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UoP gets registrar
Peshawar, Oct 21: After serving as acting registrar for more than six months, Dr Syed Fazli Hadi was Wednesday named as registrar of the University of Peshawar. The decision was taken by the Syndicate of the university in a meeting here. Dr Hadi has worked on various administrative positions in the university for the last 19 years. He did his PhD from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, in 2009.

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Rs2.3m Martyrs Monument to be built at IIU
Islamabad: Students and faculty members of the International Islamic University (IIU) here on Wednesday remembered the tragic twin suicide attacks, which claimed lives of eight students and a security guard.

Two events were held in the university and FM radio station, being run by university students, broadcast live transmission of the events with a title of 'University kay Shaheedon kay Naam'.

The blasts occurred in quick succession on September 20 last year in segregated blocks for girls and boys on the university campus in Sector H-10. A bomber barged into the women-only facility despite fierce resistance put up by the security guard, blew himself up at the entrance of the girls' cafeteria. The other bomber detonated his explosives-laden jacket on the first floor of the Imam Abu Hanifa Block.

The students who lost their lives in these terrorist attacks included Hafiz Naseem Anjum, Hafiz Khalilur Rehman, Amina Tahir, Amina Batool, Tayyaba Hina, Aqsa Malik, Hina Nawaz and Sidra Khalil. Security guard Parvez Masih lost his life when he intercepted one of the terrorists at the gate.

The students displayed banners reading poems and quotes to show their love and compassion for their fellow students. They also placed bouquets and lit candles for the departed souls besides reciting poems and offering prayers. They were of the view that they did not gather there to grieve their death but to remember the beautiful moments they spent with them.

IIU Rector Professor Fateh Muhammad Malik, while addressing a gathering in the boys' section, said that students from all Muslim countries come to the university to seek education and the purpose of those attacks were to halt the process of learning and education.

"The students showed great courage and dedication and proved that this prestigious learning institution is still a symbol of standard and success," he said.

IIU President Dr. Anwar Hussain Siddiqui said they would continue to remember the students who lost their lives in the suicide attacks and their sacrifices would not go waste.

IIU Vice President Parveen Qadir Agha, while speaking on the occasion, said that the terror attacks failed to weaken the resolve of the students as they continued their studies with more passion and vigour.

She said all injured were rushed to hospitals by the students before arrival of ambulances and police.

Parveen Qadir Agha appealed for help in building a monument at a cost of Rs2.3 million. She said: "The monument would be a symbol of courage and commitment and show our love for the departed souls."

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Urdu speech, debate contests held
Islamabad: Urdu speech and debate contest were held at the CDA Model School as part inter-house competitions, says a press release.

Captain (r) Faiz Muhammad, sports & culture director at the Capital Development Authority, was the chief guest on the occasion. Ms. Kashifa and Ms Hina Majeed from IMCG, F-8/1, and Mrs. Saeeda Khalid from IMCB, I-8/3, were the judges.

The topic of speech was 'Mauj Barhe Ya Andhi Aye' which was won by Fabeha of Razia Sultana House. While the debate on 'Islamabad Awam Ka Ya Khawas Ka' was won by Mahham Zehra of Noor Jehan House.

The chief guest admired the beauty of Islamabad and advised to keep it clean and green while addressing the audience. He also appreciated the teachers and the students' efforts in organising the competition as such activities play a vital role in enlightening the students and make them aware of their surroundings. The news

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'Bring teachers, or we'll lock schools'
Karak: Residents of Isak Chauntra and Sabirabad have warned the government to ensure the presence of teachers in the girl schools in their areas or they would lock the schools.

Elders of the two areas said that for many months the students had been staying at home because there was no one in the schools to teach them. Only two teachers had been running the government high school for girls in Isak Chauntra, they said.

"We brought the issue to the notice of high-ups of the district's education department but have seen no action taken against the absentee teachers so far," they said.

The elders said that some teachers were residing outside the district with their husbands to educate their own children at the cost of their students. They added that less-educated and untrained substitute persons were attending classes on the behalf of some teachers to maintain the attendance register. "These teachers are getting their salaries without attending the school," they said.

The parents of students of government high school for girls in Sabirabad also protested against the school administration over expulsion of some students of eight, ninth and tenth classes. They alleged the headmistress of the school was responsible for the situation and demanded that she should be transferred as she polluted the educational environment of the school. They threatened to stage protest if their demand was not met. Dawn

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COMSATS offers membership to Muslim countries
Islamabad: The Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) with twenty 21 member states in three continents, has offered partnership to 43 Muslim countries participating in the ongoing 5th Islamic Conference of Ministers of Higher Education and Scientific Research (ICMHESR).

The offer was made by the Executive Director of COMSATS of Pakistan, Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi at the third session of the conference being held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from Oct 19-21.

Dr. Imtinan stressed the Higher Education Ministers' and other participants of ICMHESR to consider joining COMSATS to enable their scientists to take benefits of COMSATS's programmes in areas such as environmental science, renewable energy, water and research, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), bio-technology and material sciences.

He said the Commission activities are focused in the development of science and technology capacity in members states by encouraging south-south cooperation along with North-South cooperation.

Dr. Imtinan said a network of 16 Centers of Excellence in developing countries is affiliated with COMSATS. These centers being prestigious Science and Technology organizations in their own countries are participating in technology-transfer and knowledge sharing programs.

He said the ICMHESR participants can also benefit from COMSATS's two flagship projects; COMSATS Institute of Information Technology which offers 48 degree programs and Internet Services of COMSATS which offers value added solutions in, domain and hosting, web development, networking training and data centers. He added that experience gained in these projects is available for the common members of COMSATS and OIC.

The theme of three-day ICMHESR is, "Enculturation of Quality In Academia, Research and Innovation Towards Prosperity of Ummah". app

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