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Farah Dogar admission controversy

Another student cries foul over Farah admission
Islamabad, Nov 29: As the controversy touched off by extra marks awarded to the chief justice's daughter rages on, another student has come up with the claim that he has been refused admission to the Riphah International University on reserved quota. Muhammad Haris Hassan, son of former assistant registrar of Supreme Court Chaudhry Abdul Razzaq, was allegedly denied MMBS admission, as the Al-Meezan Foundation recommended Farah Hameed Dogar for the seat reserved for children of the judicial staff.

According to an application, whose copy was made available on Friday, Razzaq asked the Supreme Court registrar to recommend his son through the Al-Meezan Foundation for admission on the quota reserved for children of judicial employees.

In his application dated October 18, 2008, the retired assistant registrar wrote that his son Haris Hassan had secured 731 marks in the FSc (pre-medical) examination. He requested the apex court to propose the name of his son for admission on the reserved seat.

Speaking to this scribe, Razzaq complained the Al-Meezan Foundation had no transparent system of recommending students for admissions. The foundation's secretary reportedly told him a candidate with 912 marks from Sindh had applied for the admission.

"Later, I came to learn from the press reports that the chief justice's daughter, securing 661 marks, has been admitted to the Riphah International University," he said, adding: "The secretary was solely responsible for administrative functions of the Al-Meezan Foundation, which lacks transparency and regard for merit."

His son had every right to admission on the reserved seat because he had obtained higher marks than Farah Hameed Dogar, reiterated Chaudhry Razzaq, who underlined the need for adherence to merit.

A day earlier, the daughter of an Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) High Court judge charged she had been deprived of admission to the university despite the fact she had got higher marks than Farah Dogar.

She accused the Al-Meezan Foundation, a trust working for the welfare of judges and which has reserved a quota in the university for children of judges, of giving the daughter of the chief justice priority over her competitors.

Misbah Mustafa Mughal, daughter of Justice Ghulam Mustafa Mughal, said she had obtained 787 marks in the intermediate examination and 74 per cent in the entry test, in which the chief justice's daughter was awarded 61 per cent marks.

However, Misbah Mughal was told by the foundation that she was on the second number while there was only one reserved seat for the children of judicial News repeatedly tried to contact Talat Faruq, Al-Meezan Trust secretary, but he has been unavailable for the last three days. Several messages were passed on to him, but none was answered. The News

*FBISE strict merit?. Marks can be increased only by recounting but Farah Hameed Dogar marks increased by rechecking

*A very special daughter of chief justice Dogar. 20 additional marks in her F.Sc examination.

*Application of rechecking of result covered by rules: FBISE

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"if Mr. dogar has a little sense of his position he should commit suside after using his position to create a complexin thousand of students and strengthing the concept that there is no law if you have power."
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Female students stage protest in PU against a rise in mess dues
Lahore: A number of Punjab University (PU) female students, who had been residing on campus, staged a protest against a rise in mess dues by the PU hall council administration at the Students Teachers Centre (STC) on Friday.

The students were carrying placards and chanting slogans against the hall council administration. PU Hall Council Chairman Saeed Ahmed Nagra said that he was out of station and was unaware of the protests. He added that he would address the problem upon his return. A female student said that the university administration needed to cut down mess dues, which are currently Rs 600 per month. She said that it was not mentioned in the varsity's prospectus that they would increase hostel dues. She said that the majority of on-campus students belonged to poor families and could not afford to pay more than they already did. She said that the female students could not even be employed for a measly income, as they are not allowed to leave the varsity after evening.

Student advisesr: PU Student Adviser Dr Makshoof Athar said that around 50 to 60 students had been protesting against the increase in hostel mess dues. She said that the decision to increase mess dues was taken after a meeting of all hostel wardens, in which it was decided that the mess could not be run with the current income.

She urged the protesting girls to frame their own committee for hostel mess, adding that no one could run it in such a trivial amount. She added that considering the situation prevalent in the country, it was out of question to even consider granting permission to female students to stay out late at night. Previously, various PU students and IJT activists had protested against the increase in hostel dues. The varsity's environment is extremely tense due to the ongoing protests, which have now been joined by female students.

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PU holds lecture on energy crisis
Lahore: The Punjab University Economics Department organised a lecture on energy crisis in Pakistan on New Campus, according to a press release issued on Friday.

Former member Energy Planning Commission of Pakistan Dr Akhtar A Awan delivered the lecture. After the 1994 power policy, Awan said, there was no new effective power policy to cope with the crisis. He said the 2002 power policy had failed to bring more investment into the country. He also gave recommendations to solve energy crisis. To conserve energy, he said, an awareness campaign should be launched that would provide information, implement saving measures and improve technical losses in transmission and the distribution system.

Dr Awan said that wind, solar and small hydro plants were ideally suited to cover small-scale, decentralised demands. He stressed the need to develop co-ordination among stakeholders. He urged for the need to prepare a comprehensive national energy strategy, foster economic growth, increase business opportunities and improve environmental quality. Later, Economics Department Chairman Dr Hafeezur Rehman presented a commemorative shield to Dr Awan. Daily Times

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