BISE annual middle examination | HEC executive director

BISE annual middle exams from February 7
Rawalpindi, Feb 04: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Rawalpindi (BISE) has declared that the annual middle examination would start from February 7. The annual middle examination would continue till February 13. Meanwhile, BISE has said that the annual result would be declared on March 13. online

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Air University to hold robotics competition on 6th
Islamabad: Air University will organise a robotics competition among different universities of the country on February 6, to select a team to represent Pakistan in the upcoming grand finale of the Global Robotics Competition (GRC), to be held in India.

A number of teams from different universities will participate and compete for the grand finale of the GRC. Air University event manager Assistant Professor Liaquat Ali Khan said that this year Air University had been selected as the official organiser of the GRC for Pakistan.

He also said that Pakistan was going to take part in the GRC for the first time and the competition would be held this year, at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur.

Liaquat added that students from different universities of the country had confirmed that they would participate in the event.

"The participants will compete in two categories, International Autonomous Robotics Competition and International Robot Got Talent," he said, adding that the winners of GRC Pakistan will compete in the GRC international finale.

"The festival 'Techkriti-2013' serves as a valuable opportunity for engineers around the globe to converge their skills and abilities on a single platform and it will be a great opportunity for Pakistani students," he said.

Liaquat also said that the annual technical and entrepreneurship festival had emerged as one of the best technical festivals around the globe. India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, UAE, Egypt, UK and Japan are participating in the event.

He added that 'Techkriti' was launched in 1995 with an aim to develop interest and innovation in the technology sector. The word 'Techkriti' is a combination of two words, 'Tech' in English, which stands for technology and 'Kriti' in Sanskrit, stands for creation. app

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HEC executive director takes charge
Islamabad: Professor Dr Mukhtar Ahmed on Friday assumed the charge of executive director Higher Education Commission (HEC).

On January 20, the governing board of the HEC selected Dr Mukhtar as the executive director and asked him to join the organisation within one week. However, he requested the HEC that he wanted to start his job from February 1.

It may be noted that the Supreme Court of Pakistan had on December 20 directed the HEC to appoint the new executive director within 30 days. Dawn

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FDE institutes lack basic facilities for students
Islamabad: Lack of proper facilities in educational institutions run by the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) is making it difficult for the students to achieve academic excellence.

Students enrolled in the majority of these institutes do not have the basic facilities of clean drinking water, quality canteens, transport and heaters.

A representative of a teachers association, Tahir Mehmood said that the students of FDE institutes had been facing difficulties while going to their institutions due to shortage of buses.

He also said that model colleges had more buses and were equipped with more facilities than the FDE institutes, which created a sense of deprivation among the students. He pointed out that the decision of merging the model and FDE set-up and removing discriminations in terms of facilities was made years ago but was not implemented. He added that the majority of the institutes had no facility of clean drinking water while the canteens offered substandard food, which posed serious threats to the students' health. Tahir Mehmood said that the students after matriculation had to face difficulties while selecting a specific field or subjects, as they had no career counselling facility in their institutes.

Nasir Shah, a parent, said that his daughter fell down from a slide due to it's dilapidated condition in one of the institutes. He also said that there was no first aid or any medication facility in the institute.

Shagufta Zahid, a mother, said that the institutes lacked heating facilities. She added that her children suffered from flu, cough and temperature during the winter season and could not attend schools.

A senior official of the FDE said that the directorate had been facing many problems and minor bills for purchasing furniture and other things were pending since years. He said that the FDE gets a separate allocation of funds for repair and maintenance of these institutes but there were problems in the utilisation of these resources. app

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Students protest delay in result
Peshawar: Students of government technical college Peshawar on Friday held a protest demonstration at Sher Shah Suri Road against the delay in announcement of the B-Tech results. They accused the officials of the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Peshawar of adopting delaying tactics in this regard.

The protesters threatened to observe a sit-in outside the UET if the result was not announced within couple of days.

Holding banners and placards inscribed with their demand, the B-Tech students gathered outside Peshawar Press Club and shouted slogans against the controller of examination of the UET for taking too much time in declaring the result.

The students led by B-Tech engineers association organiser Shafiq-ur-Rehman Marwat demanded of the UET vice-chancellor to ensure early announcement of the result. Dawn

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