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Student unions revival | BZU girl student thrashed

'Revival of student unions a positive step'
Lahore, Sep 13: The revival of the student union in the country is a positive step for future leadership, however, there is still a great need for a new code of conduct for them so that the political parties do not tamper in their activities, a speaker at a seminar regarding the revival of student unions said on Thursday.

The Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT) organised the seminar, in which several speakers said that the role of the student union was important for the country, as it cultivated managerial qualities amongst students. They said the unions also contributed towards the development of leadership qualities amongst the young. They urged the government to ensure that the internal unionisation of institutions be free from interference from political party politics.

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP)'s Husain Naqi said that unions had existed in Pakistan since 1947 but they lacked an adequate code of conduct for them. He said that the unions should not limit themselves to a particular religion, caste or creed, adding that they should be free from all sorts of violence expression. He said that PILDAT should consult students before giving recommendations on the issue, since it is they who hold authority in the union. He emphasised the importance of students to resolve issues of contention.

PILDAT Executive Director Ahmed Bilal Mehboob said that the revival of the student council had been announced, however, the process of formation was still awaiting a final decision.

Senior journalist Mujeebur Rehman Shami also expressed similar views. Representatives of various student unions participated in the seminar. Some of them suggested that student unions should be allowed in private universities like the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), the Beaconhouse National University (BNU) and other private varsities in addition to their presence in public institutions. Daily Times

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Girl student thrashed
Multan: An undergraduate female student of the Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) has alleged that a few male students thrashed her on campus.

The alleged victim wrote to the vice-chancellor that she was thrashed by some male students outside the Mass Communication Department on Thursday after she stopped them from pestering her. They escaped when security guards of the university arrived at the incident place.

The BZU administration has sent the case to the university's disciplinary committee which would meet on Sunday to decide the matter. Dawn

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No transport for KEMU students
Lahore: The students of King Edward Medical University (KEMU) have been facing a transport problem for the several years.

The university has two buses and four mini-buses, but only a few of the mini-buses are working. There are some other vehicles in the institution's parking, but they are inoperable. Former registrar Col (r) Masood purchased a bus with a new body for Rs 2 million last year, but it has been parking in the compound because of irreparable engine troubles.

According to sources, the university had a private transport system 15 years ago, but it was halted due to unavoidable circumstances.

Transport soon: KEMU Vice Chancellor Dr Zafarullah Khan said that the university buses were being repaired and would be available for the students after Eid.

Talking to Aaj Kal on Thursday, he said that buses would be available for two routes in the city and applications had been invited from the students seeking transportation.

He said that he was not answerable for past mistakes. He said that the company, which had provided the university with a bus last year, had been informed and it was ready to replace the faulty bus. Aaj kal report

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Four PhD degrees awarded
Lahore: The Punjab University has awarded PhD degrees to four students in different subjects.

Mohsin Khan son of Ubaid Alam Khan has been awarded PhD degree in Molecular Biology after the completion of his thesis titled "Prospect of Stem Cells for the Repair of Aging Heart in Mice."

He completed his thesis under the supervision of Prof Dr Shaheen N Khan of National Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology, University of the Punjab.

Sadia Sharif daughter of Muhammad Sharif Akhtar has been awarded PhD degree in Molecular Biology after the completion of her thesis titled "Studies on the Cellular Therapy for Damaged Organ."

She completed her thesis under the supervision of Prof Dr Shaheen N Khan of National Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology, University of the Punjab.

Umber Sheikh daughter of Muhammad Akram Sheikh has been awarded PhD degree in Mathematics after the completion of her thesis titled "Wave Properties in Black Hole Magnetospheres."

She completed her thesis under the supervision of Dr Muhammad Sharif of Department of Mathematics, University of the Punjab.

Fouzia Qamar daughter of Muhammad Qamar Ullah has been awarded PhD degree in Zoology after the completion of her thesis titled "Prospects of Agro bacterium Tumefaction as a Bio control Agent."

She completed her thesis under the supervision of Prof (r) Dr Firdausia Azam Ali while PU Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Chairperson Dr Shahida Hasnain was the Co-Supervisor.

US embassy official meets VC: AMERICAN Cultural Affairs Officer from US Embassy Islamabad Ms Constance C Jones called on Punjab University Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran on Friday.

Ms Jones discussed the idea of establishing reading lounge at PU and organising American Alumni Association. She said that if PU provided space and furniture for this reading lounge, the American Embassy's cultural wing could provide books, TV, computer, VCR and DVD for it. The books and other material can be provided according to the university's preference, she added.

She also said that Pakistani universities' vice-chancellors should visit American universities and cooperation between the universities of both countries should be expanded.

Vice-Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran asked her to provide comprehensive information about American universities and provide more opportunities to the young university teachers to study in the United States of America.

US educationistís lecture: DEPARTMENT of History and Pakistan Study Centre of University of the Punjab in collaboration with American Institute of Pakistan Studies arranged a talk of an eminent US educationist on Friday.

Prof Elizabeth Norford came to Pakistan as an educational consultant.

The topic of her lecture was "Approaches Towards Creative Education in South Asia".

Prof Dr Carla Petievich, Professor of History, Montclair University, USA, introduced her to the audience and the services rendered by Ms Norford.

The speaker focused on her experiences of teaching with the groups of students in America, India, Nepal and Pakistan. She emphasized that the Pakistani students had enormous potential and commitment to learning.

According to her, the most important function of teaching children is to create meaning in their lives in order to make comprehensible the complexities of their lives.

She categorized it as progressive and revolutionary idea in education. She conceded that the practical realities in Pakistan were quite different but the solution of educational problems of Pakistan lay in concentrating on education and adopting progressive educational strategies. At the end of her talk, a question-answer session was also held. The News

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