Punjab University IJT illegal event
Two PU officials suspended
Lahore, Jan 24: Punjab University (PU) administration on Friday suspended the varsity's Estate Officer
and Assistant Security Officer for failing to control activists of Islami Jamiat
Talaba (IJT) from organising an illegal event on the campus the other
A Punjab University official said Estate Officer Muhammad Shakoor
and Assistant Security Officer Muhammad Shoukat failed to control the IJT
activists, mostly expelled students, despite clear cut instructions from the top
administration to not to allow any event without permission. He said an inquiry
would also be held to ascertain the facts.
Meanwhile, a number of IJT
activists protested against PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran and
chanted slogans against Vice chancellor for "disturbing" their peaceful
programmes, after Jumma prayer at New Campus.
It is learnt that the
suspended officials had told a senior official that they were helpless to
control the IJT activists as most of them were already expelled and were usually
seen with weapons on the campus.
They further said if the government did
not want to take action against such elements how they could risk their
lives. The news
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PU MBBS results
Lahore: The Punjab University on Friday declared the results
of MBBS First Professional Part-I examination.
According to a
press release, Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Medical and Dental College,
Lahore, has shown the excellent result by securing 14 top positions.
Nafeesah Fatima of the college secured the first position by getting 473/600
marks while Mehreen Kamran second and Rohma Awais secured third position with
468/600 and 459/600 marks, respectively.
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Negligence charges: BZU controller of exams made OSD
Multan: The Bahauddin Zakaria University (BZU) vice-chancellor has made examination controller Malik Munir
Hussain an officer on special duty (OSD) over his alleged negligence after
complaint of cheating at an examination centre in Sahiwal emerged.
According to a handout issued here on Friday, vice-chancellor Dr Muhammad
Zaffarullah also formed a three-member committee to probe the matter in
It stated that the vice-chancellor also took notice against the examiner over
complaint of cheating at the Government Nangal Imbia High School No. 1, Sahiwal,
during LL.B Part I, 2010 first annual examination.
"When the complaint was received, Dr Mutahir was tasked with probing the
matter and the Friday's action has been taken on the preliminary inquiry report
submitted by him," the handout stated.
As per initial inquiry report, the controller had refused to hand over
related record of the centre to the inquiry officer and this finding led the
vice-chancellor to make the incumbent controller an OSD. The charge of the post
of controller was also given to Dr Mutahir.
A three-member committee consisting of Dr Younis Nadeem, Dr Muhammad Farooq
and Nazir Ahmed Chishti was also formed to investigate the matter.
Meanwhile, Malik Munir said that he had been removed from his office
following a conspiracy as he had documentary proof of corruption the
vice-chancellor had committed in connivance with former treasurer Muhammad
Younis, resident officer Dr Altaf and additional registrar Sohaib Khan
He said that the chief minister had directed his inspection team to hold an
inquiry against the corruption of vice-chancellor and he (controller) was to
testify in that probe as a witness and that's why he had been removed from his
He said that Dr Mutahir was very close to the vice-chancellor and that's why
he had been made acting-controller. He accused the vice-chancellor of
'unofficially' allowing Dr Mutahir run the examination branch for the past three
He said that he had called Dr Mutahir to his office Jan 16 and asked him to
him away from the printing process of examination papers and this indeed had
He said that no action could be taken against him without obtaining approval
from the BZU syndicate and he was not bound to obey the illegal orders of the
He said that making controller an OSD instead of taking action against
students, chief inspector, superintendent or the deputy superintendent of the
examination centre, was entirely unjustified.
He said that he went to Sahiwal on Jan 19 to inspect the centre along with
assistant controller Zameerul Hassan and to investigate the cheating issue.
He said that later he proceeded for his hometown, Jhang, on the same evening
after knowing about the illness of his father and sent a leave application for
three days but the vice-chancellor did not accept the application.
He demanded of the chief minister take notice of massive corruption in the
university as well of his removal and get the whole issue probed by an
independent inquiry officer from outside the university. Dawn
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Recruitment of associate professors challenged in LHC
Lahore: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday issued notices to
the secretaries of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) and the Punjab
Higher Education Department (PHED) to reply until January 24 on a petition by
three women lecturers, challenging the recruitment of associate professors.
Zaibun Nisa Saroysa and Rubina Shaista of the Government Islamia College
for Women, Cooper Road, and Kausar from the Post-Graduate College, Samanabad,
have moved the petitions. The petitioners' counsel submitted that Shaista was a
PhD scholar and remaining two had MPhil degrees.
He said on May 9, 2010,
the PPSC advertised 529 permanent posts of associate professors in pay scale 18
in the PHED in which 19 posts in Urdu were also offered. He said the requisite
qualification was in such a manner that the first preference was given to the
candidates holding PhD degrees and the second preference was given to MPhil with
five years teaching experience and third preference was given to the candidates
holding master's degree in relevant subject with at least seven years teaching
The counsel submitted that the order of preferences had been
based on the principle of merit and justice. He said the petitioners applied for
the posts in accordance with the conditions, but until December 24, 2010, the
PPSC had not intimated them about their selection or refusal or about their test
or interview. He alleged that in mid December, they came to know that the PPSC
secretary asked some of his favourite candidates, who possessed master's degree,
to appear for interview on December 24.
He said aggrieved about the
alleged discrimination, the petitioners moved applications to the PPSC and
protested why they were not considered for a test or interview. The counsel
submitted that the PPSC had almost finalised a list of the selected candidates
and if such unfair, unjustified, illegal, unlawful and improper list would be
announced, the petitioners' rights would be violated and they would be subjected
to mental agony. He requested the court to check the illegal procedure adopted
by the respondents.
He also requested the court to select the eligible
candidates for the posts of assistant professors by keeping in view the
qualifications of the candidates in the relevant subjects. Daily times
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UoE students protest
Lahore: Dozens of students from University of Education held a protest sit-in outside the
varsity's Township campus when they were denied entry there by the
administration on Friday.
The protesting students chanted slogans against
the varsity's administration and expressed strong resentment for denying them
the entry. They demanded of the government to take notice of the incident as
they missed papers on second consecutive day. It is pertinent to mention here
that UoE has become a hub of tension among academic institutions of the
provincial metropolis ever since the varsity's acting vice chancellor removed
two faculty members for their alleged poor performance and instigating the
The allegations were denied by both the faculty members. A
couple of days ago the issue had come into the limelight when the protesting
students of UoE along with some journalists were baton charged and tortured. The news
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UVAS diagnoses camel disease
Lahore: The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
(UVAS) scientists have diagnosed a mysterious disease that caused the death of
camels in Cholistan at a large scale.
After a series of tests, the University Diagnostic Lab (UDL) found that the
Cholistani camels were suffering from respiratory distress caused by
'pasteurella multocida' bacteria, severe cold and humid weather. The lab has
recommended administration of suitable antibiotics besides vaccinating the
remaining animals against the disease.
UDL director Prof Dr Masood Rabbani said the diagnosis made
on the request of Punjab Livestock and Dairy Development Department would be
helpful in controlling the fatal disease in Cholistan. Prof Rabbani said various
tests were conducted on samples (trachea, heart, lungs, liver, spleen,
intestines and kidneys, etc) in the lab for isolation and identification of
suspected bacterial and viral pathogens. "Finally, after an effort of eight
days, UDL scientists confirmed that infection had been caused by bacteria known
as pasteurella multocida," he added.
Normally, he said, this type and quantum of problem had never been reported
in camels in Pakistan. He said the disease probably spread due to extraordinary
cold and humid weather in the desert, which helped the organism cause serious
disease in camels. He said such problem had already been reported from other
Prof Rabbani said the UDL was now working on the detection of a possible
genetic variation in the said organism. For the time being, he said, the lab had
recommended suitable antibiotics, which were very effective against this
organism. He said any camel that was being injected this antibiotic in the
desert spreading over hundreds of kilometres was being saved from the fatal
disease. "Vaccinating these camels against haemorrhagic septicaemia (HS) is a
must for future control of this disease," he added.
The UDL director regretted that camels were not being vaccinated against HS
disease on a regular basis because of non-prevalence of this disease in camels
in this part of the world. However, this disease was prevalent in cattle and
UVAS vice-chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz lauded the efforts of UDL
scientists, administration and staff, who played a vital role in diagnostics and
outbreak handling. Dawn
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Inadequate transport facilities a bane for students
Lahore: A large number of students of government schools are facing transportation
problems due to the lack of a proper transport system in the city, while the
vehicles provided to government colleges have also failed to cater to their
The non-availability of a proper transport facility has put the
lives of the students at risk and poses a threat to the city's peace, which is
obvious from a recent incident, in which four students, sitting on the rooftop
of a bus, lost their lives when its driver tried to drive it through an
underpass on the Canal Bank Road.
Students coming from the city's suburbs
to their schools and colleges have to face the inconvenience of travelling in
packed public transport because the educational institutes in their localities
cannot impart quality education as they lack experienced staff and teachers.
Several students shared their sufferings while travelling to
their schools and colleges by buses, vans and pickups.
college buses ply only on specific routes. I use local transport to reach my
school," said Ahmad Ali, a ninth class student. He said that this was one of the
major problems for all those coming from slums and suburban areas.
also complained that majority of local transporters did not stop their vehicles
when they see students at bus stops. "To stop a van, we (students) need to stand
in front of it," he added.
Many school students travelling in buses
often get engaged in scuffles with conductors over the issue of paying half
fare. Many a time, students flare up on being asked for full fare, and they
resort to vandalism damaging vehicles, breaking their windscreens and
Girl students face more difficulties than boys. A student,
Amna, said that due to financial problems, her parents were unable to pay fare
of a school van for her. She said public transport had specific seats for
ladies, but due to a large number of passengers, she had to wait for a long time
to find a seat due to which she often reached her school late. She demanded of
the authorities concerned to provide sufficient buses for colleges, especially
Students' parents also complained about the
impulsively-driven school and college vans and buses, saying that very few
institutions cared for their students by closely monitoring the mode of
transport used by them. Though a few institutions had their own pick-and-drop
facility for students, several others did not, they added.
They said that
school pickups were charging Rs 1,500 per student, whereas, school buses Rs
1,200 per student, adding that those parents who had three or four school-going
kids had to pay Rs 5,000 to Rs 6,000 only as transport fee, in addition to the
high tuition fees. Daily times
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VCs convey financial gripes to Khosa
Lahore: Most vice chancellors of public-sector universities
in Punjab during their maiden meeting with Sardar Latif Khosa at the Governor's
House on Saturday expressed their anxiety about paucity of funds and salary
They said the varsities were facing crunch time because of freezing of funds
by the Higher Education Commission for development projects. Some VCs complained
they were being paid salaries "incommensurate with their position".
Although a majority of the vice chancellors were concerned about the problems
of their institutions, at least three of them raised the issue of their salary
packages, sources said.
"I am not getting the salary (under MP1) according to my position. The vice
chancellors of the federal and Sindh varsities are enjoying all perks and
privileges under MP1," a VC complained. He said his case in this regard had been
lying pending with the Chancellor Office for the last one year, requesting Mr
Khosa to issue a direction in this regard.
The vice chancellors have been complaining about unavailability of funds for
the last couple of years. Not only ongoing projects have come to a halt but no
step is being taken for new initiatives as well. Research is another important
sector which has suffered due to shortage of funds.
The issue of land grabbing also came under discussion. "Some varsities had
purchased land for their new campuses in the province. Since we are short of
funds we can not even build a boundary wall and once the land is encroached
upon, the varsities will have to be engaged in long battle of litigation,"
another vice chancellor informed the governor.
The governor, also the chancellor of the public varsities in the province,
gave sympathetic hearing to the visitors but was assertive with those who took
up "irrelevant and minor" problems of their institution, sources said.
He said Mr Khosa even snubbed a VC for using words "criminal neglect" of the
government in one area. "You should use decent expression while raising an
issue," the governor was quoted as having said.
Mr Khosa assured them that he would discuss the matter with the federal
government and ensure the availability of the required grants. He said he would
also take Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on board to resolve the problems the
varsities were facing.
Sources said the governor also asked the VCs why the standard of education
was deteriorating. "Why our youth prefer foreign institutions to ours; we will
have to raise our standard of education," they quoted the governor as having
"I will help redress your grievances and at the same time you will have to
deliver as well," the governor told them. Mr Khosa further said education was
his top priority and asked the VCs to design their curricula to match the
international standards. He said the new generation should be made aware of
their culture and the message of the saints in order to discourage extremist
tendencies in society.
"No political interference will be tolerated in the educational
institutions," he said while directing the vice chancellors to purge their
institutions of politics. Dawn
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UET offers Afghan universities cooperation in research
Lahore: University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Vice Chancellor Lieutenant General (r) Muhammad Akram offered cooperation in the
field of research, projects and publication to the universities of Afghanistan.
He was addressing a 25-member delegation of chancellors, VCs and professors of
Afghan universities, which visited UET Lahore on Saturday. The main object of
the visit was to map out details of possible cooperation such as exchange of
faculty, staff and joint research. Speaking on the occasion, the VC said that
the varsity will extend cooperation with Afghan universities in the field of
research, projects and publication. However, the varsity faculty will not visit
Afghan varsities due to the prevailing circumstances in Afghanistan, he added.
He said that the universities would hold training programmes for Afghan faculty
and students, national and international conferences, seminars, workshops and
other areas of strategic importance. All deans of faculties, research director
general, studies director, Higher Education Commission focal person, external
linkage director and registrar attended the meeting. Daily times
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