Punjab universities admissions issue
Peshawar University ignores affiliates
Peshawar, Feb 01: The graduates of Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre allege that they
have been denied admission in postgraduate departments of University of Peshawar
despite meeting the criteria.
They say that there is no specific
department in the university where they can seek admission after getting BA
(Honours) degree from Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre. The students after completing
the three-year course run from pillar to post to seek admission in postgraduate
The BA (Honours) courses were started at Sheikh Zayed Islamic
Centre, commonly known as Islamic Centre, in 1988 with a view to produce best
graduates but the students passing the examination are unsure of their admission
in next classes.
Initially, the Islamic Centre, constituent of
University of Peshawar, inducted 50 students and the number was doubled after
starting evening classes in 2007. About 100 students graduated from Islamic
Centre with different combination of subjects since then.
A teacher at
the centre said that university administration had agreed that graduates of the
centre would be allocated four merit-based seats in 40 postgraduate departments.
"The directives regarding allocation of seats to BA (Honours) graduates by the
administration were verbal owing to which students face problems in getting
admission," he said.
"Every year, students stage protest rallies on the
campus due to which some of the students are accommodated in different
The students said that most of their colleagues had taken
admission in Islamabad and other cities because of refusal by the University of
This year, some of the lucky students were given admission in
various departments, who used different channels but the departments of Public
Administration, International Relations, Institute of Management Sciences and
Social Work were not willing to admit the students, they added.
According to students, they study a combination of subjects which makes
them eligible for admission in departments of International Relations,
Mathematics, Social Work, Institute of Management Studies and Public
Administration, but they have been denied admissions by the authorities
The Institute of Management Studies was supposed to give
admission to the BA (Honours) graduates with combination of double mathematics
and computer science and other subjects, such as statistics and economics but it
was reluctant to enroll the graduates of Islamic Centre, they said.
teacher said the academic staff of Islamic Centre was not shown even the
outlines of prospectuses prepared for postgraduate departments therefore the BA
(Honours) graduates are denied admission.
UoP Registrar Shereen Zada
Khattak said that BA (Honours) had different syllabus due to which it
didn't fulfil the criteria required for admission in postgraduate classes.
"In some of the courses, Islamic Centre had adopted the UoP syllabus in
which they were awarded admission on open merit," he said.
Islamic Centre graduates said they were denied admission in
departments of Mathematics, Statistics, Public Administration and MBA despite
having combination of subjects required for admission in those departments. Dawn
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Agriculture universities to get their courses accredited
Islamabad: Three leading agriculture universities of the country will get
their degree programmes accredited from the National Agriculture Education
Accreditation Council (NAEAC) to promote quality learning.
In the coming
weeks, the agriculture universities including University of Agriculture,
Faisalabad; NWFP Agricultural University, Peshawar; and Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid
Agriculture University, Rawalpindi will get accreditation from NAEAC for 12
degree programmes in six disciplines.
Naseer Alam Khan said accreditation is a mandatory process for all relevant
academic programmes, offered by public and private sector institutions, and the
purpose is to enhance the recognition of the institutions, and prospective
students and employers.
All institutions in the country, which provide a
recognised agriculture degree, are required to apply to the Council to have such
degree programmes accredited, he said. The Council will hold six awareness
seminars in six different institutions of agriculture before June 2010 to
sensitise the stakeholders about the significance of accreditation and rating of
degree awarding programmes.
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Students protest against colleges principals
Rawalpindi: The Rawalpindi Student Action Task Force has decided to launch
a protest against the principals of some government colleges, who
did not send the admissions of hundreds of students for intermediate
examinations within time.
The task force warned the administrations of
these government colleges to send the students' admissions, otherwise, they
would continue their protest till an indefinite period.
According to the
administrations of these colleges, there are more than 3,000 students including
boys and girls of various government colleges in Rawalpindi whose admission
forms have not been submitted to the Board of Intermediate & Secondary
Education, Rawalpindi, for examination due to their less attendance in classes.
Majority of the students, whose admission forms have been blocked, study at
Government Degree College for Boys, Satellite Town, where more than 1,200
candidates are waiting for the submission of their admission
Students Task Force Rawalpindi President
Raja Kamran, who is also among the affectees at the said college, said, "We have
decided to unite all students of the Rawalpindi city whose admissions have been
stopped by the administration to protest till the forms are submitted with the
He said that the task force has chalked out the plan to hold
protest march tomorrow (Tuesday) all the way from Government Gordon College to
Government Degree College and Ashgar Mall College and then towards Degree
College, Satellite Town. "We will protest in front of the office of Degree
College, Satellite Town, principal and observe a sit-in there. If the college
administration will not accept our demands of sending the admissions, we will
block Benazir Bhutto Road at Chandni Chowk."
He said that they would give
them a single day's time, adding that the submission date of admission forms has
already passed and now the students would have to deposit double fees with the
board to appear in the intermediate examinations.
Government Degree College for Boys, Satellite Town, Principal
Naeem-ur-Rasool simply refused to comments on this issue.
Director Colleges Dr Muhammad Ashraf said, "Admissions of the students, who have
less than 75 per cent attendance, cannot be sent unless they have a solid
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Green School Award
Islamabad: Ministry of Environment has announced the schedule for Green
School Award 2010 and public and private educational institutions, located in
Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), can take part in the
According to the schedule, the entry forms can be
submitted by schools up to February 15 and the evaluation committee
would visit all schools participating in the competition from March 5 to
The competition results would be announced on April 10 and the award
distribution ceremony would be held on April 15. Cash prizes would be
distributed among schools that come at the top three positions while shields and
certificates would be issued to top 20 schools.
The main objective of
the Green School Award 2010 is to make the schools a source of awareness about
environment, create a sense of collective responsibility amongst teachers and
students towards the redressal of environmental degradation, and honour those
educational institutions with awards that are found committed to the improvement
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Remaining NIP applicants
Islamabad: Ministry of Youth Affairs will soon call the remaining
applicants for the registration of the National Internship Programme (NIP) after
verification of degrees.
An official of Ministry of Youth Affairs
said all those applications, which have been verified by HEC and
Nadra, are sorted out on the basis of preference for placement.
these applicants have been included in the first batch of successful applicants,
adding that all applications, received either online or by post, have been sent
to HEC for the verification of degrees.
He said the government has taken
the initiative of providing the opportunity of training the young unemployed
graduates along with an attractive monthly stipend of Rs10,000.
those applicants, whose names have not yet been included in the first batch of
selected interns, are being examined by HEC in consultation with all relevant
universities and institutions," he added.
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'The Angels' needs financial
Islamabad: The Angels, a private school, for mentally disabled children faces closure due
to lack of resources and its administration has appealed to the philanthropists
to help them in their cause to let these ill-fated children become useful
members of the society.
The school houses around 25 to 30 children, all
mentally handicapped, and some volunteers are assisting the school
administration for educating and training these children.
Joseph, started this school in March 2008, in the locality of Shally Valley.
Ambreen Khalid, the assistant coordinator of the school said
that the school was an initiative to provide education and skills to the
mentally handicapped children through training at different levels and different
steps. "There were some forty students in the beginning and few of them left the
school, as the administration was unable to provide these children with the
required things mainly the pick and drop service. Usually the parents give less
attention to these children and they ask us to pick these children from home and
then drop them," she added. The Angles School is basically covering the mentally
handicapped children of poor localities.
Shehla Jadoon, a volunteer
working with the school said that she has been helping these children for over a
year. She said that she got some training after attending workshops with an NGO
for the training of mentally handicapped children. She said that genetically
there were quite a few children who were born mentally retarded and they care
called 'Mangolian Children'. Mostly it is due to the mishandling soon after the
birth, unhygienic environment and lack of awareness that children become
While showing a mentally retarded girl Mrs Jadoon
said that her mother took a poisonous drink after having a scuffle with her
husband. At that time this girl was about to be born and that incident affected
her mental growth.
Showing another boy, Sahil, Mrs Jadoon said that his
head was not properly taken care of when he was born. "It was due to the fact
that he kept lying on one side and his head got pressed from that side therefore
he was unable to walk properly and perform different functions of daily
routine," she said adding the role of untrained midwives is also an important
factor that could hamper the growth and mind of a new born.
Lots of times it is
due to the manhandling from these untrained nurses that causes the children
become mentally ill. The news
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Women tennis trophy
Islamabad: The National University of Modern Languages (Numl) won the
'All Pakistan Inter-university Women Tennis Championship' here on Sunday.
The four-day championship was played at the PTF Tennis Complex.In the
final of the champion, Sara Mansoor lifted the top slot defeating Sarah Ahmed of
the University of Karachi by 2-1.
In the first match, Sarah Mansoor
lifted an easy decider 6-0, 6-0 while Eman Malik of the University of Karachi
defeated Uzma Baig of Numl and levelled the score at one match all. The match
was decided in the doubles event.
The pair of Sara Mansoor and Uzma Baig
of Numl hammered Sara Ahmed and Eman Malik of KU in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.
The match for the third position was played between Punjab University
and Lahore College for Women University which was won by the former by 2-1.
In the first match Sana Khan of PU beat Mamoona Khalik of LCWU by
6-1,6-1 while Bisma Adrees of LCWU beat Fara Batool of PU by 6-2, 6-4. The match
was also decided in the doubles which was won by Sana Khan/Fara Batool of PU by
6-1 and 6-1.
The championship was organised by Institute of Space
Technology, Islamabad. As many as 42 players from nine universities participated
in the championship.
Chief guest Dr Qamarul Islam, the dean Institute of
Space Technology, distributed the shields and cash prizes amongst the players at
the concluding ceremony. Dawn
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