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AIOU to conduct GRE-GMAT and TOEFL tests
Islamabad, Sep 17: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will establish a 'Testing
Centre' at its main campus for holding the GRE-GMAT and TOFEL tests,
enabling students to avail admissions and scholarships for higher
studies at home and abroad.
Professor Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi stated this in a meeting with
representatives of the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan
AIOU and USEFP agreed to undertake collaborative
programme for promotion of education in the country. They discussed a
plan for holding orientation, mock (diagnostic) test and final tests of
GRE-GMAT and TOEFL.
Professor Dr. Nazir A. Sangi further
said that the conduct of GRE-GMAT and TOEFL tests in collaboration with
the UESFP would result in improved performance in these areas,
particularly for the people of Pakistan, who are under-privileged and
living in remote regions. AIOU and USEFP, he said, should strengthen
their relationships and explore further areas of mutual interest.
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Cambridge student leader lives in fear after complaint
London: A Pakistani student leader at the Cambridge University has openly accused
the university's certain board members and staff in the Graduate Union
for discriminating against him "on racial grounds" but the student
leader faces hostility for going public about his concerns.
this newspaper highlighted the difficulties of Arsalan Ghani – student
from Faisalabad who was elected in March this year to head the union on
full time basis – local media in Cambridge picked up the issue and
called these allegations as "scathing attack" on the Cambridge student
Speaking to The Cambridge Student TCS newspaper,
GU President Ghani said: "I have launched a complaint to the university
authorities in this matter who are investigating. I have all the
necessary evidences. Further information, I can only provide after
consultation with my lawyers."
But the same news report
totally ignored the above statement and concluded "to date, we have not
been able to find any evidence of racist behavior". The report in effect
attempted to deny natural justice to a person who claims that he has
been a victim of racial discrimination. The same newspaper played vital
role in the campaign against African-Caribbean candidate during CUSU
elections and slandered her as "hilariously incompetent".
former GU President Olivia Watson who has been accused of orchestrating
campaign against Arsalan, hit back saying that "changes to the
constitution to allow the GU to become a charity - and thus to have a
Trustee Board - were started long before Arsalan voiced his intentions
to run for President. The suggestion that I manipulated the Constitution
to gain a place on the Trustee Board is particularly bizarre, since I
left before the new Constitution came into effect and am not a Trustee".
CUSU LGBT chair Charlie Bell said that it was "totally
unfair" to "attack Cambridge students as somehow being against minority
Varsity, the independent Cambridge student
newspaper published since 1947, said it had received reports that Ghani
had "systematic campaign - at times underhand" against him. The paper
speculated that the antagonism towards Ghani may have stemmed at least
in part from his political views because he is a "well-known left-wing
campaigner" as he is actively involved with the Cambridge Marxist
Society. The source to Varsity quoted: "Covert racism definitely exists
in Cambridge student society. Had the president been white, I don't
believe he would have received the same level of antagonism and abuse."
of the local publications went on to criticise the publishing of the
original exclusive report of discrimination allegation but a source at
the University's administration told this correspondent that the
prestigious university's senior figures were highly concerned that a
relatively internal matter had gone global and carried serious
implications to the reputation of the university which heavily depends
on sizeable international students.
According to reports
received by this correspondent, Ghani has been deprived of his
authorities and role in the union as a President and encountered lot of
problems from a certain group of board members.
responsibilities as a president were cut down by making changes to the
union constitution overnight by the previous president and those board
members leaving behind serious flaws in the constitution. According to
internal Cambridge sources, the group opposed to ethnic minorities, has
established strong network in the Cambridge University. The far-right
English Defense League (EDL) and racist British National Party (BNP) has
a lot of support base in Cambridge.
Racism in Cambridge
University is not new. Sources close to Arsalan stated that he is facing
serious threats and victimization after launching complaint to the
University and highlighting the issue.
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HEC plans to give 600 PhD scholarships to Balochistan
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) is planning to award 600 master's
leading to PhD scholarships to the natives of Balochistan province. The
government has recently approved the project under the
"Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan Package" on August 30, 2012. The project
will cost Rs3138.692 million and is focused towards providing
opportunities of access to higher education to financially constrained
youth of Balochistan, who despite possessing academic merit are unable
to continue their further studies. The offered scholarship would cover
tuition costs, accommodation and living expenses of the selected
The project would supplement the efforts
of government to focus over human resource development in Pakistan. It
would provide incentives to the talented students of Balochistan to
achieve excellence in their area of interest and ensure availability of
trained manpower for research and development in the country in basic
sciences, agriculture, life sciences and engineering & technology,
arts, languages and social sciences.
The project would be
helpful in covering two important aspects including recognition of
merit and ensuring parity at national level which would lead towards
Some 400 indigenous and 200 overseas
scholarships for Masters and MS leading to PhD studies would be awarded
to the natives of the province. Balochistan is comprised of 30
districts and each district would get its share of foreign and
indigenous scholarships on the basis of its population. Furthermore, 25
per cent scholarships have been reserved for in-service government
R&D organizations and faculty members and employees of universities,
colleges and degree awarding institutions and remaining 75 per cent
will be awarded on open merit.
After completing their PhD
degrees, the scholars would be required to serve in Balochistan for at
least five years so that educational institutions and industry of
Balochistan may get maximum benefits from their knowledge and expertise. The news
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DG FDE without powers to transfer
Islamabad: Though the Ministry of Capital
Administration and Development (CAD) has appointed a new director
general (DG) federal directorate of education (FDE) following the orders
of the Supreme Court, yet the new DG seems without powers to run
effectively over 420 educational institutions.
According to sources, CAD has virtually paralysed the entire system by accumulating all the powers.
A faculty member of a college requesting not to be identified said
that issues such as transfers of staff are approved by CAD. In this
scenario, the office of the DG has virtually lost its entire
significance. This concentration of powers is frustrating the employees
as their issues are not being resolved in a timely manner.
"Major problems include, financial requirements, posting and
transfers of teachers, performance of non-teaching staff and need of the
institutions for running daily affairs. All these things being part of
the operation, need to be updated keeping in view changing conditions
and ever rising challenges," he said.
"If the DG is not more than a statue sitting in the seat and her only
function is to forward every issue 'just like post office' to CAD, the
affairs will not only linger on but also be decided without proper and
first hand knowledge at the ministry level. This is what one can witness
at the present," he said.
According to sources, the recent issue which has really disturbed the
teaching community is that there was a shortage of faculty members of
Physics in H-8 Model College.
So it was decided to get one or two teachers from H-9 or F-10 model
colleges and request was made with FDE but FDE informed that they should
request CAD because FDE does not have power of transfer.
Prof Tahir Mahmood, spokesperson for Federal Government College
Teachers Association said, "Whenever the DG is approached by any of the
officials and even the heads of educational institutions, she expresses
her helplessness and says she is compelled to forward the problem to
"This is, without any doubt spoilage of educational institutions and
creation of more and more problems for those working in these
institutions up to the time, the DG is fully powerful, performance of
FDE and attached educational institutions will not improve. However,
after transfer of powers to CAD, there is complete chaos in FDE and the
educational institution under it are suffering a lot," he said.
"The DG cannot transfer even a single teacher in case of emergency
without permission from CAD. On the other hand, with almost 18 Divisions
to be supervised, CAD is overloaded with official affairs and is unable
to address even the immediate problems promptly," he said.
FGCTA has demanded that powers be delegated to the DG FDE for timely resolution of teachers, students and parents' problems.
Joint Secretary CAD, Rafique Tahir said that
every department has his own powers but still DG FDE has powers and she
should exercise them.
As far as transfers of gazetted officers were concerned, it was prerogative of Secretary CAD. Dawn
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