Allama Iqbal Open University's vehicles scam

AIOU vehicles spare parts sold in market
Islamabad, Oct 27: A scam at the Allama Iqbal Open University's (AIOU) transport department was unearthed as its officials have been found involved in selling costly spare parts of the university's vehicles.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was other day informed that the spare parts of 20 Land Cruisers and Land Rovers, shown as of no use in the AIOU papers, were sold in the black market.

"It is a known fact in the spare parts markets of Rawalpindi and Islamabad that AIOU too offers parts of these vehicles comparatively on cheaper rates," an audit official told the PAC.

During a visit to AIOU, the official added, it looked as if the university has developed a junkyard for offering spare parts to buyers. He said if one cannot find a spare part in the open market, the customer was sent to the university. The official said they were in final stages of AIOU audit and soon a report would be presented before the PAC.

According to sources, the British government long ago gave Land Rovers and Land Cruisers to the university to make its 'outreach programme' effective in remote areas. Vehicles remained under use without proper maintenance. Sources said vehicles would be offered to top government officials in complete violation of rules.

As vehicles wear and tear continued, one by one they broke down, and their parts were taken out with alleged connivance of the university's staff. In past the issue was raised at various forums of the university, but no action was taken. Sources said now only the rusting frames of the vehicles were left, when asked why the university didn't auction them.

The PAC has taken notice of unauthorised use of government vehicles in the federal government ministries and divisions. The committee has set November 1 as deadline for every federal public sector organisation to submit reports on the status of their vehicles, including how many were sanctioned and which ones were misused.

The PAC has warned that in case of any discrepancy in the reports on misuse of government vehicles, the relevant principal accounting officers would be held responsible and their salaries would be deducted.

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Students want serious efforts for VC's release
Peshawar: Students of the state-run universities held a protest demonstration at the campus on Tuesday and demanded serious efforts to secure release of Ajmal Khan, vice-chancellor of Islamia College University.

He was kidnapped from the Professors Colony along with his driver on Sept 7 while on his way to the university.

Also enraged over the 300 per cent increase in the fee, students of the University of Peshawar, Agricultural University, Islamia College University and the University of Engineering and Technology gathered at the Pearl Canteen Lawn under the banner of Muttahida Talaba Mahaz and marched towards the UoP VC's office.

They held banners inscribed with the slogans for Ajmal Khan's release and cut in fee.

Imtiaz Wazir, campus president of Pakhtun Students Federation, while speaking on the occasion said that 50 days had passed but there was no clue to the kidnapped VC. This, he said, had sent a wave of fear in the academic staff as well the students.

"The agitation is peaceful until now but it can turn violent," he warned.

Islami Jamiat Talaba nazim Mian Shoaib said that the government had dropped a bombshell on the students by raising fee at a time when they were still recovering from floods and the endless spate of terrorism.

"Hike in fee is totally unjustified. Families had lost their belongings, how can the parents from flood-hit areas pay Rs50,000 fee," he asked.

Irfan Iqbal, president of the Peoples Students Federation, said that the students should come out in large number to make the campaign for VC's release much stronger. He demanded protection for the students and teachers so that they could continue their academic activities in a peaceful atmosphere.

The protest will continue till VC's safe recovery from the captors, he said.

Later, the students dispersed peacefully. Dawn

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Prize distribution ceremony held at UMS
Peshawar: The 55th Annual Prize Distribution Ceremony of University Model School (UMS) was held here on Tuesday.

Students with outstanding performance in the academic year 2009-10 were awarded with gold medals and certificates. Apart from the academic achievements, students were awarded prizes for their distinctions in co-curricular activities.

Vice-Chancellor, University of Peshawar, Prof Dr Azmat Hayat Khan was chief guest on the occasion. Principal of the school Rashida Niazi presented the annual report and said the school had achieved distinctions and maintained remarkable standards over the last five years. She added that this year in the Science Group, Muzhda Subhan secured 962 marks and stood third in the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Peshawar.

Dr Azmat Hayat Khan said in the prevailing circumstances the role of school-teachers was very important because they could give their pupils a proper guideline of life and enlightened them with the dynamics of 21st century.

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SDC announces IT business course
Islamabad: The Skill Development Council (SDC) has announced Home IT Business Course. It is 5th batch as the course is very popular with youth and housewives.

The basic aim is to prepare cyber entrepreneurs, who can reach out to customers anywhere in the world, says a press release on Tuesday. It will empower participants to enter in outsourcing business for the world market at a low cost. In a span of six months the trained individuals will be earning at least $400 on average.

The subjects covered include entrepreneurship, introduction to outsourcing portals and requirement to register with these, tricks to post bids against projects, proposal documentation, development methodology for webs, software and DB related projects, overview of latest development techniques available in the market to deliver maximum in a lesser amount of time, payment mechanisms and marketing techniques, rating techniques and repeat clientage strategy. Online registration has started.

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Rootsians taught about e-learning
Rawalpindi: To create awareness among students about e-learning, the Intel World Ahead Float activities were held in all branches of the Roots School System in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

The Intel has collaborated with the Roots School System to promote Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in education to have classmate PCs at every school and class level.

This project aims to develop state-of-the-art laboratories based on 1:1 computing devices that incorporates unique software and hardware features to serve educational needs in developing countries. 1:1 computing device can be used by one student at a time, in schools, to support the unique needs of teaching and interactive learning.

The Intel World Ahead Float visited the RSS campuses in Islamabad region, Satellite Town and DHA in Rawalpindi. The objectives of this activity were to create IT awareness amongst students, teachers and administration, educate institute on new platforms, increase PC usage in the country amongst the future generation of Pakistan, showcasing Intel latest affordable platforms, create awareness via demo units and info material available at float and educate audience about affordable machines attributes via interception.

Roots School System Director Faisal Mushtaq said that cooperation among education sector stakeholders is the key to harmonisation of innovative teaching approaches and eventually to achieving optimal education standards. Forging international collaborations is one of the cornerstones of the RSS learning and teaching approach.

"Keeping in mind the changing paradigm of education today, RSS in a first of its kind initiative has customized a unique ICT curriculum in collaboration with Intel Education Pakistan," he added.

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Pakistan Education Forum distributed education kits containing
Islamabad: Textbooks, notebooks, schoolbags and pouches among 200 students of the flood-affected areas, says a press release issued here on Tuesday. PEF Chief Executive G H Anjum Khokhar said that education kits were distributed in the flood-affected areas of Rajanpur, Dera Ghazi Khan and Layyah. Khokhar stated that the PEF selected four collaborating partner organisations in these districts to carry out relief activities with local support and guidance. The news

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IIUI new chief security officer assumes charge
Islamabad: Lt. Col Amjad Zaman Khan has assumed the charge of IIUI's new chief security officer.

Lt. Col Amjad Zaman has thirty years experience and he also rendered services at National Accountability Bureau, Pakistan Railways and a number of private security organizations.

He also served as translator of Chinese language and attended many special courses at national level, said a news release issued here on Tuesday. app

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