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1,436 students to get interest-free loan
Islamabad, Dec 30: An amount of Rs 189.29 million will be disbursed as interest-free loans among deserving students for higher studies.The loan amount has been approved by Committee for Students Loan Scheme. The committee met under chairmanship of SBP Deputy Governor Yaseen Anwar,said a press release issued by State Bank of Pakistan on Monday.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the Finance Division of SBP, National Bank of Pakistan, MCB Bank Limited, Allied Bank limited, Habib Bank limited and United Bank Limited.

These interest free loans will be given to 1,436 deserving students in different disciplines from all over the country for pursuing Graduation, Masters and Ph.D studies for the 2009-2010 session. app

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SMS plays with sentiments of teachers
Islamabad: A news about one scale upgradation of teachers' belonging to federal government educational institutions caused joy among teachers but it proved to be a rumour after confirmation from Federal Ministry of Education.

According to the details, an SMS was widely circulated among the teachers as well as media persons regarding the upgradation of teachers that has created an atmosphere of jubilation among teachers, however, their celebration could not last long.

In order to confirm the news, teachers approached Federal Ministry of Education as they believed that the implementation committee, constituted to implement the PM Yusuf Raza Gilani's announcement regarding the upgradation of teachers and uniformity in education system, have finally came up with some decision.

However, the teachers faced utter disappointment when the officials of the ministry told them that the SMS is not more than a rumour. The message, which was circulated was as follows, "Congratulation to all Islamabad/Cantt in every category given upgraded scales Metric Trained Teachers (MTT) (PST BPS 14), Trained Undergraduate Teachers (TUGT) (EST BPS 16 if M.A), Trained Graduate Teachers (TGT) (SST BPS 17)." The notification number mentioned in the SMS was LHK-05786/24.12.2010-EDU. 007423FG/ISB.

According to the officials of the ministry, any notification issued by the ministry contains "MoE" rather than "LHK". They said that the process for the implementation of PM announcement is under process and the implementation committee is working on it.

Ministry of Education Additional Secretary Shaigan Sharif Malik when contacted also denied the news regarding the upgradation of teachers. "The process of upgradation of teachers has not been completed yet. An implementation committee has been formed which is looking into technical matters after which the announcement made by PM regarding the upgradation of teachers and uniformity in education system would be implemented," he said.

Federal Government Teachers' Association (FGTA) Advisor M.A Shahid when contacted by 'The News' said that the rumour regarding the upgradation of teachers has rather caused panic. "Teachers contacted us for confirmation. We ourselves were confused. It is after the confirmation of education ministry that we came to know about the reality," he said.

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Students mark 12th year of FJWU establishment
Rawalpindi: The 12th Annual Day of Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) was celebrated here on Wednesday in which students participated with great zeal and enthusiasm. The first university exclusively for women was inaugurated on August 6, 1998, and classes were initiated on December 28, 1998.

This year, the university has completed twelve years of its existence. The annual day included two main events: the conferring of pin-colours to the newly-inducted students of master and bachelor programmes and the cake-cutting ceremony.

The function started with the recitation from the Holy Qur'aan. FJWU Assistant Registrar Farzana Akhtar formally welcomed the guests and gave a short introduction of the university's current projects and an overview of the development carried out in the university during the first decade.

Keeping in line with the traditions of the annual day, FJWU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Saeeda Asadullah Khan conferred the university pin colours to the new students. She congratulated the students on the conferral of university colour and highlighted its importance and significance.

"The university colour is the symbol of FJWU and you should wear it with honour and pride," she said. The vice-chancellor advised the students to work wholeheartedly for the progress of the nation and show responsible attitude towards life. "The vision of the university is grounded in preparing the females of the country to meet the future challenges," she added. She urged the students to use their abilities and potentials for the glory of the institution and the nation. She applauded the performances of the students and advised them to keep up the courage and determination in every field of life.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dean Professor Dr. Samina Amin Qadir and Faculty of Science and Technology Dean Professor Dr. Naheed Zia also conferred the university pin-colour to the new students.

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Termination of 1,000 teachers in Fata condemned
Islamabad: The Ministry of Human Rights on Wednesday expressed grave concern over termination of the services of 1,000 temporarily employed teachers from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) and demanded their immediate reinstatement.

Talking to this agency,

Federal Minister for Human Rights Mumtaz Alam Gillani said that education was right of every child and termed the dismissal of teachers 'a shameful act'.

The teachers, rendering services at government community schools affiliated with Fata Secretariat, have been dismissed suddenly on the grounds of budget constraints and lack of congenial security environment for them in the areas.

An official of the Ministry of Human Rights said that initially these teachers were appointed at the salary of Rs7,000 per month, which was later raised to Rs11,000.

He said that education was the best way to eliminate terrorism from the root while termination of the services of teachers on the ground of lack of security not justifiable.

He said that the Ministry of Human Rights also demanded reconstruction of 490 schools burnt/damaged in different areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The news

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AIOU to launch PhD programme on Feb 5
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has planned to launch PhD programme for the faculty members of different universities of the country on February 5 in order to meet the requirement of qualified teachers.

Addressing the Paramount Education Society's students, who visited, AIOU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi said the said programme was being launched for the first time in the history of the country. He said the AIOU was enjoying the cooperation of all the educational institutions of the country and it was paving the way to spread education facilities across the country, especially in the rural and far-flung areas, by using the latest technology. He said that this PhD programme would not only help save from the wastage of public money but would also fulfill the lack of qualified teachers in the country. app

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International conference on machine vision begins at NUST
Islamabad: The opening ceremony of second International Conference on Machine Vision (ICMV-2010) was held at National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) Military College of Signals (MCS), here on Wednesday.

The conference was inaugurated by Higher Education Commission Chairman Dr. Javaid Laghari.

The aim of the conference was to facilitate the researchers, engineers and practitioners in this field to share their knowledge, innovative ideas and state of the art technologies with one another and provides a platform where all facets of machine vision, as it exists in Pakistan, were thoroughly explored.

HEC Chairperson Dr. Javaid Laghari appreciated the efforts of MCS and congratulated NUST for being one of top 300 universities of the world.

He further said that science and technology, research & development are vital for the development of any economy. Research is interdisciplinary and is not confined to one problem. It drives innovation and entrepreneurship. HEC is making efforts to take research out of the labs and use it for betterment of the economy. In the end he urged everyone to make use of this conference by benefiting from mutual experience and expertise.

NUST Rector Lieutenant General (r) Muhammad Asghar in his welcome speech lauded the efforts of MCS in arranging such a conference on a vital subject. He further said: "We should focus on the development of Science and Technology. If we keep on having a blind eye to science and technology, we cannot compete with the world as it is progressing very fast. Pakistan is not behind any country but we have to manage our recourses effectively to find solutions to our problems."

The conference was a gathering of eminent experts in the areas of Computer Vision, Image Processing and Machine Learning, featuring invited talks by world renowned researchers in the area.

The conference was sponsored by Higher Education Commission (HEC), NUST and Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF). The news

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Quaid's birth anniversary celebrated at IIUI
Islamabad: Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah's vision that women are the catalyst in national development was revived at a function held in connection with his 134rd birth anniversary at the International Islamic University female auditorium on Wednesday.

This was also a venture to make women realise that their duties extended beyond the home and hearth and that they were expected to strive for getting parity with men in all fields of life be it economy, politics and the like.

Fateh Mohammad Malik, Rector IIU, Parveen Agha, director of the campus, and Mumtaz Ahmed, President IIU, were the chief guest. The event was organised by student advisory committee.

Speaking on the occasion, Munaza, a student, said: "According to the Quaid, women have to play an exclusive role in the national development otherwise development would reduce to merely an inaccessible dream. Quaid-i-Azam was aware of women's potential from the very beginning that is why he produced a momentum in them during Pakistan movement."

She said Pakistan is the 7th atomic and military power but women are not properly included in the developmental process as per vision of the nation's founder. "We are totally ignorant of the latent talent of women who can make our country even more prosperous by harnessing their capabilities." Another student, Farah said: "The woman is shackled with old customs and traditions. She has been locked up in four walls where her God-gifted talent and capabilities are dwindling. In tribal areas not to speak of education and health even women's survival is in danger."Zunaira said: "According to Mohammad Ali Jinnah, there are two powers in the world: one is the sword and the other is pen. There is a great competition and rivalry between the two. There is also the third power, stronger than both, and that is of women. But in the present scenario, this third power is succumbing to social injustices and fallacious customs. As many as 328 women were raped this year along with 383 kidnapped. Quaid said women have the power to change the destiny of the nation but in today's Pakistan women are at the mercy of a ruthless destiny."

The newly-appointed president of IIU, Mumtaz Ahmed said: "I am extremely shocked to read disgraceful comments about the national leader in various newspapers. There would be no other thing more tragic than criticising a national liberator. Quaid is as sacred to me as a religious figure can be. It is the occasion where we have to make ourselves accountable to ourselves and calculate that to which extent we have remained successful in elevating women along with the provision of social, economic and political justice to all without any discrimination. Women are key to success and as Quaid said: "I want to give that status to every woman that I give to Fatima."

IIU Rector Fateh Mohammad Malik said: "Geographically we live in Quaid's Pakistan but as for as our social, cultural, political and economic conditions are concerned it is against the ideas of our Quaid."

Quaid had said when Pakistan would come into the existence half of the country would be governed by women but today the situation is just the opposite. Majority of the women are slaves to tribal society beliefs. Our decisions and policies are made by those who do not know about the miseries of common men, he added. Dawn

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