Case against Quaid-i-Azam University students

Quaid-i-Azam University students booked for violence
Islamabad, Oct 16: The city police have registered a case against more than two dozen students of the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) for armed clashes and damaging official vehicles, officials said here on Thursday.

The case was registered after the university administration lodged a complaint with the Secretariat police, stating that over 25 students brawled on the campus, fired gunshots in the air and damaged vehicles.

According to the police, the students were affiliated with the Punjab and Sindh councils.

"Students involved in the armed conflict must face legal action as they preferred ethnicity over national identity," the officials said, adding that they would be arrested and produced in the court.

On Tuesday, the police returned from the university without taking any action after the QAU administration gave an assurance that the issue would be settled internally. However, the student groups again brawled the very next day. The police got the boys' hostels vacated at around 3:30am on Thursday and sealed the only entrance to the university to prevent entry of "troublemakers".

About the presence of firearms on the university campus, the police said the university administration should take steps in this regard.

Resident Officer and Natural Sciences Dean Dr Aslam Baig said that a meeting of chairpersons of all the departments was held in which he along with the vice-chancellor and provost briefed the participants about the incident, which resulted in the closure of the institution. "The university has been closed for the safety of students," the meeting was told.

The participants called for reopening the university as soon as possible, but Dr Baig sought a week to settle the issue and give some time to those students, who had returned to their native towns, some located in Sindh and Balochistan. About the brawl issue, Dr Baig said the university's disciplinary committee was probing the issue to take action against the students who triggered the ugly situation.

He said the students, who brought weapons to university and used them, would be rusticated while the rest of other troublemakers would be denied the hostel facility as a punishment.

The QAU administration on Thursday asked the students affiliated with the Punjab and Sindh councils to submit their grievances in writing with the names of people who provoked the issue. Both sides submitted their complaints.

A report on the incident along with the students' complaints and a list of troublemakers was sent to the police for legal action, Dr Baig said.

According to the resident officer, the study hours lost due to closure of the university would be covered by holding extra classes on Saturdays. Dawn

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1st batch of industrial engineers to graduate next year
Peshawar: The first batch of Industrial Engineering Department of the NWFP University of Engineering and Technology would graduate next year.

"Established in 2006, Industrial Engineering Department has 60 students on its roll, whose first batch will graduate next year," said Dr Iftikhar, chairman of the department while briefing the reporters. He also pointed out the issues relating to accreditation of the department by the Pakistan Engineering Council.

Dr Iftikhar said the department was aggressively pursuing faculty development programme. "Faculty have been sent to pursue PhD studies at the University of Bradford, UK, under a joint agreement while academic and research activities are also in place with Malaysian University under a fellowship programme," he added.

Vice-Chancellor Imtiaz Hussain Gilani gave directions for allotment of new classrooms for the department in the new academic block being constructed on the campus and agreed to furnish two state-of-the-art laboratories for the department so that students could get hands-on practice besides theoretical knowledge.

Dr Iftikhar said: "Industrial engineering is a cutting-edge discipline which is rapidly becoming popular in Pakistan".The VC said that industrial engineering faculty had to develop linkages with local industry for mutual benefits. The news

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Students debate on 'democracy as solution to existing evils'
Rawalpindi: Democracy is a tool for success, a beacon of light, showing direction to those who have been lost in oceans of kingdoms and one-man rules.

These were the excerpts of a speech, delivered by Namra Nadeem, who stood first in the Annual Speech Competition 2009 held at Fauji Foundation College for Girls, New Lalazar, here on Thursday. The topic of the speech was 'Salvation of Pakistan Lies in Democracy.'

The competition was held in connection with an inter-collegiate speech contest that will be held among the institutions affiliated with the Federal Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (FBISE). The first position holder will represent Fauji Foundation colleges in the final competition.

Keeping in view the present conditions prevailing in Pakistan with all feeling the urgent need of some revolutionary changes for the country's salvation and progress, the students discussed for and against the motion in a fiery debate session, pondering over questions, like is democracy the answer to the existing evils prevalent in our country?

Director Welfare Major General Mohammad Tahir was the chief guest at the competition that was judged by Safia Rasheed of Army Public School & College, Salma Khaliq of Joint Services Public School & College and Neelam Almas of International Islamic University (IIU), Islamabad.

According to the judges' decision, Namra Nadeem and Qurat-ul-Ain of the host institution stood first and second respectively while Furqan Shahid of Fauji Foundation College for Boys bagged third position, with Syed Anees-ul-Hasan of the same college receiving the consolation prize. The news

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Mehfil-e-Naat at AAUR
Rawalpindi: Islam lays great emphasis on acquiring the latest scientific knowledge, said Malik Maqbool Hussain Awan, registrar of the Pir Mehr Ali Shah-Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR), while speaking as chief guest during Qirat and Naat competitions.

The competitions were organised here on Thursday by the University's Directorate of Students Affairs, in which students from different departments of the University participated with great reverence and enthusiasm.

Malik Maqbool Hussain Awan said Islam is a complete code of life and teaches the entire humanity to differentiate between good and bad. He urged the Muslims to follow the teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).

He said there is a lot of talent in the varsity students and the aim of organising such competitions is to search out that talent and prepare the students for national and international level competitions. He said the AAUR administration would provide such a platform to students where they could demonstrate their skills, and the administration has been taking measures in this regard.

The Qirat competition was participated by six student contestants while there were 13 participants in the Naat competition. Waqas Hussain got the first position in the Qirat competition, while Mujahid Yaseen came second. In the Naat competition, Saba Haider bagged the first position, while Mujahid Yaseen and Saima Abbas got the second and third positions respectively. The chief guest distributed prizes among winners of the competition that ended with a prayer for the progress and prosperity of the country and the Muslim Ummah.

Earlier, Dr Azhar Naeem, Director Student Affairs AAUR, said the competitions would be conducted every year at the varsity and religious harmony, peace and brotherhood would be established on the campus through such religious events.

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Investiture ceremony at G-10/4 college
Islamabad: The responsibilities of women are much greater than those of men, as they have a greater task of raising a family which requires modesty, discipline and austerity in life.

This was stated by Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) Director General Shaista Peerzada while speaking at the investiture ceremony 2009-10 of Federal Government College for Women, G-10/4, here on Tuesday.

"Responsibilities are hard, but you should be prepared for them right from a tender age to face loads of them in your future life," said Shaista Peerzada. She said that the council members have to shoulder a lot of responsibilities, as they act as a bridge between the college administration and students. "You must keep your pledges, as you'll be accountable for them."

The college life encourages healthy competition and entertains constructive criticism, and prepares students for the responsibility that have been bestowed upon with and prove their worth by implementing it in a befitting manner.

Earlier, the ceremony started with the recitation of Holy Qur'aan and Naat, followed by the general secretary of the former students' council of 2008 presenting the 2007-08 events report. Certificates were then awarded to members of the previous students' council to acknowledge their services.

Later, the chief guest took oath from the newly elected members of this year's students' council.

The newly elected council comprises President Ayesha Shakoor, Vice-President Anam Mahmood and General Secretary Sara Iram. The news

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Calligraphy exhibition at NAG
Islamabad: Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia on Thursday organised Indonesian Cultural Exhibition & Skill Development Workshops at National Art Gallery (NAG) in collaboration with the National Vocational & Technical Education Commission (NAVTEC) and Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA).

The exhibition of calligraphy and workshops aimed to enhance cultural relationships between Indonesia and Pakistan to promote skill development in creative industries.

Food and Agriculture Minister Nazar Muhammad Gondal was the chief guest on the occasion, who inaugurated the exhibition. Indonesian Ambassador Ishak Latuconsina and Mrs Butar Latuconsina were also present on the occasion. Diplomatic community, government officials, members of the civil society and students took keen interest in the exhibition.

Batik was one of the prominent features during the event. It is one of the most popular Indonesian arts. It is an ancient textile art of applying dyes to porous surfaces. Batik has been both an art and a craft for centuries. To present true colours and exquisite expressions of these exclusive Indonesian rich art forms, the embassy invited highly professional and renowned Batik masters and calligraphers from Indonesia.

Batik Exhibition, Batik painting, Batik art demonstration on cloth and wood, and Calligraphy exhibition and workshops of Indonesian and Pakistani artists featured the three-day long mega colourful event.

The participants for Batik and calligraphy workshops were selected by NAVTEC from different universities, colleges and fine arts institutions. The exhibition and the workshops also provided a unique opportunity to the participants to learn the centuries-old Indonesian famous arts of Batik making and calligraphy.

Over 150 calligraphy paintings by Indonesia and Pakistani artists were put on display.

The Indonesian calligraphy has its own unique touch, which makes it different from others. Indonesian calligraphies were developed on different surfaces such as canvas, walls and leather.

Food and Agriculture Minister Nazar Muhammad Gondal said this exhibition would help promote cultural exchange between the two counties. "The government is committed to developing skilled programmes and human resources to make vocational workshops successful," Gondal said.

Indonesian Ambassador Ishak Latuconsina said Indonesia-Pakistan friendship was rooted in shared values, mutual understandings and similarities in culture. "It is important that we should constantly enhance this cultural relationship, which is why we have organised this exhibition," he said.

He said it was a matter of pleasure that Batik had recently been added to the Representative List of UNESCO's World Intangible Cultural Heritage by recognising Indonesia as the original rightful owner of this exclusive art form. "Besides, the exhibition also demonstrate the artistic talent of the Pakistani artists, whose beautiful work of calligraphy is on display for your interest," he said.

NAVTEC Chairman Adnan A Khawaja and Executive Director Athar Tahir said over 100,000 persons had benefited from different skilled programme initiated by NAVTEC. "We feel proud to have Indonesia as our partner to enhance and exchange cultural and educational programmes through skill development," they said.

The exhibition and workshops will continue at NAG till October 17, while in Lahore it will be held at Alhamra Arts Council on October 19-20. Daily times

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