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UET Electronic engg conference: IJT torture

Electronic engineering conference at UET
Lahore, March 26, 2008: The second two-day International Conference on Electrical Engineering began on Tuesday at the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Engineering and Technology (UET). About 64 local and foreign researchers and professors are attending the conference.

Prof Muhammad Saleem Mian, the chairman of the UET Electrical Engineering Department, in his welcome note said that research was a key to the development of a nation and Pakistan greatly needed to improve in this regard. "The developed countries should provide technical assistance to the less developed nations, especially Pakistan," he added.

He thanked the Higher Education Commission and Engro Innovative Automation Pvt Ltd for sponsoring the conference. He said that the objective of the conference was to invite researchers from across the globe. "About 200 research papers will be read and several tutorials will be offered in the conference," he said. "Twenty of the research papers will be presented by the university's teachers and students."

UET Electrical Engineering Dean Prof Noor M Sheikh thanked the participants and said that the conference aimed at promoting interaction among researchers.

Dr Israrul Haq, the keynote speaker, said that the UET students shone bright when they went abroad. "They should stay here and help the nation shine," he said. "The prosperity of a nation depends on Life Satisfaction Index and Material Wealth Index. The key factor and common denominator between these two indicators is education. Hence, the government should focus on the education sector if it really wants to improve people's living standards." Daily Times

IJT tortures another student
Lahore: Some Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) activists allegedly tortured a student at the Punjab University (PU) on Tuesday.

The incident took place at the PU Law College, New Campus, when some Jamiat activists tried to remove banners of a cricket tournament, being organised by the college administration and students.

Some students attempted to stop the IJT activists from removing the banners, which infuriated them and they gave a good thrashing to one of the students, Asad. A Law College student, requesting not to be named, said that the Jamiat activists fled as soon as anti-Jamiat students had started gathering in the college. He said the students stayed there for some time and chanted slogans, like "Go Jamiat Go," adding that the college administration had to intervene to pacify the protesting students.

A number of PU students expressed their concern over Jamiat's ever-increasing influence in the university and criticised the administration for its inability to stop the student group from political activities. They said students and teachers were hoping that the administration under the new vice-chancellor would eliminate student politics and grouping from the campus, but to no avail.

"It appears the new administration does not want to detach itself from student politics, like the previous administration, that is why no relief is in sight for the students," another student said.

He said the university administration had been claiming to launch a massive crackdown against the students involved in political activities but a large number of outsiders and expelled students were still living in the hostels.

Another student said a majority of students were fed up with frequent hooliganism in the university and wanted the administration take stern action against those involved in anti-students and anti-education activities and provide them a healthy academic atmosphere.

On March 14, three PU students, also members of the Students Action Committee (SAC), were beaten by Jamiat activists for distributing flyers for the restoration of the judiciary among students.

PU Resident Officer (RO-I) Dr Bashir Ahmad, confirming the incident, said the victim had lodged a complaint with the VC. He said the disciplinary committee was scheduled to meet on Wednesday (today) for the March 14 incident and it could also take up the new case. However, PU IJT nazim Zahid Naveed said the news was baseless. He claimed the complainant had misbehaved with Jamiat activists, adding that the whole college was witness to it but the Jamiat workers showed patience. "The media is being misguided by a section of students about the Jamiat which is involved in constructive activities," he claimed.

A large number of anti-Jamiat rallies were taken out from the PU Law College after the manhandling and arrest of Imran Khan from the New Campus last year. The News
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