Islamia University students clash
IUB students clash, seven injured
Bahawalpur, Feb 20: Seven Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB) students were
injured, four of them seriously, in a clash between two rival groups at
Baghdadul Jadid Campus here on Friday. The university has been closed for a
Some students of IUB's engineering department and activists of an
organisation (Anjuman-i-Tulba-i-Islam) have frequently clashed with each other
during the last few months. Some of their members quarrelled with each other
over a trifle in a university bus on Thursday. However, a compromise was
effected between them lately.
Members of both the groups had an
altercation again on Friday and this time they resorted to trading fire,
injuring seven of the students present nearby.
Later, members of one of
the groups allegedly set Ali Hall, one of the IUB hostels, on fire, which
destroyed around 10 rooms of the boarding facility. The infuriated students
later stormed the IUB's old campus and damaged a university bus and a van and
ransacked the office of the vice-chancellor.
A police contingent rushed
to the Baghdad Campus and brought the situation under control. The four injured
students were taken to Bahawal Victoria Hospital (BVH) where two of them are
stated to be in a critical condition.
A large number of students later
rushed to the BVH and blocked Circular Road by parking an IUB bus in the middle.
They demanded that their rival students, who allegedly resorted to opening fire,
IUB PRO Shahzad Khalid said the university had been closed
down for a week while the students had been asked to vacate hostels till the
opening of the university on Feb 26.
The police have not registered a
case and, according to departmental sources, the matter was still being
The protesting students though cleared Circular Road, they
later assembled at DIG Chowk and threw traffic out of gear for hours by blocking
the road. They also staged a sit-in and demanded that their rivals be arrested
Locals and relatives of a murder victim protested
against the Kotwali police for allegedly releasing the suspects.
police arrested the suspects wanted in the murder of Latif, alias Bhayya, a week
ago. The demonstrators alleged that Kotwali SHO Abid Warraich had released the
Activists of Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) staged a rally from
their main office to Farid Gate to condemn the razing the residence of former JI
MNA, Haroonur Rashid, in Fata a few days ago.
The participants demanded
that the culprits be arrested immediately. Dawn
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BISE employees enjoys highest allowances
Lahore: A study conducted by the Punjab Higher Education Department has
revealed that employees of eight examination boards of the province are enjoying
more benefits and allowances than other government servants.
was recently conducted by the department to brief the Punjab Chief Minister on
ground realities in the backdrop of agitation by employees of Boards of
Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISEs) of the province.
employees have been protesting the chief minister's decision to waive off
registration and examination fee of matriculation students of government
schools. They argue the move had created financial problems for boards and asked
the government to release special grants to boards to save them from going
Punjab Higher Education Department that controls the BISEs
believe that boards' employees were protesting as they foresee that their
allowances would not increase in future. They said the agitation by board
workers intensified because the department had opposed recent 15 percent
increase in medical allowance by BISE Lahore and Faisalabad.
has been moved to the CM requesting release of Rs 700 million to boards on an
annual basis", officials said adding "board employees were not ready to end
strike which was quite strange." According to salary comparison, all employees
and officers of BISEs get medical allowance of 35 percent of running basic
besides reimbursement from approved government and private hospitals unlike
other government departments where only indoor patients get reimbursement with
Rs 500 per month (only BS-01 to BS-16).
Under the head of House Rent, the
BISEs employee get 50 percent of the basic unlike other government employees who
avail 45 percent of the initial pay scale as House Rent. The late sitting
allowance which is equal to four basic salaries per annum is enjoyed by
employees while there is no such allowance for other government servants.
Another special allowance availed by BISEs employees is Leave Encashment of 48
days every year alongwith all allowances except conveyance allowance unlike
other government servants who can avail 180 days leave encashment during the
whole service period and that too on retirement.
board employees get Rs 20 to Rs 25 on daily basis for refreshment while Rs 1.25
per roll number for rechecking of results.
"They are employees of boards
and assignment like rechecking of results is very much part of their duty", said
officials of the department questioning "should the department's secretary or
other officials demand extra allowance for signing files?" Officials said a
number of protesting employees had been issued show cause notices adding the
government would take disciplinary action against them as the strike could
jeopardise the upcoming matriculation exams. "The department being the
controlling authority has every right to interfere since public interest is
involved", they said.
Meanwhile, it is learnt the cabinet committee
formed by CM to resolve the issue held another meeting on Friday and reiterated
its stance to not to take up the issue until board employees ended their strike.
When contacted, the president of Employees Federation of BISEs Punjab,
Khalid Javed Niazi said the government had earlier thrice promised to provide
funds to boards but it did not. "We met Education Minister Mujtaba Shuja ur
Rehman the other day," he said adding "the minister said he was powerless and
only the cabinet committee could make any decision." He claimed the minister had
asked to arrange a meeting of the federation with cabinet committee on Friday
adding but representatives of employees were not invited to the
"We are ready to end our strike if the government gives a
written assurance that it will provide funds to boards," he said.
claimed that boards were autonomous bodies and as per Act these were independent
to increase or waive off fees. He said board employees were protesting not
because of their allowances but to save boards from going bankrupt. The news
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UVAS syndicate members
Lahore: The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS)
chancellor/Punjab governor has appointed nine new members to the university
syndicate for a period of three years.
In order to activate university's
statutory academic bodies, the syndicate meeting chaired by UVAS Vice-Chancellor
Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz appointed five senior academics, including three from
sister institutions, as members of the Advance Studies and Research Board
(AS&RB), nominated syndicate members on different committees, appointed
heads of affiliation committee, Directorate of Research and five academic
At the outset of the meeting, Vice-Chancellor Prof Nawaz
introduced the newly-appointed syndicate members, namely Justice Manzoor Hussain
Sial (retired), Prof Dr Bahsir Ahmad Sheikh, Hassan Sohaib Murad, Nadeem Hafeez
Khan, Prof Dr Laeeq Akbar Lodhi, Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha, Prof Dr Muhammad
Sarwar Khan, Dr Hafsa Zaineb and Muhammad Bilal.
hoped that the new members would exercise their collective wisdom and vast
experience and offer cooperation and guidance to enhance the teaching, research
and development capacity of the university to its optimum level.
syndicate meeting gave approval of the appointment of university teachers as
members of the AS&RB for a period of three years. The syndicate also
nominated three experts from other sister institutions as AS&RB members for
a period of three years.
They are, King Edward Medical University Pro-VC Prof Dr
Syed Awais, Islamia University Bahawalpur Pharmacy and Alternative Medicine
faculty dean Prof Dr Mahmood Ahmad and Sindh Agriculture University's Tandojam
Institute of Food Science and Technology director Prof Dr Saghir Ahmad Sheikh.
The syndicate nominated one of their members, Prof Dr Muhammad Sarwar
Khan, as member of Finance & Planning Committee for a period of three years.
The syndicate also nominated Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology
director Prof Dr Masroor Elahi Babar as chairman affiliation committee for a
period of two years. It also appointed another member, Prof Dr Bashir Ahamd
Sheikh, as member of the Selection Board for a period of three years.
The syndicate appointed chairmen of food and nutrition and parasitology
departments for a term of three years. It also approved the appointments of
chairmen of three academic departments – livestock production, molecular biology
and biotechnology and physiology and biotechnology.
Prof Dr Nawaz
informed the syndicate members about various on-going academic, research and
development activities and overall role and the contribution of the university
at provincial as well as national level in the field of veterinary and animal
sciences and allied disciplines. Dawn
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Int'l libraries conference
Lahore: Government College University (GCU) would represent Pakistan at the '3rd
International Conference on Digital Libraries (ICDL)', to be held from
February 23 to February 26 in New Delhi, India.
According to a press
release issued by GCU on Friday, around 105 speakers from 54 countries would
present their research papers at the conference. The theme of this year's
conference is 'Shaping the Information Paradigm.'
GCU Chief Librarian Abdul
Waheed would present his research paper on 'Collection Management of E-books: A
Developing Country Perspective'. Daily times
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Punjab teachers transferred
Lahore: The Higher Education Department, Punjab, on Friday issued
posting/transfer orders of professors and lecturers against administrative
According to a handout, Associate Professor Tariq Maqbool
(BPS-19), Director of Education (Colleges), Multan Division, has been
transferred and posted as Principal Govt Islamia College of Commerce, Allama
Iqbal Town, Lahore, against Muhammad Iqbal Chaudhry who has been transferred and
directed to report to the Higher Education Department for further
Associate Professor Muhammad Hussain Azad has been transferred
and posted as Director of Education (Colleges), Multan Division, against Tariq
Maqbool. Khalid Munir, lecturer in economics, and Tahir Mehmood, lecturer in
health and physical education, have been transferred and directed to report to
the Higher Education Department for postings. The news
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