PU plant pathology students protest
PU students continue protest against unrecognised degree
Lahore, Oct 12: Punjab University Institute of Mycology and Plant
Pathology students on Monday held a demonstration and staged a sit-in in
front of the vice-chancellor's office for over an hour to register
their protest against varsity administration's failure in getting the
institute degree accredited from the Higher Education Commission (HEC).
The protesters carrying banners demanded that their degrees should be
granted equivalence because the agriculture department was not accepting
the IMPP degrees.
When the students began their protest, the
vice-chancellor along with senior officials, including controller of
examinations and RO-I, approached the students near their institute and
asked them to discuss the matter. However, the protesters did not agree
saying that they had been trying to meet the vice-chancellor for the
last many days but they were denied audience. The protesters marched
from the institute to the vice-chancellor's office and observed a sit-in
there for over an hour.
Finally, a delegation of four students
– Muhammad Adnan Saeed, Muhammad Javed Iqbal, Muhammad Tariq Manzoor
and Waheed Anwar – met the VC and conveyed to him that the institute
graduates were running from pillar to post to get jobs but the Punjab
Public Service Commission had refused to recognise the mycology and
plant pathology degrees.
They also demanded that the institute's expelled students should be reinstated.
During the meeting, the VC announced constitution of a committee
comprising senior varsity faculty members and representatives of IMPP
students to finalize its recommendations for an amicable solution to
Prof Kamran told the students' delegation
that the varsity administration had already hired the services of
qualified and experienced agrarian experts for imparting Higher
Education Commission recognized syllabi comprising basic agri-courses to
In order to make up for the academic deficiency
of students who had already qualified from the Institute, the VC said
required courses were currently being taught free of cost.
VC told the delegation that a team from HEC's National Accreditation
Council for Agriculture Education, after visiting the IMPP, had already
recommended inclusion of the institute in 'X' category and a formal
intimation to this effect was likely to be received soon.
VC said he had also spoken to the Vice-Chancellor of Agriculture
University, Faisalabad, who had promised to extend full cooperation for
the resolution of the IMPP students' problem.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Jamil Anwar Chaudhry, Faculty of Life
Sciences dean Prof Dr Shahida Hasnain, Student Affairs Adviser Iftikhar
Ahmad Chaudhry, Controller of Examinations Dr Zahid Karim Khan, Resident
Officers-I Javed Sami and RO-II Malik Muhammad Zaheer were present in
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Raise in mess fee withdrawn
Lahore: Students protested against a massive raise in mess
security for Punjab University girls hostels and blocked Canal Road for
over an hour on Monday evening.
The PU Hall Council
administration immediately met and notified reversal of increase in the
mess security fee. The administration also agreed that the students may
pay Rs250 gas charges on a monthly basis instead of Rs3,000 annually.
The students protested that the varsity administration had raised mess
security fee from Rs2,000 to Rs3,500. Commuters on Canal Road had to
face to great deal of inconvenience because of the protest.
Hostels residents had come out on Canal Road and blocked the
thoroughfare while carrying placards that the increase in mess security
Hall Council chairman Prof Dr Amin Athar
immediately held a meeting of girls hostels' wardens and withdrew the
increase. The meeting, however, asked the day scholars and some expelled
students to stay away.
The varsity officials claimed that the
students' demand was immediately met but the male and female students
belonging to the Islami Jamiat Tulaba had politically motivated the
issue and blocked the road.
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LCWU student nominated for US award
Lahore: The RISI, a leading international organisation for
Global Forests Product Industry, USA, has nominated a Lahore College for
Women University's PhD student for one of the Pulp and Paper Industry's
most prestigious awards.
Naila Yaqoob has been short-listed
for the research achievement for the 2010 Pulp & Paper International
(PPI) Awards. The competition was among the pulp and paper scientists,
engineers and researchers from allover the world.
competitors have been short-listed as finalists in this category. Every
finalist is awarded a "Finalist Logo" and the winner's name will be
disclosed on Nov 16 at the PPI award ceremony in Brussels, Belgium.
HEC Indigenous Fellow Ms Yaqoob has been working on her PhD thesis
under the supervision of LCWU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Bushra Mateen and
varsity's faculty of natural sciences dean Prof Dr Kausar Jamal Cheema.
The research work was conducted at LCWU, Packages Limited (Pulp and
Paper Mill), Pakistan, and University of Tasmania, Australia.
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MoUs on promotion of technical education
Lahore: The Punjab government and the City and Guilds
International, United Kingdom, have signed two memoranda of
understanding (MoU) aimed at promoting technical education in the
One MoU was signed by Technical Education and
Vocational Training Authority (Tevta) Chairman Saeed Alvi and City and
Guilds' head of international operations John Dunch McGee, while the
other MoU was signed by Punjab Vocational Training Council (PVTC)
Chairman Faisal Ijaz and British Council's Lahore Director Darrin
Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Education Minister
Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, MPA Rana Muhammad Afzal and officials of the
British Council and the Punjab government were present.
the agreement, City and Guilds International and the British Council
would offer cooperation in teachers' training, establishment of Centre
of Excellence, modernisation of syllabus and capacity-building of
Speaking on the occasion, the chief
minister said the promotion of technical and vocational education was
imperative for rapid progress and development of the country. He said
Tevta and PVTC had been made vibrant institutions, where modern syllabus
was being taught to produce a skilled workforce to cater to market
needs. He said that Britain and Pakistan had deep-rooted friendly and
historical ties and both the countries were partners in trade and
He said the United Kingdom was playing a
vital role in promoting investment and bringing improvement in various
sectors in Pakistan.
He said that provision of technical
support by City and Guilds International was a good beginning and it
would leave a far-reaching impact on the promotion of technical
education in the province. He said all possible steps would be taken to
give a practical shape to the programme. He said that Tevta and PVTC
should execute the training programmes in a consolidated manner so that
skilled workforce could be produced.
Under the agreement, Alvi
said, the students of polytechnics would get the opportunity to sit for
City and Guilds International Vocational Qualifications theory
examinations and to be assessed for practical work.
that City and Guilds qualifications would be introduced in the fields of
telecommunication, construction, quantity surveying, mechanical,
electronics, electrical, automobile, refrigeration/air conditioning,
machining and computer aided design in 24 Tevta polytechnic institutes.
McGee of City and Guilds International termed the agreement a welcome
development and said that all possible cooperation would be extended for
the promotion of vocational education in Punjab, which included the
establishment of a state-of-the-art polytechnic institute, teachers'
training and modernisation of syllabus. Dawn
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Qasim Aziz Butt secured "Higher A Level" position in LLB (Honours) of the London University examination held in 2010. The news
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