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99 scholarships approved under HEC-USAID programme
Islamabad, June 23: A total of 99 scholarships have been approved under 'HEC-USAID Merit and Needs based Programme' for the academic year 2010-11.

HEC Executive Director Dr Sonail Naqvi chairing a meeting of Scholarship Management Committee on Wednesday said that HEC in partnership with the US initiated the 'Merit and Needs Based Scholarship Programme' to provide assistance to talented but needy students who are unable to start their higher education due to financial disadvantages. These scholarships are available since 2004 in the field of Business Administration and Agriculture at 11 participating universities/institutions.

The selected students are from rural and remote areas across Pakistan and studying at KPK Agriculture University, Peshawar; Balochistn University of Information Technology Engineering and Management Sciences (BUITEMS), Quetta; Sindh Agriculture University (SAU), Tandojam. The offered scholarships will cover tuition fee, transportation, books, lodging and incidental costs. Daily times

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Iraqi envoy calls on IIU rector, president
Islamabad: Ambassador Republic of Iraq Dr. Rushdi Al-Ain called on International Islamic University Islamabad Rector Professor Fateh Muhammad Malik and President Dr. Mumtaz Ahmad.

IIU Director General Gulzar Ahmad Khwaja was also present on the occasion.

The Iraqi ambassador speaking on the occasion said that both Iraq and Pakistan have historical relations and we are like brothers under Islamic brotherhood. He said that Iraqi government strongly believes in joint collaboration with the universities of Pakistan.

He suggested that IIU should collaborate with university of Baghdad, Basra University and Islamic University in Iraq for the joint ventures for promoting education and research activities.

He added that Iraqi civilization is almost 10,000 years old and in the near past we suffered because of war, but we did not let our education suffer despite we face many collateral damages to our schools, colleges and other education institutions during the war period of 1993 to 2000. He said that Muslims should focus on education from birth to grave which is the ideology of our religion and the same should be the practice of Islamic culture.

He considered those getting education are living in safe way and those lacks education could face violence and terrible situations in their lives.

Professor Fateh Muhammad Malik, IIU Rector, warmly welcomed the ambassador at the new campus of IIU and said that Pakistan and Iraq should strengthen the intellectual cooperation among the universities.

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Administration allegedly trying to hush up the case Committee formed to probe the matter, says VC
Islamabad: The unfortunate incident of molestation of a female student of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) by the controller examination is allegedly being hushed up by the university administration.

According to the details, a female student from the natural sciences department of QAU went to Controller Examinations for some paper work. The official locked the door and allegedly molested her. The girl started screaming after which the official ran away.

The parents of the girl visited the university campus and asked QAU Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr. Masoom Yasinzai to conduct a fair inquiry into the case and remove the controller examination from his post who is also a threat for the other girls studying in the university.

The university has constituted a committee including QAU National Institute of Psychology Director Dr. Anila Kamal, Chemistry Department Chairperson Dr. Saqib Ali, Department of Biochemistry Professor Dr. Wasim and Campus Manager Colonel (r) Nadeem Gill.

However, sources in the university believe that the university was trying to give cover to the culprit, as he is still not being suspended yet. "The university should have suspended the culprit as soon as it has received a complaint against him," he said.

The source said that there was no need to constitute a new committee when there was already a committee. "A formal committee on sexual harassment has already been announced however, its notification is still pending. The VC should have issued the notification for the same committee instead of announcing a new one," the source said.

According to information, the formal committee on sexual harassment included the deans of department and members of civil society while Farzana Bari was the convener of that committee.

"The purpose behind the constitution of committee was nothing but to hush up the matter. The university administration knew that the already purposed committee could create a hype of the issue and the incident could be reported to media in that case," the source believed.

Human Rights Activist QAU Gender Studies Department Head Farzana Bari said that it was not the first case of this nature in the university however, this is the first case that has been properly reported. "Most of such cases are hushed up either by the victim's family or by the university administration," she said.

She said that most of the cases of harassment reported in the university are 'students versus students'. "We often receive complaints from girls against boys. In such cases warning letters are issued to the culprits and matters are normally resolved," she said.

She said that the constitution of adhoc committee was not the solution of sexual harassment cases. "The administration should constitute a formal committee, which comprises experts rather than any layman," she said.

She said that the administration of university was trying to hide the identity of the culprit and providing cover to him. "The identity of victim should not be disclosed, but the identity of culprit should be made public," she added.

QAU Vice Chancellor Dr Masoom Yasinzai said that a committee comprising senior most and non controversial faculty members has already been constituted to probe the matter. "We have asked the committee to present its report within one week," he said.

He said that the committee that has been earlier constituted has not sent its proposal to him for the approval so he has constituted new committee. "The earlier committee was meant to deal the general cases of sexual harassment. The committee, which has been now constituted is meant to deal with this particular case. Moreover, the presence of Farzana Bari could have created controversy since she is a human rights activist," he added.

He said that the culprit if proven guilty would be immediately suspended while stern action would be taken against him according to the rules and procedures of the university. The news

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KU issues provisional admission list for MBA Banking
Karachi: The provisional admission list for admission to MBA Banking, diploma in the evening programme has been issued. Director University of Karachi (KU)'s Evening Programme announced this on Wednesday. The successful candidates have been asked to contact their respective departments. The admission fee can be deposited from June 23 to June 27, it was further stated. It was pointed out that the candidates who are not satisfied with the provisional merit list could submit their claim form with a late fee of Rs 500 up to June 25 at the directorate of evening programme. app

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Submission of fake documents BIEK rejects exam forms of four candidates
Karachi: Chairman Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) Anwar Ahmed Zai on Wednesday cancelled the examination forms of four candidates for submitting fake documents.

The notification in this regard had been issued and the students will be given a chance to submit their appeals against the decision within 15 days, he said.

According to the BIEK, at least four students have submitted fake documents and marks sheets of their matriculation examinations.

The students who submitted fake documents are Maria Saleem, Daughter of Muhammad Saleem, a student of Pre-Medical group at Bahria College Karsaz, Adnan Yousuf, son of Muhammad Yousuf enrolled in Commerce group at Government Degree Boys College KMC, Nishtar Road, Ameena Malik, Daughter of Abdul Qadeer Malik of Pre-Medical group at Bahria College NORE and Syed Irfan Ali, son of Syed Akber Ali of Aqra Intermediate College Commerce group.

Zai stated that the board had sent the documents of the above mentioned candidates for verification and later found that the documents and record does not match with the original documents issued by the Board of Secondary Education Karachi.

Meanwhile, the chairman BIEK announced that no additional fee should be charged from the students appearing in the practical exams of Pre-Medical and Pre-Engineering groups.

In case, any college is found involved in charging extra amount then the board would take necessary action against it, he added.

The students, who were scheduled to appear at Al-Noor Degree College of Computer Science, would now give their practical exams at different colleges. The board had directed the male candidates to appear at Jinnah Government College, Nazimabad and female students at Government Degree College for Women, Al-Noor Block-16, F B Area. The decision was taken after the BIEK received complain that the administration of Al-Noor Degree College of Computer Science was charging an extra amount for the practical exams from the students. The news

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