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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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