PM House to be converted into IT institute next year
Islamabad, May 24: The Prime Minister House Islamabad will cease to be the official residence of the Prime Minister of Pakistan next year and instead become country's first state of the art learning institute in Information Technology (IT) and other vital faculties. Situated in the lap of the magnificent Margalla Hills,the 55700 square meter compound will be converted in a modern academic campus as soon as the project is formally approved by the legislature. The project was assigned to the Ministry of Finance by Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani last year and it has given final shape to the idea.
The prime minister revealed the project Wednesday here while addressing a gathering in Islamabad. The sight of the Prime Minister House was chosen by Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani way back in the early 80s when he was Minister for Housing in late Muhammad Khan Junejo's government, during whose tenure it was built.
Nawaz Sharif was the first occupant of the Prime Minister House as the premier in 1991 and incidentally was arrested by the Army on October 12, 1999 from the same house when former Chief of the Army General Pervez Musharraf overthrew the government.
Highly placed sources informed here Wednesday evening that the new Prime Minister House will not be constructed immediately but some of the buildings near the minister enclaves will be used for the purpose for the time being after renovation. The Quid-e-Azam Library building or area adjacent to it, in the rear of the Prime Minister Secretariat, could become the new spot for the official residence of the prime minister. The former prime ministers used to live in Rawalpindi till the late 80s when the present Army Chief House was used as the official residence. Late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was also arrested from Rawalpindi in 1977.
The conversion of the Prime Minister House into a compound of higher education will not cost much as the infrastructure for the facility is already available. Funds will be allocated in the budget next fiscal year, sources added.
Marks mistake in HSSC civics paper perturbs students
Rawalpindi: A mistake in total marks of the civics paper for HSSC Part-II perturbed students, as the paper having full marks of 80 shows 50 marks for part one of the paper and 24 marks for part two, making total marks 74.
Students showed concern over the mistake, as the total of two parts counted as 74 instead of 80. They were at a loss how the RBISE would adjust the difference in marks and fear to lose their precious 6 marks.
Students said that they had pointed out this mistake to the examiners but they paid no heed to this issue. "Six marks really mean a lot to us, as these could affect their grades in the examination," they added.
When contacted RBISE Controller Examinations Professor Humayun Iqbal, he said: "Yes, there was a mistake in the question paper regarding distribution of marks. The matter was put before the relevant committee, which decided that marks of part two would be 30 instead of 24.
He said that students should concentrate on their remaining papers and not take tension of marks in the civics paper. He assured that no one would suffer because of this mistake, as they have corrected it.
Islamabad: NUST launched its first official Alumni Association in an impressive ceremony held here on Wednesday.
NUST Alumni Association (NAA) will be a non-profit organisation and work for the unification of NUST alumni, the university, students and its faculty. NUST Rector Engineer Muhammad Asghar presided over the ceremony in which the Presidents of Alumni Associations of various NUST Schools and Colleges, Senior Alumni, Commandants and Principals of NUST constituent Schools and Colleges participated.
Amcolians Alumni Association President Dr. Mazhar Ishaq, Signalians Alumni Association President Ammar Khan and College of E&ME Alumni Association President Adnan Shahid also gave presentations about their respective alumni associations and appreciated the concept, which is to establish and maintain lifelong relationships between the university and its alumni centred around ownership and support.
The rector in his remarks said that alumni associations of individual schools and colleges of NUST are now official associations of the university and part of NUST Alumni Association. The news
Convocation of Sarhad University Low literacy major cause of Fata problems: Kausar
Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Masood Kausar has said that the abysmally low literacy rate in Federally Administered Tribal Areas is one of the major causes of present difficulties and the private sector institutions can play a vital role in providing education facilities to the tribal youth.
Speaking at the eight convocation of Sarhad University of Science and Technology here on Wednesday, Mr Kausar said that education was the best mean to promote the idea of egalitarian society where everyone enjoyed equal opportunities.
He said that special efforts were needed to end extremism in Fata where the miserably low ratio of literacy, especially among women, was one of the major cause of problems. He said that private institutions like Sarhad University should share responsibilities of the government to contribute to the better future of tribal people.
At the convocation, five graduates got M.Phil, 1,000 received master's degrees and 800 obtained bachelor degrees in their respective disciplines, while 30 among them were awarded gold medals for achieving top positions.
The governor claimed that the government was doing its best to free the coming generation from ignorance by promoting better opportunities of learning. However, he said that there would be no compromise on the quality of education. "We need to make extra efforts to ensure that our youth are provided quality education," he said.
"I assure every support and patronage in enabling all the seats of higher learning to achieve the desired goals," he said. The governor congratulated the position holders and reminded them that the real test of their capabilities would start when they would enter practical fields. He advised the graduates to be tolerant and conscious to their role in the society.
Earlier, president of the university, Javed Tipu, and vice-chancellor Prof Sultanur Rehman highlighted contributions of the university in promoting education. Dawn