GCU students liberty: Court summons registrar

Withdraw FIR against GCU students: protesters
Lahore, Nov 01: Students of the Government College University (GCU) Lahore and human rights activists protested on Friday against the administration for not withdrawing a first information report (FIR) against several students. The GCU administration registered the FIR against nine students and some outsiders for gathering in front of the university and creating problems for the teaching process on Tuesday.
The students were protesting against their expulsion from the university. The university says that the students were expelled for short attendance. The protesters on Friday gathered outside the university and demanded the GCU withdraw the FIR and re-admit the expelled students.

The university administration closed all gates to bar students from joining the protesters outside. GCU student Abdulsaboor said that his name was also in the FIR, adding that the administration was "victimising the students raising voice for their rights".

Activists of the Student Action Committee, the IJT, the University Students Federation (USF), students from other institutions and lawyers also joined the protest. Hammad, a GCU student, said that it was the first time that the students had been declared 'terrorists', adding that the administration should resign as it had damaged the university's repute.

LHCBA Secretary Rana Asdullah said that it was unjust that students were declared terrorists. He demanded the administration withdraw the FIR and hold an inquiry. A heavy contingent of police was also present to avoid any untoward incident. Anarkali Police SHO Bashir Subhani said that the terrorism charges were withdrawn uponthe chief minister's directions, adding that an application against the students was still pending.

Not ours: GCU Registrar Sahibzada Faisal Khurshid said, "The protesting students have no link with the GCU." He said that the administration did not submit any application against the students, but only informed the police about Tuesday's protest as it was its responsibility. He said that there was no teachers' organisation in the GCU, adding that those sending press releases to the media also had no association with the GCU.

GCU registrar summoned for 5th
Lahore: Justice Mian Najam-uz-Zaman of the Lahore High Court, while holding suo motu proceedings against the arrest of two GCU students, has summoned GCU registrar Faisal Khurshid for November 5. LHC Chief Justice Sayed Zahid Hussain has taken suo motu notice of the arrest of the students on terrorism charges and assigned Justice Mian Najamuz Zaman to take up the matter. Justice Najam summoned the New Anarkali station house officer (SHO) and entire record of the case. On Friday, the SHO, with Additional Advocate General Akbar Tarar, appeared before the court and informed that two jailed students had been released besides dropping of charges against protesting students. Tarar assured the court that no raid would be conducted for the arrest of the students until the final decision of the court. Daily Times

GCU a prestigious institution: VC
Lahore: Vice Chancellor of the Government College University Dr Khalid Aftab has said that "GCU is the prestigious institution for its excellent traditions and quality of education."

A press statement issued on late Friday night which seemed to be issued in connection with the ongoing agitation between students and GCU administration, the VC stated "GCU Lahore has strived to inculcate to its students the time honoured values of quality education, research and cultural refinement during the 19th, 20th and 21st century. Is it not the responsibility of the GCU teachers and students to devote all their time and energies for research?"

"Should the concerted efforts for the enhancement of educational standards not continue unabated?

Why would this nationally acclaimed citadel of learning not yearn for international recognition? The teachers and students of GC University Lahore are united in their efforts to achieve these academic pursuits. A few elements with certain vested interests, who do not share these ideas, need to part ways with GCU so that the journey to academic progress continues unhindered", the statement concluded.

Lecture on corruption: The Government College University (GCU), Lahore, organised a lecture presentation on "Corruption: A Social Evil" in the Bokhari Auditorium of the university on Friday.

According to a press statement, guest speaker Brig (r) Farooq Hameed Khan, Regional Director, National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Punjab, said that Pakistan was faced with the crises of integrity and ethics and corruption was deep rooted in all the segments of our society.

He said that unfortunately, Pakistan stood at the 46 number in corruption category out of the 180 most corrupt nations of the world.

He said that the role of our youth in the nation building was indispensable and there was a need to guide the youth in the proper direction so that they could be well-mannered, civilized and responsible citizens of the society.

Gp Capt (r) Zaigham Tirmizi, Deputy Director, Awareness and Prevention (NAB), Punjab, while addressing the students said that the word corruption literally means a broken object.

He described the classification of corruption i.e. petty corruption, business corruption, political corruption, organized corruption and chaotic corruption. He also discussed the factors contributing to corruption in Pakistan.

While discussing about the impact of corruption, he said that corruption led to injustice, poverty, insecurity and mistrust.

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Punjab Board of Technical Education (PBTE) Lahore diploma exam from Nov 5
Lahore: The examination of Diploma in Commerce and Diploma in Business Administration is scheduled to commence from Nov 5 under the Punjab Board of Technical Education (PBTE) Lahore.

About 89 centers have been established in Punjab including Northern Areas (Gilgit) for the said examination.

Around 20,000 candidates will appear for these exams while every applicant has been issued a roll number and date sheet.

Acting chairman Board Prof Mohammad Tariq Malik has strictly instructed the examination staff for transparent examination.

All the managers from TEVTA were issued a letter in which they were strictly instructed to monitor the examination centers in their districts respectively. Mobile inspectors have also been appointed to monitor the examination. The News

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Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif directed PPSC to make recruitments on merit
Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed the Punjab Public Service Commission to be more vibrant and efficient and make recruitments purely on merit. He said that process of recruitment should further be accelerated and Punjab government will extend every facility to the commission in this regard. He was talking to the chairman and members of Punjab Public Service Commission at the Chief Minister's Secretariat on Friday. The chief secretary Punjab, additional chief secretary, and secretary services were also present on the occasion.

The chief minister said that only eligible and suitable candidates should be selected for 500 posts of assistant sub-inspector so that they could not only curb crimes but also prove to be guardians of the masses. He said that the commission had ensured complete transparency in the recruitment against 300 vacancies of the sub-inspectors during his last tenure. He said that strengthening of all institutions is the responsibility of the government so that they could function properly and impartially. He said that the commission is performing an important responsibility of selection of suitable candidates on merit in different departments. He said that government is taking effective measures for improving standard of education in the province and special seminars are being arranged for this purpose at district level. He said that educationists, teachers, students as well as parents are attending these seminars and submitting useful proposals which would help in further improving education system. He said that as Khadim-e-Aala, during his visit to various areas of the province, he had himself observed the pathetic condition of educational institutions.

Therefore, he said, he is giving top priority to bringing about revolutionary changes in education sector. He said that he believes that the aim of progress and prosperity can not be achieved without uplifting education sector. He said that steps are also being taken for imparting quality education also in public schools so that students of middle class and poor families could also avail better educational facilities. He said that the Commission should further expedite recruitment process in various departments besides ensuring transparency. He directed that the system of tests and interviews for the selection of candidates be improved so that only eligible candidates could come forward.

Chairman Punjab Public Service Commission Shahzad Hassan Pervaiz apprised the chief minister of the performance of the commission, procedure of tests and interviews, processing of applications for different vacancies as well as other matters. He said that modern technology was being used for improving the efficiency of the commission. He said that the system of tests and interviews had also been improved for evaluating ability of the candidates. He said that due to falling of educational standard, the knowledge of candidates for different vacancies was usually below average and immediate steps were needed for raising the standard of education. He said that the government had provided funds for purchasing eight and half kanal land in Johar Town for the new building of the commission where examination center and offices would be established. He said that standard of written examination conducted by the commission will further improve after construction of the new examination centers whereas the offices in the existing building will continue to facilitate the candidates. He assured the chief minister that the commission would uphold merit at any cost in the selection of the candidates in accordance with the instructions of the chief minister. The Nation

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PU Law College welcomes newcomers
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) Law College arranged a welcome ceremony for new students of LLB and LLB (Hons) at the PU New Campus on Friday.

According to a press release issued by the PU, 1,100 students and teachers of the PU Law College were very excited that the welcome ceremony was being held after a gap of eight years. PU Vice-Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran was the chief guest on the occasion. The students, besides presenting critical skits on judicial problems also presented a special drama on the solidarity of the country.

In his address, Dr Kamran said that the performance of the PU Law College students was very good. He said that this particular programme was the best and had provided the audience with evidence of the talent that exists in the Law College. He said that good leadership, as provided by Principal Shahzia Qureshi, was required to polish the talent of students. He asked the new students to take initiative to join the Law College Debating Club, urging them to capitalise on the co-curricular opportunities available.

Earlier, Shazia appreciated the leadership qualities of Dr Kamran by saying that he had successfully fostered an atmosphere that supported academics and research at the university.

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One-day Maths symposium at LCWU
Lahore: The Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) Statistics Department is organising a one-day symposium on Mathematical Statistics and Real Data Analysis (MSRDA) in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission Pakistan on Saturday (today), according to a press release issued by the LCWU on Friday.

Prof Dr Bushra Mateen will be the chief guest on the occasion. The main speaker, Prof Dr Munir, will discuss 'Suduko square design'; Dr Muhammad Zafaryab will present a talk on the 'use of Transformations in analysing data from planned experiments'; Dr Muhammad Hanif will discuss the importance of Management Sciences in business. 'Chronomedicine' from the field of 'Structural Equation Modelling and Applications', will also be visually presented. Daily Times

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