Rawalpindi HSSC exams schedule | Farah Dogar case

HSSC exams to start on March 13
Rawalpindi, Feb 12: Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) has announced dates for the annual examination of Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) 2009. The annual examination of HSSC would start on March 13 which would continue to April 1 while the ninth class examination would be started on April 2. The News

New Zealand envoy, HEC discuss collaboration
Islamabad: Forty-eight Higher Education Commission (HEC)-funded scholars are studying at Massey University and 63 others at University of Auckland, New Zealand, said HEC Chairwoman Shehnaz Wazir Ali in a meeting with New Zealand High Commissioner Hamish MacMaster at Prime Minister's Secretariat on Wednesday.

She said the HEC was too cash-strapped in the ongoing fiscal year 2008-09 to support 326 selected candidates, however, it was expecting sufficient funds in fiscal year 2009-10 to support them for doctoral studies.

Of the 326 scholars, the HEC will send 85 to New Zealand in case of availability of funds, she said. She also discussed with MacMaster aspects of co-operation in the field of higher education and institutional linkages between the two countries.

Shehnaz, who is also advisor to the prime minister, informed him about Pakistan Education and Research Network (PERN) and desired to have research collaboration of the Pakistani universities with those of New Zealand through virtual connectivity.

She said currently the HEC was funding 2,825 scholars studying abroad and 3,765 studying in Pakistan. She said it was a big liability for the Pakistani government to fund the scholars for next five years.

MacMaster conveyed best wishes of University of Auckland and Massey University to Shehnaz for the HEC and their desire for continuation and expansion of scholarship programme. Daily Times

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Plea against Farah Dogar case verdict dismissed
Islamabad: A division bench of Islamabad High Court on Wednesday dismissed an intra-court appeal in the Farah Dogar case terming it non-maintainable.

The bench comprising Justices Mohammad Munir Paracha and Raja Saeed Akram ruled that the appellant, Mohammad Azam Sultanpuri, was not aggrieved by the decision of the court setting aside a case against award of additional marks to the daughter of Chief Justice of Pakistan by the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education.

Mr Sultanpuri had maintained that it was the right of every person to file a case with a court where in his opinion any wrong had been done to some individual or institution.Justice Paracha said Article 203 of the Constitution quite clearly defines the aggrieved or affected person.

He asked the appellant to quote any case law wherein an educational board might have exercised its powers in reassessment/evaluation of papers and the court had annulled the decision.

Mr Sultanpuri said the chief justice in his detailed judgment had quoted rule 1.5(a) of the examination rules of FBISE, whereas it was clearly mentioned in the said rule that there was no possibility of reevaluation of papers except rechecking.

Ms Dogar first applied for rechecking of her papers and a single mark was added to the total. However, when she later applied for reevaluation of the papers, 20 additional marks were awarded to her that the appellant said was unprecedented.

Mr Sultanpuri had prayed the court to set aside its earlier verdict and annual the award of additional marks to Ms Dogar. Dawn

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