Campus battlegrounds | F.G Margalla college convocation
May 18: Violence on university campuses may be an age-old phenomenon in
Pakistan but of late it seems to be taking place with disturbing
regularity. Much of the violence has centred on universities in Punjab,
though other campuses elsewhere have not been immune. The Islami Jamiat
Tulaba has drawn plenty of flak - and rightly so - for its strong-arm
tactics on campus. Yet it is only one among many student groups
responsible for disturbing campus life and further degrading the
moribund academic standards in our universities. Matters are aggravated
and become more worrisome when members of the faculty or university
administration get involved in student politics or try to settle scores
by backing opposing student organisations.
A tussle among
faculty members at Bahawalpur's Islamia University appears to be one of
the factors that triggered violence between two student groups in
February. The brawl between a group with religious affiliations and
another student outfit left several people injured and caused
considerable damage to university property. Though the bad blood
between the two groups may have stemmed from a desire to dominate
campus life, the university administration claims that one of the
outfits was provoked into violence by elements within the faculty. Due
to the violence many of the students involved have been fined while
others have been expelled. The engineering college has been closed
since the clash and attempts to restart academic activities have been
The case illustrates the intensity of the blow
that is dealt to education when violence erupts on campus. In the
present situation, it will be difficult for many students to make up
for the precious academic time that has been lost due to the
university's closure. No doubt, students and teachers have every right
to air their grievances. But this must be done in a peaceful manner.
Meanwhile, firearms on campus and the presence of outsiders in
university hostels - believed to be the case in Islamia University -
must not be tolerated. The university administration must ensure that
only students have access to hostels while the elimination of weapons
from the nation's campuses will greatly improve the academic
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F G Margalla College Convocation
Islamabad: Pakistani students are second to none. Pakistan is
blessed with youth capable of doing wonders in the world. The country
needs the power of youth who excel not only in education but also in
These views were expressed by Dr. Inam ur
Rahman, scientist emeritus and former director general of the Pakistan
Institute of Engineering & Applied Sciences (PIEAS), Pakistan
Atomic Energy Commission, while speaking as chief guest at the 25th
convocation and prize distribution ceremony of the Federal Government
Margalla College for Women, F-7/4, here on Monday. The Federal
Directorate of Education director general, directors, principals,
parents and a large number of students attended the function.
need to inculcate family values among our youth and stress on the role
of family commitments. We must bear in mind that only financial
resources or facilities cannot guarantee good grades for students, but
only parents' love, attention and participation in their studies can
help them achieve their academic targets," Dr. Inam said. He urged
students to continue their quest for acquiring knowledge, as this is
just the beginning.
During the ceremony, degrees were
conferred upon 231 graduates and 37 postgraduates, while 19 students
received rolls of honour for their outstanding performances in
different university examinations. The 'Rolls of Honour 2008' were
given to BSc students Ghazal Ashraf, Asia Farid, Sonia Amjad, Asima
Bibi, Umm-e-Kalsoom, Samia Noor, Siddiqa Asghar, Naila Qadir, Ayesha
Faiz, Faiza Rehman, Rabia Bibi, Mahwish Aslam, Sidra Naseem Akram,
Nadia Nazir and Sima Nazir, while the BA students receiving the 'Rolls
of Honour' included Aneela Kazmi, Faiza Ghaffar, Shagufta Bibi and
College Principal Khadija Javed presented the
college report for the academic year 2009-10, highlighting the results
of Punjab University examinations of graduate and postgraduate levels
and the overall performance of students in curricular and co-curricular
activities throughout the year. She also gave a briefing on the
state-of-the-art media laboratories of the Mass Communication
Sehar Hassan Naqvi of the MA Mass Communication
stood first in the Punjab University examinations and awarded a gold
medal. She is also the recipient of the 'Hameed Alvi Award'. While the
'Azra Raza Excellence Award' of Rs50,000 was given to Tahseen Kausar, a
graduate of 2008.
Iqra Hafiz, a student of Third Year, was
awarded for getting second position in the All Pakistan
Inter-University Table Tennis Tournament. The award for Best
Performance in Co-curricular Activities was awarded to Samina Sabir,
while others acknowledged for their participation in co-curricular
activities were Ambreen Yaqoob, Asia Bibi, Shahneela Mazhar, Faiqa
Sana, Madiha, Samia Mussarrat, Alishba Asghar, Sonia Amjad and Ayesha
Mujtaba. The news
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23 students injured in Quetta clashes
Quetta: At least 23 students were injured in clashes between
two groups at the Agriculture College, Lasbela Marine University and
Balochistan University on Monday.
After the clashes, the
Balochistan University and Agriculture College in Quetta and the
Engineering University in Khuzdar and some other educational
institutions were closed for three days.
Examinations of the Agriculture College, which were scheduled to commence on Monday, have been postponed till further orders.
The provincial government has deployed heavy contingents of Frontier Corps and police at the campuses.
About 60 students of the Agriculture College and Balochistan University
have been detained. Both the groups attacked each other with sticks and
"Initially, a clash took place in the morning between
members of the two groups in a bus of the Agriculture College," a
police officer said.
In the afternoon, the rival groups clashed at the Balochistan University.
Seventeen students injured in the clashes were taken to the Civil
Hospital and Bolan Medical Complex Hospital. Another six students
suffered injuries at the Lasbela Marine University. They were taken to
a hospital in Karachi.
Security has been tightened around
educational institutions in Quetta and other towns and FC and police
personnel have been deployed at the Balochistan University.
Students of the two universities and Agriculture College have been asked to vacate hostels immediately.
The Baloch Students' Organisation-A and Pakhtunkhwa Students' Organisation have accused each other of attacking their members.
BSO-A spokesman Salam Sabir said nine Baloch students were injured at
the Balochistan University and Agriculture College in Quetta.
PkSO's secretary Ahmed Jan said 30 Pakhtun students were injured at the
Lasbela university, Balochistan University and Agriculture College. He
said 21 students injured in Uthal had been taken to Karachi.
The BSO-A said police had arrested its 97 members while the PkSO said its six activists had been held. Dawn
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Fellowship for pathologists
Rawalpindi: More than 80 senior pathologists, mostly professors
at different teaching medical institutions across the country, were
awarded fellowships at an event arranged by the College of Pathologists
Pakistan (CPP) here.
Speaking on the occasion, General Manzoor
Ahmed, the president of CPP, reiterated that CPP will soon embark on
registration of clinical laboratories in an attempt to streamline
quality control in diagnostic pathology services. At present, only
about 20% of the pathology laboratories in the country are manned by
qualified pathologists. "We will only register those labs which will
meet the stringent criteria for registration," he said.
issue of training of laboratory technicians, which is far from
satisfactory in Pakistan, was also discussed. The CPP pledged to
undertake a responsibility in this regard by playing an emphatic role
in strengthening diploma courses and training of lab technicians at all
After award of charter by the government, for which an
application has already been submitted, the CPP will start conducting
examinations at various levels for specialisation in various
disciplines of pathology.
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Peshawar Museum impresses students
Peshawar: Students of the Pak-German Model School visited the Peshawar
Museum on Monday as part of the study tour to know about the rare
collections housed at the building.
The visit was arranged by
the school in connection with the World Museum Day, being observed
today.The students were divided into four groups from grade one to
Each group was led by two teachers to help
them in gathering information from different sections of the
museum.Archaeologist Muhammad Asif guided the students to different
sections of the museum and briefed them on the items displaced thereof
guide told the students that the Peshawar Museum was set up in 1906 and
had 14,101 items which included Gandhara sculptures, coins,
manuscripts, weapons, inscriptions, and copies of the Holy Quran,
weapons, dresses, jewellery, effigies, paintings from Mughal era,
household objects and handicrafts.
The students were informed
that the museum had a large collection of Gandhara Art and the number
of such pieces stood at 4,247. The students were led to Islamic Art and
Ethnological sections which had wooden facades of mosques, Arabic and
Persian manuscripts, ceramics, dresses and weapons, etc and life and
culture of major tribes of the province.
The students showed a
keen interest in the engravings of Lord Budha and took notes about the
information provided to them by the guide. At the end of the visit the
administrator of the Pak-German Model School Waqar Haider, Principal
Zareef Hussain and teachers thanked guide Muhammad Asif for the
information provided to the students. THe news
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