Students suicide attempt | Faiz poetic wisdom
Students try suicide for tutor's sake
Lahore, Feb 12: On the heels of the Wednesday's suicide bid by PU Plant Pathology
Department's students, three students of University of Education tried to commit
suicide when a good number of their peers were protesting over "illegal
termination" of Professor Anwar Pasha and his wife, Shaheen Pasha.
students, including Umair Iqbal, Imran, and Atif, tried to commit suicide, but
the security personnel and policemen did not let them do so, said an Insaaf
Students Federation spokesman.
The said students gathered on the mall road
and chanted slogans in favor of their demands and also staged a sit-in in front
of Governor House Punjab on The Mall for the restoration of said professors.
They were of the view that Acting Vice Chancellor has terminated above said
professors on personal reasons and with their termination students were facing
Traffic on Mall road remained jam for long time and in the
meanwhile some officers of Punjab governor house appeared and took some of the
students for dialogues in side governor house. But the students told the media
men that the officers did nothing but told them that the Punjab governor was not
in Lahore, adding that their meeting would be arranged with him within 15 days.
On this reply the students came out and started protesting again. They pledged
that their protest would remain continue till the restoration of terminated
The angry students said that they were being ignored constantly
and Punjab government has also paid no heed towards their problem only a
committee was formed to solve the problem which did nothing so
Meanwhile, Punjab University's Academic Staff Association (PUASA)
president Prof Dr Mahr Muhammad Saeed Akhtar and other office bearers on
Thursday alleged the Vice Chancellor was following pick and choose policy in
case of transfers of teachers, appointments, inquiry culture, grant of monetary
benefits and selection boards etc.
PUASA office bearers said that VC was not holding elections of different bodies
including Senate, Syndicate and the Academic Council while further alleging the
eligibility, selection and promotion cases in most of the varsity's departments
had not been finalized even after the lapse of statutory period. They claimed
that the case of Additional Registrar Dr Aurangzeb Alamgir was finalized within
three months. Perks and privileges awarded to a first cousin of the VC, Dr
Mansoor Sarwar, were allegedly not extended to other eligible faculty members,
They demanded immediate removal of the Punjab University's
Additional Registrar Dr Aurangzeb Alamgir and Treasurer Ms Uzma Ikram alleging
the officers had jeopardized the academic and financial activities on campus due
to their alleged incompetence.
They demanded the implementation of "one man,
one post" formula saying it had been long standing demand of the varsity faculty
The Punjab University spokesman termed the PUASA's press conference
baseless saying senior teachers had distorted the facts and trying to bring a
bad name to the repute of the institution. Denying allegations of favoritism
levelled against Professor Dr Mansoor Sarwar, the spokesman reminded that Mr
Sarwar was appointed PUCIT Principal in 2006 by the-than vice chancellor Lt Gen
R Arshad Mehmood. Usually, the press release said, 1 man 1 post
followed. But because of some unavoidable circumstances, the varsity sometimes
had to give an additional charge to anyone according to his ability and
capacity, it added. The spokesman clarified that the ASA presented CoD two times
to the V.C office but in their own meeting they decided to meet Prof Dr Mujahid
Kamran in press.
Results: Punjab University Examinations Department has
announced the results of DMRT, Part-I, Supplementary Exam 2009, DMRD, Part-I,
Supplementary Exam 2009 and Doctor of Pharmacy, Second Professional, Annual Exam
2010. The nation
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PU students protest
Lahore: A large number of the Punjab University (PU) students on Friday gathered at the varsity
hostel No 1 and expressed concerns over poor security situation.
students had gathered in connection with a stolen bike of a student from the PU
The student, Ahmad, was allegedly deprived of his
motorbike from the hostel area recently.
The PU students condemned the
administration for deteriorating security arrangements within the varsity campus
and the hostels.
They also demanded removal of the present security
However, it is pertinent to mention here that the PU
administration has been advising the students and the visitors to park their
bikes and vehicles at designated places only.
Some officials termed the
increasing incidents of motorbike theft sheer carelessness of the students and
the visitors, saying the administration had ensured maximum security
arrangements on the campus.
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Hepatitis B camp at UoE
Lahore: A vaccination camp for Hepatitis "B" was held at the University of Education,
Township campus, on Friday. The camp, held under the supervision of varsity's
Medical Officer Dr Sadaqat Ali, was aimed to educate the students about this
disease, procurement of superior vaccination on concession rates and to make
sure better medical facilities. UoE's Acting VC Dr Farhat Saleem said the
varsity had promised to provide quality education to students. She added that no
effort would be spared to provide all the facilities to students, so that
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CM urged to appoint competent UHS VC
Lahore: Young Doctors Association (YDA) has announced to launch protest if a
retired professor or a principal of a private medical college is given the
charge of the Vice Chancellor University of Health Sciences in near
In a statement issued here on Friday, YDA has demanded of the Punjab
Chief Minister to keep in view the principle of seniority cum fitness and UHS
ordinance 2002 and appoint a senior and capable Prof from government sector
hospitals as the VC UHS. YDA believes that if the post is given to a Principal
of a private medical college then the standard of education would deteriorate
and UHS will also become a tool in the hands of mafia just like the Pakistan
Medical & Dental Council PMDC.
PMA body meeting : The General Body of
Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Lahore will meet on Saturday with Dr Yasmin
Rashid in the chair.
The report of activities of two years of PMA Lahore
would be presented and a strategy would be finalised to meet the demands of the
special salary package and service structure reforms for doctors before the next
Other organisations of medics are also being invited to the meeting
to evolve a joint strategy on important issues.
11 nurses appointed : The
Punjab government has appointed 11 nurses at Services Hospital Lahore to
overcome the shortage of paramedical staff at the healthcare centre.
ceremony at the Services Hospital on Friday, Medical Superintendent Dr Muhammad
Javed has stressed upon the newly appointed nurses to perform their professional
duties with zeal and dedication. He also urged the nurses to deal patients and
their relatives with politeness.
Nursing Superintendent Malika Shaheen hoped
that the newly appointed nurses would do their best to service the suffering
humanity. The nation
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GCU's 111th Annual Sports Day ceremony held
Lahore: The inaugural ceremony of the
111th Annual Sports Day of the Government College University (GCU) Lahore kicked
off at the university ground on Friday.
The ceremony began with a grand
march past, which was attended by hundreds of students, university faculty
members and old Ravians. As many as 30 university departments and institutes
took part in the march past. However, the GCU Botany Department bagged the
prestigious trophy of the Best March Past Contingent while GCU Department of
Political Sciences stood second.
The Department of English, owing to its
discipline and uniformity, was declared third. The GCU athletes, led by the GCU
110th Annual Sports Day record-holder (Javelin Throw) Altaf Hussain, took oath
that they would take part in annual games abiding by the rules and in the true
spirit of sportsmanship for the glory of sports and the honour of their teams.
GCU musicians, hailing from the Nazir Ahmed Music Society (NAMS), presented a
new anthem for the 111th GCU Athletics Meet.
In his message on the annual
sports day, GCU Vice Chancellor, Professor Khalid Aftab, said sports make a
person a better human being, adding that it teaches tolerance and encourages the
spirit of competitiveness. He advised the university students never to
compromise on the standards of sportsmanship. "Sportsmanship is more important
than winning an event," Dr Aftab added. He appreciated the participation of
students in the annual sports day and congratulated those sportsmen who bagged
top positions in the competitions held at the opening ceremony.
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PEF to launch skill development programme for matric students
Lahore: The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has decided to launch Skills Development Program for the Matric
students in the Districts of Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Lodhran and Muzaffargarh
in the first phase of the plan.
Managing Director (PEF) Mohyuddin Ahmad
Wani announced the plan during departmental meeting at his office on Friday. Ali
Sarfraz CEO of Punjab Skills Development Fund Company along with Sarah Saeed,
PEF-DMD (Ops). Tanvir Ahmad Zafar, PEF-Project officer (Donor Relations) Samreen
Sajjad and other officers also attended the meeting.
reviewed the project of imparting technical & vocational skills to the
students to improve their economic future in their later life. It was observed
that the students should be capable English language as a beneficial skill. The
Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) MDs said that education is a necessary talent,
which gives confidence and strength to the youth to excel in practical life. He
said the schoolsgirls, in the Southern Region of the Province, could be trained
as school teachers by imparting them necessary English language
The meeting agreed that the students should be trained in
line with market needs so that they may not end up as jobless youth. It was also
agreed that education must help the youth to understand their life goals. The
meeting hoped that the skills development program would help the students to
emerge as a trained human resource of the country. Daily times
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PAL celebrates poetic wisdom of Faiz
Islamabad: Pakistan Academy of Letters on Thursday celebrated the poetic wisdom of Faiz Ahmad Faiz
in a seminar marking the centenary celebration of the great poet recognised
universally as the poet of the masses.
Meher Ghulam Farid Kathia, former
state minister for education was the chief guest at the seminar while National
Language Authority Chairman Iftikhar Arif presided over the session. Eminent
literati Prof. Fateh Muhammad Malik, Agha Nasir, Ishfaq Saleem Mirza, Yousaf
Hassan and Sarwat Mohyuddin shared their views on the life and works of Faiz.
Canada-based Pakistani literati and author of many books on Faiz Ahmad
Faiz, Ishfaq Hussain, also presented his paper on Faiz. A special film on Faiz
Ahmad Faiz was also screened on this occasion. Dr. Colonel Abdaal Bela, Acting
Director General PAL, read out an article on Faiz by eminent scholar and the
producer of the film Helen Goodway. Dr Ravish Nadeem conducted the proceedings
of the seminar.
Speakers paid rich tribute to Faiz for his courage,
ethics, and his immense contribution in Urdu poetry and literature. They
expressed the view that the name of Faiz Ahmed Faiz is immortal in the annals of
history now due to his contributions to the Urdu language and literature and the
society in general.
PAL's publication series initiated under the special
instructions of President Asif Ali Zardari, a book titled "Faiz Ahmad Faiz in
Beirut" was also launched on the occasion which covers the life and activities
of Faiz Ahmad Faiz during his stay in Beirut as expatriate.
Khatia addressed Faiz as one of a few major poets in Urdu and the only poet
after Iqbal who got universal recognition. He said that Faiz voiced the problems
and miserable conditions of liberals and oppressed people from marginalized
sections of society in his writings.
He said that during his involvement
in progressive movement, Faiz not only made its pace fast, he also proved this
opinion through his poetry that great literature can be produce under the
umbrella of some specific ideology.
Iftikhar Arif said that after Iqbal,
Faiz is the most dynamic literary personality who made great impact on our
national literary history. He said that Faiz is the most popular poet and
enjoyed the status of legend in his lifetime as progressive idealist and
humanist poet nationally as well as internationally. Faiz presented specific
ideology in his prose writings regarding life and poetry as well, he added. He
said that though it has been over two decades that Faiz left us, yet he is more
loved, strengthened, popular and relevant than before and after Iqbal, the
number of written material on Faiz remains distinct and different in every
Agha Nasir said that Faiz Ahmad Faiz was kind, soft hearted and
coolheaded person. He was honoured as an intellectual and graceful person and he
feels honoured to have met Faiz and gain his kindness and special attention.
Ishfaq Saleem Mirza said that Faiz Ahmad Faiz's life is versatile and
multi-dimensional and it is not easy to cover a complete sketch of his life in
one session. He said that Faiz brought forward the poetic traditions of Ghalib
and Iqbal through his poetry.
Yousaf Hassan said that in the discipline
of knowledge, Faiz preferred class struggle over enlightenment and in the area
of art he gave preference to artistic and aesthetic characteristics, the
combination that enriched his poetry with beauty and energy.
Hussain said that Faiz Ahmad Faiz personality has become a symbol of Pakistani
literature and culture. With his remarkable contributions as a film producer,
teacher, journalist, poet and intellectual, Faiz made great impact on his era,
Sarwat Mohyuddin said that Faiz's popularity and status in
world literature could easily be assessed by the fact that everywhere in the
world people love his poetry and programmes are being held to celebrate his
100th birthday. She said that Faiz's message for the freedom fighters of
Palestine and Africa is still honoured in Tunis, Jordan, Egypt and all other
countries of the world with common history of struggle.
Helen Goodway in
her article writes that the life and works of Faiz Ahmed Faiz were, and are
known beyond the boundaries of the Urdu-speaking world. Faiz was recognised as a
figure of political, as well as literary importance by the USSR. In 1962, he was
awarded the Lenin International Peace Prize. Goodway informs through her article
that there has been a fairly recent publication of a biography of Faiz in
Russian by the great expositor of Faiz's life and work Dr Ludmila Vassilyeva.
Faiz's poetry has been translated into many different languages, notably
into several languages of India, including Bengali, as well as German, Swedish
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Moot on minimal access surgery begins at FUMC
Islamabad: The 2nd International Minimal Access Surgery Conference began at the Foundation
University Medical College (FUMC) of the Fauji Foundation Hospital here on
Friday. The conference will continue till February 13.
session was held at the FUMC auditorium here on Friday. It was presided over by
Fauji Foundation Managing Director Hamid Rab Nawaz.
In the opening
session, Major General (r) Naseem ul Majeed extended warm welcome to the guest
lecturers and participants of the conference. He said that laparoscopic surgery
is the need of the day. He said the conference will be interesting for the
participants as it is a blend of surgical education, discussions on current
surgical issues and comradeship among surgeons. The first day of the conference
focused on training in laparoscopic surgery and role of laparoscopic surgery in
gynaecology. The panellists of the morning session on the first day of the
conference were Dr. Ghazala Mehmood, Dr. Saad Rana, Dr. Rizwan Chaudery and
Brigadier Shahida Akhter.
Brigadier Shahida Akhter, in her lecture, said
that laparoscopic surgery training should be implemented in surgical units of
all teaching hospitals.
Professor Zafar Ali Chaudery emphasised on the
need for involving postgraduate trainees in laparoscopic surgeries and make
facilities available in the emergency for postgraduate trainees as a major part
of their training in the emergency department.
Professor Asif Zafar Malik
shared his experience of establishing a laparoscopic training unit at Surgical
Unit-II of the Holy Family Hospital. He has established a laboratory at his unit
where all trainees of the Rawalpindi Medical College and allied hospitals are
enrolled for a modular training programme.
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Students present thematic plays and songs
Islamabad: Highlighting importance of wetlands for conservation and preservation of the natural
environment students presented thematic plays and songs at the concluding
ceremony of 10-day event organised here in connection with World Wetlands
The ceremony jointly organised by the Ministry of Environment and
Pakistan Wetlands Programme attracted a large number of students, faculty
members and representatives of different environmental organisations operating
in the country.
The event was designed to create a sense of awareness
among students about the role forests play in the natural environment. This
opportunity to celebrate the value of forests came together with the UN
declaration for 2011 as the International Year of Forests, an ideal time to
start thinking about this precious resource.
A total of five plays were
selected for award distribution ceremony and all of these focused on the value
of forests and wetlands that not only provided vital sinks for greenhouse gases
but also presented a unique ecosystem that supported a rich population of
biodiversity and life.
The students of Roots School System (Junior
Branch) presented the play titled 'Lost Woods'; Schola Nova titled 'Wetlands
Blind'; City School titled 'A Message'; Roots School System (Westridge branch)
titled 'Role of Forests as a Vital Essence of Water and Wetlands', and Angelique
School titled 'Wetlands for Forests and Forests for Wetlands'. A song was also
presented by Zainab Fatima and Tahir Naeem while Nasir Malik showed the theme
promo of the ceremony.
The event succeeded to get engaged more than 3,000
students from around sixty public and private schools. A range of activities was
organised during the event to enable the students to express their views on the
subject through arts, debate, 3 D Models, nature photography, plays and poetry
Addressing the ceremony Minister for Environment
Hameedullah Jan Afridi said children were main stakeholders and their important
role could enhance the struggle to cope with environmental challenges such as
global warming and climate change that have started posing threats to very
existence of mankind in the world.
"Global environment challenges need
concerted efforts on the part of every individual to find out ways and means for
protection of the natural environment. We are now no more able to further ignore
environmental degradation because it can turn the situation from bad to worse in
the coming days," he said.
Hameedullah Jan Afridi said the event would
serve as a knowledge sharing avenue where students along with their families and
friends had the opportunity to exchange their views and also learn from
environmental experts about the significance of forests and wetlands.
urged the students to play their due role in combating deforestation and
wetlands degradation practices that have been causing a loss up to one billion
rupees per day to the country already facing financial constraints.
Ghulam Akbar, national programme director of Pakistan Wetlands Programme, said
wetlands are characterised by soil that is saturated with water, which means it
is the home of aquatic flora and fauna and terrestrial flora and
"It is also an area of transition, which means that animals that
live there, and vegetation that flourishes there, can only live there and
nowhere else," he said.
He said there are many aspects of wetland
preservation, but the three most important elements are protection, exclusion,
Syed Mehmood Nasir, inspector general forest at the
environment ministry, said the ability of wetlands to recycle nutrients makes
them critical in the overall functioning of earth and no other ecosystem is as
productive, nor as unique in this conversion process.
Later, the Minister
for Environment gave away prizes to students who secured top three positions in
various competitions. The news
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