RBISE to announce HSSC-II result tomorrow
Rawalpindi, Sep 07: Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) will announce Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) Part-II Annual Examination result on Saturday (September 8).
RBISE Spokesman Arslan Cheema said that arrangements in this regard are being finalised.
He said so far there is no final date for the result of HSSC Part-I Annual Examination and the date in this connection will be announced soon.
Five get Cambridge scholarships
Islamabad: Excitement of exploring new avenues of knowledge was writ large on the faces of five young scholars as they received their scholarship award certificates for higher education at Cambridge University, UK.
The certificates were distributed by Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Dr Nadeem-ul-Haq, at the send-off ceremony of Pakistani scholars proceeding for higher education at Cambridge University. The ceremony was held at HEC, Islamabad.
Dr Nadeem-ul-Haq shared with the students his own experience of acquiring degree from another acknowledged international education institution at the time when there was no quick way of communication or obtaining information. "That was the first time I travelled abroad and it was a whole new world for me."
His talk was full of useful tips for Pakistani students. He encouraged them to take maximum advantage of the knowledge they would gain from the renowned institutions of academically advanced countries and apply their expertise to address the socio-economic problems confronted by Pakistan.
He interacted with the students and discussed with them their future plans. He also appreciated contributions of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and assured that the government will continue to support various useful initiatives of the HEC.
While presenting the overview of the programme, Executive Director HEC, Professor Dr Sohail H. Naqvi, informed that under joint collaboration between the HEC and Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, UK, each year five scholarships are being awarded to talented Pakistani students to acquire doctoral degree at the Cambridge University and undertake research on the issues directly related to Pakistani society.
"We expect that these scholars would also contribute in assisting universities for building economies, leadership and communities," he added. He also highlighted the achievements and contribution of the HEC since its inception in 2002.
Deputy British Commissioner, British High Commission Pakistan, Alison Blake, in her remarks stated that the programme would be greatly helpful in strengthening the bilateral relationship between the two countries especially in higher education sector. She hoped that the selected scholars would contribute for the betterment of the society.
Director Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, UK, Michael O'Sullivan, said that the scholarship programme would provide an opportunity to Pakistani scholars to interact with the youth belonging to various parts of the world. "We are really impressed by the talent of Pakistani youth at Cambridge University," he remarked.
The scholarship programme covers university tuition fee, boarding and lodging and airfare. So far, the scholarships have been awarded to Pakistani students in development studies, engineering, economics, financial management and other fields.
The selected scholars including two scholars while interacting through video conferencing from UK termed the program very useful. The shared their areas of research with the guests of the event. They also vowed to apply and disseminate the learned knowledge in Pakistan after they return.
Cambridge University's Pak leader faces prejudice
London: A Pakistani student who made history after being elected as president of the prestigious Cambridge University Graduate Union has been a victim of racial discrimination after a campaign was orchestrated to marginalise him in the union.
In over 800 years of the university's history, a Pakistani, Arsalan Ghani, from Faisalabad, was elected in March this year to head the student union till July next year representing 12,000 MA, MPhil and PhD students studying at the Cambridge University, most of them international students.
This was a historic achievement and had similarity to what Benazir Bhutto had achieved as leader of the Oxford union but 'The News' has learnt of the systematic discrimination against Arsalan Ghani. This position requires Arsalan to suspend his studies and take a full time role as president and head the union offices. He was deprived of his authorities and role in the union, according to his complaint.
Information reveal the student leader faced multiple discriminations from his colleagues, mostly the former board members in the first month of joining his duty in the union. There are reports that he was marginalised, abused, threatened and discriminated in the union to the extent that he was forced to launch a formal complaint to the university in this regard.
A popular figure amongst the local and international students, a fact demonstrated by his sweeping victory, Arsalan promised in his election manifesto to organise events for diverse communities, develop interfaith unity and to initiate a UK wide and global campaign against fee and cuts in education sector. It was through Arsalan's initiatives that for the first time ever Kosher, Halal and vegetarian sections were introduced in the union's café.
But Arsalan Ghani's activism and ambitions to promote student welfare has faced opposition. In a sheer discriminatory move, his powers as a president were cut down immediately after the election results were announced. This is done by making changes to the union constitution overnight by the previous president and board members.
The outgoing president of the union, in a brazen attempt to stay on to power, crafted a new position through the constitutional changes, allowing herself to remain in the union's trustee board for the next four years to eight years, undermining the rights of democratically elected presidents and attempting to make them dysfunctional.
Previous board members who are still holding office refused to cooperate with the newly elected president and held meetings and took key decisions excluding the president. Not only this, the union staff also refused to get approvals in administrative and financial matters from the president undermining his authority given to him.
Such efforts to marginalise the president have effectively rendered Arsalan Ghani, supposed to be the head of the union, toothless and unable to implement his election manifesto for the student community.
The university's student elections held in March 2012 were also marred with controversy when the undergraduate candidate of African-Caribbean origin was discriminated and purposely disqualified on the pretence of irregularities during her election campaign.
After initially hesitating to listening to Ghani's complaints, the university has now accepted his complaint. When approached, a university spokesperson at the External Affairs and Communications department refused to offer comments on the issue.
Fulbright scholar holds workshop
Islamabad: It is not necessary to put a load of hard work in making students understand what you teach rather a little more creativity, addition of non-verbal communication, mime and performance can make your classroom more interesting, alive and informative, said Kathleen Mulligan, a Fulbright scholar and Assistant Professor at Department of Theatre Arts, Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York.
She stated this while delivering a lecture at a workshop which was arranged by the Department of Research and Publication Cell at the National University of Modern Languages, (NUML), Islamabad, on Thursday for faculty members of English and Mass Communications departments.
Ms Mulligan used informal conversation as ice-breaker before launching into a full-fledged workshop on speech, voice and the theatre. Head and faculty members from the Mass Communication Department, HoD Russian and PhD enrolled students of English Literature participated in the interactive session, during which Ms Mulligan involved faculty members and students alike.
During the workshop Ms Mulligan stressed the importance of speech and voice in teaching and gave practical demonstration of how speech can be modulated for maximum effect. The workshop emphasized the importance of the use of the mask area - i.e. area of the nose and mouth such that the throat is not strained unduly. She pointed out that most people do not realise the fact that most people put the throat in stress while teaching or talking or speaking in the public.
The most interesting part of the workshop was when Ms Mulligan asked the participants that some of them would play mime on the told situation and other would guess it that what the act pointed to. She told the participants that could be one of the most interesting ways of teaching students of literature, language and communication.
A participant, Maria Farooq, said that it was really interesting to know that how you can teach in the class without using a course book and make your class as creative and interesting as the literature and communication are.
In the end Associate Professor Dr Shaheena Ayub Bhatti presented the university shield to Kathleen Mulligan and expressed her gratitude to her for conducting such informative workshop for the students and faculty members of the NUML. She further said that this workshop was an important aspect of teaching role-play and particularly of non-verbal communication.
The City School celebrates Defence Day
Islamabad: The students, teaching faculty, parents and administration of The City School, PWD Nursery Branch, Islamabad, celebrated the Defence Day of Pakistan by organising a special assembly on Thursday.
The young stars began the morning assembly with the broadcasting unit of the school; Faareha sajjad of Jr III invited Abdun- Nafay and Arooba from Jr-I & Jr- II for the Recitation and translation from the Holy Quran followed with a formal announcement for the commencement of the special assembly done by Shahram Khan, Maham Abrar and Sharmeen Ahsen from Jr-III.
The chief guest of the event was Mrs Colonel Akram Raja Shaheed, grandmother of our student Rohail Raja of Jr- II. The programme organiser Beenish Sajid requested the parents to volunteer as judges. Muhammad Asghar afather of Hashir Asghar of Nursery, Arooj Wajahat, mother of Zara Wajahat of Nursery and Lieutenant Colonel Raza, grandfather of Raaniya Naveed of Jr-I gave the honours to be the judges. The announcers gave a brief introduction and history of the day. They were all dressed up in Pak Army, Navy and Air Force uniforms. The pre- junior students showed wonderful performance on National Songs followed by Junior I, II & III's presented tremendous tableaus which thrilled & moved the audience.
The little citizens sparkled with confidence, which brought smiles to the parents. The immaculate coordination made the judges spell bound and difficult to compile the results. The third position was given to Jr-III & Jr II, second position was taken by Nur T, C, s & Jr -I. The little tiny tots of Play group and K.G T& C were awarded 1st position.
In the end the Headmistress Sadaf Naveed specially thanked the parents and grandparents for their presence and reflected on the benefits o0f organizing such kind of activities, events and particularly shared Mr.Abdur Razzaq Father of Arfa of Nursery for always volunteering to execute the event in more colourful manner. Mrs. Zainab m/o Moosa Malik from KG did the honours of Prize distribution. The news