MAO College fee issue | BZU students clash
Advance fee issue troubles MAO College students
Lahore, May 28: A large number of students of the Government MAO College are in a fix as the
administration has withheld their roll number slips for upcoming MA Part-I exam,
pressurising them to first submit dues for yet-to-start Part-II
The students condemning the decision have demanded the
authorities of Higher Education Department, Punjab, intervene and provide relief
to them. The students said there was no logic in collecting dues of the classes
which were yet to commence, adding that the issue was badly affecting their
preparations for the exams scheduled to commence from June 9, 2011.
According to the students enrolled in different evening postgraduate
programmes, their families were in great trouble as submitting fees in advance
in prevailing worst financial situation was not possible for most of them.
One of the students, seeking anonymity, also said MAO College
administration led by its principal was forcing the students to submit dues in
advance as the college did not have funds to pay to the faculty members and
junior staff serving the college on contract basis. "Otherwise one cannot
comprehend as to why the students are being victimised", he
Another student said submitting over Rs 22,000 at once just to get
roll number slip was injustice. He also questioned, "What if a student fails the
Part-I examination." "In this case what will be legal status of the amount
collected by the college in advance," he questioned.
He said the roll
number slip issue had greatly irked the students and they could not focus their
studies as well. When contacted, Govt MAO College Principal Syed Irfan Hussain
Zaidi said the students had signed an agreement of two years Master's programme
and were bound to pay for the same. He said the college had to pay visiting
faculty members as well as regular teachers who taught the evening shift
students. "We have to pay teachers from students fee and therefore are
helpless," he added. He said that such issues also created problems in audit
process, claiming if the fee was not collected from the students, the head of
the institution had to pay the same to clear the audit objection.
principal said all the students had submitted the dues except some students
enrolled in the Mass Communication Department.
The college students also
staged a protest demonstration against the college administration on the issue.
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Students reject 200pc raise in MA/MSc exams by IUB
Bahawalpur: Students have rejected up to 200 per cent increase in the fee for the MA/MSc first annual
The university has increased its fee from Rs 2,000 to
Rs 8,000 for local candidates, while from Rs 4,000 to Rs 15,000 for the mofussil
candidates. Students and parents said that the increase in the examination fee
would undermine the efforts of the government to promote higher education in the
country. They said that the Islamia University Bahawalpur was the only public
sector university in the region and is funded by the government. They said that
if the university was facing shortage of funds it should reduce the luxuries of
officials and terminate the surplus staff, which was recruited to oblige various
groups and politicians.
When contacted, IUB Controller Examination
Riasat Ali Qureshi, who is working on contract after his retirement, defended
the decision and said that the recent increase in the examination fee had been
made to meet the expenditures of the Examination Branch. He said that IUB VC
Prof Dr Muhammad Mukhtiar had approved the increase in the examination fee. The news
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Students clash at BZU leaves 10 injured
Multan: At least 10 students of Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) got
seriously injured when a group of their opponents, who were identified as
activists of People's Students Federation (PSF), student wing of ruling PPP,
suddenly attacked them at the main gate of the varsity on Thursday
The injured were rushed to Nishtar Hospital by Rescue 1122 officials
where the condition of two students is stated to be precarious. Over three dozen
assailants, who were armed with clubs, iron rods and other tools, encircled the
workers of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) just outside police post and badly
thrashed them. Although the IJT workers kept screaming for help, the cops stood
silent, staring at the battlefield. Traffic remained suspended on Bosan Road for
about one hour because of the clash while the main gate of BZU presented the
view of a war torn area. The injured students were identified as Waqas Ijaz,
Ghulam Abbas, Zubair, Babar Khan, Waqas Solangi, Ahmad Ali, Ali Ahmad, Saboor
Ali, Sana Ullah Aulakh and Faisal Ayyaz. It may be mentioned here that many
teachers, students and university staffers have become victims of highhandedness
of PSF workers during the last one month but no action is taken against them.
"They are (PSF workers) being backed by politicians. Whenever they commit any
crime, two MPAs from Multan pressurize police not to take any action," said an
administrative officer of BZU on condition of anonymity. "We are helpless. They
broke the hand of a conductor of university bus when he asked them not to enter
from female gate. When the aggrieved party approached police, they refused to
register FIR. What can we do in this situation?" he posed a question.
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Scandal video bogus, says UAF VC
Faisalabad: University of Agriculture Faisalabad Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Iqrar
Ahmad Khan has termed the alleged video footage of a female boarder vis-ŕ-vis
sex scandal as bogus and beyond the ground realities.
Putting forth the real
picture of the issue and dispelling the drastic impact, in a press statement
issued here Friday, he told that the video of that girl being aired on some
electronic channels does not belong to the University premises.
Dr Iqrar A
Khan further told that an impartial inquiry had been initiated to look into the
matter and decide the fate of the security officer and the students. He told
that UAF management has barred the security officer to perform his duties and
withheld his promotion. Dr Iqrar vowed that as soon as the inquiry is completed,
the media will be informed about the findings accordingly. He told that the
issue was brought in his notice 10 days ago. Besides initiating an inquiry, the
parents of the girl involved were asked to take the girl back home. The nation
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PU wins trophies
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) students have won two team trophies in Virsa'11, organized by
NFC Institute of Engineering and Fertilizer Research, Faisalabad.
press release on Friday said the event included various competitions, and PU
students' bagged first positions in 6 events while second positions in 2
categories. In 'Urdu Mushaaira,' Usman Zia of Special Education Department
(Ghazal), Syed Ghulam Mohyuddin of ICS (Nazm), Umer Riaz of Law College in
'English Essay,' Haseeb Bajwa and Ahmad Kashif of ICS in 'Short Movie,' Farhan
Zohaib of Art & Design College in 'Catch the Moment,' Waseem Afzal Kahloon
of Law College and Hamza Tarrar of IBA in 'Tu Tu Mein Mein (Urdu),' and Fatima
Hamid and Ghazala of ICS in 'Tu Tu Mein Mein (English)' clinched first
positions, while Syed Israr ul Hassan and Ahmad Kashif of ICS in 'Tu Tu Mein
Mein (Urdu),' and Bilas and Shaharyar of Art & Design College in 'Scavenger
Hunt' bagged second positions.
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Lahore: The Punjab
University announced the results of various examinations on Friday. According to
a press statement, the exams are: Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm-D), Second
Professional, 2nd Annual Exam 2010, BBA (Hons), Morning Programme, Semester
System, Session 2006-2010, BBA (Hons), Afternoon Programme, Semester System,
Session 2006-2010, MBA (Banking and Finance), Evening, Semester System, Session
2008-2010 and MBA (Insurance and Risk Management), Evening, Semester System,
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Taseer still chancellor on KEMU website
Lahore: The King
Edward Medical University (KEMU), Lahore, has not bothered to maintain its
official website as slain Punjab Governor Salman Taseer is still a chancellor of
the university according to it.
However, IT wizards of the KEMU need to
be reminded that presently Sardar Latif Khan Khosa is governor of the Punjab and
by virtue of his present position he is the chancellor of the King Edward
Medical University as of all other universities in the province.
also surprising that the website had not been updated for the last several years
as Dr Tahir Ali Javed, MPA and present head of Unification Bloc of the PML, was
still shown as the Health Minister of the Punjab and his message was still
posted in his capacity as the health minister.
It is worth mentioning
that Dr Tahir Ali Javed had ceased to be health minister and was appointed as
Minister for Special Education even during the tenure of Chaudhry Pervaiz
Elahi, ex-chief minister of Punjab. Presently, the command of the health sector
in Punjab is in the hands of Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif. Furthermore,
the website was also not updated vis-ŕ-vis the faculty as several
professors/heads of the departments, who had either have retired or left the
university, were still holding the posts according to the official website of
the university. Prof Muhammad Akram, former head of the Department of
Physiology, who had retired from the post, was still shown as Professor of
Physiology/Head of the Department of Physiology. Similarly, Prof Dr Attiya
Khalid, former professor of Anatomy/Head of Department of Anatomy, who has been
appointed as principal of Gujranwala Medical College, Gujranwala, was still
holding his post in the university according to the website. However, the IT
experts updated the website whenever a new vice chancellor was appointed in the
university. Soon after PML-N's government in Punjab in February 2008, Chief
Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif sent packing former KEMU Vice Chancellor Prof
Mumtaz Hasan and appointed Prof Dr Zafarullah Khan as acting vice chancellor,
which was immediately updated on the website.
government appointed Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Asad Aslam Khan as acting vice
chancellor on September 2010 upon retirement of Prof Zafarullah Khan, which was
also updated with the incumbent's message on the website.
updating of the website was only needed about historical facts vis-ŕ-vis
messages of the present authorities of the Punjab government and the faculty,
but one thing was commendable that university regularly updated various
schedules and results examinations being conducted by the university on the
Therefore, there is no inconvenience for the students on the
latest happenings in the university. When contacted, KEMU spokesman said that
the university administration would soon update the website.
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KEMU, AIMC await PM grants
Lahore: The federal government is yet to release the grants in favour of the King Edward Medical
University and Allama Iqbal Medical College pledged by Prime Minister Yusuf Raza
Gillani during convocations of the two medical institutions held in
Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gillani, during the convocation of AIMC
on 24.12.2008 which was also attended by Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz
Sahrif, had announced a grant of Rs 350 million for construction of a burn
centre through Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal in addition to provision of two buses for
the students of the college.
During convocation of KEMU one day later on
25.12.2008, the prime minister announced a grant of Rs 200 million for the
construction of a girls' hostel of the KEMU.
Besides, the PM also
announced Rs 1 million for the gold medallists of KEMU out of personal funds of
the Prime Minister.
Later, the Prime Minister's Secretariat, under
notification F PMDIR/2056/PM-Annou/PAW/2009 dated January 2, 2009, notified the
PM's directive Nos 2295-2298 in this regard.
"Further necessary action
may be taken to implement the Prime Minister's announcements and progress
intimated to this Secretariat at the earliest," the notification
Sources said that the project of construction of the
burn centre at the AIMC had been delayed ever since PM's announcements during
AIMC convocation. Two buses for the students of AIMC were however provided to
Similarly, the KEMU administration has decided to
construct another floor of the existing girls' hostel on its own after losing
hope of getting the pledged amount by the federal government because of the
urgency after girls' strength outnumbered boys with 65:35 ratio of admissions on
325 seats in the university. The land for the construction of girls' hostel,
which was to be provided by the Punjab government, was also not given to the
university. However, it could not be confirmed whether the PM's pledged amount
of Rs 1 million for the gold medallists of KEMU was provided or
Besides, it has also been learnt PML-N MNA Mian Hamza Shahbaz Sharif
pledged an amount of Rs 50 million and 10 acres of land for the KEMU for
establishment of Institute of Allied Health Sciences during a function held in
connection with 150-year celebrations of establishment of the formerly King
Edward Medical College (KEMC), but this promise is also yet to be fulfilled.
Besides, Punjab government has also not provided land for KEMU
sub-campus, whereas it had already provided land for sub-campuses of University
of Health Sciences and University of Engineering and Technology and Government
College University at University Town at Kala Shah Kaku.
AIMC Principal Prof Dr Javed Akram confirmed that PM's pledged amount of Rs 350
million for the burn centre was not provided yet, although federal government
had now assured release of the amount. "The project of the burn centre has to be
delayed due to not release of the said amount by the federal government," he
said. However, he said, the two buses had been provided to the
KEMU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Asad Aslam
Khan also confirmed that PM's promised amount of Rs 200 million for construction
of girls' hostel had not been released so far, whereas the land for the girls'
hostel was also not yet made available to the university.
said that the amount of Rs 50 million and 10 acre land for establishment of
Institute of Allied Health Sciences, announced by MNA Mian Hamza Shahbaz Sharif,
were in the process. The news
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