PU Institute of Plant Pathology unique protest
Students block British MP's convoy
Lahore, Oct 30: Students of the
Punjab University's Institute of Plant Pathology (IPP) staged a unique
protest on Friday, as they blocked the convoy of British parliamentarian
Lord Nazir Ahmad by lying on the road on the New Campus.
The students also staged a protest inside the Faisal Auditorium where
Lord Nazir spoke to a gathering of university teachers and students.
The students protested against the credibility of the degree issued by
the institute, saying various government organisations, including the
Punjab Public Service Commission, did not recognise the degree.
The students raised slogans against the university administration and
demanded that their demands should be met for which they were
protesting for the last many months. University security guards failed
to control the students and later baton-charged them. They pushed
journalists covering the event and the chief security officer allegedly
misbehaved with journalists.
PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran assured the students that
their demands had been acknowledged and steps had been taken to
facilitate all of them. The VC assured the journalists that action would
be taken if the chief security officer was found guilty of misbehaving
PU Resident Officer-I Javed Sami, who is also general secretary of PU
Academic Staff Association, is responsible for maintaining peace on the
campus. However, every time such a situation emerges, the varsity
administration uses his political status. This time again, the
university spokesman sent a news release, stating that PUASA general
secretary Javed Sami condemned IPP students` act.
Sami said such misconduct by students would not be tolerated in
future. He said all IPP students` grievances had been addressed and now a
bunch of outsiders and expelled students were spoiling peaceful
academic atmosphere of the university.
PUASA president Prof Dr Mahr Saeed Akhtar, however, declined to comment.
PU Registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Akhtar said a notification for
appointment of agriculture teachers in the IPP had been issued and the
newly appointed faculty would start taking classes from Monday. He said
students should be ashamed of their act at a time when a dignitary had
been invited to address teachers and students.
LECTURE: Delivering his special lecture, Lord Nazir Ahmad stressed
the need for chalking out a long-term plan for socio-economic
development of Pakistan.
He said Pakistan had a great potential and Pakistanis were excelling
wherever they were going across the world. He stressed that Pakistanis
needed to maintain a balance between their rights and obligations if
they wanted to change the destiny of the country. He said the government
should impose a fair tax on the super rich elite and make them pay
Zakat regularly for the sake of the toiling masses.
He regretted that rulers in Pakistan were not paying taxes and they
were amassing ill-gotten wealth in foreign banks. In such a situation,
he said, how could the West trust Pakistan`s appeals that the country
was in dire need of foreign assistance. He suggested the government
should forcibly takeover assets of the wealthy persons who did not make
an honest declaration of their assets and distribute these assets to the
Stating that the federal interior minister had signed an agreement
with the British home secretary for exchange of prisoners and illegal
immigrants, he suggested the government should have entered into
bilateral agreements for investment to provide much needed relief to
Condemning Pakistani border`s violations by Nato forces, Lord Nazir
said the government should tell the Americans clearly that it would not
tolerate any attack on its boarders in future. He said young people were
the future leaders and architects of the nation therefore they should
cultivate the habit of honesty and hard work.He said a recent report
placed the Pakistani women at the bottom of the list of successful
women. He stressed that women should be included in the decision-making
process in all sectors so that they could make their contribution to the
Prof Kamran also spoke.
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PU staff demo for allowance
Lahore: A large number of lower scale employees of the Punjab University (PU) held a
protest demo on Friday against non-payment of recently increased medical
allowance. The protest was organised by the PU Administrative and
Technical Staff Association in which employees also chanted slogans
against varsity administration. They also threatened to boycott duties
till acceptance of their said demand. They said the PU high officials
had ignored the lower scale employees while they themselves were
enjoying every kind of facility at the varsity. A large number of
students, submitting forms for BA/ BSc exams, also suffered a lot owing
to the protest. The news
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Fate of 450 FG teachers hangs in balance
Lahore: The fate of more than 450 Trained Graduate Teachers (TGT),
including 225 female teachers, working on contract basis in schools,
running under the Federal Educational Institutions Directorate for more
than three years, continues to hang in the balance.
These 450 TGT
teachers were recruited in August 2007 through the Federal Public
Service Commission on a two-year contract basis with the assurance that
they will be regularized at the end of the contract period. But, instead
of their regularization in August 2009, their contract was extended by
one year, up to August 2010. Now the teachers were expecting that in
August 2010 they would be awarded permanent status in their present
But in July this year, someone in the FEI Directorate
decided to terminate the services of these 450 fully qualified and
experienced teachers without any regard for the consequences of the
decision. The problem was highlighted in the media as well as brought to
the notice of the higher authorities. Appeals were also made to the
President and the Prime Minister against this gross injustice.
Consequently, a notification was issued extending their services for
another six months on ad hoc basis.
The affected teachers have said
that the temporary palliative of 6 months' extension does not solve
their problem because they were expecting regularization of their job
after working on contract basis for three years. They added that 6
months' extension in service was going to end in January 2011 and after
that the teachers will again be on the streets unless their service is
It may be noted that these teachers having MA., MEd degrees have been
performing their duties quite satisfactorily in their respective schools
for the last three years but for some unknown bureaucratic reason, the
authorities concerned are not granting them permanent status, showing
utter disregard for trained skilled manpower in which the country is
According to sources, a large number of posts of
teachers are lying vacant in FG schools but mysteriously the available
pool of trained TGT teachers is not being utilized to fill these vacant
As the 6 months' extension period is almost half over the 450
hapless teachers, more than half of them female, are in a state of
agitation. One of the affected teachers talking to this scribe said,
"This is sheer injustice against the poor teachers and a violation of
our fundamental right to work. We have been doing our jobs quite
satisfactorily. We had hoped that after three years our service will be
made permanent but the Federal Directorate is unduly delaying our case".
TGT teacher pointed out that in Punjab, all contract teachers have been
regularized while many federal government departments have given
permanent status to their contract employees.
Some vocal teachers,
expressing their anger and bitterness over the arbitrary decision of FEI
Directorate to give them only 6 months' extension, said that they would
hold street demonstrations to draw the attention of the President and
the Prime Minister to their plight and continue agitating until justice
is done to them. The nation
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Beaconhouse to hold int'l conference on education
Lahore: A group of international scholars and educationists will
converge in the city in one of the largest education conferences the
country has ever hosted, 'School of Tomorrow: Freedom to Learn'
organised by the Beaconhouse Group on November 5 and 6. Richard Gerver,
described as "one of the most inspirational leaders of his generations"
is slated to be the keynote speaker at the conference. Other experts in
the field of educational leadership and management, including Saeeda
Shah and Anthony Townsend, will lead the discussions on the link between
leadership and school effectiveness, according to a press release. Daily times
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