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Swabi Postgraduate College problems

Swabi college hostel a picture of neglect
Swabi, June 29: Students staying in the only hostel of the Swabi Postgraduate College have been facing many problems due to negligence of the college administration.

The students told this correspondent on Tuesday that the hostel was the most neglected buildings of the college and needed immediate attention of the principal.

Usually the students leave the hostel during summer vacations but there are still some who have to stay to prepare for the examination. Majority of the students belong to the far-flung mountainous region of Gadoon Amazai and they have not option but to stay in the hostel despite almost no facilities.

The students alleged that the sanitation staff did not perform their duty and the dining hall was presenting a view of an archeological site as all the walls had been blackened by the smoke coming from the kitchen. The students said they had no option but to stay in the hostel.

The students have to rely on hand fans most of the time due to prolonged loadshedding, which has also badly affected their preparation for the upcoming BA/BSc examination. They said they were forced to pass sleepless nights due to hide and seek of the electricity.

The students said only one washroom was functioning in the hostel while the remaining had been chocked. "There is always a big line to the washroom early in the morning," said one of the students. "An awful smell was emanating from there", he complained.

A student, Gul Nawar Shah who hails from mountainous region of Utala said: "You are talking about the warden. We have even appealed to the ministers and other officials to direct the sanitation staff to clean the washrooms but to no avail".

Mohammad Pervez Khan, the hostel warden, was not available for comment.

However another official said that a grant for bringing about improvement in the hostel had been approved. Dawn

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Gomal varsity submits report to PHC
Peshawar: The Gomal University Dera Ismail Khan on Tuesday submitted an inquiry report on graduation degree of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister Rahimdad Khan to the Peshawar High Court (PHC).

Following the high court directives, an official of the Gomal University submitted a 15-page inquiry report about the minister's BA degree to a two-member bench comprising Chief Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice Yahya Afridi.

In a previous hearing, the bench had allowed an application filed by petitioner Farman Khattak, requesting for summoning the said inquiry report claiming that it was a vital document in the case.

Farman Khattak, a voter, had filed an application in his writ petition requesting the court to disqualify Rahimdad from holding the office of an MPA, as he was not a graduate, a precondition for contesting the 2008 general elections.

On the request of the petitioner's counsel, Qazi Muhammad Anwar, and respondent Rahimdad Khan, the court directed the office to provide copies of the inquiry report to them and fixed next hearing for September 20.

In the previous hearing, Qazi Mohammad Anwar had stated that Rahimdad had contested election from PF-27 (Mardan). He stated that the minister produced a graduation degree, according to which he passed the examination in 2005. He said according to the record, the roll number given by him belonged to a candidate Rahimdad son of Bangi Khan, a resident of Serai Naurang in Lakki Marwat. He said that in the application submitted by the minister for receiving the degree, he had mentioned the name as Rahimdad son of Saifullah Khan.

He submitted that the Supreme Court ordered the Election Commission last year to verify the degrees of all lawmakers, following which the commission referred the degrees to the Higher Education Commission, which sent those to the concerned universities. Further, he submitted that the Gomal University vice-chancellor had constituted a high-level committee for conducting an inquiry regarding the degree of Rahimdad Khan.

The counsel argued that according to that inquiry Rahimdad had neither appeared in the examination nor he was registered with the university and he had manoeuvred with the then vice-chancellor, registrar, etc, to get a graduation degree.

Advocate Abdul Lateef Yousafzai, who appeared for Rahimdad in the previous hearing, had raised preliminary objection to the application, arguing that it was very vague and nothing was mentioned in it when the said inquiry was conducted and when its report was finalised. He stated that the petition was based on mala fide intention, as the petitioner was brother of a candidate, Shahid Khan, who had lost the election to Rahimdad.

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The News Education Expo ends after grand show
Lahore: The News Education Expo 11 attracting a large number of visitors on its second day concluded here on Tuesday.

Most of the students who visited the expo were also accompanied by their parents who showed a keen interest in the event and explored stalls to select institutes for their studies.

The two-day mega educational event, organised by the Jang Media Group, had started on Monday and thousands of people visited it. The halls of the PC Hotel remained jam-packed with a large number of people who were seen collecting information from stalls.

Tauseef, a visiting student, said the expo had proved more useful than his expectation as free information about academic programmes of universities was available there. He said it was a great experience to see representatives of so many universities under one roof.

A number of other visitors also lauded the efforts of the Jang Group for organizing the event just ahead of admission season.

Bilal Malik, assistant marketing manager of CFE Group of Colleges, termed the expo a right platform to directly interact with the target audience.

"The event also provided us with an opportunity to present a complete picture of CFE Group of Colleges," he added.

Assistant Director of STEP Institute, Wajiha Daud, said that her institute had received a good response from students in the expo. She, however, said that most of the students lacked a focused approach towards their future academic plans, and added, "We did our best to guide them in this regard too."

Cultural Affairs Officer at US Consulate, Lahore, Kathryn Kiser, who was present at the stall of the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) appreciated the efforts of the organisers and termed The News Education Expo 11 a good experience. She said education in the US was really challenging academically owing to which it was a favourite destination for many international students, including those from Pakistan. She was of the view that student exchange programmes between the US and Pakistan should be promoted. She said the USEFP and the Education USA had their active presence in Pakistan and were guiding the students for their future academic plans in the US.

Sahar Sadiq, student development executive of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), said her organisation was the UK-based and had presence in 168 countries, including Pakistan. She said it was good to see lots of students and most of them were accompanied by their parents which showed interest and confidence of people in the expo.

SKANS School of Accountancy's manager marketing Mahvash Khan also said it was good to see parents discussing future academic plans of their children.

Nadeem Alvi, who introduced himself as programme coordinator of Pharmacy Department at the Hajvery University, said the students were provided with detailed information about various academic programmes offered by his university. He said free blood group, blood sugar and BMI tests of the visitors were also conducted by the Pharmacy Department of the Hajvery University in the expo.

Ejaz Rahi, education counselling manager at Falcon Education and Consultancy Services (Pvt) Ltd, also termed the expo a great success and said the visitors were given free briefing on the UK education policy and other admission-related information.

It is pertinent to mention here that the University of Lahore was platinum sponsor of the expo while gold sponsors were Aloha Mental Arithmetic, University of South Asia (USA), KIPS College, Qarshi University, University of Management and Technology (UMT), Superior Group of Colleges, Hajvery University, Global Institute, Institute of Business Management, Pakistan School of Fashion and Design, Higher Education Commission, ATS Training Institute, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), USEFP, HR Consultants, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology and Radio FM 91. The news

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Civil society condemns IJT hooliganism at PU
Lahore: Different civil society and human rights organisations have condemned the hooliganism and brutality of the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) in the Punjab University.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) and Woman Action Forum (WAF) have condemned the torture on students and teachers of the Philosophy Department. Sources informed that office-bearers of the IJT and Jamaat-e-Islami have approached the teachers of the Philosophy Department to resolve the matter.

These office bearers are also pressurising the students and teachers to resolve the matter and withdraw the FIR against them. The IJT activists had tortured the students last week for sitting with the female students after which a large number of students and teachers staged a demonstration on the PU premises. After the demonstration, the IJT activists reportedly attacked the teachers and students living in Hostel No 7 and shot and injured several of them.

IJT Media Coordinator Nauman, on Tuesday, claimed that all the matters had been resolved after a meeting with the teachers of the Philosophy Department. He claimed that it was a misunderstanding between IJT and the students of the Philosophy Department.

On the other hand, in an open letter to PU Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran, WAF had condemned the hooliganism and brutality of the IJT activists on female students and teachers.

A WAF handout states that these actions of the IJT activists have once again revealed the hypocrisy and total lack of ethics of the students body. Daily times

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