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Hazara University convocation | QAU protest

Hazara University convocation Governor calls for increasing budget of universities
Mansehra, May 29: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Barrister Masood Kausar has said the education does not mean mere reading books but it is more than that and to achieve this goal, the universities must be the centres of wisdom and excellence.

"If we want back the lost glory of Muslims, we have to spend more on the education as currently higher education and universities are not given due share in budget resultantly merely one per cent youth could access universities in the country," said Mr Kausar, while speaking at the 6th convocation of the Hazara University here on Monday.

"We need to march ahead with open mind in every field, whether it is energy sector or any other challenge of national, provincial and local nature and without any sort of differences and prejudices," the governor added.

In all 700 graduates, including six PhDs and 30 M.Phils, in more than two dozen disciplines of science and arts were awarded degrees. About 75 of them received gold medals for achieving distinctive positions in their respective disciplines.

Naveed Khan was declared the best graduate of the university for the academic year 2010 while Mohammad Nawaz achieved this honour from amongst the students of private educational institutions affiliated to the university.

Maria Imran got the distinction of topping the university in the English literature as a private candidate.

Mr Kausar, who is also the chancellor of the university, further stated that the 21st century had dawned with challenges of greater nature as compared to the past and 'we are firmly confident that both the faculty and the institutions like the Hazara University will enable us to achieve a respectable status among the comity of nations'.

The governor, who had earlier formally launched a model of solar hybrid car; a creation of the physics department of the university, was highly impressed of the spirit and

capabilities of the respective team of students and faculty members and announced a special prize of Rs50,000 for them.

He also assured to help in carrying further the project.

In fact, the governor said, 'we need to correct the priorities especially in the field of education and though sufficient resources and importance is being put towards this particular sector presently yet it could not be described adequate as far as the present demands are concerned.

Referring to the points raised by the vice chancellor in his annual report, the governor said, the government was mindful of the incomplete construction projects and the pressing financial needs of the university and he will extend fullest support in overcoming them.

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QAU students resume their protest
Islamabad: The students of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) on Monday re-started their protest against expulsion of their 11 fellow students and shut down most of the classrooms and dean offices. They threatened to continue their protest for an indefinite period and start a hunger strike in case their demand to reinstate the students was not met.

On the other hand, the management of the university has taken the Islamabad capital territory administration into confidence and is considering establishing a police station on the campus in case the issue is not resolved amicably, it has been learnt.

The 11 student leaders were expelled by the QAU disciplinary committee earlier in the month after the students while protesting lack of facilities on the campus disrupted an international conference at the university.

On Sunday night, hundreds of students set up a camp at the main bus stand of the university and locked classrooms and dean offices.

The students acknowledged that they had overstepped their right to peaceful protest on April 27 and agreed to approach the syndicate to apologise and request reinstatement of their colleagues. However, they claimed that the university administration, the vice chancellor in particular, deliberately delayed the syndicate meeting.

On the other hand, a senior official of the QAU said most of the syndicate members had gone abroad with the prime minister
due to which the meeting could not be held.

"Now it has been decided that the syndicate will meet on June 2 and discuss the reinstatement of the students," he said.

The students also criticised the bullying tactics of the administration including the locking up of girls hostels from outside to prevent female students from taking part in the protest.

"On Sunday night, a police team also came to the university and threatened the protesting students with arrest," added one student.

With the university classes scheduled to end at the end of next week, any prolonged dispute between the two sides could badly affect the academic calendar and graduating batches of students. Ishtiaq Qureshi, one of the expelled students, said Dean Faculty of Social Sciences Dr Aitzaz, Dr Wasim and others came to the protest camp on Monday evening and said they would fight the case of the students if they called off the protest.

"But we told them that we will start a hunger strike because the students don't trust the management."

When contacted, Vice Chancellor Masoom Yasinzai said the management had already informed the students that it would follow the decision of the syndicate but they want to get their demands fulfilled by force.

"We have taken the ICT administration into confidence which has assured us of its cooperation. We don't want to set up a police station in the university as students have the rights to protest peacefully but if they resort to halting academic activities and the shuttle service, we will have no other option."

He said 98 per cent of the students wanted to study and a very few are protesting. "We have sent notices and copies of FIRs to their houses but not a single parent has bothered to contact us," the VC said. Dawn

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