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.
The 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.
The 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.
The 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.
The PU 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.
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).
According 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.
The 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.
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.
U.S. 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.
Dr 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.
"The 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.
He said, "Education is one of the most important means of empowering women with the knowledge, skills and self-confidence necessary to participate fully in society."
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 of Pakistan."
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 areas.
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 cent.
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 Building.
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.
The sources 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.
Abdul 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