Student clash valentine's day | UoP disciplines
Student groups clash over Valentine's Day celebrations in Peshawar
Peshawar, Feb 15: A student was injured and hostel rooms were torched as members of the
Pakhtun Students Federation (PkSF) and Islami Jamiat-e-Tulaba (IJT)
clashed at the University of Peshawar (UoP) campus Friday due to dispute
on celebrating the Valentine's Day.
registered the first information report (FIR) against some activists of
the PkSF, who allegedly resorted to firing during the clash and injured
one Mohammad Rizwan of the IJT. Some rooms were also ransacked at the
triplet hostels in the New Block.
administration constituted an inquiry committee headed by senior faculty
member Dr Mirajul Islam Zia to look into the matter. The (IJT), a
student organisation affiliated to the Jamaat-e-Islami, has been
observing February 14 as "Haya Day" to promote modesty for the last
several years across the country. The day is also celebrated as
Valentine's Day by certain students groups and by people from other
walks of life.
On Friday, the IJT activists gathered at
the Islamia College University (ICU) under their campus head Shah Zaman
Durrani and University of Peshawar chapter President Hizbullah.They
started a walk, which they referred to as "Haya Walk" holding banners
and placards. The IJT activists passed through various roads, hostels
and departments of the three universities, including ICU, UoP and
University of Engineering and Technology. They reached the Sheikh Taimur
Block, the new academic block of the UoP, where the incident took
The activists of PkSF had also arranged a walk
named "Valentine's Walk". The two students' groups came across each
other at the Sheikh Taimoor Block of the university and started arguing
and clashing. Some of the students allegedly started firing in which an
IJT activist sustained injuries. He was taken to the nearby Khyber
Teaching Hospital and hospitalized.
A heavy contingent of
police arrived at the scene to control the situation. Police were also
seen firing into the air to disperse the clashing students. Thirteen
students were arrested as well. According to the police report, some
armed activists of the PkSF resorted to firing and a case was lodged
IJT office-bearer Hizbullah said that the activists of PkSF attacked them after their walk had concluded
and they were heading to the mosque for prayers."They started beating up
our colleagues and opened fire. One of our colleagues sustained
injuries in the incident," he alleged.
In a press
statement, the PkSF provincial president rejected the involvement of his
fellows in the firing. He alleged that the IJT "hooligans" attacked
them under the patronage of the provincial government to disturb the
peaceful environment at the university.
He accused the
university administration of remaining silent over what he termed the
violent activities of the IJT. He said that their rival group ransacked
their rooms in the hostel and set their documents and precious items on
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UoP admin revives status of eleven disciplines
Peshawar: Dissolving the five institutes of the university, the management of the
University of Peshawar on Wednesday revived the status of the 11
disciplines as autonomous departments. The decision would, however, take
effect after a formal approval of the university syndicate.
decision was taken at the meeting of the academic council of the
university that met with Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Rasul Jan in
the chair.The five institutes included: Institute of Archaeology and
Anthropology, Institute of Physics and Electronics, Institute of Social
Work, Sociology and Gender Studies, Institute of Islamic and Arabic
Studies and Institute of Urdu and Persian Languages and Literature.
academic council also approved regulations for streamlining the
distance education programme of the university. Also, in case of an
affiliated college of the university, the BS students were allowed to
get admission into the LLB programme of varsity.
also took notice of the BA ( Hons) three year programme run by the
Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre and suggested that the same programme should
be converted into four years and necessary changes be brought in the
Besides, in order to make the
conduct of examination current with the demands of the students, a
six-member committee led by Controller Examination Prof. Dr. Rashid Khan
was constituted to finalise draft of changes to be brought in the
forthcoming meeting of the body.
He added that the
departments have been given a pre-merger status to ensure better
administrative control and academic excellence, adding that he was glad
to see consensus of the teaching departments in this regard. The news
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Sarhad varsity campus radio
Peshawar: The Communication and Media Studies
Department of Sarhad University, Peshawar, conducted auditions of
students for the campus radio, which started its test transmission on
the web here on Saturday.
A large number of students of journalism, pharmacy, education, B.
Tech, and engineering departments attended the auditions to be part of
the campus radio.
The faculty of communication and media studies department, including
Waseem Khattak and Akhtar Ali, took auditions of the students.
Waseem Khattak said that the campus radio would run regular
transmission on the web and soon it would be formally launched.
He said that as test transmission the campus radio would relay a news
bulletin, university round-up, a Pashto programme to introduce various
departments of the university and an Urdu programme, 'Aaj Ki
Shakhsiyat', which would be based on the interviews of the faculty
members. On formal launch of the radio, more programmes would be
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