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FAPUASA threatens countrywide protest
Peshawar, Dec 15: Rejecting the amendments to the University of Peshawar (UoP) Act 1974, the Federation of All Pakistan Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) on Tuesday threatened countrywide protest if the changes in the law were not withdrawn.

"The protest drive has already been launched. The teachers will set up a protest camp at the University of Peshawar from Wednesday (today)," said Prof Dr Mehar Saeed while addressing a press conference at the Peshawar Press Club.

The FAPUASA head was of the opinion that the government wanted to implement the Model University Act, which was introduced during Musharraf era. "The teachers will not allow the government to accomplish its designs," he said.

The amendments, he said, had caused unrest among the staff and they would not remain silent on the issue. He said the FAPUASA had been opposing the controversial act backed by chancellor of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa universities from the very beginning. "Neither the senior academicians nor the faculty members were taken on board while making amendments to the law," he said.

Flanked by presidents of different units of FAPUASA from across the country, Dr Mehar Saeed asked the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor to devise a strategy in the interest of the universities. He said the governor should take stand on the issue and should resign in protest if his words are not honoured.

He said the amendments in the University of Peshawar Act 1974 were made in such a hurry that the relevant people, elected body and senior academicians were also not taken into confidence. "This is a dictatorial step, which will affect the university's structure as elected representatives of teaching community in the two superior bodies of the varsity - senate and syndicate - has been abolished," he opined. The Universities Act 1974 was implemented in 72 varsities of the country, therefore, any controversial act could not be implemented in the University of Peshawar, he argued.

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UoP to celebrate 2011 as Int'l Year of Chemistry
Peshawar: Institute of Chemical Sciences, University of Peshawar, has decided to celebrate the year 2011 as designated by the United Nations (UN) the 'International Year of Chemistry' with the slogan 'Chemistry Our Life, Our Future'. The Institute of Chemical Sciences, UoP, has been the pioneer in initiating events of national and international levels in Pakistan, said a press statement on Tuesday. The goals of International Year of Chemistry 2011 include increasing public appreciation of chemistry in meeting world needs, boosting the interest of young people in chemistry, generating enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry and celebrating the 100th anniversary of Madame Curie's Nobel Prize and the founding of the International Association of Chemical Societies. The institute would organise a series of events including a seminar on January 3 and poster exhibition in March. Some of the events would be held at Baragali summer campus. The news

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Rs1.2bn Hazara varsity budget approved
Mansehra: The senate of Hazara University has approved a budget of Rs1.254 billion for the financial year 2010-11.

The meeting of senate, presided over by Vice-chancellor Dr Syed Sakhawat Shah, also lauded the role of the university in the field of the research and other field.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Owais Ahmad Ghani, who is also chancellor by virtue of the post, was supposed to preside the meeting but owing to his engagements he could not attend the meeting and through a letter conferred his powers on the vice-chancellor to preside the meeting.

The meeting after detailed discussion approved Rs744 million for recurring purpose and Rs510 million for development schemes in the budget for the current financial year.

Dr Shah shed light on the developmental and research activities of the university, undertaken in the ongoing year. He said that greater emphasis was laid on research.

He said that the campus radio would extend its transmissions duration the next week from two to six hours.

He said that besides promoting education, local culture and traditions, the transmissions would also be focused on the promotion of tourism and agriculture.

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Students seek buses for college
Mansehra: The students of Government Degree College Battagram held a protest demonstration here on Tuesday against the authorities for diverting the funds, meant for buying two buses for the college, to other projects.

The protesters, holding banners and placards inscribed with their demands, blocked Karakoram Highway for more than an hour to every kind of traffic. They said that provincial government had sanctioned two buses for the college but now the funds were diverted.

They said that they would not tolerate such injustice. "Owing to non-availability of busses we are forced to travel in private vehicles," they added. The protesting students also demanded of the government to waive the condition of pictures for girl candidates appearing in matriculation and intermediate examinations. Dawn

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