Punjab university membership drive

IJT thrashes ISF students for membership drive at PU
Lahore, Jan 27: Activists of the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) on Tuesday allegedly thrashed some students belonging to the Insaf Students Federation (ISF) for launching a membership drive at the Punjab University's Hailey College of Commerce.

The ISF activists, including Hafiz Farhat Abbas, Zubair Sabir, Ahmed and Muneeb, students of the Hailey College of Commerce, and Kamil Hameed from the PU Law College were beaten allegedly by Jamiat activists.

PU Resident Officer Shahid Gul said the students, belonging to the ISF, while recording their statements at the vice-chancellor's office, had accused Jamiat activists of thrashing them.

He said the ISF activists, fearing further action by the IJT, had demanded security from the university administration and later they were escorted to the Jinnah Hospital for medical treatment. He said the university would take action after probing the matter thoroughly.

ISF, Lahore, Secretary General Farrukh Habib said the PU chapter of the federation had launched a membership drive at the university a couple of days ago which had annoyed Jamiat activists. He alleged that IJT activists, including Hailey College Nazim Hafiz Wajid, Junaid Amjad, Amir Yaqoob and Usman Ashraf and other mostly expelled students attacked, the ISF activists for launching the membership drive, and added that Hafiz Farhat Abbas was had received severe head injuries. He alleged that one of the Jamiat activists was also carrying a pistol.

It is pertinent to mention here that after the PU incident, the ISF, led by Lahore President Hassan Niazi, organised a protest demonstration against Jamiat's highhandedness near the Muslim Town Morr and blocked the Ferozpur Road for quite some time. The protestors chanted slogans and demanded the PU administration and the government take action against Jamiat elements in PU, saying innocent students were being threatened on a daily basis.

On the other hand, in a press statement, IJT activists, Usman Ashraf and Haris Saeed, denied Jamiat's involvement in Tuesday's incident, saying it was in fact a fight between some students of the Hailey College of Commerce and 'outsiders.' Haris Saeed alleged that Jamiat was being dragged in connivance with PU administration.

A PU official, seeking anonymity, said the university administration was unable to take action against Jamiat without police help.

He said the PU administration, taking notice of Jamiat's hooliganism, had expelled and rusticated dozens of IJT activists over a period of time. "However the university alone cannot flush out these elements without support of the government," he maintained.

It is pertinent to mention here that PU high officials have complained against non-cooperation of police on several occasions regarding action against the IJT.

Meanwhile, leaders of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) have condemned the alleged torture of the members of Insaf Student Federation (ISF) by activists of the Islami Jamiat Talba (IJT) at the Punjab University.

The PTI leaders, including Imran Khan, Secretary Information Omer Sarfaraz Cheema, President Punjab Ahsen Rasheed, President Lahore Mian Mehmoodul Rasheed and ISF Lahore President Hassan Niazi condemned the thrashing of seven ISF workers students by the IJT activists.

The PTI leaders demanded immediate arrest of the IJT activists for violating law and order. They also held the view that any activity of torturing students in or outside the university area was a highly condemnable act.

They warned the PU administration that the situation could worsen on the university premises stern action must be taken against those involved in the incident.

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PU MPhil result
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) has declared the result of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) leading to PhD, Semester System, Session 2003-2004.

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PU ICS organised seminar
Lahore: Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer has said that religion and extremism are two different things, adding there is no concept of terrorism in Islam, which gives the messages of peace and love.

Addressing a seminar 'Cultivating Hope' at the Punjab University's Institute of Communication Studies (ICS), Salmaan Taseer said terrorists had no links with Islam and they had no agenda and were working for their own agenda. "It is a group of terrorists and has the support of drug mafia and killers," he said, adding, "The terrorists are doing a failed attempt to damage the image of the country."

The seminar was organised by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and a private TV channel on Tuesday. Taseer said difficult times come in the history of nations and we are passing through one too, but we are brave people and know how to fight. He said extremists through their activities could not discourage us and "we cannot allow these enemies of humanity to overcome us".

He said the world had a wrong impression about the Northern Areas that people of that area were extremists, adding the people of Gilgit-Baltistan were highly educated as it had 100 per cent literacy rate.

He further said the role of the media was very important in connection with counterterrorism, adding the media should discourage terrorism and it should abstain from showing the visuals of destruction during suicide attacks as it created disappointment in the nation.

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PhD degree awarded
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) has awarded a PhD degree to Khadija Naeem, the daughter of Muhammad Naeem ur Rehman Siddiqi, in zoology after the approval of her research thesis.

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Online spring admissions start at VU
Islamabad: The Virtual University of Pakistan has launched spring 2010 admission campaign. A press release issued here on Tuesday said that currently, online admissions have commenced for students. All those students who have at least 45% marks in FA/FSc or in BA/BSc are eligible to apply for admission in various bachelors, masters, and diploma/short courses.

It has also been notified that classes for spring 2010 semester will commence from April 5, 2010. The university has an enrolment of over 50,000 students all over the country and abroad. The enrolment is multiplying as more and more people are getting to know VU's mode of convenient education.

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Fresh doctors skills
Lahore: A meeting was held between the representatives of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council, senior faculty members and administration of Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore, in the Conference Room of AIMC on Tuesday.

Prof. Javed Akram, Principal Allama Iqbal Medical College & Jinnah Hospital, Lahore, chaired the meeting while Prof. Arif Mehmood Siddiqui, Medicine, Prof. Arif Tajammul, Gynae & Obstetrics, Prof. Azim Jehangir, Dermatology, Dr. Moshahida Batool, Assistant Professor of Surgery and Dr. Salahuddin Khan, Director Administration, and others attended the meeting. The participants dilated upon "Defining Procedural Skills for an MBBS Doctor (with one year's house job)".

Prof. Muhammad Rafique Chattha of PM&DC stressed the need for defining the limits of procedures that a fresh graduate with one year's house job might be allowed to perform in supervised environment while working independently.

Prof. Arif Tajammul offered a detailed presentation regarding the constraints and infrastructural inadequacies which a fresh graduate faced as he / she went into the practice of his/her skills. He also discussed in detail the procedures and skills that might be allowed in a supervised setting to a doctor with one year's house job experience.

Speaking earlier, Prof. Javed Akram emphasised that the main problem was the work load on the fresh graduates, and not their competence.

He explained that the problems with regard to a doctor's practice arose more in the periphery where fresh graduates were working unsupervised. We need to find out what a general practitioner can be allowed to do unsupervised, he added.

After due deliberations, the committee formulated recommendations to be forwarded for discussions later in the formal sessions of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council.

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Lahore: A one-day workshop about issues related to implement Blended Learning Open Source Science or Math Studies (BLOSSOMS) at higher secondary school level was held at Lahore College for Women University (LCWU).

A press statement said the workshop was organised to address the heterogeneous education system and its various implementation issues in Pakistan and to develop a huge open and free resource of conceptual videos for higher secondary math and science levels produced by various faculty members.

More than 80 teachers from various institutions including LCWU, Kinnaird College, Punjab School, Sharif Education Complex, Lahore Grammar School, Beaconhouse School System, Educators and Salamat School System etc attended the workshop.

Dr Sonia Majid gave a presentation about benefits and implementation of BLOSSOMS at higher secondary schools in Pakistan. Prof Dr Farhat Saleemi said the importance of information technology in higher secondary school education and role of science and mathematics teachers in inculcating creativity in students.

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Student recovery demanded
Lahore: Punjab Government Schools Senior Staff Association (PGSSSA) has demanded of the Punjab government to utilise all resources for recovery of a class-6 female student who was abducted a week ago.

In a press statement, PGSSSA president Hafiz Abdul Nasir and other office-bearers including Zarar Ahmed, Attiq ur Rehman, Muhammad Akram and others said a class-6 student of Government Mines Girls High School, Makarwal district Mianwali did not return home while the local police failed to recover the girl even after passage of a week.

They alleged the police was not taking up the case seriously despite the fact all the government schools in Makarwal area had been closed in protest since the incident. PGSSSA office-bearers have demanded the government to take notice of the situation and ensure recovery of the abducted student.

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GCU debate result
Lahore: A student of the Government College University (GCU), Rana Hamza Ijaz, was declared the best Urdu speaker at the All Pakistan Urdu Parliamentary Debates Championship held at the Lahore Grammar School. According to a press statement, over 150 speakers from 32 educational institutions took part in the event. The news

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