Students' rescue training: PU news briefs

Decision on rescue training to students still in cold storage
Lahore, March 08, 2008: A decision regarding three-month rescue training to students of universities and colleges taken during the 9th inter-provincial education ministers' meeting is yet to be implemented despite a lapse of two years exposing lethargic attitude and lack of interest on part of authorities concerned.

The National Assembly had passed a resolution regarding rescue training to the students of colleges and universities after mass scale destruction of life and property in the country by the October 8 earthquake in 2005.

As per official minutes of the 9th inter-provincial education ministers' meeting held at Karachi in December 2005, a resolution passed by the National Assembly regarding the rescue training to students of all colleges and universities was discussed while decision in this regard was referred to the provinces for their consideration and implementation.

Sources in the Punjab Education department said that the subject regarding rescue training was discussed for quite some time by the high-ups of the department but no practical steps were taken regarding its implementation. They further said the department officials never had any discussions with the Punjab Rescue Service regarding introduction of the said programme in colleges and universities. "The public welfare subject became a victim of bureaucratic red-tapeism and was never deliberated upon," they added.

They said the previous government could not ensure implementation of the decision and added the coming government might play its role in this connection.

An official of the department, on condition of anonymity, said there was a dire need of providing rescue and emergency training to the students especially in the wake of prevailing law and order situation in the country. He said the subject could not be handled well despite its value owing to the lack of interest by the senior management of the department. He said the same was the case with other provinces because decision of the inter-provincial education ministers' meeting regarding rescue training was yet to be implemented there as well.

He said by getting proper rescue training, students could play a vital role in case of any emergency and rescue situations because they are young and more energetic.

Director General (DG) of the Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) Dr Rizwan Naseer while commenting on the subject said imparting rescue training to the students of colleges and universities was a wonderful idea. He added involvement of the community in rescue process could never be ignored.

However, he said, no formal discussions regarding introduction of rescue training to students had ever taken place between the Punjab Rescue Service and the Punjab education department.

"We have planned to involve community," he said adding, "Providing rescue training to the community is also a provision in Act of the Rescue Service."

Secretary Education Punjab Kazi Afaq Hossain was not available for comments as he is on a foreign tour these days.

When contacted, Special Secretary Higher Education Muzaffar Mehmood expressed his ignorance of the matter. He said he had recently joined the office and was unaware of any development in connection with rescue training to the students.

Tree plantation campaign begins at PU
Lahore: A Tree plantation campaign was launched at the Punjab University on Friday. Vice-Chancellor Prof Mujahid Kamran launched the campaign by planting 'Araucaria Heterophylla (Salisb) Franco'. He also urged the students to plant at least one tree during the campaign. Speaking on the occasion, Botany Department Chairman Prof Khan Raas Masood briefed the VC about the campaign and the different plants being planted during in various parts of the campus. Resident Officer-II Malik Muhammad Zaheer said 3,000 trees had been planted at the New Campus during the campaign while a target of 5,000 trees had been fixed for the current season. The News

Punjab University win cricket crown fifth time in a row
Karachi, March 08, 2008: Punjab University maintained their supremacy in the Pakistan Inter University Cricket Championship when they overwhelmed Islamia University Bahawalpur by 181-runs in the final at UBL Sports Complex Ground on Friday to win the title fifth time in a row.

All-rounder Rizwan Amanat and Zaman Malik were heroes in their team's commanding 21st overall victory since the inception of the competition.

Batting first, Punjab University piled-up 268 for the loss five wickets in their 45 overs. Zaman Jamil was unlucky to miss his century by three runs. He made 97 off 102-balls laced with eight boundaries and pair of 6s while Junaid Malik made 49.

Zaman and Junaid were associated in 133 runs for the third wicket. Rizwan Amanat blasted unbeaten 44 off just 29 deliveries including three towering 6s and one boundary.

Muhammad Usman cracked five 4s and one 6 in his 26-ball knock of 44. PU were on the rampage as they plundered 75-runs in last five overs.

Left arm medium pacer Rana Kashif was the pick of Islamia Bahawalpur bowling attack sapping three wickets for 55 runs.

Islamia Bahawalpur in reply were bowled out for 87 all out in the 29th over with only three batsmen reaching double figures.

After aggressive batting, Rizwan Amanat caused the main damage with his left arm spin, claiming three wickets for 12 runs and fellow left arm spinner Abdul Rehman got two wickets for 16 runs.

Vice Chancellor NED University Engr. Abdul Kalam was the chief guest at the final and presented winning trophy to PU Captain Zeeshan Mustufa while Rana Kashif received the runners-up. KCCA Secretary Prof. Sirajul Islam Bukhari were also present on the occasion.

Host NED secured third spot in 16-universities competition when they beat University of Peshawar by 41 runs at KCCA Stadium.

Summarized scores:

PU 268-5 in 45 overs (Zaman Jamil 97, Junaid Malik 49, Rizwan Amanat 44 not out, Muhammad Usman 44, Rana Kashif 3-55) Islamia Bahawalpur 87 all out in 28.1 overs (Munir Bashir 17, Fayyaz-ul-Hasan 13, Rana Kashif 11, Rizwan Amanat 3-12, Abdul Rehman 2-16, Ali Afzal 2-18, Amir Hamza 2-40).

NED 244 all out in 38.2 overs (Zargham Khan 94, Asad Ali 31, Umer Farooq 3-42, Farhan Hasib 2-49) University of Peshawar 203 all out in 36.5 overs (Sajid Khan 51, Farhan 44, Faraz Ahmed 3-35, Ahmedullah 3-40, Asad Ali 3-41). App

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