GCU Faisalabad accreditation row
Accreditation row: Three GCUF students hurt in scuffle with guards
Faisalabad, July 06: Three students of the Government College University
Faisalabad sustained injuries on Monday when a 'group of students' allegedly
supported by security officials of the institution tortured them during a
demonstration outside the VC's office for accreditation of their degree.
Reports said over 100 students of the telecommunication engineering
department session 2004-08, a pioneer batch of the university, were asked by the
Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) to take a comprehensive examination for
accreditation of their degree. A majority of the students came to the university
and refused to take the examination, saying it would be the sixth exam being
taken for accreditation.
The students asked the university
administration that before taking the exam they would like to meet VC Dr Shahid
Mehboob Rana for an assurance that it would be the last exam. The administration
said the VC would not meet them over the issue.
The refusal by the VC
infuriated the students who started a protest and chanted slogans against him
outside his office.
During the protest, a 'group of students' who had to
their credit five cases registered with the Gulberg police, came to "rescue" the
administration and started beating up the protesters. As a result three students
namely Faheem, Yousaf and Tahir received injuries.
The attackers with
the help of the GCUF security pushed the protesters outside the university. The
security guards locked the main gate and did not allow any of them to enter the
The protesters refused to end the demonstration when the
Gulberg SHO threatened them that the police would baton-charge them if they
tried to block road. However, the students blocked main Jhang Road at the
university entrance and chanted slogans against the administration particularly
security head Mohammad Ijaz.
Earlier on June 30, 2009, students of the
session 2005-09 had staged a protest demonstration demanding recognition of
their department with the council. The council had accredited this session and
ignored the pioneer batch of the university.
Talking to reporters, the
students alleged that the administration with the help of security officials
tortured them to stop protest. They said the group being supported by the
university consisted of 'notorious' people who were booked by the police in
They said about 139 students were passed out of the
university in 2008 and their degrees were still invalid as the PEC had not
accredited the first batch of 2004-08. They said the PEC had taken five exams
for accreditation. They said they had also completed six-month classes
recommended by the PEC for certification, but to no avail.
"It is the
sheer negligence of the university that it has failed to get the degree
accredited timely," one of the students said.
The protesters allowed
traffic movement on Jhang Road after Gulberg DSP Khurram Shahzad convinced them
to have a dialogue with the VC.
Sources privy to the meeting said the VC
asked the students to take the examination and the university was trying its
utmost for accreditation. However, the students refused to appear in the exam
and disperse saying they would move the court for justice.
the students submitted an application with the Gulberg police for registration
of a case against the attackers, however, till the filing of this report no case
The university administration came up with a written
statement that a comprehensive examination for the session 2004-08 students was
due at the university on Monday when a group of students decided to stay away.
They had a scuffle when some of the students wanted to appear in the exam. The
students also ransacked the university property, the statement said.
said the exam had been delayed for a few days after a meeting with the students
and the head of telecommunication department would announce the new schedule
after consulting the council. Dawn
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Trained graduate teachers' future hangs in balance
Lahore: The fate of trained graduate teachers (TGTs) has been again put on
stake due to lukewarm attitude of the federal ministry of education that failed
to take timely decision to regularise services of the said teachers working on
contract basis in federal government educational institutions in the country.
Their case is hanging in balance simply because of the lethargic attitude of the
The tenure of the TGTs is set to expire on August 14,
shortly before the start of the next academic session, and a summary for the
regularisation of their services was sent well ahead of time to the federal
ministry of education last year through the federal directorate of education but
the state of indecision prevailed even after a lapse of one year.
apprehending a collapse in the tutorial activity in the institutions, another
summary for the extension to the service of TGTs was sent to the federal
ministry of education but a decision on the summary is still awaited. With each
passing day the teachers' anxiety is increasing and they are facing uncertainty
As many as 160 TGTs, majority of whom females, are working on
contract basis since 2007 in grade 16. All of them are graduates with BEd and
Masters degree holder with MEd, who were given an initial contract of two years
with the assurance of regularisation of their services.
regularisation within the stipulated period, they were given another one-year
extension on the expiry of the initial contract. As many as 14 out of 15 TGTs
are females who are discharging their duties at federal government schools in
the Lahore Region. It was expected they would be regularised in due course of
time particularly when the government regularised services of teachers working
on contract basis in grade 10 and grade 14 but the government remained silent on
the case of grade 16 teachers.
The TGTs have threatened to go on strike to
press their demands before the start of the next academic session from September
this year. They have appealed to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to intervene.
They have also appealed to Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad
Chau-dhry to take suo motto notice of the injustice done to them. The nation
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'Illiteracy, poverty behind terrorism'
Lahore: Punjab Education Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman said that
illiteracy and poverty are the root causes of terrorism, adding by providing
non-formal and technical education to illiterate people, country can be saved
from the danger of terrorism.
Addressing a capacity-building workshop
organised by Literacy & Non Formal Basic Education (L&NFBE) Department
with the collaboration of Japanese Development Agency JICA, he said Pakistan was
a signatory to various international agreements to address the menace of
illiteracy and to increase primary education, especially Education For All
At present, there are about 40 million illiterates of different
age groups in Punjab out of the population of 90.5 million, he said while
claiming the Punjab government was fully aware of this issue and was taking
revolutionary steps to address the problem of illiteracy.
Literacy Punjab Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik said the department has started to
implement non-formal education programme and now hopefully the target of
literacy campaign would be achieved.
He said that for the first time,
EDOs (Literacy) have been sent to Bangladesh and Thailand to study the literacy
programme of these countries. Project Advisor JICA Ms Chi Ho Ohashi also spoke
on the occasion. The news
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