IJT book fair on footpath | PU music students 'go underground'
IJT organised book fair on footpath
Lahore, May 14, 2008: Islami Jamiat Tulaba organised the book fair according to its
programme Tuesday at the footpath on Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam opposite to the PU
Old Campus in protest following the suspension of academic activities of the
university for three days. The IJT also displayed banners and posters carrying
slogans against restriction on the book fair. A heavy police contingent cordoned
off the book fair.
PU IJT nazim Zahid Naveed, PU ASA president Dr Mumtaz
Salik, Hafiz Salman Butt and IJT Pakistan nazim Attique-ur-Rehman jointly
inaugurated the fair. At this occasion a large number of students gathered who
also chanted slogans against the PU administration. They demanded immediate
restoration of normal academic activities. Speaking on the occasion Salman Butt
said the restriction was imposed on the instance of Governor Punjab. As many as
15 bookstalls were set up at the fair.
The IJT nazim Zahid Naveed announced
to organise a book march today (Wednesday) at Old Campus and
Sharah-e-Quaid-e-Azam to press the demand to hold the book fair.
He said he
had requested the PU administration to form a teachers and students committee to
thrash out programme to hold the book fair and to conduct audit of the money
spent in the fair but they gave no response. Instead they threatened us. He said
the matter could be settled by talks while students were prepared to show
flexibility to avoid any conflict, which would put the students in trouble,
particularly the girls residing in hostels.
Meanwhile the administrative and
teaching staff attended the university on Tuesday following the decision to keep
the academic activities as usual. However, the attendance was thin as the staff
had gone outstations since Sunday last.
The police continued to guard the
campus and the hostels on Tuesday. The PU security personnel also guarded the
campus and nobody was allowed to move without identification.
university's students adviser and spokesman Dr Mujahid Ali Mansoori has
condemned a statement wrongly attributed to the former presidents of university
students' union published in a section of press terming it as 'fake and
He said that the decision to restrict the holding of book fair and
closure of university for four days was taken after 10 hour deliberations and
contacts with law enforcing agencies at a meeting of a special committee chaired
by Prof Dr Iftikhar Baloch. This committee was constituted by the deans
committee under the chairmanship of Acting Vice-Chancellor Prof Azhar Ikram. Dr
Mansoori has appealed to the politicians who are supporting IJT from outside the
university that they should use the IJT for a national cause. The Nation
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Punjab University music students 'go underground'
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) students of the first batch
of MA Music are about to graduate, but their classes are still being held not
held on the university's premises due to pressure from Islami Jamiat Talaba
Classes are being held in the basement of Alhamra Art Council
since the programme began two years ago because the IJT called music 'un-Islamic
and vulgar'. Classes of the second batch are also being held at the council and
the university administration has not yet been able to shift them on
Classical singers say that the launching of the music discipline
at the university was a milestone to promote traditional music, but the IJT said
it was a waste of time and resources. IJT activists vowed not to allow music
classes on campus and several times protested against the launching of the music
discipline. They call the Art and Design Department as 'darul kufr' (house of
Badrul Zaman, winner of the President's Pride of Performance Award,
said music students would promote peace and love through their performances. He
said that it would be a great opportunity for musicians to have formal education
and earn a master's degree as well. "All students are encouraged to become
professional singers. They will also revive classical music, which is Pakistan's
identity abroad," he said.
He said that music students were looked down
upon by certain sections of society for no reason. "Study and research will help
them take Pakistani music to new heights. It is regrettable that Pakistan has no
audiovisual library. I took me 50 years to differentiate between Pakistani and
Indian music, which has been explained in a documentary," he said.
Timney, teaching western music, said that students were able to understand the
delicacies of music. Nadeem Riaz, a student, said that after graduating he would
become a professional singer of classical music. Another student, requesting
anonymity, said that the IJT was capable to stop classes if held on university
campus. Daily Times
"I am old student of Punjab university,. Punjab University is a city of peace and knowledge due to Islami Jamiat Talab, but some ****** type people wants to hyjack this institution and wants to make a volgur and like western istitute. They are 2% people in Pakistan like ****** type, and westernized. Bhala Music se iss nation ko Mirasi banana hay kia. Khuda ke kasam Bus Litran de kami he. Logon k pas khanay ko nahi r yeh ****** music r woh bhe Punjab University main jahan Allah k Shairon ka daira hay wahan aisa nahi ho sakta."
Name: Azhar Baloch
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PU to hold Shah Hussain moot today
Punjab University's Department of Punjabi will organise 'Shah Hussain' seminar on Wednesday (today) at 10:00 am in the Sherani
Hall of Oriental College, Allama Iqbal (Old) Campus. PU Faculty of Oriental
Learning Dean Prof Dr Muhammad Saleem Mazhar will preside over the seminar.
Dr Muhammad Amin from Multan University, Dr Rashid Mateen from Higher Education
Commission and Dr Nabila Rehman from PU Punjabi Department will present their
research papers on the occasion. Iqbal Bahu will present Soofiyana Kalam of
Hazrat Shah Hussain and Saleem Kashir and Khalid will pay tribute through their
poems on the occasion.
†Faculty members and a large number of students will
also attend the seminar.
Meanwhile, on Thursday (tomorrow) the department
will organise a 'Mefil-e-Mushaira' at 7:00 pm. Punjab University Vice-Chancellor
Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran will be the chief guest on the occasion.
Manjit Indra, Gurbajan FGill, Indir Jeet Hassan Puri, Shanti Kant Opal and
including others from India will participate and from Pakistan Dr Inam-ul-Haq
Javed, Zahid Fakhri, Kaleem Shahzad, Saleem Kashir, Talib Jatoi, Zahid Hammad,
Tajammal Kaleem, Maryam Ramzan, Soofia Bedar, Dr Naheed, Abbas Najmi, Mudassar
Iqbal Butt, Dr Zia-ul-Hassan and others will participate.
Chairman Prof Dr Asmatullah Zahid has said Punjabi is the largest language of
Punjab province and the conduct of literary seminars, mushairas and lectures is
must to promote the language among people. The Nation
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NTU again closed for a fortnight: Admin-students row
Faisalabad: The National Textile University administration again
closed the varsity on Tuesday for two weeks and asked the students to vacate the
This is for the second time the NTU management has closed the
university following a protest drive launched by students.
vice-chancellor Masood Biabani had ordered the suspension of all educational
activities on April 8 for an indefinite period. The university had resumed its
activities on April 22.
Sources said students came to know about the
university's closure when they reached the VC office on Tuesday for a routine
protest launched by them from April 2. The administration pasted the closure
notification silently at all notice boards, they said.
reads: "It is notified for the information of all the students and staff members
that the vice-chancellor has closed the university's academic and all other
official activities for 15 days. Furthermore, all the resident students are
directed to vacate the hostels immediately."
Students have been demanding
the university's accreditation with the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC),
disbandment of the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association, an organising body of
the NTU, and resignation of the vice-chancellor.
The decision of the
university's closure infuriated the students who marched towards the residence
of the sole NTU dean, Dr Zubair Ahmed, and sought clarification.
said the dean was unable to reply and said the VC had issued the order. Students
locked the main gates and did not allow any sort of transportation. They did no
let any faculty member leave or enter the premises.
A student requesting
anonymity said the university administration had telephoned all students on
Friday last (May 9) and asked them to resume studies.
He said earlier the
administration had sent letters at the residences of parents and apprised them
about the strike. The administration had also sought parents' immediate
intervention to diffuse the situation. However, he said the administration again
silently suspended all educational activities, which was unwise.
said the suspension of educational activities was the outcome of the VC's
address to students on Monday at the main auditorium. Students had severely
criticised the administration and the VC and asked the latter to resign
immediately. The VC tried to apprise the students about the accreditation issue,
but to no avail.
Hassan Aman, a student, said: "Why the administration
secretly closed the university and asked students to vacate hostels, though
boarders have deposited hefty dues." Dawn
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