On-campus violence a bane of education institutes
Lahore, Jan 31: Violence on colleges and varsities campuses is not a new phenomenon here. But it assumes its ugliest form when directed against a teacher or head of an institution, resulting in a growing sense of insecurity among those who strive for betterment of society through imparting quality education to youth.
In such an ugly incident, a batch of BS (Honours) programme students of Government Islamia College, Civil Lines, smashed windowpanes and windscreens of the college principal's car on campus, allegedly after they failed to convince him to delay the first semester examination being conducted by respective varsities that affiliated 26 government colleges late last year.
The students also smashed windowpanes of principal's office and broke flowerpots during their violent protest on Friday.
The Punjab University is expected to hold the first semester examination from February 16. The Islamia College had admitted 335 students in 12 disciplines.
As the students having affiliations with Islami Jamiat Tulaba (IJT) were still in denial mode about the launch of BS (Honours) programme, it is learnt that around 100 students did not attend any class and their admissions for the PU semester examination were most likely to be blocked. A student must have 75 per cent attendance to become eligible to appear for the varsity semester examination.
The students were also protesting against Rs2,000 examination fee.
Principal Dr Asif Mahmood Qureshi commenting on the ugly incident said a group of students had come to him complaining about some issue pertaining to repair of a college bus. He said that he told them the bus had been repaired and the remaining minor repairs would be done by Monday.
Later, when Dr Qureshi applied for the registration of an FIR against the 'rioters', the Islampura police station officials reportedly advised him to negotiate with students. The police did not register a case till the filing of this report.
When contacted, Islamia College IJT Nazim Haseeb-ur-Rehman said the principal was victimising students and teachers belonging to IJT and Jamaat-i-Islami.
He said two different batches of students had met the principal for the resolution of their problems with regard to the BS (Honours) programme first semester examination and plying of a bus on a certain route.
He alleged the principal had struck off the names of those students who were attending their classes regularly. Some of these students had not even missed a single class, he claimed. He said the principal did not even bother to consult concerned teachers on the issue.
He said the other group of students that met the principal wanted restoration of bus service on a particular route. The service had been suspended for about a month causing great inconvenience to these students, he added.
Though Haseeb-ur-Rehman admitted the students staged a protest demo on Friday, he denied the protesters damaged the principal's car. He said there were no reports of such an incident till Friday prayers.
"We checked and found that somebody had jammed the car locks by pouring some strong adhesive into them and the principal himself ordered smashing of a windowpane to open the car," he claimed.
Alleging the principal was victimising IJT students, he claimed six teachers had also been nominated in the complaint sent to police by college administration. Dawn
Warnings issued to various PBTE affiliated institutes
Lahore: The Punjab Board of Technical Education (PBTE) has issued warring notices to a number of affiliated institutes for not meeting the board's requirements in connection with provision of facilities to the students.
The PBTE warned that affiliation of such institutes would be cancelled which failed to provide practical laboratories and relevant faculties to their students. According to a press statement, PBTE Chairman Dr Muhammad Shafique issued the warning notices during his surprise visits to the affiliated institutes in various districts of the province. The notices were issued to Orient Institute of Technology, Kharian, Comprehensive Institute, Sargodha, Qureshi Technical Training Centre, Mandi Bhaudin, Pakistan College of Technology, Mandi Bahauddin, Orient Institute, Mandi Bahauddin, APPEX College, Faisalabad, Pak Poly Technic, Faisalabad, Knowledge House Institute, Gojra, Macca College of Technology, Talagang and Heaven Institute of Technology, Bhalwal. Warring letters were issued to the colleges for not meeting the required standard of the board and having laboratories below required standard.
The PBTE chairman also held meetings with teachers and students and listened to their problem and informed them about the reforms carried out by the board for improving technical education to fulfil the requirement of the modern era. He also held a meeting with the owners of the affiliated institutes of private sector and emphasised better teaching and infrastructure.
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) Examination Department has announced the result of MBBS, Second Professional (Latest New Re-Organized Scheme), Annual Examination 2010.
PU awarded two PhDs
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) on Saturday awarded PhD degrees to two scholars in the subjects of Applied Psychology and Molecular Biology.
Shahida Batool d/o Syed Abdul Razzaque has been awarded a PhD degree in the subject of Applied Psychology after an approval of her research thesis titled "Development and Validation of Emotional Intelligence Scale and Emotional Intelligence as a Predictor of Marital Quality".
Fouzia Tahir Javed d/o Muhammad Ashraf Ch has been awarded a PhD degree in the subject of Molecular Biology after an approval of her research thesis titled "Gene Expression Profiling of HCV-Associated Liver Diseases."
MBBS classes at PGMI to start next year
Lahore: Provincial Parliamentary Secretary for Health Dr. Saeed Elahi has said MBBS classes at PGMI Medical College will start from next year.
He was addressing a certificate distributing ceremony among students who completed first dialysis technician course at the Lahore General Hospital on Saturday. Prof. Tariq Sallahuddin, Prof. Ahmad Salman Waris and Dr. Mumtaz Ahmad also spoke whereas MS Dr. Sallahuddin Khan, faculty members of the institution, doctors, nurses and a large number of employees were present.
Dr. Saeed Elahi said Prof. Tariq Sallahuddin had made the LGH a state-of-the-art hospital in the first year of his posting which was commendable. He said PML-N Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif had started free of cost dialysis programme for kidney patients in the public hospitals, which was stopped by the dictator for more than nine years. He said Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif had allocated Rs.50 crore for dialysis programme after taking oath of his office. He said the dialysis facilities had also been provided to the teaching hospitals at district level. He said the recommendations were being sent to the Chief Minister for timely completion of development projects in General Hospital, recruitment of new employees due to increase of 300 beds and setting up of nephrology department. He said the committee constituted for solution of doctors and nurses' problems would finalise its recommendations in the first week of next month.
Addressing the function, Prof. Tariq Sallahuddin stressed the students who completed the course to ensure treatment of kidney patients in their respective areas. The Principal pledged that no effort would be spared for completing the task entrusted by the Chief Minister for promotion of medical education and making Lahore General Hospital a state-of-the-art hospital.
Professor of Urology Dr. Ahmad Salman Waris and Dr. Mumtaz Ahmad said some16 dialysis machines were working at the Lahore General Hospital, and dialysis of 14,000 patients were conducted during the last year, and medicines of Rs. one crore 23 lakh had been provided free of cost.
Institute opens at UVAS
Lahore: The Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (IPS) was inaugurated at the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) on Saturday. UVAS Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz speaking on the occasion urged the students and faculty members to produce useful research to play their due role to overcome the national health and safety challenges. He also claimed that the UVAS was the fourth university that had won maximum projects from international agencies through wining fruitful research projects. The news
Kinnaird Radio transmission
Lahore: The Kinnaird College's media studies department is formally launching regular transmission of Radio Kinnaird FM 97.6 in a ceremony on Monday (today).
The KC's Board of Governors and Old Associates of Kinnaird Society (OAKS) members in their special message lauded the media studies department for launching the college's own campus radio station that is a milestone in its 98 years' history. Pakistan People's Party central information secretary and MNA Fauzia Wahab will be the chief guest at the launch. Former KC principal Dr Mira Phailbus will be attending the ceremony as a special guest along with PPP deputy information secretary Haider Zaman Qureshi, OAKS president and members, prominent media professionals and faculty members.
An informal debate on national media policy will also be conducted on the occasion. Dawn
KEMU develops exam calendar
Lahore: The King Edward Medical University (KEMU), Lahore, has developed a systematic calendar for all its examinations to be held in the one particular year.
The examination calendar, developed by the office of Controller of Examination under supervision of Vice Chancellor, has been approved by the Deans Committee and Academic Council of the varsity.
The examination calendar is for 72 different courses, both undergraduate and postgraduate, being run by university. The KEMU is running MBBS and 15 other undergraduate courses for Allied Health Sciences and about 58 postgraduate courses MD/MS/MDS/MPhil) in different disciplines in addition to PhD programme in Biomedical and Basic Sciences. The calendar, now developed by the university, tells each student of every course about minor details of the course right from its advertisement to its final examination. The calendar will be a great help to the students of the university, as they will know the exact month of all examinations of different courses varying from two to five years of duration. Now, the students don't have to bank on examination schedules/date sheets of their respective examinations to be displayed on the notice board by the Examination Department nearing the examinations. It will help remove students' confusions and frequent visits to the Examination Department for inquiries about their examinations.
Having examinations schedule of entire their course duration, the students now could focus more on their studies and plan their preparations for examinations accordingly.
However, the dates of the examinations have not been given due to official or unofficial holidays that may fall on those dates. The exact dates of tests, however, will be announced well ahead the examination. The supplementary examinations will be held 40 days after the announcement of the results. The KEMU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Asad Aslam Khan said that the university had developed its maiden examination calendar for holding all examinations of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a systematic manner for the convenience of the students and the university. Similarly, he said, the declaration of results has also been ensured on time. "The university is focusing on foolproof examination system, which is the back bone of any university," he added. The news