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NTU resumes academic activities
Faisalabad, July 22, 2008: The National Textile University resumed its educational activities on Monday, 40 days after its closure after a protest drive by students.

A three-member committee headed by the Textile Ministry secretary, talked to students on July 17 and asked them to return to their classes.

The committee assured them their demands would be accepted and the university would be accredited with the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC).

The university witnessed a thin attendance on Monday as most of the students were not aware about the restoration of the academic activities.

Educational activities were suspended 40 days ago after students went on strike demanding the university be affiliated with the PEC, the vice-chancellor sacked and Aptma removed from the university's affairs.

Sources said Vice-Chancellor Masood Ahmed Biabani and Dean Dr Zubair were sent on leave by the authority and Dr Tanvir replaced the latter.

An acting vice chancellor would also be appointed soon, sources added.

Students said they wanted to resume their studies instead of protesting against anyone. Dawn

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BUITMS students' hunger strike ends
Quetta: The eleven-day long 'unto death' hunger strike by Balochistan University of Information Technology and Management Sciences (BUITMS) students seeking a new admission policy based on open merit at district level finally ended on Monday.

Around four hundred Baloch students had been on a strike at BUITMS for more than a week to press the government to review the current admission policy at BUITMS by replacing the 70 percent open merit with a district-based merit.

Committee: The strike was called off following a meeting between the students and Balochistan Assembly (BA) Speaker Aslam Bhootani and Provincial Minister for Irrigation Sardar Aslam Bezinjo. On their visit to the hunger strike camp in front of the Quetta Press Club, they informed the students that the governor had formed a twelve-member committee to solve the issue within a week.

Bezinjo told reporters that the governor had ordered the BUITMS management not to take any admissions until the committee reached a decision.

The Baloch students have been complaining that due to the 70 percent open merit admission policy, a large number of Baloch students from rural areas fail to obtain admission at BUITMS.

"All we want is that BUITMS should conduct tests in every district to select meritorious students so that every district is represented at this prestigious institute," said Qambar Baloch, the strike organiser. The students said on Monday that they fully trusted the committee and expected "justice" from it.

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Senate committee calls for release of funds to IIUI
Islamabad: The Senate Standing Committee on Education on Monday urged the government to immediately release more funds to the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), especially its recurrent budget, as it was facing severe economic crunch.

During a visit to the IIUI, the committee members took serious note to delay in the release of third quarter fund to the university and assured to take up the matter with the quarters concerned.

"This university should be a model in the entire Muslim world but this objective could only be achieved when it is provided with adequate funds and complete autonomy," the standing committee observed.

The committee members asked the IIUI to become a corner of excellence by bringing about qualitative improvement and acquiring services of a highly qualified faculty.

The Senate body lauded the steps taken by the university to spread the light of education and its commitment to quality education, despite the odds it had been facing.

Philanthropists: The committee asked the government to implement four-year undergraduate programme all over the country to ensure uniformity and consistency. It also urged the philanthropists and affluent sections of the society to help management of the university overcome its current difficulties.

Earlier, Dr Anwar Hussain Siddiqui, the IIUI president, informed the visiting legislators that there were more than 14,000 students studying in the university, which had nearly 250 faculty members. Around 1,500 students from 46 countries, including 550 Chinese students, were also studying at the university. The number of students might reach 30,000 within 10 years, he added.

Crisis: Siddiqui said the present resource crunch was so severe that the university had to borrow Rs 70 million from banks on high interest rates to pay salaries to the teachers, as the third quarter fund was yet to be released.

Deans and Heads of different departments of the university told Senators the university was given only Rs 30.978 million out of the total quarterly grant of Rs 97.682 million.

The committee came to know that salaries for the months of April and May were paid after withdrawing Rs 64.5 million from pension funds, students funds and reserve funds on loan basis.

The committee members expressed concerns over the cut to the university's budgetary allocation and assured they would pursue with the government to restore the grant immediately. Daily Times

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Entry test for MPH on 28th
Peshawar: The candidates, who have failed to attend entry test or failed to apply for MPH, have been asked to appear in entry test on July 28 at Provincial Health Services Academy (PHSA), says a press release. App

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