pakistan has been requested to preside over the ceremony to distribute the amount of awards among the writers.

A committee comprising of senior writers was formed for the selection of books for the award, which includes Dr. Muhammad Ali Siddiqui, Professor Khawaja Masood, Dr. Mehdi Hasan, I.A. Rehman, Siraj-ul-Haq Memon, Saleem Raz, Dr. Shah M. Mari, Altaf Ahmed Qureshi, and Rahat Saeed. The award money is Rs100,000.

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Comstech meeting on 26th
Islamabad: A national meeting on 'Challenges for Socio-economic Development in Pakistan: Role of Science and Technology' will be held here from October 26 to 28. According to a press release issued here Thursday, the meeting is organised by Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (Comsats) and the OIC Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (Comstech), in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan. The meeting will be attended by students, researchers and thinkers hailing from all provinces of Pakistan. The news

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AHs Principal accused of corruption
Rawalpindi: The Principal of Allied Hospitals (AHs) and Rawalpindi Medical College (RMC), Dr Musaddiq Khan has reportedly embezzled millions of rupees from the funds of institutions being run under him as he purchased substandard machines for AHs and received hefty kickbacks, reliable sources revealed on Thursday.

Sources also confided that Dr Musaddiq Khan had also appointed one of his friends namely Saqib Abbasi, who had MBBS degree but was actually a property dealer by profession, as Chairman of Board of Management (BoM), violating the Punjab Medical and Health Institutions Act and Rules (PMHIAR) 2003, to just get approval of his illegal purchase orders.

According to sources, Clause "e" of Article 6 of PMHIAR 2003 reads as "Six non-official members from amongst retired professors of medical colleges, renowned retired doctors from the general cadre, management experts/retired civil and military officers, distinguished citizens, notable jurists and financial experts can become member as well as Chairman of BoM". As per rules, Saqib Abbasi does not deserve for the slot, sources maintained.

Sources close to Dr Musaddiq told this scribe that the diagnosis machines prices of which are in millions had been purchased for pocketing commission but the machines were never procured which were essential for diagnoses as well as it were much cheaper in price.

The diagnosis machines including Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Angiography, Mammography, Culture Media and Saturna purchased by Dr Musaddiq Khan with the approval of BoM are actually of low qualities and have not been functioning since the day they were installed, causing immense difficulties for thousands of patients as well as doctors, sources added.

Similarly, the Saturna machine, which is used in laboratory, was purchased by spending heavy amount, also not performing regular functions.

In another bid to grab money, Dr Musaddiq Khan purchased a Culture Media Machine, commonly used for examining urine, blood and spit, with the cost of Rs 3.5 million set up in BBH. The machine is not being used whereas the paramedics prepare menu with hands, sources added.

Sources also informed that the owners of private laboratories, most of them are near and dear of Dr Musaddiq, are being facilitated as Gynecologists of AHs refer the pregnant women to the private laboratories for important tests, due to which the poor patients have to pay heavy amount in absence of Hb-Electrophoresis Machine. In the same way, ELISA machine, used for diagnosis of Hepatitis B and C, has not been installed in any of AHs just to facilitate the owners of private laboratories. It is pertinent to mention here that most of private laborites are run by the doctors or they have share in the labs. The nation

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Annual day at Pearl Valley Public School
Rawalpindi: Kashmir Education Foundation (KEF) Chairman Vice Admiral (r) Farooq Rashid has said that education is the cornerstone of development of any civilised society.

Addressing the 13th Annual Day of the Pearl Valley Public School and College, he said that without education, societies cannot progress and languish in poverty and disease. "If we look at the wider problems affecting our nation, almost all can be linked to lack of education. Quality education is the key to progress, as it creates leadership with a vision, which is the ultimate gift to under-privileged children, especially girl child," he added.

He said that there are many NGOs actively promoting literacy across Pakistan, however, KEF is focusing on providing quality education with emphasis on promoting religious and cultural values.

Earlier, welcoming a large gathering of parents and old students, PVPS Principal Asif Habib Khan said that they were confident of having a network of schools throughout the rural areas in Pakistan.

Students presented various entertaining skits highlighting moral values, paying tribute to defenders of the country and also focused on prevailing domestic and political culture in light humour. The news

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