Student groups clash over Valentine's Day celebrations in Peshawar
Peshawar, Feb 15: A student was injured and hostel rooms were torched as members of the Pakhtun Students Federation (PkSF) and Islami Jamiat-e-Tulaba (IJT) clashed at the University of Peshawar (UoP) campus Friday due to dispute on celebrating the Valentine's Day.
The police registered the first information report (FIR) against some activists of the PkSF, who allegedly resorted to firing during the clash and injured one Mohammad Rizwan of the IJT. Some rooms were also ransacked at the triplet hostels in the New Block.
The university administration constituted an inquiry committee headed by senior faculty member Dr Mirajul Islam Zia to look into the matter. The (IJT), a student organisation affiliated to the Jamaat-e-Islami, has been observing February 14 as "Haya Day" to promote modesty for the last several years across the country. The day is also celebrated as Valentine's Day by certain students groups and by people from other walks of life.
On Friday, the IJT activists gathered at the Islamia College University (ICU) under their campus head Shah Zaman Durrani and University of Peshawar chapter President Hizbullah.They started a walk, which they referred to as "Haya Walk" holding banners and placards. The IJT activists passed through various roads, hostels and departments of the three universities, including ICU, UoP and University of Engineering and Technology. They reached the Sheikh Taimur Block, the new academic block of the UoP, where the incident took place.
The activists of PkSF had also arranged a walk named "Valentine's Walk". The two students' groups came across each other at the Sheikh Taimoor Block of the university and started arguing and clashing. Some of the students allegedly started firing in which an IJT activist sustained injuries. He was taken to the nearby Khyber Teaching Hospital and hospitalized.
A heavy contingent of police arrived at the scene to control the situation. Police were also seen firing into the air to disperse the clashing students. Thirteen students were arrested as well. According to the police report, some armed activists of the PkSF resorted to firing and a case was lodged against them.
IJT office-bearer Hizbullah said that the activists of PkSF attacked them after their walk had concluded and they were heading to the mosque for prayers."They started beating up our colleagues and opened fire. One of our colleagues sustained injuries in the incident," he alleged.
In a press statement, the PkSF provincial president rejected the involvement of his fellows in the firing. He alleged that the IJT "hooligans" attacked them under the patronage of the provincial government to disturb the peaceful environment at the university.
He accused the university administration of remaining silent over what he termed the violent activities of the IJT. He said that their rival group ransacked their rooms in the hostel and set their documents and precious items on fire.
UoP admin revives status of eleven disciplines
Peshawar: Dissolving the five institutes of the university, the management of the University of Peshawar on Wednesday revived the status of the 11 disciplines as autonomous departments. The decision would, however, take effect after a formal approval of the university syndicate.
The decision was taken at the meeting of the academic council of the university that met with Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Rasul Jan in the chair.The five institutes included: Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, Institute of Physics and Electronics, Institute of Social Work, Sociology and Gender Studies, Institute of Islamic and Arabic Studies and Institute of Urdu and Persian Languages and Literature.
The academic council also approved regulations for streamlining the distance education programme of the university. Also, in case of an affiliated college of the university, the BS students were allowed to get admission into the LLB programme of varsity.
The body also took notice of the BA ( Hons) three year programme run by the Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre and suggested that the same programme should be converted into four years and necessary changes be brought in the syllabus accordingly.
Besides, in order to make the conduct of examination current with the demands of the students, a six-member committee led by Controller Examination Prof. Dr. Rashid Khan was constituted to finalise draft of changes to be brought in the forthcoming meeting of the body.
He added that the departments have been given a pre-merger status to ensure better administrative control and academic excellence, adding that he was glad to see consensus of the teaching departments in this regard. The news
Sarhad varsity campus radio
Peshawar: The Communication and Media Studies Department of Sarhad University, Peshawar, conducted auditions of students for the campus radio, which started its test transmission on the web here on Saturday.
A large number of students of journalism, pharmacy, education, B. Tech, and engineering departments attended the auditions to be part of the campus radio.
The faculty of communication and media studies department, including Waseem Khattak and Akhtar Ali, took auditions of the students.
Waseem Khattak said that the campus radio would run regular transmission on the web and soon it would be formally launched.
He said that as test transmission the campus radio would relay a news bulletin, university round-up, a Pashto programme to introduce various departments of the university and an Urdu programme, 'Aaj Ki Shakhsiyat', which would be based on the interviews of the faculty members. On formal launch of the radio, more programmes would be included. Dawn