Govt blocks YouTube operations
Islamabad, Sep 17: In response to surging protests against the controversial film 'Innocence of Muslims', the government decided on Monday evening to block operations of the video sharing website YouTube in the country.
"Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has taken cognizance of the blasphemous film available on YouTube and has issued strict instructions to the ministry of information technology to block the services of YouTube with immediate effect," said an official statement.
It said the decision came after YouTube refused to act on the advice of the government of Pakistan to remove the anti-Islam film from its site.
The prime minister said the objectionable material would not be tolerated and the services of YouTube would remain suspended till the removal of the hate material.
In May 2010, the government banned Facebook for some time when the social network site encouraged its users to post images of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). Dawn
CAP raises admission seats
Karachi: Director Colleges Nasir-ul-Ansar, while addressing a press conference at Government Women College, Shahrah-e-Liaquat, on Monday stated that increase in the number of candidates as compared to those of previous years was a positive sign and that Centralised Admission Policy (CAP) had increased the number of seats in view of the same.
Ansar announced the admission lists prepared by CAP for Pre-Engineering (Male) and Computer Science (Male & Female) candidates. Coordinator to Education Minister, Naveed Zubairi, and Principal National College were also present.
Ansar said that they had compiled data of all forms collected by CAP while admissions lists would be published within a week. He added that CAP had collected almost 84,000 forms, out of which, 1,791 were for Computer Science (Males). However, only 807 students got admissions in the field. Ansar said, "Under the same pattern, CAP received 1,300 forms for Computer Science (Females) out of 698 admissions were granted, whereas the remaining candidates would get admissions in Pre-Engineering." Ansar said that 17,211 students qualified for admissions in the Pre-Engineering group.
He said: "After deliberations with BIEK, it has been decided that students with below 50 percent marks, will not be granted with admissions in Pre-Engineering group."
He also informed that they had directed all colleges not to collect any kind of charges from students except for the admission form fee, which is not more than Rs 25.
KU announces seminar, workshop dates
Karachi: Department of Library & Science Information, University of Karachi, is going to organise a seminar entitled 'Marketing of Library Resources' (Pakistan Perspective). A statement issued here on Monday stated that the seminar would be conducted on September 20 at Arts Auditorium, where Pro Vice Chancellor of the university of Sindh, Prof Dr Rafia Sheikh and Prof Dr Kanwal Ameen would address. Moreover, KU Area Study Centre for Europe is going to conduct a workshop on the topic, 'The Challenges for democracy in South Asia: Are there lessons to be learned from Europe?' on September 20 at Area Study Centre. Daily times
HEC: objections over extensions
Islamabad: Issue regarding extension of Executive Director and Adviser Higher Education Commission (HEC) does not seem to end because another member of HEC has raised an objection over extensions.
Member of the Commission, Dr A. Q. Mughal who is also Vice Chancellor Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam, has raised objection and declared the extensions in violation of rules.
Letter written by Dr Mughal (available with Dawn) has been sent to Chairman HEC Dr Javed Leghari with subject 'Note of dissent on the resolutions taken in 27th meeting of HECP Commission'.
Dr Mughal has stated that he does not agree with the agenda item through which third time in 4 years extension was given to the executive director HEC Dr Sohail H Naqvi.
He stated that extension of executive director Dr Naqvi and advisor Riaz Hussain Qureshi were not only against the recruitment rules framed by HEC Commission but also violation of the HEC Ordinance.
Besides, Dr Mughal has also showed his concerns on the revised allocation of recurring grant for various financially weak universities. He suggested that the New Item Statements (NISs) earlier prepared by the HEC should not be changed and funds should be given on student teacher ratio.
Copies of the letter have been sent to the Secretary Establishment Division, the Executive Secretary to Prime Minister and Executive Director of HEC.
An officer of HEC requesting not to be identified said that in the past, management of HEC had earned respect because they never took any controversial decisions but now management has been taking decisions against the will of the masses.
"Former HEC Chairman Dr Attaur Rahman resigned over the issue of delay in release of payment announced in the budget because students were suffering but now management seems to be more interested in making decisions of their interests, instead of working for the education system," he said.
Chairman HEC Dr Leghari, despite many attempts, did not answer the call.
Media coordinator of HEC Murtaza Noor said that appointments were made purely on merit and most of the members of the commission recognised the services of Mr Naqvi.
Dr Saleem Cheema passes away
Lahore: Dr Saleem Cheema, former principal of the Dental College, Lahore, passed away on Sunday while on a visit to the US.
Funeral will be announced after the arrival of the body in Lahore.
Dr Cheema won acclaim for his work as a professor and the principal of the De Montmorency College of Dentistry. He is survived by two sons, a daughter and three grand children. Dawn
PU approves PhD theses
Lahore: A meeting of Punjab University's Advanced Studies and Research Board (AS&RB) on Monday approved 23 synopses, 31 evaluation reports on PhD theses, seven panels of examiners, five PhD extension cases and 14 miscellaneous cases. The news