Probe ordered into use of force against students
Kohat, July 01: Taking notice of the use of force against the protesting students of Kohat University of Science and Technology (KUST), Governor Barrister Masood Kausar has ordered the Kohat commissioner, Sahibzada Mohammad Anees, to conduct inquiry into the incident and submit a report to him.
"The governor, who is also the KUST chancellor, has asked the commissioner to look into the university affairs and fix responsibility of who ordered the use of brute force against the students by police," official sources told this correspondent on Tuesday.
About 255 students were arrested and many were baton charged and tear gassed after they blocked the university road on Saturday last in protest against lack of facilities, loadshedding and delay in issuance of degrees to some students. Later, all students were bailed out by the court after 24 hours.
According to the initial inquiry, Vice Chancellor Nasir Jamal Khattak had denied charges of asking the police to thrash students. A staff member privy to the meetings followed by the incident quoted the VC as saying that some third force had acted to create misunderstandings between the administration and students.
On the other hand, the police took the plea that they were asked by the university administration to 'teach a lesson' to the protesting students.
A student, who requested anonymity, said, "I jumped from the third floor of the hostel in panic when five policemen who were beating students ran towards me. The police broke the window pans and harassed the students who were preparing for their exams inside the hostels."
This correspondent learnt that the governor had been handed over the CD of police baton charge and tear gas shelling on the students by a delegation of lawyers from Kohat, which called on him on Monday.
Another delegation, headed by Kohat ANP president Inayatullah met with the chief minister and informed him about the grievances of the students.
Both the delegations demanded immediate transfer of the vice chancellor, saying that his conduct had become controversial amidst allegations of spreading ethnic hatred in the institution.
Several students said that they had been protesting against loadshedding, shortage of accommodation and drinking water for the last so many months despite regular hike in fee.
Meanwhile, the vice chancellor declared holidays from June 29 and abruptly cancelled the summer classes this year through a notification issued on Tuesday. When contacted, some university officials said that they were surprised at the orders and alleged that the VC was trying to hamper the investigations into the incident by closing down the university.
UoP officials removed over delay in new academic block
Peshawar: Two officials were removed for causing delay in completion of academic block at University of Peshawar, sources said.
The Higher Education Commission had allocated Rs509.318 million for construction of two new buildings in the university in March 2006. The construction of the Block A, called Strengthening and Enhancement of Academic Provision, and Block II, known as Strengthening Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, was supposed to be completed within three years.
Owing to delay, these blocks are yet to become fully operational despite the fact that the project was scheduled to be completed till March 2009.
"The administration had awarded contract of both the blocks to one contractor," sources said. Interestingly, the escalation clause has also been included in the contract, which means that the contractor will be entitled to claiming money on the market rates of the construction material.
"We have removed two persons of works directorate of UoP. They were supposed to supervise civil work and make sure that quality has been maintained," said Prof Mohammad Riaz, who held an inquiry into delay of the project on the directives of the vice-chancellor.
He said that SDO Athar Bangash and sub-engineer Malik Nazar Hussain of works directorate, the executing body for the project, were drawing Rs5,000 each every month in addition to their own salaries but they failed to supervise the project.
Last week, Vice-chancellor Prof Azmat Hayat Khan, visited the newly-constructed buildings and ordered an inquiry into delay in their construction and use of substandard material, sources added. The vice-chancellor expressed concern over substandard construction and inordinate delay in completion of the project, they added.
Earlier this year, about 14 departments were shifted to the newly-constructed Block A while 80 per cent civil work in the Block B is still incomplete.
Sources said that the building was tilted because of use of wooden reinforcement to support shuttering instead of steel. The HEC grant was meant to expand the faculties of science and arts to cope with the increasing academic workload, sources said. Electricity wiring and drainage system of both the six-storey buildings were flawed because wire and pipes were exposed in many rooms, sources said. "The contractor has been paid more than the amount agreed at the time of the contract due to the escalation clause because of which he was paid according to market rates of cement, steel and bricks and other material in violation of rules because the clause was meant to be extended to efficient contractors," sources associated with the project said. Dawn
UoP approves 21 research proposals
Peshawar: The advanced study and research board of the University of Peshawar on Wednesday approved 21 out of the total 27 proposals for pursuance of MPhil and PhD research. The meeting, presided over by Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Azmat Hayat Khan, also gave extension to three PhD scholars for completion of their work. Six MPhil research scholars were also given go ahead to pursue their research after formal approval of their topics while one case was rejected. The deans of the faculties at the university, director admissions and other members attended the meeting. The news
KU extends claim forms deadline
Karachi: The University of Karachi has extended the date for submission of claim forms pertaining to the admission to its evening programme in masters and postgraduate diploma courses to June 30.
This was announced by the director of the KU evening programme on Wednesday.
He said that the list of successful claims would be displayed on July 1.
The last date for submission of admission fee for masters and diploma courses has been extended to July 4. app
Karachi: Deputy Controller of Examination, University of Karachi, Naeemuddin Ahmed Qureshi, has announced that a special chance is being given to the students (from 1974 to onwards) whose enrolment/ re-enrolment have expired and they have not yet completed their degree programmes due to any reason. In this regard, examination-2011 would be held from July 21. The candidates could submit their examination forms from July 1st to July 9 along with Rs2,000 per course. The forms would be accepted from July 10 to 15 along with a late fee of Rs500.
Young leaders to gather in city on July 1
Karachi: At least 350 youths from Pakistan and all over the world will attend the Young Leaders Conference (YLC) which will start in the city from July 1 and will last till July 6.
The event is being organised by the School of Leadership (SoL) with the aim to foster unity, faith and discipline among the youth. The theme of the conference is to celebrate the "revolution the YLC has brought about in its ten years of struggle".
Trainee women lecturers visit UET
Peshawar: A delegation of 32 women lecturers from various colleges of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa currently attending a professional development course at the Frontier Education Foundation Academy visited the University of Engineering and Technology the other day. The delegation was led by Dr. Mujeeb Tahir, director FEFA, who was accompanied by Arif Shah and Faisal Nazir, course coordinator and coordination officer, respectively.
The visit was arranged as part of the 34-day Professional Development Course One of the FEFA Training Course programme being incorporated to the public sector women lecturers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from June 2 to July 5.
The UET Vice-Chancellor Imtiaz Hussain Gilani informed the delegation about the ongoing activities and projects at the university. He said the relationship between UET and Frontier Education Foundation goes a long way back and it had been a mutually beneficial one.
The vice-chancellor stressed the need for funding for education by both the public and private sectors. He termed the allocation of at least 4 per cent of the GDP for education as a bare minimum requirement for national salvation. The news