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