Bahauddin Zakariya University operation
Police raid at BZU, dozen of students arrested
Multan, Feb 17: Police pounced upon the students of Bahauddin Zakariya
University (BZU) in the name of an operation against the 'outsiders' and
'troublemakers' living on the university premises and took into custody about 60
Some of the arrested students were detained at the Sadar police
station without registration of any case and were recovered by a court bailiff.
Later, police registered an FIR against 35 students on the complaint of
BZU security in-charge Malik Khalil Ahmad.
Former PSF Punjab
secretary-general Iqbal Khan Pitafi said more than 60 students had been arrested
during the crackdown and about 100 were injured when police baton charged them
on the university premises.
He said in the politically motivated
crackdown the police entered the university without chancellor's (governor)
permission. He said 31 students were detained at Sadar police station, six at
Alpa police station and whereabouts of the remaining students were not known.
Police started operation in the BZU hostels in the wee hours of Tuesday
and arrested students from Abu Bakar, Ali, Usman and Hamza halls.
students staged a rally to protest the police action, and the police baton
charged and arrested more students. Senior police officials were present during
the students' protest and arrests.
CPO Saud Aziz said the police took
action on the request of the vice-chancellor and arrested 27 people out of which
25 were outsiders.
He said the vice-chancellor told the police that
educational activities were suspended in the university because of the outsiders
and they were creating problems for the university administration.
said these outsiders were involved in torture of a nephew of PML-N MPA Shahid
Mahmood and they threatened two students who were relatives of Makhdoom Javed
Vice-Chancellor Dr Muhammad Zaffarullah said educational
activities were continuing without any interruption and classes were held even
on Tuesday. He said he did not ask the police for any action, however, the
police got permission from him before entering the university premises. He said
the police arrested about 30 people and 'a few' of them were outsiders.Another
university official said on the condition of anonymity that all arrested people
were BZU students.
In the meantime, student Saad filed a petition in the
high court for the recovery of his friends detained at Sadar police station.
A court bailiff raided the police station on the directions of Justice
Mansoor Akbar Kokab and found 31 people detained there without any charges
The court released five of these students and summoned the
police official concerned to explain the detention.
After this episode,
Alpa police lodged an FIR against 34 nominated and 15 unidentified students who
allegedly attacked the police and kidnapped a police driver.
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No study, no play at Govt College
Lahore: The standard of education at the Government College for Women Choona
Mandi has been constantly deteriorating due to the negligence and incompetence
of the sitting principal, students and faculty members
The college which is in the old city near the Masti Gate has its
building in the Haveli Asif Jaa and around 3000 students from old Lahore and the
surrounding areas study here. Students and faculty members have strongly
criticised the principal of the college, Aasiya Begum for ignoring the problems
of the college and marring its reputation. They complained that the principal
refused to arrange any extra-curricular activities and the standard of education
was also falling.
The faculty members expressed their
powerlessness, saying, "We ourselves are facing problems due to the incompetence
of the principal, how can we address the issues being faced by the students?"
A student at the college said, "It is a shame that people call our
college one of the worst institutions of the city." She said it is the principal
who is mainly responsible for the problems of the college. She alleged that the
principal could not communicate in English properly and that is why she refused
to hold any extra-curricular activities at the college so as to avoid
communication with people lest her incompetency be unveiled. She added that they
had written complaint letters to high officials including the education minister
and higher education secretary but in vain.
Another student of the
college, Saima said they had requested the principal several times to arrange
different events at the college but she had never entertained any of their
requests saying "there is no need for them". She also said Aasiya Begum was
always surrounded by male officials of the college who acted as her bodyguards
and did not let anyone enter her office.
A college official said
that the standard of the college was continuously falling, with the number of
students failing every year being continuously on the rise. She said, during
2009, 360 students appeared for the BA/BSc examinations but only 174 passed as
compared to the 216 students out of the 362 who passed in 2008.
"It is a tragedy
that out of a faculty of 110, there is only one teacher with a doctorate. It is
disheartening that while other colleges are looking forward to upgrading their
institute's status to university level, our college is loosing its prior
reputation as well."
On the other hand, Aasiya Begum said the
college had no problems as academic as well as
extra-curricular activities were at their peak. She said the only restrictions
that she had imposed on the college were meant to improve the standard of the
college and some students were only generating negative propganda.
Amjad Khan, a
resident of the area said the Government Fatimah Jinnah College for Women was
the main institution in the area and most of the residents preferred to send
their daughters there but "my daughter told me that academic activities were
Punjab Minister for Excise, Taxation, Transport and Education
Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman assured this scribe that he would take notice of the
situation but added he had not yet received an official complaint from the
"The government is doing all it can for the betterment of both public
and private educational institutions of the province. We have not received any
information regarding any problems at the Government College Choona Mandi but I
will immediately make inquiries to know the real situation," he
said. Daily times
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1,000 kanal UVAS land retrieved
Lahore: Of the 2,212 kanal land of the University of Veterinary and
Animal Sciences on Burki Road, around 1,000 kanal was retrieved on Tuesday after
some resistance by illegal occupants.
Led by Cantonment Deputy District
Officer (Revenue) Saleha Saeed, a special squad of the City District Government
Lahore along with area police reached Klassmarri to demolish illegal structures
there. Armed men attempted to stop the squad and put up resistance but the
police arrested five of them.
The Punjab government had in 1961 allotted
the land at Klassmarri in Rakh Tehra Chahl to the university to set up another
campus which had been illegally occupied by some influential individuals.
The university had moved the Lahore High Court which constituted a
commission. Comprising judicial and colonies members of the Board of Revenue,
the commission declared on Sept 29 last year that the land belonged to the
The university had in January filed an application with the
Lahore commissioner, seeking possession or demarcation of 275 acres allotted to
it and police should be deployed there.
Thanking the CDGL for retrieving
the land, UVAS registrar Dr Kamran Ashraf said the university had a plan to
establish the National Research Centre in Animal Sciences, Institute of
Pharmaceutical Sciences and other departments on its new campus corresponding to
the needs of livestock sector in the province.
He urged the government
to set up a police post at the site till the university could construct a
boundary wall there. Dawn
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PU governance conference
Lahore: The Punjab University's (PU) Political Science Department will organise
a conference on "Issues of Governance in Pakistan" on February 18 at the
auditorium of the Biochemistry and Biotechnology Institute, according to a press
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LUMS research workshop
Lahore: Professor Bernhard Blumich from RWTH Aachen University Germany gave a
talk on "Shrinking the MRI machine", based on his groundbreaking research, at
the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) School of Science and
Engineering (SSE) on Tuesday.
Blumich's talk garnered a lot of
attention, and was attended by many students, radiologists and other members of
the medical community. Universities from across Pakistan were also able to
benefit from this seminar via videoconferencing.
In his talk, Blumich
spoke about the advances and challenges in shrinking the Nuclear Magnetic
Resonance (NMR) machine, together with its applications in chemical analysis by
spectroscopy, quality control by imaging, and investigations of cultural
heritage by relaxation measurements.
Despite its great
advantages, the mere size of the equipment restricts the use of NMR to
laboratories, as investigations in remote areas, factories and museums require
portable instrumentation. Such instrumentation only becomes available if the
magnet used in the machine is shrunk in size and weight.
highlighted how this step has recently been achieved with the inception of
smaller magnets. NMR can now be applied outside laboratories as well. The
"NMR-Mouse" consumes little power, and its reduced size also culminates in lower
costs. Blumich then went on to explain several usages of this new device.
talk ended with Professor Blumich taking questions from the audience. We are not
far from a time when a portable MRI machine will be used directly to diagnose
individuals in disaster-afflicted areas. Therefore, shrinking of the MRI machine
is indeed a remarkable feat, and the applications and utility of the MRI will
undoubtedly increase manifold.
The audience at the lecture applauded the
efforts of LUMS SSE in bringing such cutting edge research to Pakistan, and
hoped that such events would also be held in the future. Daily times
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Teachers staged protest demo
Lahore: A large number of schoolteachers staged a protest demonstration on Tuesday against
monitoring of government schools by NGOs. The demo was organised by the Punjab
Teachers Union outside the Lahore Press Club.
The protesters were carrying
banners and placards also chanting slogans. They said interference of NGOs in
the government schools was increasing.
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CPSP president elected
Lahore: The Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) has unanimously elected
Prof Zafar Ullah Chaudhry as president of the CPSP for the fourth term in
recognition of his services for the CPSP and its fellows.
are Prof Abdullah Jan Jaffer, senior vice president, Prof Muhammad Dawood Khan,
vice president and Prof Ghulam Asghar Channa, treasurer. The news
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