PU Law College problems | Student unions & mosques
PU VC addresses Law College students' concerns
Lahore, April 19, 2008: Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr
Mujahid Kamran on Friday addressed students of the Law College at the
Environmental Law Centre auditorium and assured them that he would resolve their
A press release issued by the PU stated that the VC replied to
various questions and removed certain misconceptions regarding the issue of the
removal of Asst Professor Ashfaq Ahmad Khan for "procedural flaws' in his Mphil
The VC said that the present administration was student-friendly
and wanted to promote smooth continuity of work. He made it clear that the
administration would not succumb to the pressure of any student group. He said
that they were determined to provide a pressure-free environment in which
students could express their views and feelings.
Dr Kamran said that he
also accepted students' right to protest, adding that the problem created in the
Law College was a misconception due to a lack of communication. He said Ashfaq
was a respectable member of the Law College faculty.
PU Students Affairs
Advisor Dr Mujahid Ali Mansoori said the PU was concerned over the issue of
academic leadership in the Law College and the administration would soon appoint
a full-time professor as principal of the college. He said the present
administration would promote the culture of sports and extra-curricular
activities to produce leadership abilities among PU students.
however, that students must exist in peace, harmony and unity, as this was
needed to defuse situations of conflict among student groups. "They must keep in
mind that collectively they are all Punjabians (students of PU) and they should
feel proud of it." The students of PU Law College have resumed taking classes on
a regular basis.
Seminar on `Post Military Regime' at PU on April 21: PU
Centre for South Asian Studies (CSAS) will organise a seminar entitled `The Post
Military Regime in Pakistan: Is There Hope for Democracy' on Monday, April 21 at
11am in the Seminar Hall of the Centre. Lahore University of Management Sciences
(LUMS) Professor of Political Science Dr Rasool Bakhash Rais will be the keynote
speaker, while the PU VC will be the chairman of the seminar. Daily Times
Unions' activists using mosques to rally fellow students
Lahore: Activists from student unions
are targeting mosques in various education institutes to convince their
fellow students to join their unions.
The activists said that mosques
were religious centres where the students gathered in large numbers, and it
became easier to address and convince them.
A number of political groups
distributed their pamphlets at the mosques of various institutions of the city
on Friday, as a large number of students gathered there for Friday prayers.
These groups included the University Students Federation (USF), the Insaf
Students Federation (ISF) and the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT). The pamphlets
contained parties' agendas for the elections of student unions.
Political groups are active in a number of universities and colleges in
the city after the government restored student unions. Union activists are also
collecting funds from various organisations, students and teachers to run their
Ahsan Chaudhry, an activist of the USF, said on
Friday that the federation activists distributed around 10,000 pamphlets at
mosques of the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), LUMS, Punjab
University and FAST National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences.
ISF Governor at PU Rana Kamran said that ISF activists had
visited various educational institutions to distribute Pakistan
Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan's message.
IJT distributes pamphlets
against Governor Khalid Maqbool: IJT activists distributed pamphlets in the PU
central mosque after the Friday prayers. The pamphlets opposed the decision of
PU Chancellor Governor Lt Gen (r) Khalid Maqbool to set up performing art
department at the university. The pamphlets praised the PU teachers who had
stopped the governor from entering in the PU a few days ago when he came there
to attend a meeting. The teachers had protested against the termination of some
PU plagiarists by the governor.
On the other hand, students, teachers and
people have criticised the activists of students unions. They said they fear the
clashes between the unions could lead to some untoward incidents at the
Haroon, a student, said their studies had suffered due to the
surge in political activities among the student unions.
Dr Samir Fatima,
professor at Islamic Studies Department, said that it was not wrong if political
activists used mosques to convey their message. However, she opposed the prime
minister's decision to restore student unions, saying the decision could spoil
the educational environment of institutions. Daily Times
Geology date sheet
Lahore: The Punjab University Examination Department has issued the date sheet for the exams of BSc
Applied Geology, final professional (New Course), 2nd annual examination 2007.
According to a press statement, the written exam will commence from April 26 and
will conclude on May 6 while the practical exam will be held on May 7 and 8.
Detailed date sheet is available at university website www.pu.edu.pk.
PUASA expresses solidarity with Balochistan teachers
Lahore: The Punjab University Academic Staff Association (PUASA) has
expressed solidarity with protesting teachers of the University of Balochistan
over the issue of implementation of controversial Model University Ordinance
(MUO) and demanded government take notice of the situation.
President Dr Mumtaz Salik said that teachers of the University of
Balochistan were observing a hunger strike in Quetta for the last four days to
protest the implementation of controversial MUO and the university's
vice-chancellor for sacking various faculty members. He said that Dr Agha Nasir,
a teacher, participating in the hunger strike camp set up outside Quetta Press
Club had to be shifted to a hospital due to weakness.
Dr Salik said the
PUASA under the banner of the Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic
Staff Association (FAPUASA) stood with the teachers of Balochistan University
against the controversial Model University Ordinance. He said in case of any
mishap at the hunger strike camp, all the responsibility would fall on the VC of
the Balochistan University and the governor of Balochistan. The News
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