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Peshawar Universities closed due to violence

Universities closed as death of student sparks violence
Peshwar, Mar 20: The death of a student, who had sustained injuries in a clash between student organisations five days ago, triggered violence on the university campus, prompting the administration of all the varsities to shut the institutions and vacate the hostels for an indefinite period.

The students turned violent when the body of Adnan Abdul Qadir, who succumbed to injuries at the Lady Reading Hospital after 100-hour coma, was brought to the Forensic Centre at Khyber Medical College for autopsy.

The enraged students blocked the main Jamrud Road for sometime and then entered the university campus. They threw stones at different buildings, damaging properties. The protesting students entered the hostels of the NWFP University of Engineering & Technology, ransacked the rooms and put everything on fire there.

The students then turned to the NWFP Agricultural University, where another bout of violence was witnessed. This continued till late Friday night. Police resorted to baton-charge and used teargas to disperse the protesting students. Five students were also arrested.

The violence forced the administrations of the University of Peshawar, NWFP Engineering University, Islamia College University and Agricultural University to convene an emergency meeting to discuss the situation to take an appropriate decision in this regard.

The meeting expressed shock over death of the student and announced closure of all the institutions at the campus and vacation of hostels for an indefinite period. All the hostels should be vacated by 12 p.m. today (Saturday), a notification issued after the meeting said.

The management of the University of Engineering & Technology (UET) had already rusticated the six students of the institution nominated in the police report. The UET had also warned other students who were approaching the media and holding demonstrations of disciplinary action.

The incident in which the student was injured took place on March 14. The activists of Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) and members of Bannu Students Society (BSS) had clashed on that occasion. Five students including two from IJT and three from BSS sustained injuries. Among them was Adnan Abdul Qadir, who suffered a head injury and was shifted to LRH in a serious condition. He breathed his last on Friday and his death triggered violent protests.

The BSS member said that they were playing music in their room in the tribal hostel of the UET, when some activists of the IJT attacked them. They claimed that the attackers beat them up. They demanded action against IJT and immediate arrest of the students nominated in the police report. The office-bearers of the IJT, on the other hand, demanded judicial inquiry into the incident. They claimed that they were not solely responsible for the grave incident.

IJT Campus Nazim Shad Mohammad said that the issue was not a new one. He alleged that Fahd, a UET student, who was an illegal boarder of the Hostel-III, used to play laud music in his room. He said that some students of the hostel submitted a complaint with the administration of the university, which served notice on him, asking him to avoid playing loud music in the hostel.

Shad Mohammad said: "This angered the said student, who called an IJT activist to his room and severely tortured him with the help of his other fellows on March 11. Three days later this student along with his friends and some activists of IJT came face to face. The two sides exchanged hot words and subsequently clashed with each other. This resulted in injuries to five students from both the sides." The news

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Agri varsity VC drawing more than entitlement
Faisalabad, March 20: Ignoring the huge financial deficit the University of Agriculture is in these days, the vice-chancellor is drawing more salary than he is entitled to by exercising his 'discretionary powers'.

Till date, Dr Iqrar Ahmad has received nearly Rs3.5 million extra amount, it was learnt.

Documents obtained revealed that Dr Ahmad was made part of the university (as VC) on Feb 27, 2008, through a notification (SOR&E) 23-22/08-VC/TC).

The notification clearly mentioned that Dr Ahmad had been recruited to MP-II grade.

The terms and conditions said his pay would be Rs105,950 per month, accommodation Rs63, 570 per month and utilities Rs5,298 per month.

However, Dr Ahmad is doing contrary to the government notification and receiving a salary of MP-I grade -- Rs195,000 per month salary and Rs9,750 utility allowance.

The varsity on the other hand is facing a financial deficit of Rs231.877 million which was revealed by its treasurer, Abdul Ghafoor Khan, when he presented the budget for 2009-10 in the 35th meeting of the syndicate. The non-development budget was Rs1055.262 million against an expenditure of Rs1287.139 million.

Sources said the VC had also got issued a separate notification from the university for MP-I grade, but the officials concerned did not accept the document.

They said the VC was also trying to convince vice-chancellors of other public sector universities to raise the issue of MP-I grade with the government, but he got a poor response.

Dr Ahmad also raised the issue with the government that advertisement for the VC appointment was of MP-I grade, however, his notification was issued in MP-II. Over this, sources said the agriculture department sought the opinion of different departments which clarified that Dr Ahmad's appointment was in BPS-22 (MP-II).

The governor's secretariat also endorsed departments' view.

Dr Jalal Arif, the university spokesperson, quoted the vice-chancellor as saying that he (Dr Ahmad) had, immediately after the issuance of his job's notification, approached the provincial government for correction.

He said the VC requested the department concerned to correct the notification as he was appointed in MP-I scale rather than MP-II. He said the result of that correspondence was awaited.

He said the VC was not using his discretionary powers and receiving salary according to his job advertisement that appeared in national newspapers. Dawn

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IIU holds ELT workshop for teachers
Islamabad: The Department of English (FLL) of International Islamic University (IIU) conducted a one-day training workshop on English Language Teaching (ELT), highlighting its theoretical aspects and practical application here on Thursday.

English Department In-charge Dr. Munazza Yaqoob, Dr. Fauzia Janjua, Tajmina Khanum, Sofia Hussain and Amal Sayyid were the presenters on the occasion. They covered various aspects of English Language Teaching, such as language skills, material development, preparation of lesson plans and selection of authentic material in the classroom.

In their addresses to the participants at the workshop's closing ceremony, FLL Dean Dr. Moeen-ud-Din Aqeel and Director Female Campus and Vice President A&F Parveen Qadir Agha highlighted the significance of ELT and teachers' training in the age of globalization. They appreciated the Department of English's initiative in conducting the workshop.

The workshop concluded with a vote of thanks by Dr. Munazza Yaqoob, who announced the holding of a series of workshops dealing with the current and emerging trends in ELT. She asked the university authorities for academic and administrative support in this regard. The news

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Saudi Arabian team visits IIUI
Islamabad: A Saudi Arabia delegation lead by Dr Abdul Aziz Al-Ammar, Secretary, Ministry of Islamic Affairs of the Kingdom, visited the International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI).

Muhammad Bin Saad Al-Dausary, Director Dawah Office of the Royal Saudi Embassy in Pakistan was among the delegation. IIUI Acting President Dr Zafar Ishaq Ansari, Vice President Parveen Qadir Agha and deans and the members of the committee of the under construction of the Jami Masjid at the new campus welcomed the delegation.

The delegation was briefed about achievements and activities of the university during last 30 years.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Ammar lauded role of Pakistan in the Muslim world. He said the Saudi Arabia government and people wanted Pakistan to develop and prosper rapidly. He said Saudis termed Pakistan their home. Daily times

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NVM Club at UET Taxila
Islamabad

Extending its activities to universities, the National Volunteer Movement (NVM) plans to establish NVM Club at the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Taxila, in order to promote volunteerism among youth.

In this regard, a meeting of Federal Minister for Youth Affairs (MoYA) Shahid Hussain Bhutto and UET delegation including faculty representatives and students was held at the NVM office.

The delegation briefed MoYA officials about the ongoing volunteer activities and discussed future strategy to enhance such activities in Taxila and adjoining areas.

Dr. Naeem Ijaz said that students in UET Taxila are actively participating in the Blood Donor Society and Environmental Protection Society. He said that new initiative will encourage more students to join volunteerism on permanent basis. "The collaboration will prove to be a step forward in promoting peacetime volunteerism among the students," he hoped.

To start up with, the UET volunteers and MoYA will organise seminars, photo and art competition at the campus to create awareness about clean environment. In addition to that, the proposed activities include a National Volunteer Walk in nearby villages in order to motivate them for community welfare activities.

Dr. Naeem said that the NVM club will give life time membership to students. "The club will form a team of young and motivated volunteers and will organise NVM induction day in each September."

He further mentioned that MoYA will provide disaster management training to first fifty motivated volunteers to establish a group of master trainers.

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Francophony Week concludes at NUML
Islamabad: The weeklong celebrations in connection with International Francophony Day 2010 concluded at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) here on Friday with an award distribution ceremony.

The activities to mark the day were arranged by NUML in collaboration with Alliance Francaise d'Islamabad.

The students gave their best in debates, literary and artistic activities, quiz and speeches. They also presented skits and songs to entertain the audience.

NUML Director General Kamran Jehangir appreciated the participants for showing immense talent in different activities.

He said that more than 300 students are studying in the French Department of NUML. The department has made an extraordinary progress over years and Cultural Wing of the French Embassy has rendered remarkable contribution in this regard, he added.

French Ambassador Daniel Jouanneau Paul Henry praised NUML for its efforts in raising interest of students in French language. The news

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