Clash at Quaid-i-Azam university Islamabad
Quaid-i-Azam University clash left several injured
Islamabad, Oct 14: A clash between two groups of students on the
premises of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) on Tuesday evening left at
least a dozen persons injured, police and university officials said.
The reason behind the clash was yet to be ascertained but the
preliminary investigation said a group of students wearing Sindhi caps
got provoked when another group of students started hooting at them in
Hostel No 7 at around 6:45pm.
A harsh argument ensued that
led to a scuffle between the students. Some students carrying batons
joined the groups and restored to baton charge on their rivals. During
the brawl, the students also pelted each other with stones.
situation deteriorated when armed supporters of both the groups reached the spot and opened fire.
As a result, over a dozen students from both the groups suffered
injuries and were shifted to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences and
the dispensary of Hostel No 6.
The university administration
when contacted said "the young blood" had got provoked over a petty
issue. They said officials of the university along with the local
police were engaged in negotiations with the two groups to settle the
The administration said it was shocking that the
students had resorted to firing, adding some ex-students were still
residing in the hostels and had brought weapons to the university
They said search for weapons would be conducted in
the hostels to avoid such incidents in the future.
said the incident took place over allotment of a hostel room.
police reached the spot but the university administration wanted to
settle the issue without their interference, they added.
some of the students having no affiliation with any student
organisation said two groups of students from Sindh and Punjab had been
engaged in frequent clashes for the last 10 months.
affiliated with Punjab Council attacked their rivals and injured them. Dawn
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20 percent raise in scientists' salaries proposed
Islamabad: To lure scientists, the Ministry of Science and Technology
has proposed a special pay scale offering 20 per cent raise in their
salaries and in this regard a summary has been sent to the prime
minister for approval, TheNation learnt.
The proposed pay scale
designed along the lines of the Tenure Track System of the public
sector universities permits accelerated promotions based on performance
rather than seniority and upgradation of posts to avoid frustration of
the younger scientists due to lack of promotion.
It has been
learnt that the BPS salary system prevailing in the organisations of
the ministry and other public sector organisations has failed to
attract and retain good quality science and technology manpower in such
organizations. In addition to the brain drain to foreign countries, an
internal brain drain is taking place where the more capable scientists
are being attracted to the universities and the strategic research
"Even fresh graduates recruited after a lengthy
selection process either do not join or leave after few months of
joining for better jobs in the universities or other private
organisation. And as the ministry does not offer hefty salary packages
according to their services and qualifications 33 per cent posts in BPS
17 to BPS 22 in the organizations of the ministry are lying vacant", an
Besides the salary, lack of promotions and
career advancement opportunities are major factors in the
demoralisation of the scientists working in the public sector research
organizations. This is mainly due to the small size of the majority of
the organisation, which severally limits the opportunities for career
advancement, he further added.
To address the issue, it has been
proposed to form a single cadre for the employees of the organisations
under the ministry to facilitate the lateral movement whose promotion
might otherwise be blocked.
According to experts to ensure that
the investment made by the government in establishing the science and
technology infrastructure and the training of the science and
technology manpower is used productively, it is necessary to provide
conducive environment and favourable working conditions to the
scientists and technologists working in the research establishments. The nation
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Poor quality food being served to Government college hostel
Rawalpindi: Students residing in hostels of Government Gordon College, Government
Degree College (Satellite Town) and Asghar Mall College have complained
about the poor accommodation and low quality food being served to them.
They alleged that hostel wardens are least bothered about the
poor condition of hostels and mess rooms. According to them, hostel
rooms are in a shabby condition.
A student of first year at
Government Degree College, Satellite Town, told 'The News' that the
condition of hostel rooms and the quality of food served in the mess is
very poor. According to him, students had filed several complaints with
the hostel warden but to no avail.
He said that the college
administration had awarded the contract of the mess to a man who was
least bothered about the health of students. "As many as 40 students
are forced to live in seven rooms of the hostel," he said.
hostel warden of Government Degree College, Satellite Town, Dr Muhammad
Rafique, when contacted by 'The News,' said that a committee of
students is running the mess of the hostel.
He said that he would
check the quality of food served in the mess in case of any complaint.
student of Government Postgraduate College, Asghar Mall, said that both
hostels are in a dilapidated condition. He alleged that the warden
never visits the hostel.
A student of the Government Gordon
College said that poor quality food is served in the mess of the
hostel. "All students are perturbed over poor quality food and
unhygienic rooms," he added.
The hostel warden of Government
Postgraduate College (Asghar Mall), Ishtiaq Qamar, and the hostel
warden of Government Gordon College, Dr. Irshad Chattha, when contacted
by 'The News,' rejected the allegations against them. However Director
Colleges Dr. Muhammad Ashraf said that he would call a meeting of all
hostel wardens and look into the matter. The news
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SSC exam toppers honoured
Rawalpindi: A smartly turned out contingent of the Punjab police
presented Guard of Honour to 27 girl students, the top position-holders
in annual secondary school certificate examination 2009 in Murree on
The police band also played tunes of national anthem
and other national songs. The students from the education boards of
Multan, DG Khan, Gujranwala and Rawalpindi are on a four-day study and
recreational tour to Murree on the special invitation of Punjab Chief
Minister Shahbaz Sharif.
These top position-holders will stay in
the Punjab House Murree as the state guests. They will visit Patriata,
Bhurban, Ayubia, Nathia Gali, Khanspur and other important visiting
points during their tour.
Murree Deputy District Officer
(Revenue) Nadim Sarwar received the students on behalf of the chief
minister and presented them bouquets on their arrival. Punjab DG
Protocol Asjad Ghani Tahir, Comptroller Punjab House Murree Muhammad
Wasim and other officers of Tehsil Administration Murree were also
present on this occasion.
Addressing the students, Sarwar said
on account of the tremendous achievements and successes of the youth,
especially the students, one could believe that the future of Pakistan
was very bright and enviable.
He congratulated the top
position-holders and said women being more than half of the population
of the country should equip themselves with education and knowledge to
ensure their active participation in the national development.
said the Punjab government was spending billions of rupees on education
section to promote education. He said for the first the first time in
the history of the country, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif
honoured the top position-holder students as "State Guest" and offered
them study and recreational tour of important tourist resorts like
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PMAS-AAUR hold orientation ceremony
Rawalpindi: An orientation ceremony for the newly admitted students was
held at Pir Mehr Ali Shah-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi
(PMAS-AAUR) on Tuesday.
The ceremony is a regular activity of
the university which is arranged for newly-enrolled students to
familiarise them with the university environment.
Chancellor Prof Dr Khalid Mahmood Khan welcomed the new students and
congratulated them for becoming part of a prestigious institution. He
said the university provided a conducive environment that enabled the
students to develop their academic moral and spiritual excellence.
stressed the students to work hard and focus on research activities
with an aim to lead the country towards progress and prosperity. Daily times
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KIU peace walkers left for Islamabad
Gilgit: Two students of the Karakoram International University
(KIU), Ejaz and Asghar Rumi, left for Islamabad as the second phase of
their Khunjerab to Karachi Peace Walk started here on Tuesday.
Earlier, when they reached the capital city Gilgit, they were given a
rousing welcome. Hundreds of students of the KIU along with the
vice-chancellor and faculty members received them near the university
Addressing a gathering on the occasion, VC Prof Najma
Najam appreciated the students for their courage and passion for
promoting peace and unity. Such healthy activities would be helpful for
crating a healthy and pluralistic society, she added.
the students took out a rally from the Chinar Bagh Bridge as hundreds
of common people from the capital city, Gilgit, joined the
participants. PPP leader Islamuddin, PML-N leader Haji Abid Ali and
others were also present on the occasion.
When the rally
reached the historic Chinar Bagh, special prayers for peace and
prosperity of the region and country were offered at the
Yadgar-i-Shuhada. The rally then crossed Kashrote locality, the NLI
Market and a gathering was held at the Itehad Chowk.
Addressing the gathering, participants urged citizens to bring peace in
the society by spreading message of love. The people from Hunza and
Gojal arranged a musical event in the evening.
countrywide peace walk started from Khunjerab Pass, the borderland
between Pakistan and China, on October 4 and would conclude in Karachi. Dawn
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