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Islamia College termed mother of educational institutions in KP
Peshawar, April 30: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Engr Shaukatullah has said the Islamia College Peshawar, during its 100 years of glory, has served the nation as a spring of knowledge and light and as such it can rightly be called the mother of educational institutions in the province. The nation also acknowledged its services with appreciation, and publication of its image, first on Rs100 and then on Rs1,000 notes, is one such example.

Addressing as the chief guest at the opening ceremony of the centenary celebrations of the institution at Governor House on Monday evening, the governor pointed out that having become a public sector university in 2008, the institution was setting new goals and facing new challenges as well.

"Having proud of its past, the college has to move ahead with a futuristic approach. Being college, it was the first choice of every student of the province for admission to higher secondary level, and let us hope that as a university it becomes the dream-home of every student for higher studies, and attracts the best lot," the governor remarked.

The ceremony was largely attended by educationists, researchers, scholars, students and notables of the city. The governor hosted dinner in honour of the participants. The governor also announced cash prize of Rs10,000 each for the students who presented anthem of the college.

Elaborating the services of the institution, Mr Shaukatullah, who is also its chancellor, remarked that its graduates led the nation a whole century and the founder of the nation knew its potential. "Inspired by the Quaid's visits of Islamia College, its students became the torch-bearers of the two-nation theory. Great institutions are made of great people, rather than grand buildings and rich assets, and let us pray that its coming 100 years are even more glorious than the past ones, and it serves the nation and humanity with enhanced spirit," he remarked.

He also congratulated the faculty and students of the Islamia College and pointed out that if they presented themselves as great people, the nation and the state will reward them with due appreciation.

He also assured his full support in strengthening Islamia College Peshawar as a university and expressed the hope that with the dynamic leadership of the vice-chancellor; the qualified faculty and the bright students they can perform wonders.

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PU breakfast Governor seeks explanation from VC
Lahore: Governor Makhdum Ahmad Mahmud has admonished the Punjab University administration for hosting breakfast for two PML-N candidates at varsity's executive club where teachers and other PU employees were urged to vote for the hopefuls.

Khwaja Ahmad Hassaan running for NA-126 and Tauseef Shah contesting election in PP-156 were reportedly invited to the breakfast by PU administration on Sunday.

According to a Governor's House source, taking notice of the event as reported in various national dailies on Monday Mr Mahmud called PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran and asked him to clarify university administration's position.

PU controller of examinations and Syndicate member Prof Dr Liaquat Ali, who also holds various other offices, including the Hailey College principal's had told the media that Khawaja Hassaan had visited his alma mater as a former student of Hailey College.

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Two more BZU students held over 'TTP links'
Multan: Police on Monday claimed to have arrested two more students of the Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU), allegedly having links with banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan.

Both Muhammad Hanif and Afzal were taken into custody with the help of the varsity administration from the BZU hostel's Ali Hall, room No 118.

The accused were roommates and studied at BZU's architecture engineering department.

The police have recovered Islamic literature, an axe and a laptop from the accused.

BZU Resident Officer Dr Ammanullah confirmed the students had been taken into custody for interrogation.

Vice Chancellor Dr Khawaja Alqama has constituted an inquiry committee comprising RO Dr Ammanullah, Students Affairs Director Dr Muhammad Faros, Chief Security Officer Imtiaz Warraich and Security Officer Malik Khalil Ahmad to probe into reports that some varsity students had links with banned militant outfits. The committee will submit a report in this regard within 24 hours.

Earlier, the Multan Press Club administration had caught a student, Usman Ghani Makki, studying at BZU architecture engineering department, at 2am on Monday while pasting a TTP pamphlet warning the people against participating in electoral activities.

Makki is a resident of Lahore and was allotted room No 42 at Ali Hall.

According to sources, the police were conducting raids to arrest another student of the same department who was said to be Makki's accomplice.

City Police Officer Ghulam Mehmood Dogar; however, denied any suspect was taken into custody. He claimed the police had conducted raids on varsity hostels but no arrest was made.

He said the police were investigating into the matter to trace link, if any, of the accused with the TTP.

According to the sources, the accused told the investigation team that he had no links with the TTP and just wanted to get media attention.

Cantonment police have lodged an FIR (No 367) under section 11-W of the Anti-Terrorism Act against the accused.

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Punjab education: Pre-budget proposals presented
Lahore: The Punjab government released only 40 per cent of the development budget to the school education department in the first three quarters that left the department high and dry.

The Punjab government had also kept almost 91 per cent of the development budget in blind block allocations.

This was stated by Institute of Social and Policy Sciences (I-SAPS) Research Fellow Ahmad Ali while giving a presentation on "Analysis of Punjab education budget and recommendations for budget 2013-14" at a pre-budget policy dialogue organised by the Punjab school education department in collaboration with the United Nations Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI), Punjab, and Unicef, Punjab, at a local hotel on Monday.

Mr Ali said there was a visible disconnect in Punjab government's data, policy and budget-making. Still, he said, there were some nine million out-of-school children of 5-16 years age cohort in Punjab. He said that nine per cent schools lacked toilets.

He said the I-SAPS pleaded politicians for allocations for flood-hit schools in Punjab which they did, but the Punjab finance department did not release even a single penny for the flood-hit schools. He said that it was, however, surprising to note that the Punjab government allocated Rs100 million for the Army Public School, Rawalpindi.

Mr Ali also explained the need of new classrooms, teachers and enrolment of students after the legislation for right to education.

School education department deputy secretary Qaiser Rasheed said the department was proposing Rs16.5 billion development budget for the financial year 2013-14.

In next financial year, he said, the department was proposing allocation of Rs7 billion for the provision of missing facilities in schools in the province. He informed the audience that the department would not be asking for allocation of development budget for Daanish Schools, though the existing schools' recurring budget would be reflected in the budget.

He said the department would focus on cent per cent enrolment of school-going age children, girls education as priority, improvement towards access and quality, as well as provision of infrastructure in high schools.

Mr Rasheed informed the audience that there was no girls high school in 1,300 union councils in the province.

Punjab school education department secretary Aslam Kamboh, Unicef official Tariq Saeed and Sehar Qazilbash as well as the P&D Chief Education also spoke. Dawn

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FPSC may again hold CSS paper in Faisalabad
Islamabad: The Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) is contemplating re-examination of written test of all the CSS candidates from Faisalabad division after the FIA in its interim report confirmed that answer-sheets from the said station were manipulated with the connivance of the two officials of the Pakistan Post.

Since the investigation may take some time, as one of the two accused persons has absconded, the FPSC has sent answer-sheets of all other CSS candidates from all over Pakistan to the examiners for marking.

The answer-sheets of Faisalabad candidates, whose number is said to be over 300, are still with the FIA and could not be sent to the examiners unless the FIA came up with a conclusive report about those candidates who were involved in this shameful fraud.

Sources in the FPSC said that in case of delay or because of the FIA's failure to identity the candidates involved in this fraud, there would be no option but to go for the re-examination of all the CSS candidates from Faisalabad.

Only a few weeks back The News had broken this unique scandal in the country's history jolting the Federal Public Service Commission and creating doubts over the fairness and credibility of the most cherished competitive exam in the country - CSS competition.

It was recently discovered that at least one parcel, carrying answer-sheets of candidates appearing in Faisalabad CSS centre, had disappeared for several days while finally reaching its destination - the FPSC head office in Islamabad. It was also found that not only the seal of the parcel was tempered but the answer-sheets of seven-eight subjects have also been found altered.

The Post Office authorities are making another enquiry amid reports that two of its officials involved in this scandal have been identified.

Seriously warned by this embarrassing happening, the FPSC had also sought the details about the dispatch and delivery of each and every parcel from all CSS centres countrywide to see the scale of this scandal. However, according to sources, no such manipulation has been reported by the Pakistan Post in case of any other parcel.

After The News broke the story, the FPSC formally referred the matter to the FIA, which though has submitted its interim report confirming what The News had reported. Normally such a parcel should reach its destination even from far off cities in two days but in this case it took the parcel several days to reach the FPSC head office.

It is suspected that unknown number of CSS candidates had bribed certain officials of the Post office to get hold of the parcel while it was in transit. After successfully stealing the parcel they opened its seal, tempered their answer-sheets with correct answers, got the parcel sealed again and then let it reach its destination. The news

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