PESHAWAR:23 May: The University of Peshawar (UoP) has announced special quota for minority students for admission to various disciplines. The announcement was made at an open forum held for minority students at the university with Acting Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Qibla Ayaz in chair.
The item of quota allocation for the minority students would be put on the agenda of upcoming meeting of the academic council for final approval, the vice-chancellor said. The forum was organised by Directorate of Admissions UoP to seek suggestions from the non-Muslim students to provide them some facilities.
The students welcomed proposed announcement of scholarships by the Khyber Pakh-tunkhwa government for the minority students. They said the financial assistance for the minority students would help them complete studies as majority of them left education halfway for financial constraints.
They requested the authorities concerned to allocate funds for their PhD scholarships, which were agreed to be pursued. The minority students should ideally be called as non-Muslim students, Qibla Ayaz said. He added that a total of 85 minority students get enrolled in the university every year. After graduation, these students make valuable contributions to various fields, he said.
The vice-chancellor urged the students to work hard to become productive citizens. He said the foreign media was portraying a gloomy picture of our society by describing it intolerant. The ground reality is totally different, he added. “In this situation, non-Muslim students must come up and serve as ambassadors of this region and tell the world that everyone enjoys religious freedom in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and tribal areas,” he said. The meeting was attended by Registrar Dr Syed Fazli Hadi, Director Admissions Dr Hizbullah Khan, Principal of Jinnah College for Women Prof Dr Nelofar Zeb Arbab and others.The news.