Prof Ajmal recovered after four years
Peshawar, Sep 13: Pakistani security forces on Thursday safely recovered kidnapped Vice Chancellor of Islamia University Professor Ajmal Khan four years after his abduction by Taliban militants.
A statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that security forces and intelligence agencies had been trying to locate Prof Khan since September 8, 2010 when he was kidnapped in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa capital while going to university.
"Civil society and relatives appreciated the untiring efforts of Pakistan Army for the safe recovery of Mr Ajmal Khan," said the statement.
Professor Ajmal Khan said that he was kidnapped by armed men from the same street "they whisked me up into a vehicle and injected some intoxicating medicine and when I regained consciousness I was in a mountainous region."
He said that the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) kept him Waziirstan Agency and the security forces helped him in getting freedom.
He said that he was never tortured while in Taliban custody and mostly spent his time reading books and praying.
Professor Ajmal thanked the security forces, former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor and the government for his release.
Some sources say that Professor Ajmal was mostly kept in Shawal valley on the border of North and South Waziristan Agency.
Ajmal Khan said that he did know where exactly he was detained and added that his captors kept shifting him from one place to the other.
"I spent four years in captivity and thankful to Allah Almighty I am back. I am really happy to return home and see my family." Prof Ajmal said adding that during his captivity he was optimistic about his early release but it did took more time.
Prof Ajmal Khan was in Taliban captivity since September 7, 2010 when he was kidnapped along with his driver at gunpoint from Professor Colony in University of Peshawar.
His driver was released two years later.
The TTP had demanded the release of four Taliban prisoners in the bargain of his release but government had earlier refused the offer.
Prof Khan is also a close relative of ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan and had been a staunch supporter of the war against militancy. Dawn
UoP to offer master's degree in criminology, tourism
Peshawar: The University of Peshawar (UoP) is set to start master's degree programme in the newly-established departments of Criminology and Tourism & Hotel Management from this academic session.
The much-awaited decision was reached after approval of the statutes for the departments in meeting of the academic council of the University of Peshawar with UoP Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Rasul Jan in the chair.
The council said the courses for master's degree programme of the new departments have already been approved and admission would start from this month after declaration of the UoP BA, BSc results expected on September 15.
The council also approved statutes for the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies where after it was unanimously agreed to start postgraduate diploma courses for professionals in the first instance from the coming month.
The academic council also gave approval to courses of various departments and other affiliated colleges of the varsity.Addressing the meeting, the vice-chancellor said bringing constant changes in line with the industry demand was the need of the hour and the faculty members must live up to the rising expectations and bring improvement in the curricula over time.
The vice-chancellor said the practical application of the knowledge should be kept on priority while designing courses whereas the teaching methods must be made easier for the students especially at the BS and master's level programmes.
Dr Rasul Jan termed the start of master's programme in the Criminology and Tourism and Hotel Management as a milestone steps taken by the council, adding the same would produce best professionals of the respective fields.The meeting was attended by the deans of faculties, chairmen of the departments and other members of the council.
HEC asked to grant funds to universities in KP
Mardan: The Abdul Wali Khan University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Ihsan Ali said that the Higher Education Commission should grant funds to the universities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa having been affected due to militancy and poor law and order situations. Dr Ihsan Ali said that Mardan was the central city and the second big city of the province, the people of Mardan could afford education and had taken admissions in AWKU.
He said that the education and peace were co-related to each other as without peace no one could excel in the field of education. He said that about 77 out of 140 teachers were currently abroad doing Ph.D on scholarships in UK, Cyprus, Spain, Canada, Australia etc.
The VC said that the financial aid given to the university by HEC was RS220 million which was spent only on disbursing salaries to the universities employees for four months.He said that there were nine PhD holders in Archeology Department in the field and there would be no impact on the department if they would be shifted to the administration.
Board of Technical Education announces results
Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Board of Technical Education Thursday declared results of the annual examination of diploma in associate engineering at the award distribution ceremony among position holders at a hotel.
A total of 76,084 students appeared in the final year examination of the three-year diploma in civil, electrical, technical, mechanical, electronics, telecommunication, dress designing and dress-making technologies. Some 43,703 qualified the examination with a pass percentage of 57.44.
Naeemullah Shah of Muslim College of Technology Abbottabad clinched the overall top position in the board by obtaining 3,550 marks out of the total 3,092. Mohammad Raees of Gandhara College of Technology secured 3,047 marks and got second position in the board while Mohammad Naeem of Red-C Institute of Engineering and Technology with 2,993 marks.
In civil technology, Aaqil Mukhtar of Muslim College of Technology, Peshawar, stood first with 2,841 marks, Farooq Akbar of Peshawar Institute of Technology, Peshawar, got 2,784 and secured first position in electronics; Naeemullah of Muslim College of Technology Abbottabad, got 3,092 and clinched first position in electrical, Mohammad Ulfatullah of Government of Technology topped tele-communication technology with 2, 827, Mohammad Farooq Khan got 2,722 and secured first position in mechanical and Sameena Bibi of Government Polytechnic Institute, Dera Ismail Khan, secured 2,235 marks and stood first in dress design technology.
President Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry Zahid Shinwari was the chief guest on the occasion.
Chairman of the board, Prof Nasir Ali Mohammadzai, Chairman of Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority Numan Wazir, Vice-chancellor Sarhad University Saleemur Rahman and Jamal Akbar, controller examination technical board also spoke on the occasion.
Cash prizes were also given away to the position holder students. In his speech, Nasir Ali Mohammadzai highlighted the measures taken by the board for promotion of technical education in the province. The news