PU IJT activist Awais Aqeel’s funeral
PU suspends classes as IJT leader buried in Sambrial
Lahore, May 15: Islami Jamiat Tulaba’s (IJT’s) activist Awais
Aqeel’s funeral was held at the Punjab University, which was attended
by a large number of Jamaat-i-Islami and Jamiat activists, students,
teachers and political figures.
The Punjab University classes remained suspended and hostels wore a
deserted look after the killing of Aqeel, an LLB Part-II student, on
JI Secretary-General Liaquat Baloch led the funeral prayers of Aqeel,
who was allegedly shot dead by a former IJT leader. Later, Aqeel’s body
was taken to his native village in Sambrial, Sialkot.
A large number of IJT activists, who took the body to Sambrial, also
offered funeral prayers led by JI’s central leader Hafiz Idrees.
Earlier, speaking to IJT activists at the Punjab University, IJT
Nazim Zubair Safdar demanded the district administration arrest Aqeel’s
killers in two days, otherwise the Jamiat would launch a protest
He also demanded that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry take notice of the incident.
He demanded that the names of the nominated suspects in Aqeel’s murder FIR should by put on the Exit Control List.
IJT, PU, Nazim Rai Haq Nawaz announced a three-day mourning in the university and boycotted classes.
He said Quran Khawani for Aqeel will be held at the university on Wednesday (tomorrow).
FIR: The Muslim Town police late on Sunday registered Aqeel’s murder
FIR under sections 302, 324, 148 and 149 of the Pakistan Penal Code and
7-Anti-Terror Act against five accused, including Ibrar Wattoo and Imran
It is, however, learnt that the police did not visit crime scene nor
collected evidence as blood stained chairs and over-toppled chairs were
lying as such and various students were visiting the scene.
protest: The Punjab University Academic Staff Association is holding a
general body meeting on Tuesday (today) to protest against registration
of an FIR against PU College of Information Technology Principal Prof
Dr Mansoor Sarwar.
Also, the PU Academic Group has announced boycotting of the ASA
general body meeting calling the present elected body as a puppet in the
hands of the administration.
In a statement, PU Academic Group secretary Prof Dr Mahr Saeed Akhtar
said the present ASA was fanning clashes between teachers and students
and damaging the peaceful academic and research environment in the
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Punjab teachers protest
Lahore: A large number of schoolteachers, staging a demonstration on Monday,
protested the Punjab government for what they termed its indifferent
attitude towards primary and elementary schoolteachers.
demo was organised by the Primary and Elementary Teachers Association
Punjab outside the Lahore Press Club in which dozens of schoolteachers
participated and expressed resentment over government’s policies.
protesting teachers demanded minimum BS-14 for Primary Schoolteachers
(PSTs) and BS-16 for Elementary School Teachers (ESTs) besides upscale
promotion after every five years. They also demanded teacher’s-son quota
for government jobs and facilities to teachers deputed at municipal
schools at par with those teaching at other government schools.
of the protesting teachers recorded their protest by imprisoning
themselves in artificial lockups at the demo site. They warned that if
the Punjab government did not address their issues through upcoming
budget then they would launch a “Jail Bharo Tehreek” (fill jails
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CM invites GCU students to Murree
Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has honoured the shinning
students of his alma mater, Government College University (GCU), Lahore,
by inviting them to Murree for a three-day study and recreational tour.
to a press statement, the GCU student delegation, led by Vice
Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq ur Rahman, stayed in chief
minister’s enclosure at the Punjab House, Murree and was given the
protocol of state guests. Punjab Director General Protocol Asjad Ghani
Tahir received the delegation which had 95 students who had shown
excellent performance in academics, co-curricular and sports. The GCU
high achievers also attended two seminars in which they were briefed
about the higher education opportunities for talented Pakistani students
The vice chancellor also led the GCU high
achievers to Pakistan Monuments Museum Islamabad and briefed them about
the life history and struggle of the leaders of Pakistan Movement. The news
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KU BEd results announced
Karachi: The University of Karachi on Monday announced the results of BEd (morning programme) annual examination 2011.
According to the statistics, 882 of the total 893 registered
candidates appeared in the exam and 419 of them passed it. The pass
percentage stood at 47.51. ppi
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Candidates at many centres did HSC exams in dark, hot rooms
Karachi: Hundreds of Higher Secondary School
Certificate (HSC) annual examination candidates did their exams in dark
and hot rooms as electricity supply to several examination centres had
been disconnected for non-payment of dues while many examination centres
were subjected to loadshedding on Monday, Dawn has learnt.
“When there is no electricity at the exam centre, it becomes almost
impossible to ensure other amenities like overhead pumping of water and
functioning of water coolers in time, while examination staffs too, in
addition to the candidates, find it difficult to work smoothly and run
computers,” said a couple of teachers while speaking about general
adverse effects of power failure at examination centres.
They expressed the fear of adverse reactions from candidates if things were not addressed properly and urgently.
Speaking to Dawn, controller of examinations M. Imran Khan Chisti
said that initially the power company had disconnected its supply to 47
colleges where examination centres had been established. However in the
wake of examinations and efforts by the college directorate and the
civil administration, the power supply of 65 per cent of the centres had
been restored, he said claiming that loadshedding at about 55 per cent
of the HSC examination centres had also been put off during the examination hours from Monday.
However, some college teachers said that the KESC had selected a
wrong time to penalise the educational institutions for not paying
However, they added that the BIEK too should have thought about the
issue in advance and have avoided the defaulting colleges for centre
Sources told Dawn that the college directorate had been able to pay
an amount to the tune of Rs19 million in recent months against
outstanding or accumulated dues.
The power supply was disconnected even to some of the colleges for
minor default, said a source in the college directorate and added that
centre superintendents were not ready to conduct examinations at their
centres in the absence of electricity
while the temperature had increased in recent days.
Still 10-15 examination centres are waiting for restoration of power supply, said another source.
The superintendent of the examination centre set up at the Government
Degree Boys College, Sector 5/L, New Karachi, Prof Saleem Ghauri, said
that electricity supply to his college had always remained precarious.
“The wires connecting my college with the KESC system are of very low
quality and not fit for any heavy duty purpose,” he said and added that
despite reminders, the power company had not been able to rectify the
situation and consequently now the examination staff and candidates were
bearing the burnt of both the power disruption and the frequent
He said that the water pump at the college could not be made
functional while the water coolers remained almost inoperative during
the examination period and electric fans and other appliances also could
not be operated due to low voltage.
“We are somehow managing the candidates and staffs, but any panic-like situation cannot be ruled out,” he said.
Responding to Dawn queries, centre superintendent of the Government
City College No1, Moosa Colony, Prof Shuja ul Islam also expressed his
dissatisfaction over the power supply situation.
Acknowledging that loadshedding continued at the centre on Monday, he
said that apart from the loadshedding, the supply quality was inferior
and there always remained the risk that appliances and fans might go
burnt due to voltage fluctuation.
He said that in the hot weather, provision of cold water to candidates also become very difficult.
The director general of colleges, Dr Nasir Zahid, recognised the
problems of candidates at the centre due to disconnection of electricity
or loadshedding and said that efforts were under way to lessen the
hardships of students and the examination staffs.
The directorate had already approached the finance department for
release of amount needed for the payment to the KESC and things would
definitely improve soon, he said.
Cheating in exams
In the meantime, various vigilance teams of the Board of Intermediate
Education Karachi detected 22 candidates using unfair means in the two
shifts of the examinations on Monday.
A team led by chairman of the BIEK Anwar A. Zai also caught seven
students cheating at the Government Degree Boys College,
Gulshan-i-Iqbal, said a BIEK communication, adding that the an
invigilator was also stopped from carrying out his examination work as
the materials used in unfair means were recovered from the room he was
National College classes
Meanwhile, the principal of the Government National College from
where the HSC examination has been shifted to a college in
Gulistan-i-Jauher has said that normal degree classes will resume at the
college on May 15, according to the schedule. Dawn
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AIOU plans to set up open-schooling system
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will collaborate with PLAN
International for setting up open-schooling system in Pakistan at
district levels to help the government in achieving millennium
development goals by 2015.
A Memorandum of
Understanding had already been signed between AIOU and Plan
International on providing ‘Equal right of opportunity for girls and
young women.’ This was revealed during the inaugural ceremony of ten-day
Master Trainer’s workshop of Girls Power Project (GPP) held here on
Director, Bureau for University Extension and
Special Programmes/Projects (BUESP), AIOU, Mir Mukhtiar Hussain Talpur
said this MoU provided main basis of their bilateral cooperation in
facilitating the dropout students in their educational pursuit at Middle
and Matric levels.
The GPP has been launched for dropout
female students. Twenty-seven Master Trainer’s from different parts of
the country were participating the workshop.
Hussain Talpur said that BUESP of the University would soon be named as
‘National Institute of Open Schooling and Lifelong Learning’ to project
its objectives and status, as per vision of the vice chancellor Prof.
Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi. It will have important role University’s
image-building and strengthening its efforts promoting literacy rate in
The master trainer’s will be assign the task
to train thousands of the teachers to participate in the Middle-Matric
education programme for dropout girls in befitting manner. According to
the MoU, five-years international programme ‘Girl Power (GP) Programme’
will be implemented initially in two districts Chakwal and Vehari.
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IIU must promote Islamic values: Yasinzai
Islamabad: Acting Rector of the International Islamic University (IIU), Islamabad, and
Quaid-e-Azam University Vice Chancellor Dr. Masoom Yasinzai said this
prestigious institution should give message to other universities to
promote Islamic values not only within the country but all over the
Sharing his views with academic and administrative
heads of departments after his arrival in the university he said keeping
in view the philosophy of IIU the graduates of this university should
be different from those of others to portray Islamic culture and
civilization in the society.
He said, “We should believe
in ‘We’ instead of ‘I’ to work together and think what we have done to
achieve our commons goals and targets.”Dr. Yasinzai said that every one
should accept the responsibility to support one another for betterment
of the university. About the teaching profession Dr. Yasinzai said that
teachers have an important role to play in improving the standard of
education in the country.
He said that teaching is the
second name of commitment to educate others, and advised them to think
strategically and rationally. He further said that the faculty members
should participate in strategic planning workshops to excel in their
He showed deep concern over the
prevailing situation of the social sciences in the universities and said
that social sciences education is being neglected due to some
reasons.Earlier, Prof. Fateh Muhammad Malik and Professor Dr. Sahibzada
Sajidur Rehman welcomed Dr. Masoom Yasinzai at IIU and assured him all
possible cooperation for betterment of the university.
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Chinese youth delegation visits NUML
Islamabad: A 100-member delegation of All-China Youth Federation paid visit to
National University of Modern Languages (NUML) on Monday as a part of
its initiatives to promote and enhance China-Pakistan youth friendship
The delegation was headed by Deputy Secretary
General of All-China Youth Federation, Wan Xuejun, accompanying by
Chinese Cultural Counsellor to Pakistan His Excellency Zhang Yiung Pao.
Lei Weizhong, Head of Chinese Department, Head of Confucius Institute,
Dr Ge Le Sheng along with Chinese faculty members, students and other
officials of the university warmly welcomed the delegations.
holding Pakistani and Chinese flag presented bouquets to the members of
the delegation.Deputy Secretary General of All-China Youth Federation
Wan Xuejun speaking at the occasion said that love and affection of
Pakistani people and youth overwhelmed them and each member of the
delegation will be ambassador of this bond back to China.
said that the delegation comprising of young Chinese businessmen,
artists, teachers, researchers, media men, students and workers
demonstrates eagerness of both nations to know about each other and
develop close brotherly and people to people relations.
year hundreds of Pakistani students are going to China and Chinese
students are coming to Pakistan for studying different disciplines and
these students guarantee a very bright future for the friendship of both
NUML Rector Major General (r) Masood Hasan said that NUML and Pak-China friendship are synonymous to each other.
told the delegation that a flourishing Chinese department in main
campus and many other regional campuses of NUML, and Confucius institute
are prove of the fact that Pakistani people want to have cultural,
social and economic ties with their brotherly neighbouring country.
said that NUML regularly arranges students and faculty members’ tours
to China which help understand Chinese language and culture and
subsequently they assist interest of Pakistan and China.
members of the delegation also visited Chinese department, Confucius
Department and Library and other different department of NUML where they
were briefed about the functions of these departments by their
The Chinese and Pakistani students
enchanted the slogans of long live Pak-China friendship.Rector and DG
NUML presented university shields to the Deputy Secretary General of
All-China Youth Federation, Wan Xuejun, Deputy Director International
Department All China Youth Foundation, Zhao Yaqiao and Chinese Cultural
Counsellor. The news
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