Punjab University Pro-IJT staffers : Exam at ICS
Pro-IJT staffers 'betray' PU teachers' struggle
Lahore, Apr 10: The Punjab University's Institute of Communication Studies
(ICS) administration, while flouting the unanimous decision of the
university's deans and principals, conducted the examination of BS
(Hons) on Friday. All deans and principals in a meeting chaired by PU
Vice-Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran on Thursday had unanimously decided
to postpone all the ongoing semester examinations.
ICS administration, led by Dr Ahsan Akhtar Naz, conducted the last
paper of BS (Hons), 4th Semester, on Friday ,which raised serious
concerns among the teachers community.
It was learnt that the PU Academic Staff Association (PUASA) has also formed a committee to look into the matter.
an ICS statement issued on Friday claimed: "According to the decision
of the deans of faculties, directors, principals and heads of teaching
departments, the semester exams of all classes (morning and evening)
have been postponed till further orders."
Sources said the
examinations were to be held on Friday and except the BS (Hons), the
rest were scheduled for afternoon and evening and no other exam was
conducted. They said the exam was conducted early morning while the ICS
administration, after receiving criticism from some teachers, postponed
the rest of the exams. It is pertinent to mention here that the ICS
falls under the Faculty of Behaviuoral and Social Sciences and its Dean
Dr Mugheesuddin Sheikh had also attended the deans and principals'
The conducting of exams, despite a unanimous
decision by PU teachers to postpone the same, has created doubts about
the sincerity of Dr Naz and Dr Mughees towards their colleagues'
ongoing strike against the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT). Some faculty
members alleged that due to their past affiliation with the IJT, both
the officials, the dean and the director, had tried to betray their
colleagues in the movement against the IJT. The PU teachers have been
observing a complete boycott of classes since April 2 after dozens of
IJT activists thrashed and injured Principal of the College of Earth
and Environmental Sciences, Dr Iftikhar Baloch, on April 1.
a meeting on April 8, the PU deans, principals and other officials
reached a unanimous decision to get all the hostels vacated and to
postpone all the exams from April 9 till further orders. When
contacted, Dr Naz said classes had been suspended from April 2 as per
the decision of the PUASA, adding that the BS exam was conducted as no
notification was received regarding the postponement of exams.
Lahore: After several days of violence, the Punjab University has cancelled
scheduled exams and shut down hostels. Many students had already left
the campus after the mayhem that unfolded following the thrashing of a
professor, who headed the university's academic committee, by IJT
activists. Such hooliganism is of course not new. It has occurred
before. The grip of the IJT on the PU and indeed other campuses means a
reign of fear remains in place, with 'moral' vigilance squads
monitoring activities and dictating how various aspects of university
life are to be run. The latest incident, with the police raiding the
campus and questioning terrified students, demonstrates why so many
problems continue to plague our system of higher education. Classes on
campus have remained disrupted for days and the virtual closure of the
university will obviously affect learning. What is more, it is unfair
to expect academicians to teach or students to pursue studies when
there is a constant threat of violence.
Over the years many of
the best professors have indeed left the PU because of the menace of
violence. Various attempts have been made in the past to rein in the
IJT but none have succeeded. The time has come to act in a more
decisive way. Half-hearted measures will have no impact. The group of
thugs in the guise of students is obviously unwilling to relinquish
control or give up its hold. The Punjab government and the authorities
that control higher education need to act. Our students need an
opportunity to study in peace and indeed also to pursue other
activities that form a part of campus life. They must be provided with
an opportunity to do so and protected from the kind of havoc we see
IJT being maligned: JI chief
Lahore: JI Ameer Syed Munawwar Hasan has said the vice chancellor of the Punjab
University has darkened the future of 100 students by expelling them
from the varsity, which is bound to push them to extremism.Delivering
the Friday sermon at the Mansoora mosque, he said such a drastic and
unjust step would push the young generation to violence. He said the
students involved in the PU incident were not associated with the
Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba, yet the IJT was being maligned. He demanded a
thorough probe into the matter by an impartial commission. The news
JI Ameer's threat to PU VC slammed
Lahore: The Joint Action Committee for Peoples Rights (JAC) has
condemned JI Ameer Munawar Hasan's threats to Prof Dr Mujhad Kamran,
Vice Chancellor University of the Punjab.
JI Ameer Munawar Hasan
stated that if Dr Mujhad Kamran did not mend his ways, he would have to
face dire consequences. Munawar Hasan uttered these words in the wake
of recent disturbance in the Punjab University in which the professors
were maltreated and insulted by a group of students.
Action Committee for Peoples Rights (JAC) has condemned this
irresponsible statement of Munawar Hasan and has termed his behaviour
anti educational ignoring the educational services of Dr Mujahid
Kamran. Munawar Hasan further stated that the disciplinary action of Dr
Mujahid Kamran against IJT is based on bias. He threatened that this
bias will be met with an iron hand.
The Joint Action Committee for
Peoples Rights (JAC) has been much concerned that in the past such
statements have resulted in violence.
The JAC has called upon the
authorities to take extra ordinary precautionary measures for the
protection of Dr Mujahid Kamran. The JAC said that the Punjab
University was being hijacked at the hands of Jamait and that's why the
standard of education does not meet the international standards. If
people like Dr Mujahid Kamran make any effort to improve the state of
affairs in the Punjab University, then the IJT activists politicise the
issue for their ulterior motives.
JAC has termed Dr. Mujahid
Kamran is a veteran professor and has been awarded the Presidential
Pride of Performance. It is need of the hour that the steps taken by
the Vice Chancellor should be implemented in letter and spirit so the
educational atmosphere in the Punjab University should remain
congenial. JAC has reiterated its demand to immediately apprehend the
culprits of brutal attack on Prof Dr. Iftikhar Baloch.
IJT protest rally against VC
Lahore: Activists of Islami Jamiat Talaba Friday took out a protest
rally against the Vice Chancellor Punjab University and in defence of
the allegations levelled against them.
The rally which started
from Science College Wah-adat Road ended at campus bridge. The
participants of the rally were carrying placards and banners inscribed
with slogans against the Vice Chancellor and in their defence.
rally was led by Nazim Jamia and Nazim Lahore who in their address said
that the VC was afraid of the Islamic values of the Jamiat and he
wanted to expel the Islamic mind students from the university.
They said Jamiat possessed a background of peace and harmony and their activists were never involved in any sort of violence. The nation
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A tribute to literary giant
Multan: The Bahauddin Zakariya University on Friday paid a
tribute to Dr Arsh Siddiqui, the founding chairman of the varsity's
Prominent among the literati who
remembered Dr Siddiqui was Khurram Khirram Siddiqui of the Pakistan
Academy of Letters, Islamabad. The BZU's English and Urdu departments
observed the 13th death anniversary of the literary giant.
Department chairperson Prof Dr Mubina Talat presided over the function
participated in, among others, by Urdu poet Fayyaz Tehseen and Urdu
Department chairperson Dr Rubina Tareen.
Mr Khurram Khiraam
Siddiqui said Arsh Siddiqui was a versatile man and one of the most
important names in Urdu poetry. Almost all his poems, he said, started
on a note of delight. It was he who, besides inculcating other
qualities among his students, laid stress on character-building.
said Dr Siddiqui taught him how a poet could lead a successful
practical life. "His contribution to the promotion of knowledge,
literature and modern thinking in southern part of Punjab was
The guest of honour also read English
translations of Arsh's Urdu poems "Muhabbat lafz tha mera" and "Bazahir
jee rahen hain hum" which are included in the recently-published issues
of the Pakistani Literature Selection (1947-2010) and a PAL
publication. (These have been compiled and edited by Khurram Khiraam
Prof Mubina said Dr Siddiqui opened the gates of
the BZU to the girls of this region. She said Dr Siddiqui combined both
East and West in his personality and imparted the values of this
harmonious unison. He was a great humanist and worked tirelessly for
the welfare of the department.
She said Dr Siddiqui was a
role-model for his pupils and an ideal English professor who taught the
subject by practically displaying it through his personality and made
valuable contribution to the promotion of literature. Dawn
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MoU between PU, Kobe University discussed
Lahore: Renowned Japanese scientist of quantitative genetics Dr
Takashige Ishii of Kobe University called on the Punjab University Vice
Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran here on Friday and held preliminary
discussions for establishing a laboratory at School of Biological
Sciences in connection with its research project determining salinity
tolerance at maturity stage in rice varieties.
statement said that Dr Kamran apprised the visiting Japanese plant
breeder about different research projects being pursued in
collaboration with national and international developmental
organisations. He said special attention was being focused on enhancing
research efforts to increase number of PU PhDs in the shortest possible
Dr Takashige Ishii appreciated the standard of research work being conducted at the School of Biological Sciences.
further remarked that he was keenly interested in enhancing
collaboration between the University of Kobe and Punjab University in
the field of plant research projects. For this purpose, he added, an
MoU between the two universities could prove helpful in boosting
research pursuits and enhancing exchange of delegations of faculty and
Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Jamil
Anwar, Registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan, DG SBS Dr M Akhtar,
Advisor to Vice-Chancellor Col Ikram Ullah Khan and Director External
Linkages Maria Maldonado also participated in the discussion.
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GCU wins six awards
Lahore: The Government College University Debating Society (GCU-DS) has won six
awards at three national poetry contests hosted by Allama Iqbal Medical
College (AIMC), King Edward Medical University (KEMU) and Rawalpindi
Medical College (RMC). Rai Umair Ali Wasif stood first at AIMC and KEMU
in the Ghazal category. Hafiz Habibur Rehman stood second at all the
three contests in Nazam category while Saad Farooq secured the first
position in singing category at the Rawalpindi Medical College.
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Teachers' body calls for protest on 21st
Lahore: Joint Action Committee of Asataza Punjab (JACAP) alleging
bureaucracy for conspiring against teachers has urged teachers to unite
for a decisive protest and rally on April 21.
In a press
statement, JACAP office-bearers including Rana Arshad, Jan-e-Alam Khan
and Rana Liaquat said the bureaucracy was going to sacrifice over 30000
schoolteachers in order to cover its failures.
They said the
government was conspiring to remove undergraduate teachers, adding by
removing teachers having 20/25 years of experience the education system
would be destroyed.
JACAP office-bearers further said youth
did not like profession of teaching owing to meagre salaries, adding
teachers would not allow the bureaucracy to remove the experienced
They further said a protest demonstration and rally
would be organized from Nasir Bagh to Masjid-e-Shuhada against the
possible move on 21 April. The news
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