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IJT nazim expelled: PU collective punishment?

IJT nazim expelled, activist rusticated: Thrashing of PhD students
Lahore, 27 March, 2008: The Punjab University on Wednesday expelled an IJT nazim and rusticated another activist for one year on the charges of beating up university students in the presence of the vice-chancellor two weeks ago.

The PU Disciplinary Committee has expelled Institute of Geology's student Usman Ashraf and imposed a fine of Rs5,000 on him. It rusticated Abdullah Munir Leghari, of the same department, for one year.

PU Disciplinary Committee head Prof Dr Iftikhar Husain Baloch said the committee had heard both parties and seen the available evidence on Monday.

Prof Baloch, who is also principal of the varsity's College of Earth and Environmental Sciences, said the committee had finally decided to expel one student and rusticate the other for one year. He said Usman Ashraf was IJT's professional zone nazim and a son of Islamic Studies teacher, Mr Ashraf, teaching at a college in Gujrat. Abdullah Munir Leghari is a son of a shepherd in Dera Ghazi Khan.

Both the students were charged with thrashing three PhD students -- Haroon Riaz, Amir Jalal and Muhammad Sajjal who were distributing fliers to promote independent judiciary outside the university's Jamia Masjid following Juma prayers on March 14. Dawn

Seminar on role of judiciary: Justice Wajihuddin's visit irks PU administration
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) administration on Wednesday showed displeasure over Justice (r) Wajihuddin's visit to PU.

The Punjab University Academic Staff Association (PUASA), a group of teachers affiliated with Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Jamiat Talaba, invited him to deliver a lecture on the role of judiciary.

PU Spokesman Dr Mujahid Ali Mansoori said that PUASA had organised the seminar for political purposes. He said, "We will not allow anyone to use the PU for their political interests."

Justice (r) Wajihuddin on Wednesday delivered the lecture at PU. Former Supreme Court Bar Association president Hamid Khan, Lahore High Court Bar Association President Anwar Kamal also spoke on the occasion.

Dr Mujahid Mansoori said, "The PU, the government and the people consider Justice (r) Wajihuddin a national figure. He could play a vital role in the country's betterment. The PU administration has some reservations on Justice (r) Wajihuddin's arrival on the invitation of PUASA."

He said a group of teachers and students were exploiting the judicial issue for their vested interests. He said the same group had manhandled Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on the campus. He said, "The PU administration had informed close friends of Justice sahib about the complicated of the situation. However, when Justice (r) Wajihuddin decided to deliver his lecture, we did not disrupt the event in respect of Justice (r) Wajihuddin."

PUASA President Dr Mumtaz Salik said that the PU teachers had organised the seminar and there were no political motives. The PUASA president said the National Solidarity Committee, a body of all PU teachers, had organised the seminar with the permission of PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran. Daily Times

Collective punishment?: PU denies campus to Pindi students
Rawalpindi: Absence of a campus of the Punjab University (PU) in Rawalpindi has exposed the students appearing or intending to appear in the university examinations to scores of problems.

Around 18,000-25,000 students from Rawalpindi district annually take the PU examinations in various protocols. These students, most of them not enrolled with regular educational institutions, have to go to Lahore for registration, admission forms, date-sheets, removal of objections and other university-related matters.

Mushtaq Ahmed, a college lecturer, said that a student, if caught using unfair means at an examination centre, preferred to discontinue studies because he had to visit Lahore time and again to clear objections.

Had the university set up a campus here, the students would have been spared of the hassle of extensive travelling, he said. A few years back, he said, there was a one-room office of the PU in Satellite Town, but the university had closed it.

PU website is enough: PU Registrar Prof Muhammad Naeem Khan said that from Lahore over telephone that the IT had made life easier. Students could check information of their interest from the UK and the US universities so why they could not access the website of the PU instead of visiting Lahore in person.

He said admission or registration forms could be sent to the university by post while the university also dispatched date-sheets, roll number slips, mark sheet or degrees to the students by post. He cleared that the students could deposit fees with the Habib Bank, Raja Bazaar branch.

He said the university was planning to open a campus either in Rawalpindi or Gujar Khan.

Role of local universities: The students said the PU should allow local universities Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) and University of Arid Agriculture Rawalpindi (UAAR) - to affiliate colleges if it could not set up its office in the city. They said these two universities could maintain international standard of education.

Ahmed Mukhtar, a college professor, said the PU was governed by Punjab University Act 1973 and had jurisdiction all over the Punjab and some college of Northern Areas (NA).

He said as all government colleges in the district had been affiliated with the university, which was not ready to allow local universities to affiliate colleges. He said there was an issue of jurisdictions and laws should be redefined for the convenience of students.

An official of the Education Department claimed that local universities could affiliate colleges but if they did, they had to hire more staff and build more administrative offices. He said the new government should take up the matter seriously.

FJWU Registrar Maryam Rub said it was not included in the constitution of the university to affiliate private or government colleges.

She said the FJWU started under-graduate classes at its campus about three years ago and about 1,200-1,500 students were getting education under this project.

She said the university was building another campus at Chakri Road for under-graduate students. She said the FJWU under-graduate programme was for four years, while duration of study for the PU graduation degree was two years.

She said the university had no plan to affiliate local colleges because it wanted to maintain the standard of its education. Daily Times
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