Army Medical College 29th convocation

AMC convocation held
Rawalpindi, Jan 27: The 29th medal distribution ceremony of the Army Medical College was held on Thursday at the AMC, says a press release. Lieutenant General Azhar Rashid, Surgeon General/Director General Medical Services (Inter Services) of Pakistan Army, awarded medals and distinction certificates among the graduates of 30th MBBS and 9th BDS Courses.

Lieutenant General Azhar Rashid, Surgeon General/Director General Medical Services (Inter Services) of Pakistan Army addressing the young graduates said: "Now you are entering a world of practicality, a world of different reality. You will be responsible for human lives, lives of people of Pakistan and especially those soldiers of Armed Forces who are fighting and giving their blood and lives for our motherland."

He said: "Knowledge is vital, but its application is more important. Continuously improve your knowledge and refine your skills. Imbue your heart and spirit with compassion and empathy. Uphold the core of values and build character with unchallengeable integrity."

Addressing the ceremony Army Medical College principal said: "Each year medals and certificates are awarded to cadets to acknowledge their distinction and academic eminence. This year, 39 gold medals, nine silver medals and 99 certificates have been distributed amongst the MBBS and BDS cadets with outstanding performance in each class."

Undoubtedly, he said the brilliance displayed by the cadets is a reflection of their assiduous application and commitment to academics. "This is facilitated by the untiring efforts of the training and administrative staff and the persistent guidance by the faculty," he added.

"I would like to remind those cadets who have not received an award today, that merit and hard work are not always linked to achievement in the short term," he added. Army Medical College is an elite medical institute of the country comprising qualified and experienced faculty. It was established in 1977 and was affiliated with Quaid-i-Azam University. Army Medical College was recognised by General Medical Council, UK in 1982.

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Inter-collegiate singing competition held
Islamabad: On the third day of the intercollegiate competitions, Islamabad Model College for Girls (PG), F-7/4, Islamabad, arranged the inter-collegiate singing competitions here on Thursday.

The competition comprises of two phase, first was on Sufiyana Kaalaam and second was based on Qawali. The chief guest on the ceremony was renowned musician Muhammmad Ali, the Student of Mehdi Hassan, Mohammad is the recipient of many awards from Radio and Television. In all, ten colleges participated in which all the girls impressed the students with their singing talent.

Dr Ibrar Umer (musician and anchor of radio) Jawad-Ur-Rehman, (singer on PTV), Khalida Mazhar, (ex-professor in IMCG, (P.G), F-7/4, Islamabad) were the judges of the singing competitions.

The first position in Sufiana Kalam Competition was awarded to Zainab Fatima of ICG, F-6/2, Islamabad. Second prize went to the host college, but she handed over the award to Mubashra Hafeez of IMCG (PG), F-7/2, Islamabad. Third prize went to Reema Majeed of IMCG, F-10/2, Islamabad. And the consolation prize was awarded to Sadia Khan of IMCG, F-10/3, Islamabad.

In Qawali Competition the first prize goes to Sameen Anjum of ICG, F-6/2, second prize went to Iraj Fatima of host college and was handed over to Saniya Rafique and her companion of IMCG, F-6/2, Islamabad. Third prize goes to Komal and her companion of IMCG, F-10/2, Islamabad. Consolation prize went to Ayesha Noor and her companion from IMCG, (P.G) F-7/2, Islamabad. The trophy was awarded to ICG, F-6/2, Islamabad. At the end of the occasion chief guest Muhammad Ali appreciated the winners for their performance in the competition. The news

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Over 1,200 students get degrees at CIIT convocation
Islamabad: COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) held its 39th and 40th convocation at the Convention Centre on Thursday, where more than 1,200 successful students were awarded graduate and post-graduate degrees in two different ceremonies.

As many as 1,241 students were awarded BS degrees in the disciplines of bio-informatics, biosciences, business administration, computer engineering, electrical (telecommunication and computer engineering), electronics, mathematics and architecture from the Islamabad Campus.

MS degrees were awarded to 79 students in management sciences, electrical engineering, architecture, physics, computer science, biosciences, metrology and mathematics. Moreover, PhD degrees were awarded to 11 students in the disciplines of physics, biosciences and mathematics.

On the occasion, chancellor's, institute, campus and patron medals were also awarded to position holders from different campuses of the CIIT.

Graduate and post-graduate students bagged campus medals, institute medals and chancellor's gold medals with 3.75 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) while patron medal was given to Bushra Qadir and Maria Mukhtar Dar for having a 4.0 CGPA.

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Mir Changez Khan Jamali, who is also the chancellor of the CIIT, was the chief guest on the occasion. He awarded degrees and medals to the successful students.

Addressing the gathering, the minister appreciated the efforts of the CIIT faculty, management and visionary leadership.

He said that the CIIT, recognising its duties, was committed to providing the best opportunities to students for learning and personal development within a caring and supportive environment.

CIIT Rector Dr SM Junaid Zaidi also addressed the gathering and said that knowledge acquirement and higher education were transforming virtually every aspect of today's world.

"Information Technology (IT) institutions have been trusted to be the centre stage of academia. These institutions have the mandate to evolve a knowledge-based socio-economic culture in the country to help the nation face the modern challenges of globalisation," he said.

COMSATS Executive Director Dr Imtinan Elahi Qureshi also addressed the gathering. The CIIT announced two awards 'Dr QK Ghori Award' for the best performer in mathematics, and 'Kausar Bashir Award' (KBA) for the best thesis in architecture. CIIT Assistant Controller of Examinations Anyatur Rehman presented the scroll to the chancellor.

The chancellor's gold medallists included Farah Zaib Khan, Asfandyar Farooq Khan, Muhammad Usman, Zohaib Hanif, Muhammad Ijaz, Syed Burhanuddin Mahmood Bukhari, Maliha Shah, Abdul Latif, Saadia Awan, Raja Ahmed Jamil and Mehwish Jabeen Awan for Fall 2010.

Moreover, Sofia Naureen Khan, Nabeela Khan, Saadia Awan, Syeda Annum Ali, Nayab Ali Khan, Danish Faraz Abbasi, Mehran Tahir, Shumaila Irum, Sajida Mushtaq, Sana Ayub and Sahar Imtiaz secured the medal for Spring 2011. Daily times

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Iqra University wins ITP road safety quiz competition
Islamabad: The Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) is endeavouring best to ensure safe road environment in the city and involving youth especially students in its affairs to achieve the desired targets of disciplined traffic and equal implementation of law with zero tolerance against violation of rules.

It was stated by Inspector General of Police Islamabad Bani-Amin Khan here Thursday while addressing the concluding ceremony of road safety quiz competition 'How to Drive' arranged by Islamabad Traffic Police in collaboration with Pak-Suzuki Company Limited in connection with its 6th anniversary.

IGP (Islamabad) Bani-Amin Khan said purpose of arranging this contest was also to forge close links with students and promote friendly policing culture with them, as they were national assets. For a bright and secure life, he also urged the students to keep doing hard work and get education with complete devotion besides cooperation with police to make this society as 'exemplary' for others. He urged the young students to avoid one wheeling, driving motor bike without silencers, rash driving and help ITP to check such violations.

The IGP said that elimination of VIP culture and equal application of law are the operational codes of the ITP and excellent planning and strategy regarding traffic management also helped in reducing the ratio of fatal and non-fatal road accidents in the previous years. He said that helpline of Islamabad police rescue 15 has introduced free ambulance service in order to shift injured persons to nearest hospital in case of any accident.

It is to mention that 30 students from various educational institutions of the twin cities were selected for road safety quiz competition 'How to Drive' and their verbal as well as practical test about driving sense was conducted in two phases. Nine students of three universities including Air University, Riphah University and Iqra University with excellent traffic sense passed these tests and qualified for the final quiz round held at Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA).

Iqra University got 1st position in the final contest and were given lucrative awards by IGP Islamabad. The second and third position holders from Riphah and Air university respectively were also given the awards along with overall 30 students selected for this competition as an encouragement to inculcate better traffic sense and give awareness to them about traffic rules. DIG security Dr Mujeeb-ur-Rehman, SSP (Traffic) Dr. Moeen Masood and SP (Traffic) Mir Vais Niaz, Program Coordinator ITP Ayesha Jameel, General Manager Pak Suzuki Company Limited Aamir Shafi, Principals and students from various education educational institutions and other police officials also attended the ceremony.

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Roots olympiad began
Islamabad: Roots College International, Millennium Campus, is organising a 4-day National Olympiad starting today (Friday), says a press release issued here Thursday.

Talking to media men at a press conference, Roots School System Executive Director Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq said: "At Roots, it is our holy belief that participation in extracurricular activities enhances both the intellectual and social development of students. We stage such events for an all round development of students. They play a pivotal role in aspiring the youth to go beyond the boundaries of classroom learning as well as allowing them to assimilate knowledge and innovation into a single unit." He said that students learn character-building lessons that they can apply to their study habits and to their lives. "Activities such as athletics, music and theatre teach students how to discipline themselves through drills, practices, or rehearsals. The students have a responsibility to the activity and must perform the tasks assigned to them whether it be to run, sing, act, or organise an event. By participating and persevering in any of these activities, the students gain a sense of self-respect, self-esteem, and self-confidence.

Roots Olympiad will feature several competitions, including debates, performing arts, photography, music, computer gaming, chess, live art, singing and various social events. Over 500 students from various schools, colleges and universities are participating in the event including Froebel's International, Beaconhouse, Lahore Grammar, West Minister, City School, Imperial International, Sheikh Zayed International Academy, ACE International Academy, Bahria College/University, FAST University, Iqra University, NUST University and Roots College International Campuses nationwide.

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Teachers not paid salaries for 18 months
Islamabad: Unrest mounts among federal government teachers whose services are not confirmed yet despite presidential ordinance issued in 1999 to regularise them. The affected teachers affiliated with the Federal Directorate of Education are not even being paid their salaries for the last 18 months, which further aggravated their financial rpoblem.

The affected educators of federal government schools on condition of anonymity alleged that the Federal Directorate of Education appointed hundreds of teachers during 1993 to 1996. After serving for some years, the services of a large number of teachers were terminated including the affectees.

However, the then president through an ordinance in 1999 reinstated the sacked teachers and directed the concerned directorate for confirming their services besides providing them all facilities.

Though the affected teachers through the ordinance were reinstated, but ironically not only the services of more than 50 teachers are not confirmed yet but even they are not being paid their monthly emoluments for the last 18 months. After being reinstated the teachers had been receiving salaries for some period but for the last 18 months concerned directorate have stopped payment of their emoluments. They were not relieved from their services but were directed to continue their services while the process of salaries payment stopped, the teachers alleged.

To a question, the affected teachers said that they had approached the concerned higher officials to get their due rights but they get nothing except assurances. The matter of their confirmation and clearance of their dues is being delayed by the higher officials in the FDE, the teachers alleged.

Due to non-confirmation of our services and non-payment of dues, we are facing hardships. They have demanded of President Asif Ali Zardari to take immediate notice for violation of presidential ordinance by the concerned officials. Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani should also take notice in this regard and issue necessary directions to the Federal Directorate of Education for clearing their 18 months dues besides confirming their services, the affected teachers demanded.

On the other hand, officials in Federal Directorate of Education requesting not to be named in the absence of Director General and Director FDE gave discriminatory statements while commenting over the matter. One official related with Director FDE informed that the process of confirming the services of more than 50 teachers and clearance of dues to them is under process and would be resolved in a couple of months.

While another official concerned with Director General, FDE said that the directorate has yet not received any order or letter from any side from the concerned quarters with regard to confirming the services and paying salaries to the teachers.

The matter of the affected teachers could be resolved when orders are given in this regard, he stated. The official also informed that a delegation of teachers also held meeting with the Director General the other day to discuss their matter and they were cleared about the position. The news

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