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AOIU accreditation with PEC | IIU Shariah course

AOIU students start protest again
Islamabad, April 24, 2008: Nearly 200 students of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) started their protest again on Wednesday after considering no serious efforts on the part of the university to resolve the issue of accreditation of the department of Telecom Engineering with PEC.

The highly charged students burnt tyres and locked the main gate of the university. Holding placards and banners, the students raised slogans against the vice-chancellor, Prof. Mahmood H. Butt.

They also displayed the reported news items on the walls of the university against the VC.

They were demanding the accreditation of their four-year programme of Bachelor of Engineering in Telecom with Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) initiated by the university in 2000.

Around 400 students have completed the course while others still have been studying who were being enrolled before the year of 2006 as the university had closed the programme for further admissions in that year.

The future of 2,000 students is at stake, as neither they can apply for government nor for private jobs in the telecom sector because of non-registration with PEC. They even cannot go for further studies, the students informed.

Later on, a delegation of students met with the Registrar of the university, Ilyas Ahmad, who assured that the university, would follow the issue more vigorously and hopefully it would be processed for settlement in the PEC Accreditation Committee in early May 2008. After that the students ended their protest peacefully.

The students have also attended the meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Education the other day and met with the Chairperson of the committee, Razina Alam Khan, who referred the matter to the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to be solved.

They have been meeting with officials of the HEC and different ministers, including the Minister for Education Ahsan Iqbal, but they all as well have been pinning their hope on PEC to resolve the issue of accreditation.

Islamabad Police, including Munawar Mahar, SHO of I-9 Police Station and Liaquat Abbasi, Area Magistrate, were present on the spot to control the situation. They suggested the administration to install cameras at the campus due to critical security situation.The Nation

Shariah course for lawyers at IIU
Islamabad: The 15-day Islamic law orientation course for lawyers, kicked off here Wednesday at the International Islamic University (IIU).

The 28th Orientation Course has been organised by Shariah Academy of the IIU in collaboration with district bars of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, says a statement issued here today.

Addressing the inaugural session, IIU President Dr. Anwar Hussain Siddiqui said that among the most devastating damages done to the Muslim society of the sub-continent by the colonial power, one was the division created in the legal system of Muslim India.

The existing laws of the land were actually in contradiction with the new law introduced by the English, he said.

He also highlighted the role of legal fraternity in providing speedy and cheap justice to the people.

It is the essence of the Islamic legal system as well, Dr Siddiqui maintained.

"Priority in the Muslim law is given to society while the English law gives preference to individual over the society," he added. The News
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