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Teachers upgradation case | UoP-UET land dispute

500 teachers get upgradation from grade 9 to 14
Islamabad, May 05: After facing many hiccups, at least one of the cadres of teachers, comprising as many as 500 teachers, got upgradation i.e. 9 to 14 as the notification regarding their upgradation has been issues on Wednesday by CAD.

The upgradation of Metric Trained Teachers (MTTs) has been announced by CAD division Joint Secretary (JS) Rafique Tahir during a ceremony organised at the Federal Government Boys Model School, G-9/4. "239 male and 215 females have been upgraded from grade 9 to fourteen w.e.f January 1st, 2011," he announced.

According to information, after the devolution of education ministry, the process of upgradation of teachers lingered on as the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) was also devolved.

DPC is a department that is supposed to look after the promotion matters of teachers. A summery to constitute the new committee was moved and it was on Tuesday late evening that a DPC got approval after which the notification regarding the upgradation of teachers was issued.

However, the upgradation of teachers in the cadres from 14 to 16 and 16 and above is still lingering on. Although CAD Joint Secretary Rafique Tahir during the ceremony said that upgradation of Trained Under Graduate Teachers (TUGT) and BPS 16 and above is also expected within few days, however few circles doubt the upgradation of 16 and above in near future.

"The summery regarding the upgradation of 16 and above have twice sent to prime minister, but could not get approval as establishment division and finance division had severe reservations on that," an insider said.

It was back in July 27, 2010 when teachers were promised to get upgradation, however the promise became victim of bureaucratic hurdles. It was then that Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani announced teachers' package on November 8, 2010. Teachers' package that was announced by PM also faced a significant delay despite a massive protest being launched by the teachers' community.

It is pertinent to mention here that it was the delay in the implementation of teachers' package that the FDE former director general Shaheen Khan was removed from her post and Chaudhary Nazir Hussain took over the charge.

Federal Government Teachers' Association (FGTA) President Azhar Mahmood Awan while addressing the ceremony said that it was encouraging for the teachers' community that at least one cadre has been upgraded. "It is a likely ray of hope for us and we can now assume that the notification regarding the upgradation of teachers of other cadres would also be issued soon," he said.

Addressing the ceremony FDE Director General Chaudhary Nazir said that he has been working day and night for the implementation of teachers' package ever since he has taken the charge. "We are busy in streamlining things and are hopeful that the issues that are bothering teachers would be resolved on immediate basis," he said.

He said that teachers were the backbone of the educational system and a country could not improve its education system until its teachers are competent and satisfied. "We are proud of our teachers, who have been working hard for decades without having any lucrative facilities in this profession," he said.

He expressed the hope that the remaining items of the teachers' package would be implemented on priority basis.

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Cheema gets PhD
Rawalpindi: Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) Deputy Director (Plant Sciences Division) Dr Nasir Cheema has obtained his Ph.D degree in Biofuel from Arid Agricultural University, Rawalpindi, says a press release. He wrote his thesis on famous Potohari crop Castor Bean (Arand) and had proved that this previous crop could easily be converted into diesel. He mentioned in his thesis that the diesel obtained from Castor Bean (Arand) can be used in agricultural tube wells, tractors and other agricultural purposes. This can lead our agriculture sector to a green revolution with a number of other benefits: which include the bringing of barren land under cultivation, enhance the income of farmers, control the prices of diesel oil, and to minimize the input cost of different crops. Dr. Nasir Cheema did his Ph.D under the supervision of Dr Ghulam Qadir and Dr Mohammad Azeem Malik.

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PHC refers UoP-UET land dispute to governor
Peshawar: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Wednesday referred a dispute between the University of Peshawar (UoP) and University of Engineering and Technology (UET) to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor for resolution.

In a writ petition filed in the high court, the University of Peshawar took the plea that under the NWFP University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Act 1980, the UET was bound to vacate the buildings and land if required. It stated that UET was a college under the UoP till 1980 and then became a university under the UET Act.

When a PHC division bench comprising Justice Dost Muhammad Khan and Justice Yahya Afridi took up the petition, UoP lawyer Syed Mohammad Attique Shah contended that under Section 64 of the UET Act, the UET was bound to vacate its buildings and land to UoP and shift to another place.

He submitted that on August 29, 2009, UoP had given a notice to UET to vacate the buildings and land, but UET refused to do so. Besides, he said, UET had promised to pay rent to UoP for using its buildings, but this was not done. He said that UoP required its buildings and land for further expansion, but UET despite promise had started new construction on UoP land.

The bench observed that under Section 64 (c) of the UET Act, if a dispute arose between the two universities, then the governor of the province, who is chancellor of universities, has the power to resolve it. The bench referred the case to Governor Barrister Syed Masood Kausar so that it could be resolved.

Another PHC bench on Wednesday issued contempt notices to the secretary education schools and literacy department, secretary to government on Fata and director education for non-compliance with the court orders regarding transfer of a female teacher.

Rasheeda had filed a contempt petition against officials of the Education Department for non-compliance with PHC orders regarding her transfer from North Waziristan to Charsadda or other nearest station.

When a two-member bench comprising Chief Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel started hearing the case, the petitioner's lawyer, Aman Khan, contended that the high court on February 17, 2010 directed the secretary and director education to transfer the female teacher to Charsadda, her hometown or other nearest station, but the officials concerned did not comply with the court order till date.

He said that under the posting and transfer policy, a teacher can only stay at one station for three years, but the female teacher was serving in the volatile North Waziristan Agency for the past 10 years and still the officials concerned rejected her transfer appeal. The news

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