University of Peshawar Professor beaten by APkSF
Professor beaten up on UoP campus
Peshawar, May 29: Some activists of Tariq Afghan-led Azad Pakhtun Students
Federation (APkSF) Friday allegedly beat up and injured a senior
professor of the University of Peshawar.
Prof Faqeera Khan
Faqri, director, Institute of Urdu and Persian Languages, was taken to
the nearby Hayat Shaheed Teaching Hospital for medical treatment after
the thrashing. Police registered the first information report and
arrested the three students nominated as the accused in the case. "The
three students forced their way into office of the professor and
started beating him. They also hurled abuses at the professor," an
official of the institute said.
The students, arrested
by the campus police on the indication of the injured professor,
included Asadullah Mayar, a drop-out of Persian department, Arbab Mir
Afzal and Irfan Khan of sociology department.
The activists of
APkSF, which is a splinter group of the Awami National Party-affiliated
Pakhtun Student Federation, wanted to secure admission for their
colleague Asadullah Mayar in the final year at the Persian department
for which he was not qualified, the official said.
not the first time these students visited the office of Prof Faqeera
Khan. They had gone there several times to put pressure on him for the
admission of their colleague, the official said.
Prof Faqeera Khan said that Asadullah had failed the
previous year examination. He said the student had not taken admission
in the final year and had not attended any class and despite this was
persistently asking him to give him admission for which he was not
qualified. "How could I give him admission when he didn't meet the
required criteria," the professor said.
administration downplayed the incident by terming the students as
outsiders. "It is purely a police case and we condemn it," a university
official told reporters. The teachers and students of the university,
however, condemned the incident and urged the university administration
to take immediate and stern action against the culprits. "If the
university administration wants to keep the campus peaceful, it should
take prompt action against the accused, otherwise the vice-chancellor
would be responsible for any untoward incident," a senior professor
He ridiculed the university stance that the
accused students were outsiders, saying that it was the responsibility
of the university administration to provide protection to the teachers.
"This shows that the administration wanted to bail out the students who
have already been arrested by police," he argued. The news
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School bags getting heavier and heavier
Peshawar: In a recent study, a direct correlation has been pointed between the
presence of back pain and how the school bag was carried. In the
back-to-school preparations now keeping parents are busy. Researcher
warns parents to be wary when choosing school bags, as one of the
common causes of back pain is the use of school bags.
"Parents can do a lot in preventing such conditions, and to start with,
they can encourage their child or teenager to tell them about pain or
discomfort," says health expert. "Do not ignore any back pain in a
child or a teenager talk to the school about lightening the load. Be
sure the school allows students to stop at their lockers throughout the
day and team up with other parents to encourage changes", he said.
Poor posture although a common complaint voiced by parents about their
children is almost never a cause of paediatric back pain, according to
researcher. "The cause of back pain in children can be divided into
four main categories inflammatory conditions, tumours, mechanical
problems, and developmental abnormalities". "The first two are more
common in children less than 10 years of age, while the second two are
most often seen in children 10 years and older. Most back injuries that
children and adolescents sustain in athletic or other recreational
activities are mild contusions, sprains and strains. Pain may result
from injury or overuse of the many muscles or joints of the back."
A group of recommendations have been suggested for parents, such as
wide, padded shoulder straps as narrow straps can dig into shoulders
causing pain and restricting circulation; two shoulder straps as
backpacks with one shoulder strap that runs across the body cannot
distribute weight evenly; a padded back that protects against sharp
edges on objects inside the pack and increases comfort; a waist strap
to distribute the weight of a heavy load more evenly; and several other
suggestions to help decrease the possibility of back pain.
Meanwhile, children buckling under weight of heavy and poorly designed
school bags, a charity has warned.
A back health charity said as many as 80 per cent of children carry too
much weight in poorly designed bags and in the most harmful way on one
It warned that excessive load-bearing for long periods on immature
spines could put children at increased risk of future back problems in
They said 'Other factors like badly designed school chairs also
contribute to the problem, but back pain is a real problem for some
children, causing an estimated 15 per cent to seek medical help.
'It's important for parents to take care over the backpack their child
uses for school and try to ensure he or she wears it correctly.'
The charity said a child's backpack should weigh no more than 10 per
cent of the child's body weight and it should be worn over both
shoulders so the weight is distributed correctly across the back.
It said a well-designed schoolbag with a padded back panel is far more
comfortable and less fatiguing.
'They carry them not only to and from school, but also throughout the
day because they do not have lockers, or the lockers are not easily
accessible. 'This may trigger back pain and certainly makes any
existing back pain worse.'
A research over the past 10 years had indicated a significant incidence
of recurrent back pain in school children, ranging from 13.1 per cent
of younger children being affected and rising to 21.6 per cent,
equivalent to adult levels, by age 16.
Up to 80 per cent of the population experiences back pain at some stage
in their life and lots of adult back pain can be traced to childhood,
according to the charity.
It is urging people to be aware of the strains and stresses placed upon
young bodies as they grow.
Heavy school bags are causing children to suffer back pain, according
to research. A study shows that more than a third of Italian pupils
carry bags, which weigh more than 30% of their body weight at least
once a week.
Scientists say guidelines for the weight of school backpacks should now
be drawn up in an attempt to reduce increasing rates of low back pain
The average load pupils carried were 9.3kg - 22% of their body weight,
and the average maximum load were 11.5kg - about 28% of their body
weight. Some children's bags weighed as much as 16.3kg, nearly half
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IUB engineering college to re-open on 31st
Bahawalpur: The university college of engineering and
technology, Islamia University of Bahawalpur (IUB), will reopen on
Monday, says a press release issued on Friday.
remained closed for over three months. It was closed on Feb 19 after a
violence by students on its two campuses. Some 13 students, who were
found guilty, were expelled from the university.
IUB later accepted their appeals and converted their expulsion into
fine. The administration also sought surety bonds of good character
from parents of all the students. The students had been staging sit-ins
for several weeks to reopen the college.
The press release
said all the remaining examinations of current semester/term would
commence from June 3, about which a separate date sheet had been
issued. It said hostels would open from Sunday (tomorrow). Dawn
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BMC students warn of 'violent protests'
Peshawar: Seeking recognition of their institution by the Pakistan
Medical and Dental Council (PM&DC), the students of Bannu Medical
(BMC) College on Friday threatened "violent protests" if their demands
were not met.
The students, who have been on the road for the
last several days, declared that they would no more remain peaceful if
the government continued its delaying tactics in taking steps for
recognition of their college.
The students were of the opinion
that the provincial government, particularly health minister Syed Zahir
Ali Shah, was aware of their problems as they held several meetings
with the officials and sent letters to them. "All the time he (the
minister) assured us of resolving our problem on priority basis but to
no avail," one of the students remarked.
"It is quiet hard to
remain on the road while protesting in the scorching heat. But we have
no other option for saving our future," another student said. The
students reminded that they studied in the college for four long years,
but still their college lacked recognition by the PM&DC. They
argued that their college wasn't being recognized due to shortage of
teaching staff and lack of other requirements.
percent facilities are available for medical education. This is the
reason our college isn't being recognized," a student stressed. They
said due to the indifferent attitude of the provincial government, the
future of around 250 students studying in the college was at stake.
An educationalist said non-recognition of medical colleges had always been a problem
in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province not only in the private sector but also in the public sector.
recalled that non-recognition problem was also faced by students of
Saidu Medical College in Swat and Gomal Medical College in Dera Ismail
Khan."The same method of staging protests was adopted by the students
of those two colleges three years back to mount pressure on the
government and get their institutions recognized," recalled the
The professor said that students of those colleges
too had come to the provincial metropolis and staged protest camps here
after which the government had come into action to take steps for
provision of the required facilities to get their medical colleges
recognized. The situation of the private medical colleges, he stressed,
was worse than those in the public sector. The news
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