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Federal colleges student unions revival

College administrations reluctant to allow revival of student unions
Islamabad, Aug 24: Even after the lapse of over one and half year on lifting of ban from the students union by the federal government, the college administrations are reluctant to give permission to the students to participate in any such activity.

On March 29, 2008 Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani announced to revive the students unions and their active participation in educational institutions during his maiden address to the parliament.

However, so far neither the students union have been revived nor the federal or provincial governments have decided about the elections of the students unions.The students demanded of the government to decide about the students unions according to the announcement of prime minister.

Raja Sehazad, a former student leader said: "It is very surprising that so far government has failed to chalk out a strategy for allowing students to participate in student politics." He said that a steering committee comprising vice-chancellors and academicians was formed to give its recommendations on this issue, but so far no development has been made in this regard.

On the other hand the managements of all private and government colleges are not ready to give permission to the students to indulge in any political activity inside the college premises, fearing it is nothing but wastage of time.

Gordon College Principal Abdul Qayyum said: "We have not received any notification from federal or provincial government to give permission to the students to participate in the students politics." He said that according to his own experiences, it is just wastage of time. "The non-student elements exploit the name of students and indulge in criminal activities in the college. Majority of the students lose their precious academic years by indulging in such kind of activities. The students unions should have constructive role that is unfortunately not part of our society," he added.

Government Degree College Satellite Town Principal Dr Tayyab said: "Now the students have got no extra time to get involved in such kind of activities." He said that now the merit forces these students to get busy in their studies instead of taking part in students politics.

District Education Officer (DEO) Colleges, Ulfat Mehmood Janjua said: "The students leaders always indulge in heinous activities to achieve their nefarious designs and they have nothing to do with students rights." In past there have been several incidents on the record in which innocent students lost their lives due to such students unions politics, he added. The news


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Students participate in monsoon tree plantation
Islamabad: The students planted trees at their colleges to make Islamabad more green and environment-friendly.

Islamabad Model Colleges for Boys (IMCB) G-6/3, IMCB F-7/3, Islamabad College for Girls (ICG) F-6/2, IMCB G-10/4 and IMCB F-8/4 participated in the tree plantation activities.

Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) Director Administration Chaudhry Sadiq said that monsoon tree plantation was a regular feature of the federal colleges.

Prior to tree plantation activity in the colleges, students were briefed about the significance of native trees and as to how plant and take care of them.

Students have the energy and zeal to make any campaign a success and the countrywide plantation campaign is an occasion to bring them closer to nature and create long-lasting bonds with greenery and trees, he said.

Sadiq said the FDE had directed the heads of the schools and colleges to initiate plantation campaigns in their respective institutes. Monsoon campaign is a part of the activities planned in the annual chart of the FDE, Sadiq added.

Such campaigns are vital to raise awareness among the students about the importance of environment and forests and to plant more trees and give them proper care to make environment cleaner and greener, he said.

Trees are natural source that help control increasing environmental pollution. It is our national and religious duty to grow more trees and protect existing forests, he said, adding, trees are lifeline of earth and absorb carbon dioxide and remove pollutants.

ICG Principal Shaista Peerzada said this time fruit trees were planted in the college backyard. Apricot, pomegranate, grape and olive trees planted in the college will not only provide fruit and greenery but also shade, she said.

The backyard of the college has been turned into an orchard filled with fruit trees of various varieties planted over the years, she said.

The trees of olive and mango, which were planted three years ago, have started bearing fruits now, she said.

The efforts to make college greener would be remembered by the coming generations and will be part of their healthy experience, she said.

The private institutes have also initiated campaigns to make the city greener by planting hundreds of saplings. Capital Development Authority (CDA) and other public and private organizations have also initiated tree plantation. Daily Times


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Izaz-e-Fazeelat awarded
Islamabad: President Asif Ali Zardari has awarded 'Izaz-e-Fazeelat' to Federal Government College of Commerce (Sector H-8/4, Islamabad) Professor Zafarullah Khan Buttar for his meritorious service in the field of education, says a press release issued here on Sunday.


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Awareness on Islamic mode of business urged

Islamabad: The speakers and experts here at a seminar stressed the need for creating awareness among the people about the importance and benefits of Islamic mode of business and finance for the economic prosperity of the country.

The event was organized by the Riphah Center of Islamic Business (RCIB) and Riphah International University for the print and electronic media covering the business and finance activities in their respective news organizations.

The aim of the seminar was the capacity building of the media men about Islamic banking and finance and its fundamentals and its future prospects in international financial markets role in the contemporary world.

Dr Fahim Khan a renowned economists and an expert in the Islamic financial system and faculty member of the university highlighted the silent features of Islamic financial and business system.

He said that Islam is a complete code of life and provides solutions to every problem being faced by the human being in the society. He said that Islamic business and financial system is based on the fundamental principal of the welfare of the human being.

He said that in Islamic financial system the business is done on the profit-loss sharing basis between two parties on contract basis. Interest is forbidden in Islam and only business through profit loss sharing Modarba, Musharqa basis is allowed.

Referring to Islamic Banking , Dr Fahim said that Islamic finance is yet to be implemented in its true spirit and has yet to realize its full potential. This is because the institutional support that is available to conventional banking, he added.

Islamic banks are forced to use within same legal and institutional framework that is conducive for the protection and promotion of conventional banks. Dr Fahim also highlighted the role of financial reporters in promoting the cause of Islamic finance. He observed that generally the reporting to Islamic finance is either negative or at most neutral. He added that there is a need to enhance the awareness about the true nature of Islamic finance so that the reporting relating to Islamic finance is made in a positive tone.

The other speakers also called for introduction of Islamic business and financial system for the prosperity of the country. They lauded Riphah Center of Islamic Business (RCIB), Riphah International University for the print and electronic media covering the business and finance activities in their respective news organizations. The news

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