IIUI students are least priority
Studies at IIUI on the back burner
Islamabad, Dec 23: Studies and students are the least priority at
International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) as mostly the faculty
members remained busy in accomplishing paid projects of the NGOs using
the labs and studios of the university.
It is also a sorry state
of affairs that the faculty members are doing all this without the
approval of the university management.
Because of paid projects,
professors cannot spare time for the students. On the other hand, some
faculty members doing PhDs engage their students in research work of
their thesis giving them no financial benefit or acknowledgement, it has been learnt reliably.
A lecturer at the university on condition of
anonymity said that faculty members under the 'paid projects' of
non-government organisations (NGOs) prepared documentaries and research
reports by using IIUI laboratories and studios but management of the
university could not take action against them because they gave the
impression that they were working on the projects of the students.
Besides, they also engaged the students of BS, MS and MSc for those
projects without giving them any financial benefit or acknowledgment.
students said: "During the whole semester, only two lectures of 'thesis
proposals' were held and head of the department of media and
communication has instructed that thesis should be submitted
"Most of the time NGOs representatives remain in the
office of the head of the department, so students are not allowed
meeting him. The administration doesn't take any action just because he
and other faculty members are also members of the Academic Staff
Association (ASA)," a student said.
An administrative officer said
that the management had information about the faculty members who
remained busy in doing the paid projects but it could not take action
against them because of the association.
Head of Media and
Communication Department Dr Zafar Iqbal said that there was no need to
arrange lectures of 'thesis proposals' because students had to do
research work by themselves. He said: "My office is open for the
students all the times." Regarding allegation of paid projects, he said
Bahria University had requested him to give consultancy during
preparation of studio so he attended their three meetings but he
received no monetary benefits from Bahria University.
ASA President Hafiz Bashir denied that faculty members were working on paid projects and using university equipment for them.
for the university Muzamil Shah said that the faculty members should
give all their attention to the students but it was not in his knowledge
if faculty members were doing paid projects.
"Above statements is 100% correct. I am fully agree with your arguments."
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Pre-board exam a thing of past in KP
Swabi: Not long ago, privately and government-run
schools in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa used to hold a special test before letting
successful students sit the annual board of intermediate and secondary
education (BISE) examinations. The practice is no more common, however.
of a local government school told on condition of anonymity that the
test, also called detention test, was held to stop 'weak' students from
appearing in the BISE examinations.
He favoured the holding of the test, saying it made students prepare well for the board examination.
to the headmaster, by and large, private schools don't hold the test
because it annoys parents and slashes their revenues by stopping
unsuccessful students from appearing in the board examination.
late, students of a government school in Razaar tehsil of Mardan
district protested against denial of permission to sit the Mardan BISE
examination of 10th grade over failure to pass the detention test. Along
with parents, they later ransacked the school and bullied teachers and
administration to press for reversal of the move.
headmaster of a local government school complained of political
interference in the posting and transfer of teachers and other staff.
claimed that low-scale employees and teachers were so politically
well-connected that they got heads of their respective schools
transferred at will to protect their interests.
According to him, headmasters of schools employ BPS-1 staff but can't transfer them due to rampant political interference.
a teacher has strong political affiliation, he/she can't be asked about
his/her conduct by head of the educational institution," he said.
He headmaster demanded early end to political interference in education system for the benefit of youth. Dawn
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Protesting employees block QAU bus service
Islamabad: A large number of students of the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) were not able to reach
the campus on Thursday due to the forced stoppage of bus service by the
Employees Welfare Association against removal of a university employee
who was allegedly involved in thrashing of a bus driver.
termination of bus service was a result of a call by the QAU Employees
Welfare Association that has been pressing the university administration
to restore employee Hassan Shah who has been removed from his post in
line with the findings of an inquiry committee that found him guilty in a
Mehwish Hasan, a female student who reached
the university using public transport, said the Employees Association
members do not have any right to paralyse the university. "If they have
some demands they should negotiate with the administration instead of
creating problems for the students," she said.
The bus service
was also not available in the daytime and a number of students were seen
waiting for private vehicles to get to their homes. "I have been
waiting outside the 'Babul Quaid,' the main entrance, for last two hours
for public transport but even cabs are not available due to rush of
waiting students," said Nazia Bukhari, another student.
to a statement issued by the Quaid-i-Azam University, the university
administration has imposed the major penalty of "Compulsory Retirement"
upon Syed Hassan Shah, Driver (BPS-5), on December 16, 2011.
statement said Hassan Shah remained undisciplined throughout his
service career and was also charged in the recent past for a scuffle in
which he assaulted a bus driver with the help of his group members.
said the Review Inquiry Committee minutely examined all relevant record
and also re-investigated the matter after which it recommended
punishment to Hassan Shah that was involved in the scuffle with the bus
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Debates at Beaconhouse
Rawalpindi: English debate competitions were held at the Beaconhouse Primary Branch,
Peshawar Road, in which students impressed the audience with their
thought-provoking points. Intersection English debate competitions were
held amongst the students of classes IV and V respectively. The topics
for the debates were 'Are we a nation? and 'Money makes the world go
Speaking on the occasion, BPB Senior Mistress Saima
Rehman said that debate provides confidence for public-speaking. It
encourages healthy competition among students. It also requires
extensive research from books so that students prepare well for the
topic and listen to other views as well. It is an annual event in which
students actively participate with enthusiasm. Teaching students
regarding debates provides them with necessary skills at a young age so
that they are equipped with necessary tools for the grooming of their
Class V: First prize: Aieza Ali Khan (V-H),
2nd prize: Mariam Imran (V-G), 3rd prize: Zahra Ali Haq (V-B), 3rd
prize: Muhammad Maarij Zeeshan (V-A), consolation prize: Muhammad Mursab
Majeed (V-D), consolation prize: Omar Qasim (V-G), consolation prize:
Sabeen Sibtain (V-B), consolation prize: Wafa Atif (V-D.
IV: Eeman Fatima (1st position), Mian Muhammad Ibrahim (2nd position),
Kashan Riaz, Ali Abdullah, Samar Bakhtiar (3rd position). Consolation
prizes were given to Hussain Khan and Shameen Akbar.
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BEC holds'A' Level investiture ceremony
Islamabad: The newly
inducted BEC 'A' Level Student Council for the session 2011-2012 took
oath in an impressive investiture ceremony at the Beaconhouse
Educational Complex, here, says a press release.
Lieutenant General Muhammad Asghar was the chief guest in the ceremony.
Danial Kasuri, Executive Director Beaconhouse Group, Safia Cassim,
School Group Head, Fozia Rizwan, Academic Head of the School Group,
Saman Imtiaz, Regional Communications Manager for Beaconhouse North, and
senior staff members of the Beaconhouse attended the ceremony.
Master BEC A Levels, Awais Chaudhry, took oath from the Student
Council. BEC A Level Student Council is headed by head boy Ibrahim
Shahid, head girl Mehr Zia, deputy head boy, Saad Riaz and deputy head
girl Fatima Sharif. They head a council comprising student societies and
clubs focusing on areas like sports, drama, literary, art, science,
event management and IT.
The new student council and societies
took their places on the stage and were presented with their respective
sashes by the Rector NUST. He urged members of the student council to
fully understand the critical aspects of the ethos, pathos, and logos of
education. Parents of the students, senior staff and faculty members
also attended the ceremony.
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Swat BISE cancels school's affiliation
Mingora: The Swat Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) on Thursday
cancelled the affiliation /registration of a private school due to
contempt of court and asked the district administration to act against
the school in question.
Sources said the BISE through a letter
said that the school administration did not respond despite repeated
intimations and a show-cause notice about implementation of the Peshawar
High Court decision about fee waiver for siblings.
notification said the City School did not heed the PHC orders to give
relief to the parents having more than one son or daughter in the
school. The BISE circulation asked Swat's district coordination officer
and the district police officer to close down the school as its
registration had been cancelled, the sources said.
said a resident of Swat Dr Inam in a written complaint informed the BISE
citing the PHC decision and the refusal of the school administration to
provide relief in the fee to the parents having two or three children
in the school.
Upon the complaint, the Swat City School
administration expelled the three children of Dr Inam to victimise him
for the complaint he had lodged against the school, the sources added.
Parents of the students receiving education at the school expressed
grave concern over the cancellation of its registration at the peak of
the academic session and close to the annual examination.
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Fata schools: corporal punishment banned
Peshawar: The Fata Secretariat has imposed ban on corporal punishment in all educational institutions of the tribal areas.
document that was approved and signed by secretary administration and
coordination of the Fata Secretariat, Muhammad Abid Majeed, barred
physical punishment in private, public formal, informal and technical
educational educations in the tribal areas.
According to an
official communique, proper monitoring and redress mechanism would be
followed and implemented at the level of every tribal agency. "Any
misconduct found will be penalised under the relevant laws," it said.
document said a child had the right to be shown respect to her or his
personality and individuality and should not be made subject to corporal
punishment or to other humiliating and degrading treatment. The
directive said that the ban on corporal punishment should be implemented
strictly in letter and spirit.
It called for putting in place
monitoring and grievance redress mechanism to enforce the ban. "The
monitoring mechanism will stand established both at the directorate of
education and directorate of technical education level in coordination
with offices of agency education officers in the agencies and Frontier
Regions," it added. The news
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