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NA body suspended BISE Islamabad head

BISE Islamabad head suspended till completion of Chief Justice's daughter's report
Islamabad, Dec 4: National Assembly Standing Committee on Education has asked the relevant ministry to submit inquiry report within a week on alleged re-marking Chief Justice's daughter's intermediate examination papers.

The Committee has also suspended the services of the Chairperson Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Islamabad till the completion of the report.

The committee also directed the appointment of Controller and Assistant Controller as OSD (officers on special duty) so that an impartial inquiry could be conducted. The Minister for Education, Mir Hazar Khan Bajrani, the current and former chairpersons of the FBISE, members of the committee attended the meeting along with other ministry and the Board officials on Wednesday.

Chairman of the Committee Abid Sher Ali has asked the Chairperson of the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) Shaheen Khan to explain the awarding of 21 additional marks to the CJ's daughter during re-evaluation of her papers in FSc. examination conducted by the board.

The Minister for Education claimed that the committee was not authorised to discuss the matter being subjudice issue. Ali insisted that the committee was not going to give any decision but only wanted to discuss the issue, as the Parliament is supreme and could discuss any matter. The debate on the same point continued between the chairman NA Committee and the Education Minister at least for one hour on whether to start the proceedings or not.

Finally, the committee members decided to summon Law Minister Farooq H. Niak, Parliamentary Minister Babar Awan, Akram Shaikh and Aitzaz Ahsan in the meeting and give their opinion whether the committee could be discussed or not.

Initially, media was barred to attend the proceedings, later on Abid Sher Ali got the permission from the National Assembly Speaker for the media persons to attend the proceedings. The chairman of the committee has directed Education Minister to fire those teachers who are involved in the very issue. The minister , however, refused to take any action arguing that the matter was subjudice and the inquiry had also not been completed. However, he accepted that the improvement of results of Farah Hameed Dogar was illegal and no one would be spared involved in this illegality after the completion of the probe.

Abid Sher Ali has asked the chairperson of Federal Board, Shaheen Khan to read the constitution of the board before the committee members, which had no such law to re-assess the marks. Abid Sher Ali also questioned the former chairman of the Board Commodore ( Retd) Muhammad S Shamshad as to why the marks were increased but the minister of education interrupted and didn't let him answer the question. The FSc. result of Farah Hameed Dogar was improved from 640 marks in Grade 'C' to 661 marks in Grade 'B', thus making her eligible to apply for admission into any medical college in the country. The committee would meet again Thursday (today) to take up the issue of alleged undue favour. The Nation

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Shehnaz to look after HEC as Atta quits
Islamabad: The government has asked a special assistant to the prime minister to look after the Higher Education Commission affairs till a new chairperson is appointed, an HEC official said on Wednesday.

Ms Shehnaz Wazir Ali, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Social Sector, will be looking after HEC's official business till the appointment of a full-time chairperson.

The outgoing chairperson, Dr Atta-ur-Rehman, has been officially relived of the charge.

"We received an official confirmation from the prime minister secretariat that Dr Atta's resignation has been accepted," the official said.

At present, the HEC is facing a serious financial crisis and finding it difficult to provide money to public sector universities for their development and recurring expenditures.

According to an estimate, the HEC is facing a shortfall of Rs8 billion, affecting more than 250 ongoing and new development projects. Dawn

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"Good news shahnaz wazir ali is the new hec chairmain....a very competent lady no doudt. We hope she will cleanse HEC of remanants of Dr Ata ur Rehman in HEC abd the likes of Dr Junaid Zaidi of COMSATS INSTITUTE OF IT , where lots of irregularities have been done ."
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8th Convocation of FJWU: Women's education necessary for development of country: Taseer
Islamabad: There is a need of women education for the socio-economic development of the country, Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer said on Wednesday.

Addressing the 8th Convocation of the Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU), Rawalpindi at the Jinnah Convention Centre Islamabad, the Punjab governor urged the women to come forward to find their place in the new millennium. The convocation was held to celebrate the academic accomplishments of FJWU students.

The Punjab Governor underlined the need to provide women more opportunities to get higher education for the country's socio-economic development. He said that through the modern education, social evils could be eliminated from the society and a conducive environment with better living standards could be provided to all segments of the society.

Taseer said that the new age was an age of information technology, which had shrunk the world into a global community, adding that the business people on different continents now engaged in electronic commerce and that academics conducted video conferences in which participants were located in separate geographical locations.

The Punjab governor said that territory in the traditional sense of the geographically identifiable location no longer constituted the "Social Space" in which human activity took place.

He said, "In order to have our due place in this social space, we have to open our minds to new experiences as globalization is linked to interconnectedness across political and geographical boundaries."

He advised the students, "Remember young women that you represent Pakistan in today's world. You are custodians of the future of this country. You have to remember to rise above our communal, societal and political differences and co-exist in an ambience of fraternity and national solidarity. You as young women can uphold this vision of solidarity, disseminate it to compatriots and pass it on to the coming generations."

Taseer assured his full co-operation for the development of the university, the establishment of new campus at Chakri Road and the setting up of a school of Cultural Heritage, Art, Architecture and Jewelry Design Education at the Soojan Singh Haveli.

The Punjab governor appreciated the role of the FJWU in providing quality education to the women of Pakistan. He said that in the contemporary world universities had become a key driver of social development in any country as innovation, creativity and higher education were necessary for development and progress.

In her welcome address, FJWU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Saeeda Asadullah Khan expressed her gratitude to FJWU Chancellor and Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer for his presence in the convocation.

She briefly gave an overview of the development work carried out in the university. Daily Times

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