University of Peshawar registrar irregularities

UoP admin defends registrar
PESHAWAR: The University of Peshawar (UoP) Friday rejected as baseless the letter sent by one Dr Islam Gul to the chancellor and various newspapers about the alleged irregularities of the registrar of the university.

In a press statement, the university stated that nobody named Dr Islam Gul was ever employed in the university and it showed that the letter carried no credibility. The statement said that Sherinzada Khattak was on medical leave because of his cardiac problem. It said Dr Syed Fazli Hadi was serving as acting registrar of the university in the absence of Sherinzada Khattak.

The university claimed that Sherinzada Khattak had not appointed any of his relatives or wife by using the influence of his office. "If any of his relatives has been successful in getting appointed in the university, it would have been done through proper procedure," the statement stressed.

It added: "As far as his wife is concerned, she is pursuing her PhD and working as teaching assistant in the university, that too through the relevant selection process in light of the decision of the syndicate. The syndicate had decided to engage PhD scholars as teaching assistants."

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Schools reject VAT imposition Threaten protests
Peshawar: The private schools Friday rejected the recently imposed Value-Added Tax (VAT) on the educational institutions and demanded of the government to provide them facilities instead of compelling them to close down the educational institutions.

Addressing a news conference, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa President of All Pakistan Private Schools' Management Association Zakir Shah said it was already difficult for the private sector educational institutions to continue functioning smoothly due to price-hike, economic depression and insecurity.

Zakir Shah, who is a former provincial assembly member, said provision of education to the people was the prime responsibility of the government, but it was unable to perform its duty properly. He said the private sector was doing a great job to educate the people.

He complained that the provincial government instead of supporting the private educational institutions was using various tactics to discourage and force closure of these schools and colleges.

Accompanied by association's general secretary Malik Sarfaraz, senior vice-presidents Abdul Naeem Bukhari and Maimoona Musarrat, vice-president Inamullah and others, he said the imposition of Value-Added Tax was a novel way to bring the private schools and colleges under pressure. The parents, too, were concerned about the new tax, which would directly affect them, Zakir Shah maintained.

He added that the ANP-led Pakhtun nationalist government on the one hand was making tall claims about equipping the masses with pen instead of gun, while on the other it had evolved policies that would keep the people away from pen, book and education.

Zakir Shah demanded of the federal and provincial government to withdraw the decision at the earliest. "This is an anti-education step and should be reviewed," he added. He threatened that if the government did not accept their genuine demand, the private school owners would launch a countrywide protest drive. The news

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Call to register medical college with PMDC
Bannu: Students of the Bannu Medical College (BMC) on Friday staged a protest demonstration, demanding registration of the college with the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC).

The students after marching through various areas reached in front of the Bannu Press Club. They threatened to block the Indus Highway if their demand was not met.

They were holding banners and placards inscribed with slogans against the provincial government. It was the second consecutive day of their protest and they also boycotted the classes.

The college was established four years ago, but yet it has not been registered with the PMDC. The protesters said the BMC was the third biggest college of the province but its students were worried about their future due to its non-registration with the PMDC.

"We are demanding the college registration for the last two years but government is employing delaying tactics", one of the students said. The government had not so far paid any heed to demands of the students, he added. Dawn

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