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Punjab to send 35 officers abroad to study
Lahore, May 08, 2008: The Punjab government will send
35 provincial officers on scholarship to foreign universities as part of the
Punjab Capacity Building Programme sponsored by the World Bank (WB).
WB will bear the expenses of $28,400 a month for every officer, including a
scholarship fee of $16,000 and a living stipend of $1,600 a month. The Punjab
Resource Management Programme (PRMP) will manage the scholarships on behalf of
the WB, an official said.
Sources said that 51 provincial officers had so
far applied for the scholarships.
The PRMP will short-list eligible
candidates for scholarship for yearlong master degree programmes in various
disciplines, including human resource development, policy management
development, and management and administration.
The Planning and
Development Department chairman will interview the short listed candidates in
the second week of this month, sources said.
Sources said that this would
be the second time the Punjab government would award scholarships to its
provincial officers under the Punjab Capacity Building Programme. Last year, 18
officers were given this facility.
Last year, PRMP conducted tests for
the candidates under the National Testing Service, but they were highly
criticised and have been dropped from the evaluation process this year.
Police presence at MAO leads students to avoid classes
Lahore: The Mohammedan Anglo Oriental College, commonly known as MAO College,
has again emerged as a hotbed of student violence after basking in a decade of
peace on campus.
Right after the recent lifting of the ban on student
unions by the government, there was violence at the college, which prompted the
police to station more than 200 of their personnel in the classrooms of MAO
College for the past week and a half.
Out of more than 2,000 female
students, only 15 to 20 dare attend college. The attendance of boys is also very
low, as most students are not comfortable with the presence of the police. "The
college is virtually in the control of the police who grill every student and
faculty member at the college gate to ascertain their identification," said a
"They (police officials) use vulgar language to identify
our studentship in the college," alleged a female student. Female students and
teachers hold the college principle responsible for the police presence on
"In fact, it is a power tussle between the student wings of the
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and PML-Quaid," said another student,
adding that the environment of the college was tense after clashes between
activists of the Muslim Students Federation-Quaid (MSF-Q) and MSF-Nawaz last
Trouble started when MSF-N activists allegedly resorted to aerial
firing and displayed party banners and stickers on campus as a show of strength.
The college principle, Muhammad Khan, meanwhile allowed the police personnel to
stay on campus to stop any untoward incident.
The college history: MAO
College students have the honour of participating in the Pakistan movement. The
college, however, bagged disrespect in the 1980s and 1990s when students such as
Abid Chaudhry, Agha Naveed, Sunny Prince, Iqbal Khan, Ghulam Mustafa alias GM
and Afzal Gujjar allegedly used this college to embark upon criminal activities.
They also had rivalries with another MSF group led by Arshad Amin
Chaudhry, Atif Chaudhry, Arif Chaudhry, Rana Azim, Ibrahim Lucky, Abdul Jabbar,
Suhail alias Mocha, Shahid Chaudhry, Ishaq Khan of Diyal Singh College and
Islamia College Railway Road.
Sana Zia, Mass Communication Department
head, said that the situation at the college was unacceptable for
female students and their parents. She said that not only students, but also
female faculty members were suffering due to the presence of the police on
campus. She alleged that the college principle was responsible for the
situation. Khadija, an MA student alleged that the police use indecent language
while asking for identification.
Irum, another student, said that the
parents were concerned about the safety of their daughters in the college. "It
was a safe place for female students as everything was fine and violence was a
thing of the past," she said. She said that the college had now become a police
headquarters. "Even students, who are attending the college, are thinking about
staying at home."
Sidra, another student, alleged that the principle had
asked students not to come to the college from Tuesday, as the academic session
College Principle Khan Muhammad said that the
police was deployed to stop 'outsiders' from entering the college premises. He
said that a peaceful environment prevailed on campus and there was nothing to be
worried about. "Students, who are saying that there are problems in college, are
lying," he said. The college was safe in the presence of the police, he
Islampura DSP Rana Javed said that all allegations
leveled against police personnel at MAO College were baseless. "The police at
the college are well educated and can't even fathom teasing female students. The
police are being targeted only because they are stopping law-breakers. Students
who are leveling the allegations are friends of the people who were creating
trouble on campus." Daily Times
48,000 to appear for diploma exams
Lahore: The examination of diploma in Commerce & diploma in Business Administration
is to be held from May 8 under the supervision of Punjab Board of Technical
For the examination, 162 Centers were made in Punjab,
including northern Areas (Gilgit).
Approximately 48,000 candidates will
appear for these exams & every applicant has been issued a roll no and date
sheet. Acting chairman Board Prof. Mohammad Tariq Malik has strictly instructed
the examination staff for transparent examination.
All the managers from
TEVTA were issued a letter in which they were strictly instructed to monitor the
examination centers in their districts respectively. Mobile inspectors were also
appointed to monitor the examination and a monitoring cell was set up to deal
with the complaints regarding examination.
This body will be chaired by
Ex-Department General Manager TEVTA Mohammad Aslam. The members include
controller examination Engr Asad Mehmood Butt, Deputy Controller Mohammad Auyb,
system analyst Zulfiqar Ahmed Cheema, Assistant Controller P&P Mohammad
Saleem, Assistant controller Shukat Ali and superintendent Examination Commerce
Mansab Ali. The News