Punjab University VC alleged violations

NA committee seeks suspension of PU VC
Lahore, May 21: Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa has sought report from Punjab University Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran over his alleged violations of the instructions of Chairman, Standing Committee of National Assembly on Government Assurances.

Chairman of Standing Committee in a letter addressed to Punjab Governor had recommended to suspend PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran and also stop his salary till further orders for violating committee's instructions.

The letter further speaks, it is respectfully brought to your kind notice that the PU VC appeared before the Standing Committee on Government Assurance on March 10, 2011. He was instructed by the committee to resolve the issue of Dr Iftikhar Baloch. But instead of resolving the issue the VC in clear and blatant defiance of this Committee dismissed Iftikhar from service on March 21, 2011.

The VC did not attend the meeting of this committee on March 15, 2011 and informed in a letter about the dismissal of Iftikhar from service. The letter further explained that language of the letter was just objectionable whereby he tried to influence the Committee to stop its proceedings forthwith. The Committee has unanimously recommended the suspension of the VC and stoppage of his salary till its final decision.

The committee has further recommended that the appeal of Dr Iftikhar Blaoch may graciously be accepted with all the benefits from the date of his dismissal.

The letter further reads, the committee hopes that your high office will get recommendations implemented in letter and spirit. Your intervention will not only ensure the supremacy of Parliament and rule of law but also save a poor teacher from starvation and hunger.

A same report has also been sought by Secretary Higher Education, Haseeb Athar from VC Punjab University on the same issue and PU VC has got the services of legal advisor Shehzad Shoukat to respond both the authorities.

Spokesman of the Punjab University said that the VC has received letter from Governor Punjab and Secretary Higher Education as well for comments and he has got the services of the legal advisor in this regard. He said that said committee was not authorised to seek report from university since the committee is on government assurance not on education. He said that Punjab University was not in the jurisdiction of the standing committee and Federal Law ministry has also taken notice of the letter.

When contacted Iftikhar Blaoch said that he was dismissed by VC saying that Syndicate has did the same whereas no meeting of the syndicate was convened.

VC got the approval of his dismissal by circulation and he did not know what was mentioned on the circulation paper. He claimed that it was serious matter to dismiss a professor of grade 21 in sheer violation of standing committee on government assurances. The nation

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Students demo against outages
Lahore: Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) Punjab University (PU) chapter organised a demonstration against the government for frequent and prolonged power outages.

The demonstration was held at canal bridge outside PU New Campus in which students of various departments took part. They blocked the main road for around one hour flaying the government for ignoring worst-ever energy crisis amid increasing mercury level.

There, IJT PU chapter Nazim Haq Nawaz said the loadshedding was adding to miseries of the students especially boarders. He said contrary to the varsity campus, the VC House and residences of other top officials had facility of power generators.

He said a power plant should be installed at the varsity keeping in view electricity demand of the Punjab University. The demo caused traffic mess on Canal Road and many other adjacent roads owing to which the commuters suffered. The news

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PBTE official fired
Lahore: The Punjab Board of Technical Education chairman on Friday dismissed system analyst Zulfiqar Ahmed Cheema from service on "gaining unauthorised access to financial data and using the board's computer system to harass, intimidate and coerce his colleagues".

Cheema has been proceeded against by the competent authority under section 5 of the Punjab Employees Efficiency, Discipline and Accountability Act 2006 on different charges.

The board had charged that Cheema intentionally gained unauthorised/illegal access to the financial data i.e., payments received by different officers/officials through electronic system or electronic device or networking and kept the same in his personal custody so as to cause harassment to officers/officials of the board.

With an intention to coerce, intimidate or harass the officers or employees of the board, the board said, he intentionally used computer or computer networking, internet, electronic mail or other means of communication to unauthorised display or distribution of information or secret information of the board to staff union, media or other unconcerned persons in a manner which damaged the working of the PBTE.

He also drafted complaints including assembly question against Controlling Authority (Tevta/Punjab Board of Technical Education) for

damaging the credibility of the organisation.

The board spokesman says the formal inquiry into the allegations was conducted by a committee which held that all the charges stood proved.

The competent authority after perusing the findings of the committee and the record of the case served show cause-cum-personal hearing notice on the official who failed to defend himself.

The board chairman notified Zulfiqar Cheema's dismissal from service on May 20. Dawn

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Lahore: Dr Uzma Aizaz Khokhar of Fatima Jinnah Medical College receives two gold and a silver medals at the convocation. The news

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