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Peshawar University students problems: UET Bio-medical engineering institute

Students complain about transport facility at UoP campus
Peshawar, March 14, 2008: Students at the University of Peshawar (UoP) campus are facing problems due to the shortage of transport.

The UoP campus consists of University of Engineering and Technology (UET) NWFP and the Agriculture University in addition to six colleges and schools.

Students complained on Wednesday that the minibuses provided by the Peshawar University Teachers' Foundation (PUTF) were insufficient to meet the transportation requirements of hundreds of students of the three universities, colleges and schools.

They said four buses and eight minibuses were presently plying various routes between the Khyber Medical College (KMC) and Agriculture University.

The available transport is insufficient, particularly in the morning, and many students find it difficult to attend morning classes, said Murad Ali, a student of the Agriculture University.

Insufficient accommodation, poor facilities at UoP hostels irk students
Peshawar: Female students say they are facing accommodation problems as the number of inmates at hostels grows, while no new ones are being constructed.

Female students said that students from remote districts residing at the University of Peshawar (UoP) hostels were facing difficulties, as five to six of them have been allotted rooms meant to accomodate three. Some students even have to board in common rooms, which affects their studies.

The hostel has four bathrooms for every eight rooms, and each room accommodates five students.

'Hostels lack accommodation': Ishtiaq Ullah, UoP deputy provost, admitted that the university hostel had been facing problems. But he said: "Girls are not alone. Male students are also facing the same problem." "Previously, the hostel facilities were available for the regular morning shift students. Now the same facilities are being offered to evening shift students as well which has resulted in overcrowding of the hostels," the deputy provost said.

He added that the UoP had increased the number of seats in each department and that the new students were being accommodated in the existing hostels.

"When students from the Tribal Areas, Azad Kashmir and other remote areas approach me for accommodation because they cannot afford to stay in private hostels, I am compelled to accommodate them in already overcrowded hostels," the deputy provost said. He said that in 2006 one new hostel for girls, with the capacity to accommodate 360 students, was constructed.

There are three hostels for female students at the university. The Fatima Jinnah hostel, with accommodation for 480 girls, is the largest and oldest hostel. The hostel administration, Ishtiaq said, was planning to make some improvements at the hostel, such as installing more water coolers; and was constituting a task force that will identify problems and solve them within two months.

Poor facilities: "We use cold water during winter as the geysers do not work even if we pay for them. The low pressure of gas also causes difficulties in keeping the rooms warm and there is no alternative source for heating," a student of Library Sciences Department said.

A student of the Political Science Department said, "there is no internet facility at the hostel, food is insufficient and we even fix lights in our rooms ourselves".

"No other news channel besides PTV is accessible to keep us informed about the current situation in Pakistan and around the world," a journalism student said.

Farzana Shaheen, warden of New Tribal Hostel for girls, said 400 students were currently residing at the hostel, while its accommodation capacity was for 260 girls. She denied students' allegation that the hostel served poor quality food, arguing that it was cheaper yet good quality.

She complained that the staff was insufficient for the number of girls in the hostel. "It is not an easy task to control such a huge number of girls with a small number of staff," said Farzana Shaheen.

Many girl students live in private hostels where they "feel insecure" and still pay much more than what they would pay at the government hostels.

Salma, a student at the Botany Department, endorsed this view, saying, "we pay double for food as compared to government hostels and the quality of food is also very low". Another student from the private Campus Hostel said, "We are deprived of basic facilities as there is too much load shedding, poor quality of food, and a transportation problem as all private hostels are situated far from the campus."

Students protest reprinting of blasphemous caricatures
Peshawar: The students belonging to Pukhtoon Student Federation (PSF) held a protest rally on the Peshawar University Campus on Thursday against the republication of blasphemous caricatures in Danish newspapers. Around hundred students participated in protest led by PSF provincial President Shakeelur Rehman Burki. The protesters marched through various departments and concluded their protests rally at the Vice Chancellor's Office. The students carrying placards and banners chanted slogans against the Danish government and the Western media for reprinting the blasphemous images that triggered anger in the Muslim world.

Bio-medical engineering institute to be set up at UET Peshawar
Peshawar: The NWFP University of Engineering and Technology (UET) and the Khyber Medical University (KMU) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Thursday committing to setting up of an institute of bio-medical engineering at the UET Peshawar Campus.

UET Peshawar Vice Chancellor (VC) Imtiaz Gilani and KMU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr M Daud Khan signed the MoU. Two committees were constituted at the signing ceremony for the development of the PC-1 and the curriculum. Experts from the KMU, UET Peshawar, the Post Graduate Medical Institute (PGMI), the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC), and the Higher Education Commission (HEC) will sit on committees.

Emerging field: Speaking on the occasion, the UET Peshawar VC said that bio-medical engineering was an emerging field and it was the need of the hour to set up the institute. He said that a PhD level faculty would work on curriculum development for the institute.

Speaking on the occasion, the KMU VC said that the two universities had joined hands for the first time to set up the institute. He said the HEC had issued directives to universities to share their expertise, as it could not fund unilateral projects itself. He said that a similar bio-medical engineering programme was started at the University of Health Sciences, Lahore some years ago. However, since the university started that programme on a unilateral basis, it had not been able to achieve the desired results, he added. He also lauded UET Peshawar faculty members for taking the initiative to establish the institute. UET Peshawar and KMU faculty members were also present at the MoU signing ceremony. Daily Times

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