PU teachers condemn IJT hooliganism
Lahore, June 28: Punjab University faculty members on Monday unanimously passing a resolution to strongly condemned the recent hooliganism by the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) at the campus.
They also expressed solidarity with teachers and students of the Philosophy Department who were injured in the incident and unanimously agreed that law-breakers should be dealt according to the law and action should be taken against them. A meeting of all heads, deans and professors of the university was called on Monday morning to discuss violence, lawlessness and hooliganism by the IJT activists. All the faculty members condemned the IJT for barbarism. Prof Dr Sajid Ali, Chairman Philosophy Department, Prof Shahid Mahmood Gull, Hostel Superintendent No 7 and Hassan Siddiqi, Assistant Superintendent Hostel narrated the whole episode before all faculty members. Later, the students who were brutally tortured by the IJT activists allegedly by chains and butts of pistols showed their wounds to all the faculty members there. The faculty expressed deepest sense of sorrow. Meanwhile, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed alarm at torture of the students of PU's Philosophy Department by the armed activists allegedly belonging to the IJT. According to a statement on Monday by the HRCP said: "The Commission notes with concern that the intimidation and harassment of students and teachers at the Punjab University's Philosophy Department by activists allegedly belonging to IJT. Over two dozen youths, at least five of them carrying firearms and the rest armed with rods and sticks, attacked Hostel Number 7 of the university and dragged students of the Philosophy Department out of their rooms and severely beat them up. The news
Fairer sex gives Jamiat the jitters
Lahore: The girl students of the Punjab University have dared Islami Jamiat Tulaba (IJT) activists who harass and torture students and create bedlam to enforce "Islamic values" on the campus.
The IJT, which has been cornered by the administration, has tried to make a comeback through torturing an innocent student of philosophy department, Kashif, found talking with his female class-fellow. The female students have identified that statistics department's student Ahmad Rathore and mathematics department's Ibrar had thrashed their class-fellow.
Punjab University IJT Nazim Zubair Safdar says the Jamiat will never tolerate students and their supporters in faculty involved in immoral activities, and will block all anti-Islamic activities on university campuses.
The Punjab University administration, however, says it is none of Jamiat's business to torture students for any reason. The administration itself checks immoral or illegal activities and taking actions.
This time, girl students put up a fierce protest against IJT hooligans, which also encouraged their male colleagues and soon students from philosophy as well as other departments joined the demonstration followed by a sit-in outside the vice-chancellor's office. The protest continued for two days last week and IJT hoodlums could not deter them. The students demanded that the vice-chancellor, the chief minister and the governor ensure that the hooligans be thrown out of the campus.
Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran assured the students that the activists involved in torturing students and misbehaving with teachers would be taken to task. If you talk to anyone on the campus, it is in the air that the Jamiat activists will escape "unhurt".
Dr Kamran, however, seems serious. "The IJT vigilantes should know that they are no more recognised on the varsity campus and all of their offices, including those on Hostel No 1 and Hailey College, have already been sealed." He also said that some elements (teachers), who were "recruited" against the merit in the past, were now 'harbouring' IJT hoodlums. He also alleged that IJT activists were involved in car thefts and other criminal activities on university campus.
The present Punjab University administration has lodged some 26 FIRs against the IJT activists primarily for abducting and torturing students. Some 30 motorbikes theft cases have also been reported to the Muslim Town police.
A senior varsity official says that 60 IJT activists were nominated in these FIRs and half of them have already left the university. However, the remaining 50 per cent of the nominated accused are residing in PU Hostel No 11 and Islamic Centre; Government Science College, Wahdat Road; Islamia College, Civil Lines; and Mansoora. These activists gather on PU campuses on a phone call from the IJT leadership.
In order to purge hostels of illegal occupants, PU Resident Officer-I Javed Sami says that in the summer vacation beginning from July 4, the university will ensure zero occupancy in hostels. The university will re-allot hostel rooms to only bonafide students at the end of summer vacation.
Responding to IJT activists' claim that they thrash students, who were found involved in "immoral" activities with their female class-fellows, Mr Sami outrightly rejected their claim and added that it was none of their business to take law into their hands. He said the university administration was fulfilling its duty properly and added that it could also not allow the IJT activists to use abusive language against teachers.
In the latest case, the PU administration has referred the discipline case to the statistics and mathematics departments so that their disciplinary committees grill the two nominated accused. The case will finally be heard by the PU's Discipline Committee for a final decision.
With regard to police's role, the RO-I said the police cooperate but owing to political pressures sometimes they act as silent spectators. Dawn
HRCP slams violence by hooligans at PU
Lahore: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed concern over torturing of the Punjab University's Philosophy Department students by armed activists allegedly belonging to the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT).
A statement issued by HRCP on Monday said: "The commission notes with concern the intimidation and harassment of students and teachers at the Punjab University Philosophy Department by activists allegedly belonging to the IJT. Over two dozen young men, at least five of them carrying firearms and the rest of them with rods and sticks, attacked Hostel number 7 of the university and dragged students out of their rooms and severely beat them up. At least seven students were injured and two had to be hospitalised, including one who was thrown down from the first floor.
"An assistant superintendent of the hostel was held at gunpoint during the one hour-long attack while the hostel guard was also injured. Despite calls to the police emergency number, police personnel did not arrive at the scene. The HRCP has serious concerns over a pattern of violence and intimidation against teachers and students for which the IJT has been blamed. It recalls that last Friday, faculty and students of the Philosophy Department had held a protest against violence by IJT activists," the statement said.
"The IJT activists had tried to disrupt that protest and had beaten up university guards. Female students and teachers were also abused and threatened. The HRCP is also alarmed by the display of weapons at the university and apprehends that unless those responsible are held and tried for the crime the students might start thinking that the only way for them to protect themselves against attacks by hooligans is by acquiring weapons themselves," it said.
"HRCP called upon the university administration and the Punjab government to take stern action against the hooligans and they should not go unpunished. The authorities are urged to make every effort to bring to book those responsible for the attack on the university hostel in order to deter future recourse to violence. It is also time the Jamaat-e-Islami take serious note of the activities of its student wing," the statement concluded. Daily times
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department has notified that MSc Home Economics, Part-I, 2nd Annual Exam 2010, will commence from July 11 while MSc Home Economics, Part-II, 2nd Annual Exam 2010, will commence from July 12. The news
Rs277.8 million UHS budget approved
Lahore: The University of Health Sciences' Board of Governors has approved Rs277.8 million budget for 2011-12.
The budget was approved at the 24th meeting of the UHS BoG held here on Saturday. The meeting was presided over by Senator Ishaq Dar and attended by former finance minister Sartaj Aziz, Justice Amer Raza Khan (retired), Prof Zafar Iqbal Qureshi, Prof Amer Aziz, UHS VC Prof M.H. Mubashar, special secretary finance and additional secretary health.
According to budget estimates, Rs26.6 million have been earmarked for research. Out of it, Rs12 million have been allocated for the grant of scholarship to research scholars, Rs10.1 million for purchase of chemicals, reagents, glassware and specialised kits, and Rs3.5 million for lab equipment.
The UHS has also established a research fund with an amount of Rs1 million for undertaking research of special nature.
A sum of Rs48.8 million has been allocated for operating expenses that include utilities (Rs14.8 million), repair and maintenance (Rs4.5 million), communications (Rs6.5 million), printing and publications (Rs5 million), stationery (Rs6.2 million), advertisement and publicity (Rs1 million), books and periodicals (Rs2 million), law charges (Rs1.5 million), and travel and transportation (Rs5.9 million).
An amount of Rs80 million has been reserved for employees-related expenses. The board also approved 15 per cent increase in basic pay of university employees as ad hoc relief allowance.
An amount of Rs75.8 million will be spent on development activities which include civil works (Rs60 million), purchase of transport (Rs3.25 million), purchase of machinery (Rs10.1 million), and furniture and fixture (Rs2.5 million).
The UHS will spend Rs40 million on examinations and Rs2 million on continued professional development of the medical faculty. A sum of Rs2 million has been allocated for international linkages and Rs2 million for the introduction of new academic programmes during 2011-12. Dawn
Students awarded degrees at FCC
Lahore: A ceremony was held in Forman Christian College on Sunday to award degrees to the successful students.
The chief guest of the ceremony was FCC alumni, cricket commentator and businessman Jamshed Marker. Rector Dr Peter H Armacost, Executive Vice Rector Dr CJ Dubash, Vice Rector Dr Marcia Grant, Board of Governors Chairman Jamshed Rehmatullah, Registrar Dr Hamid Saeed, students, faculty members, parents and friends of graduating students were also present on the occasion.
Vice Rector Dr Marcia Grant, accompanied by Jamsheed Rehmatullah gave degrees to 382 students. At least 77 students of BA (Hons), 154 students of BSc (Hons), 19 students of BCS (Hons), 82 students of BSc Business (Hons), 22 students of MBA, four of MAS Economics, nine of Executive MA (Public Policy), 10 of MPhil (Chemistry) and two of MPhil (Economics) were awarded degrees on the occasion. Daily times
PEF student brings honour
Lahore: Nasreen Yousaf, a student at Punjab Education Foundation partner school in Lahore, has secured 1st position in the four-month long "Certificate in Culinary Skills" course launched under the Skills Development Programme of PEF.
The course was arranged in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation and College of Tourism and Hotel Management in Gulberg in which 40 students from various NGOs and the hotel industry participated.
According to the PEF spokesman, Rabia Iftikhar, Muhammad Faizan, Nadia Ramzan, Nasreen Yousaf and Ali Akbar enrolled in EVS partner schools situated in various low-income areas of the city were selected by the PEF to get this training free of cost. The programme was launched to train the secondary school students in various useful technical and vocational courses so that they could get respectable employment opportunities. The certificate distribution ceremony was held in COTHM which was attended among others by the Tevta chairman Saeed Alvi, NAVTEC chairman Mumtaz Kahlon, executive director Akhwat Dr Amjad Saqib and PEF representatives. The nation
KU centre for MA exam
Karachi: The controller examinations of the University of Karachi (KU) has announced that the Gymnasium Hall had wrongly been notified as the examination centre in the date-sheet for MA (external) examinations.
The examination centre for the candidates with seat numbers 20251 to 20361 and 23935 to 24084 of MA (Previous) and seat number 37701 to 37741 and 39385 to 39434 of MA (Final) is the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science.
Meanwhile, the controller examinations announced the result of M Sc (Home Economics) previous annual examinations.
According to the result, 15 candidates were registered out of them 14 appeared in the exam and 11 passed it. The news
Time limit to pass SSC, HSC exams being extended
Karachi: The Inter-Boards Committee of Chairmen (IBCC), a representative body of all educational boards of the country, on Sunday decided to extend the existing duration of passing out the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) examinations from three to four years.
The existing rules require an SSC or HSC candidate to clear all subjects in a maximum of three years and anyone who fails to do so is required to reappear in all the papers of both the parts of the SSC/HSC examination as a fresh candidate even if he/she clears all but one papers. However, the decision will change the rule allowing candidates an additional year to clear the remaining papers.
The decision was taken at a two-day IBCC meeting presided over by its chairman, Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai, which concluded at the Karakoram International University, Gilgit, on Sunday. Besides the chairmen of all educational boards, it was attended by heads of technical boards, textbook boards and Bureau of Curriculum, as well as senior officials of the Inter-Provincial Coordination Division. Vice Chancellor of the Karakoram International University Prof Dr Najma attended one of the four sessions of the meeting.
Giving details of the meeting, Prof Zai said that anomalies in the scheme of studies pursued by all provinces were highlighted by the officials concerned.
The meeting also urged the education departments of all provinces to have uniformity concerning allocation of marks and weight to same subjects strictly in accordance with the scheme of studies approved by the federal ministry of education in 2006.
At the outset, participants of the meeting deplored that although the scheme of studies was approved by the federal ministry of education more than four years back, Sindh and Balochistan had failed to implement it while Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa could introduce it partially.
Discussing some medical colleges' act of giving admission to those students who had not passed their physics paper in their HSC or A-level examinations, they said that since the concession was given only to the wards of overseas Pakistanis only, it amounted to discrimination against the other candidates and, thus, should not be appreciated by the IBCC. Dawn