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ACCA launches foundation diploma
Lahore, May 03: A new award called the Foundation Diploma has been launched in the
country by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
here on Thursday.
The diploma would provide essential
knowledge and skills to those students without relevant training and a
clear entry route to ACCA's main accountancy qualification, called the
ACCA Qualification. It can be completed within 12 months.
launch ceremony in this regard was held here at a local hotel in which a
large number of students, professionals and teachers participated.
Muhammad Ramzan Achakzai, Secretary, Inter Board Committee of Chairmen
(IBCC Pakistan) was the chief guest during the ceremony.
on the occasion, Achakzai said the Foundation Diploma was created after
a detailed consultation with employers, ACCA learning providers,
members, students and other professional accountancy bodies and
regulators. He added that the youngsters increasingly aspired to have a
qualification that was recognised globally and gave them chance to have a
great career. The diploma would allow students to have access to a
globally recognised qualification.
The IBCC Pakistan
chairman further said the diploma provided a solid grounding in
financial and management accounting and included a module in
professionalism and ethical behaviour.
Speaking on the
occasion, Alan Hatfield said the diploma represented the building blocks
of finance because it developed skills and competence tailored to the
needs of employers, the public and other key stakeholders.
more importantly, professionalism and ethical behavior are placed at
the core of the awards – two attributes necessary in the fast moving
environment in which the accountancy profession works," he added.
the diploma, he said, the ACCA would continue providing opportunities
to talented people, regardless of their background or prior learning, to
progress and become a professional accountant.
ACCA, Alan added, students might also acquire a degree en-route to
becoming a professional accountant, offered in partnership with the
Oxford Brookes University - which had over 10,000 graduates."
Mirza, head of ACCA Pakistan, said all the aspiring finance
professionals in Pakistan wanted to have every opportunity for success
and that's why the institute had been working closely with learning
partners here to develop the diploma.
explained that once students had completed the seven papers, they would
then be automatically transferred to the ACCA Qualification and would
have exemption for the first three papers-F1 Accountability in Business;
F2 Management Accounting and F3 Financial Accounting. He added that one
of ACCA's missions was to provide opportunity and access to people of
ability around the world and support our members throughout their
careers in accounting, business and finance.
The ACCA has
also increased its computer-based offering and now offers students the
choice of sitting exams by computer-based exams (CBE) or paper exams for
seven of the 10 exams in the suite that makes up foundations in
In addition, students can choose which level
award they wish to take, based on their past experience and level of
ability. They do not need to go through all the levels in any prescribed
To receive any of the awards, the students must
also complete the Foundations in Professionalism module that gives a
solid ground in professionalism and ethics. For example, students
wishing to progress to the ACCA Qualification may choose to take the
Diploma in Accounting and Business as their only award. This award is
suitable for anyone looking to do an introductory qualification in
accounting and finance.
However, students working in
Financial Shared Service Centres or working in junior public sector
roles may take the Introductory or Intermediate Certificates. Students
who wish to become Certified Accounting Technicians and use the
designatory letters CAT after their name will complete nine of the ten
available exams, including two of three options from Foundations in
Taxation, Foundations in Financial Management and Foundations in Audit.
Additionally they need to complete the Foundations in Professionalism
module and a year of practical work experience.
Council Director Richard Weyers, speaking in the ceremony, said British
Council was a proud partner of ACCA globally, adding that the council
wanted to have more cultural relations with other countries through
He said British Council was supporting the
Higher Education Commission (HEC) to bring about positive changes in
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AIOU invites joint ventures
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Nazir
Ahmed Sangi has invited the public and private sector institutions for
undertaking joint ventures to improve capacity building of their
While addressing the AIOU workers who were
on duty on the International Labour Day, he offered to introduce special
skilled-base training courses for the industrial workers. He also took
round of the various sections of the university encouraging the
employees to work hard for providing best education facilities to the
He also announced some incentives for the
workers on this occasion. The VC assured that academic and technical
programmes to be arranged by the university will contribute a lot to
boost-up industrial production.
He announced setting-up
'Press and Publication Institution' at the AIOU main campus for the
university employees as well as for the workers of other institutions.
The technical training will be provided in various disciplines relating
to press and publications. The training like packaging and binding will
also be imparted to the workers.
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PU to set up new chair
Lahore: A Punjab University meeting on Thursday approved establishment of Faqir Muhammad Chair.
to a press release, PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran presided
over the meeting of Finance and Planning Committee at his office.
Muhammad is maternal grandfather of noted artiste Sohail Ahmed. The
meeting also decided honorarium of professor emeritus according to
recommendation of Higher Education Commission. It approved health rules
according to Punjab government rules and now the parents of teachers and
employees would be able to avail medical treatment facility.
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Lahore: The third convocation of University of Education (UoE) will be held on Saturday at Bank Road Campus auditorium.
to a press release issued here Thursday, Punjab Governor/Chancellor
Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood will preside over the event.
convocation 2013, the degrees will be given away to more than 36,000
graduates. On May 3, a full dress rehearsal will be held in the campus
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UHS considers synopses for registration of students
Lahore: The 77th meeting of Advanced Studies and Research Board of the University
of Health Sciences (UHS) was held here on Thursday with Vice Chancellor
Maj Gen (R) Prof Muhammad Aslam in the chair
According to a
press release issue, the board considered the thesis reports of Dr.
Adeela Shahid for PhD (Physiology), Dr. Sumreen Shafi for MPhil
(Haematology), Dr. Farhan Rasheed for MPhil (Microbiology), Dr. Asma
Ishfaq for MPhil (Oral Pathology), Dr. Sadaf Waris for MPhil (Oral
Pathology), Dr. Rizwan Faisal for MPhil (Pharmacology) and Dr. Mohammad
Nauman Shad for MPhil (Pharmacology).
synopses were also considered for registration of students in various
postgraduate courses:"Effect of Juglans regia (Walnut) oil on
hyperlipidemia and atherosclerosis induced by high cholesterol diet in
rats/mice" by Dr. Muhammad Zeeshan Anwar for MPhil (Anatomy), "Effect of
Vitamin E on ovaries and uterus of rats treated with fluoxetine" by Dr.
Syed Rizwana Jafri for MPhil (Anatomy), "Effect of pomegranate (Punica
granatum L.) peel extract on acetaminophen induced hepatotoxicity in
adult albino rat/mice" by Dr. Nadia Ahmad for MPhil (Anatomy), "Aqueous
extract of Carica papaya L. seeds helps in prevention of nephrotoxicity
induced by naproxen sodium in rats /mice" by Dr. Ammara Riaz for MPhil
(Anatomy), "effect of Citrullus colocynthis aqueous seed extract on beta
cell regeneration and intra-islet vasculature in streptozotocin induced
diabetic male albino rats" by Dr. Alia Amin for MPhil (Anatomy),
"Protective effect of flax seed oil on acetaminophen induced
nephrotoxicity in albino rats" by Dr. Munazza Sardar for MPhil
(Anatomy), "Effect of silymarin on gentamicin induced nephrotoxicity in
albino rats / mice" by Dr. Waqas Iqbal Butt for MPhil (Anatomy),
"Protective effect of Coriandrum sativum L. leaf extract on isoniazid
induced hepatotoxicity in albino rats/mice" by Dr. Mohtasham Hina for
MPhil (Anatomy), "Association of single nucleotide polymorphism of
interleukin-6 receptor (IL-6R) gene with rheumatoid arthritis in
patients from Pakistan" by Dr. Shoaib Ahmed for M.Phil (Biochemistry),
"The role of obesity, insulin like growth factor - 1 and interleukin - 8
in the development of uterine leiomyomas" by Dr. Masooma Bilal for
MPhil (Biochemistry), "C-reactive protein level in coronary artery
disease and its correlation with serum D-dimer" by Dr. Chaman Gul for
M.Phil (Biochemistry), "Leptin deficiency and leptin gene mutations in
childhood obesity" by Dr. Farah Naz for MPhil (Biochemistry), "In vitro
activity of Vaccinium macrocarpon (Cranberry) on urinary tract
pathogens" by Dr. Saima Bukhari for M.Phil (Pharmacology), "Comparison
of effects of Aloe vera and diclofenac on blood pressure and renal
function of hypertensive rats" by Dr. Nadeem Yaqoob for M.Phil
(Pharmacology), "Mutations of FANCC gene (IVS4+4A>T, del322G, R548X)
in local population" by Dr. Iram Aftab for M.Phil (Haematology), "The
frequency of TEL-AML1 fusion gene in acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in
children and adults" by Dr. Munir Ahmad for M.Phil (Haematology), "The
frequency of BCR/ABL fusion gene in acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in
adults and children" by Dr. Sadia Akbar for M.Phil (Haematology),
"Mutations of FANCA gene at exon 1, 28 and 29 in patients of Fanconi
anaemia in local population" by Dr. Saima Iram for M.Phil (Haematology),
"Chromosome analysis of children presenting with disorders of sex
development" by Ms. Shamsa Kanwal for M.Phil (Human Genetics), "In vitro
efficacy of combinations of ceftazidime with meropenem, ceftazidime
with piperacillin, ceftazidime with amikacin and ceftazidime with
ciprofloxacin against extensively - drug resistant Pseudomonas
aeruginosa" by Mr. Amir Jamal Gondal for M. Phil (Microbiology), "In
vitro efficacy of doripenem, imipenem and meropenem against MDR
Pseudomonas aeruginosa" by Dr. Nadia Wali for M. Phil (Microbiology),
"Expression of Mini Chromosome Maintenance 2 and Ki67 as proliferation
markers in renal cell carcinoma" by Dr. Muhammad Zain Mehdi for M.Phil
(Morbid Anatomy & Histopathology), "Expression of estrogen and
progesterone receptors in meningiomas" by Dr. Kanwar Sajid Ali for
M.Phil (Morbid Anatomy & Histopathology), "A comparative study of
ALLRED and ASCO scoring system for estrogen and progesterone receptors
reporting in breast carcinoma" by Dr. Shahzada Khalid Sohail for M.Phil
(Morbid Anatomy & Histopathology), "Immunoexpression of cytokeratin
20 and cytokeratin 7 in colorectal adenocarcinoma in association to
histological grade" by Dr. Muhammad Tariq for M.Phil (Morbid Anatomy
& Histopathology), "Morphological changes in oral mucosa of rabbits
induced by dental curing light-light emitting diode" by Dr. Abdul Khaliq
for M.Phil (Oral Pathology), "Morphological changes induced by
inorganic arsenic in jaw bones, tongue and buccal mucosa of Wistar rats"
by Dr. Muhammad Arslan Tayyab for M.Phil (Oral Pathology), "Ki-67 as a
proliferative index in odontogenic jaw cysts" by Dr. Rabiya Saif for
M.Phil (Oral Pathology), "Oral cytopathological changes in type 2
diabetic patients" by Dr. Wali Dad for M.Phil (Oral Pathology),
"Comparison of morphometric assessment using methyl green pyronin and
AgNOR staining of oral squamous cell carcinoma" by Dr. Ali Raza for
M.Phil (Oral Pathology), "Expression of mucin 1 in pleomorphic adenoma
of salivary glands" by Dr. Munazza Javed for M.Phil (Oral Pathology), "A
comparative cytomorphometric study of buccal mucosal smears of
cigarette smokers and naswar users" by Dr. Rabia Masood for M.Phil (Oral
Pathology), "determination of cytotoxic T cells and NK cells in
papillary carcinoma and follicular adenoma of thyroid" by Dr. Varda
Jalil for M.Phil (Oral Pathology), "Bronchial hyperresponsiveness and
lung function tests in tannery workers and the effect of montelukast
sodium on airway hypersensitivity" by Dr. Zunaira Hamayun for M.Phil
(Physiology), "IQ and serum Zinc, Iron and Magnesium levels in 5-11
years old children" by Dr. Lubna Jabeen for M.Phil (Physiology),
"Relationship of serum vitamin D and Magnesium levels with insulin
resistance and dyslipidemia in obese male subjects with metabolic
syndrome" by Dr. Sabiha Iqbal for M.Phil (Physiology) and others. The news
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FDE eager to abolish evening shifts
Islamabad: Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) director general, Dr
Shahnaz A Riaz on Thursday said the directorate would make a strategy in
consultation with all the stakeholders to abolish evening shifts from
the model colleges, realising the sufferings of the parents.
DG admitted that evening shifts had become a major problem for all
parents, and expressed her commitment to resolve the longstanding issue
that had spoiled the routine activities of parents. She said that she
will discuss the abolishment of evening shifts for the students of
junior classes till primary in the first phase as they suffer the most
and miss out on social activities.
The DG informed that 18 model
colleges are currently running the evening shifts and each class has
around 200 to 300 students. About the provision of textbooks, Dr.
Shahnaz Riaz said the directorate has provided textbooks to all the
students and there is no derail in their educational activities. She
said National Book Foundation (NBF), which is the book publishing
authority has provided 44 titles of books out of 66 to FDE while the
directorate has managed rest of the books from old book bank. She said
the order for textbooks was placed in time but Accountant General
Pakistan Revenue (AGPR) raised objections saying "FDE must float tender
for different publishers of textbooks and printing authorities as well
so that the publishers and printing authorities with reasonable demand
can be handed over the task".
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Skill development programme for SSUET employees
Karachi: Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) has
launched an extensive in-house skill development programme for its
employees. The programme is aimed at overcoming the problem of
over-staffing and meet the shortage of skilled persons in various
departments, said an official of the institution here on Thursday. Under
the programme, a first batch of 30 employees, mostly computer operators
and office assistants, will undergo training in short hand writing and
secretarial procedures. Registrar Shah Mahmood Hussain Syed said the
programme will continue for six months. The three-day course will be
conducted in consultation with Thomas Christy, Professor Emeritus from
Manchester with Dr Amin Rehmani as training coordinator. app
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Candidates have complaints against RBISE
Rawalpindi: Students are facing problems due to incorrect roll number slips issued by the
Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Rawalpindi.
appearing in Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) Part I and Part
II examinations have protested against the mismanagement in issuance of
roll numbers slips. Photographs on slips of many students are changed.
In many cases, subjects on the roll number slips are not the candidates
had mentioned in the admission forms. In some cases, father's name is
incorrect. Above all, a large number of students have not yet received
their roll number slips at all.
The HSSC Part-II examinations are starting from May 18 and Part-I will begin from June 4.
problem, which the parents and students, particularly females, are
facing this year is shifting of the BISE offices from scattered
buildings around Sixth Road, Satellite Town, to a newly-built building
at Morgah, which is about 10 kilometres from the old premises.
Mumtaz, a candidate appearing in the Part-II examination, said that
many students have received incorrect roll number slips. "When the BISE
offices were in Satellite Town their examination centre was also nearby.
In case of some problem, they could just walk to the concerned BISE
office and get the mistake rectified. Now it is very troublesome to
travel all the way to Morgah for even a petty job," she added.
Mehmood, a student from Dhoke Ratta, complained that he has visited the
new office of the BISE at least thrice but his roll number slip is yet
to be corrected. "Nobody listens to me, and I am worried and
disappointed," he said acidly.
Controller of Examinations Dr Irshad Ahmed Chattha said that in some
cases there have been mistakes. "This is but human and can partly be
attributed to shifting of the entire record and computers and
paraphernalia to the new building. However we have ample time at our
disposal and we will, Insha Allah, correct all mistakes and each and
every student will have the correct roll number slip."
Chattha said that previously the BISE offices were scattered in seven
or eight buildings which was a nuisance to the visitors. They had to run
from pillar to post for many days to get the job done. Now that the
BISE has its own sprawling campus, one will get the job done under one
roof. He said that very soon everything will be streamlined and students
and their parents will have no problem.
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NAVTTC launches awareness campaign
Islamabad: The National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) has
launched a countrywide awareness campaign for accreditation of
institutes imparting Technical and Vocational Education and Training
(TVET) in Pakistan.
The awareness drive, supported by
the TVET Reform Support Programme, was kicked off at Islamabad in two
information-sharing sessions. Heads, principals and managers of TVET
institutes from all over Pakistan participated in these sessions,
wherein basic information about the newly introduced accreditation
system was shared.
NAVTTC Director General Accreditation
& Certification Syeda Adeela Bukhari and Raja Saad Khan, National
Deputy Coordinator TVET Reform Support Programme threw light on overall
accreditation system and reforms in the TVET sector in these sessions
respectively. The news
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