Islamia University Professor Ajmal Khan recovered | HEC grant
Prof Ajmal recovered after four years
Peshawar, Sep 13: Pakistani security forces on Thursday safely recovered
kidnapped Vice Chancellor of Islamia University Professor Ajmal Khan
four years after his abduction by Taliban militants.
issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that security
forces and intelligence agencies had been trying to locate Prof Khan
since September 8, 2010 when he was kidnapped in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
capital while going to university.
"Civil society and relatives
appreciated the untiring efforts of Pakistan Army for the safe recovery
of Mr Ajmal Khan," said the statement.
Professor Ajmal Khan said that he was kidnapped by armed men from the same
street "they whisked me up into a vehicle and injected some intoxicating
medicine and when I regained consciousness I was in a mountainous
He said that the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) kept
him Waziirstan Agency and the security forces helped him in getting
He said that he was never tortured while in Taliban custody and mostly spent his time reading books and praying.
Professor Ajmal thanked the security forces, former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor and the government for his release.
Some sources say that Professor Ajmal was mostly kept in Shawal valley on the border of North and South Waziristan Agency.
Khan said that he did know where exactly he was detained and added that
his captors kept shifting him from one place to the other.
spent four years in captivity and thankful to Allah Almighty I am back.
I am really happy to return home and see my family." Prof Ajmal said
adding that during his captivity he was optimistic about his early
release but it did took more time.
Prof Ajmal Khan was in Taliban captivity since September 7, 2010 when he was kidnapped along with his driver at
gunpoint from Professor Colony in University of Peshawar.
His driver was released two years later.
TTP had demanded the release of four Taliban prisoners in the bargain
of his release but government had earlier refused the offer.
Khan is also a close relative of ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan and had
been a staunch supporter of the war against militancy. Dawn
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UoP to offer master's degree in criminology, tourism
Peshawar: The University of Peshawar (UoP) is set to start master's degree
programme in the newly-established departments of Criminology and
Tourism & Hotel Management from this academic session.
much-awaited decision was reached after approval of the statutes for
the departments in meeting of the academic council of the University of
Peshawar with UoP Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Rasul Jan in the
The council said the courses for master's degree
programme of the new departments have already been approved and
admission would start from this month after declaration of the UoP BA,
BSc results expected on September 15.
The council also
approved statutes for the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies where
after it was unanimously agreed to start postgraduate diploma courses
for professionals in the first instance from the coming month.
academic council also gave approval to courses of various departments
and other affiliated colleges of the varsity.Addressing the meeting, the
vice-chancellor said bringing constant changes in line with the
industry demand was the need of the hour and the faculty members must
live up to the rising expectations and bring improvement in the
curricula over time.
The vice-chancellor said the
practical application of the knowledge should be kept on priority while
designing courses whereas the teaching methods must be made easier for
the students especially at the BS and master's level programmes.
Rasul Jan termed the start of master's programme in the Criminology and
Tourism and Hotel Management as a milestone steps taken by the council,
adding the same would produce best professionals of the respective
fields.The meeting was attended by the deans of faculties, chairmen of
the departments and other members of the council.
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HEC asked to grant funds to universities in KP
Mardan: The Abdul Wali Khan University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Ihsan Ali said that
the Higher Education Commission should grant funds to the universities
in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa having been affected due to militancy and poor law
and order situations. Dr Ihsan Ali said that Mardan was the central city and the second big city of the
province, the people of Mardan could afford education and had taken
admissions in AWKU.
He said that the education and
peace were co-related to each other as without peace no one could excel
in the field of education. He said that about 77 out of 140 teachers
were currently abroad doing Ph.D on scholarships in UK, Cyprus, Spain,
Canada, Australia etc.
The VC said that the financial aid
given to the university by HEC was RS220 million which was spent only on
disbursing salaries to the universities employees for four months.He
said that there were nine PhD holders in Archeology Department in the
field and there would be no impact on the department if they would be
shifted to the administration.
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Board of Technical Education announces results
Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Board of Technical Education Thursday declared
results of the annual examination of diploma in associate engineering at
the award distribution ceremony among position holders at a hotel.
total of 76,084 students appeared in the final year examination of the
three-year diploma in civil, electrical, technical, mechanical,
electronics, telecommunication, dress designing and dress-making
technologies. Some 43,703 qualified the examination with a pass
percentage of 57.44.
Naeemullah Shah of Muslim College of
Technology Abbottabad clinched the overall top position in the board by
obtaining 3,550 marks out of the total 3,092. Mohammad Raees of Gandhara
College of Technology secured 3,047 marks and got second position in
the board while Mohammad Naeem of Red-C Institute of Engineering and
Technology with 2,993 marks.
In civil technology, Aaqil
Mukhtar of Muslim College of Technology, Peshawar, stood first with
2,841 marks, Farooq Akbar of Peshawar Institute of Technology, Peshawar,
got 2,784 and secured first position in electronics; Naeemullah of
Muslim College of Technology Abbottabad, got 3,092 and clinched first
position in electrical, Mohammad Ulfatullah of Government of Technology
topped tele-communication technology with 2, 827, Mohammad Farooq Khan
got 2,722 and secured first position in mechanical and Sameena Bibi of
Government Polytechnic Institute, Dera Ismail Khan, secured 2,235 marks
and stood first in dress design technology.
President Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry Zahid Shinwari was the chief guest on the occasion.
of the board, Prof Nasir Ali Mohammadzai, Chairman of Technical
Education and Vocational Training Authority Numan Wazir, Vice-chancellor
Sarhad University Saleemur Rahman and Jamal Akbar, controller
examination technical board also spoke on the occasion.
prizes were also given away to the position holder students. In his
speech, Nasir Ali Mohammadzai highlighted the measures taken by the
board for promotion of technical education in the province. The news
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