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NUML security threats | MAJU Convocation

NUML closed due to security threats
Islamabad, Dec 03: The National University of Modern Languages (NUML) was closed down on Thursday after receiving threats and the entry tests also have been postponed.

According to the university officials the university received a letter from Interior Ministry informing about the possibility of a terrorist activity due to which the administration taking preventative measures closed down the campus till Friday. Director General of NUML Kamran Jahangir said NUML administration did not receive threats directly but the Crises Management Cell of Interior Ministry conveyed the information regarding the threats through a letter.

He informed the entry tests which were scheduled to be held on Friday have been postponed due to security threats as around 3,000 students were expected to appear in the test. Usually the students accompany their parents especially who come from other cities and the number of people reach to nearly 6,000 and the terrorist elements can easily take advantage of the situation. He said Saturday was already off for the students due to exams going on at the campus but administration and teaching faculty would be present at the campus. He said the decision of opening the university would be taken on Saturday. The nation

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MAJU Convocation
Islamabad: We all need to fight war against terrorism with unity as the extremist elements want to destabilise the country and they are carrying out their cowardly acts of suicide attacks on shrines and educational institutions, said Federal Minister for Education Sardar Aseff Ahmad Ali on Thursday.

He was speaking at the 7th convocation of Mohammad Ali Jinnah University (MAJU) as the chief guest. The minister congratulated the students, especially female students who won most of the medals and distinctions, for their achievements. As many as 730 students were awarded degrees on this occasion. Owing to excellent academic performance, some 59 students were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals. The 'Best Academic Performance Gold Medal' was awarded to MS Bioinformatics graduate Nighat Noreen and Jinnah Gold Medal to the university's best MS Management graduate Aijaz Mustafa Hashmi.

Addressing the convocation as a guest of honor, Dr Samar Mubarakmand said the nation could only prosper when its youth were equipped with education. "We are the nation that continue to grow even in difficult circumstances and never give up courage," he said.

He said the country was strong in terms of defence adding the entire focus should be on the development of the country' economy. He said Pakistan had natural resources of copper and gold worth $253 billion. Balochistan was rich with coal, copper and gold and there was a need to invest in human resource so that such resources could be utilized to stabilize the economy, he said.

He observed that the country had plenty of uranium and zirconium reserves. He said Pakistan conducted research on nuclear programme in 1970's and missile technology in 90's adding strenuous efforts were needed to strengthen economy. Coal Research Centre, University of Engineering and Technology (UET) and Fertilizer Centre in Lahore, funded by government, are contributing a lot for country's progress, Samar said.

Renowned Scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan stressed that one must prioritize interest of its country, even while living abroad. He appreciated the role of private sector in promoting education and said the private sector institutions were imparting best quality education to the students. The education is useless without its practical application which is quite difficult in the present scenario, he underlined.

Talking to media after the convocation, Sardar Aseff said the WikiLeaks' reports were based on old statements which would not harm relations of different countries and "the report is not a conspiracy against Islam at all."

MAJU President Dr Abdul Wahab took oath from the students to fulfill their responsibilities by using their best abilities for the progress and prosperity of the nation. app

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Students show interest in science fair
Islamabad: Islamabad Science Fair on Thursday brought together students from across Islamabad and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa who presented research-based projects in the categories of biology, chemistry, computer sciences, mathematics and physics.

More than 200 students from all over the province participated in the fair. Present on the occasion was Shaigan Shareef Malik, Additional Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, as the chief guest. The Intel Pakistan organised the fair.

Winners of the Islamabad Science Fair will proceed to compete at the National Science Fair, which will take place in January 2011. Projects will be assessed by a panel of renowned judges, with winners progressing to International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

The ISEF is the world's largest science fair and the only global science competition for students in grades 9-12. In 2011, more than 1,500 young scientists from all across the world will gather to exchange ideas and knowledge, showcase cutting-edge science and compete for more than $4 million in awards and scholarships.

The event will be held from May 8-13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Dawn

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