PU campus battlefield, IJT & PU staff clash
IJT activists, PU staff clash
Lahore, May 11: The Punjab University (PU) Old Campus turned into a battlefield on Thursday
when the varsity officials and activists of the Islami Jamiat Talaba
(IJT) clashed with each other.
The incident was the result
of the university administration's move to cancel of room allotment to
two IJT activists who had misbehaved with senior teachers on May 8. The
teachers had barred the students from pasting posters at the wall of the
hostel's Khalid Bin Waleed Hall.
The PU officials said
that on Thursday evening, a large number of IJT activists, mostly
outsiders from the nearby Govt Islamia College, Civil Lines, visited the
hostel and once again misbehaved with the teachers and staff. They
alleged that Jamiat activists not just thrashed the PU officials but
also caused loss to the property. A PU official, on condition of
anonymity, said some IJT activists, including Asif and Rashid of Hailey
College of Banking & Finance (HCBF), had allegedly misbehaved with
the PU teachers, Asif Sohail, Shahid Farid, Hasan Khan and M Farooq, on
May 8, following which their allotment was cancelled.
statement, the Punjab University spokesman strongly condemned the
humiliating attitude meted out to teachers by the 'rogue elements'. The
spokesman said some scoundrel elements of only one student organisation
wanted to destroy the peaceful academic atmosphere of the campus. He
said the organisation wanted to establish its hegemony in the Punjab
University but the administration would not let it do so.
a Jamiat statement alleged that the PU officials, with the help of
security guards, had badly tortured the students owing to which one of
the students was shifted to hospital in critical condition.
PU Academic Staff Association also strongly condemned the incident and
demanded the Punjab government take action against the IJT activists.
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Lahore: Punjab University (PU) on Thursday announced the results of various
examinations. These exams included MA Archaeology, Part-I, Supplementary
2011, MA Diplomacy and Strategic Studies, Part-I, Supplementary 2011,
MA Political Science, Part-I, Supplementary 2011, MA Urdu, Part-I &
II, Supplementary 2011, MA Economics, Part-I & II, Supplementary
2011, MA Islamic Studies, Part-I & II, Supplementary 2011, MSc
Mathematics, Part-I, Supplementary 2011, MSc Physics, Part-I,
Supplementary 2011 and MSc Statistics, Part-II, Supplementary 2011. The
detailed results are available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk.
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Sargodha varsity six depts get accreditation
Sargodha: National Agriculture Education Accreditation Council and Higher
Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) teams visited University College
of Agriculture, University of Sargodha for accreditation of different
disciplines of the college.
The accreditation of six
departments Agronomy, Entomology, Plant Pathology, Soil Science,
Horticulture and Plant Breeding and Genetics was given. Committee of
each department inspected the college building, visited research labs,
computer lab, library and research area. The committees also evaluated
the academic activities, faculty students-interaction, publications of
faculty, quality of education, fiscal allocation, adequacy of lab
staff/lab material and curricula revision. The members of different
committees included Dr Ghulam Jilani, Dr Muhammad Naeem, Dr Muhammad
Ashraf, Dr Rashid Ahmad Shad, Dr Tahir Saleem, Dr Safdar Ali, Dr
Muhammad Jamil Ahmad, Dr Ishfaq Ahmad Hafiz, Dr Muhammad Arif Chohan, Dr
Muhammad Bashir, Dr Dilnawaz Gardezi and Dr Shahid Masood. Naseer Alam
Khan, secretary NAEAC, and Malik Kashif Anwar, coordinator, represented
managed the whole activity. The news
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AIMC girls stage sit-in for hostel facility
Lahore: A number of female medical students staged a
sit-in outside the office of Allama Iqbal Medical College principal for
two hours or so to protest lack of hostel facility.
The girls occupied waiting lounge of the principal office, entrance
and the parking lot reserved for the senior faculty of the college to
draw attention of the authorities concerned towards their demand for
Some 226 female students of MBBS Part-I and Part-II were facing an acute shortage of hostel accommodation, a source said.
He said at least six girls were sharing a room having capacity of two
to three students particularly in the hot weather. The frequent and
unscheduled hours-long loadshedding had intensified their miseries.
Most of the protesting students belonged to far-flung districts like Rajanpur, Muzaffargarh, Multan, Layyah, Mianwali.
The source said the accommodation problem started arising since the
quota system for admissions to the public sector medical colleges was
replaced by open merit system and subsequently girl students outnumbered
boys in the medical profession.
According to the previous system, male students made up of 90 per cent of admissions and the female 10 per cent.
Particularly, the trend of female students to join the medical
profession increased sharply some three to four years ago owing to
availability of equal opportunities, he said.
However, the accommodation situation started aggravating for female
students when the Punjab government had increased 425 seats in the
existing medical colleges in 2010 but constructed no new hostels for
Likewise, no new hostel had been established for girls for the last
five years or so despite the fact that the institute turned into female
dominated with a ratio of 70 per cent girls and 30 per cent boys.
After the induction of new batch of 117 first-year MBBS female
students in November 2011 at AIMC, its administration had promised to
create accommodation facilities for them but to no avail so far.
The source said the gravity of the situation could be gauged from the
fact that at present 226 female students were staying in hostels having
capacity of only 112.
Prof Dr Javed Akram said 68 per cent of the total admitted medical
students were female. He said the institution had taken up the matter of
shortage of accommodation facility during the visit of Prime Minister
Yousuf Raza Gilani a couple of years
He said the PM had announced a grant of Rs30 million at that time for
establishing new hostels but the institution was yet to get the amount.
Meanwhile, he said the institution prepared a PC-I and forwarded the
same to the health department containing an estimated cost of Rs30
million for the construction of new hostel for the affected female
students which was yet to be approved.
To a question, Prof Javed said the issue would be again taken up
during the visit of the chief minister who was due to address the
convocation of AIMC this month.
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Peshawar university teachers get death threats
Peshawar: Two professors at University of Peshawar
have received threatening letters, ostensibly sent by Taliban, for
including 'controversial' material in the courses of MPhil and PhD,
according to police.
Police said that the letters asked them to be prepared for death for their friendship with a writer, Taliban deemed offensive.
"The two letters, scripted in Urdu and sent by Darra Adamkhel-based
Taliban commander Mohammad Tariq Afridi, say that both the professors
are liable to be killed for their friendship with the writer," said
Campus police official Mohammad Younas Khan. He said that both the
professors got identical letters on May 1.
"I was deeply shocked to know about your friendship with the writer," said the one-page letters. Recently, there was a controversy over some books of the said wrier that were included in MPhil and PhD courses at the University of Peshawar.
"We are providing them (the professors) security. They have been advised to take extra precautionary measures," police said.
One of the professors, who received the letters said that
inclusion of the books by the said writer in MPhil and PhD courses was
never suggested by the academic council of the university.
"We don't have his books in our library then how can we include his
novels in the course. While selecting material for students, we download
several names in the respective field and then make proposal regarding
any course which is sent to the academic council. It gets approved in
the meeting of syndicate," he said.
Police said that many teachers had received threatening letters and telephone calls but they (teachers) were tightlipped.
In August 2010, Taliban threatened a professor of Islamia College
University to help them make bomb. He approached the university
administration that provided him a police constable for his protection.
Campus SHO Abdul Salam Khalid said they were investigating the matter to determine if the threats were genuine.
"The letters were sent from local post office. According to
preliminary investigations, it seems a result of some internal politics
of teachers," he said.
He said that a few months ago, some other teachers had also lodged complaints about receiving threatening telephone calls.
"When the matter was investigated, it was established that the telephone calls were made from the same number," he said.
The SHO said that since abduction of Ajmal Khan, the vice-chancellor
of Islamia College University, they had enhanced security but
nonexistence of boundary wall near Professors Colony made it easier for
people to enter the colony from Nasir Bagh and nearby villages using the
one-kilometre open area near Agricultural University.
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Literacy rate dropped in Mansehra after 2005 earthquake
Mansehra: Besides causing massive deaths and
large-scale damage to property, the 2005 earthquake also led to a lower
literacy rate in Mansehra, district coordination officer Dr Amber Ali
Khan said on Thursday.
Speaking to a National Management College, Lahore, delegation here,
the DCO said Mansehra's literacy rate had dropped to 64 per cent from 67
per cent since October 2005 when an earthquake devastated the district.
He said the unmatched natural calamity killed over 18,000 people and destroyed more than 1200 schools in Mansehra.
"Though the district is gradually returning to normalcy, we have
still to go a long way for its complete recovery from the disaster.
Until now, we're able to reconstruct 60 per cent of the destroyed
infrastructure," he said.
Mr Amber said Mansehra had a historic background and was made a district in 1976.
He said historic Ashoka rock edicts were found along Karakoram
Highway in Mansehra city, while Siren, Kunhar and Indus rivers passed
through the district.
The DCO said Mansehra was also famous for natural resources and beauty, and attracted lots of tourists every year.
He said the October 2005 earthquake destroyed local tourism industry,
which was considered a vital source of income in Balakot tehsil of
district. He said Mansehra district consisted of 59 union councils and
Mansehra, Balakot and Oghi tehsils.
Meanwhile, a local representative of US charity Catholic Relief
Service (CRS) on Thursday said it was wrapping up its post-2005
earthquake rehabilitation activities in Mansehra district.
"We rebuilt 46 schools and initiated numerous water and sanitation
schemes in Konsh and Siren valleys and are going to depart," said CRS
project manager Shah Saud at a function in Bugermung area.
Programme manager Malik Saeed Akhtar and local elders also spoke on the occasion.
Mr Saud lauded the locals' cooperation to CRS for completion of
projects. He said besides reconstructing 46 schools, CRS imparted
training to 163 male and 68 female teachers in targeted union councils
under an 'Integrated Education Programme.'
Mr Saud said under the project, 71 male and 28 female parent-teachers
associations were also formed to enhance child enrolment at schools and
address issues faced by teachers and schoolchildren in targeted areas.
He said CRS would close down its office in Mansehra by the end of the current fiscal.
Local elders thanked CRS for its efforts to improve educational, water and sanitation facilities in the areas. Dawn
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