PU reopens | No more uniform for FC College

Punjab University reopens
Lahore, May 16, 2008: Following a four-day closure over Kitab Mela controversy, the Punjab University will reopen on Friday (today).

The PU was closed down from Monday to Thursday following Islami Jamiat Tulaba's (IJT) announcement to organise a three-day book fair at the varsity's New Campus.

The event was termed as illegal and immoral by the university administration on the pretext that the student organisation had not sought any permission in this regard, a claim which was denied by IJT.

A senior professor, on condition of anonymity, said PU officials were expecting a thin attendance on Friday (today) because it was a half day. He added Saturday was again a holiday for students. He said academic activities would in fact resume from Monday onwards.

PU official spokesperson Dr Mujahid Mansoori said that police would remain deployed outside the New Campus on Friday. Replying to a question, he said the university administration would manage the situation if outsiders tried to hold Kitab Mela on Friday again. If the situation could not be controlled by the administration, the police would certainly be called inside the campus, he added.

Meanwhile, the Punjab University's deans, heads of teaching departments and professors, according to a statement, have condemned threats being given to some senior teachers with regard to illegally announced "Book Fair" by some external elements living illegally in PU.

A resolution was also passed unanimously in this regard at a meeting held in the auditorium of PU's Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology (IBB) here at the New Campus on Thursday. The resolution was moved by Prof Dr Mugheesuddin Sheikh.

PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran chaired the meeting.

The moot was attended by the deans, heads of departments, directors of institutes/centres and principals of constituent colleges.

The meeting unanimously declared that none of the student organisations would be recognised by the PU administration as well as its faculty. In response to the speech of Dr Sajid Ali, it was also decided that unless the election of student unions were held, all type of extra-curricular activities including book fairs would be held with the cooperation and participation of students, who will be nominated by the heads of the teaching departments on the basis of a set criteria of suitability.

The proposal of Prof Hafiz Iqbal, that a broad-based committee comprising senior teachers be set up to help the office of the Adviser Students Affairs to organise healthy extra-curricular activities, was accepted unanimously.

On the request of Hall Council Chairman Prof Dr Saeed Ahmad Nagra, the meeting decided to call a special meeting of the wardens and superintendents of hostels to constitute a strategy to flush out all illegal residents from the hostels. It was decided that the vice-chancellor would preside over this meeting.

Prof Dr Iftikhar Hussain Baloch, Prof Dr Saeed Ahmad Nagra, Prof Dr Mugheesuddin Sheikh, Prof Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal, Prof Dr Nayyar Raza Zaidi, Dr Zahid Karim Khan, Dr Mujahid Ali Mansoori, Prof Dr Khawaja Haris Rasheed, Prof Dr Niaz Ahmad and Prof Dr Mazhar Moeen also spoke on the occasion.

Among women, Prof Dr Rukhsana Bajwa, Prof Dr Shahida Hussnain, Prof Dr Yasmeen Farooqi addressed the meeting.

Meanwhile, former presidents of student unions and nazims of IJT of the Punjab University addressing a press conference strongly criticised the varsity administration for closing down the university for four days. They said tie Kitab Mela was a positive academic activity.

According to a press statement, Fareed Ahmed Paracha, Abdul Shakoor, Masud Khokhar, Ehsan Ullah Waqas and Amir ul Azeem among others addressed the press conference.

They said closure of PU for four days was in fact a controversy alleging a group of teachers on instructions of Chancellor wanted to sabotage peaceful academic atmosphere of the university. They further said PU Kitab Mela was considered one of the best book fairs in Asia.

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College refuses roll number slips to 250 students
Lahore: The Punjab Group of Colleges has refused to issue roll number slips to around 250 students, barring them from taking the intermediate annual examination 2008 scheduled to start from May 17, Saturday.

According to the college management, students who did not perform satisfactorily in send-ups or those who failed to take these tests were not allowed to take the board examination.

Majority of the "victims" are students of I Com Part-II and FSc (Pre-Engineering) Part-II.

The college administration's move has created unrest among students and their parents are running from pillar to post to seek 'justice'. Dozens of students and their parents Thursday visited the Punjab Higher Education Department, requesting authorities to look into the matter. They said the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Lahore, had issued roll number slips but the college management had refused to hand them to students.

Several students said it was unfortunate that the college had refused to issue them roll number slips at a time when exams were scheduled to begin. They said that their academic year was at stake. They said the college administration had told them that they should study and appear in supplementary examinations later.

"Why did the administration send our admissions if it considered we were not ready to take the examination," they said. "We could have taken the examination as private candidates in order to save our academic year had we been duly informed," they said.

A student said admissions were sent on the basis of a student's performance in send-ups. He said it was strange that the college held send-ups after admissions were sent. "We took the exams lightly," he said. "Some students did not turn up in order to save time and prepare for the exams," he said. "It is my right to take the exam as the board has issued my roll number slip to the college," said a student. "It's my fate if I fail or pass the exam," he said.

BISE Controller of Examinations Prof Manzur ul Hassan Niazi said the board could withhold admissions of students whose attendance was short or who show poor results in an education institution's internal examinations. He said an institution had to send a written request 15 days before the exams but the board had not received any request from the Punjab Group of Colleges to withhold students' admissions.

Sohail Afzal, the executive director of the Punjab Group of Colleges, said students were informed at the time of admission that the college administration had a right to withdraw their admissions if they do not take send-ups or perform poorly in the tests. "This is also mentioned in the college bulletin," he said.

He said the college sent admissions of all students before send-ups because the BISE required registration of students by early January. He said the college held two send-ups. He claimed the college only 36 students were not issued roll number slips and rest of the students had been absent since they gained admission to the college.

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Punjab University MA, MEd, MSc, LLM results
Lahore: The Punjab University Examination Department on Thursday declared the results of various examinations. According to a press statement, these exams include MA Library and Information Science, session 2005-2007, Diploma in Turkish, session 2006-2007, MA Diplomacy and Strategic Studies, session 2004-2006, MEd session 2007, MSc Biotechnology, session 2006-2007, BSc (Hons) Biochemistry, session 2002-2006, LLM (Final) annual examination 2006, MA Archaeology (Morning) session 2005-2007 and MA Archaeology (Morning), session 2004-2006. The detailed results are available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk.

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PU to establish Mehmood Ali Chair at CSAS
Lahore: The Punjab University will establish "Dr Mehmood Ali Chair" at the Centre for South Asian Studies (CSAS).

According to a press statement, this decision was taken at a meeting, chaired by PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, at New Campus on Thursday.

Nazriya Pakistan Foundation Secretary and Punjab University former vice-chancellor Dr Rafique Ahmad, noted writer Dr Anwar Ali Dil, his wife Aafiya Dil, brother of Dr Mehmood Ali, M M Ali, Prof Dr Mughees-ud-Din Sheikh, Prof Dr Saleem Mazhar, Prof Dr Najma Najam, Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan, Prof Dr Shaukat Ali, Dr Mujahid Ali Mansoori and Prof Dr Musarrat Abid attended the meeting. Dr Rafique Ahmad and Dr Anwar Ali suggested the VC that a chair with the name "Dr Mehmood Ali Chair on Pakistan Ideology" should be established keeping in view his services for the Punjab University. It was also decided that an advisory committee will be formed in this regard. The committed will include Dr Mehmood Ali's brother M M Ali. The News

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FC College students allowed to wear 'civvies'
Lahore: Forman Christian (FC) College administration has decided to eliminate the condition of wearing uniform, official sources said on Thursday. Some of the teachers and students have denounced the decision expected to be made public in a few days saying that it would cause inferiority complex among students, while others believe that it would help build confidence. Sources said that students would be allowed to wear casual clothes, but after establishing certain parameters. They said that the faculty members had suggested that female students wear gowns over their casual wear in order to represent themselves as part of the university.

Financial burden or confidence builder: Assistant Professor of Political Science Shakeela Noor said that allowing students to wear casuals might create psychological problems for students. "Even the financially weak students will have to come to college in new clothes every day in order to fit in with others, which could pose financial burden on their families," she said. "Uniform keeps decorum in an educational institution." Professor Rahat Shafiq of the English Department welcomed the decision and said that allowing students to come to college in casual wear would build confidence in students and increase their ability to express themselves in sociable environment. "The new dress code will give them more freedom and enhance their maturity level, but there will be rules like wearing gowns," she said. "On the other hand, many parents and college alumni have opposed the changing traditions of the institute, which had been followed for ages," sources said. Nawab Zada Farukh Ali Khan, an old Formanite, said that traditions schools should not change their traditions but preserve them. Zain Riza, a graduating student, said that the change in the policy was a pleasant step made for the better grooming of the students. Daily Times

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"very bad. The admin should be taken to task by the government."
Name: Hina
City, Country: Lahore, Pakistan

"Sana, our urdu teacher would love it. the way he eyes up the girls and passes comments about their clothing - this would create chaos amongst the girl students of that pervert teacher."
Name: mehnaz
City, Country: Lahore, Pakistan

"i think this change also help us to change our mind. and this will help us to be m0re c0nfident."
Name: sana
City, Country: Lahore, Pakistan

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