Protest outside PU VC office Students thrashed
PU guards beat pathology students
Lahore, Nov 02: Punjab University security guards on Monday allegedly
thrashed Institute of Mycology and Plant Pathology students for
protesting in front of vice-chancellor's office as the PU administration
failed to provide relevant faculty members as promised.
The security guards also damaged a camera and other equipment of a private news channel.
Alleging that the security guards acted on the instructions of the
vice-chancellor, the media persons lodged a complaint against varsity's
six senior officials, including vice-chancellor, registrar and
additional registrar. The guards also seriously injured five students
Hafiz Riaz, Atif, Maroof, Adnan Saeed and Tariq Manzoor. Some female
students alleged that the additional registrar hit a girl student with
his belt and injured her nose.
The IMPP students had been protesting for the last many weeks
demanding provision of relevant agriculture-related faculty because the
Higher Education Commission had refused to accredit their degrees. The
protesters claimed that they kept waiting for the new teachers but no
body turned up till 10.30am.
PPP leader Ghulam Abbas, who came there on a personal visit,
coordinated students' meeting with the senior university administration,
including Registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Akhtar, Hall Council Chairman Prof
Dr Amin Athar, RO-I Javed Sami, Student Adviser Iftikhar Ahmad
Chaudhry, Dr Irfanul Haq and others.
Following the meeting, protesters Adnan Saeed and Tariq Manzoor along
with Ghulam Abbas told the students and the media persons that the
university administration had committed that five agriculture-related
faculty members would join the department on Tuesday (today), while
other faculty members would be arranged within two weeks after Eidul
They said the PU administration had also assured that IMPP in-charge
Dr Ghazala Naseem had been removed and Dr Irfanul Haq of the Arid
Agriculture University would take over as in-charge in a couple of days.
They said the university would hold an inquiry against Dr Ghazala
Naseem for her alleged misbehaviour with students.
The students said the university administration also agreed that the
eight expelled students should apply for their restoration and they
would be restored after a proper procedure.
The students said they agreed to have Dr Irfanul Haq as the institute
director because he was part of the HEC accreditation team. Dr Haq, he
said, assured that students' all academic issues would be resolved
within six months.
The students told journalists that they reserved the right to protest
again if the PU administration did not honour its commitment. Dawn
"I condemn of those lecturers, staff who were support Prof Iftekhar balooch bcz today it is proved that he was crazy and IJT was right so for his supporters should to give resign this is good than more teaching Also i support IJT to work hard and stop those who are insult our education system thanks"
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PU Professor booked for 'moral turpitude'
Lahore: College of Earth & Environmental Sciences (CEES) Principal
Prof Dr Iftikhar Hussain Baloch, who had gained fame in the wake of an
attack on him by the students of Punjab University for his mysterious
and objectionable activities and on suspicion of moral turpitude and
indecent acts was finally booked by the police for sexually harassing a
female student of the M.Phil and a female administrator of his
Two cases were registered at Muslim Town police station
on the report of the girl student namely Shabina Gull (a student of
second semester) and one administrator under Section 511 of PPC on
Monday evening. According to reports, the sources said, the professor
had attempted to victimise the female student and female administrator
of rape in his room.
'He also used to harass the girls through
various means including making them SMS and phone calls. We shall
definitely approach the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in order to
collect his records and further action will be taken against him',
sources in investigation wing said.
Earlier, dozens of activists of
the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) had critically injured Iftikhar Baloch,
ransacked his office, damaged vehicles outside his office and also
attacked the Vice Chancellor (VC) Office and the VC House at varsity's
New Campus on April 2, 2010. PU Resident Officer (RO) Prof Shahid
Mahmood Gul and Chairman Hall Council Prof Dr Muhammad Akhtar said Dr
Baloch had received severe head injuries and had fallen unconscious for
quite some time, ,adding,that he had been taken to Jinnah Hospital but
was referred to the Services Hospital.
These students had also
levelled the same charges against the said professor but the Varsity
officials had termed the action as violent reaction of students and the
result of expulsion of some students belonging to the IJT at that time.
Moreover, addressing an urgently called Press conference at the PU
Executive Club, VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, flanked by other officials,
had also termed it as the darkest day in the history of the Punjab
It is worth mentioning here that around five IJT
activists whose cases were allegedly being processed by the Varsity's
Disciplinary Committee under the Chairmanship of Prof. Iftikhar Baloch
had been issued expulsion notifications on April 2, which aggravated the
'Professor Iftikhar Baloch has proved guilty as per
findings of an Inquiry Committee of Punjab University', Iqbal Town
Division Superintendent of Police (SP) Capt (Retd) Romail Akram said
when contacted. The SP said that he had personally contacted the Inquiry
Committee heads and its members and on their findings a legal action
was being initiated against the accused professor.
He ,however, said
that earlier the administration had been using delaying tactics in
furnishing findings to police against the professor but when stressed
upon them that the issue was prolonged for over five months,before they
revealed the factual position.
'I phoned Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr.
Mujahid Kamran, who also urged me to initiate a tangible action against
Prof. Baloch', Romail said.
A senior professor of Punjab University
said Academic Staff Association (ASA) the then President Prof. Iftikhar
Baloch also misguided the teaching association of the Punjab University
as the association had observed a strike, which prolonged for
three-weeks. The PU was also closed for any kind of teaching activities
during that span of time. The nation
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The Punjab University examinations department on Monday declared the results of MSc Mountain Conservation
& Watershed Management, MA Arabic, Kashmiriat, Mass Communication
and Philosophy, Part-I, annual examination, 2010.
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BISE workshop for paper-setters ends
Lahore: A four-day workshop for paper-setters, organised by the Board of Intermediate and
Secondary Education (BISE), concluded here on Monday.
The workshop on "Quality Enhancement in Question Papers" for the
secondary school annual examination for 2011 was attended by teachers of
physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics, who were given orientation
lectures by their seniors having vast experience in preparing question
Speaking at the workshop's concluding ceremony, BISE chairman Dr
Akram Kashmiri said the question-papers needed to be developed to assess
students' competence and command on a subject so that the successful
students could come up to the international standards of education.
Examinations Controller Prof Manzur-ul-Hasan Niazi also spoke on the occasion.
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Karachi Grammar School wins debate event
Lahore: Karachi Grammar
School debaters lifted the All Pakistan National Debating Championship
trophy on Monday by defeating their Lahore Grammar School counterparts
with a narrow margin. The finalists debated on the motion, Islamophobia
is a myth.
Both sides argued their cases thoroughly and at the end Aisha Ahmed
presented the critique. Shanzeh Ahmad of the LGS 1A1 was declared the
best speaker of the tournament, while Ashrab Shahzad of SICAS and
Shehryar Sheikh of Aitchison College stood second best speakers.
The four-day All Pakistan National Debating Championship, organised
by the Debating Society of Pakistan, was attended by 32 teams from 29
schools from across the country at Aitchison College, Lahore.
The tournament also facilitated for the selection of the camp for the
national team that would participate in the World School Debates.
Supreme Court Bar Association president Asma Jehangir, who was chief
guest at the final debate, said the subject of debate was incidentally a
topic of debate in a recent United Nations session as well. Dawn
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Lahore: The University of Florida, the US, professor, Dr Arshad Ali, Monday donated Rs 1 million
to the Government College University's Endowment Fund Trust (EFT) for
initiating a life-time golden scholarship for deserving students.
According to a press statement, the perpetual golden scholarship, to be
named after Dr Arshad Ali, will be given to a GCU deserving student
every year on merit. The scholarship will cover the university fee as
well as hostel expenses of the student. Handing over the cheque for Rs 1
million to EFT Executive Committee Secretary Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt, Dr
Arshad Ali said he was an Old Ravian. "His alma mater has given him a
lot, and now it is his turn to pay back the debt, and the best way of
doing it is to help its deserving students," he said. The news
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