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Hassanabdal Cadet College fees raises by 25pc
Taxila, Dec 17: The Hassanabdal Cadet College Board of Governors (BoG) approved 25 percent increase in the fees of cadets including monthly tuition fee, hostel fee and mess dues.

Reliable sources in the Cadet College said that the Board of Governors (BoG) met in Lahore on Monday with Governor Punjab and BoG President Salmaan Taseer. Presently 540 cadets were enrolled with the college.

The governor also issued orders to allocate a 10 per cent quota for deserving students from Balochistan and the Tribal Areas. Similarly the governor ordered the college authorities to initiate A-level classes.

The board of governors approved budget of Rs210 million for the year of 2008-09 of the college.

It has been decided to constitute a three-member Finance Committee to carry out a detailed audit of expenses incurred on capital purchases.

It also examined the pace of work on a Rs170 million expansion project.

The governor ordered an amendment in the College Foundation Ordinance of 1966 aimed at introducing the college's own pay scale for its teachers. The board also decided to nominate the Rawalpindi commissioner as member of the Board of Governors (BoG). It has learnt that the decision of 25 per cent increase in monthly dues has stirred unrest among the cadets and their parents. Dawn

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Punjab University expeled seven IJT students
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) on Tuesday expelled seven students andrusticated four others, all belonging to the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT), for committing serious breach of discipline.

On the recommendations of the varsity's Discipline Committee, it was also decided to stop the result of one student till his appearance before the committee while some students were provided the opportunity to submit written statements and appear before the committee along with their parents.

Furthermore, the entry of the rusticated/ expelled students was banned on the whole university campus with the warning that if any individual was found to have accommodated them, he shall be liable to disciplinary action too.

Sources in the PU administration said the action was taken following the confirmation of the students' involvement in an incident of hooliganism at the Khalid Bin Waleed Hostel, Old Campus, last month. According to them, the students had not only misbehaved with senior teachers and officials in the presence of the vice-chancellor but had also thrown chairs towards them to hurt them. The News

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"The disciplinary committee of the Punjab University has expelled seven students and rusticated four others linked to the IJT. The action comes after the committee received confirmation that the students had been involved in violence against persons linked to a rival group at a university hostel. It is also known the Punjab governor had taken notice of the act of hooliganism and advocated immediate action against those behind it. The move against the IJT students is important. In the past the group has too often been able to get away with all kinds of high-handed behaviour and has used tactics of blackmail to paralyze authorities. Teachers have in the past been threatened or harassed. There are signs the tide is turning. The PU seems more determined than before to rein in the IJT and break away from its grasp. The signal sent out is also important. It will help to drive home the message that those who engage in acts of violence will be punished. This should give hope to many students and teachers at the PU who have been adversely affected in one way or the other by the IJT but whose complaints have been repeatedly ignored. This is especially important at a time when other student unions are springing up, ready to challenge the IJT, and usher in a less repressive era at nne of the largest institutions of higher learning in the country."
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Punjab Education Department starts action against 'embezzling principals'
Lahore: The Punjab Education Department has started action against principals of 464 colleges for their alleged involvement in misuse of funds and poor performance in graduation result 2008, officials from the Education Department said on Tuesday.

The Higher Education Department had started the operation on the directions of the Punjab government, they said.

Directorate of Public Instructions (DPI-Colleges) Abdul Razaq Cheema said a report would be present to the Education Department after the action was completed.

Condemn: Muttahida Professor Mahaz (MPM) Secretary General Professor Rizwanul Haq while condemning the action said it would create problems for college teachers. Instead of engaging in revengeful activities, he said, the government should resolve issues of the quarters concerned.

A DPI (colleges) official said a special team had been formed for the campaign after the department had received complaints about several principals. He said principals appointed on political grounds were a major reason behind poor result. He said that these principals had also appointed junior teachers vice principals. He said that the passing percentage had dropped to 24.67 percent from 26.68 percent in 2007.

'Corrupt principals': DPI (Colleges) official Abdul Razaq Cheema said a few days ago he had visited a number of colleges and checked their record. He said "corrupt principals" would be suspended from service.

Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association President Professor Nazim Hasnain while lauding the government's drive demanded that the government appoint principals on merit.

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Energy exhibition held at UET
Lahore: The Honorary Consul of Germany, in collaboration with the German Energy Agency, DENA, held an exhibition at the University of Engineering & Technology.

UET Vice-Chancellor Lt Gen (r) Muhammad Akram Khan opened the event.

Honorary Consul Aneesur Rehman said the development of renewable energy sources in Pakistan was of vital importance. He said further the energy produced through fossil fuels such as coal and gas had two major disadvantages: their availability was limited and their combustion generated climate damaging gases. Realising the urgent need to reduce dioxide emissions and to limit global warming, he stressed the importance of renewable energy sources. Daily Times

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