QAU campus not safe
Islamabad, Feb 22: The gangsters are not even sparing Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) as incidents of purse, wallet and cell phone snatching in addition to thefts have increased on its premises, a group of QAU students said.
"Police have left students and faculty members at the mercy of anti-social elements," said an affected student. On January 23 at about 4:30 p.m. in the area behind visiting faculty houses, the son of a senior professor and his classmate were stopped by a youngster, who asked them at gunpoint to hand over whatever they had.
The poor chaps had to surrender their cell phones and wallets, which had cash. The criminal managed to escape from the scene. The campus residents said that this is not the first incident of its kind in the university.
According to them, it is very rare that a day goes by that they do not learn of a physical attack or robbery through media. "These crimes affect our educational activities. The criminal activities are increasing day by day on the university campus."
BU inks MoU with NUST
Islamabad: Bahria University (BU) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) as part of its campaign for promotion of linkages with leading universities and R&D organisations of Pakistan.
The top officials of Bahria University management visited NUST for the signing the MoU. By signing the MoU, the two institutions indicated their willingness to encourage cooperation and direct contact between schools and faculties and departments through exchange of faculty, joint research activities, joint conferences, seminars and workshops, faculty development, credit hours transfer and other activities.
PTCL launches internship programme
Islamabad: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has opened its doors to the talented youth of Pakistan through its One-Year Paid Internship Programme 2014. The programme enables fresh graduates to develop essential skill-set and experience required to compete in today's fast-paced and challenging job market, says a press release.
"At PTCL, we believe in contributing towards the socio-economic progress of the country through various community development initiatives and we would continue exploring innovative ways like this to serve the society," said Walid Irshaid, President & CEO PTCL.
"I am confident that such programmes will play an important role in capacity building and nourishment of country's human capital and future leaders," he further added.
"This programme is designed to develop and enhance the capacity of our youth and we plan to explore such innovative approaches which serve the community in future as well," commented Syed Mazhar Hussain, Chief Human Resource Officer PTCL.
Fifty top performers of first batch were also offered an opportunity to work as full-time employees at PTCL, while 100 interns were hired by various organisations upon completion of the one year term.
This year another batch comprising of 500 interns has been selected after going through the assessment process. The successful interns have joined the programme, with an increased stipend amounting to Rs15,000 per month. The news
BISE Rawalpindi all set for matriculation examination
Rawalpindi: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Rawalpindi has finalised preparations for the annual matriculation exams 2014.
According to BISE Rawalpindi Chairman Prof Ghulam Mohammad Jhaggar, nearly 102,939 candidates will take the exam, of which 64,339 are regular while 38,600 are private students.
The candidates will take the examination at 338 centres, of which 129 are for boys, 132 for girls and 77 are joint centres.
He also said that a special cell had been established by the board for complaints against any examination centre.
Meanwhile, the BISE Rawalpindi has extended the date for submission of Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) forms, besides extending the fee deposit date for the annual examination.
According to BISE Rawalpindi spokesman Arslan Cheema, the intending candidates of Part-I and Part-II can submit their admission forms with single fee until February 17.
The last date for submission of forms with double fees will be February 24. Moreover, the candidates who fail to follow this process can avail the last chance by submitting the forms with triple fee between February 25 and 28.
For obtaining more information about the schedule of forms and fee, the intending candidates can visit the Rawalpindi education board's website: www.biserwp.edu.pk. Daily times
RBISE extends HSSC fee deposit date
Rawalpindi: Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) has extended Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) forms submission and fee deposit date for annual examination 2014.
According to RBISE spokesman Arslan Cheema the intending candidates of Part I & II could submit their admission forms with single fees till February 17.
The last date for submission of forms with double fees would be February 24. Whereas the candidates who fail to follow this process could avail the last chance by submitting forms with triple fees from February 25 to 28.
For obtaining more information about the schedule of forms and fees the intending candidates could visit RBISE website www.biserwp.edu.pk.
Mamnoon receives revised summary for KIU vice chancellor post
Islamabad: President Mamnoon Hussain has received revised summary carrying five names for the post of the vice chancellor of Karakoram International University (KIU) with senior academician Dr. Najma Najam pushed out of the race on political pressure from the Gilgit-Baltistan government, sources said here on Sunday.
Sources said the summary now carries names including Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad, chairman of the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Dr. Asif Khan from Peshawar University, Dr. Muhammad Memon from Aga Khan University, Dr. ZA Hilai of Peshawar University and Dr. G Raza Bhatti, director of the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation at Shah Abdul Latif University.
They said the Search Committee constituted by Higher Education Commission (HEC) initially sent four names to 15-member Senate of KIU that rejected the name of Dr. Najma Najam and forwarded three other names to the president who was supposed to select one of them for the post of the KIU vice chancellor.
"The president directed the KIU Senate on January 28 to include more names in the list of the candidates after which interviews were again conducted by the Search Committee that increased the number of candidates to five in its revised list. After receiving revised list, the KIU Senate forwarded it to the president who would now give his final decision in this respect," sources said.
An official who is believed to have close working relationship with present vice chancellor of KIU Dr. Najma Najam claimed that the majority of members of Senate of KIU enjoy cordial terms with the high-ups of the Gilgit-Baltistan government that was why they used their influence to get her out of the race for the slot of the vice chancellor.
He said Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan Syed Mehdi Shah on May 29 wrote a letter to the then president, Asif Ali Zardari, against Dr. Najma Najam and levelled baseless allegations against her.
When contacted, Syed Raziuddin Rizvi, chairman of Public Accounts Committee of Gilgit-Baltistan, told this correspondent that Dr. Najma Najam failed to live up to the expectations of the relevant authorities due to which a highly reputed educational institution lost its respect in the eyes of the people.
The official record showed that Vice Chancellor of KIU Dr. Najma Najam completed her four-year term on June 10, 2013 after which she was given six months extension by the president on the recommendation of the KIU Senate. The president then directed the HEC to constitute a Search Committee and forward names for the post of the vice chancellor through Senate of KIU within six months.
Expressing her inability to comment on the issue, Dr. Najma Najam told this correspondent that "I can offer no comments on this issue."
Afzal Shigri, who resigned as head of Senate of KIU but later again took charge on the insistence of the relevant authorities told this correspondent "We have followed all rules and regulations while shortlisting the candidates and conducting their interviews for the post of the vice chancellor of KIU so there should be no doubt regarding transparency in the whole process." The news