15 QAMC students shown the door
Bahawalpur, Sept 16: The Quaid-i-Azam Medical College's academic council on Wednesday expelled 15 students for two years on the charge of disrupting academic activities.
QAMC Principal Prof Dr Syed Ijaz Shah said that action had been taken against 15 students and their names had been forwarded to the quarters concerned.
Earlier, the students continued their protest for the second consecutive day after reopening of the institute and demanded that the principal should be removed. They locked the main entrance gates to prevent the entry of the academic and administrative staff members.
The principal has already tendered his resignation and is awaiting the government's reply.
In a press release issued here on Wednesday, the students demanded that the chief minister should "intervene and save the institution by removing the principal". They also protested expulsion of the 15 students and criticised the principal's "victimisation policy under which 52 students were booked by the police last month during their protest campaign".
They threatened that if their genuine demands were not met, they would be constrained to take extreme steps. DawnYour Comments
Two-year BCom IT programme slashed
Lahore: The Punjab government has shuts its doors on students seeking admission in 2-year B.Com programme in all 26 colleges of the province where 4-year BS (Honours) programme has been initiated from academic year 2010-11 for graduates.
As per sources, a letter from the Secretary Higher Education has been sent to all the principals of these institutes in which the latter have been directed to stop admission in the 2-year programme, and further instructing them to give admissions to students in the 4-year programme.
This has caused anxiety among students and their parents since number of students would be drastically reduced though the administrations of these colleges aver that they would be giving admission to around 1400 students in each college, and would be able to get nod from the Punjab University, which is being deemed impossible by adversaries of this approach, who think that the University would hesitate in extending affiliation to such a large number of students for 4-year degree.
They also doubt the assertions of colleges' administrations that the latter are in contact with the University in this regard. "Succinctly, the University has not given affiliation to three colleges of the city – MAO, Civil Lines and Science College – but the government has allowed them to proceed with admissions. In case, the University will not accept the request of these colleges, what will be the fate of these students?" questioned the source.
"It will be another crisis, and students will be on road certainly," he predicted.
The source mentioned that the Punjab University has allowed the Government Muhammaden Anglo-Oriental College to give admissions to about 1500 students in 2-year programme, but now when the College would not give admissions to this number of students, then they would be made to get admission in private institutions, who would be charging huge fees. "This is in stark contradiction to the government's claims of revolutionising the education sector where an equal opportunity is available to all, especially in the higher education sector," averred the source.
Principal MAO College Syed Irfan Hussain Zaidi, while confirming the fact that the Secretary HED as written a letter for giving admission to students in 4-year programme instead of 2-year one, said the College would be entertaining about 1450 students in two programmes of BBA and B.Com, and the College administration was in talks with the Punjab University for procuring affiliation, which would be demanded according to the facilities at the College campus. He was optimistic that the University would accede to the demand of affiliation. The nation
UVAS to establish Biotech Park
Lahore: The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences is planning to set up a National Biotechnology Park to produce vaccines and drugs currently being imported to control the disease burden in livestock, poultry and human beings.
This was stated by UVAS Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz while chairing a meeting of pharmaceutical industry businessmen and academia under the initiative of public-private partnership on Wednesday.
Prof Nawaz said Pakistan could save annually $6 million being spent on imported poultry vaccine by producing the vaccine locally at the proposed biotechnology park.
In order to materialise the idea of the park, Prof Nawaz said the UVAS in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission was organising a two-day national exhibition of science and technology on biotechnology-2010 from Oct 20.
The UVAS VC acknowledged that HEC Executive Director Sohail H Naqvi was contacting eminent scientists to finalise the plan to set up a biotechnology park. He said the university had allocated 275 acres for the proposed park, where research and development initiatives would be taken.
UVAS faculty of biosciences dean Prof Dr Ijaz Ahmad said the university would hold a video conference and a national exhibition for the projection of the park, where scientists from home and abroad would be invited to discuss the project.
The university spokesman said the pharmaceutical industrialists had expressed their interest in collaborating on the project. The industrialists emphasised that the park should be equipped with incubation facility, research and development, manufacturing and bio-business facility. They said there was no biotechnology park in the country and it would be an obligation that the UVAS must engage competent consultants for the feasibility of the project.
The meeting was attended by Chief Executive Ferozesons Ltd Dr Usman Khalid, Chief Executive Invitro Vogue (IV) Dr Kausar Abdullah Malik, Chief Executive Pharmagen Ltd, Pervaiz Sufi, Chief Executive Remington Dr Abdul Qadeer Khokhar, Managing Director CCL Pharmaceutical Kashif Sajjad Sheikh, Managing Director Shire Pharmaceutical Amjad Jawa, Dean faculty of Biosciences Prof Dr Ijaz Ahmad, Director Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology Prof Dr Masroor Elahi Baber, Director IPS Dr Farzana Chaudhry and Director WTO Lab Dr Atif Hanif.
The UVAS Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology is holding a two-day national conference "Animal forensics: DNA fingerprinting" from Sept 21.
The event will explore the involvement of modern forensic sciences in society and provide a better understanding to the related issues.
The conference will engage scientists to understand the scope and significance of animal forensics especially DNA fingerprinting.
Delegates from different universities, research organisations and institutes from all over the country are expected to participate in the conference. Lectures on latest trends in animal forensics, including DNA fingerprinting, crime scene investigation, genotyping, genetic markers, parentage analysis, lineage and specie identification will be delivered in the conference along with practical demonstrations.
PU admin meeting
Lahore: The Punjab University administration has decided that the visiting faculty members at varsity's Law College will continue serving during the fresh academic session beginning next week.
The meeting of PU Law College Committee chaired by vice-chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran also decided that the PU pro-vice-chancellor would also be included in the college committee as a member.
The meeting was attended by Faculty of Law dean Prof Dr Muhammad Ehsan Malik, former prosecutor general (accountability), Islamabad, Dr Moheman Danishwar, Justice (retired) Dr Munir Ahmed Mughal, PU Law College in-charge principal Samee Ozair Khan and additional registrar Prof Dr Aurangzeb Alamgir.
LCWU BS (HONOURS) admissions
Lahore: The Lahore College for Women University has announced that Thursday (today) is the last day to obtain and deposit admission forms for the four-year BS (Honours) degree programme.
The LCWU is offering BS (Honours) programme in more than 26 disciplines while a couple of programmes are being introduced for the first time.
The first merit list will be displayed on Sept 20 and classes will begin next month. Dawn