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TEVTA technicians | PUASA invite CJP Iftikhar

1,500 technicians trained
Lahore, March 29, 2008: The Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) is achieving the targets of the Refrigerant Management Plan (RMP) by providing training to more than 1,500 technicians in its institutes across the province.

This was stated by TEVTA Chairman Khalid Mahmood in a seminar held at the Govt Polytechnic Institute for Pottery Development, Shahdara, on Friday.

He said the provision of training equipment by the UNIDO was a recognition of the achievements of the authority and the training equipment would make the RMP a permanent feature in the institutes of the authority.

UNIDO representative Sadia Yousaf and TEVTA General Manager Projects Naveed Akhtar Cheema also spoke on the occasion while Additional Secretary Federal Ministry of Industries and Production Javaid Malik, Privatization Board Chairman Nadeem Ashraf, Secretary TEVTA Muhammad Arshad Bhatti, Provincial Secretary for Environment Shahnawaz Badar were also present.

PUASA to invite CJP Iftikhar to address faculty, students
Lahore: Punjab University Academic Staff Association (PUASA) was all set to invite deposed Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to address the university's faculty members and students.

Talking to The News, PUASA President Dr Mumtaz Salik said the CJP's visit was on the initiative of the PU teachers. He added the step was taken, as the PU administration's reservations over the visit of Justice (Retd) Wajihuddin to the New Campus did not deter PUASA.

He said PUASA had formed a National Solidarity Committee (NSC) through a unanimous resolution passed last year for this purpose.

He said PUASA had already decided to invite the deposed judges including the deposed CJP to speak to teachers and students. PU teachers had been playing their role and expressing their solidarity with the lawyers' fraternity for restoration of judiciary, he said.

It is pertinent to mention here that the PU administration had expressed its reservations about plans of Justice (Retd) Wajihuddin for addressing a gathering in PU Law College, New Campus on the invitation of the PUASA on March 26.

The administration had maintained that, "Major purpose of such an event is to protect the vested interest of a group of teachers and publicise a gang of students who intend to establish their monopoly on Islam and the cause of independence of judiciary."

A statement issued by PU administration after the visit of Justice (Retd) Wajihuddin had read, "The administration, teachers and students of PU urges all national figures to exercise caution and not allow themselves to be used for vested interest of a political clique in the university."

The PUASA president said that restoration of judiciary was a national responsibility. He added the PU teachers had been struggling for freedom of judiciary by organising different events. "We have taken out a number of rallies in support of the deposed judges as they are our heroes," he added.

He said it was strange that the university's administration was not happy with the visit of Justice (Retd) Wajihuddin to PU and had expressed its reservation in this regard.

He further said Dr Mujahid Kamran was actively involved in the teachers' struggle for restoration of judiciary and also took part in various meetings and events held in this connection before he became vice chancellor of the Punjab University.

He said Dr Mujahid Kamran was among 14 senior faculty members of the PU against whom a case was registered under 16 MPO for taking out a rally in support of judiciary last year.

"It is strange now that the administration under the headship of the VC is labelling the struggle of PU teachers' as an effort of a group of teachers to protect vested interest," he added. He said this was certainly regrettable

Dr Salik said deposed CJP Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had already promised PU teachers to visit the university. "The NSC is contacting the CJP and hopefully he is expected to spare sometime in April," he added.

"This time, the ceremony will be held in the PU Faisal Auditorium," he said, adding, "Teachers love their heroes and do not care about the administration."

Mycology institute opens at PU
Lahore: The Punjab University Vice Chancellor inaugurated the Institute of Mycology and Plant Pathology (IMPPL) at New Campus on Friday.

Besides VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, IMPPL founding Director Prof Dr Rukhsana Bajwa and faculty members of the institute were also present.

The VC planted a tree in the lawn of institute, cut a ribbon and then uncovered the plaque to inaugurate the upgrade of the department to an institute. He visited various sections of the institute, including central research lab, molecular biology lab, library and class-rooms.

Later, a formal ceremony began and the vice-chancellor, addressing the occasion, said the day was of great pleasure and achievement for the faculty and the students because their department had been upgraded as an institute. He said that, being the vice-chancellor of the Punjab University, it was his fundamental responsibility to facilitate the able teachers of the PU so that they could contribute to the academic and research promotion of the varsity. The News
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