PM grants university status to NCA
Islamabad, May 31: Acknowledging the services of the National College of Arts as a premier institute of arts, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday approved renaming of the college as a chartered university and announced regularisation of its contractual employees. He was presiding over the meeting of the Board of Governors of the NCA here at the PM House. The government as per the PPP's manifesto was regularising the services of contractual employees in all government departments, the same should be followed in the case of NCA, Gilani directed. He also directed for the restoration of Special NCA Allowance of Rs 5,000 to Rs 20,000 for different cadres of faculty members at the college. The news
IIUI establishes Dr Baloch chair, names road after him
Islamabad: Recognising and commemorating the dedicatated works rendered by a scholar of the Sindhi, Persian, Arabic, and Urdu languages Dr Nabi Bux Khan Baloch, International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) Rector Professor Fateh Muhammad Malik announced establishment of chair in Department of Urdu and named a road after him.
Malik was addressing the participants of a reference organized by IIUI in the memory of late Baloch, a renowned scholar and educationist on Monday. Professor Dr. Nazir A. Sangi, Vice Chancellor, Allama Iqbal Open University presided over while Dr. Abdul Ghaffar Soomro, Secretary Ministry of Sports, was the guest of honor on this occasion.
The road between the Academic Blocks Male and Female Campus connecting to the Central Library, New Campus, IIUI, is named as "Dr. Nabi Bux Baloch Road". The Rector, IIUI and Vice Chancellor, AIOU inaugurated the road.
Speaking on the occasion, Professor Fateh Muhammad Malik paid rich tribute to Dr. Nabi Bux Baloch for his remarkable service for Islamic University in particular and the country in general. He said the University will always remember Dr. Baloch for his services for the establishment this unique institute of higher learning. The Rector IIUI recalled that Dr. Baloch started Islamic University with a total strength of nine students and now there are more than twenty thousand students enrolled in different programmes of IIUI.
The Vice Chancellor AIOU, in his presidential address, said that modern researchers can also get proper guidance and assistance from the books of Dr. Nabi Bux Baloch.
His books teach the lesson of humanity and peace, Dr. Nazir A. Sangi added. He said that Dr. Baloch always preferred to personally visit the fields for verifying the sources for his researches.
On this occasion, Dr Abdul Ghaffar Soomro presented a detailed overview of the work and scholarly personality of Dr. N. B. Baloch. He said that work of Dr. Baloch presents new ideas especially in Sindhi music and Sindhi folk.
Earlier, Muhammad Qasim Haider said that the objective of Dr Baloch's work on folk was to promote brotherhood in the country.
He said that the Dr. Baloch's efforts for separation of Sindh from Bombay in 1935 and his active role in Tehreek-e-Khaksar can not be ignored.
Qasim Haider said that Baloch has worked on almost every subject including the music.
Professor Qaiserah Alvi said that Dr Baloch produced many work in the history and in different languages. She said that Dr Baloch was a great educationist who never retired from his scholastic work. Sadia Tahir said that besides linguistic work Dr Baloch was also affiliated with politics and Tehreek-e-Khaksar.
He also played vital role in the independence of Pakistan. He was pioneer in forming Muslim Students Association and celebrating first Pakistan Independence Day in America.
Among a number of teachers, students, officers and employees of IIUI, Dr Zia ul Haq, Dean, Faculty of Shariah and Law, Shagufta Haroon Director (Academics), Khursheed Alam Director (Finance), Tabrez Aslam Director (Personnel), and Khalid Mahmood Raja Director (Administration) were also present. Daily times
Summer vacation in FDE run institutes from June 1
Islamabad: The educational institutes working under Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) will be closed for summer vacation from June 1 (Wednesday) to August 10.
It was decided in a meeting of officials of Capital Administration Development Division (CADD) and FDE.
Talking to APP, Director Colleges Tariq Masood said that the institutes will be opened before August 14 so that the Independence Day could be celebrated by the students in a befitting manner.
About delay in provision of textbooks, he said that almost all the textbooks have been provided to the students from Class I to X.
There will be no burden on the students as the syllabus which would be covered till the start of vacations would be included in the exams and given for revision during the vacation, Tariq said. The remaining syllabus will be incorporated in the second term to facilitate the students.
The students were anxiously waiting for the decision of summer vacation, feeling difficult to attend the institutes in scorching heat of summer.
Private schools assured of withdrawal of fines
Islamabad: Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Imtiaz Inayat Elahi has assured a delegation of Private Schools Association, Islamabad, of withdrawal of fine imposed on private educational institutions working in the residential area.
The delegation had a meeting with the CDA chairman and urged him to cancel the orders of fine, said President Private Schools Association, Islamabad, Chaudhry Ubaidullah.
He said that CDA's deputy commissioner had imposed fine amounting to Rs500,000 each on such schools and ordered their closure, which is totally unjust. "The concerned authorities should take this decision back, as this would not only create problems for private schools but also for students and teachers," he said.
He said if we would close these schools then students would face many problems, as government does not have capacity to accommodate more than 200,000 students who are studying in the private schools. "Thousands of teachers would become jobless and how the government would provide them jobs," he said.
Chaudhry Ubaidullah said that the CDA chairman has assured them that the orders of fine would be withdrawn and the matter of closure of private schools would be resolved with the cooperation of all the private schools. The news