Peshawar public sector universities students problems

Varsity students forced to live in private hostels
Peshawar, March 31: Students of five public sector universities closed after violent protests over the killing of a student are faced with numerous problems and want their respective educational institutions to open as soon as possible.

Students are faced with problems like accommodation and are uncertain about their examination schedule after their institutions were closed on March 19, a group of students of BBA University of Peshawar said on Tuesday.

Haider Mohmand, Mehboob Ayub Yousafzai and Saddam Bacha associated with Pakhtunkhwa Students Organisation, said that Peshawar University administration has closed hostels and university students were forced to live at private facilities.

The PSO students also demanded that those responsible for the killing of a student of the University of Engineering and Technology should be arrested. Educational institutions should be cleansed of gun culture, they said.

Another student of Political Science Department said that the university administration closed their hostel rooms in such a rush that they were not even given time to collect their textbooks and clothes.

"Our room was closed down without giving us any time to take our belongings and I am wearing this dress for the last so many days", said a student pointing towards his clothes. He added that he was residing at a private hostel with a friend.

There are around 70 students hailing from Kurram tribal region, of which around 20 have been given accommodation in a TV room while the rest of them have taken shelter with their friends in private hostels.

Students were of the view that annual examinations of LLB were scheduled for April 5 and BBA students were also preparing for their examinations. They were of the view that the universities and hostels should be opened as it was difficult for the students to prepare for the exams under the prevailing circumstances.

Some students were hopeful that the administration would decide to open the universities in the upcoming meeting of vice-chancellors. Twelve societies of students under the banner of Mutahidda Tulaba Mahaz has also assured the university administration of cooperation for establishing peace on the campus, said a student affiliated with a group of students.

He said that majority of the students wanted peace on the campus and expulsion of extremist and violent student groups from the institutions. Dawn

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Fake degrees
A 29-year-old British woman, Rihannon Mackay, falsely included A level in her CV and got a job in the Plymouth Hospital. The hospital examined her CV and discovered that she had lied about her A level and took her to court. Ms Mackay was jailed for six months and got a bad record for life. This happened only three days ago.

We have dozens of unethical liars who are MNAs, MPAs and senior members of the cabinet. One of them has even been awarded an honourable award. Something is grossly wrong with our society. Have we lost sense of honour, respect and dignity? It is the responsibility of parents, religious leaders and teachers to instil morality and principles in a child. But it is quite evident that we have completely lost our way and do not even realise that we are doing anything wrong. -By Dr A A Khan and Dr S B Hassan (London)

***** This has become almost a routine that a legislator is disqualified after being found guilty of holding a false degree. I believe this should be taken as a crime and a proper FIR should be registered against the disqualified person. Millions are spent on by-elections which should be recovered from the fraudster. At the same time the political party concerned should be fined heavily for not bothering to check the candidate's credentials at the time of the general election. By Abdul Rauf (Fateh Jang)

***** In a report (March 29), it was alleged that as many as 10 Pakistani politicians were holding 'dubious degrees'. On top of the list were the names of the president of Pakistan and the minister for law and justice. Now the question arises: how should we deal with such persons, as they lack moral courage and will not step down themselves? The only solution seems to be in snubbing these despicable liars publicly. -By Abid Mahmud Ansari (Islamabad)

***** Fraudsters with fake degrees have resigned from the National Assembly. Your Lordship, where is the punishment?. -By Ch Farooq Ahamd (Lahore)

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Contract lecturers resent service termination
Peshawar: All Additional Shift Contract Lecturers Association NWFP has resented the treatment meted out to it by the provincial Higher Education Department and asked the Peshawar High Court chief justice to take notice of the termination of their services without any prior notice.

Speaking at a press conference here Tuesday, the office-bearers of the association said the government had recruited male and female lecturers in 2006 on six-month contract with the promise of extending their contracts.

Flanked by other office-bearers, president of the association Nadeem Jadoon said during recruitment some of the lecturers were employed in a regular shift while others were inducted in additional shift. He said the government continued extending contract of all the lecturers until June 30, 2009 and adjusted some of the lecturers in regular shift from additional shift.

"Later, government did not extend our contracts due to unknown reasons and instead directed the contract lecturers to continue teaching at their respective colleges," he said, arguing that by the time their contract expired, their services were supposed to be regularised under an act passed by the NWFP Assembly.

Nadeem Jadoon complained that the Higher Education Department, instead of regularising their services and releasing their salaries, declared all their posts vacant and started adjusting lecturers from regular shift against the posts. The practice, he argued, was not only violation of the act but also against Article 25 of the Constitution of Pakistan. The association, he said, challenged this act of the Education Department in the Peshawar High Court (PHC) on which the court issued stay order on February 9, 2010.

But despite the court intervention, Jadoon complained, the principals of their respective colleagues had been stopping them from teaching. He demanded restoration of their services on a regular basis and payment of their salaries. He asked the court to hear their case on emergency basis as it concerned the future of over 200 lecturers including women.

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Construction of dentistry college building approved
Abbottabad: The provincial government has approved construction of a building for Ayub Medical College of Dentistry at Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad.

A spokesman for the AMC said the authorities had submitted project to the provincial government as non-ADP scheme, which would cost Rs50 million. He said the project was discussed in the meeting held in the Planning and Development Department. The meeting approved Rs35 million for the construction of separate building for the Ayub Medical College of Dentistry.

The spokesman said the college was started in year 2000 with 20 students in a few rooms provided by the Ayub Teaching Hospital with limited resources and space. The Pakistan Medical Dental Council (PMDC) provisionally recognised the dental college due to deficiency of teaching facilities and absence of separate building. The seats at the college were later increased to 52 while the students demanded separate library and laboratories as per the teaching requirements. The AMC chief executive took up the issue with the provincial health minister Syed Zahir Ali Shah during his recent visit to AMI for inauguration of a separate Gynaecology Block. The news

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