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MAO College students' group demands principal's removal
Lahore: A group of Mao College students has demanded the immediate removal
of the college's acting principal for his alleged anti-student policies and
involvement in the incident of April 28.
Addressing a Press conference
at Lahore Press Club, a number MAO College students including Zobia, Sidra,
Sadia, Farhan Mansoor and others alleged that the college's acting principal
Prof Muhammad Khan was taking measures against the students and teachers of the
They alleged Prof Khan was involved in the incident of April 28
when a group of outsiders had tried to take control of the college.
said removal of Ms Sana Zia, head of Mass Communication Department, was an
After the press conference, the students also held a
demonstration outside the Lahore Press Club in which the protestors chanted
slogans against the acting principal and demanded his immediate removal.
However, when contacted, Prof Muhammad Khan said those who had addressed
a press conference against him were not students of Govt MAO College. "They are
in fact members of a student group which had earlier controlled affairs of the
college before my appointment. Most of them are students of other colleges" he
said adding they were protesting only to take possession of the college once
He said the head of Mass Communication Department was neither on
contract not a permanent employee of the college, adding the classes had been
closed because of the approaching exams and completion of the academic session.
It is pertinent to mention that a student group of MAO College which had
earlier been supporting the PML-Q government changed its loyalty soon after the
general elections and joined the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.
also worth mentioning that the principal had been accusing the said student
group of managing admissions of students in the past and allegedly minting money
from the admission process with the connivance of college's previous
Prof Khan had also been denying any involvement in April
28 incident saying both the groups comprised outsiders and had nothing to do
A college teacher, seeking anonymity, said the protesting
students were in fact misleading the authorities by their protests as they were
members of a student group.
"The group had established its control over
the college in past", he said adding they were demanding the same control again.
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Students await free textbooks before summer vacation
The decision to deliver free textbooks to students of government schools of
Punjab before commencement of annual summer vacation is being welcomed by the
stakeholders who seek implementation of the decision in letter and
They believe the provision of textbooks before summer vacation
would certainly help students develop basic understanding of the subjects to be
taught after the vacation. Free textbooks were delivered to students after the
annual summer break during the last two years. The Programme Management &
Implementation Unit (PMIU) of the Punjab Education Sector Reforms Programme
(PESRP) had to face immense criticism for that. The annual break time was wasted
by the students as they did not have the textbooks to study at
A number of students said the new decision was
certainly in their favour as they could utilize the summer vacation reading the
books given to them. However they said implementation of the decision in letter
and spirit was the challenge for the authorities concerned.
student of class VII said, previously his parents had to purchase textbooks from
the market because they were concerned over the break period without books. "Its
good this time books are being delivered before summer vacation", he
When contacted, PMIU Additional Programme Director, Ahad Cheema,
said dispatch of around 22 million textbooks, other than classes 1, 6 and 9, had
been started, adding around 19 million of the books had been delivered so far.
"The process would complete by the first week of June", he added.
about the textbooks of class 1, 6 and 9, he said the books were earlier being
written according to the curriculum introduced by the previous government,
adding however, the process had been halted as the new government had planned to
introduce a new curriculum. "Now, textbooks of these classes are being written
according to the previous curriculum", he said, adding "These books will be
delivered to the schools by mid July". Ahad Cheema further said around 6.6
million textbooks of class 1, 6 and 9 would be prepared, adding the total number
of books to be distributed among students across the province would be over 28
million. The News
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Poetry recitation competition at FC College on May 27
Lahore: Forman Christian College
University (FCCU) English Department (language and literature) will organise a
poetry writing and recitation competition on May 27.
According to a press
release issued By Ewing Literary Society issued on Sunday, Dr Farukh, Lahore
University of Management Sciences faculty member and FCCU English Department
head Dr Naseem Riaz Butt will judge the competition.
English Department has been holding events to introduce the students to
Pakistani English writers. Dr Fawzia Afzal Khan form Texas University paid
tribute to Taufiq Rafat. Ather Tahir, Khawaja Waqas and Faryal Gohar also
participated in the show. Daily Times
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Two BISE officials sacked for misconduct
Gujranwala: An intermediate examination centre superintendent and
his clerk were sacked for misconduct and deputing another staff without
permission at Alipur Chattha on Saturday.
Reports said a Board of
Intermediate and Secondary Education, Gujranwala, squad found during checking
that superintendent Malik Muhammad Azam had deployed the vigilant staff and the
clerk on his own accord.
The squad reported the matter to BISE Chairman
Akram Chaudhry who took a serious notice of it and sacked the superintendent and
his staff immediately. Dawn
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