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VU admissions: Pindi inter exams boycott

VU admissions open
Islamabad, March 18, 2008: Virtual University (VU) has invited applications for admission in various disciplines for the session of Spring 2008. Application forms can be obtained from the university campuses at a cost of Rs200 or can be downloaded from the website The last date for the submission of application form is March 24. Admissions are also open for a one-year diploma in Computer Sciences and Information Technology and certificate courses in various disciplines. The News

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Teachers threaten to boycott exams
Rawalpindi, March 18, 2008: The Punjab Teachers and Lecturers Association (PPLA) on Monday threatened to boycott upcoming annual intermediate examinations if their demands are not met immediately.

According to a press release issued by Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association (PPLA), the teachers held a meeting in Gordon College and decided if their demands were not met in recent future, they would boycott the coming annual examination of intermediate level in Punjab.

PPLA Rawalpindi President Muhammad Ilyas Qureshi said that the teachers were demanding immediate promotion of the lecturers who were inducted in 1987 and were working in the same Basic Pay Scale (BPS) 17, introduction of a regular time scale for the promotion of the college teachers, end of three percent deduction of benevolent fund from the monthly salaries, an additional annul increment this year and one scale up-gradation of the college lecturers.

He said it was pity that the teachers who were inducted in BPS 17 in 1987 were still in the same grade and drawing their salaried in the same grade whereas their students and gone to higher grades in other departments causing restlessness among the college teachers.

The PPLA president said seniority time frame was applicable in every other department than the education department of Punjab. It was in the absence of such time scale that no promotion had been made in the department.

He also said three per cent benevolent fund deduction was unjust as the federal government was deducting only one percent of the monthly salaries as the benevolent fund. Dawn

Three PAF female pilots complete fighter aircraft course
Islamabad: Three female pilots of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) graduated along with 20 male colleagues on Monday after completing their operational conversion course on F-7 fighter aircraft. "The PAF female pilots achieved yet another landmark. Through consistent hard work, dedication and exemplary spirit, they completed their operational conversion on F-7 fighter aircraft," a PAF press release said. It said the female pilots would now be deployed in different fighter squadrons of the PAF. Earlier, the graduation ceremony of 'Operational conversion course' was held at the PAF Base, Mianwali. Air Vice Marshal Faaiz Amir, Air Officer Commanding Northern Air Command, was the chief guest. Speaking on the occasion, Air Vice Marshal Faaiz Amir said, "As proud inheritors of glorious traditions, you'll not only be expected to live up to the finest examples of devotion, courage and professional excellence but also keep pace with the modern aviation trends to set new standards." He said, "The female members of the fighters' community, as pioneers, will not only be pace setters in professional standards, but in you lies the destiny of many aspiring young ladies who are keen to share your experiences and to decide about their future." Daily Times

CIIT students face transport problem
Islamabad: Students of the Comsats Institute of Information Technology, Farash Town Campus, have been facing transport problem. The institute is located at a distance of 16 kilometres from Saddar and at least 10 kilometres from Aabpara.

A student of the Electrical Engineering Department, who lives at a hostel in Sector H-9 of Islamabad said that "Our lectures finish at around 11:30 a.m., but the first bus starts from the campus after 1:30 p.m."

There are about half a dozen buses to pick and drop students at different points in Rawalpindi and Islamabad, but their timings are so odd that students have to wait for hours to reach their homes from the campus in the afternoon.

Those students, who do not live in the hostel of Federal Government College in Sector H-9, said that if they wanted to utilise the institute's transport, they are charged Rs4,000 per semester.

"There are designated points in Rawalpindi and Islamabad (like Aabpara, Chaklala, H-9 and Faizabad) from where institution's buses pick up students every morning," another student said.

"But the real problem is going back home," he added. A student, who lives in Morgah, said that he had to change at least four vans before he reaches the Farash Town Campus. "I leave my home at around six in the morning and it takes me nearly two-and-a-half hours to reach the institution," he said.

Students living in the hostel said that if they opt for going by bus to H-9 from Farash Town they have to change at least three vans. "First we have to pay Rs10 fare for Aabpara. Then we pay an additional Rs10 to reach Peshawar Morr and then additional Rs6 to reach our hostel," another student complained.

Despite spending Rs26, it takes a student nearly one-and-a-half hours to reach their destination. Some students share cabs (a minimum of four) after attending lectures in the institute. "After our lectures, we assemble at the cab stand at 11:30 a.m. for going to our hostels and homes. We share a taxi and we divide the fare by four," a student said on condition of anonymity.

One of the high officials of Comsats Institute of Information Technology, who arrived at the Farash Town Campus while this correspondent was interviewing students facing transport problems, said that around 3,500 students study on the campus. "Transport is not our problem. It is the responsibility of parents," said Director Dr. Junaid Iqbal.

The official asked students to spend their free time in the laboratory or library while waiting for the bus service after their classes finish at 11:30 a.m. "It is better you should spend your time in the library and read books while waiting for buses," he said.

When contacted the transport in-charge, he politely refused to give comments. "There's no proper transport shuttle between Rawalpindi and the campus in Farash Town," complained the father of a female student.

"It is impossible for me to spare time both in the morning and in the afternoon to drive at least 20 kilometres to give my daughter pick and drop," he added. The father of another female student said that the Comsats Institute of Information Technology should have sufficient number of buses for students. Moreover, he said, the institute was under-construction and there were no proper security arrangements on the campus.

Comsats Institute of Information Technology in Farash Town. Khalid Raja (The News)
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