NWFP universities reopening with strict security measures

NWFP universities reopened, VCs to take strict security measures
Peshawar, Oct 28: A meeting of the vice-chancellors of all the universities on the University Campus, Peshawar, Tuesday decided to take strict security measures for the protection of students as the institutions are being reopened today (Wednesday).

Chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, University of Peshawar, Prof Dr Azmat Hayat Khan, the meeting was attended by University of Engineering and Technology (UET) VC Imtiaz Gillani, VC Islamia College University Ajmal Khan, VC Khyber Medical University Dr Hafeezullah and Agriculture University VC Said Khan Kalil attended the meeting.

The heads of all the universities unanimously decided to close down all the lateral entry points right from Dhobi Ghat Gate to Arbab Gate, Lalazar Gate and Professors Colony to avert outsiders' entry into the campus.

The meeting also decided to allow entry to students of the campus after proper identification and students are required to keep their identity cards with them and ideally badge them on their chest to avoid any inconvenience. They said that the same must also be applied on faculty and employees with different colours badges immediately for their identification. It was also decided not to permit any vehicle without campus entrance sticker and advised the students not to come in their personnel cars or vehicles.

For this purpose the existing special intra campus shuttle service would be made more efficient so the students should have no inconvenience in time management for their classes and reaching on time.

There was a unanimity in closing all the intra-campus markets by 10:00pm in the night and allow students to enter their hostel after 09:00pm after proper verification and taking their entry on a register in order to keep their record. Special walk through gates and metal detector would be provided to all the securities guards so as to make their job easier.

Special cemented barricades would be erected at the entrance to the campus and respective departments and the gates would be closed by seven pm in the night apart from the main gate near PCSIR laboratory. The news

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Terror threatening students' precious future
Peshawar: Parents worry about the future of their children as schools have been closed since October 19. As per the announcement of the NWFP government, all the schools of the province were closed due to the security threats but closure of educational institution put the future of students' in the dark. According to a survey conducted by "The Frontier Post" when the government announced the closure of the schools many schools were in the second term examinations mostly private schools but the examinations were postponed as the schools were closed.

The worried parents daily seek inquiry from the school's offices about the reopening of the schools but schools administrations were following the government instructions and failed to satisfy them. On the other hand, it is also feared about the completion of course to students because all the schools into three portions divided the course. The first quarter was not completed due to Swat operation and as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were settled down in school building of the province and all the schools were closed in this regard.

So, the teachers even did not give homework to the students and the students observed all the three and half month holidays without any homework. It merits mentioning here that the government school's teachers also enjoyed these holidays as no one asked them about their duties and they received all the incentives and salary from the government every month on time. It is pity to say that though the teachers enjoyed the vacations but the students lost their precious time.

Mostly the government schools students were from the lower middle and poor segment of the society so they cannot bear the expenses of tuitions to cope with the educational loss. When asked by one of the government school's teacher about the students' future during vacations, he told that this is not their problem they are enjoying holidays and the government should consider in this regard. On the other hand, the owners of private schools and principals are worried because they always busy in competition and they knows that closure of schools would badly affect the student's results.

When this scribe made contact with one of the private school principal in Hayatabad area of the City and asked him about the school closure, he told that they are also not happy with the situation because it destroys schools results and they cannot afford such forcibly vacation. He further said that they pay to their staff even in vacations but as schools were closed so their fee collection process stopped and they cannot pay salaries to their staff.

The father of Faizan, who is studying in class 6th informed "The Frontier Post" has termed the 'war against terrorism' is a mere drama and alleged that rulers were dancing to the US tune for their interest and killing innocent countrymen. "We are worried about our childrens future as no one is ready to accept responsibility of future generation's loss", said one mother of students. One of the private school administrator said that they want to re-open school but they were not allowed and who would be responsible if any untoward incident took place with students. He said they couldn't take any risk at student's life. "But the question is that who is responsible of the future of the students", he added.

A private lady schoolteacher Miss Nuzhat along with her other colleagues asked the delaying in final examination. She further told "The Frontier Post" that it is very difficult for them to complete the courses according to syllabus because in the 2008-09 session most of the time schools were remained closed in wake of the terrorism and other reasons. So, they demand to delay the annual examination for the betterment of the students.

One of the teacher of government school informed this scribe that God knows better our country's future because not even students were disturbed but government departments and business were also destroyed due to the negligence of our rulers. He alleged that all the leaders of our country have their own vested agenda and they are least bothered to the masses. In fact this entire situation is totally against the future of our young generation and destruction of our educational institutions. However, we pray from God for the improvement such situation as only God can take them out of this situation. -Ikram Ullah Khalil (F.P Report)

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Call to announce PSM exam results
Peshawar : Professional Management Services (PSM) passed candidates on Tuesday demanded of Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court, President of Pakistan, NWFP Chief Minister to order the authorities concerned to announce the results and save the future of the candidates. The candidates of Professional Management Services staged a protest rally in front of Peshawar Press Club demanding the results to be announced.

The protesting candidates were carrying banners and placards inscribed with slogans in favour of their demands. The protesters were also chanting full-throated slogans demanding immediate announcement of the successful candidates' results and place them in their concerned departments. Speaking on the occasion, different speakers said 4138 candidates had taken the examination under the supervision of Professional Management Services in December, 2008, weheras on 21 October, 2009, 179 candidates had been orally announced as successful candidates, but the results of the successful candidates yet to be announced officially.

They said that on the same posts, some officials got stay-order of the court, which delay the announcement of the results. They went on to say that some elements were creating hurdles in the announcement of the results, adding that due to the delay in the announcement, the successful candidates were being mentally tortured and also their future was being destroyed. Professional Management Services passed candidates reiterated and demanded of Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court, President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari and NWFP Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti to order the authorities concerned to announce the results and safe the future of the candidates. PPI

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TEVTA approved 2 women institutes
Khushab: Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) has approved two new vocational eduction institutions for women at district headquarter Jauharabad. According to TEVTA sources here on Tuesday, the new institutions--Government Polytechnic Institution for Women and Government Commerce College for women would be established at district headquarter to facilitate the people of this remote district of the province.

District Manager TEVTA Muhammad Akram Tarar has also requested the district government to provide required 37 Kanals and 35 kanals land respectively so the construction of the building can be started. According to health department sources, Punjab government has released funds worth Rs 10.4 million for repairing the building of nursing school Jauharabad and the construction of Gynae ward and labour rooms in DHQ hospital Jauharabd and at THQ hospitals--Noor Pur Thal, Nowshera and Khushab. APP

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