Punjab University teachers against VC extension
Teachers warn against extension to PU VC
Lahore, Jan 07: The Punjab University Academic Staff Association (ASA) on Friday warned if
the government appointed Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran as the vice chancellor
of the varsity, it would go to any extent against such a move.
a press conference at the Lahore Press Club, the PUASA office bearers
including its President Dr Mahr Saeed Akhtar and Secretary Prof Iftikhar
Tarar alleged that Dr Mujahid Kamran had been involved in favouritism,
corruption, and mismanagement, so the Punjab government should not
consider him for another term, rather it should appoint any other
well-reputed person for this important slot.
The ASA office
bearers claimed that due to poor academic performance in the tenure of
Dr Mujahid Kamran, the varsity has slipped down to number five of the
ranking list of Higher Education Commission (HEC) from its previous
counting at number four.
They strongly condemned the Search
Committee for recommending the name of Dr Mujahid Kamran for the PU VC
slot. They alleged that PU VC was not capable of handling the PU
affairs. They alleged around 450 appointments in the varsity on various
slots had been made by allegedly violating merit and rules. They
referred to the report of Punjab Assembly's Standing Committee's probe
committee and said the same should be tabled in the House for
On the other hand, the PU Syndicate members
including Prof Dr Shaukat Ali, Asst Prof Javed Sami and Lecturer Ms
Shumaila have condemned the allegations levelled against Dr Mujahid
Kamran by office bearers of PU ASA saying there was no legal standing of
this dummy ASA after December 31, 2011 as Dr Mahr had failed to
announce a new election schedule of ASA.
They said the so-called
ASA leadership and their party had completely been rejected by the
teacher's community in syndicate elections. They further said Dr Mujahid
Kamran was the only VC who had controlled all their violent and illegal
A PU spokesman said the HEC had not issued any new
rankings and PU's position in the list was the same as earlier. Dr Mahr
Saeed Akhtar claimed that PUASA had constitutional validity and mandate
of the teachers till February 13, 2012.
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Lahore: University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Department of Livestock
Production is holding an institutional capacity-building seminar and
workshop 'Genetic Improvement and Fertility Enhancement in Livestock
through Clinical Cytogenetics' at varsity's Ravi Campus, Pattoki, on
January 10-11, 2012, said a press statement issued on Friday. The news
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Pindi teachers New policy on leave suspended
Rawalpindi: Justice Saghir Ahmed Qadri of Lahore High Court's Rawalpindi bench on Friday
suspended the notification of Punjab government that bounded teachers to
get approval from the district coordination officer (DCO) for availing
leave instead of their principals.
hearing a petition of about 50 schoolteachers from the Rawalpindi
district, the court also issued notices to the secretary education
Punjab, the DCO and EDO (education) Rawalpindi and directed them to
submit their replies in a week and adjourned the hearing till January
Aosaf Ahmed Satti, a teacher and president Punjab Elementary
Teachers Association Rawalpindi region, through his counsel Raja Saimul
Haq Satti maintained before the court that the provincial government on
December 17, 2011, introduced a policy under which it directed the
teachers of Rawalpindi district to get approval from the DCO for
The notification created confusion, tension and
unrest among more than 13,000 teachers, he added. A large number of
teachers are just hand to mouth due to the rising inflation and the new
policy is causing more hardships to them.
"In case a teacher falls ill how he/she can approach the DCO instead of visiting a doctor," he asked.
The petition said teachers were also serving in far-flung schools and would not be in a position to comply with such orders.
said the government introduced this police for Rawalpindi district
only; therefore, it was discriminatory and in violation of Articles 4,
18 and 25 of the Constitution.
He requested the court to declare
the policy unconstitutional and also order appropriate action against
those officials of the education department who tried to deprive the
teachers of their rights and caused hardship to them.
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Literary community opposes PAL under new ministry
Islamabad: Registering protest over the move to put Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) under the
control of newly-established Ministry of National Heritage and
Integration by detaching it from Cabinet Division, the writers and poets
on Friday evening termed it gagging the literary community.
is like mummifying living people and putting them in museums," said
President PAL, Imdad Akash speaking at a press conference where he
explained that PAL's attachment with the newly-established ministry was a
move to shut down the only organisation belonging to the writers and
poets of the country.
Senior writers and poets took turns to
describe the organisation that has been working for the welfare of
literature and writers' community â€" an ignored and sensitive segment
of the society.
"From printing of books throughout the country to
publishing literature in all languages for all the provinces is among
its prominent roles," said Coordinator, PAL, Farida Hafeez.
the 18th amendment and devolution of the ministry of education, PAL was
placed under the Cabinet Division and prime minister could personally
supervise matters relating to the welfare of the writers and poets.
gesture was appreciated by the community at that time. The organisation
has been working on the projects to increase the amounts and number of
monthly honorarium, group insurance scheme and enhance awards and
introduce new rewards.
The literary community associated with PAL
was of the view that bringing the department under the Ministry of
National Heritage and Integration was the first step towards its
"Today PAL is in a precarious condition that the
honorarium of needy writers and poets and their families have been
stopped since last four months. Emergency financial assistance is also
not being provided and the writers from all over the country are
agitating against the state of affairs," said Imdad Akash responding to
questions from media.
Speakers also appealed that a senior
writer/poet should be appointed as chairman/director of PAL with
immediate effect so that matters pertaining to literary community might
properly be looked after.
They also appealed that PAL writer's
house should exclusively be reserved for writers, poets and journalists
and the meager resources of the organisation should be utilised only for
the benefit of the writer's community.
The literary community
used the platform to announce the 'Bachao Academy of Letters' movement
that would continue in a peaceful manner until their demands were
"Critical literature flourishes in dictatorial regimes.
Writers do not want to set a precedent by encouraging it in a
democratic setup, said Chairman, PAL, Aftab Iqbal Shamim in his remarks. Dawn
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Lahore: A meeting of the academic council, principals and directors from the University of
Education (UoE) campuses and divisions was held at the UoE Township
Campus to review educational and research activities and standards, plan
to control the problems being faced during teaching and to revamp the
curriculum according to the modern needs.
According to a press release issued here Friday, the meeting was chaired by UED Vice Chancellor Dr Faiz-ul-Hasan.
vice chancellor instructed the principals to get faculty and ladies
lounges constructed on all campuses. The cancellation of admissions in
spring was decided. The vice chancellor said that admissions would be
opened in the university once in a year so that quality and research
based education could be provided to the students.
announced that the students, whose degrees had been extended to duration
of three years from two years, would not pay additional fee of third
year. Registrar Bashir Ahmad Ch, Controller Examination Dr Ashiq Husain
Dogar were also present in the meeting. The news
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