IJT thrash students and teachers at PUICS

Torture of students, teachers flayed
Lahore, May 22: The Punjab University's Institute of Communication Studies (PUICS) faculty members have strongly condemned Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) for allegedly thrashing some students and teachers of the institute on Thursday night.

A PUICS press statement issued here Friday claimed that some mischievous elements had badly misbehaved and physically tortured some students and teachers of institute, including Naveed Iqbal Chaudhry (lecturer) and Khalid Rashid (lecturer), on Thursday evening.

All faculty members of ICS strongly condemned the incident, demanding the varsity administration take action against the ŽelementsŪ.

According to the statement, PUICS director Dr Ahsan Akhtar Naz presided over the meeting which was attended by Dr Noshina Saleem, Dr Bushra Rehman, Savera Shami, Abida Ijaz, Naveed Iqbal Ch, Shafiq Ahmed Kamboh, Khalid Rashid and Maliha Leghari.

When contacted, PU Resident Officer (RO) Shahid Gul said he had contacted the varsity chief security office soon after he informed about the incident on phone, adding, however, the elements succeeded to flee before arrival of varsity guards at the spot.

To a question, the RO said he had asked the PUICS director to submit a report so that action could be taken. He said he was informed that some PUICS students were thrashed by some students of PU Hailey College while the latter also misbehaved with the teachers.

PU chapter IJT information secretary Haris Saeed said various students were involved in the incident, denying the involvement of the Jamiat in the fight. He claimed some students of the Islamic Center had an argument with Film & TV Production students who were sitting on footpath of the institute late night with some female students. He said he had personally visited the spot, claiming no one had even argued with the teachers. The news

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Teachers' rally against 'anti-education' policies
Lahore: Teachers across Punjab on Friday took part in an anti-government protest at The Mall and demanded the termination of Punjab School Education's Secretary Aslam Kamboh. Punjab Teachers Union's (PTU) Hafiz Ghulam Mohiyuddin said the Punjab government had illegally recruited thousands of teachers under Kamboh's supervision. More than 1,000 schoolteachers gathered in front of Masjid-e-Shuhada at The Mall and marched towards the Punjab Assembly, carrying banners and posters with anti-Punjab government sentiments.

The teachers shouted slogans against the government and Kamboh and demanded the latter's termination. The protest was organised by various teachers' organistions, and their representatives led the rally. PTU President Mohiyuddin addressed the rally at Charing Cross and said Kamboh had challenged the dignity of teachers by calling them "useless" in a letter. He said teachers across the province were disheartened by this behaviour and demanded the Punjab CM take action against Kamboh, as he was also responsible for the illegal recruitments of teachers.

Mohiyuddin said there were anti-corruption cases registered against Kamboh but he was still present in the office. Kamboh said that there was no logic behind the protest as the accusations against him were false and fabricated. He said the teachers were riled because of a recent policy, under which a head holding a graduate degree would receive an added bonus of Rs 500. He added that most of the present heads only hold matriculation degrees. "The entire issue is over Rs 500," Kamboh added.

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BISE directed to issue roll number slips to four first-year students
Lahore: Justice Ahmad Farooq Sheikh of the Lahore High Court, as interim relief, has directed the Lahore Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) to immediately issue roll number slips to four first year students of the Government College University (GCU) for their participation in the annual examination being held from May 26.

The judge while taking up an application of 39 second year students also issued notices to the BISE and college authorities.

Earlier, admitting the main petition, the judge suspended the operation of an order of the GCU vice chancellor through which the BISE was requested not to issue roll number slips to the students. The college had withdrawn admission forms of the students taking a plea that according to the university rules, the students must have had their attendance not less than 75 percent. GCU authorities had said that they could not violate their rules to accommodate students who did not follow the university guidelines.

The petitioner's counsel claimed that the GCU had not forwarded the petitioners' admission forms to the board on the pretext that they had a below average attendance. He said the college administration had not informed the students on time about short attendance and they were suffering due to the negligence of the administration.

He submitted that most of the students belonged to other cities and lived in the college's hostel, however, the college authorities had sent notices to their home addresses, which kept the students ignorant about their admission forms. Daily times

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Rs 6b education endowment fund this year, says CM
Lahore: Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has said that the dream of making Pakistan a developed country cannot be materialised without providing education to the new generation.

He said that in view of the importance of education, the Punjab government was giving priority to the sector, adding that the Punjab Educational Endowment Fund had helped the deserving students polish their abilities.

He stated this during a meeting with the delegation of the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), led by NUST President and Rector Lt. Gen. Muhammad Asghar on Friday.

The CM said the Punjab Educational Endowment Fund would reach the figure of Rs 6 billion this year and under the fund, scholarships would be provided to talented students of LUMS and NUST besides five students would be sent to Ivy League universities for education in special fields.

He said it was our collective responsibility to impart modern education on the builders of the nation and NUST was playing a commendable role in this regard. He said that the Punjab government had provided scholarships to LUMS students from the educational endowment fund and their number had been increased to 50 while 50 NUST students would also be provided scholarships. He told the NUST rector that the university deserved appreciation for providing modern education to students. The news

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