Discipline Standards Of NUML
Islamabad, Feb 06: A lecturer at Islamabad's National University of Modern Languages, Tahir Malik, was on Thursday beaten up by the institution's registrar, Brig (retd) Ranjha, and two security guards.
Students and teachers seized the campus and blocked traffic on the adjacent road, relinquishing control only after being assured that action would be taken against the registrar.
The confrontation was sparked by a petty issue, and escalated after the lecturer alleged that the registrar had been appointed in violation of the rules.
Reportedly, the registrar told the NUML rector that the lecturer had said "something about the army". We can expect allegations and counter-allegations to make it difficult to ascertain the facts. However, what is clear is that regardless of the provocation, a physical assault of this kind is unacceptable. It is also despicable that these two staff members regressed to the level of name-calling and what can only be termed as playground behaviour.
In more general terms, this incident is indicative of the falling standards of discipline in the country's educational institutions. In its essence education is a basic recognition of the rights of man and the accompanying rules of civilised behaviour. Staff members and students of higher education centres the world over are expected to display exemplary levels of self-restraint.
In Pakistan, however, standards have been allowed to fall all around. A curriculum has been followed that, with its jingoistic ideology, leaves little room for the concept of plurality. The training of teachers too has left a lot to be desired. Most teachers are unqualified to impart values of tolerance to their students.
In fact, societal values themselves have changed - power is now considered the domain of those who appropriate it. These issues must be addressed, or the frequency of unsavoury incidents such as that at NUML will continue to rise.
President seeks report on Numl incident
Islamabad: President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday took notice of the incident in National University of Modern Languages (Numl) in which a university professor was allegedly thrashed by an official of the administration.
The president has called for a report from the authorities concerned of Numl.
Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said the president felt that such incidents reflected poorly on the institution and those involved needed to be thoroughly investigated, responsibility fixed and appropriate action taken under the law. Dawn
Students claim substandard food in hostels
Islamabad: Students residing in boy hostels here in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi have complained of delayed and sub-standard food being served to them in the hostels mess.
The boy students have alleged that the timings of the university have been changed. They have alleged that since the classes begin at 8.30 a.m, they do not get breakfast by 7.30 a.m. and they have to go to the college without breakfast.
They further said that they were served half-cooked dishes in lunch and dinner. When contacted, one of the hostels warden remarked that the concerned authorities have tasted the food and found it alright. When asked about the delay in the service of breakfast served, he said, "We also come without breakfast."
46 foreign graduates passed PMDC registration exam
Islamabad: Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has declared 46 foreign medical graduates as successful in its clinical part of registration examination.
According to PMDC, foreign medical graduates performed well in the clinical part of PMDC National Examination Board (NEB) as 46 candidates have been declared successful out of 60 candidates, who appeared in the examination. The theory and clinical examination was held on January 17 and January 31st, respectively in Islamabad.
The registration examination is conducted twice a year and it is mandatory for every foreign doctor or dentist to pass this examination before he/she is allowed to practice in Pakistan.
Following are the roll numbers of successful graduates: 092002, 092010, 092025, 092045, 092050, 092057, 092065, 092082, 092087, 092097, 092099, 092105, 092157, 092184, 092204, 092219, 092227, 092231, 092238, 092252, 092256, 092258, 092271, 092276, 092278, 092289, 092295, 092314, 092324, 092332, 092352, 092355, 092366, 092384, 092385, 092401, 092403, 092406, 092411, 092428, 092451, 092462, 092478, 092482, 092515, 092517. The news
KU, Fuuast exams postponed
Karachi: The University of Karachi and the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology announced on Friday evening that all exams scheduled for Saturday (Feb 6) had been postponed.
Meanwhile, the Sindh education minister has announced that schools and colleges across the province will remain open on Saturday.
Literacy centres for women
Muzaffargarh: The National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) has opened hundreds of schools for women in this district and 50,000 women aged between 15 to 45 years are being imparted basic education in these schools.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of a literacy centre in Shahjamal on Thursday, NCHD district general manager Khair Muhammad said the commission had been running 500 centres since 2003. He said the programme was started for those people who could not attend schools during their early ages.
Naseem Mai, of Shajamal said that she missed schooling because of family problems and her early marriage. She said she wanted to become a nurse. When she learnt about the NCHD literacy centre in her village, she took admission and started getting education.
Hundreds of people attended the opening ceremony and thanked DCO Mahmood Aslam Wazir and the NCHD officials for their efforts to promote literacy. Dawn
Students solidarity with Kashmiris
Rawalpindi: To express solidarity and unity with the people of Kashmir, the City School, Junior Branch, Harley Street, held a colourful programme here on Thursday.
The students threw light on the history of Kashmir through speeches, while the Kashmir dispute was highlighted through a stage play alongside presenting Kashmiri national songs.
The function was attended by parents and other guests, who appreciated the programme. They were later served with Kashmiri food items at specially set up stalls that offered 'Kashmiri chai', 'shab daig', 'Kashmiri rice', 'red beans' and 'kulchay'.
Another attraction of the event was the 'Kashmir Art Gallery' that was set up by the school's young artists.
Headmistress Samina Raja on the occasion said it is very important to show our concern and solidarity towards our Muslim brethren living in Kashmir. "Our students should be aware of the hardships the Muslim majority is facing there," she said.
Hazara varsity new VC
Mansehra: The Higher Education Department of NWFP Thursday notified the appointment of Dr Syed Sakhawat Shah as vice-chancellor of Hazara University.
The newly appointed VC got early education from a school in village Sikanderpur in Haripur and did his graduation from postgraduate college, Abbottabad.
The academician did master's in chemistry from University of Peshawar and Master of philosophy from Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad. He earned doctorate from the University of Marburg, Germany.
Dr Sakhawat Shah was until now working as professor emeritus at Chemistry Department of Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad. The news
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