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Students find UK visa easier | IJT protest at PU

Students find route to Britain easier
Lahore, April 15: Families in the northwestern region of Pakistan have said that there is a growing trend of sending their sons to Britain, largely because of the ease of the gaining admission in obscure colleges there.

According to a report published in The Times, young people living in Pakistan have great incentive to move to Britain as it offers them freedom from family shackles and the prospect of financial gain. The existence in Britain of large Urdu-speaking communities is further incentive, it added, noting that the only barrier used to be the problem of entry.

Letter of admission: Now, according to the report, the easiest way to gain entry to Britain is by securing a letter of admission to a British university, adding this has frequently proven to be enough to obtain a student visa. The motivation can vary but the families of some of those arrested in Britain last week insisted their charges traveled abroad solely for educational reasons.

Ramzan Mehsud, who was arrested by British police last week, comes from Dera Ismail Khan in NWFP. His family is originally from Waziristan. They said he had no sinister intentions. Akbar Ali, his uncle, told The Times that his nephew could not have been involved in radical activities: "He just wanted the degree from Britain to get a better job," he added. Many of Mehsud's family members were educated in Britain and some of them were working there too.

Ejaz Ahmed, the elder brother of Abdul Wahab, who was also arrested last week, said that it would be unfair if Wahab and the others detained were to be deported to Pakistan if no charges were brought against them. Ahmed, who comes from Tank in NWFP, added: "The boy should be allowed to complete his term. My brother was only interested in his education and was not even remotely involved in any extremist politics."

According to Ahmed, his brother, along with some friends, traveled to Britain on a valid student visa in 2006 to do his master's in business administration. Only a few months were left in his final term, he added. "The boys chose Britain to study because it was easier to get visas and they all wanted to be together," he added.

UK govt has no evidence against Pakistani students
Lahore: The 11 Pakistani students arrested in Britain will be released, as the authorities have not found any evidence against them, Pakistan High Commissioner to London Wajid Shamsul Hassan has said. Hassan said the arrests were a mistake on the part of British intelligence agencies, a private TV channel reported. He said the British government had exaggerated the incident, adding the remand of the students was ending on Wednesday. He said they would then be released in absence of any proof of wrongdoing. Daily Times

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'IJT campaigning to bring rusticated students back'
Lahore: Punjab University students held a rally to protest the raise in free structure and expulsion of some students from the university.

The protest started from Hailey College of Commerce and ended in front of the VC's office. The students were chanting slogans against the varsity administration. The protest continued for three hours. A student of Law College fainted due to exhaustion. He was later shifted to a hospital by rescue 1122. The PU spokesman, however, said that no fee was increased in Hailey College as alleged by IJT. Infact the IJT wanted to protest the expulsion of their colleagues, the PU spokesman said, adding that the protesters hurled flowerpots at the teachers who wanted to negotiate with them outside the VC office.

The students said that on April 2 they had blocked the campus bridge and Registrar Prof Dr Naeem A Khan had announced that a committee would take action against the fee hiking but now no action has been taken yet in this regard. Nazim IJT Punjab University Qaisar Sharief said the varsity was facing management crisis and suggested to decrease the non-productive expenditures to give relief to the students. Qaisar also criticised the role of discipline committee that, according to him, had destroyed the future of 91 innocent students who had been expelled from the varsity. He also demanded of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani to announce election of students unions so that they may get their rights.

Meanwhile Registrar Dr Naeem Ahmad Khan and Resident Officer Shahid Gill heard the grievances of the students and assured them that no fee was increased. The registrar further announced that a notification to this effect would be issued before April 30. Meanwhile the PU spokesman said the IJT activists in connivance with some external elements threw empty bottles on senior teachers and broke the flowerpots in front of VC's office at New Campus. He said the IJT had announced to start a campaign from April for the reinstatement of their activists who were expelled or rusticated from PU due to their involvement in illegal activities and the present protest was a part of this campaign.

All the teachers of PU condemned this incident and said that no student organisation would be allowed to spoil the peaceful environment of the campus. Principal Hailey College of Commerce Prof Dr Liaqat Ali said that no increases had been made in the college fee and the students were being charged with the fee as mentioned in the prospectus issued to them during their admission in September 2008. He said that over 80 per cent students of the college had already submitted their fee. He said the IJT had some hidden objectives behind this protest. He said the college administration had shut down the office of IJT situated in the college premises and they were protesting against this action by the HCC administration. The Nation

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PU students protest increase in fees
Lahore: A large number of students of the Punjab University on Tuesday staged a sit-in in front of the Vice-Chancellor to condemn the administration's decision to increase fee.

The students from different departments of the university gathered in front of the VC office and held a demonstration under the banner of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT).

They demanded that the university administration should take back the decision of increase in the fees of semesters. They demanded that university administration should provide the facility of medical, computer and internet to all the students. They also demanded that the students of the evening classes be given the hostel facility.

The protesting students alleged that the university had its ambulances and dispensary but the medical staff was not performing their duties. They demanded inquiry against medical officials of the university. The PU registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan reached the spot and addressed the protesting students. He said the meeting of the budget and audit accounts committee of the university would be held on April 25 which would discuss the fee structure as well as other issues. Later ,the students disperse peacefully.

PU book fair from 23rd
Lahore: The Punjab University administration has decided to organize PU Book Fair 2009 on April 23-25 by involving teachers and merit students from all departments.

No students' organization will be allowed to hold book fair on PU campuses.

The decision was taken at a meeting of PU senior teachers held under the chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran. Taking serious notice of IJT statements being published in a section of press, the meeting termed such statements a direct 'challenge to the writ of the teachers' and the Punjab University and an "evil design" to disturb the peaceful atmosphere of the university.

The meeting unanimously decided that no student organization should be allowed to organize book fair on the campus because there were many student unions in the Punjab University and such a step could spoil the academic atmosphere of the university.

Students asked to opt for research
Lahore: It is a very sad reality that today scientific knowledge and research have almost no existence in the Muslim world, which was its torchbearer during 750-1150 AD.

Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran stated this while speaking as chief guest at the 22nd convocation of the Queen Mary College on Tuesday. Dr Mujahid Kamran urged science students to opt for the career of research, saying that world is open for science researchers. He said to create new knowledge was the highest form of human virtue.

The vice-chancellor congratulated the students of the college who got good position in MA, MSc, BA, BSc and FA, FSc exams. He also felicitated their parent and teachers. The vice-chancellor distributed gold medals and certificates among the position holders. Earlier in her welcome address, College Principal Nasreen Akhtar Raza lauded the services of Dr Mujahid Kamran and said that he was a great scientist and physician. The News

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Tight security for foreigners, schools and colleges ordered
Lahore: The Punjab government has ordered law enforcement agencies to provide foolproof security to educational institutes, government offices and foreigners, a private TV channel reported. According to a handout issued by the Punjab home secretary, the agencies had been ordered that security of foreigners' particularly Chinese should be heightened. Monitoring committees have also been set up in this regard, the statement said. The handout said further a superintendent of police would be deputed in every district for the implementation of an emergency security plan. Daily times

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UHS announced second prof MBBS supplementary examination result
Lahore: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) has declared the result of second professional MBBS supplementary examination held in March this year.

A total of 717 candidates appeared in the exam out of whom 662 passed and the pass percentage remained 92.33. Only 49 candidates could not get through whereas result of 6 candidates would be announced later. The roll numbers of successful candidates of Allama Iqbal Medical College Lahore 1 to 7, 9 to 20, 23 to 33, 35 to 41, 44, 46 to 48, FMH College of Medicine and Dentistry Lahore 101 to 122, 124, Lahore Medical and Dental College Lahore, 151 to 158, 160, 161, 163 to 166, 168 to 172, 174, 175, 177 to 184, 186 to 201, Nishtar Medical College Multan, 251 to 253, 255 to 267, 269, 271, 273, 274, 276 to 287, 289 to 293, 295 to 306, 308 to 395, Punjab Medical College Faisalabad, 451 to 457, 459 to 465, 467 to 499, 501 to 505, 507, 508, 510, 511, 514 to 518, 520 to 523, 525 to 540, Quaid-e-Azam Medical College Bahawalpur, 551 to 564, 566 to 582, 584, 586 to 632, 634, 636 to 645, 647 to 650, 652, 653, 655, 659, 660, 662, Rawalpindi Medical College Rawalpindi 701 to 767, 769 to 784, 786, Services Institute of Medical Sciences Lahore 801 to 825, Sheikh Zayed Medical College Rahim Yar Khan 851 to 858, 860 to 864, 866 to 889, University Medical College Faisalabad, 901 to 903, 905 to 946, Wah Medical College Wah Cantt 1001 to 1008, 1011 to 1043, 1046 to 1048.

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PPSC clears 415 candidates for interview
Lahore: The Punjab Public Service Commission has cleared 415 candidates for interview for recruitment to 67 posts of Lecturer Education (Female BS-17) in the Punjab Education Department as a result of written test held on December 16, 2008. The above result can also be seen on the following website of the Commission. The News

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