Race on for grabbing post of IIUI president
Islamabad, Oct 19: The race for grabbing the post of Islamic International University Islamabad (IIUI) president, which will be vacant in two months time, is on, as the potential candidates have started approaching the Presidency.
President Asif Zardari, as the chairman of the university's Board of Trustees (BOT), is the appointing authority.
The university, which has special standing among Muslim countries, is known for research in Islamic studies. Moreover, it is probably the only public-sector university whose head draws a salary close to half a million rupees along with fringe benefits, including a number of official cars.
Sources close to the development in the President Secretariat said that the incumbent, Dr Anwar Hussain Siddiqui, completing four-year term towards the end of December, is hopeful for another term. However, under the IIUI ordinance no extension could be given beyond single four-year term. Sources said a suggestion has been made by supporters of Mr Siddiqui that instead of awarding him extension, he should be appointed afresh in the same position.
But they also said considering his health and age (mid 70s), it was highly unlikely he would get another term. In the recent past, the university has remained in the news for controversial appointments and terminations, which would also go against his efforts to get another term, they said.
Parveen Qadir Agha, vice-president of the IIUI about to end her contract in the present position, has also moved her contacts in the President Secretariat to head the university.
A former federal secretary, Ms Agha is a well-connected former bureaucrat. Name of Dr Mumtaz Ahmad, director, Iqbal Institute of Research and Dialogue at IIUI, is also doing rounds as the next president of the university.
Dr Irfan Khan, former head of environmental sciences and once blue-eyed of the current president but recently dismissed by the university, was also a hopeful for the position.
When asked, officials said the Presidency has received a summary from IIUI Rector Prof Fateh Mohammad Malik, seeking permission from President Zardari to nominate three scholars for the next IIUI president. According to the university's ordinance, the selection of its president is decided at a BOT meeting, chaired by the president of the country. On its membership list, the BOT has representatives from all 57 Muslim countries.
Under current circumstances, officials said, it was not possible to hold meeting of the BOT.
After receiving permission from the Presidency, Prof Malik would forward a panel of three scholars and one of them would be picked for the job. Dawn
IIUI blasts anniversary tomorrow
Islamabad: The International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) will tomorrow (October 20) observe the 1st anniversary of twin suicide blasts to remember the victims. So far the relatives of the blast still waiting for compensation, announced by Government.
The blasts occurred on October 20, 2009 and claimed lives of two male (Hafiz Nafees Anjum and Hafiz Khalilur Rehman), Six female students (Amna Tahir, Amna Batool, Tayyaba Hina, Aqsa Malik, Hina Nawaz and Sidra Khalid) and one employee janitor (Parvez Masih). Scored of other students were also among injured.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik, who visited the blast sites on the day, announced compensation of Rs 0.3 million for each deceased and Rs 0.1 million for around 40 injured students.
An amount of Rs 1 million was also announced for janitor of the female cafeteria, who sacrificed his life and saved hundreds of female students by stopping the suicidal attackers to enter the cafeteria.
As many as nine people died and many injured students remained under treatment for months in different hospitals of the federal capital but no financial assistance was given to them by the government. While victims' families, IIUI administration, faculty staff and students bore all the expenses of treatment worth millions of rupees.
The parents of the victims since then have been demanding the compensation amount from the IIUI officials. While the university had sent repeated reminders to Interior Ministry to pay the compensation to release the amount but the procedural delays on part of ministry causing hurdles.
Parents of the victims were of the view that whenever they consulted university officials to seek help university officials told replied that the ministry had told us to wait. Moreover, the officials said that the summary had been sent to prime minister for the approval and now after a year no release of amount had been made.
The scars of the incident have not been healed and memories of the horrific blasts are still fresh in the minds of the victims and their families. Not only victims but also their whole families have suffered due to the attacks on an educational institution.
Though the university has given a job to the brother of janitor at the campus but his widow, Shaheen, still has been waiting for the compensation and families of other victims are also passing through hard times.
When asked IIUI Vice President Perveen Qadir Agha about the release of pledged amount she said the Interior Ministry had not replied us despite our repeated reminder to them. "The university was asked by the interior ministry's officials to send the victims list again as the amount has been transferred to the ICT administration but there was no follow up of that verbal announcement," she said.
Agha said it would take more time because of procedural work. However, she said the university has done a lot for the compensation of the victims and their relatives. "We have conatacted the relatives of victims both deceased and injured and given a job to Pervaiz Masih's brother at IIUI," Agha said.
She said university would definitely send request to government again as the anniversary was a day away to release the amount so that announced amount could be given to the victims' family on the anniversary day or after without delay. Daily times
MPA graduated in '96, got degree in '91
Islamabad: Seemal Kamran, a woman member of the Punjab Assembly is among a few lawmakers who have been continuously ignoring notices issued by the Election Commission asking them to appear before its officer handling the issue of lawmakers' degrees.
And she has a reason to stay away from proceedings as she claims to have graduated in 1996, but the degree she holds was issued in 1991. This emerged during the hearing of cases of lawmakers accused of holding fake or invalid degrees.
A report sent by the Punjab University said the degree was fake and had never been issued by it.
In all 15 lawmakers were asked to appear before the EC officer on Monday, but more than half of them neither appeared in person nor sent their counsel or representatives.
Seemal Kamran and three other members of the Punjab Assembly, Shamaila Rana, Farah Deeba and Syeda Majida Zaidi, have been given the last chance to appear on Oct 21, failing which it would be assumed that they had nothing in their defence and their cases will be closed and placed before the Chief Election Commissioner for final orders in the light of the Supreme Court's directive on the matter.
Others who did not turn up and were given final notices for Oct 25 include members of the National Assembly Hayatullah Khan Tareen (NA-155), Ghulam Dastagir Rajar (NA-235), Mazhar Hayat (NA-138) and Punjab Assembly Member Muhammad Safdar Gill (PP-274).
For Ms Samina Khawar Hayat (PP-Reserved), an advocate appeared and filed a fresh power of attorney. The cause list of Lahore High Court was provided as evidence that the counsel previously engaged was busy and was unable to appear and Oct 25 was fixed for the next hearing.
Advocate Jehanzeb Akhtar representing Ijaz Ahmed (PP-209) sought two weeks' adjournment for filing a reply and providing relevant documents. The committee provided him relevant order of the Supreme Court about degree cases and fixed Oct 25 for the next hearing.
Qasim Farooq, brother of Afshan Farooq (PP-Reserved), appeared as her representative and asked for an adjournment on the grounds that she was in Hyderabad and could not appear because of domestic engagements. This case also will be taken up on Oct 25 and the MPA was asked to appear positively on the date either in person or through the counsel.
Sohail Manzoor Khan representing Sardar Mir Badshah Khan Qaisrani (PP-240) provided previous court verdicts about his degree. The committee, after going through these court verdicts, asked him to provide the final judgment and fixed Oct 25 for the final hearing of the case.
Ms Nasim Nasir Khawaja appeared in person and asked for relevant documents for filing a reply. She was given the documents and asked to appear on Oct 21.
Muhammad Khan Toor, Balochistan Minister for Population Welfare (PB-16), appeared in person and provided original documents which were given to a representative of the Higher Education Commission for verification.
Advocate Rustam Khan Padhiar appeared for Saima Aziz (PP-Reserved) and pleaded that he had already submitted her academic documents. Dawn
School of Management Sciences inaugurated at QAU
Islamabad: The School of Management Sciences (QASMS) was inaugurated at the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) here on Monday. It would offer Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) programme with specialisation in marketing, finance and human resource management.
QAU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Masoom Yasinzai inaugurated the QASMS building and formally welcomed the newly-enrolled students of BBA. The Department of Administrative Sciences of QAU has been recently transformed into Quaid-i-Azam School of Management Sciences (QASMS) and the department has been serving the graduate market for over 35 years.
Addressing the gathering, QAU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai said that the Faculty of Social Sciences of Quaid-i-Azam University is emerging with a new vigour and dynamism. "The QAU has recently introduced three new schools under the umbrella of the Faculty of Social Sciences, which includes the School of Economics, School of Management Sciences and the School of International Politics. Two new schools i.e. School of Law and School of Media Sciences would be launched soon," he said.
He said now the university has started four-year BS programme and the departments are expanding with a rapid pace not only in social sciences but also in the fields of natural and biological sciences.
He appreciated the efforts of Faculty of Social Sciences Dean Dr. Naveed-i-Rahat, Registrar Dr. Shafique Rehman and Chairman QASMS Dr. G S K Niazi.
QASMS Chairman Dr. G S K Niazi expressed the vision and commitment towards promoting research in management sciences. "With its well-designed programmes, outstanding faculty and state-of-the-art facilities, QASMS can definitely be ranked among one of the best institutes of management sciences," he said.
Among others, QAU Registrar Dr. Shafiqur Rehman, deans, faculty members, leading government functionaries and students attended the ceremony.
Debates held at FJWU
Rawalpindi: The Department of English at Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) organised an inter-department debates in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for the Allama Iqbal Shield.
The topics for debate in English were 'Money speaks sense in a language all nations understand' and 'Honesty is the best policy when there is no money in it', while the topics for Urdu debate were 'Joh meray hoontoon sey lafz niklay' and 'Agar milti mujh ko do din ki baadshahi aey doost'.
In English debate, Roshan Zahra, a student of the Department of English, got first prize. Mariam Tufail, a student of Bachelors in Computer Arts, got second prize. Ayesha Khaliq, a student of Bachelors in Computer Arts, got first prize in Urdu debate. Samra Iftikhar, a student of Department of English, got second prize in this category.
Dr. Sarwat Rasul, in-charge of the student activities, organised the event. Dr. Shamim Zaidi, chairperson of the Communication & Media Studies, and Ayesha Usmani, in-charge of the Islamic Studies Department, were the judges for Urdu debates. Fareena Iqbal, in-charge of the QEC & BCA, and Qamar Khushi, assistant professor at the Department of English were the judges for English debate.
Dr. Shamim Zaidi distributed shields among the winners and appreciated them for their efforts. The news