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Amendments in UoP Act: Govt ignores teachers' views
Peshawar, June 02: The provincial government has not included the recommendations of teachers in the amended University of Peshawar Act 1974 despite lapse of about three months.

The provincial assembly amended University of Peshawar Act 1974 on Dec 6, 2010. However, teachers raised their voice against it, complaining that they were not consulted in the formulation and process of new legislation. They were also critical of the amended law because the composition and the powers of the senate and syndicate of the university were changed. After teachers raised concerns at passing of the amended law, chief minister took notice of the issue and directed that a committee comprising teachers' representatives should prepare a draft of recommendations within 15 days so that it could be sent to the provincial assembly for approval.

"The teachers submitted the draft to the government in mid-March but it is still awaiting approval," said Prof Shafiqur Rehman, a senior teacher who was member of the committee, which prepared draft of the law.

He said that the amendments made on Dec 6, 2010 changed four sections of the Act, affecting representation of teachers in the syndicate.

The vice-chancellor using emergency powers is taking decision in all the administrative and financial powers. The syndicate, an executive body, had not held meetings on important matters recently, said Prof Rehman.

"The draft of recommendations of teachers is lying with the government and waiting for approval," said Dr Johar Ali, the president of Peshawar University Teachers' Association and provincial president of Federation of All Pakistan Academic Staff Association. He expressed dissatisfaction over delay in approval of the draft submitted by teachers.

PUTA general secretary Dr Mohammad Tayyab, in a statement, said that a draft was prepared by senior teachers after a lot of hard work without wasting time but government was slow to process it.

He said that government should send the draft for approval to the chancellor for its enactment as an ordinance without wasting time. Teachers would be justified in launching a protest if the passing of proposed legislation was delayed any further, he threatened.

Higher Education Minister Qazi Asad and Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain were not available for comment to know why government was delaying approval of draft submitted by teachers.

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Convocation of GIK Institute
Swabi: The 15th convocation of Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology will be held today (Thursday).

Chairing a meeting here on Wednesday, Prof Fazal Ahmad, pro-rector (academics), said that all arrangements to hold the convocation had been finalised.

He said that degrees would be awarded to the successful BS, MS and PhD candidates in the convocation.

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Nurses to be sent abroad on scholarships
Peshawar: The health department has prepared a plan to send talented girls for studying nursing at prime medical schools abroad and scholarships were also being offered to staff nurses for postgraduate training in neonatal care.

"The government accords top priority to the sacred profession of nursing and believes in its importance. A draft proposal of a project costing Rs120 million has been sent to the government for approval in this regard," Special Secretary Health Prof Noorul Iman informed the participants of a one-day seminar held to mark the World Nurses Day here on Tuesday.

Daughter of the Holy Prophet, Hazrat Fatima, who used to be at the forefront in attending victims of wars fought in the early days of Islam, should be taken as a role model for present day nurses to improve the healthcare delivery and lessen burden of diseases.

The event was organised by the Khyber Medical University at the Postgraduate College of Nursing Hayatabad Township.

"We have planned to send nurses abroad on scholarships to improve the intensive and neo-natal care in the province. Trained nurses played significant role in patients' care. The process to offer MSc scholarship to nurses will begin also begin soon," he said.

Professor Mohammad Hafizullah, vice-chancellor of the Khyber Medical University, said that the recently-launched two-year and four-year BSc nursing degree programmes by the varsity had been very successful and now work to offer MSc degrees was in the pipeline.

People weren't willing to adopt this profession due to social barriers but now the situation was showing signs of improvement as people were now sending their daughters and sisters to take up the profession and serve the humanity, he said.

He also applauded services being rendered by nursing staff in coping with the victims of bomb and suicide attacks in the province and the adjacent tribal areas and said the KMU was making all efforts to upgrade nursing education and produce trained people to improve patients care.

On the occasion, winners of the speech competition were awarded shields and certificates.

KMU Registrar Dr Fazal Mabood, director academic Prof Shah Mohammad, controller examination Prof Shah Naz Akhtar and principal of the Postgraduate College of Nursing Shamshad Qadir also spoke on the occasion. They said that the profession of nursing had assumed added significance in view of emerging diseases and barrage of violent acts taking place in the country.

Nurses passed sleepless nights to ensure that all the patients were facilitated during pain and trauma and they deserved to be treated with respect, they said. Dawn

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