AJK varsity registrar demanding bribe: Hashmi
Lahore, Oct 05: Chairman, Evacuee Trust Property Board, Asif Hashmi has alleged that Registrar, University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Raja Qayyum was demanding money from him for giving a true copy of the notification regarding fake degree of PML-N MANA, Malik Riaz whose degree has been challenged in the court by Mr Hashmi.
Talking to reporters in his office on Friday, Asif Hashmi said that University of AJK issued a notification, dated 22nd of September 2010, declaring graduation degree of his rival candidate Malik Riaz as fake, but the registrar was demanding bribe for issuing an attested copy of the document to him.
He further alleged that University administration issued a fake degree to Malik Riaz by getting money and now they were seeking bribe for issuance of an attested copy of the said notification. Hashmi said he had filed a disqualification case against Malik Riaz, and had every right to have access to true copy of the official notification declaring BA degree of his rival candidate as fake.
He said it was strange that a person posted at responsible position in a University was seeking bribe from a person of the status of a federal minister for a genuine work.
Registrar, AJK University, Raja Qayyum was not available for his version despite when contacted repeatedly on his cell number (0344-5817395). The nation
Malakand varsity to have 8 more deptt
Peshawar: The syndicate of the University of Malakand Friday approved establishment of eight more departments from the current academic year.
The meeting, chaired by Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Rasool Jan, was attended by all the members of the body. Prominent among them were Prof Dr Ihsan Ali, vice-chancellor Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan and Nasser Ali Khan, director Institute of Management Sciences, Hayatabad.
The new departments to be opened in the university include Physics, Geo-Physics, Journalism and Mass Communication, Geology, Administration Studies, Statistics, Chemistry and Environmental Sciences.
The meeting also approved Rs122.5 deficit budget of the university. Approval was accorded to pay and package for the contractual employees, which according to the decision would be equivalent to the packages of the regular employees. However, the contract employees would not be entitled to pension.
The meeting also approved Vision 2020 Plan for the university, under which efforts would be made to bring the university at par with institutions of international standard. The meeting adopted a unanimous resolution expressing serious concern over the kidnapping of Islamia College University Vice-Chancellor Ajmal Khan. It stressed upon the government to make all out efforts for early and safe recovery of the academician. The news
Transfer of schoolteachers put on hold
Rawalpindi: The Lahore High Court (LHC) here on Friday suspended the transfer orders of hundreds of schoolteachers in Attock, directing the Punjab government to respond to the petition challenging its rationalisation policy.
Justice Mamoon Rashid Sheikh of the LHC's Rawalpindi bench directed the chief secretary Punjab, secretary education, district coordination officer Attock and executive district officer, Education, to file their written reply till October 18 in the petition filed by Punjab Teachers Union, Attock chapter.
Sardar Zada and others representing the union through their lawyer Tanveer Iqbal Khan have challenged the September 1 orders of district rationalisation committee about transfers of schoolteachers.
The petitioners have maintained that through rationalisation, the provincial education department had disturbed its general transfer and promotion policy, reinforced by different judgments of the higher courts.
They said the government decided to put the teacher-student ration to 1:40. At present the ratio was 1:29 as 363,374 teachers were available for the total 10,644,878 students in Punjab.
The teachers' representatives have asked the court to annul the transfers and stop the authorities from pursuing the policy of rationalisation.
PA told: Technical colleges on verge of collapse
Peshawar: The lawmakers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Friday took the government to task for not taking notice of shortage of teaching staff in technical educational institutions which, they said, were on the verge of collapse.
In the present situation, they said, imparting technical education to the youth was very necessary because terrorism had triggered joblessness in the region. However, industries and technical education department has failed to give importance to technical education, putting future of thousands of students at stake.
Responding to criticism by the lawmakers, Provincial Minister for Technical Education and Industries Mehmood Zaib Khan told the house that around 300 posts of lecturers were lying vacant in technical educational institutions across the province.
Mr Khan said that his department had sanctioned around 300 posts of lecturers in various technical educational institutions and asked the Public Service Commission (PSC) to fill it. However, he said, the PSC was yet to conduct tests and interviews to fill the sectioned posts.
Speaker Kiramatullah Khan Chagharmatti, who was chairing the session, observed that the number of the PCS members had already been increased then why it was delaying appointments in various departments. "All the vacant posts in the technical colleges should be filled immediately," he ruled.
The issue was raised by JUI-F MPA from Hangu district Mufti Janan during the question-answer hour, saying that vocational training centre in Hangu had started functioning in 1997, but it was currently closed due to absence of staff.Through a written reply, the department concerned stated that due to worsening law and order situation in Hangu the number of students had sharply dropped forcing the administration to close the institution.
However, the mover expressed dissatisfaction over the reply of the department concerned, saying if there was no staff member in the institution then how students could come and for what. "There are many primary and high schools adjacent to the closed technical college which are smoothly functioning in the area then why the college has been closed," he asked.
Similarly, woman MPA Ms Musarrat Shafi raised the same issue concerning her native district Kohat. She had sought the department's reply about the shortage of staff in the upgraded Government College of Technology, Kohat.
The industry and technical education department, in its reply, said that the process for appointment of necessary staff had been started. Through a written reply, the department said that it had sanctioned various posts to the PCS for filling vacant seats in the college.
There are nine vacant posts of assistant professor in grade-19 and seven of lecturer in grade-17. Taking part in the debate, MPA Saqibullah Chamkani also showed his dissatisfaction over the state of affairs in vocational institutions in Peshawar. The question raised by Ms Shafi was referred to the committee concerned with the approval of the house. Dawn