Federal Urdu University Convocation 2010
500 students get degrees
Islamabad, Apr 27: As many as 500 students were awarded degrees at the Second Convocation of
the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology here on
The degrees were awarded in the disciplines of BSc
Electrical Engineering (Electronics), BS-MSc Computer Science, BS-MSc
Applied Physics, BBA, MBA, MSc Economics, MA Urdu, MS Electronics, MS
Computer Science and PhD Economics.
The students who were
awarded gold medals for securing first position in their respective
disciplines included Adeel Bashir, Nayyab Bushra, Hassan Khalid, Moona
Mazhar, Zia-ur-Rehman, Shehbaz Akhtar, Tauseef Shahid, Saqib Rafique
Bajwa, Samiullah Abrar, Khawar Mansoor, Adnan Khan, Syed Alam Ali,
Mohammad Ali, Tahir Mahmood, Wasi-ur-Rehman, Rana Mohammad Adil,
Sumaira Liaquat, Mina Ashraf and Saira Bano.
Speaking on the
occasion, Vice Chancellor Dr. Mohammad Qaisar said that the university
is facing financial constraints as it has been established in a rented
building of Wapda at an annual rent of Rs2.5 million.
quite difficult for any educational institution to achieve its set
targets if it does not have any permanent building and this is the
situation that we are facing at the moment," he said. He said the
university administration has purchased land from its own resources but
it is still an uphill task to construct hostels, laboratories,
examination hall, auditorium, gymnasium and conference hall to adjust
growing number of students.
Dr. Qaisar said students are facing
problems, as there are only two buses for their transportation, so
there is also a need to buy more buses to provide them with better
He said there are 2,330 students studying
in Islamabad Campus and 195 scholars are doing their M.Phil and PhDs
while 104 faculty members have been imparting education in four
faculties and six disciplines.
Dr. Ashfaq Ahmad, deputy chairman
of the Planning Commission and adviser to the prime minister on science
and technology, said the issues which have been highlighted would be
considered and every effort would be made to resolve these issues on
He said that one must get education even if he
or she does not have any goal in life as education itself is a goal. He
said that education not only plays a pivotal role in the personal
grooming of a person but it is also crucial for economic development of
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No end to corporal punishment in public schools
Rawalpindi: 'Mar Nahein Pyar', the slogan of the Punjab education
department, seems ineffective as the corporal punishment is still in
practice in the public sector schools.
The education department
had issued strict orders to the teachers to teach children with love
and do not use any stick or any other method to punish the students.
But many of the teachers in government schools and colleges are still
using different methods to punish the children justifying that corporal
punishment produces better results.
Government Boys High School
Dera Khalsa is one of those schools where teachers still punish their
students for producing good results. The school is running without
headmaster since February 2004. Many of the teachers are missing from
the school while those present in the school are using different
methods of corporal punishment.
A total of 525 students are
studying in the school including 87 students of arts group and 57 of
science group in grade nine and ten. One of the teachers of the
Government Boys High School Dera Khalsa on condition of anonymity said that some of the teachers are still using the old method of
corporal punishment including use of stick and other ways of punishment
to teach children.
He stated that teachers for middle and higher
secondary level have not been available in the school for the last six
years adding those who are teaching students of upper grades are not
well educated that's why they are using old methods of punishment to
produce good results. "Many parents even ask us to punish their
children if they are not good in studies," he added.
of grade ten on condition of anonymity said that teachers in
the school are using sticks and slap if some one fails in tests. He
said that not only in middle and higher level but teachers also use to
punish the student of primary level. And some of the teachers bitterly
beat the innocent children in the classroom.
District Officer (Education) Muhammad Ashraf Malik contacted he said
that education department has given orders to the management of schools
not to use stick or any other method to punish the students. "We used
to educate teachers to teach children with love and not punish them.
There are some schools, which are still using the old method of
teaching," he added.
Muhammad Ashraf said that the principal or
headmaster of the school is responsible to implement the new methods of
teaching in his or her school and they also conduct inquiry if they
found any teacher involved in corporal punishment. "We also conduct
inquiry if we receive any complaint of corporal punishment in any
school. But normally the heads of the institutions concerned conduct
inquiry in such cases," he said.
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Schoolteachers demand increase in salaries
Rawalpindi: The educators from Punjab public sector schools have
expressed serious concern over non-increase in their salaries despite
repeated assurances given by the provincial government. Sharing views
with PPI, schoolteachers said that the current salaries are meagre to
meet both ends following the skyrocketing price-hike during last two
Sagheer Alam, president of Punjab Teachers Union
(Rawalpindi District) said that the representatives of higher officials
held several meeting with us in this regard despite their assurance no
practical steps had taken yet.
"We can't even afford fares of
public transport. There is no option for us apart from launching a
protest movement to draw the attention of the government towards the
financial crisis being faced by our community, he questioned .
schoolteacher Usman Ahmed was of the view that how is it possible for a
teacher to meet his expense with the salary of only 8,000 per month
adding that government has increased charges of basic necessary items
including electricity, gas, petroleum prices and other expense in daily
They urged Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif to
take practical steps for the betterment of the teachers and increase
their salaries otherwise we have no option to launch protest. The news
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HEC scholar wins IIW Award
Islamabad: Higher Education Commission (HEC) scholar Saleemullah Khosa, who is pursuing his PhD studies at the
Institute of Materials Science and Welding, Graz University of
Technology, Austria, has been declared joint winner of the 2010 Henry
Granjon Prize (Category B) by the International Institute of Welding
Khosa who proceeded aboard under HEC's scheme "PhD
Scholarships for Study of Science, Engineering and Technology, Austria"
will attend the formal prize giving during the opening ceremony of the
63rd IIW Annual Assembly on July 11, 2010 in Istanbul, Turkey.
has also been invited to participate in the work of the 25 Technical
Commissions and Working Groups during the IIW Annual Assembly to be
held from July 12-14, 2010 and the International Conference from July
On the occasion, he will also make an oral
presentation of his paper entitled "development of physical-based model
for Friction Stir Spot Welding (FSSW) process". Dialy times
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IIU to implement five-day week schedule
Islamabad: The International Islamic University (IIU) has decided
to implement five-day week schedule as per instructions of the Federal
Government with immediate effect. According to the university decision
its offices shall remain open on Monday to Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to
4:00 p.m. (with half an hour lunch/prayer break at 1:00 p.m.) and on
Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (with lunch/Friday prayer break from
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.). This decision was taken in a high level
meeting presided over by Parveen Qadir Agha, vice president of the
university. Heads of all faculties and institutes attended the meeting. The news
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AU sports week concludes
Islamabad: A five day colourful sports and cultural week of Air University (AU) concluded here on Monday.
The festival included a number of cultural activities like hockey, cricket, football, and badminton matches.
on the occasion, chief guest Dr Ijaz Malik, vice chancellor Air
University (AU), said that these kinds of extra curricular activities
play a vital role in developing students mind as well as physical
VC later presented shields and winning trophies among the winners and runners-up.
of Business Administration clinched the first position with the maximum
points while Mechatronics Department bagged the runner up trophy. Daily times
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Session on academic research and writing held
Islamabad: Dr Muhammad Ahsan, a UK-based research consultant, conducted
a session with local scholars and PhD students on 'Academic research
and writing', organised by Islamabad Policy Research Institute here on
He covered various aspects of academic research and
writing in Pakistan. The main points highlighted in the session
included provision of specific research skills, preparation of a
qualitative research proposal, adequately structuring a research
report/PhD thesis, tackling linguistic and technical aspects of a piece
of research, citation and comparative overview of relevant literature.
also laid emphasis on various systems of referencing, exploring the
ways and means to publish the research (national and international
sources), possibility of conversion of a PhD thesis into a book or a
research report, and prospects of publishing PhD thesis in the form of
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Fake degree case
Peshawar: An election tribunal of the Peshawar High Court (PHC) on
Monday served show-cause notice on the National Assembly member from
Bajaur Agency, Syed Akhunzada Chittan, in a fake degree case, according
to the lawyer of the petitioner.
had no access to the proceeding of the case as it was held at the
chamber of the judge. The petitioner's counsel, Qazi Muhammad Anwar said that the court observed that why not he (Chittan) be
refrained from performing the duties as National Assembly member and
denied perks and privileges extended to the lawmaker after the
administration of the University of Peshawar (UoP) did not own a
graduation degree that he had attached with his nomination papers
submitted before the Election Commission to contest general election in
As per the rules in 2008 elections, having a
valid graduation degree was a sine qua none to contest the election.
Recording his statement before the election tribunal, presided over by
Justice Dost Muhammad Khan, UoP Controller of Examination Dr Shafi
produced the varsity record before the tribunal, stating that the
parliamentarian could not qualify the Bachelor's examination despite
four attempts in 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1994.
The Controller of
Examination, according to Qazi Muhammad Anwar, informed the court the
UoP never issued any degree to Chittan. Pakistan People's Party-(PPP)
candidate Chittan carried the day in February 18, 2008 general election
on National Assembly seat, NA-44 Bajaur, by defeating Pakistan Muslim
League-Quaid (PML-Q)-backed former MNA, Shahabuddin Khan. He had polled
6,257 ballots. Shahabuddin moved the election tribunal, challenging the
authenticity of the graduation degree of Chittan.
respondent's counsel, Kamran Murtaza, sought adjournment in the case,
which the tribunal refused observing that Election Commission of
Pakistan (ECP) had amended the People's Representation Act, 1979,
strictly banning deferment of the election petitions.
in the People's Representation Act has empowered the tribunals to even
refrain legislators from attending respective assemblies' sessions if
the latter appear to be impeding the process of disposal of election
petitions on one pretext or the other," Justice Dost Muhammad remarked.
The tribunal adjourned the case for 30th the instant for final
In another case filed by Ehtisham Javed Akbar Khan, a
losing candidate on PF-68 (Dera Ismail Khan-V), the tribunal put the
returning officer, presiding officers and other respondents on notice
to explain their position in the case on next hearing. Ehtisham
levelled rigging charges against the winning candidate, MPA
Makhdoomzada Syed Murid Kazim Shah, and sought his disqualification as
Also, the same tribunal recorded statements
in another election petition filed by Jamaat-i-Islami's former speaker
of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, Bakht Jehan Khan, against the winning
candidate from NA-28 (Buner), Istiqbal Khan, who belongs to the Awami
National Party (ANP).
The petitioner accused the returning
officer of having changed the results of a few polling stations, "thus
maneuvering the triumph of the ANP ticket-holder Istiqbal Khan." The
same tribunal transferred another election petition filed by a losing
candidate on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly seat, PF-14 (Nowshera-III),
Aftab Ahmad Khan, to the tribunal headed by Justice Syed Sajjad Hussain
Shah, following the instructions of the ECP.
candidate who is respondent in the petition, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Minister for Excise and Taxation Liaquat Ali Shabab, had requested the
ECP to shift his case to another tribunal. Shabab had won the general
election on the seat by securing 111,94 votes on the PPP ticket. The news
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