Salam Teachers Day observed with protests
Salam Teachers Day: Best faculty, students honoured
Lahore, Oct 06: To mark 'Salam Teachers Day', the Government College
Township on Tuesday launched its first "Aspirant Awards 2010" for the
best teachers as well as top scoring students in board and university
At a ceremony held in faculty lounge to mark the
day, college Principal Prof Dr Ijaz Butt said the institution had chosen
nine faculty members while taking into account a diverse criteria of
academic excellence and activism for college's betterment.
teachers selected for the awards were: Dildar Sarwar Khara (social
work), Javaid Iqbal (zoology), Azhar Hamayat Khan (History), Hasan
Mahmood (chemistry), Touseef Akbar Rana (physics), Zahid Masood
(statistics), Nawaz Hasan Zaidi (Urdu), Raheel Chaudhry (physics), Saeed
Iqbal (physics). The special recognition award went to Khalil Asghar
Of the selected teachers, educationist and
social worker Shaista Pervaiz Malik presented the award to three senior
teachers – Javaid Iqbal, Zahid Masood and Dildar Sarwar Khara.
She also presented shields to top scorers of the college – Sharoon Aslam
(937 marks in FSc pre-medical group); Muhammad Husnain Ahmad Shahzad
(978 marks in FSc pre-engineering group); Maqsood Ahmad (843 marks in
general science group); Nasir Khalid (768 marks in arts group);
Ubaid-ur-Rehman (891 marks in I.Com); Muhammad Usman (604 marks in BSc);
and Sikandar Atta (512 marks in BA).
Speaking on the occasion,
Prof Butt said the awards would also motivate other teachers to perform
better and create a healthy competitive environment.
the efforts of teachers and equally good response of students, Prof Butt
said the college had shown 46 per cent BA/BSc annual examination result
which was the best among all colleges in Lahore.
stressed teachers must educate their students who would become
instrumental in creating an environment of tolerance in society. She
regretted that teachers had not performed their duty in the past that
had resulted in violent protests and clashes even among educated
professionals in the country.
She, however, appreciated college
teachers wearing black armbands as a token of protest for the
acceptance of their demands. She assured the protesting teachers that
she would take their genuine grievances to the chief minister, adding
the CM also had some limitations as he was already caught up in a number
of complex issues. She also saluted teachers for imparting quality
education to their students.
Mr Khara and the position winning students also spoke on the occasion and expressed their gratitude and tribute to teachers.
Ms Malik also inaugurated the newly-constructed central library that
had 2,700 books procured during the last seven years, since the college
was launched following denationalisation of the Forman Christian
The college is in the process of completing mega
development project worth Rs59.198 million including a postgraduate
library constructed with a total cost of Rs3.108 million.
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Teachers boycott classes
Rawalpindi: The city colleges' teachers on Tuesday boycotted
classes for one hour on Salam Teacher Day in protest against setting up
of Board of Governors (BoGs) in selected colleges.
teachers on the call of Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association PPLA
boycotted classes from 10 am to 11 am in every college against the
initiation of four-year degree programmes and establishment of BoGs.
The representatives of PPLA while addressing a good number of teachers
gathered at Gordon College condemned the alleged derogatory remarks
passed by secretary higher education Punjab against the teachers. The
representatives of the college teachers said world over teachers were
being revered on October 5 but in Pakistan they were being pushed to the
wall by installing bio-matrix machines to check their attendance in the
The teachers demanded immediate removal of the
automatic machines and taking back the decision of setting up BoGs in 26
colleges in the province. They said the education department was
following anti-education policies as under the BoGs the four years
bachelor programmes were costly as students from lower and middle strata
of society attend government colleges.
The teachers in their
meeting condemned the adverse remarks made of the secretary higher
education on media against them and urged on chief minister Shahbaz
Sharif to take disciplinary action against the official.
The protestors vowed to continue their struggle till Punjab government took the decision about BoGs back.
It may be recalled here that the higher education department in a bid
to improve the college education has initiated a pilot project in 26
selected colleges offering four years degree programmes in different
The administration of these colleges had been
handed over to the BoGs established in August comprising teaching and
non-teaching staff. QAU teachers
The faculty members of
Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) on Tuesday observed Teachers Day as black
day as a mark of protest against cut in education budget, a reporter
adds from Islamabad.
They brought out a protest rally on the
QAU campus, which was participated by a large number of faculty members.
They demanded increase in allocation for education.
the procession, Dr Eitzaz of Economics department said that
government's step-motherly treatment to education could be gauged from
the fact that it allocated only 2 per cent for this sector.
Professor Gulraiz of Earth Sciences department demanded of the
government to release Rs5.8 billion as demanded by the HEC. The
protestors promised to continue their struggle for acceptance of their
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Teachers Day observed as protest day throughout KP
Peshawar: Teachers on Tuesday observed Salam Teachers Day as black day
across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa against the government's failure to release
funds to the public sector universities and ensure provision of 50 per
cent increase and 15 per cent medical allowance to the teaching and
non-teaching employees of the universities.
The employees in the
public sector universities stayed away from duties as they boycotted
classes and office work, causing problems to the students and others who
visited the universities in connection with various problems.
large number of students were seen outside the examination section of
University of Peshawar that was closed. The students were there to
collect their certificates, apply for examinations and for other work.
have been here for the last two hours waiting for this door to open and
collect my degree for which I applied several days ago," said one of
the students standing outside the examination section.
Unaware of the
strike in the university, most students had come to the university from
distant areas to get their problems solved but the strike multiplied
their problems. The striking employees gathered at the Teaching
Community Centre of the University of Peshawar on call of the Federation
of All Pakistan Universities' Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA).
They staged a protest walk to the University of Engineering and
Technology. Provincial President of FAPUASA Prof Dr Mohammad Fida,
President of the Peshawar University Teachers Association (PUTA) Prof Dr
Johar Ali, President of the Engineering University Teachers Association
Siddique Akbar and President of the Islamia College University Prof
Ziaullah Sehrai led the protesters.
The protesters were holding
banners and placards inscribed with slogans against the federal
government, finance minister and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor. They were
also chanting slogans.
Addressing the protesters, Dr Fida criticised
the government for not releasing funds or notification to this effect
after the verbal announcement. He said the government was not taking
their problems seriously and they would continue their protest till
resolution of their problems.
Dr Fida also condemned the poor law
and order situation in the academic institutions and urged the
government to ensure security for the academicians. Dr Johar condemned
the killing of Dr Farooq Khan, vice-chancellor of the Islamic University
Swat, and kidnapping of Ajmal Khan, vice-chancellor of the Islamia
College University. He demanded the government to utilise all resources
for early and safe recovery of Ajmal Khan.
DIR: The National
Commission for Human Development (NCHD) organised a function here to
mark Salam Teachers Day. Speaking on the occasion, Executive District
Officer Education Bahrawar Khan, his deputy Qasim Jan and NCHD regional
chief Nasruminallah Bahrawar highlighted the role of teachers in the
socio-economic development of the country and in meeting the future
challenges to Pakistan.
KARAK: The day was observed in Karak under
the aegis of the NCHD. A ceremony was held at the education office to
give certificates to the best teachers to acknowledge their performance.
LAKKI MARWAT: Speakers at a seminar on 'Importance of Adult
Literacy and Salam Teachers Day' here called upon the teachers to focus
on character-building of students and impart them quality education
regardless of the fact that the teachers are paid low salaries and
perks. The seminar was organised by the NCHD in collaboration with the
Elementary and Secondary Education department.
KOHAT: The Elementary
& Secondary Education Department with the support of the NCHD
organised a function at Government Primary School No 1 in MC Area to
honour the teachers of the district. District Coordination Officer
Shahid Ullah, EDO Imtiaz-Ul-Haq and other officers and teachers of the
Elementary & Secondary Education Department along with District
Programme Manager Education of NCHD Mohamad Asif Khattak attended the
On the occasion, 60 best teachers of the district were
awarded honorary certificates for their best performance during the
schooling session 2010.
Speaking on the occasion, the DCO said that
teachers are the main part of a society because they built good
character of people. He also praised and congratulated all the
participant of the ceremony, especially the best teachers, and
distributed honorary certificates to the best teachers. At the end of
the ceremony, a walk was also held in connection with the day.
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Students pay rich tributes to teachers
Islamabad: As many as 1,000 students of different schools paid rich
tributes to the teachers by holding a walk from China Chowk to
Parliament House to mark the World Teachers' Day on Tuesday.
was aimed to bring the nation's attention towards the great respect the
teachers deserve. The students of class one to class 10 were holding
placards inscribed with the message regarding the dignity of teachers.
They raised slogans like 'Hamara Ustad Zindabad' and presented bouquets
and cards to their teachers.
Organised by Ghazali Education Trust in
collaboration with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organisation (Unesco), the walk was also attended by the members of
civil society and other stakeholders.
Addressing on the occasion,
Unesco Director Dr Warren Mellor said that the role of teacher was
absolutely crucial for individual as well as for nation building. "The
quality of teacher is very important in imparting the quality education
in students," he said.
He said that Unesco was working in
collaboration with government as well as NGOs to improve the status of
teachers in the country. "The teachers require better working condition,
better salaries and also proper training for their capacity building
and professional development," he said.
The president of Ghazali
Education Trust on the occasion said that the students from six cities
of Pakistan including Chakwal, Attock, Rawalpindi and Islamabad gathered
there to offer homage to their teachers. "No country could ever
progress if it does not realize the importance of its teachers and pay
due respect to them," he said.
Teachers, who were present on the
occasion, expressed their pleasure over the tributes paid to them but
also raised serious concerns over the corruption involved in the hiring
of teachers in public sector schools.
"Every time we use to organise
events for our students but seeing that students have organised
something for us makes us feel extremely happy," said Rafia Asad, a
She said that such events were necessary to make
students realize the importance of teachers in nation building and also
it would help in elevating the status of teacher in the country.
teacher, Noshaba Kausar, said that such events were useful in improving
the student-teacher relation but government also needs to take
immediate steps for improving the status of teachers in the country.
should be given good salaries, allowances, yearly increments and also
the maternity leaves so that they could perform their duties in a better
way," she said.
She also urged government to take notice of the
irregularities involved in the hiring of teachers in government schools.
"Those who have money and sources could only avail a job in government
schools while rests, no matter how capable they are, are shown the
door," she said.
The rally ended with the presentation of bouquets to the teachers in recognition of their services to the future of the country.
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Rootsians celebrate World Teachers' Day
Rawalpindi: All branches of the Roots School System (RSS) here on
Tuesday celebrated World Teachers' Day with great enthusiasm. The day is
dedicated to teachers, who play a prominent role in the life of their
students. Students gave fresh roses to their teachers and some made
paper flowers for their teachers as well.
The day commenced with a
presentation on the 'Role of a teacher in child's life'. Some students
also did mimicry of their teachers that was appreciated by all. Students
also prepared some skits for their teachers. Homemade gifts and cakes
baked by mothers were sent to teachers in schools.
quotes and sayings were presented to teachers in the form of handmade
cards made from chart papers of different colours. Students decorated
these cards with glitter, glazed papers, ribbons, stickers and stars and
smileys. Bouquets were also presented to the teachers. Classrooms were
decorated with banners and charts inscribed with 'You are the true
mentor of our life' and 'Those who educate children well are more to be
honoured than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living
well,' - Aristotle.
In the end, the school choir sang a song on
World Teacher's Day. The theme of the song was 'We Love our Teachers'.
Parents also encouraged the teachers by sending them 'Thank you notes'
and handmade cards. The news
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HEC powers to verify degrees questioned
Islamabad: Education Minister Sardar Aseff Ahmad Ali has
challenged the authority of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to
make any lawmaker answerable to it.
In response to a
communication received from Punjab University in connection with the
re-verification of his educational degrees, Mr Ali said the HEC could
not make any elected member answerable to it or start an exercise with a
view to making any member submit to its scrutiny.
In a letter
to the university, he said any scrutiny by HEC would be prejudicial to
the doctrine of separation of powers which was at the root of the
"Furthermore, I find it offensive to the dignity
of an elected member that an executive authority undertakes an action
which it is not competent to take and through that action questions the
eligibility of an elected member ex post facto."
said he was a strong supporter of the process of accountability and did
not consider himself to be above public scrutiny.
"However I am
not answerable to the HEC in this or any other regard. I therefore ask
you not to undertake this action as it is without lawful authority and
based on violation of the Constitution".
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ACMS students rally for recognition of their degrees
Rawalpindi: Engineering students of the Army College of
Management and Sciences (ACMS) on Tuesday held a protest rally against
non-accreditation of their degree programme by the Pakistan Engineering
Some 700 students, including those who have
already obtained degrees, gathered outside the college at about 2pm and
started chanting slogans against the administration for failing to get
the college accredited with the PEC.
The students later marched
from Lal Kurti to Rawalpindi Press Club blocking traffic on the busy
Benazir Bhutto Road for over one hour. Holding placards and banners, the
students staged a sit-in in front of the press club and demanded
immediate accreditation of their degrees.
Some of the students
desiring not to be named told this reporter that for the last 11 years
bachelors of engineering in electronics, software and telecommunication
were being offered in the college affiliated with the National
University of Modern Languages (Numl).
"When we got admission
to the college the administration assured us that the accreditation
would soon be obtained from the PEC and the degrees would duly be
recognised in the market," said a student who had got a degree in
"After the completion of BE, we have not
been able to get any suitable job because our degrees were not
accredited from the council and the college has still not been able to
get the consent of the PEC," said a student.
who had passed seven semesters of BE in electronics, said they were
desperate to get accreditation from the PEC.
Citing the reasons
for non-accreditation by the PEC, the students said some teachers in
their faculty did not have the qualifications as required by the PEC and
the college only recently completed its own building.
contacted, head of the college, Brigadier (retired) Hubdar Ahmed Madni
said efforts were on to get the accreditation and students had been
assured that after fulfilling all the prerequisites a formal application
would be submitted to the PEC on October 11.
He said the
college administration never claimed while advertising for the
engineering courses that the institute had accreditation from the PEC
and not even verbal claim was made, but students were ensured that the
requirement would be fulfilled after completion of requirements set by
Mr Madni denied the claim of the students that the
teaching faculty did not have the required qualifications and said all
teachers were qualified in engineering and only the dean of the faculty
did not have the PhD in relevant discipline and that was not required by
the engineering council.
He expressed the hope that the
college would succeed in getting the accreditation for next two
semesters and the PEC would gradually recognise the degrees of all the
183 passed out students. There are precedents when PEC extended
accreditation to all outgoing students, he added. Dawn
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