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Dr Samar at GCU convocation: Another Reko Diq in N. Waziristan
Lahore, Dec 04: Nuclear scientist Dr Samar Mubarakmand has said copper and gold reservoirs are also located in North Waziristan. He revealed this while delivering his keynote address at the ninth convocation of the Government College University (GCU) here on Friday.

Dr Mubarakmand, who has recently been elected unopposed as president of the Old Ravians Union, said Pakistan was one of the richest countries in the world in terms of mineral reserves and there was a need for proper exploration of these reserves.

"If we take steps in the right way, Pakistan will become a developed rich state in next two decades," he said.

According to the recent evaluation, he said, the copper and gold reservoirs in Balochistan were worth US $273 billion while a similar kind of reserves had also been discovered in North Waziristan.

Dr Mubarakmand said coal reserves were also available in powder form under water and Pakistan could produce 50,000 megawatt electricity and 100 million barrel diesel just through the gasification of these reserves.

He said the talented students had already carried out a successful project to make diesel from the coal gas at the laboratory level.

He said Pakistani students were competent enough to explore and utilise mineral reservoirs of the country. There was a need of thousands of mathematicians, chemical analysts, engineers and other experts for exploration of mineral reserves at commercial scale, he said. However, he regretted that Pakistan had a very small number of educational institutions of higher education that were producing quality manpower.

The scientist said out of 140 experts, who carried out nuclear explosions in 1998, as many as 60 were Old Ravians and their team leaders who pressed the button for explosions was also a Ravian.

He advised the students that the country could not wait more for quality leaders. "Now, the youth should lead and work for the progress of its country," he said.

Criticizing the nationalization policy of 1970s, he said that it stalled the country's progress.

Speaking on the occasion, GCU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Khalid Aftab said the absence of quality education was the real cause of the overall social decline in the country.

He said the poor quality education gave birth to general stagnation that over the time might produce unmanageable problems as was evident in the present society.

He said only a few educational institutions were imparting quality education to students, adding that higher education in Pakistan had a class bias against students of the low-income strata.

Later, Dr Mubarakmand presented medals and degrees to position-holders. The university awarded medals to its 22 best students for their outstanding performance in academic work and co-curricular activities, while doctorate degrees were conferred upon 31 scholars in various subjects. As many as 167 students were awarded M.Phil degrees. Dawn

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Security guard's daughter wins 'roll of honour' at GCU
Lahore: Faiza Anwar, daughter of a security guard of the Government College University Lahore, on Friday received academic roll of honour and Prof Abdul Tariq medal at the varsity's ninth convocation for securing first position in BSc (Hons) Chemistry examination.

Nuclear scientist Dr Samar Mubarakmand was the chief guest of the convocation wherein some 900 students were awarded degrees, including 31 PhDs and 167 MPhils. The GCU also awarded medals to 22 students for their outstanding performance in academic work and co-curricular activities.

Faiza credited her parents for her achievement. She said that despite limited resources her father always encouraged her for higher studies. She showed a strong commitment to continue her studies to post-graduate level, saying that girls had equal right of education as of boys.

Umar Ziauddin who was declared the best GCU debater was awarded with Muhammad Idress medal. Rana Hamza Ijaz received Prof GD Sondhi medal while Shehryar Khalid got Daud Illyas medal, Isha Tariq received Dr Saida Karamat medal and Umer Khan got Waleed Iqbal medal. Another moment of surprise was that when a father and a son received their degrees and medals at the convocation. GCU Department of Political Science Associate Prof Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt received his doctorate degree while his son Shehryar Khalid collected Daud Illyas medal for being outstanding student of intermediate at the GCU. Addressing the convocation, Dr Mubarakmand said that Pakistan was one of the richest countries of the world in terms of mineral reserves. "We have rich reserves of copper and gold in North Wazristan, but they need to be explored," he said.

He said that according to a recent evaluation, reserves of copper and gold present in Balochistan alone were amounted to $273 billion.

Speaking on the convocation, GCU Vice-Chancellor Prof Khalid Aftab said that absence of quality education was the real cause of overall social decline in Pakistan. He said that poor quality of education had given birth to general stagnation and many problems in 'our society'. Daily times

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UHS BDS result
Lahore: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) has announced the result of first professional BDS annual examination. A total of 482 candidates from 10 affiliated dental colleges appeared in the exam out of which 346 passed and 136 failed. The pass percentage remained 71.78. Kiran John Sardar of the Margalla Institute of Health Sciences Rawalpindi got first position by securing 583/700 marks. Muhammad Anas Sufain of the Multan Medical & Dental College, Multan, and Shiza Bukhari of Dental Section, Punjab Medical College Faisalabad, got second and third positions by securing 580/700 and 576/700 marks respectively. The supplementary exams will commence on January 14.

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Declamation contest at Kinnaird College for Women
Lahore: The Debating Society of Kinnaird College for Women organized a declamation contest titled "Menace of Corruption and Accountability Drives in Pakistan" on Friday. According to a press statement, the contest was organized to create awareness among students on the issues of corruption and accountability in Pakistan. A large number of students participated in the declamation contest from Inter, Bachelors and Masters Classes. The contest was won by Qurat-ul Ain Sherazi from FA -I, followed by Sharmeen Qamar, and Fariya Qayyum, bagging second and third position respectively. The news

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Special kids need attention: PU VC
Lahore: Vice-Chancellor Punjab University Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has stressed that the parents and society should treat special children as equal to the normal people and impart proper education and training facilities to them so that they could lead their lives as useful and productive citizens of the country. He was addressing participants of a ceremony held by the PU Child Welfare Centre New Campus in connection with the International Day of Disabled Persons here on Friday.

The Vice-Chancellor said that the parents, instead of taking pity on their mentally and physically retarded children, should provide them conducive environment and send them to special educational institutes so as to help them live a normal life. He said the varsity Child Welfare Centre is extending educational and training facilities to special children to help them overcome their impairment and retardation with confidence. He also lauded the high quality facilities being provided by the Centre to the special children besides vocational training to deserving female students residing in PU employees colony and its adjoining areas. He also gave sanction to the construction of five additional rooms, purchase of computer software and equipment as well as regularization of services of female teachers of the Centre. Earlier, the special children presented various colourful games and tableau which were greatly applauded by the audience. Later, the Vice-Chancellor also visited the physiotherapy centre and classrooms for the special children and expressed his satisfaction over the services being provided there. The Centre Principal Ayesha Wajihullah presented the welcome address.

Meanwhile, Special Education and Training Centre (SETC) observed International Day of Disabled and organized a colorful function and exhibition in this connection here at Johar Town. Honorary Consul General of Bangladesh Qazi Humayun Farid, TM Sheikh, Prof Maqsood Ahmed from UK, Principal Zarina Farukh along with parents and teachers participated in the event.

Addressing the function renowned psychiatrist Prof Dr Khalida Tareen, Project Director SETC stressed that we should try to build self-confidence and remove any inferiority complex in disabled children so that they could also be able to live a normal life and earn their livelihood like other citizens. She said that on this International day of the disabled we should make a commitment that we will provide educational and vocational training facilities for the disabled.

She said SETC was providing free education among normal and disabled children under one roof. Presently there are approximately 200 disabled and 500 normal students studying and the institution has been providing this service for the last 30 years.

Qazi Humayun Farid said that it was not only the responsibility of the government to provide education to disabled but philanthropists should also come forward to help the special persons. T M Sheikh said that it was the need of the hour that government must open the schools for special children under the group of 5 years.

Prof Maqsood Ahmed said that there were million of special children who were not getting proper education and SETC was a great achievement in the educational field. The nation

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