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29Apr/120

Free laptops is not the answer. What is?

To loud applause at a special distribution ceremony on Pakistan Day, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif declared: “We do not give weapons in the hands of youngsters, we give them laptops; we give them education.” The laptop scheme is the brainchild of kid brother Shahbaz Sharif, chief minister of Punjab. He says that the Punjab government plans to distribute a further 300,000 laptops — in addition to the 100,000 already distributed — as a “weapon against poverty and ignorance”.

The Sharifs are surely to be commended for preferring computers over Kalashnikovs (some of their political rivals would want it the other way around). But laptops are not silver bullets that cantransform Pakistan’s education. Cost is not the main issue. Of course, we do know that Dell laptops, purchased at Rs 37,700 apiece, are more expensive than the Rs2,200 indigenous product developed by Tata for use in India’s schools. Possible cuts and commissions by middlemen, and allegations of unfair distribution, also cannot be ruled out. But this too is a peripheral matter.

Instead, the central question is: how exactly are these laptops to combat poverty and ignorance, or improve education? The answer is not clear in any developing country but is even muddier in Pakistan. The purchased computers did not come loaded with school books, supplementary educational materials, or programmes like “Comic Life” which make math learning fun. There are no locally-developed programmes, and none in Urdu or any local language. Nor have schoolteachers been trained to deal with computers as a teaching tool. Of course, there will be some Google searching and perhaps some educational material will be downloaded. But overwhelmingly they will be used for chatting, surfing, or video games.

The false notion of technology as a magic wand has made our rulers euphoric from time to time. Few Pakistanis will remember the bulk purchase of Apple-II C computers for schools at the end of the 1980s. General Ziaul Haq’s minister of education, Dr Muhammad Afzal, (now deceased), was a progressive man in a religiously-charged government. Somehow he was seized with the notion that computers would revolutionise everything. In one of my occasional meetings with him, I unsuccessfully sought to persuade him that his idea was fundamentally flawed. Sadly, the warning turned out to be correct: it is likely that many machines were not even turned on before they were junked en masse 10-15 years later.

Earlier on, a still bigger revolution had been promised. Pakistan Television was founded on the premise that its core purpose would be education. At the invitation of the Pakistan government, a Unesco team visited Pakistan and met with the ministers of law, broadcasting, and education. In a subsequent report the team leaders, HR Cassirer and TS Duckmanton, wrote:

“We arrived in Lahore on October 10, 1960, where we were the guests of the Regional Director of Radio Pakistan, as well as the Provincial Department of Education. We pursued our consultations with officials concerned with the following: university and college education, primary and secondary education, vocational education, village aid, broadcasting, the Arts Council”. The report document does not even mention entertainment or news broadcasts, but has paragraphs on how telecourses should be conducted.

But PTV never made a sizeable contribution to education. For 50 years its broadcast content has been almost exclusively entertainment and news. In this period PTV has produced only two documentary serials that sought to popularise science for the general public, one in 1994 and the other in 2002. I can testify that these had the lowest priority accorded to any programme series; for months I was given the midnight shift and would work through on the editing until morning arrived, at which point I would go bleary-eyed to teach my classes at Quaid-e-Azam University.

These negative examples do not mean that technology is valueless for education. Far from it! Distance education, conveyed via laptops and notebooks, is clearly the future. Open Course Software (OCS) from the world’s best universities brings a wealth of knowledge to those who can absorb it; the clever instructional techniques of the Khan Academy helps millions of students across the world; and increasing interactive learning programmes are becoming more effective learning tools.

But students who benefit from internet resources already know what they are looking for; they have already achieved a certain level. A digital utopia cannot be constructed on a shaky educational base such as ours. Most Pakistani schools do not have the bare minimum infrastructure like blackboards, toilets, library, or wall posters. More importantly, they do not have competent teachers. Expectedly, the recently released Annual Status of Education Report paints a dismal picture of basic reading and writing skills. Laptops can do nothing to improve things here.

What about well-off city schools that do have reasonable infrastructure? Unfortunately here too, the laptop can presently play only a marginal role because, with some honourable exceptions, students mostly study for grades. If grades were awarded on the basis of real learning, it would be a different matter. But where money buys marks and cheating is rampant, the incentive for self-improvement diminishes. Moreover, exams test little beyond that contained in guidebooks or prescribed textbooks. They stress memorisation rather than internalisation of concepts. I think revamping the examination system will do more good than buying a million laptops.

Of course some good does come from merely connecting children to the internet. Nicholas Negroponte of MIT, who fathered the idea of one-child one-laptop, argues that children are naturally inquisitive and access to an internet-enabled computing device is sufficient to release their creative faculties. He says somehow they will “figure it out” and “learn to learn”. But this view is excessively optimistic.

Connectivity and access, already provided by cellphones, alone does not create a thinking mind. For example, consider Darul Ulum Haqqania at Akora Khattak. This ‘Harvard of madrassas’ has produced Mullah Omar as well as other such luminaries. It is awash in computers but, even in a hundred years from now, shall not have added an iota to the stock of human knowledge.

The bottom line: good education requires planning, organisation, integrity, resources and, above all, a mindset that is oriented towards the future and not the past. Techy hi-fi stuff has glitz, but it’s really the sub-stratum of thought that matters.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 30th, 2012.

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21Apr/120

Corruption in education

As the season of examinations starts in Karachi from April, the issue of corruption again takes its hot place in discussion between elite and middle class people of the society.

The subject of corruption in Karachi board exams is not a new page to discuss, but with the passage of time this problem is taking a permanent place in the system of education in Pakistan. Every year there are tens of thousands students enrolled in different examinations and every year this figures increased boldly, and with the increment of this figure there has been a drastic increase in corruption seen in different levels.

This subversion starts from very root level when a student sends his form to the board of education and could be easily seen till the announcement of result. The major part of this depravity can be seen during examination when the paper is easily leaked by some with help from money and political source. The biggest devastation is faced by those students who believe in hard work and try their level best to get good grades, but their hard work is denied.

The concerned authorities are no doubt trying their level best to eliminate this corruption but it is a request from every hardworking student of Pakistan to eliminate it on permanent bases so that every student can enjoy the taste of the fruit of hard work.(Pakistan Today)

FATIMA QURESHI

Karachi

21Apr/120

School Education Department clarifies new item

The School Education Department (SED) has come up with a clarification regarding the news item, appeared in The News Thursday, which says it released Rs10.5 billion to provide missing facilities in schools during last four year i.e. 2008-09 to 2011-12. These facilities have been provided to 6,684 public schools on whole school approach basis.

 

A spokesman for SED clarified the facts that under whole school strategy, all missing facilities to each of the selected school are provided (i.e. drinking water, electricity, toilets, boundary wall, additional class rooms and furniture), through one go.

 

In addition to above, Rs10 billion have also been spent to upgrade 2,886 public schools to the next levels during last four years. These up-gradations have created 12,000 new slots of teachers from grade 09 to 20. More than 70,000 teachers of various grades have been inducted in schools purely on merit during last two years. These recruited teachers are highly educated having minimum graduation degree to PhD level. 50% of these new teachers, are science graduates, which will definitely impart, to improve learning outcomes of science and mathematics of the students of public schools.

 

He added that to bring at par, the public schools with the private schools, and to bridge the digital divide, with a cost of Rs5 billion, IT labs have been provided in 4,286 high schools. Another programme to upgrade 515 old IT labs and to refurbish 1,000 science labs in schools is also under implementation with a cost of Rs1.5 billion.

 

The provision of laptops to the talented youth of the province is also in initiative to provide productive tool to the future leaders to update themselves with the recent advancement of science, technology and knowledge to convert the nation into competitive, dynamic and informed workforce.

 

He said that in April, of the year 2011, Chief Minister Reform Roadmap was launched for the public sector schools as a soft intervention to infuse better governance and quality in the school system, which is imparting education for 11 million students, with 60,000 schools and 400,000 employees-teachers.

 

All the districts are being monitored continuously on the basis of 18 indicators under Reforms Road Map and ranked on basis of their performance i.e. quality, physical conditions, teaching techniques, and students attendance and teacher presence etc. As per latest quarterly monitoring generated by the independent sources, Student’s attendance has been achieved up to 85%, which is 09% higher than the same period of last year and Teachers’ presence for January, 2012 of public schools is upto 88.3%, which is 04% higher than the same period of last year. As regards to the availability-functioning of facilities in schools, it has risen up to 85.8% so far. These interventions have stopped the deterioration of public schooling in Punjab. The journey towards betterment has been started but still there is long way ahead to go.

 

Mumtaz Alvi adds: This correspondent stands by the story, as not a single of the mind-boggling facts, narrated in it, has been denied by the SED. It is widely emphasised even by teachers privately that there is a need to divert funds allocated for a politically-motivated laptop scheme to the provision of latrines, clean drinking water, electricity and boundary walls to thousands of government schools.

 

Moreover, in view of massive inflation, an upward realistic review of schoolteachers’ salary is also imperative to lift their morale, enabling them to meet their day-to-day expenses.

 

18Apr/120

58 ‘failed’ students get into Aitchison College

Confidential documents in possession of The News reveal gross violation of merit in overall admissions last year as the then principal Principal Fakir Syed Aijazuddin not only accommodated candidates who failed in written examinations for admission, but also let four students in despite no vacant seats. This implies that the former principal robbed at least 58 eligible candidates of their right to ensure a better future in an institution, which had remained a symbol of excellence for over a century now.

 

According to the documents, 24 admissions were made in K-2, eight in K-3, three in K-4, five in K-5 (out of which two were on merit but there were no seats), nine in E-1 (out of which, one was on merit but there were no seats), four in E-2 , three in M-1, five in M-2 (out of which, one was on merit, but there were no seats) and one in C-1.

 

The procedure for admission to Classes K-1 to K-5 consists of written examination, interview (boys who reach the qualifying standard and a medical examination to verify age and health condition). The candidates are examined in English, Mathematics, Urdu and Reasoning for which 50 percent are the qualifying marks.

 

Similarly, procedure of admission to Prep School for Classes E1, E2 and M1 consists of examinations in English, Mathematics, Urdu, Science, a confidential report from the boy's pervious school, and an interview with the applicant accompanied by his parents while qualifying marks for written exams are also 50 percent.

 

Likewise procedure for admission to Senior School for Classes M2 (Grade-9) and Class C1 (Grade-10) consists of a written examination, a confidential report from the applicant's previous school and interview with the applicant accompanied by his parents.

 

According to sources, the Punjab government's indifferent attitude towards affairs of the Aitchison College also added a lot to this mess. It is important to mention here that Chief Secretary Punjab, Finance Secretary and Secretary Higher Education are ex-officio members of the Aitchison College's Board of Governors (BoG). The sources said these officials seldom attended the BoG meetings thus providing a good opportunity to other stakeholders to take advantage of their absence.

 

Meanwhile, sources in the Punjab government confirmed this negligence on the part of the ex-officio members, which, according to them, had harmed the reputation of this historic institution.

 

Contrary to its admissions policy, Aitchison College admitted even those students who performed extremely poorly in the written examination. There were those who got just 2.8 marks, 3.9 marks and 4.7 marks out of a total 50 marks and were ranked much below others who appeared in the written exam and were admitted.

 

The students who were admitted to Class K-2 in sheer violation of merit are (full names not being given): Abdullah s/o Jamil (Registration No 07910). He had secured just 3.9 marks in written exam and was ranked 457 (out of 478). Roshan s/o Shahjahan (Registration No. 06975) had secured 19.3 marks and was ranked 394 (out of 478). Ali s/o Ahmed (Registration No. 07420) had secured 36.7 marks and was ranked 321 (out of 478). Hassan s/o Saleem (Registration No. 07849) had 30.7 marks and ranking 348 (out of 478). Ahmed s/o Afzal (Registration No. 07475) had 40.3 marks and ranking 296 (out of 478). Faris s/o Kamran (Registration No. 06968) had 46.6 marks and ranking 243 (out of 478). Mustafa s/o Saif (Registration No. 06940) secured 40.6 marks and ranked 294 (out of 478). Rahmat s/o Suhail (Registration No. 07145) had 42.9 marks and ranking 274 (out of 478). Zohaib s/o Salman (Registration No. 07361) had 38.8 marks and ranking 305 (out of 478). Raayan s/o Waqas (Registration No. 07033) had 24 marks and ranking 376 (out of 478). The student was also assessed as a very slow child. Moeed s/o Asim (Registration No. 07288) had just 12.7 marks ranking 425 (out of 478). Ali s/o Jamal (Registration No. 6990) had 45 marks and ranking 259 (out of 478). Haider s/o Reza (Registration No. 07136) had 34.6 marks and ranking 330 (out of 478). Mustafa s/o Shafiq (Registration No. 06890) had 49.7 marks and ranking 231 (out of 478). Bilal s/o Ali (Registration No. 06832) had 32.9 marks and ranking 341 (out of 478). Kabir s/o Sadiq (Registration No. 07200) had 42.6 marks and ranking 278 (out of 478). Hassan s/o Shakil (Registration No. 07544) had 30.3 marks and ranking 350 (out of 478). Khizar s/o Mohsin (Registration No. 07322) had 30.2 marks and ranking 351 (out of 478). Saif s/o Zulfiqar (Registration No.07720) had just 8.6 marks and ranking 441 (out of 478). Aftab s/o Asif (Registration No. 06661) had 44.3 marks and ranking 263 (out of 478). Abdullah (Registration No. 07052) had 27.7 marks and ranking 360 (out of 478). Ayaan s/o Tariq (Registration No. 07147) had 49.5 marks and ranking 232 (out of 478). Omer (Registration No. 07460) had 11.3 marks and ranking 429 (out of 478) and Afraz s/o Arif had just 4.7 marks and ranked 452 (out of 478)

 

The students who were admitted to Class K-3 are: Moazzam s/o Tariq (Registration No. 06669) had 20.2 marks and ranking 95 (out of 130). Amaan s/o Ali (Registration No. 07443) had 32.1 marks and ranking 60 (out of 130). Mustafa s/o Zulqarnain (Registration No. 06960) had 36 marks and ranking 48 (out of 130). Anas s/o Azhar (Registration No. 07074) had 23 marks ranking 87 (out of 130). Ali s/o Babar (Registration No. 07458) had 26.5 marks and ranking 75 (out of 130). Hamza s/o Nauman (Registration No. 07737) had 23.7 marks and ranking 85 (out of 130). Raheemullah s/o Ashfaq (Registration No. 07038) had 39.4 marks ranking 36 (out of 130). Abdullah s/o Ahmad (Registration No. 07251) had 42.3 marks and ranking 28 (out of 130).

 

The students who were admitted to Class K-4 are: Ibrahim s/o Kamran (Registration No. 07411) had only 2.8 marking and ranking 84 (out of 86). Shahzeb s/o Salman (Registration No. 06682) had 48.5 marks and ranking 13 (out of 86). Daniyal s/o Farooq (Registration No. 06822) had 42.2 marks and ranking 21 (out of 86).

 

The students who were admitted to Class K-5 include Hassan s/o Farooq (Registration No. 07510) had 22.4 marks and ranking 83 (out of 100). Haris s/o Yasin (Registration No. 07205) had 41 marks and ranking 36 (out of 100). Ahmed s/o Altaf (Registration No. 068237) had just 12.3 marks ranking 96 (out of 100).

 

The students who were admitted to Class E-1 are: Asadullah s/o Ijaz (Registration No. 6907) had 33.8 marks and ranking 56 (out of 103). Irzam s/o Asif (Registration No. 6835) had 48.9 marks and ranking 19 (out of 103). Husnain s/o Khurram (Registration No. 6708) had 41 marks and ranking 36 (out of 103) and Araib s/o Kashif (Registration No. 6921) had 24.3 marks and ranking 80 (out of 103). Ammar s/o Alam (Registration No. 7439) had 30.4 marks and ranking 68 (out of 103). Murtaza s/o Asif (Registration No. 6941) had 49.6 marks and ranking 18 (out of 103) and Izn s/o Tariq (Registration No. 7697) had 27.5 marks and ranking 74 (out of 103). Hamza s/o Tahir (Registration No. 7558) had 35 marks and ranking 21 (out of 103).

 

The students who were admitted to Class E-2 include Mubeen s/o Zamrak had just 18.5 marks and ranking 64 (out of 76). Hunain s/o Ibrahim (Registration No. 7093) had 28 marks and ranking 41 (out of 76). Raffay s/o Akhtar (Registration No. 7429) had 41 marks and ranking 18 (out of 76). Hamza s/o Bakhtiar (Registration No. 7853) had only 19.6 marks and ranking 58 (out of 76).

 

The students who were admitted to Class M-1 include Fateh s/o Asim (Registration No. 7672) had 21.9 marks and ranking 57 (out of 75). The candidate had also weak result in previous school. Zohaib s/o Tahir (Registration No. 7339) had 34.4 marks and ranking 31 (out of 75). Aziz s/o Mahboob (Registration No. 06755) had 49.1 marks and ranking 13 (out of 75).

 

The students who were admitted to Class M-2 include Hayat s/o Asim (Registration No. 07670) had just 17 marks. Huzaim s/o Ibrahim (Registration No. 07094) had 45 marks. Saifullah s/o Shujah (Registration No.07589) had 38 marks. Daud s/o Tahir (Registration No. 07459) had 33 marks.

 

The student who were admitted to Class C-1 include Umer s/o Asad (Registration No. 07487) had 45 marks.

 

The students who met the merit didn't stand a chance as there were no vacancies, included Muhammad Ali Bhoon s/o Muhammad Ahsan Bhoon (Registration No. 06686) had 56.2 marks and ranking 10 (out of 100) and Arij Javaid s/o Rana Javaid Umar (Registration No. 07659) had also 58.8 marks and ranking 8 (out of 100) in K-5.

 

In E-1 Syed Nadir Hussain (Registration No. 07822) had 53 marks and ranking 14 (out of 103) while in M-2 Abdullah Qaiser Warriach s/o Qaiser Shabbir Warriach (Registration No. 07816) had 52 marks.

 

Most interesting is the manner in which these admissions were carried out. That is, the people involved in this social crime didn't bother a bit about the bad exposure in the event these cases leaked out. The supporters of these students made requests through letters, phone-calls and even SMS. The Governor House also got involved in these admissions openly, with a good number "added by the governor."

 

The influentials whose names have been attributed to the admissions in the record are: President of Pakistan, Prime Minister, sister and brother-in-law of the President, Nawab Muhammad Aslam Khan Raisani Chief Minister Balochistan, Ch Ahmad Mukhtar Federal Minister for Defence, Raja Pervez Ashraf, MNA, NA-51, Rawalpindi (PPP)/ Federal Minister for Water & Power, Mir Changez Khan Jamali Federal Minister for S&T, Ch Imtiaz Safdar Warraich President PPP Punjab/ MNA NA-98, Gujranwala, Malik Nawab Sher Waseer, MNA, NA-76, Faisalabad (PPP), political secretary to President Zardari Ms Rukhsana Bangash, Muhammad Ijaz Virk (PPPP) MNA NA-83, Faisalabad, Khalid Ahmed Khan Kharal (PPP), MNA Ghulam Farid Kathia NA-161 Sahiwal, Rana Muhammad Farooq Saeed Khan MNA, NA-79, Faisalabad (PPP), Tanvir Ashraf Kaira MPA PP-112, Gujrat (PPP)/ Ex-Minister Finance Punjab, Rai Muhammad Shahjahan Khan (PPPP), MPA PP-54, Faisalabad, Syed Abrar Hussain Shah, MPA PP-173, Nankana Sahib, PP-172, Mohammad Jamil Shah MPA PP-218, Khanewal (PPP), Ms Ruqia Khanam Soomro, MPA, PSW-136, Sindh/ President, PPP Sindh (Women Wing), Mehr Irshad Ahmad Khan Sial, MPA, PPP Muzaffargarh PP-254/ Chairman Standing Committee on Culture & Youth Affairs, Muhammad Shujah Khan, Minister for Food, KP, Malik Mohammad Ahmed Khan ex-MPA/ Old Aitchisonian, Hashaam Riaz Sheikh, member BoG of Aitchison College, Fazal Palejo, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister, Irfan Alvi Media Consultant to Governor, Naurez Shakoor ex-MNA, Mr Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry, former Chief Justice of LHC, Tanvir Butt, Political Advisor to Governor, Corps Headquarters, Mian Misbah ur Rehman, Sheikh Khadim, Arslan Sheikh, Syed Ahmad Saeed Kirmani, Shaikh Allauddin MPA, Mr Waqar, friend of ex-Governor, Tariq Bashir Cheema, Qazi Humayun Fareed, Dean, Consular Corps Punjab Lahore, Ahsan Bhoon, advocate, former Judge Lahore High Court, Ms Zill-e-Huma, D.G Rangers, Mian Muhammad Ahmad Sethi, Director, Naimatullah Steel Works, Lahore, Mian Ghulam Muhammad Ahmed Khan Maneka ex-Federal Minister, Justice (r) Faqir Muhammad Khokhar former Judge Supreme Court of Pakistan, Chairman WAPDA, Riaz Malik, Advocate Ahwar Tufail Warriach, President PLF Gujranwala, Engineer Malik Bilal Ahmad, MPA, D.G Forest, Begum Governor Punjab, Khurram Latif Khosa, Shahbaz Khosa, Ms Zareen Khosa, Balakh Sher Khosa, Barrister Sehr Khosa, Balakh Sher Khosa, and Mrs Javeria with reference of Ms Governor and others.

 

It is pertinent to mention here that during the tenure of Fakir Syed Aijazuddin who joined Aitchison College as principal on December 29, 2008, a substantial increase in overall strength of students was witnessed in the college and the hockey ground of the college was used for construction of new classrooms to "accommodate" the ever-growing number of admissions.

 

An alarming trend was witnessed in student intake in K-2 and K-3 over the past two years. As many as 144 admissions were made in K-2 in 2009 while 225 in 2010. Similarly 07 admissions were made in 2009 in K-3 and 93 in 2010. K-2 now has around 16 sections.

 

The process of promotion of these extra students in K-2 and K-3 would lead to another problem of generating more rooms for each class every next year. This would require huge funds for the construction apart from the acquisition of land for the purpose. This extra land could only be acquired from the available grounds on the premises. In such an eventuality the college management will have to make serious compromises vis-a-vis activities of sports for which the college is know all over the country.

 

When contacted, Fakir Syed Aijazuddin said he had nothing to do with the admissions. When reminded that he was the principal at the time the admissions were made he said "You should contact the incumbent principal as he has all the record now." Without saying anything further he disconnected the call.

 

However, when contacted over his cell phone, Prof Dr Muhammad Hafeez, who joined Aitchison College as principal in March 2012, did not comment on the 2011 admissions, saying one should have a futuristic approach instead of indulging in the past. He, however, confirmed it was mandatory to qualify in the written exam.

 

Answering a question as to how many admissions in total would be made this year, Dr Hafeez expressed his ignorance saying he had recently joined the college and was still in the learning process.

 

Since the principal is custodian of the college's record this correspondent tried to meet Prof Dr Muhammad Hafeez in his office to show him the documents available with The News to seek his point of view in detail but to no avail.

 

A detailed letter as well an email mentioning gross violation in admissions, with an example, was also sent to him to respond which too went unanswered. Afterwards the principal neither received phone calls nor replied to the SMS’s of this reporter.

 

The News provided a fair opportunity to the administration of the college to share its point of view but to no avail.

 

Talking to The News Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari, a distinguished Aitchisonian, also a member of the Aitchison College's Board of Governors, said the former principal never discussed admission matters with the board members. He said the former principal had focused on revenue generation for the college owing to which he was all for maximum admissions.

 

Leghari further said that he personally believed that the character of the Aitchison College had changed. "Its boarding school used to provide a good opportunity to students from across the country to interact and develop a close relationship", he said adding, "But, unfortunately, the once premier institution has become an ordinary school now."

 

He also expressed displeasure over using the college's hockey ground for construction of new block saying sports and games were as important in development of a student's character and personality as grades.

 

Secretary Higher Education Punjab, ex-officio member of the BoG, said he did not know about his predecessors but ever since he joined the department some months ago he attended almost four or five board meetings. He also expressed his ignorance over out-of-merit admissions.

 

Spokesperson of the Governor House told The News that the governor has got no role in the admission process. He said that as President of the BoG, the governor does have an advisory role and shares input wherever required but, primarily, it is the principal's job to oversee the admission process and ensure transparency.

 

He said that despite being head of the BoG the governor is in no position to influence the process of admission in such a prestigious institution in the presence of other noted and respected members of the BoG. He added the decisions of the college were made by the BoG and not just the BoG's president alone.

 

Another source said noted personalities including public office holders often face pressure from relations or constituents for admissions, and they refer the same to the authority concerned as a routine. Adherence to merit and policy was the responsibility of the authority.(The News)

16Apr/120

IBA MBA ADMISSION ANNOUNCE

For those who have obtained BBA degree from HEC recognized institute will finish their Full time MBA in just 18 months instead of 24 months (for Non –BBAs) thus resulting in the saving of the tuition fees for one full semester and start the job 6 months earlier

IBA BBA with the CGPA of 2.5 and have acquired two years work experience will no longer be required to appear at the IBA entry written test for MBA beginning 2012. They will directly be qualified for the next round i.e. Interview, Group discussion and Essay submission.

MBA Morning

For BBAs Background:
Duration: 18 months/66 Credit Hours
Pre-requisites: 16 years education plus 2 years post qualification work experience plus min 2.5 CGPA in BBA(No entry test for Only IBA BBA students having CGPA equal or above 2.5. They will directly be qualified for Interview round & Group discussion)
Program Structure: 22 Courses including MBA Project, No Internship
For Non-BBAs Background:
Duration: 24 months/72 Credit Hours
Pre-requisites: 16 years education plus 2 years post qualification work experience plus min 60% aggregate marks in last degree
Program Structure: 24 Courses including MBA Project & Summer Internship

MBA Evening

For BBAs Background:
Duration: 24 months/66 Credit Hours
Pre-requisites: 16 years education plus 2 years post qualification work experience plus min 2.5 CGPA in BBA(No entry test for Only IBA BBA students having CGPA equal or above 2.5. They will directly be qualified for Interview round & Group discussion)
Program Structure: 22 Courses including MBA Project
For Non-BBAs Background:
Duration: Min time allowed: 30 months/72 Credit Hours
Pre-requisites: 16 years education plus 2 years post qualification work experience plus min 60% aggregate marks in last degree
Program Structure: 24 Courses including MBA Project

Tentative Course Structure:

Non- BBA (Morning & Evening)

BBA (Morning & Evening)

Semester 1 Semester 1

1

Legal and Regulatory Environment of Business Legal and Regulatory Environment of Business
2 Organizational Behavior and Leadership Organizational Behavior and Leadership
3 Marketing Management Marketing Management
4 Advanced and Applied Business Research Advanced and Applied Business Research
5 Global Economic and Political Environment Global Economic and Political Environment
6 Excel for Business Managers (Non credit) Excel for Business Managers (Non credit)
7 Business Finance I (F*) 2 Electives
8 Financial Accounting and Information Systems (F*)
Semester 2 Semester 2
1 Accounting for Decision Making Accounting for Decision Making
2 Managerial Economics Managerial Economics
3 Business Finance II Business Finance II
4 Corporate Strategy Corporate Strategy
5 Operations & Production Management Operations & Production Management
6 Personal Effectiveness and Communication (Non credit) Personal Effectiveness and Communication (Non credit)
7 Quantitative Methods for Decision Making (F*) 2 Electives
8 Macroeconomics (F*)
Summer Summer
Internship/Summer Project MBA Project (Core Course)
Semester 3 Semester 3
MBA Project (Core Course) MBA Project (Core Course)
4 Electives 6 Electives
Semester 4
MBA Project (Core Course)
4 Electives
Note:
MBA Project is equivalent to 2 core courses
No internship for MBA Evening
F* Foundation course

 


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16Apr/120

Call to shift commerce education from Tevta

The United Teachers Association (UTA) of Technical Education Punjab has demanded the Punjab government complete the process of shifting of commerce education from Technical Education & Vocational Training Authority (Tevta) to the Higher Education Department, Punjab, lawfully without further loss of time.

 

In a letter to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, United Teachers Association (UTA) president Prof Muhammad Arif said the Punjab Assembly had passed an amendment bill on May 2, to amend the Punjab Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (Amendment) Act, 2010 with an object to shift control of Commerce institutions presently working under Tevta to the Higher Education Department.

 

He further said a sub-committee comprising Secretary (Regulations), Secretary Higher Education and Chairman Tevta was constituted by the Chief Secretary to work out modalities of shifting of commerce education from Tevta to Higher Education. The Secretary (Regulations) submitted its recommendations to the Secretary Higher Education long ago but it has been pended without any solid reason, which was causing great loss to commerce education, he added.

 

Prof Arif said contrary to the decision of the the Punjab government, Tevta had stopped admission of D.Com Part-I and B.Com Part-I for female students in four government colleges of technology in Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan and Bahawalpur. Resultantly, they closed doors of commerce education on girl students. He further said Tevta also stopped regular second shift initiated by the chief minister himself since Sept 15, 2009.

 

Resultantly, the future of thousands of commerce students has been adversely affected and avenues of professional/ technical education have been shut on coming generation, he added.(The News)

16Apr/120

Six BISE paper setters disqualified

BOARD of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Lahore, has disqualified six paper setters for preparing wrong instructions for marking of answer sheets for the Secondary School (Annual) Examination, 2012.

 

A spokesman for the BISE said part of one question in the paper of Islamiat was wrongly prepared by five paper setters and it was corrected later. He said the marking of this paper was yet to be made and special instructions had been issued to sub-examiners for marking accordingly to facilitate the candidates. He said BISE Chairman Muhammad Nasrullah Virk disqualified the paper setters for all kind of Board’s assignments on account of inefficiency. The paper setters are Arshad Ali, senior subject specialist, Government Higher Secondary School, Wah Radha Ram, Ch Ghulam Rasul, headmaster, Government Dar-ul-Furqan High School, Begumpura, M Shabbir Toor, senior headmaster (R), Asghar Ali, senior subject specialist, Government Higher Secondary School, 40/3-R, Okara and Riaz Ahmad, senior headmaster, Govt High School, Kot Ranjeet, Sheikhupura.

 

Javed Iqbal, senior headmaster, Government High School, Lakhoder, paper setter in the subject of Mathematics, had also been disqualified(The News)

13Apr/120

LHC NOTICE ON DISTRIBUTION OF 23 BILLION TO PRIVATE SCHOOLS

LAHORE – The Lahore High Court was told on Tuesday that the Punjab government had distributed more than Rs23 billion among the private education institutions during the last five years. The money to elite schools was given on the name of financial assistance while the poor students of some 61,000 state-run schools had been deprived of even the basic necessities.

Chief Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed took a serious notice of the situation and sought reply from the rulers. He also directed the Schools Education Department’s secretary to submit a reply on Wednesday. The CJ was hearing a petition seeking free education under Article 25-A, added in the Constitution of Pakistan through the 18th Amendment.

The petitioner/lawyer Azhar Siddique informed the court that financial assistance being given to private education institutions had reached up to 11 per cent of the education budget. He revealed in the court that the millions students of about 61,000 government schools had been deprived of furniture, washrooms, libraries, laboratories, fans, and clean drinking water and other basic facilities.

He contended the concerned officers and authorities of education department were crying repeatedly for the release of funds according to the needs of schools situated the remote areas of the province but the provincial government was rewarding private institutions in form of cash on favoritism basis.

He submitted in the court a report showing that the Punjab government had given Rs150 million to Care Foundation, Rs200 million to Beacon House University, Rs380million to Al-Khair Public School, Rs2592million to Sadiq Public School Bahawalpur while millions of rupees had been given to some other private institutions during the last five years. He said that private schools have no right for financial assistance as they were already receiving heavy fees from the students.

He requested for directions to provincial government to submit the details and reasons behind the distribution of national kitty among the favorite private institutions.

After recording the arguments, the chief justice directed the secretary schools education department and Punjab government to submit the reply on Wednesday.

Petitioner had submitted that Article 25-A was added in the Constitution through the 18th Amendment while June 2011 had been fixed for its implementation in the province. Under the said article, it was the responsibility of provincial government to provide free education to students aged 5 to 16 years.

However, provincial as well as federal governments were not fulfilling their constitutional responsibility.(THE NATION)

13Apr/120

Teachers protest on Lower Mall

 

HUNDREDS of schoolteachers held a rally on Thursday and strongly protested against the Punjab government for ignoring their problems. They also announced to boycott any kind of non-academic assignments given to them by the government in the future. The Muttahida Mahaz Asataza Punjab (MMAP) had organised the rally which turned into a protest sit-in at its culmination point. It started from Nasser Bagh, Lower Mall, and ended near the Punjab Civil Secretariat. The protest also caused a great traffic mess on the Lower Mall and many adjacent roads for many hours. The participants of the rally, carrying banners and posters, chanted slogans against the Punjab government and demanded timescale promotions, increase in salaries and benefits as being paid to the teachers by the Federal government and other provinces. The MMAP office-bearers addressed the participants at the sit-in and strongly criticized the government. They condemned the government move of assigning non-academic duties to schoolteachers on a frequent basis. They also strongly protested against the Punjab government’s move of converting all the public sector schools into English medium schools besides condemning the alleged move of introducing changes in the syllabus of Islamiat subject.

 

Speaking on the occasion, MMAP Chairman Hafiz Abdul Nasir announced academic boycott in public schools across Punjab on every Wednesday from 10am onwards. He said schoolteachers across the province would besiege the Chief Minister’s Secretariat on May 11 if the government failed to address their genuine issues. He also came hard on the Chief Minister’s Roadmap for Education, saying that it existed on papers only. He further said bureaucracy had worsened lives of schoolteachers as even small issues of teaching community were not being resolved.

 

Hafiz Abdul Nasir also said that since the Punjab government had converted all the public schools of the province into English medium schools, it should make it mandatory for the government officers, including bureaucrats, to enroll their children at public sector schools. He said the teachers would hold hunger strike camps outside the CM’s Secretariat from May8 to May10 while a rally would be organised outside the Parliament House in Islamabad on May 17, 2012 if the government failed to address demands of the schoolteachers.(The News)