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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 facilities the
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.
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
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.
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
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
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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
"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.
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
"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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