MAO College fee issue | BZU students clash

Advance fee issue troubles MAO College students Lahore, May 28: A large number of students of the Government MAO College are in a fix as the administration has withheld their roll number slips for upcoming MA Part-I exam, pressurising them to first submit dues for yet-to-start Part-II classes.

The students condemning the decision have demanded the authorities of Higher Education Department, Punjab, intervene and provide relief to them. The students said there was no logic in collecting dues of the classes which were yet to commence, adding that the issue was badly affecting their preparations for the exams scheduled to commence from June 9, 2011.

According to the students enrolled in different evening postgraduate programmes, their families were in great trouble as submitting fees in advance in prevailing worst financial situation was not possible for most of them.

One of the students, seeking anonymity, also said MAO College administration led by its principal was forcing the students to submit dues in advance as the college did not have funds to pay to the faculty members and junior staff serving the college on contract basis. "Otherwise one cannot comprehend as to why the students are being victimised", he added.

Another student said submitting over Rs 22,000 at once just to get roll number slip was injustice. He also questioned, "What if a student fails the Part-I examination." "In this case what will be legal status of the amount collected by the college in advance," he questioned.

He said the roll number slip issue had greatly irked the students and they could not focus their studies as well. When contacted, Govt MAO College Principal Syed Irfan Hussain Zaidi said the students had signed an agreement of two years Master's programme and were bound to pay for the same. He said the college had to pay visiting faculty members as well as regular teachers who taught the evening shift students. "We have to pay teachers from students fee and therefore are helpless," he added. He said that such issues also created problems in audit process, claiming if the fee was not collected from the students, the head of the institution had to pay the same to clear the audit objection.

The principal said all the students had submitted the dues except some students enrolled in the Mass Communication Department.

The college students also staged a protest demonstration against the college administration on the issue.

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Students reject 200pc raise in MA/MSc exams by IUB
Bahawalpur: Students have rejected up to 200 per cent increase in the fee for the MA/MSc first annual examination 2011.

The university has increased its fee from Rs 2,000 to Rs 8,000 for local candidates, while from Rs 4,000 to Rs 15,000 for the mofussil candidates. Students and parents said that the increase in the examination fee would undermine the efforts of the government to promote higher education in the country. They said that the Islamia University Bahawalpur was the only public sector university in the region and is funded by the government. They said that if the university was facing shortage of funds it should reduce the luxuries of officials and terminate the surplus staff, which was recruited to oblige various groups and politicians.

When contacted, IUB Controller Examination Riasat Ali Qureshi, who is working on contract after his retirement, defended the decision and said that the recent increase in the examination fee had been made to meet the expenditures of the Examination Branch. He said that IUB VC Prof Dr Muhammad Mukhtiar had approved the increase in the examination fee. The news

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Students clash at BZU leaves 10 injured
Multan: At least 10 students of Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) got seriously injured when a group of their opponents, who were identified as activists of People's Students Federation (PSF), student wing of ruling PPP, suddenly attacked them at the main gate of the varsity on Thursday evening.

The injured were rushed to Nishtar Hospital by Rescue 1122 officials where the condition of two students is stated to be precarious. Over three dozen assailants, who were armed with clubs, iron rods and other tools, encircled the workers of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) just outside police post and badly thrashed them. Although the IJT workers kept screaming for help, the cops stood silent, staring at the battlefield. Traffic remained suspended on Bosan Road for about one hour because of the clash while the main gate of BZU presented the view of a war torn area. The injured students were identified as Waqas Ijaz, Ghulam Abbas, Zubair, Babar Khan, Waqas Solangi, Ahmad Ali, Ali Ahmad, Saboor Ali, Sana Ullah Aulakh and Faisal Ayyaz. It may be mentioned here that many teachers, students and university staffers have become victims of highhandedness of PSF workers during the last one month but no action is taken against them. "They are (PSF workers) being backed by politicians. Whenever they commit any crime, two MPAs from Multan pressurize police not to take any action," said an administrative officer of BZU on condition of anonymity. "We are helpless. They broke the hand of a conductor of university bus when he asked them not to enter from female gate. When the aggrieved party approached police, they refused to register FIR. What can we do in this situation?" he posed a question.

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Scandal video bogus, says UAF VC
Faisalabad: University of Agriculture Faisalabad Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan has termed the alleged video footage of a female boarder vis-à-vis sex scandal as bogus and beyond the ground realities.

Putting forth the real picture of the issue and dispelling the drastic impact, in a press statement issued here Friday, he told that the video of that girl being aired on some electronic channels does not belong to the University premises.

Dr Iqrar A Khan further told that an impartial inquiry had been initiated to look into the matter and decide the fate of the security officer and the students. He told that UAF management has barred the security officer to perform his duties and withheld his promotion. Dr Iqrar vowed that as soon as the inquiry is completed, the media will be informed about the findings accordingly. He told that the issue was brought in his notice 10 days ago. Besides initiating an inquiry, the parents of the girl involved were asked to take the girl back home. The nation

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PU wins trophies
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) students have won two team trophies in Virsa'11, organized by NFC Institute of Engineering and Fertilizer Research, Faisalabad.

A press release on Friday said the event included various competitions, and PU students' bagged first positions in 6 events while second positions in 2 categories. In 'Urdu Mushaaira,' Usman Zia of Special Education Department (Ghazal), Syed Ghulam Mohyuddin of ICS (Nazm), Umer Riaz of Law College in 'English Essay,' Haseeb Bajwa and Ahmad Kashif of ICS in 'Short Movie,' Farhan Zohaib of Art & Design College in 'Catch the Moment,' Waseem Afzal Kahloon of Law College and Hamza Tarrar of IBA in 'Tu Tu Mein Mein (Urdu),' and Fatima Hamid and Ghazala of ICS in 'Tu Tu Mein Mein (English)' clinched first positions, while Syed Israr ul Hassan and Ahmad Kashif of ICS in 'Tu Tu Mein Mein (Urdu),' and Bilas and Shaharyar of Art & Design College in 'Scavenger Hunt' bagged second positions.

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PU results
Lahore: The Punjab University announced the results of various examinations on Friday. According to a press statement, the exams are: Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm-D), Second Professional, 2nd Annual Exam 2010, BBA (Hons), Morning Programme, Semester System, Session 2006-2010, BBA (Hons), Afternoon Programme, Semester System, Session 2006-2010, MBA (Banking and Finance), Evening, Semester System, Session 2008-2010 and MBA (Insurance and Risk Management), Evening, Semester System, Session 2008-2010.

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Taseer still chancellor on KEMU website
Lahore: The King Edward Medical University (KEMU), Lahore, has not bothered to maintain its official website as slain Punjab Governor Salman Taseer is still a chancellor of the university according to it.

However, IT wizards of the KEMU need to be reminded that presently Sardar Latif Khan Khosa is governor of the Punjab and by virtue of his present position he is the chancellor of the King Edward Medical University as of all other universities in the province.

It is also surprising that the website had not been updated for the last several years as Dr Tahir Ali Javed, MPA and present head of Unification Bloc of the PML, was still shown as the Health Minister of the Punjab and his message was still posted in his capacity as the health minister.

It is worth mentioning that Dr Tahir Ali Javed had ceased to be health minister and was appointed as Minister for Special Educatio­n even during the tenure of Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, ex-chief minister of Punjab. Presently, the command of the health sector in Punjab is in the hands of Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif. Furthermore, the website was also not updated vis-à-vis the faculty as several professors/heads of the departments, who had either have retired or left the university, were still holding the posts according to the official website of the university. Prof Muhammad Akram, former head of the Department of Physiology, who had retired from the post, was still shown as Professor of Physiology/Head of the Department of Physiology. Similarly, Prof Dr Attiya Khalid, former professor of Anatomy/Head of Department of Anatomy, who has been appointed as principal of Gujranwala Medical College, Gujranwala, was still holding his post in the university according to the website. However, the IT experts updated the website whenever a new vice chancellor was appointed in the university. Soon after PML-N's government in Punjab in February 2008, Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif sent packing former KEMU Vice Chancellor Prof Mumtaz Hasan and appointed Prof Dr Zafarullah Khan as acting vice chancellor, which was immediately updated on the website.

Similarly, Punjab government appointed Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Asad Aslam Khan as acting vice chancellor on September 2010 upon retirement of Prof Zafarullah Khan, which was also updated with the incumbent's message on the website.

However, the updating of the website was only needed about historical facts vis-à-vis messages of the present authorities of the Punjab government and the faculty, but one thing was commendable that university regularly updated various schedules and results examinations being conducted by the university on the website.

Therefore, there is no inconvenience for the students on the latest happenings in the university. When contacted, KEMU spokesman said that the university administration would soon update the website.

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KEMU, AIMC await PM grants
Lahore: The federal government is yet to release the grants in favour of the King Edward Medical University and Allama Iqbal Medical College pledged by Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gillani during convocations of the two medical institutions held in 2008.

Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gillani, during the convocation of AIMC on 24.12.2008 which was also attended by Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sahrif, had announced a grant of Rs 350 million for construction of a burn centre through Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal in addition to provision of two buses for the students of the college.

During convocation of KEMU one day later on 25.12.2008, the prime minister announced a grant of Rs 200 million for the construction of a girls' hostel of the KEMU.

Besides, the PM also announced Rs 1 million for the gold medallists of KEMU out of personal funds of the Prime Minister.

Later, the Prime Minister's Secretariat, under notification F PMDIR/2056/PM-Annou/PAW/2009 dated January 2, 2009, notified the PM's directive Nos 2295-2298 in this regard.

"Further necessary action may be taken to implement the Prime Minister's announcements and progress intimated to this Secretariat at the earliest," the notification mentioned.

Sources said that the project of construction of the burn centre at the AIMC had been delayed ever since PM's announcements during AIMC convocation. Two buses for the students of AIMC were however provided to the institution.

Similarly, the KEMU administration has decided to construct another floor of the existing girls' hostel on its own after losing hope of getting the pledged amount by the federal government because of the urgency after girls' strength outnumbered boys with 65:35 ratio of admissions on 325 seats in the university. The land for the construction of girls' hostel, which was to be provided by the Punjab government, was also not given to the university. However, it could not be confirmed whether the PM's pledged amount of Rs 1 million for the gold medallists of KEMU was provided or not.

Besides, it has also been learnt PML-N MNA Mian Hamza Shahbaz Sharif pledged an amount of Rs 50 million and 10 acres of land for the KEMU for establishment of Institute of Allied Health Sciences during a function held in connection with 150-year celebrations of establishment of the formerly King Edward Medical College (KEMC), but this promise is also yet to be fulfilled.

Besides, Punjab government has also not provided land for KEMU sub-campus, whereas it had already provided land for sub-campuses of University of Health Sciences and University of Engineering and Technology and Government College University at University Town at Kala Shah Kaku.

When contacted, AIMC Principal Prof Dr Javed Akram confirmed that PM's pledged amount of Rs 350 million for the burn centre was not provided yet, although federal government had now assured release of the amount. "The project of the burn centre has to be delayed due to not release of the said amount by the federal government," he said. However, he said, the two buses had been provided to the institution.

KEMU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Asad Aslam Khan also confirmed that PM's promised amount of Rs 200 million for construction of girls' hostel had not been released so far, whereas the land for the girls' hostel was also not yet made available to the university.

However, he said that the amount of Rs 50 million and 10 acre land for establishment of Institute of Allied Health Sciences, announced by MNA Mian Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, were in the process. The news

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