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New UoP, Malakand varsity VCs | NUML spring festival

New UoP, Malakand varsity VCs to be appointed
Peshawar, April 12, 2008: NWFP Governor Owais Ahmad Ghani has signed a draft summary nominating Dr Azmat Hayat and Dr Rasool Jan as the vice chancellors of the University of Peshawar (UoP) and Malakand University respectively, sources said on Friday.

A notification to this effect will be issued by the Higher Education Department (HED) NWFP in a day or two, sources added.

The governor had interviewed six candidates short-listed by the search committee formed for the purpose, sources at Governor's House said, adding that those interviewed included Dr Azmat Hayat, Dr Rasool Jan, Dr Asif, Dr Nazir Shah Khattak, Dr Muhammad Iqbal and Sang-e-Marjan.

The former vice chancellors of both universities were deposed in September the last year. Since then, both the institutions have been working under acting administrations. The posts were advertised the last year, according to the criteria of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. A total of 74 candidates applied for the posts, out of which eight were interviewed and six short-listed. "The search committee recommended to the governor the names of Dr Azmat Hayat and Dr Rasool Jan as the best suitable candidates," sources at HED said.

The governor interviewed all the candidates, they said, and considered Dr Azmat and Dr Rasool Jan as the best for the posts. Dr Azmat Hayat is the director of the Area Study Centre for China, Russia and Central Asia, UoP while Dr Rasool Jan is the director of Institute of Chemical Sciences, UoP.

Spring fest jazzes up NUML students
Islamabad: National University of Modern Languages (NUML) on Friday arranged the annual spring festival in which students and their families participated.

It was an opportunity of kite flying, dancing and singing for the students to enjoy the spring. The festival opened in an informal manner with no participation from any high official.

It started with "Bhangra" and "Dhammal" by energetic students and their young teachers. "Nach majajan nach" and "Aa bi jao" resonated through the lush lawns of the campus.

Many students also danced to Indian and Punjabi songs. "It is really memorable and rejoicing to see our successors continue the traditions we set at the campus in our days," a senior student Yasman Saeed said.

About 15 stalls, offering a variety of books and food, were set up an addition to kite flying, dancing and signing parties.

The visitors were keenly interested in the stall of palmistry, set up by different departments of the university. Girls dominated the crowds at this stall, indicating they were more curious about the future than boys.

Barbeque stalls also pulled the crowds who feasted traditional food with families and class fellows.

Stalls of clothes, henna and other household items were especially set up for girls. Not only the students, but outsiders also availed themselves of the opportunity.

Well-kept gardens of the university, filled with sweet smells, added to charm of the event.

No incident of fight or scuffle was witnessed despite the fact that strict administration of the university had not been involved in management of the programme.

NUML Registrar Kamran Jahangir said that the festival was a tradition of the university. He said, "The festival is held once a year at the campus. Moreover, different department used to hold recreational activities throughout the year." Daily Times

IIU seminar
Islamabad: The International Islamic University (IIU) will hold a seminar entitled 'Islamic Unity and Proximity, Its Feasibility and Difficulties' here on April 13. The event is being organized by the IIU and Cultural Consulate of the Islamic Republic of Iran at the Faisal Mosque campus of the university. Head of the Iranian International Organization for Coordination among Islamic schools of thought, Ayatullah Taskhiri will deliver keynote address. The News
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