IJT attacked PU hostel | Medics dubious courses
IJT activists attack PU hostel, injure teacher, students
Lahore, June 27: A number of activists of the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) allegedly attacked some boarding
students of the Punjab University in Hostel No 7 and injured them in the wee
hours of Sunday.
They also manhandled superintendent hostel Shahid Gull
who was also an assistant professor at Department of Philosophy while according
to PU spokesman, assistant superintendent and a teacher at Zoology Department,
Hassan Siddiqi, security guard Mumtaz and students Muhammad Shahid, Hafiz
Shahrukh, Kashif and Ghulam Ishaq of Philosophy Department were also injured in
A PU press statement issued on Sunday said that groups of
armed miscreants belonging to the Islami Jamiat Talaba raided the Punjab
University Hostel No 7. While entering the hostel area through gate number 4,
the miscreants reported to the security guards that they were going to
participate in a "Dars-e-Quran". After entering Hostel No 7, their true designs
came to light when they assaulted a number of rooms of the hostel and opened
When the university security force appeared on the scene along
with hostel administration, including superintendent and hall area president,
the miscreants managed to flee by jumping over the boundary walls of the hostel.
The injured were taken to the Sheikh Zayed Hospital first having
suffered serious loss of blood and later were referred to Jinnah Hospital after
normal treatment because of police case. A case has been registered with the
local police, the statement claimed.
Meanwhile, PU Vice-Chancellor
Mujahid Kamran held an emergency meeting of the deans and principals of colleges
early Sunday morning to discuss the situation.
The VC also visited
Hostel No 7 along with senior members of the administration and expressed
sympathy with the injured students who were assured by him that the
administration and the Punjab government would take all necessary steps for
their safety and protection while exemplary punishment would be given to the
miscreants and law breakers.
The students, in response to the VC's
address, assured him that they would not be deterred by a handful of
undisciplined students who were disrupting the academic environment of the
university because the overwhelming majority of the students community fully
appreciated the efforts made by the administration regarding
It is pertinent to mention here that on Friday, a large number
of students, especially those from the Philosophy Department, had taken out a
rally against the IJT hooliganism. PU Resident Officer (RO-I) Javed Sami said
the incident seemed to be a reaction by the IJT against the recent anti-IJT
rally in which the students condemned hooliganism of its activists on the
campus. He said the administration, after consulting the university's legal
advisor, would register a case against the IJT hooligans.
spokesman, however, denied the allegations and claimed the incident was staged
by the PU administration when some IJT activists were visiting the fruit shop at
the hostel. He termed the incident a clash among students of the Punjab
University, alleging that the VC had instigated innocent students for the clash
by patronising anti-IJT rallies at the university. He claimed that two Jamiat
activists, including Faisal Ahmed and Ammar Hussain, were injured. In another
development, dozens of activists of the National Student Federation (NSF),
staging a demonstration on Sunday strongly protested against hooliganism by
activists of the IJT at the Punjab University.
The demo was held outside
the Lahore Press Club in which the participants chanted slogans against the IJT
and demanded the government take serious notice of the incident.
Lahore Secretary General Ali Raza led the demo and demanded that the IJT
activists involved in thrashing innocent students and manhandling teachers
should be expelled from the university.
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Lahore: Some 382 degrees were awarded to graduating students at the 2011 commencement of the
Forman Christian College University here on Sunday.
Jamsheed Marker, the
veteran diplomat, gave an interesting speech combining both humour and
seriousness. He recalled his days at the FCC, which he joined in 1940 as a third
year student from Quetta, with great affection. He was also awarded an honorary
doctorate by Forman Christian College at the end. The valedictory address was
given by Usman Zia Khan, the student with the highest CGPA from the graduating
baccalaureate class of 2011. Vice Rector Dr Marcia Grant announced awards to
students who had shown outstanding performance in their disciplines.
College University Rector Dr Peter H Armacost was also present on the occasion.
A total of 382 degrees were awarded to the students in the convocation. The
degrees were: BA Hons, 77; BSc Honors, 154; BCS Honors, 19; BSc Business Honors,
82; MBA, 22; MAS Economics, 4; Executive MA Public Policy, 9; MPhil Chemistry,
10; MPhil Economics, 2. There were also three students graduating with the
conventional two-year BA/BSc degrees. The ceremony was attended by a large
number of people, including faculty, parents and friends of graduating
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Lahore: On the recommendations of the Punjab
University's Board of Studies of Mathematics and approval of the
vice-chancellor, there will be re-examination of MSc Mathematics, Part-I,
Paper-IV (Mechanics), Annual Examination, 2011. The re-examination of the said
paper is being held on Monday (today) at 9am only for those candidates who
appeared at PU Examination Hall, Wahdat Road, Lahore, at the same centre. All
those candidates who appeared at other centres will get 10 grace marks. The news
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Spotlight on 21 institutes: Medics oblivious to high cost of dubious courses
Lahore: Twenty-one leading medical institutions in the
country are 'illegally' running several postgraduate training programmes,
jeopardising the future of hundreds of students.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan is among the institutions
many postgraduate programmes of which have not been recognised by the Pakistan
Medical and Dental Council (PMDC).
These institutions have neither applied for the PMDC recognition of
postgraduate programmes nor have they heeded the warning letters and reminders
by the Council.
The documents available with Dawn reveal that the PMDC has issued "last
warning letters" to the administrations of the medical institutions concerned
asking them to stop admitting students for unregistered programmes.
Issued on May 30, 2011, the letter warns: "You are categorically instructed
not to admit/enroll any student unless notification of recognition of the
qualification and institution by the Federal Government is issued in terms of
Section 16 of PMDC Ordinance 1962. "It is further informed that admitting and
training students in an unrecognized course is not legal and is a violation of
the PMDC Ordinance 1962 and the judgment of the Supreme Court of Pakistan in PLD
2007 SC 323."
Earlier, the PMDC had sought from all the postgraduate medical institutions
complete details of recognised qualifications that were added to Third Schedule
(Section 16) of the PMDC ordinance.
The PMDC registrar, in a letter of May 31, 2011 addressed to the Punjab
University vice chancellor, said: "You are required to specify specialties for
MS and MD programmes. You are also required to provide a complete list of
affiliated training institutes for additional postgraduate programmes for each
specialty programme along with the names and qualifications of the supervisers
and concurrence from the institution conducting training."
During process of streamlining the postgraduate section came to know that
these institutions were running many programmes without getting prior approval
by the PMDC. The matter was later placed in the Postgraduate Medical/Dental
Education Committee meeting which considered the case regarding qualifications
The committee meeting on June 2 expressed its disappointment over the state
of affairs. It decided to contact the CPSP to get its unregistered programmes
According to the documents, the Institute of Management Studies, Peshawar has
launched MPH and DHPM programmes and their training which was not included in
the Third Schedule in terms of Section 16 (PMDC ordinance).
Similarly, the Provincial Health Services Academy, Peshawar has launched
'unregistered' MPH programme.
The other unregistered postgraduate programmes launched by the medical
institutions are: MPhil in Physiology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and
Endocrinology qualifications and training by Hazara University Mansehra; PMH
qualification and its training by Executive Development Centre, ICMS, University
Campus, Peshawar; Gomal Medical College, D.I. Khan; Postgraduate Medical
Institute, Quetta; Institute of Public Health, Quetta; Centre of Advance
Studies, Vaccinology & Biochemistry, Quetta…
…MPhil in Physiology and Biochemistry, and MPH qualifications and training by
Institute of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Lahore; MHM and DHM
qualifications and training by Institute of Public Health, Lahore; MPhil Oral
(Pathology), Anatomy, Dentistry, Community Medicine and Morbid Anatomy
qualifications by Shaikh Zayed Postgraduate Medical Institute, Lahore; DPM
qualification and its training by Postgraduate Medical Institute, Lahore.
Reproductive Physiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and MD (General
Medicine) qualifications and its training by Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad;
MPhil in Morbid Anatomy, Histopathology, Microbiology and Endocrinology
qualifications and its training by Quaid-i-Azam Postgraduate Medical College,
PIMS, Islamabad; MPhil programme by Hamdard College of Medicine,
…DLO qualification and its training by Jinnah Postgraduate Medical
Institute, BMSI, Karachi; DIP (Paeads Surgery), MS (Orthodontics) programmes by
Liaqat Medical College, Jamshoro; DIP (Heamatology), MPhil in Clinical
Pathology, DIP (Diabetology) qualifications and their training by Baqai Medical
College, Karachi; MPhil in Pharmacology and Pathology qualifications and their
training by Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Rawalpindi…
…MHA and its training by Institute of Administrative Sciences, Lahore; and
DMRD, MPhil in Physiology and Biochemistry, MPH programmes and their training by
University of Health Sciences, Lahore.
The committee unanimously decided that "since a uniform policy is being
followed by all postgraduate medical colleges/universities, the CPSP should also
be asked to get all its postgraduate programmes recognised by the PMDC, running
in and outside Pakistan, so that their activity is legalised if they
(programmes) get notified by the Ministry of Health like all other recognised
additional postgraduate qualifications added in Third Schedule."
The PMDC registrar informed the committee that it had been his highest
priority to make efforts to establish the working of the Council according to
the PMDC Ordinance 1962.
The committee appreciated the efforts made by the postgraduate section and
desired that the PMDC rules should be followed by all institutions. It also
expressed satisfaction over the fact that the Third Schedule had been
The PMDC has also compiled and circulated a comprehensive list of the
recognised medical and dental qualifications among its members and postgraduate
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Education denied, life denied
Lahore: A first year girl student committed suicide by shooting herself in the Batapur police area on
The deceased was identified as Ayesha, daughter of Muhammad
Hussian of Jallo Morr. Police said that the girl got dejected upon being stopped
from further studies by her father due to financial constraints. On the day of
the incident, Ayesha shot herself with a gun. Police have handed over the body
to her family after legal formalities.
Woman shot dead by brother-in-law:
A 40-year-old woman was killed by her brother-in-law and his son following a
domestic issue in the Burki police jurisdiction on Sunday. The victim was
identified as Safiya, a resident Phularwan, Burki. Police said Liaquat Ali, the
victim's brother-in-law and Liaquat's son Waqas alias Sunny exchanged harsh
words with her over a domestic issue two days back. On the day of the incident,
Liaquat and his son allegedly shot and wounded her. She was rushed to hospital
where she succumbed to her injuries. Both accused managed to escape from the
scene. Police have shifted the body to morgue and registered a case on the
complaint of the victim's husband Muhammad Amanat.
Man injured in
electric shock: A 35-year-old man sustained burns after he suffered severe
electric shocks near Salamatpura on Sunday. Victim Allah Rakha, a resident of
Kachupura, was a sanitary worker. He was working in a house near Salamatpura
when he suffered electric shocks. He was rushed to hospital where his condition
was stated to be critical.
Three injured in accidents: Three people
sustained severe injuries in road accidents in different parts of the provincial
metropolis on Sunday. Two bikes collided with each other near Amir Road,
As a result, Alam, 20, suffered injuries and was rushed to
hospital by Edhi ambulance. Meanwhile, two men, Tariq, 38 and Irfan, 55, were
injured when a car hit their motorbike near Center Point, Liberty. They were
removed to hospital. Their condition is stated to be out of
commits suicide: A 30-year-old woman committed suicide over
domestic issues near Punjab Society in the Factory Area police jurisdiction on
Sunday. She was identified as Saima Bibi, a resident of F-Block Punjab Society.
She was married to one Sameer Shaukat a few years back. The couple used to
quarrel with each other on petty issues. Saima locked herself in a room and
hanged herself with a rope. Police have removed the body to morgue. No case was
registered till the filing of this report.
Police operation: Model Town
police launched a search operation in different areas to hunt suspected persons
on the night between June 25 and 26. Garden Town ASP Memona Tahir has said that
search operation was launched against suspicious persons at N-Block flats, Model
Town. Police checked the identity cards of several suspicious persons but no one
Valuables burnt: Valuables worth thousands of rupees were
reduced to ashes when a fire broke out in a catering shop near Bilal Ganj on
Sunday. The fire erupted due to short-circuit. Fire-fighters put it out after
hectic efforts. The news
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Institutions charging heavy fees in name of summer camps
Lahore: Summer vacations have kicked off in almost all the schools
across the city, however, a large number of private schools have set up summer
camps for students, hence, cutting down their holidays and charging the parents
extra fees. A large number of parents had complained about the extra charges for
the summer camps. "Some schools even forced students to join the summer camp,
warning them of heavy fines if they don't," they said. Meanwhile, different
hotels, academies and other institutions also offered summer camps on heavy
fees. These summer camps offered study, co-curricular and sports activities to
The parents said that despite the fact that educational institutions
are not allowed to charge extra fees for summer camps, some are charging heavy
amounts in the name of registration fee, sports fee, computer lab fee, transport
and sports fee. They also said that they were forced to pay a two-month fee in
advance. Aalia, mother of a student from grade 5,
said that she tried convincing the school's management to exempt them from the
advance payment of fee since they were not given salaries in advance. "However,
the school's management threatened to issue my daughter's leaving certificate in
case I did not pay the fee in advance," she added. Another parent, Ifftikhar,
said that his son was a Montessori student and it was very difficult for him to
pay his son's monthly fee. "I do not want to admit my son to a cheap school
since I am concerned about his future," he said.
The school's administration,
before the summer vacation had started, asked for payment of three months fees
in advance. He said that when he went to the school to collect his child's
summer work files, he was informed that he had to pay a three-month fee in
advance for the summer camp. He said, "When I refused to pay the fee, they
threatened to rusticate the child or charge heavy fine". Another guardian of a
child said that the government should take action against schools that were
charging money in the name of summer camps in order to provide relief to the
citizens. "It seems that private schools have been given a free hand to fleece
parents at their whim," she said. arsalan haider. Daily times
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GCU prof remembered
Lahore: The Government College University (GCU) Economics Department Sunday held a
condolence meeting to remember distinguished educationist and economist Prof
Abdul Samad Khalid, former chairperson of GCU Economics Department, who passed
away in the United States two weeks ago.
According to a press statement,
in their condolences messages, GCU Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Ikram-ul-Haq
and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dean Prof Dr Khalid Pervaiz paid glowing
tribute to the late Prof Abdul Samad Khalid on account of his indispensable
services for promotion of education in Pakistan.
GCU Economics Department
Chairman Dr Asif Saeed also lauded the services rendered by Professor AS Khalid
for academic growth and development of the department. Professor Hamid Yamin Dar
and Prof Tariq Sultan also spoke on the occasion.
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The News Education Expo-11 started
Lahore: A two-day educational event "The News Education Expo 11" will start at PC Hotel here on
Dozens of universities, colleges, higher education
institutes and education organisations will set up their stalls in the expo and
the visitors will be provided free information about academic programmes being
offered by the participating institutes.
The event will be a great
opportunity for prospective students to select a suitable institute. The expo,
like the previous years, is likely to attract thousands of visitors, especially
students and their parents.
The entry to The News Education Expo 11 is
free while the expo will continue for two days (June 27th and 28th) from 11am to
8pm. The news
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