International Islamic university victims compensation

Compensation announced for IIU victims
Islamabad, Nov 12: The government has announced compensation of Rs0.3 million each for those who lost their lives in twin suicide bombs on October 20 on the premises of the International Islamic University (IIU). Around 40 persons, who sustained injuries in the bomb blasts, would get Rs0.1 million each, says a press release issued by the IIU here on Wednesday.

An amount of one million rupees has already been announced for Pervaiz Masih, who sacrificed his life to save hundreds of female students who were present in the cafeteria when the blast occurred. "Now the government should focus on erecting boundary walls around the IIU to ensure security of students," it said. The news

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QAU students condemn terror attacks at IIUI
Islamabad: The students of Quaid-e-Azam University and the National Institute of Pakistan Studies on Wednesday condemned terrorist attacks on International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI).

They expressed their desire to see students more actively engaged in understanding the phenomenon of terrorism and playing their role, as responsible members of society, in steering Pakistan out of the current crises.

In a student's seminar entitled 'Understanding Terrorism', held on Wednesday at the National Institute for Pakistan Studies in collaboration with the National Students Federation (NSF), the students presented academic papers on different aspects of terrorism in Pakistan.

In the introductory remarks, Irum Jhatial, a student at the National Institute for Pakistan Studies, explored the issue of what 'terrorism' was. Kapil Dev, a student of International Relations, spoke on the role of the media in presenting the issue of terrorism.

He highlighted the importance of media with regards to strengthening democracy and urged it not to become involved in any anti-democratic agenda. Zahid Imroze, a student of Physics Department, gave a brief history of the emergence of terrorism in Pakistan. He began his description from the time of the Cold War and highlighted the heavy cost that both Afghan and Pakistani people had to pay as a result of it.

In the end, the students vowed to continue educating themselves about the root causes of Pakistan's problems, and expressed their determination to play their role in bringing about the necessary positive changes in the country and society. Dr Azam Chaudhry, the organiser of the NIPS Weekly Seminar Series, appreciated the students' effort to tackle these issues in an academic manner. APP

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FGCTA demands enhancement of teachers grades
Islamabad: Federal Government Colleges Teachers Association (FGCTA) has demanded of the government for enhancement of teachers' grades, regularisation of contract teachers and increase in the residential allowance.

Newly elected President FGCTA Zahid Ali Shah showed commitment to resolve the issues being faced by the federal government teachers on priority basis.

The Association will convene meetings with the officials of the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) to highlight the teachers' demands that are lingering on for many years.

The teachers who have been serving for many years must be promoted according to the time scale promotion formula, as they are performing a sacred job of enlightening the future of our children. The teachers further demanded that the appointment of college teachers might be made directly in Grade 18 instead of 17 as per being implemented at the university level.

He said around 200 teachers are working in federal government colleges on contract basis and their services should be regularised to enable them to play their effective role in the uplift of the educational standard with complete job satisfaction. Another problem faced by the teachers' community is the limited house allowance and it is arduous to find a reasonable place to live in the federal capital with the minimum funds.

Besides increasing the residential funds, the hiring process should also be simplified to facilitate teachers. 'Professor Zahid Ali Shah Panel' got the victory in the annual election 2009-10 of FGCTA with 90 per cent votes. The election was held between the panels of Professor Zahid Ali Shah and Professor Zahida Panwar under the supervision of Chief Election Commissioner Prof Javed Mehmood.

Out of the 554 total votes, Prof Zahid Ali Shah was elected as president with 315 votes. Prof Khalida Makhdoom contested as a senior vice president and got 330 votes. While Prof Yasmeen Tahir Bukhari got 310 votes against the seat of vice president. Prof Tariq Mehmood Baloch as general secretary bagged 297 votes, while Azra Balghari as joint secretary and Prof Mohammad Tahir Bhatti as press secretary got 391 and 308 votes respectively.

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KEF received donations to open schools
Rawalpindi: The Kashmir Education Foundation (KEF) in Pakistan and AJK has received a donation of 70,000 pounds from the Pakistani community in the United Kingdom. The donation was recently given to KEF in a ceremony held in UK. On this occasion, Haji Ch Abdul Ghafoor pledged to donate a new school to KEF in Gujjar Khan. His son Bilal Ghafoor also donated his sports car for KEF.

This was revealed by KEF Chairman Vice Admiral (r) Farooq Rashid on Wednesday. He said that the KEF has taken initiatives for educating and grooming bright children living in rural areas. "One day, these children would become role models for their communities by emerging as high class citizens. They would demonstrate quality leadership in diverse fields," he said.

He was of the view that quality education is restricted to a few expensive urban schools in Pakistan but the talented children of rural areas are either offered substandard schooling or no schooling at all. The KEF plans to open new schools for improving education standard in other parts of Pakistan.

The chairman said that during the same ceremony, the Cheema family donated 48 kanals of land for opening a new KEF school at Sang Khurd in Chakwal district. He said that in Mirpur, AJK, the Janat Trust, Chak Sawari, has given donations to the KEF for opening a school.

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Security plan for schools
Rawalpindi: On the directions of Commissioner of Rawalpindi Caption (r) Zahid Saeed, the six-point security plan for education institutions has been implemented by 90 per cent.

Director Search and Development, Chaudhary Amir Abbas in a statement said that a 6-point security plan was issued to ensure foolproof security in government and semi-government education institutions.

He said 65 government colleges in Rawalpindi Division have been divided into two categories. The category A has colleges, which do not have boundary wall, and a scrutiny committee has been formed led by DCO Imdad Ullah Bosal, he added. Under the decision of the committee, the decision would be taken regarding closure of colleges, he added.

Chaudhary Amir Abbas further stated that funds would be provided to educational institutions do not have enough funds for security arrangements. The news

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