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58 'failed' students get into Aitchison College
Lahore, April 18: Fifty-eight "failed" students made it to the prestigious Aitchison
College in 2011, managing admission through the support of influential
figures, mostly PPP bigwigs.
documents 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
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
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
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).
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
of the Governor House said 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
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
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Riphah tops HEC 'W' category
Islamabad: Riphah International University, Islamabad, has secured first position among
'W' category of private sector universities of the country for its
quality enhancement programmes. The Higher Education Commission of
Pakistan (HEC), after evaluating the performance of the Quality
Enhancement Cells (QECs) of the universities through a score card has
placed Riphah International University on the top of the merit list
prepared in this regard. A function was held at the main campus of
Riphah International University in Sector I-14 in Islamabad on Tuesday
to celebrate the achievement.
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Students-per-teacher ratio lowest in Islamabad
Islamabad: A study of Free and Fair Election Network (Fafen) shows lowest number of
students-per-teacher (21) in government girls' primary schools of
Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) whereas in Fata the number was highest
(53) - higher than the government-set limit for primary schools which
is 40 students-per-teacher.
The report released on
Sunday says that as much as 92 per cent of the 154 government girls'
primary schools monitored in 84 districts in February were without
cleaners while about three-fifths did not have peons and security
The report mentions that information was withheld
on the appointments of support staff by the administration of 57
schools. However, in schools that did share information, an average 10
per cent vacancy rate was observed. As for the teaching positions, the
average vacancy rate was 9 per cent in 142 schools that shared
information. The average teacher-student ratio of 1:34 in the monitored
schools appeared to be satisfactory.
More than half of the
schools were without playgrounds while 51 had no arrangements for clean
drinking water. Furthermore, 50 schools did not have proper seating for
students while three-fourths of the monitored schools did not have
staffrooms for teachers. On the other had, 43 schools lacked electricity
connections and classrooms of 56 schools had no fans. The news
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24th Annual Cultural Week begins at IIUI
Islamabad: The 24th Annual Cultural Week started at the International Islamic
University, Islamabad (IIUI) on Tuesday with Higher Education Commission
(HEC) Chairman Dr Javaid Laghari in the chair.
Azad Jammu and
Kashmir President Sardar Yaqoob Ahmad Khan was the guest of honour on
the occasion. IIUI Vice President Dr Sahibzada Sajidur Rehman was also
prominent on the stage.
The ambassadors of the United Arab
Emirates and Somalia participated in the opening ceremony. China,
Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Kenya,
Bangladesh, Iran and other countries set up their stalls to highlight
The most attractive stalls were set up by
students of Afghanistan featuring different aspects of Afghan life, food
At stalls of other countries, students showcased their cultural symbols and dresses of different cultures.
students from all the four provinces of the country set up their stalls
to highlight culture of their areas. There was a special focus
differentiating the culture of rural from urban areas.
departments of the university also set up their stalls offering insights
into subjects like international relations, Islamic art and
architecture, Shariah and law, psychology, sociology, mass
Addressing the opening ceremony, IIUI
President Dr Mumtaz Ahmad said 9/11 was a watershed because after this
event the world started looking at Islam as a religion of violence.
1980s, some forces preached only jihad in Muslim countries, but after
9/11 the same forces changed their direction and emphasised that Islam
is a religion of peace. He stated it was true that Islam is a religion
of peace but at the same time jihad is part of it.
Laghari said he was impressed to see comity of different cultures at the
campus. He said the students should work together to tell the world
that Muslim youths were peaceful and productive part of it. He urged
students to pay attention to research and acquisition of modern
knowledge and called upon students and teachers to embrace new
technology. He said World Bank had placed focus on higher education,
skilled knowledge, technology, innovation and research and universities
should tap into this interest of the international monetary institution.
He said the HEC would encourage all innovative ideas so that
those seeking employment start creating employment. He reiterated that
the Muslim youths should pull together in the filed of research and
UAE Ambassador Essa Abdullah said students were
the real assets for the future of Ummah. He said his country was
contributing in the improvement of falling economies of Muslim
countries. Thousands of Pakistanis are working in the UAE, which they
take as their second home, he said, adding that the UAE had established
22 universities in 40 years and now students from all over the world
come to the country for studies.
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Rector Prof Fateh Muhammad Malik urged Muslims not to forget their
duties and the facts that Islam was a religion of peace and harmony.
Sajidur Rehman prayed for the troops still unaccounted for at Siachen.
Student Adviser Dr Safeer Awan also addressed the ceremony and thanked
the guests. Iranian ambassador will open the ceremony on female campus
today (Wednesday). The event will continue until April 2. Daily times
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Grammar School celebrates global award
Islamabad: The International School Award for Connecting Classrooms Project of the
British Council was won by the Grammar School, Rawalpindi, says a press
The GSR held an event to celebrate the
achievement and appreciate the efforts of heads and teachers involved in
The Connecting Classrooms Project
requires that clusters of specified schools share activities with each
other with the objective of learning from best practices. The GSR's
efforts towards this were considered outstanding enough among three
hundred schools worldwide to enable it to receive the award.
Director Nasreen Iqbal congratulated the faculty and appreciated the
dedication, vision and purposefulness that led them to create and
conduct activities for the project. She went on to say that the
Connecting Classrooms Project was essential in that it helped young
people to connect with each other through the projects and while doing
the research they were able to discover more about their own country and
culture. This kind of project, she said, would go a long way in
creating understanding in today's troubled world.
that earlier in the last decade, the GSR won Unesco's Peace Pillar
Award for its Peace Education Programme and it was also given
recognition as one of the Nine Best Practicing Institutions in the
Asia-Pacific Region by the Korean National Commission for Unesco in
Education for Sustainable Development. Moreover she said, a Heritage
Project prepared by the GSR based on four Unesco World Heritage Sites is
being taught at the GSR and is also being shared nationally and
Syed Fahd Hussain was the chief guest on
the occasion. He congratulated the school for this singular achievement
and said that the school had obviously reached a level so as to enable
it to earn this award. He went on to laud the work done by teachers and
Fahd Hussain said that he represented the
media, whose balance sheet demanded that more focus be laid on
education. He said he would be doing a series of programmes focusing on
the contents of Article 25-A of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution
which demands free education for all Pakistani children between five and
sixteen years of age.
Shields commemorating the Grammar
School Rawalpindi's achievement of getting the International School
Award were given away by the chief guest to heads of all branches of the
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Students given training in latest GIS tools
Islamabad: Students were taught to employ latest tools of geographic information system
(GIS) in a workshop held at the Foundation University Institute of
Engineering and Management Sciences (FUIEMS).
participants from different universities including FAST, NUST, UET, and
IQRA as well as participants from within FUIEMS took part in the
daylong workshop mainly organised by the students of software
engineering (6th semester) and Professor Foundation University Dr M
Rector Foundation University, Dr Bilal A. Khan was
the chief guest. Others who spoke included Director FUIEMS Dr Aftab
Ahmed, President FUIEMS Continuous Professional Development (CPD)
workshop Dr Muhammad Ramzan, Chief Resource Person from FAST National
University Islamabad Naveed Iqbal, ArcGIS trainer from NUST Sahar Murad
and Google Maps trainer Usman Younas from FAST National University.
geographic information system (GIS) integrates hardware, software, and
data for capturing, managing, analysing, and displaying all forms of
geographically referenced information. The GIS allows viewing and
understanding data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and
trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts.
GIS is a location based information system useful for almost all fields
of life. It enhances the capability of informed decision making in day
to day life. For example, by analysing the location of RWP with most
traffic flow through GIS or indicating the change in the trends of
property dealing over time through this system can make things much
easier for common public," said Dr Naveed Iqbal, a GIS specialist from
The participants were taught how to use Google maps
and how it can be altered according to our requirements by some simple
programming. The participants were keen to learn. This session was
followed by a lecture on ArcGIS by Sahar Murad from NUST. The ArcGIS is
software used to design maps in an efficient way.
students who organised the event included Rida Arooj and Yafra Khan as
event managers, Sidra Iftikhar, Rimsha Gishkori and Muhammad Ali Shahzad
as web developers, Muhammad Hadi Raza, Muhammad Suleman and Mohsin
Tanveer as graphic designers, Rashid Nadeem as photographer, Saeed Niazi
as one of the leading event managers, and Sohail Ahmed, Nida Tasneem
and Aneeba Anwar as other main event organizers.
end, the participants were awarded with certificates. In his concluding
remarks, Dr Naveed Iqbal appreciated the efforts of teachers and
students for organizing the event. The news
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