Peshawar university entry test | Teachers problems
7,000 appear in UoP entry test
Peshawar, Oct 11: Entry test for admission to Master of Arts and Master of
Science in 43 departments and two colleges of the University of Peshawar
was held under the National Testing Service on Sunday.
A total of
7,000 candidates appeared in the test, the officials said. Director
Admissions Muhammad Islam along with 10 resident inspectors monitored
the test along with supervisory staff in the allocated eight examination
The two-hour test was held in two sessions, morning
session that started at 9 a.m. followed by the evening shift that got
underway from 2 p.m. The students who intended to take admission to the
Management Sciences Group appeared in the test on October 9.
from Afghanistan also appeared in the test and separate arrangements
were made for them at the Government College, Peshawar. One of the
students, Muhammad Zahir Amiri, head of Biology Department, Education
Faculty Nangahar University in Afghanistan, who wants to take admission
to the Environmental Sciences Department, said he found the NTS test for
admission into University of Peshawar Master's programme as very good
and hoped that his stay at the UoP would be of great help to him.
students from Balochistan, who were also taking NTS test for the first
time, said that it was balanced with blend of good course of studies
content. The result would be declared in three days, which would be
available on NTS and University of Peshawar websites. The news
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Teachers facing problems as govt freezes funds for hiring
Islamabad: It seems that after the agitation of university employees,
the Government wants schoolteachers and employees of Federal Directorate
of Education (FDE) working in deferent school and colleges to take to
the streets, as it has refused to give funds to them to hire residential
It has been learnt that there is great unrest among
the teachers, as the Government has frozen the funds for hiring
residential accommodations allocated for the teachers. In the current
fiscal year, the Government had allocated Rs420 million to the Federal
Directorate of Education for teachers in terms of hiring facility
against the demand of Rs610 million but now the Government was citing
financial constraints and stopped the funding.
teaching and non-teaching staff of different schools and colleges was
facing accommodation problems as well as the employees were denied funds
to rent accommodations due to non-release of funds by the Government.
And the Directorate had stopped registering new cases but now the
Government had completely abandoned this facility.
financial problems, the teachers are increasingly left with no option
but to commit suicides or protest as no teacher can afford to rent a
house on his own in such an expensive city and in the meagre salary,
said a teacher requesting not to be named.
"Most of the teachers
belong to other provinces and living in rented accommodations but now
the Government has completely stopped the funding which is a very
serious situation for already underpaid teacher community" he added.
Mehmood Awan, President Federal Government Teachers' Association
Islamabad, has also slammed the Government's decision to freeze the
funds, which has created panic and unrest among the 5000 teachers who
are using rented buildings. He on the behalf of teacher community has
demanded of the Prime Minister and Education Minister to withdraw this
decision or otherwise it would be a serious setback to the classroom
activity in the educational institutions of Islamabad after few days.
Acting DG, FDE, Shaheen Khan, when contacted said, "The education
sector is already under-funded so I have written to the Secretary
Education to ask the Government at least not to cut education budget and
we are trying our level best to restore funds." The nation
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Teachers on strike; students suffer
Peshawar: Students of state-run universities in the city are
worried about their academic future because of their teachers' endless
strikes for a promised pay rise.
"Since the announcement of the
budget in June this year, teachers have been observing two-hour token
strike from 10am to 12noon everyday.
That has brought the
academic activities virtually to a standstill," a student of the
University of Peshawar said.A senior teacher agreed that about 17,000
students at the University of Peshawar find themselves at the receiving
end, as the protests allowed very little academic work in the
university's 48 departments.
The protests and walks by the
teachers against non-implementation of the government's decision of 50
per cent raise in their salaries have become order of the day.
There are about 52,000 students on the campus of the four universities,
including 17,000 of University of Peshawar, 13,000 of Agricultural
University, 4,500 of Islamia College Peshawar (Chartered University) and
3,500 of University of Engineering and Technology.
students spend the hard-earned money of their parents and their precious
time is being wasted, but teachers are preoccupied with strike and
don't have time to teach them," a student said.
There are 379
teachers in University of Peshawar, 167 in Agricultural University, 160
in Islamia College and 67 in University of Engineering and Technology
and 9,700 class III and class IV employees, who all are taking advantage
of the strike.
"The teachers are not attending classes despite
getting lucrative salaries and other benefits owing to exorbitant fees
taken from the students," a teacher said. He said that all those
universities raised the examination, admission and hostel fees so
frequently that the parents of students were finding it hard to
facilitate education of their children.
Encouraged by the
teachers, the class IV employees are also at the front foot to get their
share of cake from the series of strikes. Most of them are averse to
performing duties as they have joined teachers in their protests and one
would seldom find them at work for which they are paid.
received a letter from the University Model School University of
Peshawar to deposit the admission fee of my daughter but the clerks are
not available on their seats due to strike," said one of the concerned
He said that he was weighing options to admit his
daughter to a private school where she would not at least experience too
Not only the studies of the students have been
suffering but those who are coming to controller of examination offices
in connection with submission of their admission forms, getting detailed
marks certificates and other documents have to go through hard times as
the offices remain closed due to strikes.
Hundreds of students visiting the examination offices have to return disappointed. Dawn
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Kidnapped VC, physician still untraced
Peshawar: Police are yet to make any progress in the two high-profile kidnappings
of Prof Ajmal Khan, vice-chancellor of the Islamia College University,
and known physician Prof Dr Intikhab Alam. Ajmal Khan was kidnapped
during the first week of September. Despite successfully busting the
gang behind the kidnapping and arresting two persons, the authorities
are yet to recover the senior academician. There are reports that Ajmal
Khan has been kept in one of the tribal agencies where the police have
no access and the political authorities have no clue about his
whereabouts. The entire doctors' community is protesting the kidnapping
of Dr Intikhab Alam, in-charge of the Medical-B unit of the Lady
Reading Hospital. He was seized by armed men on Thursday and is
untraceable. The news
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Spelling Bee contest started
Islamabad: Students of 150 schools will be participating in the
"6th Dawn in Education National Spelling Bee" contest, starting here
from Monday (today).
This year the annual five-day competition
at the Islamabad Club Auditorium is being arranged by the Dawn Media
Group in partnership with the US embassy. The students of schools of
Rawalpindi, Islamabad and surrounding areas, including Rawalakot,
Murree, Kohat, Swat, Kharian, and Risalpur, are participating in the
The event will start with the 9-11 age group and the
first six pools will be covered on the first day, followed by the 12-14
age group on October 13 and the senior most 15-17 age group on October
15. Judges for the event come from the Oxford University Press. The Dawn
in Education Programme was initiated in 1998 by the Dawn Media Group,
as the first-ever "Newspaper in Education Programme" in Pakistan. It
aims at creating awareness of current and global affairs among children
along with polishing their language and literary skills.
competition is based on two rounds – the buzz words and the triple.
Initially, the children participate as a team but when they qualify for
the elimination or "Win the Bee" round, they compete as individuals. The
teams are given 40 seconds to spell the word. They can ask for the
meaning of word, its part of speech and usage in a sentence to help them
spell it correctly. The competition is not merely a spelling test but
also a test of nerves and confidence.
The Spelling Bee aims at
expanding children's horizons beyond classroom, helping students improve
their spellings, vocabulary, correct usage of the English language, and
learn new concepts. Dawn
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Islamabad: A two-day international conference on 'Moderation' at International
Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) ended on Sunday with a unanimous
declaration emphasizing upon unity of Muslim Ummah to curb terrorism of
The unanimous declaration envisaged a moderate
Islamic world that will cooperate with Pakistan in its efforts to curb
terrorism. The participants said that Pakistan was capable to lead the
Muslim world with regard to its strategic, cultural and academic growth.
They paid tributes to Pakistan's founding fathers who dreamed of leadership of the country for other Muslim nations.
called for well-planned actions against terrorism and extremism and
stressed upon cooperation among academic institutions of the Muslim
The conference demanded more actions for promotion of moderation, dialogue, understanding and objectivity.
Marwan Al-Fouri said Islam was a religion of peace. He asked Pakistanis
to come forward and play their role for promotion of peace. Dr Muhammad
Habash recalled Allama Iqbal and said he awakened the Muslim world. Daily times
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Viva-voce exams of MBA to start today
Islamabad: "Department of
Business Administration, Allama Iqbal Open University, has scheduled
viva-voce examination of MBA programme which would be started from today
(Monday) in the main campus of the university and will continue till
October14'", this was announced by Dr. Syed Hassan Raza, Chairman,
Department of Business Administration of the university.
across the country enrolled in MBA programme will participate and
intimation letter have already been sent by TCS to the students at their
given addresses. External experts for each specialization are invited
from different Universities and industries for the assessment of
students. Any student who has fulfilled all the requirements of
viva-voce according to university rules and regulations and has not
received the intimation letter may contact the department of business
administration personally or at Ph.No.051-9250089 and 051-9057723, For further information students may visit to web site www.aiou.edu.pk of the university.
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Rootsians clinch positions in IST space week
Islamabad: Institute of Space Technology (IST), Islamabad held World
Space Week. This space week was celebrated all around the world and it
included various competitions like space modelling, sketching, painting,
aerospace modelling, declamation (English and Urdu). Various branches
of Roots School System participated in the event. Shiza Shahzadi
achieved 3rd position from 83 Harley Street - Roots Girls College in
Urdu declamation Rida Iqbal, Palwasha Qaiser, Fatima Murtaza and Asma
Tufail from 83 Harley Street campus got 2nd position in space 3-D model,
which was based on topic mysteries of cosmos.
In the category of
sketching competition, Shazil Abrar, a student of 'A' level from DHA
Phase-I, Campus, Islamabad, clinched 1st position, Nimra Klair claimed
2nd position in English declamation. 1st prize in aero modelling was
clinched by a group of 4 students i.e. Meenal Qadir, Sabih Sami
Siddiqui, Abid Ijaz & Omar Kayani all from DHA Phase-I Campus,
While in quiz competition a group of two students Hina
Anwar and Ghancha Farooq from 36 Nazim-ud-din Road Campus, Islamabad
clinched 2nd position. The topics of the declamations were 'Reaching for
the stars when rubble lies beneath', 'Urooj-e-adam-e-khaki se anjum
sehmay jati hain', 'Mujhai chand chaheeyai' (humorous), 'Only two things
are infinite', 'The universe and the human stupidity and I am not sure
about the former' (humorous), 'Space awareness walk', awareness
lectures/documentaries, 'UAV Satellite models and space quiz.
Over all from Rawalpindi and Islamabad 35 schools/colleges participated in these competitions.
Sarwar Naqvi, former chairman of Aero-Space Engineering Department was
the chief guest on the occasion. The chief guest was overwhelmed by the
ideas and talents of young students and while addressing the youth, he
said he is sure and can see the young students will definitely be able
to be a part of space institute in future, as today what they have
demonstrated here portrays their hard work, interest and clear concepts.
"These youngsters are future of Pakistan and we all are proud of them,"
he added. The news
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