FBISE SSC result | HEC new chief

FBISE announced SSC result
Islamabad, June 28: Students from the rural areas and the Pakistani embassy in Dubai bagged most of the top positions in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) annual examination 2014.

According to the results announced by the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) on Friday, 77,539 students appeared in the exam out of whom 59,899 were declared pass with the pass percentage of 77.25.

In the past, girls used to get the top positions but this year out of the six top positions three were bagged by boys.

In the science group, Hamza Siddique of the Army Public School Bahawalpur bagged the first position by obtaining 1,031 marks out of 1,050.

The second position went to Miral Saleem of Fazaia Inter College Lahore, who scored 1,030 marks.

Ammar Khawar of the Army Public School Sargodha was declared the third position holder with 1029 marks.

In the humanities group, the first position was bagged by Kulsoom Tariq of Sheikh Rashid Al-Makhtoom Pakistan School, Dubai. She scored 969 marks.

Moaviya Naseer of the Institute of Islamic Sciences, Satra Meel Islamabad, stood second with 968 marks.

Hajra Aamir of Quality School, Misrial Road Rawalpindi, obtained 958 marks and was placed at third position.

The pass percentage for the regular students remained 90.71. As many as 57420 students appeared in the exam out of whom 52084 were declared pass.

However, 20119 students also sat the exam as private or ex-candidates and 7815 of them got through, showing a pass percentage of 38.84. This year, 47 unfair means cases were reported which the FBISE said it decided through a judicious procedure.

Speaking on the occasion, Secretary Ministry of Education and Professional Training Mohammad Ahsan Raja said competition in the field of education was increasing day by day.

"I want to make sure that transparency and quality of education is further improved and the FBISE becomes a role model for other educational boards all over the country," he said.

Chairperson FBISE Dr Ikram Ali Malik said quality of education can only be made possible through transparency and merit which he was trying to ensure. Dawn

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Postponed practical exams to be held on 29th
Rawalpindi: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Rawalpindi, has announced that the practical examinations 2014 of Science and General Groups for Higher Secondary School Certificate postponed on June 23 will now be held on June 29.

According to the BISE spokesman, the practical examinations of Chemistry, Fine Arts, Home Economics, Statistics and Mathematics postponed due to law and order situation in Rawalpindi tehsil will be held on June 29 (Sunday) in centres and laboratories already allotted to the students.

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Appointment of HEC chairman challenged in IHC
Islamabad: Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) here on Wednesday issued notices to the five respondents after a petitioner challenged the appointment of Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad as chairman of the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

Petitioner Arsal Ikram, while nominating the Prime Minister's Secretariat, the Establishment Division secretary, the Ministry of Education, Training and Standards in Higher Education, Federal Minister for Water & Power and Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif and HEC Chairman Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad as respondents, adopted before the court that Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad has been appointed as the HEC chairman in violation of law, rules and eligibility criteria.

The petitioner contended that the appointment of Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad has been made in negation of competitive process of selection, suitability and fitness as the appointment was made without interviews. The Prime Minister's Secretariat in order to fill the vacant position of HEC chairperson constituted a search committee for the purposes of appointment of the chairman. The committee, comprising Ahsan Iqbal, Dr. Ishrat Hussain and Professor Dr. M D Shami, advertised the position through the Ministry of Education, Training and Standards in Higher Education on February 12, 2014.

According to the petitioner, the search committee received 103 applications and processed them. As many as 21 candidates were short-listed and 18 out of them were called for interviews.

The petitioner told the court that the head of the search committee remained absent during interviews. The committee then proposed three names, including the name of Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad. The Prime Minister's Secretariat, however, rejected all three names at first due to serious allegations over the entire process and constituted another search committee with the task to conduct fresh interviews. A new search committee was then formed, comprising Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Zahid Hamid, Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman, Syed Tariq Fatemi, Javaid Aslam, Akhlaq Ahmed Tarar and the Ministry of Education, Training and Standards in Higher Education secretary.

According to the petitioner, on April 16, 2014, the Establishment Division issued a notification appointing Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad as chairman of the HEC, without due competitive process of conducting interviews for selection or determining any suitability or fitness of eligible candidates. The petitioner said that Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad is not worthy of holding the office as during one academic year he obtained two degrees in two different disciplines that is not permissible under law. According to the petitioner, there was a requirement in the advertisement published in newspapers for those already serving in government, semi-government to apply for the position of HEC chairman. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad, however, did not fulfil the said requirement.

The petitioner prayed before the court to accept the petition and Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad may be called as under what authority of law he is holding the public office and notification of his appointment may kindly be declared as void, illegal, unlawful and without any lawful jurisdiction or authority.

Previously, Dr Mukhtar Ahmad's appointment as the HEC executive director was challenged.

The court, putting off the matter, directed that all petitions pertaining to Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad should be clubbed and put before the court in the first week of July.

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HEC fails to hold a single meeting in 14 months
Islamabad: Despite getting a hefty allocation of Rs63 billion in the budget 2014-15, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has almost become dysfunctional in the absence of six members and a permanent principal accounting officer.

According to sources, the commission has failed to meet even once during last 14 months, which is a grave violation of the HEC Act 2002. The Act requires at least two meetings of the commission within one financial year.

The documents available with The News also confirmed that after remaining without a permanent chairman for 8 months, now the commission is functioning without its permanent executive director since April 15, 2014, the day when current chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmad was appointed.

Dr Mukhtar Ahmad was previously serving as executive director of the commission. However after his elevation as chairman, the post became vacant and a member of the commission Dr Mansoor Akbar Kundi had been holding the acting charge of the position.

According a notification no 5-496/HEC/HRM/2014/6854 issued on June 24, 2014, Dr Mansoor Akbar Kundi has been given another month extension on temporary charge, which means the post will remain vacant for at least three months.

Section 11 (B) of the HEC Act clearly states "the secretariat, headed by an executive director, shall act as the executing wing of the commission and shall be responsible for implementation of all the orders, decisions, directives and policy of the Commission".

He is also principal accounting officer. Since there is no full-time ED, most of the HEC's functions have stopped and there will be a serious doubt on the decisions made by the acting ED.

Moreover, the vice chancellors of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) and Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) and rector of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) could also not be appointed by the commission for the last six months. An advertisement was published in the national dailies on December 15, 2013 for appointments on these posts but no further progress could be made on the issue despite formulation of a search committee by the HEC.

Sources said the commission is itself functioning without its six (out of total 17) members for the last one year.When contacted by The News, Dr Mukhtar Ahmad said the commission could not meet to appoint the permanent HEC executive director owing to lack of quorum.

"We need at least nine members to complete the quorum for the commission's meeting but owing to budget and other engagements some members of the commission were not available," he said adding that two members of the commission are federal secretaries.

On the issue of non-appointment of VCs and rector of three top universities, he said there were some technical problems which have now been sorted out and a new search committee headed by minister for education and training Balighur Rehman will select the head of these institutions soon.

He said the appointment of six members of commission would also be made as soon as the commission met for the first time under his chairmanship.According to HEC Act 2002, the commission is an autonomous body, which deliberates on issues pertaining to evaluation, improvement and promotion of higher education, research and development and also formulates policies, guiding principles and priorities for higher education institutions.

As per the minutes of the 28th meeting of commission held on April 9, 2013, the commission nominated 29 scholars of eminence for the appointment of its remaining members but no progress could be made on the issue ever since. The news

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59% Pakistanis believe colleges should be govt-owned: survey
Islamabad: According to the Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 59% Pakistanis believe that the schools and colleges should be public (government owned), while 47% said the same about the distribution of electricity.A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, from across all provinces were asked whether the institutions should be private or public. In response, 59% of the respondents said the schools should be public, 35% said that they can be either private or public, whereas 6% said that they should not be public. When asked the same about TV/Radio, 40% said that it should be public, 41% said that they can be either private or public, whereas 18% said that they should not be public. 1% did not respond.

For the newspapers, 22% of the respondents said that the newspapers should be public, 48% said that they can be either private or public, whereas 29% said that they should not be public. 1% did not respond.Furthermore, 28% of the respondents believed that industries should be run publicly, 25% said the same for trade, and 41% had the same opinion for transport. 45% of the respondents were of the opinion that telephones should be publicly run and the same was said for banks (43%), distribution of seeds and fertiliser (38%), and electricity distribution (47%). The study was released by the Gilani Foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International. The recent survey was carried out among a sample of 2,548 men in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country. Error margin is estimated to be approximately 2-3 percent at 95% confidence level.Daily times

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12th annual national engineering robotics contest held at NUST
Rawalpindi: National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) and STEM Career Programme -HEC organized the 12th Annual National Engineering Robotics Contest at NUST, College of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering (E&ME) here, says a press release.

This is the pioneering and biggest robotics contest in the country which attracts participants from all over the country. The Chief of Logistics Staff Lieutenant General Syed Tariq Nadeem Gilani, was the chief guest of this year's event.

In his address the chief guest, while complimenting the efforts taken up so vigorously by NUST College of E&ME called "National Engineering Robotics Contest" a platform providing the engineering students of Pakistan with an opportunity to get the complete engineering experience. He said that "Seeing such a huge turnout and the students working with such dedication on one of the most sophisticated field engineering has to offer, I can see the potential of our future engineers".

Brigadier Jamil Sarwar Malik, commandant of College of EME in his address welcomed everyone to the National Engineering Robotics Contest 2014, he appreciated how the number of participants had grown over the years and the standard of the competition has risen. He said "Winning or losing is not the aim of this contest; the focus is to provide a platform to showcase the potential of mechatronics engineers of Pakistan, to encourage students to display their skills, innovative ideas and to enhance existing potential capabilities to the world of rapidly growing technology. Our industry should also aim towards promoting the latest technological trends and not only hire such students but also collaborate with the academia in development of in-house products".

Dr. Younus Javed, the Dean of Academics in his address, stressed that co- and extra-curricular activities play a very important role in building a sound personality and a successful human being. He emphasized on the participants that all competitions of human activities are focused for improvements and winning/losing is a by-product. This is how we will grow as a nation.

Brigadier Dr. Javaid Iqbal, the Chief Organizer of the contest, informed that more than 100 teams from different Universities, Colleges and Institutes from all over the country participated. It is heart-warming to see that many other Universities have also started robotic competitions, such contests not only increase the awareness regarding robotics and Mechatronics but also show that we as a nation are progressing towards these technologically advanced fields.

At the end of the ceremony the chief guest gave away the prizes to the winning teams of "National Engineering Robotic Contest 2014" (NERC) in the following categories.

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Dr Aslam posted at RMC
Rawalpindi: ENT consultant Professor Dr Muhammad Aslam Chaudhry has been posted at Rawalpindi Medical College (RMC) as professor of ENT, says a press release.

He has also assumed the charge as head of ENT Department at Benazir Bhutto Hospital.

Earlier, he was posted at DG Khan Medical College, where he contributed a lot for registration of DG Khan Medical College with Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC). He has now been posted back in Rawalpindi where he had spent a very successful tenure and set examples of excellent services and promoted quality medical education as well as upgraded ENT treatment facilities in allied hospitals of RMC. The news

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