Students start leaving for hometowns for Eid
Lahore: The students boarding in public and private universities of the provincial metropolis have started leaving for their hometowns to celebrate Eidul Fitr with their families.
Nonetheless, unlike previous years, colleges are already closed owing to summer vacations which were extended this year in the wake of floods in many districts of the province. Though the Punjab government had announced reopening of the government colleges in mid-August, the academic activities did not resume as the colleges were reopened to involve students, teachers and other staff in relief activities for the flood-affected people.
The Punjab University (PU) has the largest number of boarding students as around 5,000 students, including over 100 foreign students, reside in the universityís New Campus and Old Campus hostels.
Majority of the boarders of different educational institutions, including the PU, started leaving for their hometowns on Tuesday after attending regular classes to avoid routine hassle witnessed especially a day before Eid.
Besides such students, those staying at private hostels and residences have also started leaving for their hometowns.
It is important to mention here that the government has already announced four Eid holidays starting from Friday, September 10.
Meanwhile, different varsities have also started issuing notification of hostel closure on the eve of Eidul Fitr except for those belonging to foreign countries. Different student organisations have already announced spending Eid holidays with the flood affectees and in this connection, dozens of students have also left for flood-hit areas of the province with Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT).
Like students, the teachers who belong to other cities, have also started going to their native towns to celebrate the festive occasion with their loved ones.
A PU official said security during Eid holidays was also usually beefed up at the university hostels as most of the foreign students preferred to stay at university during these holidays. The educational institutions, having foreign students, organise different programmes in connection with Eid. According to PU Registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan, various programmes, including dinner, for the foreign students were also organised every year during Eid holidays.
It is pertinent to mention here that a good number of foreign students also study at the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), King Edward Medical College University (KEMU), Beaconhouse National University (BNU) and medical institutes of the provincial metropolis. The educational institutions will reopen after Eid holidays on Tuesday, September 14, 2010.Your Comments
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) Examination Department on Tuesday announced the results of various examinations.
These exams include BSc Home Economics, 2nd Year, Annual Examination 2010, BSc Home Economics, 3rd Year, Annual Examination 2010, BCom (IT), Semester System, Session 2005-2007, BCom (IT), Semester System, Session 2007-2009, BCom (IT), Semester System, Session 2006-2008, and BCom (IT), Semester System, Session 2004-2006. Detailed results are available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk. Meanwhile, the PU has awarded PhD degrees to three students in the subjects of Molecular Biology. Uzma Saeed d/o Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has been awarded a PhD degree in the subject of Molecular Biology after the approval of her research thesis titled "Identification and Characterization of Drought Tolerant Genes in Cotton by Gene Homology."
She completed her thesis under the supervision of Prof Dr Tayyab Husnain of PU's National Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology.
Ali Muhammad s/o Dost Muhammad has been awarded a PhD degree in the subject of Molecular Biology after the approval of his research thesis titled "Search for a New Deafness Locus/Gene in Sindhi Inbred Families." He completed his thesis under the supervision of Prof Dr Sheikh Riazuddin of PU National Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology while his Co-Supervisor was Prof Dr Shaheen N. Khan of National Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology.
Zawar Hussain s/o Munir Hussain has been awarded a PhD degree in the subject of Molecular Biology after the approval of his research thesis titled "The Genetic Basis of Usher Syndrome." He completed his thesis under the supervision of Dr Zubair M Ahmad of National Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology while his Co-Supervisor was Prof Dr Sheikh Riazuddin. The news
PU announces three holidays
Lahore: The Punjab University will remain closed from September 10 to September 13 on account of Eid-ul-Fitr holidays. A notification has been issued in this regard.
'Hidden hands' ignited clash: Inquiry report
Lahore: The inquiry tribunal headed by District and Sessions Judge (D&SJ), Bahawalpur, has reported to the Lahore High Court that 'some hidden hand' acted to ignite clash between students and the principal Quaid-e-Azam Medical College last month which subsequently led to police torture on female students when they were holding a protest rally.
The judge noted in the report if the students had some demands even then the situation could not have taken the serious turn which it did so suddenly to which the students also strongly reacted.
The LHC chief justice took suo moto notice about the issue on a published report and photographs on the incident of thrashing of female students of the said college by the local police on August 21 last, and had appointed one-man inquiry tribunal on the incident on the request of Punjab government.
According to the report, police raided a hostel of the said college and arrested a number of medical students. Against this action, the students and young doctors staged a protest in front of the principal office of the college but the police, in presence of the high-rank police officials, mercilessly tortured the students.
The report gave weight to the version of the principal and other professors about the involvement of some hidden hands behind this sad state of affairs in the college.
The principal had claimed some criminal record holders were residing illegally in the medical hostel along with the students which flared up the situation.
The tribunal has recommended that the college principal might be asked why criminal record holder students were residing in the hostels of Quaid e-Azam Medical College and why not any action was taken against them.
The judge observed as true that the students after acceptance of their demands changed their stance and started demanding resignation of the principal that speaks volumes about the hidden hand working behind the clash. The judge recommended that genuine problems of the students like increase in dues and loadshedding should be looked into favourably to avoid such incidents in future.
After going through the report, Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif directed the concerned ones to send the inquiry report to Punjab government requiring it to look into the matter and do the needful in accordance with recommendations made therein. The CJ disposed of the matter. The nation
Take action on inquiry report: CJ
Lahore: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif on Tuesday ordered the Punjab government to take action in the light of recommendations made by the sessions judge, Bahawalpur, in his inquiry report on police torture of female medical students.
In his report, the sessions judge said that criminals were living in the hostel of the Quaid-e-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur.
He further said the college principal should be asked as to why people having criminal record were residing in the college hostel and why he had not taken action against them. The college administration should keep eye on students residing in hostels as well as on visitors and if some unauthorised persons were found residing in hostels, they should be expelled forthwith.
The report also said that increase in college dues was also not matched with the fee structure of the other colleges and recommended that the increase should be made keeping in view the fee of the others colleges. It also said that increase in loadshedding had also raised the studentsí problems.
The chief justice while disposing of the suo motu notice of the issue sent the report to the Punjab government for taking action on its recommendations.
Earlier, District Police Officer (DPO) had submitted his report during the suo motu proceedings initiated by the CJ.
As per details, police had raided Quaid-e-Azam Medical College (QAMC) Hostel, Bahawalpur, and arrested a number of students after the students and young doctors staged a protest demonstration outside the principalís office.
The Bahawalpur police, led by high ranking officers, mercilessly tortured even the female students with sticks and kicks and also removed their shawls and scarves.
According to media reports, male police officers pulled the female students from their hairs and used filthy language against them and the whole episode was also witnessed by patients. The news
'Rs 2m needed to restore 92 schools in flood-hit areas'
Lahore: According to an assessment plan primed by the Punjab Education Foundation (PEF), an amount of Rs 2 million is required to restore and re-functionalise each of the 92 PEF partner schools situated in flood-affected southern districts, which have been badly hit by the gushing waters, PEF Managing Director Mohyuddin Ahmad Wani said on Tuesday.
Briefing a three-member delegation of a telecom company, he said the amount is estimated for the construction of a school with four classrooms, principal's office, toilets and the necessary furniture for students. According to a presentation about the flood assessment conducted by the PEF, out of 92 affected schools, 64 are Foundation Assisted Schools while 28 are registered under the New School Programme. Currently, the PEF is partnered with 1,776 schools in 29 districts under the FAS programme and 129 schools in eight districts for the New School Programme. He said that out of more than 800,000 students enrolled under the FAS programme, 52 percent were female. Wani said that most of the affected schools were situated in the districts of Bhakkar, Dera Ghazi Khan, Jhang and Layyah, while the survey of badly-hit tehsils of Rajanpur had not yet been held due to deluge. "The PEF is going to launch a comprehensive flood assessment survey after the Eid holidays," he said. Daily times
Abid Sher hands over copies of NIC, certificates to Punjab varsity
Lahore: Chairman of National Assemblyís Standing Committee on Education Abid Sher Ali visited the Punjab University on Tuesday and handed over copies of his national identity card (NIC) and matriculation and intermediate certificates to the university authorities.
With this, the number of the MPsí documents received by the Punjab University (PU) has reached over 100 while the university has yet to receive copies of certificates and NICs of around 270 MPs that included around 18 those MPs whose degrees are yet to be verified by the university.
It is learnt that PML-N MNA Abid Sher Ali, who had raised the issue of fake degrees, had also assured the PU authorities to play his role in sensitising the MPs and senators to submit the required documents to the varsities so that the task might be completed as early as possible.
In early August this year, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) had issued a directive to various universities, including the PU, to contact the politicians whom they had awarded graduation degrees and ask them to give copies of their matriculation and intermediate certificates as well as the NICs for verification by the Commission. It had set August 25, 2010 as last date to complete the task.
However, most of the universities, including the PU, failed to meet the deadline. The PU had received matriculation and intermediate certificates and NICs of around 12 MPs out of over 300 by August 25. A number of MPs had contacted the universities and expressed inability to provide the documents instantly.
It is also important to mention here that recently, the HEC extended the last date and asked the universities to complete the process by Eidul Fitr. However, now the universities have received formal directive from the HEC according to which the universities have to complete the task by September 25, 2010.
According to sources, the PU had also written to provincial assemblies, NA and Senate to provide present addresses of MPs and senators.
The PU, so far, has received the reply from the Senate in which it has been advised to visit the Senate's website to get the present addresses of the Senators belonging to all the parties whose documents are required by the university.
In May 2010, the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Education had handed over degrees of parliamentarians to the HEC for verification following many sitting MPs were said to have obtained fake degrees to contest the February 2008 polls for which graduation was the minimum qualification. The news