Academic activities in University of Peshawar resumed
UoP: Academic activities restart as 3 institutions reopen
Peshawar, Apr 06: Educational activities resumed in some of the institutions of the University of Peshawar after a break of 16 days.
the universities, colleges, training institutes and schools on the
university campus were closed down on March 20 due to the violent riots
after the death of a student of the NWFP University of Engineering and
Technology (UET), who had suffered a serious head injury during a clash
between two student organisations.
NWFP Governor Owais Ahmad
Ghani, who is also chancellor of the public sector universities,
convened two meetings of the vice-chancellors of the universities after
the tragic incident that happened on March 19 to discuss the situation
and issue directives for ensuring peaceful educational environment on
In the second meeting held on April 1 last, it was
decided that the campus should be reopened phase-wise. In the first
phase Islamia College University, Jinnah College for Women, University
of Peshawar and Home Economics College were reopened on Monday.
Decision about the reopening of the rest would be taken on April 12
after an overview of the situation.
A tragedy that shocked
everyone took place on the university campus Peshawar on March 19, the
unique campus in the country and perhaps in the world where education
from pre-nursery up to PhD level is imparted. Having over 20,000
students, it is considered as the most peaceful educational campus in
the country. This was the first incident on the campus since 1982-83
when a medical student Attaullah was killed in a similar clash. And
this time Adnan Abdul Qadir, a student of the final semester of the
UET, lost his life.
Had he been able to qualify his examinations
in time, Adnan would have been passed out of the university two years
ago. Fahad Alamgir, who was the main figure behind the tragic incident
too was having a similar academic record, reliable sources in the UET said.
The sources said that Fahad was a drop out of the
university and an illegal border of the Hostel-III. Having spent two
extra years in the varsity, Fahad was bold enough to keep the hostel
fellows and even the officials under pressure, a boarder of the same
hostel told this correspondent.
When the university
administration served him a notice for playing loud music in his room,
he called his side-roommate Khalid Ibraheem, an office-bearer of Islami
Jamiat Talaba, who he thought had submitted a complaint with the
authorities against him, to his room and beat him up with the help of
his other fellows.
The university administration took no notice
of the incident, which resulted in a more severe clash two days later
at the nearby Tribal Hostel, causing injuries to five students from
both the sides including Adnan Abdul Qadir, who succumbed to his
injuries five days later.
Had the university administration been
efficient enough to make timely intervention into the matter, the life
of Adnan would have been saved. Even on March 13, when the two student
groups faced each other and a clash ensued, the university
administration and the heavy contingent of police on the campus could
do nothing to avert the severest consequences of the incident.
university administration was then aware of the fact that Adnan was
lying in critical condition in the hospital and his death might trigger
violence on the campus, but no prior measure was taken to avoid the
violence and when Adnan breathed his last on March 19, a mob of
students entered the campus to ransack rooms in the hostel and damaged
Another lapse on part of the universities
administration is that it failed to resume educational activities on
the campus so far. The officials have been making tall claims like
banning student federations, making the universities daytime
institutions, etc, but they have failed to reopen the campus.
Vice-chancellor UET, Imtiaz Gilani, however, says that they had taken
timely steps to avert the incident. "The staff concerned of the
university had settled the issue on March 11 after the first clash
between the students. I don't know how the severe incident took place
after that," the vice-chancellor said after the first meeting
of the vice-chancellors at the Governor's House.
vice-chancellor said the university had expelled six students allegedly
involved in the incidents. The university would also take disciplinary
action against the students going to media and using the incident for
their vested interests. The news
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are many people who are associated with different political parties and
political organizations and this is good for building a healthy
political environment; but when we consider the educational
institutions, politics must not be practiced inside these institutions.
We have experienced that such political parties and organizations are
not practically doing anything for the growth and welfare of the
students. Usually clashes take place between the members of different
groups of students backed by different political parties, and
unfortunately most of the students' time is wasted on minor issues.
These clashes lead to shut down of the college or university and
ultimately serious students have to suffer. Therefore, it is my request
to the authorities concerned that they should strictly ban such
politically motivated activities inside the educational institutions so
that all the students keep their consideration on studies as they join
the institutions only to enhance their education.
The students must not
be allowed to participate in any kind of political activity. The
situation in educational institutions has deteriorated and it is all
becasuse of backing of political parties to different student groups.
The students are termed future of the country so they desere to be
provided an healthy environment to pursue their studies. Most of the
students usually belong to poor or middle class families. It seems that
political grouping in educational institutions is a conspiracy against
the people of this country to deprive the sons and daughters of the
poor of aquiring education.
The politicians call student unions as a
base for grooming youth to become leaders of the nation. It is a false
claim because in our country leaders are born in the rich families and
any person from the poor or middle class has no right to become a
leader. So there is no need of student unions in colleges or
universities. These should be banned for ever. -By Hira Arshad
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202 lecturers regularized
Peshawar: The Higher Education Department NWFP has regularized the services of
202 Lecturers of Ara bic, Archaeology, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Comp
uter Science, Economics, Electronics, History, English, English
(Disable Quota), Maths, Pak Study, Pashto, Physics, Political Science,
Statistics, Urdu and Zoology in (BS-17).
These lecturers were appointed on contract basis, with effect from
1-1-2009, said a notification issued here on Monday. F.P report
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Students compete in 10 art categories at GIKI festival
Swabi: Arts lovers from all over the country competed in 10 different
art categories in the All Pakistan Arts Festival organised by the Naqsh
Arts Society of the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences
Both boys and girls of different educational
institutions participated in the four-day festival, which concluded
here on Monday. Members of the Pakistan National Council of Arts,
Islamabad, judged the work of the students.
Prof (Dr) Fazal
Ahmad Khalid, pro-rector (academic) of the GIK institute, was chief
guest at the prize awarding ceremony and Dr S. A. Bazaz, advisor of the
Naqsh society, was also present.
The participants said the
most vital part of the festival was that it was integrated with
students' academic activities and what they read in theory was
practically exhibited at the festival.
The organisers said such events enhanced skills and developed personality of the students.
They said it also developed team work spirit and raised the concentration level of the students.
The face painting competition was won by Fatima Waqar of the Khyber
college of Dentistry, Peshawar, theme-based painting competition by
Mohammad Nadeem of the College of Arts and Design, Punjab University,
glass painting competition by Ifra Alwi of the Government College of
Home Economics and calligraphy competition by Fahad Mushtaq of the
College of Arts and Design, Punjab University.
exhibition competition was won by Bisma Khalid of the Government
College of Home Economics and mixed media competition by Qaiser Nadeem
and Faiza Inam of the College of Arts and Design, Punjab University.
Meanwhile, Baidar Khan was unanimously nominated as president of the
Kidmat-i-Mazooran at a meeting of the organisation held here on Monday.
Fazal Dad, general secretary, said a few days ago organisation
president Sher Rehman had resigned due to his domestic problems and
other engagements. Dawn
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