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UK 'points based' visa system

UK 'points based' visa system from Monday
Islamabad, June 28, 2008: The British government's new 'Points Based System' for those wishing to go the UK to work or study, announced in February will come into effect in Pakistan on Monday, the British High Commission said on Friday. "From 30 June 2008, the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme will be replaced by Tier 1 of the Points Based System, under which highly skilled applicants from Pakistan will now apply for their UK visa," it said. Under the Points Based System, applicants would need sufficient points to qualify and satisfy the visa service that they could make a positive contribution to the UK.

Points are awarded for objective criteria such as qualifications, previous earnings, age and UK experience. Following the announcement of the scheme in February, Tier 1 was first introduced in India in April. The remaining tiers of the system, replacing the current visa categories for skilled workers with job offers in the UK, students, and temporary workers, will be developed over the next twelve months. Daily Times

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Arid Agriculture University (AAUR) students seek summer semester restoration
Rawalpindi: The students of Arid Agriculture University (AAUR) under the umbrella of Barani Mutahida Talaba Muhaz staged a protest demonstration against the university administration for abolishing of summer semester system, here at Murree Road, Shamasabad, on Friday.

A large number of students of different groups including Peoples Student Federation (PSF), Jammu and Kashmir Student Organization (JAKSO), Anjuman Behbood-e-Talaba (ABF), Insaaf Student Federation (ISF) and Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) participated in this peaceful protest.

Female students also took part in protest and demanded restoration of summer semester system. The students, holding banners and placards inscribed with slogans against the university administration for abolishing summer semester system, marched peacefully on Murree Road.

PSF President, Syed Rizwan Shah, said that the summer semester system remained continued from 1998 to 2000 but the new Vice Chancellor, Dr Khalid Mehmood abolished it. He further said that the university administration should not ruin future of the students and should restore the summer semester system.

IJT Nazim Khurram Tuffail, on this occasion, said that the decision would badly affect the students' future and this would not be tolerated, he added.

Arid Agriculture University Faisalabad and Baha-ud-Din Zakarya University had summer semester system and AAUR also followed AAUF's rules, said Insaaf Student Federation President K Asif, adding that Higher Education Commission should take notice of this irrational decision and restore the summer semester system.

The protestors demanded of Governor Punjab Sulman Taseer, Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, AAUR VC Dr Khalid Mehmood, and Chairman HEC Dr Atta-ur-Rehman to restore the summer semester system.

The students also warned that a sit-in would be staged outside Parliament House if our demands were not met. The Nation

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