Mistreatment of lecturer sparks unrest in Numl
Islamabad, Feb 05: Students and teachers of the National University of Modern Languages (Numl) on Thursday seized the campus and blocked traffic on the 9th Avenue after a senior university official allegedly beat up a lecturer.
Police succeeded in clearing the thoroughfare in less than an hour but some 200 protesters kept themselves locked inside the campus till 9pm and came out only when they were assured that action would be taken against Numl Registrar Brig (retired) Ranjha for attacking lecturer Tahir Malik.
Witnesses said the ugly incident was sparked by an altercation between Brig Ranjha and Mr Malik in the office of the head of Department of International Relations (IR), where the registrar came to raise objection over inviting TV anchor Asma Sherazi as chief guest in a function for welcoming new students.
During the exchange of arguments over the issue, Mr Malik questioned not only the wisdom of Brig Ranjha's objection but also his suitability to his high office.
The witnesses quoted Mr Malik as saying that "you (Brig Ranjha) were not appointed on merit and your hiring was made in violation of rule and regulations." The comments drove the retired brigadier into anger, and he replied: "I am more qualified than you are."
Though faculty members present in the office cooled down the two over lunch, the registrar felt so humiliated that about half an hour he returned with two security guards and pounced on the lecturer, abusing, kicking and punching him all over.
The ugly incident took place in a corridor and was witnessed by dozens of students and some teachers. According to eyewitnesses, the lecturer did not react and started crying. He was rescued by the onlookers.
Later, the registrar reached the office of Numl Rector Brig (retired) Aziz and alleged that the lecturer said "something about the army", eyewitnesses said, adding that he also admitted that he attacked the lecturer.
The incident made the students burst into anger, and they boycotted their classes and staged a protest against the humiliation of their lecturer.
They sealed the university by locking its main gates and did not allow students and teachers to leave. Later they poured out on the nearby 9th Avenue in the evening and blocked it for over half an hour. They also blocked the service road.
The students were demanding action against the registrar. They said Brig Ranjha should be sacked and booked on criminal charges.
Shortly after ending the protest, over 100 students and teachers along with Mr Malik reached the Industrial Area police station to lodge a complaint against the registrar. The police received the complaint and advised the complainant to fulfil the requirement for the FIR and undergo a medical examination.
Head of international relations department Dr Sohail, when contacted, confirmed the incident. "A faculty member of the IR department was victimised and they (students and teachers) asked the rector to do justice," he said. Despite several attempts, the rector was not available for comments. Dawn
Dr Yasinzai appointed QAU VC
Islamabad: President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday appointed Prof Dr Muhammad Masoom Yasinzai as Vice Chancellor Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), Islamabad.
The president has made the appointment on the recommendations of search committee of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) as laid down in the procedure for appointment of vice chancellors.
Prof Dr Muhammad Masoom Yasinzai has done his Post-Doctorate and PhD from Perugia Medical School, Italy, and University of Hull, UK, respectively besides MSc in Bio-Organic Chemistry and B.S in Biology and Chemistry.
He has also to his credit 100 research publications in national and international journals. The newly-appointed Vice Chancellor of Quaid-i-Azam University Prof Dr Muhammad Masoom Yasinzai is currently Vice Chancellor of University of Balochistan. He has also worked as Dean Research, Director Institute of Biotechnology, and professor of Biotechnology, University of Balochistan.
The search committee of the Higher Education Commission for appointment of Vice Chancellors comprised Dr Javaid R. Laghari, Chairman HEC, Abdur Rauf Chaudhry, Secretary Education, Shahnaz Wazir Ali, SAPM on Social Sector, Dr Ishrat Hussain, Chairman, Pay & Pension Committee, Dr Khadija Haq, Chairperson of Human Development Foundation, A. Razzak Dawood, ex-minister for commerce & Industries and Dr Sohail Naqvi, Executive Director, HEC.
The president has welcomed the appointment of a senior academician from Balochistan as vice chancellor of the country's premier university.
Intel National Science Fair
Islamabad: As many as five brilliant students from all over Pakistan were declared winners of the Intel National Science Fair, held earlier, at a lively event organised at the National Library of Pakistan here on Thursday.
The National Science Fair is affiliated with the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), which is one of the World's largest pre-college science competitions.
The National Fair had showcased 117 science projects, submitted by young scientists from all across the country, who qualified for a place in the Fair after rigorous competitions at district and provincial levels. The award winning students included Sheraz Munir of Pak-Turk International School & College, Khairpur for his project titled 'Usage of Lolium sp. and Paspalum sp. to Decrease Lead Content Against Air Pollution', Zain Shami of Headstart School, A-Level Branch, Islamabad for his project titled 'Preparation of Black Ink from Fruit Arils of Pomegranate' and a group comprising Amir Shahzad, Mohammad Sohail and Asad Shaheen from DA Degree College, Karachi for their project titled 'Dyeing of Wool and Polyamide Substrates with Extracts of Natural Sources'.
The projects displayed at the National Science Fair were assessed by a panel of renowned judges for further selection in the upcoming Intel ISEF 2010 to be held in Reno in Nevada, USA.
Intel ISEF enables more than 1,500 young scientists from all across the globe to gather at a single platform to exchange ideas and knowledge, showcase cutting edge science, and compete for over US$4 million in awards and scholarships.
Minister of State for Education Ghulam Farid Kathia said the government is determined to improve the quality of education by promoting initiatives in areas of science and technology, and encourage easy access to computers by our youth in collaboration with leading organisations such as Intel Pakistan.
"Every year, students are selected from Pakistan to participate in the Intel ISEF, which is held in the US, where hundreds of students from across the globe compete for scholarships and awards," he said.
Beaconhouse Sports Week ends
Rawalpindi: The Sports Week concluded at the Beaconhouse School System, Senior Girls Branch, Peshawar Road, on Thursday.
A 'Sports Day' was held on the last day of the week for which the ambiance was rightly set, as all sports activities commenced with drumbeat.
Students of all sections of classes 6, 7 and 8 participated in relay race, sack race, book race and frog race.
Students were thrilled to see their classmates compete and cheerleaders waved colourful pompoms to buck up their respective classes.
The most interesting event was the game of 'Musical Chairs' in which teachers participated. Students were thrilled to see their teachers in a light mood.
For one whole week, students participated in various activities, such as singing, crazy hair and salad, sandwich and cocktail making. The winners of these competitions were given prizes and certificates.
Headmistress Shazia Amjad said that students love extra-curricular activities, as they get an opportunity to engage in healthy competition.
Senior Mistress Erum Jan-e-Alam said that the 'Crazy Hair Day' was a fashion day activity in which girls took part in a show, sporting fancy jackets and crazy hairstyles.
"These extra-curricular activities not only groom students but also bring out the best talent in them. These activities also give them a break from regular lectures and classes," she said.
Malaysian HC visits IIU
Islamabad: Malaysian High Commissioner Dato Ahmad Anwar Adnan visited the International Islamic University (IIU) here on Thursday and exchanged views with its president Dr. Anwar Hussain Siddiqui on matters of mutual interest.
The high commissioner showed keen interest in IIU's educational programmes and assured full support of his country to further strengthen cooperation between the IIU and Malaysian academic institutions.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Siddiqui said that the IIU is spreading largely needed education among young people keeping in view trends and requirements of the modern day. The news
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