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23Feb/113

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21Feb/110

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21Feb/110

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18Feb/110

Students in distress after failure of BISE online registration

LAHORE: Lahore Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education’s (BISE) online registration system has failed yet again, causing problems for the intermediate students sending their admission forms online for their annual examinations.
The intermediate students are facing problems similar to those of the matriculation students who went through the same dilemma recently.

Students complained about the “slow server speed of the BISE website, which takes several minutes just to open the form that is to be filled.” In addition, students complained about changes in the information they provided, like their names and subjects, before and after the form was downloaded. The board had given some cell phone numbers on the website for complaints but the numbers were all switched off when contacted, the students said.

The students added that upon approaching the BISE officials for help and corrections, they were charged Rs 100 per form as processing fee.

Several students belonging to the rural areas expressed their disapproval, saying that the BISE should consider the financial constraints faced by the poor students, and should “avoid try making money from them through various techniques”.

A student, Najam, belonging to Raiwand, said that it took two hours for him to reach the BISE office and then he had to spend the whole day standing in the queues there in order to get information regarding the forms. “The officials finally said that I had to pay Rs 100 as processing fee for corrections in the form,” he said. Najam appealed to the BISE officials to “end this failed system or upgrade their website servers to properly facilitate students.”

Another student, Shazia, said that being a girl it was very difficult for her to come to the board office for registration of admissions. “I applied through the online registration system of the BISE, but the names of subjects I wrote in the online form appeared altered when I opened the form after downloading it,” she explained, adding that she tried to contact the officials through the numbers given on the website but all were either “switched off or not in use”.

Controller of examinations: However, BISE’s controller of examinations, Manzoor Ul Hassan, while talking to Daily Times, said, “The online system is new for both the staff and the students, therefore, both are facing problems while using it,” adding, “The system shows errors only when a student does not enter the correct information as per his matriculation certificate.” When asked about the switched off cell phone numbers of the officials from the complaint cell, Hassan said, “The complaint cell is always active and they had been contacted by the BISE officials several times,” adding that the problems would be solved within a few days.Daily time

15Feb/110

Khosa pledges more funds for higher education

LAHORE: Governor Latif Khosa has said the government will enhance funding for the higher education sector knowing that it is the only tool that can boost country’s progress.
The education can also overcome the menace of poverty, unemployment and even terrorism in the country.
The governor was speaking to faculty members and media persons during his maiden visit to the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) on Monday.

He also inaugurated the Laser and Optronics Centre in the country.

He said the UET was a state-of-the-art engineering institution and playing a vital role in the development of the country.

“We have to concentrate on education for the elimination of terrorism, illiteracy, poverty and unemployment.”

He stressed that the people should not divide themselves on the basis of caste and creed and show unity as Pakistanis.Dawn

15Feb/110

LHC defers hearing of petition challenging appointment of UHS VC

LAHORE: Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed of the Lahore High Court (LHC) deferred hearing of a petition challenging the appointment of Malik Hussain Mubashar as the vice chancellor (VC) of the University of Health Sciences (UHS). The judge had already issued notices to the Punjab government, chief secretary, health secretary and others. A local citizen, Tahir Hameed, moved the petition claiming his right to challenge the impugned appointment being a taxpaying citizen of Pakistan. The petitioner’s counsel Nasir Mehmood Qureshi submitted that the UHS was an autonomous body which was established under “The University of Health Sciences, Lahore Ordinance, 2002”. He said that according to section 12 of this ordinance, Mubashar was appointed as the VC on April 12, 2003. He added that section 12(5) of the ordinance said that any person who is not eligible to be appointed as a professor, is also not eligible for the post of the VC. “Mubashar, after attaining the age of retirement on July 31, 2005, did not meet the criteria for the post of the VC, and thus his presence in the office was against the laws,” he claimed. Qureshi further alleged that the appointment of Mubashar was made in clear violation of the appointment policy as no applications from other eligible candidates were invited before the impugned appointment, neither other equally eligible candidates were provided with an opportunity to compete for the post. He requested to declare the appointment as illegal, adding that the authorities concerned should be directed to appoint a qualified person who would be eligible for the post.Daily time

15Feb/110

Online admission forms a joke with students

Rawalpindi:All the education boards in Punjab have been made to introduce email system for candidates of all the examinations held by them. Thus every candidate, whether of class IX, X, XI or XII, has to email his admission forms. It is immaterial if eighty per cent of them may never know what the hell an ‘email’ is. And if a small percentage does know, not all of them may possess or even have access to a computer.
In the new dispensation so graciously enforced to usher in the students in the electronic era at a brisk pace, the powers that be have introduced the system without realizing that it would spell disaster and cause immeasurable misery to the poor students who may yet need decades if not centuries to enter the modern age.

The bureaucrats who conceived the idea perhaps were convinced that all the students are well off and have their computers or at least access to them. They conveniently forgot that majority of our students belong to rural areas where, let alone computer, there is no electricity.

Now let us look at the old system of appearing in an examination. A candidate got the prescribed admission form printed by the relevant Board. He would assiduously fill it, complete all the formalities, attach all the documents and photographs, deposit fee and get it attested from the head of a recognized institution and deposit the form in the Board office by hand or send it through registered mail. Although this too was time consuming and cumbersome still within the reach of every student.

Under the new dispensation you are required in the first place to send a hard copy of your admission form duly filled in at the computer. To whom is it to be sent is anybody’s guess. Some say that it goes in the central office located somewhere in Lahore and supervised by some consultant of high repute who is incommunicado. If you have a complaint send it through an email which they say is never replied, let alone acknowledged.

That is not all. After you have travelled from your hamlet to a city, located an Internet club, paid a sizable amount to the owner to fill in your form and sent it to the concerned quarter, you have more trouble at hand. After sending this Hard copy you have to go through the old rigmarole, i.e. to send a soft copy to the relevant board office. Get an admission form as usual. Fill it, attach the required documents with three photographs, get it attested from someone authorised to do so, and deposit it in the Board office by hand or send it under registered cover. And in this process do not forget to deposit the prescribed fee in the nominated branch of the bank.

You need not be an expert in rocket science to figure out the trial and tribulations the students and parents have to pass through this process. Have the great minds behind this scheme ever thought of the miserable plight of our villages. Most of them have yet to see the amenities of modern life. Internet and email is not for them. This is used by only a very small fraction of those in the cities. Have they realized that by launching this ‘ambitious’ project they have opened floodgates of corruption and plunder?

Many people have no computer or Internet facility nearest to their homes while net cafes charge Rs200 to Rs400 to provide an online form. Many heads of institutions have given contract of providing online forms to their favourite net cafes because majority of them have no facility of Internet.

‘The News’ has learnt that private students are not only facing difficulties in getting online admission forms but also facing difficulties in getting their forms attested. Most of the heads of institutions are charging Rs200 per student for attestation of the documents.

Talking to ‘The News’ students and poor parents said that the Punjab government is trying to close all doors of getting education by introducing complicated online form system. They said that majority of students belong to poor families and don’t have computer and Internet facility in their own homes. “Even those having the facility of Internet cannot understand online forms,” they said.
While talking to ‘The News’ Chaudhry Abdul Hafeez Chairman Rawalpindi Board agreed that students are facing hardships with the online system introduced for the first time. He said that he has received several complaints that net cafes are looting students and poor parents. Secondly some heads of institutions were charging hefty amounts for attestation of documents, he said. He assured that he would take strict action against such persons. He said that online form is a new system, which was introduced for the first time, therefore, majority of students are not aware of it. Next time we would establish a separate branch of online admission form where students would get facility free of cost, he said.

He said that he has requested the higher authorities to allow us to work manually to process all forms. “We could extend the date of submission of forms due to introduction of online form system,” he said.The news

3Feb/110

PBTE announced 2nd Annual Result

Punjab Board of Technical Education announced 2nd Annual Result.

3Feb/110

PEF plans to hire 25 IT subject specialists

Lahore: The Punjab Education Foundation would employ the IT graduates as subject specialists for partner schools and 25 graduates will be hired in the first phase, PEF Managing Director Mohyuddin Ahmad Wani revealed here on Tuesday.
During his briefing to Salma Abbasi, Worldwide Group Chairperson and CEO, at PEF Boardroom, the MD said the PEF provided professional training to 115,196 teachers of different private schools during the past few years and 25,270 sessions were held in this regard.

Mr Wani said: "The training was especially beneficial to the schools in backward areas where teachers lack access to latest concepts of teaching and classroom management."

Explaining the rationale behind it, he hoped it would help broaden understanding of information and communication technology in the poor students. Teaching in clusters by the subject specialists programme would also be extended from 24 districts to 36 districts of the province, he disclosed.

Ms Abbasi said the ICT could be of great help to a developing country like Pakistan to improve its literacy rate. The ICT had made the distant learning easier, said she, adding the students should be taught about the best use of technology even in the remote areas.

Different programme heads also briefed her about the working of their programmes and its impact on students. The nation