Punjab University VC alleged violations
NA committee seeks suspension of PU VC
Lahore, May 21: Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa has sought report from Punjab
University Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran over his alleged violations of the
instructions of Chairman, Standing Committee of National Assembly on Government
Chairman of Standing Committee in a letter addressed to Punjab
Governor had recommended to suspend PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran and also stop his
salary till further orders for violating committee's instructions.
letter further speaks, it is respectfully brought to your kind notice that the
PU VC appeared before the Standing Committee on Government Assurance on March
10, 2011. He was instructed by the committee to resolve the issue of Dr Iftikhar
Baloch. But instead of resolving the issue the VC in clear and blatant defiance
of this Committee dismissed Iftikhar from service on March 21, 2011.
did not attend the meeting of this committee on March 15, 2011 and informed in a
letter about the dismissal of Iftikhar from service. The letter further
explained that language of the letter was just objectionable whereby he tried to
influence the Committee to stop its proceedings forthwith. The Committee has
unanimously recommended the suspension of the VC and stoppage of his salary till
its final decision.
The committee has further recommended that the appeal of
Dr Iftikhar Blaoch may graciously be accepted with all the benefits from the
date of his dismissal.
The letter further reads, the committee hopes that
your high office will get recommendations implemented in letter and spirit. Your
intervention will not only ensure the supremacy of Parliament and rule of law
but also save a poor teacher from starvation and hunger.
A same report has also been sought by Secretary Higher Education, Haseeb Athar
from VC Punjab University on the same issue and PU VC has got the services of
legal advisor Shehzad Shoukat to respond both the authorities.
the Punjab University said that the VC has received letter from Governor Punjab
and Secretary Higher Education as well for comments and he has got the services
of the legal advisor in this regard. He said that said committee was not
authorised to seek report from university since the committee is on government
assurance not on education. He said that Punjab University was not in the
jurisdiction of the standing committee and Federal Law ministry has also taken
notice of the letter.
When contacted Iftikhar Blaoch said that he was
dismissed by VC saying that Syndicate has did the same whereas no meeting of the
syndicate was convened.
VC got the approval of his dismissal by circulation
and he did not know what was mentioned on the circulation paper. He claimed that
it was serious matter to dismiss a professor of grade 21 in sheer violation of
standing committee on government assurances. The nation
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Students demo against outages
Lahore: Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) Punjab University
(PU) chapter organised a demonstration against the government for frequent and
prolonged power outages.
The demonstration was held at canal bridge
outside PU New Campus in which students of various departments took part. They
blocked the main road for around one hour flaying the government for ignoring
worst-ever energy crisis amid increasing mercury level.
There, IJT PU
chapter Nazim Haq Nawaz said the loadshedding was adding to miseries of the
students especially boarders. He said contrary to the varsity campus, the VC
House and residences of other top officials had facility of power
He said a power plant should be installed at the varsity
keeping in view electricity demand of the Punjab University. The demo caused
traffic mess on Canal Road and many other adjacent roads owing to which the
commuters suffered. The news
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PBTE official fired
Lahore: The Punjab Board of Technical Education chairman on
Friday dismissed system analyst Zulfiqar Ahmed Cheema from service on "gaining
unauthorised access to financial data and using the board's computer system to
harass, intimidate and coerce his colleagues".
Cheema has been proceeded against by the competent authority under section 5
of the Punjab Employees Efficiency, Discipline and Accountability Act 2006 on
The board had charged that Cheema intentionally gained unauthorised/illegal
access to the financial data i.e., payments received by different
officers/officials through electronic system or electronic device or networking
and kept the same in his personal custody so as to cause harassment to
officers/officials of the board.
With an intention to coerce, intimidate or harass the officers or employees
of the board, the board said, he intentionally used computer or computer
networking, internet, electronic mail or other means of communication to
unauthorised display or distribution of information or secret information of the
board to staff union, media or other unconcerned persons in a manner which
damaged the working of the PBTE.
He also drafted complaints including assembly question against Controlling
Authority (Tevta/Punjab Board of Technical Education) for
credibility of the organisation.
The board spokesman says the formal inquiry into the allegations was
conducted by a committee which held that all the charges stood proved.
The competent authority after perusing the findings of the committee and the
record of the case served show cause-cum-personal hearing notice on the official
who failed to defend himself.
The board chairman notified Zulfiqar Cheema's dismissal from service on May
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Lahore: Dr Uzma Aizaz Khokhar of Fatima Jinnah Medical College
receives two gold and a silver medals at the convocation. The news
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