Punjab university incident inquiry
PU incident inquiry starts, six students suspended
Lahore, Jan 28: The Punjab University has initiated an inquiry into the incident
in which two rival student groups clashed with each other in front of the Hailey
College of Commerce, resulting in injuries to some students.
a press release on Wednesday, the PU spokesman said the PU Students Affairs
officials immediately provided first aid to the injured students on the spot and
shifted them to the Jinnah Hospital for further medical treatment.
Hailey College of Commerce Principal Prof Dr Liaquat Ali chaired an emergent
meeting of the senior faculty on Wednesday and unanimously decided to suspend
Rehan Khan, Mamoonur Rehman, Umar Farooq, Hafiz Wajid Ali, Zubair Sabir,
students of BCom (Hons), and Hafiz Farhat Abbas, a student of MCom, with
immediate effect for being involved in the clash.
The suspended students
had also been directed to appear before the college disciplinary committee on
The meeting also decided to call the suspended students' parents and
seek written undertakings from them to the effect that if they would be involved
in any such illegal activities in future, they would be expelled from the
college without any intimation to their parents.
He said as far as students
belonging to other departments were concerned, the Hailey College administration
would make recommendations to the University Disciplinary Committee for
appropriate legal action against them.
The spokesman further said that on
the basis of a medico-legal report, an FIR had already been registered with the
New Muslim Town Police Station. Terming the students' clash hooliganism, the
spokesman said that a handful of students were bent upon disturbing the peaceful
environment of the university by indulging in illegal and negative activities.
He said that such an attitude towards the oldest and largest seat of learning on
the part of certain activists was regrettable.
Referring to the
manhandling of a student from Gilgit in Hostel No 16, the spokesman said the
administration was still awaiting a formal written complaint from the aggrieved
party on the basis of which the University Disciplinary Committee, comprising
senior most teachers, would be asked to confirm the culprits involved in the
incident for their expulsion from the university without any further delay.
The PU spokesman urged the students to devote their precious time and
energies to leaning knowledge instead of wasting them in negative activities,
jeopardising their future.
Later, Dozens of Insaaf Students Federation (ISF) workers Wednesday
staged a peaceful demonstration against the Islami Jamiat Talaba members for
beating their fellows in the Punjab University.
The demo was held outside
the Lahore Press Club.
The demonstrators were holding banners and
placards inscribed with demand for arrest of IJT accused member. They chanted
slogans against Jamiat and its alleged violent activities.
protesters condemned the torture of the ISF members.
immediate arrest of the IJT members for allegedly violating law and
The ISF student leaders said any activity of torturing students in
or outside the university area was a highly condemnable act.
warned the university administration that the situation could worsen on the
premises if no action was taken against the accused. They appealed to the Lahore
High Court chief justice to take notice of this and clean the university from
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PU admission forms
Lahore: The Punjab University Examination Department has issued the
schedule for submission of admission forms for professional diploma in Textile
Designing (One Year Duration) for the deaf, annual examination 2009.
date for submission of admission forms with single fee is 30-01-2010 while the
forms can be submitted with double fee till 02-02-2010. The exam will commence
from February 10, 2010. Detailed schedule is also available on PU website
"i want to know that what is the date of announcing results of b com pt.1 supplementory"
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MPAs criticise policy of handing over government schools to NGOs
Lahore: Members of the Punjab Assembly – including the provincial minister for
prisons – on Wednesday strongly criticised the provincial government's policy
under which educational institutions are handed over to non-government
organisations, and called for the accountability of NGOs.
MPAs said NGOs
were "taking over costly government school buildings on the pretext of improving
education". In line with the MPAs' demand, the speaker referred the matter to
the Punjab Assembly Standing Committee on Education.
MPA Arifa Khalid
Pervaiz had asked if it was correct that NGOs managing government schools
"harass the regular staff and try to get them transferred". She had also asked
if NGOs were using school buildings for commercial purposes. "If the reports are
true, does the government intend to retake control of such schools?" she said.
Punjab Education Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman – reading out the department's
reply to the question – said the reports were not true, as NGOs only had the
authority to file an application against teachers. "Nobody has complained that
these NGOs are using school buildings for commercial purposes," he said.
However, Arifa said a House committee should be formed to look into the affairs
of NGOs managing government schools. She also questioned why government schools
were being handed over to NGOs when an education department existed.
Opposition MPA Amna Ulfat said she had "proof" that NGOs were
misappropriating funds, and they did not allow public representatives to check
their records. "They even stop public representatives from entering schools."
She demanded the formation of a House committee to look into the matter. MPA
Asad Ashraf said nobody among officials was monitoring what NGOs were doing with
schools handed over to them.
Chaudhry Ali Asghar Manda said enquired
about the law under which schools had been handed over to NGOs. He also asked
for the number of schools that had so far been handed over to NGOs.
NGOs are interested in improving the education standards, why are they not
taking over schools in remote areas and are instead focussing on institutions in
Lahore?" asked some of the MPAs.
Punjab Prisons Minister Chaudhry Abdul
Ghafoor said NGOs using school reforms as "cover want to seize government school
buildings". He said an NGO in his village was also involved in the same
exercise. "The NGO in my village has somehow obtained an order to overtake the
Rs 250 million bui8lding."
MPA Rana Muhammad Afzal, however, said all
NGOs were not the same, as some had even made donations for their schools. But
the prisons minister said, "It is just a tactic to grab government land." He
demanded that the matter be handed over the standing committee on education.
The education minister said 1,164 schools – 340 in Lahore – had been
handed over to NGOs. He said the previous regime started the practice of handing
over government schools to NGOs under the Punjab Local Government Ordinance
2001. He said the current government was handing over only those schools to NGOs
that lacked basic facilities.
The speaker of the House, however, referred the
matter to the House committee on education. Daily times
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Lahore: The Punjab Public Service Commission
(PPSC) has recommended 123 candidates out of 169 candidates for appointment to
the posts of Sr. Headmistress/Dy. District Officer (BS-18) in the Punjab
Education Department (School Wing).
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Art contest for children
Lahore: The Oasis Golf and Aqua Resort has organised an art competition
for the schoolchildren of Lahore on Wednesday.
Students of various schools,
including Aitchison, Lahore Grammar School, International School of Choueifat,
Salamat School System, participated in the contest, aimed at exploring hidden
talent of young creative minds.
Children from all age groups took part in the
competition. Display and prize distribution ceremony for the art works will be
held next month at The Oasis Golf and Aqua Resort.
Schools managements and
students along with their families will be invited to the ceremony.
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Anwar Masood poetry
Lahore: Anwar Masood, the greatest living poet of Punjabi humorous poetry,
has and will continue to inspire generations to come through his unique style
and his command over Punjabi and Urdu languages.
This was the opinion of
hundreds of people who were highly impressed by the two-hour solo recitation of
his poetry. This unique show "Tu Ki Janay" was organised by Geo Television
Network and it was a part of Geo's on-going series of special programmes on
living legends and literary giants of our country.
Before Anwar Masood
took over the floor, renowned columnist Ataul Haq Qasmi and Amjad Islam Amjad
spoke about their experiences with this great man. In their rich tributes paid
to Anwar Masood as a poet, Qasmi called him a simple and loving human being.
Amjad Islam Amjad compared him to the likes of classical poets and grand masters
of humorous poetry Nazeer Akbarabadi and Akbar Alahabadi. Amjad called Anwar
Masood a great asset to the literary world and a bright star.
Masood, a humble man by nature and an academician by profession spoke a little
about himself in his over two-hour long sitting in front of cameras and hundreds
of his beaming admirers." My experiences are public-oriented. I have seen life
as a common man and have lived it as a common man. My thoughts are not limited
to geographical boundaries."
Anwar Masood recited his famous poems and
made the audience laugh their guts out. He touched almost all raw nerves of our
society and all pertinent issues including the menace of loadshedding, scarcity
of flour and sugar, controversies over Eid moon sighting, the begging attitude
of our governments towards USA , atrocities committed against masses by martial
law regimes and during the so-called democratic regimes. The entire show was an
His poetry freshened old wounds and took audience
to a refreshing tour down the memory lane as he reintroduced the long lost
culture which we have forgotten. His Urdu and Punjabi poems served as a
refresher course in our cultural heritage and Punjabi language terms.
set designed by Geo team headed by its Executive Producer Abdul Rauf and
Producer Muhammad Farooq and Director Haider Ali Jibran was another glaring
example of the dedicated and committed efforts by the Geo team that won many
applause and tributes by audience on this innovative and truly Punjabi
The show would certainly go down in history as a
great attempt for the revival and preservation of our cultural heritage. This
show can be used for the benefit of millions of Pakistanis all over the world
particularly young generation living aboard who are still unaware of our true
cultural and literary assets. The progamme has been planned to be aired after a
week's time in four to six segments. The news
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