Pakistani students facing UK visas difficulties

Pak students in the soup on UK visas: Abidi
Rawalpindi, Feb 13: Chief Executive of the Falcon Education and Consultancy Services (Pvt) Limited Syed Abidi has said despite getting scholarship and admission in the British universities, Pakistani students are facing difficulties in getting visas due to the new laws.

In an interview, he said that the academic year and scholarship of students were being wasted due to the new laws. He said despite getting scholarship and admission in the British universities, the Pakistani students were facing difficulties in getting the UK visas due to the new programme "Hub and Spoke" of the UK Border Agency.

Applications of the students were being sent to Abu Dubai for scrutiny, he said, adding that five to 15 working days had been assigned for processing the applications. However, he said, "It takes 50 days" due to which visas to students were being delayed without any reason, despite having scholarships and admission in British universities and as a result wasting academic years of the students.

The students had been facing difficulties since the formulation of new security laws, he said. He added on the one hand there are the new tough laws creating problems for Pakistani students in the UK, and, on the other hand, the mushroomed consultancy institutions in the country were misguiding the applicants.

He said there was no legal bar on establishing offices for admissions into foreign universities in Pakistan due to which every second person was receiving hefty amount in the name of consultancy for admission into foreign educational institutions.

He said the representative institutions were also charging the students, despite the fact that foreign universities had strictly banned receiving money from the students.He said his organisation was not charging students for consultancy, besides helping in getting scholarship from foreign universities on merit. He said the government should give attention to this issue. "We complete the process of applications of the aspirants within five to 15 days on merit," he claimed. The News

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BZU students hit out at academic
Multan: Hundreds of computer science students of the Bahauddin Zakariya University on Thursday staged a day-long sit-in at Bank Chowk, on varsity campus demanding the removal of department's chairman.

The students protesting against, what they called, misbehaviour of Chairman Dr Amanullah, also sealed the entire BZU campus after boycotting the classes.

Because of the protest, hundreds of students got stranded on the campus as transport system got suspended.

Earlier, the students had staged a protest on the issue on Wednesday. The students staged the sit-in from 11am to 5pm.

The protesters alleged the chairman was in the habit of punishing students for wrong reasons and teased them on various pretexts. They also complained that the department was charging higher fees as compared to others, while it was lacking in facilities.

They also alleged that a lecturer, Madam Humaira, was threatening the female students by visiting their hostel and asking them to keep away from the protest while the male teachers were also resorting to such tactics.

"We had ended our (Wednesday) protest on the assurance of BZU administration that our demands will be presented in the forthcoming meeting of syndicate to be held on Monday," they said and added that the protest would continue till the removal of the chairman. They announced to hold a protest rally on Monday and a press conference on Friday (today).

A five-member committee comprising Dr Muhammad Ali, Dr Khawaja Alqama, Dr GR Pasha, Dr Ejaz and Dr Shubber negotiated with the protesting students on the behalf of vice chancellor and assured them that their demands would be tabled in syndicate meeting.

Meanwhile, about a dozen BZU commerce department students staged a demonstration outside the local press club against the varsity administration for issuing them flawed result cards.

Carrying placards, the protesters shouted slogans against the administration and warned they would move high court if they were not issued corrected result cards within two days.

They said they took admission in a four-year degree programme, BS (Hons), Accounting and Finance, in 2004, but after successful completion of the course they were given the result cards of BSc Accounting and Finance.

They said it was tantamount to ruining their future as despite having qualified for the degree since August 2008, they were not eligible to apply for any job as they had been issued result card of a two-year course instead of a four-year master's degree.

They said despite submitted applications to commerce department Chairman Dr Mujahid on October 16, 2008, and to the BZU VC on October 21, nothing had been done to address their grievance.

Sources said initially the varsity issued BS (Hons) transcripts to the students without mentioning 'Accounting and Finance' on it, and when the students protested, another result card of BSc Accounting and Finance was issued to some of the students. Dawn

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"Comments relating to BZU, Computer Science. It is very sad to bring the truth over the Internet. In semester system, it is common that students gets lowers marks and even get failed. There was no such issue regarding behaviour and marks. Fact is that some students belonging to a student union of university who got F grade were motivated by few teachers of same department to plan a protest. In this effort Dr. Aftab and Mr. Shahid Fareed were leading. It was a political effort to pressurize the existing chairman who is trying to bring some quality improvement in administration and academic activities in the university. As a proof, Dr. Aftab has started introducing himself as a chairman of department whereas no such notification from university has been issued. I personally asked few students of start semester about the reason of their protest and their reply was shocking that we were threatened by PSF in our hostels to participate in protest. Similarly, the female students were also harassed by their fellow students in various ways to standby. As a proof, on first day, there was a good number of Computer science students in protest as they were taken for protest from their class rooms (that was lead by PSF students) and on second day very few girl students were present there. It is shameful that our teachers are bringing defame to the department for the sake of their small interests."
Name: nasir
City, Country: Multan, Pakistan

GCU English course
Lahore: English Department of the Government College University (GCU) organised an English communication course for general public. As many as150 students attended the course out of whom 101 had been declared successful after the examination. The News

Charge-sheet in Farah Dogar case in 10 days
Lahore: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Education will despatch in 10 days a charge-sheet in the Farah Hameed Dogar case to the chief justice of Pakistan, says committee chairman Abid Sher Ali.

"The charge-sheet is being prepared by the committee in the light of the statement of the journalist who broke the news," Mr Ali told reporters at the media camp set up near the main entrance to the Punjab Assembly on Thursday.

The admission of Ms Dogar would be got cancelled, he said. Rules were being amended to benefit the daughter of the chief justice but the standing committee would resolve the matter. He called the response of the government towards the issue non-democratic, saying that it seemed the government might have some stakes in the case. Dawn

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