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Government Commerce College Muzaffargarh female students problems

It's law of jungle at Muzaffargarh College
Lahore, Apr 16: Though the National Assembly has passed harassment law with a view to protecting the women at their workplace, the boys from Government Commerce College Muzaffargarh at Faisal Stadium are allegedly harassing female students and deplorably the college administration is reluctant towards taking any action against the eve teasers, It was learned on Thursday.

Reliable sources also poin-ted out that a boy had allegedly raped a girl of BCom (Part-I) in the vicinity of the college in 2009 but no action was initiated against him.

Instead, the incident was hushed up and the girls were advised to leave the college immediately after the closing time, the sources further said. It is said that the girl concerned left the college after the incident. No action, however, was taken against the culprit.

Rana Aamir, the then student of BCom (Part-I) had committed the crime after bolting from inside the college room while several students were present in the vicinity.

A number of boys and girls of the said college contacted on phone and, while seeking anonymity, disclosed though the culprit was not promoted to the next class that year, he is again running amok and harassing the girls under various pretexts.

'Consequently the female students feel insecure while the college administration is mum over the grave situation,' a female student said. She alleged that it was common practice of the accused that he would often enter the girls' common room and threaten them, asking to 'settle' with him.

Another student said the culprit sent her an SMS: 'I will make fun of you in the entire college and outside if you did not fulfil my desires'. According to her, the boy also threatened her that he along with his accomplices would kidnap her and commit gangrape if she further refused to compromise with him. When contacted, the college principal Abdul Ghafoor was absent but the vice-principal Nasir Hussain Bhutta said that the incident perhaps might have happened after the college was closed. 'Principal Abdul Ghafoor had directed the girls to leave the college soon after the classes were over,' he added.

Despite all this it was still a secret, if any action was taken against the culprit who ruined the life of the girl.
It is said that the girls have also submitted an application to the principal, mentioning the terror let loose by the accused.

Replying to a query, Bhutta said even teachers are not allowed to enter the girls common room. Bhutta had nothing to say when this scribe asked what steps had been initiated against the accused who was still attending the college and harassing the female students.

Muzaffargarh District Police Officer (DPO) Manzoor Sarwar, however, described it an internal matter of the college. 'Police will take strict action against the accused after they receive any formal complaint against the eve teasers,' he said when this scribe contacted him.

Meanwhile, the female students of the college are of the view that if this issue was discussed with their parents they might ask them to leave the college, thus depriving them from continuing their studies.

Now it was up to the authorities concerned to take notice of the situation and protect their honour. The nation

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Students refuse to bow to IUB admin
Bahawalpur: Thirteen expelled students of the Islamia University Bahawalpur's engineering college refused to submit appeals to the university administration for the withdrawal of their expulsion orders.

According to a university press release, a team of senior faculty members met the protesting students, whose sit-in is going on outside the Baghdadul Jadid Campus on Hasilpur Road, and tried to persuade them to submit their appeals. But, they refused the teachers and demanded their on-the-spot restoration.

The students' representatives said that since they did not accept the verdict of the committee for indiscipline and misconduct (CIM) against their class-fellows and held their expulsion illegal, they could not file appeals, which meant that the action would be further delayed.

They claimed that the committee constituted at the Governor's House the other day was dealing with the case and, as such, they were expecting the resolution of the issue soon. Dawn

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BNU students cherish 'Maya Tree'
Lahore: Scores of students, faculty members and journalists attended the launch of a collection of poetry, prose and photography by the students of School of Liberal Arts of Beaconhouse National University (BNU) on Thursday.

BNU Vice Chancellor Sartaj Aziz inaugurated the event by cutting a cake and distributing copies of the journal the Maya Tree. "Maya Tree is a literary journal that combines teaching, research and innovation for enhanced learning of students," the VC said, terming the editorial board's efforts "remarkable". An exhibition of the works of the SLA students was also a major part of the event. The students said they had decided to display their works to "show their worth". SLA Dean Naveed Shahzad said the event was an "exhilarating" experience. "Literature has not been receiving due support since many years," she said, adding that the works displayed were "one of the finest" and at par with international standards.

"The event has been organised to celebrate the works of the students," said Shazia Hussain, a faculty member and digital photographer. "Students have shown dedication and commitment in preparing the works and organising the event," she added. Jawad Haroon, another faculty member, said the success of the event proved "art is not dead". The event kicked off with a short skit highlighting the plight of the educated youth looking for jobs and falling prey to hurdles on the way. It was followed by a poetry and prose session and a musical video. Daily times

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KC students protest against principal
Lahore: A large number of Kinnaird College students Thursday staged a protest demonstration outside the office of the Principal demanding Bernadette L Dean to leave the office.

Girls who were carrying placard and banners chanted slogans against former registrar of the college Naima Khursheed and principal alleging them of being involved in financial corruption and administrative violations in the college. It is worth mentioning here that it was the second day of the protest of the students since they also staged a protest demonstration on Wednesday in favour of their demands.

A teacher of the college seeking anonymity said that charged students remained outside the office of the principal for more than an hour and then moved to their classes.

She said though the former registrar Naima Khursheed has been transferred but still she has more powers than any other female teacher in the college. Her car was allowed to be parked inside the college while no other teacher was allowed to move her car inside. The students have pledged to continue their protest till the acceptance of their demands. The nation

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GCU unveils materials, fabrication labs at CASP
Lahore: Government College University (GCU) Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Khalid Aftab on Thursday inaugurated Material and Characterisation Laboratories, for fabricating and testing advanced alloys at the varsity's Centre for Advanced Studies in Physics (CASP).

The GCU VC also inspected the working of the laboratories, which have been established at a cost of Rs 80 million and are one of the most high-tension facilities available at any educational institution of Pakistan.

CASP Director Ejaz Ghauri briefed the VC about the working of the various equipments of the laboratory and the research projects being carried out by the centre. He said the laboratory had a transmission electron microscope, which provided high magnifications to view the distances of few angstroms (10-10 metres). Professor Ghauri told the VC that the scanning electron microscope greatly magnified the surface of a sample to study the effects of various treatments, which the sample received.

Briefing the VC about the universal testing machine laboratory, said the universal testing machines of 50 to 150 kilo newtons could perform tension and bending tests under thermostatically controlled temperatures ranging between -180 degrees to 600 degrees Celcius. "The operation of these machines is fully software controlled," he told the VC. Daily times

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8 seats of anaesthetist vacant at KEMU
Lahore: Eight seats of assistant and associate professors, and professors of anaesthesia department of King Edward Medical University (KEMU) have been lying vacant for a long time, causing problems for patients and trainee doctors.

The department provides anaesthesia cover to 22 surgical wards of Mayo, Lady Willingdon and Lady Aitchison hospitals.

"In the absence of a good number of senior faculty members the students and patients are being affected," Mayo's Dr Salman Kazmi said. He said expert opinion was required in serious nature cases.

The Young Doctors Association has urged the chief minister to look into the matter. Dawn

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Punjab schoolteachers stage demo
Lahore: The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Punjab schoolteachers on Thursday, staging a protest demonstration, criticised the government for not increasing salaries of teachers. The demo was held at the Education Complex, Hall Road, in which dozens of schoolteacher, chanting slogans, demanded the government increase their salaries. They said neither the government was increasing the teachers' salaries nor was it implementing the already announced package for them. Rana Liaqat of the JAC said the government had failed to implement the package announced by the Chief Minister Punjab for schoolteachers in 2009. Later, the protestors dispersed peacefully. The news

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