Punjab university closure : Free education for labourers

Punjab university closed, examinations postponed
Lahore, Oct 21: Following the Punjab government's orders to keep all educational institutes closed, the Punjab University has postponed all its examinations scheduled until Sunday.

The PU has postponed the Bachelor of Education, Masters of Education, Fatima Jinnah Medical College and BSc practical examinations scheduled for this week. According to a PU spokesman, Examination Controller Dr Zahid Karim Khan has decided to keep the university closed until further orders from the Punjab government. Daily times

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Punjab university issued date sheet of BSc supple exam 2007
Lahore: The Punjab University Examinations Department has issued the written and practical examination date-sheet of BSc Medical Laboratory Technology, Supplementary Examination 2007, and practical exam date-sheet of MBBS, Second Professional (Latest New Re-Organized Scheme), Annual Examination 2009.

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PU security meeting
Lahore: An emergency meeting of the Punjab University Security Committee was held on Tuesday, which decided to reduce the number of entrance and exit gates.

It was also decided that no vehicle without varsity sticker would be allowed entry on the PU premises. It was also decided that students and employees would enter the varsity after getting their identity checked, and vigilance would also be increased in the hostels area. It was decided that teachers along with students and employees would be asked to keep an eye on their surroundings and immediately inform the security centre in case of any suspicion. The meeting also discussed to ban entry of students' vehicles in the varsity.

The Punjab University Centre for South Asian Studies (CSAS) will organise a seminar on "Afghanistan and War on Terrorism" on Thursday (tomorrow) at 12:30pm at the Seminar Hall of the centre.

Sargodha University's Department of International Relations and Political Science Musarrat Jabeen will be the keynote speaker while Punjab University Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Jamil Anwar Ch will be the chief guest.

PU VC flays IIU suicide attack Punjab University Vice Chancellor has condemned the suicide attack in Islamic International University Islamabad and expressed grief on the incident.

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PU rally for solidarity with Pakistan
Lahore: The Punjab University Student-Teacher Centre (STC) organised 'Pakistan Zindabad Rally' for the unity, integrity and solidarity of Pakistan at the New Campus on Tuesday.

Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran led the rally in which deans of faculties, heads of teaching departments, faculty members and thousands of students participated enthusiastically.

The rally started from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA). Faculty members and students sang national song 'Is Parcham Kay Saaye Talay Hum Aik Hain' and chanted 'Pakistan Zindabad', waving national flags. They were also holding banners and placards inscribed with slogans for the integrity and solidarity of Pakistan.

Later, huge gatherings of students and teachers joined the rally as it marched towards the Hailey College of Commerce, Law College and Undergraduate Studies. The rally concluded at the Institute of Education and Research (IER).

Addressing on the occasion, VC Dr Mujahid Kamran said purpose of the rally was to express resolve that the PU was ready to give any kind of sacrifice for the integrity of Pakistan and students' enthusiasm showed as to how much love younger generation had for Pakistan. He said that world must know that the youth of Pakistan was ready to scarify even their lives to make the country unconquerable. He said objective of the rally was also to tell the world that Pakistani nation had high determination and they were peaceful people and were ready to face any sort of circumstances.

He said the rally was also aimed to pay tributes to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the country and show solidarity with Pakistani armed forces and law enforcement agencies which were performing duties to maintain peace in the country. Dr Mujahid Kamran said Pakistan was heart of Muslim Ummah and the PU was heart of Pakistan. He said the PU produced many great scholars, researchers, scientists and politicians who earned fame for the PU and country. He said Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani, Javed Hashmi and Jangir Badr were also PU students. He asked the students to concentrate on their studies as they were the future of Pakistan. He quoted Allama Iqbal's verses to promote nationalism among the students.

Students Advisor Iftikhar Ahmad Chaudhry said the PU had proved by organising such rally in such circumstances that it was the greatest varsity along with being the oldest seat of learning. Besides providing education and training, the PU is also promoting love for the country among students. He said the rally would bring about positive results and the environment of fear would disappear. Earlier, students of the Hailey College of Commerce sang national song "Ye Watan Tumhara Ha Tum Ho Pasban Is Kay". Faculty members and students sang "Jeway Jeway Pakistan" and raised slogans "Pakistan Zindabad".

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Free education programme for industrial labourers
Lahore: The provincial and federal governments will launch a Free Education Programme for the industrial labourers and their children. As much as Rs 25 million would be spent on awareness campaign in this regard.

Speaking at a press conference in Punjab Social Security Head Office here on Tuesday, Punjab Minister for Labour and Manpower Ashraf Sohna said this programme would be launched through the Labour Department. The labourers of the country would be educated to the highest level and they could also send their children to schools instead making their minor children to work.

He said budget in this regard would be unlimited and the Punjab government would spend as much money as possible with the help of the federal government for this.He said Workers Welfare Fund Islamabad would also stand by us in this campaign and in free education programme.He said there would be an agreement between the Government of Pakistan and DPS Schools to provide education to them in absence, of proper facility for education.

He said two medical colleges in Lahore and Faisalabad would begin granting 50 per cent quota to the children of industrial labourers for their free education.He said the employment of every registered labourer's child would be the government's responsibility under this programme after he or she would complete education.He also said children of the labourers would be given employment in the Labour Department on priority.

He said walks, camps and awareness through media would be arranged so that common man realized importance of education.He said a total of 250 million rupees (Rs 300,000 per family) would be distributed among deserving on Wednesday at Al Hamra Centre.

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Central Model School students hold a protest demonstration
Lahore: The teachers and students of the Government Central Model School, Lower Mall, observed a strike and held a protest demonstration on Tuesday against the transfer of four senior teachers from the school.

The teachers and students observed a complete boycott of classes and held demonstration by chanting slogans against the Schools Education Department, Board of Governors and administration of the school for, what they called, ëhumiliationí of senior teachers, who had taken the institution to new heights by producing excellent results in the board exams.

According to details, the authorities had transferred four teachers, namely Sarwar Mahmood, Qari Muhammad Nawab, Maulana Muhammad Aslam Usmani and Mian Abdul Ghafoor.

EDO Education Dr Muhammad Arshad also had a meeting with the teachers on Tuesday to resolve the matter and convince them to call off the protest but the meeting, according to teachers, remained inconclusive.

Teachers Action Committee of the Government Central Model School, Lower Mall, Chairman Khalid Umer and Abdul Wahid said the Schools Education Department and Board of Governors had transferred four teachers without any justification, while other teachers were also in the firing line because the Board of Governors had made its intentions clear in this regard. They said the transferred senior teachers had been serving the school for over 20 years except one teacher, Mian Abdul Ghafoor, who had joined the school three to four years ago. For instance, they said, a senior teacher, Sarwar Mahmood, had produced 99 per cent result in above 90 per cent overall result of the school in the board examination. They alleged that the Board of Governors, headed by Justice (retd) Aamer Raza, had also appointed a retired official, Sheikh Muhammad Tariq, as administrator in the school against the merit, as he did not possess any relevant qualification, thus depriving the deserving candidates competing for the post.

'On one hand, the favourites are being appointed against merit and the senior teachers are being humiliated on the other,' the Teachers Action Committee members said. Besides, they said, the BoG, which had been constituted to bring improvements in the school, had failed to do its real job as it could not even ensure provision of safe drinking water to the students and staff of the school. They said the sudden transfer of senior teachers had not only caused humiliation to them but also panic among the senior staff of the school. The authorities were removing the teachers and other senior staff on the pretext of medical grounds.

The teachers warned to continue the strike by boycotting the classes and holding protest demonstrations until the withdrawal of transfer orders of all the four senior teachers.

The students and teachers will observe strike and protest on Wednesday (today) at 9 am on the school premises.

When contacted, Government Central Model School, Lower Mall, Principal/Headmaster Chaudhry Muhammad Yousaf said the government had made the school an English medium institution in April this year, while the four teachers in question were transferred by the EDO Education in July. When asked, if the teachers were unable to teach in an English medium school, he did not give a clear answer, saying that all teachers were not required to teach English. He also alleged that the teachers, who were now holding protests against transfer of four teachers, were earlier themselves inciting the administration to transfer the said teachers.

When asked about these teachers, who are serving for over 20 years, the principal said the transferred teachers had been violating discipline and some of them were habitual absentees.

'One of the transferred teachers, Sarwar Mahmood, has also been proven guilty of corporal punishment,' he maintained.

However, he said that he was neither directly related with the transfer of teachers nor authorised to reinstate them in the school, saying that the BoG was independent to take any decision in this regard, and the administration would respect and was duty-bound to implement the BoGís decision.

When contacted, EDO Education Dr Muhammad Arshad said that the matter would hopefully be resolved soon as negotiations with the BoG were going on for withdrawal of transfer of four senior teachers of the school. He said he had passed transfer orders of the said four teachers on the recommendation of the BoG, adding that the problem was on both sides and explaining that teachers had been guilty of misconduct, violation of discipline, absenteeism and showing poor results on the one hand, while on the other hand, the BoG also adopted harsh stance against the teachers.

'We also had a meeting with teachers on Tuesday to amicably resolve the issue and convince them to call off their strike,' he maintained.

Secretary Schools Education Department Muhammad Aslam Kamboh could not be available for comments despite repeated attempts on his mobile phone. The news

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Kinnaird College students protest
Lahore: Kinnaird College (KC) students on Tuesday chanted slogans and hurled stones at the administration and staff for not opening the college gate before 2:30pm. The students protested against the administration for not allowing them to leave the campus before 2:30pm even if their classes end earlier.

The protest started around noon when the students reached the gate and attempted to leave with their relatives and vans waiting outside the campus. The students were informed about the new policy, which was enforced in the name of security. KC Principal Dr Bernadette L Dean and other members of the administration refused to comment on the issue. Security guards at the gate said no outsiders, including reporters, were allowed inside the campus. Daily times

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