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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 college.

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.

They said removal of Ms Sana Zia, head of Mass Communication Department, was an unfair decision.

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 again.

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.

It is 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 administration.

Prof Khan had also been denying any involvement in April 28 incident saying both the groups comprised outsiders and had nothing to do with studies.

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 spirit.

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 home.

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.

Farhan, a 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 added.

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.

Talking 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.

The University's 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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