Punjab university closure : Free education for labourers
Punjab university closed, examinations postponed
Lahore, Oct 21: Following the Punjab government's orders to keep all
educational institutes closed, the Punjab University has postponed all
its examinations scheduled until Sunday.
PU has postponed the Bachelor of Education, Masters of Education,
Fatima Jinnah Medical College and BSc practical examinations scheduled
for this week. According to a PU spokesman, Examination Controller Dr
Zahid Karim Khan has decided to keep the university closed until
further orders from the Punjab government. Daily times
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Punjab university issued date sheet of BSc supple exam 2007
Lahore: The Punjab University Examinations Department has issued the written and
practical examination date-sheet of BSc Medical Laboratory Technology,
Supplementary Examination 2007, and practical exam date-sheet of MBBS,
Second Professional (Latest New Re-Organized Scheme), Annual
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PU security meeting
Lahore: An emergency meeting of the Punjab University Security Committee was
held on Tuesday, which decided to reduce the number of entrance and
It was also decided that no vehicle without
varsity sticker would be allowed entry on the PU premises. It was also
decided that students and employees would enter the varsity after
getting their identity checked, and vigilance would also be increased
in the hostels area. It was decided that teachers along with students
and employees would be asked to keep an eye on their surroundings and
immediately inform the security centre in case of any suspicion. The
meeting also discussed to ban entry of students' vehicles in the
The Punjab University Centre for South Asian
Studies (CSAS) will organise a seminar on "Afghanistan and War on
Terrorism" on Thursday (tomorrow) at 12:30pm at the Seminar Hall of the
Sargodha University's Department of International
Relations and Political Science Musarrat Jabeen will be the keynote
speaker while Punjab University Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Jamil Anwar
Ch will be the chief guest.
PU VC flays IIU suicide attack
Punjab University Vice Chancellor has condemned the suicide attack in
Islamic International University Islamabad and expressed grief on the
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PU rally for solidarity with Pakistan
Lahore: The Punjab University Student-Teacher Centre (STC) organised
'Pakistan Zindabad Rally' for the unity, integrity and solidarity of
Pakistan at the New Campus on Tuesday.
Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran led the rally in which deans of faculties, heads
of teaching departments, faculty members and thousands of students
The rally started from the
Institute of Business Administration (IBA). Faculty members and
students sang national song 'Is Parcham Kay Saaye Talay Hum Aik Hain'
and chanted 'Pakistan Zindabad', waving national flags. They were also
holding banners and placards inscribed with slogans for the integrity
and solidarity of Pakistan.
Later, huge gatherings of students
and teachers joined the rally as it marched towards the Hailey College
of Commerce, Law College and Undergraduate Studies. The rally concluded
at the Institute of Education and Research (IER).
Addressing on the occasion, VC Dr Mujahid Kamran said purpose of the
rally was to express resolve that the PU was ready to give any kind of
sacrifice for the integrity of Pakistan and students' enthusiasm showed
as to how much love younger generation had for Pakistan. He said that
world must know that the youth of Pakistan was ready to scarify even
their lives to make the country unconquerable. He said objective of the
rally was also to tell the world that Pakistani nation had high
determination and they were peaceful people and were ready to face any
sort of circumstances.
He said the rally was also aimed to pay tributes
to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the country and show
solidarity with Pakistani armed forces and law enforcement agencies
which were performing duties to maintain peace in the country. Dr
Mujahid Kamran said Pakistan was heart of Muslim Ummah and the PU was
heart of Pakistan. He said the PU produced many great scholars,
researchers, scientists and politicians who earned fame for the PU and
country. He said Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani, Javed Hashmi and
Jangir Badr were also PU students. He asked the students to concentrate
on their studies as they were the future of Pakistan. He quoted Allama
Iqbal's verses to promote nationalism among the students.
Advisor Iftikhar Ahmad Chaudhry said the PU had proved by organising
such rally in such circumstances that it was the greatest varsity along
with being the oldest seat of learning. Besides providing education and
training, the PU is also promoting love for the country among students.
He said the rally would bring about positive results and the
environment of fear would disappear. Earlier, students of the Hailey
College of Commerce sang national song "Ye Watan Tumhara Ha Tum Ho
Pasban Is Kay". Faculty members and students sang "Jeway Jeway
Pakistan" and raised slogans "Pakistan Zindabad".
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Free education programme for industrial labourers
Lahore: The provincial and federal governments will launch a Free Education
Programme for the industrial labourers and their children. As much as
Rs 25 million would be spent on awareness campaign in this regard.
at a press conference in Punjab Social Security Head Office here on
Tuesday, Punjab Minister for Labour and Manpower Ashraf Sohna said this
programme would be launched through the Labour Department. The
labourers of the country would be educated to the highest level and
they could also send their children to schools instead making their
minor children to work.
He said budget in this regard would be
unlimited and the Punjab government would spend as much money as
possible with the help of the federal government for this.He said
Workers Welfare Fund Islamabad would also stand by us in this campaign and in free education programme.He
said there would be an agreement between the Government of Pakistan and
DPS Schools to provide education to them in absence, of proper facility
He said two medical colleges in Lahore and
Faisalabad would begin granting 50 per cent quota to the children of
industrial labourers for their free education.He said the
employment of every registered labourer's child would be the
government's responsibility under this programme after he or she would
complete education.He also said children of the labourers would
be given employment in the Labour Department on priority.
walks, camps and awareness through media would be arranged
so that common man realized importance of education.He
said a total of 250 million rupees (Rs 300,000 per family) would be
distributed among deserving on Wednesday at Al Hamra Centre.
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Central Model School students hold a protest demonstration
Lahore: The teachers and students of the Government Central Model School, Lower
Mall, observed a strike and held a protest demonstration on Tuesday
against the transfer of four senior teachers from the school.
teachers and students observed a complete boycott of classes and held
demonstration by chanting slogans against the Schools Education
Department, Board of Governors and administration of the school for,
what they called, ëhumiliationí of senior teachers, who had taken the
institution to new heights by producing excellent results in the board
According to details, the authorities had transferred
four teachers, namely Sarwar Mahmood, Qari Muhammad Nawab, Maulana
Muhammad Aslam Usmani and Mian Abdul Ghafoor.
EDO Education Dr
Muhammad Arshad also had a meeting with the teachers on Tuesday to
resolve the matter and convince them to call off the protest but the
meeting, according to teachers, remained inconclusive.
Teachers Action Committee of the Government Central Model
School, Lower Mall, Chairman Khalid Umer and Abdul Wahid said the
Schools Education Department and Board of Governors had transferred
four teachers without any justification, while other teachers were also
in the firing line because the Board of Governors had made its
intentions clear in this regard. They said the transferred senior
teachers had been serving the school for over 20 years except one
teacher, Mian Abdul Ghafoor, who had joined the school three to four
years ago. For instance, they said, a senior teacher, Sarwar Mahmood,
had produced 99 per cent result in above 90 per cent overall result of
the school in the board examination. They alleged that the Board of
Governors, headed by Justice (retd) Aamer Raza, had also appointed a
retired official, Sheikh Muhammad Tariq, as administrator in the school
against the merit, as he did not possess any relevant qualification,
thus depriving the deserving candidates competing for the post.
one hand, the favourites are being appointed against merit and the
senior teachers are being humiliated on the other,' the Teachers Action
Committee members said. Besides, they said, the BoG, which had been
constituted to bring improvements in the school, had failed to do its
real job as it could not even ensure provision of safe drinking water
to the students and staff of the school. They said the sudden transfer
of senior teachers had not only caused humiliation to them but also
panic among the senior staff of the school. The authorities were
removing the teachers and other senior staff on the pretext of medical
The teachers warned to continue the strike by
boycotting the classes and holding protest demonstrations until the
withdrawal of transfer orders of all the four senior teachers.
The students and teachers will observe strike and protest on Wednesday (today) at 9 am on the school premises.
contacted, Government Central Model School, Lower Mall,
Principal/Headmaster Chaudhry Muhammad Yousaf said the government had
made the school an English medium institution in April this year, while
the four teachers in question were transferred by the EDO Education in
July. When asked, if the teachers were unable to teach in an English
medium school, he did not give a clear answer, saying that all teachers
were not required to teach English. He also alleged that the teachers,
who were now holding protests against transfer of four teachers, were
earlier themselves inciting the administration to transfer the said
When asked about these teachers, who are serving for
over 20 years, the principal said the transferred teachers had been
violating discipline and some of them were habitual absentees.
'One of the transferred teachers, Sarwar Mahmood, has also been proven guilty of corporal punishment,' he maintained.
he said that he was neither directly related with the transfer of
teachers nor authorised to reinstate them in the school, saying that
the BoG was independent to take any decision in this regard, and the
administration would respect and was duty-bound to implement the BoGís
When contacted, EDO Education Dr Muhammad Arshad said
that the matter would hopefully be resolved soon as negotiations with
the BoG were going on for withdrawal of transfer of four senior
teachers of the school. He said he had passed transfer orders of the
said four teachers on the recommendation of the BoG, adding that the
problem was on both sides and explaining that teachers had been guilty
of misconduct, violation of discipline, absenteeism and showing poor
results on the one hand, while on the other hand, the BoG also adopted
harsh stance against the teachers.
'We also had a meeting with
teachers on Tuesday to amicably resolve the issue and convince them to
call off their strike,' he maintained.
Education Department Muhammad Aslam Kamboh could not be available for
comments despite repeated attempts on his mobile phone. The news
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Kinnaird College students protest
Lahore: Kinnaird College (KC) students on Tuesday chanted slogans and
hurled stones at the administration and staff for not opening the
college gate before 2:30pm. The students protested against the
administration for not allowing them to leave the campus before 2:30pm
even if their classes end earlier.
The protest started around noon when
the students reached the gate and attempted to leave with their
relatives and vans waiting outside the campus. The students were
informed about the new policy, which was enforced in the name of
security. KC Principal Dr Bernadette L Dean and other members of the
administration refused to comment on the issue. Security guards at the
gate said no outsiders, including reporters, were allowed inside the
campus. Daily times
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