TEVTA technicians | PUASA invite CJP Iftikhar
1,500 technicians trained
Lahore, March 29, 2008: The Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA)
is achieving the targets of the Refrigerant Management Plan (RMP) by providing
training to more than 1,500 technicians in its institutes across the province.
This was stated by TEVTA Chairman Khalid Mahmood in a seminar held at
the Govt Polytechnic Institute for Pottery Development, Shahdara, on Friday.
He said the provision of training equipment by the UNIDO was a
recognition of the achievements of the authority and the training equipment
would make the RMP a permanent feature in the institutes of the
UNIDO representative Sadia Yousaf and TEVTA General Manager
Projects Naveed Akhtar Cheema also spoke on the occasion while Additional
Secretary Federal Ministry of Industries and Production Javaid Malik,
Privatization Board Chairman Nadeem Ashraf, Secretary TEVTA Muhammad Arshad
Bhatti, Provincial Secretary for Environment Shahnawaz Badar were also
PUASA to invite CJP Iftikhar to address faculty, students
Lahore: Punjab University Academic Staff Association (PUASA) was all set
to invite deposed Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to
address the university's faculty members and students.
Talking to The
News, PUASA President Dr Mumtaz Salik said the CJP's visit was on the initiative
of the PU teachers. He added the step was taken, as the PU administration's
reservations over the visit of Justice (Retd) Wajihuddin to the New Campus did
not deter PUASA.
He said PUASA had formed a National Solidarity Committee
(NSC) through a unanimous resolution passed last year for this
He said PUASA had already decided to invite the deposed judges
including the deposed CJP to speak to teachers and students. PU teachers had
been playing their role and expressing their solidarity with the lawyers'
fraternity for restoration of judiciary, he said.
It is pertinent to
mention here that the PU administration had expressed its reservations about
plans of Justice (Retd) Wajihuddin for addressing a gathering in PU Law College,
New Campus on the invitation of the PUASA on March 26.
had maintained that, "Major purpose of such an event is to protect the vested
interest of a group of teachers and publicise a gang of students who intend to
establish their monopoly on Islam and the cause of independence of
A statement issued by PU administration after the visit of
Justice (Retd) Wajihuddin had read, "The administration, teachers and students
of PU urges all national figures to exercise caution and not allow themselves to
be used for vested interest of a political clique in the university."
PUASA president said that restoration of judiciary was a national
responsibility. He added the PU teachers had been struggling for freedom of
judiciary by organising different events. "We have taken out a number of rallies
in support of the deposed judges as they are our heroes," he added.
said it was strange that the university's administration was not happy with the
visit of Justice (Retd) Wajihuddin to PU and had expressed its reservation in
He further said Dr Mujahid Kamran was actively involved in
the teachers' struggle for restoration of judiciary and also took part in
various meetings and events held in this connection before he became vice
chancellor of the Punjab University.
He said Dr Mujahid Kamran was among
14 senior faculty members of the PU against whom a case was registered under 16
MPO for taking out a rally in support of judiciary last year.
strange now that the administration under the headship of the VC is labelling
the struggle of PU teachers' as an effort of a group of teachers to protect
vested interest," he added. He said this was certainly regrettable
Salik said deposed CJP Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had already promised PU
teachers to visit the university. "The NSC is contacting the CJP and hopefully
he is expected to spare sometime in April," he added.
"This time, the
ceremony will be held in the PU Faisal Auditorium," he said, adding, "Teachers
love their heroes and do not care about the administration."
Mycology institute opens at PU
Lahore: The Punjab University Vice Chancellor inaugurated the Institute of
Mycology and Plant Pathology (IMPPL) at New Campus on Friday.
Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, IMPPL founding Director Prof Dr Rukhsana Bajwa and
faculty members of the institute were also present.
The VC planted a
tree in the lawn of institute, cut a ribbon and then uncovered the plaque to
inaugurate the upgrade of the department to an institute. He visited various
sections of the institute, including central research lab, molecular biology
lab, library and class-rooms.
Later, a formal ceremony began and the
vice-chancellor, addressing the occasion, said the day was of great pleasure and
achievement for the faculty and the students because their department had been
upgraded as an institute. He said that, being the vice-chancellor of the Punjab
University, it was his fundamental responsibility to facilitate the able
teachers of the PU so that they could contribute to the academic and research
promotion of the varsity. The News
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