Rawalpindi, Islamabad schools summer camps

Schools conducting summer camps in violation of orders
Rawalpindi, June 17: Clearly violating the government orders, most of the private schools in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad have started summer camps forcing their students to attend the classes in scorching heat.

The parents are also perturbed over the school managements' decision saying what is the use of summer vacations when they have to send the little souls in scorching summer heat to the schools.

Muhammad Farooq, father of two-school going kids said, "The management of my kids' school is forcing us and other families to send our children to school to attend summer camps. I have stopped sending my kids to the school because the weather is too hot, but the management of the school is persistently asking me to send my kids and if I don't do it, I would solely be responsible for their results."

Mrs Shoaib, a mother said that the education department should take notice of the behaviour of private school managements. "If we have to send our kids to schools in summer then what's the use of summer vacations," she asked.

Rizwan Shah, said that the school of his children is even asking for extra fee for the summer camps and are forcing the kids to attend them at all costs.

Ms Tahmeena Malik, principle of a private school said that most of the parents start call us asking about the summer camps, which shows their willingness to attend these camps. She said, "We are working for a cause and want to deliver the best education to our children and if we are asking the children to attend the summer camps then we are also coming from our houses."

When we contacted EDO (Education) Muhammad Ashraf said he had send the notification to all private schools to observe complete summer vacations in their schools and not to conduct any kind of summer camps during these holidays.

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Class 8 students without computer
Rawalpindi: Students of Class 8 are still searching for the textbook of Computer Science as the Punjab Textbook Board has failed to ensure its availability in the market even after three months of the academic year.

The non-availability of the textbook is forcing many students to change their subject from Computer Science to Home Economics or Agriculture, as they have no other option, because three months have already passed and the final examination are not far away.

Students and parents said that despite passage of three months the textbook of Computer Science was not available in the market that showed the level of interest of Punjab Textbook Board. They said that the future of thousands of students was at stake, but the concerned authorities were doing nothing to solve the issue and provide book in the market.

Malik Naseem, father of a student, said: "My son is studying in Class 8. For the last three months, I have been visiting almost all bookshops in twin cities to get the textbook of Computer Science, but I have failed to get one."

He said that when he contacted the Punjab Textbook Board officials they told him that the printing of the book was still in process and soon it would be available in the market. "The concerned authorities should take it seriously and provide the book as soon as possible because students have to cover the course for annual examinations," he added.

Shahzad Ali, a student, said: "We waited for the book for three months, but now we are going to change our subject, as we don't have any other option."

He said that he would request the concerned authorities to just think about the future of thousands of students and take interest in publishing textbooks on time.

Chaudhry Amjad, a bookshop owner, said that a large number of students visit his shop and demand the textbook of Computer Science, but they are helpless as the book is not available in the market. He said that he had contacted the Punjab Textbook Board, but the officials do not provide any information about the book.

When official spokesperson of the Punjab Textbook Board Muhammad Abid was contacted, he expressed his unawareness about the non-availability of the textbook. He said: "I don't know who is responsible for this delay and when this book will be available in the market."

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UoP campus locality hit by low voltage problem
Peshawar: Low voltage and persistent fluctuation have caused serious problems for the residents of Bilal Masjid locality on the University of Peshawar campus, while the authorities concerned are paying no heed to their countless complaints.

A number of residents of the area said that due to the fluctuation their costly electronic items had gone out of order, causing huge financial losses to them, while low voltage had made their life miserable.

They said the lone transformer that too a faulty one, was insufficient to cater to the needs of the large number of people living in the locality. They said they had lodged innumerable complaints with the Wapda authorities but none turned up to resolve their problem.

The residents said the Wapda authorities were of the opinion that if the university administration asked them to replace the transformer, they would do so. But no such directives have been given to them, they said.

The dwellers said that they had also approached the university administration many times with their genuine complaint, but to no avail. The area near Bilal Masjid is populated by the university employees.

They said they were unable to use their electronic items in this hot summer. "We are bearing the extreme heat without fans, said one of the residents, adding that the use of air conditioner was out of question.

The residents urged the university administration to take timely measures to address their complaints. They sought immediate replacement of the transformer and installation of another one so that the problem of low-voltage could be resolved once and for all.

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UoM Chemistry Department inaugurated
Peshawar: University of Malakand (UoM) Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr M Rasul Jan has said that education was key to the prosperity of any nation and the UoM would play that role for the development of the country.

Speaking to faculty members and students on the occasion of inauguration of Chemistry Department, the vice-chancellor said the UoM was being developed in a manner to meet the international standards so that it became a centre for quality education. He said the funds, proper infrastructure and human resource were essential for making the institute a successful one that could provide quality education. He said that efforts were being made to move towards development of infrastructure in the UoM to have a better environment for education.

Controller Examination Shahid Khan, Department of Chemistry Chairman Prof Dr Sultan Alam, Dr Ezat Khan, Dr Fazal Maboob, faculty members and students attended the inaugural ceremony.

Prof Dr Sultan Alam spoke on the present state of chemistry and said that the first batch had 38 students in four-year BS programme, 40 students in two-year MSc programme and 25 students in MPhil/PhD Programme. The news

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Academic Council
Mansehra: The Chancellor of Hazara University Mansehra Governor Owaiz Ahmad Ghani on Wednesday nominated three eminent educationists and scientists as Academic Council of the University, according to a press release.

These appointments were made by the chancellor under the Hazara University Act 1997, which include Dr Syed Iqbal Shah, ex-vice chancellor Agriculture University Peshawar, Prof Syed Musarrat Shah, ex-vice chancellor University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar and Dr Fazal Rehman Marwat, the chairman Textbook Board of Peshawar. Dawn

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Pakistani students to visit Japan from 23rd
Islamabad: The Embassy of Japan in Pakistan has decided to send nine high school students and an accompanying teacher from Pakistan to visit Japan on the Japan-Saarc High School Students Invitation Programme to be held from June 23 to July 2.

These students have been selected by the Embassy of Japan in collaboration with the Federal Directorate of Education, Islamabad. A total of 72 students and eight teachers from the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (Saarc) countries will participate in this programme to be held in Japan, an observer country of Saarc, said a press release issued here on Wednesday.

This invitation programme will provide an opportunity to the Saarc countries high school students to learn about Japan's state-of-the-art technologies and efforts in the field of environment. The high school students from Saarc countries and Japan will participate in a forum on the theme of environment and also visit sites in Tokyo, Hiroshima and Kyoto that would help them understand the history, society, and traditional culture of Japan. They will also have an opportunity to visit a high school in Japan and to stay with host families to experience Japanese lifestyle.

Chihiro Atsumi, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, Wednesday, handed over travel documents to the nine selected students and their accompanying teacher in a ceremony held at the Embassy of Japan. Ambassador Atsumi congratulated them on the joyous occasion and wished them a safe journey.

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Seminar on religious harmony at AIOU
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will hold a national seminar titled 'The Role of Islamic Studies Department of Pakistani Universities in Promotion of Religious Harmony' today (Thursday).

The first session of the seminar will be held at Sir Syed Hall, Islamabad and presided over by Professor Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi, Vice-Chancellor of the University. While Professor Dr. Anees Ahmed, Vice-Chancellor, Ripha International University will participate as a chief guest of the first session. The second session of the seminar will be held in the Council Hall of the University, which will be presided over by Prof. Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi, Vice-Chancellor, AIOU.

While Justice Fida Muhammad Khan, Judge Supreme Court, Shariat Appellant Bench will be the chief guest.

Dr. Abdur Rauf Zafar, Dr. Noor-ud-Din Jami, Dr. Sahib-e-Islam, Dr. Ghulam Ali Khan, Dr. Hamayun Abbas Shams, Prof. Dr. Saeed-ur- Rehman, Dr. Sohail Hassan, Dr. Junaid Nadvi, Dr. Abdul-Ullah Abid, Mahiuddin Hashmi, Dr. Attaullah Faizi, Dr. Shahid Rafi, Dr. Tahir Mehmood, Madam Aysha, Dr. Ikram wark and other teachers will participate as guest speakers of the function.

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Rawalpindi: Eesha Shafqat, a student of the Beaconhouse School System, Primary Branch, Satellite Town, has been given the 'Outstanding Performance Award' for securing 98% marks in the Grade 4 examinations, says a press release. The news

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