B-Tech degree status | Student suicide

New status of B-Tech degrees
Islamabad, June 06: Pakistan Technology Council Chairman Professor Javed Iqbal has said that in future B-Tech (Hons) will be designated as Engineering Technologist and B-Tech (Pass) will be designated as Associate Engineering Technologist, says a press release.

He said that the decision to this effect was made at a meeting attended by the vice chancellors of all universities, executive director HEC, representatives of PEC, representatives of industries from private sector, representatives of MOST and two participants from B-Tech graduates.

He said that the decision of DAE was postponed and it was suggested that the case should be handled by TEVETA, because this not the proper forum to discuss. "We hope the registration process of B-Tech graduates will start soon. In order to get more information all graduates should keep close liaison with the office of Pakistan Council of Technologists, Islamabad. The news

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Dr Shahnaz unable to start work at FDE
Islamabad: The administration of the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) on Tuesday stopped Dr Shahnaz A Riaz from entering the office of the director general and asked her to bring a notification of her appointment from the Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD).

Dr Shahnaz has recently been repatriated to the FDE on the orders of the Supreme Court.

On the other hand Joint Secretary CADD said that the division had not received as yet the relieving orders from her current office and it seems that Dr Shahnaz has deliberately been trying to create a mess.

According to sources, when Dr Shahnaz came to the FDE she found the director general office locked. She instructed the staff to open the door but Director Administration Tajamul Shah informed her that the door could not be opened unless she got a letter of her posting from CADD.

As a result of which she went home after spending an hour in the building.

Dr Shahnaz said the FDE officials informed her that for sitting in the DG office she required the approval of the CADD.

"I told them that I have been repatriated by the Supreme Court so there is no need of any new posting orders from CADD," she said.

Joint Secretary CADD Rafique Tahir said that CADD respected the Supreme Court orders but according to rules Dr Shahnaz should first get relieving order from her current office, the Academy of Planning and Management and then join the FDE.

"Dr Shahnaz can do it within a few hours and after that she can join the FDE. As soon as she gets the relieving order I will give her letter of CADD within five minutes," he assured. Dawn

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Student commits suicide due to teacher's 'misconduct'
Nowshera: A student committed a suicide due to alleged misconduct of his teacher at a private school in Kheshgi on Tuesday, family sources said.

The uncle of the slain student, Liaqat Ali, said that his nephew, Osama, was a student of grade-7 in the Hira Public School and was feeling depressed due to punishment inflicted on him by one of his teachers. "Many a time he asked his parents to drop him from the school due to ill-treatment of the teacher, but his parents did not agree," he said, adding that Osama had also begged his friends to convince his parents to drop him from the school.

Liaqat Ali said Osama consumed pesticide pills and was rushed to the District Headquarters Hospital in Nowshera where doctors pronounced him dead. His family asked the government to initiate an inquiry into the incident and bring the teacher to justice. The news

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Parents challenge school's new rules
Islamabad: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has stopped the management of Islamabad Convent School (ICS), H-8/4, from implementing its newly-introduced rules.

The ICS is a semi-autonomous institution and has been running under the Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (PEIRA).

On May 26, a writ petition was filed by Manzoor Ahmed, Inayatullah Khan and Sohaib Ahmed with the bench of Justice M. Azim Khan Afridi through Advocate Riffat Hussain Malik.

The petitioners maintained that in April this year the ICS management ordered about 1,000 students to submit an undertaking on Rs10 stamp paper signed by their parents and authenticated by a notary public. The undertaking contained 11 controversial clauses, said the parents.

Manzoor Ahmed said: "The most controversial was clause 3 which banned parents from attending any meeting regarding the school affairs without the principal's permission. Clause 11 stated that in case of violation of any of the regulations, the students will be punished and they and their parents would not question or challenge the punishment.

Some of the students submitted the undertaking but others did not. The deadline was May 2. However, on May 4, a circular signed by the principal was displayed on the noticeboard of the school.

In the circular, the principal said: "I can only give you three possible choices to make until Monday, May 6: (1) Pay the readmission fee of your children; (2) The students will be on behavioural probation for the first term of the school year 2012-13 with Rs500 per day fine for the late submission of the undertaking, and (3) Apply for the leaving certificate."

Inayatullah Khan said throughout the month of May, there had been daily protest by parents at the school. The parents tried to meet the principal to resolve the issue but the security guards did not allow them to enter the building. Within a few days, the school management cancelled the admissions of 72 students, they said.

Sohaib Ahmed said on May 29 the IHC suspended the school's directive to the students regarding the undertaking. Later, the parents delivered the copies of the court order at the school. However, the parents alleged that the school was still collecting undertaking and fines from the students.

When contacted, an official at the information office of the school, Pervez Daniel said that the decision to seek undertaking was taken for the welfare of the students and even after the court decision the school management would not stop any parents from submitting the undertaking willingly. As far as the fine amount is concerned, he said, it would be adjusted in the outstanding dues at the end of the year, he said.

The petitioners' lawyer Riffat Hussain Malik said that he would file a contempt petition with the court next week. "I will request the court to call the principal in person," he said. Dawn

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UoP to have 3 more departments
Peshawar: The University of Peshawar Academic Council in its meeting held on Tuesday decided to establish three new departments.

These include the departments of Tourism and Hotel Management, Health and Physical Education and Criminology.

The decision was taken in a meeting presided over by Acting Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Qibla Ayaz.

A committee headed by the Dean Faculty of Arts and Humanities Dr Farooq Swati, was constituted to recommend relevant courses for the departments for approval from the Academic Council and other relevant bodies.

The meeting also approved various academic courses including diploma in Islamic Banking and Finance and Human Resource Management to be taught at the university.

Meanwhile, the department of environmental sciences celebrated "The World Environment Day." Video clips were shown to the members of the Academic Council highlighting the key environmental problems causing damage to the economy of the country.

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Medical students take time out for artwork
Rawalpindi: The Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) organised a painting exhibition and competition by students of the Rawalpindi Medical College (RMC) here on Tuesday.

The exhibition was divided into two categories, calligraphy and painting. The wife of Professor Dr. Mussadiq Khan and Dr. Syed Irfan inaugurated the exhibition. Naheed Manzoor and RAC Resident Director Waqar Ahmed were also present on the occasion.

More than 20 students participated in the exhibition featuring calligraphy, landscapes, sketches, abstract art and buildings. Oil paint and watercolour, pencil and collage were the medium of seventy-three artworks, which were put on display by Shifa Arts, Rawalpindi Medical College.

Renowned artist Zia Zaidi from the NCA and Zarrar Hyder Babari from the Fatima Jinnah Women University were invited as judges for the competition.

In the category of calligraphy, Awais Zia got first and Ali Raza secured second position.

In open category, Sara bagged first, Anum Bashir second while Biya Habib succeeded in securing third prize.

After the opening ceremony, the wife of Professor Dr. Mussadiq Khan applauded the efforts of Shifa Arts and its organisers Marryam Noor Malik, Farhan Liaqat, Samar Rizvi, Rana Usman, Ali Raza and Abdul Nafay and said that extra-curricular activities provide some respite from regular work. She said that medical profession is also a tough job but the inner qualities come onto surface with the passage of time.

Naheed Manzoor was of the view that the Rawalpindi Arts Council is a big platform for the young generation to introduce their artwork in a benefiting manner. It is a difficult task to spare time for such kind of work from medical profession, she further said. A large number of art lovers from Rawalpindi and Islamabad attended the exhibition. The news

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