IJT activists thrash PU students again
Lahore, Jan 29: Activists of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) on Thursday once again exhibited hooliganism and allegedly thrashed final year students of Punjab University College of Information Technology (PUCIT).
A PU press release said the final year students, as per past tradition were wearing identical shirts and had gathered within the college premises to take group photos of class fellows to mark the satisfactory completion of their final examination when a group of 20 IJT activists arrived and started thrashing them without any provocation.
"This resulted in injuries to two students who were provided first aid by the 1122 rescue officials", the release added.
However, on the intervention of the Principal and college faculty and staff members, the IJT activists ran away from the scene. About half an hour later, they again appeared along with their 30 accomplices' in-front of the locked college gate and started hurling abuses on the PUCIT students as well as the faculty members.
After the incident, PUCIT Principal Dr Syed Mansoor Sarwar chaired a hurriedly-called meeting of the faculty members which passed a unanimous resolution to condemn the hooliganism of the IJT activists who manhandled the college students.
The resolution further stated that the college administration will not tolerate recurrence of any such incident of hooliganism on the part of IJT activists. The entire college faculty and administration is firmly resolved to maintain peace and order at the college premises with a view to establish the writ of the University Administration.
The meeting also made an appeal to the Chief Minister, Punjab and the Provincial Education Minister to take a serious notice of the incident of IJT hooliganism and take suitable remedial measures to eliminate the miscreants for the preservation of peace and sanctity of the educational institutions.
However, IJT spokesman Haris Saeed said Jamiat had nothing to do with the PUCIT incident. He said PU administration was wrongly implicating IJT. He further said the incident was in fact a fight between students of PUCIT and Govt Islamia College Civil Lines.
"As Civil Lines is one of Jamiat's strongholds the PU administration is now involving Jamiat in the incident", he added. Interestingly, Government Islamia College Civil Lines Nazim Numair Aslam denied involvement of the college students in the incident. He said on Thursday fight there was in fact a fight among students of the PUCIT.
PUCIT Principal Dr Syed Mansoor Sarwar insisted that Jamiat was involved in beating the innocent students of his college. He also regretted that despite repeated calls on 15 police did not show up. The news
Court overturns Egypt Islamic schools' veil ban
Cairo: An Egyptian court has overturned the decision of Egypt's leading Islamic educational institution to ban the full-face veil, among its female students and teachers.
Sheikh Mohamed Sayyed Tantawi, the head of Al-Azhar, which is controlled by the state, issued the ban in October, saying there was no need for females to cover their faces in front of other females. In Islam, most clerics believe wearing a headscarf is a must, while few consider the veil obligatory.
However, Azhar and another of Egypt's top religious authorities said in December that the face veil had no basis in Islam. Egypt's High Administrative court ruled last week against the government ban.
The latest ruling, by a Cairo administrative court this week, was prompted by a female student appealing against the decree reuters. Daily times
Education can end extremism
Lahore: The 23rd convocation of the Queen Mary College was held at the college's auditorium on Thursday in which 121 degrees were awarded to MA/MSc and BA/BSc students.
Punjab Minister for Education, Excise & Taxation and Transport Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman was the chief guest while college Principal Dr Nasreen Akhtar Raza, other faculty members and a large number of students were also present.
Congratulating the graduates, the minister said the government was spending million of rupees for the promotion of education, adding extremism could be eliminated from the society through education.
Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman further said the education was a prerequisite for national development and prosperity, adding the government was attaching top priority to the uplift of education and had taken revolutionary measures in this regard.
The present government is providing opportunities of modern education to all segments of society, he added.
He further said the foundation of a revolution had been laid in education sector through setting up of computer labs in 4286 schools at a cost of Rs five billion. He added that 20 students, studying at LUMS and 60 at FAST, had been given scholarships first time in the history of the province.
Mujtaba once again announced that as recognition of the performance and services of Queen Mary College in education sector the college would be awarded university charter. Dr Nasreen Akhtar Raza, speaking on the occasion, said the college held a prominent position among the old and prestigious educational institutions.
"We take pride in the fact that the college has always been a part of the progress and enlightenment of the Pakistani society, as many alumnae of this institution have served the country in various arenas", she added.
Later, gold medals and roll of honours were awarded to the students showing extraordinary performance in exams while degrees were awarded to the graduates.
LITE award ceremony
Lahore: General Officer Commanding Major General Mazhar Jamil has said that rich human resource was an asset for Pakistan, which has not been tapped properly.
Addressing the 8th certificate award ceremony of Lahore Institute of Technical Education (LITE) at Corps Headquarters auditorium, he said our unskilled youth could become useful members of society by getting skills training. He awarded certificates to 185 students on successful completion n of courses in 12 different disciplines.
He said that opening new doors of opportunity for economically deprived youth was a moral as well as national obligation and establishment of LITE by Lahore Corps was undertaken with the same spirit in mind. He said that LITE was a nation building project that was contributing towards human resource development in the country.
Major General Mazhar Jamil added that over 3000 students belonging to all provinces including Fata, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas) had earned their diplomas from LITE in various disciplines during the last three years and were earning a respectable livelihood by joining a variety of jobs. He said that Lahore Corps was providing free accommodation, uniform and messing along with Rs 2000 as stipend to each trainee student.
He praised the high standards of professionalism and dedication being maintained at the institute and hoped that it would serve as a role model for other vocational institutes to follow.
Poetry book launched
Lahore: A book on the topic of 'Share Jo Muqbool Hoia' by Tajammal Hussain Anjum has been published. The book is a good addition to litrature and a gift for peotry lovers.
The writter serves as a Public Relations Officer at DHA Lahore while his seven books of him have already been published on Pakistan history, politics, general knowledge and Urdu litrature. The news
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