Punjab University deans' appointments unlawful
After CM's objection: Governor's decision on PU deans reverted
Lahore, Apr 22: Governor's decision to appoint two Punjab University
faculty deans was reverted just two days after a formal notification,
as the chief minister objected and termed the appointments unlawful,
which were reportedly made while keeping him in the dark.
Punjab University administration had reportedly sent a summary for the
appointment of deans of faculties of the pharmacy and the oriental
learning. Governor Salmaan Taseer approved the appointment of Prof Dr
Bashir Ahmad as dean of pharmacy faculty and Prof Dr Mazhar Moeen as
dean of Oriental Learning faculty.
The PU administration,
consequently, issued a notification actualising the governor's orders
and put up pictures of the two teachers as respective faculty deans on
its website www.pu.edu.pk. Though the notification has been withdrawn,
the website still regarded them as deans till the filing of this report
late on Wednesday night.
It is learnt that as soon as the PU
administration issued the notification for deans' appointment and
communicated to all concerned, the Punjab higher education department
on behalf of the chief minister objected to the decision referring it
as unconstitutional and unlawful.
The higher education
department in its letter to the university stated that the deans'
appointment had been made without consulting the chief minister, which
was against the spirit of law. The department stated that any summary
regarding deans' appointment should have been routed through the higher
education department, the chief minister and then to the governor's
office. It was stated that the governor was bound to take an advice
from the chief minister in this case.
Consequently, the PU
cancelled its notification regarding deans' appointment and had now
again sent a panel of three senior professors each from both pharmacy
and Oriental Learning faculties to the higher education department
through proper channel.
Meanwhile, it is learnt that the
higher education department had also taken PU's action of sending
summary to the governor directly as a bid to keep the department and
the chief minister in the dark.
It is learnt that the higher
education department was planning to take up this issue on the agenda
of the Higher Education Council and direct universities to observe
PU MSc IT exams
Lahore: The Punjab University has announced
that the MSc Information Technology first year annual examination for
2009 will begin from April 29.
The last date for the submission of admission forms and fee has been fixed as April 22.
Copyrights Day at PU
Lahore: The Punjab University library is planning various initiatives to celebrate the
World Book and Copyrights Day on April 23 (tomorrow).
will be celebrated to create awareness among the students community
about the importance of reading, books and libraries in the development
of society and nation.
For this purpose, the library
management is distributing promotion posters to create awareness of the
day in varsity's teaching departments and their students.
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Teachers hold rally, sit-in
Lahore: The Punjab Teachers Union and the Joint Action
Committee of Teachers, Punjab, on Wednesday jointly staged a protest
demonstration, a walk and a sit-in on The Mall to condemn the
provincial government for its "excesses" against schoolteachers.
Following a protest meeting at Nasser Bagh, the teachers carrying
banners and placards bearing inscriptions regarding issues confronting
the teachers community marched on The Mall up to Masjid-i-Shuhada,
where they staged a sit in.
They demanded that their genuine
demands should be met by April 27, otherwise they would set up a token
hunger strike camp in front of the Punjab Assembly on April 28.
Addressing the protest gathering at Nasser Bagh, speakers Rana Muhammad
Arshad, Rana Liaquat, Tariq Zaidi, Syed Sajjad Kazmi and others said
the government had gone to the last extent to screw teachers' community
as it failed to ease out teachers in this era of unbridled price-hike,
ever-increasing utility bills and inflation.
They said the teachers would jam the academic activity in schools if the government tried to retire undergraduate teachers.
They alleged that the government was hoodwinking teachers in the name of the pay and pension commission.
They said prices of all household items were rapidly increasing, while
the government had failed to bridge the gap by increasing teachers'
salaries.Speakers said the government must strengthen teachers'
financial position if it truly wanted to raise the literacy rate.
They alleged that the bureaucracy was making policies to insult
teachers and demanded that primary schools should be brought out from
the local government system because political interference had
destroyed the educational system in schools.
leaders said teachers were feeling inferiority complex because they
were constantly being denied their right of promotion as well as
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UET Taxila given relief in loadshedding
Taxila: The University of Engineering and Technology (UET)
Taxila has been exempted from loadshedding during academic hours, it
has been learnt.
Sources said here on Wednesday that the
Islamabad Electric Supply Company (Iesco) took the decision, though not
officially notified, after taking notice of the prolonged loadshedding
in the university campus especially during academic hours and blockade
of G.T Road by the students in a protest against the Iesco authorities
a few days ago.
The sources said the Iesco authorities had reduced the power suspension time to six hours from 10 hours per day.
"Loadshedding would be observed only during the evening time and on holidays at the university campus," said an Iesco official.
He said the company had taken the step as the university failed to make alternative arrangements for uninterrupted power supply.
contacted, Superintendent Engineer (SE) Taxila/Attock circle Malik
Mohammad Riaz confirmed that the Iesco authorities had given some
relief to the students of the university during their classes.
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GCU team visits Iqbal's mausoleum
Lahore: A delegation of the Government College University's
Majlas-i-Iqbal on Wednesday visited the mausoleum of Allama Iqbal on
his 72nd death anniversary.
The delegation comprising a large
number of GCU students and teachers laid a floral wreath at the
Mazar-i-Iqbal and paid a tribute to the services the great poet
rendered for Muslims.
The GCU Arabic Society
organised a Naatia Mushaira in which a large number of poets presented
their 'Kalam' to pay homage to the Holy Prophet (Peace be upon him).
and distinguish Prof Dr Khursheedul Hasan Rizvi presided over the
mushaira and Khwaja Ghulam Katabuddin Faridi was the chief guest.
including Prof Ramzan Shakir, Dr Naheed Shahid, Muhammad Abbas Mirza,
Syed Tariq Husain Zaidi, Ali Asghar Abbas, Qaim Naqvi and Muhammad
Shahzad, presented their poetry.
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Lahore: The Punjab Environment Protection Department (EPD) organised a
paintings competition and an exhibition on recycling at the Children
Library Complex on Wednesday in connection with the World Earth Day.
Students from 50 public and private sector schools, including special education, participated in the activity.
of the activity are to make the youth aware of the importance of the
earth day, identify the means and ways to move the 'green generations',
highlight the importance of recycling in reducing the volume of waste,
minimising environment problems, and protection of environment for
Punjab Environment Secretary Sajjad Saleem Hotiana
will award cash prizes and certificates to position holders in each
category on Thursday. Dawn
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