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Fatima Jinnah Women University financial crunch

Financial crunch: FJWU fails to start work on new campus project
Rawalpindi, Dec 13: Due to non-availability of funds, the Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) Rawalpindi could not start work on Rs 475.32 million worth of project that entailed construction of university's new campus at Chakri Road, sources said on Friday.

The sources said that while the project was included in the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for 2008-09, the funds needed to start the project had not yet been released.

The university had acquired 286.5 acres at Chakri Road for the construction of Campus-II through a grant of Rs 312 million provided by the government of Punjab, the sources added.

The FJWU was established in 1998 to provide better higher education facilities to female students. At present, the FJWU is located at the old presidency premises with a very limited space of 13.5 acres. The current premises of the university cannot be further expanded.

The sources said that the delayed project included construction of reception area, security office, main entrance gate, boundary wall, roads and walkways, external plumbing work, external electric work, overhead water tank, master planning of site and human resource development.

The sources said that the objectives of the project were to construct new facilities for PhD students to meet the present and future faculty requirements, provide base line for future development, upgrade present academic and allied facilities in quality and size to meet International standards, enhance library facilities, provide free access to e-books, e-journals, institutional research and Academic sites using the net environment.

Senior university officials said that the university was growing rapidly. They said that currently 4,000 students were enrolled in the university, adding that if the number of students increased at the rate of 10 percent per annum, by 2030 around 20,000 to 25,000 students would be enrolled in the university.

They said that female education paid high social and economic dividends to the society and that it was important for sustainable economic growth of a country.

The sources said that the construction of new campus was necessary to provide quality education in line with international standards to the women of the country.

The construction of new campus would help raise the standards of education, as better infrastructure would be available to conduct research. Daily Times

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Inter-collegiate competitions to start from 16th
Islamabad: Islamabad Model College for Girls (IMCG) F-6/2 will hold "Inter-Collegiate Talented Students Competitions" from December 16.

Students from different colleges will take part in the three-day contests.

On December 16, students will take part in Qirat and Na'at competitions. In poster competition, the students will portray "Stages of life" through different colours and images. The fresh flower arrangement competition will also held on the same day.

On December 17, the competitions of Urdu debate, computer graphics, dresses and collage work would be held. The contests would end with English debate and singing competitions on December 18. app

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BDS Annual Examination 2008 Distinction
Islamabad: Daughters of Brigadier Iqbal Ahmad Khan have obtained excellent results in the Third Professional BDS Annual Examination 2008 of the University of Health Sciences, Lahore, says a press release. Sana Iqbal has topped the university by obtaining 704 out of 900 marks. She has got distinction in three subjects - General Surgery, Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine. The younger daughter Fatima Iqbal stood sixth in the university by obtaining 672 out of 900 marks. She has got distinction in General Surgery. Both sisters are following in the footsteps of their father, the first and only professor of Community Medicine in the Pakistan Army. Both sisters are students of the Margalla Institute of Health Sciences, Rawalpindi. The News

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