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AIOU students jostle VC over degree row
Islamabad, May 23, 2008: A lot of pushing and shoving was witnessed outside the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) offices on Thursday when Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Vice Chancellor Dr Mehmoodul Hassan Butt warned more than 100 varsity students for protesting for the accreditation of their BE-Telecom Engineering programme.

Dr Butt turned up at the request of the PEC administration to calm protesting students. He, however, frowned at the students, used harsh language against them and asked them to disperse.

The students refused to follow his directions, saying they'll stay put until their course is recognised by the PEC. They then shouted slogans against the AIOU administration, especially the VC, and for accreditation of their course, while holding placards. They even threatened to go for violent means if their demand was not met at the earliest. There followed lots of pushing and shoving between the students and the AIOU VC. The PEC staff members were quick to step in to save situation from getting worse. They asked Dr Butt and a few students to go inside the building and discuss the issue.

Representing students during the discussion, Omar Mughal, Muhammad Yameen, Sajjad Ghauri and Yasir Sohail voiced serious concerns about non-accreditation of their course by the PEC. They said that they would continue protesting until their course was recognised. They also complained of misbehaviour of the AIOU officials, especially the VC.

PEC Registrar Mehboobul Muzaffar told the students that the Council would decide about the status of AIOU BE-Telecom Engineering programme today (Friday).

The students later threatened to besiege the AIOU main campus and stop all departments from working if the varsity failed to get their degrees recognised by the PEC.

They said that 1,000 BE-Telecom Engineering students had so far completed their course and 400 more were currently enrolled in the programme but the AIOU had yet to secure the programme's accreditation from the PEC.

A student said that the four-year course cost a student Rs 0.15 million but spending such a high amount, future of around 1,000 students was at stake. He said that the situation was most agonising for the students and their families as well.

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"allama iqbal open university is a third class university official of this university not instrested to improved their system .they want to just earn money from every means."
Name: imran
City, Country: gujranwala, Pakistan

"This is the only University where major part of the students can take part of this country and can get professional studies, as i did just get a prospectus 2008 for BC computer Science. If AIOU is giving this opportunities to the poor people then please just give us the same opportunities as we can get from NUST and GIK and so on... Lets pray for the BEST."
Name: Imran Awan
City, Country: Rawalpindi, Pakistan

"my degree is still not received"
Name: saghir ahmed
City, Country:haripur pakistan

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FG Postgraduate College for Women 21st Convocation
Rawalpindi: Learning is a prolonged and continuous process and it is imperative that one yearns for an attitude of learning within oneself to progress in life.

The chief guest, Punjab University Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Mujahid Kamran, said this while speaking at the 21st Convocation of FG Postgraduate College for Women, Kashmir Road, on Thursday. The ceremony was conducted at the Salma Masud Auditorium while Professor Khwaja Masud and former FJWU vice chancellor Professor Dr. Najma Najam graced the occasion with their presence.

The chief guest advised the young graduates to have an inquisitive mind, understand nature and explore the wonders that our universe has offered us. "The flame of zest and passion must never be extinguished," he said. To live a contented life, you must choose one craft in which you could excel, which gives you a sense of elation and fulfilment that could not be bought by money, he said counselling the students to set a target, work towards it and gradually they would realise their progress towards genuine learning."

FG Postgraduate College for Women Principal Shaista Zaid welcomed the chief guest, and congratulated the students and their parents. Speaking on the occasion, she said that in the current scenario, where the young generation seems oblivious to the importance of knowledge, it is preferred to get the required information by surfing the Internet. Education truly serves its purpose, she said, when it teaches us to be tolerant, moderate and open to a variety of viewpoints.

"The importance of knowledge cannot be overlooked, as it has no boundaries. The brainpower should not surrender to the assortments of technology being offered to us, as we cannot sit as passive receivers thereby losing an essential human element. Without creativity, human mind stagnates," she said.

In all, 456 degrees were awarded to the graduating students including 317 degrees to the students of BA, 99 to BSc, 29 to MA English and 11 to MA Urdu. The chief guest also awarded the roll of honour, merit certificates, gold medals and cash awards to the students.

Students who were awarded rolls of honour for their brilliant performances in different examinations included Sumaira Azam - first in MA English, Tabinda Malik - first in MA Urdu, Sabiha Parveen - first in BSc (Chemistry, Botany, Physics), Rabia Aziz - first in BSc (Mathematics, Statistics, Economics/Physics) and Sana Zulfiqar - first in BA examination. The much-coveted Begum Salma Masud Medal was conferred upon Misbah Khanum. The News

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Madrassa Reforms Project may be closed
Islamabad: The government is considering closing down a 'dormant' Madrassa Reforms Project that President Pervez Musharraf had pledged would modernise religious schools, official sources said on Thursday.

Of the total Rs 5.76 billion funds that the project began with, only Rs 223 million have been spent in five years. They said that an evaluation committee of the Planning Commission had recommended closing down the project. The project was aimed at helping 1.5 million students studying in 8,000 madrassas across the country, but the government could reach out only to 468 religious schools. The government had planned to recruit 32,000 formal teachers to bring the parallel education system into the mainstream, but could only hire 2,291 in five years. Only 50,000 students passed out of these seminaries in five years, the sources said. "The federal government had released funds to provinces but they did not provide utilisation reports. Daily Times

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Riphah University gets FM radio license
Islamabad: The Riphah International University has been granted license to establish its FM radio station for educational purposes, says a press release issued here on Thursday. Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) Executive Member Ahmad Mehmood Zahid handed over the license to Riphah International University Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Anis Ahmad. The Riphah International University will set up a FM radio station on its Al-Mizan Campus in Rawalpindi. It will broadcast educational programmes for the benefit of students and faculty members. The News

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