Case against Quaid-i-Azam University students
Quaid-i-Azam University students booked for violence
Islamabad, Oct 16: The city police have registered a case against more than two
dozen students of the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) for armed clashes and
damaging official vehicles, officials said here on Thursday.
was registered after the university administration lodged a complaint with the
Secretariat police, stating that over 25 students brawled on the campus, fired
gunshots in the air and damaged vehicles.
According to the police, the
students were affiliated with the Punjab and Sindh councils.
involved in the armed conflict must face legal action as they preferred
ethnicity over national identity," the officials said, adding that they would be
arrested and produced in the court.
On Tuesday, the police returned from
the university without taking any action after the QAU administration gave an
assurance that the issue would be settled internally. However, the student
groups again brawled the very next day. The police got the boys' hostels vacated
at around 3:30am on Thursday and sealed the only entrance to the university to
prevent entry of "troublemakers".
About the presence of firearms on the
university campus, the police said the university administration should take
steps in this regard.
Resident Officer and Natural Sciences Dean Dr
Aslam Baig said that a meeting of chairpersons of all the
departments was held in which he along with the vice-chancellor and provost
briefed the participants about the incident, which resulted in the closure of
the institution. "The university has been closed for the safety of students,"
the meeting was told.
The participants called for reopening the
university as soon as possible, but Dr Baig sought a week to settle the issue
and give some time to those students, who had returned to their native towns,
some located in Sindh and Balochistan. About the brawl issue, Dr Baig said the
university's disciplinary committee was probing the issue to take action against
the students who triggered the ugly situation.
He said the students, who
brought weapons to university and used them, would be rusticated while the rest
of other troublemakers would be denied the hostel facility as a punishment.
The QAU administration on Thursday asked the students affiliated with
the Punjab and Sindh councils to submit their grievances in writing with the
names of people who provoked the issue. Both sides submitted their complaints.
A report on the incident along with the students' complaints and a list
of troublemakers was sent to the police for legal action, Dr Baig said.
According to the resident officer, the study hours lost due to closure
of the university would be covered by holding extra classes on Saturdays. Dawn
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1st batch of industrial engineers to graduate next year
Peshawar: The first batch of Industrial Engineering Department of
the NWFP University of Engineering and Technology would graduate next
"Established in 2006, Industrial Engineering Department has 60 students on its roll,
whose first batch will graduate next year," said Dr Iftikhar, chairman
of the department while briefing the reporters. He also pointed out the
issues relating to accreditation of the department by the Pakistan
Dr Iftikhar said the department was
aggressively pursuing faculty development programme. "Faculty have been
sent to pursue PhD studies at the University of Bradford, UK, under a
joint agreement while academic and research activities are also in
place with Malaysian University under a fellowship programme," he added.
Imtiaz Hussain Gilani gave directions for allotment of new classrooms
for the department in the new academic block being constructed on the
campus and agreed to furnish two state-of-the-art laboratories for the
department so that students could get hands-on practice besides
Dr Iftikhar said: "Industrial
engineering is a cutting-edge discipline which is rapidly becoming
popular in Pakistan".The VC said that industrial engineering faculty
had to develop linkages with local industry for mutual benefits. The news
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Students debate on 'democracy as solution to existing evils'
Rawalpindi: Democracy is a tool for success, a beacon of light, showing
direction to those who have been lost in oceans of kingdoms and one-man rules.
These were the excerpts of a speech, delivered by Namra Nadeem, who
stood first in the Annual Speech Competition 2009 held at Fauji Foundation
College for Girls, New Lalazar, here on Thursday. The topic of the speech was
'Salvation of Pakistan Lies in Democracy.'
The competition was held in
connection with an inter-collegiate speech contest that will be held among the
institutions affiliated with the Federal Board of Intermediate & Secondary
Education (FBISE). The first position holder will represent Fauji Foundation
colleges in the final competition.
Keeping in view the present
conditions prevailing in Pakistan with all feeling the urgent need of some
revolutionary changes for the country's salvation and progress, the students
discussed for and against the motion in a fiery debate session, pondering over
questions, like is democracy the answer to the existing evils prevalent in our
Director Welfare Major General Mohammad Tahir was the chief
guest at the competition that was judged by Safia Rasheed of Army Public School
& College, Salma Khaliq of Joint Services Public School & College and
Neelam Almas of International Islamic University (IIU), Islamabad.
According to the judges' decision, Namra Nadeem and Qurat-ul-Ain of the
host institution stood first and second respectively while Furqan Shahid of
Fauji Foundation College for Boys bagged third position, with Syed
Anees-ul-Hasan of the same college receiving the consolation prize. The news
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Mehfil-e-Naat at AAUR
Rawalpindi: Islam lays great emphasis on acquiring the latest scientific knowledge,
said Malik Maqbool Hussain Awan, registrar of the Pir Mehr Ali
Shah-Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR), while
speaking as chief guest during Qirat and Naat competitions.
competitions were organised here on Thursday by the University's
Directorate of Students Affairs, in which students from different
departments of the University participated with great reverence and
Malik Maqbool Hussain Awan said Islam is a
complete code of life and teaches the entire humanity to differentiate
between good and bad. He urged the Muslims to follow the teachings of
the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
He said there is a lot of talent in the
varsity students and the aim of organising such competitions is to
search out that talent and prepare the students for national and
international level competitions. He said the AAUR administration would
provide such a platform to students where they could demonstrate their
skills, and the administration has been taking measures in this regard.
The Qirat competition was participated by six student
contestants while there were 13 participants in the Naat competition.
Waqas Hussain got the first position in the Qirat competition, while
Mujahid Yaseen came second. In the Naat competition, Saba Haider bagged
the first position, while Mujahid Yaseen and Saima Abbas got the second
and third positions respectively. The chief guest distributed prizes
among winners of the competition that ended with a prayer for the
progress and prosperity of the country and the Muslim Ummah.
Dr Azhar Naeem, Director Student Affairs AAUR, said the competitions
would be conducted every year at the varsity and religious harmony,
peace and brotherhood would be established on the campus through such
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Investiture ceremony at G-10/4 college
Islamabad: The responsibilities of women are much greater than those of
men, as they have a greater task of raising a family which requires modesty,
discipline and austerity in life.
This was stated by Federal Directorate
of Education (FDE) Director General Shaista Peerzada while speaking at the
investiture ceremony 2009-10 of Federal Government College for Women, G-10/4,
here on Tuesday.
"Responsibilities are hard, but you should be prepared
for them right from a tender age to face loads of them in your future life,"
said Shaista Peerzada. She said that the council members have to shoulder a lot
of responsibilities, as they act as a bridge between the college administration
and students. "You must keep your pledges, as you'll be accountable for them."
The college life encourages healthy competition and entertains
constructive criticism, and prepares students for the responsibility that have
been bestowed upon with and prove their worth by implementing it in a befitting
Earlier, the ceremony started with the recitation of Holy
Qur'aan and Naat, followed by the general secretary of the former students'
council of 2008 presenting the 2007-08 events report. Certificates were then
awarded to members of the previous students' council to acknowledge their
Later, the chief guest took oath from the newly elected
members of this year's students' council.
The newly elected council
comprises President Ayesha Shakoor, Vice-President Anam Mahmood and General
Secretary Sara Iram. The news
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Calligraphy exhibition at NAG
Islamabad: Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia on Thursday organised
Indonesian Cultural Exhibition & Skill Development Workshops at
National Art Gallery (NAG) in collaboration with the National
Vocational & Technical Education Commission (NAVTEC) and Pakistan
National Council of the Arts (PNCA).
The exhibition of
calligraphy and workshops aimed to enhance cultural relationships
between Indonesia and Pakistan to promote skill development in creative
Food and Agriculture Minister Nazar Muhammad
Gondal was the chief guest on the occasion, who inaugurated the
exhibition. Indonesian Ambassador Ishak Latuconsina and Mrs Butar
Latuconsina were also present on the occasion. Diplomatic community,
government officials, members of the civil society and students took
keen interest in the exhibition.
Batik was one of the
prominent features during the event. It is one of the most popular
Indonesian arts. It is an ancient textile art of applying dyes to
porous surfaces. Batik has been both an art and a craft for centuries.
To present true colours and exquisite expressions of these exclusive
Indonesian rich art forms, the embassy invited highly professional and
renowned Batik masters and calligraphers from Indonesia.
Exhibition, Batik painting, Batik art demonstration on cloth and wood,
and Calligraphy exhibition and workshops of Indonesian and Pakistani
artists featured the three-day long mega colourful event.
participants for Batik and calligraphy workshops were selected by
NAVTEC from different universities, colleges and fine arts
institutions. The exhibition and the workshops also provided a unique
opportunity to the participants to learn the centuries-old Indonesian
famous arts of Batik making and calligraphy.
Over 150 calligraphy
paintings by Indonesia and Pakistani artists were put on display.
Indonesian calligraphy has its own unique touch, which makes it
different from others. Indonesian calligraphies were developed on
different surfaces such as canvas, walls and leather.
Agriculture Minister Nazar Muhammad Gondal said this exhibition would
help promote cultural exchange between the two counties. "The
government is committed to developing skilled programmes and human
resources to make vocational workshops successful," Gondal said.
Ambassador Ishak Latuconsina said Indonesia-Pakistan friendship was
rooted in shared values, mutual understandings and similarities in
culture. "It is important that we should constantly enhance this
cultural relationship, which is why we have organised this exhibition,"
He said it was a matter of pleasure that Batik had
recently been added to the Representative List of UNESCO's World
Intangible Cultural Heritage by recognising Indonesia as the original
rightful owner of this exclusive art form. "Besides, the exhibition
also demonstrate the artistic talent of the Pakistani artists, whose
beautiful work of calligraphy is on display for your interest," he
NAVTEC Chairman Adnan A Khawaja and Executive Director
Athar Tahir said over 100,000 persons had benefited from different
skilled programme initiated by NAVTEC. "We feel proud to have Indonesia
as our partner to enhance and exchange cultural and educational
programmes through skill development," they said.
exhibition and workshops will continue at NAG till October 17, while in
Lahore it will be held at Alhamra Arts Council on October 19-20. Daily times
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