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Rawalpindi Board SSC exams from March 17
Rawalpindi, Feb 25: The Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) examinations of Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) would be started from March 17 and April 21 respectively.

Chairman Spokesperson Arslan Cheema in a statement said that preparations have been started to hold the examinations in a befitting manner, saying foolproof arrangements are being made for these examinations.

He informed that RBISE Chairman Dr. Iftikhar Baig, Control Examinations, Muhammad Azam and Secretary Professor Hamayun Iqbal would inspect the examination centres on daily basis and mobile inspectors are being appointed for sudden raids. The first phase of setting up examination centres has been completed, he added.

The roll number slips and date sheets would be issued to candidates of SSC examination in the start of next month. The News

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Atta wants more funds for education
Hyderabad: Former chairman of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rehman has said solution to many problems of Pakistan lies in development of education and allocating maximum funds for this sector.

He was speaking as chief guest at the inauguration of the three-day 29th Congress of Zoology International organised by the Department of Zoology, University of Sindh, on Tuesday. Scholars and zoologists from the universities of Pakistan, Iran and Bangladesh are attending the congress.

Dr Atta said the defence of a country does not depend on construction of roads, dams or buildings but a country can be defended through its educational system. He said during the last six years the system of education has changed and witnessed many reforms in higher education.

He said Pakistan is investing very low percentage of its GNP on overall education - 1.9 per cent - which is not enough for the development of education.

Dr Atta said there is a difference between college and university education. He added that college education's responsibility lies on the students while a university has big responsibility and is judged on its ability to create new knowledge by producing persons who are job creators, not job seekers.

Referring to three universities of the Asia region, he said he had the opportunity of witnessing the convocation of Chinwag University of China, where in a single year 1,100 students received PhD degrees while its total enrolment was 33,000 and production of 1,100 PhD was normal. The second was National University of Singapore which ranked 19th in world universities and its normal budget was $800 million and the Institute of Information Technology, Delhi, established in the 60s, had produced 3,000 PhD scholars in Science and Technology during the last 25 years. He regretted "our all Science and Technology universities have produced only 6 PhD scholars during the last 60 years."

He said the universities are judged from their faculty and a good university has a ratio of 15-1 students-teacher. He added that during the chairmanship of the HEC his entire efforts were dedicated to faculty development to send them aboard for PhD so that they come back and serve their universities better.

He said during his tenure 4,000 scholars had been sent abroad who were selected from among 20 to 25,000 candidates, adding that 300 scholars had returned after completing PhD. žIt is now our job to make sure to provide good environment to them.

He said during the last six years enrolment in the universities has more than doubled. He said now-a-days a culture of research has developed and digital library system is available with 25,000 research journals and 45,000 ebooks which is hardly available to the US and EU universities.

He said a 4-year degree programme was introduced in the universities and all reforms introduced by the HEC were implemented by the Sindh University first among all public-sector universities. He said whatever the problems of the country these days they can be resolved only through education.

He said now the country has overcome financial crisis and expressed the hope that the announcement of the prime minister about availability of funds to the universities would be materialised. The News

Funds for HEC to support scholars stressed
Islamabad: The Senate Standing Committee on Labour, Manpower and Overseas Pakistanis has asked the government to ensure provision of funds to the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to help students pursue studies abroad.

The committee met at the Parliament House here on Tuesday to review the problems being faced by the expatriates and students abroad, a press release said.

The meeting asked the education minister to address the issue of shortage of funds for the HEC.

It said efforts should be made to address the problems being faced by the expatriates, besides launching more PIA flights to and from European countries.

The committee also recommended setting up of National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) branches in Milan and Barcelona to help expatriates in remittances.

Earlier, Anti Narcotic Force (ANF) official briefed the meeting about the poppy situation in the tribal areas and Afghanistan.

It was observed the cultivation was on the rise in the region and creating problems as most of the peddlers were using land routes running through Pakistan, Iran and Central Asian states.

The meeting stressed the need for coordination both at the local and international levels to eradicate the menace of drugs. It recommended provision of better skills and equipments to maintain strict vigil on the porous Afghan Border to check this trade.

The meeting was attended by Fauzia Fakhuruz Zaman Khan, Ilyas Ahmed Bilour, Mir Mohammad Naseer Mengal, Enver Baig, Raza Mohammad Raza, Sahibzada Khalid Jan, Saleem Saifullah Khan, Tariq Azim Khan and Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidri, besides Federal Minister for Labour, Manpower Khursheed Ahmed Shah and senior government officials. Dawn

FG Sir Syed College wins trophy
Rawalpindi: The F.G Sir Syed College, won the 'The Best College Trophy' for the year 2008 during the Commander 10 Corps 4th Annual Prize Distribution Ceremony held in the college here, says a press release. Major General Waqar Ahmed Kingravi was the chief guest on the occasion.

The college has won this distinction for the third time consecutively. The college has more than 120 positions in the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education to its credit.

The college has stayed atop for securing 94 A+ grades and 135 A grades in the board in 2008. Another historic record of the college is the highest ever score in the history of the board viz 1021/1100.

Such diachronic achievements have accorded a splendid finale to the career of Professor Obaidullah Bhatti, principal of the F.G Sir Syed College. He is one of the pioneer professors of the college and has melted the silver of his youth in order to gild the name of his institution.

In the same ceremony Professor Muhammad Ahsan Pasha (Department of English) of F.G Sir Syed College has been given 'Talent Award' for his valuable services. The News

University of Peshawar announced results
Peshawar: University of Peshawar on Tuesday announced results of Master of Arts in Gender Studies (previous) Regular, for annual examination 2008 and Master of Science in Botany (previous) Regular for annual examination 2008. According to the information received from University of Peshawar a total of 20 candidates appeared in the annual examination of Master of Arts in Gender Studies in the annual examination of 2008 out of which 18 candidates were declared successful. Thus the percentage of passed students remained at 90 percent. Similarly, a total of 119 students were enrolled for the annual examination of Master of Science in Botany (previous) Regular out of which 113 students appeared in the examination and six students remained absent. Out of 113 students 103 students were declared passed and thus the pass percentage of the students remained at 91 percent. F.P report

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God and science
The religious zealots have hijacked our politics. They are gleefully dragging the nation towards a medieval era using Islam as a slogan for their puritanism. We know one cause of decline of the Islamic civilization was mixing of religion with politics. But an even more important reason for our historical decline has been the false belief of the Muslim clerics that anything modern is essentially unIslamic. Let me quote the following examples:

1. Sir Syed Ahmed Khan's epic struggle for educating the Muslim masses was strongly opposed by mullahs who believed that English language was inherently unIslamic. They refused to believe that all languages were created by Allah whose innumerable prophets delivered His divine message in innumerable languages.

2. Modern gadgets like loudspeakers, cameras and radio were all deemed satanic by clerics about 50 years ago.

3. The printing press was initially banned by the Ottoman Empire. Their guild of writers declared it was 'devil's invention'. Subsequently, they allowed it with the condition that printing would be allowed only in Hebrew.

4. TV Channel 4 in UK recently showed a copy of Holy Quran in Venice, printed 500 years ago. They reported that this is perhaps the last and only copy left, because the Muslim clerics of that era refused to accept mechanically printed version of their holy book.

The following major events can be considered as 'milestones' in our disastrous journey towards regression, degeneration and decay:

1. In 1258 AD. Muslims failed to protect their treasure of knowledge when Baghdad was ransacked by the Mongols.

2. Circa 1492 AD. Muslims failed to protect Spain from the Europeans who were culturally still living in dark ages. This was the time when Columbus discovered America that provided vast natural resources to the Europeans.

3. 18th & 19th Century. Ottomans and other Muslim nations snubbed the industrial revolution and considered modern science as anti-God.

Our apathy towards science is based on the fallacy that the sciences are in competition with God. In fact, all laws of science are Allah's creation. Man is only trying to understand the divine laws of nature. Need one say that it is the neglecting of sciences that is unIslamic? -Khalid A., London, UK, via e-mail, The Nation

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