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425 graduate at Urdu University's 1st convocation
Islamabad, Mar 25: As many as 425 students were awarded with degrees while 20 were
bestowed with gold medals at the first convocation of Federal Urdu University of
Arts, Sciences & Technology, Islamabad.
The ceremony was held here
Tuesday at Jinnah Convention Centre where Federal Minister for Education Mir
Hazar Khan Bijarani was the chief guest while a large number of students,
teachers and parents attended the ceremony.
Talking on the occasion, the
federal minister said the draft for the new education policy has been sent to
the cabinet for approval. "There had not been a lag in the formulation of the
policy but in the cabinet meeting that led to the delay in the approval of the
education policy," he said.
He said that action on the Farah Hameed
Dogar case would be taken according to the decision of Islamabad High Court
(IHC). "The inquiry on the case has been finalised but not publicised yet," he
Talking about the budget of the education sector, he said the
economic crisis would not effect the functioning of educational institutions.
"We are trying our level best to provide necessary funding to the education
sector in order to ensure the functioning of various projects," he said.
Bijrani said that globalisation has affected almost all fields of life
and the education sector could not be exempted in this regard. "There is a need
to insert all your energies in the research sector in order to compete in
today's globalised world," he said adding that it is the responsibility of the
universities to develop the instinct of research among students, so they could
utilise it in nation building and the country's progress. "In today's era, we
need such a system of science and technology, which brings an end to poverty and
illiteracy in our country," he said.
Vice Chancellor Federal Urdu
University for Arts, Sciences & Technology Professor Dr Mohammad Qaiser said
the University administration is trying its utmost to fulfil the educational
requirements of their students despite the worst economic crisis that has lead
to a cut down in the educational budget.
"The number of students in the
PHD Programme in Economics is greater in the University's Islamabad campus as
compared to any other university of the city, as we are determined to pull our
country back from the clutches of the ongoing economic crisis," he said.
The VC said the University has the capacity to include the subjects of
Industry and Pharmaceutical Sciences in its curriculum but laboratories with
modern facilities are required for the purpose. "If we are provided with
government support, we can do far better in various fields of science and
technology in order to equip our youth with the latest knowledge in various
fields," he said.
The students who were awarded gold medals on the
occasion included the names of Faiza Athar Bhatti (MSC), Adnan Ali Afridi (MSC),
Mohammad Shoaib (MCS), Syed Naseer Ahmed Nasir (MSC-Computer Sciences), Mohammad
Faisal (MSC-Computer Sciences), Rabia Bashir (BSCS), Arshad Ali (MSC-Computer
Science), Asim Mansha (BSCS), Saira Baig (BSCS), Rao Amir Ali Khan (MBA), Zain
Ailya (MBA), Mohammad Ijaz Khan (MBA), Abdul Khalil (MBA), Mirza Sheraz Iltaf
(MBA), Khizra Noureen (MBA), Iftikhar Ahmed (MBA), Mamoona Bashir (MSC), Rabia
Sagheer (MSC) and Alia Mahmood (MSC).
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Students reject PBTE's date sheet, demand revision
Rawalpindi: Students of Rawalpindi Commerce College have rejected the
decision of Punjab Board of Technical Education (PBTE) to conduct two papers on
the same day and demanded of the Board authorities to revise the
The College students disclosed that it is not possible for them
to appear in two papers on the same day, as the Board authorities set a
timetable to conduct two papers of DCom on a daily basis, in morning timings
from 08.30am to 11.30am and in afternoon timings from 1.30pm to
The students informed that during another year, only 30 per cent
students were able to get through in the examination due to this tough schedule.
The students were of the view that the Board authorities seem all set to
destroy the students' future in this way. They lamented over PBTE's decision of
not arranging the supplementary examination last year and added that now 70 per
cent students of the previous year would have to appear in the annual as well as
supplementary examinations starting from May 6.
Rejecting the timetable
announced by PBTE, the students said if the Board authorities refused to revise
the schedule, they would protest and would also resort to a sit-in in front of
the Board office.
Usman Ali, a student of the College talking to NNI,
said those students are particularly under more pressure who are going to appear
in the supplementary and annual examination at the same time.
students on the occasion said they would start their protest against the Tevta
management in the first week of April, adding that their teachers are also
opposing the schedule and have declared this as an injustice to the poor
They said they, along with their parents, have already lodged
applications in the office of Tevta for revision of the schedule. The News
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CJP directs Punjab govt to withdraw petitions against adhoc lecturers
Islamabad: Condemning the non-regularisation of 97 adhoc lecturers, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry directed
the Punjab government on Tuesday to withdraw its petitions against them within a
day or face a "heavy penalty". "A government is supposed to accommodate the
people, not play with their lives," he said while hearing his first case since
his reinstatement as the CJP. The government of Punjab removed 97 lecturers from
service instead of regularising them in 2001 after they had served for almost 14
years on an adhoc basis.
In 2002, the apex court directed the provincial
government to regularise all the sacked teachers. The Lahore High Court also
directed the government to comply with court orders, but the government
challenged this order in the apex court. The provincial government also
advertised the posts vacated by the adhoc lecturers. On Tuesday, the CJP asked
the AAG to provide the name of the officer refusing to comply with orders. He
said that even if these people were recruited on political grounds, they were
not at fault. The people who had inducted them should be removed instead, he
added. The three-member bench comprising the CJP, Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan
and Justice Nasirul Mulk also expressed displeasure over the fresh
advertisement. The court adjourned the hearing until today (Wednesday). Daily Times
IIUI to celebrate Pak Day on March 26
Islamabad: The International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) would organise "Pakistan Day Celebrations"
on March 26 at the Women Campus. IIUI Rector Professor Fateh Muhammad Malik
would be chief guest on the occasion. Meanwhile, the varsity is also organising
'Islamic World Dress Show' on March 27 in the same Campus. The News
NUML students at odds with administration
Islamabad: The students of National University of Modern Languages (NUML)
have blamed the University of dishonouring its commitment regarding the
conferring of degrees.
Several students of International Relations
department of NUML reported that they did complete
their course and research work subsequently in December 2008 but when they
applied for degrees they came to know that they were not eligible for MSc as
offer was only for those students who took admission after January 2008.
graduates were of the view that earlier University administration pledged that
after successful completion of their research work, they would be conferred with
MSc degrees but later administration tried to confer them MA degrees which was
clear violation of well-settled rules and regulations of the university's
The students of the IR department conducted research
during their studies and wrote thesis but administration of the university did
not consider them for MSc degrees. Owing to sheer negligence on the part of
authorities concerned, the future of these graduates is at risk, one of the
They demanded of the Higher Education Commission to
take stern action against culprits who defying to confer their rights to them.
These students denied to accept their degree with MA title.
They said that
they would not accept the cruel decision of the university administration till
the title of the degree would not be replaced.
Professor Farukh Zaad, a
senior teacher of IR department in NUML, when contacted, said that as
per academic council decision only those students would be conferred MSc degrees
who were enrolled after January 2008. He said that the decision of academic
council did not apply on those students who completed their studies before
January 2008. He further said that there was no such commitment with these
graduates, as university did not advertise this on the time of their admission.
Those students who are between 15 to 30 credit hours to be suggested to do
extra research work to prove their eligibility for MSc degree, adding 72 credit
hours is basic requirement for MSc degree, he informed. Professor Farukh further
said that before January 2008 the university made no such commitment with these
graduates who were claiming for MSc degrees.
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Saving Swat's schools
With the wanton destruction of over 200 girls' schools in the restive Swat
Valley, women once again become the targets of obscurantist wrath. Too
frightened to attend school in fear of being killed, young girls are forced to
Though relative calm has returned to the Swat Valley after the
acceptance of a controversial peace deal and the imposition of Sharia law, the
restoration of the decimated schools requires urgent action. Even though some
girls' schools have been reopened, the attendance rate is an abysmal 40 percent
largely owing to fear of further attacks.
This policy of intimidation has
severely compromised education for girls and is particularly lamentable as
historically Swat set an exemplary precedent with its sustained and committed
investment in education. The first Wali of Swat, Miangul Gulshahzada Sir Abdul
Wadood, popularly known as Badshah Sahib, built the first girls' school in 1933
in Saidu Sharif, the capital of Swat. Education for boys and girls was
compulsory and the scenic Swat Valley gained renown as a peaceful and
progressive valley with a flourishing school system.
Forbidding girls from
receiving education is just another brute tactic to disseminate fear and attain
control. Without education, girls will be limited, ignorant, malleable and
highly exploitable. Depriving them of education is effectively robbing them of
awareness, independence and critical life skills. They will remain lambs for the
slaughter, wholly dispensable, as grimly witnessed with the burial of women in
Balochistan and recently in Sindh where a woman was fed to the dogs.
According to the Pakistan Social & Living Standards Measurement Survey, the
literacy and primary school enrolment rates in Pakistan have shown improvement
during last five years but they are still low compared with other countries in
the region. A number of studies of the education system in Pakistan have
revealed that the quality of education being provided by government primary
schools is poor with many schools lacking adequate teachers and
The profound injustice of denying girls an education and excluding
them from decision-making processes in economic, social and political spheres is
endemic in Pakistan. The crusade to improve Pakistan's abysmal literacy rates
must be embraced wholeheartedly. Mehnaz Aziz's exemplary work in the field of
education through the Children's Global Network must be applauded, encouraged
and emulated. Rather than building new schools CGN raises education standards in
existing schools to international levels by enhancing teachers' pedagogical
skills. Her devotion to the cause of education is reaping manifest rewards
particularly in areas like Sibbi, Vehari, Mianwali, Bannu Khushab, Hyderabad and
the earthquake hit areas of Muzzafarabad, Rawalakot and Bagh.
Appalled at the
destruction of schools in Swat, Mehnaz provides a soberly realistic assessment
of the consequences of denying Pakistani girls an education, emphasising the
urgent need to take action: "By destroying girls' schools and stopping girls
from being educated, we have sealed the fate of future generations of Swat and
have started an irreversible process of ignorance and severance from global
connectedness. In the absence of educated mothers, we will have an illiterate
"Balochistan is another area that has been completely ignored as far
as education is concerned. Schools remain closed in the absence of
teachers...the province is starved of attention and any real social development
initiatives. Time is short so we need to alter the strategy on the ground before
it is too late in NWFP."
When asked about what inspired her, she spoke of
becoming a mother and how she felt angry that her child had access to quality
education, while other children were effectively precluded from receiving any
sort of formal education.
Mehnaz also spoke of the mounting fear and insecurity felt by the elite who
continue to erect higher walls to keep out the unruly uneducated mob terrorising
cities with crime and violence. Mehnaz does not view this as a viable solution;
instead she proposes to break the walls down, educate people, arm them with
knowledge and opportunities to brighten their prospects for social and economic
ascendancy. Low literacy rates, unemployment and poverty will only build up the
seething anger and sense of alienation felt by a huge swathe of Pakistan's
The comprehensive failure of successive governments to deliver
on education means that more private-sector initiatives like Imran Khan's
outstanding NAML College in Mianwali need to be established on a priority basis.
At present, schools are too few and woefully under-resourced making Pakistan's
literacy levels among the lowest in South Asia.
As the religious parties
continue to gain ground in Pakistan, it would be instructive to remind them of
the high premium that Islam places on acquiring knowledge, encouraging
discovery, innovation and rational enquiry. Angel Gabriel's first pronouncement
from God to Prophet Muhammad (May God's blessings and Peace Be Upon Him) was
Until the destroyed schools are reconstructed, the government
must provide alternative educational facilities to the children of Swat. As long
as education continues to flounder on the margins of public debate, women will
remain easy prey as retrogressive notions of honour which effectively endorse
cruelty against women continue to hold sway. As successive governments continue
to flagrantly disregard education, particularly in budget allocations,
Pakistan's shameful catalogue of violence against women will remain an ominous
reality where women are subjects of abuse, violence and exploitation, too often
without redress or the hope of protection, deepening their
disenfranchisement. -The writer is a freelance columnist (The Nation)
Scholarships for talented students
Islamabad: National ICT R&D Fund, Ministry of IT & Telecom,
Government of Pakistan fund has launched its National ICT Scholarship Programme
2009 for students of rural/non-metropolitan areas of Pakistan to pursue
undergraduate degrees in Information and Communication Technology related
This programme by National ICT R&D Fund was initiated in
the year 2006 and has been successfully progressing since then with more than
1,000 scholarships awarded until now. This scholarship program provides
fully-funded scholarship opportunities to deserving and talented students of
F.Sc. From rural/non-metropolitan areas in government schools and colleges
across the country. Like previous years, once again in year 2009 National ICT
R&D fund will facilitate training of teachers and students to enhance their
skills needed to compete and perform well in aptitude based university admission
The aim of this initiative is to provide access to deserving and
competent youth from rural marginalised communities to enter the ICT profession,
National ICT R&D fund's objective, through this program, is to develop human
resource capacity in ICT related fields and empower the economically challenged
groups of citizens. The News
Education deptt okays vacations in NWFP
Peshawar: The Elementary and Secondary Education Department
NWFP with the approval of the competent authority has notified the schedule of
vacations for 2009-2010 for all the schools within the province. According to
detail, in plan areas there will be no spring vacations in 2009, while summer
vacations will be observed from Ist June to 31st August 2009 (for primary level)
and 15th June to 31st August 2009 (for middle and above level). Moreover winter
vacations will be observed from 25th Dec, 2009 to 31 st Dec 2009. Similarly in
hilly/snowy areas there will be no spring vacations in 2009 and summer vacations
will be observed from Ist July 2009 to 31st July 2009, while winter vacations
will be observed from 25th Dec: 2009 to 28th Feb 2010. It was notified here on
Tuesday. F.P. Report
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