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No convocation held for KEMU first batch graduates
Lahore, Dec 15: The maiden convocation of the King Edward Medical University (KEMUC), Lahore, will not be attended by the first batch of the varsity.

Only the medical graduates of session 2007-08 will attend the convocation which will be held on December 25 here at the varsity's Library Hall. Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani will preside over the occasion.

The KEMU has produced two batches of the medical graduates since it was upgraded from the college to varsity level in 2005.

Sources informed that the varsity administration invited only the fresh medical graduates of session 2007-08 due to security reasons as well as space constraint of the venue. The event is not being arranged in the varsity's grounds due to fluctuating weather conditions. However, the top position holders of the session 2006-07 have been invited to receive the medals for their academic achievements.

The medical graduates of session of 2006-07, having the honor of the first batch produced by the newly-upgraded university, have complained that the university administration is going to deprive the first batch of medical graduates of the university from the honor of receiving degrees at the convocation of their prestigious institution. "It is none of our fault if the administration of the newly-upgraded university can not organize convocation for the first batch of medical graduates," they opined, adding that it would be a grave injustice if they were not honored with degrees for their academic achievement during the convocation.

They further stated that the KEMU administration could have hired a bigger hall like Aiwan-e-Iqbal or Al-Hamra Hall which have larger space to accommodate medical graduates of the two sessions - 2006-07 and 2007-08 and their parents. The two sessions comprise 500 medical graduates.

When contacted, KEMU Registrar Prof Dr Mahmood Shaukat said that the university would honor 250 medical graduates of the session of 2007-08 during the first convocation of the university. However, he said that medal-winning medical graduates of the first batch of university would also be honored during the convocation. "The university is unable to invite all medical graduates of the session 2006-07 due to space constraint in the venue of Library Hall of the university," he added.

Besides, Allama Iqbal Medical College (AIMC), Lahore, which will arrange its first convocation in four years and where Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani will chair the occasion at AIMC auditorium on December 24, 2008, has invited medical graduates of previous sessions including 2005-06 and 2006-07 along with fresh medical graduates of 2007-08. However, one session of 2004-05 of medical graduates will be deprived of the honor.

The medical graduates of three sessions (2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08), invited for the convocation, are being registered at present.

Besides, it is worth mentioning here that AIMC administration would also award Mian Muhammad Sharif Gold Medal, named after Sharif brothers's late father, to the winner of overall best performance in final professional examination, during the convocation. AIMC Principal Prof Dr Javed Akram said that the institution had been accommodating all the previous sessions deprived of the honor for their academic achievements since after the last convocation held for the medical graduates of the institution in 2003-04. "Extra chairs have been installed in the auditorium to accommodate the medical graduates of three sessions, their parents and other guests during the convocation," he added.

He said that AIMC would regularly hold annual convocation from this year onwards, as it is the only way to bestow honor upon the medical graduates for their academic achievements.

Besides, it is worth mentioning here that both KEMU and AIMC administrations had approached Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani to chair convocations of their respective institutions due to the ongoing tussle between Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif and Punjab Governor Salman Taseer. "None of the institution is ready to annoy either of the political figures, as one is a Chancellor and other is a Chief Executive of the province," a senior professor of KEMU remarked. The News

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Punjab University professor's detention
Lahore: The Punjab University Academic Staff Association (PUASA) has demanded the vice-chancellor (VC) of the university resign following the police detention of a senior professor on the instructions of the university administration.

In a press statement issued on Saturday, the PUASA President Dr Mumtaz Salik and Secretary General Dr Mehar Saeed Akhtar condemned the humiliating incident, saying that such an incident was the first of its kind in the 130-year history of the PU.

They alleged that the administration was disrupting the peaceful environment of the university. They said that an emergent meeting of the PUASA executive council had been convened on Sunday (today).

Reportedly, following the permission from the PU administration, the Muslim Town police on Friday had detained Institute of Geology Director Prof Dr Nasir Ahmad for almost five hours in a bid to know the whereabouts of his son-in-law, an activist of the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT), who was nominated in the Dec-3 firing on the New Campus.

Meanwhile, Syed Waqas Jaffri, the secretary general of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Punjab chapter, also criticised the PU administration, alleging that the VC, the registrar and the resident officer (RO) were damaging the university's image by allowing the police to raid on the official residences of its professors.

No teacher detained by police: PU
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) spokesman has contradicted a news item published in a section of press regarding the police raid at the house of PU Institute of Geology Director Prof Dr Naseer Ahmed and his 5-hour long detention.

In a press release issued on Sunday, the PU spokesman said that an IJT activist Hafiz Farhan Ahmed, who is the son-in-law of Prof Naseer, is a nominated accused in the recent case of firing on two students of the varsity.

"Because Hafiz Farhan usually used to stay at his father-in-law's house with his wife, police went to Prof Naseer's house and requested him to go with them at the police station to help in the arrest of the accused. Prof Naseer went to the police station in his own official car and he did not inform PU administration about it. According to police, Prof Naseer remained at the police station for less than an hour and the police attitude and dealing with him was respectful", the spokesman added.

He further said, "Hafiz Farhan was IJT nazim at University of Sargodha and now he is IJT Nazim, New Campus of the Punjab University. He recently managed his admission to the Islamic Education at the PU. Earlier, the accused led an attack on teachers in the Oriental College in Old Campus. Hafiz Farhan was also involved in the falling down of a wall which was built in PU New Campus Hostel number 1 after removing IJT illegal offices form the four rooms of the hostel after over 30 years' illegal occupation.

"The PU administration is firm in its resolve of not allowing any illegal activity on the campus and all-out efforts will be made to provide peaceful academic and research environment to the 30,000 on-campus students of varsity", the spokesman concluded. The News

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