AIOU final exams | FDE two holidays

AIOU final exams from May 5
Islamabad, May 03: The final exams of Matric/FA/FSc/Diploma in Education, BA/BS (CS) and BS (microbiology and chemistry) programmes for the semester of Autumn 2013 of the Allama Iqbal Open University would start from May 5. This was announced by the Controller of Exams Hamid Khan. The roll number slips, he said, have already been dispatched to all the eligible/enrolled students at their given addresses, by postal mail service. The students who have not receive their roll number slips so far are advised to contact the nearest regional office of the university or the AIOU exams section in its main campus at Sector H8 for issuance of duplicate slips. For duplicate slips, the students are required to bring two passport size photographs duly-attested by a gazetted officer. The roll number slips along with the date sheet are also being placed on the AIOU website for the convenience of students.

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IIUI publishes newsletter in three languages
Islamabad: The International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) has for the first time published its newsletter in three languages, Urdu, Arabic and English. The newsletter titled Pyam-a-Jamia in Urdu, Risalat-ul-Jamia in Arabic and IIU Voice in English, has given special coverage to the 9th convocation of the university held last month, in which degrees were conferred on 8,923 graduates. The special feature of the convocation was the conferment of PhD degree on Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz in the disciplines of international relations and politics, said editor of the newsletter Syed Muzammil Hussain on Thursday. Quoting IIU President Ahmed Bin Yousafud Din Qureshi, he said that the aim of publishing the newsletter in three languages was to disseminate the information about the university and highlight its performance at a larger scale.

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Parents, teachers demand revival of two weekly holidays
Islamabad: The parents of the students studying in schools and colleges of the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) have demanded the authorities to restore two weekly holidays as the weather turns hot. The decision of the two weekly holidays for the public departments was taken by the government in May 2010, due to the power crisis in the country.However, on November 28, 2013, the Capital Administration and DevelopmentDivision (CADD) declared Saturday as a working day for the 423 educational institutions working under the FDE. The decision was taken to complete the courses in the schools and colleges in time, and produce good results. Shagufta Arif, a mother of three, said, "One holiday a week has burdened the students and has also increased their transportation expenses." She said, "The officials of the public departments enjoy two weekly holidays, while the students and teachers bear the hot weather."Kashif Ali, a government employee said, "It is difficult to wake up early in the morning on Saturdays and make the children ready for school." He said that such practice on every Saturday spoils the weekly holiday of the parents, who are working in the public departments.Federal Government College lecturer Tahir Bhatti said that most of the educational institutions are observing zero attendance on Saturday, as the students and teachers both are reluctant to come to the institution. The decision of curtailing Saturday holidays was taken for the completion of syllabus, and now the new academic session has started, and there is no such issue regarding course completion. He said that a single college is consuming 600 to 700 units of electricity when the energy crisis is at its peak."All the teachers, students and principals want the authorities to restore Saturday as a holiday in wake of hot weather conditions," he said. Bhatti said, "There is no logic of opening institutions on Saturdays when the concerned department of the FDE is not opened." The officials of the CADD were of the view that the Saturday holidays were only curtailed as the teachers could not complete the course. They said that there is no proposal under consideration, so far, to revive the two weekend holidays.Daily times

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Bilquis College holds convocation
Islamabad: The convocation of MA English and Education, MEd, BA, BSc and BEd courses was held at Bilquis Postgraduate College for Women, PAF Base Nur Khan.

Minister of State for Information Technology & Telecommunication Anusha Rehman was the chief guest on the occasion, while Air Commodore (r) Dr. Ijaz Ahmad Malik, vice chancellor of Air University, presided over the ceremony. Begum Shehla Tahir, president of the Pakistan Air Force Women Association (PAFWA), was also present on the occasion.

The chief guest awarded trophies, medals and certificates to the position-holders in various disciplines. The 'Quaid-i-Azam Trophy' for the best student of the year was won by Syeda Anum Aftab of BSc.

Air Commodore (r) Dr. Ijaz Ahmad Malik, vice chancellor of Air University, conferred degrees to 38 students of MA English, 41 students of MEd, 16 students of MA Education, 515 students of BEd, 37 students of BA and 50 students of BSc courses.

Earlier, Mrs Kaukab Ara Nasir, principal of the Bilquis Postgraduate College for Women, presented the annual report of the college.

Besides, MA English and Education, MEd, BEd, BA and BSc courses, the college also offers diploma in Montessori and Computer Sciences.

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Bio-diesel use demanded
Islamabad: The use of bio-diesel produced from non-edible raw material in the transportation sector can reduce Pakistan's annual import bill by Rs69 billion.

The reports prepared by NED University and Quaid-e-Azam University showed that bio-diesel can be produced from 25 non-edible plants such as 'sukh chain' and 'hernoli'.

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.

The scientists confirmed that bio-diesel exhaust has a less harmful impact on human health than petroleum diesel fuel and its emissions have roughly 45-90 per cent lower toxic emissions compared to diesel.

The report prepared by Quaid-e-Azam University stated that the government should provide buy back guarantees to bio-diesel producers at a price determined by OGRA and make it mandatory to use this source of energy for public sector vehicles running on diesel.

"All imported plant, machinery, equipment and specific items used in the production of bio-diesel should be exempted from customs duty, income tax and sales tax," it said. The news

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