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UVAS & UET Texila convocations 2011

UVAS convocation on 20th

Lahore, April 16: The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) is holding its third convocation on April 20 at Ravi campus Pattoki.

The graduates who passed DVM, .MSc (Hons) MBA life sciences MPhil and PhD exams in the years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2006 will be given degrees.

The position-holders will be awarded gold, silver and bronze medals, while distinction winners will be given cash awards.

Rehearsal for the convocation will be held on April 19 on the Ravi campus Pattoki. Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz chaired a meeting on Friday to review arrangements for the convocation.

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PhD awarded
Lahore: Punjab University has awarded PhD degree to Kafiat Ullah S/o Abdul Hakim in the subject of Botany after approval of his research thesis entitled "Air Pollution Monitoring In and Around the City of Lahore by Using Plants as Bio indicators and Static Physico-Chemical Techniques." The nation

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UET convocation
Taxila: The 9th Convocation of University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Taxila would be held on Monday.

Governor Punjab Sardar Latif Khosa who is also the Chancellor of the University would distribute medals and shields among the successful engineers. Dawn

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Political interference, violence hinder revival of students' unions
Karachi: Revival of the students' unions and their early elections in colleges and universities is direly needed for giving Pakistani educational institutes a democratic and tolerant culture and also gearing up the leadership skills of the students. However, deep-rooted political interference into the affairs of the students' unions and dreaded trend of violence are major hindrances in the way of early revival of these unions in the country, observed students' leaders, teachers and faculty members.

They said that all the stakeholders including students, teachers, heads of educational institutions and education department must take sincere and serious efforts for holding elections of the students' unions so that this neglected sector could thrive again to give Pakistan a credible leadership in the coming days.

Senior Professor of Mass Communication Department, University of Karachi, Inam Bari agreed that there must be students' unions as well as a system to be followed. He said "I am really against the presence of rangers in our university, but still the rangers are inevitable in the present circumstances to ensure campus peace, as there is no elected student union to help the university management in solving problems including maintaining peace and security.

He said that students unions should be without any political support. He revealed that in some cases even teachers and chairpersons are threatened and pressurised to allow the ineligible students to sit in the semester examinations.

Prof. Inam suggested there should be proper monitoring and ban on the 'outsiders' to run the election campaign of the student unions.

Dr Shamsuddin, ex-Dean of Arts Faculty agreed that there must be students' unions. "There is a prime significance of such elected institutions for betterment of the education sector."

He said that if unions were revived they should develop a sense of association. He added that the rangers standing at the varsity gate are there to control the agitations and clashes among the students. He said that after elected unions operate in campuses their security conditions would certainly improve.

Dr Zulqarnain Ahmed Shadabi, Associate Professor at the Urdu Department, said that banning students unions was actually to limit the student activities in the campuses. He added that student unions were supposed to be the nucleus for development of leadership qualities amongst the students. There should be a code of ethics, which should be followed by all students as a primary benchmark and only those students should be eligible to contest polls who could promote education.

Prof. Dr Mehmood Ghaznavi, who had served as president of the students' union during 1979-80 and 1980-81, said that the decision to ban the students' unions was a negative one. He said that dictators were always afraid of students' unions, which were real nurseries of national leadership. He recalled that the unionism used to provide training for the administration and participative management to the students.

He said that the student unions produced many top politicians including Dost Mohammad Faizi, Khushbakht Shujat, Ziaul Islam Zubari, Meraj Mohammad Khan, Ejaz Shafi, Ahsan Iqbal, Hussain Haqqani and many others.

Chairperson Sociology Department Dr Rana Saba Sultan said that there should be proper implementation for restoration of the student unions because they created political awareness and help students to solve their academic problems. She regretted some politicians were using students for their vested interests. She said that there were violent tendencies in student bodies, but banning was not the solution to this issue, instead participation and dialogue culture was needed to solve the matters.

Prof. Dr M. Abuzar Wajdi. Dean of Management Science and Director of Evening Programme Karachi University said that the decision to ban student unions was bad; however, one must analyse the reasons behind this ban. He said that student unions were the reflection of democratic values and democracy emerges from grassroots.

Maaz Shaikh, a student of BS 3rd year in KU Mass Communication department, said the administration of universities should hold elections of students' union in their supervision.

He said everyone should not be allowed to contest these elections, but the students having character and commitment should be allowed to contest. He asked why the government was reluctant to hold elections of student unions, when the ban had already been lifted.

Hafiz Muhammad Noman, a student of MA Mass Communication, also reminded that when the Pakistan Peoples Party took hold of the government three years back, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, in his address to the National Assembly, had explained his governmental priorities and one of them was restoration of the student unions.

"Unfortunately, after three-and-half years his government is yet to take any initiatives on this issue" he said.

When contacted, Naveed Zuberi, Adviser to Sindh Senior Minister for Education and Literacy Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq said that election of the student unions must be held as they were helpful for solving students' problems.

He said that Pir Mazhar was in favour of the election, but due to certain circumstances, the election of student unions might not be conducted in the near future. He, however, said that he had made a detailed report on the revival of student unions and sent it to the ministry. He urged the students to expurgate universities from violence and ammunition. The news

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