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UET software competition | PU students protest

UET wins software competition
Lahore, April 12, 2008: The University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Department of Computer Engineering on Friday won a software competition at the NU-FAST, Islamabad Campus.

Universities from across the country participated in the competition. The project 'VEELOX-Character Never Dies', developed by the UET students, Muhammad Atif, Muhammad Faisal, Muhammad Usman Farooqi, and Hammad Hassan, won 1st prize.

Other than in the software competition, UET students also won 1st prizes in the Quiz and Speed Programming competitions.

100 PU students march against VC
Lahore: Around 100 students of the Punjab University (PU) on Friday held a protest rally against PU Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran for dismissing PU Law College Principal Ashfaq Ahmed Khan.

Students shouted slogans against the VC and demanded that the principal should be restored, otherwise they would hold a huge rally against the VC on the coming Monday.

On the other hand, PU Registrar Dr Naeem Ahmed Khan said that the administration removed Dr Ashfaq because he did not meet the requirements for a principal.

According to sources, the VC received reports that Ashfaq Khan did not have control over students, because of which a lot of academic issues were emerging in the college.

The VC asked Ashfaq Khan to investigate an incident in which Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) activists had beaten a PU Law College student; but the principal could not present the report before the deadline.

Later, delivering a speech to Law College students, the principal said that a faculty member of the Law College, Khujista Rehan, had misbehaved during a disciplinary committee meeting. He told the students that he had submitted an application against Ms Rehan to the PU VC. Following this, the students broke the nameplate of Khujista Rehan at her office and wrote 'strong' words against her. A few days ago, the VC removed the principal.

In response, around 100 students boycotted classes and held a protest rally against the VC, processing from the PU Law College to the PU VC's office, on Friday. The students brandished pamphlets and posters inscribed with words against the VC and in favour of Ashfaq Khan.

Students tried to enter the VC's office, but the security guards closed the entrance doors. Awais, a student of the Law College, said that the VC removed the principal because of Khujista Rehan's involvement in the matter, as she belonged to the VC's group. He alleged that there were no academic issues in the department, and the VC just removed Principal Khan on the 'wishes' of Ms Rehan. He said that the VC was victimising those teachers who belong to the PU Academic Staff Association.

Naima, one of the protesting students, said that the students would continue protesting against the VC's polices. She said, "If our principal is not restored by Monday, we will launch a big rally from the university and observe a hunger strike in front of the VC's office."

She said that the students would also start a movement against the IJT. "If the VC tries to impose his illegal decisions on PU staff and students, we will also organise rallies outside the PU," she added.

Khujista Rehan said that she had never misbehaved with Principal Ashfaq Khan. "I do not know why students and some elements are blaming me for his removal," she said.

PU Registrar Dr Naeem Ahmed Khan said that according to the PU rules, a faculty member below the rank of an associate professor or professor was not eligible to be the principal of any department. He said that Ashfaq Khan was an assistant professor, and was not qualified for the position.

Old Ravians from 1960s to meeting
Lahore: The Government College University Endowment Fund Trust is organising a reunion of Old Ravians of the 1960s on the lawns in front of GCU Bokhari Auditorium today (Saturday) at 7:30pm.

According to a statement issued on Friday, distinguished Old Ravians of the 1960s classes including Mian Nawaz Sharif, Mian Shahbaz Sharif, Mir Zafarullah Jamali, Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan, Khwaja Asif, Sardar Asif Ahmad Ali, Sardar Latif Khosa, Khurshid Mahmood Qasuri, Mian Mohammad Azher, Arif Nizami, Najam Sethi, Majid Khan, Aftab Gul, Ilyas M Chaudhry, Mian Muhammad Mansha, Saleem Sehgal, Tariq Saeed Sehgal, Iqbal Qarshi, Yousuf Salahuddin, Wasif Ali, Izzat Majid, Sarmad Amin, Khwaja Nadeem Ahmad, Saeed Baksh, Mian Maher Ahmad, Mian Humayon Naseer, Mushtaq Sufi, and Shahid Nadeem have been invited to the reunion.

All those Old Ravians of the 1960s who want to attend the function may contact GCU Endowment Fund Trust Fund Manager Aftab Ahmad Sheikh on 042-9210555 or 0300-8463075.

A musical programme has also been arranged for the occasion in which famous singer Madam Farida Khanam and members of the GCU's Nazir Ahmed Music Society will sing melodious songs of the 1960s in order to remind the Old Ravians of the music of their youth.

UK delegation calls on GCU VC: A three-member delegation from the University of Glasgow, United Kingdom, visited Government College University (GCU) and called on GCU Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Khalid Aftab on Friday.

Matters pertaining to academic links between the GCU and University of Glasgow in various disciplines, including Chemistry, Zoology, Botany, Industrial Bio-technology, and Environmental Science, came under discussion during the meeting.

University of Glasgow Post Graduate Studies Director Sharne Procter showed a keen interest in academic collaboration with the respective departments of the GCU for mutual research and training programmes.

The VC apprised the delegation of various academic links established by the GCU with a number of national and international universities and institutions. The heads of various departments of the GCU informed the delegation about various ongoing projects at their departments in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission. Later, Dr Aftab gave souvenir shields to the guests. Daily Times

PU declares MSc Seismology result
Lahore: Punjab University Examination Department on Friday declared the result of MSc Seismology (Evening Programme) Semester System, Session 2004-2006. Out of the 14 candidates, 12 were declared successful. Roll Number of successful candidates are: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. The result is available at PU web site App
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