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Critics raise objection to FPSC exams credibility
Islamabad, Dec 21: Echo of objections over the CSS Examination-2013 is being raised from
different quarters all over the country, creating ambiguity in the
course of the credible competitive examination, probably, for the first
time in the history of the country.
The resound of the
criticism over the competitive examination, could be heard in the
corridors of the Parliaments House and the lawmakers are thinking to
address the matter.
The people raising objections are of
the view that on one hand the state of Pakistan faces acute scarcity of
brilliant minds in districts administration, police and revenue
departments on the other hand the result of CSS-Examinations, 2013 does
not only raise the eye brows of many but also, it badly damages the
credibility of FPSC and educational institutions in the country.
during British rule, the competence and objectivity of superior civil
servants was invariably considered the only criterion for their
selection so that they can deliver justice, eradicate crimes and
maintain law and order all over British domain. After Pakistan's
independence, the superior civil servants were primarily supposed to be
competent and nationally as well as humanly spirited souls to ensure
good governance and better future to the new sovereign nation. History
of nearly seven decades of misrule in Pakistan out rightly negates this
prerequisite for selection of CSP Officers through FPSC.
announced result of CSS-Written Examinations, 2013 produces extremely
depressive conclusion, perilously damaging our national cohesion in the
future, which is already under emerging constraints. According to it,
out of 11,480 candidates appeared in the written CSS-Exam, 2013, only
238 candidates have been declared as qualified, which is 2.7 per cent of
the total candidates. Although, the CSS written exam held in February,
2013 was initially infested with notorious scandal of Faisalabad centre
where the examination-papers were leaked in connivance of examiners,
custodians and overseers, yet the main characteristics of the
long-awaited, controversial too, result nullifies tall claims of
honesty, secrecy, transparency and accountability FPSC usually brags
off," the people, raising objections, maintained.
15,998 applied but 11,406 actually appeared in the written exam,
however, only 172 male and 66 female candidates qualified the exam,
totalling only 238. Some failed candidates on CSS Forum have posted
alarming data, which has not so far been rebutted by FPSC, according to
which 98 qualified candidates belongs to Lahore, 36 Islamabad, 14
Faisalabad, 15 Rawalpindi, 12 Multan, 1 Sargodha and 1 Sialkot,
numbering as much as 165 from Central Punjab and only 12 from entire
South Punjab. Similarly, among the qualified candidates of Sindh, 12
belong to Karachi, 2 to Larkana and 2 to Sukkhar. Only 8 qualified
candidates appearing on Balochistan domicile belong to Quetta while the
entire province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has only 3 lucky candidates
who belong to Peshawar and Abbottabad.
In nutshell, the
entire province of Sindh finds no representation in the future civil
bureaucracy except 12 from Karachi while 2 each from Larkana and
Sukkhar, which makes negligible impact. The entire Balochistan, except
Quetta, finds no room in the slot of the future ruling elite and the
same is with the KP that has 3 successful candidates belonging to
Peshawar and Abbottabad.
Even if the candidates have been
selected on merit, the ultimate outcome of the result shall cost grave
impact on the minds of the unemployed but educated youth of the
under-developed area having no educational facilities at par with
Lahore, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, and Karachi. However, this is not the
case of natural deprivation because the standard FPSC applied for
marking and selection of the candidates evidently shows many loop-holes,
showing vital discrepancies in the system and standard of marking as it
is gravely self-contradictory. For instance, the candidates who
obtained more than 650 marks have been declared failed but those who
have secured only 600 marks being passed in all subjects are declared
Likewise, a large number of the unsuccessful
candidates are passed in "Essay" are failed in "Précis" and those who
are passed in "Précis" but failed in "Essay". It is appalling to note
that the components of "English Précis and Composition" paper not only
include ideas summation but also idea expansion. It further includes
language skills test encompassing vocabulary and grammar test.
Evidently, if a candidate passes this paper while failing essay, it is
indicative of the fact that either the language skills were not properly
tested in "Précis" paper or the essay paper was not effectively marked.
Not only that but also the sequence of the passing candidates according
to their Roll Nos. is amazingly interesting. Out of 617 from Roll No.1
to 617, only 4 candidates are passed but 4 candidates out of only 33
candidates from Roll No.618 to 667 are passed while the result of three
more candidates having Roll No614, 638 and 667 has been held up. Despite
sequential scepticism in the passed candidates, there are some
mysterious pairs. For instance, Muhammad Imran and Muhammad Irfan Roll
No.618 and Roll No. 619, respectively are among the passed candidates.
Another pair of the lucky candidates having roll no.11216 and 11217 are
among 238 candidates declared qualified.
blames the universities in its annual reports for poor results of the
candidates but it considers itself far beyond scrutiny and
accountability. If audit of the performance of their chosen ruling
elite, FPSC shall be the national institution giving the nation the army
of incapable, arrogant and dishonest superior civil servants who have
led this country in unending peril.
The spokesman for the
FPSC, Rameez Ahmad, when contacted by this scribe to seek his comments,
rebuffing the objections raised by the critics, said that paper marking
was not job of FPSC and the FPSC could not evaluate it. He said that the
FPSC selects the panel of examiner with tough criteria who check
papers. "We cannot ask the examiners to increase the marks of any
candidate," the spokesman said adding, "This is a subjective approach,
not objective." Responding to a question, Rameez said that the standard
of graduation has transformed and now the graduates have degree of equal
to masters as they get degree after 4 years instead of two years.
"Doctors and engineers are graduates too," he maintained.
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Prime Minister's intervention sought for rectification of deficiencies
Islamabad: After being stopped by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PDMC) from
offering new admissions, Islamabad's government-run Federal Medical and
Dental College (FMDC) has formally sought the prime minister's
intervention to ensure early rectification of the 'gross' infrastructure
and faculty deficiencies identified.
In a recent letter
written to the secretary of the Cabinet Division, which oversees the
college, FMDC Principal Professor M Zaheer Abbasi said that the PMDC had
banned new admissions to his educational institution on December 13
following a surprise visit to the campus during which gross deficiencies
in infrastructure and faculty were pointed out.
Pakistan Medical and Dental Council asked us to stop new admissions when
admission process was almost complete. Names of successful candidates
were posted on the National Testing Service website, and we'd planned to
send admission letters to successful candidates and call them for
orientation, document verification and medical fitness test. We'd
planned to start regular classes in the end of January 2014." While
confirming the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council findings, the
principal said in the letter, which is seen by this scribe, that the
college faced acute shortage of faculty in basic sciences and was short
of infrastructure and equipment.
"The main reason of lack
of faculty is low salary paid to the basic sciences' teachers compared
with those teaching at other private and public sector medical and
dental colleges," he said.
Professor M Zaheer Abbasi
warned that the future of the existing two batches of FMDC was uncertain
due to the deficiencies in question.
"There is no
guarantee that PMDC will not close down the college in future. The
students, teachers and college authorities are extremely upset at the
situation." The principal requested the secretary to seek the prime
minister's immediate intervention to resolve the situation.
The FMDC, first and the only government medical college in the capital city, was established in 2011.
200 students selected on the basis of their performance in
matriculation and intermediate examinations and National Testing Service
test are enrolled there for the five-year MBBS course. The college
needs 18 teachers, including professors, associate professors and
assistant professors, of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, forensic
medicine, community medicine and pharmacology but the current strength
of teaching staff is four only.
Among the existing are one
biochemistry professor, whose deputation is about to end, two assistant
professors of physiology and one assistant professor of forensic
Earlier, too, in August this year to be exact,
the FMDC principal had informed the secretary of the Cabinet Division
about the faculty and administrative deficiencies, shortage of
administrative staff, availability of limited space at the girls'
hostel, absence of hostel for male students, and the lukewarm response
of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, the attached teaching
hospital, towards the college's academics.
However, his request to the secretary for corrective measures has drawn a blank until now.
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HEC invites companies for laptop manufacturing
Islamabad: Acting Chairman of Higher Education Commission (HEC) Engineer Imtiaz
Gilani has said prime minister has launch the scheme to distribute 0.5
million laptop among the youth all over the country and has given this
responsibility to HEC.
Now HEC is inviting well known
companies to start manufacturing laptops here in Pakistan, as this
would generate business activities as well.He was addressing a media
briefing session at HEC secretariat on Wednesday. On the occasion, Dr.
Mukhtar Ahmed, executive director of HEC, shared how government's focus
on higher education has paid dividends and elaborated Commission's
future strategy for further strengthening of the sector.
chairman said that education is the only solution to all the challenges
being faced by Pakistan. He said that investment of resources for
holistic development of education sector was imperative for a stable
economy and a prosperous society.
Gilani said that Vice
Chancellors of the country have been continuously urging the government
to increase GDP ratio of education to four per cent. "Our children and
youth have tremendous potential but if we do not give proper
opportunities to learn and develop themselves, this asset will become a
liability and the only way to tap it is the investment in education," he
Dr. Mukhtar said that Scimago Research Output
Forecast says that if the current focus of Pakistan on research
continues, the country will cross Singapore in 2018. He also elaborated
how HEC has funded universities for physical and technological
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HEC rotting without a qualified head
Islamabad: The headless Higher Education Commission (HEC) is rotting as it has been
handed over to a non-PhD person, who is regulating 150 universities of
the country, most of which are being headed by foreign qualified PhD
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)
government has failed to meet the deadline given by the Supreme Court to
appoint a regular chairman HEC while the acting chairman (who does not
hold a PhD degree) is lobbying to get permanent.
The SC on
November 27, 2013 directed the government to make appointment of
regular chairman of HEC within 15 days and the judges remarked that no
acting appointment could be made on regular post.
three-member bench of SC led by Justice Nasir ul Mulk was hearing the
case. The deadline given by SC has expired on December 12 but the
government is yet to appoint a regular chairman for HEC. Well-placed
sources in the government said that the acting chairman HEC
Imtiaz Gilani was trying hard to get permanent as head of the HEC.
Strangely, Pakistan is the only South Asian country where, its higher
education regulatory body, is working under non-permanent and non-PhD
head. Such is not the case in Bangladesh, Nepal, India and Sri Lanka,
the sources said.
The sources said that the Punjab
government had made it mandatory for a vice chancellor of a university
to hold a PhD Degree while the government in Centre had made a non-PhD
as head of HEC.
The sources said that it was strange
policy of the government that on one side, it had made mandatory for a
VC of a university, who would be in charge of only one university, to
hold PhD degree while on the other hand, a person who regulated 150
universities of the country, i.e. chairman HEC, was only a Master degree
Interestingly, the incumbent acting chairman HEC
has also remained a provincial minister during Pervez Musharraf's
Emergency Rule from 1999-2003. He was Provisional Minister for
Education, Information, Tourism, Culture, Sports, Archives, Archaeology
and Youth Affairs, Government of the then North West Frontier Province
The resume of incumbent acting
chairman HEC shows that he is neither a PhD nor has any sound research
experience. The sources quoted the law for appointment of chairman HEC
which says, 'The Controlling Authority shall appoint a person of
international eminence and proven ability who has made significant
contribution to higher education as teacher, researcher or
administrator'. The sources say that the law mentions that a person of
international eminence shall be head of HEC which means who has worked
on research oriented projects world over.
maintained that most of the chiefs of University Grants Commission (UGC)
(1974-2002) and all chairmen of the HEC (2002-2013) were the eminent
educationalists and researchers with highest qualification of PhD from
leading foreign universities of the world.
The PhD holder
chairmen of UGC include: founder Chairman of UGC Dr Mumtaz Ali Qazi and
last serving chairman Dr AQ Mughal along with Dr Muhammad Afzal longest
serving chairman UGC, Dr AQ Ansari, Dr UG Issani and Dr Naseer A
Shakih. The founder chairman of HEC Dr Atta-ur-Rehman was also leading
academician with PhD degree and same Dr Javaid R Laghari.
academic circles have expressed reservations on non-initiation of
process for appointment of permanent chairman HEC. Prof Dr
Atta-ur-Rehman, renowned academician, President Pakistan Academy of
Sciences and founder chairperson HEC has already demanded for earliest
appointment of permanent and regular chairperson HEC through a
competitive, transparent, open and merit-based mechanism. He also
demanded that a highly educated and qualified academician might be
considered for this important slot.
Acting Chairman HEC
Imtaiz Gilani said that he would not like to
comment on the appointment of a non-PhD as head of HEC. However he
maintained that things go as the law says.
being getting permanent, Imtiaz Gilani said that it is the duty of the
government to appoint chairman of HEC he has no knowledge that who will
be the permanent HEC chairman, whether he or someone else.
asked about the fake degrees issue, Gilani held that HEC sends the
degrees to the respective universities for verification and if the
respective universities declare any degree fake, then HEC also declares
it fake. The HEC relies on the universities regarding fake degrees
whether of a common man or of a parliamentarian, the acting HEC chairman
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Medical educational institutions asked for faculty registration
Islamabad: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has asked all public and
private educational institutions to get their medical and dental faculty
registered with it by December 31.
After December 31,
PMDC will neither allow faculty migration from one educational
institution to another, now register faculty, Hina Shaukat, spokesperson
for the council, told this scribe.
According to the
spokesperson, all medical and dental educational institutions and their
teachers should examine the details of faculty registration at the PMDC
"If there is any correction or omission required,
they should inform us without delay. After December 31, no change shall
be made in the faculty and it shall be consider final," she said.
Shaukat also said the PMDC wanted the people wanting to consult with
physicians and dentists to verify whether their degrees and other
educational qualifications were registered with it.
said the registered doctors and dentists having only basic
medical/dental qualification were not authorised to carry out
"Only doctors, who have acquired
additional medical and dental postgraduate qualifications, are
authorised to practice as specialists in their respective specialty and
render expert opinion," she said.
The spokesperson said
all doctors and dentists were bound to display their PMDC registration
certificates prominently at the place of practice. The news
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Spanish speech contest held at NUML
Islamabad: A Spanish language speech contest was arranged by the
National University of Modern Languages (NUML) Spanish Language
Department here on Tuesday.
Addressing a big gathering of students
and faculty members, Argentinean Ambassador Rodolfo Martin-Saravia said
due to the rapid increase in the number of Spanish speakers all over the
world, time was not afar when the United States of America would have a
Hispanic president. Ambassador Rodolfo Martin-Saravia said
speaking Spanish gave people a competitive advantage in countries that
work with Latin America and Spain. "China is an example that has
realised this trend and, as a result, the demand to learn Spanish has
grown significantly in the country. China does a lot of business with
Argentina and Brazil in Latin America," he added.
He said Spanish was
the second most spoken language in the world in terms of native
speakers and considering the number of Spanish speakers spreading all
over the world. He said it was no wonder that the demand for the
language had been increasing as companies try to reach Spanish
consumers. Multinational companies use Spanish in commercials and there
were many international TV channels that broadcast in Spanish, he added.
the students of the NUML Spanish Department delivered speeches, sang
songs and performed skits in Spanish. The audience appreciated their
The event was attended by Cuban Ambassador Jesus Senen
Burgo, Acting Spanish Ambassador Bibian Zamora, NUML Rector Major
General (r) Masood Hasan, the Chilean ambassador, NUML Spanish
Department Head Mercedes Checa, officials of different embassies and
deans and heads of different departments of the university.
end of the event, the NUML rector, the Argentinean ambassador, the Cuban
ambassador and the Spanish ambassador distributed prizes among the
winners and university shields were presented to the guests. Daily tmes
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AIOU to conduct FA English exam on Dec 21
Islamabad: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will conduct the
final examinations of Intermediate English, course code 386, for the
Spring Semester 2013 on December 21. The examinations were scheduled to
be held on December 11, which were postponed due to 'unavoidable'
circumstances. According to AIOU Examinations Controller Dr Hamid Khan
Niazi, the centres and timing of the examinations would remain
unchanged. The revised roll-number slips had been sent by post to all
the students concerned.
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AIOU's polytechnic institute to be functional by March 15
Islamabad: A polytechnic institute at Mehra Begwal near Bahra Kahu,
being established by the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), with the
collaboration of the Capital Administration and Development (CAD), will
be inaugurated by March 15.
AIOU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Nazir
Ahmed Sangi said through efforts of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi (late) and Raja
Zafarul Haq, the 132 kanals for the institute were acquired. He said
the building of the institute had been constructed more than twenty-five
years ago but, regrettably, it had not started to function so far.
said the inhabitants of the surrounding areas were happy, as the old
Polytechnic College of their area was about to be functional for the
first time since its establishment with a new name, the Model
"Setting up a Model Polytechnic Institute
is a major facility, that has been specially arranged for the people of
the capital and it is also a major development in the education sector
and the credit of this great national initiative goes to Dr Nazir Ahmed
Sangi", MNA Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry said.
The institute is being
established through an agreement signed between the AIOU and the CAD. As
per the agreement, the institute would be run by a joint management
committee that would include members from both organisations.
the agreement, the AIOU would be responsible for the management and
operational affairs of the institute including recurring and technical
Dr Sangi said a full-fledged technical and
vocational directorate had been established, which was equipped with all
necessary facilities and staff on the premises of the Model Polytechnic
Institute to run the affairs of the institute efficiently.
said similar institutes would be established in various parts of the
country, ensuring equal access to skill-based and job-oriented
programmes for socio-economic development of the country.
Dr Sangi thanked the government for reposing confidence in the AIOU.
said the institute would be a centre for providing technical and
vocation training. Most modern facilities would be made available to
students, he added.
He said the AIOU would initially introduce
diploma and associate diploma courses in five disciplines. The AIOU
would later introduce other programmes to meet the needs of around
The vice-chancellor announced that a 50 per cent fee concession would be given to each student by the AIOU for two years.
and vocational courses offered at the campus include mechanical,
welding, robotics, automation, biotechnology and telecom, while one-week
short courses will be offered to media persons. app
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