Girls, boys clinch top BSc, BA positions in AJK
Muzaffarabad, Oct 26: The Azad Jammu and Kashmir University (AJKU) here on Monday announced results of BA/BSc examination 2010, with girls clinching top three Bachelor of Science positions and the boys grabbing Bachelor of Arts positions.
According to details, Maryam Aslam of the Government Girls Degree College, Bhimber, secured the first position by obtaining 758 out of 1000 marks. She was followed by Asma Sadiq of Chinar College, Bagh, who obtained 675 out of 900 marks, and Hafsa Shafait of Mohammadan College, Hajira, who secured 731 out of 1000 marks.
In the BA exams, first three positions were clinched by private candidates. Naveed Iqbal from district Mirpur with 581, Mohammad Haroon Ilyas from district Bhimber with 570, and Mohammad Manzoor from district Kotli with 569 marks out of 800 marks secured the first, second and third positions respectively.
AJKU spokesman Zafar Iqbal said 1309 regular and 1709 late college students appeared in the BSc exams, out of them 574 and 455 remained successful respectively. In the BA exams, 2,396 regular and 8,169 private/late college candidates appeared, out of whom 772 and 1,899 emerged successful respectively.
The result cards of regular students had been dispatched to their respective institutions, the spokesman said. He said unsuccessful candidates could send their admission forms with Rs1,700 as normal fee up to November 15.Your Comments
Peshawar: A student of the Institute of Management Sciences (IMS), Aqil Khan, was kidnapped by unidentified persons from Hayatabad Township on Monday night.
It is learnt that the student, who is about 22, had gone to a nearby mosque for offering prayers. He was on his way back home when he was picked by unidentified persons in Phase 6 of Hayatabad.
Soon after the occurrence, the police cordoned off the area and blocked all the outlets of the townships in hope of recovering the kidnapped student.
However, no recovery was made till filing of this report. Dawn
AIOU to offer MLIS in nine cities
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Department of Library and Information Sciences will start Master in Library and Information Sciences (MLIS) from Spring 2011 semester. The university will offer MLIS in nine cities including Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Multan, Bahawalpur, Sargodha and Jamshoro. Previously, the programme was based on merit bases and tutorials and workshops were held in Islamabad, but now there will be no merit system and all eligible candidates would get admission as well as the tutorials and workshops would be held in the said cities. Admissions for the Semester Spring, 2011 will start from February 1 across the country simultaneously.
Getting education from 'cradle to grave'?
Rawalpindi: It is hard to believe, but it is a fact that an academic institution by the name of Government MG Girls Primary School is being run in a 'janazagah' (a place for funeral prayers) along a graveyard in Ratta Amral.
The school-cum-'janazagah' has no toilet and students have to go to the nearby graveyard whenever they have the need for using it. They also have to go to different houses in the neighbourhood for drinking water, as their so-called school has no such facility for them.
Schoolchildren said that they were facing many problems on the premises. However teachers 'luckily' have a staff-room, but it is full of construction material for graves.
Schoolteachers Musarrat Riaz and Chand Nazneen said that students were facing great difficulties at the 'janazagah' because there was neither a toilet nor drinking water facility. Girl students have to go to the nearby graveyard for using its toilet. They also have to go door-to-door for drinking water.
According to teachers, previously the school was running in a private building but its had got it vacated about four years ago. They said that then the higher authorities shifted the school ton the 'janazagah'.
The students have to brave cold weather because the 'janazagah' is an open place, they said. They said that the place is filled with construction material for graves and many a time students sustained injuries due to it.
District Education Officer (DEO) (Elementary & Primary) Mrs. Naseem Akhtar admitted that the Government MG Girls Primary School, Ratta Amral, is being run in a 'janazagah'. She said that nobody was ready to give them a building for running the school, therefore, they decided to shift it to the 'janazagah'. "We have to give holiday to the students whenever a dead person is brought here for funeral prayers," she said. She said that the concerned school management has enough grant, but unfortunately nobody was ready for spending money on the construction of toilets and installation of drinking water facility in the school. "The whole situation is in the knowledge of higher authorities," she said.
Parents of schoolchildren expressed anger over the location of the school and said the government should shift the school from 'janazagah' to some other site in the city.
They said that it was the first example across the country that a government school is being run in a 'janazagah'.
SPELT conference concludes at FJWU
Rawalpindi: The Islamabad Chapter of the Society of Pakistan English Language Teachers (SPELT) concluded its 26th SPELT International Annual Conference in collaboration with the Oxford University Press and Fatima Jinnah Women University here on Monday.
In the three-day conference, more than 70 international and national experts delivered lectures and conducted workshops on various aspects of English language teaching. It provided an opportunity to the English language teachers to benefit from the internationally renowned scholars. The conference also included an IT Village by British Council, a book launch by the Oxford University Press and a book exhibition by renowned publishers.
In the opening session, SPELT Coordinator Dr. Umar Farooq welcomed the presenters and participants and explained the theme of the conference.
Noreen Mirza presented a review of the academic activities of SPELT, explaining that seven academic sessions were held in the previous year. She talked about the future endeavours of SPELT highlighting its importance as a forum for professional development of English language teachers. She mentioned that the recommendations of this conference would be presented to the government in order to bring a positive change in the current scenario of English language teaching in Pakistan.
Professor Dr. Samina Amin Qadir, dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Arts at FJWU, addressed the audience and mentioned that she has been a member of SPELT since its inception. She expressed the hope that after attending the conference, the participants would go back as more aware professionals.
Sohail Barki, representative of the Oxford University Press, welcomed the participants and underlined the importance of the conference as a platform for personal and professional growth for English language teachers.
He stressed on the need for upgrading textbooks in order to raise the standard of education.
Nabeel Alvi, a British Council representative, thanked SPELT and Fatima Jinnah Women University for hosting the conference and looked at it as an agent of development and change in English language teaching. He talked about the role of British Council in the development of English language teaching, as two hundred sessions were held in different parts of the country in the past year.
He also talked about the IT Village, which was organised by the British Council during the 26th SPELT international conference.
Mr. Mike, a USIS representative, welcomed the audience and talked about the support provided by the United States of America in improving the current English language teaching scenario in Pakistan. He explained different projects, which include English Access Micro Scholarship Programme, from which five thousand students across Pakistan will benefit. In addition, a training conference will be held for professional training and growth of teachers.
FJWU Vice Chancellor Dr. Saeeda Asadullah Khan addressed the audience and appreciated the record of SPELT in providing support to English language teachers for their professional development. She appreciated the role of SPELT as the courses and lectures conducted by practitioners are beneficial for professional development of teachers. She highlighted the role of Fatima Jinnah Women University in empowering women. The news
'Illegal' appointment of teachers protested
Lakki Marwat: The activists of different political parties and labour organisations on Monday held a protest demonstration against the alleged illegal appointments of teachers in a school.
The protesters gathered in front of Working Folks Grammar Higher Secondary School in Serai Naurang and staged a sit-in against illegal appointment of teachers.
They alleged that politically influenced and illegal appointments of teachers had marred the performance of the school, which had been set up to impart quality education to children of workers. They alleged that merit was violated in the recruitment of teachers.
"Besides other political recruitments a physical education teacher has been appointed as vice-principal of the school on deputation," they said. They said that labourers and political activists would be compelled to extend their agitation movement if illegal appointments of teachers were not withdrawn immediately.
They said that the teachers appointed on political basis did not fulfil the criteria. They demanded of the quarters concerned to cancel all illegal appointments forthwith and conduct screening test and interview for fresh appointments.
PPP divisional president Ihsanullah Khan, JUI district general secretary Maulana Bashir Ahmad Haqqani, president of Bannu Floor Mills Association Bahadar Zaman, Lucky Cement Workers Union leaders Saifullah and Mustafa Kamal, Shabab-i-Milli district general secretary Malik Jehanzeb Khan, JI leader Ali Khan and Rehmatullah addressed the protesters. Dawn
VC urged to solve students' problems
Peshawar: Representatives of the Muttahida Talaba Mahaz here Monday met the vice-chancellor of University of Peshawar (UoP) and asked him to resolve students' problems. A press release said the student leaders urged the Vice-Chancellor Dr Azmat Hayat Khan to abolish the self-finance scheme forthwith, reduce the hostel and admission fee besides remitting the full fee of the students hailing from terror-hit and flood-ravaged areas. Steps for safe release of the kidnapped VC of Islamia College University, Ajmal Khan, also came under discussion. They urged the varsity administration to take appropriate steps to ensure fail-safe security for the employees of the varsities. The vice-chancellor assured the students that their genuine demands would be paid proper heed.
KMC gathering on December 18
Peshawar: The 1981 graduates of the Khyber Medical College (KMC), Peshawar have been asked to register for reunion celebration to be held on December 18-19. A press release issued here Monday said the activity was meant to join hands to ensure better healthcare in the province. The programme includes dinner and musical entertainment on the grounds of the KMC, Safari train to Golra and a golf match to make it a fun-filled event. The graduates have been asked to contact Prof Nadeem Khawar at the Child Health Department of the Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH) for registration. The news