HEC chairman warrants | Power outages & students
Warrants issued for HEC chairman
Islamabad, May 27: A local court of Islamabad on Saturday
issued non-bailable warrants for the arrest of Javed Leghari, Chairman
Higher Education Commission (HEC), to ensure his presence in a civil
The civil suit is based on a controversial agreement signed between
the HEC and the owner of a commercial building situated in I-10,
according to which the HEC had acquired the building on rent for the
establishment of a university named "National University of Law and
The HEC was unable to establish the university due to lack of funds,
and the building remained vacant till 2012. The owner demanded Rs3.4
million as rent, which the HEC denied.
Advocate Abubakar Ammar Sehri, on behalf of the building owner, filed a suit for the recovery of the amount in January 2013.
On February 28, Civil Judge Islamabad Nasarullah Baloch decided the
matter in favour of the building owner, but the HEC did not pay the
amount or appear in court to defend itself.
Mr Sehri then filed another suit for the execution of the court order in March.
Initially, the judge issued bailable warrants to procure the
attendance of the HEC chairman, but after his repeated absence, issued a
non-bailable warrant. Further hearing of the matter has been adjourned
till June 3. Dawn
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Parents, students demand summer vacations from 1st
Islamabad: Students and their parents have demanded the Federal
Directorate of Education (FDE) to announce summer vacations from the
start of June in the educational institutions due to extreme heat wave
conditions prevailing in the country. It has become unbearable for the
school-going children to go to their institutes and follow their study
routine in scorching summer heat and most of them are suffering from
The students are also unable to focus on their
studies during their exams of first term as prolonged power outage has
reduced their stamina and disrupted their sleeping hours. "Several
children faint during the assembly and classroom in the schools due to
the persisting week-long hot weather conditions", Tahir, a teacher at a
local college said. The authorities must announce the vacations after
the papers by the end of this month to protect children from summer
heat, he said. Shagufta, a parent said "I am sending my children to
school only for the sake of papers as they are exhausted due to the
intense intense heat".
The classrooms lack the facility of generators or
Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) and loadshedding during the school
time is posing a serious risk to the health of my children, she said.
She urged the FDE authorities to announce vacations soon after the exams
end so that the students could have a sigh of relief from this tough
routine. According to the weather experts, the prevailing heat wave
conditions in the month of May are very unusual and record-breaking. The
country is witnessing such record summer heat after a period of 20
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Travails of students in times of outages
Lahore: The intense heat wave coupled with longest-ever power outages
have taken their toll as many school students landed in various Lahore
hospitals' emergencies to recover from the sun stroke last week.
Students of public sector schools are supposed to attend their
institutes for this full week too, while private schools students will
attend schools till June 7 and in some cases till June 15.
Many students, who travel by school vans or rickshaws, say their
vehicles almost become tanoors when they board them after school hours
at around 1pm.
While, the maximum temperature rose to 47 degrees C in Lahore last
week, it is yet to be seen whether the private schools (which are not
yet governed by any law in Punjab) themselves decide to close schools
earlier or carry on with their academic schedule strictly.
The worst-hit are those students, who are appearing for their
schools, colleges or boards' annual examinations. The candidates are
complaining that they are unable to study properly owing to intense hot
weather having no respite neither from Wapda nor nature. "Even at
examination centres, there is no light and not enough cold drinking
water," said Haadia Rasool, a candidate appearing for her intermediate
Part-II annual examination in Lahore.
These days, everybody has his unique story to tell and their
endeavours to cope with the unbearable circumstances. Mr Zaheer said that his son was appearing for his O-Level examinations and he had
to arrange a generator for Rs700 for 12 hours and filled Rs1,000 petrol
to help his son study for his life's most crucial examination.
Similarly, Mr Fraz said he and his children continued to wait for the
light to come till midnight but in vain. Eventually, he said, "My
children switched on car air-conditioner and studied for the examination
early next morning".
Colleges' students say there is no shade on their campuses as the
construction had removed most trees and sometimes the administration did
not allow students to stand together in corridors. They say canteens on
women colleges' campuses are making hay while the sun shines as they
are selling coke, juices and water bottles at exorbitant prices –
without any check.
The residents of hostels in universities and colleges are also in
double trouble as there were no lights and they cannot make any
alternate arrangements for themselves. Different pictures are being
shared on social media where students are sleeping on charpoys on their
The Punjab University hostel residents have staged three protest
demonstrations during the last week because they were left with neither
light nor water to survive in such a scorching heat.
The Islami Jamiat Tulaba, Lahore, also raised its voice over harsh
circumstances for students appearing for their intermediate annual
examinations. It demanded that the authorities concerned should look
into decreasing loadshedding hours, while the Lahore board management
must ensure cold drinking water at respective examination centres.
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PU hostel residents decry outages
Lahore: Punjab University hostel residents on Friday
staged a protest demonstration - third in this week - against
loadshedding and university administration's failure in making
alternative arrangements for power supply to the hostels.
PU students led by Islami Jamiat Tulaba Nazim Hafiz Nauman Zafar
blocked Canal Road on both sides for more than an hour, causing problems
for commuters in the hot and humid summer afternoon.
The students also staged demonstrations on Canal Road on Thursday and
Tuesday to register their protest against loadshedding. They raised
slogans against the university administration as well as the
vice-chancellor for their failure to make alternative arrangements for
Speaking to the protesters, Hafiz Zafar said the PU administration
had failed in resolving students' issues, as it neither installed a
power plant nor talked to Wapda for supply of electricity to hostels. He
said hostel residents were suffering amid 20-hour power outages. He
said even water was not available in hostels.
The IJT representative said the PU administration should install a
grid station or solar power system like other universities. He demanded
that the varsity administration should ensure supply of water to
PU Hall Council chairman Dr Muhammad Akhtar negotiated with the
protesters and assured them that the university administration would
address the electricity issue in the university in general and hostels
in particular. Later, students dispersed peacefully. Dawn
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PU announces results
Lahore: PU Examinations Department has declared the results of MA Archaeology,
Part-I Supplementary Examination 2012, MA Mass Communication, Part-I
Supplementary Examination 2012, MA Philosophy, Part-I Supplementary
Examination 2012, MSc Geography, Part-I Supplementary Examination 2012
and MSc Physics, Part-I Supplementary Examination 2012.
Detailed results are also available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk
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QAU campuses in provinces, abroad on the cards
Islamabad: Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), the country's premier higher learning institution,
has planned to open its sub-campuses in all four provinces and overseas.
currently have only one campus i.e. in Islamabad and now want to open
sub-campuses. Of late, I wrote to the heads of the four provincial
governments to apprise them of our intention. I asked them to identify
the places, where we could or should open our sub-campuses. We've got a
positive response, especially from the Sindh and Balochistan
governments, which have offered us plots for the purpose. Things are
moving in the right direction and I am sure the day is not far off when
we'll have campuses in other parts of the country, too," QAU Vice
Chancellor Professor Dr. Masoom Yasinzai told this scribe.
QAU vice chancellor said that there was also a plan to open a
sub-campus in Dubai, the port city in the United Arab Emirates.He said
that 1.2 million Pakistani expatriates, mostly from the lower and middle
classes, lived in Dubai and they were concerned about their children's
future due to availability of limited educational opportunities,
especially those of higher education.
"After doing my
homework, I went to Dubai half a dozen times, met the relevant officials
and made the presentations. You can open educational institutions
everywhere there. Dubai has a 'Knowledge City', which houses educational
institutions. There are lots of buildings in place. If you meet their
criterion, then the authorities allot you a place to begin operations.
You just have to pay a certain amount of money for it. After getting a
nod from Dubai authorities, we found a local sponsor for the project. At
that proposed sub-campus to be operated by the sponsor, we'll provide
the faculty, offer courses and conduct examinations. The sponsor will
give us a proper share of its profits," he said.
Yasinzai said that after approval by the QAU Academic Council and
Syndicate, the proposal to open the varsity's Dubai campus was pending
the president's consent."Once the green light is given, we will be the
first public sector university to open a sub-campus in Dubai. It will
help children of 1.2 million Pakistani expatriates get modern, quality
and affordable higher education on their doorstep," he said.
QAU vice chancellor said that Oil and Gas Development Company Limited
had agreed to build a hostel for 300 girls students on the premises."The
OGDCL management has approved Rs60 million for the construction of the
girls hostel under its social welfare programme. The design for the
building has been cleared by the relevant departments, things are in
place for the start of work and now, we are gearing up for the
groundbreaking ceremony within a week or so," he said.
Yasinzai said that Teka, a Turkish company, had agreed to donate and
install 200 computers for girls and boys students."During a recent tour
to Iran, hosts took me to Zabal, a far-off, poor town, to show a
university the like of which I've not seen even in the west. What
impressed me the most there was a building of two spacious halls each
with 1,000 Internet-connected computers for girls and boys. I returned
wishing to have the same on my campus, too, so that our students could
use computers even after the closure of computer labs. Recently, I got
in contact with Teka representatives and apprised them of my idea. They
approved of the idea and agreed to provide us with either the building
or 200 computers. We opted for the computer offer. I'm hopeful that the
facility will be there before long," he said.The QAU vice chancellor
said that the establishment of a medical educational institution on the
campus was in the works. The news
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Balochistan confirms 5,000 teachers jobs with 'strings'
Quetta: The government of Balochistan has regularised
services of 5,000 male and female teachers recruited two years ago
under the Aghaz Haqooq-i-Balochistan package.
They had been appointed in BPS 14 to 16 for two years.
Their services had been regularised after a meeting between the
Secretary General of the National Party, Mir Tahir Bizenjo, and the
Chief Secretary of Balochistan, Babar Yaqub Fateh Muhammad, on Friday.
Mr Bizenjo met the top Balochistan government official after assuring the teachers that their problems would be solved.
An official notification issued on Friday by the education secretary
said that teachers' services had been regularised in "their respective
grades with immediate effect with a changed nomenclature as JET (B-14),
JAT (B-14), SST (B-16) and SAT (B-16) of their respective grades."
The teachers had been protesting for the last many months demanding
regularisation of their services. The provincial government had promised
to resolve their problem but because of a ban imposed by the election
commission their services could not be regularised.
However, the official notification said that the teachers would
submit an affidavit not to claim any back benefits of service, seniority
and pay. They would submit another affidavit to ensure that they are
not students and doing two jobs on fake documents.
The education department would re-verify their documents, including
educational degrees and residential status of all teachers who had been
regularised.The notification further said that on the basis of the
individual re-verification by the director schools and production of a
certificate to this effect, the secondary education department will
issue individual regularisation orders.
It said that these teachers would not be entitled for benefits of up-gradation of SST from BS-16 to BS-17.
They would be entitled to B-17 only after fulfilment of the required qualifications.
Their services, the notification further said, would be terminated
without any prior notice if they would not complete their prescribed
professional qualification within three years. Dawn
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