Riphah University Expo | FG college collection of fines issue
Expo 2010 starts at Riphah University
Islamabad, Apr 07: Education Expo 2010 in connection
with Riphah International University's (RIU) Information Week started
on main campus of the university in I-14, on Tuesday.
Minister for Education Sardar Assef Ahmed Ali inaugurated the Expo
aimed at creating information literacy and virtual learning environment
among the students, faculty and knowledge seekers.
minister lauded the university for taking solid steps to provide
education in diversified programmes not only within the country but
also expanding it to UAE.
Earlier, Prof Dr Anis Ahmed, RIU
Vice Chancellor, highlighting the importance of knowledge said
information was linked with the knowledge, and only those nations could
excel who had more knowledge.
Muhammad Farooq, RIU Director
Information Services, highlighted the aims and objectives of the
Information Week and the exhibition.
After the ribbon cutting ceremony, the federal minister visited different stalls and appreciated the exhibition.
large number of students, teachers, knowledge seekers from different
universities and educational institutions of Islamabad and Rawalpindi
visited the expo.
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Students protest against FG college administration
Rawalpindi: The final-year students of the Federal Government
Postgraduate College for Women, Kashmir Road, protested here on Tuesday
against what they termed the administration's random collection of
fines from them.
The students staged a protest against the
college administration for collecting huge fines that they have claimed
to be illegal and staggering. They said that why the college
administration is imposing heavy fines on the students despite the fact
that the academic institution is under the control of the government.
students said that their final university examinations would be held
from April 15 for which they need admit cards and character
certificates from the college administration. Those who did not appear
in the college examinations are bound to pay a fine of Rs200 per
subject. Many students have already paid the fine. The fee for the
whole academic year is Rs1,500 and fines for not appearing in any
subject in the college examinations is Rs2,100. The students said that
it is impossible for their parents to pay such a heavy fine. "Moreover
the college administration is imposing a fine of Rs10 on the students
for missing a lecture and if a girl is absent for one day she has to
pay a fine of Rs60," the students said.
The parents said that the college administration has been putting an
extra burden on their pockets. They said that the college
administration should not impose heavy fines. According to them, there
was no justification for imposing heavy fines as the college
administration was getting adequate funds from the government.
Vice Principal Samina Bukhari said that the imposition
of fines is a disciplinary action and it compels the students to take
college examinations seriously. "This has been going around since last
two years and there has been no change in college rules. We impose
fines so that all students appear in college examinations and the
result of the college is not affected," she said.
Nasreen Mirza said that it is a college advisory committee's decision
to improve the results and make non-serious students serious about
college examinations. The protest by students is not justified because
it is for their own benefit and to make them study for the forthcoming
examinations. "The money collected through fines are deposited in
students fund and later utilised for their own benefit," she added.
We tried to contact FG Colleges Director Brigadier Raheel Ashraf,
but he was out of the city and not available for comments. The news
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AAUR Students Week kicks off with different competitions
Rawalpindi: The Students' Week of Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) started here on Tuesday.
main events of the week include software programming, video games,
photography, poster, flower arrangement, essay and story writing,
sports (boys and girls), drama and poetry competitions, art exhibition,
Urdu musharia and three days book fair. Inter-university level Qirat
and Naat competitions and bilingual declamation contest will also be
the part of Students' Week.
PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof
Dr Khalid Mahmood Khan inaugurated the Students' Week. He said the
active participation and involvement of the students in different
extra-curricular activities was essential to inculcate among them the
sense of responsibility, discipline, obedience and punctuality.
week started with software programming competition in which 12 students
participated from different department of the university. The
competition was aimed at improving the programming, logical thinking
and presenting skills of the students. The winners for the competition
included Shahzad Zafer, Yusra Malik and Saifur Rehman.
students participated in the poster competition. Syed Rashid Mahmood,
stood first while Fahad Mubashir and Ms Fakhira Nazir got second and
third positions in this contest.
The VC also inaugurated the
three-day Book Fair on the university campus. More than 25 well-known
national booksellers are exhibiting their publications and around
30,000 books have been displayed in the fair.
Mehfal-e-Musharia was also held in the University Auditorium, in which
15 students from different department participated. In Poem category Ms
Hafsa, Ms Kanwal Abid and Ms Sidra Bibi while in Ghazal category Mohsin
Raza, Ms Nabeela Ameen and Imran Raza got first, second and third
positions, respectively. Daily times
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PAL set to launch TV channel
Islamabad: Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) is all set to launch the
country's first ever literary television (TV) channel and radio station
for developing better understanding of literature and culture among
people, PAL Chairman Fakhar Zaman told APP on Tuesday. He said that TV
channel would be launched soon as it was in final stages of its
completion. He added that initially the channel's transmissions would
be of six-hour duration adding literary and cultural programmes would
be telecast on the channel besides special seminars and book reviews.
He said that literary figures would be invited to the talk shows to
enlighten young generation on the messages writers and poets had tried
to communicate through their literary contributions. "Literary sessions
and talent hunt programmes will also be the part of the transmissions,"
the chairman added. Zaman hoped the channel would persuade youth to
turn to literature. "However, a number of other steps are also being
taken to inculcate in youngsters and children interest in literature,"
he elaborated. He said that PAL as a first step would award best
writers of the children literature in order to encourage them to
contribute more with their writings. app
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Peking University's teacher visits IIUI
Islamabad: Prof Wang Jisi, Dean School of
International Studies of Peking University, Beijing, China visited the
International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) on Tuesday.
Rector Prof Fateh Muhammad Malik, Vice President Parveen Qadir Aghaand
deans and directors of faculties and institutes of the university
received the Chinese academician. A large number of Chinese students of
the university were also present on this occasion.
briefed the Chinese professor about the achievements of the university.
Prof Jisi lauded the IIUI role in providing quality education to the
students without any discrimination. Daily times
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Students eager to learn about future business prospects
Islamabad: Scores of students and representatives of
multinational companies attended the Industrial Open House 2010
organised by the Centre of Placement and Training of Iqra University
here on Tuesday.
The aim behind organising the event was to
highlight corporate social responsibilities in joint ventures and
promote strong relationship between academic institutions and industry.
The industrial show was an ample opportunity not only for the
students of Iqra University, but also for all other higher learning
institutions operating in Islamabad to develop interaction with leading
business concerns in the country.
Over 30 multinational
companies and financial institutions working in different sectors
including telecom and commerce set up their stalls where their
representatives were providing useful information to students, who were
anxious to learn about future prospects. The event lasted all the day
from morning till evening in which students along with their CVs had
walk-in interviews by Human Resource executives of various companies.
Some of the students who visited these stalls to evaluate their skills
and learning were lucky enough as they were offered job internships on
the spot after brief interviews. Thirty projects were put on display by
the students studying in various disciplines including management
sciences, art and design, social sciences and computing and technology.
Sales representatives of multinational companies were also engaged to
project their brands among the students, who showed interest in
presentations given by them with the help of multi-media and digital
A celebrity corner was set up where visiting
celebrities from political and business fields expressed their views
and answered the questions raised by students.
forum, broadcast live on a local FM channel, was also held in which
heads of various public and private departments were invited to share
their views and experiences with the audience.
Syed Umair of
Iqra University, who worked enthusiastically to make the event a
success said that academia-industry collaboration, which is
common in developed countries, but non-existent in Pakistan, is a
win-win prospect for both universities and industries. He said
Industry-University linkage is a frequently used terminology among
industries, academics, and the government and its importance has been
widely recognised and well established.
"It is considered a
vital instrument of growth that has direct and far reaching
implications for the national economy. The concept has successfully
evolved in the developed world. Some developing countries have also
made visible efforts to have this linkage working under
institutionalised system. Necessity for this linkage is also being felt
in Pakistan for quite some time," he said.
Umair said it is
encouraging that the universities are conducting industry-related short
and medium-term courses that can help form a good platform for
initiating long-term collaborations.
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3 blocks to be built at Satellite Town college
Rawalpindi: PML-N MNA Mohammad Hanif Abbasi here on Tuesday laid
the foundation-stone of three new blocks at the Government Postgraduate
College for Boys, Satellite Town, which will be completed with an
estimated cost of Rs60.8 million.
The project is a part of the
Punjab government's development package worth Rs8.5 billion allocated
for the NA-56 a couple of months back. The three blocks will be built
for chemistry department, science laboratory and a hostel.
basic objective of allocation of funds by the Punjab government is to
make improvement in the sectors of education, health and development as
well as beautification of Rawalpindi," he added.
He was of the
view that besides constructing new blocks in old educational
institutions for boys, the provincial government has a practical plan
to open new academic institutions for boys not only in his
constituency, but in other parts of the Rawalpindi city as well.
present there is shortage of colleges for boys, but we are giving
special priority to resolve the issue. Due to shortage of colleges for
boys, students are facing admission problems in four existing colleges
despite securing high marks," he added.
He said that a
sufficient amount of funds out of the total development package of
Rs8.5 billion is earmarked for the promotion of education and health
sectors, the PML-N leader stated.
In this connection he cited
the examples of health schemes underway, including Urology Institution
and Cardiology Centre. The cost of Urology Institution is estimated at
Rs3.1 billion while Cardiology Centre is being built with a cost of
Rs2.6 billion. The Cardiology Centre, spread over 50 kanals, would have
220 beds and it would be completed in June 2013. The news
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