PMC medics ransack UHS office: 'Discrepancies' in examination results
Faisalabad, Jan 21: Scores of students of the Punjab Medical College (PMC) on Tuesday ransacked the University of Health Sciences (UHS) office and threw traffic out of gear on Sargodha Road in protest against what they said breach of commitment by the examiners.
About 100 students, including girls, of different PMC disciplines boycotted their classes and demonstrated outside the college principal's office, chanting slogans against the UHS for 'strict marking' despite making a promise to the students of pharmacology, ENT and community medicine that they would be compensated for 'out-of-course' papers.
The students ransacked the UHS office after breaking the main door, making employees scamper for their safety. There was no security at the UHS office despite the fact that the protest was imminent.
Two of the students suffered bruises when they broke the windowpanes and were later given treatment at the Allied Hospital.
The protesters, led by PMC Islami Jamiat Tulaba's Hassan Ali, Osama Rasheed and Asif Zia, thronged Sargodha Road and disrupted the traffic for nearly half an hour.
They nearly engaged in brawl when some policemen shoved a few students and asked them to restrict their protest to the college.
The medical students threatened to bring working of the Allied Hospital emergency ward to a halt as the police called out additional force with anti-riots gadgets. The police cordoned off the emergency ward and held talks with the students who again marched to the principal's office.
Dr Asghar Ali, the principal, reportedly tried to placate the medics by pledging that they should see the UHS authorities for grace marks. He claimed that the issue had already been discussed with the UHS vice-chancellor who had assured the students of fair treatment.
Some students said earlier they had held a token strike on Saturday and Monday last and called off their protest on the principal's similar assurance, but no practical step had been taken so far.
"Now we'll again wait for two or three days for the UHS response, otherwise, the protest would take the form of an anti-university campaign," they warned. Dawn
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Teachers' protest in Lahore
Lahore: A large number of schoolteachers under the banner of the Punjab Teachers Union, Lahore district, on Tuesday staged a protest demonstration outside the press club for the acceptance of their 'genuine' demands.
The protesters, led by Lahore PTU President Rasheed Ahmad Bhatti, were carrying banners and placards and chanted slogans for a solution to their financial problems. They demanded that teachers' salaries be increased at the earliest.
Speaking to the participants, PTU leaders Rasheed Bhatti, Taj Haider, Allah Bakhsh Qaiser, Munir Sindhu and others demanded that teachers be given time-scale promotions, teaching allowance, primary schoolteacher a salary equal to one-tola gold; headmasters, subject specialists and contract educators be regularized; doing away with difference in urban and rural allowances.
They also demanded the government restore teachers' son quota in educational institutions and recruitments.
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Police fail to arrest PSF leader's killers
Lahore: The Hanjerwal Police have failed to arrest People's Students Federation (PSF) Lahore President Razi Shah Zaidi, accused of killing his own colleague, Usama Ilyas, on Monday night.
Over 100 friends and class fellows of Ilyas, also a PSF leader, staged a protest demonstration in front of the Punjab University (PU) vice chancellor's Office on Tuesday, demanding the immediate arrest of the killers. Later, the students reached the Lahore Press Club and staged another demonstration.
Hassan, a PU student, said Razi and Ilyas were friends and even Razi selected him (Ilyas) as the PSF general secretary. He expressed his inability to figure out the reasons behind the murder. Punjab PSF General Secretary Zuhaib said the family of the nominated accused could be of the view that the death was accidental, but the organisation did not think the same. He said the incident seemed to be due to their personal affairs.
According to the victim's relatives, no one exactly knew the reasons. They said Ilyas would invite Razi and his friends and they would sit in the drawing room for talks.
On one such occasion, they heard Ilyas and Razi exchanging harsh words and then a gunshot. When they rushed to the drawing room, the guests had left and Ilyas was found critically injured.
Inspector Iftikhar of the Hanjerwal police, who is investigating the case, said the police were raiding several places to arrest the accused.
He said investigations would move forward after the arrest of the accused. The accused could give a better account of the details of the incident. The deceased was laid to rest at a local graveyard on Tuesday afternoon.
PU condemns student's murder
Lahore: While addressing an emergency meeting of the Punjab University Deans Committe on Tuesday, Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran said the student wings of political parties were responsible for fights, quarrels and extremism among students, not only in Punjab University but also other educational institutes. He said it was high time to resolve the issue of politics among students as it disrupted peace in educational institutes all around the country. The political parties should also take serious action in this regard, he added. The meeting was followed by the funeral of the student. The deceased's relatives, the VC, PU Registrar Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan, Physics Department Chairman Dr Shaukat Ali, faculty members and students of Physics Department attended the funeral at Mustafa Park in Mustafa Town. Daily Times
Parties' student wings promote violence: VC
Lahore: An emergency meeting of Punjab University Deans Committee was held under the chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran in the Committee Room of Vice-Chancellor's Office on Tuesday.
The meeting strongly condemned the killing of PU Department of Physics BSc Electronics student Osama Ilyas and demanded the arrest of culprits as soon as possible. The meeting termed the incident extremely unfortunate and expressed grief and sorrow besides expressing solidarity with the deceased's parents.
VC Dr Mujahid also talked on telephone to acting Governor Justice Zahid Hussain Shah and CM Mian Shahbaz Sharif in this regard. The chief minister was in Islamabad and on his instructions, the Home Secretary talked to Dr Mujahid Kamran.
Dr Mujahid Kamran said that student wings of political parties promote fights,
quarrels and extremism among students and are responsible for incidents of
violence on campus not only in Punjab University, but also in almost all
universities of the country. He said that now the time had come for all
political parties to sit together and think seriously on the issue of the
student wings of political parties. He said that the incidents of violence were
affecting the peaceful atmosphere of the educational institutions and all
political parties must take some serious practical steps in this regard.
Later VC Dr Mujahid Kamran, Registrar Prof Naeem, Prof Shaukat Ali, faculty members and students attended the funeral prayers of Osama Ilyas. The Nation
Generators for IUB hostels
Bahawalpur: Generators have been provided to the hostels of Abbasia Campus of the Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB), according to IUB public relations officer Shahzad Khalid.
He said on the instructions of IUB Vice-Chancellor Prof Belal A. Khan boys and girls' hostels were also equipped with gas lamps. He said that the VC had taken measures to transform the university into a modern and well-managed institution but financial stringencies and budget cuts were hampering more progressive and development activities.
Mr Khalid clarified that during a protest against poor light arrangements in hostels, the students did not raise slogans against the VC or the chairman of Hall Council.
UAF awards two PhD degrees
Faisalabad: The University of Agriculture Faisalabad controller of examinations announced two PhD results here on Tuesday.
Muhammad Issa Khan and Ali Asghar completed their PhD studies under the supervision of director-general of National Institute of Food Science & Technology (NIFSAT) Dr Faqir Muhammad Anjum. Both scholars are serving at the UAF as lecturers in the NIFSAT.
Their research topics were "Utilisation of soybean as a functional food" and "Effect of modified whey protein concentrates on physical, thermal and rheological properties of frozen dough", respectively.
Now the PhD club of the UAF rose to 650 scholars. Dawn
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