FUUAST VC | Teachers salary issue

Body formed to find Fuuast VC
Karachi, Feb 16: The 20th meeting of the senate of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (Fuuast) was held on Wednesday.

A Fuuast statement quotes an official as saying that the meeting was chaired by senate deputy chairperson Aftab Ahmed Khan.

He said that a search committee had been formed to find a new vice-chancellor of Fuuast. Prof Dr Javed R. Laghari will be the convener of the search committee. app

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Medical varsity in Hyderabad
Karachi: Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan has issued permission for the establishment of a medical university in Hyderabad, which will be called Mohammed Ali Jinnah University. The education and health secretaries have been advised to complete the formalities in this regard. The decision to this effect was taken at a meeting held at the Governor House here on Tuesday. The meeting, attended by Sindh Health Minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed and various senior officials, also considered a proposal to establish a general university in Hyderabad.

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Teachers say rents being deducted from their salaries EDO refutes teachers' claim
Rawalpindi: Due to non-availability of land, the Punjab government is running dozens of its educational institutions in rented buildings and the monthly rents are deducted from the salaries of teaching staff.

Several teachers and students of Punjab schools pleading anonymity alleged that the functioning of government schools in private buildings particularly rented houses was creating great problems for them.

They alleged that the owners of rented houses/buildings demand increase in rents after every third month forcing the managements to shift school buildings to another place. The study of students is largely affected by this practice.

Moreover, rented houses have no space and enough rooms for classrooms for conducting classes. Two classes are accommodated in one room creating suffocated atmosphere, they said adding no space is left for library, laboratories and canteen. Students have to buy eating items from outside during break, they added.

Besides students, teachers also have to face the brunt of rented buildings because they have to pay the rents. Elaborating the educators alleged that specified amount is deducted from their monthly salaries, which are also meagre.

In Rawalpindi more than 29 government schools have been opened up in rented houses/buildings in different localities. The government should procure land to construct own buildings or in other case they should purchase the private buildings from the private owners for setting up educational institutions.

Above all, the teachers demanded of the government and the educational authorities that rents should not be paid from their monthly emoluments. "We are not receiving any house rent, but paying quota of rents from our salaries, which is unjustified," they claimed.

To a question, the teachers informed that not once, but dozens of time, they had brought the matter into the notice of the concerned authorities including EDOs and Education Secretary Punjab, but no attention is paid to their problem.

EDO (Education) Rawalpindi Qazi Zahoor ul Haq when approached said that the Punjab government has laid special focus on promotion of education and improving its standard. "In this regard, the government allocates funds for paying house rents to the serving teaching staff. The rents of rented out buildings and houses, are also paid under the fund allocated by the Punjab government in the annual budgets. No amount is deducted from the salaries of working teachers to pay the rent. It is just a propaganda against the government," he claimed.

Moreover, he said the Punjab government is obtaining lands on lease for construction of more government schools in Rawalpindi and other parts of the province. Negotiations are under way in this connection. "Even in the present fiscal year i.e.2011-2012, the government has established five new schools on its own land. The process of building new government schools would continue and the problem of functioning remaining institutions on rented buildings is just temporary," he added. The news

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Capital students to get quota in QAU
Islamabad: After a span of 40 years, the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) is set to allocate special quota for students holding domicile of the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).

QAU was established in 1971 and admission to it was open for students from all four provinces under predetermined quota (see table). Students from the ICT were clubbed together with those from Punjab in this system.

"Being a federal institution QAU provides admission to all regions of the country as per the approved quota but they are all academically-sound individuals who fulfil the merit determined by the pre-university academic record," a QAU official said.

Admissions are also offered on regional quota basis and self-financed education scheme where students are admitted to departments on an open merit basis without any regional quota.

Most recently, seats for students from Balochistan and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas for Fall Semester-2012 were increased without affecting the seats of other areas but no provision was made for students from ICT.

The vice-chancellor of the QAU Prof Masoom Yasin Zai said: "After the 18th Constitutional Amendment the federal area has a provincial status and is a federal unit of the country. Every province is given a quota as per its set allocation on merit for admission into QAU therefore we are considering that quota for the federal area students will be separated from Punjab."

He added: "The population of the city is almost 1.8 million. The ICT area citizens have their domicile of the capital city and their kids need separate seats for admission in to the QAU. The matter will be taken to the Senate's Standing Committee, which is already considering jobs in basic pay scale 1 and 2 for the local residents."

When inquired about the procedure of allocation of new quota for students with Islamabad domiciles, he replied: "I will first take up the matter in our statutory body and later put it on the agenda of the syndicate.

Once consent is given by the syndicate we will send the recommendations for the final approval of the chancellor [who is the President]."

To a question about whether existing quota of the provinces would be disturbed if the seats for the ICT quota are increased, he said: "We will devise a strategy once we have had a consultation with all the stakeholders statutory bodies, the syndicate and the local politicians and the modalities have been finalised."

He said that recently the syndicate the highest decision-making body of the QAU - has approved a local quota of jobs for local residents.

Prof Zai concluded: "QAU will serve as the key education learning institution for the capital city and rest of the country since the affiliation of the federal colleges will be switched from the University of the Punjab (UOP) to the QAU this year, which will benefit several thousands." Dawn

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Outsiders' entry banned at exam centres
Islamabad: The Capital Territory Administration has banned the entry of irrelevant people at MA/MSc examination centres of Punjab University under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CRPC).
The district magistrate, Assistant Commissioner Industrial, Imran Ali Sultan has issued ordered to department concerned and warned citizens that irrelevant persons' entry is banned within a radius of 200 yards around the examination centers. He said that only bonafide candidates holding roll number slips from the controller examinations of the University of the Punjab, and teachers concerned are allowed to enter MA/MSc Part-1 examination centre at H-9 Model College for Boys. He said that any infringement of the order would be punishable under Section 188 Pakistan Penal Code (PPC). online

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Japan to give $97,591 for school construction
Islamabad: The Government of Japan has decided to extend financial support of US$ 97,591 (approximately Rs8.3 million) to the Awami Development Organization (ADO) for the construction of Middle School in Village Chak 148B, District Layyah, Punjab.

The agreement for the project was signed between Hiroshi OE, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan and Ghulam Mustafa Juni, President of ADO, here on Wednesday at the Japanese Ambassador's residence in Islamabad.

The grant will be utilized for the construction of two separate school buildings, both for girls and boys, fully equipped with furniture and required accessories. This project will give an opportunity to the most vulnerable segment of the society in Layyah and its surroundings to provide their children good quality education on nominal fee. This project is expected to improve the education standards in the project area by educating approximately 125 students through 12 newly appointed teachers.

At the signing ceremony, Ambassador OE stressed that the provision of basic education to children is one of the priorities in Japan's assistance policy towards Pakistan. He expressed his hope that this project would give children a chance to carve out their better future, and in addition, it would certainly strengthen the existing friendly relations between the people of Japan and Pakistan. The news

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