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Proposed hike in fee: Students threaten protest
Peshawar, Sept 28: The students of different universities have expressed grave concern over the government's plan to increase the tuition fee and threatened to launch a protest movement against it in the province.

The students, led by People's Students Federation leaders Malik Amjad Khan, Ameenullah Farooqi, Faheem Khattak and Alamzeb Utmanzai, said during a press conference here on Monday that materialisation of the plan would be a tough challenge for the government.

They said that with implementation of the plan, the morning shit fee would be increased from Rs1,000 to Rs1,300 while the evening shift would be considered as self-finance scheme.

They said that students of the province had already been affected by militancy and floods and now the government was planning to keep them away from the educational institutions.

"All the students are united and in case of implementation of the proposal we will start agitation against the government and the rulers will be responsible for all the consequences," they threatened.

Meanwhile, students of University of Peshawar, belonging to Bannu district, on Monday held a demonstration outside Peshawar Press Club against police for their failure to arrest the accused involved in the killing of an engineer student, Adnan.

The protesters were holding banners and placards inscribed with anti-police slogans. They also chanted slogans against the university administration for what they called not taking interest to force the government to arrest the accused.

They said that the accused were freely roaming in the engineering university but police were least bothered to arrest them.

They threatened to hold demonstrations outside offices of the governor and chief minister if the accused were not arrested at the earliest.

Meanwhile, hundreds of labourers belonging to different government departments led by Pakistan Workers Federation staged a protest demonstration outside the press club against the conviction of Dr Aafia and termed the verdict in violation of the human rights.

The protesters were holding placards inscribed with anti-US slogans.

They demanded early and safe return of Dr Aafia to her country. Dawn

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Early recovery of VC demanded
Dera Ismail Khan: The syndicate of the Gomal University here Monday asked the government to recover the kidnapped vice-chancellor of the Islamia College University, Ajmal Khan.

The demand was made at a meeting of the Gomal University syndicate presided over by the Vice-Chancellor Mansoor Akbar Kundi. The meeting was attended by Registrar Muhammad Jan Khan Kundi, former vice-chancellor Wazirzada Muhammad Idrees Sadozai, Additional Secretary for Higher Education department Syed Liaqat Ali Shah, Deputy Secretary for Establishment Muhammad Naqeeb Khan, Additional Secretary for Finance Muhammad Idrees Khan, syndicate members Dr Gul Majeed Khan, Prof Dr Muhammad Ayaz, Prof Syed Sajjad Shah, Salim Pervez Khan, Dr Ghulam Muhammad Kundi, Farida Khanum, Dr Hassan Khan Wazir, Director Finance Khalid Delawar and others.

The meeting condemned the kidnapping of the Islamia College University VC and asked the government to recover him forthwith. It asked the government to provide security to the teachers, especially to the heads of the institutions.

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Teachers demand autonomy for universities
Karachi: The Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA), an umbrella organisation for all public universities' teachers associations, has demanded complete autonomy for public sector universities in order to enhance the educational standards and remove the bureaucratic tangle of government.

FAPUASA made this demand in a meeting with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in Islamabad on Monday. Many teachers' associations of public sector universities attended the meeting through video conferencing, including Dr Abid Hasnain and Dr Fayyaz Vaid, the respective president and secretary of Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS).

Dr Vaid said that FAPUASA has no issues in accepting the Rs 15 billion that the government has already given to the HEC and which would be distributed to various public sector universities soon. "Our main demand is autonomy for public universities. We can not allow the dictatorial attitude of the HEC for long. Unnecessary meddling in the universities' affairs has created administrative and academic problems for the universities," Dr Vaid informed.

According to Dr Vaid, the public universities are quite capable of handling their affairs through their statuary bodies like Board of Studies (BoS), Board of Faculties (BoF), Board of Advanced Studies and Research (BASR), Senate, Academic Council and Syndicate. "All these bodies have educated and experienced teachers. We do not need the bureaucrats to tell us what to do," he remarked.

FAPUASA has also demanded a change in the promotion criteria, which it termed quite unpractical, for the induction of Assistant Professors. "We accept that a candidate with a PhD could be taken as an assistant professor without any teaching experience but we also demand that a Masters Degree holder with six years teaching experience should also eligible. Another demand is the acceptance of BASR-approved journal for the publication of research papers by the teachers along with the HEC-approved journals," he said.

"The great flaw in the constitution of decision-making committees by HEC is that it has no representation by the teachers. It is so strange and illogical that the decisions about the teachers and the universities are made by others and the teachers have no say. We want teachers' representation in such committees. FAPUASA can tell the government bodies what is good or bad for the universities," Dr Vaid said.

Dr Vaid reminded that KU and other public sector universities all over Pakistan had postponed their two-hour teaching strike up to October 4. "We do not want the students to be affected so we have postponed the boycott of classes. We hope that the HEC will reason and accept our demands. It is in the best interest of all the students, teachers and the universities. Giving freedom to universities will usher them into a new era of good governance and quality education," he concluded.

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KU students distribute fifth batch of relief aid
Karachi: The students of the University of Karachi (KU) distributed the fifth batch of relief goods among the flood victims in Thatta and nearby areas. A spokesman of the university said on Monday that the relief goods were sufficient for one month's need of some 300 families of the flood victims. He said that the relief goods were distributed under the guidance of Dean Faculty of Arts, Prof. Dr Abdus Shaheed Nomani, and the Student's Adviser, Prof. Dr Mansoor. The relief goods included eatables, utility goods as well as water coolers, etc. The news

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