HEC structural changes dangerous

HEC changes to be 'dangerous'
Lahore, March 31: A top educationalist on Wednesday warned that any structural changes in the status of the Higher Education Commission, after the implementation of the 18th constitutional Amendment, would be a big setback to the cause of Pakistan's human resource development.

University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz was addressing the certificate distribution ceremony of the one-week workshop on Professional Competency Enhancement Programme for Teachers Part-II, organized by university's Quality Enhancement Cell in collaboration with the HEC Learning innovation Division concluded on Tuesday at varsity's Conference Hall.

Prof Nawaz said that the Pakistani national leaders should take wise decision with regard to disbandment of Higher Education Commission under the 18th Amendment of the Constitution. Citing the extraordinary performance of the UVAS, Dr Nawaz explained that one and only veterinary university had excelled not only in the imparting of quality professional education but also earned distinct position in co-circular activities. He said the UVAS also clinched third position in the All Pakistan Rugby competition.

HEC LED Director-General Noor Amna Malik said imparting of quality education could never be ensured without the presence of well-qualified and trained teachers.

She said teaching itself was a learning process and regarded as a noble performing art. Dr Amna said teachers could play a pivotal role in education masses and building a nation that could compete among the comity of nations.

Later, VC Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz along with DG Noor Amna Malik distributed certificates among the faculty members and teaching assistants.

Floral competition: The chairman of the Chemistry Department of the Lahore College for Women University, Prof Dr Rukhshanda Nawaz, inaugurated the inter-department floral competition at the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences on Wednesday.

Faculty of Veterinary Sciences Dean Prof Dr Nasim Ahmad, chairman/director research Prof Dr Muhammad Ashraf, University Diagnostic Laboratory director Prof Dr Masood Ahmad Rabbani, UVAS registrar Prof Dr Kamran Ashraf and a large number of UVAS students and flower lovers were present at the occasion.

After the inauguration, Prof Dr Rukhshanda Nawaz took a round of the flower arena and examined the decoration of the departments. She also admired presentation of flowers and outstanding decoration of the parasitology, microbiology, anatomy, pathology departments and institute of pharmaceutical sciences. The nation

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PU results
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department on Tuesday announced the results of different examinations. These exams include BS Environmental Sciences (Morning), Semester System, Session 2006-10, MSc Applied Psychology, two-year programme, morning, semester system, session 2008-10, BS (Hons) Applied Psychology, four-year programme, (morning), semester system, Session 2006-10 and MSc Applied Hydrology, morning, semester system, session 2006-08. The news

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PU students win team trophy at KEMU
Lahore: Students belonging to the Punjab University (PU) won the team trophy in an All Pakistan Inter-University Urdu ghazal and nazam competition held at the King Edward Medical University (KEMU).

Syed Israr-ul-Hassan and Syed Ghulam Mohyuddin from the Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) won the first and second positions in nazam and ghazal category. Separately, students from the PU bagged first positions in naat, English and Urdu debates.

Asif Munir and Noor Murtaza from the ICS bagged first positions in English debates while Wasim Afzal Kahloon from the Law College took first position in the Urdu debate contest. PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran congratulated the students and appreciated the efforts of Students Adviser Iftikhar Ahmad Chaudhry, and Deputy Adviser Zubair Akram. Daily times

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PEC results
Lahore: The Punjab Examination Commission (PEC) on Wednesday night declared the Grade-V and -VIII results and sent gazettes to all 36 districts for formal declaration of results on Thursday (today).

PEC Chief Executive Officer Capt Naseem Nawaz said that the overall Grade-V results stood at little over 88 per cent, while Grade-VIII results were around 84 per cent.

He said the commission had also promoted all those candidates with a star mark, who could not qualify one paper. He said the students promoted with a star mark would serve as an accountability of respective students' teachers.

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College principal replaced amid row
Naushahro Feroze: The expelled principal of Bahria Foundation College, Naushahro Feroze campus, Ali Raza, has said that he has been forced to relinquish the charge of his office by a team of Bahria Foundation on Wednesday.

When he resisted the move, he alleged, he was confined in his house by the team members who broke the locks of the offices of the principal and administration block and sealed the offices.

He linked the move to publication of media reports on March 25 exposing funds' embezzlement of the college by him.

Ali Raza, who replaced Naseem Ahmed Memon, as principal in August 2010, alleged that Mr Memon and senior accountant of the college, Imdad Baloch, had opened a secret bank account and had embezzled millions of rupees.

He said that Bahria Foundation officials, including Lt (Rtd) Ihsan Soori, principal Bahria College Kandiaro campus, Commander (Rtd) Bakht Ali Panhwar, college canteen contractor Sirajuddin, suspended accountant Imdad Baloch and two unidentified men, reached the Naushahro Feroze campus on Wednesday.

He said that he contacted the team on phone and asked them about the purpose of their visit.

Ihsan Soori told him that he was no more principal of the college and that Bux Ali Panhwar had been appointed in his place.

Mr Raza said that later they broke the locks of his office where his personal cheque books and other things were kept.

Bakht Ali Panhwar, however, said that he was the principal of the college from today (Wednesday) adding that he had gone to the college and contacted Mr Raza to relinquish the charge but he refused and asked me to come on Thursday.

He rejected the charge of confining Ali Raza in his house but admitted that they had broken the locks of the offices and sealed them after putting new locks.

Meanwhile, a meeting of college students was also held here on Wednesday which was attended by a large number of parents.

They demanded 25 per cent free admissions to students and claimed that about 4,000 students would get admissions in the college if Bahria Foundation administration accepted their demand.

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Students rally for setting up varsity in Fata
Peshawar: Hundreds of students took out a procession here on Wednesday to seek establishment of a university in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).

The students of Fata, studying in different educational institutions of provincial metropolis, gathered near Qayum Sport Complex and marched till Peshawar Press Club on Saddar Road.

They participants were holding white flags, banners and placards inscribed with their demands for establishment of educational institutions in Fata and against killing of innocent people in drone attacks.

Led by Waziristan Students Society head Malik Shad Khan, the participants of procession were also accompanied by a group of drumbeaters.

Talking to journalists, Mr Khan said that they had coined a slogan "eradicate ignorance and promote education" to draw the attention of government towards the pathetic condition of educational institutions in Fata.

"We want educated tribal society instead of weapons," he said and added that in the prevailing circumstances tribesmen were becoming more backward and it was time to pay them attention.

He said that people of Waziristan were intentionally kept backward for unknown reasons. Its results would be dangerous for the country if they were not facilitated in getting education, he added.

Mr Khan said that a 2,000-kanal piece of land had been acquired in FR Bannu for establishment of university. He said that university for tribesmen should be established in Fata instead of settled areas. He said that Kohat University had been basically approved for tribesmen but former governor Owais Ahmed Ghani established it in Kohat and deprived tribesmen of the facility.

He said that their procession was not politically motivated but they wanted their new generation to get education.

He said that getting education was also a right of tribal people like residents of other parts of the country. Expressing deep concern over killing of people in drone attacks in tribal areas, he demanded an immediate end to the bloodshed. "We will continue our struggle till accomplishment of our dream regarding university in Fata," he said.

Blaming the western media for spreading baseless propaganda against the people of tribal regions, he said that tribesmen had done nothing wrong but they were targeted on the basis of such concocted stories. Dawn

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