Eliminate Political Parties student wings?

Badr, Saad for end to student wings; Imran defends
Lahore, Nov 18: All Parties Conference should be called to eliminate student wings from varsities, code of conduct is a must for student unions, students should focus on their studies along with politics, there is no justification of students unions, political leaders use students for vested interests, politics and education are separate, we must determine our preference.

These mixed views were expressed by various speakers at a seminar held under the aegis of Punjab University on "Educational Institutions and Wings of Political Parties?" here at New Campus on Monday.

Leaders of political parties including PPP Secretary General Jahangir Badr, Javed Hashmi and Khawaja Saad Rafique from PML-N, Imran Khan from Pakistan Tehrik Insaf, Liaquat Baloch from Jamat-e-Islami and senior journalist Mujeeb-ur-Rehman Shami spoke on the occasion, while PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran presided over the ceremony. Jahangir Badr said there was dire need to provide political training to students so that they could handle national leadership actively. He said that the issue of the wings of political parties could be solved by calling an All Parties Conference (APC) and all political parties should announce elimination of their wings from the universities.

He said there must be pure educational atmosphere in the universities and any student who wanted to do politics, he must join the youth wing of any party but this politics should be outside the university. He said PPP is making an academy in this regard. Speaking on the occasion, PML-N leader Javed Hashmi said Pakistan needed student organizations for the saviour of the country, as these were needed at the time of foundation of Pakistan.

He said politics in university must be for the betterment of the university and this was not possible without a code conduct. He emphasised upon establishing a proper code of conduct for student unions so that positive leadership could be produced. He said that he was a proud son of the Punjab University, which has produced great politicians.

Pakistan Tehrik Insaf Chairman Imran Khan said man should always have know-how of politics and if youth of the country is politically trained then national leaders can't make any injustice. He said leader is one who presents himself for sacrifice when needed. He urged the students to focus on their studies along with politics and if they protest, they must keep in mind that it could not affect their educational career.

MNA and member Pakistan Muslim League (N) group Khawja Saad Rafique said the wings of political parties in the educational institutions were very harmful as political leaders use the students for their vested interests. He said students' first duty is to complete education. He said if a student wanted to join politics, he should join the youth wing of a political party instead of doing politics in varsity. He claimed that there was no justification of establishing student wings of political parties in the educational institutions.

Liaqat Baloch of Jamat-e-Islami, speaking on the occasion said our youth has the ability to lead the country and get rid of present crisis and students are the guardians of Pakistan's future. He thanked the vice-chancellor for organising such an educational and healthy debate so that political parties could feel their responsibilities about their democratic right.

He said there was no doubt that politics and education were separate fields. He said we should determine our preference and organize our new generation keeping in view the present national crisis and there was dire need that educational institutions should contribute maximum in the modern era of education and research.

He said students should spend a disciplined life. He said the PU has got a dynamic leader in form of Dr Mujahid Kamran and organization of this discussion was a proof that he wanted unity in the university. Renowned journalist Mujeeb-ur-Rehman Shami said there should only be non-political student unions in educational institutions.

Speaking on the occasion, VC Dr Mujahid Kamran advised the students to focus on their studies, which is their primary objective. He said there is complete freedom in PU and everybody can present its views but nobody would be allowed to enforce his/her will on other. The Nation

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Aijazuddin new Aitchison principal
Lahore: Visiting instructor of the National School of Public Policy (NSPP) Fakir Syed Aijazuddin has been appointed as the principal of Aitchison College, Lahore on a three-year contract. The Aitchison College Board of Governors, which met under the chairmanship of Governor Salmaan Taseer, gave approval to the effect at Governor's House on Monday. The meeting also decided to include board member Nauman Ahmed in the college's management committee, besides approving a 50 percent increase in the tuition fee of the college. It was also decided to re-structure the salary package of contract teachers of the college. Shamim Saifullah, who has been serving as the college principal for 14 years, requested to relinquish the office for personal reasons. Following his decision, the governor formed a committee to locate a suitable replacement, which unanimously proposed the name of Fakir Aijazuddin. During the meeting, the governor appreciated the meritorious services of the former principal, Shamim Saifullah. The meeting was attended by all members of the Board of Governors: Syed Babar Ali, Chaudhry Moeen Afzal, Abu Bakar Chundrigar, Raza Kuli Khan Khattak, Nauman Ahmed Khan, Farooq Subhaan, Ali Aziz Sethi, Syed Jarar Ali, Dr Mateen Malik and Punjab Finance Secretary Tariq Mehmood Pasha, Higher Education Secretary Azhar Hussain Shamim, former Aitchison College Principal Shamim Saifullah and Vice-Principal Iftikhar Ahmed Malik. Daily Times

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25,000 youths to get technical training in Punjab
Islamabad: The National Vocational and Technical Educational Commission (Navtec) chairman, Adnan A. Khawaja, on Monday said 25,000 youth in Punjab would be imparted training in different trades during 2008-09. He said Navtec, in collaboration with Technical and Vocational Training Authority (Tevta) Punjab and other departments including the universities had evolved a comprehensive strategy to this effect.

He was talking to the executive director, College of Tourism and Hotel Management (COTHM), Lahore, Ahmed Shafiq. Senior faculty members of the college were also present during the meeting.

Mr Khawaja said services sector was one of the top priority sectors of the federal government as it had the potential of becoming great source of earning foreign exchange.

The chairman said it was the considered opinion of the government that export of trained workforce in services and hospitality sector could be helpful for meeting the economic and financial challenges currently facing the country.

He said being an engine of growth the private sector had to come forward to share the vision of the government of providing skills to Pakistan. Public-private sector partnership was highly essential to produce skilled workforce in accordance with the current demands of the industrial sector at home and abroad.

The chairman said under the directives of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Navtec had shifted its focus from supply-driven training to demand-driven training of the manpower. There was no use of imparting training to the youth in those trades or disciplines which had no good demand at local and international level.

Keeping this in view, Navtec was focusing its attention on four priority sectors which include construction, services/hospitality, agriculture and livestock and information technology and telecommunication, he added. Adnan Khawaja was confident that the highly skilled workforce in these four sectors would yield the desired results.

Earlier, the college's executive director briefed the Navtec chairman on short courses being conducted in COTHM.

He has also given the details of the courses run in recent past with the collaboration of Navtec. Dawn

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