QAU land still open to encroachers
Islamabad, Feb 04: With the Planning Commission (PC) dropping the Rs56 million project of constructing a boundary wall around the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) from the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2010-11, it risks losing more land to encroachers.
Spread over 700 acres, its officials say by not building the boundary wall, the university's expansion plans will be disrupted as it has lost land to nearby villages over the last three decades. They added that in the current situation, security risks for teachers and students were also a genuine concern. Officials say the PC has dropped the plan because of funds' shortage.
Prof Masoom Yasin Zai, vice chancellor of the university, said the issue of the boundary wall has been raised with the office of the chancellor (Presidency). "We have also informed the interior minister about our security concerns, but there has been no response from them." He added that the HEC and the PC have been given detailed briefing over the need for boundary wall.
"The construction of the boundary wall was approved by the Planning Commission but it came back from the highest forum – Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec)," said Prof Zai. Terming it an urgent need, he said the university was not protected from any side.
Established in 1967, the university was shifted to its main campus from Rawalpindi's Satellite Town in October 1971. Rated as one of the best universities in the Islamic world, the university has 5,000 students, with 2,500 living in its various hostels. Its main campus has a residential colony for the faculty members and junior officials.
An official said the university's security staff and wing have no enforcement powers to control encroachment. "A proposal was submitted to HEC for constructing the boundary wall. The commission forwarded QAU's request to the Planning Commission, which estimated that Rs56 million were needed," added the official. He said after initially giving an approval, the PC excluded it from PSDP 2010-11.
Immediately after taking over vice chancellor, Prof Zai discussed this issue with the HEC, the official said. He said after the refusal by PC, the task of getting a boundary wall for the university has become more daunting.
"The main campus is not safe. There is no check on anyone entering the premises," said Ishtiaq Ahmed, a student. He asked President Asif Ali Zardari to intervene, adding that a boundary wall will keep encroachers away and make the university secure.
Faiza Ilyas, another student, wanted the university's administration to move the Supreme Court (SC) to get its encroached land back. She referred to a recent SC order, asking the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to reclaim state land. About security of students, she said: "Even beggars are roaming freely in the campus and around canteens." Dawn
FEF female lecturers demand regularisation
Peshawar: Dozens of female lecturers affiliated with the Frontier Education Foundation (FEF) on Thursday demanded regularisation of their services.
"We have been working as lecturers on contract basis for the last many years. The Pakistan People's Party government should save us from further embarrassment," representatives of the female lecturers Rabia Syed, Musarrat Jabin, Foqia Ali and others told reporters at the Peshawar Press Club.
The lecturers said 15 colleges were working under the Frontier Education Foundation in different districts of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where highly qualified and experienced teaching staff was serving on contract.
They said the FEF administration had been pressing lecturers who were reluctant to sign new contract, threatening them to sign the agreement within a day otherwise their services would be terminated forthwith.
"We have reservations over certain clauses of the contract," Mussarat Jabeen said, adding that the lecturers who had been serving in the FEF colleges for the last eight years were getting Rs13,000 as monthly salary.
The lecturers appealed to the chief justice to take suo moto notice of their problems as being females they could not continue protests for long. They said they had already filed a petition to this effect in the Peshawar High Court, but it has not been fixed yet for regular hearing.
CAS award ceremony for Fazaia schools & colleges held
Islamabad: The annual CAS Award Ceremony of Fazaia schools & colleges of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), was held at Aftab Auditorium of Fazaia Inter College, Islamabad on Wednesday, says a press release.
Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman was the chief guest on the occasion.
While addressing on the occasion, the chief guest lauded the efforts made by Fazaia teachers and said that in the whole scheme of education, a teacher holds the pivotal position. He urged upon the teachers to realise their role as mentors of the youth and builders of the nation. He emphasized that the purpose of education is to extend the promptness of knowledge. To achieve this, the students have to know and learn the existing concepts and theories and develop an analytical mind capable of reasoning based on logic. This is where teachers have to play their role.
The chief guest awarded merit certificates, cash prizes, medals and trophies to students, Headmistresses and principals in recognition of their outstanding performance.
Little souls give lively performance
Islamabad: The colourful and enthralling performances by the students of Grammar School Rawalpindi (GSR) captivated the audience at a ceremony organised to mark the silver jubilee of the school and graduation ceremony of Prep class students.
The event was organised at the premises of Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) where the jam-packed hall of the audience kept on applauding the performances that were loaded with social massages. The students clad in the dazzling dresses took the audience to the world of their own where the pied piper was playing his pipe, Cinderella left her shoe when clock stuck 12, beauty was dancing with the beast, and Santa Clause was distributing gifts.
A tableau 'Pizz in his pocket- learning to be thankful' was one of the amazing and thought provoking performances made by the students. The performance meant to make children realise that those having everything to eat were the lucky one as there was a big number of children who can't even afford one time meal.
The message imparted through the tableau was that the children should not be so much choosy while eating and should thank Allah for whatever He has given them to eat. Apart from that the message was also that everyone should help those who could not afford to have meal. One of the interesting performances was the one where the children were disguised as animals. The theme of the performance was based on the incident when Noah took pairs of each animal along with him in a big ship when the flood was about to come and about to destruct everything.
The innocent moves of the children while they were disguising as animals was a source of immense entertainment for the audience who encouraged the confused ones with rounds of applauds.
The students of Prep A who have been awarded pass certificates include M Hadi Liaquat, Tayyaba Qasim, Adnan Majeed, Dua Zainab, Bilal Amin, Syeda Samia, Hussain Ahmed, Muneeb Ahmed, Abdul Rafay, Pareesae Tariq, Ahmad Nawaz Kiani, Aqsa Tariq, Abdul Moeiz, Mariyem Shujat, Marium Parvez, Fatima Khurram, Ahsan Ehtasham and Safa Iman Afzal.
The graduates of Prep B included the names of Aafaz Din, Waleija Batool Abbasi, Ali Azmat Naqeebi, Ramin Khalid, Abdullah Shahid, Manha Awais, Muhammad Ahmed Ali, Madeeha Mukhtar, Zaigham Aizad, Zayyan Ahmed, Saquib Akram, Muhammad Wahaj Ahmed, Muhammad Umer Masood, Rayyan Ahmed, Muhammad Imad Aamir, Muhammad Abdullah Shaukat, Rayan Ayaz, Muhammad Afzal, Hassan Khan, Sukhan Khurram, Malaika Manahil, Abdullah Mushtaq and Ahmed Rahman. The graduates of Prep C included the names of Shaheer Ahmed, Javaria Sohail, Adil Aamir, Minahil Shahid, Maha Batool, Emaan Bilal, M Sarim, Iqra Babar, Saad Jabbar, Yumna Ali, Munam Aziz, Rabia Qazi, M Abdul Hadi, Atiba Rashid, Iftikhar Khan, Emaan Arshad, Haris Khan and Ajlal Liaquat Awan.
Speaking on the occasion, GSR Director Nasreen Iqbal said that GSR was opened as a fledging endeavour and now has six branches and approximately 1,600 students and 140 faculty members. Annually an average of 75 per cent students secure A and A plus grades. "This year seven students have got straight As and the rest have done exceedingly well. The school is globally linked with Asian Youth Forum, Human Rights, Osaka Japan, Unesco Associated Schools, iEARN, British Council, GSP, CC and three schools in Dehli, India," she informed. The chief guest on the occasion was Ministry of Education's JEA Auarangzeb Rehman.
Students mirror miseries of Kashmiris
Islamabad: The students of various schools and colleges of twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad expressed their solidarity with the people living in occupied Kashmir through various colourful performances on Thursday at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA).
The event was organised by the Ministry of Culture in collaboration with Azad Jammu and Kashmir Council where the children presented skits, tableau, Kashmiri songs and dances.
Various schools and colleges whose students participated in the event included FG Girls School G-9/2, FG Comprehensive School F-6/1, FG Girls College, F-7/4, Jinnah Preparatory School, Rawalpindi, Divisional Public School, Roots School, Ali Trust School and Rising School.
The students wonderfully reflected the sufferings, miseries and agonies of the Kashmiri people through skits, tableau, Kashmiri songs, and dances to attract world's attention towards struggle of independence of Kashmiri people. Tableau were based on short stories with a typical stage setting of Kashmiri way of living by the students, which not only brought the struggle of Kashmiris for their rights, but also showcased Kashmiri cultural heritage, norms and values.
Different schools indicated the silent role of world body United Nations (UN) on solution of Kashmir issue. The children paid tribute to the martyrs of Kashmir, who sacrificed their lives for self-determination and independence of motherland.
Meanwhile, a painting exhibition was also organised where the students of various educational institutions portrayed the sufferings of people living in the occupied Kashmir.
The programmes will continue till February 5 featuring cultural shows, dramas, mime show, regional dances, poetry recitation, tableau and puppet show depicting the stories on issues related to Kashmir and its importance for Pakistan.
On February 4, 2011 young artists will present stage play and mime show to highlight the just cause of freedom fighters. The young Kashmiri poets and local poets will show solidarity with Kashmiri brothers through their poetry in a 'mushaira' to be held the same day at 4 p.m.
On February 5, daylong activities will be held while an exotic art and craft bazaar will also be a part of the events with a vibrant display of traditional Kashmiri items. The news