Mardan to have women university
Mardan, Mar 01: Special assistant to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister on higher education Mushtaq Ghani has said that a woman university would be established in Mardan.
He said the provincial government had been taking measures to end the prevalent education system, which divided the society into different classes.
Addressing a ceremony in connection with the fifth foundation day of the Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan here the other day, he said the provincial government had planned to give away scholarships to poor bright students.
Mr Ghani said that the government would provide quality education in medical, engineering, law and other professions to create true professionals.
The PTI lawmaker lauded the services of the vice chancellor Professor Ihsan Ali and administration of the Abdul Wali Khan University for establishing its campuses in other districts as well, promotion higher education in the province.
"Keeping in view the PTI chief Imran Khan's focus on promotion of education in the province, the government has been taking measures to establish colleges and universities in very tehsil of the province," he said.
Non-Muslim female teachers seek transfer to own areas
Peshawar: The Hindu community has expressed concern over the transfer of female teachers from Peshawar city to rural areas in violation of the government policy and demanded of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa minister for education to take notice of the injustice and transfer the teachers, including those from minorities, to schools in their respective union councils.
All Pakistan Hindu Rights Movement chairman Haroon Sarab Diyal said on Friday that under the government policy – Para VI of the posting/transfer policy of the provincial government SOR-VI/E&AD/I-4/2008/VOI-VII dated 11-9-2009 – the transfers should be made on the basis of domicile and computerised national identity cards, but it was yet to be implemented.
Giving example, he said that a Hindu female teacher of a primary school, Babbly Arzoo w/o Haroon, belonged to union council Bhana Mari, but she had been serving in rural areas of Peshawar since 2010 and now posted at Mattani Girls School No 2, which was a militancy-infested area. He said there were several such other cases, but the women did not want to talk to officials for fear of action.
"We have been requesting the concerned officials of education department and also submitted applications to the office of minister for education time and again, but to no avail," lamented the movement's leader.
Mr Diyal appealed to the government to look into the matter of transfer of female teachers, particularly Ms Arzoo, from the hard and volatile area to any government primary school in UC-30.
He said that if the government did not respond to their request they would be left with the only option to move court and challenge all the postings/transfers made from May 2010 to 2014 as it was injustice with the women of minorities and other teachers.
UoP staffers to resist new varsity on botanical garden land
Peshawar: The teaching and non-teaching employees of the University of Peshawar (UoP) on Wednesday strongly reacted to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government's decision to allow construction of a public sector university on the
land of its botanical garden in Azakhel, Nowshera, and warned to start agitation if the decision was not reversed.
Speaking at a press conference at Peshawar Press Club, Peshawar University Teachers Association (Puta) president Dr Fazal Nisar said that the botanical garden spread over 677 kanals had been acquired by UoP in 2005 on a lease for 99 years from the provincial government.
He said that the government wanted to give the garden for establishment of a campus of Islamabad-based Air University, but the UoP employees and students would not allow anyone to encroach upon its land.
Dr Nisar was flanked by Federation of All Pakistan Academic Staff Association general secretary Dr Jamil Ahmad and the UoP's Class-III and IV employees associations' presidents Muzakar Shah and Imadad respectively.
The Puta president said that the administrative control of the garden was with the UoP as agreement had already been signed by Nowshera district's former nazim and the UoP vice-chancellor where academic activities were being carried out for last nine years.
He said that even one of the students had completed his PhD working on plants in the botanical garden and many others were busy in research work.
Dr Nisar said that the provincial government had now decided to hand over 300 kanals of the garden to the Air University and another 250 kanals for establishment of a technical university.
He said that if the government implemented the decision the size of botanical garden would shrink to only 100 kanals.
He said that establishment of both universities was against the lease agreement, signed between the then government, district administration and UoP.
He said that the UoP administration had spent Rs37million on development of this internationally ranked botanical park with the support of federal government.
Dr Nisar said that the establishment of universities on the garden's land was also against the judgments of Supreme Court and international rules.
He said that a general body meeting of the employees would be held on Thursday (today) to decide future line of action for protection of the garden.
He demanded of Chief Minister Pervez Khattak to save the botanical garden and allot land to new universities somewhere else.
13 UoP students facing expulsion over violence
Peshawar: The University of Peshawar's 13 students are facing rustication for use of violence against each other on campus.
Seven of these students are from the Pakhtun Students Federation (PkSF) and the rest from the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT), according to sources in the university.
PkSF and IJT are the student wings of the Awami National Party and the Jamaat-i-Islami respectively.
On Feb 4, the PkSF had taken out a walk to mark the Valentine's Day prompting the IJT to celebrate the day as the Modesty Day.
That led to a clash between the two groups on campus.
The administration said the IJT activists torched five hostel rooms belonging to PkSF workers on the day, while the PkSF activists retaliated on Monday setting eight hostel rooms of IJT students on fire.
When contacted, UoP Provost and secretary of the University Discipline Committee Dr Alam Khan said the charges against the accused were being examined.
"Police are looking into the criminal side of the case, while the university is investigating the disciplinary aspect of the case," he said.
The provost said the administration was in contact with the departments of the students charged with violence. "By Monday, we will get the case reports from police and the departments. Action against the accused will be taken in light of those reports," he said.
According to Dr Alam, students may face disciplinary action, including penalties and expulsion from the university.
He said if convicted, the students could move the appellate committee head by the vice chancellor against the sentence.
Sources said all students submitted undertaking at the time of admission that they won't take part in politics but political activities on campus were rife.
According to them, the four universities, including University of Peshawar, Islamia College University, University of Engineering and Technology, and Agricultural University, had decided to secure the said undertaking from students after the IJT activists killed Adnan Khan, a final-year student of UET, for playing music in hostel in March 2010.
However, they said, the students' political activities continued without let or hindrance.
The sources said though student politics were banned in the said universities, students got inspiration from teachers, who took out rallies, held elections and organised protests on campus.
They said like students, their teachers too were associated with ANP and JI, which had been using their student wings to serve own interests in universities.
The sources said in presence of the teachers' association, the administration couldn't take disciplinary action against students. They said majority of teachers, who were active in university politics, held senior positions and therefore, they protected students belonging to their parties.
The sources said the university administration could easily terminate students if it wanted to do so. "The varsity has to ban teachers' involvement in politics and once that happens, the student politics will end automatically," a source said.
The undertaking given by their guardians say all students will abide by the rules and regulations and will not take part in strikes, meetings, social, political, cultural or religious functions, events and gatherings organised by any group of students on campus.
Under it, students can't display political parties' badges, pamphlets and other printed materials, and possess daggers, sticks, arms or explosives or any lethal instruments.
The undertaking also disallows students from having unauthorised individuals in their rooms.
And in case of the undertaking's violation, students will face serious disciplinary proceedings, including penalties and expulsion from the hostel.
The UoP provost said the university had taken action against several students for violating discipline and among them was a student of physics department, who was rusticated for attacking a teacher. He said the hostels had been freed from outsiders and irrelevant people.
"We will continue punishing students violating rules," he said. Dawn