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Arid university admissions delayed
Islamabad, Aug 25: Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University is running into Rs18 million budget deficit, thanks to the month-long tussle between the management and the employees over 129 appointments as a result of which prospectus for new admissions could not be printed.

Although the recently appointed vice-chancellor of the university has stopped salaries to the new recruits who were appointed without the creation of budgetary posts and without approval of the syndicate, the damage has been done.

According to sources, upon retirement of the VC, Prof Dr Irfanul Haq was made acting VC in the last week of May till July 29, 2012 (age of superannuation) to run day-to-day affairs of the university. Instead of focusing on routine activities of the university, he began the process of appointing, advertising 129 jobs and conducting interviews.

On the other hand regular staff of the university and members of syndicate started resisting the process due to which precious time lost and admissions of new students were delayed.

President of Academic Staff Association (ASA), Prof Nadeem Akhtar Abbasi while said that every year prospectuses worth Rs2 million were published.

"As per normal practice university give tender for the prospectus June and printing of prospectuses is completed by the end of July. This year the tussle put on hold the whole process due to which prospectuses could not be printed," he said.

"Former VC Prof Dr Irfanul Haq left the university on July 29 but printing of prospectus has already been delayed so rather than advertising tenders of Rs2 million, management decided to print only application forms (worth of Rs40,000). The decision was taken to save time but we were already late," he said.

"Although university stood at seventh position during Higher Education Commission's ranking announced in February 2012, the tussle has badly affected its educational standard," he said.

An officer of management requesting not to be identified said: "Budget should have been shifted in different accounts of the university in July but the management did not do it. So we will face financial problem throughout the year and even audit team will also raise objections at the end of the year."

"VC Prof Mohammad Azeem Malik, who was appointed on August 18t, has instructed to stop the payments to the recently appointed staff because so far syndicate has not given approval for the new posts. Because of over recruitment and delay in admissions we have been facing a shortfall of Rs18 million in the budget of 2012-13," he said.

Newly appointed VC, Prof Muhammad Azeem Malik said that he had come to know that there were lots of embezzlements in the university.

"I have instructed not to pay the salaries to newly appointed staff. Although they have given the joining reports, their appointments are subject syndicate's approval. Besides, there are some non budgetary posts and new seats have to be created," he said.

I have called a meeting on August 27 which will discuss steps to control the budget deficit. Meeting of the syndicate will be held next month. As far as admissions are concerned I have
instructed to complete the process as early as possible," he said. Dawn

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AMC included in world directory of medical colleges
Islamabad: In recognition of its reputation as a leading institution in imparting medical education, the Army Medical College (AMC) (National University of Sciences and Technology) has been included in the international directory of medical colleges.

The Foundation for Advancement in Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) has issued a notification in this connection.

The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has congratulated the NUST management, faculty and students for the praiseworthy achievement. In his remarks, NUST Rector Muhammad Asghar termed the accomplishment a fruit of commitment of the college faculty and students to pursuing excellence.

Recently, the PMDC has awarded the Army Medical College (NUST) the status to supervise PhD Chemical Pathology in addition to Biochemistry.

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FDE-affiliated institutes to reopen on Monday
Islamabad: The educational institutions working under Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) will reopen from August 27 (Monday) after more than two months long summer vacations.

The summer vacations were announced by FDE from June 16 (Saturday) and will end on August 26 (Sunday) and the students will resume their study routine from Monday.

The summer vacations have given the students and teachers an opportunity to observe fasting and celebrate the occasions of Independence Day and Eidul Fitr in befitting manner.

Most of the students and teachers who were moved to their hometown to celebrate the festival of Eid with their near and near ones have also started coming back.

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Scholarship for position-holder in HSSC exams
Rawalpindi: Amna Imtiaz, who has achieved second position in the Commerce Group by getting 913 marks in the HSSC annual examination from the federal board, has got scholarship for further studies at the Sincom College of Commerce, Rawalpindi.

The Global College of Science has offered her full 'Umra' package with her parents, whereas the federal government has announced Rs40,000 prize money for her.

Amna Imtiaz said that the credit of her success goes to her parents and teachers who have extended support in her studies. She said that her teachers Sir Ali and Sir Latif gave special attention during college timings and even provided free coaching classes in the evening at the Sincom Academy, which has offered her scholarship for further studies.

Amna says that she likes creative work. She urged students not to waste their time in fruitless activities. "The young generation has to work hard to play its positive role in making the country strong," she added.

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UET entry test on September 16
Peshawar: The entry test for admission to BSc. Engineering at the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore and affiliated engineering colleges and institutions of Punjab will be held at the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Peshawar, on September 16.

A UET press release advised the interested candidates appearing from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to register for the entry test and submit admission forms at the Selection Board Section of the UET, Peshawar. Admission forms can be downloaded from

Candidates were directed to deposit Rs350 fee in the name of Habib Bank, two passport size photographs and a copy of the Computerised National Identity Card or Form "B" along with admission forms by September 1. The news

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Medical college quota case PHC seeks admission panel's comments
Peshawar: The Peshawar High Court on Friday sought comments from the Khyber Medical University registrar and the chairman of the government medical colleges' joint admission committee (JAC) on a writ petition, which challenged non-provision of mandatory six per cent quota in the province's medical colleges to the students of scheduled castes.

A bench comprising Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth and Justice Shahjehan Akhundzada directed the two respondents, the KMU registrar and the JAC chairman to produce the sought-after comments within a week.

The petition is filed by a student from a schedule caste, Nayyab Jawed, whom the JAC denied admission to medical colleges of late.

The girl challenged the provision of 0.5 per cent quota for minorities in medical colleges in the province.

Shah Faisal Uthmankhel, lawyer for the petitioner, said KMU and JAC violated the provisions of the Scheduled Caste (Declaration) Ordinance, 1957, subsequent notifications issued by the federal government and judgments of the superior courts while okaying admissions to medical colleges.

He said in prospectuses of medical colleges, KMU allocated no quota for scheduled caste students and mentioned only 0.5 per cent quota for religious minorities.

Mr Uthmankhel said the said ordinance declared that special status would be given to members of scheduled castes and that included six per cent quota in employment.

He requested the court to direct KMU and JAC to follow the said ordinance and the relevant superior court judgments in letter and spirit and allow admission to his client.

The lawyer said the Government of India Act, 1935 stated that the scheduled castes totaling around 41 should be given special concessions so that they could be brought
on a par with other religious communities.

He said the said Act was also adopted at the time of creation of Pakistan and later, the same thing was mentioned in the 1956 and 1962 constitutions of the country.

The lawyer added that in the meantime, the Scheduled Castes (Declaration) Ordinance, 1957 was promulgated.

He said in 1997, the then government abolished the six percent quota for the scheduled castes and instead reserved it for all the minorities.

According to him, the move was set aside by the Sindh High Court whose decision was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2006 after the federation filed an appeal against it.

The petitioner said the provincial and federal government departments were violating the six per cent quota reserved for scheduled castes against the Constitution and the commitment of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah to religious minorities. Dawn

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