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'Punjab University will not succumb to IJT in future'
Lahore, May 15, 2008: Punjab University (PU) Vice-Chancellor Prof Mujahid Kamran says the university will not be closed again as "the PU administration cannot be cowed down by protest demonstrations as well as other pressure tactics".

Prof Kamran said the deans committee had decided that the university would not be closed again and instead the teachers would handle the situation.

The PU was closed on Monday for four days to, what the administration says, avert clashes between police and the Islami Jamiat Tulaba (IJT). The radical student faction of the Jamaat-i-Islami was stopped from holding a book fair on New Campus.

But PU Spokesman Dr Mujahid Mansoori told a press conference the PU would only be closed again, if the IJT managed to gather a large number of activists. He, however, added the IJT would not be able to gather its activists in such a large number.

Dr Mansoori said the administration had to close the university because IJT activists could clash with the police deployed on the campus. He said the Jamiat activists were residing in university hostels as well as in different city colleges to clash with the university administration as well as police.

"Suspending academic activity for four days was not an administrative failure but an action to avert a serious situation," he said.

The PU spokesman said the university had held a Deans' Committee meeting on Wednesday and had called a meeting of all deans, constituent colleges' principals, institutes' directors, department's chairpersons and professors on Thursday (today).

"Any decision regarding the future course of action will be taken in consultation with all senior faculty members," he added.

Dr Mansoori said the administration had not consulted the Academic Staff Association over the closure of the university because, in his opinion, its executive body was dominated by IJT's supporters.

Dr Mansoori also told reporters the three out of four IJT activists, who were on the forefront to organise the controversial book fair were not university's bonafide students but "external elements". Therefore, they had no legal or moral reason to hold the book fair in a national institution without valid permission from the varsity administration. Dawn

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Tensions simmer as PU and IJT lock horns over book fair
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) administration has foiled the Islami Jamiat Talaba's (IJT) plan to hold a three-day book fair from May 13, leading to tension on the campus as the student organisation has pledged to hold the fair another day while the administration says it will thwart any such plan. PU Spokesman Dr Mujahid Mansoori said at a press conference on Wednesday that the PU might be closed again if the tension prevailed. He also said that the PU IJT nazim was not a student of the university and that the university would not let anyone outsider conduct any activity on the PU campus. The PU administration closed the university on May 12 for four days to stop the IJT from holding the book fair and called police on campus to help the administration against the IJT. The PU administration also vacated its hostels of male students and planned an operation against illegal occupants at the hostels. PU IJT Nazim Rana Zahid said on Wednesday that he was a student of the PU's Statistics Department and had the right to hold the fair.

IJT rally: About 300 IJT activists took out a rally on The Mall on Wednesday while the PU administration held a press conference at the Lahore Press Club. The IJT workers carried books on wheelbarrows and held books and pens in their hands to protest against the PU administration. They carried banners and chanted slogans like "Kitabon per pabandi na manzoor" (restriction on books not acceptable). The rally started from PU Old Campus and concluded in front of the Punjab Assembly where the police stopped them from proceeding. Addressing the rally, IJT Punjab Nazim Sohaib Ammar termed it a 'tragedy' that the PU had called in police to stop a book fair. IJT Lahore Nazim Abdul Basit said, "The governor and the PU administration want students to carry guns and if the administration will use force to stop the students, they (students) will be more aggressive in demanding their rights."

PU press conference: PU Spokesman Dr Mansoori said the PU IJT nazim and leading IJT activists Sabir Shah and Bilal were not enrolled in any department of the PU. PU Statistics Department Chairman Dr Shahid Kamal was also present at the press conference and confirmed that no student with the name of Rana Zahid was enrolled in his department. Daily Times

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Date sheet of BSc engineering revised
Lahore: Punjab University Examination Department has issued the revised date sheet of practical examination of BSc (Engineering), Final Professional, 1st Annual Examination 2005. According to the revised schedule, the exam will now commence from May 19 instead of May 12 and will conclude on June 16. A notification has been issued in this regard. Detailed date sheets are available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk. F.P Report

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PU, LMU to collaborate in banking
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) and the London Metropolitan University (LMU) have decided to work together in the areas of banking and finance. According to a press release issued by the PU on Wednesday, the decision was taken at a meeting between a three-member delegation of the London Metropolitan University and Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Mujahid Kamran at his office on Wednesday. The delegates were LMU International Development Director Mark Bickerton, Regional Director (Pakistan) Faisal Hassan and Manager Operation (Pakistan) Seema Khan. PU External Linkages Director Prof Najma Najam and Registrar Prof Muhammad Naeem Khan were also present. Kamran said the PU wanted to have collaboration with other universities in several avenues including financial marketing, economics modeling and sciences especially nutrition and sociology. Mujahid said faculty exchange programmes were necessary for research projects. Daily Times

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