IJT workers resort to violence in PU
Lahore, May 17: Punjab University (PU) once again turned into a violence zone on Wednesday when some students, allegedly belonging to Islamia Jamiat Talaba (IJT), broke dozens of flowerpots and windowpanes of Vice Chancellor office during a protest demonstration.
PU officials also claimed that two faculty members were also manhandled by some elements after the protest demo upon which the varsity's Academic Staff Association (PUASA) had announced to observe academic boycott from Thursday (today).
PUASA has warned to continue their boycott till the fulfilment of three major demands including cancellation of admissions of all nazims of Jamiat, vacation of varsity's boys' hostel to clear the same of outside elements and removal of Inspector General (IG) of Punjab Police.
The IJT activists had organised the demo outside the VC Office on Wednesday afternoon to c≠ondemn administration's alleged role in the recent incident in which an office-bearer of Jamiat was shot dead at the varsity Hostel No.16 on Sunday night. They chanted slogans against the PU VC and other officials.
However, Jamiat has denied the involvement of any of its activist in Wednesday's violence on the campus and also criticised the PUASA for announcing academic boycott at the varsity. It demanded removal of PU VC and Resident Officer for alleged negligence of the administration which resulted in the killing of a student, Awais Aqeel, on the campus.
Earlier Jamiat activists organised Quran Khawani on PU New Campus in which a large number of people participated.
However at a press statement, Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran strongly condemned the attack over two PU teachers of Chemistry Dr Ehsan Sharif and Dr Ejaz Butt and Vice Chancellor's office.
Interestingly in the statement without mentioning Jamiat or IJT, it simply mentioned "attackers", the VC said this was the most shameful act in the history of Punjab University and the attackers badly called them names.
According to him, matters had been brought to the knowledge of Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif who had taken notice of the issue and had directed top officials of police and home department for taking steps to control the situation.
In this regard, a meeting has also been held with home secretary and capital city police officer which said these people (attackers) were doing politics on dead bodies which was a deplorable act.
PU VC said some non-student elements were also backing these elements and it was unbelievable that they were doing it on their own. He said the teachers who had been tortured were on tenure track and enjoyed excellent academic profile. He said Dr Ejaz was a PhD from Cambridge University. He said from the day one, it was the stance of administration that there should be no role of political student organisations in the university.
He said only one student organisation was involved in all incidents of violence on campus.
On the other hand, PU spokesman has again clarified that according to a document issued by the administration of PU Law College, Awais Aqeel was not the student of Punjab University. He said that Awais Aqeel appeared in LLB Part 1 annual examination 2011 with roll number 1927 and was totally failed in all subjects. He said he submitted only admission form in the supplementary examinations thus he had lost the right to be regular Part 2 student of Punjab University Law College. The news
Agriculture university without VC
Rawalpindi: Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University is without vice-chancellor and other key senior officials, thanks to political differences between the Punjab governor and the chief minister.
The post of the vice-chancellor fell vacant after the retirement of Dr Mohammad Munir on May 5 and since then the affairs of the university are being run through make-shift arrangements, with Irfanul Haq, a senior faculty member, acting as vice-chancellor without any notification.
After the 18th Amendment, the power to appoint VC has been vested in chief minister but with the approval of the governor.
Official sources said that political differences between Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Governor Punjab Latif Khosa was taking its toll on the working of the university as both are trying to appoint vice-chancellor of their choice.
"I have been verbally told by a top official in Lahore to temporarily work as vice-chancellor till a regular head of the university is appointed," Dr Irfanul Haq told this reporter. He, however, declined to name the official.
It is learnt that besides vice-chancellor, the university has been without controller examination for the last one month and according to rules, the post cannot be filled temporarily due to sensitivity of the post.
Similarly, there is no treasurer in the university for the last two years while post of registrar is also lying vacant and another official has been given acting charge that indicates that the provincial authorities are least concerned about the smooth functioning of the higher education institution.
When Public Relation Officer (PRO) Musa Kalim was approached, he refused to comment and later disconnected his mobile phone.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz lawmaker Hanif Abbasi said that his party would not compromise on the working of educational institutions and said that he would personally look into the matter and examine as to who had given the verbal permission to Dr Irfanul Haq to work as acting vice-chancellor. Dawn
Aitchison fails to reply over 58 admissions
Lahore: Aitchison College's administration has so far failed to submit its reply to Higher Education Department on the issue of 58 students who were admitted to the college last year despite not qualifying the entrance test.
The News had highlighted the scam in its report on April 18 this year. After a couple of days the higher education department had written a letter to the Aitchison College administration to explain the situation. However despite passage of a couple of weeks the department has yet to receive a reply in this regard.
A meeting of the Aitchison College's Board of Governors (BoG) was held on Wednesday but interestingly the issue regarding last year's admissions was not taken up neither by the department's representative present in the meeting nor other members.
It is pertinent to mention here that parents have been expressing concerns over delay in result of entrance test for admission to various classes at Aitchison College this year.
A number of parents of the candidates, who appeared in entrance test for various classes said that the unlike previous years the result was being delayed.
Sources privy to the developments said the entire record of students' entrance test for admission to various classes for the current year had been shifted to the Governor's House.
The parents of the students have demanded the Aitchison College management to make the result of entrance test public by displaying the same on the noticeboard as well as the college website.
It is important to mention here that according to the prevailing practice, the candidates shortlisted for interviews after entrance test are informed through courier.
When contacted, Higher Education Secretary Dr Munir Ijaz, who is also ex-officio member of the Aitchison College's BoG by virtue of his office, confirmed that the department had written a letter to the college over the last year's admission, adding that however so far no reply had been received.
To a question, he said he could not attend Wednesday's meeting but the department was represented by the additional secretary in the meeting.
The News could not reach Aitchison Colleges Principal Dr Muhammad Hafeez for comments despite attempts on his cell phone.
AIMC wins debate
Lahore: Allama Iqbal Medical College (AIMC) has won Urdu debating competition and got runners up trophy in the overall All Punjab Medical Intercollegiate Debating Competition, 2012 held in CMH Medical College here on Wednesday. A press release here said famous poet Zahid Fakhri and CMH Medical College Principal Lt Gen (Retd) Afzaal Ahmad were the chief guests at the debating competition in which 17 teams from all over Punjab participated. The news