FUUAST VC | Teachers salary issue
Body formed to find Fuuast VC
Karachi, Feb 16: The 20th meeting of the senate of the
Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (Fuuast) was
held on Wednesday.
A Fuuast statement quotes an official as saying that the meeting was chaired by senate deputy chairperson Aftab Ahmed Khan.
He said that a search committee had been formed to find a new vice-chancellor of Fuuast. Prof Dr Javed R. Laghari will be the convener of the search committee. app
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Medical varsity in Hyderabad
Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan has issued permission for the
establishment of a medical university in Hyderabad, which will be called
Mohammed Ali Jinnah University. The education and health secretaries
have been advised to complete the formalities in this regard. The
decision to this effect was taken at a meeting held at the Governor
House here on Tuesday. The meeting, attended by Sindh Health Minister Dr
Sagheer Ahmed and various senior officials, also considered a proposal
to establish a general university in Hyderabad.
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Teachers say rents being deducted from their salaries EDO refutes teachers' claim
Rawalpindi: Due to non-availability of land, the Punjab government is running dozens of
its educational institutions in rented buildings and the monthly rents
are deducted from the salaries of teaching staff.
teachers and students of Punjab schools pleading anonymity alleged that
the functioning of government schools in private buildings particularly
rented houses was creating great problems for them.
that the owners of rented houses/buildings demand increase in rents
after every third month forcing the managements to shift school
buildings to another place. The study of students is largely affected by
Moreover, rented houses have no space and enough
rooms for classrooms for conducting classes. Two classes are
accommodated in one room creating suffocated atmosphere, they said
adding no space is left for library, laboratories and canteen. Students
have to buy eating items from outside during break, they added.
students, teachers also have to face the brunt of rented buildings
because they have to pay the rents. Elaborating the educators alleged
that specified amount is deducted from their monthly salaries, which are
In Rawalpindi more than 29 government schools have
been opened up in rented houses/buildings in different localities. The
government should procure land to construct own buildings or in other
case they should purchase the private buildings from the private owners
for setting up educational institutions.
Above all, the teachers
demanded of the government and the educational authorities that rents
should not be paid from their monthly emoluments. "We are not receiving
any house rent, but paying quota of rents from our salaries, which is
unjustified," they claimed.
To a question, the teachers informed
that not once, but dozens of time, they had brought the matter into the
notice of the concerned authorities including EDOs and Education
Secretary Punjab, but no attention is paid to their problem.
(Education) Rawalpindi Qazi Zahoor ul Haq when approached said that the
Punjab government has laid special focus on promotion of education and
improving its standard. "In this regard, the government allocates funds
for paying house rents to the serving teaching staff. The rents of
rented out buildings and houses, are also paid under the fund allocated
by the Punjab government in the annual budgets. No amount is deducted
from the salaries of working teachers to pay the rent. It is just a
propaganda against the government," he claimed.
Moreover, he said
the Punjab government is obtaining lands on lease for construction of
more government schools in Rawalpindi and other parts of the province.
Negotiations are under way in this connection. "Even in the present
fiscal year i.e.2011-2012, the government has established five new
schools on its own land. The process of building new government schools
would continue and the problem of functioning remaining institutions on
rented buildings is just temporary," he added. The news
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Capital students to get quota in QAU
Islamabad: After a span of 40 years, the Quaid-i-Azam
University (QAU) is set to allocate special quota for students holding
domicile of the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).
QAU was established in 1971 and admission to it
was open for students from all four provinces under predetermined quota
(see table). Students from the ICT were clubbed together with those
from Punjab in this system.
"Being a federal institution QAU
provides admission to all regions of the country as per the approved
quota but they are all academically-sound individuals who fulfil the
merit determined by the pre-university academic record," a QAU official
Admissions are also offered on regional quota basis and
self-financed education scheme where students are admitted to
departments on an open merit basis without any regional quota.
recently, seats for students from Balochistan and the Federally
Administered Tribal Areas for Fall Semester-2012 were increased without
affecting the seats of other areas but no provision was made for
students from ICT.
The vice-chancellor of the QAU Prof Masoom
Yasin Zai said: "After the 18th Constitutional Amendment the
federal area has a provincial status and is a federal unit of the
country. Every province is given a quota as per its set allocation on
merit for admission into QAU therefore we are considering that quota for
the federal area students will be separated from Punjab."
added: "The population of the city is almost 1.8 million. The ICT area
citizens have their domicile of the capital city and their kids need
separate seats for admission in to the QAU. The matter will be taken to
the Senate's Standing Committee, which is already considering jobs in
basic pay scale 1 and 2 for the local residents."
When inquired about the procedure of allocation of new quota for students
with Islamabad domiciles, he replied: "I will first take up the matter
in our statutory body and later put it on the agenda of the syndicate.
consent is given by the syndicate we will send the recommendations for
the final approval of the chancellor [who is the President]."
question about whether existing quota of the provinces would be
disturbed if the seats for the ICT quota are increased, he said: "We
will devise a strategy once we have had a consultation with all the
stakeholders – statutory bodies, the syndicate and the local politicians
– and the modalities have been finalised."
He said that recently
the syndicate – the highest decision-making body of the QAU - has
approved a local quota of jobs for local residents.
concluded: "QAU will serve as the key education learning institution for
the capital city and rest of the country since the affiliation of the
federal colleges will be switched from the University of the Punjab
(UOP) to the QAU this year, which will benefit several thousands." Dawn
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Outsiders' entry banned at exam centres
Islamabad: The Capital Territory Administration has banned the entry
of irrelevant people at MA/MSc examination centres of Punjab University
under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CRPC).
district magistrate, Assistant Commissioner Industrial, Imran Ali Sultan
has issued ordered to department concerned and warned citizens that
irrelevant persons' entry is banned within a radius of 200 yards around
the examination centers. He said that only bonafide candidates holding
roll number slips from the controller examinations of the University of
the Punjab, and teachers concerned are allowed to enter MA/MSc Part-1
examination centre at H-9 Model College for Boys. He said that any
infringement of the order would be punishable under Section 188 Pakistan
Penal Code (PPC). online
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Japan to give $97,591 for school construction
Islamabad: The Government of Japan has decided to extend financial support of US$
97,591 (approximately Rs8.3 million) to the Awami Development
Organization (ADO) for the construction of Middle School in Village Chak
148B, District Layyah, Punjab.
The agreement for the project was
signed between Hiroshi OE, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan and Ghulam
Mustafa Juni, President of ADO, here on Wednesday at the Japanese
Ambassador's residence in Islamabad.
The grant will be utilized
for the construction of two separate school buildings, both for girls
and boys, fully equipped with furniture and required accessories. This
project will give an opportunity to the most vulnerable segment of the
society in Layyah and its surroundings to provide their children good
quality education on nominal fee. This project is expected to improve
the education standards in the project area by educating approximately
125 students through 12 newly appointed teachers.
At the signing
ceremony, Ambassador OE stressed that the provision of basic education
to children is one of the priorities in Japan's assistance policy
towards Pakistan. He expressed his hope that this project would give
children a chance to carve out their better future, and in addition, it
would certainly strengthen the existing friendly relations between the
people of Japan and Pakistan. The news
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