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Islamia College termed mother of educational institutions in KP
Peshawar, April 30: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Engr
Shaukatullah has said the Islamia College Peshawar, during its 100 years
of glory, has served the nation as a spring of knowledge and light and
as such it can rightly be called the mother of educational institutions
in the province. The nation also acknowledged its services with
appreciation, and publication of its image, first on Rs100 and then on
Rs1,000 notes, is one such example.
Addressing as the chief guest at the opening ceremony of the
centenary celebrations of the institution at Governor House on Monday
evening, the governor pointed out that having become a public sector
university in 2008, the institution was setting new goals and facing new
challenges as well.
"Having proud of its past, the college has to move ahead with a
futuristic approach. Being college, it was the first choice of every
student of the province for admission to higher secondary level, and let
us hope that as a university it becomes the dream-home of every student
for higher studies, and attracts the best lot," the governor remarked.
The ceremony was largely attended by educationists, researchers,
scholars, students and notables of the city. The governor hosted dinner
in honour of the participants. The governor also announced cash prize of
Rs10,000 each for the students who presented anthem of the college.
Elaborating the services of the institution, Mr Shaukatullah, who is
also its chancellor, remarked that its graduates led the nation a whole
century and the founder of the nation knew its potential. "Inspired by
the Quaid's visits of Islamia College, its students became the
torch-bearers of the two-nation theory. Great institutions are made of
great people, rather than grand buildings and rich assets, and let us
pray that its coming 100 years are even more glorious than the past
ones, and it serves the nation and humanity with enhanced spirit," he
He also congratulated the faculty and students of the Islamia College
and pointed out that if they presented themselves as great people, the
nation and the state will reward them with due appreciation.
He also assured his full support in strengthening Islamia College
Peshawar as a university and expressed the hope that with the dynamic
leadership of the vice-chancellor; the qualified faculty and the bright
students they can perform wonders.
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PU breakfast Governor seeks explanation from VC
Lahore: Governor Makhdum Ahmad Mahmud has
admonished the Punjab University administration for hosting breakfast
for two PML-N candidates at varsity's executive club where teachers and
other PU employees were urged to vote for the hopefuls.
Khwaja Ahmad Hassaan running for NA-126 and Tauseef Shah contesting
election in PP-156 were reportedly invited to the breakfast by PU
administration on Sunday.
According to a Governor's House source, taking notice of the event as
reported in various national dailies on Monday Mr Mahmud called PU
Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran and asked him to clarify
university administration's position.
PU controller of examinations and Syndicate member Prof Dr Liaquat
Ali, who also holds various other offices, including the Hailey College
principal's had told the media that Khawaja Hassaan had visited his alma
mater as a former student of Hailey College.
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Two more BZU students held over 'TTP links'
Multan: Police on Monday claimed to have arrested
two more students of the Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU), allegedly
having links with banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan.
Both Muhammad Hanif and Afzal were taken into custody with the help
of the varsity administration from the BZU hostel's Ali Hall, room No
The accused were roommates and studied at BZU's architecture engineering department.
The police have recovered Islamic literature, an axe and a laptop from the accused.
BZU Resident Officer Dr Ammanullah confirmed the students had been taken into custody for interrogation.
Vice Chancellor Dr Khawaja Alqama has constituted an inquiry
committee comprising RO Dr Ammanullah, Students Affairs Director Dr
Muhammad Faros, Chief Security Officer Imtiaz Warraich and Security
Officer Malik Khalil Ahmad to probe into reports that some varsity
students had links with banned militant outfits. The committee will
submit a report in this regard within 24 hours.
Earlier, the Multan Press Club administration had caught a student,
Usman Ghani Makki, studying at BZU architecture engineering department,
at 2am on Monday while pasting a TTP pamphlet warning the people against
participating in electoral activities.
Makki is a resident of Lahore and was allotted room No 42 at Ali Hall.
According to sources, the police were conducting raids to arrest
another student of the same department who was said to be Makki's
City Police Officer Ghulam Mehmood Dogar; however, denied any suspect
was taken into custody. He claimed the police had conducted raids on
varsity hostels but no arrest was made.
He said the police were investigating into the matter to trace link, if any, of the accused with the TTP.
According to the sources, the accused told the investigation team
that he had no links with the TTP and just wanted to get media
Cantonment police have lodged an FIR (No 367) under section 11-W of the Anti-Terrorism Act against the accused.
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Punjab education: Pre-budget proposals presented
Lahore: The Punjab government released only 40 per
cent of the development budget to the school education department in the
first three quarters that left the department high and dry.
The Punjab government had also kept almost 91 per cent of the development budget in blind block allocations.
This was stated by Institute of Social and Policy Sciences (I-SAPS)
Research Fellow Ahmad Ali while giving a presentation on "Analysis of
Punjab education budget and recommendations for budget 2013-14" at a
pre-budget policy dialogue organised by the Punjab school education
department in collaboration with the United Nations Girls Education
Initiative (UNGEI), Punjab, and Unicef, Punjab, at a local hotel on
Mr Ali said there was a visible disconnect in Punjab government's
data, policy and budget-making. Still, he said, there were some nine
million out-of-school children of 5-16 years age cohort in Punjab. He
said that nine per cent schools lacked toilets.
He said the I-SAPS pleaded politicians for allocations for flood-hit
schools in Punjab which they did, but the Punjab finance department did
not release even a single penny for the flood-hit schools. He said that
it was, however, surprising to note that the Punjab government allocated
Rs100 million for the Army Public School, Rawalpindi.
Mr Ali also explained the need of new classrooms, teachers and
enrolment of students after the legislation for right to education.
School education department deputy secretary Qaiser Rasheed said the
department was proposing Rs16.5 billion development budget for the
financial year 2013-14.
In next financial year, he said, the department was proposing
allocation of Rs7 billion for the provision of missing facilities in
schools in the province. He informed the audience that the department
would not be asking for allocation of development budget for Daanish
Schools, though the existing schools' recurring budget would be
reflected in the budget.
He said the department would focus on cent per cent enrolment of
school-going age children, girls education as priority, improvement
towards access and quality, as well as provision of infrastructure in
Mr Rasheed informed the audience that there was no girls high school in 1,300 union councils in the province.
Punjab school education department secretary Aslam Kamboh, Unicef
official Tariq Saeed and Sehar Qazilbash as well as the P&D Chief
Education also spoke. Dawn
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FPSC may again hold CSS paper in Faisalabad
Islamabad: The Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) is contemplating
re-examination of written test of all the CSS candidates from Faisalabad
division after the FIA in its interim report confirmed that
answer-sheets from the said station were manipulated with the connivance
of the two officials of the Pakistan Post.
investigation may take some time, as one of the two accused persons has
absconded, the FPSC has sent answer-sheets of all other CSS candidates
from all over Pakistan to the examiners for marking.
answer-sheets of Faisalabad candidates, whose number is said to be over
300, are still with the FIA and could not be sent to the examiners
unless the FIA came up with a conclusive report about those candidates
who were involved in this shameful fraud.
Sources in the
FPSC said that in case of delay or because of the FIA's failure to
identity the candidates involved in this fraud, there would be no option
but to go for the re-examination of all the CSS candidates from
Only a few weeks back The News had broken this
unique scandal in the country's history jolting the Federal Public
Service Commission and creating doubts over the fairness and credibility
of the most cherished competitive exam in the country - CSS
It was recently discovered that at least one
parcel, carrying answer-sheets of candidates appearing in Faisalabad CSS
centre, had disappeared for several days while finally reaching its
destination - the FPSC head office in Islamabad. It was also found that
not only the seal of the parcel was tempered but the answer-sheets of
seven-eight subjects have also been found altered.
Post Office authorities are making another enquiry amid reports that two
of its officials involved in this scandal have been identified.
warned by this embarrassing happening, the FPSC had also sought the
details about the dispatch and delivery of each and every parcel from
all CSS centres countrywide to see the scale of this scandal. However,
according to sources, no such manipulation has been reported by the
Pakistan Post in case of any other parcel.
After The News
broke the story, the FPSC formally referred the matter to the FIA, which
though has submitted its interim report confirming what The News had
reported. Normally such a parcel should reach its destination even from
far off cities in two days but in this case it took the parcel several
days to reach the FPSC head office.
It is suspected that
unknown number of CSS candidates had bribed certain officials of the
Post office to get hold of the parcel while it was in transit. After
successfully stealing the parcel they opened its seal, tempered their
answer-sheets with correct answers, got the parcel sealed again and then
let it reach its destination. The news
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