Students find UK visa easier | IJT protest at PU
Students find route to Britain easier
Lahore, April 15: Families in the northwestern region of Pakistan
have said that there is a growing trend of sending their sons to Britain,
largely because of the ease of the gaining admission in obscure colleges
According to a report published in The Times, young people living
in Pakistan have great incentive to move to Britain as it offers them freedom
from family shackles and the prospect of financial gain. The existence in
Britain of large Urdu-speaking communities is further incentive, it added,
noting that the only barrier used to be the problem of entry.
admission: Now, according to the report, the easiest way to gain entry to
Britain is by securing a letter of admission to a British university, adding
this has frequently proven to be enough to obtain a student visa. The motivation
can vary but the families of some of those arrested in Britain last week
insisted their charges traveled abroad solely for educational reasons.
Ramzan Mehsud, who was arrested by British police last week, comes from
Dera Ismail Khan in NWFP. His family is originally from Waziristan. They said he
had no sinister intentions. Akbar Ali, his uncle, told The Times that his nephew
could not have been involved in radical activities: "He just wanted the degree
from Britain to get a better job," he added. Many of Mehsud's family members
were educated in Britain and some of them were working there too.
Ahmed, the elder brother of Abdul Wahab, who was also arrested last week, said
that it would be unfair if Wahab and the others detained were to be deported to
Pakistan if no charges were brought against them. Ahmed, who comes from Tank in
NWFP, added: "The boy should be allowed to complete his term. My brother was
only interested in his education and was not even remotely involved in any
According to Ahmed, his brother, along with some
friends, traveled to Britain on a valid student visa in 2006 to do his master's
in business administration. Only a few months were left in his final term, he
added. "The boys chose Britain to study because it was easier to get visas and
they all wanted to be together," he added.
UK govt has no evidence against Pakistani students
Lahore: The 11 Pakistani students arrested in Britain will be
released, as the authorities have not found any evidence against them, Pakistan
High Commissioner to London Wajid Shamsul Hassan has said. Hassan said the
arrests were a mistake on the part of British intelligence agencies, a private
TV channel reported. He said the British government had exaggerated the
incident, adding the remand of the students was ending on Wednesday. He said
they would then be released in absence of any proof of wrongdoing. Daily Times
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'IJT campaigning to bring rusticated students back'
Lahore: Punjab University students held a rally to protest the raise in free
structure and expulsion of some students from the university.
protest started from Hailey College of Commerce and ended in front of the VC's
office. The students were chanting slogans against the varsity
administration. The protest continued for three hours. A student of Law
College fainted due to exhaustion. He was later shifted to a hospital by
rescue 1122. The PU spokesman, however, said that no fee was increased in
Hailey College as alleged by IJT. Infact the IJT wanted to protest the
expulsion of their colleagues, the PU spokesman said, adding that the
protesters hurled flowerpots at the teachers who wanted to negotiate with
them outside the VC office.
The students said that on April 2 they had
blocked the campus bridge and Registrar Prof Dr Naeem A Khan had announced
that a committee would take action against the fee hiking but now no action has
been taken yet in this regard. Nazim IJT Punjab University Qaisar Sharief
said the varsity was facing management crisis and suggested to decrease the
non-productive expenditures to give relief to the students. Qaisar also
criticised the role of discipline committee that, according to him, had
destroyed the future of 91 innocent students who had been expelled from the
varsity. He also demanded of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani to announce
election of students unions so that they may get their rights.
Meanwhile Registrar Dr
Naeem Ahmad Khan and Resident Officer Shahid Gill heard the grievances of the
students and assured them that no fee was increased. The registrar further
announced that a notification to this effect would be issued before April
30. Meanwhile the PU spokesman said the IJT activists in connivance with some
external elements threw empty bottles on senior teachers and broke the
flowerpots in front of VC's office at New Campus. He said the IJT had
announced to start a campaign from April for the reinstatement of their
activists who were expelled or rusticated from PU due to their involvement
in illegal activities and the present protest was a part of this
All the teachers of PU condemned this incident and said that no
student organisation would be allowed to spoil the peaceful environment of
the campus. Principal Hailey College of Commerce Prof Dr Liaqat Ali said
that no increases had been made in the college fee and the students were
being charged with the fee as mentioned in the prospectus issued to them during
their admission in September 2008. He said that over 80 per cent students of
the college had already submitted their fee. He said the IJT had some hidden
objectives behind this protest. He said the college administration had shut
down the office of IJT situated in the college premises and they were
protesting against this action by the HCC administration. The Nation
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PU students protest increase in fees
Lahore: A large number of students of the Punjab University on Tuesday
staged a sit-in in front of the Vice-Chancellor to condemn the administration's
decision to increase fee.
The students from different departments of the
university gathered in front of the VC office and held a demonstration under the
banner of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT).
They demanded that the university
administration should take back the decision of increase in the fees of
semesters. They demanded that university administration should provide the
facility of medical, computer and internet to all the students. They also
demanded that the students of the evening classes be given the hostel facility.
The protesting students alleged that the university had its ambulances
and dispensary but the medical staff was not performing their duties. They
demanded inquiry against medical officials of the university. The PU registrar
Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan reached the spot and addressed the protesting
students. He said the meeting of the budget and audit accounts committee of the
university would be held on April 25 which would discuss the fee structure as
well as other issues. Later ,the students disperse peacefully.
PU book fair from 23rd
Lahore: The Punjab University administration has decided to organize PU
Book Fair 2009 on April 23-25 by involving teachers and merit students from all
No students' organization will be allowed to hold book fair
on PU campuses.
The decision was taken at a meeting of PU senior
teachers held under the chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran.
Taking serious notice of IJT statements being published in a section of press,
the meeting termed such statements a direct 'challenge to the writ of the
teachers' and the Punjab University and an "evil design" to disturb the peaceful
atmosphere of the university.
The meeting unanimously decided that no
student organization should be allowed to organize book fair on the campus
because there were many student unions in the Punjab University and such a step
could spoil the academic atmosphere of the university.
Students asked to opt for research
Lahore: It is a very sad reality that today scientific knowledge and
research have almost no existence in the Muslim world, which was its torchbearer
during 750-1150 AD.
Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid
Kamran stated this while speaking as chief guest at the 22nd convocation of the
Queen Mary College on Tuesday. Dr Mujahid Kamran urged science students to opt
for the career of research, saying that world is open for science researchers.
He said to create new knowledge was the highest form of human virtue.
vice-chancellor congratulated the students of the college who got good position
in MA, MSc, BA, BSc and FA, FSc exams. He also felicitated their parent and
teachers. The vice-chancellor distributed gold medals and certificates among the
position holders. Earlier in her welcome address, College Principal Nasreen
Akhtar Raza lauded the services of Dr Mujahid Kamran and said that he was a
great scientist and physician. The News
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Tight security for foreigners, schools and colleges ordered
Lahore: The Punjab government has ordered law enforcement agencies
to provide foolproof security to educational institutes, government offices and
foreigners, a private TV channel reported. According to a handout issued by the
Punjab home secretary, the agencies had been ordered that security of
foreigners' particularly Chinese should be heightened. Monitoring committees
have also been set up in this regard, the statement said. The handout said
further a superintendent of police would be deputed in every district for the
implementation of an emergency security plan. Daily times
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UHS announced second prof MBBS supplementary examination result
Lahore: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) has declared the result of
second professional MBBS supplementary examination held in March this year.
A total of 717 candidates appeared in the exam out of whom 662 passed
and the pass percentage remained 92.33. Only 49 candidates could not get through
whereas result of 6 candidates would be announced later. The roll numbers of
successful candidates of Allama Iqbal Medical College Lahore 1 to 7, 9 to 20, 23
to 33, 35 to 41, 44, 46 to 48, FMH College of Medicine and Dentistry Lahore 101
to 122, 124, Lahore Medical and Dental College Lahore, 151 to 158, 160, 161, 163
to 166, 168 to 172, 174, 175, 177 to 184, 186 to 201, Nishtar Medical College
Multan, 251 to 253, 255 to 267, 269, 271, 273, 274, 276 to 287, 289 to 293, 295
to 306, 308 to 395, Punjab Medical College Faisalabad, 451 to 457, 459 to 465,
467 to 499, 501 to 505, 507, 508, 510, 511, 514 to 518, 520 to 523, 525 to 540,
Quaid-e-Azam Medical College Bahawalpur, 551 to 564, 566 to 582, 584, 586 to
632, 634, 636 to 645, 647 to 650, 652, 653, 655, 659, 660, 662, Rawalpindi
Medical College Rawalpindi 701 to 767, 769 to 784, 786, Services Institute of
Medical Sciences Lahore 801 to 825, Sheikh Zayed Medical College Rahim Yar Khan
851 to 858, 860 to 864, 866 to 889, University Medical College Faisalabad, 901
to 903, 905 to 946, Wah Medical College Wah Cantt 1001 to 1008, 1011 to 1043,
1046 to 1048.
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PPSC clears 415 candidates for interview
Lahore: The Punjab Public Service Commission has
cleared 415 candidates for interview for recruitment to 67 posts of Lecturer
Education (Female BS-17) in the Punjab Education Department as a result of
written test held on December 16, 2008. The above result can also be seen on the
following website of the Commission. www.ppsc.gop.pk. The News
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