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100th anniversary of international women's day

PU marks Women's Day
Lahore, Mar 09: Punjab University Department of Gender Studies Chairperson Prof Dr Samar Fatima led a walk in connection with International Women's Day here at New Campus on Tuesday.

The walk, started from the department, concluded in front of the Vice-Chancellor office with participation of faculty members including Raana Malik, Sadia Akbar, Faiza, Nadia and a large number of students.

Addressing the participants of the walk, Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran said the importance of educating the women was neglected in the past because of which they were unaware of their rights. But now girls were more conscious and this year nearly 63 per cent girls got admission in the Punjab University on open merit, as compared to the previous year, he added. The VC said female students should come forward in every field of education for their rights. He said economic freedom was the real freedom and women should get education to be independent in real meaning.

The VC said it was regrettable that 51 per cent of the population was not playing its due role in national development which would lead to social problems. He revealed that three PU female students were a part of Bigbang research team, which is an honour for the varsity. He said female students were talented and have ability to excel and they should utilise their skills not only to become professionals but good mothers as well.

Later, the VC also inaugurated Women Gala at the department and visited various stalls of books, fabrics, jewellery, skin care, women awareness and others, put up by the students and NGOs.

teachers win prizes in Seerat Conference: Punjab University Faculty of Islamic Studies' faculty members, Dr Hameedullah Abdul Qadir (Associate Professor) and Dr Hafiza Shahida Parveen (Lecturer)'s papers on "Taleem-o-Tarbiyat Mein Hum Ahangi-Taaleemat-e-Nabwi (PBUH) Ki Roshni Mein", have won second prize in National Seerat Conference organised by Federal Ministry of Religious Affairs this year.

It is worth mentioning here that both the faculty members have been winning prizes in Seerat Conferences in previous years. Dr Hameedullah Abdul Qadir won first and second prizes in Punjab in the year 2004, 2007 and 2008, while Dr Hafiza Shahida Parveen has been continuously winning first or second prize since 2003. The nation

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Seminar to celebrate International Women's Day at KU
Karachi: The devolution of the local government system in the country is imperative because this is the era of decentralisation.

Power should be distributed among people at the grass root level because this system gives equal opportunity to men and women for playing a leadership role in the decision-making forums.

In addition, emphasis should be laid upon overcoming the intellectual deficit, which the nation is facing these days, because this is the only deficit that cannot be covered up by any currency, said Vice Chancellor University of Karachi (KU) Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, ex-city nazim Syed Mustufa Kamal and others while addressing to the seminar organised to celebrate the International Women's Day at KU campus on Tuesday.

The event was organised by Director of Centre of Excellence for Women's Studies Prof Dr Nasreen Aslam Shah, in collaboration with Department of Social Work, Karachi University, Higher Education Commission, Women Development Department, Social Welfare Department Government of Sindh and Anjuman Taraqqi-e-Niswan.

While addressing the seminar, Kamal said that we couldn't separate children's issues with that of the women's. He said, "We need to address the core issues like who forces the children to hold tools in their hands instead of the books. Sindh Social Welfare Minister Nargis ND Khan shed light on the steps taken by the department of social welfare for the betterment of the women and children.

KU Pro-VC Prof Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi said that women should be given the right of taking their own decision. They constitute 52% of the total population of Pakistan. So, they do not deserve a neglected attitude and should not lag behind.

Dean Faculty of Arts Prof Dr Zafar Iqbal highlighted that the need is to think about the issues seriously. Strict laws against the child labour and child trafficking needs to be designed and not only this but it should be made sure that these rules are properly implemented in the society. The founder and ex-director of Centre of Excellence for Women's Studies Dr Tahira Aftab said that the time has come when we should address the social dichotomy, which is prevailing in the society and should bridge the gaps which are acting as hurdles in bringing social change.

Zarren Majeed also insisted upon giving equal opportunities to the women of country. Prof Dr Nasreen Aslam Shah expressed her gratitude and satisfaction and said that she will continue her efforts until the women and innocent children of the nation are able to get their rights.

On this occasion, three publications of the centre were launched in collaboration with the Anjuman Taraqqi-e-Niswan. These publications include a directory of the Alumni of the Department of Social Work and the Centre of Excellence for Women's Studies, KU and a book compiled on the research work that is done in the centre. app

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Women's Day at Bahria University
Islamabad: The Bahria University celebrated the 100th anniversary of international women's day, by holding a moderated forum on women's rights carrying the age-old caption 'Frailty, Thy Name is Woman' under the aegis of its Literary and Debates Club, says a press release.

Five successful women were specially invited to form part of the panel discussion. They were Tahira Abdullah, a female activist, Samar Minallah, a documentary filmmaker, Nosheen Abbas, a journalist, Nigar Nazar, a cartoonist, Jacqueline Wolf, a German Exchange Student, who occupied the podium.

The panel discussion included a most interesting interactive session when the audience was invited to ask questions from the panellists. Lasting for more than two hours, the discussion covered various facets of a woman's life of today, the several barriers she faces and then crosses to fight for a right to live, have good health and a most promising future. On its conclusion, the very well attended event drew a great applause especially from the girls students representing all the disciplines. The news

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BIZTEK marks International Women's Day
Karachi: To mark the International Women's Day, the Institute of Business and Technology (BIZTEK) organised a seminar at its premises here on Tuesday. The topic of the moot was: 'Why should women matter in Pakistan or elsewhere'. According to the organisers, the purpose of this seminar was to highlight the importance of women in the modern society. Speaking on the occasion, Romana Hussain, a senior journalist, shared the significance of women development that has taken place in the last 60 years and their economic/social contribution to Pakistan. Executive Member Pakistan Olympic Association, Veena Masud shared the accolades and achievement of women medalists have got for Pakistan and keeping its flag high in the global arena. Zeenat Hisam of Pakistan Institute of Labour, Education and Research (PILER) spoke about the labour laws and its impact on the workingwomen. Director Planning and International Linkages at BIZTEK, Prof Sikandar Mehdi explained the culture of humiliation in Pakistan and called for the launch of a strong movement against the culture of humiliation in Pakistan. app

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UK varsity to give 50pc discount on PhD scholarships
Peshawar: A memorandum of understanding is going to be signed towards the end of this month between the University of Engineering & Technology (UET), Peshawar and the

Cambridge University UK, which has agreed to offer 50 per cent discount on the costs of PhD full scholarships for up to five graduates of the UET per year.

Both the universities will engage in collaborative research projects working together in terms of achieving world's leading research outputs. University of Engineering & Technology Vice-Chancellor Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani will attend the MoU signing ceremony to be held on March 28, 2011 in Cambridge University during his visit to UK in a delegation of vice-chancellors sponsored by the Higher Education Commission and British Council.

In this connection, an hour-long formal meeting was held on Tuesday in the University of Engineering & Technology Peshawar through video conferencing in which high officials from both the universities attended the interactive session. Prof Dr Sohail Naqvi, Executive Director of Higher Education Commission, also participated from his Islamabad office through video conferencing.

Imtiaz Hussain Gilani thanked the Cambridge University officials for their cooperation and taking keen interest in building this partnership. He also thanked the HEC for extending their blessing and support towards making the programme a success.

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ICU students protest relative marking system
Peshawar: Students of Islamia College University Tuesday staged a protest to press the university administration to change the relative marking system.

The protest started from the main building of the university and after passing through various departments, the students reached at the administration block. They were holding placards inscribed with slogans against the 'relative marking system' in the bachelor and master degree programme.

The students were of the opinion that under the relative marking system, students got failed even after obtaining 80 marks. They said that minimum marks for failure should be fixed. The administration of the university assured the protesting students to discuss the matter in the deans committee meeting today (Wednesday). A three-member committee of the students was also formed to inform the committee about the students concerns. The news

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