AIOU postgraduate exams | UET closed | World Science Fair

AIOU postgraduate examinations begin on June 1
Islamabad, May 22, 2008: Allama Iqbal Open University will hold examination of all postgraduates programmes for Autumn Semester 2007 from June 1. Controller Examination Hafeez Ullah Wednesday said admission cards to all postgraduates programmes had been dispatched to the students on given addresses. He said the roll number slips were also available at AIOU website where they could download the copy of roll no slip. If any student, he added, does not receive the admission cards or slips up to May 22, should contact nearest regional office or examination department of the main campus on 051-9057334.

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UET closed till June 8 following protests
Peshawar: Following series of protests by students against prolonged loadshedding and police torture, administration of the NWFP University of Engineering and Technology Wednesday closed down the varsity till June 8.

A UET registrar's notification says that the university will remain closed till Jun 8 due to the uncertain situation. The students of the university under the aegis of Muttahida Talaba Mahaz gathered outside the office of the vice chancellor to condemn what they called the inhuman torture by the campus police on their colleagues who were protesting against the persistent power outages and university's inability to provide power generators.

They said the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) led UET students took to streets on Tuesday night to urge the university administration to provide them power generators. "We were peacefully marching towards the coffee shop, when a police party started beating us cruelly. The police also picked up 36 students who were tortured in the lockup," said Muhammad Fakher, Nazim IJT, UET.

He said four of the detained students sustained serious injuries, while one fell unconscious. On Wednesday, the students boycotted classes, gathered in the main lawn and raised slogans against Vice Chancellor Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani. They were also holding placards with slogans against the campus police and university administration.

Meanwhile, with the mediation of some senior teachers between the protesting students and the administration, the varsity administration agreed that no FIR would be lodged against the protesting student and action would be taken against the police constables namely Ihsan and Akram, who had tortured the students while generators would also be provided to the hostels.

After several hours of protest they dispersed peacefully. However, afterwards the university administration closed down the institution for 17 long days. The students, however, opined that the closure of the university was not acceptable and they would start a protest drive against it.

The first protest demonstration to this effect would be held today (Thursday) outside the Peshawar Press Club, Fakher said. It may be mentioned that the frequent loadshedding in the educational institutions on the premises of the University Campus Peshawar has been badly affecting the students particularly those appearing in the ongoing FA/FSc examination and those preparing for their professional colleges examinations such as the Khyber Medical College, and others.

The administration of University of Peshawar had closed down its constituent institutions for five days, when a major fault developed in the electricity system in Peshawar as a result of blowing up of a 500kv tower at Sheikh Mohammadi grid station.

After the university was reopened, the administration arranged power generators for the boarding students to save their time from being wasted. This provoked the students of Islamia College Peshawar, Khyber Medical College Peshawar and UET to stress their respective administration to arrange power generators.

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Pak student shines at World Science Fair
Islamabad: Fatima Shami from Pakistan has won the Silver Award in the World Virtual Science and Engineering Fair at an award ceremony organised by The College of North Atlantic Doha-Qatar recently.

The awards were presented in front of an audience made up of students and VIPs. The ceremony also featured films about the finalists and their projects, testimonials and a speech by Canadian astronaut and special guest judge, Dr Roberta Bondar.

The World Virtual Science and Engineering Fair (WVSEF) organised by the College of North Atlantic-Qatar (CNA-Q), in partnership with Qtel, brought together young scientists from five continents.

Of the science students from around the world who submitted science projects virtually (over the Internet); eight finalists team travelled to Doha for the final judging and awards ceremony.

The special guest and judge at the WVSEF, Roberta Bondar said, "The virtual aspect of the fair is quite unique and allows students who don't normally have access to science fairs to be involved and compete against students from all over the world. I am a big supporter of science fairs like this. They stimulate science and education through rewarding excellence."

Bondar was the world's first neurologist in space and the first Canadian woman in space on the shuttle Discovery mission in 1992.

CNA-Q's president, Harald Jorch said: "This is a world first and a great event for the college - we were thrilled to welcome these young scientists and the distinguished judges from around the world.

All of the projects were very impressive and the participants should be proud to have made it to the final judging in Doha." The News

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Opening up varsities?
Reference the proposal for an IT university in GOR I, we agree with the letter opposing the move, as it would be impractical to locate a college/university in the midst of sensitive officials' residences. However, a better proposal could be shifting the Governor's House to the Chief Minister's House and converting its present premises into a university. The huge area of the Governor's House would be ideal for a medical/engineering university. Due to its ideal location on the Mall, with easy approach from different localities, it would be really convenient for the poor students who should get free education here. While doing this, it should be ensured that the historic buildings within the compound should not be altered. There is ample space in the present Governor's House for new buildings. A whole education city can be built here.


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A week of weakening QAU administration
Islamabad: The litigious and quarrelsome villagers encroaching on the land of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) are not allowing the varsity administration to fence the property with barbed wire exposing the faculty and the students to muggers and thieves.

The students of hostel number 8 located far from the university are more prone to attacks in the evening by intruders who, the varsity and the district administration believe, are no other than the villagers. Mobile and purse snatching is common on the campus.

The officials have said, "The administration wanted demarcation of the entire campus, not only hostel no 8, but the encroachers did not allow it to do so on the excuse that it would hurt privacy of their houses."

"The university has been held hostage to the encroachers," said an official.

Students, they said, had lodged with the administration complaints to the effect time and again but the administration simply could not do any thing in this regard.

Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, a local MNA, is of the view that the encroachers have been living in the area for over 50 years and it was unfair to displace them after formation of the university.

QAU Vice Chancellor M Qasim Jan said the university administration did not want to get involved in any dispute with the encroachers, which was why it had preferred fixing the barbed wire away from their houses. He said there was a security issue because of a constant presence of the encroachers on the campus.

A female professor was attacked in May 2007 by an outsider. Since then the administration has been trying to build a boundary wall of the campus but failed.

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MSF oath-taking ceremony at FUUAST
The Federal Urdu University for Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) administration has not allowed the Muslim Students Federation (MSF) to hold oath-taking ceremony of its officeholders during a seminar on 'students and Contemporary Challenges'.

Reportedly, a political party had allowed the students to hold the ceremony at its secretariat. A university official thinks that the students should have been allowed to hold the ceremony on the campus so that outsiders could not exploit them, carrying forward their political agenda.

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IST seminar to promote extra-curricular activities
Institute of Space and Technology (IST) arranged a two-day seminar on 'twin city inter-university challenge' in which 13 universities participated. The aim of the programme was to promote extra-curricular activities.

Competitions of debate, photography, poetry etc were held and Riphah International University grabbed most of the prizes. Daily Times

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