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IJT harassment of PU staff condemned
Lahore, May 30: A
Punjab University (PU) spokesman has strongly condemned an attempt of
harassing staff and Director of Institute of Business and Information
Technology (IBIT) by Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) activists and pasting
derogatory posters against the administration at the institute.
spokesman said that on May 28 at 3:00am in the morning, 10 IJT
hooligans, after scolding an IBIT security guard, pasted derogatory
posters, which were later removed. He said on the evening of the same
day at 6:00pm, three IJT activists came to the IBIT and threatened
security guard that they would "set ablaze" the IBIT if posters were
removed next time.
In the wee hours of May 29, the
spokesman said that five IJT activists reached the IBIT and again pasted
derogatory posters. He added that an emergency meeting of the IBIT
faculty members was held, who had strongly condemned the incident.
spokesman said the PU administration had never got blackmailed in the
past by these hooligans and their former members and it could not be
pressurised at all. He also said only one student organisation was
involved in all the incidents of violence on the campus.
spokesman said these elements and their supporters wanted to destroy
the peaceful academic atmosphere of the university. He warned that
disciplinary committee proceedings would be initiated against those
students who were found in any illegal activity.
Academic Staff Association (PU-ASA) has also condemned the incident and
demanded the Punjab government launch a grand operation at the varsity
to purge the varsity of criminal elements.
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Govt issued notice over 5 posts held by KEMU VC
Lahore: The Lahore High Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Punjab government on a
petition challenging appointment of Prof Dr Asad Aslam Khan on five
administrative posts at the King Edward Medical University (KEMU).
to the petition, the respondent was holding the portfolios of KEMU
Vice-Chancellor, Pro-VC, Professor of Ophthalmology Mayo Hospital,
Director General/Principal Punjab Institute of Preventive Ophthalmology
PIPO/College of Allied Vision Sciences and National Coordinator for
Prevention of Blindness.
Noshab A Khan advocate filed the
petition and pleaded that the five posts were extremely important ones
and had separate job descriptions. He said the appointment of a single
person on the five posts was affecting the quality of service in the
institutions and was also affecting the patient management.
The lawyer requested the court to appoint five professors on these posts to allow smooth functioning of these posts.
petitioner further pleaded that Dr Asad Aslam Khan might be restrained
from continuing work on any of the four posts and his notification might
be set aside. The court, after hearing the contention, issued notice to the government for June 20.
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USAID-funded hostel for girls at FC College
Lahore: The groundbreaking ceremony of a USAID-funded on-campus hostel for female
students of Forman Christian College (FCC) was held here on Tuesday.
Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Dr Andrew
Sisson and U.S. Consul General Nina Fite led the groundbreaking
ceremony. The hostel will be six-storey with 360 rooms.
Sisson, with the help of a technician, operated an excavator in
breaking ground on this $6 million construction project. By providing a
secure all-female on-campus residence, the United States is supporting
and encouraging women from across Pakistan to pursue higher education.
United States Government is fully committed to supporting and
strengthening education in Pakistan, particularly closing the gender gap
in the higher education," remarked Dr. Sisson.
"Education is one of the most important means of empowering women with
the knowledge, skills and self-confidence necessary to participate fully
Rector-designate for FCC Dr James Tebbe
praised the women's hostel project, saying, "The new women's hostel will
further help Forman Christian College recruit nationally and provide a
secure environment for female students that meets the cultural standards
Other speakers at the event included female
student representatives from Sukkur in Sindh and Chitral in
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, who expressed their appreciation for the project.
The students said it would go a long way towards empowering women from all across the country.The
new residence will enable the college to house and educate a greater
number of women, particularly those living in remote and vulnerable
Currently, 34 percent of the student body
pursuing higher education at FCC is female and the U.S.-funded Women's
hostel will help FCC reach its goal of increasing the ratio to 50 per
At FCC, USAID has also funded 1,400 scholarships;
computer labs; library upgrade; the development of a four-year
baccalaureate program and curriculum and staff training. The USAID has
also contributed substantially to the construction of the Science
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Grade-7 student commits suicide in Abbottabad
Abbottabad: A 12-year-old student committed suicide reportedly due to the harsh
attitude of the hostel administration of a local private school,
officials said on Tuesday.
The police sources said
Abdul Mubeen, son of Sardar Muhammad Rafique, and a student of grade-7
at the Pakistan International Public School, Abbottabad, committed
suicide by hanging himself at his residence.
said that a letter recovered from his pocket revealed that he had taken
the step due to the attitude of a schoolteacher and the hostel
administration. He advised his entire family not to get other children
enrolled in the said school and asked them to go through his diary.
Mubeen, who hailed from Beeran Gali in Abbottabad district, had
reportedly conveyed his concern to his family but it had opted to admit
him in the hostel even though it was living in Abbottabad city. The
police registered the case and started investigation.Meanwhile, Chief
Minister Ameer Haider Hoti directed the district administration to probe
the incident. The news
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