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Campus culture changing fast
Lahore, Sep 11: Noted American poet and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson once said:
"For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for
everything you gain, you lose something else."
His saying applies to
today's campus culture, highlighting the significant changes appearing in the
lives of the university students over the years.
The campus life once
full of intellectual debate and discussion, bringing social and academic circles
on one platform, has undergone various changes over the years.
generally believed that campus life of 70s was significant since it provided the
students with ample opportunities of debate and discussion on national as well
as global issues. Those who were part of the campus culture of the 70s are very
critical of the declining standards of the seats of learning, saying lectures
alone do not mean complete campus life. They are of the view that with the
advancement of science and technology, the entire atmosphere has changed,
leaving little room for students to pay attention to social
Undoubtedly modern electrical gadgets and discussions on fashion
are now more prevalent at universities among the students unlike the past when
logical and meaningful discussions used to shape their opinions on regional and
Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan, the registrar of the Punjab
University, one of the oldest seats of learning in the sub-continent, is not
happy with the change in campus culture.
"Students of today are confined
to their rooms, to their laptops, cell-phones and TV screens," he says, adding
that it was regrettable that the human to human connectivity has vanished.
He said during the 70s, there was a culture of ideology on campus where
students used to organise intellectual debates and they had their own opinions.
"Today, despite the presence of computer technology, there is no such
culture, which is sad," he said, adding that the students in the 70s had
discussions on economic and global issues and they were more tolerant and
listened to each other's views with respect.
Dr Khan believes that
unlike the 70s, nowadays there are no discussions among boys and girls while
religious intolerance has also increased. He also believes that the sense of
ownership has vanished among the students and they are least interested in
national and international movements unlike the past.
He is of the
opinion that the university students of today are not social unlike the students
of the 70s and they are living alienated and isolated lives.
Salik of the Punjab University also laments the declining campus culture, saying
the students of the present day do not have vision and exposure as was witnessed
among the students in the 70s.
"There was a will of struggle among the
students and they were more committed,î he said, recalling his own life as a
Despite a clear division between the left and right
groups, everyone was open to the other's views and defended his views through
"Students in our times were not only confined to course books
but they would also read contemporary literature as well as other classic
writers and poets,î he said, adding that there were ample opportunities for
students to develop the leadership qualities while they had active role in the
He said it was unfortunate that all positive
activities which played significant role in the personality development of
students had been vanishing rapidly.
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King Edward Medical University (KEMU) exam schedule
Lahore: The King Edward Medical University (KEMU) has announced the schedule for the annual
examinations 2008 of various Professionals of MBBS. According to a press release
on Wednesday, the MBBS First Professional Part-I examination will start on
November 1, First Professional Part-II on Dec 2, Second Professional on Dec 29,
Third Professional on Dec 26 and Final Professional exam on Dec 27. Vice
Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Zafarullah Khan said the university was introducing,
for the first time, multiple choice questions other than short essay questions,
problem solving questions and long essay questions. He said the new building of
Examination Department was under construction and would start its function after
Eid-ul-Fitr. The News
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11 IJT students injured in scuffle with police
Lahore: At least 11 students of the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT)
were injured in a clash with policemen of Old Anarkali on Wednesday night.
Later, dozens of IJT members protested against the police
According to Hafiz Irfan Idrees, the IJT nazim of Islamia
College Civil Lines, the policemen started the fight. He said three college
students had gone out when policemen arrived and questioned them. Idrees said
the policemen started abusing the boys and harsh words were exchanged. Hearing
about the scuffle, more college students rushed to their fellows' aid and all of
them battered each other. He asked the CM to take notice.
Munawwar Dogar said Tiger Squad officials from Old Anarkali Police had stopped
three students for pillion riding. He said the students scuffled with the
policemen who retaliated. He said he would register the case if the Old Anarkali
police complained about it, which he said was not likely. Daily Times
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