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Higher salary or suicide | LUMS accident accused at large

Higher salary or suicide, say lecturers and professors
Lahore, April 22: Professors and lecturers of public sector universities on Tuesday staged a protest outside the Punjab Assembly (PA), demanding the government increase their salaries and grant permanent status to contractual employees.

The protest was marked by sheer dissatisfaction among the teachers and professors as the teachers' association threatened to conduct organised suicides outside the PA if their demands were not met. A large number of female teachers also participated in the protest.

Protest: Professors and lecturers from 490 government colleges and universities from across the province marched on The Mall and blocked the flow of traffic for hours. They held banners that requested Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif to take notice of their problems. Numerous protesters chanted anti-government slogans during the protest. The professors demanded permanent status for all contractual employees along with a 100 percent increase in their salaries. They said it was extremely unfair for professors to be earning the same amount of money even if they serve for over 20 years due to an extremely slow promotion process. They said lecturers and professors would gather at MAO College in a larger number on May 7 if their demands were ignored again. Some teachers said professors and lecturers would commit suicide in groups of 50 after May 7, adding that they would take out rallies and protests instead of performing their duties as examiners and invigilators.

Dissatisfaction: "It's better to be recruited as a constable instead of becoming a lecturer," complained Gulnar Hussain, who has been teaching at MAO College for the past 22 years. He said the Punjab government had doubled the salaries of police officials but had denied the same rights to the province's teachers.

Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association (PPLA) President Nazim Hassnain Shah said the association had presented the teachers' demands to the CM and Chief Secretary (CS) Javed Mehmood on May 2, 2008. He said the CM and the CS assured the association that the government would resolve their problems by taking appropriate measures. He said the CS had asked the then education secretary to work on their demands, adding that a year had passed by but no measures had been taken. He said the association had paid several visits to the education secretary but to no avail.

Demands: Shah said the teachers who were recruited in 1987 as lecturers in grade 17 were still working in the same grade. He said numerous teachers had retired in the same grade, adding that the system of promotions was flawed.

He said recruitment of teachers on contracts was another major problem facing the teaching community. He said contractual employees could not acquire legal leaves, maternity leaves, and other similar benefits. PPLA Lahore President Majid Wazir said the service structure was in four tires and promotions were due after 10 years in grade 17, additional five years in grade 18, additional five years in grade 19, and additional five years in grade 21. He said out of 17,229 teachers, one percent were professors, 15 percent were associate professors, 34 percent were assistant professors, and 50 percent were lecturers. He said the government used the excuse that there were no vacant seats whenever they voiced their demands.

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Third accused of LUMS accident still at large
Lahore: The police have not yet arrested the third accused in the case against the death of a student, Waheeb Alam, of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in an accident.

Investigation Officer (IO) Sub Inspector Zaheeruddin said the police were conducting continuous raids for the arrest of Bilal Sheikh. The IO said the other accused were still at the hospital and not in police custody, adding that they could not be considered prisoners until they were in police custody. LUMS students have constituted a three-member committee of Waheeb's classmates to coordinate with the police throughout the investigation.

The LUMS students on Tuesday had initially planned to stage a protest at Raiwind outside Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif's house for not arresting the third accused. They had even hired two buses but could not go as the administration refrained them from doing so. Tariq Ahmed, a LUMS student, said the students would stage another protest if the third accused was not arrested within two days. Daily Times

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"I wanted to take admission in my ideal LUMS. Even I got my name on its admission list. But can't get admission there due to financial reasons. Now I'm studying in Government College University. At least we earn in Haq Halal."
Name: Khizer Hayyat
City, Country: Lahore, Pakistan

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Career management workshop
Lahore: The Career Guidance and Placement Centre of the Government College University (GCU) organized "Career Management Workshop" for the final year students of various BSc (Hons) programmes.

The training was provided by the experienced and competent professionals of Telenor Pakistan led by Faisal Khan, Recruitment Manager, Khubaid Ahmad, Operation Manager, Ata-ul-Nasir, Recruitment Officer and Ms Fatima, HR and Operations Executive.

The focus of the training workshop was on real life professional examples. The event included interactive sessions, games and mock interviews, resume/CV preparation, interview skills and negotiations skills.

Addressing the workshop, Placement Officer of GCU Muhammad Waqar Ahmad said the GCU utilized the most current practices and technologies to access advanced information to support students in each area of their career research or job hunting processes.

The students, who participated in the workshop, were from BSc (Hons), Economics, Business Accounting & Finance, Engineering & Telecommunication, BS (CS) (Hons), BS Applied Management, MSc Banking & Finance, MSc ESME and MBA. The News

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PU VC to open Book Fair 2009 today
Lahore: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran will inaugurate the Book Fair 2009. A ceremony will be held today (Wednesday, April 22) at 4:00 pm in the Main Corridor of Institute of Education & Research (IER) here at New Campus. Deans of all faculties, chairmen of teaching departments and heads of colleges will attend the ceremony. The book fair will be conducted from April 23, 24, 25 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday). As many as 177 book sellers, publishers, IT organizations submitted applications for stalls and the PU administration had allotted the stalls by draw. Books on 40% discount would be available to students, teachers and other public. Literary persons, professors, poets, politicians, religious leaders and people from every walk of life will participate in the three-day book fair. The administration had taken security arrangements. The book fair will conclude on April 25. F.P. Report

PU student wins contest
Lahore: The Punjab University Hailey College of Banking and Finance (HCBF) student Sehar Sheikh has won second prize in the All Pakistan Essay Competition, 2008, organised by the Quaid-e-Azam Law College, Lahore. According to a press release, the prize, comprising a cash prize of Rs15,000 and an appreciation certificate, will be awarded to the student in a ceremony to be held in the first week of May at the Quaid-e-Azam Law College. The News

PU BSc (Hons) result declared
Lahore: Punjab University Examination Department has declared the results of BSc (Hons) Computer Science, Fourth Year, 1st Annual Examination 2008. The pass percentage in the exam remained 60%. Detailed result is also available at PU website

PU teacher's distinction
Lahore: Apex Group of Institutes, Pune, Maharashtra, India has appointed Punjab University Hailey College of Banking & Finance (HCBF) Principal Prof Dr Khawaja Amjad Saeed as Professor Emeritus. F.P. Report

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