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Rival student groups clash at PU

Torture of fellow: PU boarders block road
Lahore, Dec 03: A large number of Punjab University students blocked Canal Road on Tuesday night in protest against torture of a hostel fellow by some 'outsiders' and students.

After the blockade, a large number of police officials reached the spot to control the situation.

The protesters wanted the Punjab chief minister interfere to take action against the 'outsiders' living in the university hostels.

Muhammad Ahsan, a student of MPA department, who was attacked by the same people a day back, said by phone that around 200 students had gathered on the road to protest against the alleged high-handedness of Islami Jamiat Talba (IJT) activists.

He said Sabir Shah, an expelled student and illegal boarder, along with university students Ziaullah of IBA, Hafiz Farhan Ahmed of IER, Usman of Hailey College and Anser Abbas turned up at hostel No 16 and started beating University Students Federation (USF) president Atif Naeem of law department.

The attackers escaped from the spot after hurling life threats, he added.

Ahsan said the USF activists and their like-minded students lodged a protest, seeking government action against outsiders.

On Monday, the Muslim Town police registered a case against five PU students - Hafiz Farhan Ahmed, Abdul Majid, Shazi Butt, Ziaullah, Usman, Aamir Yaqoob - and a few outsiders for allegedly thrashing three USF activists in a university hostel in early hours.

According to the FIR lodged under Sections 148, 149, 452, 506, 337-A1 and 337-F1 of the PPC, victim Muhammad Ahsan stated that he was at his room along with roommates Imran Mukhtar and Hafiz Azeem Akhtar in hostel No 15 when Sabir Shah (illegal boarder) entered along with his fellows after breaking the lock open at around 2.30am.

The intruders blindfolded him and were about to take him away when his fellows resisted as a result of which the assailants started beating them.

They were taken to Jinnah Hospital with multiple injuries, the FIR said.

Police have so far failed to arrest the nominated accused.

When contacted, Iqbal Town division SP (investigation) Shoaib Khurram Janbaz said the police required the vice-chancellor's approval to raid the university hostels. He said the police could not arrest the nominated accused on their own. Dawn

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Punjab awarded PhDs in Clinical Psychology and Islamic Studies
Lahore: The Punjab University has awarded PhD degrees to three students in subjects of Punjabi, Clinical Psychology and Islamic Studies.

According to a press statement Muhammad Abbas has been awarded PhD degree in the subject of Punjabi after completion of his thesis entitled 'Punjabi Which Hamdia Sharee'. He completed his thesis under the supervision of PU Department of Punjabi Chairman Prof Dr Ismatullah Zahid. Saima Dawood has been awarded PhD degree in the subject of Clinical Psychology after completion of her thesis entitled 'Development of an Indigenous Scale for Emotional Intelligent'. She completed her thesis under the supervision of PU Centre for Clinical Psychology Prof (r) Dr Nosheen K Rahman while her Co-Supervisor was PU Department of Psychology & Applied Psychology Prof (r) Dr Hamid Sheikh. Zahoor Ullah has been awarded PhD degree in the subject of Islamic Studies after completion of his thesis entitled 'Children's Rights A Comparative Study of Islamic and Western Law'. He completed his thesis under the supervision of PU Faculty of Islamic Studies Ex-Dean Prof Dr Samar Fatima.

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HEC scholarship cheques distributed at Punjab University
Lahore: Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran distributed scholarship cheques of Rs 45,000 to Rs 60,000 among the 12 needy students of the varsity at New Campus on Tuesday.

The scholarship was provided under the HEC Meritorious Need Based Scholarship Programme and funded by USAID and Japan. It is mentioned worthy that the scholarship was distributed among the students of Session 2005-2006 Batch 1 as third instalment.

The vice-chancellor appreciated the efforts of HEC for providing scholarship to students for their higher education and advised the students to make good use of the money for their studies.

PU Information Technology Centre Director Umer Iftikhar, who is also Incharge of HEC Need Based Scholarship Programme in PU, said the USAID and Japan provided funds to Higher Education Commission for the scholarships.

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Punjab University students shine in contest
Lahore: The Punjab University students have won Second Best Delegation Award and grabbed eight Outstanding Diplomacy Awards at Lahore University Model UN (LUMUN) Conference organised by Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) from November 26 to 30, 2008.

According to a press statement, those who won the Outstanding Diplomacy Awards included Syed Nishat Kazmi, Bilal Ramazan, Raza Baqir, Amna Khan, Irtazaa Afzaal, Affan Taj, Danish Mukhtar and Waqas Afzal. PU students over all grabbed the second position with eight awards with Karachi Grammar School getting the Best Delegation Trophy with nine awards.

PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, who is also the patron of PU Model UN (PUMUN) Society, Miss Shazia Noreen Qureshi Principal Law College and Director PUMUN, congratulated students on their successful participation in LUMUN 2008. They emphasised that there was a great need to promote understanding and harmony between countries as well as cultures and Model UN Conferences were a great way of bringing youth from around the world together for this cause. The News

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Students protest 'victimisation' of BZU couple
Multan: Students' protest against arrest and termination of service of a visiting lecturer of Bahauddin Zakriya University and removal of his wife from the varsity's English department headship entered its second day on Tuesday.

According to varsity sources, the row sparked after the BZU administration abruptly terminated the service of an English department visiting lecturer, Moeenuddin Haider, on Nov 30. The administration alleged the lecturer was "involved in subversive activities" and was "creating law and order problem."

Agitated by the move, Mr Moeen announced to go on a hunger strike while a group of English Department students announced to launch a protest against the university administration for his "unjustified" removal.

On Monday, the students led by Mr Moeen demonstrated against the varsity administration and demanded the reinstatement of the lecturer.

Mr Moeen's wife, Dr Sherien, who was the English department head and also leading Revolutionary Women Action Committee, had alleged on Monday that Moeen was terminated for expressing 'democratic and moderate views' and raising voice for female students of the university.

She alleged that the BZU Vice-Chancellor was misusing his authority. She said the students who were distributing the tickets of a musical programme going to be held in English department on Wednesday (today) were being victimised. Junior teachers were being pressurised by the varsity administration to abandon the Revolutionary Women Action Committee, she added.

She also announced to stage a protest demo outside the DCO office on Tuesday.

However, on Monday night Mr Moeen was arrested by police when he was going along with his wife to their official residence on the university premises.

Alpah police lodged an FIR against Mr Moeen under section 16 MPO while the university on Tuesday appointed Dr Zaffar Iqbal as chairman of the English department, replacing Dr Sherien.

Talking to journalists at local press club here on Tuesday, Dr Sherien alleged that security personnel humiliated and tortured Mr Moeen and a student of the English department, Ishaaq Saqi.

She demanded withdrawal of cases registered against Mr Moeen and Mr Saqi, her reinstatement as English department head and Mr Moeen's restoration as lecturer.

Meanwhile, a varsity spokesman in a written statement said that action taken by the administration was according to law and aimed at maintaining the law and order on the campus.

It was stated Mr Moeen was interfering with university matters while during his lectures he would express such views which did not concern students.

The statement alleged Mr Moeen also delivered speeches against the government and state. Dawn

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