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NUML reopens on Monday
Islamabad, Dec 04: The National University of Modern Languages would be reopened from Monday, December 6 and the entrance test for fresh admission would also be held on the day as per schedule, said a statement issued by the university on Friday.

The scheduled entrance test to be held on Monday include BBA (Hons), MBA, BS (Urdu), MA Arabic, MA Chinese, MSc Economics, MA Education, MA EPM, MSc International Relations, MSc Mass Communication, MA Urdu, M. Ed , B. Ed, BS B.Ed (Hons), MA Persian, MA German, MA French and MA Turkish.

It has been clarified that the university remained open on Friday, December 3. The administrative officers and the faculty attended the university. No student attended the varsity due to scheduled off day for their final term examination preparation. The university will remain closed on Saturday, December 4, as the first Saturday of every month is observed as admin day offering long weekend in the university.

Only the entrance test scheduled for Friday, December 3, was postponed after receiving a terror alert. The new date for this postponed entrance test will be announced soon in the coming week. The nation

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Govt schools facing shortage of teachers
Rawalpindi: A number of schools in the Rawalpindi district are still facing shortage of teachers which badly affecting the future of the students.

The sources said that shortage of teachers persist in elementary, secondary, middle and high schools of the Punjab government. Moreover, some of the schools do not have even headmaster/headmistress to function the respective institution properly. Due to shortage of teachers burden is being put on one respective teacher to take additional classes despite the fact that they are not well versed in teaching different subjects. As a result both boys and girls suffer a lot during classes.

Out of shortage of 3,000 teachers, the Punjab government headed by Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif had recruited over 2,400 teachers early this year. The remaining posts were to be filled in next three to four months.

Moreover, due to delay in recruitment of 2,400 teachers in the government schools, the shortage exceeded by another 500 teachers According to sources, there is a shortage of 1,100 teachers in schools of Rawalpindi district, the sources said.

Executive District Officer (Rawalpindi), Muhammad Ashraf Malik when contacted, admitted shortage of teachers in different schools. "We had recruited 2,400 teachers in March this year and the remaining posts were to be filled accordingly. However, the process stopped as the government has still not given any green signal in this regard," he added.

As soon as the Punjab chief minister would allow us to fill in the vacant posts, we would start the process immediately, the EDO added. He said that more than 1,000 teachers have to be recruited in the government schools including elementary, secondary, middle and high schools. However, he expressed his unawareness about the schedule of recruitment saying it depends upon the government.

Some officials in the EDO office on condition of anonymity said that due to the ban; the process of recruitment of teachers was stopped. As soon as the government lifts the ban, teachers would be recruited to fill in the vacant posts, they added.

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70 students of Preston University get awards
Islamabad: A role of honour ceremony of Preston University was held here on Friday to award merit certificates and shields to 70 students who got top three positions in Executive MBA and Executive M.S in the winter quarter.

The ceremony was held as part of a weeklong Fall Fest 2010 in which students

have been provided with a chance to show their skills and talent in various competitions including drama, paintings and sketches, declamation and singing.

Minister for Food and Agriculture Nazar Muhammad Gondal gave away certificates and shields among the students who stood first, second and third in their respective semesters.

Speaking on the occasion, the minister said education is considered to have a strong correlation with social and economic development and in contemporary times when the focus is on the knowledge based economy, the role of education becomes all the more important in the development of human capital.

He said education can help reduce poverty and social injustice by providing the

underprivileged resources and opportunities for upward social mobility and social inclusion.Nazar Muhammad Gondal said the importance of education couldn't be denied since it ensures personal success as well as a financially secure future for the students who would hopefully embark the country on the road to progress and prosperity.

He congratulated the students who secured top positions and urged them to

put in their best efforts to ensure that Pakistan moves ahead in the right direction to come up as a strong and prosperous country in the comity of nations.

Preston University Chancellor Dr. Abdul Basit said the university was established as School of Business and Commerce in 1984 to foster academic excellence and it has been seriously committed to improving the quality of higher education in the country.

"The university is managed by a group of dedicated professionals and academicians who have committed their lives to the cause of higher education in Pakistan. Since its inception in 1984, Preston Network has imparted knowledge and skills to thousands of individuals through many educational programmes," he said.

He said the university encourages its students to participate in extra curricular

activities with an aim to groom their personalities and enable them to meet the requirements of the competitive environment.

He said the university would continue to fulfil its responsibilities to the society

by creating and providing facilities for personal and professional growth of individuals who wish to make a career in the fields of business administration, information technology, engineering and technology, natural and applied sciences and social sciences. The news

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IIU chief seeks notification of self-enhanced salary
Islamabad: The incumbent President of International Islamic University (IIUI) is reportedly running from pillar to post to get ratification of allegedly increased salary worth half a million rupees from the Board of Governors' (BoG) forthcoming meeting scheduled for Monday (December 6).

According to the agenda and working papers for the 65th meeting of the BoG, enhancement of salary of Dr Anwar Hussain Siddiqui, President, IIUI on the basis of announcement by the Government of Pakistan has been included. Surprisingly, Dearness Allowances at 15 per cent of pay w.e.f July 1, 2006 (admissible w.e.f July 1, 2007), Ph.D allowances at Rs5,000 per month w.e.f May 18, 2007, increase of pay at 20 per cent w.e.f July 1, 2008 and Ad hoc Relief Allowance at 50 per cent of pay w.e.f July 1, 2010 has been included in application to get approval from BoG.

Sources in IIUI have informed that Dr Anwar Siddiqui, President of IIUI, Islamabad with the cooperation of Vice President (Administration & Finance) Mrs. Parveen Qadir Agha and Additional Director (Finance) Khursheed Alam Khan had drawn Rs3,919,160/- (Rs3.919 million) extra with his salary by receiving unlawful allowances and enhancements in salary without approval of Board of Governors (BoG), which was an act of gross irregularity, misconduct and financial embezzlement liable to be disciplinary action under Efficiency and Discipline Rules against the above named persons. According to sources, in accordance with the above terms and conditions, after addition of Rs24,000/- on account of three increments @ Rs8,000/- in the fourth year of his tenure, his consolidated salary should be Rs224,000 per month but his current salary slip shows that he is drawing Rs475,880 per month instead of Rs224,000 per month, which is more than double of his approved salary.

This enhanced salary has also increased the impact on contribution to C.P. Fund paid by the university from Rs17,472 to Rs26,308, which makes his total emoluments to Rs502,188 per month instead of Rs241,472 per month, therefore, he is being paid an extra amount of Rs260,716 per month with his salary, which, to say the least, is an embezzlement and damage to the university exchequer. Sources further alleged, there were more than one hundred employees in IIU who have been employed on contract basis with consolidated pay but none of them receives any allowance like Dearness Allowance, Ad hoc Relief Allowance-2009, Ad hoc Allowance-2010 and Qualification Allowance.

If such allowances are admissible to Dr Anwar Hussain Siddiqui, why not they are allowed to other employees on consolidated pay contract, this is a clear act of discrimination, sources deplored.

Not single employee on contract appointment with consolidated pay is paid any of such allowances, sources added. They were of the view that first of all, he is not entitled to draw any allowance with his consolidated salary.

All allowances are paid to employees as per centage of the basic pay but in his case every time his consolidated salary was used as basic bay.

All employees are paid Adhoc Allowance- 2010 at 50% of their basic pay but Dr Anwar Siddiqui is being paid 50 per cent of his consolidated pay. Documents available with The Nation revealed that the Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Anwar Hussain Siddiqui as President of IIU in its 9th meeting held on 27-12-2006 for a term of four years, the decision was notified vides notification No. Estab. (IV) 3(8)/2006-IIU-979 dated 29-12-2006 and he assumed the charge of the office of the President, on the same day as notified vide notification No. Estab. (IV) 3(8)/2006-IIU-827 dated 05-01-2007 which is about to finish on 28-12-2010.

Documents further revealed that as per office Order No. Eastab.8 (534)/2007-IIU-897 dated 07-02-2007, the Board of Trustees in its meeting held on 27-12-2006, delegated the authority to approve the terms and conditions of his appointment to the Board of Governors.

The BoG in its 54th meeting held on 03-02-2007 decided to extend the following terms and conditions to Dr. Anwar Hussain Siddiqui, President, IIU, for tenure of four years w.e.f. 29-12-2006 vides office order No. Eastab.8 (534)/2007-IIU-897 dated 07-02-2007.

" The officer will draw a consolidated salary of Rs 200,000 (Rupees two lac only) per month inclusive of all allowances. He will also receive an annual increment of Rs 8,000 on completion of every year.

The officer will be given a chauffer driven staff car; telephones at office and residence and a cell phone upto a limit of Rs. 5,000/- per month and free utilities He will be allowed free out-door/indoor medical treatment facilities for himself, his wife and dependent daughter.

In all other matters not specified above, his services will be governed under the IIU Ordinance-1985, the Statutes, the Rules and Regulations in force in the University from time to time".

A very top official of IIUI while talking with The Nation on anonymity said that enhancement in salary was a self-initiative of the alleged officer and no approval in this regard had been taken from BoG till date.

Now if BoG did not approve his enhancement in salary then all drawn amount would be retrieved.

It is relevant to mention that clear act of discrimination was committed in the said Dr Anwar Siddiqui's case as there were more than one hundred employees on contract basis with consolidated pay who were given any allowance like Dearness Allowance, Ad hoc Relief Allowance-2009, Ad hoc Allowance-2010 and Qualification Allowance. No single employee on contract appointment with consolidated pay is paid any of such allowances.

First of all he is not entitled to draw any allowance with his consolidated salary. All allowances are paid to employees as per centage of the basic pay but in his case every time his consolidated salary was used as basic bay.

All employees are paid Ad hoc Allowance- 2010 at 50 per cent of their basic pay but Dr Siddiqui is being paid 50 per cent of his consolidated pay. The nation

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GSIS School's sports week concludes
Islamabad: The primary branch of Global System of Integrated Studies (GSIS) annual sports week concluded at its campus on Friday with an aim to promote extra curricular and co-curricular activities. The students from class 1 to 6th took part in annual sports activities. Playground of GSIS School wore the festive look with colorful flags and balloons everywhere. Football and cricket matches were held from November 30 to December 3. During the sports week, races among students included Straight race, Kangaroo race, Ball collection, Frog race, One-legged race, Backward race for boys and Apple race. Sports week also included Cricket, and Football. Girl students also took part overwhelmingly in sports activities including Skipping, Straight race, Candy race, One-legged race and Long jump. Daily times

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