RBISE SSC result | QAU bio-diesel project

Delay in announcement of RBISE SSC examination result resented
Rawalpindi, July 04: The representatives of All-Pakistan Private Schools Management Association (APPSMA) have criticised the Punjab Boards Committee of Chairmen (PBCC) for what they termed its wrong policies with regard to delayed announcement of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Annual Examination 2013 result of the Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education on July 25.

Addressing participants of a meeting, APPSMA President Ibrar Ahmed Khan said

that the delayed announcement of the SSC examination result by the RBISE would

certainly cause problems

for students in getting admission in colleges. Rather it would prevent them from getting admission in colleges, he said.

He said that after announcement of the SSC examination result by the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education on June 27, admissions have been opened in all colleges. But the RBISE doesn't realise this situation and decided to announce the SSC examination result on July 25. Till then, all admissions in colleges would be closed and hundreds of students would suffer badly putting their future at stake, he added.

He appealed to Punjab Chief Minister Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif to take notice of the matter and abolish the PBCC, enabling all education boards to work independently.

RBISE official spokesman Arslan Cheema, when contacted, said that the candidates would face no problem in getting admission in federal colleges if the SSC examination result is announced on July 25. The process of admission in colleges starts after summer vacation and students will have enough time to seek admission after announcement of the result. He said that the decision of announcing result on July 25 has been taken unanimously by all representatives of the PBCC and not only by RBISE. Last year, the result was announced in August, but now it would be announced much earlier. The number of federal board students is in thousands, while that of Rawalpindi board is in lakhs, he said. Enough time is needed to check papers of such a large number of candidates, he said.

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PUASA flays beating of staff
Lahore: The Punjab University Academic Staff Association (PUASA) has condemned beating of PU Director Students Affairs, State Officer and other officials by unidentified students, and demanded actions against them. According to a press release issued on Tuesday, the PUASA said some students allegedly had been involved in such incidents in the past, adding such acts by specific students were not accepted by teachers' community. They demanded PU administration take immediate action against those students involved in manhandling of PU Director Students Affairs Shahid Gul, Rana Shakoor and others.

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Lack of government interest puts QAU's bio-diesel project on backburner
Islamabad: A project initiated in 2004 by a group of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) teachers to run motor vehicles on bio-diesel now stands nowhere as the relevant government departments showed no interest to help promote this technology to save natural environment from hazardous effects of carbon dioxide.

After making hard work for many long years, the scientists of the university had succeeded in preparing bio-diesel and road test carried out to run a tractor was really a success that opened up many new avenues in the field of environment-friendly energy production.

Professor Dr. Mir Ajab Khan, dean of the Faculty of Biological Sciences at the QAU, the principal investigator, Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad, and team members were quite satisfied with the results of their research and quite hopeful that a time would come when they would be able to produce bio-diesel in such a amount that vehicles could be run on it.

The alternative fuel was environment-friendly and first road test was conducted in Sihala where a railway engine was successfully run with the help of bio-diesel.

As many as 25 non-edible plants such as 'Sukh Chaen' and 'Hernoli' have so far been identified that could be used for production of bio-diesel. Bio-diesel is an environment-friendly fuel, with far less emissions than mineral diesel fuel, and is the perfect solution for the food and fuel crisis. It could be obtained by chemically converting non-edible oil from plants that can thrive on marginal land and can be cultivated with saline and wastewater.

Pakistan has the potential to cultivate non-edible oil yielding plants, as more than 60% of Pakistan's land lies barren. The bio-diesel can be used for buses, wagons and railway engines, helping in reducing harmful emissions, and can also be utilised for power generation.

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PU signs MoU
Lahore: Punjab University Institute of Social and Cultural Studies (Sociology) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF), a leading agency which embodies the spirit of public-private-partnership to address multi-dimensional issues of poverty, for exchanging expertise in various areas of mutual interest.

According to a press release issued on Tuesday, an MoU signing ceremony was held at committee room of Vice Chancellor's office in which PU VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, Director Institute of Social and Cultural Studies (Sociology) Prof Dr Muhammad Zakria Zakir, PPAF Chief Executive Officer Qazi Azmat Esa and poverty alleviation expert Ahmed Nadeem were prominent among the participants.

While briefing on the agreement, Prof Dr Zakria Zakir said that the ISCS had introduced a highly-demanded subject of MSc Development Studies in which they taught students how to reduce poverty.

He said that under the MoU, the ISCS would provide professional training to the PPAF experts, and PPAF would provide a practical platform to the ISCS students for poverty alleviation in the country. He said the agreement aimed at the materialisation of the idea of university-society and university-industry relationship. The news

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Faculty, students learn ways to avoid plagiarism
Peshawar: The Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) on Tuesday organised a seminar for faculty members and students on how to avoid plagiarism in thesis writing and publications. The event was held at the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Peshawar.

The topics covered in the seminar included plagiarism, tools available for plagiarism detection, problems faced by authors with regard to plagiarism checking and ways to avoid plagiarism in thesis writing and publications. The participants took keen interest in the topics, asked questions and shared their experiences with regard to plagiarism checking.

On the occasion, Professor Iftikhar Ahmad Khan, director QEC, said the UET checked all masters and PhD theses for plagiarism in accordance with the HEC requirement, according to a press release issued here.

"The university checks all papers submitted for publication in the Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences for plagiarism before the start of review process," said Mr Ahmad.

Meanwhile, another seminar on HEC's 'self-assessment process' was held at the UET's Kohat campus.

Participants of the seminar discussed outcomes of HEC's self-assessment process, institutional support and curriculum.

The seminar also addressed the roles of faculty, programme and assessment teams for enhancing teaching quality through self-assessment process. Dawn

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HEC to follow merit in laptop scheme
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) would follow merit-based criteria for implementing the laptop scheme recently announced by the government for the brilliant students from across the country.

This was stated by Higher Education Commission Chairman Dr Javaid R Laghari while talking to media.

He said the scheme for youth, after gaining great popularity in Punjab, was being expanded to the other parts of the country so that the outstanding students could be rewarded.

"It is very necessary to equip the students with latest knowledge and laptop facility with access to Internet can keep them in touch with the external world," he observed.

"The scheme would enable the youth to seek latest knowledge, interact with international universities and gain vast career opportunities," he said.

The chairman said the scheme would benefit the outstanding students from different universities from across the country without any discrimination and motivate them to move forward in their academic future. "An amount of Rs 3 billion has been approved by the government in the budget and the commission would soon finalise the criteria for this programme, in consultation with the stakeholders," he added. app

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