PU female students protest against IJT

PU students protest IJT's 'vigilantism'
Lahore, June 23: Female students of the Punjab University (PU), on Wednesday, boycotted their classes and held a protest demonstration against Islami Jamiat Talaba to condemn the torture of a male class fellow by an IJT nazim in addition to using abusive language for female students.

The female students organised themselves in front of the Vice Chancellor's (VC) office and staged a protest, demanding the administration to launch an anti-IJT operation in PU hostels to vacate rooms held by IJT non-student affiliates. Some IJT activists who had previously tortured several students, on Wednesday, again physically attacked a student from Geology department, namely Kashif, for committing the "sin" of sitting with his female class fellows.

After this incident, female students from different departments gathered and organised themselves to launch an anti-Jamiat rally. The students were carrying placards inscribed with anti-IJT slogans. They also chanted slogans like "Go Jamiat Go" and "Taliban Murdabad".

Later, they also held a protest in front of the VC's office and demanded the VC to take action against IJT and provide protection to the students from the illegal IJT activists.

PU Resident Officer, Javaid Sami, said that IJT activists Adnan Rathor and Abrar had abused the female students, after which the varsity's administration sent their case to the disciplinary committee.

A large number of female students from different departments, including political science department, Institution of Education and Research, biochemistry and biotechnology, geology, stats and geography department gathered inside the varsity and staged an anti-Jamiat protest. Some female students also condemned the Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif and said that the CM never bothered to take notice of IJT's hooliganism at the varsity.

A student, Rabia, said that female students had been receiving threats from local Talibans who were living in the varsity's hostels. She said it was condemnable that the CM, who made high claims for good governance in the province, failed to take any steps in this regard and the female students were no longer safe and institutions had become a hub of extremism. She said that students were tortured in the past but the CM did not take any action despite being briefed about the entire situation by the VC himself.

Another student, Ayesha, said that they expected their male colleagues to also protest against the abusive attitude of the IJT towards female students, however, they feared the brutal consequences of taking part in the protest. Nevertheless, we the female students are not afraid to raise voice against this injustice, she added.

She said that the hypocrisy of these IJT activists was evident from the fact that they openly practiced all kinds of illegal activities, including thefts and dacoities, but beat innocent students just for talking to or sitting with their female colleagues.

Meanwhile, another student Maria, said that the IJT had brutally tortured some students last week who had to be hospitalised. "These Jamiat activists have no respect for humanity as well as women," she said, adding that they had crossed all limits today by using abusive language for female students, which compelled the students to come on roads to record their protest.

The protesting students demanded for a meeting with the VC, however, they were unable to approach him and Resident Officer (RO) Javaid Sami consequently listened to the students' grievances. Sami said that the administration would take serious notice of the incident and will bring the culprits to the book. He assured the students that the case would be taken seriously and proper action would be taken against those involved in the shameful act. Daily times

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PU swimming pool opening today
Lahore: The opening ceremony of swimming pool at Punjab University New Campus will be held on Thursday (today).

The timings of swimming pool will be from 2pm to 4pm (first shift) and 4pm to 6pm (second shift), while on Friday 3pm to 4:30pm (first shift) and 4:30pm to 6pm (second shift). The faculty members will observe timing from 6pm to 7pm.

Datesheet: Punjab University Examinations Department has issued the written examination datesheet of MA, Part-II, Annual Exam 2011. The exams will be held from July 7 to August 3. PU Examinations Department has also announced the results of MPhil Islamic Studies, Semester System, Session 2008-2010, Master of Human Resource Management (Evening), Semester System, Session 2006-2008, BSc (Eng) Industrial Engineering & Management, Semester System, Session 2006-2010 (Fall) and Diploma in Textile Design (One Year Programme), Annual Exam 2010. The nation

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PU students in youth congress
Lahore: Punjab University's Department of Applied Psychology's six students have participated in the 3rd Pakistan Youth Congress (PYC) held at Karachi.

The PYC was organised by the Drug-Free Pakistan Society from June 3-6. The PU students included Zainab Raza, Viqar Solomon, Tehreem Yaseen, Jaleesha Butt, Rakia Ashraf and Muneeb-ul-Haq. Two students were funded by the organisers of the conference while four students and one accompanying faculty member Ms Shahnila Tariq were funded by the Punjab University.

The PU students prepared a social project/community based programmes to be implemented in areas. Muneeb-ul-Haq presented "elimination of fashion smoking from our youth," Zainab Raza participated in the speech contest, Rakia Ashraf participated in "otaque," Jaleesha Butt in "T-Shirt" presentation, Viqar Solomon in general discussions, Tehreem Yaseen and Rakia Ashraf also participated in an act from the awareness of drugs from youth.

On the basis of active participation of PU students, the organisers decided to hold the 4th Pakistan Youth Congress in Lahore and appoint the students to mobilise others for the forthcoming congress.

date-sheet: Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department on Wednesday issued the datesheet for the exam of MA, Part-II, Annual Exam 2011.

According to details, the exam will commence from July 7 and conclude on August 3, 2011. The detailed date-sheet is available at PU website: www.pu.edu.pk.

Phd awarded: The Punjab University (PU) has awarded a PhD to Shahida Tanvir Ahmed d/o S A Mahmud in the subject of Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology) after approval of her research thesis entitled "Headache: Identification, Measurement and Efficiency of Effective Management Techniques."According to a press statement, she had completed her thesis under the supervision of Meritorious Prof Dr Najma Najam, Department of Psychology.

results: Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department on Wednesday announced the results of various examinations.

The exams include MPhil Islamic Studies, Semester System, Session 2008-2010, Master of Human Resource Management (Evening), Semester System, Session 2006-2008, BSc (Engg.) Industrial Engineering & Management, Semester System, Session 2006-2010 (Fall) and Diploma in Textile Design (One-Year Programme), Annual Exam 2010.

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PBTE postpones paper
Lahore: The Punjab Board of Technical Education (PBTE) on Wednesday cancelled the papers of Computer Information Technology CIT143 (New Course) and Comp124 (Old Course) because of unavoidable circumstance. These papers will now be held on June 27, 2011.

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KEMU PRO removed for 'harassing student'
Lahore: The Public Relations Officer/Director Human Resource of the King Edward Medical University (KEMU) has been removed from his post and repatriated to the Health Department as a result of an inquiry committee's report into an alleged incident of harassment of a female student in the university, according to Young Doctors Association (YDA), Pakistan.

According to a press release issued here on Wednesday, YDA office bearers, including Dr Rana Sohail, Dr Salman Kazmi and Dr Talha Sherwani, in a joint statement, said that PRO/Director Admn Dr Tabassum along with his guards was witnessed chasing a 2nd year female student of Allied Health Sciences last Saturday from his office to the Pathology Department, Room No.13. He was trying to take her mobile number

The university staff members, doctors and guards witnessed the incident. The guards of a professor of the varsity came to the rescue of the girl.

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UoE, BZU facing budget trouble in absence of VCs
Lahore: The public sector universities of the province are busy these days in preparing their budget for the new fiscal year but two of these varsities are in trouble to prepare the budget owing to the absence of vice-chancellors (VCs).

The positions of VCs at University of Education (UoE), Lahore, and Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU), Multan, have been lying vacant since 28.2.2011 and 25.04.2011, respectively, after tenure of those having the acting charge expired. Since then, both the universities are working without vice-chancellors or even those having acting charge of VCs.

The two posts of VCs had actually fallen vacant on November 20, 2010 and January 26, 2011, respectively, and afterwards they were filled on an acting charge basis.

Sources say that since both the universities are without top administrators, it is impossible to approve the development and non-development budget for the new fiscal year 2011-2012.

They say the budget could have been approved even if someone was given acting charge of the vice-chancellor.

They also say that the finance and planning committee could not approve the budget without presence of the vice-chancellor, adding that final approval has to be granted by the syndicate which also needs presence of the vice-chancellor.

It is pertinent to mention here that apart from UoE, Lahore, and BZU Multan, the Punjab government has been searching VCs of four other universities, including the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), Government College University (GCU), Lahore, Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU), Rawalpindi, and University of Sargodha.

Acting charge of VCs had been given at all these four varsities unlike UoE, Lahore, and BZU, Multan. The issue of appointment of VCs has become a shuttlecock between Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Governor Sardar Latif Khan Khosa.

The CM's Secretariat had moved the cases for appointment of regular VCs at the universities, however, the summary was rejected by the governor who was of the view that being the chancellor of the province's public universities, advice of the chief minister was not biding on him.

Earlier this month, the CM's Secretariat, once again, moved a summary to give the acting charge of VCs of UoE, Lahore, and BZU, Multan, to the incumbent VC of UET Lahore Lt Gen (r) Muhammad Akram Khan and the incumbent VC of Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB) Prof Dr Muhammad Mukhtar, respectively, but the summary was also rejected by the governor who observed that there was no provision or any precedent in law whereby a VC of any university was allowed to act as VC of another university.

According to the sources, issues related to non-payment of salaries to employees, especially, those serving on contract have also started surfacing at the UoE and BZU while academic as well as administrative affairs of both the universities have also been suffering badly in absence of VCs.

They further said both the varsities are finding it difficult to identify and prioritize development schemes such as faculty development programmes as generally a VC, in consultation with deans of different faculties and senior teachers, present a plan of development at a university.

Sources in the UoE said that over the years, the university had become a safe haven for reemployed retired officials who, taking advantage of the absence of the VC or any other designated authority, have started meddling into affairs of faculty, especially young faculty members.

A faculty member, seeking anonymity, said the situation was becoming disappointing with every passing day, adding that he and many other of his colleagues were facing trouble in connection with payment of their extra classes. He said the government should take notice of the situation and take steps on an immediate basis to appoint regular VCs at both the universities.

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GCU event
Lahore: Government College University Young Journalists Society is going to host an "Evening to Remember", an interaction with eminent editors, columnists and journalists on Thursday (today). The interaction will be followed by an annual dinner of the society. The news

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