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Jinnah College for Women convocation | Dr Ishratul Ibad Institute

86 graduates receive degrees
Peshawar, April 30: Eighty-six students were awarded degrees and another three were given medals for their outstanding performance at the annual convocation of the Jinnah College for Women, University of Peshawar, on Friday.

University of Peshawar Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Azmat Hayat Khan was the chief guest on the occasion. Earlier scheduled at the Aga Khan Auditorium, the convocation venue was later shifted to the sports ground of the college.

Though the number of the degree recipients was less than 100, the principal of the college, Prof Dr Neelofar Zeb Arbab, managed to prolong the function through heer unnecessarily long speech "It was actually not a speech but a mere presentation of the 24-page annual report," said a university teacher.

Hard copies of the report had already been distributed among all the participants. One novel move in the ceremony was the conferring of the medals on the outstanding students through their parents. The parents were invited to the stage and asked to confer medals on their wards themselves, a move that won applause from the audience.

Prof Neelofar Zeb in her speech said the convocation was the best way to showcase the achievements of the students of the Jinnah College, which had been declared the best institution of the province for 2010 for the 10th consecutive time.

Prof Dr Azmat Hayat Khan praised the efforts and hard work of students and staff of the college. He said even though this part of the country was badly hit by terrorism and unrest, the academic activities at the higher level had not been affected. He said besides their excellent academic record, the Jinnah College students had achieved several distinctions in the extra-curricular activities, which was a matter of pride for the university.

Talat Jan, who was declared the best student, secured the first position for the fourth consecutive year. She was awarded two gold medals, one each by the University of Peshawar and Jinnah College for Women along with cash prizes. Sidra Pervaiz and Sameera Salim were awarded silver medals for clinching second position in the university in BA and BSc examinations, respectively.

Talat Jan proved her brilliance by securing top position in the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education and the University of Peshawar examinations for four consecutive years. She was awarded two gold medals and a token cash prize at the 20th annual convocation of the Jinnah College for Women here on Friday.

Currently studying at the Political Science Department of the University of Peshawar, Talat Jan wants to appear in the Central Superior Services (CSS) examination after completion of her master degree. "I want to do CSS after MA and join the District Management Group," she said.

She attributed her success to her own hard work, guidance of teachers and prayers of her parents. She paid glowing tributes to the Jinnah College for Women, which according to her, was a perfect institution from all aspects. The teachers at the college are the best and other facilities are excellent, she remarked.

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Students protest colleague's killing
Mardan: Hundreds of students on Friday staged a protest against the killing of a fellow student by the police the previous day and blocked the road for three hours.

The students of Government Postgraduate College in Mardan while chanting slogans against the local administration and the police damaged hoardings and billboards to give vent to their anger. Sources said that a first-year student Attaullah, resident of Tambulak village, was going to Sawaldher on his motorbike along with his friends Murad Ali Shah and Hamid Ali Shah, both residents of Sawaldher on Thursday when the police signalled them to stop.

The sources said that an assistant sub-inspector allegedly opened fire on them when they did not stop. As a result, Attaullah died on the spot while the other two sustained injuries. The police, the sources said, were reluctant to register the first information report (FIR), which angered the relatives and fellows of the slain student belonging to the Insaf Students Federation, the students' wing of the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf.

District Police Officer Zeeshan Raza, when contacted said that the police had received information that an alleged proclaimed offender, Murad Ali Shah wanted by the police in several cases was passing through the area along with his companions on a motorbike near the Sawaldher police checkpost. He said the police signalled them to stop but the bike riders allegedly opened fire on the police officials. The news

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First batch of Dr Ishratul Ibad Institute completes BDS training
Karachi: The first batch of Dr Ishratul Ibad Institute of Oral and Dental Health Sciences, comprising 50 students, has successfully completed their Bachelors course in Dental Surgery (BDS). Vice Principal of the Institute Dr Mirza Mohammad Shakir on Friday said the students have been assigned house-job responsibilities at the dental hospital of the institute. He said the institute, a component of Dow University of Health Sciences, on completion of its second year, was allowed to grant admissions to 100 students in its following academic sessions. "It was on the basis of its performance," said Dr Shakir. The strategy, he said, has helped country to meet its needs for dental surgeons as well as dental technicians and dental hygienists. The institute, he said is also the only institute in the country where post graduation level training is being imparted in both dentistry related clinical sciences as well as in basic dental sciences. The dental hospital of the institute is also providing quality dental care treatment facilities at extremely subsidised rates and often free to those in need, said Dr Shakir. app

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Medical students boycott exam
Hyderabad: The students of the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences boycotted examination on Friday following exchange of hot words between teachers and students, who were caught red-handed using unfair means, according to university officials.

The incident took place at the bio-chemistry department, which led to boycott after police briefly detained the two students.

The other students sitting in the examination centre boycotted the paper to express solidarity with the two students and ransacked the centre.

The enraged students then held a demonstration at the gate of the campus but no responsible officer turned up there to pacify them.

This added to the anger and the students left the gate, staged a sit-in on the Indus Highway and burnt tyres to block traffic.

Fayaz Rajpar, Mehboob Noonari and other protesting students said that a heavy contingent of police had been deployed in the university without any reason to intimidate students.

They alleged that the teachers of bio-chemistry department had falsely accused the two students of copying because of their personal enmity.

They said that police had tortured the students and aimed guns at them which forced them to boycott the paper.

Jamshoro Additional DPO Khawar Shaikh later held negotiations with students and persuaded them to call off the protest.

Later, the students met the university registrar, Mohammad Saleh Rajar, director of academic Prof Shafi Mohammad Jatoi and director of students affairs, Dr Murtaza Dayo.

The registrar said that no student was arrested and stressed that no student would be allowed to use unfair means in examination. A committee would be appointed to investigate the matter, he said.

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Draft bill for HEC awaits CM's approval: minister
Larkana: Draft bill for the establishment of higher education commission in Sindh had been sent to Sindh chief minister for approval after which it would be placed (for debate) in upcoming session of Sindh Assembly, said Sindh Law Minister Ayaz Soomro here on Friday.

Speaking at a briefing about Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Medical University (SBBMU) at the Chandka Medical College, the minister said that the law department had prepared the draft which would be brought into the assembly session likely to be held in next 10 days.

"We are capable of constituting, controlling and running such a body (for higher education)," he remarked.

SBBMU Vice-Chancellor Prof Akbar Haider Soomro said that (hitherto federally-held) HEC managers had agreed to release the first instalment of Rs1 billion to the nascent medical university. They informed the university on Friday m about the release of Rs600 million out of Rs1 billion, he said.

The university managers had submitted to the HEC a PC-I (project cost) of Rs5.2 billion to initiate the project but the commission had showed its inability to provide the amount, said the minister.

Then the federal government asked the Sindh government to meet the university's financial demands till the HEC was set up at provincial level, he said.

The VC complained to the minister that the government had given physical possession of 220 acres land on the Airport road to the university administration but the matter over final mutation of the land still remained unresolved.

Larkana District Coordination Officer Abdul Aleem Lashari said that the university would have to pay Rs14.3 million to the government as per an agreement to become owner of the allocated land.

The participants of the meeting said that if the Sindh government could provide land free of cost to the Quaid-i-Awam University of Engineering, Science and Technology to set up a campus in Larkana then why it could not do the same for the SBBMU.

The minister dismissed the complaints and said all issues would be settled amicably.

The meeting was told that even after a passage of three years, the SBBMU had no Senate, which should have been constituted in accordance with Article 16(1) and 8 of the ordinance under which the university had been established.

The minister replied that the proposal for the composition of the Senate was being vetted and the forum would be formed within a fortnight. He blamed previous management of the SBBMU for the three-year delay in constitution of the body.

The vice-chancellor said that Sindh government's move to sanction 100 seats of house-job doctors of Ghulam Mohammed Mahar Medical College, Sukkur, would help enhance training facilities for fresh medical graduates.

An official of the Sukkur Electric Supply Company informed the meeting that an independent power feeder would be installed for the SBBMU soon, which would supply power to the university from an under-construction 132KV gird station to be completed in December. Dawn

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Bilal Idrees Allawala elected PSA president at University of Wisconsin
Madison: The Pakistani Students Association (PSA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Tuesday, April 27th 2011, elected its Executive Board for 2011-2012. Bilal Idrees Allawala was elected as the President of the organisation.

At UW-Madison, the PSA was re-founded in March 2009 after discontinuity of more than seven years. From having only 12 students enrolled as members in only two years, the PSA expanded its membership to more than 130 students and faculty members. Bilal Allawala served as the founding chairman of PSA. The PSA elects its Executive Board every April for a one-year term. For term 2011-2012, Bilal Allawala won the elections with 61 percent votes.

The PSA provides a cultural, educational and political link to Pakistan for students and faculty of UW-Madison and the community at large. By serving as a body of information, the PSA seeks to exhibit Pakistan and its people in true spirit. It aims to provide a platform where Pakistani and non-Pakistani individuals can learn from each other, in a comfortable and cordial atmosphere. It also exhibits the soft side of Pakistan by celebrating culture and society in Madison, Wisconsin. The news

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