Bahria University 6th convocation

700 Bahria University students get degrees
Islamabad, May 12: As many as 700 students of Bahria University (BU) were conferred degrees in various disciplines including BBA, BSE, BCE, BS, MS, MSc and MBA in 6th convocation of BU at Jinnah Convention Centre on Tuesday.

Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral Noman Bashir was the chief guest who gave awards to the students.

Fourteen students received gold medals and 12 silver medals for their achievements in their respective disciplines.

Bashir appreciated their performance and hard work.

CNS while appreciating the role of the university said BH had taken up research projects of national and international importance with foreign universities that would also enhance grooming of students.

BH Rector Admiral (r) Muhammad Haroon gave a brief account of various measures the university had taken for its expansion.

He said a gymnasium costing Rs 70 million at Islamabad campus was also under construction for indoor sports activities.

The rector also informed audience that university researchers were involved in two projects of national significance- one related to Monitoring of Tectonic Movements of Nanga Parbat, Haramosh and Indus River areas and other pertained to Thar Coal and its chemical composition. Daily times

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Schools told not to collect summer fee in advance
Rawalpindi: The executive district officer (EDO) education has asked all private schools not to collect monthly fees for summer vacations in advance.

The EDO, Malik Mohammad Ashraf, in a circular directed the owners of the private educational institutions to receive the fees during summer vacations on monthly basis so that parents may not face financial burden.

According an official press statement, the EDO said the district and teshil education officers had been directed to implement the instructions.

Strict action will be taken against educational institutions receiving fees of three months in advance. The registration of schools violating the instructions may also be cancelled, he added.

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Shortage of papers: students denied time
Murree: Students taking the English paper at the Government Girls High School lost 25 minutes on Monday as there were not enough question papers to be distributed among the candidates.

Some 160 students were appearing in the examination, but the number of question papers, objective part, received by the centre superintendent turned out to be 140 that led to delay in the start of the paper.

To add to the woes of the students, the invigilators at the centre did not give them extra time to compensate the lost time.

When contacted, centre superintendent Fareeda Hafeez said she managed to get photocopies of the papers. She said the tag on the bundle showed 160 papers, but actually it had 120.

She said she had no authority to give extra time to the students as she had only to follow the instructions of the board.

When approached, Controller examination Rawalpindi board Abdul Sattar Ramay said: "This time the board has introduced a new technique to overcome the incidents of cheating and changed the serial number of objective papers which created confusion among the conducting staff".

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Malakand BISE chairman rejects charge
Timegara: The chairman of Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Malakand, Professor Nawab Khan, on Tuesday denied reports that he had taken students' papers to Peshawar illegally.

Addressing a news conference at Chakdara on Tuesday, he said that he had done nothing wrong to take solved papers of the students to Peshawar and keep it in his custody. He claimed that the papers, taken into custody by anti- corruption and NAB officials from his residence at Peshawar, were of little importance.

"I have taken only Islamiat and Pakistan Studies papers to prepare the annual results early as compared to other boards in the province," Mr Khan said. He said that a certain lobby had been hatching conspiracies against him and the board for the last one year. "I haven't done any fault and will face the case as I am clear," he said.

The chairman also condemned the provincial minister for education for taking those papers into custody. Dawn

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PNCA's fun show for slum children
Islamabad: The Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) organised its second fun show at Hansa Colony, a 'katchi abadi' in Sector G-8/1, on Tuesday as part of its programme titled 'Ye Basti Meri Basti Hai'.

The programme was initiated to provide slum children an opportunity to show their talent in the field of art and culture. After all such programmes, talented children would be selected for a grand show to be held in the main auditorium of the PNCA, in which prominent local and foreign celebrities would witness their performance.

The fun show offered a lot of entertainment to children and their parents, who enjoyed every moment while seeing puppet show, songs, folk dance, tableaux and comedy skits by performers, all belonging to the 'katchi abadi'.

Ali Zeb presented comedy skits, which not only provided fun but also learning to children on various social issues. National and folk songs by Rizwana Khan were also one of the main features of the show, which proved to be a great success for organisers. Prominent broadcaster Amir Hashmi acted as the stage secretary and amused the children with his jokes.

Parents also came onto the stage and appreciated the effort aimed at bringing slum children at par with others living in other localities of the city.

PNCA Director General Tauqeer Nasir said the main purpose of the programme is to motivate children for creative activities. The news

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