PU IJT activist Awais Aqeel’s funeral

PU suspends classes as IJT leader buried in Sambrial
Lahore, May 15: Islami Jamiat Tulaba’s (IJT’s) activist Awais Aqeel’s funeral was held at the Punjab University, which was attended by a large number of Jamaat-i-Islami and Jamiat activists, students, teachers and political figures.

The Punjab University classes remained suspended and hostels wore a deserted look after the killing of Aqeel, an LLB Part-II student, on Monday.

JI Secretary-General Liaquat Baloch led the funeral prayers of Aqeel, who was allegedly shot dead by a former IJT leader. Later, Aqeel’s body was taken to his native village in Sambrial, Sialkot.

A large number of IJT activists, who took the body to Sambrial, also offered funeral prayers led by JI’s central leader Hafiz Idrees.

Earlier, speaking to IJT activists at the Punjab University, IJT Nazim Zubair Safdar demanded the district administration arrest Aqeel’s killers in two days, otherwise the Jamiat would launch a protest campaign.

He also demanded that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry take notice of the incident.

He demanded that the names of the nominated suspects in Aqeel’s murder FIR should by put on the Exit Control List.

IJT, PU, Nazim Rai Haq Nawaz announced a three-day mourning in the university and boycotted classes.

He said Quran Khawani for Aqeel will be held at the university on Wednesday (tomorrow).

FIR: The Muslim Town police late on Sunday registered Aqeel’s murder FIR under sections 302, 324, 148 and 149 of the Pakistan Penal Code and 7-Anti-Terror Act against five accused, including Ibrar Wattoo and Imran Tarar.

It is, however, learnt that the police did not visit crime scene nor collected evidence as blood stained chairs and over-toppled chairs were lying as such and various students were visiting the scene.

protest: The Punjab University Academic Staff Association is holding a general body meeting on Tuesday (today) to protest against registration of an FIR against PU College of Information Technology Principal Prof Dr Mansoor Sarwar.

Also, the PU Academic Group has announced boycotting of the ASA general body meeting calling the present elected body as a puppet in the hands of the administration.

In a statement, PU Academic Group secretary Prof Dr Mahr Saeed Akhtar said the present ASA was fanning clashes between teachers and students and damaging the peaceful academic and research environment in the country. Dawn

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Punjab teachers protest
Lahore: A large number of schoolteachers, staging a demonstration on Monday, protested the Punjab government for what they termed its indifferent attitude towards primary and elementary schoolteachers.

The demo was organised by the Primary and Elementary Teachers Association Punjab outside the Lahore Press Club in which dozens of schoolteachers participated and expressed resentment over government’s policies.

The protesting teachers demanded minimum BS-14 for Primary Schoolteachers (PSTs) and BS-16 for Elementary School Teachers (ESTs) besides upscale promotion after every five years. They also demanded teacher’s-son quota for government jobs and facilities to teachers deputed at municipal schools at par with those teaching at other government schools.

Some of the protesting teachers recorded their protest by imprisoning themselves in artificial lockups at the demo site. They warned that if the Punjab government did not address their issues through upcoming budget then they would launch a “Jail Bharo Tehreek” (fill jails campaign).

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CM invites GCU students to Murree
Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has honoured the shinning students of his alma mater, Government College University (GCU), Lahore, by inviting them to Murree for a three-day study and recreational tour.

According to a press statement, the GCU student delegation, led by Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq ur Rahman, stayed in chief minister’s enclosure at the Punjab House, Murree and was given the protocol of state guests. Punjab Director General Protocol Asjad Ghani Tahir received the delegation which had 95 students who had shown excellent performance in academics, co-curricular and sports. The GCU high achievers also attended two seminars in which they were briefed about the higher education opportunities for talented Pakistani students aboard.

The vice chancellor also led the GCU high achievers to Pakistan Monuments Museum Islamabad and briefed them about the life history and struggle of the leaders of Pakistan Movement. The news

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KU BEd results announced
Karachi: The University of Karachi on Monday announced the results of BEd (morning programme) annual examination 2011.

According to the statistics, 882 of the total 893 registered candidates appeared in the exam and 419 of them passed it. The pass percentage stood at 47.51. ppi

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Candidates at many centres did HSC exams in dark, hot rooms
Karachi: Hundreds of Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) annual examination candidates did their exams in dark and hot rooms as electricity supply to several examination centres had been disconnected for non-payment of dues while many examination centres were subjected to loadshedding on Monday, Dawn has learnt.

“When there is no electricity at the exam centre, it becomes almost impossible to ensure other amenities like overhead pumping of water and functioning of water coolers in time, while examination staffs too, in addition to the candidates, find it difficult to work smoothly and run computers,” said a couple of teachers while speaking about general adverse effects of power failure at examination centres.

They expressed the fear of adverse reactions from candidates if things were not addressed properly and urgently.

Speaking to Dawn, controller of examinations M. Imran Khan Chisti said that initially the power company had disconnected its supply to 47 colleges where examination centres had been established. However in the wake of examinations and efforts by the college directorate and the civil administration, the power supply of 65 per cent of the centres had been restored, he said claiming that loadshedding at about 55 per cent of the HSC examination centres had also been put off during the examination hours from Monday.

However, some college teachers said that the KESC had selected a wrong time to penalise the educational institutions for not paying electricity bills.

However, they added that the BIEK too should have thought about the issue in advance and have avoided the defaulting colleges for centre purposes.

Sources told Dawn that the college directorate had been able to pay an amount to the tune of Rs19 million in recent months against outstanding or accumulated dues.

The power supply was disconnected even to some of the colleges for minor default, said a source in the college directorate and added that centre superintendents were not ready to conduct examinations at their centres in the absence of electricity
while the temperature had increased in recent days.

Still 10-15 examination centres are waiting for restoration of power supply, said another source.

The superintendent of the examination centre set up at the Government Degree Boys College, Sector 5/L, New Karachi, Prof Saleem Ghauri, said that electricity supply to his college had always remained precarious.

“The wires connecting my college with the KESC system are of very low quality and not fit for any heavy duty purpose,” he said and added that despite reminders, the power company had not been able to rectify the situation and consequently now the examination staff and candidates were bearing the burnt of both the power disruption and the frequent loadshedding.

He said that the water pump at the college could not be made functional while the water coolers remained almost inoperative during the examination period and electric fans and other appliances also could not be operated due to low voltage.

“We are somehow managing the candidates and staffs, but any panic-like situation cannot be ruled out,” he said.

Responding to Dawn queries, centre superintendent of the Government City College No1, Moosa Colony, Prof Shuja ul Islam also expressed his dissatisfaction over the power supply situation.

Acknowledging that loadshedding continued at the centre on Monday, he said that apart from the loadshedding, the supply quality was inferior and there always remained the risk that appliances and fans might go burnt due to voltage fluctuation.

He said that in the hot weather, provision of cold water to candidates also become very difficult.

The director general of colleges, Dr Nasir Zahid, recognised the problems of candidates at the centre due to disconnection of electricity or loadshedding and said that efforts were under way to lessen the hardships of students and the examination staffs.

The directorate had already approached the finance department for release of amount needed for the payment to the KESC and things would definitely improve soon, he said.

Cheating in exams
In the meantime, various vigilance teams of the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi detected 22 candidates using unfair means in the two shifts of the examinations on Monday.

A team led by chairman of the BIEK Anwar A. Zai also caught seven students cheating at the Government Degree Boys College, Gulshan-i-Iqbal, said a BIEK communication, adding that the an invigilator was also stopped from carrying out his examination work as the materials used in unfair means were recovered from the room he was supervising.

National College classes
Meanwhile, the principal of the Government National College from where the HSC examination has been shifted to a college in Gulistan-i-Jauher has said that normal degree classes will resume at the college on May 15, according to the schedule. Dawn

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AIOU plans to set up open-schooling system
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will collaborate with PLAN International for setting up open-schooling system in Pakistan at district levels to help the government in achieving millennium development goals by 2015.

A Memorandum of Understanding had already been signed between AIOU and Plan International on providing ‘Equal right of opportunity for girls and young women.’ This was revealed during the inaugural ceremony of ten-day Master Trainer’s workshop of Girls Power Project (GPP) held here on Monday.

Director, Bureau for University Extension and Special Programmes/Projects (BUESP), AIOU, Mir Mukhtiar Hussain Talpur said this MoU provided main basis of their bilateral cooperation in facilitating the dropout students in their educational pursuit at Middle and Matric levels.

The GPP has been launched for dropout female students. Twenty-seven Master Trainer’s from different parts of the country were participating the workshop.

Mukhtar Hussain Talpur said that BUESP of the University would soon be named as ‘National Institute of Open Schooling and Lifelong Learning’ to project its objectives and status, as per vision of the vice chancellor Prof. Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi. It will have important role University’s image-building and strengthening its efforts promoting literacy rate in the country.

The master trainer’s will be assign the task to train thousands of the teachers to participate in the Middle-Matric education programme for dropout girls in befitting manner. According to the MoU, five-years international programme ‘Girl Power (GP) Programme’ will be implemented initially in two districts Chakwal and Vehari.

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IIU must promote Islamic values: Yasinzai
Islamabad: Acting Rector of the International Islamic University (IIU), Islamabad, and Quaid-e-Azam University Vice Chancellor Dr. Masoom Yasinzai said this prestigious institution should give message to other universities to promote Islamic values not only within the country but all over the world.

Sharing his views with academic and administrative heads of departments after his arrival in the university he said keeping in view the philosophy of IIU the graduates of this university should be different from those of others to portray Islamic culture and civilization in the society.

He said, “We should believe in ‘We’ instead of ‘I’ to work together and think what we have done to achieve our commons goals and targets.”Dr. Yasinzai said that every one should accept the responsibility to support one another for betterment of the university. About the teaching profession Dr. Yasinzai said that teachers have an important role to play in improving the standard of education in the country.

He said that teaching is the second name of commitment to educate others, and advised them to think strategically and rationally. He further said that the faculty members should participate in strategic planning workshops to excel in their professional skills.

He showed deep concern over the prevailing situation of the social sciences in the universities and said that social sciences education is being neglected due to some reasons.Earlier, Prof. Fateh Muhammad Malik and Professor Dr. Sahibzada Sajidur Rehman welcomed Dr. Masoom Yasinzai at IIU and assured him all possible cooperation for betterment of the university.

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Chinese youth delegation visits NUML
Islamabad: A 100-member delegation of All-China Youth Federation paid visit to National University of Modern Languages (NUML) on Monday as a part of its initiatives to promote and enhance China-Pakistan youth friendship exchange.

The delegation was headed by Deputy Secretary General of All-China Youth Federation, Wan Xuejun, accompanying by Chinese Cultural Counsellor to Pakistan His Excellency Zhang Yiung Pao.

Dr Lei Weizhong, Head of Chinese Department, Head of Confucius Institute, Dr Ge Le Sheng along with Chinese faculty members, students and other officials of the university warmly welcomed the delegations.

Students holding Pakistani and Chinese flag presented bouquets to the members of the delegation.Deputy Secretary General of All-China Youth Federation Wan Xuejun speaking at the occasion said that love and affection of Pakistani people and youth overwhelmed them and each member of the delegation will be ambassador of this bond back to China.

He said that the delegation comprising of young Chinese businessmen, artists, teachers, researchers, media men, students and workers demonstrates eagerness of both nations to know about each other and develop close brotherly and people to people relations.

Every year hundreds of Pakistani students are going to China and Chinese students are coming to Pakistan for studying different disciplines and these students guarantee a very bright future for the friendship of both the nations.

NUML Rector Major General (r) Masood Hasan said that NUML and Pak-China friendship are synonymous to each other.

He told the delegation that a flourishing Chinese department in main campus and many other regional campuses of NUML, and Confucius institute are prove of the fact that Pakistani people want to have cultural, social and economic ties with their brotherly neighbouring country.

He said that NUML regularly arranges students and faculty members’ tours to China which help understand Chinese language and culture and subsequently they assist interest of Pakistan and China.

The members of the delegation also visited Chinese department, Confucius Department and Library and other different department of NUML where they were briefed about the functions of these departments by their respective heads.

The Chinese and Pakistani students enchanted the slogans of long live Pak-China friendship.Rector and DG NUML presented university shields to the Deputy Secretary General of All-China Youth Federation, Wan Xuejun, Deputy Director International Department All China Youth Foundation, Zhao Yaqiao and Chinese Cultural Counsellor. The news

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