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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 Zaheer.

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 present.

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

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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.

Sources 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 well.

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.

The 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 regard.

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 resignation.

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.

The NTU 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 vice-chancellor.

A faculty member of the NTU requesting anonymity said some teachers had been using the students for their own `vested interests.'

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 academia.

"The resignation of the VC is the only solution."

He pledged that students would continue their protest drive till acceptance of their demands. Dawn

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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

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