Protests against four-year BS honours programme
New govt degree programme sparks protests by teachers
Lahore, Aug 17: The issue of starting a four-year BS honours programme sparked a
protest by a great number of college teachers and student union
representatives, giving the impression that the entire environment of
government institutions has become politicised and that nothing can stop
the growth of this culture.
The fact that college teachers
joined hands with student union activists shows that there are elements
among teachers that use these union activists to further their own
agendas, and that they are behind the illegal union activities in these
Using: This week's protest was against the government
of Punjab's decision to start a four-year BS honours programme in 26
colleges across the province, and included a large number of college
teachers, as well as activists from student unions such as the Islami
Jamiat Taliba (IJT) and the Muslim Students Federation (MSF). The rally
was launched by teachers from a college that is already notorious for
hooliganism. It is tragic that the rally was carried out under the
banners of student unions that cannot legally exist in colleges.
Apparently, these groups of teachers had a deal with the 'gangsters' of
these illegal student unions in which the unions would support them
against the government's plan. As such, the protesters all shouted
slogans against the government's decision to launch the programme, and
even claimed that the setting up off a board of governors was a step
towards privatisation. The protestors even blocked roads and citizens on
Mall road had to suffer for almost three hours till traffic was
The fact is that every time the government has attempted
to eradicate these student unions, they have ignored the influence of
these teachers that use these groups to implement their own agendas.
These practices continue to take place in colleges such as MAO College,
Civil Lines College, Science College Wahdat Road and Punjab University.
is true that the right to protest belongs to each and every one of us,
including teachers, but it is not fair of these teachers, who constitute
such an important part of society, to use student unions for their
protests and to bargain with them simply to achieve their own ends. And
the simple fact is that because of these teachers' actions, violent
incidents at education institutions have been increasing.
Another important issue concerning these protests is the lack of
coordination on the part of the government, as the authorities launching
the disputed programmes spent no time trying to get these teachers'
confidence. The behaviour of officials of the higher education
department suggests that they want to impose these programmes on
institutions. While it is true that this programme is necessary, it
needs to be launched properly, and with teachers who are responsible for
the success of these programmes on board.
Teachers are now planning to start protests across the province and are planning to observe educational boycotts as well.
college teachers and students should consider the issues the country is
facing at the moment and decide if their actions are wise. Students
always play a major role in helping the country overcome a major
disaster such as the current flood, and it is not fair for teachers to
use students to achieve their own ends at this time. On the other hand,
government authorities should hold dialogues with these teachers and try
to settle the issue, so that these institutions can avoid continued
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Students face shortage of seats at government institutions
Lahore: Around 70,000 students out of the 126,753 who passed the annual
matriculation examination under the Board of Intermediate and Secondary
Education (BISE) Lahore will be at the mercy of private schools, as
government institutions will not be able to admit them due to a shortage
Around 46 government colleges, 20 boys' colleges and
26 girls' colleges, are facing a shortage of seats and will not be able
to accommodate all 126,753 students.
On the other hand, private
colleges in the city, having observed the situation, have increased
their fees and will loot students, who have no choice but to admit
themselves into private colleges.
Students from other cities of
the province, who are enthusiastic about studying in Lahore's reputed
colleges, will also suffer, as a majority of them will fail to get
Private: According to an official of the higher
education department, there are 46 government colleges in the city where
classes are held in the morning and evening shifts for Intermediate
classes. He said that the capacity for these classes is only around
48,000. He said that around 70,000 students would be at the mercy of
private colleges due to the shortage of seats.
60,000 BISE Lahore students have passed their examinations with A plus, A
and B grades, more than 60,000 cleared their exams with C, D and E
grades and they will all suffer due to the high merits of the colleges.
to the official, the 46 colleges of the city do not even have the
capacity to accommodate those 60,000 students who have passed their
exams with the best grades. He said that it was a failure on the part of
the Punjab government that it had not focused on setting up new
colleges in the city.
Dire: According to Shahbaz Hussain, a
college teacher, thousands of students from other districts of the
province have also applied for admission to the city's colleges as the
colleges are known for their academic records, but it isn't certain
where these students will go now. He said that the students' parents
would suffer since they are the ones who have to bear the expenditure of
a private school.
According to Ausaf Ahmad, another teacher,
most students have also applied to private colleges, as they are
uncertain they will be admitted to government colleges. Thousands of
students are applying while colleges have seats for only hundreds.
Akram Kashmiri, the chairman of BISE Lahore, said that there was a need
to develop our infrastructure and set up new college buildings. He said
that besides this, all colleges should start evening classes so that
they could accommodate more students, but that there was a dire need for
a greater number of colleges.
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Flag-hoisting ceremonies held at PU and GCU
Lahore: A flag-hoisting ceremony was held at the Punjab University New
Campus on Saturday morning to commemorate the country's Independence
Day. The vice-chancellor of Punjab University, Prof Mujahid Kamran, the
pro vice-chancellor, Prof Jamil Anwar, the registrar, Prof Muhammad
Naeem Khan, the controller of examinations, Dr Zahid Karim Khan, the
deans of all faculties, administrative officers, employees and a large
number of students attended the ceremony.
gathering after the hoisting of the national flag, the vice-chancellor
stated that freedom is a great blessing. He said that the value of
independence could be gauged from the miserable plight of Muslims living
in India, Kashmir and Palestine.
The vice-chancellor said it was
incumbent upon every Pakistani citizen to carry out his or her
individual and collective responsibilities justly and honestly in his or
her respective field. He said the unprecedented devastation and heavy
economic losses caused by the worst floods in Pakistan's history provide
proof of the negligence of those who were responsible for organising
effective protective measures well ahead of the rainy season. He
expressed a hope that the Pakistani nation, with its countless
abilities, would once again rise to the occasion and survive this
An 11-member committee headed by the principal
of the Hailey College of Commerce, Prof Liaqat Ali, had arranged the
Government College University (GCU)
Lahore marked Independence Day on Saturday with special prayers for
flood victims and the prosperity of Pakistan. Addressing the
university's academic and administrative staff, the acting
vice-chancellor of GCU, Dr Khalid Pervaiz, appreciated the philanthropic
spirit of the GCU staff who have voluntarily decided to donate two
days' worth of their salaries for the flood victims. He paid glowing
tributes to the martyrs, workers and leaders of the Pakistan movement
whose sacrifices paved the way for our independence. A flag hoisting
ceremony was held after Dr Pervaiz's speech. Daily times
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THE Times College awards ceremony
Lahore: The Times College, Samanabad, last
week organised its annual awards ceremony at Hamdard Hall on Lytton
Road to acknowledge the performance of its students in Punjab University
At the ceremony Shaista and Shabnam Ishaque were
given shields for their performance in Punjab University's M.A. English
examination. Hifza Iqbal, Huma and Shadab were awarded for their
performance in the spoken English course conducted by the college.
Shahzad Ansari and Nadeem Qaiser were awarded for their performance in
Virtual University's MBA programme.The college students enthusiastically
participated in English and Urdu debates, songs, poetry, skits, dress
show and plays.
The best performers were presented awards by
former Lahore High Court Bar Association general-secretary Sarfraz
Cheema, DSP Civil Lines Pervaiz Husain Butt, Khalid Irshad Soofi and a
journalist. Times College principal Mudassar Ahmad Saeed and director
Munawar Ahmad Saeed, programme coordinators Asim Khawaja and Safraz
Abbas Naqvi were also present.
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Warid Telecom and GCU Endowment Fund
Lahore: Warid Telecom has joined hands with the Government College University Endowment Fund
Trust to help bright and deserving students of the university complete
To begin with, the telecom network has given a
donation of Rs800,000 to the university to meet academic expenses of
bright students who cannot afford costly higher education.
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Punjab Board DAE position holders
Lahore: The Punjab Board of Technical Education last week organised an awards
ceremony for 38 top position holders in different disciplines in Diploma
of Associate Engineer (DAE) and Diploma in Commerce.
Senior Adviser to Chief Minister Sirdar Zulfiqar Khosa presented medals and cash prizes to position holders.
PBTE chairman Dr Muhammad Shafiq said a large number of students were
being attracted towards technical education. He said some 170,000
candidates this year appeared in the DAE examination alone. He said it
was a challenge to organise the examination for such a large number of
students across Punjab and ensure security and transparency during the
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