Punjab University closes hostels, postpones exams
PU cleans house
Lahore, Apr 09: The Punjab University (PU) on Thursday announced that it would
close its hostels from Friday (today) onwards and postpone the ongoing
A meeting, chaired by PU Vice Chancellor
Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, made these decisions. Deans, principals and
administrative officers of the university attended the meeting. The
meeting was held in the backdrop of violence at the PU. Islami Jamiat
Talaba (IJT) activists recently thrashed Prof Dr Iftikhar Hussain
Baloch, the chairman of the varsity's disciplinary committee.
the Federation of the All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff
Associations (FAPUASA) has announced that academic staff at public
sector universities across the country will observe Monday as a Black
Day to protest thrashing of the PU teacher.
The PU meeting
strongly condemned IJT hooliganism and decided that all PU hostels
(male and female) will be vacated from April 9 (today) till further
orders. The meeting, however, decided that foreign students will be
allowed to stay. "The deficiency in studies due to the ongoing strike
of the PU Academic Staff Association will be made up by faculty by
taking extra classes," said a PU statement.
A senior faculty member said there had been no classes for the last
couple of days as boarders had left. "The PUASA has already announced
that there will be no classes until miscreants were arrested," he
added. He said mid-term semester exams of various departments,
institutes and constituent colleges were due but these would be held
when teachers ended their strike.
It is learnt that the PU was
closing hostels as it wanted to construct walls around boys hostels.
After the construction of walls, boys hostels will have a single
entrance/exit. According to another PU press statement, Additional
Registrar PU Ahmad Ali Chatta has urged politicians to immediately
disband politically-motivated student unions in state run academic
institutions in the province. He was presiding over a meeting of the PU
Officers Welfare Association at Al-Razi Hall New Campus on Thursday.
alleged that politicians had held government educational institutions
as hostage for the last 60 years and their student unions were playing
with the destiny of students. Meanwhile, hundreds of teachers led by
varsity's PUASA President Dr Mahr Saeed Akhtar, who is also the
newly-elected president of the FAPUASA, held a peaceful protest walk at
the Old Campus on The Mall.
Carrying banners and placards,
protesting teachers strongly condemned Jamiat's act and also
distributed leaflets among passers-by. Leaflets termed IJT a
'terrorist' organisation and slammed it for 'hijacking' the PU.
"Punjab university must stop this Goondaism before its too late."
City, Country: Lahore, Pakistan
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Goondaism at a varsity that produced Nobel laureates
Lahore: The manhandling of a Punjab University professor, Dr. Iftikhar Baloch,
by Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) activists at the largest and oldest seat
of higher learning in Pakistan is the most tragic incident in the
history of the institution, which is said to have produced three Nobel
According to the media reports, the violent
reaction was an outcome of expulsion of some IJT activists involved in
some violent activities. Around five IJT activists, whose cases were
processed by the varsityís Disciplinary Committee, headed by Dr.
Baloch, were issued expulsion notifications. It further aggravated the
situation and, as expected, the IJT resorted to violent mayhem.
Town Police have registered cases against around 30 IJT activists on
charges of manhandling Professor Dr Iftikhar Hussain Baloch. But the
question is if the lost prestige of the professor can be regained.
campus violence is not a new phenomenon in Pakistanís chequered
political history, such sort of violence by the student group belies
the government claim of providing security and protection to its
citizens. It also shows the deteriorating law and order situation at
the Punjab University which seems to have provided no security to its
senior faculty members.
Lukewarm police reaction of the New
Muslim Town police officials is only condemnable as it helped the
Jamiat goons to continue their devastating spree without any fear.
1947, the politically active part of the student community in the
sub-continent was more concerned with political questions like
anti-colonial movements, flanked by Indian nationalism on the one hand,
and Pakistan nationalism on the other. However, the nationalist spirit
was soon replaced by the regional spirit after the creation of
Pakistan. Various student organizations rendered support to political
parties in their struggle for regional autonomy and democratic rights.
is pertinent to mention that Bengali nationalism, developed and
mushroomed after 1947 in the Eastern wing, was fully demonstrated in
the language movement of 1952 in which students were the main players
of the struggle. Students were in the forefront in 1962 for the cause
of education rights. Similarly, they played active role in 1966
movement for self-rule.
Students played major role in
overthrowing the Ayub regime. Afterwards, during the Bhutto regime,
they were on the forefront in the anti-Qadiani movement.
politics is a complex phenomenon in Pakistan. Almost all major
political parties and leaders maintain armed cadres supplied by student
organizations. Invariably, the armed cadres have their protectors or
'godfathers' who have the power and influence in the administration to
shield them from the long arm of the law.
As a result, in spite
of many punitive laws enacted by governments from time to time, no
government has been able to restore peace to the campuses. The
government alone is not responsible in this regard as the civil society
and political organizations are also responsible for the mayhem. The
parents of students used by the organizations as a pawn should remember
that they are responsible for their childrenís actions.
reason for such a turn of events is certainly the lack of good
governance and the Punjab government should try to make ëcampus
security forceí for maintaining peace in the campuses.
should also encourage research culture for developing the universities
as the engines of accelerated development for the country.
methods and forms of campus violence seem to have undergone fundamental
changes. In the 1970s and early 1980s, the politics and ideologies of
the time characterized campus violence. In the late 1980s, campus
violence began to show symptoms of ordinary criminality. However, the
post-Musharraf scenario needs tangible handling of the student affairs
as we need to promote democratic culture in the universities.
Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, also needs to decide once for all whether it
would side with democratic forces or continue to conspire against
democracy. It should remember that the age of violence and rule through
coercion and torture is all but over and students cannot be tamed by
show of force and strength.
Campus violence is a demon and no
one likes to see it growing again. This is high time the government
took concrete steps to make the campuses free of violence.
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Grade 10 students beat varsity students in science contest
Lahore: Grade-10 students defeated university and college students in a science Olympiad held on Thursday
four-day science competition was arranged by the Lahore University of
Management Sciences (LUMS). The Choueifat team secured the third
overall position in the Math Gauge event. In the final round of the
Tour de Mind, the International School of Choueifat competed against
King Edward Medical University, GIK University, Generation's School
Karachi and NUST. After a nail biting session, the school's five young
students stood second beating over 150 competing educational
institutions. The team of GIK Institute stood first.
Choueifat team received a special acknowledgement from LUMS students
committee in view of their overall impressive performance
notwithstanding their young age. Students from around 150 educational
institutions such as King Edward Medical university, University of
Engineering and Technology, NUST, GIK Institute, Aitchison College,
Beaconhouse School System, Lahore Grammar School, Generation's School
and Roots International School System participated in the event.
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UVAS students protest shifting of campus
Lahore: Dozens of students from University of Veterinary &
Animal Sciences (UVAS) opposing the decision to shift Faculty of
Veterinary Science (FVS) to varsity's Ravi Campus, Patoki, protested on
The protesting students of DVM programme criticized
the administration which later had to 'alter' its decision and notified
that the FVS students would have to join the Patoki campus for
practical part of studies only.
UVAS Vice Chancellor Prof Dr
Muhammad Nawaz said the varsity had developed various facilities at the
Patoki campus while two of the faculties had already been shifted
there. "The students need to be trained in the field", he said adding
"The Patoki campus has maximum facilities for veterinary training."
further said the campus had other facilities too including computers,
internet, and hostel. "It is unfortunate that the students are
reluctant to work in field", he said adding "In the end it is going to
help them in their professional lives."
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UHS employees, clerks block The Mall
Lahore: Employees of the University of Health Sciences continued
their hunger strike in front of Punjab Assembly on Thursday to protest
against varsity administration for not regularising its grade 1 to 15
employees in violation of orders of the Punjab government.
were holding banners inscribed with their demands and chanted slogans
against the UHS administration for denying them their right. They also
adopted a novel way of protest by staging mock hanging and beating
their chests to reject contract appointments of grade 1 to 15 employees.
All Pakistan Clerks Association, besides their own demands of raise in
salaries, also expressed their solidarity with UHS employees and
blocked The Mall for more than two hours.
They claimed that MNA
Hamza Shahbaz had taken notice of the situation and assured APCA Lahore
Division President Haji Irshad on telephone from Islamabad about
regularization of UHS employees.
"The MNA also assured that he would visit the hunger strike camp of UHS employees on his return," they claimed.
of Health Sciences (UHS) employees announced that they would continue
their protest and hunger strike camp until their demand was met.
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Faiz Hall at GCU
Lahore: The Government College University (GCU), paying tribute to eminent Urdu
poet the late Faiz Ahmed Faiz, has set up Faiz Ahmed Faiz Seminar Hall
at the varsity. According to a press statement, the inauguration of the
Faiz Ahmed Faiz Seminar Hall was held on Thursday. Noted Urdu novelist
Hammed Akhtar, the chief guest of the ceremony, said Faiz had a
positive approach towards life. 'Apart from a revolutionary poet, he
was also a poet of beauty and love, he said. Dr Saadat Saaed from the
GCU Urdu Department also spoke on the occasion while the department
also announced holding international seminar on Faiz Ahmed Faiz every
year on the occasion of his birth anniversary. The news
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Sit-in for restoration of IUB students
Bahawalpur: The striking students of the IUB Engineering
College on Wednesday condemned expulsion of their 13 class fellows from
Talking to the media here, the students who
are camping on Hasilpur Road outside the Baghdadul Jadid Campus,
described the expulsion of their class fellows as unjustified.
said the students of the engineering college were being targeted and
demanded that the IUB administration withdraw the expulsion order and
restore their admission.
The protesters have been staging a sit-in at the camp site for the last one week. Dawn
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