PU landfill site | IJT defies PU adm
PU landfill site polluting Mustafa Town
Lahore, July 19: Residents of Mustafa Town, a locality on Wahdat Road, are forced
to put up with stinking smell and poisonous gasses emanating from a landfill
site used by the Punjab University (New Campus) to dump and burn its
Mustafa Town is located only 200 meters from the university's
private landfill site. The site is maintained unscientifically and it had been
polluting ground water and environment for the last two years.
Town residents said pollution caused by burning garbage had ruined their lives,
claiming PU staffers dumped at least three trolleys of garbage at this landfill
Residents of the colony said smoke engulfed the entire
locality when PU staffers burnt garbage and residents had no option but to
breathe poisonous gasses emanating from the burning garbage. People were
contracting diseases from these poisonous gasses, they remarked.
family now only dreams of breathing fresh air," said Muhammad Amir, a resident
of Mustafa Town. "You can not imagine the stench of garbage that invades our
nostrils if wind blows from the direction of the landfill site towards Mustafa
Town," he said. He said several children in the society had developed asthma
from breathing poisonous smoke.
Omar, another resident, said his entire
family was suffering from breathing problems. He said his house was closest in
the society to the landfill site. He said he had desperately tried to sell his
home but no one was willing to buy it due to its proximity to the
Mushtaq, another resident of Mustafa Town, said the landfill site
polluted ground water of the area during rains. He said despite requests, PU
authorities had not stopped disposing of garbage near the colony.
said the landfill site was threatening to 'bury' the colony under garbage. He
warned of protests if PU authorities kept up this practice.
said that they were running pillar to post but neither the government nor the PU
was ready to give them relief. "We filed applications with the Punjab governor,
the Punjab chief minister's Complaint Cell, the Punjab Environment Department,
the City District Government Lahore (CDGL) and the vice-chancellor of the Punjab
University. Regrettably, we got a very cold response," Omar said. He said
residents had decided to approach human rights organisations and the Supreme
Court of Pakistan to get relief.
Naseemur Rehman, a senior officer of the
Punjab Environment Department, said that private housing colonies and other
organisations were allowed to build landfill sites but only in accordance with
specifications and design issued by the Pakistan Environment Protection
Department. He said if the Punjab University was operating a landfill site then
it should match the department's specifications and design otherwise action will
be taken against the varsity. He said the department had not received any formal
complaint from residents. He said the department will investigate the issue and
will take action to solve problems faced by residents of Mustafa
When contacted, the Punjab University registrar said the issue was
not in his notice. He said he will take action if any complainant from the
society approached him.
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IJT defies PU adm, sets up stalls again
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) chapter Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) once
again set up admission stalls at the varsity's New Campus on Saturday.
Friday, the PU administration had uprooted Jamiat stalls on the ground that no
student organization was allowed to set up stalls.
According to a press
statement issued by IJT, the student organization set up a number of admission
stalls at the Punjab University on Saturday at various places including IBA
Lawn, Center for Higher Energy Physics (CHEP) and University Gate No 2, while
the main admission stall was set up in front of Faisal Auditorium. A large
number of admission seeking students visited these stalls.
containing information about admission process and last year's merit of all
departments were also available at the Jamiat stalls.
PU chapter IJT
nazim Qaiser Sharif vowed that Jamiat would continue organizing such positive
activities in universities to guide new comers in proper way.
demanded PU Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran take a stern action against the
guards and administrative staff involved in Friday's incident wherein Jamiat
stalls were removed.
He also demanded the VC make a review committee
regarding admission policy of university and abolish entry test.
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CM concerned about bad result of 19 colleges
Lahore: Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that despite
spending billions of rupees, desired results could not be achieved in the
education sector and zero result of 19 colleges of the province in the recent
examinations of BA/BSc was a matter of concern. He said only competent teachers
could provide higher and quality education and special attention was being paid
to the teacher's training and all possible resources would be provided in this
He was addressing a meeting regarding standardised training of
teachers during his visit to the Directorate of Staff Development here on
The chief minister said the dream of development could be
materialised only by the elimination of ignorance and illiteracy, therefore, the
government has given top priority to the promotion of education.
teachers' training was important for improvement in the education sector and
promotion of quality education and effective measures were being taken for this
purpose. He directed the constitution of a committee to formulate and submit
recommendations within 10 days, keeping in view all the aspects of training of
teachers. He said the committee, while formulating its final recommendations,
should also review all the aspects including in service training of teachers,
separation of teaching and management cadres and merger of different training
institutions for teachers training. He said the number of teachers training
courses during service should also be included in the evaluation of their
Mr Shahbaz said highly-trained teachers were of key
importance for strengthening of foundations of the education system. He said a
solid strategy should be adopted for teachers' training and the maximum number
of trainers should be prepared to train teachers in the far-flung areas of the
province. He said 34,000 educators were being recruited on merit in the province
and a comprehensive programme was required to train these teachers.
BLOCK: Talking on the occasion of the inauguration of the new block of the
building of Punjab Educational Endowment Fund, Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz
Sharif has said the aim of setting up of the endowment fund was to help the
students, who were facing financial difficulties, to complete their education.
He said the endowment fund would leave far-reaching impact on the improvement of
the education sector.
He said the staff of endowment fund were trying to
materialise the dream of the government regarding provision of education for the
poor students. He said there were numerous students in the society who could not
continue their studies due to financial constraints.
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IT labs in 4,286 schools
Lahore: Additional Chief Secretary Punjab Javed Aslam has said the
Information Technology Laboratories in 4286 secondary and higher secondary
schools will be set up by November 2009.
He said this while addressing
the participants of agreement signing ceremony about provision of IT equipment
for these labs. Additional Chief Secretary signed the agreement on behalf of
Punjab government while representative of Microsoft, DELL, ACER, HP, Siemens,
N-Computing, PTCL and PEL also signed the agreement.
Javed Aslam said
that 95% civil work of IT laboratories had been completed while reputed national
and international companies had been engaged in project for provision of IT
equipment and allied resources. He further said the agreement had been signed
with PTCL for installation of internet facilities in these IT labs while TEVTA
would provide furniture. Additional Chief Secretary, Javed Aslam further said
the Chief Minister Punjab's vision was to bridge the digital divide between
private and public sector schools and create awareness in use of latest
technology for learning and skill building. He said the training programme for
the teachers of IT labs had also been started.
Meanwhile, the Chief
Secretary has said all the departments will have to be vigilant for coping with
emergency situation in case of terrorism and natural calamity.
expressed these views while presiding over a meeting regarding defence planning
at Civil Secretariat on Saturday. Representatives of federal government and
armed forces besides senior officers of Home, Police and other departments also
attended the meeting. Briefing was given by Home Department, Rescue-1122,
Police, Prosecution Service, Civil Defence, Communication & Works,
Transport, Irrigation and other departments. The Chief Secretary said that a
practicable plan should be evolved for coping with terrorism and emergent
situation in an effective manner which should be implemented in letter and
spirit. The News
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