FAST National University Peshawar convocation

53 receive degrees in FAST-NU convocation
Peshawar, July 23: Fifty-three students of the Peshawar campus received degrees at 15th convocation of the FAST National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, while 12 graduates were awarded medals for their distinctive performance in various disciplines.

NWFP Minister for Higher Education Qazi Mohammad Asad was the chief guest at the convocation - overall 15th convocation of the university and fourth of the Peshawar campus - here on Wednesday. The graduates of Business Administration Batch 2005, Telecommunication Engineering Batch 2005, Master in Business Administration Batch 2008 and Master in Mathematics 2007 received degrees and awards in the event.

In his address on the occasion, Qazi Asad reminded the graduates of their responsibilities which the degree devolves on them. He told the students that they must continue achieving higher skills of excellence in their respective fields along with their professional careers. He urged the graduates to prepare themselves to shoulder the responsibility of the future of the country. He congratulated the graduates, their parents and the faculty on their commendable accomplishments.

Earlier in his welcome address, FAST-NU Peshawar Campus Director Dr Syed Amjad Hussain Shah spoke about the progress of the institute and appreciated the efforts made by its management and staff. He said all the achievements show the dedication and hard work of the administrative staff, faculty and students, and the guidance and patronage of the chancellor, the rector, the pro-rector, the dean and the FAST-NU secretary general.

Rector Dr Amin Muhammad asked the students to uphold the tradition of excellence and integrity. He emphasised the FAST traditions of honesty, hard work, excellence and integrity would stay with them and help them in pursing successful professional careers.

"Our purpose is not to just make good scientists, engineers and business professionals out of you but to also make you good, honourable and cultured people under all circumstances," he remarked.

Those who were awarded medals on the occasion included Mehreen Iftikhar (gold medal in Business Administration Batch 2005), Maryam Rehman (silver) and Fawad Ahmad (bronze), Hammad Jamshed (gold medal in Telecommunication Engineering Batch 2005), Usman Siddiqui and Usman Ali (silver and bronze medals), Iltaf Hussain (gold medal in Master in Mathematics Batch 2007), Rehan Ali Shah and Mubashir Qayyum (silver and bronze), Kanwal Iftikhar (gold medal in Master in Business Administration Batch 2008) and Qaiser Khan and Zahid Iqbal (silver and bronze medals).

Notable among others present on the occasion were Dr Amir Muhammad, the Rector, Dr M. Ayub Alvi, Dean of Faculty of Computer Science, Mian Muhammad Ajmal, Member Board of Governors, and Registrar Dr Muhammad Latif Virk. The News

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Universities reluctant to revive student unions
Peshawar: It has been more than a year and half now since Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani announced the restoration of student unions, which were banned in 1984 by late General Zia-ul-Haq. The announcement was welcomed with enthusiasm by students, teachers and parents, while some skeptics registered their reservations. Even the lapse of sufficient time, there are, however, no signs of the restoration of student unions and it is reported that the majority of vice-chancellors (VCs) and teachers are against it.

It is learnt that in a meeting of VCs from public sector universities, most of them spoke against the restoration of student unions, citing issues of law and order in the campus and expressing fear that student unions will be "hijacked by political parties." They opined that the atmosphere at the universities was "not congenial enough" to allow the restoration of student unions. They said "students are in disarray.

A gap of 25 years is long enough to erase the democratic system from the minds of students. We are not against the student unions but we fear the rise in violence if unions are revived. However, they also maintained that "We should allow students to assume leadership and for that we have to be the guiding force. We should teach them the finer qualities of (student) unions and how to manage their affairs. Depriving them of their basic right of self-governance in educational institutions is not the solution". The student's federations said that the universities are not willing to revive unions, in order to control students with their draconian rule and deprive them of their rights to manage their affairs through elected representatives. Universities have been addicted to the absolute powers they hold. Now they are unwilling to let that power slip through their hands.

The teaching staff bodies were of the view that students are not in a position to be given the mantle of leadership. "Times have changed. A quarter of a century is a very long time to erase any quality that is not used in that period. Students, now, are immature, less educated (in manners and disposition) and they are not aware of the merits or demerits of student unions. It will be disastrous to hand leadership over to them," they feared. They said that it is not the right time to hand over the unions to the students. They are not trained and they will become tools in the hands of the political parties. We should begin with Student Councils. Provide guidelines to the students and teach them to become good students, both in their studies and in their behaviour. Only then we can expose them to the unions. However, they also reviewed that the students were "away" from student politics and had become accustomed to this state of affairs. They should be introduced to the concept of trade unions in a gradual manner. They have to be taught to behave, prove worthy of a place at an institution of higher learning, then expect to manage their own affairs.

It is widely assumed that universities' administrations were the main hurdles in reviving the student's unions and violating the government directives. It is pertinent to say here that in the absence of 'student unions', the students were divided into different student federations and even were involved in political, ethnic and linguistic groups. One can easily see the federations like 'Pakhtun, Seraiki, Tribal, Marwat, Khattak, Hazara student's federations, etc. So, it is the right time to restore the student's unions that they would be put on right track otherwise as usual they would play in hands of vested politicians again and again. F.P Report

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IIU written tests for admission on July 26
Islamabad: International Islamic University (IIU) will take written tests for new admissions from July 26th.

The last date for submission of applications was July 20 but it was extended till July 21.

The entry tests will continue during August while the new academic year would start on September 1, said a statement. App

Lecture on 'Mental Stress' held at IIUI
Islamabad: A lecture on 'Mental Stress' by Head Psychology Department Benazir Bhutto Hospital Dr Farid A Minhas was held here Wednesday at International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI). The lecture was arranged by Officers' Welfare Association (OWA) of the University, said a news release issued here. Vice President IIUI Parveen Qadir Agha presided over the function, while Dr Farid highlighted the reasons of mental stress in his lecture. Mental stress helps create interest in any work, however, more stress can have a negative impact on one's capabilities and make him/her prone to more diseases. Dr Farid Minhas said that different recreational and training programmes with sufficient intervals should be arranged for the workers of public institutions to reduce stress.

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Parents of detained students urge UK to set them free
Tank: The parents of the two detained Pakistani students in the United Kingdom have appealed to the British government to release their innocent children.

Addressing a press conference here Wednesday, Malik Khan Muhammad, father of the detained Abdul Wahab Burki and family members of Ahmad Faraz said the families of both students had been passing through unspeakable trauma for the last 104 days.

They said the two were arrested from Liverpool University on April 8, 2009 along several others and they were yet to be released despite being innocent. They said Wahab and Faraz were peaceful and law-abiding persons and they never remained associated with militancy or terrorism.

They added their children never committed any crime here or in Britain.They appealed to the British prime minister to help in the release of the innocent students and save their careers from ruin. The desperate parents also demanded of the Pakistani government and the Foreign Office to play their due role in getting the students released from the "unlawful" captivity in UK. The News

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