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IJT book fair on footpath | PU music students 'go underground'

IJT organised book fair on footpath
Lahore, May 14, 2008: Islami Jamiat Tulaba organised the book fair according to its programme Tuesday at the footpath on Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam opposite to the PU Old Campus in protest following the suspension of academic activities of the university for three days. The IJT also displayed banners and posters carrying slogans against restriction on the book fair. A heavy police contingent cordoned off the book fair.

PU IJT nazim Zahid Naveed, PU ASA president Dr Mumtaz Salik, Hafiz Salman Butt and IJT Pakistan nazim Attique-ur-Rehman jointly inaugurated the fair. At this occasion a large number of students gathered who also chanted slogans against the PU administration. They demanded immediate restoration of normal academic activities. Speaking on the occasion Salman Butt said the restriction was imposed on the instance of Governor Punjab. As many as 15 bookstalls were set up at the fair.

The IJT nazim Zahid Naveed announced to organise a book march today (Wednesday) at Old Campus and Sharah-e-Quaid-e-Azam to press the demand to hold the book fair.

He said he had requested the PU administration to form a teachers and students committee to thrash out programme to hold the book fair and to conduct audit of the money spent in the fair but they gave no response. Instead they threatened us. He said the matter could be settled by talks while students were prepared to show flexibility to avoid any conflict, which would put the students in trouble, particularly the girls residing in hostels.

Meanwhile the administrative and teaching staff attended the university on Tuesday following the decision to keep the academic activities as usual. However, the attendance was thin as the staff had gone outstations since Sunday last.

The police continued to guard the campus and the hostels on Tuesday. The PU security personnel also guarded the campus and nobody was allowed to move without identification.

Meanwhile university's students adviser and spokesman Dr Mujahid Ali Mansoori has condemned a statement wrongly attributed to the former presidents of university students' union published in a section of press terming it as 'fake and immoral'.

He said that the decision to restrict the holding of book fair and closure of university for four days was taken after 10 hour deliberations and contacts with law enforcing agencies at a meeting of a special committee chaired by Prof Dr Iftikhar Baloch. This committee was constituted by the deans committee under the chairmanship of Acting Vice-Chancellor Prof Azhar Ikram. Dr Mansoori has appealed to the politicians who are supporting IJT from outside the university that they should use the IJT for a national cause. The Nation

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Punjab University music students 'go underground'
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) students of the first batch of MA Music are about to graduate, but their classes are still being held not held on the university's premises due to pressure from Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT).

Classes are being held in the basement of Alhamra Art Council since the programme began two years ago because the IJT called music 'un-Islamic and vulgar'. Classes of the second batch are also being held at the council and the university administration has not yet been able to shift them on campus.

Classical singers say that the launching of the music discipline at the university was a milestone to promote traditional music, but the IJT said it was a waste of time and resources. IJT activists vowed not to allow music classes on campus and several times protested against the launching of the music discipline. They call the Art and Design Department as 'darul kufr' (house of sin).

Badrul Zaman, winner of the President's Pride of Performance Award, said music students would promote peace and love through their performances. He said that it would be a great opportunity for musicians to have formal education and earn a master's degree as well. "All students are encouraged to become professional singers. They will also revive classical music, which is Pakistan's identity abroad," he said.

He said that music students were looked down upon by certain sections of society for no reason. "Study and research will help them take Pakistani music to new heights. It is regrettable that Pakistan has no audiovisual library. I took me 50 years to differentiate between Pakistani and Indian music, which has been explained in a documentary," he said.

Keith Timney, teaching western music, said that students were able to understand the delicacies of music. Nadeem Riaz, a student, said that after graduating he would become a professional singer of classical music. Another student, requesting anonymity, said that the IJT was capable to stop classes if held on university campus. Daily Times

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"I am old student of Punjab university,. Punjab University is a city of peace and knowledge due to Islami Jamiat Talab, but some ****** type people wants to hyjack this institution and wants to make a volgur and like western istitute. They are 2% people in Pakistan like ****** type, and westernized. Bhala Music se iss nation ko Mirasi banana hay kia. Khuda ke kasam Bus Litran de kami he. Logon k pas khanay ko nahi r yeh ****** music r woh bhe Punjab University main jahan Allah k Shairon ka daira hay wahan aisa nahi ho sakta."
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PU to hold Shah Hussain moot today
Punjab University's Department of Punjabi will organise 'Shah Hussain' seminar on Wednesday (today) at 10:00 am in the Sherani Hall of Oriental College, Allama Iqbal (Old) Campus. PU Faculty of Oriental Learning Dean Prof Dr Muhammad Saleem Mazhar will preside over the seminar.

Dr Muhammad Amin from Multan University, Dr Rashid Mateen from Higher Education Commission and Dr Nabila Rehman from PU Punjabi Department will present their research papers on the occasion. Iqbal Bahu will present Soofiyana Kalam of Hazrat Shah Hussain and Saleem Kashir and Khalid will pay tribute through their poems on the occasion.

Faculty members and a large number of students will also attend the seminar.

Meanwhile, on Thursday (tomorrow) the department will organise a 'Mefil-e-Mushaira' at 7:00 pm. Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran will be the chief guest on the occasion.

In Mushaira, Manjit Indra, Gurbajan FGill, Indir Jeet Hassan Puri, Shanti Kant Opal and including others from India will participate and from Pakistan Dr Inam-ul-Haq Javed, Zahid Fakhri, Kaleem Shahzad, Saleem Kashir, Talib Jatoi, Zahid Hammad, Tajammal Kaleem, Maryam Ramzan, Soofia Bedar, Dr Naheed, Abbas Najmi, Mudassar Iqbal Butt, Dr Zia-ul-Hassan and others will participate.

Punjabi Department Chairman Prof Dr Asmatullah Zahid has said Punjabi is the largest language of Punjab province and the conduct of literary seminars, mushairas and lectures is must to promote the language among people. The Nation

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NTU again closed for a fortnight: Admin-students row
Faisalabad: The National Textile University administration again closed the varsity on Tuesday for two weeks and asked the students to vacate the hostels.

This is for the second time the NTU management has closed the university following a protest drive launched by students.

Earlier, vice-chancellor Masood Biabani had ordered the suspension of all educational activities on April 8 for an indefinite period. The university had resumed its activities on April 22.

Sources said students came to know about the university's closure when they reached the VC office on Tuesday for a routine protest launched by them from April 2. The administration pasted the closure notification silently at all notice boards, they said.

The notification reads: "It is notified for the information of all the students and staff members that the vice-chancellor has closed the university's academic and all other official activities for 15 days. Furthermore, all the resident students are directed to vacate the hostels immediately."

Students have been demanding the university's accreditation with the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC), disbandment of the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association, an organising body of the NTU, and resignation of the vice-chancellor.

The decision of the university's closure infuriated the students who marched towards the residence of the sole NTU dean, Dr Zubair Ahmed, and sought clarification.

Sources said the dean was unable to reply and said the VC had issued the order. Students locked the main gates and did not allow any sort of transportation. They did no let any faculty member leave or enter the premises.

A student requesting anonymity said the university administration had telephoned all students on Friday last (May 9) and asked them to resume studies.

He said earlier the administration had sent letters at the residences of parents and apprised them about the strike. The administration had also sought parents' immediate intervention to diffuse the situation. However, he said the administration again silently suspended all educational activities, which was unwise.

Sources said the suspension of educational activities was the outcome of the VC's address to students on Monday at the main auditorium. Students had severely criticised the administration and the VC and asked the latter to resign immediately. The VC tried to apprise the students about the accreditation issue, but to no avail.

Hassan Aman, a student, said: "Why the administration secretly closed the university and asked students to vacate hostels, though boarders have deposited hefty dues." Dawn
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