PU Book Fair begins | NTU closure extended
Punjab University Book Fair begins today
Lahore, May 28, 2008: Punjab University's three-day Book Fair-2008 will begin at new
campus today (Wednesday).
PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran chaired
a meeting of book fair committee's conveners to finalise the arrangements of the
book fair. Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan, Prof Dr Najma Najam, Prof Dr Rukhsana
Kausar and other senior faculty members attended the meeting. In the meeting,
convener of the book fair committees briefed the house about their
responsibilities and final measures taken in this regard. The meeting also
discussed alternative keeping in view the weather condition. It was also decided
that the committees would visit the book fair place at 8:00 pm. VC Prof Dr
Mujahid Kamran said that the book fair was an important event in connection with
the 125-year celebrations of the great alma mater of the sub-continent and this
fair would attract book lovers from across the provincial metropolis and this
would a big academic event of the city.
Among the other who attended the
meeting included Prof Dr Samar Fatima, Prof Dr Shahida Hasnain, Prof Dr Rukhsana
Bajwa, Prof Dr Saeed Ahmad Nagra, Prof Dr Muhammad Saleem Mazhar, Prof Dr
Muhammad Ehsan Malik, Prof Dr Tehseen Firaqi, Prof Dr Javed Ahmad, Prof Dr
Jamshed Ahmad, Dr Mansoor Sarwar, Prof Iftikhar Hussain, Prof Ch Nazir Ahmad,
Prof Mumtaz Salik, Prof Tabassum Jamal, Prof Dr Mughees-ud-Din, Prof Dr Shaukat
Ali, Prof Dr Raas Masood, Prof Dr Jamil Anwar Chaudhry and Malik Muhammad
Theme of book fair is 'Iqra': Mansoori
PU spokesman and
students' advisor Dr Mujahid Mansoori has said that the theme of Punjab
University Book Fair-2008 is "Iqra" and revival of books' importance in this
modern age of internet. People should not only study books related to their
field but also read multiple books to promote inter-disciplinary approach.
He expressed these views while addressing a Press conference held at PU
executive club on Tuesday. Dr Shafiq Jallandhry, Prof Dr Saeed Ahmad Nagra, Ms
Bushra Rahman, Ms Abida Ijaz, Munawar Sabir and Dr Waqar Malik were also
Dr Mansoori said that 135 bookstalls had already been reserved and
still more booksellers and publishers were interested in establishing their
stalls which would be adjusted accordingly. He cleared that PU administration
was not against the book fair but university writ was important and now by
organising the book fair PU administration had proved that all propaganda made
in this regard was false. He said that the book fair would be a regular feature
in the coming years and during the period if any student union gets elected then
this responsibility would be transferred to the respective union otherwise the
administration would hold this book fair with the help of students nominated by
their heads of departments. The Nation
Post your comments
NTU closure extended for another fortnight: Volatility on campus
Faisalabad: Despite closure of the National Textile University
twice, the situation is still tense in the academia that forced the
administration to extend the closure period to another fortnight.
said on Monday that the decision to close the university till June 6 had
been taken following strict stance of students on `certain issues.' Notices had
been pasted for information to the students and the staff members as
Students came to know about closure of the university once more
when they reached campus for study.
The university was due to resume its
educational activities on May 26 after closure of a fortnight.
suspension of academic activities upset students further and some of them had a
meeting with vice-chancellor Masood Biyabani. A source privy to the meeting
quoted the VC as saying that the administration had been doing its level best to
resolve the issues. He said the closure of the university was necessary in this
A member of the students' team that met the VC said: "We have
told Mr Biyabani that your resignation is the sole solution to the issues."
However, the VC was quoted as saying that students had nothing to do with his
The VC said: "The board of governors (BoG) will decide my
fate and the university matters."
As meeting between the VC and students
remained inconclusive, sources said students gathered on the campus and chanted
slogans against the vice-chancellor and demanded his ouster.
students have been demanding 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
A faculty member of the NTU requesting anonymity said
some teachers had been using the students for their own `vested
Substantiating his claims, he said the infuriated students
had entered the vice-chancellor's office a couple of days ago and 'pressurised'
him to have a dialogue with them for solution to their problems. Similarly, he
said the students created a fuss when a fact-finding committee of the BoGs
visited the NTU a few days back.
Another source said the university
administration was again considering seeking the help of students' parents to
diffuse the situation. He said earlier the administration had used this method
last month and requested parents through letters to prevent their children from
taking part in any sort of protest.
An office-bearer of the Students
Action Committee, Hassan, said frustration among students was increasing because
of the administration's inability to resolve the longstanding issues of the
"The resignation of the VC is the only solution."
pledged that students would continue their protest drive till acceptance of
their demands. Dawn
Post your comments
Poetry competition at FCCU
LAHORE: Government College University (GCU) student Umer Khan won
poetry recitation competition held at Forman Christian College University (FCCU)
on Tuesday. The FCCU Ewing Literary Society and English Language and Literature
Department had organised the competition in which a number of students from
other institutions participated. LUMS faculty member Dr Farukh, FCCU old student
Dr Shazia, and FCCU English Department head Dr Naseem Riaz Butt were the judges. Daily Times
Post your comments