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PU Law College protest | Draft for student unions

Students protest principal's sacking
Lahore, April 15, 2008: Students of the PU Law College staged a protest demonstration on the New Campus Monday for removing the college principal from his post.

The protesting students chanted slogans against the vice-chancellor and demanded reinstatement of Asst Professor Ashfaq Ahmad Khan. Meanwhile, the PU Academic Staff Association (PUASA), in a statement, also criticised the university administration for removing Prof Ashfaq Khan from his post.

The statement added a PUASA executive body meeting had unanimously passed a resolution and criticised the administration for sacking the faculty member. The meeting said the action was linked to the cooperation of the former principal to the association for organising a seminar on "The constitutional role of the judiciary." The PU administration also launched an inquiry against Prof Ashfaq for alleged procedural flaws in his MPhil degree. Asst Prof Muhammad Nawaz Dogar has replaced him. The News

PU VC given task to prepare draft for student unions
Lahore: Punjab University vice-chancellor has been appointed Chairman of the Task Force on student unions, which will examine the legal framework for the implementations of the decisions and prepare a draft code of conduct for student unions. The Higher Education Commission has constituted a 7-member Task Force and appointed PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran as its Chairman while other six-member of this Task Force are: vice-chancellor of University of Sindh, Jamshoro, VC University of Karachi, VC Qauid-e-Azam University Islamabad, VC Balochistan University, Quetta, VC University of Peshawar and VC Bahau-ud-Din Zakria University.

The PU vice-chancellor immediately initiating the process of the formation the code of conduct and smooth implementation of the restoration of students' unions has appointed Adviser Students Affairs Dr Mujahid Ali Mansoori as Secretary of the Task Force. Dr Mansoori has started consultation process with various stakeholders including students, teachers, parents, media experts and faculty members from other varsities. VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has said that the detailed working paper will be prepared by the Task Force and submitted to the Higher Education Commission and it would suggest legislation as and where required. The universities are being requested to suggest and submit proposals with the Secretary of the Task Force in the office of the PU Adviser Students Affairs so that broad-based national consensus suggestions are prepared and submitted to the government.

Task Force Secretary Dr Mujahid Ali Mansoori said the Task Force will interact with legislators to chalk out a legislative bill on student unions to maintain academic peace and to make sure political education and grooming of students in public sector universities and colleges. PU Registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan said that students and teachers are excited to take the responsibility and accept the challenge of the promotion of democratic traditions and norms in the campuses where a conducive environment for learning, free expressions and inquiry is required and grievances of students should be re-addressed because this would help improve academic standard and participatory involvement of students in various curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities in the educational institutions. F.P.Report

Glasgow varsity, UHS to sign MoU
Lahore: The University of Health Sciences (UHS), Lahore, and University of Glasgow, UK, have agreed to collaborate in academics and research. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) will be signed next week in this regard.

It was decided in a meeting between UHS Vice Chancellor Prof. Malik Hussain Mubbashar and a 2-member delegation from Glasgow University comprising Ms. Sharne Proctor, Director International and Postgraduate Services and Prof. Stephen Phillips, Professor of Parasitology at UHS, according to a press release here on Monday.

Initially, the cooperation might include joint scientific research, exchange and training of personnel and a programme of electives for talented undergraduate medical students. Talking to the members of delegation, UHS VC said that health professionals should be appropriately involved in legislation, policy making, planning and financing, and "they must not be used as a tool for implementing what others plans". He emphasised the need of inter-sectoral collaboration between various departments to achieve the objective of "Health for All".

He maintained that UHS had brought qualitative and quantitative changes in medical education by providing an environment geared towards promoting research and academic culture. It had been facilitating medical students in becoming competent, ethical, caring and inquiring health professionals for the benefit of the country and the humanity, he added. The members of the delegation visited various departments of the university and they commended the development of a secure, fair and efficient examination system at UHS. The News

NTU contacts parents of striking students
Faisalabad: The National Textile University administration has told parents of hundreds of students that it would restart the current semester if the protest drive launched by pupils dragged on.

University dean Dr Mohammad Zubair has sent letters to parents of all students seeking their immediate intervention to stop their children from protesting against the administration.

The university was closed for an indefinite period by the vice-chancellor on April 8 following a protest drive launched by the students of various departments.

Sources said the NTU dean threatened parents that students would suffer because of the strike and probably university would make a fresh start which could cost one academic year to students.

The university dean termed the strike a tussle between junior and senior students.

A faculty member requesting anonymity said the letters to parents would help resolve the issue swiftly as scores of them had already started contacting administration for their unconditional support.

A students' representative said the university should accept their genuine demands instead of exerting pressure on them from different quarters. Dawn

BNU holds seminar on education
Lahore: The Applied Psychology Department of Beaconhouse National University (BNU) arranged a seminar entitled 'The Role of School Counsellor in Educational Institutions" at its campus, Zafar Ali Road, a press release said.

BNU Vice Chancellor Sartaj Aziz was the chief guest on the occasion. Clinical psychologists said that the need for school counsellors had been increased due to the increased stress level in society. They said that school counsellors help students succeed academically, socially and emotionally, the release said. Daily Times
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