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Punjab University sectarian clash

Lahore, Dec 23: The Punjab University (PU) turned into a battlefield when two student groups, the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) and Imamia Student Organisation (ISO), clashed with each other, leaving a number of students injured.

The activists of both groups pelted each other with stones while some miscreants also resorted to firing into the air, creating a panic among the students, faculty members and employees. The PU security guards and police present on the occasion failed to control the situation.

It is learnt that the fight started when some IJT activists tried to stop the ISO activists from holding an event scheduled to take place on Thursday. A PU spokesman said some days ago, the IJT and ISO had requested the administration to allow them to organise their activities, adding that the Jamiat was allowed to hold its "Talent and Award" show with the condition that the ISO would also be allowed to hold their activity so that both the organisations could be treated on equally. He said the IJT did organise its ceremony successfully a couple of days back but it tried to disturb the ISO's activity. He said the ISO had planned a conference while a day before the event, another organisation pasted a poster to organise its own conference at the same venue, the ground of Chemical Engineering deptt, at the same time.

The spokesman further said the university administration had realised gravity of the situation of the issue and informed the police administration, adding that the police requested the PU administration not to allow the ISO to hold their activity to avoid any untoward incident. He said the ISO was asked to postpone the event but to no avail. He further said that at 10:30am, both the student organisations tried to hold their activities at the same venue which resulted in the violent incident.

It is pertinent to mention here that both the organisations were chanting slogans against each other when the PU administration, after playing the role of a silent spectator, called the police concerned for rescue. A heavy contingent of police reached the scene but they stayed away and watched all the fight from a corner. The groups threw stones at each other while shots of firing into into the air were also heard. Later, both the parties ran away from the scene. A number of students got injured while some PU guards also sustained injuries in the incident.

The PU spokesman alleged the IJT activists, including Atif Gujjar, also kidnapped two members of the PU security force, namely Waqar Sarwar Butt and Abdul Aziz, on gunpoint and took them to an unknown location. He alleged they had released Abdul Aziz but Waqar Sarwar Butt was still in their custody, till filing of this report.

ISO central information secretary Salman Abid said the PU administration had expressed some concerns at the incident but refused to identify some other venue for the organization to hold the event. He alleged that Jamiat activists were carrying sticks and weapons and had beaten ISO activists.

The PU spokesman claimed that the administration would take action against the students, who took law into their hand, according to the rules and regulations. He said the IJT was responsible for firing incidents and other crimes on the campus.

On the other hand, the IJT activists, in a press conference, alleged that the PU vice-chancellor was behind the clashes. They further alleged that the ISO programme was being sponsored by the university administration only to fuel the sectarian sentiments. They refuted the allegations leveled against them.

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"every one knows that Jamiat is a terrorist & pro Taliban organization. They have tortured many students & teachers many time. they are torturing a innocent student of Punjab University we request media to play a role while this was Youm-e-Hussain A.S which is a common topic among Muslims & this was allowed by University Administration."
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PU results
Lahore: Punjab University on Thursday announced results of various programmes including BA/BSc and MA/MSc. Results of BA/BSc supplementary 2011, MA Mass Communication Part 1 annual 2011, MSc Applied Psychology Part 1 annual 2011, MA History Part 2 annual 2011, MSc Mathematics Part 1 annual 2011 and MA Fine Arts Part 1 annual 2011 were announced. The news

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10 medical, dental institutes get nod
Lahore: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council at its 119th general council meeting on Thursday gave approval to 10 newly-established public and private sector medical and dental colleges in the country.

For the first time, the PMDC also approved two government medical and dental institutes in Azad Kashmir on the long-standing demands of Kashmiri students.

Presided over by Prof Dr Sibtul Husnain, the general council meeting was held in Islamabad on Thursday. More than 60 members of the council, including principals, vice chancellors and heads of medical and dental institutes, attended the meeting.

Of the six approved state-run medical and dental colleges, four belong to Punjab and one each to Muzaffarabad and Mirpurkhas, a source said.

The private medical colleges are: Rahbar Medical College, Lahore; Aziz Fatima Medical College, Faisalabad; Hashmat Medical College, Jalalpur Jattan, Gujrat; and Bibi Asifa Dental College, Larkana.

The newly-established government medical colleges are: Gujranwala Medical College, Gujranwala; Khawaja Safdar Medical College, Sialkot; Sahiwal Medical College, Sahiwal; and Post Graduate Medical College (for under graduates), Lahore.The source said the PMDC general council had also given green signal to the students of under-construction DG Khan Medical College of the Punjab government to submit their admissions through the Quaid-iAzam Medical College, where they were attending classes for the session 2010-11 and recently admitted students for the session 2011-2012.

On the occasion, he said, the PMDC constituted a committee headed by UHS Vice-Chancellor Hussain Mubashar Malik to look into the matters pertaining to the DG Khan Medical College like infrastructure, ongoing development work, provision of faculty and academic issues of its students studying in QAMC, Bahawalpur.

The other members on the committee are: Punjab Health Secretary Mohammad Jahanzeb Khan, Dow Medical University, Karachi Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Masood Hameed and Prof Dr Muhammad Rafique.

The committee would submit its recommendations to the PMDC on the matters exclusively relating to DG Khan Medical College to make it fully functional as soon as possible.

The meeting also approved the Post Graduate Medical College and asked the Punjab health authorities to change college's name. Though the PG Medical College has been approved by the PMDC, the Punjab government did not allow its administration to admit students for the 2011-12 session.

The PMDC also issued directions that all the newly-established government and private medical colleges in Punjab "shall affiliate with the UHS". Dawn

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GCU hosts student congress
Lahore: Government College University Lahore on Thursday hosted the biggest Pakistan Student Congress 2011 to bring together students with different environments, cultures and schools of thought from all over Pakistan and to inculcate leadership qualities to them.

GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khalee q-ur-Rahman and LUMS's Vice Provost Dr Shafay Shumayl chaired the closing and opening ceremonies of the four-day Pakistan Student Congress that was organised by the IEEE Pakistan in collaboration with GCU Computer Sciences Department.

Students from 40 educational institutions including LUMS, University of Engineering and Technology Lahore, NUST Islamabad, Military College of Signals, PNEC Karachi and Karachi Institute of Engineering and Technology took part in the Congress that spread over 31 sessions which include d competitions, workshops, seminars, talks and social integration activities.

The Congress kicked off with a lecture of Google Pakistan Head Badur Khusnood on "TECHNO-PRENUERSHIP" in which he told the students how to earn money online. The most appreciated event of the Congress was "Campus Conversation-a career counselling session" which was conducted by top management officials of various universities and industries.

Talking about details of the competitions, IEEE GCUL President Ali Turab Gillani said the NUST Islamabad won IEEE Ethics Competition that organised events to encourage the study and awareness of professional ethics among students.

GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said that such events provided great opportunity to students to exhibit their creativity and talent, and a chance to learn from other students. The news

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MSc wetlands at UVAS
Lahore: The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences and Pakistan Wetlands Programme have jointly launched the first ever master's programme in wetlands management.

The MSc Wetlands Management would offer 26 courses, including constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment, wetlands management, wetlands biodiversity, approaches to sustainable wetlands, wetlands conservation management, groundwater exploitation and socio-economic and ecological development of wetlands. Candidates having BSc degree in zoology, botany and forestry are eligible to take admission to the programme.

UVAS Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha said Pakistan had abundant natural resources, four seasons and wealth of livestock and agriculture. "It is our responsibility to take care of our environment and conserve it for generations to come," he said. Dawn

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