FAPUASA observed countywide black day against cut in budget: Demands withdrawal of FIR against SBBU teachers
Islamabad, June 26: Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Associations observed black day against the budgetary cut of universities and also against the Sindh government for registering fake FIR against academicians of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University (SBBU), Nawabshah.
The FIR was registered when teachers of SBBU protested against appointment of a second-division MA degree holder controller of examination as Vice-Chancellor after the retirement of previous VC.
The federation applauded the continuous efforts of ASA, Sindh University, Jamshoro and condemned its acting Vice Chancellor's action and alleged illegal appointments. The FAPUASA also demanded immediate appointment of a VC in Sindh University as per HEC criteria.
HEC rules envisage the Vice-Chancellor/Rector of a public-sector university to be a person meeting all requirements of a professor including a doctoral degree, research/teaching experience of post-graduate classes of at least 15 years and 15 publications in HEC-recognised journals. Most of the heads of public-sector universities run by armed forces do not fulfill this criteria but the HEC is helpless before these powerful institutions. Some civilian universities like the Sindh University also started following suit.
Talking to this scribe, Prof. Kaleemullah Bareach, President and Prof. Zahid Majeed, Vice-President FAPUASA, said that the black day was observed all over Pakistan. They said that ASAs of all public-sector universities arranged rallies and protests in the universities and in-front of press clubs.
Prof. Kaleemullah Bareach demanded withdrawal of the FIR against SBBU teachers within a week otherwise the authorities will have to face strong reaction from teachers of all universities.
He also demanded immediate release of last installment of universities' outgoing budget. If there is a 'no,' he said, FAPUASA will call for stronger protest against the government and for this FAPUASA had already called a general body meeting on 28th June in Islamabad.
Immediate release of funds demanded
Islamabad: The Central Committee of the Vice Chancellors on Monday demanded an immediate release of Rs12 billion under the fourth quarter of the government grant for the public- sector universities.
The meeting representing 74 public-sector universities of Pakistan, was called to discuss the situation, said a press release issued here by the Higher Education Commission (HEC).Out of Rs12 billion, six billion are required for recurring while six billion are needed for development expenditure. The meeting was presided over by Engineer Imtiaz Hussain Gilani, Chairperson Vice Chancellors' Committee.
"The Committee hopes that the newly elected Prime Minister will refocus his government's education-friendly policies and solve this problem faced by public sector universities," said the statement.
GIK institute students build most efficient car
Topi, Swabi: Today, when the fossils are depleting at a steady rate and the consumption of natural resources is increasing at a much faster pace, students of GIKI took the initiative and constructed a car that consumes smallest amount of fuel possible, says a press release.
Hammerhead is a unifying project that has offered its members the possibility to put into practice, in a very rigorous and motivating way, the knowledge acquired throughout their studies.Students from Mechanical, Electronics and Material Science and Engineering have toiled on every system of the vehicle that includes the Engine, Transmission, Chassis, Shell Design, Electronics etc.
Team Hammerhead is unique in the way that it has from the chassis to the plug for the shell, to the final fiberglass body fabricated everything within GIKI and by its members themselves.The main focus of the team has been on minimizing weight, drag, rolling resistance and tuning a smaller engine to work as efficiently as possible with EFI Technology.
The team has achieved a mileage of 500km/liter, which is approximately six times the mileage any Pakistani team has ever achieved, with its single seat vehicle 'Hammerhead'.The students have learned about teamwork at every stage of the project, from fundraising to ignition of the engine and through conception and assembly. The team would be representing Pakistan in the Prototype Category of Shell Eco Marathon Asia which will be held on July 4-7, 2012 at the Sepang International Circuit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Team Hammerhead would like to express its deepest gratitude to the Rector GIKI, IKAN Engineering Services (Pvt) Ltd, GIKI Alumni Association, LMKR and Irinatech WLL for sponsoring this project. The team is still in search of more sponsors and interested parties can contact them at eamhammerhead. firstname.lastname@example.org. The news
Strike at AIOU Academic activities at a standstill
Islamabad: A strike by the employees of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has brought academic and administrative activities in the institution to a standstill.
According to sources, around 400 employees of the university have gone on a strike against the attitude of Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Nazir A. Sangi, demanding his immediate transfer.On the other hand, the university management is allegedly threatening the employees due to which negotiations between the tow sides could not reach any conclusion on Monday.
As a result, preparation of results, admissions, deposit of fees, issuance of mark sheets and other activities have been stopped and studies of almost 5,000 students badly affected.
While the employees headed by Sajid Mehmood Janjua were chanting slogans against the VC near the administration block on Monday, Professor Shafiqur Rehman reached there and started negotiations with them. He was trying to convince them that all the issues should be resolved through negotiations.
But in the meantime, Mr Janjua received a phone call from an anonymous person on his cellphone who claimed to be from an intelligence agency and threatened him. After this, the employees restarted their protest.
It may be mentioned that the AIOU employees have been demanding reinstatement of 27 of their colleagues whose services were terminated during the last two years.
Mr Janjua said that the VC recently transferred clerk Bilawal Leghari (who has over 25 years service in Islamabad) to Umarkot in Sindh.
It was not possible for the clerk to leave the city so on June 18 his wife and children reached the VC office to request him to withdraw the transfer orders.
However, he added, on the directives of the VC the security guards tortured the woman and her children."When the employees protested against this, the VC got a case registered with the Industrial Area police against nine persons. "Now we are demanding that the VC should be transferred and a non-controversial person be appointed in his place," said Mr Janjua.
Manzoor Ahmed, a former student of the AIOU, said he had been trying to get his degree but due to the strike the officials concerned were not resolving the issue.
Spokesman for the university Qasim Haider said a committee headed by Prof Dr Syed Abdul Siraj, the chairman of mass communication department, was holding talks with the employees and hopefully the issue would be resolved within two or three days. Dawn
US awards scholarships to 147 in KP
Peshawar: The United States (US) awarded scholarships to 147 students at a special ceremony here Monday.The scholarships are part of a programme that help new and practicing teachers gain quality training experience through a four-year Bachelor's Degree (B Ed) and two-year Associate Degree in Education (ADE).
"Pakistan and the United States have enjoyed a long and productive cooperation that spans over 60 years. This scholarship programme is yet another expression of the US government's long-term commitment to help build a stronger and more prosperous Pakistan," said Fazal Rabbi, a USAID Project Management Specialist.
The US Agency for International Development through its five-year, $75 million Teacher Education Project is partnering with the Government of Pakistan to develop, roll out, and implement the recently introduced BEd and AED degrees. The US is also working closely with the provincial government to create systems, policies and standards that will ensure effective implementation of the degree programmes.
AIOU's BEd, CT assignment results put on website
Islamabad: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has placed the assignment results of CT and B.Ed programmes for the Autumn Semester 2011 on its website.
Examination Controller Muhammad Bashir Chaudhary said that the purpose of placing the assignment results on the website is to remove discrepancies on part of student, tutor, regional office or examination department before announcement of the final results. He advised all students to check their assignment results from the website www.aiou.edu.pk of the university and report immediately to him or the concerned regional office in case of any discrepancy in their results.
25,000 schools without basic facilities
Rawalpindi: More than 25,000 schools in Punjab are deprived of electricity, while students of 8,279 schools have no access to clean drinking water. Sources disclosed on Monday that funds allocated for development and maintenance purposes were not spent properly by the concerned officials, making students, teachers and non-teaching staff to suffer.
During loadshedding, students have to brave scorching heat in closed classrooms for getting education. A good number of students, both boys and girls, fell unconscious in their classes during loadshedding, while many of them have suffered problems of exhaustion and heat stroke. Students of almost 75% of schools have no access to safe drinking water.
About 14,551 schools have no latrines forcing students and teachers to go to nearby buildings and houses. The schools having latrines have no sanitary workers and most of them are in a deplorable condition.
SES Teachers Association Rawalpindi District President Shafiq Buhlawia agreed to the facts disclosed by sources. He said that no funds have been allocated for provision and improvement of basic facilities. The funds announced are not released and if released are not properly utilised by the concerned officers of education departments. He appealed to the Punjab chief minister and education secretary to look into the matter seriously and direct the concerned high-ups for enforcing practical and effective measures for improving basic facilities in government schools.
He said that the teachers, participating in refresher courses continuing till July 18, are also facing a hard time because of loadshedding. Executive District Officer (Education) Qazi Zahoor ul Haq did not agree to the claims of sources and teachers. He said that an amount of Rs20 million has been allocated to every union council in Rawalpindi and other districts. The funds allocated in the budget are utilised properly without any irregularity. Till the end of the last fiscal year 2011-2012, facilities of electricity, toilets and water have been provided to 85% of schools. The remaining 15% schools would also get all basic facilities in a couple of years. "We have meager resources and demand is high, but still steps are taken accordingly for improving facilities in government schools," the EDO remarked.
Bahria University's Model UN concludes
Islamabad: The four-day intense debate, discussion and social extravaganza at the Bahria University Model United Nations 2012 ended with a performance by the 'Stooges Brass Band' from New Orleans, USA, says a press release.
The conference included a General Assembly mock session and a Pakistan National Assembly session for the first time in any MUN in Pakistan. The closing ceremony included speeches by members of the Secretariat of the BUMUN 2012 and closing remarks by the Bahria University rector followed by an enlightening speech by the chief guest of the event - UET Peshawar vice chancellor.
The vice chancellor said that looking at the success, level of debate and participation in the Bahria University Model United Nations; he too will organise such a conference at the UET Peshawar and requested the Bahria University rector to send a team of organisers to help the UET Peshawar prepare for its first Model United Nations. The news
Professor shot dead
Islamabad: A professor at OPF College Rawalpindi was gunned down in capital's rural area on Monday night.
Police said the victim, Javed Shahzad, was intercepted on service road of Ghauri Town Phase-II by the car riders. A man disembarked from the vehicle and shot him. He suffered a bullet injury near his ear.
Some passers-by, who witnessed the crime, informed the police who reached the spot and shifted the victim to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
After identification, police informed the family of the deceased, suspecting old enmity to be the motive behind the murder. Dawn