National University of Modern Languages registrar removal
NUML Students, teachers protest till registrar removal
Islamabad, Feb 10: The protest of National University of Modern Languages (NUML)
students against alleged thrashing of the university professor, Tahir Malik, by
Registrar Brig (r) Obaidullah Ranjha entered the 6th day on Tuesday.
NUML students and faculty members said the protest would continue till the
dismissal of registrar from the service.
The students of International
Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) and other
colleges also joined the protest on the NUML premises despite the closure of the
university. Keeping in view the volatile situation, The NUML administration on
Monday had announced closure of the university till February 14.
protestors were chanting slogans against the registrar and security in charge,
Ranjha. They were also carrying placards inscribed with slogans against
The students said thrashing of the university professor was
terrorism and violation of the rules and regulations by the influential. The
students and faculty members demanded that Ranjha should be dismissed and the
university rector should apologise to Malik.
Students, educationists and faculty members of different educational
institutions of the federal capital gave their comments on the incident and
as to how such incidents could be prevented. Most of them condemned the
incident. They said the registrar's action was indicative of the falling
standards of discipline and tolerance in the educational
The NUML students said recognition of the basic rights of
an individual and civilised behaviour were essence of the education, but the
incident was surely an act of immaturity by the registrar.
A student of
NUML International Relations Department said the incident was unfortunate and an
eye opener for the university administration to sort out the things and maintain
discipline. "May be it was because of lobbies of civilian and retired army
faculty members, but it is the right time to get NUML out of this vicious
circle," he said. He said dismissal of the registrar was the only solution to
the present crisis.
The NUML faculty members said
that they had decided to meet the President, who was also chancellor of the
university, to inform him about the alleged irregularities, corruption and
illegal appointments in the university.
A senior faculty member said
National Institute of Modern Languages was set up in 1970 under the control of
QAU. Later, it also remained under the control of Allama Iqbal Open University
for some time and later the institute was given the status of
A faculty member of NUML English Language Department, while
requesting not to be named, said retired army officers were heading most of the
departments, which was discriminatory. "Retired army officers are hired on
contractual basis and they are offered better salary packages as compared to the
regular civilian faculty members," he said, adding, the number of retied army
officers is also higher than the civilian faculty members.
A professor of
QAU said staff members and students of higher education centres the world over
were expected to display exemplary level of self-restraint. "In Pakistan,
however, standards have been allowed to fall. Most of the teachers are
unqualified and unable to impart values of tolerance to their students," he
He said societal values had also changed and now power was
considered the domain of those who appropriate it. "These issues must be
addressed, otherwise the frequency of NUML like unsavory incidents will continue
to rise," he added.
Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic
Staff Association (FAPUASA) has also demanded immediate removal of Ranjha from
the university. FAPUASA President Prof Kaleemullah Barheech, Vice-President Dr
Abdul Quddus Sohaib and General Secretary Badar Soomro condemned the NUML
"FAPUASA had already demanded appointment of serving
professors as vice chancellors in the universities but Higher Education
Commission (HEC) has not yet accepted their demand," they regretted.
demanded removal ex-army officers and retired bureaucrats from the top positions
including administrative ones in all universities of the country.
Academic Staff Association President has also condemned the incident and
demanded immediate dismissal of Ranjha from the service. "If the NUML registrar
was not removed, the association would soon formulate a course of action," he
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Rawalpindi Board employees threaten pen down strike
Rawalpindi: In pursuance of the protest schedule given by Punjab Boards
Federation in its meeting held at Bahawalpur on 2nd Feb, the employees of Board
of Intermediate and Secondary Education Rawalpindi will observe complete pen
down strike from tomorrow (10th Feb) in case their demands are not met, says a
This was decided in a meeting of the Employees Welfare
Association of Rawalpindi Board held with Raja Sajjad Akbar in the chair.
In a resolution unanimously adopted at the meeting, grave concern was
expressed over the decision to abolish examination fee, registration fee, and
sports fee of SSC students. It was regretted that the alternate proposals given
to the government by the Punjab Boards Federation were ignored and verbal and
written agreements were flouted without any prick of conscience. The callous and
stubborn attitude of the authorities has sent a wave of concern as they face
non-payment of their salaries if the scheme is implemented.
decided that as the first step of the protest, all the employees will observe
complete pen-down strike from 10th of February. It was resolved to follow other
forms of protest as given by Punjab Boards Federation.
Akbar, general secretary of the Association said that it was also decided to
press for other demands relating to service structure and allowances.
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ICU budget approved
Peshawar: The Senate of Islamia College University (ICU) in its first meeting
Tuesday approved budget for the previous and current academic years besides
taking a number of decisions pertaining to academic and administrative matters
of the varsity.
The meeting at Governor's House with NWFP Governor Owais
Ahmad Ghani in the chair, discussed in detail the repair and renovation work on
the historic building of the college. The meeting was informed that the repair
and preservation work on the building was going on in full swing. It was told
that repair work on the main portion of the building had almost completed while
the other sections of the building were being renovated.
vice-chancellor of the university Ajmal Khan, the meeting was attended by
Secretary to Governor Sikandar Qayyum, secretary higher education department
Attaur Rehman Lodhi, secretary establishment Rashid Ahmed, former chief
secretary Azam Khan, former vice-chancellor, University of Peshawar Prof. Dr.
Muhammad Anwar Khan, Begum Mairaj Humayun, Qari Roohullah and
Ajmal Khan informed the meeting that 4,000 kanals of land at Hund
in district Swabi acquired for the university could be utilised for various
purposes. The meeting discussed various possibilities for utilisation of the
land and ensuring efficient completion of the infrastructural development
The senate was informed that four new disciplines were being
launched shortly in the university enabling it to enter into a new phase of
development in less than 18 months since its establishment. Enrolment of the
university has already reached to 2,647 including 700 in BSc and 291 in
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Roots 2009 high achievers
Islamabad: Strong educational foundations should be laid for all children,
so that wholesome personalities could emerge to steer the reins of Pakistan.
This was stated by Senator Waqar Ahmad Khan while sharing his views at
the Student Recognition Day and High Achievers Ceremony of Roots School System
(RSS), Satellite Town Campus here at Pakistan National Council of the Arts
"Every child has a hidden potential within him/her and
it is the opportunity that provides him/her with a platform to exhibit his
potential talent," he said adding that growing socially and morally has never
been very easy for mankind and urged the students to endeavour to become good
human beings. "Enjoy doing good to others rather than receiving favours and have
a deep sense of commitment to your family, institution, community and country,"
Senator Waqar said.
During the ceremony, over 110 Roots students were
awarded shields on their academic achievements in the final examinations of
2009, with 50 students nominated from O Level/IGCSE/A Level from Roots College
International (RCI) and 60 students from junior/preparatory school Satellite
This year, Roots senior students created a record by
securing 28 distinctions in O Level/IGCSE/A Level Examinations of Cambridge and
Ed-Excel International Examinations 2009. The O & A Level RSS students of
Satellite Town Campus produced brilliant results.
Umer Saeed scored five
As in A Level, Kamran Arshad Satti five As in A Level and straight eight As in O
Level, Zain Shahid five As in A Level and straight eight As in O Levels, Syed
Abbas three As in A Level, Nimra Raheel four As in A Level and straight eight As
in O Level, Eman Waheed three As in A Level and seven As in O Level, Farwa
Waheed three As in A Level and seven As in O Level, Durab Tahir three As in A
Level and six As in O Level, and Usama Hassan scored three As in A Level and
seven As in O Level. Saad Ali Kiyani, who got four As in A Level, graduated from
Roots College International in 2009 and is currently studying Electrical
Engineering at the University of Nottingham, Malaysia.
Ahmad Khan appreciated the outstanding results of the Roots students and
extended his heartiest congratulations to the students and staff of RSS on their
Founder Director Roots School System Mrs Riffat Mushtaq, and
Directors RSS Col Mushtaq Rasul Chaudhry, Walid Mushtaq, Mrs Khadija Omair and
Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq were also present on the occasion.
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Teachers role model
Islamabad: The role of teachers, being role model, is pivotal in promoting
the sense of responsibility among the students.
Minister for Environment
Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi expressed these views on Tuesday while addressing
teachers at a certificate distributions ceremony of the "Three days workshop on
teachers training on environment" organised by Ministry of Environment through
Environmental Education Project here.
This workshop provides an
opportunity to the teachers to learn techniques and methods to have better
understanding and create awareness regarding environmental issues. The minister
appreciated the efforts of Project in promoting environmental awareness among
students and youth through a well conceived programme for the establishment of
Green Club in all public and private schools of Islamabad.
He said that
the basic aim of this project was to create awareness about environmental
degradation among teachers and students and protection and preservation of
environment as well as to inculcate the importance of cleanliness, conservation
of resources and greenery in them.
The ministry has conducted this
workshop to enable the teachers to know about their responsibility to cope with
the critical environmental problems we are facing these days, he
The Minister said environmental problems were critical and there
was a need to engage general public particularly young generation.
hoped that the Ministry with the participation of all stakeholders would be able
to improve the living conditions of people both in urban and rural
He also hoped that after this training, participants of the
workshop would inspire the students to engage more actively in different
Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi said on this occasion
that through this workshop good results would come out and this project would be
expended in the whole country.
He urged the teachers to play their due
role to save our future generation from the menaces like scarcity of water,
energy and food for making a healthy Pakistan. He ensured cooperation and
coordination at every level in this regard. It is important to mention here that
so far 120 Environmental Clubs have been established. With the passing out of
120 teacher in-charges the total number environmental clubs have increased to
220 within 2 years.
At the end of ceremony teachers were given
certificates by the Federal Minister for Environment. Kamran Qureshi, additional
secretary and Javed Ali Khan, director general (Environment) were also present
at the occasion.
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Disabled youth facilities
Islamabad: Disabled youth are facing hardships while using roads and pathways in the twin
cities due to non-availability of specific facilities for them.
Ministry of Youth Affairs (MoYA) should ensure necessary facilities on roads and
pathways through out the country so young people with disabilities can move in a
safe and convenient manner", said a social worker Yaqub Khan. "Absence of the
required facilities is dangerous and in some cases impossible for youth who use
wheelchairs, scooters, and other mobility aids", he remarked.
He said ramps
should be built on streets and roads from where disabled persons can enter them.
Resurfacing of a street or sidewalk may need some alteration but filling of
potholes would require no changes. He said on the existing roads and sidewalks
alterations cannot be carried out. However, curb ramps may be constructed at
places where a pedestrian walkway intersects a road or sidewalk.
contacted Secretary Ministry of Youth Affairs said that special and
handicapped youth may be given same quota in all youth activities as has been
approved by the government in respect of Special Education and Rehabilitation of
"Chair accesses and special toilets for the disabled
would be made compulsory in construction of buildings in future," he said. He
said that special quota and opportunity to the disabled for studying in all
educational institutions including those for higher education would be given
both at home and abroad. The news
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