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Future of 300 HEC scholars at stake
Islamabad, Feb 21: Nearly 300 scholars pursuing bachelor's and master's degrees under the Balochistan-FATA programme of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) are facing problems in managing food and other living expenses, as their stipend have not been released for the past eight months.

Shamila Shakoor, project manager of the programme, said that the HEC has not been able to send stipend to the scholars this year because the development budget has not yet been released by the government.

According to reports, around 300 students hailing from the rural areas of Balochistan and FATA were awarded scholarships by the HEC last year to undertake their studies in various universities of the capital but these students have been facing serious problems in continuing their studies because their stipends have not been released yet.

Various students studying under the programme in the National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU), International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) and COMSATS complained that they were still waiting to get their stipends.

HEC spokesman Murtaza Ali said, "We can only give funds to students if the government releases funds for the purpose, otherwise, we can do nothing in this regard to aid the students."

Reportedly, the future of around 300 students is at stake due to the delay in monthly stipends and university tuitions fees.

Yasir Iqbal, an HEC scholar said, "I was supposed to receive my stipend in January but I didn't and I have no other option but go back home."

"I have been contacting HEC officials and they said that our stipends would be released in January but I'm still waiting for my stipend," said Assad Baloch, another HEC scholar.

Shamila Shakoor also said, "I have not received my salary since a month due to the unavailability of funds."

Azharuddin, a student of law at IIUI, said, "Due to unavailability of proper hostel facilities, I have to live with my friends in a small room."

He also said, "It has become very difficult for a student from Balochistan to find a reasonable living place at affordable rates in Islamabad."

He added that private hostels had been charging Rs 6,000 to Rs 8,000 for a single-bed accommodation and the HEC only gave a monthly stipend of Rs 5,000.

Shahmeer Baloch, another HEC scholar, said, "I am compelled to go back home because I don't have enough money to live in Islamabad."

"If the HEC does not release our stipends, we would not be able to continue our studies and the universities may cancel our enrollment due to non-payment of tuition fee," said Nusrat Imam, another student from FATA.

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Schools threaten to challenge regulatory bill in SC
Islamabad: The joint action committee of private schools and colleges associations has announced to move the Supreme Court of Pakistan if the government's 'Regulatory Authority Bill' of private educational institutions was passed without their consent.

In a joint meeting of the action committee, members demanded the government form the regulatory bill after consulting all the stakeholders.

Participants of the meeting said that the bill would bring 98 percent of the schools on the verge of destruction. They alleged that the schools were being ruined due to this bill and this was being done for the benefit of a few people. The members also said that the "diplomatic" government's attitude towards them was even worse than General (r) Musharraf's government. They also alleged that the rulers were making laws that were against the progress of education in the country. Members of the joint action committee announced that they would launch a campaign against the regulatory bill.

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Mehfil-e-naat held at NUML
Islamabad: A mehfil-e-naat was held at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) with religious zeal and fervour to pay homage to Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and celebrate Eid Miladun Nabi (PBUH).

A large number of students, faculty heads, deans and faculty members of the university attended the mefil.

The naat programme was arranged in collaboration with the university's Urdu department. Naat khawans enthralled the audience and recited holy verses to pay tribute to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Various speakers spoke on the occasion and said that Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was a role model for all human beings to follow.

NUML Rector Major General (r) Masood Hassan and NUML Director General Brigadier Azam Jamal also attended the event. Daily times

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15 PhD, 12 MPhil degrees conferred
Hyderabad: The Advanced Studies and Research Board (ASRB) of Sindh University approved on Wednesday the conferment of 27 postgraduate degrees to scholars of various disciplines.

The ASRB awarded 12 MPhil and 15 PhD degrees after deliberating on reports submitted by experts and fulfilling all the requirements.

The approval was accorded in the 115th meeting of the ASRB chaired by Sindh University vice chancellor Prof Dr Nazir Ahmed Mughal on Wednesday.

Scholars who were conferred PhD degrees included Abdul Hafeez Laghari, Kamran Ahmed Abro, Mansoor Ahmed Qazi, Nuzhat Khan, Ms Sarfraz Ismail Arain, Yawar Latif Arain and Zulfiqar Ali in analytical chemistry, Samina Kabir Khanzada in botany, Altaf Ahmed in biotechnology, Rafique Ahmed in geology, Saeeda Parveen in Sindhi, Imdad Ali Khowaja in economics, Subhan Ali Majidano in chemistry, Zulfiqar Ali Shaikh in Urdu and Kiran Sami Memon in political science.

The other 12 scholars to receive an MPhil degree include Salma Memon in botany, Latif Dino Napar in geology, Mohammad Al Shinwan in computer science, Abbas Ali in statistics, Farooq Hussain in physical education and Bashir Ahmed Abbasi in environment sciences. Dawn

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BBSU plans three more departments
Karachi: Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University (BBSU), Lyari, has succeeded to attract more than 400 students in its first academic year. This was stated by the Vice Chancellor BBSU, Vice Chancellor Dr Rashid Ahmed Shah, while talking to media persons, at his office on Wednesday. BBSU Registrar Prof Mahboob Ali Sheikh and Spokesperson Pirah Mangi were also present on the occasion. VC said that presently university was offering degrees in five departments, including Business Administration, English, Education, Computer Science and Commerce. Varsity administration is looking to introduce three more departments till next year including Marine Science, Information Technology and Pharmacy, he added. He asserted, "BBSU has been recognised by Higher Education Commission (HEC) recently, however, to raise education standard further, we are consulting with HEC on regular basis." RA Shah further informed that university nowadays is facing financial problems but to formulate its own resources, multiple projects were in pipeline.

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Beaconhouse holds extra-curricular activities
Karachi: Inter Regional football tournament was organized by Beaconhouse School System, at PSB Coaching Centre, Karachi. The three teams from Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi represented Northern, Central and Southern regions, respectively. These teams of O'Level boys were selected on the basis of their performance in the Inter-City matches and Intra-Region tournaments. The players exhibited a lot of enthusiasm and played with a commitment and desire to do their region proud. Sohail Abbas, the former captain of Pakistan hockey team, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and witnessed the Final, played between the Southern and Northern Region. He appreciated the efforts of Beaconhouse School System in promoting sports among young students. Former Pakistani cricketer Moin Khan and coach of Pakistan football team Tariq Lutfi, who were also present on the occasion, admired the young players' enthusiastic performance and display of sportsmanship. The Northern Region lifted the Championship trophy where as the Central Region bagged the runners up trophy. Daily times

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Sit-in at PU for student's recovery
Lahore: Punjab University students staged a sit-in in front of the IG office on Wednesday demanding recovery of University Law College student Hafiz Muhammad Luqman Saqib, who was 'picked up' by the Punjab police and the Elite Force some two months ago.

The protesters, under the banner of Islami Jamiat Tulaba, chanted slogans against the police and security agencies.

Speaking to protesters, Asif Saqib said his brother Luqman Saqib should be presented before court if he had committed any crime.

He said the student was picked up from his native village Qila Deedar Singh's mosque by a joint contingent of the police and Elite Force. He said his brother had been missing since then.

PU Law College student Haris Saeed demanded that Saqib should be recovered and action be taken against the police and the Elite Force officials against whom an FIR had already been registered.

He said the IJT would launch a country-wide protest if Saqib was not recovered immediately.

Meanwhile, the IGP assured the protesters that the missing student would be recovered within three days.

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KEMU medal named after slain doctor
Lahore: The King Edward Medical University management has announced naming a KEMU medal after Prof Dr Ali Hyder.

The announcement came at a condolence reference organized at the KEMU to commemorate the services of Prof Hyder in the medical profession who was assassinated along with his young son Murtaza Ali by unidentified motorcyclists on Monday.

The slain eye surgeon's father and former graduate of KEMU Prof Syed Zafar Hyder also attended the reference besides varsity's vice-chancellor Prof Dr Faisal Masood, pro-VC Prof Dr Asad Aslam Khan, principals of all state-run medical colleges of the provincial capital senior faculty members and doctors of various specialties.

Addressing the condolence reference, Prof Zafar Hyder has expressed his wish to name the KEMU medal after his son's name.

He also asked the varsity management to reserve a seat at the medical college for the other son of slain Prof Ali Haider who wanted to join the medical profession.

The KEMU VC assured that the approval would be granted in the next academic council meeting of the institute to honor the wish of Prof Zafar.

Meanwhile, a large number of mourners kept visiting residence of Prof Dr Ali Hyder to condole with his family members.

The people from all walks of life, most of them from the medical community, participated in the Rasm-i-Qul at the Hali Roads Gulberg residence of the slain eye surgeon of the Lahore General Hospital.

Principals and heads of many teaching hospitals also visited the residence to offer fateha for the departed souls.

The bereaved family received many condolence messages from the people belonging to medical profession settled abroad.

PGMI/LGH doctors will take out a protest rally on Thursday (today) at the institute to condemn the brutal assassination of their senior colleague and his son.

PGMI Principal Prof Anjum Habib Vohra will lead the rally and nurses and paramedical will also join it.

Pakistan Medical Association's Lahore President Dr Tanveer Anwar said that doctors of all government hospitals throughout the province would wear black armbands during official duty till the arrest of Dr Ali Hyder's assassinators.

He said the murder of such a noble and thorough professional like Prof Ali Hyder was a great human tragedy and the doctor community would not be contented until the culprits were taken to task. Dawn

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LCWU, GCU sign MoU for joint ventures, research
Lahore: A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed to share resources, initiate joint research projects and other joint ventures between the Lahore College for Women University Lahore (LCWU) and the Government College University (GCU) Lahore.

Under the agreement, the Lahore College for Women University Lahore will get the cultural material of students' societies, creative work and research work from the GCU for developing a strong partnership.

Under the 26-point agreement, both universities have agreed to exchange teaching and research staff; initiate joint research projects; share academic data and publications; hold joint conferences, workshops and seminars; and access each other's laboratories. The agreement will benefit postgraduate students and faculty members of both the universities. A ceremony was held at the LCUW Syndicate Committee Room where GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleequr Rahman and LCWU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Sabhia Mansoor signed the agreement.

GCU Director (Research) Prof Dr Muhammad Zakria Butt, Dean Prof Dr Islamullah Khan, Director (Academic Planning) Fauzia Shahen, Physics Department Chairman Prof Dr Hassan A Shah, Old Ravians' Union Secretary Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt, LCWU Natural Sciences Dean Prof Dr Kausar J Cheema, Social Sciences Dean Prof Dr Ayesha Roohi and heads of all administrative departments were also present at the signing ceremony.

Addressing the ceremony Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleequr Rahman said that in the modern age, research had become complex and impossible for a single institution. "It is difficult to possess all the knowledge, equipment and techniques required, so it was imperative to establish academic and research links and share resources, expertise and equipment with each other." Daily times

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