56.85pc pass Intermediate exam
Lahore, Sep 10: The Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISE), Lahore, on Saturday announced the results of Intermediate Annual Examination 2012 according to which 56.85 percent remained the overall pass percentage this year.
A total of 1,51,646 candidates appeared in the exam out of which 86,213 candidates passed.
The results was announced at a medal awarding ceremony in honour of position holders at Alhamra where PML-N leader MNA Hamza Shahbaz Sharif was the chief guest while heads of institutions and position holders and their parents also attended the ceremony.
The toppers were awarded medals, merit certificates and cash prizes amounting to Rs 20,000, Rs 15,000 & Rs 10,000 along with gold, silver and bronze medals among the first, second and third position, holders respectively. The overall topper was also awarded a laptop.
In his welcome address, BISE Chairman Muhammad Nasrullah Virk said that, for the first time in the history of the board, Result Late (R.L.)/Error Free results had been announced. He appreciated the efforts of the BISE employees as well as the teachers, who worked day and night in preparation of results.
It is pertinent to mention that the position holders of the Intermediate Annual Examination 2012 were already announced by the BISE Lahore like other boards of the province on Friday.
Speaking on the occasion, MNA Hamza Shahbaz Sharif said the culture of corruption; nepotism and politics of false promises would have to end to stop the brain-drain. He said around 100,000 talented youth left the country every year owing to non recognition of their talent.
Hamza said educated youth should unite to bring the rulers on right path. He also criticized the Federal government, saying the rulers had nothing to do with the sovereignty of the country. He said those who wanted to divide the country into more provinces on linguistic basis were in fact enemies of Pakistan. He said the PML-N was against creation of new province on the linguistics basis, adding, "We want new provinces on the administrative basis."
He also claimed there was no corruption in Punjab at all.
PhDs awarded at PU
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) has awarded PhDs to five scholars in different subjects.
Bilal Aslam Sufi has been awarded a PhD in Applied Psychology, Zaheer Ahmad in Education, Muhammad Irfan-ul-Haq in Punjabi, Taqdees Zahra in Urdu and Raheela Kousar in Urdu after approval of her thesis entitled "Mustafa Zaidi Shakhsiat Aur Fun." The news
IIUI still without rector, president
Islamabad: The International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) has been running on an ad hoc basis for the last four months without a full-time rector and president.
Sources informed that the government was waiting for a green signal from a foreign country's ambassador in Islamabad for filling of the posts in the institution.
It may be noted that on May 12, 2012, the then rector Prof Fateh Mohammad Malik was sent on vacations for an indefinite period and the charge of the university was handed over to the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) Vice Chancellor Dr Masoom Yasinzai. On the other hand, the president of the IIUI, Dr Anwar Hussain Saddiqui, retired in December 2010, but still his replacement has not been made.
According to sources, in absence of the two key officials, the university has become almost dysfunctional. A faculty member of the university requesting not to be identified said acting rector Dr Masoom Yasinzai was already preoccupied with handling his own institution having around 10,000 students. He said the IIUI had over 20,000 students, so the QAU vice chancellor cannot handle the affairs of both the universities simultaneously.
"Politics at the IIUI is also increasing. During the last three months, two deans – Dr Sohail of the international relations and Dr Riaz of the quality control department – left the university. The dean of business sciences department, Dr Irfan, had to quit the post because of politics," he said.
"Now a group of faculty members is also trying to force Dr Bashir of the MBA department to leave as according to them he is also teaching at the Iqra University. However, it is a fact that most of the faculty members belonging to this group are also teaching in different institutes," he said.
"This particular group is also trying to force Dr Najeeb Jamal, the dean of the faculty of languages, to leave the university. In the absence of a full-time rector and president, there is no one to decide what is right and what is wrong," he observed.
According to sources, the post of president at the IIUI was advertised by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in February 2012. More than 50 candidates applied for the post. It was first time that at least a criterion was adopted for evaluation of the applications.
The top 10 applicants were called for interviews scheduled on April 9. However, the interviews were called off because of some high level intervention and rescheduled for April 23 and on that day nine candidates appeared before the board. The interviewing panel comprised Chairman HEC Dr Javed Leghari, the then Rector IIUI Dr Fateh Mohammad Malik and ex-secretary Foreign Affairs Riaz Khokhar.
It is reliably learnt that the panel could not agree on any of the candidates for inclusion in the list to be sent to the president of Pakistan. The chairman HEC was in favour of one of the former HEC members Dr Muhktar, who is currently with OIC/ICESCO. However, Dr Malik did not agree on his name as he did not have an impressive administrative experience. Dr Malik was in favour of Dr Mohammad Mumtaz who is currently the acting president of IIUI. But Dr Leghari did not agree on his name. Later, HEC tried to hold another round of interviews to push its favourite candidates. However, before proceeding on leave, Dr Malik had already submitted the names of the candidates to the president, decision on which is still pending, said the sources.In that panel, the name of Prof Dr Hafiz Mohammad Iqbal was also included. Dr Iqbal has a very strong administrative and research experience. But his name could not be approved because of lack of political support, according to the sources.
Meanwhile, it has been learnt that the ambassador of the foreign country has proposed the name of a foreigner, Dr Darvesh, for the post of the president, and he is expected to join the IIUI next week.
However, some teachers privy to the development expressed the fear that the appointment of the foreign national would disturb the environment of the institution because of lack of easy and free communication with the academic staff.
They cited the example of the appointment of a foreign national as president of IIUI in the past, who used to spend much of his time in his home country.
The IIUI was established in collaboration with other Islamic countries to develop social sciences within Islamic perspective. Unfortunately, despite being one of the largest universities in the country, the IIUI could not develop properly because of the prevailing social and political culture within the institution.
The IIUI faculty and other officials familiar with the issue are concerned about the appointment of the foreigner because he was not even the applicant for the slot.
IIUI spokesman Hairan Khattak said he had heard that a full-time rector and president would be appointed soon. He claimed that the management had resolved issues of the university.
Executive Director HEC Dr Sohail Naqvi said that according to his understanding the appointments were at the final stage of approval at the presidency. Dawn
DUHS to establish school for special children
Karachi: Pro-Vice Chancellor Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) Prof M Umar Farooq has said no society could progress without giving rights to its special population and polishing and encouraging their capacities.
He was addressing an Eid Mela, which was organised by DUHS in collaboration with the Department of Paediatrics-CHK, Konpal Child Abuse Prevention Society and Al Umeed Rehabilitation Association (AURA) to raise concern about encouraging the ability of special children at the Arag Auditorium of Dow Medical College (DMC).
He appreciated the efforts of the Konpal child abuse prevention society and said schools were taking revolutionary steps for the rights and welfare of the special children. He said that nowadays different organizations and paediatricians were providing rehabilitative services to special children.
He also announced that the Dow University would soon establish a School of Development Paediatric on its campus for providing platform to unite and provide the special care, treatment to special children.
Prof Aisha Mehnaz, Head of the Department of Paediatrics and Chairperson, Konpal, said, "We should make efforts to give the children of the country unalienable rights and bring happiness to every child."
Special children also showed their talent by signing the songs and performing the tableaus, which were highly appreciated by all the participants. Over 300 special children, teachers, professors, doctors, psychologists and students of DMC participated in this event.
'Seminar library' inaugurated at SSUET
Karachi: The Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) has been equipped with a "seminar library" for the faculty of basic and applied sciences.
The library, equipped with the latest computer system, was inaugurated by university's Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Syed Jawaid Hassan Rizvi, in the presence of faculty members, on Sunday.
The library has a number of high quality reference books, other publications and informative material in all areas of basic and applied sciences for use in research. Books for the library were donated by the faculty members of SSUET and the central library.
"The department of basic and applied sciences offers published material, freely available to all interested students who, by investing some time, can increase their knowledge about the relevant subjects, concepts and ideas," Rizvi said.
Emphasising the need for creating an academic and research culture in the faculty, the vice chancellor said the library would serve as a top-most knowledge resource for students and motivate them to involve themselves into basic and applied science research that was important to the advancement of human knowledge with different end goals in sight.
"Basic research is conducted solely for the purpose of gathering information and building on existing knowledge, as opposed to applied research, which is geared to address and answer real-world problems." The news