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Sixth NUST convocation held
Islamabad, Apr 17: The sixth convocation of the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) was held at Jinnah Convention Centre on Friday. According to a press release issued by ISPR, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani was the chief guest at the event. Kayani said he appreciated NUST's achievements as an institution of "international repute". He congratulated the graduating students and their parents. The COAS awarded degrees and medals to the students. A large number of civil and military officials and parents of the graduating students attended the ceremony. Daily times

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AIOU scam being probed: 2,500 students fail 'for no fault of theirs'
Sahiwal: As many as 2,500 students have failed in different examinations held under the Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad not because of their inefficiency but because "their answer-sheets have gone missing".

They have alleged that some university higher-ups and a junior clerk at the local regional office were involved in the scandal, demanding that the vice chancellor order a high-level inquiry.

Sources said, Rana Tariq Javed, the then deputy director of AIOU regional office, changed Pakpattan and Arifwala coordinators at the behest of Ali Asghar Hasnain, AIOU Islamabad's director regional services before the commencement of the annual examination for 2009.

The newly-appointed coordinators, Sibtey Hasnain and Shamim Gardezee first changed university examination centres and then appointed 'blacklisted' invigilators and examination staff. All students from matriculation to post-graduation level appeared in the examinations at the two centres. The examinations were held between November 2009 and Jan 14, 2010.

Sources said many students objected to assignment given to blacklisted invigilators - Waqar Hussain and Abdul Gafoor at examination centres No 632 & 633 at Pakpattan and Arifwala, respectively. The coordinators, in another dubious move, hired the services of an unknown courier company for answer-sheets transportation to Islamabad. "All rules were bypassed in hiring the courier company," an insider informed.

The affected candidates alleged that the coordinators and invigilators had extorted money from some students to replace their answer-sheets, losing a large number of them in the process.

These changed answer-sheets, they said, were later dispatched to Islamabad. The courier company failed to send solved question papers in time to Islamabad as a result of which hundreds of students had been declared fail.

The affected students formed an action committee which protested at the AIOU's regional offices. The Sahiwal regional director reported the matter to the vice chancellor after which the university formed a three-member inquiry team, headed by Prof Dr Javed, which is still investigating the matter. The students, however, said the committee was showing partiality and defending the "exam mafia".

Sources said that a regional office clerk, Shakeel, who was in charge of extra answer-sheets delivery, had gone on leave. The students have appealed to the vice chancellor to get the matter probed by an impartial inquiry committee and award exemplary punishment to the wrongdoers.

The students have also accused the coordinators at Pakpattan and Arifwala of protecting an official at the headquarters, who has been at the post for the last 10 years (though he retired on April 23, 2009).

AIOU Sahiwal Regional Office Deputy Director Bahram Khan said he could not comment on the issue since the allegations are being investigated. Dawn

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AIOU to start PhD classes
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) would start PhD classes in Computer Sciences and Information Technology from the next year.

AIOU Vice Chancellor Dr Nazir A Sangi said that the first batch of PhD in Computer Sciences would be enrolled in January 2011. "We are in contact with some reputed foreign universities for their technical support to start the programme," he said.

Dr Sangi who is also PhD holder from Liverpool University of UK in the same field, said the computer and information technology programme at AIOU has been brought at par with international standard in recent years. "The university has revised its computer sciences curriculum by upgrading 3-year BS programme to 4-year bringing it to the international level," he said.

Dr Nazir Sangi was at helm of affairs of computer sciences faculty of the university before taking over as vice chancellor of AIOU. He had received IT Excellence Award 2005, Best University Teacher by Higher Education Commission in 2008 besides various other achievements.

He said that in order to strengthen the AIOU, the government had approved a grant of Rs390 million which also include Rs47.5 for training of teaching faculty which also include training in teaching skills, ICT support system and instructional design. The grant would also be spent on AIOU television channel, satellite, e-learning labs at 36 regions of the university.

Dr Nazir said that in order to further improve standard of the university, he had also introduced tests instead of assignments and credit hours for all the programmes.

Similarly, he said that computer networking at all offices and faculties had been completed and for this purpose, over 300 computers have been installed. He said all the 36 regional offices of the university would be turned into women friendly campuses to provide womenfolk an atmosphere where they could perform their duties with satisfaction and play their due in the education sector.

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Weeklong activities at Preston University conclude
Islamabad: An inter-university 'Naat Competition' was held here on Friday on the last day of weeklong activities at the Preston University.

In all, eleven students from different universities participated in the competition. It was attended by a large number of students, faculty members and people belonging to different walks of life. The panel of judges, comprising senior teachers, praised the students for beautiful presentation of 'Naats' and announced the winners after thorough evaluation of their performance.

Kaiwan Haider of Hamdard University got the first position, Adeel Musa Kazim of the Federal Urdu University stood second and Nazima Shaukat of the National University of Modern Languages secured third position in the competition.

Minister for Religious Affairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi, while speaking on the occasion as chief guest, said that the active participation of students in the competition reflected the deep love of young generation for Holy Prophet (peace be upon him).

He underlined the need to follow the teachings of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) for ensuring betterment in this world and the life hereafter. He said Allah, who created the universe, eulogizes the last messenger. The minister said that the life and message of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) is the beacon for the whole humanity who always stressed forgiveness and tolerance in the face of worst kind of oppression by the opponents.

Meanwhile, Preston (Kohat) defeated Preston (Islamabad) by six runs in the final match of inter-university T20 Cricket Tournament. CDA Chairman Imtiaz Inayat Ellahi was the chief guest on the occasion who gave away prizes to the best performers of the tournament.

Speaking on the occasion, he said that many playgrounds have been renovated after their relocation during construction of major roads in the city. "Now playgrounds have a better look and players are being provided with state-of-the-art facilities, but this is not the end of the road as the CDA is planning many more projects to promote sports in the city," he said.

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Students urged to focus on co-curricular activities
Islamabad: Preston University Pro-Chancellor Abdul Hamid has urged the students that besides focusing on the academic side, they must also focus on co-curricular and extra curricular activities.

In an interview, he said, "I truly feel elated to see that our youth has got a tremendous potential to develop and grow.

Unfortunately, however, the potential of our youth is not being fully exploited to the advantage of this nation and this country. Lack of proper guidance and counselling has played a key role in this regard."

He said this is important from the point of view of over all grooming of the students as well as for preparing them to lead a confident and successful future life and career. Preston University, he said is making a conscious and dedicated effort to provide its students an opportunity to give exposure to their talents not only in education, but also in other equally important areas.

"It is doing so, with the expressed intent of exploring the hidden talents of the students and harnessing them for their ultimate benefit. Events like 'Spring Splash 2010,' organised by Preston University, help students of this university and all other competing universities to discover their talents and skills, and use them to their best advantage," he added.

He said that it also provides an excellent forum to the students to interact with each other and learn from each others experiences. The university, he said, organises such events, every semester, to keep the students engaged in constructive activities and channelize their talents in the right direction.

"We are awarding certificates of commendation to those students who have performed outstandingly in studies. During 'Spring Splash 2010' we have scheduled to hold three 'Roll of Honour Award Ceremonies' to grant recognition to the students of BBA/BS, All Masters programmes and EMBA/ EMS who have secured first, second and third position in their respective semesters/academic programmes, he said.

To a question, Abdul Hamid said that participation of other universities from Kohat, Peshawar, Islamabad and Karachi in 'Spring Splash 2010' has truly been very encouraging. The immense interest shown by the participating universities will play a catalytic role in organising this event in much bigger way next time.

He thanked all those universities who sent their students to Islamabad to take part in all the activities that were organised by Preston, under the banner of 'Spring Splash 2010.' Their contribution towards the success of this mega event has undoubtedly been significant. The news

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Faculty training programme launched
Islamabad: A programme aimed at training university teachers in teaching techniques was launched by the Learning Innovation Division of Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Friday.

As many as 30 faculty members from 19 public sector universities from across the country would be trained during the eight-week training programme, according to a press release issued here.

The 13th Master Trainers Faculty Professional Develop-ment Programme has been designed specifically for freshly inducted in-service teachers so that they can learn the principles of teaching techniques through rigorous training.

Under the programme, recreational and study trips are also conducted in order to give the teachers an overview of the multidisciplinary areas.

So far, 357 faculty members have been trained under the programme. Dawn

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Students awarded for developing park
Islamabad: The students of local schools, including the institutions of special education, who participated in developing a park adjacent to National Library and Resource Centre, Special Education, were awarded certificates here on Friday. Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in collaboration with the US Embassy organised the ceremony at Helen Keller Community Friendship Centre. US Embassy Assistant Cultural Attache Julia Fendrick said the Earth Day started when a dirty River Cuyahoga in Ohio caught fire on June 22, 1969, due to oily pollutants and Senator Gaylord Nelson next year called all and sundry to observe Earth Day on April 22, 1970 and participate in cleaning the river. She said since then the Earth Day was observed every year in the world. Fendrick said the environment movement was a story of citizens to come together and demand their governments provide healthy food, water and clean environment and take action against the polluters. She said it was responsibility of all of us to work for improving the environment. She said by implanting flower saplings and trees, the students converted the area into a beautiful garden. She also recognised the assistance from Ministry of Social Welfare in this respect. A slide show depicting the children working in the park in connection with the Earth Day 2010 was also screened on the occasion. Fendrick, Afshan Amir and Fatima Rasheed distributed the awards among the students. Daily times

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School reopens
Nowshera: Administration of the Government High School Rashakai reopened the institute after patch-up between the accused and school staff here Friday, local sources said.

The sources said the principal and teachers of Government High School Rashakai had closed down the school when Pakistan People's Party General Secretary Farooq along with party activists forced entry into the school on Wednesday last.

They exchanged harsh words with Nasir Khan, principal of the school and manhandled him along with other staff. The administration of the school lodged a case with the police against Farooq.

Meanwhile, a reconciliation committee comprising Awami National Party Rashakai President Siddique Kaka and reconciliation committee Risalpur Chairman Rasool Khan held talks with principal Nasir Khan. After successful talks the administration decided to call off their strike and reopened the school. The news

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