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Quaid-i-Azam University registrar appointment creates doubts

Appointment creates doubts, VC defends decision
Islamabad, April 10, 2008: Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) Vice Chancellor Dr. Qasim Jan has allegedly appointed the registrar without following proper procedure.

Sources said that Dr. Aurangzeb Hasan has been appointed as the QAU registrar. This post was neither advertised in newspapers nor other formalities were followed, they said.

According to the notification (No. Estt/2008-469 dated 07-04-2008, Dr. Aurangzeb Hasan would be entitled to draw pay and allowances equivalent to BPS-20 while the post of the registrar is of BPS-19. The post could only be upgraded with the approval of the university's chancellor, President Pervez Musharraf.

Sources told this scribe that the case was also not placed before the syndicate and not a single meeting was held regarding the appointment on such a key post. Sources alleged that the VC had appointed a retired professor of chemistry as the registrar on the basis of ethnicity. "There are some forty other employees of Pakistan's top university who have been appointed on the basis of ethnicity by the VC," alleged sources adding: "The appointment of the registrar is a clear example of irregularities in the university."

QAU Vice Chancellor Dr. Qasim Jan, when contacted, said that it would have taken over five months to induct a registrar through advertisement, therefore, the post was not advertised. "We cannot run the university without a registrar and cannot wait for five months for a registrar to take charge in the university," said the VC.

He said that the new registrar had retired in grade 21 and it was unfair to offer him the pay scale less than in which he had retired. The university has not inducted him in grade 20 but he would draw pay equivalent to grade 20 as a contractual employee. "Normally contractual employees are inducted on high pays because they do not enjoy any post-retirement benefits," said the VC. He also said, "The induction of Aurangzeb Hassan as registrar was done by using special powers as the university badly needed a registrar."

The VC said that the case of the newly appointed registrar would soon be presented before the syndicate of the university and he would accept the decision of the syndicate open-heartedly. To a question, the VC replied that he would call a meeting of the university's syndicate within a month. The News

PhD thesis defence at NUST
Rawalpindi: The doctoral defence of Muhammad Almas Anjum was held here at the Computer Engineering Department of College of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering, NUST. A large number of academicians, senior professionals attended the defence from various organisations, faculty members of College of E&ME and postgraduate students while NUST Rector Lt Gen Muhammad Asghar was the chief guest. The student presented his research work titled 'Improved Face Recognition using Image Resolution Reduction and Optimisation of Feature Vector' while providing essential details of the design and implementation of face recognition systems. The News

Art exhibition at UAAR
Rawalpindi: Art Exhibition and Dramatic Club of the University of Arid Agriculture Rawalpindi (UAAR) on Wednesday organised an art exhibition and competition of recreational activities, said a press release.

The exhibition was part of Students' Annual Week, starting from April 7 to 12. The competition was held under the auspices of Directorate of Students Affairs in which Rana Junaid got the first and Rana Usman the second prize.

UAAR Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Khalid Mahmood Khan was the chief guest on the occasion. He said sports and other extra-curricular activities helped develop academic ability and confidence in students.

In the Art Exhibition, 16 students participated. Ikhlaq Ahmad secured the first and Saira Sultan the secured prize. Daily Times

Rootsians depict art through ages
Wah: Roots Thematic Montessori and Junior School held its first annual art exhibition on the theme 'Art Through Ages' here at its Wah campus, which was inaugurated by Roots School System Director Walid Mushtaq.

The Play Group was assigned cave art, known as 'Palaeolithic Art' created during the Upper Palaeolithic period (40,000-10,000 BC). Students were dressed up in skirts with feather headgears and their classes were turned into caves, truly depicting the Stone Age. They presented their art through paintings and engravings of animals, sun, moon and faces on rocks, floors and walls.

The 'Egyptian Art' was depicted by Junior Montessori through their artwork. Children were dressed in robes with white 'shalwars', carrying their swords. Girls wore robes and blouses with crowns. All children informed their parents about pyramids and the script of that era, which is known as 'hieroglyphics', briefing that temples were the homes of the gods and every temple was dedicated to a god or goddess who was worshipped there by the temple priests. Temple buildings in the New Kingdom were made of stone and their walls were covered with coloured scenes carved onto the stone, showing the Pharaoh fighting in battles and performing rituals with the gods, they added.

The third era was 'Impressionism', which was depicted through art by Advance Montessori. Girls were dressed in short ballad frocks while boys wore blue trousers with shirts, holding masks to cover their faces. The term 'Impressionism' refers to the impression that is stamped on the senses by a visual experience that is both fleeting and transitory and is associated with a particular moment in time. Impressionist paintings incorporate the use of a variety of brush strokes and bright colours, allowing the artist to be responsive to both the material character and texture of the object in nature. Students' paintings showed facemasks hanging from the ceilings on a dark coloured background and the artwork included free bright strokes in dawn time scenes of the seashore showing people sitting in a boat.

'Classicism' was presented by Class 1 with the focus on the works of masters such as Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Carravagio and Goya, who inspired a generation of concept artists working in the creative industry today. Students painted natural scenes like forests, flowers, etc on walls and chart papers.

The fifth era was selected by Class 2 students i.e the 'Modern Art' that depicted the time period of Sadeqain (1930-1987), who was one of the most imaginative artists of his time. Students made murals, sculptures and mud items for showing the artists of modern times who enjoy greater freedom of expression.

Painting, through ages, has been the preferred mode of expression for mankind. The history of art attempts an objective survey throughout human history, classifying cultures and periods and noting their distinguishing features and influences. The News
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