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Sarhad University convocation | Bahria, UK varsities

283 graduates of Sarhad University awarded degrees
Peshawar, April 9, 2008: The Sarhad University of Science and Information Technology (Suit) Tuesday awarded degrees to 283 students, including 127 bachelors, 150 masters and six M Phil.

The degrees were awarded in computer science, education management sciences, information technology, health and physical education in the fourth convocation held here. University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar Vice-Chancellor Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani distributed the degrees among students as the chief guest.

He said formation of the Higher Education Commission has transformed the growth of education sector. "The share of development projects in higher education sector started under HEC is also unprecedented," he said.

He, however, lamented the lower university enrolment rate in the country, which at present stands at four per cent in the age bracket of 17-24 years in Pakistan, which is 10 percent in India, 40 in the United Kingdom and 68 in South Korea.

He asked the youths to avoid cynicism and be optimistic about the country. Suit Vice-Chancellor Dr Saleemur Rahman presented the university's report and briefed about the university that was established in 2001. He said the university had adopted strict grading system and only one gold medallist had passed the examination with a 3.94 cumulative grade point average while rest of them scored between 3 and 3.35. The News

Bahria, UK varsities agree on mutual cooperation
Islamabad: Bahria University and Leicester University of UK signed an agreement here Tuesday envisaging multilateral cooperation between the two universities in varied academic areas.

To begin with, selected faculty of Bahria University will proceed to Leicester University for PhD and MS programmes in April and September this year.

The two universities have also agreed to start split undergraduate and Doctoral programmes in various disciplines including Computer Sciences, Engineering and Management and have agreed to work together on Distance Learning.

Rector Bahria University Vice Admiral (r) Farooq Rashid termed the agreement historic, opening a great opportunity for the faculty and students of Bahria University for higher education in United Kingdom. Dr John Fothergill, Pro-Vice Chancellor Leicester University signed the agreement on behalf of his university. Daily Times

NTU closed after students' protest
Faisalabad: Following a demonstration by students on Tuesday, the National Textile University (NTU) suspended its educational activities for an indefinite period.

NTU students protested against the administration as, what students say, it failed to get the university affiliation with the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) despite passage of a considerable period.

They said they had asked the administration time and again to resolve the issue, but to no avail.

Insiders said scores of students damaged the university property and disrupted the academia atmosphere to press the administration to accept their demands. They also boycotted the classes.

Letters have also been dispatched to the parents of "rabble-rousers", sources say.

NTU Vice Chancellor Masood Biabani said all educational activities would be suspended only for a few days.

He said students had been invited by the administration numbers of times for talks, but they did not like to sit with the management.

About the university accreditation with the PEC, Mr Biabani said efforts were on for the purpose and university administration had been doing its utmost to resolve all genuine issues of the academia. Dawn

Senior English teachers to be promoted to grade-17
Peshawar: The new NWFP government has stepped up work to promote Senior English Teachers (SET) to the grade-17 pay scale, sources said on Tuesday.

They said that a formal notification in this regard was expected within two weeks. Bakht Akbar Ghanizai, the general secretary of Malgari Ustazan, said that provincial Minister for Education Mian Iftikhar Hussain had assured the organisation that the demands of teachers would be fulfilled and that a formal notification for the promotion of SETs to grade 17 would be issued in the next week. He said that a summary regarding the service structure for teachers, which has long been suspended, had been sent to the chief minister for approval.

Three more demands of the teachers' community an up grade of the pay scale for teachers; increments for untrained teachers; and an up graded pay scale for Physical Education Teachers and Drawing Masters would also be seriously considered, he added.

The pay scales of teachers were upgraded by former NWFP chief minister Akram Khan Durrani and a notification to this effect was issued on October 1, 2007. It was followed by an amended notification on January 26, 2008. However, the decision has not yet been implemented.

During a meeting with teachers, Hussain assured them that a meeting was scheduled with the Finance Department to discuss the increments for untrained teachers. Daily Times
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