Punjab University & SUPARCO land controversy
PU asks SUPARCO to vacate varsity land
Lahore, June 30, 2008: A controversy has once again erupted over lease agreement between
the Punjab University (PU) and Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research
Commission (SUPARCO) while the former has also sent a legal notice asking the
Commission to vacate its (university's) land.
The Punjab University had
leased out 12 acres of land for 20 years to SUPARCO for setting up facilities
for satellite tracking, space application and research on March 17, 1987.
However, a controversy had erupted in 2006, before expiry of the lease, when the
PU authorities expressed unwillingness to renew the lease agreement because of
SUPARCO's alleged failure to meet certain terms and conditions.
officials had alleged that the management of SUPARCO had not met the terms and
conditions as it did not properly assist the university in teaching and
practical training of its students and supervising research work of students.
On the other hand, SUPARCO had maintained that it had not only fulfilled
all its obligations under the deed, but had also provided the university with
services and material support that had been totally outside the scope of this
Nonetheless, akistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission
later requested for provision of additional 50 acres land while the PU asked the
Commission to hand over the 12 acres of land along with the structure
constructed on it to the university as per the lease agreement, which expired on
March 17, 2007.
The matter regarding request of the additional land was
placed before the university Syndicate in a meeting held on September 11, 2006,
and was rejected unanimously by members.
However, in its meeting held on
May 18, 2007, the PU Syndicate approved the renewal of the lease agreement
(excluding the additional land) with SUPARCO for ten years with revised terms
It was also decided by the Syndicate that all contracts
would be subject for reconsideration after every two years while PU would also
charge akistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission per-acre
agriculture rate with ten percent annual increase.
According to PU
officials, as per the 1987 agreement, the Commission was paying Rs 10,000 as
annual rent to the university against the total leased land.
officials added that according to the revised agreement of 2007, SUPARCO had to
pay Rs 17,600 per acre per annum with 10 per increase each year.
said it was decided that SUPARCO would help improve laboratories of the varsity
and provide training and apprenticeships to it students of space science and
physics etc, too.
However, sources in the PU administration said that
akistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission authorities were
reluctant to sign the agreement with revised terms and conditions, adding they
were insisting to sign the agreement as continuation of 1987 agreement.
"This is quite evident from the fact that the agreement was yet to be
signed despite approval in this regard was granted by Syndicate in May 2007",
They further said that soon after the legal notice was served
by the PU administration, the akistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research
Commission contacted the chancellor to intervene and to ask the university to
ensure continuation of the 1987 agreement for further 10 years.
further learnt reliably that the Chancellor Office subsequently asked the PU to
review its 2007 agreement with SUPARCO and consider if 1987 agreement could be
continued for further ten years.
In this regard, PU Vice Chancellor Prof
Dr Mujahid Kamran was not available for comments.
contacted, Resident Officer-II (RO-II) Malik Muhammad Zaheer, whose office is
dealing with the lease agreement, stated that the legal notice was served, as
the university did not want to renew and extend the agreement. He added that it
was the right of the university to get back its land.
started construction work on PU land despite the fact that the 2007 agreement,
was not signed as yet," he said.
He added that, "It should handover the
12 acres of land along with the structure on it to the university as per the
lease agreement of 1987."
Replying to a question, he said the Chancellor
Office had asked the PU to review the situation; however, the matter would be
placed before the PU Syndicate for final decision in this regard. The News
"why between this problem between the student are depressed why suparco donot accept the space science degree and why suparco do not offer job to space science student.give me the ans if you have .iam a student of space science and i have no job till 3 years.iam sorry to say that you give 3rd preference to space science studend."
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