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 Azha.
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. DawnYour Comments
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 department.
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 University.
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 situation.
'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
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.
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 papers.
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.
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
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