Punjab University administration eases up on IJT
Corrupt elements not to be spared: VC
Lahore, Apr 21: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran
has said that no leniency would be shown to those who indulge in
character assassination of university's faculty and want to make the
institute 'a den of their illegal activities.'
addressing a joint meeting of chairmen, directors and principals of the
PU at the New Campus, a press statement said on Tuesday. Interestingly,
unlike the past, the PU press statement replaced the Islami Jamiat
Talaba (IJT) with 'a particular students group' while its activists
were mentioned as 'elements'. Ever since April 1, 2010, when some IJT
activists thrashed and injured a senior faculty member, the PU press
statements clearly mentioned Jamiat while the one issued on Tuesday was
certainly a different one, highlighting the softening tone of the
Dr Kamran said the present
administration had no prejudice against any particular students group
while the universityís performance in academic and research fields had
been far better and praiseworthy as compared to that under the previous
administrations. He said the elements which were bent upon destroying
the peace of the oldest and largest seat of higher education and
playing with the destiny of the younger generation were the real
enemies of education.
The VC said that for preserving peaceful
environment in the university, the new chief security officer had also
been appointed in addition to 30 trained guards. The security force
along with police officials had been strictly instructed to effectively
check the distribution of handbills after Friday prayers in the Jamia
Mosque which contained baseless immoral allegations against the faculty
Dr Kamran asked the departmental chairmen, hostel
wardens and superintendents to carry out their official duties honestly
to run the university affairs on positive lines. With a view to
identifying non-student elements, they were also directed to make sure
that the students invariably displayed the university ID cards on the
campus. The PU VC lauded Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif for the
arrest of three out of four main accused who carried out the attack on
Prof Iftikhar Baloch and for his interest in the maintenance of peace
atmosphere at the university. He said ever since the issuance of
instructions from the CM, the police force had been extending
cooperation to the PU administration.
He said only 65 students
had been expelled during the last over two years in the light of
disciplinary committee recommendations after impartial inquiry
proceedings. He said the students who had demonstrated good behaviour
had also been given relief to save their future.
faculty members, while offering their comments and suggestions, noted
with satisfaction that the teaching process had restarted and expressed
hope that the loss of studies caused due to boycott would be covered
through additional classes up to June 30. The meeting was informed that
with effect from Tuesday, the PU transport fleet would start plying
buses from the New Campus to the different points at 4:30pm instead of
previous 4:15pm while the same departure timings would also be observed
on every Saturday, which had already been declared as a full working
The teachers pointed out that the teachers and students
want riddance of the miscreants from the univesity. After the recent
brutal attack on Prof Iftikhar Baloch, the entire teaching fraternity
had given preference to the upholding of their honour and over their
all other affiliations and they would also put up a similar united
fight against those who tried to insult and humiliate the faculty. The news
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PU academic activities partially resume
Lahore: Academic activities at the Punjab University resumed
partially on Tuesday as most classes could not be held according to the
schedule while students continued roaming around their departments.
some departments, the students said that they did not see the full
strength of their teachers present and those present did not take their
Meanwhile, PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran
chaired a joint meeting of chairmen, directors and principals and
stated that no leniency would be shown to those who indulged in
character assassination of faculty members and wanted making the
subcontinent's premier seat of higher learning as a den of their
The vice-chancellor said that security
force along with police officials had been strictly instructed to
effectively check the distribution of handbills after Juma prayers
outside the university's main mosque, which contained baseless immoral
allegations against faculty members.
Prof Kamran expressed his
thanks to the chief minister for ensuring the arrest of three out of
four suspects, who carried out assault on varsity's Discipline
Committee chairman Prof Dr Iftikhar Baloch..
vice-chancellor acknowledged that the police were now fully cooperating
with the varsity administration after instructions from the chief
minister. Refuting IJT activists' claim that the varsity administration
had expelled 107 students, the VC said only 65 students were expelled
during the last over two years in the light of Discipline Committee
recommendations after conducting fair inquiry proceedings.
said those, who had demonstrated good behaviour, had also been provided
relief to save their academic future. He said the present
administration had no prejudice against any particular students' group
but those bent upon destroying the academic peace were the real enemies
In order to ensure peaceful academic
environment, the vice-chancellor said the university had hired the
services of 30 trained guards besides appointing a new chief security
officer. He said the security guards would also check the distribution
of handbills after Juma prayers in the varsity mosque, which contained
baseless allegations against faculty members.
He also asked
the departments' chairmen, hostel wardens and superintendents to carry
out their official duties honestly and judiciously so as to run the
university affairs on positive lines. With a view to identifying
non-student elements, he said, the varsity officials should also ensure
that the students should invariably display their identity cards on the
Later, the faculty members who attended the meeting
claimed that teaching process had been restarted and expressed their
hope that the loss of studies caused due to boycott would be covered by
taking additional classes up to June 30.
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KC principal withdraws registrar slot ad
Lahore: Kinnaird College principal Dr Bernadette L. Dean has,
reportedly on the instructions of "under-pressure" board of governors,
withdrawn the advertisement issued on April 11 regarding the position
of a registrar.
The post of registrar, which was introduced
last year, had become a bone of contention since the principal selected
an applicant from within the college faculty, which was consequently
ratified by the board of governors.
The appointment of Dr
Naima Khurshid as registrar had drawn a strong reaction from within the
faculty members, including the vice-principal. Following massive
protests, which were also joined by the college students, the Punjab
higher education secretary objected to the action of the college
principal. The secretary also reportedly said that KC's law needed to
be reviewed and brought under the control of the government.
claimed that this "threat" worked and the BoG "reviewed" its
appointment ratification decision and the board chairman reportedly
asked the registrar to resign. Dr Khurshid consequently resigned.
again, sources say, the board has asked the college principal to
withdraw the advertisement seeking applications for the post of
registrar. Sources also claim that the BoG has reservations over two
out of three requirements given in the advertisement – requirement of
PhD and age limit.
When contacted by media persons, BoG member
Eric Massey said he did not know anything about the withdrawal of the
advertisement regarding the position of a registrar.
contacted, Dr Dean said she was asked to withdraw the advertisement,
which she did. She said the BoG would review whether the college needed
a registrar or not. Dawn
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UHS BSc nursing result
Lahore: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) has announced the result of the
First Professional BSc Nursing Post RN (2-year programme) annual
examination. According to a press release here on Tuesday, a total of
141 candidates from four affiliated Nursing colleges appeared in the
exam out of which 122 passed and 19 failed. The pass percentage
remained 86.52. Suraiya Jabbar of the Saida Waheed FMH College of
Nursing, Lahore, got first position securing 344/400 marks. Riffat
Sultana of the Saida Waheed FMH College of Nursing, Lahore and Fazilat
Naz of the same college got second and third positions securing 334/400
and 330/400marks respectively. The news
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SkiTamasha at LUMS
Lahore: Dramaline, the dramatics society at LUMS, celebrated
its 20th anniversary by organising a three-day SkiTamasha 7, from April
The event held for the seventh consecutive year showcased
18 performances in different genres, including comedy and serious
plays; some dealt with issues prevalent in society, while others
lightened the mood with jokes. All skits were performed by LUMS
students and the scripts were all originals, written by students
themselves. The plays were performed in both English and Urdu.
On the final day, ex-presidents of the society watched the performances.
judges Raheel Ibn-e-Ali, Jalal Bukhari and Aqdas Waseem gave award for
the best director to Shehzad Ghias, who directed four productions. The
best serious play award went to "What's the Distance", while "Waja,
Kyun, Aiween, Acha" bagged the best comedy award. The best script award
went to "Mujhse Shaadi Karogi", a play that was predominantly in verse.
Taha Mir secured the best male actor award and Anum Zaidi the best
female actor. Dawn
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Over 60 FJMC employees regularised
Lahore: In accordance with the directives of Punjab Chief Minister
Mian Shahbaz Sharif, over 60 contractual employees of Fatima Jinnah
Medical College have been regularised.
Chairman Board of Management FJMC Chief Justice (Retd) Mian Mehboob Ahmad made the announcement at the event here on Tuesday.
He was the chief guest on the occasion while Principal FJMC Prof Abdul Majeed Chaudhry also attended it.
this occasion, Mian Mehboob said that regularisation would give new
hope to temporary employees families. He advised them to work hard with
honesty and sincerity. Prof Abdul Majeed Ch also praised workers
performance and showed gratitude towards government for taking interest
in the welfare of low-grade employees.
Later, workers thanked Punjab
Government directives for their regularisation and chanted slogans in
favour of Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif. The nation
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Ghost schools continue to haunt students
Layyah: Five of the 11 ghost schools in different parts of
the district have reportedly been shifted to other places but will it
change their status remains to be seen.
The five schools,
which were operational on paper (fulfilling all requirements other than
studies), were damaged by floods in 2005.
They have been shifted to other places on the recommendations of PML-N MPA Mehr Ijaz Ahmad Achlana.
education authorities have shifted the government primary schools of
Bait Gaddiwala, Sakhaniwala, Basti Sethar, Tayyabwala and Mahmood
Khan-wala to other places through office order No 369-70 of Feb 24 last
and No 2817-19 of Aug 24, 2009.
The authorities took the plea
that the population nearby has shifted to 'safer places' and that the
school buildings were damaged by the flood.
It all sounds
illogical because there has been no flooding in the riverine area in
the last five years, except river erosion at Sumra Nasheb union
council. One may ask why these very officials have not even once
thought of repairs and renovation of these institutes during the last
five years and why these schools have not been shifted to the far-flung
areas deprived of education.
In another 'cosmetic' step, the
deputy district officer (education) has suspended two teachers Muhammad
Saleem Zubair and Abdul Ghafoor of the school at Bait Gaddiwala "for
being absent from the school after its shifting".
The DDO also asked them to produce the five-year record of the expenditure of school management committee.
Bilal Qureshi, an educationist, questions why the staff of other
schools has not been asked to come up with the expenditure record and
why they have been drawing salaries without performing any duty.
other ghost schools are Girls Maktab School at Chak No 424 TDA and
primary schools at Conahywala, 426-TDA (Oadanwala), Jhook Hassan Khan,
Shah-wala and Irshad-wala. All these schools have not been functional
for the last few years but the teaching and not-teaching staff have
regularly been drawing salaries.
Similarly, the primary school
for girls at Sanjraniwala has been closed as few of its students were
already studying in primary schools for boys nearby. The staff of this
school also has been drawing salaries.
EDO (Education) Hafiz Abdul Wahid Aulakh, when contacted, denied existence of any ghost school in the district.
He said he had recently been posted here and would verify it after visiting the schools. Dawn
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