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Punjab University ICS faculty members scandal

PU scandal: Eyes set on commission's report
Lahore, July 12, 2008: "Merit is the only policy being followed by the Punjab University administration", vowed Vice Chancellor Dr. Mujahid Kamran. Talking to us on the ongoing scandal in ICS, VC told that as the initial measure the US scholarships of the accused lecturers has been cancelled, while the final report of Commission is expected in a few days. The sources told that the aforementioned lecturers, Mr. Naveed Chaudhry and Mr. Shafique Kamboh have allegedly got involved in this foul play during there probation period and for the same reasons they have not been made "permanent" by the administration till the further decision.

Dr. Mughees Uddin Shaikh said that blame of corruption in his Institution is nothing but a controversy created by some unknown source. An application with no source needs not to be given so much importance. On the other hand, one of the accused faculty member, Mr. Naveed did not rebut the charges against him. "I am not answerable to anybody else than the commission members", he said and dropped the call. The other defendant, Shafique Kamboh neither accepted nor controverted the allegations raised against him. "Dr. Mughees is apt to be arbitrary and ignores the senior fellow-faculty members", said a senior faculty member of ICS.

He further feared that if the allegations raised against these two get proved to be true, this would be a question mark on the transparency of ICS examination system, which the accused Director claims to be the best. "It is appreciated that new VC has been taking revolutionary steps against the treacherous elements defaming the university", said another senior official. The ICS students and faculty members seem to be shocked at the unveiling of the scandal. They demanded that the report of the Commission should be finalized as early as possible. F.P Report

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Two PhD students' plea against PU put off
Lahore: Two Punjab University PhD students, despite being given several chances to submit their synopsis, will have to re-enrol with the university for this purpose, the PU counsel on Friday said in a reply to a petition filed by the students in the Lahore High Court (LHC).

Earlier, the LHC sought the PU reply to a petition filed by Ifra Iftikhar and Mubbashra Sultan, PhD mass communication students. The students moved the LHC against the PU authorities for not allowing them to submit their synopsis and asking them to get readmission. They said they had passed their examinations, a requisite for the submission of the synopsis, and did not require readmission for this purpose.

PU counsel: PU counsel Advocate Muhammad Arif wrote to the court that the students had to file their synopsis in June 2007, which they did not despite several reminders by the PU. They were given relaxation by extending the deadline in this regard, but they could not avail those chances, the counsel added.

He said, "Now, the PU board of studies has decided that the students will have to re-enrol with the university."

He said the students were not required to consume the full session, but it was mandatory for them to register with the PU again for the submission of their synopsis. The process will be completed in four months, he added.

LHC Justice Syed Asghar Haider adjourned the hearing till Monday.

The students accused Communication Studies Institute Director Dr Mughees Sheikh and the PU vice-chancellor of discrimination, saying that they had allowed some of their fellow students to submit their synopsis on July 13, 2007.

They said they tried to submit their synopsis before July 14, 2007, in the office of Dr Mughees, but his staff had refused to accept it in his absence. The petitioners said they went to Dr Shafique Jalandhary, the then acting director of the institute, who allowed them to submit their synopsis, but the staff had refused again.

The students said Dr Mughees, after return from Umrah, had asked them to write an application for the extension of the deadline to submit their synopsis. Later, Dr Mughees declined their request, saying that the synopsis should have been submitted in time, they added.

The students said they had appealed to the VC, but he asked them to re-enrol with the university for the submission of their synopsis. Daily Times

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