HEC scholars in South Korea universities

Over 150 HEC scholars back from S. Korea
Islamabad, Feb 11: A convocation was held at the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for 28 scholars who returned from South Korea after completing their MS engineering degrees.

The scholars pursued their higher studies at Hanyang University, Seoul National University and Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology since September 2008.

According to an HEC media official, so far 159 scholars have completed their MS engineering in leading universities of South Korea and returned to Pakistan.

The official said the scholars had done research in 12 fields of engineering and some of them produced world-class research papers which were accepted for publication in international journals.

Speaking on the occasion, the ambassador of South Korea Choi Coong-Joo appreciated the efforts of the HEC for creating a knowledge-based economy which was key to development of any country.

"The MS engineering programme will enhance the academic and industrial collaboration of Pakistan and South Korea which have so much to share," said the ambassador.

He said South Korea gave great importance to human resource development during the early days of its development.

Federal Minister of Sciences and Technology Pir Aftab Shah Jilani lauded the hard work of Pakistani students for completion of the degrees from South Korea. "You can become agents of change," he said.

The HEC chairman, Dr Javed Leghari, added: "HEC selected the best engineering graduates for the programme and sent them to those South Korean universities which are ranked among the best in the world."

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QAU employee murdered
Islamabad: A laboratory assistant of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) was found murdered on Wednesday night.

Police said the killers had taken away the victim's cellphone and wallet carrying documents and cash to give the impression that he was murdered during robbery.

However, the victim's Mehran car was found near the body.

The police said the phone's SIM and IEMI number could have played a vital role in investigating the case.

The documents were stolen to keep the identity of the victim unknown.

A police patrolling team searching for the victim in response to a report lodged with Rescue 15 about his disappearance found his car abandoned along the old university road.

The police later found the body in the wooded area near the road and shifted it to hospital for autopsy.

However, the police said the victim was strangled.

The victim was identified as Imran Pervez, 28, a resident of Muslim Town in Rawalpindi.

The victim, who married eight months back, worked at the university's information department and after office hours used to drop his colleagues at their homes to supplement his income.

He last talked to his family on the mobile phone at around 8:15pm and told them that he was going to drop his colleagues in Rawalpindi and would reach home within 30 to 45 minutes.

When he did not return till 9pm, the family dialed his mobile number but found it switched off. Dawn

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

Talking to APP here, Federal Minister for Human Rights Mumtaz Alam Gillani said that education is a right of every child and termed dismissal of teachers 'a shameful act'.

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

An official of 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 per month.

He said that education is the best way to eliminate terrorism and termination of teachers on the grounds of lack of security is not justified. He said that Ministry of Human Rights also demanded reconstruction of 490 schools burned in different areas of Khaber Pakhtunkwa province.

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Model UN: host team's efforts acknowledged
Islamabad: A special ceremony to recognise the efforts of students taking up the role of the host team at the Beaconhouse Model United Nations (BMUN) was held at the Beaconhouse School System, Margalla Campus, on Tuesday, says a press release.

Principal M. Nashat Raffi appreciated the involvement of staff and praised the young students for their contribution and discipline. He distributed certificates among all participating students and teachers.

The Beaconhouse Model United Nations (BMUN) was held recently to bring into limelight the diversified talents of the 'O' Level students of the Margalla Campus.

The grand event provided an effective platform to these young minds not only to contemplate and resolve worldly issues but also depict the culture of different nations around the globe.

In addition to the committee sessions that inculcated a spirit of friendly dialogue among the young delegates, and the global village.

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IIU female students celebrate Kashmir Day
Islamabad: Students presented Kashmiri national songs and spoke on various dimensions of Kashmir's historic struggle of right to self-determination at the 'Kashmir Solidarity Day' organised by the International Islamic University at its female campus on Thursday. Former Azad Jammu and Kashmir president Sardar Muhammad Anwar Khan was the chief guest on the occasion whereas IIU Rector Professor Fateh Muhammad Malik presided over the ceremony. Director Female Campus Qaisra Alvi, female faculty members, administrative officers and a large number of female students also attended the event. The news

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Beaconites celebrate Animal Day
Rawalpindi: Students of the Beaconhouse Kindergarten Branch, Civil Lines, thoroughly enjoyed celebrating Animal Day here on Wednesday. The theme of the day was 'Animals' and students learnt a lot about 'Wild Animals,' 'Pet Animals,' 'Farm Animals' and 'Sea Animals'.

The school was transformed to give the feel of the theme. The guests could see the difference after entering through the gate. Tables and chairs were arranged in the ground where nursery class students were sitting all dressed up in animal costumes and colouring different pictures of animals. On one side, there were students dressed up as farm animals, including goats, cows and horses. Sea animals, pet animals and wild animals also briefed the parents and guests on their characteristics.

A stage was also set for children's presentations where they performed in front of their parents. 'Baking Bread,' 'Going to the Zoo' and 'Dear Zoo' all revolved around animals. Students also presented songs like 'Five Little Monkeys', 'Going to the Zoo,' and 'Down in the Jungle'. It was nice to see young children not more than four-and-a-half years old performing onstage with perfection.

A puppet show was also presented in which the issue of illegal chopping of trees was highlighted.

Speaking on the occasion, Beaconhouse Kindergarten Headmistress Tahmeena Lodhi said that it was heartening to see the nursery class performing so well in front of their parents. "These presentations are a part of their curriculum, as they have learnt about these animals in the class. It is interesting to note that their concentration span is low, but still they managed quite well. It is difficult to control them when they see their parents. They either cry or want to be with them. It is lovely to see them performing so well," she added.

School Group Head Ayesha Sohail appreciated the efforts of teachers for making little children perform so well onstage and putting up a wonderful show. "We treat these children as babies at home, but here in school they are performing independently. This is the outcome of their curriculum-based learning," she said.

The programme ended with a live performance of monkey and goat that was thoroughly enjoyed by children.

The children specially enjoyed and laughed at the witty acts of monkey, who was wearing a hat and sunglasses and walking with a lot of attitude. Dawn

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