Virtual University spring 2010 final exams
35,000 students to appear in VU Spring 2010 final exams
Lahore, July 31: Around 35,000 students will appear for Virtual University's
Spring 2010 final term examinations in 108 exam centers in 85 cities
across the country. The exams will be held from August 07 to August 23,
including weekends. Around 700 overseas students will also sit for the
examination. The university is conducting examination in a unique mode,
whereby students have developed their own date sheets, time and selected
exam centres themselves. The unique examination system enables students
to solve separate questions on the same subject. VU has been
endeavouring to facilitate students and working to provide trouble free
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QAU employees demand 50% raise in salaries
Islamabad: More than 500 employees of Quad-i-Azam University (QAU)
held a protest demonstration on Friday against what they term as an
open injustice as the university administration have not increased their
salaries up to 50 per cent which was announced in the budget 2010-11.
their voice against the massive budget cut in Higher Education
Commission (HEC), which was affecting the universities adversely, the
protesters demanded increase in the budget of HEC so that universities
could pay 50 per cent adhoc increase in salaries, 15 per cent increase
in medical allowance and 15 per cent to 20 per cent increase in pension
to its employees, as announced in the budget for the fiscal year
The protesters were holding placards inscribed with
slogans for the increase in budget of HEC and saving the future of
education in the country. The employees were of the view that the
inflation has increased manifold within the time span of a year and it
was not possible for them to make both ends meet in the current income.
said that it was an open injustice that the salaries of other
government sector employees have been increased except those working in
public sector universities due to the inability of HEC to pay required
funds to the universities.
According to the information there
were currently 1500 employees working in BPS in university and the
administration could not possibly pay the increased salaries in the
available funds. "We have been given a budget of Rs525 million for this
fiscal year while Rs600 million is required only to pay the salaries of
the employees," an official said.
According to the officials
there are several other expanses, which a university has to pay which
include utility bills, vehicles patrol, laboratory maintenance, purchase
of chemicals and equipments. "The universities would only be able to
pay the increased salaries if the budget of HEC would be increased," he
QAU Registrar Dr. Shafiq-ur-Rehman
said that it was impossible for the university to increase the salaries
of its employees as it was already in severe financial crunch. "The
income of the university is equal to none to meet with the huge expanses
of the universities," he said.
However, QAU Vice Chancellor (VC)
Dr. Muhammad Masoom Yasinzai addressed to the protesters on the
occasion and assured that he would take every possible measure to
increase the salaries of employees. "We are already having meetings with
HEC and requesting them to release our funds so that we can pay the
increased salaries of our employees," he maintained.
It is worth
mentioning here that the Vice Chancellors of 52 public sector
universities on Wednesday held an emergent meeting where they urged the
government to restore the budget to its original level of Rs28 billion.
Recurring Budget and Rs30 billion Development Budget as was agreed by
Ministry of Finance for fiscal year 2010-11.
The VCs were of the
view that under current circumstances it would not be possible for the
universities to provide 50 per cent adhoc increase in salaries, 15 per
cent increase in medical allowance and 15 to 20 per cent increase in
pension to its employees They urged the government to provide a
supplementary recurring grant of Rs7 billion to cater to salary
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AIOU reaches far-flung areas to educate people
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) is extending
educational facilities to far-flung and backward areas of the country
where people do not have access to formal education.
Chancellor Professor Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi said while taking oath from
unopposed elected members of Officer Welfare Association (OWA) of the
university. Sangi said that AIOU is striving to accomplish the goal of
providing education home to home, following the vision of Founder of
University and former prime minister of Pakistan, Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali
Employees are great asset for the university and their
problems will be resolved on priority, he said. The university will
enhance facilities for the teachers, officers and employees so that they
can work with more dedication, Sangi said.
included Qasim Haider (president), Abdul Wadood (vice-president),
Muhammad Umar Khan (general secretary), Malik Touqeer Ahmed (joint
secretary), Mazhar Hassan Saeedi (finance secretary) and Muhammad Shabir
Budhra (secretary information).
While Engineer Dr. Syed
Attaullah Shah, Ch. Hassan Muhammad, Liaqat Hussain, Shahab-ud-Din
Shahab and Mrs Arifa Sulman are elected the executive members of the
association. Newly elected president OWA, Qasim Haider and Former
President OWA, Muhammad Umar Khan thanked Professor Dr. Nazir Ahmed
Sangi for understanding and resolving the issues of the university
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Bilal Jamaee buried at KU graveyard
Karachi: Bilal Jamaee, a University of Karachi (KU) student killed
in the Islamabad air crash, was buried at the KU graveyard on Friday
after the Juma prayers.
The funeral prayers were offered at
Masjid Ibrahim. The burial saw moving scenes as a large number of KU
students, friends and class fellows of the deceased gathered to perform
the last rites of the talented young man.
Bilal, who was a third
year student at the Department of Mass Communications (MC) and the
Information Minister of the Youth Parliament, was hugely popular among
the students, teachers and the non-teaching staff.
Later, in a
well-attended condolence reference in the MC Department, the teachers
and students recalled the qualities of the deceased. Bilal was known for
his personality and an attitude full of energy along with his bright
Pro Vice Chancellor Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi reminded the
students and teachers that one should live the life of Bilal who did so
many things at a time but managed it in such a way that no task was
affected. She expressed her astonishment over the fact that Bilal was
chosen to be a Youth Parliamentarian out of 1,200 applicants at the KU.
"It is a great achievement indeed and it shows what a dynamic and
intelligent person Bilal was," she observed.
Chairperson MC Dr
Rafia Taj praised the sensitivity of the students of the MC who had
shown their grief and sorrow on the sad demise of Bilal and two other
students of the department but advised the student organisations not to
use the occasion for political manoeuvring. She mentioned Pyare Ali who
had a Masters degree in Geography but sought admission to MC Evening
Programme and Aisha, also a former student who had worked for many TV
channels and magazines and was recently married. She was on the flight
with her husband for Islamabad and beyond for honeymoon.
Dean Faculty of Arts and a Professor at MC Dr Shamsuddin reminded the
mourners that death was a reality and it could only be borne by the
prayers for the departed soul and the understanding that everybody has
to face it. Former Chairman Dr Tahir Masood recalled the occasion when
Bilal had come to him for admission in the department. "I was impressed
by his determination and mercurial quality," Dr Masood recalled. Bilal's
father is a graduate of the same department.
Professor MC, Prof Inam Bari termed Bilal as a civilized and refined
student who had the spirit and energy to perform so many tasks
simultaneously. He also recalled two other students Aisha Abdus Samad
and Pyare Ali who also perished in the same air crash.
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Boat school harbinger of new hope in Dadu
Karachi: A community-based boat school has created a
ray of hope among the children of the fishermen living in boat houses in
Manchhar Lake, Dadu district. Two community teachers as well as
children from several localities use small boats to reach the boat
school, where classes are conducted regularly.
The boat school
was launched three years ago by local community organizations in
collaboration with Sindh Education Foundation, and ever since, has been
running successfully, local activists said. They added that the
initiative was taken as there was no government school for the
communities living in boat villages.
Moreover, given that most of
the children studying at the school are underprivileged, they do not
dream high and want to be teachers except one little girl, who wants to
be a doctor. However, parents are optimistic and hope that their
children might be successful in getting good jobs in future if they
continued their education at the boat school.
Life in the
Manchhar Lake is colorful and mobile. In daytime, beautiful boat-houses
could be seen moving with entire families onboard and even cooking and
eating is done while the boats sail in search of fish. After the sunset
when the fishermen return from the local market after selling the fish
catch there, the boats are anchored in apposition that they make a
However, these boats might be the last ones to keep
alive a centuries old lifestyle, as now hardly 100 mobile boat houses
have left out of more than 1000 about 40 years back. Poverty and growing
unemployment have shrunk the scenic boat villages in the Manchhar Lake.
this regard, vice chairman of the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF),
Mustafa Meerani, said that now people could not afford to invest Rs0.5
million to build a new boat. Recalling the past, he said that there was
enough fish as well as there were flocks of birds, aquatic plants and
vegetables and life was prosperous. All these things have depleted now
due to pollution and degradation of the major water bodies, he said.
is claimed that some 45,000 fishermen, including those living in
residential boats, would derive livelihood from the Manchhar Lake about
40 years back. Hundreds of small boats would work in the lake, which
consists of 233 square kilometers.
Meerani said that a large
number of the fishermen families migrated from the area over the years
most of whom shifted to Karachi coastal areas after 1995.
past, it has been a tradition among the people living in the boat houses
to build new boats before the wedding of a son or daughter.
parents used to build new boats every year to make arrangements for
their children, but now the parents can't follow the old tradition due
to acute poverty," Meerani said. He added that the time of building
boats would be a happy occasion when the relatives would sit together,
exchange greetings and sweets would be distributed.
that just like vanishing of the majority of human population in Manchhar
Lake, many fish species have also depleted. There were 52 species of
fish 40 years ago but now hardly a dozen could be found there which too
face the threat of being wiped out. Besides, there used to be 30 species
of aquatic plants. River Indus was the source of feeding the lake,
bringing more fish in the monsoon season. The lake used to feed about
100000 acres of the cultivated lands. The major crops were cotton,
wheat, tobacco, oil seeds, vegetables etc. Manchhar Lake, being the
first declared wetland of Sindh, is also located on one of the routes of
migratory birds, he added.
The communities living in the
Manchhar Lake are facing a number of problems including dominance of
middle men, no fish storage facility and lack of educational and health
institutes. Though some organizations initiated boat clinics at
different times but the mobile health centers could not be sustained. The news
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