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Sheikh Zayed Nursing School salary scale

Sheikh Zayed Nursing School: Students being paid less than minimum wage
Lahore, Dec 2: Students of the Sheikh Zayed School of Nursing are being paid Rs 3,700 per month, which is lower than the government's minimum wage policy. All employees at provincial government institutions are being paid at least the minimum wage of Rs 6,000 per month.

The school administration also charges Rs 1,200 per month from hostel residents for mess charges, while Punjab government institutions charge around half of this amount. The school has been observing this 'tradition' for the past three years. Sources said that the students were afraid of protesting as the administration sternly punished them. Students who get admitted at the school for the four-year course called 'general nursing' become entitled to get a regular monthly salary and get hired at BS-16 when the course is completed. One of the students said that most students studying at nursing schools belonged to poor families, adding that they become nurses so they can support their families. She said that it was really difficult to support their families and themselves on such low salaries, especially in light of the high inflation rate.

Salary: "The Punjab Government has increased the wages of students working at its hospitals, however, the federal government has ignored this hospital and did not give an increment when the minimum wage was increased," she said. She said that most girls came from rural areas, adding that they were compelled to pay the mess charges. She said that this left practically no money to support her or her family for the rest of the month. She said that it would even be difficult to survive on Rs 6,000 per month because of inflation, adding that Rs 3,700 per month was just impossible.

Guidelines: Shaikh Zaid Hospital administrator Dr Saboor Malik said that the administration was not the competent authority to set salary packages for students, adding that it was merely following the federal government's guidelines. Daily Times

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IIUI teachers observe strike
Islamabad: A token strike was observed by the faculty members of International Islamic University against the financial and administrative mismanagement of the higher authorities of the university.

The university teachers and heads of various departments gathered in front of the main block of the university to register their protest and demanded the twenty percent increase in their salaries as promised by the government in the last fiscal budget. All of the teachers were wearing black bands around their arms.

Addressing the gathering of teachers, the President of Academic Staff Association (ASA) of the university, pressed the university authorities to meet the legitimate demands of the teachers' community. The President of ASA said that the additional appointments of different individuals on lucrative posts were badly affecting the financial health of the university.

This protest was the first phase of the series of protests chalked out by the Association in consultation with entire academic staff a couple of days ago, told one of the ASA members. He added that in the next phase the teachers' community had planned to hold press conferences and protests if their demands were not met.

It is pertinent to mention that almost all the universities in public as well as private sector have given a 20% increase in the salaries of their employees except IIUI, which claims to bear international character and Islamic following.

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Beaconhouse has new student council
Rawalpindi: Students and faculty members of the Beaconhouse Educational Complex, Motorway Campus, held an investiture ceremony for the academic session 2008-09, combined with the launch of their first-ever yearbook.

The chief guest on the occasion was Asadullah Khan, executive director of the Riphah International University, and Uzma Yousuf, country manager of the CIE, says a press release. Members of the student council were given badges and sashes, formally donning the mantle of duty and responsibility by taking oath for their respective roles.

In addition to the newly-constituted student council, presidents and vice-presidents of the academic institution's various clubs, including Sports, Welfare, Music and Art, Debating, Dramatics and Community Service Society also assumed their responsibilities on the occasion. The highlight of the event was the cake cutting ceremony followed by the preview of the yearbook. The multimedia presentation made by students for the occasion enthralled the audience. The News

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