Salmaan Taseer assassination : Edu institutions closed
Educational institutions to remain closed, exams cancelled
Lahore, Jan 05: All educational institutes, schools, colleges and universities
will remain closed today (Wednesday), to mourn the assassination of
Governor Punjab Salmaan Taseer. All examinations have been cancelled in
the city's educational institutes. Punjab University, King Edward
Medical University, Government College University, National University
FAST, University of Engineering and Technology, National University of
Modern Languages and all other universities, colleges have cancelled
their examinations and have announced to remain closed to mourn the
assassination of Salmaan Taseer.
The Education Department has also
announced that all public sector schools would also remain closed. The
vice chancellors of all public and private universities and other
educationists, including Higher Education Commission of Pakistan
Chairman Dr Javaid Laghari, PU VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, GCU VC Prof Dr
Khalid Aftab and KEMU Registrar Prof Mehmood Shaukat have expressed
their sorrow over the governor's murder. They condoled the bereaved
family of Salmaan Taseer and prayed for the departed soul's eternal
peace. The students and teachers community demanded the government
identify Taseer's killers at the earliest. They said that his
assassination would spoil the country's democratic environment. PU
Controller Examination Prof Dr Zahid Karim Khan announced postponement
of BCom-II and MSc Home Economics examinations, which were scheduled to
start today (Wednesday). New dates for the above mentioned examinations
will be announced later. PU Student Affairs Department has also
postponed its scheduled programme of January 6, titled "From Karbala to
Kabul", which was to be held at the Faisal Auditorium, for an indefinite
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VCs condole death
Lahore: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran and
academic staff have expressed their sorrow over the murder of Chancellor
Punjab University and Punjab Governor Salman Taseer.
In a condolence message issued here on Wednesday, the vice chancellor shares the grief of members of the bereaved family.
GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khalid Aftab and faculty members also
expressed profound grief on the assassination of Punjab Governor and Old
Ravian Salman Taseer.
They prayed to the Almighty Allah to bless the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to his family. The nation
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Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran will preside
over a programme on "Karbala Say Kabul Tak" at varsity's Faisal
Auditorium on Thursday. Secretary General Jamat-e-Islami (JI) Liaqat
Baloch, Central Incharge Markaz Tableeghat-e-Islami Syed Iqbal Rizvi and
former student leader Iftikhar Feroz will be the guest speakers. The news
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GCU Book Fair gets warm response
Lahore: The Book Fair at the Government College University has got a
warm response with its opening on Tuesday by Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr.
Khalid Aftab. The three-day book fair organized by GCU Library Society
has brought more than 80,000 books under one-roof with an aim to
rejuvenate students' love for books.
sellers, as many as 37 publishers including Oxford, Sang-e-Meel,
Bookman, Readings, Mauvra and Paramount have set up their stalls at the
Book Fair and are giving up to 50 percent discount on their books.
to a survey being conducted by the GCU Library Society, as many as
1,835 books were sold in the first five hours of the opening of the Book
GCU Chief Librarian Abdul Waheed
said that around 3,500 students, researchers and teachers have visited
the Book Fair on the first day. He said that students and teachers from
other universities are also coming to the Book Fair.
to students and media, GCU Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Khalid Aftab said
that books still have their own significance in the age internet. The
vision, awareness, understating and knowledge you get by reading books;
you can never have it by just reading book reviews and summaries on
Prof. Dr. Khalid Aftab issued
directions to all the departments to draw maximum advantage from the
Book Fair and purchase the latest quality books being provided by
publishers on discount, adding that GCU Library would provide funds to
the departments for this purpose. The Vice Chancellor visited all the
book stalls and asked the publishers to provide maximum discounts
keeping in view that those who are buying are "students."
Prof. Aftab said that that GCU would continue to organize more of such
activities in the future to promote reading culture among the youth.
to media, publishers said that their stalls are thronged by students
and but not all are purchasing. They said that according to their
experience, students buy books at the last date of such fairs.
they also said that the university teachers and students preparing for
various public service examinations has been showing great interest in
books since opening and they have sold many to them in just few hours.
Library Society President Arsalan Wrraich said that visiting Book Fair
is a great experience even if you don't have a temptation to buy book.
It makes you aware that what kind of latest books are available on
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VC stresses teaching of languages
Lahore: Vice-Chancellor Punjab University Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has
emphasised upon the importance of PU Institute of Languages in imparting
knowledge of different languages to promote academic, lingual and
cultural relations between Pakistan and other regional as well as
these views during his two-hour long visit to the Institute of Languages
New Campus here on Tuesday. Dean Islamic Studies Prof Dr Hafiz Mahmood
Akhtar, Principal Oriental College Prof Dr Mazhar Moeen, Treasurer Dr
Uzma Ikram, Project Director Sheikh Muhammad Ali, Director External
Linkages Maria Maldonado and scholars of 18 foreign languages were also
Appreciating the teaching of
different world languages, Dr Kamran expressed the hope that the
Institute will further expand and flourish in the coming years and will
help contribute towards spread of knowledge of leading international
languages. The Vice-Chancellor also approved funds for undertaking
renovation of the Institute including provision of 20 computers,
furniture, multimedia projector, conversion of corridor into library and
posting of staff.
He said the present
administration was focusing on the PhD programme to ensure that
overwhelming number of PU faculty consist of PhD scholars. "For this
purpose, against a meager allocation of Rs 40 lac for research in the
year 2007-08, the research budget has been gradually raised to Rs 07
crore during the ongoing fiscal year. Resultantly, for the first time in
the history of varsity, over 100 PhDs have been produced every year for
the last three successive years. An ambitious Rs 2.50 billion Endowment
Fund has also been created solely for the welfare of low-paid
employees", he added. He said in view of huge annual electricity bill of
Rs 22 crore, the administration was determined to provide power supply
to varsity generated through solar energy to reduce ever increasing
expenditure on electricity supply.
is going to be the first varsity in the world to meet its power
requirements totally through solar energy which will also generate
income through sale of surplus electricity to Wapda, he remarked.
Earlier, briefing the Vice-Chancellor about the ongoing academic and
linguistic Institute activities, Dean Prof Dr Hafiz Mahmood Akhtar and
Principal Prof Dr Syed Mazhar Moeen said the Institute was initiated
five years ago and it was formally approved by the Syndicate through
efforts of the incumbent Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran. The nation
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