Lahore blast: Educational campuses evacuated

Campuses evacuated after blast
Lahore, May 28: Fear gripped the students and staffers of several educational institutions situated near the Rescue 15 office and the CCPO Office at Shahrah e Fatima Jinnah after a bomb explosion near the Rescue 15 Office.

The buildings of some educational institutions in the surroundings of the Rescue 15 Office were also damaged in the blast.

Classes were called off in most of the institutions after the blast.

Academic institutions, including Fatima Jinnah Medical College (FJMC), its hostel, Saint Anthony's, Sacred Heart and Lahore Literati are situated in the surroundings of the Rescue 15 Office. Besides, the office of Board and Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore is also situated near the blast site. Students of Fatima Jinnah Medical College said that windows of the college's building were broken after the blast and fear gripped the students present in the institution at that time. Similarly, the office of BISE Lahore suffered worst after the blast where a loss of millions of rupees was reported as vehicles and motorbikes of dozens of employees and various parts of the buildings were damaged due to the blast and the office staff came out of the building.

Moreover, many people including van drivers rushed to pick the children from the nearby institutions after the blast.

In the Lahore Literati School situated in Shadman, the school was called off immediately after the blast. Humayun, a businessman who had come to receive his niece from the school stated that soon after the incident, the parents were asked to pick up their children from the school and that was why he was there. The blockade of roads by the police caused problems for the travellers and other people with vehicles intending to pick the children from the schools. The News

Blast causes damage to BISE building
Lahore: The suicide blast at Rescue-15 office here Wednesday also caused damage to the building of Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore, situated 500 metres from the blast site. BISE spokesman said that window panes of the building were smashed and aluminium frames twisted due to intensity of the explosion. While, the board's vehicles and the cars of professors were damaged badly who were marking the examination papers in the building, he added. Soon after the blast, the BISE Chairman Dr. Muhammad Akram Kashmiri along with Controller Examination took a round of the building, and also constituted a committee to estimate the losses. However, the committee estimated the loss of millions of rupees. The Chairman ordered immediate repair of the building and also sent a report to the controlling authority in this regard, he maintained. App

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GCU students collect Rs 2 lakh for IDPs
Lahore: The Welfare Society of Government College University Lahore collected two hundred thousands rupees and relief goods for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Swat. It which was a good well gesture from the students of GCU for relief goods should be handed over to the government to supply the effected people. The Welfare Society of GCU started relief campaign for IDPs of the Swat by the special instructions of the Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore Dr. Khalid Aftab from May 20 to 26 2009. On the last day of the campaign a music concert was arranged in the Bokhari Auditorium of GCU. The income of the concert would also be given to the relief fund. F.P report

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PU lecturer to participate in Nobel Laureates meeting
Lahore: Punjab University Institute of Chemistry Lecturer Muhammad Imran has been selected for participation in 59th Nobel Laureates meeting scheduled to be held from 26th June to 8th July 2009 at Lindau, Germany.

The Nobel Laureate meeting is an annual function at Lindau in various subjects like Physics and Medicine. The turn of Chemistry subject comes after 5 years. In this 59th meeting, Nobel Prize holders in chemistry will gather at Lindau, Germany.

In the first step, Higher Education Commission invited applications from Pakistani young scholars below 35 age from all four provinces including FATA and Kashmir followed by highly competitive interview conducted at HEC Islamabad. These interviews were conducted by selection board of subject experts and other technical members. This selection board nominated 10 young scholars from all over the Pakistan. Final selection was made by Scientific Review Panel of the Lindau Council after evaluation of applications. The council selected six young scholars from Pakistan including Punjab University Lecturer Muhammad Imran. In this event, young scholars of 60 countries are going to participate.

PU wins trophy: The Punjab University has won the Team Trophy in Expedition 09 organized by Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS) Islamabad on May 22-24, 2009.

The PU got first positions in Urdu Mushaira, Urdu Essay and Story Writing, English Essay and Story Writing, Sketch and Painting, Bilingual Declamation, Photography (Colored), Photography (Black and White), All Rounder and Documentary and Singing. Moreover, the PU got second position in Mime and 3rd position in Drama competition. The Punjab University team was also awarded with Team Trophy in year 2008.

In another Bilingual Declamation, Punjab University College of Pharmacy student Shamaoon Ahmad got first position in English Declamation. This contest was organized by NFC College of Engineering, Faisalabad, from May 20-21, 2009.

PU sets up relief camp: A twenty three-member medical and relief team of Punjab University, with medicines and other relief goods worth one million rupees, has set up a relief camp at Shah Mansoor, District Sawabi, where Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Sawat, Buner and Malakand have been settled.

On the first day of the relief camp, the senior doctors of the team examined many ailing people, including children and women. Two lady doctors of PU health centre are also accompanying the team. The doctors gave treatment to the ailing people and provided medicines.

IJT demands student-friendly PU budget: The Punjab University chapter of the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) said that the PU budget to be presented next month must be student-friendly and special funds must be allocated for the solution of students' problems.

According to a press release here on Wednesday, IJT PU Nazim Qaiser Sharif while addressing to the education committee said that the PU administration had commercialised the varsity's land by permitting projects of various private companies but no direct benefit of this commercialisation was given to the students.

He said there were high tuition and hostel fees, favouritism played role in scholarships, the facility of hostel was not available for afternoon students, and the PU buses were not sufficient to cater for the large number of students.

Three vehicles added to PU fleet: Three new vehicles of the fleet of Punjab University Examination Branch.

According to a press release here on Wednesday, the vehicles will be use for delivering question papers and collecting answer sheets from different examination centres of the university. Examination Controller Prof Zahid Karim, Additional Controller Muhammad Zaheer and Resident Officer Shahid Gill were also present. The News

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