Peshawar university tribal students fee remission

Tribal students asked governemt to give them relief
Peshawar, Nov 6: Tribal students, enrolled in the University of Peshawar (UoP), have asked the government to give them relief by reducing the burden of expenses on their education.

Ziaur Rehman Wazir, a student of Journalism department hailing from Wana, South Waziristan, said the UoP did not provide any help to the students in fee remission. "We have been suffering since the launch of war against terror in 2002 but the government is not taking any step to facilitate us," he added.

He said due to curfew in his area he couldn't reach Peshawar to attend the radio-training programme in the department. Roohullah Raheel, who is studying in Gender Studies department and belongs to Bajaur Agency, said a delegation of Bajaur students called on the vice-chancellor UoP to seek fee remission but he refused.

"Afterwards, we called on Akhundzada Chettan, MNA from Bajaur, who promised us that our problems will be resolved soon but to no avail," he said, adding that the MNA did not work for the betterment of the students. He said the tribal areas had suffered enormous losses due to the military operation and militancy but the government ignored the people including students.

Amanullah, resident of Mohmand Agency and a student of Pakistan Studies said that UoP did not allow fee remission to tribal students while scholarships were awarded to the students from Malakand division. He said the Higher Education Commission had announced special internship programme for the students of the Malakand division while the students hailing from the tribal areas had been neglected. He appealed to the government to remit fee of those students, who had been affected by the operation and militancy like that of Malakand division.

When contacted the Registrar in the UoP, Shireenzada Khattak said: "I have no authority to do anything in the remission of the fee as it was the responsibility of finance division of the university."

When contacted the treasurer in the Finance Division, Dr Sanaullah said: "If the government would direct us for fee remission to the students of the effected areas we will help them." He reminded that scholarships to the students of the Malakand division were given after the government's approval.

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MBBS students complained of vague paper pattern
Peshawar: Students of different medical colleges of the province have complained about vague pattern of Anatomy paper in the ongoing MBBS First Professional Examination being conducted by Khyber Medical University Peshawar.

They observed that the Anatomy Part-1 paper was prepared in such a way that even the learned university medical professors were unable to select suitable answers to the choices in the MCQs. "When the question paper was put before the teachers they could not solve more than 35 percent MCQs" said one of the students adding that there was neither any order in the choices of the MCQs nor proper sequence, which confused the students as they were fresh and were for the first time solving MCQs in the MBBS papers.

Some of the senior lecturers in the reputed medical institutions when contacted stated that the MCQs in the Anatomy paper were very much difficult to understand. They regretted that on the one hand the pattern of MCQs was introduced for the first time The parents have also expressed concern over the matter and have demanded of the Vice Chancellor of the Khyber Medical University Prof. Dr. Hafeezullah to do favour with the students in the marking of the Anatomy paper as it will greatly dishearten the brilliant students. The news

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Punjab to provide health, education for people of Gilgit-Baltistan
Skardu: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Thursday announced health and educational facilities for students and patients from Gilgit-Baltistan. Addressing a public gathering in Skardu, the Sharif brothers said the region's students and patients would be provided health and educational facilities in Punjab. They said seats for students from Gilgit-Baltistan in Punjab colleges and universities would be doubled, adding that all patients of the region would be provided free treatment at hospitals in Punjab. Paying tribute to the people of Gilgit-Baltistan, they said the people of the region had rendered great sacrifices for the country.

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Balochistan University professor shot dead in Quetta
Quetta: Professor Khursheed Akhtar Ansari, chairman of the Library Science Department at Balochistan University, was gunned down by militants here on Thursday night.

Prof Ansari was going to the mosque from his home near Tin town, on Kasi Road, when armed men on a motorbike opened fire on him. He died on the spot. Prof Ansari left behind his wife, two sons and a daughter.

A person called journalists to say that the Baloch Liberation Army was responsible for the attack. The Academic Staff Association of the Balochistan University condemned the incident and announced a boycott of classes for Friday in protest against the professor's murder. APP

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Girls school blown up in Bara
Landi Kotal: A girls school was blown up by militants in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency on Wednesday night.

Sources said that dozens of masked men stormed the Higher Secondary Girls School in Akkakhel and overpowered two watchmen. They placed explosives at several points across the institution and detonated it, destroying the building.

The explosion was heard far and wide in the area. Windowpanes of several nearby houses were smashed. It was the second such incident in Bara in five days. The administration registered a case against unidentified attackers.

A military operation is going on in the town against militant outfit Lashkar-i-Islam. Dawn

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