NWFP universities students fees refund
Students demanded fees waiver on the pattern of UoP
Peshawar, Dec 11: The students of different public sector universities hailing from the
conflict areas particularly the tribal regions have urged the management of
their respective universities to waive their fees on the pattern of the
University of Peshawar (UoP), which refunded the whole fees to the students of
Malakand division following the military operation.
The UoP had remitted
fees to all the students of some districts of Malakand division. It had pledged
to present a more detailed case before the federal government aimed at
facilitating all the students of the tribal and other militancy-hit areas.
However, no such step could be taken so far.
Students belonging to
Chitral were not provided any relief despite the announcement of NWFP governor.
NWFP Governor Owais Ghani during his visit to the district had declared that
Chitrali students would also be facilitated like other districts of Malakand
division. The promise made by the governor, who is also the chancellor of the
public sector university, remains unfulfilled. The students of the university
belonging to tribal areas are particularly concerned about the non-provision of
any relief to them.
A non-governmental organisation of Dubai-based
Pakistanis with help of the Peshawar University Teachers Association had
provided funds to the students of all the restive areas including those of the
tribal regions, which were, however, not enough to meet their educational
expenses. The organisation had provided a relief of Rs3,000 per head to the
students belonging to the conflict areas.
Other universities operating
elsewhere in the province did not provide any relief to the students. The
students raised their concern at various forums and staged demonstrations to
press the universities management and the government to remit their educational
expenses, but to no avail.
The students of the NWFP University of
Engineering and Technology and NWFP Agricultural University were the most vocal
in holding protests seeking remission of charges. The students of newly
established Islamia College University are also worried about their educational
expenses. In a meeting organised by Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba, the affected
students urged the university administration to waive their fees.
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PUTA elect office-bearers
Peshawar: The Awami National Party-supported Friends Group emerged victorious in
the Peshawar University Teachers Association (PUTA) elections by winning all the
offices of the association's cabinet except one.
Dr Jauher Ali was
elected as the president of the association and Mohammad Tayyeb as general
secretary. A total of 461 ballots were polled of which Dr Jauher bagged 234
against the 189 of his rival, Dr Ikhtiar of Tanzim-e-Asatiza. Mohammad Tayyeb
secured 217 votes while his rival Falak Naz got 186 votes.
office-bearers of the association included Ataur Rahman of Tanzim-e-Asatiza, who
secured 218 votes against the 188 of Jamil Ahmad of Friends. Dr Arshad lost the
office of sports secretary to Siddique Akbar of the Friends by just one ballot
as he got 203 votes against the 204 of his rival.
Roohullah of the Friends was
elected to the office of literary secretary with 205 votes while his rival
Zaigham Hasan got 202 votes. Mohammad Rauf and Nazrul Islam of the Tanzim and
Fayaz Ali and Dr Niaz of Friends were elected as members of the executive
council of the association. The news
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A school heading towards forced closure
Muzaffargarh: At a time when the government has warned all schools to
increase security measures or face closure, there is a school in the heart of
Muzaffargarh city whose walls have been broken exposing children to security
It has been learnt that the municipality and the Education Department were
all interested in the closure of the school only, what a schoolteacher claims,
to grab its prime land.
This correspondent visited the Government
Municipal Committee Primary School No 4 and saw about 40 children sitting in the
Headmaster Ameer Bukhsh, who is the only teacher at the school,
alleged the Tehsil Municipal Administration (TMA) and Revenue officials wanted
to close this school which was built before the creation of Pakistan. He alleged
that TMA and revenue teams had broken its boundary wall and threatened him with
consequences if he did not stop teaching here.
He said he had written
many letters to the executive district officer-education for the construction of
the wall and appointments of teachers, but got no reply. He said when the
government recruited thousands of educators recently, he had asked the Education
Department to fill four seats of the school, but the TMA and Revenue officials
pressured the department not to recruit any teacher.
He claimed that he
had gone to local parliamentarians, but they all suggested him to abandon the
school so that a market could be built here.
He said now when Pakistan
was under the spate of suicide attacks and the government ordered him to make
the school safe, he had built the school three times from the school management
council funds and every time traders and TMA workers had broken it. He said
thieves had stolen school's water taps and an electric motor last month. He went
to the city police station, but the police did not register any case.
said three teachers had got retirement from the school in the recent years and
he would also retire after four months.
"After my retirement, the school
will close and the land will be used for a market," he claimed.
of the school is two kanals, and originally it is of the Auqaf Department.
No Education or TMA official was ready to contradict the comment of the
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96 students sent to jail
Peshawar: A local court on Thursday sent 96 foreign students of a local seminary
to jail for three days, charging them under Section 14 of the Foreigners Act
after their failure to produce the required documents for staying in
The Peshawar Police arrested them during a raid on a seminary
in Hazarkhwani, a village in the environs of the provincial metropolis, on
Wednesday and produced them before the court of Judicial Magistrate Tariq Abbas,
the following day. The court directed the authorities concerned to make
arrangements for their deportation to their home country.
for the city police said that they were arrested for staying
illegally in Pakistan, adding that 53 of the arrested persons were seminary
students while 130 were other refugees who were staying in the country without
having legal documents.
The raid is believed to be the first of its kind
as large contingents of the capital city police cordoned off
Madrassa-i-Hafiziyah in Hazarkhwani area. The police had reportedly arrested 183
students, teachers and administrative staff of the seminary besides other
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ICU Chrysanthemum exhibition
Peshawar: The Annual Chrysanthemum Exhibition was inaugurated at the Islamia
College University on Thursday where 60 kinds of the colourful flower were put
on display. Vice-chancellor of the university Ajmal Khan inaugurated the
exhibition in the presence senior teachers and gardeners.
staff of the Islamia College spent almost a year in bringing up the delicate
flowers for annual winter exhibition at the campus.
Ajmal Khan lauded the
efforts of gardening staff of the college and the institution is among a few
most beautiful campuses of South Asia because of their hard work and attention.
The students, teachers and other people visited the exhibition and evinced their
keen interest in the flowers. The exhibition will continue till December 16. The news
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Unique artwork display
Peshawar: One day exhibition of the 32 selected paintings of different
private, public sector colleges and Madsarrahs from across the country was put
on display showing the unique work of art on the title of " Peace and Tolerance"
here Thursday at Home Eco nomics College University of Peshawar.
was taken by Regional Directorate of Higher Education Comm ission in
collaboration with Center for Civic Education Pakistan, an NGO that conducted
three days training for the selected students of different colleges from across
Director HEC, Farmaullah Anjum was the chief guest on the occasion.
Sharing his views about the event, he emphasized the need for promoting such
positive ideas in the student community in order to engage them in healthy
activities. He maintained that there was a lot of talent in the country that
needs platform to bring out their inner abilities and holding of events like
these help in polishing their hidden talents.
Farmanullah Anjum said that pen
and violence was the best way to address issues and underscored the need for
promoting peace and harmony in different spheres of life and to integrate
different thoughts through declamation contests, paintings, seminars and
He said that the initiative was taken by HEC and Center for Civic
Education Pakistan that organized three days training for the contesting
students and after the completion of the training, the painting competition was
held out of which 32 paintings were selected. Luckily, he continued that 10 out
of the 32 selected pictures were from NWFP and the first and the third prize was
won by Home Economics College Peshawar.
The competition provided a platform to
young minds to express their idea about peace and tolerance that were the need
of the day, he added.
He said that the interesting thing about the painting
competition was that not only public and Private universities from Quetta,
Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar and Azad Jammu and Kashmir were included in
it but students from the religious seminaries were also given chance to
participate in it.
Farmaullah Anjum said that the idea was meant to integrate
different academic sectors of the country including madrassahs and to provide
them a platform to give shape to their imaginations while using the canvass as a
medium of expression.
Some of the students also used calligraphy as the medium
of expression to draw their images about the theme and gave put different
messages such as "The one, who saves one human, saves the whole of humanity",
"East and West should unite for global peace", " Peace has no boundaries" and
"Peace comes from within, Do not seek it outside".
The exhibition was appreciate
by the faculty of the college and the students who opined that it encouraged the
students to give pictorial form to their random thoughts and pass on a message
for peace, which was relevant to the present day scenario of the country. APP
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