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Twin cities' students severe transport problems

Twin cities' students cope with transport problems
Islamabad, Jan 05: Students in Rawalpindi and Islamabad are facing severe transport problems, as hundreds of educational institutions had no proper transport facilities.

A large number of students come from the different localities of twin cities to their institutions and have to face inconvenience in packed public transport vehicles, besides maltreatment by drivers and conductors.

"The school and college buses ply only on specific routes and I always use local transport to reach my college," said Taseer Khan, a student. He said this is one of the major problems for all those who come from far-off areas.

Students complained that majority of the local transporters did not apply brakes when they saw students waiting at the stops.

Sanam Ali, a student, said due to financial problems, she couldn't pay full fare of the van, while the transporters did not allow student concession. She said girl students particularly had to wait for a long time to find a seat due to which they often reach their college late.

She demanded of the authorities concerned to arrange sufficient buses for colleges, especially women institutions.

Parents also complained about the rashly driven school and college vans and buses, saying very few institutions cared for the school kids by closely monitoring the mode of transport used by their students.

Though a few institutions have their own pick and drop facility for students, several others have no such arrangement.

The parents said school pickups were charging Rs 2,500 per child, whereas school buses were taking Rs 1,200 per student, adding any parent having three or four school going kids had to pay Rs 5,000 to 6,000 only as transport fee.

A local school driver Manzor Ali, said due to shortage of CNG, the cost of running vehicles had gone up and ultimately the students, especially those belonging to lower-middle class had to face many problems. app

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CM approves 3 colleges in Pindi
Rawalpindi: Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has approved three new colleges in Rawalpindi. To address admission problems in Rawalpindi, Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has approved three new colleges. In first phase, construction work on Government Girls Degree College Mangoot has been started, while Boys Degree College, Khayaban-e-Sir Syed and Government Girls Degree College, Shakariyal would be built in second phase. It is relevant to mention here that the residents of Rawalpindi were facing lot of inconvenience due to shortage of colleges in the city.

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College of Physicians and Surgeons golden jubilee on 7th
Islamabad: The College of Physicians and Surgeons, Pakistan, is organising a flag-hoisting ceremony at its federal chapter office to mark 50 years of its establishment on Saturday (January 7).

Surgeon General Pakistan Army Lieutenant General Azhar Rashid (Inter Services), Director General Health Fiaz Ahmed Ranjha and Major General (r) Ali Masood Akhtar, the founder Executive Director of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, Islamabad, have been invited to honour the golden jubilee ceremony of the CPSP, said Controller Examination and Elected Councillor CPSP Dr Shoaib Shafi.

He said that in the simple ceremony being organised, the flag of Pakistan, the CPSP flag and the flag of capital territory would be hoisted. Regional Director of the CPSP Professor Dr Rizwana Chaudhary would also be present on the occasion.

The CPSP that was established 50 years back under the act of parliament is the highest degree awarding institution in Pakistan on post-graduate medical education in as many as 63 disciplines. The CPSP is an autonomous body.

It is important that nearly 95 per cent of the total specialists cover in medical profession in Pakistan is from the CPSP.

Dr Shoaib informed that the CPSP is organising flag hoisting ceremonies in all its regional offices across country in connection with its golden jubilee celebrations. "The CPSP President Professor Dr Zafarullah Chaudhry would host the ceremony at its central office in Karachi," he said.

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NUML end-term papers rescheduled
Islamabad: The end-term papers of evening shift at National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad, have been rescheduled by the Examination Department and new date has been announced for papers which were postponed on January 2, 2012, says a press release.

The papers of the evening shift which were scheduled for January 2, 2012 (Monday) have been postponed in the wake of protest rallies on the said date. These papers will now be held on 7th of January 2012 (Saturday) in the morning shift from 0900hrs to 1200hrs. Therefore, all students of evening shift who couldn't appear in their end term examination, which was scheduled for 2nd January, 2012, are now intimated to appear in their exam which is rescheduled on 7th January 2012 (Saturday) in the morning shift at 0900hrs. The new date for the rescheduled papers has been intimated to all departments of the university.

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OUP launches campaign against book pirates
Islamabad: The Oxford University Press (OUP), one of the leading publishing houses for school textbooks in Pakistan, is engaged in intensive countrywide efforts to clamp down on book pirates.

As a part of this anti-piracy campaign, raids are being conducted across the country with the assistance of an intellectual property rights organisation and the local police.

The bane of piracy affects our younger generation the most as it affects their education. Piracy also poses a burden on the financial budget of a household as pirated books are usually sold at the same price as original ones but are of an inferior quality. Such infringements of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) cause heavy losses to the publishing industry, authors, the Pakistan government, and parents and pupils who are cheated into buying substandard, pirated books.

The anti-piracy campaign started in Lahore, the literary hub of Pakistan, in December last year and will continue till March of the current year. These raids have been conducted based on information provided by the IPR organisation.

During initial raids, approximately 100,000 pirated books (which are usually primary level books) have been recovered. The culprits have been apprehended and arrested under the Copyright Act and an FIR has been lodged against them at the local police stations. The news

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Islamic varsity to start women gymnasium
Islamabad: International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) has decided to start a women gymnasium in the university to facilitate its over 9,000 female students.

The gymnasium will cost Rs70 million and will spread over 28,000 square feet. The maiden women gymnasium in the universities of federal capital will help establish a liberal image of the university. Moreover the gymnasium, to be completed by February 15, will create job opportunities for one female additional director culture and sports (BPS-18) and two female coaches (BPS-16) who will be paid salaries by the university.

According to sources, Planning Commission of Pakistan had earlier allocated Rs480 million for the construction of new blocks of university. Out of this Rs60 million were allocated for the gymnasium. Although building for the gymnasium was constructed near administration block earlier, yet it could not be started.

The university management has now decided to expand the gymnasium to cater to the needs of as many as 9,000 female students and has also allocated an additional Rs10 million from the university fund for it. Facilities of eight different games including volleyball, table tennis, base ball and others will be provided in it. Besides that, an exercise gym and video lab will also be built for the female students.

An officer of university requesting not to be quoted said: "Although female students did not have facilities of sports and culture but still they managed to win inter-university games. Recently female teams of university remained prominent during the games held in Lahore winning two silver medals.

"In past university was carrying a negative image and suicide attacks in its cafeteria and at the gate further damaged its reputation. Therefore such steps were direly needed for promoting a liberal image of the university. Gymnasium for the female students will be definitely helpful in this regard", he added.

Education of the athletes suffered due to sports and it was observed that teachers at different departments of university marked these athletes 'absent' while they were taking part in sports. Sportspersons were very disappointed on this. It has now been decided that not only the athletes will be marked 'present' but also extra classes will be arranged for these athletes to make up for their loss in studies, he said.

Rector IIUI, Prof Fateh Mohammad Malik said that there were 21,000 students in the university, out of which over 9,000 were females. Being part of a male-dominant society, these female students were not getting enough chances to participate in extra-curricular activities. So it was decided that there should be a separate gymnasium for the female students for encouraging them to participate in extra-curricular activities. That was how they could be brought to the mainstream of sports in the country. Management has also decided to construct two women hostels in the university, he said.

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Students of Swabi colleges protest against transporters
Swabi: Students of various colleges here on Wednesday staged a protest demonstration against local transporters who refused to give them pick and drop facility on previously agreed fares.

The students gathered at Topi tehsil general bus stand in the morning, but the transporters refused to pick them for their colleges on old fares and asked them to pay increased fares like other commuters.

They reminded the transporters of the agreement to pick two students on half fare in each vehicle and the remaining on full fare. However, the students said they would not pay the increased fare because it was unjustified.

The transporters' refusal to carry the students on old fares infuriated the students, who held a protest and blocked the Swabi-Topi road for an hour. Later, officials of the district administration assured the students that action would be taken against transporters who violated the official fare list by overcharging commuters.

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Mansehra schools in need of teaching staff
Mansehra: Majority of the higher secondary schools in Mansehra district is functioning without principals and there are several other schools facing shortage of teachers because of the apathy of provincial education department.

"Ten of the 18 higher secondary schools in the district are without principals for the last several years. The matter has been brought into notice of the relevant officers of education department, but no action is taken in this regard as yet," said Mohammad Khan, the district education officer.

He said that the government higher secondary schools in Balakot, Garhi Habibullah, Shinkiary, Battal, Oghi, Darband, Lassain Nawab, Purhana, Baffa and Shargar are without principals.

The district education department that got a serious setback due to the October 2005 earthquake is also facing shortage of teachers in several other schools.

According to official record, the vacant posts in different schools of the district include 10 posts each of grade-19 and grade-17 officers, over 100 posts of grade-16 teachers and 150 posts of primary teachers.

When asked, the DEO said that they had conveyed to the education department to fill the vacant posts.

He said that about 1,400 schools were destroyed in the 2005 earthquake and so far only 640 school buildings had been rebuilt and handed over to the district education department. He said that schools whose buildings had not been reconstructed yet were being run in tents or under open sky.

Mr Khan said that in Balakot and upper and lower Tanawal there were no winter vacations and the students had to sit in tents to get education. Dawn

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