Punjab Inter Chemistry paper leakage, BISE high-ups removal

Paper leak sets off BISE high-ups removal
Lahore, Sep 02, 2008: The Punjab government has removed the top brass of the Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) including its secretary and Controller of Examinations on findings of a probe regarding leak of a question paper during the recently held Intermediate Annual Examinations 2008.

It is learnt that the notification regarding transfer of the Rawalpindi BISE chairman was yet to be issued by the Services & General Administration Department (S&GAD) while transfer orders of secretary and Controller of Exams were issued by the Punjab Higher Education Department late Saturday.

On 29 May 2008, the then Punjab Higher Education Department Secretary Arifa Saboohi received an anonymous call regarding the leakage of the Chemistry Part-II paper of the Intermediate Annual Examination 2008 of the Rawalpindi BISE.

It has been learnt that the anonymous caller also faxed the copy of the handwritten question paper to the secretary. After the incident, the Punjab government ordered immediate investigation in the matter and a three-member committee was formed to probe.

The paper was cancelled and candidates were asked to appear for the examination of the same subject on June 21, 2008. Sources in the Punjab Higher Education Department said that following approval from the chief minister, the department on late Saturday issued transfer orders of Assistant Professor (BS-18) Muhammad Azam Khalid, who was working as Rawalpindi BISE Controller of Examinations, directing him to report to the department.

They added that Assistant Professor of Statistics (BS-18) Abdul Munim from the Government College Asghar Mall Rawalpindi was posted as BISE Rawalpindi's new Controller of Examinations.

The sources said that Zia Ullah Khan, Assistant Professor Chemistry from the Government College Asghar Mall Rawalpindi has been appointed as the Rawalpindi BISE Secretary in place of Prof Humayun Iqbal, who had been transferred and directed to report to the department.

They further said the CM had also approved the transfer of Dr Iftikhar Ahmed Baig, adding however, the notification about his transfer was yet to be issued by the S&GAD since he was a BS-20 officer. The sources privy to the developments said the chief minister had also approved appointment of Dr Yaseen, Principal of Government College for Boys Sahiwal as chairman of the Rawalpindi BISE. They further said an inquiry had also been ordered against the removed officials under the Punjab Employees Efficiency, Discipline and Accountability Act (PEEDA) 2006. The News

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Loadshedding causes inconvenience to students
Lahore: Frequent power shutdowns are causing a lot of inconvenience to the students. Students are compelled to take classes in hot and humid weather. Load shedding is affecting not only the timetable schedules but also the grades.

Madeha Qamar, student of MSC, Applied Hydrology at Punjab University says I need internet for searching, my study hours get really disturbed because of massive and infrequent load shedding, adding that small dams could be the instant way out for the problem, small power houses could help generating electricity to great extent.

I usually study at night because of the routine we follow. When I reach home at 3:30 am it takes me almost two to three hours to refresh. Our studies are tough and we usually study at night. In dim light I can't concentrate properly. Physically getting out of order my sleeping hours gets effected and I remain worried about my results, said Iqra Shafique student of BSC.

Principal of University of South Asia, Arshad M Bhutta, opines that load shedding effect mentally, physically, and emotionally as well. Light is energy so when you are not getting it your body gets slow down automatically. But as elite class join here so they don't even have any problem at home. In comparison with the government institutes, he said we have our own generator so we are facilitating the students all the way. They are paying Rs 8,000 for comfortable atmosphere, how government institutes can do that with fees in hundreds.

Muhammad Umar doing MBA in marketing from University of South Asia, says we come to the university for seeking guidelines but we have to work at home where I can study with full concentration. UPS even can't start internet, as it is an artificial way of producing the light. I have to search a lot for my assignments and to prepare presentations and it could be done in its best way with uninterrupted power supply.

Miss Rubina, St Andrew's high school teacher claimed that government should at least reduce load shedding from the schools in the academic hours so that students can learn peacefully during the hours reserved for it. Creativity and attention come through brain, so children need expressions to show and could be done in conducive environment.

Mr Obaid admin member at St Anthony High School showed his anger against the government which, he say, is playing with the future of children as they are the bright lights of the days to come.

Abdur Rehman preparing for the CSS exams says in this exam one has to learn all the time in focussed state of affairs, unfortunately I am not getting it. I have to go to libraries for my studies but it get toughen for me to study for hours without light in the books.

Darakshan Jamil doing BS (hon) from LCWU maintains that he really gets irritated with the load shedding when he is preparing for his next day presentation and the light goes off. The Nation

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British Chevening Scholarships Programme for postgraduate studies
Lahore: The British Council (BC) held a ceremony at a local hotel on Monday, in honour of five candidates leaving for their postgraduate studies under the British Chevening Scholarships Programme.

British High Commission Deputy Head of Press and Public Affairs Jennifer Wilkes presented the scholarships to the five candidates. The candidates are leaving to study at different UK universities; Sumaira Latif is pursuing a degree at the University of Bristol; Salman Ali Khan at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London; Sabeen Inamulhaq at the University of Sussex; Zarak Mirza at the University of Bristol and Usman Ali Khan also at the SOAS University of London.

The British Chevening Scholarships Programme is funded by the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office and managed by the British High Commission and the British Council. Every year scholarships are awarded to some of the country's geniuses. Candidates qualify for a year's postgraduate study in a wide variety of subjects, including management, media studies, international relations, law, gender studies, social development and public administration. This year, 16 scholarships were awarded to candidates from Pakistan.

The BC authorities, on the occasion, also announced Chevening Scholarships for 2009-10. The last date to submit scholarship applications is September 15. The application forms are available at the BC website.

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Snake show held at University of Veterinary Sciences (UVAS)
Lahore: The Reptiles Hunting Club, in collaboration with the Department of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Veterinary Sciences (UVAS), arranged a snake show on the college campus on Monday.

According to a press release issued by the UVAS, Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Muhammad Nawaz inaugurated the show, which exhibited various species of snakes, including the rat snake, the cobra, the krait, the carter and the viper.

The vice-chancellor, speaking on the occasion, said that the show had been arranged to create awareness among students about the safety precautions that should be taken when handling snakes. He encouraged research into antidotes made from snake venom. The show also included instructions on how to identify and safely handle venomous snakes. Both students and teachers attended the show and it was well received by all. Daily Times

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AIOU announces Iqbal awards for best research papers on Iqbaliat
Islamabad: Iqbaliat Department of Allama Iqbal Open University here on Monday announced cash awards named as "Iqbal awards" for research scholars of M.Phil and PhD levels for best research papers on Iqbaliat.

The awards were announced, here, in a press conference addressed by the university's Vice Chancellor Mahmood ul Hassan Butt along with Dr. Shahid Iqbal Kamran, Iqbaliat Department and Inamul Haq, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences department.

The awards include Rs 20,000 for M.Phil and Rs 30,000 for PhD level for research scholars of the country's universities including Islamia University Bahawalpur, Karachi University, Punjab University and Allama Iqbal Open University.

The VC who also heads the Iqbal award committee which sorts out best research papers on Iqbaliat for the Iqbal awards, said that those papers were selected, which had been written during 2002-03 and 2004 to 2006.

He said that these awards would be given to the winning scholars in an international conference being held in September by the university.

Announcing the winners, Nasim Abbas, who belonged to Multan and presently was teaching in local college of the city won Iqbal award in M.Phil level for his research paper titled "Quratul Ayan par Allama Iqbal Kay Asrat" during 2002-03.

During the same period, Akhtar Nisa, presently working as a teacher at local college of Lahore was announced for the award for her producing a best research paper titled" Shuruh Kalam-e-Iqbal, Tahqiki wa Tankidi Mutala" in M.Phil level.

From 2004 to 2006, in M.Phil level Zahid Hussain Chughtai who is a journalist, also won Iqbal award for his research paper titled "Iqbal Arshi Amratsari."

About the PhD level research, Dr Khalid Almas' research paper titled " Istiqrai Istadal aur Fikar-e-Ibal" was selected for Iqbal award, during 2004 to 2006.

The VC also announced that next time the awards would be increased to Rs 40,000 for M.Phil and Rs 50,000 for PhD levels.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Shahid Iqbal Kamran said all the process was carried out in a transparent manner and called for conducting more research to promote Iqbaliat in the country. App

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