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Peshawar University teachers harass girl students

PA told: Teachers harass UoP girl students
Peshawar, April 21: A lawmaker told the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Tuesday that senior teachers of the University of Peshawar (UoP) were sexually harassing their girl students and asked the government to take strict against them.

MPA Nighat Orakzai of Pakistan Muslim League (PML-Q), on a point of order, said that many parents had complained to the UoP vice-chancellor that senior teachers and heads of various departments were involved in sexual harassment of their female students.

She claimed that chairmen of the departments had been threatening their female students to make friendship with them so as to get good marks in the exams or face failure and supplementary examinations.

The parents are worried about future of their daughters and the government should take serious action against those teachers who are involved in such immoral acts, the MPA said and stressed that action was essential as otherwise parents would stop sending their daughters to universities. She said that it was the government's responsibility to provide protection to the girl students.

The mover said that the vice chancellor had received written complaints, but the university administration was yet to initiate inquiry against the heads of various departments. Governor Masood Kausar, who is also chancellor of the public sector universities, has also been informed about the matter.

The PML-Q MPA suggested that inquiry committee should be set up and head of the provincial woman commission should lead the committee.

Minister for Higher Education Qazi Mohammad Asad assured the House that his department would look into these complaints and the government would not show leniency in this regard.

The house, meanwhile, continued debate on the devolution of Higher Education Commission (HEC) with Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) and Pakistan Peoples Party-Sherpao supporting the HEC devolution and both PML factions vehemently opposing it.

Leader of the Opposition Akram Khan Durrani said that the HEC had been ignoring priorities of smaller provinces. He recalled that when he was chief minister he had offered free land and other incentives for the establishment of two universities in the province, but the HEC did not fulfill its commitments.

He said that the provincial government had provided land for engineering university in Mamo Khattki near Peshawar and law university in Nowshera district, but work on both projects could not be started. He said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had the ability to run its own HEC.

Mr Durrani said that people sitting in Islamabad did not understand problems and issues of the people living in far-flung areas like Chitral and Tank.

He called for setting up a commission for promotion of higher education with the consultation of the opposition and selecting qualified people for the institution. He said that the HEC had received huge funds for research and higher education and asked the provincial government to seek details about their distribution.

Israrullah Khan Gandapur said that political parties had shown maturity and passed the 18th amendment, but some circles were trying to bring another amendment to protect the HEC in its current status.

Minister for Population Welfare Salim Khan said that a certain privileged class was opposing the HEC devolution. He said that of 10,000 HEC scholarships the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had received only 80 scholarships.

PML-N parliamentary leader Pir Sabir Shah, Javed Abbasi, Munawar Khan and Sattar Khan opposed the HEC devolution and said that the country needed centralised body for the promotion of higher education and research. Dawn

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"I have been hearing about such same stories from all over, now its in media,that is a good thing and also not. But really as a female i felt vulnerable too in university. There are teachers who are using their rights for unjust. They are making fun of teaching profession. Strong actions are required here. This time the names of concerned departments are in media already. now their culprits need to be accused of for their acts. This is shameful as being pakhtoon when such people are embarassing our nation name."
Name: lubnai
City, Country: peshawar

"i realy appreciated the postive step of mame nighat please i want to take your special attention 2wards a big problem creating with school teacher ,exective of district and other grade 20 officer visit schools and select a young teacher and creat problems for her just to use for sex wishes,now a new young ados are also very feel unsecure from these mens please take it seriouse ,we are very in trouble."
Name: laila khan
City, Country:peshawer

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2,853 SETs to be recruited through PSC
Peshawar: The Khyber Pakh-tunkhwa Assembly on Tuesday was told that 2,853 Senior English Teachers (SETs) would be recruited through the Public Service Commission (PSC) by the end of June this year.

In response to a question, Provincial Minister for Schools and Literacy Sardar Hussain Babak informed the House that about 494 SET Science posts were lying vacant in different schools of the province since 2004 and would be filled out through promotion and new recruitment.

The minister said the credit would go to the present government for filling the posts through the Public Service Commission.

He claimed that the present government had recruited about 17,000 employees including non-teaching staff in the education department to not only provide jobs to the educated youth but also improve the literacy ratio in the province.

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl lawmaker Mufti Kifayatullah had asked the question during question hour. Questions relating to schools and elementary education department were asked on Tuesday.

The provincial assembly was informed that 25 SET Science posts were vacant in Hangu district, 32 in Upper Dir, 26 in Kohat, 25 in Haripur, 13 in Chitral, 27 in Buner, 16 in Battagram, 21 in Nowshera, 28 in Swabi, 15 in Lakki Marwat, 17 in Mansehra, 19 in Kohistan, 30 in Abbottabad, 12 in Swat, 23 in Bannu, 22 in Peshawar district, 13 in Tank district, 19 in Mardan, 14 in Charsadda, 10 in Dir Lower, 22 in Shangla and 32 in Dera Ismail Khan.

In reply to another question, the House was informed that the Education Department was also running classes in rented buildings in different parts of the province for which it was spending Rs250.8 million annually. The session was adjourned till Wednesday morning. The news

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University student abducted
Rawalpindi: A newly-married female student of the University of Arid Agriculture was abducted last week, police said on Tuesday.

MA, the husband of the victim "an MSc student" dropped her at the university last Thursday for attending an evening class. He came back at 7:30pm to pick her up. But after an hour's wait, the wife did not come out of the university.

"I sent a message on her cellphone but she didn't respond. But after sometime she called and said she was going home in a taxi. But she didn't return," the husband said.

After searching for his wife on his own for five days, the husband finally sought the police's help on Tuesday and lodged an FIR.

He suspected that his wife was abducted by her classmate, who belonged to D G Khan. Police said the missing student was last seen with the classmate in the university.

Meanwhile a 16-year-old girl, who had taken poisonous pills, was brought to the District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital on Tuesday. Doctors said Gul Zarina, a resident of Doltala village near Gujar Khan, was in critical condition. Dawn

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Students urged to excel in science & technology
Islamabad: Renowned scientist Dr. Samar Mubarakmand has said that the efficient use of the abundant coal reserves in Pakistan alone can guarantee solution to the power woes of the country.

We could easily transform coal into gas and then into electricity, which would be far cheaper than rental power, Dr. Samar Mubarakmand expressed these views while delivering a lecture at National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST).

NUST Science Society organised the event under its programme Meet the Scientist and a large number of students and academia attended the lecture. The esteemed scientist was highly optimistic that the country would be on the way to progress through using its minerals resources. He pinpointed that the use of coal would not only ensure smooth power supply across the country but would also help produce plastic, diesel and urea.

Dr Samar was of the view that Pakistan badly needs a contribution from engineers and scientists to develop and refine the processes for conversion of coal gas to diesel and separation of copper, gold, silver and cobalt from ores through efficient means.

Scientists are striving hard to improve the economy by exploiting tremendous wealth of the country that is embedded in its resources of coal, copper, gold, chromium and other metals, he said. It is fortunate for a nation like us to have educated and trained manpower that could be diverted towards exploration of natural resources, he maintained.

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German speech contest held at NUML
Islamabad: A German language speech contest was held at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) here on Tuesday, which was participated by 12 students from diploma and certificate programmes of the German Language Department of the university.

The students delivered speeches on a variety of topics in German Language. The panel of judges comprised of Dr. Thomas Ditt, German cultural counsellor, Islamabad, Frau Ursula Saarbeck, representative DAAD, Islamabad and Julia Prerting,

Research officer, GIZ Islamabad. Usman Ishfaq Ahmed, Aiza Yousuf and Imad Shahsawar were adjudged first, second and third respectively.

Stefan Roken, acting ambassador of Federal Republic of Germany, appreciated the efforts of NUML's German Language Department. The news

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