Islamia university violence case

IUB probe body summons 44 students
Bahawalpur, March 14: The Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB) management has summoned 44 students of different departments for their alleged involvement in cases of indiscipline and misconduct in connection with Feb 19 violence on its Baghdadul Jadid and Abbasia campuses.

The chairman of IUB committee on indiscipline and misconduct has advertised a joint notice in newspapers directing the students to appear before the committee on the dates mentioned against their names.

These students are facing charges like resorting to firing, violence and creating the law and order situation on Feb 19 on the two IUB campuses, besides torching hostel rooms, hijacking varsity buses and damaging buildings of Khwaja Farid Art Gallery and Museum.

They are also charged with causing a serious damage to the valuable varsity assets amounting to at least Rs3.133 million and ransacking vice-chancellor's secretariat and office.

The accused students have been asked to appear at the IUB's chemistry department from March 16 to 19.

Out of the 44 accused students, 33 belong to various engineering departments, seven to economics, two to media studies and one each to English and commerce departments.

The committee will also record statements of two injured students - Juma Khan and Syed Shah Mirul Hasan - of the engineering department in the hospital.

The varsity is expected to be reopened on Monday (tomorrow) after a three-week closure.

However, the engineering college and hostel for engineering students will remain closed till further orders. Dawn

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Future linked to vocational education
Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said the country's future is linked to vocational education and the country can be put on the road to progress and prosperity only by equipping the new generation with modern vocational knowledge.

The CM was speaking at a meeting to review promotion of vocational education and projects of TEVTA in the province.

The chief minister said skilled manpower could help bring about a revolution in industries, agriculture, livestock and other sectors and for this purpose the TEVTA has been made a vibrant institution. He said that for the promotion of vocational education, instead of constructing new buildings, maximum funds should be spent on modern machinery and training of students and teachers.

He said that programmes of promotion of vocational education should be implemented expeditiously so that students could be made skilful.

He also directed authorities concerned to constitute two sub committees to develop curriculum on modern lines, training, programmes of vocational training for women and improve technical institutes.

TEVTA Chairman Saeed Alvi briefed the meeting on performance of the institution and future projects.

He said developed nations had made progress only by promoting vocational education and training and time had come to put the country on the road to progress by equipping youth with modern vocational education.

"We will not only have to prepare skilled manpower according to the needs of the industry but also ensure training for master trainers and modernise the curriculum of vocational education," he said.

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BSc Nursing result
Lahore: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) has announced the result of Third Professional B.Sc Nursing (4-Year Programme) annual examination.

A total of 63 candidates from three affiliated nursing colleges appeared in the exam out of whom 60 passed and two failed. Result of 01 candidate was put on RL list. The pass percentage remained 96.77. Shagufta Rehman of College of Nursing, Shalimar Hospital Lahore, got first position by securing 265/300 marks.

Syeda Gohar Afshan of the College of Nursing, Allama Iqbal Medical College Lahore and Rabia Hanif of the College of Nursing, Shalimar Hospital, Lahore, got second and third positions by securing 249/300 and 247/300marks respectively.

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PEF QAT test schedule
Lahore: The Quality Assurance Test (QAT) of the Punjab Education Foundation's partner schools for the FAS programme will commence from March 15 in 19 districts.

Chairman of Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) Raja Anwar stated this while chairing a meeting on Saturday.

He said the QAT was the critical determinant for continuing financial assistance to educational institutions. He also asked the partner schools to further improve their security measures for safeguarding the lives of the students and the teachers.

They should remain vigilant to thwart any unwarranted happening, he added.

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Low attendance in schools
Lahore: Low attendance was observed in the government and private schools across the provincial metropolis on Saturday after the city was rocked by blasts on Friday.

Many private schools, especially in RA Bazaar and Iqbal Town areas, remained closed, while most of them were already shut due to Saturday.

Meanwhile, the first day of matriculation annual examination passed peacefully and the examination papers were held as per schedule.

The number of candidates who appeared in the exam was also low as only optional papers were taken.

A government school-teacher, Rana Liaqat said that thin attendance was recorded in almost every school, especially in Iqbal Town and Samanabad areas, as fear had gripped the people and they were reluctant to send their children to schools. He said many parents were seen accompanying their children to the examination centres.

Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Lahore, Controller of Examinations Prof Manzurul Hassan Niazi said no compulsory paper was scheduled for Saturday.

Higher Education Secretary Ahad Khan Cheema and other senior officials of the department visited various examination centres and reviewed the security situation and arrangements for the examinations. The news

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PU foolproof security
Lahore: Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has stressed the need for foolproof security arrangements and a round-the-clock vigilance on and around all campuses in the wake of Friday's bomb blasts in the city.

The VC was chairing a meeting of deans of faculties and heads of departments at New Campus on Saturday. Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Jamil Anwar and Registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan were also present.

Hall Council Chairman Prof Dr Muhammad Akhtar was asked to convene a meeting of wardens and superintendents of all hostels to make sure that no loophole was left in security arrangements.

The chief security officer was instructed to deploy extra guards at entrance points to check unauthorised vehicles and persons and install closed circuit cameras at gates to monitor vehicles and outsiders. He was also told to increase patrol on the campus.

The meeting decided that walky-talky sets should be given to security guards to facilitate communication among them.

The VC said that copies of the standard operating procedures should be furnished to all heads of departments to apprise them of the standby measures required to be made during an emergency situation.

He said that annual farewell functions should be held during daytime.

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GCU remembers Dr Sohail
Lahore: The Government College University's Urdu department on Saturday organised a memorial reference on the first death anniversary of noted poet, scholar and educationist Dr Sohail Ahmad Khan.

A large number of scholars, professors and students attended the reference for Prof Khan, who had seven books of poetry and literary criticism, besides hundreds of literary articles and short stories, to his credit.

Speaking on the occasion, columnist and critic Intizar Husain explored various aspects of Prof Khan's poetry. He said the late Prof Khan had deep knowledge of symbols.

"His area of interest was Eastern literature but he had an equal command on Western thought," he added.

He called upon the Urdu literary circles to work on the short stories written by Prof Khan.

GCU Urdu department chairman Dr Saadat Saeed said most of the work of Prof Khan was yet to be compiled and the department would soon publish a book on his interviews and literary essays.

Punjab University Oriental College's Prof Zia and Prof Ghulam Sajjad also paid tributes to the late scholar.

In his message, GCU Vice-Chancellor Dr Khalid Aftab lauded the late Prof Khan for his invaluable services to the university in particular and the academic world in general. Dawn

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