Punjab University teachers against VC extension

Teachers warn against extension to PU VC
Lahore, Jan 07: The Punjab University Academic Staff Association (ASA) on Friday warned if the government appointed Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran as the vice chancellor of the varsity, it would go to any extent against such a move.

Addressing a press conference at the Lahore Press Club, the PUASA office bearers including its President Dr Mahr Saeed Akhtar and Secretary Prof Iftikhar Tarar alleged that Dr Mujahid Kamran had been involved in favouritism, corruption, and mismanagement, so the Punjab government should not consider him for another term, rather it should appoint any other well-reputed person for this important slot.

The ASA office bearers claimed that due to poor academic performance in the tenure of Dr Mujahid Kamran, the varsity has slipped down to number five of the ranking list of Higher Education Commission (HEC) from its previous counting at number four.

They strongly condemned the Search Committee for recommending the name of Dr Mujahid Kamran for the PU VC slot. They alleged that PU VC was not capable of handling the PU affairs. They alleged around 450 appointments in the varsity on various slots had been made by allegedly violating merit and rules. They referred to the report of Punjab Assembly's Standing Committee's probe committee and said the same should be tabled in the House for discussion.

On the other hand, the PU Syndicate members including Prof Dr Shaukat Ali, Asst Prof Javed Sami and Lecturer Ms Shumaila have condemned the allegations levelled against Dr Mujahid Kamran by office bearers of PU ASA saying there was no legal standing of this dummy ASA after December 31, 2011 as Dr Mahr had failed to announce a new election schedule of ASA.

They said the so-called ASA leadership and their party had completely been rejected by the teacher's community in syndicate elections. They further said Dr Mujahid Kamran was the only VC who had controlled all their violent and illegal activities.

A PU spokesman said the HEC had not issued any new rankings and PU's position in the list was the same as earlier. Dr Mahr Saeed Akhtar claimed that PUASA had constitutional validity and mandate of the teachers till February 13, 2012.

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UVAS seminar
Lahore: University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Department of Livestock Production is holding an institutional capacity-building seminar and workshop 'Genetic Improvement and Fertility Enhancement in Livestock through Clinical Cytogenetics' at varsity's Ravi Campus, Pattoki, on January 10-11, 2012, said a press statement issued on Friday. The news

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Pindi teachers New policy on leave suspended
Rawalpindi: Justice Saghir Ahmed Qadri of Lahore High Court's Rawalpindi bench on Friday suspended the notification of Punjab government that bounded teachers to get approval from the district coordination officer (DCO) for availing leave instead of their principals.

After preliminary hearing a petition of about 50 schoolteachers from the Rawalpindi district, the court also issued notices to the secretary education Punjab, the DCO and EDO (education) Rawalpindi and directed them to submit their replies in a week and adjourned the hearing till January 19.

Aosaf Ahmed Satti, a teacher and president Punjab Elementary Teachers Association Rawalpindi region, through his counsel Raja Saimul Haq Satti maintained before the court that the provincial government on December 17, 2011, introduced a policy under which it directed the teachers of Rawalpindi district to get approval from the DCO for availing leave.

The notification created confusion, tension and unrest among more than 13,000 teachers, he added. A large number of teachers are just hand to mouth due to the rising inflation and the new policy is causing more hardships to them.

"In case a teacher falls ill how he/she can approach the DCO instead of visiting a doctor," he asked.

The petition said teachers were also serving in far-flung schools and would not be in a position to comply with such orders.

He said the government introduced this police for Rawalpindi district only; therefore, it was discriminatory and in violation of Articles 4, 18 and 25 of the Constitution.

He requested the court to declare the policy unconstitutional and also order appropriate action against those officials of the education department who tried to deprive the teachers of their rights and caused hardship to them.

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Literary community opposes PAL under new ministry
Islamabad: Registering protest over the move to put Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) under the control of newly-established Ministry of National Heritage and Integration by detaching it from Cabinet Division, the writers and poets on Friday evening termed it gagging the literary community.

"It is like mummifying living people and putting them in museums," said President PAL, Imdad Akash speaking at a press conference where he explained that PAL's attachment with the newly-established ministry was a move to shut down the only organisation belonging to the writers and poets of the country.

Senior writers and poets took turns to describe the organisation that has been working for the welfare of literature and writers' community " an ignored and sensitive segment of the society.

"From printing of books throughout the country to publishing literature in all languages for all the provinces is among its prominent roles," said Coordinator, PAL, Farida Hafeez.

After the 18th amendment and devolution of the ministry of education, PAL was placed under the Cabinet Division and prime minister could personally supervise matters relating to the welfare of the writers and poets.

The gesture was appreciated by the community at that time. The organisation has been working on the projects to increase the amounts and number of monthly honorarium, group insurance scheme and enhance awards and introduce new rewards.

The literary community associated with PAL was of the view that bringing the department under the Ministry of National Heritage and Integration was the first step towards its 'destruction'.

"Today PAL is in a precarious condition that the honorarium of needy writers and poets and their families have been stopped since last four months. Emergency financial assistance is also not being provided and the writers from all over the country are agitating against the state of affairs," said Imdad Akash responding to questions from media.

Speakers also appealed that a senior writer/poet should be appointed as chairman/director of PAL with immediate effect so that matters pertaining to literary community might properly be looked after.

They also appealed that PAL writer's house should exclusively be reserved for writers, poets and journalists and the meager resources of the organisation should be utilised only for the benefit of the writer's community.

The literary community used the platform to announce the 'Bachao Academy of Letters' movement that would continue in a peaceful manner until their demands were fulfilled.

"Critical literature flourishes in dictatorial regimes. Writers do not want to set a precedent by encouraging it in a democratic setup, said Chairman, PAL, Aftab Iqbal Shamim in his remarks. Dawn

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UoE meeting
Lahore: A meeting of the academic council, principals and directors from the University of Education (UoE) campuses and divisions was held at the UoE Township Campus to review educational and research activities and standards, plan to control the problems being faced during teaching and to revamp the curriculum according to the modern needs.

According to a press release issued here Friday, the meeting was chaired by UED Vice Chancellor Dr Faiz-ul-Hasan.

The vice chancellor instructed the principals to get faculty and ladies lounges constructed on all campuses. The cancellation of admissions in spring was decided. The vice chancellor said that admissions would be opened in the university once in a year so that quality and research based education could be provided to the students.

He also announced that the students, whose degrees had been extended to duration of three years from two years, would not pay additional fee of third year. Registrar Bashir Ahmad Ch, Controller Examination Dr Ashiq Husain Dogar were also present in the meeting. The news

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