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BA, BSc exams in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Many still await roll numbers as BA/BSc exams began
Peshawar, May 31: While the BA/BSc examinations will start today (Tuesday), hundreds of students from different parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa thronged the offices of the controller of examinations in Peshawar on Monday to get their roll number slips, but many returned empty-handed.

"I have been visiting the university from the past three days to get my roll number slip, but without any success," said Kashif Ali, a Charsadda-based teacher. Standing in the office of the controller at the University of Peshawar, Mr Ali said that he had deposited Rs5,500 to take the BA Part-II examination as a private candidate and mentioned all his particulars in the examination form, but even then the university officials did not send him the roll number.

Scores of students interviewed by this correspondent said that they had been visiting the controller's offices, but the officials there had been using delaying tactics in issuance of the roll number slips.

"I got my roll number slip three days ago, but the problem is that someone else's picture is affixed on it. I am visiting the office for correction for the past two days, but nobody seemed ready to solve the problem," said Jawad Khan from Peshawar's Hayatabad area.

Deputy controller of Examinations Bacha Munir told this correspondent that the students themselves were responsible for the mess. "Majority of these students had not attached their migration certificates with the admission forms due to which we have

withheld their roll numbers," he said.

Mr Munir said that some students of other districts wanted their examination in Peshawar, which could not be allowed as per rules. He said that every student was to appear in the exams at a centre in his home district, mentioned in his domicile.

"We have also objections over the information given by some candidates in their forms, which are now being corrected at the eleventh hour," he added.

However, one candidate said that he was a resident of Peshawar, but allotted examination hall in Charsadda. Other students like Jan Akbar who lives in Canal Town just at a stone's throw from the university, are also yet to receive their roll number slips. "The examination staff told me that they have sent the roll number slip on my home address. I checked with the post office but to no avail," he said. Mr Akbar said that after two days struggle he received a duplicate roll number slip.

Hundreds of students braved the scorching sun and waited for the whole day on Monday, but only a few of them succeeded to get roll number slips. However, several complained to have got the slips with different name or picture.

The students have demanded of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor to intervene and ask the examination staff to facilitate the candidates at the earliest.

As many as 56,000 students will appear in the BA/B.Sc. examinations this year for which 113 centres have been established in Peshawar, Charsadda, Mardan, Nowshera, Kohat, Swat, Abbottabad and Haripur. Dawn

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UoP Department of Art & Design holds exhibition
Peshawar: Visitors evinced a keen interest in the artworks displayed at an exhibition arranged by the Department of Art & Design (formerly Fine Arts), University of Peshawar (UoP), here Monday.

The two-day exhibition themed 'Culture of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa' opened at the newly constructed Pashto Culture Museum at the Pashto Academy wherein different pieces of artwork like photography, paintings, textile designing, pottery and screen designing prepared by students and teachers of the Art and Design Department were put on display.

UoP Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Azmat Hayat Khan formally inaugurated event, which started at 9 a.m. and lasted till 5 p.m. In his inaugural address, Dr Azmat Hayat lauded the exhibition and said it was a matter of pride for the university to have a museum that was the first of its kind in the country.

"This museum also aspires to provide the visitors a platform to understand our culture and way of life," the vice-chancellor said, urging the literati, poets and intellectuals of Pashto language to contribute their ideas for the betterment of the museum.

Art and Design Department Chairman Tayyaba Aziz said: "The museum is aimed at preserving the local culture and heritage so that people from abroad as well as local people and students can understand the way of life of the people of this region. We are on our way to gather the best material for the museum. For the purpose a special committee has been formed."

Tayyaba said the event was meant not only to entertain but also to make the people aware of their rich culture. She said the exhibition would be open for the public for five days.

The visitors including students from various departments of the university turned up at the show in a large number.

"The art and paintings hanging on the walls reflect the rich culture and history of the province and its inhabitants. It is also the best example of the talent of our young generation," commented Abaseen Yousafzai, chairman of the Pashto Department of the Islamia College University.

A cultural activist and teacher of the Khyber Medical College, Dr Salahuddin said the artworks showed that the future of art and culture was very bright in this region. "We should be proud of our young talent. Some years back there was no concept of textile designing in this part of the world but today our students have prepared unique pieces of textile designing and the pottery pieces placed at the exhibition are also praiseworthy," he said.

Dr Salahuddin said such exhibitions should continue and also be held in other parts of the province for the art lovers as some of the artworks reflected the situation the region was passing through nowadays.

Pir Hamid, a former student of the department whose two paintings - a man with a hubble-bubble and lantern hanging over the wall of a mud house - were on display, said such exhibitions reminded the old traditional tools which were almost vanishing. How the new generation would know about the old cultural items and traditions that are on the decline if the photographs and paintings are not available, he posed a question. He said painting was the best way of expression and preservation of traditional ways and means of life.

Saira, a 4th year student of the department, was quite optimistic about the future of textile designing and said it was for the first time that such an exhibition was held in the province. "It will not only encourage students but also the art lovers and general public to take interest in art and culture and work for its promotion," she said, adding that her artworks like jewellery designs on table sheets, curtains and bed sets were much praised by the visitors.

Saira said she took pictures of jewellery designs from Sarafa Bazaar for her work and raw material from Rawalpindi.

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Punjab schools' summer vacations
Lahore: The Punjab government has notified annual summer vacation starting from June 1 to August 14.

EDO Education Lahore Muhammad Pervaiz Akhtar said on Monday that the notification would be applicable to the public as well as private sector schools across the province.

However, it is interesting to note that many private schools have announced examination schedule starting from June 1. The move is believed to be a deliberate effort on part of the private sector to buy more time in order to collect dues of the coming months from students' parents.

Every year, the issue related with advance collection of fee by private schools surfaces, causing great trouble to the citizens who are already suffering from ever increasing inflation.

Private schools demand lump sum fee of two or even three months in the wake of summer vacation despite instruction of the EDO's Office to collect fee on a monthly basis ahead of the summer break.

The stakeholders have demanded the government ensure implementation of its policy on collection of the fee for the months falling under summer vacation. The news

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Salahi to visit PU
Lahore: The Governor of Khorasan Razvi His Excellency Dr. Mahmoud Salahi, alongwith a high-powered delegation, will visit the University of the Punjab on Tuesday. He will be received by the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Mujahid Kamran and senior faculty members. The nation

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School, college principals to get vehicles
Karachi: Senior Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq on Monday directed the Education Department to issue official vehicles to the principals working in grade-20 throughout Sindh.

A scheme should be drafted to provide 1000 CC vehicles to the principals of schools and colleges so that they could perform their duties without any difficulties, he said. Meanwhile, the education minister also directed the education department to establish a scholarship trust for the teachers' children of the teachers.

The minister has asked the education department to give working papers of employees working in grade-17, 18 and 19 so that their promotions could take place at the earliest.

The minister has told the education department to forward the misappropriation cases to the NAB. In 2006, the education department, on behalf of a government high school of district Umerkot, had paid Rs3 million to a dealer in Karachi to purchase a bus for the students. However, the bus was never delivered to the schools and amount was also not returned to the education department, he added. The news

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