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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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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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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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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