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IIU admission last date today
Islamabad, July 19, 2008: The last date for submission of applications to all nine faculties of International Islamic University is today (Saturday), says a press release. IIU Director Academic Shagufta Haroon has said that due to rush of the applicants, last date for submission of applications was extended till July 19, however there will be no more extension at all.

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Cut in grants put NWFP varsities on verge of collapse
Peshawar: The reduction in grants for the public sector universities in the Frontier has made it difficult for the institutions to continue functioning smoothly, while several varsities are on the verge of collapse.

Perhaps it would be for the first time in the educational history of NWFP that the vice-chancellors of all the public sector universities gathered on a single platform to voice concern over the decision of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and press the authorities concerned to not only issue fourth quarter of the grants in full to the universities, but also make substantial increase in the grants in light of the increase in salaries and other expenditure.

A meeting of all the vice-chancellors held here two days ago to take up the issue, wherein the heads of varsities announced to take up the issue with NWFP Governor Owais Ahmad Ghani, Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti and high-ups of the Higher Education Commission Islamabad.

Presided over by Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani, Vice-Chancellor of the NWFP University of Engineering and Technology, the meeting was also attended by Dr Azmat Hayat of University of Peshawar, Said Khan Khalil of NWFP Agricultural University, Ihsan Ali of Hazara University, Farid Khan of Gomal University, Lutfullah of Kohat University, Asmatullah of Bannu University, Muhammad Rasul Jan of Malakand University, Farhana Jehangir of Frontier Women University, Dr Muhammad Daud Khan of Khyber Medical University, Nasser Ali Khan, director, Institute of Management Sciences and Ajmal Khan, Islamia College University.

The universities' heads were of the opinion that all the universities had been subjected to extreme financial crisis due to unprecedented and unbearable budgetary cuts on the recurring grants. The fourth quarter releases for 2007-2008 to all universities have been slashed by two-third, the meeting was informed.

The major chunk of the recurring expenses - about 70 percent - is spent on payment of salaries, which has become almost impossible for the public sector universities to bear, the participants of the meeting said, adding the inflation, 20 pc increase in salary/pension and utilities had also adversely affected the functioning of public sector universities and some of them are on the verge of collapse.

They further said several universities had completed projects and submitted the PC-IV's, but operational expenses were still not released, causing them further budgetary deficits. With all this, the fast track on which universities had started to move will come to a halt and all the investments so far made in higher education sector will be frittered away, they opined.

The vice-chancellors also expressed concern over what they called the inequitable and unfair allocations made by Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP). The issue has been worsened by the fact that the HEC funding has been capped at last year's (2007-2008) level whereas the number of universities has increased substantially, causing a net cut to each university and no additional funding for newly established ones. The News

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Students refuse to end hunger strike
Quetta: Three students who have been on a hunger strike to press their demand for a quota-based system for admission to the Balochistan University of Information and Technology refused to end their protests on Friday despite an announcement made by Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Magsi that a committee had been formed and its recommendations would be followed for a new policy.

Mr Magsi said he would take a decision only after receiving the committee's report. The students insisted that the governor should immediately issue a notification introducing a new policy.

When the governor left, activists of the Baloch Students Action Committee held a demonstration and raised slogans against the governor and the chief minister

They said they would continue their hunger strike till the acceptance of their demand. Dawn

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Lecturers to get extension in contracts
Peshawar: NWFP Higher Education Minister Qazi Mohammad Asad said on Friday that the provincial government has decided to give one year extension in the contract period of lecturers and a notification to this effect will be issued soon.

He disclosed this while talking to a delegation of his constituency in Haripur district.

The minister said that the provincial government was making all-out efforts for promotion of education and eradication of unemployment from the society, adding that extension in the contract period of lecturers was a part of the same efforts.

He said that promotion of education was their first priority and the Awami National Party (ANP)-led provincial government was utilising all its resources for bringing reforms in education sector. Daily Times

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