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HEC releases Rs40 million for Hazara varsity

Mansehra, Oct 15: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has released Rs40 million for 50 per cent ad hoc enhancement in salaries and a reconstruction project of the Hazara University.

An HU press release read Thursday the amount was released after Vice-Chancellor of the university Dr Sakhawat Hussain Shah met Chairman of HEC Dr Javed Laghari at his office and apprised him of the problems faced by the faculty and students due to suspension of work on October 8, 2005 earthquake-affected buildings.

The other projects of education and research also came under discussion and the chairman pledged that he would endeavour to address the basic problems being faced by the HU. Laghari said that the HEC would take prompt action to avert the suspension of the work on the ongoing reconstruction schemes at the university. The HEC also released an amount of Rs15 million for the payment of 50 per cent ad hoc relief in the salaries of the university employees. The news

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Alleged embezzlement at IUB: VC faces official wrath for no action against predecessor
Lahore: The Punjab higher education department has sought an explanation from Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB) vice-chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Muhammad Mukhtar for his failure to take action against his predecessor despite Punjab government's instructions.

IUB former vice-chancellor Dr Bilal A Khan was accused of misappropriation of funds and illegal appointment of retired personnel in the varsity. A three-member committee made by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had investigated into the affairs and reported that Dr Khan had embezzled funds that needed to be audited.

As the Punjab higher education department could take no action while Dr Khan was a serving vice-chancellor, the Punjab government replaced Dr Khan with Prof Dr Muhammad Mukhtar on July 23. Dr Khan's tenure had expired on October 2, 2009, but the chancellor had asked him to continue the work. last.

After getting go-ahead from the law department, the higher education department asked the VC to get a criminal case lodged against Dr Khan as there was sufficient evidence that he had committed a cognizable offence, including criminal breach of trust as the vice-chancellor of the varsity.

The new VC, however, placed the issue before the varsity's Syndicate for a unanimous decision on Oct 11. The education department's top officials, however, believed that there was no need to go to the Syndicate because all allegations against Dr Khan were proved by the chief minister's three-member inquiry committee consisting of Higher Education Secretary Ahad Khan Cheema, Bahawalpur Commissioner Muhammad Mushtaq and then Chief Minister's Inspection Team chairman Salahuddin Ahmed Khan Niazi.

After lengthy discussion and in spite of majority of Syndicate members in favour of registering an FIR and filing civil suit against the former VC, it is learnt, Prof Mukhtar withdrew the agenda item for no particular reason.

It is also learnt that the higher education department's representative on the IUB Syndicate, the additional secretary (academic) also walked out in protest.

The higher education department on Thursday issued an explanation letter asking Prof Mukhtar to tell the reason that why he withdrew an important agenda item after discussion in the Syndicate meeting

This reporter tried to contact Prof Mukhtar but he did not respond. Dawn

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First school for autistic children
Lahore: Oasis School is, undoubtedly, a new chapter in academic history of the country as it is the first state-of-the-art training institution for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs).

The school would be a herald of change, especially for those who have been neglected over the years in Pakistan due to many reasons - lack of awareness, diagnoses and support, etc.

Autism is a life-long developmental disability which was once believed to be a psychiatric disorder, but it is now proved as a neurological brain disorder.

According to a report, over 600,000 people in Pakistan are suffering from ASDs but, unfortunately, little is being done in connection with training of such children both in public and private sector.

Oasis School, a project of Sharif Trust, started working in April this year with a motto 'Unlocking the Potential' to train children suffering from Autism, so that they can lead an independent life and be a part of the society.

It is situated in Sharif Medical City Complex, Raiwind, in a suburb of the south part of the provincial metropolis.

According to Oasis School CEO Ayesha Haroon, the school is providing high standard of education along with relevant therapies to enable children to develop their potential to interact with people and lead their lives independently.

She also talked about staff training, saying that the Oasis faculty was given regular training by foreign experts, especially from the UK, as there was a dearth of experts in this field in Pakistan.

She added the facility of language and speech therapy was also ensured by engaging foreign qualified specialists.

She told The News that, at present, the school had a total of eight students and equal number of teachers to take care of them during their stay at the school.

About the future plans, Ayesha Haroon said a purpose-built campus would also be established for the senior students while vocational training of children diagnosed with Autism would also be ensured in collaboration with universities and other top institutions.

'There is no commercial aspect to this project,' she said, adding that the project was initiated as there was dire need of a training institution for children diagnosed with Autism in the country.

According to the schoolís principal, Samrina Anwar, the curriculum of the Oasis School provides personalized individual education plans based on a full assessment and review. The news

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Students urged to read books on history
Lahore: Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has called on the newly enrolled students to constantly work hard and wholeheartedly devote themselves to pursuit of knowledge so as to achieve distinctive positions in every sphere of life and to earn a place of honour for their country.

He was addressing the participants of a grand reception hosted in honour of over 2,000 newly-admitted students at New Campus here on Thursday. Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Jamil Anwar Ch, Registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Akhtar, Deans of all faculties, senior teachers and scholars also attended the reception.

Congratulating the newly admitted students, the VC advised them that apart from textbooks, they should foster the habit of reading books on history, culture and literature to widen their mental horizons. He said the Almighty had blessed Pakistani youth with rich creative and intellectual faculties, which can be sharpened through sheer dedication and hard work. "This university students have not only attained top positions in examinations but have also demonstrated outstanding performance in debates, poetry, dramatic performances and other extra-curricular activities" he said and added that most recently Gujranwala Campus MBA student Muhammad Inam had brought laurels to the nation by winning gold medal in wrestling at Commonwealth games.

He said Punjab University had produced leaders of high calibre and stature in politics, literature and religion. In this connection, he mentioned names of Javed Hashmi, Jahangir Badar, Tahir-ul-Qadri, Majeed Amjad, Anwar Masood, Amjad Islam Amjad and the Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani who had received his MA in Journalism from PU.

On the occasion, Advisor Students Affairs Iftikhar Ahmad Ch said PU students last year bagged 32 trophies and 146 individual prizes besides winning eight lakhs of cash prizes in competitions. He gave out details of upcoming leading events, seminars and numerous co-curricular as well as extra-curricular activities, which the varsity will be undertaking during the coming year to properly groom the personalities of the young generation. The nation

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