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Punjab college teachers to restart protest next week
Lahore, Feb 06: As many as 20,000 college teachers across Punjab will be on roads along with students and their parents from next week, if the provincial government did not honour its commitment of accepting their charter of four demands.

They have agitated within college premises, on roads and even once within the precincts of the provincial legislature, where their representatives were beaten black and blue.

"What a teacher desperately needs is peace of mind, respect in society and timely promotion but unfortunately that does not happen here," an associate professor who did not want to be identified complained.

Previously, the strike was called off on January 12, after Punjab government agreed to their four demands: withdrawal of board of governors introduced in 26 leading colleges; promotion of teachers to the next grade; regularisation of services of those teachers, who despite being appointed through Federal Public Service Commission, were given contractual jobs and lastly time scales for teachers as was in vogue in the universities.

Teachers, including lecturers, assistant professors and associate professors of 500 colleges are planning to resort to peaceful agitation again after the provincial government failed to fulfil its commitment.

"We are neither politicians nor want to disrupt educational activities but it is our right to get fair treatment from the government. And to chalk out our future strategy, the Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association's executive council will meet next week," said Muhammad Ilyas Qureshi, who got Grade-18 after serving for 23 years as lecturer, while talking here. Qureshi has an MSc degree in psychology from the University of Punjab.

His son, a pilot officer in the Pakistan Air Force, is also in the same grade. "This is so strange but it is a story of every second teacher, who either has his son or daughter serving in the same capacity, and this is because of heavily flawed system of promotion," Ilyas Qureshi points out, who is president of the association's Rawalpindi Division chapter.

He lamented they were on roads for months for their legitimate rights but the rulers appeared reluctant to give them what should have had been granted to them long, long ago.

Ilyas Qureshi claims were promised thrice a meeting with Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif for a formal announcement regarding the acceptance of their demands but the government is yet to honour its commitment.

He said a six-member committee consisting of provincial law minister Rana Sanaullah, education minister Mian Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman and four secretaries, including secretary education and secretary finance deliberated upon the charter of demands and then left only demand - that of time scale - for the chief minister to decide. But the chief minister never took up the matter as was promised to them.

He said the attitude of the authorities has disappointed the teachers and they plan to restart their peaceful protest in the second week of February.

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Arfa stamps at GCU stall
Lahore: The commemorative postage stamp, issued for Arfa Karim Randhawa, Wednesday received a warm response from the students of Government College University, Lahore, at a special ticket stall set up by Ravians Seniors Club in the university to pay homage to the world's youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP).

According to a press statement, GCU Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Ikramul Haq inaugurated the stall by purchasing the first commemorative postage stamp of Arfa Karim while GCU Students' Advisor Yousaf Bashir and hundreds of students were also present on the occasion.

Prof Ikram said late Arfa Karim was the epitome of hope for the millions of talented young boys and girls of Pakistan who were yearning to show their talent in a world that was always hostile and unaccommodating towards them. He stressed on Ravians to take Arfa Karim's struggle from where she left it unfinished.

Talking to the media, students said that they were purchasing the stamps as souvenirs which would always remind them of the glory and respect which the late Arfa Karim bought to the youth of Pakistan. They said that they were happy to be the first to have these commemorative postage stamps as they were not yet available in the market.

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Orientation at Bahria University
Islamabad: Bahria University Islamabad Campus held its orientation session for the fresh batch of spring 2012, says a press release. The session was conducted on Thursday and Friday. Around 760 students were inducted in this semester. The students of management sciences, humanities and social sciences were given an orientation on the first day, while the second day was for the students of earth & environmental sciences, law, graduate studies and applied sciences. Commodore (r) Muhammad Anjum Sarfaraz, Director Campus introduced the HODs and the staff to the students. He wished them luck for their academic career in Bahria University. The news

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NUML holds orientation session for newly enrolled students
Islamabad: In order to introduce and brief the new students, who have just enrolled in different disciplines and programmes, and their parents about features of the particular discipline, scheme of study, National University of Modern Languages (NUML) started its two-day orientation session and reception on Friday.

The basic objective behind the orientation was to explain to the parents and the students what actually is being offered in a particular discipline and how a student can put his/her best with the help of coordinated efforts of the teachers and parents. Talking to this scribe, NUML Director General, Brig Azam Jamal said that "it is an effort to bring teachers and parents of the students on board so that they both can play an effective role and guide them towards a better future". On the first day of this two-day orientation session, Faculty of Engineering and IT and Faculty of Management Sciences held the orientation sessions for the newly enrolled students and their parents. Col (R) Jameel Ahmed Zia, Naveed Alam and Prof Naseer Rajpoot briefed the students of engineering, IT and management sciences, respectively.

A great number of parents and students attended the session and appreciated the initiative of the university for bringing the teachers, students and parents together at one platform.

"I was actually interested to visit and know about the campus, faculty, scheme of study, exam system and facilities which are being offered by the university to my daughter who has just got admission in MCS programme of the university," stated Tahir Saeed Malik, a parent of a student.

This orientation session will also continue today (Saturday) and Faculty of English Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Languages will brief the new-coming students in the Johar Block Hall and this session will start at 10am and will last till 5pm. Daily times

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PAF holds annual CAS award ceremony
Islamabad: The annual CAS Award Ceremony of Fazaia Schools & Colleges was held at Aftab Auditorium of Fazaia Inter College, Islamabad, says a press release issued here Friday.

Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, was the chief guest on the occasion. The chief guest awarded merit certificates, cash prizes, medals and trophies to students, headmistresses and principals in recognition of their outstanding performance.

While addressing the ceremony, the chief guest expressed his satisfaction over the steps taken by the Training Branch to improve the quality of education at Fazaia institutions. He appreciated the high standards and congenial environment of Fazaia institutions. The chief guest lauded the efforts made by Fazaia faculty by reiterating that in the whole scheme of education, a teacher holds the pivotal position. He urged the teachers to realise their role as mentors of the youth and builders of the nation. He also advised the students that they must cash upon their immense potential and extraordinary qualities to set higher educational goals for themselves in their future life.

The award ceremony was followed by a colourful talent show presented by students from various Fazaia Colleges. The talent show depicted tolerance, unity and fraternity. The show was highly lauded by the audience.

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RSS holds 'Mehfil-e-Milad'
Islamabad: The Roots School System (RSS) embraced the holy month of Rabi-ul-Awwal by organising 'Mehfil-e-Milad', lectures on 'Seerat-un-Nabi' and talk sessions on the life of Holy Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (peace be upon him) in all its branches nationwide. Every year, RSS dedicates the whole month to honour and remember the great teachings of Holy Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (peace be upon him). The week commenced by holding Eid Milad-Un Nabi celebrations in Roots Girls College, 83-Harley Street, Rawalpindi. The students hosted the auspicious event with great enthusiasm. The news

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Edwardes College erudite emeritus professors honoured
Peshawar: The spacious Canterbury Hall of the Edwardes College with its simple architecture was beautified with presence of former and serving faculty and students to honour the erudite emeritus professors of one of the oldest educational institutions of the province in a reception-cum-dinner Thursday evening.

Arranged by the Edwardes College Teachers Welfare Association (ECTWA), the function started one hour and 20 minutes behind schedule. But to the great surprise of non-Edwardian journalist participants of the event, the speakers, who were all professors except one, were precise as the event concluded well in time. Fifteen speakers were invited to speak and it took not more than an hour for them to deliver their speeches.

The function was organised in honour of five learned retired professors of the college - Prof Iqbal Awan, Prof Allah Bakhsh Sajid, Prof Mohammad Tariq, Prof Dennis Joseph and Prof M S Zaki.

Bishop Dioceses of Peshawar Humphrey Sarfaraz Peter was chief guest on the occasion. The notable present on the occasion were Edwardes College Old Students Association (ECOSA) President Mazhar Ali Shah, College Acting Principal Prof Kaleemullah and ECTWA President Gulzar Jalal Yousafzai.

All the speakers showed immense generosity in paying tributes to the retired professors. Everyone tried to recall some of the glorious moments they had spent with them in the capacity of their students, colleagues and subordinates.

Prof Kaleemullah, the acting head of the institution, lauded the emeritus professors and said he had never thought that a day would come when he would be the speaker and those honourable professors would be listeners. "It is really difficult for me to say goodbye to you. And I would never say goodbye. Sir, Edwardes College is yours!" he remarked.

Humphrey Peter recalled his early days in the college. He mentioned his experiences as a student with all of the outgoing professors one by one. He was full of praise for Edwardes College, which according to him enjoyed a unique position not only in the country but the entire world.

"I am grateful to the Edwardes College for the academic and non-academic grooming of all of us," he said. "To the retired professors I want to say that teachers never grow old and never retire," he remarked.

Having over 100-year-long history, the Edwardes College has the honour of having received the founder of the nation Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah thrice. Mahatma Gandhi and Jawahar Lal Nehru also visited the college, said a professor serving as stage secretary on the occasion.

Mazhar Ali Shah, who was the senior most participant of the event, spoke about his long association with the college. Taking benefit of the opportunity, he forwarded two demands to the college administration - to allot an office to the ECOSA and specify at least a two-seat quota for the wards of the old students of the college. He also announced donation of Rs25,000 for ECTWA.

The retired professors said they were grateful to the organisers of the event and the college administration. Prof Tariq was the lone among the long list of speakers to speak pure Urdu. Through his double entendre expression, he made the house burst into laughter. The rest delivered their speeches in English.

Gulzar Jalal shed light on the objectives and activities of the ECTWA. He also read a message of the college principal. The ceremony concluded with presentation of shields. All the retired professors, the ECOSA president and others were given shields in recognition of their services to the institution. The news

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