UHS Discrepancies' in examination results
PMC medics ransack UHS office: 'Discrepancies' in examination results
Faisalabad, Jan 21: Scores of students of the Punjab Medical College
(PMC) on Tuesday ransacked the University of Health Sciences (UHS) office and
threw traffic out of gear on Sargodha Road in protest against what they said
breach of commitment by the examiners.
About 100 students, including
girls, of different PMC disciplines boycotted their classes and demonstrated
outside the college principal's office, chanting slogans against the UHS for
'strict marking' despite making a promise to the students of pharmacology, ENT
and community medicine that they would be compensated for 'out-of-course'
The students ransacked the UHS office after breaking the main
door, making employees scamper for their safety. There was no security at the
UHS office despite the fact that the protest was imminent.
Two of the
students suffered bruises when they broke the windowpanes and were later given
treatment at the Allied Hospital.
The protesters, led by PMC Islami
Jamiat Tulaba's Hassan Ali, Osama Rasheed and Asif Zia, thronged Sargodha Road
and disrupted the traffic for nearly half an hour.
They nearly engaged in
brawl when some policemen shoved a few students and asked them to restrict their
protest to the college.
The medical students threatened to bring working
of the Allied Hospital emergency ward to a halt as the police called out
additional force with anti-riots gadgets. The police cordoned off the emergency
ward and held talks with the students who again marched to the principal's
Dr Asghar Ali, the principal, reportedly tried to placate the
medics by pledging that they should see the UHS authorities for grace marks. He
claimed that the issue had already been discussed with the UHS vice-chancellor
who had assured the students of fair treatment.
Some students said earlier they had held a token strike on Saturday and
Monday last and called off their protest on the principal's similar assurance,
but no practical step had been taken so far.
"Now we'll again wait for
two or three days for the UHS response, otherwise, the protest would take the
form of an anti-university campaign," they warned. Dawn
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Teachers' protest in Lahore
Lahore: A large number of schoolteachers under the banner of the
Punjab Teachers Union, Lahore district, on Tuesday staged a protest
demonstration outside the press club for the acceptance of their 'genuine'
The protesters, led by Lahore PTU President Rasheed Ahmad
Bhatti, were carrying banners and placards and chanted slogans for a solution to
their financial problems. They demanded that teachers' salaries be increased at
Speaking to the participants, PTU leaders Rasheed Bhatti,
Taj Haider, Allah Bakhsh Qaiser, Munir Sindhu and others demanded that teachers
be given time-scale promotions, teaching allowance, primary schoolteacher a
salary equal to one-tola gold; headmasters, subject specialists and contract
educators be regularized; doing away with difference in urban and rural
They also demanded the government restore teachers' son quota
in educational institutions and recruitments.
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Police fail to arrest PSF leader's killers
Lahore: The Hanjerwal Police have failed to arrest People's
Students Federation (PSF) Lahore President Razi Shah Zaidi, accused of killing
his own colleague, Usama Ilyas, on Monday night.
Over 100 friends and
class fellows of Ilyas, also a PSF leader, staged a protest demonstration in
front of the Punjab University (PU) vice chancellor's Office on Tuesday,
demanding the immediate arrest of the killers. Later, the students reached the
Lahore Press Club and staged another demonstration.
Hassan, a PU
student, said Razi and Ilyas were friends and even Razi selected him (Ilyas) as
the PSF general secretary. He expressed his inability to figure out the reasons
behind the murder. Punjab PSF General Secretary Zuhaib said the family of the
nominated accused could be of the view that the death was accidental, but the
organisation did not think the same. He said the incident seemed to be due to
their personal affairs.
According to the victim's relatives, no one
exactly knew the reasons. They said Ilyas would invite Razi and his friends and
they would sit in the drawing room for talks.
On one such occasion, they
heard Ilyas and Razi exchanging harsh words and then a gunshot. When they rushed
to the drawing room, the guests had left and Ilyas was found critically
Inspector Iftikhar of the Hanjerwal police, who is investigating
the case, said the police were raiding several places to arrest the accused.
He said investigations would move forward after the arrest of the
accused. The accused could give a better account of the details of the incident.
The deceased was laid to rest at a local graveyard on Tuesday afternoon.
PU condemns student's murder
Lahore: While addressing an emergency meeting of the Punjab
University Deans Committe on Tuesday, Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Dr
Mujahid Kamran said the student wings of political parties were responsible for
fights, quarrels and extremism among students, not only in Punjab University but
also other educational institutes. He said it was high time to resolve the issue
of politics among students as it disrupted peace in educational institutes all
around the country. The political parties should also take serious action in
this regard, he added. The meeting was followed by the funeral of the student.
The deceased's relatives, the VC, PU Registrar Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan, Physics
Department Chairman Dr Shaukat Ali, faculty members and students of Physics
Department attended the funeral at Mustafa Park in Mustafa Town. Daily Times
Parties' student wings promote violence: VC
Lahore: An emergency meeting of Punjab University Deans Committee was held
under the chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran in the
Committee Room of Vice-Chancellor's Office on Tuesday.
The meeting strongly
condemned the killing of PU Department of Physics BSc Electronics student Osama
Ilyas and demanded the arrest of culprits as soon as possible. The meeting
termed the incident extremely unfortunate and expressed grief and sorrow besides
expressing solidarity with the deceased's parents.
VC Dr Mujahid also talked on telephone to acting Governor Justice Zahid Hussain
Shah and CM Mian Shahbaz Sharif in this regard. The chief minister was in
Islamabad and on his instructions, the Home Secretary talked to Dr Mujahid
Dr Mujahid Kamran said that student wings of political parties promote fights,
quarrels and extremism among students and are responsible for incidents of
violence on campus not only in Punjab University, but also in almost all
universities of the country. He said that now the time had come for all
political parties to sit together and think seriously on the issue of the
student wings of political parties. He said that the incidents of violence were
affecting the peaceful atmosphere of the educational institutions and all
political parties must take some serious practical steps in this regard.
Later VC Dr Mujahid Kamran, Registrar Prof Naeem, Prof Shaukat Ali, faculty
members and students attended the funeral prayers of Osama Ilyas. The Nation
Generators for IUB hostels
Bahawalpur: Generators have been provided to the hostels of
Abbasia Campus of the Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB), according to IUB
public relations officer Shahzad Khalid.
He said on the instructions of
IUB Vice-Chancellor Prof Belal A. Khan boys and girls' hostels were also
equipped with gas lamps. He said that the VC had taken measures to transform the
university into a modern and well-managed institution but financial stringencies
and budget cuts were hampering more progressive and development
Mr Khalid clarified that during a protest against poor light
arrangements in hostels, the students did not raise slogans against the VC or
the chairman of Hall Council.
UAF awards two PhD degrees
Faisalabad: The University of Agriculture Faisalabad controller
of examinations announced two PhD results here on Tuesday.
Khan and Ali Asghar completed their PhD studies under the supervision of
director-general of National Institute of Food Science & Technology (NIFSAT)
Dr Faqir Muhammad Anjum. Both scholars are serving at the UAF as lecturers in
Their research topics were "Utilisation of soybean as a
functional food" and "Effect of modified whey protein concentrates on physical,
thermal and rheological properties of frozen dough", respectively.
the PhD club of the UAF rose to 650 scholars. Dawn
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