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Madaris Regulatory Authority formation

Formation of Madaris Regulatory Authority
Islamabad, Jan 29: The government and the Ulema have unanimously approved formation of the Madaris Regulatory Authority (MRA) besides declaring registration of foreign students as mandatory in connection with their enrolment in the country's Madaris.

The second round of talks between the government and the Ittehad-Tanzeem-ul-Madaris (ITM) concluded on Thursday.Talking to the media, the interior minister said Ulema had agreed on the formation of the MRA and had proposed three names for the chairman of the authority. The prime minister will give final approval, he added. This authority will function under the federal education ministry, the minister said.

Malik said five separate boards would be set up for five schools of thought and a uniform syllabus would be introduced in these boards. Audit of the Madaris would be conducted on a regular basis, he pointed out.

Responding to a question, Rehman Malik said no foreign student would be able to seek admission in Pakistani Madaris without registration and if any Madrassa was found involved in terror-related activities, action would be initiated against it.

He said Lashkar-e-Tayyaba was totally banned and it was not allowed to indulge in any activity. Literature aimed at fanning extremism would not be allowed to be brought into Madaris and stern action would be taken against those found involved in distributing such literature, he warned.

Malik asked the British authorities not to discriminate against the Pakistani students, businessmen and visitors while processing their visa cases. On this occasion, the visiting dignitary appreciated Pakistan for its success in the war on terror and said Britain will continue supporting Pakistan.

He also assured the minister to consider the issue of UK visas for Pakistani applicants and to address the complaints in an appropriate way. The news

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Foreign medical graduates demanded house jobs
Islamabad: Foreign medical graduates on Thursday staged a protest demonstration in front of Supreme Court and Parliament House for not giving them the opportunity to get house jobs in hospitals.

The protesters have got their medical degrees from, among others, Latin America, Russia, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Bangladesh and China. They said despite spending millions of rupees on their degrees they were being denied to get the jobs in the country's hospitals.

The medical graduates demanded that the Higher Education Commission (HEC) should conduct their examination. They boycotted the test taken by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), saying the council was only authorised to registration and accreditation of medical colleges.

Later, speaking at a news conference at Islamabad Press Club, they said the PMDC had conducted their test on January 17 in Islamabad and due to power cut in the examination hall for more than 40 minutes, the graduates could not solve their papers properly.

"We ask the HEC to conduct our test and not the PMDC. How a student can solve a paper of 25 subjects in three hours," Dr Jamil queried.

Graduates, on the occasion appealed to President Asif Ali Zardari and Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammed Chaudhry to take notice of their plight, saying that their careers were at stake.

"Why the PMDC does not warn the students not to go abroad for medical education? Why it has acknowledged foreign medical graduates? When we have done our degrees from abroad, then why we are not entertained here," another medical graduate asked the concerned authorities.

They warned to stage a sit-in in front of Parliament House by calling all medical graduates from the country if they were not accommodated in local hospitals. "It seems odd to conduct test of medical graduates who have completed six years of education," Dr Jamil said. Dawn

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Transport service for students
Islamabad: Residents of the federal capital would soon be provided transport facilities during school hours.

The spokesman for the chief commissioner's office said on Thursday that the ICT administration was working on a number of phase-wise initiatives for providing transport facilities to students and other people by introducing a decent public transport system in the capital.

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has issued special directives for launching a transport service to facilitate people and necessary consultations with stakeholders of the project were underway.

He said that Chief Commissioner (Islamabad) Shahid Mahmood, in his recent meeting with a delegation of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), had assured the business community of launching a transport service in the city.

The chief commissioner said that a bus service for students of schools and colleges, including private academic institutions will be launched for providing pick and drop services to students. In this regard, necessary consultations with stakeholders were underway.

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Kidnapping of KUST VC
Peshawar: A series of actions taken by the political administration of the Frontier Region Kohat against the Akhorwal tribe of Darra Adamkhel for recovery of kidnapped vice-chancellor of Kohat University of Science and Technology Prof Dr Lutfullah Kakakhel has failed to bear any positive results except multiplying the miseries of the tribesmen.

The kidnapped senior academician is about to complete three months in captivity, but the authorities have failed to s recover him despite what they claim making their best efforts. Soon after the kidnapping of the vice-chancellor on November 6, 2009 from Akhorwal area in the gun-manufacturing Darra Adamkhel town, the political administration started a crackdown against the Akhorwal tribesmen under the collective responsibility clause of the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR).

Scores of tribal people have so far been arrested and their properties in the semi-tribal region as well as settled areas of the country have been sealed. Tribal sources informed that 55 tribesmen had been detained. Seven among them were released after they allegedly bribed the officials in the political administration, the sources said.

Two days ago, three noted elders of the tribe, Malik Abdullah Jan, Malik Nadir Khan and Malik Hoora Jan, were arrested from Peshawar. When they were shifted to the prison on the premises of the office of assistant political agent, one of them Malik Abdullah Jan suffered a cardiac arrest and breathed his last. He was 90.

The tribal people were of the opinion that the government was well aware about the kidnappers of the vice-chancellor and even then action was being taken against the innocent tribesmen. They said the action would serve no purpose but multiply their miseries.

There is fear among the Akhorwal tribesmen. They have been confined to their houses. The time of students is going waste, the government and other employees have not been able to attend their duties and their business has come to a complete standstill because the authorities have sealed their business centres in the semi-tribal area as well as in Peshawar. Even if some centres have not been sealed, the tribesmen are unable to run their business for the fear of arrest.

The teachers, students and administration of different universities of the province have criticised the NWFP governor/chancellor of the public sector universities for his failure to recover the vice-chancellor. "If the chancellor cannot recover the head of a university, he has no right to remain in office. He should better resign as governor," said a senior academician of the University of Peshawar while requesting anonymity.

The university teachers are of the opinion that the government was in the know of the kidnappers of Dr Lutfullah, but it had not been able to take steps in the right direction and ensure his safe release. They say the authorities also know it very well that the common tribesmen are helpless against the still powerful militants.

According to sources, the vice-chancellor is in the captivity of Commander Tariq Afridi, who is based in Orakzai Agency. There were reports that he wanted to swap the academician for some of his fellow militants detained in Kohat prison.

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FGCW 39th convocation
Islamabad: Some 540 graduates and postgraduates were conferred upon degrees while seven students received the Roll of Honour for their outstanding performance at the 39th convocation of Federal Government College for Women (FGCW), F-7/2 on Thursday.

Advisor to Prime Minister on Education Sardar Aseff Ahmad Ali was the chief guest. Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) Director General Shehnaz A Riaz and principals of colleges were also present on this occasion.

Ali emphasized upon the need to make concrete efforts for removing disparity in education system. "Though English is a world language and every child must start learning it from initial stage to cope with the modern day challenges, the importance of national language could not be ignored," he added.

Principal of FGWC, F-7/2, Tayyaba Siddiqui, highlighted the achievements of the college.

She demanded that the college should be given an autonomous status of a degree awarding institution.

On this occasion, Misbah Qadeer was awarded the best Qaria prize, Fatima Imdad the best Naat Khwan prize and Maliha Javed the best English debater prize. Bisma Hayat got prize for the best flower arrangement, Sundas Matloob got the best artist prize, Saleha Zaman got the best singer prize and Huda Hassan got prize for excelling in quiz competition. Later, students of Communication Sciences Department presented a puppet show at the Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) here on Thursday.

The show, put up by the students of 'Media for Children' - a course offered by well-known puppeteer Farooq Qaiser - had diversity in characters that beautifully depicted different social service themes in the form of three skits.

Farooq Qaiser termed the show an excellent effort and praised the performance of students. "Besides puppet-making, the students are very good in poetry and script-writing as well," he added.

The response of the faculty as well as students to the show was positive, as they enjoyed and appreciated the creative effort. The students themselves were energised and excited about their performance in front of the audience.

FJWU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Saeeda Asadullah Khan, speaking as chief guest on the occasion, appreciated the creative abilities and the nice presentation of the show, and applauded the efforts of Farooq Qaiser and the Communication Sciences Department for making the event a success.

She said that the FJWU is the first university to have introduced the art of puppetry as a subject and medium of communication. She added that the course is innovative and puppets are life-like. "The FJWU students are very lucky to get the chance to learn from the legendary Farooq Qaiser," she said.

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ICU students scholarships
Peshawar: The Upper Fata Livelihood Development Programme (Fata-LDP) has awarded 53 scholarships to tribal students of Islamia College University Peshawar (ICUP) for tertiary and masters degree levels, during a ceremony on Thursday.

Director Education Nazir Ahmed, Manager Scholarship and Literacy Sameer Khan and Assistant Scholarship Coordinator Sajjadul Haq, representing Upper Fata-LDP, awarded grants to the students.

Dr Naushad Khan, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, Abaseen Yusufzai, Chief Organiser and Director Student Affairs ICUP Sikandar Khan were also present on the occasion,. Addressing the beneficiaries of the scholarship grant, Nazir Ahmad said they were the future leaders who would steer the country towards peace and prosperity.

He informed that at present the Upper Fata LDP was awarding scholarships to the students of tribal belt in Masters Degree Programme, Intermediate, Vocational/Technical and at the school level (7th to 10th grade) in various institutions of the NWFP. The news

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