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HEC fund cut to hit 7 IUB projects
Bahawalpur, Feb 23: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has capped Rs267 million development funds of the Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB) and this will impede seven vital projects of the university.

This was disclosed by IUB vice-chancellor Prof. Dr. Belal A. Khan during his meeting with the Punjab governor/chancellor, Salman Taseer, on Saturday.

According to a press release issued here on Sunday, the vice-chancellor informed the governor about development activities on the campus.

The governor said that he would take up the matter with HEC officials. He also said that he along with Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani would pay an exclusive visit to the university.

The governor appreciated the pace of development activities during past three years and said the government would extend all its resources to revamp higher education institutions. Dawn

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Froebel's international School expelled students restored by civil judge
Islamabad: Civil Judge Kamran Basharat Mufti has ordered the administration of Froebel's International School to let all expelled students to rejoin their respective classes.

In his short order, the judge also dismissed two petitions of the school against students. The row between expelled students and school administration landed in court when on January 22 more than one hundred students protested over what they termed rigging in the election for the head student. Students protested against the school administration "after the winner of the election, Asad Dil Jan, was declared a loser despite polling 100 votes more than his opponent, Daniyal Ali."

After hearing two-hour arguments between lawyers of both parties on Friday, Civil Judge Kamran Basharat Mufti gave a verdict on Saturday.

In his verdict, the judge said that the expelled students have the right to rejoin their respective classes. The school administration has been told to let all expelled students come to school and resume their classes.

Earlier, the Islamabad sessions court had shifted the case from a civil judge, Fahim Shah, to Kamran Basharat Mufti after Froebel's International School lawyer Shoaib Razzak raised objections over him.

Lawyer Shoaib Razzak said that the parents of expelled students would be required to submit a surety bond before the court about the future conduct of their children. When asked whether his client would implement the court decision, he replied that he did not see any problem emerging after this judgment, as he had not received any fresh instructions from his client.

Advocate Tariq Jehangiri, the counsel of children, said that Asad Dil Jan, the student who won the election but was made to lose by the school administration, was punished because his mother, Mrs Farrah, had field a contempt of court case against the Froebel's International School for her unjust sacking in the past. The News

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Prof Fateh Malik new Rector of IIUI
Islamabad: Prof. Fateh Muhammad Malik has assumed the charge of the Rector, International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) from Saturday.

The President of Pakistan, as Chancellor of the International Islamic University, Islamabad appointed him Rector as per clause 12(1) of the IIUI Ordinance 1985. Earlier, Dr. Manzoor Ahmad, the outgoing Rector of the university relinquished the charge of the post of the Rector on February 21 on completion of his tenure.

Prof. Fateh Muhammad Malik is a leading scholar on Iqbaliyat, Urdu language and literature. He was also Chairman, National Language Authority.

Professor Malik is the author of a number of books on Pakistan movement and literacy and cultural themes.

He also served as Professor and Director of the Institute of Pakistan Studies at the Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad and as Iqbal Professor at Heidelberg University in Germany. The Nation

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Students' Week concludes at Pindi college
Rawalpindi: Students' Week of Government Postgraduate College for Women (GPCW), Sixth Road, on Saturday concluded with a message of peace and harmony delivered through the singing of mystic poetry of Subcontinent during a singing competition.

The contesting students belonging to various colleges enthralled the audience with their lively performance and received standing ovation. Noted musician Ustad Raees Ahmed Khan was chief guest on the occasion.

GPCW Principal Mrs Waseem Sikandar, Student Council In-charge Prof Hameeda Naqvi, Faculty of Economics Head Tehreem Zafar, heads of various colleges, intellectuals and artists were also present on the occasion.

The competition was held under two categories. Arooj Zamurd of Federal Government College for Women (FGCW), Kashmir Road, Suriya Ameen of Government Girls Degree College (GGDC), Dhoke Hassu and Asima Suleman of GGDC, Dhoke Ratta stood first, second and third position in ghazal competition.

In mystic poetry singing competition, Saleha Zaman of FGCW, F-7/2, was given consolation prize. Similarly, Arooj Zamurd of FGCW, Kashmir Road, Fiaza Fayyaz of the host college, Samia Khurshed of FGCW, F-7/2, and Razia Sultana of GGDC, Dhoke Ratta, bagged top four positions respectively.

In the end, prizes were distributed among position holders of the competition. Daily Times

Spring Festival at NUST
Rawalpindi: National University of Science and Technology Centre of Virology and Immunology (NCVI) organised a Spring Festival at its campus Tamiz -ud-Din Road here on Saturday.

Rector NUST Lt Gen. Muhammad Asghar and Director General NCVI Dr Ishtiaq Qadri inaugurated the festival by flying balloons in the air. The festival started with the recitation of verses from the Holy Quran. The Rector stressed that such kind of events depict colour and vigor of life.

"NUST is among the top 400 universities of the world and is providing higher education in the fields of Engineering, Administrative Sciences, Applied Biosciences," he added.

Basically this event was organised to celebrate the colours of Spring with the parents, families and friends of under graduate, post graduate and PhD students.

Many colourful and gorgeous stalls like handicrafts, Mehndi, song dedication and paintings were established in the festival and the participants visited these stalls enthusiastically. A game Rassa Kashi filled the air with joy and fun.

Dr Kashif Asghar, Tahir Baig and Tayaba Bashir were the coordinator of the festival. The Nation

Extravaganza on campus: NUML rises to embrace spring in a big way
Islamabad: Students at National University of Modern Languages (NUML) on Saturday organised annual Spring Extravaganza on campus.

As many as 70 different stalls of Chinese and Pakistani food, drinks, music, books, formal and casual dresses besides catwalk show and love jails were main features of the extravaganza.

Departments of Mass Communication, International Relations, Economics and English Language were prominent in the celebrations. Kite flying is a tradition of this spring festival and this time too it lived up to its traditions.

The festival that continued the whole day was well attended not only by NUML students but also by students from different institutions of twin cities and children with their families.

It gave them a golden opportunity to fly kites, dance, sing and prove their talent in extra-curricular activities.

The festival opened in an informal manner with no participation from any high official.

It started with 'Bhangra' and 'Dhammal' by energetic students and their young teachers. 'Nach majajan nach' and 'Aa bi jao' resonated through lush lawns of the campus. Many students danced to Indian and English songs.

About 15 stalls, offering a variety of books and food, also managed to pull big crowds while girls were keenly interested in stalls of palmistry.

Stalls of barbeque, clothes, henna and other household items were especially set up for girls. Not only the NUML students, but outsiders also availed themselves of these stalls fully.

Well-kept gardens of the university, filled with sweet smells, added to charms of the event.

No incident of scuffle or disorganisation was witnessed. "It is really memorable. A lot of people are here in traditional dresses representing their regional cultures. I am really overwhelmed," said Aamir Saeed, a student of English Department.

Abdul Rafay Hashmi, another student, said he was happy to see people enjoy to their heart's content. "This festival has shown that Islamabad is no more a dull city and it can match Lahore and Karachi," he said.

Asia went on to say that food stalls were expensive. She said outsiders should not be allowed in here as they make a mess out of everything.

Sidra Rehman said the festival was a tradition and the university had organised it in such a big way for the first time. "There's a lot of variation in the event and everyone is enjoying," she said.

Lubna Khalid complained that some boys and girls were overacting here. "The campus has become a dating point for many couples. These moments should be used in a positive way and for healthy purpose. I am happy to see a lot of children with their families," she said.

City School holds 'City Idol'
Lahore: City Idol- a singing and performing art competition organised by the City School Model Town Campus was held at the Alhamra Cultural Complex on Saturday.

Students from all the five campuses of the school participated in the competition and enthralled the audience with their performances. Ustad Rustam Fateh Ali Khan, Fareeha Pervaiz and Mustafa Zahid were the judges. Students performed pop and semi-classical songs. There were two categories for the students. Category A consisted of Pop and Rock performances while in category B semi-classical dance performances were conducted. Ten participants performed in these two categories. Daily Times

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