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