Private universities lack facilities | QAU clash
Students suffer as private universities lack facilities
Islamabad, May 24, 2008: Waiting for buses under tree shades in greenbelts during
scorching summer season is certainly not a pleasant experience for students of
private universities functioning in Blue Area.
Students, with a heavy
load of books in their bags, wait at roadsides on green patches after attending
their classes. Till the time their buses reach to pick them up, they have to
brave sweltering heat.
"We are not allowed to sit in our classrooms as
security guards get them locked till the start of evening classes. There is not
enough space inside campuses where we can easily sit and wait for buses," said a
group of students sitting in the greenbelt outside a private university.
Some university campuses set up in commercial plazas present the look of
small offices with a number of classrooms made through temporary partitions
using wood and transparent glass panels. Almost all of these private
universities lack the basic facility of car parking for students who are
compelled to park their vehicles at roadsides.
"We are being imparted
high-level education that is why we ignore the state of facilities," said an MBA
High fee structure in almost all such universities may match
the standard of education being imparted there but apparently it does not seem
good that students up to M.Phil level study on small campuses that by no means
look like universities.
"All our faculty members are highly qualified, so
we do not feel any hesitation in paying large amounts of money as tuition fee,"
said Amina Syed, a telecommunication student at a university. "The standard and
discipline in these universities are much better than that in public sector
universities. But all is not good when students apply for jobs because most of
employers do not have good impression about private universities."
general criteria for establishment of a university in private sector formulated
by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) stresses provision of minimum gross
area measuring 10 acres with average 100 square feet built-in area for each
HEC Executive Director Dr. Sohail Naqvi said that
the general criterion has been put in place only for main buildings of
universities and it is not applicable to their city campuses.
cabinet committee has allowed city campuses of private universities to provide
extra facilities like playgrounds on the outskirts of the cities and the HEC has
been consistently monitoring whether or not these facilities are being provided
to students," he said.
He said the condition of minimum 10 acres of gross
area was only applicable to the main buildings and if there were more than one
campuses of a private university in any city then total area of these campuses
would be counted as a single entity.
Dr. Sohail Naqvi said that the HEC
has divided all private universities into various categories keeping in view
their financial and physical infrastructure. "The HEC has also issued directives
to private universities to develop the required infrastructure in the given
grace period." The News
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May 5 clash at QAU: 'Committee deliberately delaying action against troublemakers'
Islamabad: An internal committee
formed to look into the May 5 clash among students on the main campus of
Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) has failed to submit its findings to the varsity
administration within the stipulated time of one week.
QAU officials told said that action against culpable persons was being delayed because it
could stir unrest and violence on the campus. They also insisted that a certain
group of senior teachers seemed determined to exploit the situation in case
students were proceeded against. Some of these faculty members eye the vice
chancellor's slot, expecting change at the top in the university with the
inception of new government, they said.
The officials cited imminent
varsity exams, scheduled to begin early next month, as a reason for the
committee's delay in putting up its report to the administration. They said that
the committee feared that any action against students could risk the holding of
They said the rules promised Rs 5,000 worth of fine at minimum and
rustication to troublemaking students.
Dr Mehmoodul Hassan Butt, a member
of the inquiry committee, said that the committee members had yet to compile
their findings because they had to take classes besides quizzing the students
allegedly involved in the clash.
Vice Chancellor M Qasim Jan said that he
was awaiting the findings and would take appropriate action against students
found trying to create a law and order situation on the
Meanwhile, the students, especially the boarders, criticised the
inquiry committee for delaying recommending action against troublemakers.
They said that the varsity administration could restore peace at the
varsity, especially in hostels, by penalising 'mischievous elements'. Daily Times
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Rootsians give lively performance
Islamabad: The Roots School System, Chaklala Campus, held its Annual
Parents Day and Montessori Graduation Ceremony at the NAG Auditorium here on
Thursday, says a press release issued on Friday.
Dr. Saleh A. Jawarneh, Roots School System Managing Director Colonel (r)
Mushtaque Rasul Chaudhry, Roots School System Founder Director Riffat Mushtaq,
Director (Academics) Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq, Director (Management &
Planning) Chaudhry Walid Mushtaq and Director (External Programme) Khadija Omair
were present on the occasion.
The programme started with the recitation
of the Holy Qur'aan followed by its translation and a 'Hamd'.
Presentations by students started with a stunning performance by Play
Group. Their beautifully-designed costumes and backdrop changed the ambience of
the overall event. The audience was stunned to see the young performers acting
and speaking with such confidence that was absolutely mesmerising.
School System Director (Academics) Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq welcomed the guests
and highlighted various methods of modern education given by the Roots School
System with international standards specially designed to meet the requirements
of children in their early, formative years. He said that bringing the children
onto the stage has an objective - confidence building - and this is what the
"Roots is known for".
The function was also in support of twenty-year
celebrations of the Roots School System.
The Roots School System was
founded by Riffat Mushtaq in twin cities of Rawalpindi-Islamabad in 1988.
Dr. Saleh A Jawarneh, in his keynote address, said "I am absolutely
captivated and enchanted by the confidence and aesthetic displays of these
toddlers. I salute their teachers and offer the Roots School System to open up
their school in Jordan as well. Today's education has no boundaries, Roots is
preparing leaders of Pakistan at this young age. I can say with wisdom that
Pakistan has a very bright future with such talented teachers and
At the end of the ceremony, the young graduates of Montessori
were awarded diplomas & other academic awards by the chief guest along with
appreciation certificates & service excellence awards amongst teachers and
administrative staff of the Roots School System. The News
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