ISLAMABAD -  Islamabad police on Wednesday refused to register an FIR against a group of students who allegedly beat a teacher who caught them cheating during secondary school certificate (SSC) examination.

Muhammad Imran Awan, lecturer in Computer Science at IMCB I-8/3, reported to Industrial area police station on Wednesday that a group of students attacked him outside I-8/3 college premises and fled the scene after leaving him injured.

"It was around 12:30pm when I cashed some money from Allied Bank I-8 Markaz that around 12 students attacked me. One of them threw a brick on my head that left me semi-unconscious. They kept on beating me until I fell unconscious. I found myself with blood soaked leg after returning to senses. I also sustained a head injury too," victim told police.

Sadly, duty officer at Industrial area police station told him they can't register FIR until they obtain MLC from hospital.

"I showed them medical report but it's painful to note that there doesn't seem any sense of urgency at the end of law enforcers. They are dilly-dallying in instituting FIR," the victim alleged. When contacted Station House Officer of Industrial Area police station told TheNation that police have taken up the case and FIR will be registered following completion of due requirements. "We are waiting for MLC report. The FIR will be registered as soon as the victim produce MLC before duty officer at police station," Jamshed Khan, SHO Industrial area police station said.

MoU signed to promote German language learning: The memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between National University of Modern Languages (NUML) and Goethe-Institute Pakistan would bring new vistas of learning German language, culture and literature not only here in Pakistan but also in Germany, said Dr Manuel Negwer, Director of Goethe-Institute Pakistan.  He expressed these views while addressing a ceremony in which a MoU was signed here at NUML between NUML and Goethe Institute. He informed that Goethe Institute has a 50-year old presence and has a long history of friendship with Pakistan. This MoU is not a simple academic collaboration rather it is a milestone for academic, social and cultural exchanges between two societies.

He further told students that language learning is not merely limited to learning vocabulary, grammar and semantics rather it introduces a new philosophy, history, geography, culture and polity. "Every language you are in touch with brings new reality into your life," he added.

Director General (DG) NUML Brigadier Azam Jamal, while speaking on the occasion, said that it is indeed start of a renewed collaboration between two institutions, which will definitely pave way for further cooperation in the academic and cultural fields. "NUML is the only university of Pakistan to conduct official examinations of Chinese, Korean and Japanese languages. Now with this collaboration, German would be the forth language for which we would be conducting such tests. And soon we will be conducting official tests of Italian, French, Spanish and English Language as well". He also said that Goethe-Institute would assist NUML in imparting advance teachers' training to faculty of German Departments, who would then serve as catalysts to spearhead the promotion of German language in a more effective way. 

Later, the MOU was signed by DG NUML, Brig Azam Jamal and Dr Manuel Negwer, Director Goethe-Institute. The signature ceremony was attended by Dr Thomas Ditt, Cultural Attaché of the German Embassy, Ursula Saarbeck, Director DAAD Information Centre in Islamabad, Shamim Manzar, Head of Language Department Goethe-Institute Karachi, Dr Anwer Mahmood, Head of German Department, other deans, heads, directors, faculty members and students.

Talking to the scribe HoD German Department Dr Anwer Mahmood said "We have a lot of place and respect for the Goethe Institute in our hearts because German Department in NUML was established by it. This MoU would provide an opportunity to send our young teachers and students abroad for further training and upgrade department with the latest teaching materials and teaching aids. Moreover, this development would also lead to enrolment of more students for our undergraduate and postgraduate courses'.