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Islamic varsity vice-president resumes duties
Islamabad, June 13: The vice-president of International Islamic University (IIU), Professor Sahibzada Sajid-ur-Rehman, resumed his office on Wednesday after his restoration by Islamabad High Court (IHC) on an intra court appeal.

On Tuesday, IHC suspended the order of a judge declaring the appointment of Sahibzada Sajidur Rehman illegal.

Justice Shoukat Aziz Siddiqui of the IHC had declared the appointment of Prof Sajidur Rehman illegal on May 29, 2013, stating
that a retired officer could not be re-appointed after attaining the age of superannuation.

IHC Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui said re-appointing Prof Rehman was a violation of the Supreme Court order passed in the Haj corruption case on January 27, 2011.

The apex court had observed that re-appointing retired officers was against the fundamental rights of the serving officials.

The petition against Prof Rehman was filed by the "Staff Welfare Association IIUI", a representative body of 2,100 employees (BPS 1-16) of the university, through the counsel Jahangir Wains.

However, Sahibzada Sajid ur-Rehman went in intra court appeal and was allowed to work temporarily.

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Students selling laptops to be punished
Peshawar: The Higher Education Department (HED) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has asked the vice-chancellors of all public sector universities to verify possession of laptops given to students under the provincial government's scheme so as to prevent their sale in the market.

Official sources said that the step was taken after the HED received complaints that the laptops had been sold out by students in the market. They said that the students selling laptops given to them under the government scheme could be punished. However, they said, the nature of punishment had not been determined as yet.

The previous Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government of the Awami National Party and Pakistan People's Party had launched the 'Naway Sahar Scheme' for distribution of laptops among the brilliant students. For this purpose, their government had allocated Rs1 billion in the provincial budget for 2012-13.

The sources said that with this fund the government procured 23,147 laptops and their distribution had almost been completed.

According to the eligibility criteria, laptops were distributed among the students of four-year Bachelor of Studies (BS) programme and those of professional medical and engineering colleges. Besides, laptops have also been given to the top 10 position-holders of government institutions in the intermediate examinations conducted by all boards of intermediate and secondary education of the province. Two per cent quota was reserved for the disabled students of BS programme and engineering and medical colleges.

The officials said that all the universities had complete record of the students availing of the laptop scheme, including their names, roll numbers, phone numbers and email and residential addresses. They said that every laptop had a specific service tag number, while the respective universities and the HED knew which laptop was given to whom (students).

They said that the laptops given under the government scheme were for use of the students and not for sale. In this regard, the universities' officials have been asked to go the classrooms and check the laptops with the students, said the sources.

"We have taken an undertaking from the students that they will not sell the laptops," said an HED official. He said that if any such laptop was found in the market, the student to whom it was given could be traced within a minute with the help of the service tag number.

The official said that soon after the start of distribution of laptops the HED had written to all the commissioners in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to randomly check the electronic markets in their jurisdictions and confiscate the laptops given to students under the Naway Sahar Scheme.

Sources in the University of Peshawar said that the university administration had received directives from the HED concerning prevention of sale of laptops.

The sources said that the university had also asked all the major dealers of laptops in Peshawar to avoid buying such laptops from the students otherwise these would be confiscated from them. Dawn

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PU BS date-sheets
Lahore: Punjab University Examination Department has issued revised practical date sheets for BS Home Economics Part-I 1st and 2nd year annual examination 2013, BS Home Economics Part-II 1st, 2nd and 3rd year annual examination 2013 and BSc Home Economics, final Year annual examination 2013.

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UoE summer vacation
Lahore: University of Education has announced the schedule of summer vacation. According to a press release issued on Wednesday, all campuses and divisions of the university will remain closed for summer vacations from June 15 to August 18, 2013.

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UoP gets equipment worth Rs30m from EU
Peshawar: The European Union (EU) delegation handed over equipment worth Rs30 million to the University of Peshawar at a simple ceremony here on Tuesday.

Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation Lars Gunnar Wigemark presented the items to Prof Dr Rasul Jan, the vice-chancellor University of Peshawar.Deputy Head of Delegation Pierre Mayaudon and Counselor Berend de Groot were also present on the occasion. The equipment included some 25 laptops and other electronic goods.

"The donation has been given as per set tradition of the EU, as whenever a EU election observation Mission (EOM) has completed its duties, all in-country procured equipment are donated to national institutions," said Pierre Mayaudon. He said around 110 observers came to Pakistan in the EU-EOM. The conduction process and transparency of election in 91 percent of the polling stations was satisfactory.

Earlier, ambassador and head of delegation of EU Lars Gunnar Wigemark informed the vice-chancellor about various scholarship opportunities available for students of University of Peshawar in EU countries. The news

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