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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 centres.

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.

Students 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.

Several 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 accommodations.

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.

Earlier, the 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.

Faced with 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.

Azhar 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.

The 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.

"The 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.

"I 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 parents.

He said that he was weighing options to admit his daughter to a private school where she would not at least experience too much strikes.

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 event.

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.

The 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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IIUI moot
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 all kinds.

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.

They called for well-planned actions against terrorism and extremism and stressed upon cooperation among academic institutions of the Muslim Ummah.

The conference demanded more actions for promotion of moderation, dialogue, understanding and objectivity.

Engineer 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.

The students 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, Islamabad.

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.

Dr. 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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