Students take lead in helping IDPs
Islamabad, May 14: To minimise the plight of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), people especially students from various academic institutions have been extending all out help for the suffering Pakistanis who are forced to vacate their areas in Swat, Buner and Malakand and are living in miserable condition.
Relief camps are being established. In the federal capital, relief camps are set up in different educational and commercial localities and people are donating cash, blankets and many other essential items with great enthusiasm for the their brothers and sisters hailing from troubled areas of Swat and Malakand.
Qauid-i-Azam University Islamabad (QAU), Pir Mehar Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi, Asghar Mall College and the students of Gordon College Rawalpindi are also busy in fund-raising campaign for the military operation victims. Karkunan of Islami Jamiat Talba, Insaf Students Federation, Annjaman Talba-e-Islam, Muslim Students Federation and People's Students Federation are actively collecting donation from the students in the campuses.
It was agreed that all universities would join hands in this day to mobilise all possible resources for IDP especially the students.
HEC has announced to establish IDP Welfare auditable account for receiving contributions from the universities in Pakistan and committed one-day salary for the purpose. It was also recommended that internally displaced students will be exempted from the tuition and hostel fees and some subsistence allowance may also be offered to such students. Universities all across Pakistan also offered to accommodate displaced students in their programs free of cost.
Business community has set up such camps in the markets of the twin cities include Aabpara, Melody, Sittara, Super Market, G-9 and I series sectors of the capital. While Fawara Chaowk, Murree Road, Dhoke Hussu, Kamal Abad, Tench Bhatta and Khayaban Sir Syed Markets are also witnessed of such relief camps. Farhan Mehmood and Suleman Cheema students of QAU said that they established relief camps for indefinite period to assist displaced persons. Suleman Cheema said that a large number of teachers, students and staff of the QAU visited the relief camp set up by IJT and generously donated. K Asif of Insaf Students Federation said that on the directions of Imran Khan ISF set up relief camp for victims of mily operation of Swat.
Kaleem Gillani of Al-Khidmat Foundation said that his organisation was actively busy to serve the IDPs in the twin cities as well as in NWFP. He said that in this regard a camp of Al-Khidmat Foundation was set up in Murree Road to receive donations from the different parts of the country. Advocate Raja Abdul Waheed Amir JI Rawalpindi District said that his party opposed the mily operation in Swat to avoid such massive exodus. He said that the government was responsible for this crisis being faced by the nation. The NationYour Comments
Karachi University relief work for Swat
Karachi: University of Karachi (KU) has chipped in with the planned donation of one day salary of its employees for the Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Swat and other areas of Malakand Division.
The Vice Chancellor (VC), KU, Prof. Pirzada Qasim has expressed his intention of mitigating the suffering of the people of the area through generous help from the university. He called an urgent meeting where the decision for the help was adopted. The meeting expressed whole-hearted sympathy with the affected and affirmed their full support for the cause.
The KU is also opening a separate account in this regard, and those interested in charity work can deposit their contributions in this account. Besides, a camp is also being established at the campus to collect food items and other necessities. All the funds, food and other items collected in this account and camp shall be delivered to the affected people by a team of the varsity. The meeting was attended by the presidents of KU Teachers Society, Officers Association, Employees Union, Students Advisor and Advisor to the VC on Campus Affairs. The News
Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences employees' donation for IDPs
Hyderabad: Employees of the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences had donated one-day salary amounting to Rs500,000 for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of Malakand, said the LUHMS Vice-Chancellor Prof Noshad A. Shaikh on Wednesday.
He said at the vice-chancellors' video conference which was organised by the Higher Education Commission to make efforts to help the IDPs from Fata, Malakand, Buner and Swat that the university would waive off all fees, including tuition and hostel fee and give pocket money of Rs3,000 per month to the students of the affected areas who were studying in the LUMHS till the situation in their areas improved.
He formed a team of professionals to be sent to the affected areas. The donation would be sent to the HEC, he said.
Meanwhile, Rs2 million was donated to internally-displaced people (IDPs) of Swat and other areas of Malakand division by District Nazim Tando Allahyar Dr Rahila Magsi on the appeal of Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani.
She said that the money had been sent to the Prime Minister's Fund. This was the first donation from any district government of Sindh. She called upon all to donate whatever possible to IDPs. Dawn
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18 students booked for cheating in HSC exam
Karachi: Eighteen candidates were caught using unfair means during the ongoing higher secondary school certificate (HSC) annual examination on Wednesday.
Chairman of the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai along with members of the monitoring team visited various examinations centres on the 12th day of the exams.
An official of the intermediate board said the fate of all candidates caught cheating during the exams would be decided by a board's committee constituted for the purpose.
Meanwhile, the BIEK chairman announced that the papers which were postponed on May 12 because of the holiday announced by the govern- ment would be conducted on May 28.
Similarly, the paper that was postponed on April 30 due to the breakdown of law and order in the city would be conducted on May 27.
Mr Ahmad Zai made it clear that the venue and timings of the exams would remain unchanged.
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Karachi Universit MA exam forms
Karachi: The examination department of Karachi University has announced the schedule for submission of forms and fee of MA/Double MA and Improvement of Division External Annual Examinations 2008.
The exam forms with a late fee of Rs2,850 will be accepted from May 18 to June 2. The forms will be available at bank counters at the Silver Jubilee Gate.
The candidates have been advised to get the forms endorsed from Room No 1 at the Silver Jubilee Gate of the university before depositing them along with the late fee in the campus branches of the NBP/UBL. App/Ppi
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Schools unable to hold extracurricular activities
Karachi: The CDGK education department is still indecisive to organise girls guide and scouts activities during the upcoming summer vacations because SMC funds for this purpose are yet to be released, well-informed sources revealed on Wednesday.
Sources said that the SMC funds had not been provided since the last four years, due to which neither sports events nor the maintenance and renovation work in the school buildings could be started.
It may be recalled here that two years ago Rs 70 million were approved under the head of SMC funds to reactivate various sports activities. However, despite the passage of several years, the said amount has not been released causing in the postponement of all concerned projects of students' interest in the CDGK schools.
Headmasters and sports teachers of various CDGK schools said that they were unable to initiate girls guide, scout and sports activities in their respective institutions due to the delay in releasing of SMC funds approved, amounting to Rs 70m, two years ago.
When contacted, DO education told that Rs 70 million had been approved two years back but the said amount had not been released so far due to some unspecified reasons.
"However, the amount of SMC funds has been increased and we hope that Rs 230 million will released before the commencement of the summer vacations in CDGK schools", he added.
The official further said the SMC funds worth Rs 230 million have been approved according to the number of students enrolled in the CDGK schools at the rate of Rs 210 per student. He added that the EDO education had assured the school heads that SMC funds would soon be released. He said that education department was making all out efforts to get Rs 230 million released before the start of summer vacations.
Sources in the education department said that City Nazim Mustafa Kamal had approved the summary that would allow the use of School Management Committees (SMC) fund in co-curricular activities such as girls guide, scouts and sports competitions.
It may be mentioned here that World Bank, in its recommendation about good governance and reforms in the Sindh education system, had stressed the proper use of SMC funds. The Nation
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