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'Pak-German technical varsity project to go forward'
Islamabad, Jan 23: There will be no compromise on women education and all women schools will be opened once the winter vacation were over.

This was stated by Federal Minister for Education Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, while talking to German Ambassador to Pakistan Dr. Michael Koch who called on the Minister on Thursday.

Our religion has stressed a lot on women Education and the extremist cannot undermine the Govt's efforts to wide spread the women education, was the Minister's point of view. He further said that the public at large in Swat was by no means against the women education rather it's only a small faction of extremists who are opposing the women Education. The Minister hoped that normally would return to Swat soon and all the schools will be opened by the end of March this year. The matter related to the establishment of Pak-Germany Technical University at Lahore was thoroughly discussed in the meeting.

The Minister apprised the German Ambassador that by no means the Government of Pakistan will abandon the Pak-German Technical University project. He said that due to acute shortage of funds the establishment of new universities project has been temporarily abandoned funds the establishment of new universities project has been temporarily abandoned.

The ambassador wanted full cooperation form the Pakistan Govt for establishment of this university. Bijarani said that the Government in the next financial budget would allocate due resource for the fulfillment of this project.

The Federal Minister for Education Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani also said old the German envoy that Ministry of Education wishes better working relationship and coordination with the HEC.

Previously, the HEC Chairman with the status of a federal Minister was responsible to the Parliament but now in the existing situation the Education Minister is responsible before the parliament for the working and functioning of HEC. Therefore it is dire need to establish sound and strong coordination between the Education Ministry and HEC.

The Minister also said that presently the search for suitable Chairman of HEC is underway and full-fledged chairman HEC will be appointed soon. The Nation

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Intercollegiate competitions at IMCG, F-7/4
Islamabad: Intercollegiate competitions in Qirat, Na'at, display of flowers, painting and Urdu and English declamations opened at Islamabad Model College for Girls (IMCG), F-7/4, on Thursday.

The students from 16 colleges of Rawalpindi and Islamabad participated in the competitions. The college principals, teachers and other academics also attended the event.

In Qirat competition, Ammara Aziz of Government Waqarunnisa Postgraduate College Rawalpindi (GWPCR) secured first, Kalsoom Khan of Government Girls Degree College second and Amnisha Javed of Government Balqees Degree College for Girls third position.

In Na'at competition, Sahar Asghar of Federal Government (FG) Margalla College for Girls, F-7/4, Samia Kazmi of FG Postgraduate College for Girls, Kashmir Road and Aatia Ahsan of Government Girls Degree College, Murree Road, bagged first, second and third positions respectively.

In painting competition, Saba Kiran of IMCG, F-7/4, was declared winner, but she withdrew in favour of Sumera Sadiqui of the GWPCR. Sidra Ishtiaq of the GEPCR and Benish Khalid of Government Balqees Degree College for Girls succeeded in securing second and third slots respectively.

In the competition of flower arrangement, Mahrin Yasin of the host college achieved first position, but she withdrew in favour of Sidra Ali an Islamabad-based college. Madiha Ali of the IMCG, F-7/4, and Maryam Javed of IMCG, F-7/2, secured second and third positions respectively. Daily Times

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800 closed hotels waiting for peace in Swat
Islamabad: Over eight hundred hotels, including 405 restaurants, have been closed in the scenic Swat valley for the last two years due to the deteriorating law and order situation in and around the country's tourism hub.

Around 40,000 people, associated with the hotel industry, have become unemployed besides thousands of others being indirectly affected. It is also believed that over 10,000 other persons, who were earning their living through the tourism industry, have been rendered jobless ever since the militants started to haunt the valley.

Militancy, which has disrupted every walk of life in the picturesque Swat, also dealt a massive blow to its fabulous tourism industry that once attracted tourists from around the world. Swat seems to be a glory of bygone times with remote possibility of the revival of its spectacular tourism industry. The valley, described as Ža paradise on earthŪ, has been plunged into darkness by the militants so deeply that it will take decades to make a comeback.

President All Swat Hotel Association Haji Zahid told APP here on Thursday that the Swat hotel industry had been facing a loss of more than Rs 2.6 billion each year from 2006. In fact, all sections of the business community are suffering from militancy in the valley and employment opportunities have declined drastically. The News

Another girls' school blew up in Swat
Swat: Unknown miscreants have blown up another Girls' school with explosive material at Qambar area of Mingora city during the night between Wednesday and Thursday, police said.

As a result of the incident the building of the school was completely destroyed while the total number of destroyed schools climbs to 184 in the district out of which 169 were girls' schools.† Meanwhile, unknown saboteurs blown up a woolen factory with explosives in Rehmanabad area of Mingora City on the night between Wednesday and Thursday, which destroyed a large part of the factory.

However, no human causality was reported in the incident. The police has registered a case against unknown miscreants. App

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Riphah International University & HEC Medical moot
Islamabad: The Riphah International University in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission will hold a three-day international conference on Medical Education starting on January 25. The conference will provide an international environment of learning and professional development. The News

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No teacher for health and physical edu at 20 colleges
Rawalpindi: Twenty state-run colleges out of 22 established in Rawalpindi district have no teacher for Health and Physical Education subject, putting future of over 5,000 students at stake, sources said. They said the colleges, including Government Gordon College, Government Asghar Mall College, Government Hashmat Ali College and some girls' colleges, had no teacher to educate the students on Health and Physical Education subject. The government has not appointed any lecturer, having expertise in Health and Physical Education, during the last four to six years at the colleges, the sources added. When contacted, Government Gordon College Principal Prof Dr Abdul Qayyum said his college had not been offering the subject for the last four years due to unavailability of specialist teachers. Daily Times

HU Havelian campus celebrates first anniversary
Aobbotabad: Havelian campus of the Hazara University (HU) has recently celebrated its first launch anniversary, materialising the promise of providing quality education.

The idea to establish university at this place merited consideration, as population-wise Hazara division is the largest of all the divisions of the province. Realising this genuine need, Abdul Hafeez Pirzada, the then federal minister in the cabinet of late Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, announced establishment of the university for the first time in mid 1970s.

A piece of 140 acres land at the present site was acquired for the purpose. But the establishment remained a distant dream for a long time despite several politicians used to make announcements from time to time.

At long last, HU came into existence in year 2001 at Dhodial and Professor Dr Ashraf Adeel was named as the first vice-chancellor. Dr Ihsan Ali took over as vice-chancellor in 2006. Two more campuses were opened one of them is at the present site at Havelian. Prof Dr Syed Iqbal Shah became the coordinator of the campus.

The number of students has increased from 103 to 341. Seven new rooms have been constructed and another seven are under-construction. On the completion of one year, weeklong festivities were organised to celebrate the first anniversary of the campus. The News

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