PU female students protest against IJT
PU students protest IJT's 'vigilantism'
Lahore, June 23: Female students of the Punjab
University (PU), on Wednesday, boycotted their classes and held a
protest demonstration against Islami Jamiat Talaba to condemn the
torture of a male class fellow by an IJT nazim in addition to using
abusive language for female students.
The female students
organised themselves in front of the Vice Chancellor's (VC) office and
staged a protest, demanding the administration to launch an anti-IJT
operation in PU hostels to vacate rooms held by IJT non-student
affiliates. Some IJT activists who had previously tortured several
students, on Wednesday, again physically attacked a student from Geology
department, namely Kashif, for committing the "sin" of sitting with his
female class fellows.
After this incident, female students from
different departments gathered and organised themselves to launch an
anti-Jamiat rally. The students were carrying placards inscribed with
anti-IJT slogans. They also chanted slogans like "Go Jamiat Go" and
Later, they also held a protest in front of
the VC's office and demanded the VC to take action against IJT and
provide protection to the students from the illegal IJT activists.
Resident Officer, Javaid Sami, said that IJT activists Adnan Rathor and
Abrar had abused the female students, after which the varsity's
administration sent their case to the disciplinary committee.
large number of female students from different departments, including
political science department, Institution of Education and Research,
biochemistry and biotechnology, geology, stats and geography department
gathered inside the varsity and staged an anti-Jamiat protest. Some
female students also condemned the Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif and said
that the CM never bothered to take notice of IJT's hooliganism at the
A student, Rabia, said that female students had been
receiving threats from local Talibans who were living in the varsity's
hostels. She said it was condemnable that the CM, who made high claims
for good governance in the province, failed to take any steps in this
regard and the female students were no longer safe and institutions had
become a hub of extremism. She said that students were tortured in the
past but the CM did not take any action despite being briefed about the
entire situation by the VC himself.
Another student, Ayesha, said
that they expected their male colleagues to also protest against the
abusive attitude of the IJT towards female students, however, they
feared the brutal consequences of taking part in the protest.
Nevertheless, we the female students are not afraid to raise voice
against this injustice, she added.
She said that the hypocrisy
of these IJT activists was evident from the fact that they openly
practiced all kinds of illegal activities, including thefts and
dacoities, but beat innocent students just for talking to or sitting
with their female colleagues.
Meanwhile, another student Maria,
said that the IJT had brutally tortured some students last week who had
to be hospitalised. "These Jamiat activists have no respect for humanity
as well as women," she said, adding that they had crossed all limits
today by using abusive language for female students, which compelled the
students to come on roads to record their protest.
protesting students demanded for a meeting with the VC, however, they
were unable to approach him and Resident Officer (RO) Javaid Sami
consequently listened to the students' grievances. Sami said that the
administration would take serious notice of the incident and will bring
the culprits to the book. He assured the students that the case would be
taken seriously and proper action would be taken against those involved
in the shameful act. Daily times
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PU swimming pool opening today
Lahore: The opening ceremony of swimming pool at Punjab University New Campus will be held on Thursday (today).
timings of swimming pool will be from 2pm to 4pm (first shift) and 4pm
to 6pm (second shift), while on Friday 3pm to 4:30pm (first shift) and
4:30pm to 6pm (second shift). The faculty members will observe timing
from 6pm to 7pm.
Datesheet: Punjab University Examinations
Department has issued the written examination datesheet of MA, Part-II,
Annual Exam 2011. The exams will be held from July 7 to August 3. PU
Examinations Department has also announced the results of MPhil Islamic
Studies, Semester System, Session 2008-2010, Master of Human Resource
Management (Evening), Semester System, Session 2006-2008, BSc (Eng)
Industrial Engineering & Management, Semester System, Session
2006-2010 (Fall) and Diploma in Textile Design (One Year Programme),
Annual Exam 2010. The nation
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PU students in youth congress
Lahore: Punjab University's Department of Applied Psychology's six students have
participated in the 3rd Pakistan Youth Congress (PYC) held at Karachi.
PYC was organised by the Drug-Free Pakistan Society from June 3-6. The
PU students included Zainab Raza, Viqar Solomon, Tehreem Yaseen,
Jaleesha Butt, Rakia Ashraf and Muneeb-ul-Haq. Two students were funded
by the organisers of the conference while four students and one
accompanying faculty member Ms Shahnila Tariq were funded by the Punjab
The PU students prepared a social project/community
based programmes to be implemented in areas. Muneeb-ul-Haq presented
"elimination of fashion smoking from our youth," Zainab Raza
participated in the speech contest, Rakia Ashraf participated in
"otaque," Jaleesha Butt in "T-Shirt" presentation, Viqar Solomon in
general discussions, Tehreem Yaseen and Rakia Ashraf also participated
in an act from the awareness of drugs from youth.
On the basis
of active participation of PU students, the organisers decided to hold
the 4th Pakistan Youth Congress in Lahore and appoint the students to
mobilise others for the forthcoming congress.
University (PU) Examinations Department on Wednesday issued the
datesheet for the exam of MA, Part-II, Annual Exam 2011.
to details, the exam will commence from July 7 and conclude on August
3, 2011. The detailed date-sheet is available at PU website:
Phd awarded: The Punjab University (PU) has
awarded a PhD to Shahida Tanvir Ahmed d/o S A Mahmud in the subject of
Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology) after approval of her research
thesis entitled "Headache: Identification, Measurement and Efficiency of
Effective Management Techniques."According to a press statement, she
had completed her thesis under the supervision of Meritorious Prof Dr
Najma Najam, Department of Psychology.
results: Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department on Wednesday announced the results of various examinations.
exams include MPhil Islamic Studies, Semester System, Session
2008-2010, Master of Human Resource Management (Evening), Semester
System, Session 2006-2008, BSc (Engg.) Industrial Engineering &
Management, Semester System, Session 2006-2010 (Fall) and Diploma in
Textile Design (One-Year Programme), Annual Exam 2010.
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PBTE postpones paper
Lahore: The Punjab Board of Technical Education (PBTE) on Wednesday cancelled the
papers of Computer Information Technology CIT143 (New Course) and
Comp124 (Old Course) because of unavoidable circumstance. These papers
will now be held on June 27, 2011.
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KEMU PRO removed for 'harassing student'
Lahore: The Public Relations Officer/Director Human Resource of the King Edward
Medical University (KEMU) has been removed from his post and repatriated
to the Health Department as a result of an inquiry committee's report
into an alleged incident of harassment of a female student in the
university, according to Young Doctors Association (YDA), Pakistan.
to a press release issued here on Wednesday, YDA office bearers,
including Dr Rana Sohail, Dr Salman Kazmi and Dr Talha Sherwani, in a
joint statement, said that PRO/Director Admn Dr Tabassum along with his
guards was witnessed chasing a 2nd year female student of Allied Health
Sciences last Saturday from his office to the Pathology Department, Room
No.13. He was trying to take her mobile number
staff members, doctors and guards witnessed the incident. The guards of a
professor of the varsity came to the rescue of the girl.
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UoE, BZU facing budget trouble in absence of VCs
Lahore: The public sector universities of the province are busy these days in
preparing their budget for the new fiscal year but two of these
varsities are in trouble to prepare the budget owing to the absence of
The positions of VCs at University of
Education (UoE), Lahore, and Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU),
Multan, have been lying vacant since 28.2.2011 and 25.04.2011,
respectively, after tenure of those having the acting charge expired.
Since then, both the universities are working without vice-chancellors
or even those having acting charge of VCs.
The two posts of VCs
had actually fallen vacant on November 20, 2010 and January 26, 2011,
respectively, and afterwards they were filled on an acting charge basis.
say that since both the universities are without top administrators, it
is impossible to approve the development and non-development budget for
the new fiscal year 2011-2012.
They say the budget could have been approved even if someone was given acting charge of the vice-chancellor.
also say that the finance and planning committee could not approve the
budget without presence of the vice-chancellor, adding that final
approval has to be granted by the syndicate which also needs presence of
It is pertinent to mention here that apart
from UoE, Lahore, and BZU Multan, the Punjab government has been
searching VCs of four other universities, including the Lahore College
for Women University (LCWU), Government College University (GCU),
Lahore, Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU), Rawalpindi, and
University of Sargodha.
Acting charge of VCs had been given at
all these four varsities unlike UoE, Lahore, and BZU, Multan. The issue
of appointment of VCs has become a shuttlecock between Punjab Chief
Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Governor Sardar Latif Khan Khosa.
CM's Secretariat had moved the cases for appointment of regular VCs at
the universities, however, the summary was rejected by the governor who
was of the view that being the chancellor of the province's public
universities, advice of the chief minister was not biding on him.
this month, the CM's Secretariat, once again, moved a summary to give
the acting charge of VCs of UoE, Lahore, and BZU, Multan, to the
incumbent VC of UET Lahore Lt Gen (r) Muhammad Akram Khan and the
incumbent VC of Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB) Prof Dr Muhammad
Mukhtar, respectively, but the summary was also rejected by the governor
who observed that there was no provision or any precedent in law
whereby a VC of any university was allowed to act as VC of another
According to the sources, issues related to
non-payment of salaries to employees, especially, those serving on
contract have also started surfacing at the UoE and BZU while academic
as well as administrative affairs of both the universities have also
been suffering badly in absence of VCs.
They further said both
the varsities are finding it difficult to identify and prioritize
development schemes such as faculty development programmes as generally a
VC, in consultation with deans of different faculties and senior
teachers, present a plan of development at a university.
in the UoE said that over the years, the university had become a safe
haven for reemployed retired officials who, taking advantage of the
absence of the VC or any other designated authority, have started
meddling into affairs of faculty, especially young faculty members.
faculty member, seeking anonymity, said the situation was becoming
disappointing with every passing day, adding that he and many other of
his colleagues were facing trouble in connection with payment of their
extra classes. He said the government should take notice of the
situation and take steps on an immediate basis to appoint regular VCs at
both the universities.
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Lahore: Government College University Young Journalists Society is going to host an
"Evening to Remember", an interaction with eminent editors, columnists
and journalists on Thursday (today). The interaction will be followed by
an annual dinner of the society. The news
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