Inter exams from May 4
Lahore, Jan 09: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education has notified the intermediate annual examination 2013 will begin on May 4.
The board has started accepting admission forms online. Candidates can download forms from board's website http://www.biselahore.com, where each form bears a unique number. The board will not accept a photocopy of the form. Last date for submission of forms with single fee is Feb 4, with double fee Feb 11 and Feb 18 with triple fee. The applicants will also be able to submit forms by Feb 25 with triple fee and a per day fine of Rs500.
KU extends deadlines
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) has extended the deadline of submitting registration forms for MA private and double MA programmes to January 28.
Applicants can submit their forms and the fee of Rs2,500 at the bank counter of the university's Silver Jubilee Gate.
The KU also extended the date of submitting forms for need-based scholarships, provided by the Higher Education Commission, to January 15.
Students enrolled in the Masters, Honours and PharmD programmes other than the new students can also apply. THe news
Two buses for KU promised
Karachi: The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation will provide two buses to Karachi University for students, said KMC administrator Mohammad Hussain Syed on Tuesday.
He handed out the assurance to KU vice chancellor Dr Mohammad Qaiser, who called on him at his office.
Earlier, the vice chancellor informed him about the university plan to establish a medical college. The KMC administrator assured the vice chancellor that the civic agency would provide maximum cooperation to the varsity in this regard.
Teachers boycott classes
Larkana: Teachers in Chandka Medical College boycotted regular classes from 11.30am onwards on Tuesday when the protest of Chandka Teachers Association (CTA) entered the second consecutive day.
A batch of over 12 professors and teachers Prof Hakim Abro, Dr Aurangzeb Siyal, Dr Saeed Shaikh, Dr Arjandas, Dr Ikram Tunio, Dr Atta Muhammed Siddiqui, Prof Badar Junejo, Dr Mukhtiar Abro and Dr Suresh observed a two-hour token hunger strike in front of the press club.
They accused the management of Shaheed Benzir Bhutto Medical University (SMBBU) of adopting the policy of divide and rule by offering different financial packages to academics in an attempt to pit teacher against teacher.
"For long we are kept on hollow promises. Notifications to upgrade teachers are issued but not implemented," they said.
They demanded the university to upgrade 40 teachers who had been denied promotions and called for payment of financial difference of the past two months and ensuring chairman allowance, honorarium, orderly allowances and other due benefits. They announced to continue protests till acceptance of all demands. CTA president Prof Dr Badaruddin Junejo said on Tuesday that teaching in basic classes and process of postings of senior batches remained suspended in Chandka Medical College, Shaikh Zayed Hospital for Women, CMC Children Hospital (medicine and surgery) and CMCH (teaching and city block).
He said the director of human resources of SBBMU, Dr Akbar Bhutto, met him on Monday and showed the notification to upgrade all teachers with minor changes which, according to Mr Junejo, the CTA had refused to accept. Director Finance of SBBMU Nooruddin Shaikh had not confirmed receiving such recommendations by the university managers, Dr Junejo said.
Dr Junejo said the CTA had decided not to boycott OPDs' and wards assignments because it was their moral duty to serve patients.
Dr Akbar Bhutto, director of human resources, on Tuesday confirmed meeting with the striking doctors of the CTA and briefing them about financial benefits, but they had declined to accept it. Dawn
HEC 'needs no approval for recruitment of MP-scale officials'
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has formally informed the Federal Ministry of Education and Training that rules made for recruitment of MP-scale officials need no prior approval from the controlling authority that is the prime minister of Pakistan.
In a letter written to the Ministry of Education and Training secretary, it states that the HEC Ordinance 2002 empowers the commission to make rules for recruitment of its employees, without mandatory provision that these are to be approved by the controlling authority.
"Section 21 of the HEC Ordinance 2002 empowers the commission to make rules...since the word 'may' has been used and the section empowers the commission to make rules for carrying out the purposes this ordinance, hence it was interpreted that the section is independent in its nature," the letter said.
It was also mentioned in the letter that despite no legal requirement, the summary of rules was sent to the controlling authority for approval in 2009. But the record showed that no such approval was given by the prime minister. The letter pointed out that there is no exemption available to the HEC from the procedure laid down by the federal government for employment in MP-scales. However, there is no bar for the HEC to adopt its own procedure in view of the autonomous status granted to it by the ordinance.
Regarding reasons and rationale of formulating HEC Selection Board, the letter stated the Cabinet Secretariat, Establishment Division and the government on August 16, 2012, conceded, "Under the HEC Rules, the HEC Commission is competent forum to approve constitution of the Selection Board." It said the executive director and member (O&P) are ex-officio members of the HEC Selection Board defined in Schedule-IV to the HEC Employees (Recruitment) Rules 2009 and in principle,; executive director should not be involved in the selection process, if competing for the position.
Similarly, member (O&P) is an officer lower in rank to the office of executive director and therefore, should not be involved in the selection process. Accordingly, it said, the commission considered it essential and constituted the Selection Board for interviewing the candidates for the post of the HEC executive director.
It further said during an emergent meeting of the commission held on December 21 in view of the Supreme Court order of December 17 to continue the process for recruitment/appointment of the executive director within a period of 30 days, the selection board as constituted in the commission meeting held on May 3, 2012, was upheld.
Long training for university teachers starts
Islamabad: Around 29 faculty members from 29 public and Higher Education Commission (HEC)-funded private sector universities across Pakistan would benefit Master Trainers-Faculty Professional Development Programme (MT-FPDP) that started at the HEC on Tuesday.
Under the auspices of HEC's Learning Innovation Division, the 20th Master Trainers-Faculty Professional Development Programme would be completed on March 2, 2013. Faculty members from Public and HEC-funded private sector universities would attend the training programme. So far 551 university faculty members have been trained under MT-FPDP in 19 batches.
This training programme is designed for in-service university teachers. The whole span of the programme is an arduous exercise, which will cover 13 core modules and additional sessions on different important social topics. Recreational and study trips would also be arranged to different historic places.
The main objective of the intensive training is to enhance the teaching abilities of teachers to ensure quality education, which is entirely dependent on the quality of teachers. The programme caters to participants of both pure and social sciences; therefore the outcome is multi variant.
During the inaugural ceremony, chief guest Member Operations and Planning HEC Dr. Nasser Ali Khan said that faculty development has been main focus of HEC since its inception.
FU announces MBBS Part-II result
Islamabad: The Foundation University has announced the result of First Professional MBBS Part-II (Annual) Examination 2012. Out of 100 candidates, who appeared in the examination, 87 were declared successful with a pass percentage of 87%.
Ramla Ghazanfar, Roll No. 3809, of the Foundation University Medical College, got first position in the examination by securing 402 out of 500 marks.
The roll numbers of the successful candidates are:
3737, 3738, 3739, 3740, 3741, 3742, 3743, 3745, 3747, 3748, 3749, 3750, 3751, 3752, 3753, 3754, 3755, 3757, 3758, 3760, 3763, 3764, 3765, 3766, 3767, 3768, 3769, 3770, 3771, 3772, 3773, 3774, 3775, 3776, 3777, 3778, 3779, 3780, 3782, 3783, 3784, 3785, 3786, 3787, 3788, 3789, 3790, 3791, 3792, 3794, 3795, 3796, 3797, 3798, 3799, 3800, 3801, 3802, 3803, 3804, 3805, 3806, 3807, 3808, 3809, 3810, 3811, 3812, 3813, 3814, 3816, 3817, 3818, 3819, 3820, 3821, 3822, 3823, 3825, 3826, 3827, 3828, 3829, 3970, 3971, 4054 & 4055.
The university has directed the unsuccessful candidates to submit the admission forms within 15 days from the date of announcement of result. The result may also be seen on FUI website www.fui.edu.pk.
PAF Finishing School holds graduation ceremony
Islamabad: Graduation Ceremony of the 33rd batch of students of PAF Finishing School, Islamabad, was held here on Tuesday.
Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar was the chief guest on the occasion. On her arrival, she was received by Begum Shehla Tahir, President Pakistan Air Force Women Association and Patron in Chief of PAF Finishing School, Islamabad. The chief guest awarded the certificates to the graduating students.
Addressing the ceremony chief guest Hina Rabbani Khar said, "The womenfolk have a vital role to play in the betterment of any society. The saying that "Hands that rock the cradle, rule the world" is an apt description of women's contribution in shaping the destiny of a nation. In fact, no society can afford to ignore women that account for half of its population. It is equally essential, more so for our daughters, to develop in themselves a dignified poise reflecting the aspirations of a Pakistan girl. The complexities of life are numerous, and to cope with them, it is necessary to benefit from a specialised institution like the Finishing School. Such institutions are moral faculties of our younger generation.
Hina Rabbani Khar said, "The raw material that will help build this Pakistan can be found right here at the PAF Finishing School, where I am told you are trained in communication skills, management, language, culture, cuisine, art and how to present oneself in the most impressive way possible. These skills are not restricted to any one profession or occupation. Knowing how to put our best foot forward is a vital skill that we can all use, women and men in every sphere of life. The most important place where women exist is in schools, colleges, universities and training institutes, much like the PAF Finishing School. For it is at these places of education that we are preparing for the Pakistan of the 21st Century, the Pakistan of Quid-i-Azam and Allama Iqbal's dreams, and the Pakistan that every Pakistani child, girl and boy deserves."
Earlier, Director of the school Mrs. Nasreen Aurangzeb presented a report highlighting the main aspects of the training, which are aimed at transforming young girls into useful members of society.
Later, Begum Shehla Tahir presented the crest of PAF Finishing School to the chief guest.
The PAF Finishing School was established in July 1996 for girls. It offers various courses in communication skills, languages, management, art of self presentation, domestic science, general culture, cuisine, protocol, art, child care, introduction to psychology and spiritual enrichment. PAF Finishing School is the first of its kind in Asia, which is a step by Pakistan Air Force towards the promotion of education and literacy in the country. The news