Protest against Punjab university administration
Road blockade by Punjab university sparked protest
Lahore, Oct 26: Dozens of people from Shah Di Khoi, a locality adjacent to the
Punjab University's New Campus, staged a protest on Canal Road on Sunday against
the university administration for blocking a road in the name of security.
The blockade of Canal Road from campus side by the protesters played
havoc with the traffic, causing a traffic mess on Canal Road, Johar Town, Faisal
Town, Shah Di Khoi and Thokar Niaz Baig.
Around 250 protesters,
including women and children, took to Canal Road near Shaikh Zayed Islamic
Centre at around 7:45pm, blocked the road and raised slogans against the PU
administration for blocking the road leading to Canal Road.
coming from Thokar Niaz Baig Chowk and main area of Johar Town was disrupted.
Iqbal Town SP Ali Nasir Rizvi said that PU officials placed two
blocks on the road leading to Shah Di Khoi in the morning without consulting the
locals or informing the police. He said the locals showed resentment and
gathered on Canal Road in protest after the road was blocked for a population of
nearly 3,000 people. He said police reached the scene and diverted the traffic
to other routes.
Rizvi said the people ended their protest after
one-and-a-half-hour when he telephoned the PU pro vice-chancellor and resident
officer and scheduled a meeting between the two sides at 10am on Monday (today).
The SP said police removed the blocks from the road, but no PU official
reached there. He said the locals and PU already had a dispute over a tube well
and an exit point.
Dilshad Hussain of Shah Di Khoi said university
officials closed the road without any justification, disconnecting them from the
PU spokesman Shabbir Sarwar said the unpaved road leading to
the locality was blocked for security reasons and this was done in consultation
with the local and traffic police. He said the locals had earlier been asked to
use an alternative route a road along Shaikh Zayed Islamic Centre. He said the
locals were creating problems for the PU auto workshop and visitors. He said the
PU resident officer and he were present there to handle the situation.
He said the PU, contrary to the police direction, would open four routes
with Shah Di Khoi road instead of three, especially when the university would
reopen on Monday. Dawn
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Quaid-e-Azam Library renovation still in doldrums
Lahore: Renovation work at the Quaid-e-Azam Library has hit another snag despite
approval by the Higher Education Department to preserve the grand, white,
Victorian structure, which has become a symbol of knowledge that is synonymous
with Lahore's proud heritage.
The library currently presents a sorry
state of affairs, as there are cracks in the walls and erosion caused by seepage
has spoiled the pristine beauty of the national heritage site. Following media
reports pointing out the state of disrepair, the government took up the matter
in June and decided to preserve and restore the historic building by July 31.
However, no headway has been made in this regard.
Development Plan (ADP) budgeted Rs 2.86 million for the fiscal year
2009-10 to preserve the library. However, this sum has proven insufficient to
meet the extensive renovation needs. During a meeting of the Education
Department, led by the Higher Education secretary, it was decided in June to
entrust the renovation work to the Punjab Archaeology Department, as it was
determined that the Communication and Works (C&W) Department had proven
unable to repair the grand structure. The meeting of the Higher Education
Department had asked the C&W to make an estimate for the purpose and provide
the Archaeology Department with the funding to carry out the renovation work.
The chief librarian of the library said he had written to the C&W
executive engineer to prepare a PC-I for the renovation work. He said a request
had also been forwarded to the department for the transfer of the available
funds of Rs 2.86 million to the Archaeology Department so that work could start
at the earliest.
However, Education Department sources said
the Rs 2.86 million funding had been allocated under the maintenance and repair
heading and thus could not be used for any special purpose, such as renovation
work, without due approval. "An approval for the preservation and restoration
funding of Rs 14.86 million will be considered by the department as soon as the
PC-I is submitted by the C&W," they added. Punjab Archaeology Department
Director General Haroon Ahmed Khan said he had received administrative approval
from the Higher Education Department to utilise Rs 14.86 million for renovation
work at the library. "I held a detailed meeting with the chief librarian to
discuss modalities. Tenders have been invited through an advertisement and work
will start shortly," he added. APP
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PEF denied publishing guess papers
Lahore: Punjab Education Foundation, while terming the publication of
educational material, information and guess papers regarding the Quality
Assurance Test illegal, has said that some elements with vested interests are
using its name without permission.
According to a handout issued here on
Sunday, the PEF spokesman said that objective of quality assurance test was to
highlight mental abilities of students and judgment of educational standard in
affiliated institutions while the guess papers could affect the creative
abilities of students. He said that neither any person nor organisation had the
right to wrongly use the educational material prepared by the PEF.
spokesman further said that the foundation reserved the right to initiate legal
action against the elements involved in publication of guess papers for the QAT
by using its name. He warned the administration of schools, students and parents
to remain vigilant against such elements. The news
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GCU student wins Italian PhD scholarship
Lahore: Syed Farhan Haider Zaidi, a Government College University (GCU) student,
has won an Italian scholarship through an international open competition by
securing 94 percent in the qualifying exam.
Zaidi is the only Pakistani,
and one among four non-European students, to have won the scholarship for the
PhD programme in innovative technologies.
The scholarship is for a
three-year PhD course at Scuola Superiore Sant Anna of Pisa, Italy.
Zaidi, an MSC telecommunication student at the GCU Centre for Advanced
Studies in Physics (CASP), paid a courtesy call on GCU Vice Chancellor Dr Khalid
Talking to journalists on Sunday, Zaidi said his MSc thesis,
titled "Electron Management Noise Pollution Around Pelletron Accelerator",
proved very helpful in winning the scholarship.
He claimed that no other
university of Pakistan could offer such thesis because they didn't have atomic
The vice chancellor congratulated Zaidi on his achievement
and wished him success in the future. Daily times
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28 Kamoki schools a shambles
Gujranwala: At least 14 state-run primary (maktab) schools are being run
under open sky because of non availability of buildings while as many government
primary educational institutions were working in rundown buildings putting lives
of students and teachers at stake in Kamoki tehsil.
The alarming figures
are part of a report prepared by the district education department and made
available on Sunday.
According to the report, the total number
of primary schools in Kamoki tehsil is 177 while there are 35 maktab schools.
It says 14 of the maktab schools in remote areas were being run under
open sky having no buildings while students have to sit on the ground in the
absence of any furniture.
In case of rain these schools have to suspend
Similarly, it mentions, the buildings of as many 14
government primary schools were dilapidated, with their roofs leaking and walls
It was stated that these schools were situated in Kalo
Kalan, Dogal, Thatha Ghalab, Kotli Mutiwalian, Chak Ramdas, Rahimpur, Dhop Sari,
Harar Raja, Kingerwali, Kot Sheikhu, Dera Qalandran villages.
to the report, as many as 25 schools in remote areas of the tehsil were being
run with sole teacher and in case of the teacher being on leave the students
have to return to their homes.
The students and their parents have urged
the education department and other high-ups to take notice of the situation and
do the needful to ensure the safety of students and teachers of theses schools.
Deputy District Education Officer Khalid Javed Awan said the report was
ordered by senior education department officers after they were informed of the
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CM urged not to give school space for parking
Lahore: The Punjab Teachers Union has urged the chief minister to take
notice of demolition of three rooms of the Government Chishtia High School to
use the space for the parking of vehicles of civil secretariat officials and
selling of government schools to the Defence Housing Authority.
leader Chaudhry Taj Haider, who is also the chairman of the Muttahida Mahaz
Asatiza, Pakistan, said in a statement that the school had been playing an
exemplary role in promotion of education since its establishment before the
creation of Pakistan.
He said there was no justification for demolition
of school rooms to use the space for parking of government officers.
said the chief minister should not only look into demolition of school rooms but
also order an inquiry into sale of government schools land to the DHA for
residential plots. Dawn
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