Punjab teachers, students protest demonstration

Teachers, students stage sit-in
Lahore, Sept 30: The Joint Action Committee of teachers and students on Wednesday staged a protest demonstration against the constitution of boards of governors in 26 selected colleges and staged a sit-in in front of the Punjab Assembly for over four hours.

Such protests were staged in all district headquarters. Also, Government Islamia College, Civil Lines, students protested against the transfer of college principal Prof Rao Jalil Ahmed. They blocked Lower Mall and burnt tyres.

The students of Government Science College, Wahdat Road, a stronghold of Islami Jamiat Tulaba (IJT), protested against the transfer of Prof Ahmed and marched from college campus to Bhaikewal Morr.

Amidst protests, newly posted Dr Asif Mahmood Qureshi assumed the charge of principal of Government Islamia College, Civil Lines.

The Punjab higher education department transferred two Islamia College lecturers Hanif Abbasi, executive member of the executive committee of the Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association, and hostel superintendent Abdul Rasheed.

Speaking to protesters in front of the Punjab Assembly, JAC chairman Dr Zahid Ahmad Sheikh and others said the higher education department could not suppress the JAC and PPLA movement against the constitution of BoGs by taking vindictive actions against teachers.

According to a news release issued by Islami Jamiat Tulaba, Lahore, the JAC has stepped up its protest against the constitution of BoGs in 26 colleges after transfer of the Islamia College principal.

The IJT spokesman said the teachers and students had rejected Prof Ahmad's transfer orders and claimed that teachers boycotted classes in all colleges and blocked traffic outside their colleges. The protesters in front of Islamia Colleges and Science College chanted slogans against the Punjab higher education department.

Islamia College IJT nazim Numair Aslam Wattoo led students' protest rally that burnt tyres and blocked Lower Mall. He said that students would snatch their rights from the higher education department. He said the teachers and students' movement would continue till the abolition of BoGs and "anti-education policies".

IJT Colleges Circle nazim Sohaib Sharif said students would stand by their teachers against all odds.

HED: The higher education department has said that 42,093 students who have purchased admission forms for admission to four-year BS (Honours) programme have actually rejected the anti-education propaganda of the opponents.

The higher education department spokesman has advised the protesting teachers that they should take part in educational activities and perform their duties honestly by accepting the decision of the students.

The spokesman said the PPLA agitation proved a "flop show" due to disinterest shown by students and education friendly teachers. "Teachers did not heed to the strike and agitation call of PPLA and continued teaching in colleges throughout the province," he said.

The spokesman said only a few teachers participated in the protest, which was a proof that majority of the teachers and students was in the favour of the four years degree programme and considered it useful for the students.

According to reports, he said, 42,093 admission forms were sold in 26 colleges selected to launch the four-year honours degree programme and 36,511 admission forms had so far been submitted to the colleges.

The spokesman also stated that the PPLA agitation was unjustified because the department had clearly assured the teachers that their reservations against BoGs would be considered and addressed. He said that only those teachers and their supporters were opposing the four-year degree programme who were teaching in private colleges and academies during college time. He said that it would be impossible for the teachers to remain absent due to semester system of this degree programme. He said the new programme would require the teachers to take classes from 8am to 4pm or face accountability.

Government Islamia Postgraduate Degree College for Women, Cooper Road, principal Farzana Shaheen said the four-year degree programme was a need of the hour, as it would enable the future generation to face international challenges.

Speaking to the newly enrolled students in BS (Honours) programme and their parents on Wednesday, the principal lauded the fact that mathematics, computer, English, Pakistan Studies and Islamic Studies had been declared compulsory subjects. Dawn

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PU approved PhDs synopses
Lahore: A meeting of Punjab University Advanced Studies and Research Board (AS&RB) was held under the chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran in his office here on Wednesday, which solved cases of PhD scholars sent for review in the Board by PU departments, institutes, colleges and schools.

A press release here on Wednesday said 10 PhD synopses, nine reports on PhD theses and nine panels of examiners for PhD theses review were approved in the meeting. Extension was also given in 18 cases while 17 miscellaneous cases were discussed as well.

date-sheet : Punjab University Examinations Department has announced the written examination date-sheet of Master of Information Technology (MIT), Second Year, First Annual 2010.

According to a press release on Wednesday, the exam will commence from October 14 and conclude on October 25, 2010. The news

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Student held in VC kidnapping case
Peshawar: The law enforcement agencies arrested a student of University of Peshawar for his alleged links with Taliban, sources said.

"The student presently being interrogated by a law enforcement agency is believed to have hand in the kidnapping of Mohammad Ajmal Khan, the Vice-chancellor of Islamia College University," they added.

The vice-chancellor was kidnapped on Sept 7 in his official car along with his driver when he was going to the office from his residence in Professors Colony. He is still missing.

"A first year student of geology department of UoP, who has been arrested few days ago, has provided us some lead regarding the whereabouts of the kidnapped vice-chancellor," officials said.

They said that although the suspected student was arrested for his involvement in the kidnapping of Ajmal Khan, yet during the interrogation he revealed that he had also been associated with the militants.

They said that some two months ago, the student had gone missing and his father had lodged a report with the police.

"However, the man didn't inform police about the recovery of his son due to which there are suspicion that he might have proceeded for getting training in Waziristan," they said.

Police said that they arrested a resident of Attock district near Karkhano Market in connection with the vice-chancellor kidnapping the day he was abducted. Sources said that they had also intercepted SMS sent by the arrested student in connection with the vice-chancellor.

Senior Superintendent of Police Ijaz Khan, when contacted, expressed ignorance regarding the arrest of the student. "May be police have arrested a suspected person in the vice-chancellor kidnapping case," he said.

It is worth mentioning that several students of the professional colleges and universities have also been found involved in the acts of terrorism during the recent past.The students' involvement in the sabotage acts first surfaced on February 19 when two persons were killed and two other sustained injured while allegedly making a bomb in a shop in Gur Mandi area in the limits of Hashtnagri police station.

On the next day of the incident, police claimed that the killed and injured persons were students and the bomb had blown up accidentally.

Hamza Ameen, a student of Ayub Medical College Abbottabad, and another unidentified person were killed in the incident while Farman and Mohammad Ali, students of Khyber Medical College Peshawar and University of Engineering and Technology had sustained critical injuries. According to police, they were involved in blowing up of internet cafes and CD shops in the capital city.

Similarly, police had also arrested Ali Raza, a student of the journalism department of University of Peshawar, in 2008, saying he was a would-be suicide bomber. However, police released him after investigation when he was declared innocent.

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Spelling Bee Competition next round
Lahore: Of the 120 teams from schools in the central and southern Punjab, as many as 12 schools have emerged as winners in the 9-11 age group students' pool contests in the Sixth Dawn Education Spelling Bee Competition.

In the 12-14 years age group, at least 40 teams competed in pool matches and four of them emerged as winners on Wednesday. In this age group, around 80 teams will contest for eight pools winners' slots on Thursday (today).

Similarly, 80 schools' teams are scheduled to contest for pool matches in 15-17 years age group on Friday (tomorrow). The finals in all the three age-group pools winners will be held on Saturday.

According to results of 9-11 years age group pool competitions, the 12 winning schools are: Lahore Grammar School, Shalimar Campus, 16-B, Link Road, Lahore; Beaconhouse School System, 419-B Sultanabad, GT Road, Gujrat; Beaconhouse School System (Girls), Vaniawala Mor, Sialkot Road, Gujranwala; Sialkot Grammar School (Daska Branch), SGS College Road, Daska; LACAS (Girls), 302 F-11, Johar Town, Lahore; Aitchison College, Upper Mall, Lahore; Bloomfield Hall (Senior), Johar Town, Lahore; Defence Public School and College (Boys), 305-R Phase-II, DHA, Lahore; Lahore Grammar School, Junior Section, Ghalib Market, Gulberg-III, Lahore; Garrison Junior Academy, Sarwar Road, Lahore Cantt; The City School (Senior Campus), Irshad Colony, Khanewal; and The City School (Senior), Model Town, Lahore.

In 12-14 years age-group, the four schools that won pool matches are: The City School (Senior), Lahore; Lahore Grammar School (EME Branch), Canal Bank, Lahore; Resource Academia (Senior Branch), Gulberg-III, Lahore; and Crescent Model Higher Secondary School, Shadman, Lahore.

The contests were adjudged by two-member two teams of judges provided by the Oxford University Press.

Asma Sabir and Aneela Zaheer adjudged the competition in the morning session, while Aysha Gulzar and Uzma Khan adjudged the contests in the afternoon.

Tanvir Shah and Tehmina Malik acted as pronouncers in morning and afternoon sessions, respectively.

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German Film Festival begins at NCA
Lahore: A four-day German Film Festival opened at the National College of Arts here on Wednesday.

The festival has been organised by Annemarie-Schimmel Haus (German Cultural Centre) in collaboration with Achtung Berlin (New Berlin Film Award) and it will conclude on Saturday (Oct 2).

A large number of art lovers and celebrities, including Samina Pirzada and Madeeha Gauhar, students and notables attended the opening ceremony.

Six films will be screened in the festival. The first film screened on the opening day was 'When We Leave' - a 119-minute movie directed by Feo Aladag. Ms Aladag has arrived here from Germany to attend the festival.

Speaking on the occasion, German Cultural Centre director Nadia Riaz said she was very happy as she had conceptualised the festival when she was in Berlin and now she was seeing it happening.

Ms Aladag hoped that visitors would like her film as well as other films to be screened during next three days.

The 85-minute 'Valerie' directed by Brigit Moller will be screened at 5pm and 'I Have Never Been Happier' directed by Alexander Aolph at 7pm on Sept 30 (today).

On Friday (Oct 1), 'Evet, I Do' directed by Sinan Akkus will be screened at 5pm while 'Resist Intern Rebellion' at 7pm.

On the concluding day on Saturday, 'Comrade Couture' directed by Marice Willms will be screened at 5pm.

Solo show: An exhibition of photographs by photojournalist Arif Mahmood opened at Rohtas-2 Art Gallery on Wednesday.

A large number of art lovers attended the first solo show of Mahmood, who has worked as a portrait and fashion photographer. He has seen Karachi in its many incarnations, violence and delirious celebrations. He keeps an open mind and sanguine gaze.

Mahmood's, work was part of the Asia Society Exhibition 'Hanging Fire, Contemporary art from Pakistan' in New York in 2009. This was the first time a photographer was included in the exhibition from Pakistan.

He has documented the cell in Hyderabad Jail which had been occupied by Faiz Ahmed Faiz during the Rawalpindi conspiracy case trial in (1950s). This was in connection with the upcoming publications for the Faiz Centennial in 2011.

According to the artist, "This is a very personal compilation; it's the beginning of the sufi trail essay series which I have been working most extensively since the past four to six years. Though it began most probably in the late 80s and early 90s, the images started coming together in the recent years".

The artist has mainly worked on the helplessness of the individual when it comes to a mediator between him and God. The rituals are an anthropologists dream and the highlights of a photographer. But as the journey through the view finder became intense the intricate complexities of interlinked relations started revealing their colour. He started this work in black and white and shifted to colour recently. The colour gives a different dimension to the series. Its essence is a RUNG which is subject to your interpretation.

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O level exam's distinction
Peshawar: Mian Sikandar Adeel, a student of Beaconhouse School, Peshawar, has secured 8 As in O level examinations. A press release issued here on Wednesday said that Mian Sikandar Adeel is son of Mian Adeel Uddin, presently working as assistant director NAB Peshawar. Dawn

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