PU teachers protest against IJT hooliganism
Lahore, May 16: The Islami Jamiat Tulaba (IJT) has lambasted the police for its failure to arrest nominated killers of Jamiat leader Awais Aqeel, who was killed in a Punjab University hostel on Sunday night.
Condemning the incident, the Jamiat demanded the killers be arrested within 24 hours, otherwise a massive protest campaign would be launched.
At a news conference at the STC Hall on Tuesday, IJT Nazim Rai Haq Nawaz flanked with PU Old Campus Nazim Asif Waheed and west area Nazim Hafiz Nauman Zafar also held the university administration responsible for poor security that led to the murder and fleeing of the killers.
Nawaz alleged the PU vice chancellor was continuously working against the IJT and tried to fan violence among students on one pretext or the other.
He said killer Ibrar Wattoo was involved in harassing students and teachers on the campus. He said the Jamiat had expelled Wattoo from its rank due to anti-peace activities. He claimed university's Disciplinary Committee had restored him and used him against the Jamiat.
He said the Jamiat continued to inform the varsity administration about theft, dacoity and other law and order disrupting activities, but neither the police, nor agencies' officials nor varsity security guards took corrective measures.
The IJT nazim alleged Wattoo had also opened fire on the residences of Dr Liaquat and Dr Shaukat, but the varsity administration blamed Jamiat for it.
Nawaz said the Jamiat was all out to resume academic activities on the campus, and said all such activities would be held normally on Wednesday (today).
PU SPOKESMAN: A PU spokesman refuted the allegations levelled by IJT activists, saying the Jamiat had always tried to misguide the media by distorting facts.
He said Awais Aqeel and Ibrar Wattoo were not PU students, and the administration had already requested the officials concerned to launch an operation in order to get university hostels vacated from illegal occupants.
He said the IJT activists told another lie that Ibrar Wattoo was reinstated by the PU Disciplinary Committee, but according to the facts, he was reinstated by the examination committee and he was an IJT nazim at that time.
Stating that Jamiat leaders' press conference was full of contradictions, he said the nazim alleged that some PU officials were backing Ibrar Wattoo, while in the same breath he admitted that the residences of syndicate member Prof Dr Shaukat Ali and Controller of Examinations Prof Dr Liaqat Ali were attacked by Wattoo.
The spokesman said the varsity administration was above all biases and all of its decisions and policies clearly reflected national thinking of the administration.
He said all the quarters concerned knew the elements well who misbehaved with teachers and were behind all incidents of crime and violence. He said the PU students were winning competitions at national and international levels and IJT activists should also follow the suit and avoid negative politics.
"The meaningless politics has taken toll of a precious life and deprived parents of their young son," the spokesman said. Dawn
Written test for Rescue 1122
Lahore: The Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) conducted written test of over 6,000 applicants to recruit the emergency staff for 605 posts.
The successful candidates will be posted as Emergency Officers, Rescue Safety Officers, Control Room In-charge, Shift In-charge, Computer Telephone Wireless Operator and Emergency Medical Technicians in Lahore, Attock, Jehlum, Sargodha, Sheikhupura, Chakwal, Mandi Bahudin, Murree, Ahmad Pur East, Chichawatni, Gujar Khan, Jaranwala, Kabeerwala, Khanpur, Liaquatpur, Kharian, Mian Channu, Mureed Kay, Pattoki and Sadiqabad.
The written test and psychological assessment (Personality & Aptitude) were conducted at the Emergency Services Academy, Ferozepur Road, Lahore.
The list of successful candidates will be displayed at the end of May, 2012 at the Emergency Services Academy and in their respective divisions where forms were submitted by the applicants.
Interviews of the short-listed candidates shall be conducted by the Recruitment Board, comprising members from five different government departments. The news
'No education policy produced results'
Islamabad: Since the creation of Pakistan, none of the education policy could produce the desired results and address the grave situation of the sector.
It was stated by renowned educationist Javed Hasan Aly during a seminar titled 'Education for all: Role of Media' organised by Pakistan Coalition for Education (PCE) and Society for Access to Quality Education (SAQE) in Islamabad.
He said that the government educational institutions were facing virtual collapse and the reasons were many which needed to be taken care of on urgent basis. He said: "In America 90 per cent of the children go to public schools whereas in Pakistan only those opt for them who cannot afford private schools. This lack of trust is the outcome of multiple factors, such as missing facilities in the schools and the imbalanced student-teacher ratio, etc."
Mr. Aly said unfortunately the culture to acquire knowledge could not develop in Pakistan ever since its creation. Even before
the partition, the Muslims were among the most deprived class in terms of acquiring education among all the ethnicities in India. He stressed the need to reject the established thoughts and develop quest for knowledge leading to truth.
He further said that in 1950, Pakistan and Malaysia were enjoying the same growth rate which consistently deteriorated in Pakistan while in Malaysia, it accelerated due to the social preparedness. Countries such as China, Malaysia and South Korea invested adequately in human capital therefore during the last 10 years; they achieved milestones in terms of progress.
He said: "With a cumulative 57.7 per cent of literacy and highest dropout rates in the world, Pakistan is second in terms of highest number of children out of the primary schools. Mushrooming of Madaris is just because they provide food, shelter and education to the children. This hunger-stricken nation cannot afford to breed mindsets not to accept difference of opinion."
Zaigham Khan, a journalist, referred to the research work of Amratiya San and Dr Mahboobul Haq in which they showed how Asian tigers covered 100 years distance in just 10 years by giving importance to education sector. Dawn
Students delight spectators with literary feast at NUML
Islamabad: Seven regional campuses and main campus of the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) together put up an exotic show of performances, speeches and cultural dances to provide an opportunity to students of seven regional campuses which spread across the country to let their vocal, artistic and literary senses to feast further on Tuesday.
In the first round of performances, debaters and speakers from all seven and main campuses showcased their mastery in a declamation contest and beautifully built their cases with the help of literary quotations, Quranic verses, historic allusions and with a mix of literary figures and dramatic touches to win points from the judges and applause from audience and fellow students.
Though it was a declamation contest, there was also a spectacular display of regional integration, solidarity, sportsman spirit and uniformity for the audience. In the first round Muhammad Irfan from Multan Campus won the first cash prize of Rs 5,000, Anum Iqbal from Lahore Campus won the second cash price of Rs 3,000 and Zunaira Butt from Faisalabad Campus won the third cash prize of Rs 2,000 in Inter-Campus English Declamation Contest.
Moreover, Sajid Ali Niazi from the main campus won the first cash prize of Rs 5,000, Sajid Abbas from the main campus won the second cash price of Rs 3,000 while Muhammad Arif Qureshi won the third cash prize of Rs 2,000 in Urdu Inter-Campus Declamation Contest.
In the second round of performances, male students of Gilgit-Baltistan, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Punjab, who were in their regional and cultural attires enthralled the audience with their cultural dances on some popular folk tunes.
A big gathering of students, deans, heads and faculty members of different departments of the university and regional campuses admired the cultural dances with applause.
Moreover, the event was also attended by Rector Major Gen (r) Masood Hasan, Director General Brig Azam Jamal and directors of seven regional campuses.
The NUML rector, while speaking on the occasion, felicitated the students for their performances and said that such inter-campuses events provide opportunity to faculty members and students to interact with each other and share their experiences. It is a great pleasure to see a great show of regional harmony and an environment of competition. Now, such events will be arranged on regular basis in which students of main campus would attend the events of other campuses and vice versa. Moreover, Dr Shaheena Ayub Bhatti expressed her gratitude for arrangement of first inter-campus event and said these events promote sense of positive competition among students. At the end, the NUML rector distributed prizes among the winners. Daily times