Punjab hostels closure on the eve of Eid

Punjab hostels deserted after students from mofussil leave
Lahore, Sep 20: The boarders of colleges and universities of the provincial metropolis left for their hometowns to celebrate Eidul Fitr with their families.

The Punjab University has the biggest number of boarders as around 5,000 students, including the foreigners, reside at the university’s New Campus and Old Campus hostels.

Majority of boarding students started leaving for their hometowns on Friday as Saturday was usually observed as weekly holiday in various institutions, including the PU.

The administration of the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) has issued notification of hostel closure on the eve of Eidul Fitr.

LCWU Registrar Ms Shaista Vine told The News that boarding students of the university had left for their native towns.

She said the university had around 350 boarding students, adding that almost all of them had left for their hometowns. Similarly, the Kinnaird College for Women has a good number of boarding students majority of whom have also left for Eid.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Punjab government has already announced three public holidays on 21st, 22nd and 23rd September 2009.

The Punjab University Chairman Hall Council has also issued a notification according to which boarding students can stay at the university hostels during Eid holidays with permission of the hostel wardens and superintendents.

A Punjab University official said security during the Eid holidays was also usually beefed up at university hostels as most of the foreign students prefer to stay at the university during Eid holidays.

A good number of foreign students also study at the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), King Edward Medical College University (KEMU) and other medical colleges of the provincial metropolis.

The educational institutions having foreign students organise different programmes in connection with Eidul Fitr.

The Punjab University also organises various programmes, including dinner, for the foreigners.

Like students, the teachers of educational institutions of the City who originally belong to other cities have also started returning to their native towns to celebrate Eid with their relatives. The educational institutions will reopen on September 24 after Eid holidays.

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DCOs to conduct fresh scrutiny of educators papers
Faisalabad: The district coordination officers (DCOs) of Faisalabad, Jhang, Chiniot and Toba Tek Singh will conduct scrutiny of documents of all candidates for the posts of educators afresh after the commissioner found some irregularities in the process earlier conducted by the scrutiny committees and district monitoring officers (DMOs), Dawn learned on Saturday.

Sources said Commissioner Tahir Husain in a meeting of divisional educators’ recruitment committee reviewed the pace of recruitment process and showed his dissatisfaction over the procedure of educators’ recruitment and directed DCOs to recheck documents and final merit lists of candidates to ensure transparency and merit.

Sources said that the commissioner expressed his concern over irregularities, particularly mentioned by Toba DCO Amanullah Khan about violation of recruitment rules by the scrutiny committee.

He directed the DCO to conduct an inquiry against the delinquent officials and institute legal action against them through Anti-Corruption Establishment.

Some officials of education department in connivance with DMOs illegally got incorporated names of some ineligible candidates in the final merit lists, sources quoted the DCO as having informed the commissioner.

The commissioner directed all the DCOs to revisit their selection process and take all necessary measures before displaying the final merit lists.

Members of the recruitment committee, including MPAs Abdul Rehman and Iftikhar Bloch, all DCOs, education EDOs and district monitoring officers attended the meeting.

The MPAs also expressed their concern over the reported irregularities and suggested stern action against the responsible officials.

The DCOs assured the commissioner that transparency and merit would be adhered to in the recruitment process.

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Punjab medical colleges exam boycott
Faisalabad: Students of the Punjab Medical College boycotting their send-up examination on Saturday tore the question papers and staged a protest demonstration against the principal for demoting a professor of surgery.

The final year students, immediately after receiving their question papers of surgery subject left the examination hall. After tearing the question papers, they marched towards the Allied Hospital where they staged a demonstration outside the Outdoor Patients Department (OPD).

Students chanted slogans against Principal Dr Riaz Husain Dab and forced the administration to close the OPD for about half-an-hour, creating problems for the patients.

Talking to reporters, the students’ representatives said Dr Dab demoted Prof Dr Javeed Iqbal, the head of surgical unit 3, to the rank of assistant principal medical officer. They alleged the principal had personal grudges against Prof Iqbal who had been replaced by Dr Yawar Saeed.

They said Dr Javeed had accommodated two doctors at his ward who were punished by the principal and was demoted for it.

They demanded Dr Iqbal be restored to his position immediately in the larger public interest.

However, the principal said Dr Iqbal was working on contract and now the Punjab government had replaced him with a regular professor. The news

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PU VC suggested 4pc of GDP for education
Lahore: The progress and solidarity of a nation are directly related to its education system, policies and continuous struggle. Unfortunately, the educational policies are changed with the change of governments and the required budget had never been spent on this sector.

The parliament must resolve to pass a law this year that at least four per cent of GDP should be spent on education per annum.

This was stated by Punjab University vice-chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran in his special Eid message. He said one of the basic purposes of the Eid was to develop unity among Muslim Ummah.

On the occasion of Eid, he said, students, teachers, politicians, journalists, labourers and all Pakistanis must make a commitment to themselves and the nation that they would play their role to combat internal and external threats being faced by Pakistan.

“Strengthening the education sector by investing more, increasing literacy rate, research, primary, secondary and higher education should be a clear-cut task before us. For this, the parliament must enact a law to invest at least four per cent of GDP on education.”

In Pakistan, Dr Kamran said the policies were changed with the change of governments. In this situation, he said, short term targets along with long term policies could be more effective and fruitful. Dawn

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KEMU awarded scholarships
Lahore: The King Edward Medical University (KEMU) Lahore has awarded 20 merit and 20 need based scholarships for undergraduate students and six scholarships for M.Phil students worth Rs. 2,000 per month each during the current fiscal year.

Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab Khawaja Ahmad who was the chief guest, said that the Punjab government would provide every facility for upgrade of this institution to an international standard. Vice Chancellor Prof. Zafarullah Khan highlighted the facilities provided to the students during the last year including provision of transport facility, safe drinking water, renovation of hostels and installation of 250 KV generator.

Later, the chief guest gave away scholarships to the students. Besides, Pro-VC Prof. Syed Muhammad Awais, Prof. Muhammad Akram, Prof. Attiya Khalid, Prof. Ahmad Waseem Yousaf and Registrar Prof. Mahmood Shaukat also addressed on the occasion. F.P Report

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Youth advised to fasten link with books
Lahore: The founder and patron-in-chief of Tehreek Minhaj-ul-Quran Sheikh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri has said that knowledge is such a treasure that plays an important role in ensuring human's respect in the society and also making him/her beneficial for other fellow-beings.

He was addressing thousands of persons at "Aitekaf city" here at Twonship via video conference from Canada, according to a press release issued here Saturday.

He said that Tehreek Minhaj-ul-Quran is a movememt of spreading knowledge all over the world and hence it is doing an unprecedented service in this regard. He advised the youth to fasten their link with books and acquire maximum knowledge which, he observed, takes a human to the zenith of humanity. APP

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