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PU VC addresses Law College students' concerns
Lahore, April 19, 2008: Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran on Friday addressed students of the Law College at the Environmental Law Centre auditorium and assured them that he would resolve their problems.

A press release issued by the PU stated that the VC replied to various questions and removed certain misconceptions regarding the issue of the removal of Asst Professor Ashfaq Ahmad Khan for "procedural flaws' in his Mphil degree.

The VC said that the present administration was student-friendly and wanted to promote smooth continuity of work. He made it clear that the administration would not succumb to the pressure of any student group. He said that they were determined to provide a pressure-free environment in which students could express their views and feelings.

Dr Kamran said that he also accepted students' right to protest, adding that the problem created in the Law College was a misconception due to a lack of communication. He said Ashfaq was a respectable member of the Law College faculty.

PU Students Affairs Advisor Dr Mujahid Ali Mansoori said the PU was concerned over the issue of academic leadership in the Law College and the administration would soon appoint a full-time professor as principal of the college. He said the present administration would promote the culture of sports and extra-curricular activities to produce leadership abilities among PU students.

He said, however, that students must exist in peace, harmony and unity, as this was needed to defuse situations of conflict among student groups. "They must keep in mind that collectively they are all Punjabians (students of PU) and they should feel proud of it." The students of PU Law College have resumed taking classes on a regular basis.

Seminar on `Post Military Regime' at PU on April 21: PU Centre for South Asian Studies (CSAS) will organise a seminar entitled `The Post Military Regime in Pakistan: Is There Hope for Democracy' on Monday, April 21 at 11am in the Seminar Hall of the Centre. Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) Professor of Political Science Dr Rasool Bakhash Rais will be the keynote speaker, while the PU VC will be the chairman of the seminar. Daily Times

Unions' activists using mosques to rally fellow students
Lahore: Activists from student unions are targeting mosques in various education institutes to convince their fellow students to join their unions.

The activists said that mosques were religious centres where the students gathered in large numbers, and it became easier to address and convince them.

A number of political groups distributed their pamphlets at the mosques of various institutions of the city on Friday, as a large number of students gathered there for Friday prayers. These groups included the University Students Federation (USF), the Insaf Students Federation (ISF) and the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT). The pamphlets contained parties' agendas for the elections of student unions.

Political groups are active in a number of universities and colleges in the city after the government restored student unions. Union activists are also collecting funds from various organisations, students and teachers to run their campaign.

Ahsan Chaudhry, an activist of the USF, said on Friday that the federation activists distributed around 10,000 pamphlets at mosques of the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), LUMS, Punjab University and FAST National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences.

ISF Governor at PU Rana Kamran said that ISF activists had visited various educational institutions to distribute Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan's message.

IJT distributes pamphlets against Governor Khalid Maqbool: IJT activists distributed pamphlets in the PU central mosque after the Friday prayers. The pamphlets opposed the decision of PU Chancellor Governor Lt Gen (r) Khalid Maqbool to set up performing art department at the university. The pamphlets praised the PU teachers who had stopped the governor from entering in the PU a few days ago when he came there to attend a meeting. The teachers had protested against the termination of some PU plagiarists by the governor.

On the other hand, students, teachers and people have criticised the activists of students unions. They said they fear the clashes between the unions could lead to some untoward incidents at the mosques.

Haroon, a student, said their studies had suffered due to the surge in political activities among the student unions.

Dr Samir Fatima, professor at Islamic Studies Department, said that it was not wrong if political activists used mosques to convey their message. However, she opposed the prime minister's decision to restore student unions, saying the decision could spoil the educational environment of institutions. Daily Times

Geology date sheet
Lahore: The Punjab University Examination Department has issued the date sheet for the exams of BSc Applied Geology, final professional (New Course), 2nd annual examination 2007. According to a press statement, the written exam will commence from April 26 and will conclude on May 6 while the practical exam will be held on May 7 and 8. Detailed date sheet is available at university website

PUASA expresses solidarity with Balochistan teachers
Lahore: The Punjab University Academic Staff Association (PUASA) has expressed solidarity with protesting teachers of the University of Balochistan over the issue of implementation of controversial Model University Ordinance (MUO) and demanded government take notice of the situation.

PUASA President Dr Mumtaz Salik said that teachers of the University of Balochistan were observing a hunger strike in Quetta for the last four days to protest the implementation of controversial MUO and the university's vice-chancellor for sacking various faculty members. He said that Dr Agha Nasir, a teacher, participating in the hunger strike camp set up outside Quetta Press Club had to be shifted to a hospital due to weakness.

Dr Salik said the PUASA under the banner of the Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) stood with the teachers of Balochistan University against the controversial Model University Ordinance. He said in case of any mishap at the hunger strike camp, all the responsibility would fall on the VC of the Balochistan University and the governor of Balochistan. The News
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