UHS employees protest for regularising services
24 UHS protesters arrested
Lahore, June 12: Over two dozens former contract employees of the University of
Health Sciences (UHS) were arrested in the wake of their alleged plan to block
the road on the arrival of Chief Minister Punjab at the varsity on Friday.
The police also resorted to baton charge to disperse the protesting
employees. The former UHS employees were protesting against the UHS
administration and Punjab government for not regularising their services.
The CM Punjab had to visit the UHS to attend a two-day Youth Conference
on its first day held under the recently formed Chief Minister Youth Commission.
The protestors were also chanting slogans against the university
administration and demanding 'justice' from the government. However, police
party of Muslim Town police station reached the spot and tried to convince the
protesters to clear the way of the chief minister. The police went berserk after
their failure in convincing the protesting clerks and arrested over 25 former
employees who were around the UHS campus in a bid to block the road before
arrival of Chief Minister Punjab.
Investigation Incharge of Muslim Town
police station ASI Mumtaz Ahmed said they were bound to provide a clear way to
the chief minister. He said they tried their hard to convince the protesters
but, on their persistent denial, they had to take legal action against them.
He said they had registered an FIR under Section 290 and 291 of Pakistan
Penal Code against 22 nominated accused and put them behind the bars. Among the
arrested were Waseem, Asim, Iftikhar and Khalid. However, the ASI denied charges
of baton charge saying that there was a minor scuffle when they tried to arrest
the accused. Abbas, a clerk who escaped the arrest, said that the CM had ordered
regularization of the clerks but the university administration had terminated
them. He said they wanted to record their protest before the CM against the
university administration but the police brutally baton-charged and arrested
them. Although the CM ordered the release of the protestors yet they were not
released till the filing of this report. It is also worth mentioning that the
employees of the UHS had been protesting for their rights for the last 80 days. The news
"It is really case of political victimization. They must be back into service."
Name: Hafiz abdul Nasir
City, Country: Faisalabab,Pakistan
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PU looks for ways to meet fiscal needs
Lahore: The Punjab University administration has sought the opinion of
all the deans to devise ways to face the financial crunch during the next fiscal
in view of likely cut in funding by the Higher Education Commission.
Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran chaired a meeting of all
faculties' deans, registrar, controller of examinations, treasurer, Oriental
College and PUCAD principals. He said PU's current financial year budget was
Rs3.63 billion, including Rs1.10 billion given by the HEC.
He said in
view of Rs7 billion cut in the HEC budget, the commission would not be in a
position to extend funding as per the previous years. Resultantly, he said, the
university would be unable to pay even salaries to its staff and would have to
generate its own resources. He sought opinion of all the deans to resolve the
acute funding problem.
The meeting participants forwarded various
proposals, including commercial use of varsity land, to generate revenue. It was
also suggested that a vice-chancellor's committee should hold a meeting with the
federal finance minister and the prime minister to apprise them of the severe
financial hardships the PU was going to face as a result of reduction in HEC
The VC sought a report pertaining to adverse effects and
financial implications at the earliest. Dawn
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First Youth Conference
Lahore: Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that had we
preferred simple lifestyle to lavish lifestyle, adopted viable economic policies
and taken effective steps for the elimination of corruption over the 63 years,
Pakistan would have been in a much better position.
He was addressing
the inaugural session of the first 2-day Youth Conference of Punjab Chief
Minister Youth Commission here on Friday. Provincial Education Minister Mujtaba
Shuja-ur-Rehamn, Members Punjab Assembly Major(R) Abdul Rehman Rana, Col. (R)
Shuja Khanzada, educationist Dr. Zafar Iqbal Qureshi and 360 members of the
Youth Commission from 36 districts of the province were also present in the
opening session which lasted more than three and a half hours.
minister said that the gulf between the rich and the poor was widening and the
common man was under the clutches of price-hike. In order to make progress, it
was inevitable for a country to have a fair system of justice and equitable
distribution of resources.
He said that the purpose of youth conference
was to develop a healthy society, purge the country of corruption, taking it on
the road to progress as envisioned by Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal.
CM said that new generation was a precious asset and it could guarantee a bright
future for Pakistan. He said the Punjab Youth Commission would provide the
talented youth an opportunity to participate in the formulation of government
policies, legislation and reforms in the society.
He said that members
of the Youth Commission had gone through a transparent selection process, adding
the youth had the potential to bring the country out of the crisis and put it on
the road to progress. He said that today's Pakistan did not reflect the vision
of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal.
He said that corruption was rampant in
police stations where criminals were given respect while the oppressed were
turned into the oppressor for a few bucks. He said that the elite were enjoying
all facilities but the poor were moving from pillar to fulfill their basic needs
The chief minister said that the Punjab government had promoted
good governance and merit in the province and 37,000 teachers had been recruited
He said that the Punjab government has also decided to allot
state land to agri- graduates so that they could play their role in improving
the economy. He said that Punjab was an agrarian province and solid measures had
been taken for the welfare of farmers, adding they had been given 20,000
tractors on concessionary rates and a subsidy of Rs. 4 billion for the purpose.
public-private partnership: Shahbaz Sharif has said that the government
is taking solid measures to promote public-private partnership in the province
and a separate cell has been set up in Planning & Development Department for
He was talking to a delegation, led by the head of
International Finance Corporation, Pakistan, Nadeem Siddiqui, which called on
him at the Chief Minister's Secretariat, here Friday. Matters regarding the
promotion of public-private partnership in various sectors came under discussion
during the meeting.
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GCU poster competition
Lahore: Over 200 students took part in a poster competition organised by
the Sustainable Development Study Centre (SDSC) of the Government College
University (GCU) on Friday.
The theme of the competition was 'Many
Species, One Planet and One Future'.
The posters highlighted that the
world without biodiversity would be a very bleak place.
people and millions of species all share the same planet, and only together we
can enjoy a safer and more prosperous future.
Talking about the
competition, event Coordinator Laila Shahzad said the competition showed that at
least Pakistani students were well aware of the environmental issues.
She said one of the significant reasons for arranging the poster
competition was to highlight the recent calamity of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill
which might be growing five times faster than previously estimated and was in
danger of accelerating out of control.
The GCU SDSC PhD students
presented a poster that explained the tragedy of the pelicans which were hard
hit by this oil spill. The news
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78pc schools in Chakwal lack facilities
Chakwal: Though literacy rate in Chakwal is 73 per cent, about 78 per
cent of the primary schools in the district are without basic
Speaking at a seminar on the 'State of education in Chakwal',
Rizwana Shabbir, the research fellow of an NGO, Institute of Social and Policy
Sciences, quoted a report which said 19 per cent educational institutions did
not have boundary walls whereas 21 per cent were without toilets and 20 per cent
had no drinking water.
She said 20 per cent posts of teachers were lying
vacant in the district. She disclosed that funds were transferred to 50 per cent
schools but only 33 per cent of them received the allocated amount and 35 per
cent of them got less than the allocated money.
According to her, net
enrolment rate at the primary level was good but it dwindled in the middle and
higher secondary level. Girls' enrolment at the higher secondary level presented
a depressing picture. Total enrolment at primary level in 2006-07 was 73 per
cent for girls and 77 per cent for boys. But this declined by 10 per cent at the
middle level, she added.
Another speaker was of the view that the need
of the hour was to motivate the teacher. A teacher should have a committed and
devoted approach towards their profession.
Executive District Officer
(Education) Prof Aziz Minhas said the government was trying its best to improve
the state of education despite limited resources.
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Four teachers punished for 'misconduct'
Faisalabad: The district education officer (DEO) probing into alleged
misconduct by four teachers, including district president of the Punjab Teachers
Union (PTU) and three other office-bearers, has sacked three of them and ordered
reduction of five stages in pay scale of the fourth one.
were charged with leaving their institutions without seeking permission from
their superiors and storming another school and threatening a teacher with dire
The inquiry officer's verdict has infuriated the
teachers of state-run educational institutions and they have announced holding a
protest demonstration against their high-ups on Monday.
available with Dawn reveal that EDO (Education) Sohaib Imran tasked DEO Naseem
Ahmed Zahid with probing into alleged misconduct by PTU's Faisalabad chapter
president Malik Abdul Jabbar, of Government Pakistan Model High School, Rail
Bazaar, Najamul Hassan, PTU Lyallpur Town president, and Yousaf Khilji, both
serving at Government Jamia Chishtia High School, Sargodha Road, and Abdullah
Zahid, of Crescent Model High School.
They allegedly left their schools
unlawfully during duty hours without seeking permission from heads of their
institutions and without recording their departure on movement register on Feb
They reached Government J.M. Public High School and created unrest
there by quarreling with a teacher, Abdul Ghafoor. They also threatened Ghafoor
with dire consequences. The inquiry officer proceeded against the accused
teachers under the Punjab Employees Efficiency, Discipline and Accountability
Act, 2006, and issued them show-cause notices on April 9.
of the accused replied the show-cause notices within stipulated time period and,
thereafter, they were afforded opportunity of personal hearing on April 23.
Only one of the accused teachers, Abdullah Zahid, replied the notice and
appeared for personal hearing.
Concluding the proceedings on June 8, the
inquiry officer found the four teachers guilty of misconduct. Being competent
authority of all the teachers, the inquiry officer imposed major penalty of
removal from service on Jabbar, Hassan and Khilji and minor penalty of reduction
of five stages in pay scale on Zahid.
After the decision, teachers met
at the Jamia Chistia School and decided that they would stage a protest
demonstration on June 14.
PTU central president Hafiz
Ghulam Mohayyudin alleged that the four teachers had been victimised as they had
exposed corruption and illegal appointments made by the EDO and DEO.
said punishment to teachers was nothing but blackmailing to stop them from
exposing the wrongdoings of their high-ups. Dawn
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