Kinnaird College protest | Youngest Maths PhD

Kinnaird girls to protest again
Lahore, May 06, 2008: Kinnaird College (KC) students are planning another protest on Wednesday (tomorrow) since the college administration is not willing to give them relaxation in fees, students said on Monday.

Saira, a student, said on Monday that a group of about 25 students had met the KC Vice Principal (VP) Dr Nighat Khan to discuss the recent increase in the college fees for almost all classes. She said the meeting had not been successful, as the VP had refused to reduce the fees for any class except the BBA classes. She said the VP had admitted to some 'miscalculation' in increasing the BBA fees. She said the students would meet the VP again on Tuesday (today) and request her to consider reducing the fees of other classes also. She added that the students would present the VP a list of demands.

She said that if the VP did not accept their (students') demands for reducing the fees and giving them more facilities in Tuesday's meeting, the students would take out another, more vigorous protest on Wednesday.

Maryam, a student, said, "The college administration should give us a reason why our fees are being increased in the middle of the session."

Sania, another student, said that if Tuesday's meeting proved to be unsuccessful, the students would take the matter to the government and write about it to Federal Education Minister Ahsan Iqbal. She said the students were confused because the administration was pressuring them to pay their dues by May 10 and at the same time it was saying that the fees for BBA classes would be reviewed.

Last week, the college issued a notification in which it issued a revised fee schedule, considerably increasing the fees of all classes. The students were not happy with the new policy and protested against it, shouting slogans against the administration. The administration has increased at least Rs 10,000 in the fees for the bachelor degree classes, taking it from Rs 27,000 to 37,000. The fee for BBA classes was almost tripled, taking the fees from Rs 28,000 to Rs 64,000.

Earlier, KC Vice Principal Dr Khan had said that the college had not increased the fees for any class since 2001. She also said that the recent increase had been decided and announced in a meeting of the board of governors last year. She said the fee hike had been decided on account of inflation, increasing in utility bills and in employees' salaries.

Kinnaird VP bans media personnel on campus
Lahore: The Kinnaird College (KC) guards stopped media personnel from entering the college, saying that the vice principal had ordered them not to allow reporters on campus as long as there were problems in the college. KC officials were also reluctant in commenting on the issue of the recent fee hike. A KC teacher said that the administration had banned reporters on campus because the issue of the fee hike and the students' ongoing protests were marring the college's repute. The KC, like many other educational institutions in the city, does not have any public relations officer to speak to the media on behalf of the institutions. Daily Times

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Youngest PhD holder in maths
Lahore: A 25-year-old gold medalist from Punjab University Ms Shaheen Nazir became country's youngest PhD holder in mathematics as GCU's Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences declared the results of its third batch of five successful candidates here on Monday.

The other four PhD holders, all male candidates, are: Zahid Raza of Hafizabad, Imran Ahmad of Lahore, Hani Shaker of Faisalabad and Khurram Shabbir of Lahore. The two earlier batches included three and five PhD scholars.

The theses of the third batch candidates have been evaluated by foreign mathematical scientists specially engaged by the school. They included Prof Dr Alexander Suciu from the US, Prof Dr Andras Nemethi from Hungary, Prof Dr Stefan Papadima from Romania and Prof Dr Laurentiu Paunescue from Australia.

ASSMS director-general Dr A.D Raza Chaudhry while declaring the results said in a statement that each of the PhD candidates had several papers accepted for publication in international ISI journals and the quality of their research could be compared with top universities of the world.

"They have completed a very vast and advanced level of deep course work of over 60 credits", he said. He said that Ms Shaheen Nazir was the strongest and most versatile young female mathematician of Pakistan. Dawn



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