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UoP fees increase | GCU staffers arrested | PU linkages with UCLan

UoP students resent increase in admission, exam fees
Peshawar, April 02, 2008: Students at the University of Peshawar (UoP) on Monday complained against the increase in the university's admission and examination fees.

However, university officials said the increase was made to meet the increasing expenditures and salaries of the teachers working in two shifts.

UoP Vice Chancellor Dr Javed Khan, using his emergency power, issued directives regarding the increase in fee, which was later notified to all concerned departments of the university, a senior official said.

"The increase is aimed at meeting the losses incurred by the University in addition to overcoming the recurring expenditure and also the salaries of faculty members for taking evening classes," he said.

He denied reports that the fee was increased due to stoppage of grants by the Higher Education Commission (HEC). The annual admission fee, which stood at Rs 6,500 has been increased by Rs 2,000 per annum.

"We had brought money with us in accordance with the fee mentioned in the prospectus, and as a majority of us belong to remote areas, we have no one to borrow money from to meet the additional requirements," students grumbled.

Meanwhile, the student organisations have also rejected the increase in the fees and termed it a bid by the university administration to deprive poor students from getting admissions. "We strongly condemn this act as a majority of the students are unable to pay such high fees," student leaders said.

They accused the university administration of double standards and said that on one hand, the university had been claiming of providing facilities to the students, while on the other it had been putting more burden on the students by increasing the fees.

The university administration recovers losses from students under the head of tuition and admission fee and, students alleged and termed it a step toward privatisation of the university. Dawn

GCU staffers arrested for Rs 137.2 m fraud
Lahore: The Anti-Corruption Establishment has arrested the treasurer and head clerk of the Government College University Faisalabad for misappropriation of Rs 137.2 million from the university funds.

The ACE has registered a case against them and obtained remand of the accused, Qazi Khalil-ur-Rehman and Shabbir Shah, respectively, for investigation.

Earlier, GCUF former Vice Chancellor Dr Asif Iqbal lodged a complaint with Anti-Corruption Establishment Faisalabad Region director that the accused were found to have illegally withdrawn the money, by an inquiry committee, which he formed after receiving complaints in this regard.

The inquiry committee comprised Prof Ashad Javed (chairman of the committee), Assistant Treasurer Fawad Hafeez and Resident Auditor Muhammad Amin.

Thereafter, the ACE Faisalabad Region director constituted a 4-member inquiry team comprising ACE Faisalabad region deputy Director Saqlain Abbas, ACE Toba Tek Singh Deputy Director Shahid Niaz , CO Faisalabad Javed Iqbal and Bharwana/TT Singh CO Wajid Ali. He directed the team to and directed to register a case against the accused and conduct a detailed investigation, following which Treasurer Qazi Khalil-ur-Rehman and Head Clerk Shabbir Shah were arrested. The ACE team has taken all the relevant record of National Bank of Pakistan Jinnah Colony Branch Faisalabad, Treasury and Accounts Branches GCUF into custody. The News

PU develops educational linkages with UCLan
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) and University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), United Kingdom, have decided to collaborate in the fields of computer sciences, technology and physical sciences.

According to a press release issued by the PU on Tuesday, the decision was made at a meeting between PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran and Prof Dr Waqar Ahmed, the professor of Nanotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing at the UCLan.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Kamran said that students at the PU were more talented than students at any other university of the country.

He said that the PU had educational linkages with various foreign universities. He said that the PU and the UCLan must sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to facilitate their faculties as well as their students.

Prof Waqar Ahmad briefed the hosts about his university and extended a proposal for cooperation between the two universities. PU External Linkages Acting Director Dr Rukhsana Kausar and Chemistry Institute Director Prof Dr Jamil Anwar Chaudhry also gave their inputs in this regard.

It was decided that PU students' tuition fee would be waved off at the UCLan and the two universities would work together in the field of research.

The press release read that the PU would send documents to Prof Waqar Ahmad and a formal MoU would be signed soon.

Later, the Physics Department students joined the meeting and had an interactive session with the guest. Prof Waqar asked students about their career planning and goals in life.

He urged the students to always fix a target in life and lead a directional life to achieve that target with passion, vision and enthusiasm. Daily Times

Education expo opens tomorrow
Islamabad: The fourth "Dawn Education Expo-2008", will commence on Thursday at the Pearl Continental Hotel, Rawalpindi on Thursday.

Organised by the Dawn Group of Newspapers, the two-day exhibition, is being held in the garrison city for the first time, said a press release issued by the organisers here Tuesday.

This year over 60 local and foreign higher education institutes from Britain, US, UAE, Malaysia, Canada, France, Australia and Ireland will participate in the event.

The exhibition will remain open from 11am to 7pm on both days.

UAF to Hold horse, cattle show
Faisalabad: The University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) will organise a three-day horse and cattle show from April 6. Vice-Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmed will inaugurate the event.

The three-day show will be held at the exhibition venue of the university on Jail Road adjacent to the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education.

UAF spokesman Qamar Bukhari said nearly 500 horse riders and tent peggers would participate in the event and over 250 milch animals (cows and buffaloes) would be displayed.

Vice-chancellor Dr Iqrar had constituted various committees to make the event a success, he said.

Bukhari said Dr Muhammad Aslam would be the chief judge of various competitions and faculty of animal husbandry dean Dr Muhammad Younas, Dr Ehsanullah, Dr Muhammad Amjad, Dr Munir Ahmad and Haji Muhammad Shafiq will be co-judges.

He said the university had an old history of organising tent-pegging competitions and contributed to animal contests.

Former provincial minister Syed Husain Jahanian Gardezi, Malik Fateh Sher Joeya, Malik Sikandar Tawana, Malik Muhammad Yar Khichi, Tahir Husain, M Aslam Khan, Dr Riaz Ahmad Virk and Dr Amir Saeed are leading horse riders and tent peggers. Dawn
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