Punjab education minister | KEMU billing scandal
Education minister yet to know his deptt
Lahore, June 06: Education Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, even after the passage of four and half
years, is still struggling to maintain his writ in the department as
his department officials are habitual of giving wrong answers to the
questions put by assembly members.
always invoked the wrath of assembly members and the Speaker for giving
falsified responses amidst promises and commitments that he would take
stern action against the responsible but nothing concrete had happened.
Even on Tuesday, Mujtaba, keeping up his past practice in the assembly,
exhibited inefficiency and faced humiliating taunts of the members. Not
only the Opposition members but even those from the Treasury were not
satisfied with his responses and criticised him.
of the colleges and universities are without appropriate faculty, some
schools and colleges are having missing facilities, the posts of
librarians and assistant librarians are lying vacant while there are
some schools and colleges which are under illegal occupation of the
influential persons but the minister seems to be a less informed person
and he is left with only option but to promise the members that he will
take action against the responsible or there should be house committee
to look into the matter. Likewise, he admitted a large number of vacant
posts throughout Punjab and claimed that they would be filled before
election. Ironically, most of the questions were three to fours years
old but still there was no progress shown by the department regarding
The question-answer session started with Zubia
Rubab Malik's query regarding vacant seats in the Lahore College for
Women University asking that why they were not being filled. The
minister responded that there were 207 vacant seats of BPS-19 in LCWU
which were yet to be filled. He justified his statements with the
pleading that the university was an autonomous institution and it had
its own criterion to fill in posts. He was of the view that the Higher
Education Department had nothing to do with the vacant posts in the
The response from minister invited criticism
from members who alleged that the Higher Education department, enjoying
hold over the universities, and they should have forced them to fill
vacant posts. They expressed their surprise that the youth were
searching for jobs with degrees in their hands and universities had
massive vacant posts which were not being filled.
criticism from the members, the minister finally stated that the
department would write to the chief minister and governor for directing
the VCs to fill the vacant posts.
Likewise, the minister
gave the wrong break-up of the annual budget of LCWU and following
correction by a female member, he claimed that the department had given
the wrong answer. When asked whether any action was initiated against
the official responsible for misleading the assembly, he claimed that he
would write to the VCs for it.
In another instance, the
minister while responding to Mian Naveed Anjum's claimed that there were
a number of posts of assistant librarians lying vacant which would be
filled through the PPSC. Nevertheless, Anjum corrected him that the post
of assistant librarian was filled by the government not by the PPSC.
Following this response, the minister claimed that these would be filled
very soon. The PPP's Sajida Mir raised another issue that the
Government Girls Degree College Sharaqpur was illegally occupied by
local influential, Muhammad Yunus, in connivance with the Revenue
Department. The minister resisted the allegations amidst claims that the
department had given him the response which stated that there was no
such grabbing. When the Speaker urged the local MPA Muhammad Asghar
Munda, he endorsed Sajida Mir's allegation, following which the Speaker
constituted two members committee to submit a report on the matter to
The minister further admitted before the House that
the Government Postgraduate College for Women, Chistian, and Government
Degree College for Women in Minchinabad were operating without proper
buildings and even without roofs. He claimed that the government had
allocated funds for the construction of the colleges. He further
admitted that there was no concrete road leading towards the Government
Boys Degree College Taxila. He admitted that 152 vacancies of teachers
were lying vacant in Chiniot which would be filled in very soon.
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'Billing scandal' at KEMU
Lahore: The Young
Doctors Association (YDA), Pakistan, has claimed to unearth a scandal
regarding electricity bills of inflated billing at the King Edward
Medical University (KEMU), Lahore.
In a press
statement issued here, YDA office-bearers, including Dr Rana Sohail, Dr
Salman Kazmi and Dr Talha Sherwani said the electricity bill for the
month of April, 2012 of the KEMU was Rs 10.6 million while that of Mayo
Hospital was over Rs 10 million.
They said the bill of
KEMU was Rs 6.5 million more than that of Mayo Hospital for April 2012
alleging this extra burden was being placed on the pockets of the
innocent students of the university.
According to a YDA
report, there are 26 electricity meters in total at KEMU, out of which
five have been non-functional since long and an estimated bill is being
designated to them every month. The KEMU admin block that has 30 fans
and four air conditioners which works from 8:00am to 2:00pm, have a
monthly bill of Rs 2.9 million.
They said the girls'
hostel, whose meter was stolen two years back, has an estimated bill of
Rs 2.4 million while the boys hostel has the bill of Rs 4.2 million.
alleged that there was huge electricity inflated billing going on at
the KEMU. The Lesco administration was involved in it which was putting
fake electricity units and a bill of millions of rupees on the
university head to cover their deficit from the public exchequer, they
The YDA has submitted an application to the FIA
for investigation and appealed to the DG FIA and the LESCO chairman to
constitute a committee to probe the matter, with a demand of strict
action against those involved in the alleged crime. The news
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IJT protest foments public unrest
Lahore: The Islami Jamiat Tulaba, Punjab University,
on Tuesday staged a protest demonstration against the government's
failure to arrest Awais Aqeel's killers on the university campus bridge,
leaving commuters high and dry.
A day earlier (on May 4), the IJT announced it would go for a peaceful demonstration.
The IJT activists stopped the public transport buses, disembarked
passengers and got the buses parked on Canal Road. They also burnt tyres
and kept the road blocked for about two hours. Traffic coming from
Thokhar Niaz Beg to Canal Road as well as from Garden Town and Bhekewal
Morr towards Canal was choked.
The buses' passengers including women and children were forced to stand on the road and wait for the protest to conclude.
The demonstration led by IJT Nazims Haris Saeed, Hafiz Nauman Zafar,
Saqib Gujjar and Behram Saeed chanted slogans against the Punjab police
and the PU administration for its failure to arrest Jamiat leader Awais
Aqeel's killers. They also demanded removal of the PU vice chancellor.
Speaking to protesters, the IJT leaders said 20 days had passed but
no killer had so far been arrested. They said the protest would be
spread across Lahore and that now all decisions would be made on roads
instead of courts.
Hafiz Nauman Zafar said the PU vice chancellor's silence over murder
and registration of FIR was a matter of grave concern for the Jamiat.The
Punjab government had recently set up a police post on the university
premises but no one dared stop the IJT activists from taking law into
their hands. Dawn
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MAO teachers 'victim of principal's egocentricity'
Lahore: The Government MAO College, Lahore, has become a perfect example of
mismanagement, with frequent reshuffling and a growing sense of anxiety
among both teaching and non teaching staff of the college.
what has widened the gulf between the college staff and the principal,
Prof Dr Farhan Ebadat Yar Khan, is the latter's egocentric behavior. A
number of the college teachers, on condition of anonymity, complained
against the principal's insulting behavior towards faculty members,
saying the provincial's degrading attitude and whimsical decisions had
resulted into growing sense of anxiety among both teaching and non
According to sources in the college, ever
since Dr Farhan Ebadat Yar Khan took charge as principal of the college
in November 2011, he promoted junior teachers in a bid to satiate his
thirst for power and enhance his personal agenda. All this might help
him (Dr Farhan) for the time being but he is oblivious to the long
lasting impact of his myopic policies, they regretted.
teacher, Arif, who was much junior to Prof Khurshid Khawar was heading
the college's Botany Department at present, the sources said.
he had changed the head of the Psychology Department third time, they
said. A couple of days back, Associate Professor Zafar Jamal, the third
head the department, was communicated, verbally, that he no more held
the chair, they added. Interestingly, since Zafar was forced to
relinquish the charge on Saturday, no one from the department is ready
to take charge of the department.
According to the
sources, Dr Tehseen, Chemistry Department's head, was also abruptly
relieved of the post on Tuesday. Similarly, a couple of months of ago,
the principal had made the most senior professor of the Economics
Department relinquish his change as head, just because the principal had
developed personal grudge against him. After replacing Hassan Kazmi as
the head of the department, a junior faculty member was given the charge
to run the affairs of the department, the sources said. The whimsical
step of the principal had created unrest among the faculty members for
quite sometime, they added. Owing to growing sense of insecurity and
anxiety, the faculty members, who wished not to be named, said most of
the teachers wanted to get transferred from the college. A couple of
months ago, they said, a senior faculty member Sabahat Hussain Naqvi of
the English Department got himself transferred as he was feeling uneasy
working under Dr Farhan Ebadat Yar Khan.
The faculty members said they were quite upset owing to alleged "divide and rule" policy of the principal.
sources said the principal on Tuesday strongly reprimanded some female
students of the Psychology Department when they came to college after
getting some important assignment printed from outside the collge. Dr
Farhan tore the assignment pages apart and questioned who had permitted
them to go outside the college, they said.
Dr Farhan Ebadat Yar Khan refuted the allegations leveled against him,
saying he was doing everything on merit and in the best interest of the
college. He denied that he had insulting behavior towards the teaching
and non-teaching staff. According to him, seniority was not important
while he posted someone as head of a department.
Farhan also denied removal of Zafar Jamal as head of Psychology
Department. When he was informed that the said teacher was marking his
attendance in the teachers' register, he said: "There is some other
issue and I will talk to you sometime later (on the issue)."
reprimanding the students of Psychology Department, he said the
students, especially female students, were not allowed to leave the
college without permission. He said a photo copier was also made
available inside the college to facilitate the students.
Farhan also claimed that Dr Tehseen of the Chemistry Department was
removed as head of the department on the latter's own request.
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Lahore: Punjab University (PU) College of Art and Design organised a seminar and
exhibition of paintings to pay tribute to Zubeda Javed, an eminent
painter and teacher, on Tuesday.
dignitaries, scholars, painters, art-critics and art historians attended
the seminar to pay their respect to this wonderful painter who actually
founded a modern and conceptual style in landscape painting in
Pakistan. Zubeda Javed was the guest of honour and renowned architect
Nayyar Ali Dada was the chief guest who later inaugurated the exhibition
at the Anna Molka Galleries of the PUCAD. The news
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