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PM House to be converted into IT institute next year
Islamabad, May 24: The Prime Minister House Islamabad will cease to be the official
residence of the Prime Minister of Pakistan next year and instead become
country's first state of the art learning institute in Information
Technology (IT) and other vital faculties. Situated in the lap of the
magnificent Margalla Hills,the 55700 square meter compound will be
converted in a modern academic campus as soon as the project is formally
approved by the legislature. The project was assigned to the Ministry
of Finance by Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani last year and it has
given final shape to the idea.
The prime minister
revealed the project Wednesday here while addressing a gathering in
Islamabad. The sight of the Prime Minister House was chosen by Syed
Yusuf Raza Gilani way back in the early 80s when he was Minister for
Housing in late Muhammad Khan Junejo's government, during whose tenure
it was built.
Nawaz Sharif was the first occupant of the
Prime Minister House as the premier in 1991 and incidentally was
arrested by the Army on October 12, 1999 from the same house when former
Chief of the Army General Pervez Musharraf overthrew the government.
placed sources informed here Wednesday evening that the new Prime
Minister House will not be constructed immediately but some of the
buildings near the minister enclaves will be used for the purpose for
the time being after renovation. The Quid-e-Azam Library building or
area adjacent to it, in the rear of the Prime Minister Secretariat,
could become the new spot for the official residence of the prime
minister. The former prime ministers used to live in Rawalpindi till the
late 80s when the present Army Chief House was used as the official
residence. Late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was also arrested from Rawalpindi in
The conversion of the Prime Minister House into a
compound of higher education will not cost much as the infrastructure
for the facility is already available. Funds will be allocated in the
budget next fiscal year, sources added.
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Marks mistake in HSSC civics paper perturbs students
Rawalpindi: A mistake in total marks of the civics paper for HSSC Part-II perturbed
students, as the paper having full marks of 80 shows 50 marks for part
one of the paper and 24 marks for part two, making total marks 74.
showed concern over the mistake, as the total of two parts counted as
74 instead of 80. They were at a loss how the RBISE would adjust the
difference in marks and fear to lose their precious 6 marks.
Students said that they had pointed out this mistake to
the examiners but they paid no heed to this issue. "Six marks really
mean a lot to us, as these could affect their grades in the
examination," they added.
When contacted RBISE
Controller Examinations Professor Humayun Iqbal, he said: "Yes, there
was a mistake in the question paper regarding distribution of marks. The
matter was put before the relevant committee, which decided that marks
of part two would be 30 instead of 24.
He said that
students should concentrate on their remaining papers and not take
tension of marks in the civics paper. He assured that no one would
suffer because of this mistake, as they have corrected it.
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Islamabad: NUST launched its first official Alumni Association in an impressive ceremony held here on Wednesday.
Alumni Association (NAA) will be a non-profit organisation and work for
the unification of NUST alumni, the university, students and its
faculty. NUST Rector Engineer Muhammad Asghar presided over the ceremony
in which the Presidents of Alumni Associations of various NUST Schools
and Colleges, Senior Alumni, Commandants and Principals of NUST
constituent Schools and Colleges participated.
Alumni Association President Dr. Mazhar Ishaq, Signalians Alumni
Association President Ammar Khan and College of E&ME Alumni
Association President Adnan Shahid also gave presentations about their
respective alumni associations and appreciated the concept, which is to
establish and maintain lifelong relationships between the university and
its alumni centred around ownership and support.
rector in his remarks said that alumni associations of individual
schools and colleges of NUST are now official associations of the
university and part of NUST Alumni Association. The news
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Convocation of Sarhad University Low literacy major cause of Fata problems: Kausar
Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Masood Kausar
has said that the abysmally low literacy rate in Federally Administered
Tribal Areas is one of the major causes of present difficulties and the
private sector institutions can play a vital role in providing education
facilities to the tribal youth.
Speaking at the eight convocation of Sarhad University of Science and
Technology here on Wednesday, Mr Kausar said that education was the
best mean to promote the idea of egalitarian society where everyone
enjoyed equal opportunities.
He said that special efforts were needed to end extremism in Fata
where the miserably low ratio of literacy, especially among women, was
one of the major cause of problems. He said that private institutions
like Sarhad University should share responsibilities of the government
to contribute to the better future of tribal people.
At the convocation, five graduates got M.Phil, 1,000 received master's degrees and 800 obtained bachelor degrees in their respective disciplines, while 30 among them were awarded gold medals for achieving top positions.
The governor claimed that the government was doing its best to free
the coming generation from ignorance by promoting better opportunities
of learning. However, he said that there would be no compromise on the
quality of education. "We need to make extra efforts to ensure that our
youth are provided quality education," he said.
"I assure every support and patronage in enabling all the seats of
higher learning to achieve the desired goals," he said. The governor
congratulated the position holders and reminded them that the real test
of their capabilities would start when they would enter practical
fields. He advised the graduates to be tolerant and conscious to their
role in the society.
Earlier, president of the university, Javed Tipu, and vice-chancellor
Prof Sultanur Rehman highlighted contributions of the university in
promoting education. Dawn
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