IIU hostel row | NUST convocation

Row between IIU administration and female students lands in IHC
Islamabad, Mar 01: Row between three female students of Islamic International University Islamabad (IIUI) and the university administration has now landed in Islamabad High Court (IHC).

Justice Noorul Haq N Qureshi of the IHC has suspended orders of an additional district and sessions judge (ADSJ) Islamabad while issuing stay orders and directing the university administration to give admissions to the students in the hostels.

IHC judge has issued notices to the IIUI administration and directed them to submit reply till March 10 the date till when the interim IHC orders will be in force.

An ADSJ of Islamabad Rafaqat Ahmad Awan on February 25 while vacating stay orders in the matter of these three students had directed them to vacate the hostel rooms in three days while deciding appeal filed by the university administration.

ADSJ had declared that IIUI is an autonomous body and it reserves the right regarding allocation of the hostels.

On February 25, the university administration had also lodged an FIR with Sabzi Mandi Police Station against the students, Neelam Jahan, Hiba Shabbir and Romana Akbar for trespassing and hurling threats after which the students obtained pre-arrest bails from an ADSJ court. Legal counsel for the students, advocate Sher Afzal Khan while talking to this correspondent told that the President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain has taken notice of the issue and he has called an explanation from the president of the university.

Counsel for the girls, argued before the court that that the ADSJ orders directing girls to vacate the hostel is based on malice.

Narrating details of the incident, the lawyer said that it was on December 23, 2013 when hostel residing girls had agitated against policies of the IIUI administration. The university administration then issued disciplinary notices to at least 50 students while expelling 11 students. The eight out of eleven had gone to their homes while the three girls decided to file a case with the court. An ADSJ earlier granted a stay order in favour of the girls and the same judge then vacated the stay orders at the appeal of IIUI administration. Advocate Sher Afzal told the court that after the stay order was vacated, the university administration forcibly took possession of the luggage that has been in use of the girls and they also tried to kidnap a girl.

The girls once again went to the court that ordered not to disturb the girls till final adjudication and on February 25, the judge dismissed girl's appeal. Advocate Sher Afzal further told the court that the university administration has also lodged an FIR against the girls.

It is to mention here that these girls have also moved another application under section 22-A in the court of ADSJ Shahrukh Arjumand for registration of case against the university officials including Director General (DG) Gulzar Khawaja, Security In-charge Colonel (r) Amjad Zaman, hostel warden and one security guard. They had alleged in their application that university administration tried to kidnap them and detained them in a room for more than 18 hours.

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BISE Rawalpindi DPE retired
Rawalpindi: Director Physical Education (DPE) Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Rawalpindi Raja Tasleem Kyani has reached the age of superannuation and is retiring from service today (Friday) and a function has been arranged to bid him farewell at the BISE (Rawalpindi), Morgah Road, says a press release.

Chairman PML-N Raja Zafarul Haq is expected to grace the occasion as chief guest. Besides Parliamentary Party Leader Raja Javed Ikhlas, many distinguished guests are likely to attend the function. The news

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NUST holds convocation ceremony
Islamabad: Rector of National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Engineer Mohammad Asghar highlighted the importance and role of education particularly research and innovation through which nations could achieve progress to become prosperous and powerful countries.

Expressing these views during a Convocation ceremony held in the university main campus here Tuesday, the rector referred to a study conducted by America according to which the scope of new education has doubled throughout the world from 1995 to 2005 compared to previous years since the creation of the world. Moreover, scope of new education like science and technology and research would expand further and be double after every three years.

In the past countries which were prosperous in textile, agriculture and industries were considered to be powerful nations. However, now the situation is changing because the countries which are working on education and increasing the number of educational institutions at higher level like universities are being considered to be more developed and prosperous. The scope of new education which is being made through increase in the number of universities particularly those providing Science and Technology education and research work is expanding with each day, he claimed. In this regard, Mohammad Asghar without naming stated that one of the European country has earmarked a huge amount of 79 billion Euro only for research work and promotion of Science and Technology for the year 2013. However, there is need to transform new education system for generation of revenue and improvement of economy of the country. However, ethics and moral values have to be followed for improving revenue and gaining profit, rector specially stressed on this point.

He said at present times according to national and international experts, NUST is considered to be the best university at higher level which is providing good and better education of Science and Technology to the students which after getting relieved from this institution are serving at higher posts in leading national departments. Later on, he conferred degrees on the undergraduate students of different faculties including School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (SMME), NUST Institute of Civil Engineering (NICE), Institute of Environmental Sciences & Engineering (IESE), Institute of Geographical Information System (IGIS) and Atta ur Rahman School of Applied Bio Sciences.

The Principals of their respective faculties including Tariq Mahmood of IGIS, Dr Abdul Ghafoor of SMME, Dr Peter John of ASAB while speaking threw light over the overall performances of their schools and students and congratulated those who achieved their degrees and got medals in different categories.

Those who achieved distinction in their related subjects through their brilliant performances were awarded President Gold Medals and Rectors Civil Gold Medals. President Gold Medals were awarded to Shehryar Shafique (Civil Engineering), Beenish Imtiaz (Environmental Engineering), Syed Hammad Ali Burney (Mechanical Engineering) and Sadia Nasar Mirza (Applied Business). Rector's Gold Medals for the best projects were conferred upon Iqra Chaudhry (Civil Engineering), Sana Rasool (Environmental Engineering), Zohaib Rafique (Mechanical Engineering) and Sania Arif (Applied Business). While Chancellor's Silver Medals were awarded to Jamal Ali, Leena Aftab, Haider Ali and Sania Arif as well as Saba Safdar (both secured second position) in the disciplines of Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering , Mechanical Engineering and Applied Bio Sciences respectively. Daily times

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A little boy with a high aim in life
Rawalpindi: Passing seven classes - from Grade-V to 'O' Level Final - in thirteen months is a tremendous achievement for nine-and-a-half-year-old Rai Haris Manzoor, who has the distinction of passing the 'O' Level Examination at such a young age and setting a world record and surprising everyone in Pakistan and abroad.

He passed one class in approximately 55 days on average. Thus, he is the youngest-ever student of the University of Cambridge who has passed the 'O' Level Examination at this age thus setting a world record. The 'O' Level Examination is conducted in 90 countries through British Council and more than 2 million students appear in it every year. Newton, the famous scientist, also studied at the University of Cambridge.

Rai Haris Manzoor has passed 'O' Level Examination with science subjects - Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics. He has also completed 'Nazra Quran-e-Majeed' and also memorised the last 'para' of Holy Quran at the age of five.

Living in Gulzar-e-Quaid, Rawalpindi, Haris is a cute little boy having a normal physique for a boy of his age, but the effort, interest and dedication towards education he has shown is remarkable, far better than a 17 or 18-year-old, which is the general age of completing 'O' Levels Examination. Haris' weight is 46 kilograms, while Shoaib, his twin brother's weight is 23 kilograms. Haris plays cricket, plays piano, he is a good shooter and plays with toys. 'Tom & Jerry' are his favourite cartoon characters. Hina Dilpazir is his favourite actress, while Faisal Qureshi is his favourite actor. Shahid Afridi is his favourite player.

Following a tight schedule under 'home studies' is one of the defining factors for his achievement, but one cannot rule out the interest of his parents who have been consistent in guiding him to achieve the honour.

Haris' pre-schooling was done at home with constant vigilance of his father, Rai Manzoor Nasir, who is DCO in the Punjab government, and her mother who has done double masters. "He completed Classes III and IV from school and then we managed his studies at home. One basic thing that we strictly followed was that we never pressurised Haris on education. We guided him in studies and set a schedule for his studies. Mornings and evenings were designated for his studies and we gave him two-day relief every week for his hobbies and extra-curricular activities as given in any regular school. The examination pressure is already there but we never pushed him hard for his studies and only used studying techniques and followed the schedule. He studied on his study table placed in his bedroom and on his bed with breaks for his meals and games. It was also our effort that we taught him names of things in three different languages in Urdu, English and Arabic and we saw that he's good in vocabulary and his faculty of languages and mimicking convinced us that he can do more than a regular student. With this grasping quality, we were highly motivated that he can do wonders in his life. It's not that nobody can achieve this feat, but one needs to explore and polish the capabilities in oneself. We were fortunate that we not only discovered the qualities in Haris, but were also successful in grooming them," said Rai Manzoor Nasir.

"Haris' date of birth is August 16, 2004, and when the result of 'O' Levels Examination was announced he was only 9-year-and-5-month old. He cleared the 'O' Levels science subjects in B grade and we were thrilled over his achievement at this young age," Rai Manzoor Nasir said.

Haris wants to become a barrister and help deserving persons by pleading their cases free of charge. He wants to complete Bar-at-Law from the University of London. Till LLB Honours, he'll be continuing his studies from Islamabad and then he would proceed to London for Bar-at-Law.

Haris urged the government to make arrangements for sending 25 million out-of-school children to schools immediately. He wants from politicians to lay more stress on education and chalk out policies for children who are not attending school. The children drop out from school because of non-availability of teachers and basic infrastructure. Haris also requested students to put their best ability in their studies so that they could be able to do something tangible for Pakistan after completing their studies.

The Mir Khalil-ur-Rehman Foundation (MKRF) awarded a 'Shabash' certificate to Haris and almost all political parties appreciated and congratulated him on his achievement. "We are still waiting for the government to acknowledge the little boy's tremendous achievement who has set a world record at this age," Rai Manzoor Nasir said.

Fond of French fries and burgers like any typical boy of his, Haris wants to have food of his choice and never compromises on tasty food.

Inquiring about his experience of 'O' Levels Examination, Haris said that while giving exams whenever he had to go to the toilet he asked the staff to stand outside the washroom because he was short in height and his hands could not reach the door lock. Other students and examination staff cooperated with him, and even tied his shoe laces so that he might not trip over while walking. When asked from his parents what he wanted after breaking the world record, they said that he demanded a raise in his pocket money. He also wanted total liberty in spending his pocket money on food and choicest of toys for himself without any objection from his parents.

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Ambreen Saba gets PhD degree
Islamabad: Ambreen Saba, head of the Mass Communication Department at Islamabad Model College for Girls (IMCG) (Postgraduate), Sector F-7/4, has done her PhD recently.

Saba received her PhD degree in 'History and Critical Analysis of Akhbar-e-Khawateen' from Islamia University, Bahawalpur, on December 31, 2013.

All faculty members of the Mass Communication Department have congratulated Ambreen Saba for her achievement. The news

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