RBISE HSSC (Part-II) result on Sept 10
Rawalpindi, Sep 05: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Rawalpindi will announce the Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) Part-II annual examination result on September 10. The result of HSSC (Part-1) will be announced on October 5. The board spokesman told that 63,616 students appeared in the Part-II examination out of which 26,695 were boys and 36,921 were girls. While in HSSC (Part-1) total of 53,059 candidates appeared for examination. He said that the results are in final stages of compilation and it would be announced on September 10 by the board chairman in a ceremony. Outstanding students would be awarded prizes in the ceremony.
Delay in appointment mars HEC's performance
Islamabad: Facing enormous administrative hurdles, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) continues to work without its seven commission members for last eight months as the summary sent in December 2010 for appointment of new members is yet to catch attention of the prime minister, sources said here on Sunday.
The official data showed that HEC sent a summary last year to Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani who is controlling authority for appointment of new members of the commission to ensure smooth flow of administrative affairs.
It further stated that 21 nominations have been sent to the prime minister against seven posts as it was the requirement to send three nominations against one post.
The sources claimed that absence of large number of members in the commission is one of the main hurdles in timely appointment or promotion of senior officials, approval of budget, recognition of new universities and provision of funding to public and private sector universities.
According to composition and constitution of the commission as per HEC Ordinance No. LIII of 2002, the commission members include the HEC chairperson; the education secretary; the secretary information technology, the secretary scientific and technology research division; four nominees of the provincial governments, one from each of the provinces; ten members appointed in the manner specified in sub-sections (3) and (4); and seven shall be persons of international eminence and proven ability with significant contribution to higher education as teacher, researcher or administrator provided that at least one of the members shall be a women.
A senior official said when it comes to provision of funds to ongoing or new projects for public sector universities HEC finds it hard to ensure minimum quorum of the commission required to approve funds for this purpose.
If one or two members do not attend meeting of the commission then lack of minimum quorum leads to cancellation of various agenda items. There is a dire need for appointment of new members to ensure administrative affairs are run in a befitting manner, he said.
The sources said there is no word from the prime minister whether he intends to appoint new members or wants to let HEC continue work in its present status.
HEC Executive Director Dr. Sohail Naqvi told this correspondent that they sent a summary for appointment of seven commission members in December 2010 but we are still waiting for any kind of response.
He said all the administrative powers rest with the commission members as they take key decisions during their periodical meetings, adding the lack of quorum may put hurdles in smooth functioning of the commission.
Dr. Sohail Naqvi said there are number of new requests for recognition of private universities and they are waiting for appointment of commission members who would enjoy the powers to discuss and take decisions in this respect.
St. Mary's School served notice for charging extra fees
Rawalpindi: District Consumer Protection Council (DCPC) has sent legal notice to St. Mary s High School, Rawalpindi, for charging three months extra fees from the students. DCPC spokesperson Idrees Randhawa said that a number of parents submitted complaints that St. Mary s High School is charging three months extra fees from them and not issuing result cards of Metric, which is illegal saying the parents have no other option but to pay these fees. He said many parents have approached them so we have sent legal notices to the administration of the school to return the fees of children, he added. The news
Limited autonomy for KP colleges on cards
Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to award limited autonomy to public sector colleges in the province to improve their performance.
The initiative to declare public sector colleges as semi-autonomous bodies is part of New Academic Model (NAM), being formulated by the higher education department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. "The government has planned to declare public sector colleges as semi-autonomous so that their administrations can play a major role in academic and administrative decisions," officials said.
They added that under the planned NAM, more administrative powers and academic autonomy would be delegated to the administrations of colleges.
"The NAM has already been implemented in developed countries," officials at higher education department said.
Presently state-run colleges are administratively and academically controlled by the provincial government and public sector universities respectively.
"The universities and provincial government are autonomous in their decisions regarding state-run colleges. They often take conflicting decisions and create problems for the administrations of colleges," officials said.
The public sector universities have the power to design courses and conduct examinations of the affiliated colleges. So far, universities have shown little interest in courses development of colleges. "The courses of colleges have not been changed during the last 30 years," they said, adding the changes were aimed at bringing the education system at par with that of developed countries.
"The public sector colleges will get autonomy in designing courses in the coming few months," said Prof Mohammad Tariq, Director Project Management Unit Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
He said that higher education department was also preparing a plan to enable colleges to conduct their examinations.
After devolution of powers to college administrations, a unit of colleges on district level would be formed for taking uniform decisions regarding administrative and academic changes in the educational institutions, he said.
Another department, named as Higher Education Council, would be established at provincial level to give final approval to the changes in courses suggested by the unit of colleges, he said.
Currently, public sector colleges are run under District Management Model, a decades-old system having many flaws causing wastage of time even to solve a small problem.
"Getting approval for anything in the existing system is a lengthy and complicated process. A file is first sent from a college to directorate of higher education and then to secretariat for official work. It takes months to get the file signed," officials said.
They said that owing to the lengthy and complicated process the post of a teacher, transferred to another college, remained vacant for months and precious time of students was wasted.
"The transfers and leaves of teachers and other financial issues will be decided by the college administration with little involvement of directorate and secretariat of higher education, if NAM is introduced. It will help save the precious time of teachers and students," they said. Dawn
Peshawar: A student of the Peshawar Law College, Sehrish Saeed, topped the LLB (Final) examination conducted by the University of Peshawar by securing 1,462 marks. Sehrish is the daughter of late Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Secretary Saeedullah Jan and granddaughter of late Justice (R) Mian Shakirullah Jan. She attributed her success to her hard work and guidance by her teachers and parents. She said her grandfather remained a source of inspiration for her and she wanted to follow in his footsteps. The news