No quota system in education institutions

Majority wants no quota system in educational institutions
Peshawar, Sep 13: Majority of people wants no quota system in educational institutions of the country. Quota system for admission to public sector educational institutes was introduced to create opportunities for students from rural areas or other left behind groups to catch up with the rest. However some have accused that quota system is misused by the more influential people of Pakistani society, while others are still supportive of it.

To find out how the public feels about such kind of quota system in educational institutions, a Gilani Research Foundation survey was carried out by Gallup Pakistan. According to this survey more than half of all Pakistanis (54%) believe that merit should be the only criteria for entry in all types of educational institutes and all reserved seats should be abolished as it deprives well-deserving, but perhaps from poor or less influential families. Twenty four percent (24%) are in the favor of such quota system where as 22% is unsure.

A nationally representative sample of men and women from across the country were asked "Some people believe that quota system in educational institutions should be abolished as it deprives intelligent students of good education. Whereas others think that quota system is justified and correct. In your opinion should there be a quota system?" majority (54%) claimed it is improper and hence should be abolished where as 24% of the respondents favour such quota system in educational institutes. Twenty two percent (22%) were unsure.

The data reveals that in the country as a whole, a proportionately higher percentage of urbanites (29%) as compared to the ruralites (21%) are in the favour of quota system. However rural Sindh is an exception where a comparatively higher percentage of respondents (36%) believe the quota system is justified and should be implemented in educational institutions.

"Some people believe that quota system in educational institutions should be abolished as it deprives intelligent students of good education. Whereas others think that quota system is justified and correct. The study was released by Gilani foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International. The latest survey was carried out among a sample of 2577 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country. F.P Report

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QAU employees may go on strike in protest
Islamabad: The employees of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) may go on strike if the university authorities continue to force them to shift to the newly constructed academic block, as the move, according to them, would cause hurdles for the students and employees.

The Employees Welfare Association has called its general body meeting tomorrow (Monday) in which decision would be taken against the forced vacation of the old building and shifting of the administration to new one Joint Academic Block. They said if the vice-chancellor persists to shift the administration, employees would go on an indefinite strike in retaliation.

The university authorities tried to shift the university's administration to new building on Saturday but on the resistance of the employees they failed.

The students also joined the employees, which compelled the authorities to leave the issue till Monday.

The students have also written an application to the chancellor of the university, President Asif Ali Zardari, appealing him to intervene and cancel the decision regarding shifting of the administration.

In this connection a meeting of EWA had also been held on September 7 wherein the association had rejected the decision of transferring the administration to the newly constructed block (Joint Academic Block), which, according to them, would cause hurdles in routine matters of the university.

The employees and students have been resisting the decision taken by the vice-chancellor, who is about to leave the position after few weeks, saying that the shifting of university administration to the new block which is far away from the university bank and departments and the decision would cause problems for the students and employees.

The employees said that the new block built in 2007 was meant for the faculty and to conduct seminars but the vice-chancellor has been forcing the administration to shift there.

"The newly constructed block is also not in a good condition as substandard material was used during construction.

The VC has been forcing the employees to shift just to show that the building is no more vacant. The nation

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GCU awarded PhD degree
Lahore: The Government College University (GCU), Lahore, has awarded a PhD degree to Ms Asma Karim in Zoology.According to a press statement, Asma Karim completed her thesis "Immunological Manifestation of Toxicants in Cyprinus Carpio (Common Carp) and Oncorhynchus Mykiss (Rainbow Trout)" under the supervision of Dr M Sharif Mughal, chairperson of Zoology Department, GCU. The news

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Iranian students visit UoP
Peshawar: Irani students on the third day of their visit arranged a religious meeting and recited holy Quran at Jinnah College and Law College of University of Peshawar here on Saturday.

Besides chief administrator of Iran Cultural Center (Khana-e-Farhang-e-Iran) Muhammad Zakari and Ghayaoor Hussain, PRO, President PUTA Arbab Khan Afridi, Regional Director of HEC Farmanullah Anjam, Principal of Jinnah College Prof Neolofer Zeb, Principal of Law College Dr Adnan Sarwar and a large number of teachers and students attended the meeting.

The last Mehfil-e-Qurat would be held at Shaikh Zahid Islamic Centre University of Peshawar on September 14. Earlier, Qari Ali Reza Nadif and Hafiz Mustafa Asfahani of Iran, arranged such religious meetings at Islamia College University and College of Home Economics. F.P Report

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Naqsh School calligraphy exhibition goes on display
Lahore: A unique exhibition of calligraphic and naqashi works created by 45 students of the Naqsh School of Arts was inaugurated at the Naqsh School of Arts to revive the dying Islamic art mostly used for the beautification of the historical buildings constructed by the Muslims across the world.

The exhibition was inaugurated on Saturday. Prominent artists and art teachers, including Shaukat Mehmood, Mahmood Hasan Rumi, Aslam Kamal, Tauqeer Nasir and others were present on the occasion along with students from various educational institutions.

The calligraphers have inscribed verses from the holy Quran, the names of Allah, and the Lauh-e-Qurani in different fonts and calligraphic styles. The artists have used various naqashi techniques, mainly adapted from Iranian styles, to create different kinds of flowers, plants and birds.

The patterns are painted in and around the calligraphic work and the carved writings in mosques for beautification. The Mughals mainly used these styles to create eye-catching murals, calligraphic pieces of art and carvings on the huge structures they built in the form of forts, mosques, gardens and baradaris.

Naqsh School's principal Mahmood Hasan Rumi told the participants that the styles of calligraphy and naqashi had become almost obsolete in the sub-continent, and the school was trying to revive these arts. He said both calligraphy and naqashi had remained the backbone of Islamic architecture. Rumi said he was inspired by the calligraphy and the Iranian style of naqashi as a child and decided to revive the art in the country after visiting a few of exhibitions of such arts.

The other speakers said the art students had created marvellous pieces of art in the exhibitios and had even tried one of the most difficult styles of calligraphy, Zukhruf, to create the art. The works of Naqsh School teachers Rasheed Butt, Munawar Islam and Hasan Rumi are also displayed on the occasion.

The exhibition will continue for the next fifteen days at the museum between 8:30am and 1:30pm. Daily times

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