Wafaq-ul-Madaris reservation over Madrassah Authority
Authority should provide funds for education
Islamabad, Sep 16: The Wafaq-ul-Madaris-ul-Arbia expressed its reservation over the
establishment of Madrassah Education Authority by Ministry of Interior
and said that it should be set up by Ministry of Religious Affairs or
Ministry of Education.
The Chapter Four titled 'Islamic
Education' of National Education Policy (NEP) 2009 says that Madrassah
Education Authority shall be established by Ministry of Interior in
order to provide an opportunity for all existing and future 'madaris'
to excel and enhance the services they already provide to the nation.
is further stated that the authority should provide funds for education
and socio-economic welfare of students, provide infrastructure and
equipment for improvement of existing facilities, provide further
training to enhance skills of teachers, provide support in vocational
training to equip students to generate income and to provide advice and
assistance in streamlining policies, objectives and syllabi to give
graduates a competitive edge in the job market and for placement in
institutions of higher education.
Wafaq-ul-Madaris-ul-Arbia is of the opinion that there was no point in
handing over all seminaries to Ministry of Interior as it has nothing
to do with education.
Wafaq-ul-Madaris-ul-Arbia spokesperson Maulana Abdul Qudus said that
the decision of the regulatory authority has been taken without taking
religious organisations into confidence. "The decision of handing over
the authority to Ministry of Interior is above understanding,
especially when religious quarters are not taken into confidence," he
He, however, hailed the decision according to which
'madrassah' students would be provided advice and assistance in
streamlining policies, objectives and syllabi to give graduates a
competitive edge in the job market and for placement in institutions of
"It has been for the first time that
'madrassahs' have been given such importance in any education policy
till now," he said while adding that they would be more than happy if
they were taken into confidence before giving a final shape to the
He demanded that amendments made in
curriculum during Pervez Musharraf regime should be undone. "We do not
accept any such amendments which are made in the name of moderation
during a dictator's regime," he said.
It is worth mentioning
here that in a high-level meeting held on September 9 in the cabinet
room, the Prime Minister's Secretariat, in response to a query with
regard to 'madrassah' reforms, explained that working of all seminaries
would be streamlined by introducing contemporary studies. It was also
explained that the Turkish government had successfully modernised their
religious institutions and Pakistan may benefit from its experience.
policy document also states that the objectives of teaching of
Islamiyat shall be to ensure that all Muslim children are provided
opportunities to learn and apply the fundamental principles of Islam in
their lives with the purpose of reformation and development of society
on the principles of Holy Qur'aan and Sunnah.
stated that the Islamiyat Curriculum shall be divided into five main
topics - Al-Qur'aan Al Kareem, Imaniyat and Ibadat, Seerat-e-Tayyaba,
Ethics and Good Behaviour (towards others) and Prominent Personalities
Ministry of Education Deputy
Education Adviser (DEA) T M Qureshi said that the decision of setting
up the Madrassah Education Authority was taken by the prime minister
and the ministry has nothing to do with it.
"It is not that we
have compiled the policy in the drawing room. Religious organisations
were also taken into confidence in the process," he said.
Federal Minister for Education Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, on one
occasion, has said that the authority would jointly work under the
Ministry of Education, Ministry of Religious Affairs and the Ministry
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QAU administration to be shifted to new block before Eid
Islamabad: The Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) administration is being shifted to
the new administration block before Eidul Fitr, as was decided in a
meeting of chairmen and directors of departments, affiliated centres
and institutes of QAU last month.
According to a statement
issued by the University, the QAU authorities have opined that the said
building at the new location was constructed as an administration
block, a fact that could be verified not only by the site plan and
other records available with its Directorate of Works but also by its
architecture, as it was designed to be used for administration
The building has offices for vice-chancellor,
registrar, controller of examinations, treasurer, audit officer and
their affiliated offices, staff and records, but no space for
classrooms, seminar rooms and faculty rooms. Even a big hall in the
building is for conducting meetings of Syndicate and other statutory
The PC-1 of the block was approved during the tenure of
the University's former vice-chancellor Capt (r) UAG Isani and more
than half of the construction was carried out during his tenure. The
QAU statement pointed out that no issue was raised at the time of the
block's construction but when the building was ready for shifting, some
elements of employees started opposing it.
Welfare Association (EWA) is opposing the administration's shifting to
the said block for it being away from the main campus at a desolated
site and for having substandard construction quality. EWA instead wants
to use another new building, named as Joint Academic Block, for the
administration works despite its design being made purely for teaching
purposes and not to house the administration, which invariably consists
of non-teaching staff. EWA has threatened to go on strike if the QAU
authorities force the employees to shift to the new administration
block. The shifting was supposed to start from Saturday last but did
not because of the opposition.
The QAU authorities emphasised
that contrary to some reports in a section of the press, it is not a
question of the involvement of a particular vice-chancellor in the
decision regarding shifting to the administration block, as the
building was originally designed as an administration block and the
decision to shift the administration to the new site was made many a
times by the relevant bodies in the past, much before the said meeting
of the chairmen and directors on August 17 this year.
building is vacant for the last three years and the QAU authorities
were lately told point blank by the government that no development
funds would be provided to the University unless the vacant building is
occupied by the administration. Besides, they said, a huge amount of
money would be required to convert the administration block into an
academic block, almost close to the construction of a new block, in
order to make it useful for some other purposes.
authorities have claimed that the University would ply a bus service
from the old campus to the site of the new block after every 30 minutes
to spare the students, teachers, employees and other visitors of any
problem. They said the practice is not uncommon in many other public
sector universities of the country, and referred to Punjab University,
which has its administration in the Old Campus while its New Campus has
been constructed more than 15km away.
It may be mentioned that
the Centre for Gender Studies since February 2009 has already started
taking its classes in the existing administration building at a space
that was vacated by the administration's Project Directorate, which
moved into the new administration block along with the audit office
last year. The University says that the space left vacant after
shifting of the whole administration to its new site will be given to
the needy departments.
The administration expressed its
surprise on EWA's stance of using the new administration block for
academic purposes, as on one hand, the Association described the new
building as 'not being in good condition due to substandard material
used in its construction' while on the other hand, it wants to shift
the teaching blocks to this building, 'as if the lives of students and
teachers are of no importance'.
The University insisted that the
new building is safe and in good condition, and the quality of material
used in its construction was no different from that used in other
nearby newly constructed buildings. The administration reiterates its
resolve to implement the decision of the relevant bodies and use the
new block for the purpose for which it was originally designed and
constructed. The news
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University student killed on road
Rawalpindi: A university student died after being run over by
a military vehicle on Airport Road on Tuesday morning, police said.
Noman Talib, a final year student, was going to his university in
Islamabad on his motorbike (RIK-9384) when the vehicle driven by Nazir
Ahmed knocked him down at Rahimabad Chowk.
Police handed over the body to his family after postmortem and registered a case against the driver.
Meanwhile, the Anti-Narcotics Force arrested a Saudi Arabia-bound
passenger identified as Irfan Mehdi with 80 heroin filled capsules
hidden in his stomach at Benazir Bhuto International Airport on Monday.
Meanwhile, a man was killed in a traffic accident in Tarlai on Tuesday.
Syed Saif Khan suffered multiple injuries when a Suzuki pickup hit him
at the bus stop. He was taken to hospital where he died. The police
arrested the driver and impounded his vehicle.
Meanwhile, robbers looted cash and gold ornaments worth a million of rupees from a house in Banigala.
The police said four armed robbers entered the house of Major (retired)
Waseem after Iftar, held the residents at gunpoint and looted the
The police said a formal complaint about the
incident was yet to be lodged with them. The police questioned the
veracity of the incident and said the circumstantial evidence and
statements of the robbery victims raised suspicion. It seems that this
was a result of an internal family dispute, the police added.
six vehicles were stolen while two houses were ransacked by burglars in
different parts of Rawalpindi on Monday, police said. Dawn
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