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Intermediate exams to start on April 30
Rawalpindi, April 26: Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) is finalising foolproof arrangements for FA and FSc annual exams, which would start from April 30. According to RBISE spokesperson Arslan Cheema, arrangements are being made to ensure a transparent and smooth holding of the intermediate annual exams.He said that the roll number slips and date sheets in this regard are being dispatched at the postal addresses of the students. In case of any problem, the students can contact the board office, he added. He said that the board is forming special teams that would conduct surprise visits to the examination centres and strict action would be taken against the 'Booti' mafia.He added that superintendents, deputy superintendents and other supporting staff would be deployed during the exams. Cheema said that the RBISE Chairman Zareef on Saturday visited the board complex and inspected the arrangements that are being made to facilitate the students.Earlier, the board had set up three separate desks at one-window operation facility to facilitate the students. Officials, members of the Educational Department and examination centres have been directed to facilitiesthe candidates during the upcoming examinations, he added. App

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QAU celebrates clean campus day
Islamabad: While the old generation may not be that conscious of environmental degradation and threat of ecological change, the new generation is quite aware of it and fully prepared to combat the challenge head-on if given due guidance and provided with opportunities.

This was aptly clear at Quaid-i-Azam University when its students, teachers and employees observed, rather celebrated, 'My Clean Campus Day' on Wednesday. It was first time in the history of QAU that a cleanliness drive was carried out at such a comprehensive manner that one could not spot any plastic bag, tissue paper, disposable plates and glasses, bottles or metal remnants at least in the afternoon when the activity was over.

It started with an opening ceremony at a jam-packed Earth Sciences Auditorium where some enthusiasts were raising slogans against dirt, garbage and pollution while raising brooms and vipers in their hands. Dr. Eatzaz Ahmad, the vice-chancellor, who espoused the idea, acknowledged the services of sweepers and gardeners by distributing certificates along with some token money.

Addressing the campus community, Dr Eatzaz said that with enthusiastic young generation, Pakistan economy cannot be shrunk. He was referring to statements of Western experts calling Pakistan a rogue economy after 9/11 in 2001. He announced ban on use of plastic bags at the campus. Cigarette packs had already been banned under a government rule but the number of cigarette packs on the day betrayed the level of its "implementation." He also promised to ban the use of disposable teacups and plates in the canteens set up on the campus. He said that his wife was fed up with his pocketful of tissues, which he does not throw away after use and retain in his pockets to keep the campus clean. He vowed to maintain the cleanliness level on the campus by repeating the exercise when needed. "Let us tease our wives by keeping our pockets and cars full of used tissue papers and toffee wrappers," quipped a teacher.

The participants also staged a walk for a cause up to Bab-ul-Quaid. The VC said that when aged like him can devote 4 or 5 hours to cleansing drive, the young can give even 18 hours. Verbosity apart, the students, teachers, employees, along with their chief participated in the exercise at the end of the day where no one was Ghaznavi or Ayaz. Two loads of tractor trolley and three truckloads of Shehzor were removed from the campus. A tractor-trolley load of garbage in large plastic bags was still visible outside Social Sciences Department on Thursday, which could not be removed on Wednesday. It was a scene to see boys and girls wearing gloves, masks carrying large size plastic collectors, provided by the university, on a litter-hunt. Some girls who might have never used broom in their houses swept the lawns and floors at the campus. A senior professor who could not bow used a tree branch fitted with a screw by tape used it to prick-up the bags and packs. It is hoped that once the campus deprived of plastic, ceramic, paper and metallic garbage, the municipal body of QAU, that is, Estate Office will maintain the ante. Once taken the trouble of putting in hard work in this move, it is expected from the students that they will not throw trash in the open and will use dustbins or garbage collectors for the purpose.

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Medical colleges overcharging students to face action
Islamabad: The medical and dental educational institutions charging students more than the permissible fee will face the music, says an official of the Ministry of Health Services, Regulations and Coordination.

According to the official, an educational institution offering MBBS, BDS courses in the private sector will charge tuition fee not more than Rs600,000 annually per student.

The amount of money excludes the university examination fee, taxes, hostel fee, transport fee and the one-time admission fee not more than Rs50,000.

However, the fee for a foreign seat in private and public colleges will be $18,000 per annum at maximum.

Earlier, the private medical and dental colleges were allowed to charge a local student not more than Rs500,000 a year and foreign student $15,000, all-inclusive, a year.

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HEC cannot provide funds to SZAB Medical University
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has formally conveyed that it cannot provide funds to Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Medical University (SZABMU) at least for next three years because according to existing rules only relevant federal or provincial government bears total expenditures of any new university for a specific time period, sources said here on Sunday.

Sources said HEC Executive Director Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad recently held a detailed meeting with SZABMU Vice Chancellor Professor Javed Akram and informed him that any new university gets total financial support for first three years from relevant federal and provincial government after which the HEC starts providing funds to it in line with the formula based on number of students and teachers.

An HEC's official confided to this correspondent that the HEC has asked the SZABMU administration to approach the Ministry of Capital Administration and Development (CAD) for financial support and insistence of provision of funds by the HEC would yield no results.

Sources said the HEC has pointed out four facts that currently stop it from providing funds to the SZABMU including three years compulsory period for any new university, non-separation of SZABU from PIMS, flaws in its administrative set-up and financial constraints of the commission.

They said many clauses of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University Act are in conflict with the Higher Education Commission Ordinance 2002 that was the guiding force behind establishment of any new university.

It is pertinent to mention here the National Assembly passed the Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Medical University (PIMS), Islamabad, Bill, in February 2013 and as a result, PIMS was upgraded to a medical university and empowered to confer degrees, diploma certificates and other academic distinctions. On February 11, 2013 the Quaid-i-Azam University formally handed over the affiliation of health institutions to PIMS.

The 3,000-strong workforce of PIMS has also long been agitating against the Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto University Act, saying that they like to remain the employees of the federal government instead of being part of the university because it would have to generate money to meet its expenditures besides looking towards the cash-starved HEC for funds.

Talking to this scribe, HEC Executive Director Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad said they have conveyed to the SZABMU administration about their inability to extend financial support because any such act would be violation of the existing rules and procedures.

"The SZABMU should first complete three years compulsory period after which HEC would start providing funds to it in line with the formula based on total number of students and teachers," he said.

Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad said when SZABMU Vice Chancellor Professor Javed Akram met him and demanded Rs3 billion to meet expenditures of the university and PIMS hospital after which it was officially conveyed that even teaching hospitals attached with the medical universities are funded by relevant provincial departments.

"So HEC would not bear expenditures of the PIMS hospital that run in billions but it can provide funds to SZABMU according to the formula approved by the Commission," he said.

PIMS Spokesperson Dr. Ayesha Isani told this correspondent that they have forwarded their demand to the Finance Division for allocation of funds in the upcoming budget and they are hopeful that the federal government would ensure that PIMS never faces any shortage of funds due to its pivotal role in providing health facilities to the people in the capital city.

"We need Rs3.5 billion annually and it is apparently not possible for HEC to provide this huge amount so we are looking towards the federal government that can only be able to meet our financial requirements," she said.

SZABMU Vice Chancellor Professor Javed Akram said they are in contact with the HEC officials and hopefully a mechanism would be developed according to which HEC would provide funds for the university and the federal government would extend financial support for the hospital.

To a question, he said new universities are provided funds for first three years only in the provinces and there is no such mechanism at the federal level so they have asked HEC to review this policy and start funding from next fiscal year. The news

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