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3rd RMC International Scientific Conference inaugurated

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 10:28

Rawalpindi:March 25:The third Rawalpindi Medical College International Scientific Conference inaugurated here on Friday at New Campus of RMC under which young researchers’ forum, thematic symposium, satellite symposium and three scientific sessions were held on the first day of two-day scientific programme.

At the inaugural session of the international scientific conference, Chairman Scientific Committee Professor Fareed Aslam Minhas gave introduction to participants about the conference while keynote speakers of thematic symposium include Professor Mussadiq Khan (Curriculum Committee, Pakistan Medical & Dental Council), Professor M Iqbal Khan (VC Shifa Tameer-i-Millat University), Professor Abid Farooqi (Vice-President PMDC), Professor Junaid Sarfraz (Pro-VC, University of Health Sciences), Professor Mujtaba Quadri (Dean Research and Academic Development, NUMS), Professor Rizwana Chaudhri (CPSP), Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed (Chairman HEC), Professor Shabbir Ahmed Lehri (President PMDC) and Professor Muhammad Umar (Principal RMC).

Talking of the theme of the conference ‘Expanding the horizons for medical education: Role of public sector institutions’, Professor Minhas said it is not only innovative but thought provoking. “It seeks to apprise the faculty members and medical students at a public sector institution for not only providing exemplary clinical services but also excellence in medical education.”

He added that in the recent years, the medical education all over the world is transiting through a revolution as regards to its concept and practice. Although, globally, there has been great innovations in this field, the situation in Pakistan remained at the lower priority at the medical institutions and more so at the public sector institutions.

He said public sector institutions in Pakistan are accredited to produce the best doctors and medical professionals all over the world who are second to none in their competence and passion about medicine. But there still remains a need that, public sector institutions make new strategies for the better professional grooming of the students. There is a need to introduce the most updated and effective outcome based curricula, innovative instructional strategies and effective assessment modalities in medical education in Pakistan, said Professor Minhas while giving introduction about the conference in the inaugural session.

Rawalpindi Medical College occupies a unique position in the public sector institution with a well-developed department of medical education employing the most recent component of integrated teaching and problem based learning to produce outcome based educational perspectives, he said.

He added that this is also a favourable time for medical professionals at RMC to interact with the movers and shakers in the corridors of power with respect to medical education of our country and take the right steps towards practicable solutions.

He added that this thematic symposium is yet another innovation and depiction of the futuristic vision of RMC. This conference and symposium in particular has gathered together the paragons of medical education from across the nation, said Professor Minhas.

Addressing the students and young doctors, he said you see before you people, who have earned laurels in the different dimensions of medical education and are currently stakeholders in the field nationally. “They will shed light on research, curriculum development, undergraduate and postgraduate education and examinations apart from other much important topics in medical education.”

He added that for 44 years, the RMC has served to polish and refine young minds before they embark on their journey of professional excellence in Pakistan and then, across the globe. “In these polished gems, who are all sons and daughters of RMC lay a vast untapped potential for contributing to their alma mater which is what we aimed to capture and capitalize on in this collaborative exploration of our mutual scientific future.”

He explained that his vision of the scientific committee has been to provide a platform to all those who came forward with a willingness to partake in this endeavour. My personal aim was to ensure that the faculty and students at RMC can maximally benefit from the vast knowledge and experience of our esteemed international delegates, he said.

“As promised, in the orchestration of the scientific program, I have used a combination of art and science. The nuts and bolts of the program include the high profile workshops bringing hands on information and knowledge from the forefront of latest medical advances, stimulating state of the art lectures and inspirational lectures and activities of the scientific program,” said Professor Minhas.

He added the organizing committee has successfully concluded 73 Pre-Conference Workshops in the fields of Medicine, Surgery and Allied Specialties in collaboration with international alumni. These workshops ensued from the 18th of February and concluded yesterday the 23rd of March, he said.

He said the present state of human knowledge available across the globe is based on scientific research and exchange of thoughts and ideas. “Various workshops conducted at the conference provided a unique opportunity for learning and experience.”

He informed the participants that the core scientific meeting (the scientific program of the conference) will consist of state of the art lectures, this inaugural thematic symposium, scientific sessions, and a concluding session. The scientific sessions will include 83 scientific papers that will be chaired by esteemed professors who were the pioneers in medical education and all specialties from across the nation.

He added that each session will consist of various guest lectures delivered by international as well as local speakers with the aim to inform, promote and globalize outstanding technological innovation, knowledge and research of medicine.

The special sessions in the programme will serve to open the gateway and build a bridge between the students of RMC (Young Rawalians) and International Rawalians in USA, UK, Australia, Middle East, Africa and other parts of the world.The news.

PU Police effect arrests, register case against 200 students

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:32

Lahore:24 March: Police on Wednesday registered a case against 200 students of the Punjab University (PU) and arrested 22 of them a day after violence on campus.

Most of the arrested students belong to the Islami Jamiat Tulaba (IJT).

Police registered a case against 200 students under sections 353, 186, 147 and 148 of PPC after the state became complainant.
Admin calls off book fair, bans student events

At least 10 students were injured in the clash between a group organising a Pakhtun cultural event and activists of the IJT at the Punjab University on Tuesday. Reports suggested that the IJT wanted to stop the cultural show.

Law Minister Rana Sanaullah told reporters on Wednesday that the clash between the two groups was not the result of ethnic friction but erupted over the issue of cultural show.

A day after (Wednesday), attendance in the varsity remained thin amid tense calm and the administration had suspended its bus service on all routes in the city to prevent possible ‘import’ of students from other institutions by the student group.

“It was a tense day on campus as students and teachers feared further clash between the two student groups,” an academic told Dawn. “Such incidents expose the PU administration’s weakness,” he said while urging it to decisively crack down on these groups and make the campus violence-free.

The Pakhtun students had announced a ‘peace march’ on the campus bridge but the varsity administration persuaded them to call it off. However, they held a sit-in outside the sociology department and demanded swift action against those involved in violence.

Meanwhile, the PU has banned all student functions on the campus and called off its annual book fair scheduled to begin on April 4. “We have banned all types of events the student groups organise. Only the PU administration will arrange events to avoid repeat of any incident in future. The hostel wardens have been directed to prepare the lists of illegal boarders,” PU Vice Chancellor Dr Zafar Moeen Nasir told Dawn.

He said the varsity would not tolerate violence and it had decided to rid the institution of the scourge of violence. Two committees had been constituted to probe the case and “we will expel all those students found guilty in the inquiry,” Prof Nasir said.

A source said the inquiry team had started identifying those involved in the violence. “A former PU IJT nazim has already been identified through a CCTV footage,” he said.

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had taken notice of the incident and directed the higher education department to look into the matter.

Punjab Higher Education Minister Syed Raza Ali Gilani said strict action would be taken against those involved in violence and their backers in the administration.
Iqbal Town SP Rana Umer Farooq confirmed to Dawn that police had arrested 22 students of both groups.Dawn.

Pakistan Day at Punjab University

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:31

Lahore:24 March: Academic work is off on account of Pakistan Day at Punjab University, the campus eerily quiet and devoid of students. On the right, farther down from gate four of the new campus, are the boys’ hostel buildings. These, if they could, would tell tales — some myths, others more substantiated — of torture, extortion, moral policing and dirty power politics. Two mobile police units and scores of uniformed cops stand guard at the entrance while others lounge on the green patches along the hostel boundary walls.

This is odd, certainly not something you’d expect at one of the highest seats of learning in the country. And yet, as the university spokesperson shares, over 200 uniformed and plain-clothes policemen, apart from the university’s own security staff, are currently deployed here.

At the canteen opposite the Quaid-i-Azam Hall, some hostel residents sit around sipping tea under the generous shade of a tree. Plastered on the wall is a half-ripped poster for the Azm-i-Pakistan march that was to be held at the Islamic Centre to celebrate Pakistan Day. Its organisers, the Islami Jamiat-i-Talaba (IJT), announced the event earlier in month and had been preparing for it. But the brawl on March 21 occurred at a mobilisation stall the IJT set up for its march.

Tall, bearded Shafi Mengal from Nushki, Balochistan, asks his friend to rip off the poster. His friend, a gangly youth from interior Lahore, hesitates for a moment and looks around but then squares his shoulders and rips off not one, but two such posters.

Mengal, a masters’ student, introduces himself as an adviser to the chairman of the Baloch Students Council. “We never expected a problem with holding a Pakhtun cultural day on March 21,” he says, pointing at the date for the Azm-i-Pakistan march – March 22. He explains that the Pakhtun cultural day was announced on March 13 at the Baloch cultural day, which several IJT members attended. “They enjoyed the music and dance then,” he says. “We have pictures. Why then did they have a problem with the Pakhtun cultural day later, [especially] when they knew we had permission from the university administration?”

To this, former IJT nazim Qaiser Shareef asks why the Pakhtun Students Council had found it necessary to hold a cultural day. He explains that tensions between the various ethnic councils and the IJT have a short but turbulent history, especially since the IJT cadre represents all ethnicities. “The student who walked up to the cultural event organisers and asked them to turn the music down was a Pakhtun IJT member,” he says emphatically.

But a university security guard assigned to Hall Council 1 joins Mengal at his table and dismisses explanations playing on ethnic divisions. For the IJT, he says, it has always been about asserting presence and control. Security guards usually deal with two to three complaints a week about IJT members harassing young men and women sitting together, he elaborates, “but I have never had a complaint about any members of the ethnic councils.”

University spokesperson Khurram Shehzad says this is true. These councils have been around since 2012, he explains, when the university announced scholarships for students from Balochistan. Ninety-seven students from Balochistan were awarded scholarships in the first batch and the university has been admitting almost 100 students from there each year since. “But the administration has not had any complaints,” he says.

The university also has a Seraiki Students Council and a Sindhi Students Council, apart from the Pakhtun and Baloch student bodies. These groups, joined by members of the Progressive Students Collective and the Democratic Students Alliance, held a demonstration on March 22 to express solidarity with the Pakhtun and Baloch student councils whose members were attacked the day before.

“We found out about the peace march at 2am the night before and mobilised our members,” says Haider Kaleem of the Progressive Students Collective. The students first asked the vice chancellor for permission to hold a peace march but were told not to, after which they sat in front of the sociology department and shouted: “Ghunda gardi band karo [Stop strong-arm tactics]”, “Jamiat ka jo yaar hai ghaddar hai ghaddar hai [Anyone who is a friend of the Jamiat is a traitor]”. Journalists who tried to cover the demonstration were shoved off by the police.

The students presented their list of demands: student bodies affiliated with political parties should be banned from campus; those who attacked the Pakhtun cultural event must be expelled and prosecuted under law; another cultural day, for all ethnicities represented at the university, should be held; hostels must be made safe for students.

The former IJT nazim remains adamant that his organisation was not at fault. “The university has video footage of what transpired. It should be sincere in establishing who was at fault,” he insists. He points out that most of the students injured were IJT members. “Umair, one of our members from the geology department, was beaten so badly that he’s in the intensive care unit. We want justice.” He adds that the Pakhtun students who were injured were beaten up and tear-gassed by the police.

On March 22, the police picked up 22 students of the university, 18 of them IJT members, and registered an FIR against 200 unidentified suspects. News channels announced that the IJT’s days were numbered as the government had vowed to end its ‘reign of terror’. But sitting next to Mengal, Haji Jan Muhammad, who heads the Sindhi Students Council, smirks. “It’s impossible to end IJT’s influence at the university,” he says. “They can try, but this group has dirt on several high-ups at the university and they will resort to all kinds of tactics to maintain their influence. Eliminate IJT from Punjab University? It just cannot happen.”Published in Dawn, March 24th, 2017.

Three more PhD disciplines at Lahore Women University

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:30

Lahore:24 March:Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) has extended the closing date for admissions at PhD level in spring semester till March 31 besides announcing three more PhD disciplines.
LCWU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Rukhsana Kausar said three more disciplines would be PhD Botany (Molecular Mycology), PhD Chemistry (Inorganic Chemistry) and PhD Persian. Admission for the disciplines of Environment Science, Physics, Zoology, Botany, Chemistry, Math, Punjabi, Urdu, Islamic Studies and Fine Arts has already been announced, the VC added.
It is pertinent to mention here that LCWU had announced to reduce fee for PhD students last month.The news.

Academic staff body condemns clash at PU

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:29

Lahore:March 24:Two days after clash among students, Punjab University Academic Staff Association (PUASA) has finally come forward to condemn the incident.
A group of teachers belonging to Teachers Front (TF) had expressed serious concerns over ‘silence’ of the incumbent PUASA leadership. “When there is a need that the university teachers must come forward and play a role to help establish peace and harmony on the camps. At this crucial time ASA is nowhere in the scene,” TF had observed in its press statement issued on Wednesday. However, on Thursday, the PUASA issued a statement and strongly condemned the recent clash between two student groups. It also requested the PU administration that all internal and external elements involved in this incident should be exposed as they had seriously damaged academic and research activities in the university.
“The association also demands that such elements should be punished severely so that such incidents could not be repeated in future. The association is also supporting the positive steps taken by Vice Chancellor Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir and university administration to improve the prevailing situation in the university,” reads the ASA statement.
It is pertinent to mention here that a clash between Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) and Pashtun students had left over a dozen members on both sides injured. As the situation remained tense on Wednesday, the PU administration suspended its bus service for students and there were no proper academic activities on campus either.The news.

Case filed against Punjab University students

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:28

Lahore:23 March:Punjab Police on Wednesday registered a case against 'unidentified students' of Punjab University for violence on campus, a day after the clash broke out between rival students' groups.
At least 10 students were injured when activists of the Islami Jamiat-i-Talaba (IJT) clashed with students organising a Pakhtun cultural event at the Punjab University on Tuesday.
The severity of the clash could be gauged from the intervention of a heavy contingent of police who fired tear gas shells to disperse the violent students.
A First Information Report (FIR), obtained by Dawn.com, has been registered against the students at Muslim Town police station in Lahore. No student was named in the FIR.
Police had received a tip regarding severe clashes breaking out between rival student groups, the FIR stated.
Describing the scene of Tuesday's clash witnessed upon arrival, the police official said that "around 150 to 200 students were attacking each other with sticks and batons and chanting abusive slogans."

"As the police officials attempted to intervene, the students also attacked the police with batons," the FIR said.

The report further said that those involved in the clashes will be identified through CCTV footage.
The case has been registered under Sections 427 (mischief causing damage), 147/148 (riot with armed weapons) and 353/186 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of duty) of the Pakistan Penal Code.The Express Tribune.

City: Lahore

Punjabi mushaira and Faiz Ahmad Poetry Competition at GCUniversity

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:26

Lahore:March 23:A Punjabi mushaira and the Faiz Ahmad Faiz Poetry Competition were held at the Government College University Lahore to mark World Poetry Day. Most of the poetry and song competitions were won by teams of the University of Engineering and Technology.
Earlier, noted Punjabi poets from all over Pakistan presented their poetry at the Mushaira, while students from 22 universities participated in the competition.
The Punjabi Mushaira was inaugurated with the traditional lighting of the candle by Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Hassan Amir Shah. About 28 eminent Punjabi poets, including Dr Sughra Sadaf, Younas Aqir, Murli Chohan, Asim Pehtayar and Habibullah presented the best of their poetry at the Mushaira.Published in The Express Tribune, March 23rd, 2017.

PU’s Pakhtun students warn of abandoning studies

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:25

Lahore:March 23:Pakhtun Education Development Movement (PEDM) activists have vowed to abandon their studies if action is not taken against the culprits who sparked Tuesday’s clashes at Punjab University.
As the situation on campus remained tense on Wednesday, PEDM students said they would not only leave the varsity, but the province altogether.
The students called on authorities to immediately arrest the individuals who attacked Nowroz celebrations during Pakhtun Culture Day.
The day began with a large presence of police contingents present on campus to maintain law and order, whereas students of the PEDM held a sit-in outside the Sociology Department.
They demanded that those involved in the attack and identified by Pakhtun students should be immediately arrested. The participants warned of a rally, but were pacified by the police and university administration.
The PEDM, after negotiations that lasted four hours, announced a news conference later in the evening at the Lahore Press Club. Talking to The Express Tribune, Jaffar Khan, a representative of the PEDM, said the students had reached the unfortunate conclusion that the Punjab University administration and provincial government could not provide security to students. “We are regularly attacked by the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) and the culprits are never apprehended by authorities,” he bemoaned. “We are around 700-800 students at the Punjab University and we will abandon our studies and leave Punjab if action is not taken against the attackers this time.”

The students belonging to PEDM also alleged that the culprits identified by them were not being arrested.

Meanwhile, a fact finding committee was formed by the Punjab Minister for Higher Education Raza Ali Gillani and it was given 10 days to report its findings. The committee will be chaired by Punjab Higher Education Department special secretary, while the PU vice chancellor will be the co-chair. Other members include DIG Dr Haider Ashraf, Iqbal Town SP Umar Farooq, PU Hall council chairman, PU Directorate of Students Affairs director, PU chief security officer and PU resident officer-I.

The Punjab University also announced it will closed on Friday March 24, while March 23 was also declared a holiday.

The IJT, meanwhile, held its own protest against an alleged attack on its women at the varsity on the same day. The protesters demanded that those who assaulted the women students them should be punished The allegations were denied by PEDM.

The IJT spokesman said the police only arrested IJT activists, while those who attacked them were not being apprehended.

A case has been registered by the Muslim Town Police against unidentified miscreants and the cops had rounded up 22 from hostels suspects on Tuesday.
Talking to The Express Tribune, DIG Dr Haider Ashraf said that police was investigating those arrested by going through the CCTV footage. He said the culprits would be identified through this process and further investigations would be conducted. He added security had been beefed up at PU and no outsider was being allowed in.Published in The Express Tribune, March 23rd, 2017.

Punjab University students Clash; 200 booked

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:24

Lahore:March 23:Muslim Town police registered a case against 200 students on different criminal charges, following a scuffle between two groups of students at Punjab University News campus.
The case was registered against 200 unidentified students under Section 427, 147, 148, 353, 186 PPC on the complaint of the Muslim Town SHO. Police will trace the miscreants and identify them through CCTV footage, police sources said.The news.

Prep class of AM Anglo Montessori graduates

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:22

Rawalpindi:March 23: AM Anglo Montessori School & College celebrated Graduation Ceremony of class Prep at the main campus.
The parents and students of prep class attended the function. During the function s Mahpara Amir ud Din, the founder of the school, spoke about the challenges to be faced by the children who are about to enter in the school section. She requested the parents to take time out to give individual attention to their children to help them to adapt to school life.
The function began with the recitation of Holy Quran. English speeches were delivered by the students. The children then performed on a number on rhymes. At the end certificates were awarded to the children dressed in graduation gowns and mortarboards.The news.

27 pre-conference workshops held in two days

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:21

Rawalpindi:March 23:As many as 27 pre-conference workshops have been organised in last two days in connection with the 3rd International Scientific Conference and Reunion on 42nd Anniversary of Rawalpindi Medical College at the three allied hospitals and old campus of RMC in town making the event remarkable for both the young doctors and national and international consultants.
On Wednesday, a total of 11 pre-conference workshops were conducted including three workshops at Benazir Bhutto Hospital, two workshops at Holy Family Hospital and three workshops at District Headquarters Hospital while another three workshops were organized at RMC campus.

The first workshop on Wednesday titled ‘Cerebral palsy Degenerative brain disease -- Update on anticonvulsants’ was held at Department of Paediatrics in BBH whose director was Professor Rai Mohammad Asghar and Dr. Afzal Sawal from UK while co-directors were Dr. Najaf and Dr. Mudassar.

The second workshop titled ‘Long acting reversible contraceptive implants’ was held at Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in DHQ Hospital whose director was Professor Attiya Begum and co-director was Dr. Sobia Nawaz.

The third in the series was a workshop on Echocardiography held at Cardiology Department at BBH whose director was Dr. Imran Saeed and co-directors were Dr. Salma and Dr. Mehdi.

The fourth workshop on Wednesday was on latest concepts on hernia management held at conference room of surgical unit 1 at HFH whose directors were Dr. Irfan Akhtar (UK), Dr. Shehzad Latif (UK) and Dr. Imran Alam (UK) while co-directors were Dr. Salman, Dr. Haseeb and Dr. Munazza.

Another workshop titled ‘Surgical Endocrinology’ was also held at conference room of surgical unit 1 at HFH whose director was Dr. Irfan Akhtar from UK and co-directors were Dr. Faryal Azhar and Dr. Ramla.

The sixth workshop on Wednesday titled ‘Made it easy for beginners – Workshop on quantitative research’ was held at conference room in Department of Community Medicine whose director was Professor Syed Arshad Sabir and co-directors include Dr. Farhan Hassan and Dr. Mehjabeen Qureshi.

Another workshop titled ‘Guidelines for surfactant in premature neonates’ was conducted at Department of Paediatrics in BBH whose director was Professor Rai Mohammad Asghar while co-director was Dr. Irfan Waheed.

A workshop titled ‘Biochemistry Symposium’ was conducted at Old Campus of RMC by Professor Riffat Khursheed while Professor Mohammad Khurram and Dr. Lubna Meraj as directors conducted a workshop on ‘Leadership style’ at Department of Medicine in DHQ Hospital whose co-director was Dr. Mahwash Jamil.

The tenth workshop on Wednesday titled ‘Team building’ was held at Department of Medicine in DHQ Hospital whose directors were Professor Mohammad Khurram and Dr. Lubna Meraj while co-director was Dr. Sadia Chaudhary from Fauji Foundation Hospital.

The eleventh workshop titled ‘Physiology Symposium’ was conducted by Professor M. Naeem as director at Old Campus of RMC on Wednesday whose co-director was Dr. Inam ul Haq.

Earlier on Tuesday, a total of 16 pre-conference workshops were organized in various departments of the allied hospitals and RMC including the one titled ‘CV writing and career statement’ held at conference room of Institute of Psychiatry at BBH whose director was Professor Dr. Tayyeb Tahir (Chair of Liaison faculty, UK) and co-director was Dr. Bushra Razzaque.

Other workshops held on Tuesday include therapeutic endoscopic workshop, leadership style, updates in various neurological workshops and a workshop titled ‘How to read a paper’.

Workshops on ‘Management of Rectal Cancer’, ‘Colpoproctology for general surgeons’, ‘Latest concepts about surgical management of obesity’ and ‘Arthroscopy: A diagnostic modality’, were also organized on Tuesday.

A workshop on ‘Postpartum haemorrhage’ was also held on Tuesday along with workshops

‘Mechanical ventilation’, ‘Functional endoscopic sinus surgery’, ‘Problem oriented diagnostic approach in coagulation’ and ‘Basic research skills for beginners’.
Three other workshops titled ‘Trauma management’, ‘Communication and empathy’ and ‘Endoscopic sinus surgery’ were also held on Tuesday in connection with the 3rd RMC International Scientific Conference.The news.

The Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba all over

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:20

Lahore:March 23:The attack by members of the Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba on a social gathering arranged by Pakhtun students on the Punjab University campus is both shocking and unsurprising. At least five of the students were injured so badly in this wanton attack by the IJT that they had to be rushed to hospital. Sadly, such violence has come to be expected of the IJT. The student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami considers itself the arbiter of ‘morality’ on campuses around the country and enforces its will on pain of force. Just in the last decade alone, there is a long list of vigilante attacks carried out by the IJT. It has attacked Valentine’s Day celebrations, forcibly shut down book fairs organised by other organisations or students who are not affiliated with any student organisations and even brutalised students on campus at the height of the Musharraf emergency. The group has not even spared girls playing cricket at Karachi University. The IJT is also responsible for having armed university campuses across the country, a culture that has led to fatal shootouts. The IJT’s thuggish nature goes back even further than this. It used violence against leftist student groups during the Ayub Khan dictatorship and then acted as a campus enforcer for Ziaul Haq – which is when it came to truly dominate universities, particularly in Punjab. Violence is inherent to the IJT and the so-called ideology it stands for, and hardly a few months go by without reports of the group being involved in clashes with other student groups, bringing campus life to a standstill.

It is rather unfortunate that, true to form, some political parties have used the incident as a means to score points by pointing to or implying in their statements what can be called the so-called ethnic dimension. But the kind of unbridled violence practised by the IJT, whether in Punjab or in Sindh or in any parts of the country, cannot be explained in ethnic terms. The focus instead should be on the inherently violent nature of the right-wing ideological extremism of this group which has been using and abusing ‘religion’ and ‘morality’ as weapons of political domination. The response from the IJT’s parent organisation – the Jamaat-e-Islami – has been lukewarm to say the least. The JI has said it will comment on the matter till it has had time to investigate it, even though the party is well aware of the IJT’s violent tendencies. Everyone who knows the history of the JI and the IJT knows how well-organised they are and how well-structured their actions always are. The JI cannot be exonerated for failing to openly condemn such violence or for always ensuring protection to the IJT when it indulges in such acts. Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has said the students responsible will be held accountable although he also raised the possibility of outside forces – belonging to the same group – being involved. It is not difficult to see how problematic such a statement is when it can be seen as implying that the IJT members working within the university ‘may not’ be involved. That this is how the IJT works to cover up its acts of aggression is not exactly a revelation. The issue at hand should always be the way the IJT treats public universities as its personal playground where it bullies everyone else into submission. It is up to the administration of universities around the country to take a stand and declare they will now have a zero-tolerance policy towards violence. Politicians too should stop protecting goons in the guise of students. The IJT cannot be allowed to continue its reign of terror – though in all probability it will.The news.

Dozens injured in Punjab University clash

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 12:02

LAHORE:22 March:Ethnic diversity is difficult to celebrate at the best of times and becomes virtually impossible when certain elements are out to sabotage it all costs. A stark reminder of this was Tuesday’s clash at the Punjab University which left dozens of students injured.

Pakhtun Culture Day celebrations, which aimed to mark the Nauroz festival, reportedly came under attack by students from the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) — the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami.

Pakhtun Students Federation (PkSF) spokesperson Jaffer Khan said 12 of his activists were injured either as a result of the attack or the consequent police action.

IJT’s Taimoor, meanwhile, claimed around 20 of his colleagues suffered injuries.

Jaffer said he had already informed the university administration, police and media about the security threat to the federation’s plan to celebrate Pakhtun Culture Day and Jashn-e-Nauroz. “It is unfortunate that we were not provided security,” he added.

Pakhtun students had set up their stalls where musical instruments, traditional Pakhtun dresses and literature was on display.

The students also performed their cultural dance called the Attan. “We had announced the venue of the programme a week ago after getting permission from the university administration,” Jaffer said.

Witnesses said the IJT set up its camp a few yards across on the opposite of the road. When the Pakhtun students started the Attan, the IJT tried to disrupt the dance. Activists of the student group allegedly set fire to the camp of their rivals.

The inevitable clash saw both groups exchange blows while the police arrived and resorted to its customary baton charge and tear-gas shelling.

Jaffer alleged it was a pre-planned attack and IJT purposely set up a camp in front of theirs at the last minute.

Taimoor, on the other hand, said they had been preparing for the Youm-e-Pakistan Rally on March 22 for the past two weeks. The IJT, he added, was running awareness campaigns and had set up camps throughout the campus to invite students for the sharing of ideas.

He added female students of IJT were also preparing for the rally at the Philosophy Department lawn. “Pakhtun students, while dancing, came to our camps and put our sound system on fire. They proceeded to harass the females and that was when we retaliated,” he admitted.

The IJT representative believed that holding Pakhtun Culture Day was the conspiracy of a few “miscreants or outsiders” to disturb peace at the campus. “Nowhere in the world or the country, even Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, is this day celebrated,” he claimed. “Holding such an event this close to Pakistan Day is to promote a certain ethnicity or provincialism.”

Jaffer denied the allegations, saying the students were celebrating Jashn-e-Nauroz, a historical event of the region.

He said the allegations of provincialism or promoting ethnicity were mere propaganda. “We staged the programme with the permission of the PU administration and police. If it was a counterproductive activity, the administration would not have allowed it. Taking action is the job of the university administration and state-institutions, not non-state actors.”

As word of the clash spread, extra police contingents arrived at the spot. They also launched a search operation and took dozens of suspects into custody.

The Punjab University vice-chancellor also reached the spot and vowed to take stern action against those responsible.

PU spokesperson Khurram Shahzad confirmed Pakhtun students had taken permission for the event and even told the administration about the threats. “The university provided security to them and guards were also present,” he said. “The camps set up just opposite by IJT, on the other hand, were without permission.”

Muslim Town SHO denied receiving any information about the threat of an attack the day before. “The students told us they were holding the event and we provided security accordingly. We escorted them throughout the rally,” he added.Published in The Express Tribune,

Education for women a must: minister

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 12:01

Lahore:22 March:Punjab Minister for Population Welfare Begum Zakia Shahnawaz has said that education of women is a must for development of society.
According to a press release, she was addressing a symposium on “Psychology for Change: Women and Community” organised by PU Institute of Applied Psychology at Al-Raazi Hall on Tuesday.

Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir, Ex-Vice Chancellor and eminent psychologist Prof Dr Najma Najam, Faculty of Life Sciences Dean Prof Dr Naeem Khan, Institute of Applied Psychology Director Prof Dr Farah Malik, faculty members and a large number of students were also present. Begum Zakia Shahnawaz said the government was focusing on providing education to every child. Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir said, "If we provide equal opportunity to women to move forward, our country would prosper." Dr Najma Najam said women were active agents of change. She said most decisions made in homes were influenced by women. She said women had multiple roles and were best managers. She said, "Psychologists are taken on board while making policies in the world.The news.

Punjab University announced results of LLB Part-I, II and III .

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:57

Lahore:22 March:Punjab University has announced the results of LLB Part-I, II and III Supplementary Examinations 2016. The detailed results are available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk.The news.

PUnjab university to remain closed tomorrow

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:55

Lahore:22 March:Punjab University (PU) will remain closed on Thursday (tomorrow) on account of Pakistan Day.

Meanwhile, in connection with the celebrations of Pakistan Day, the Punjab University Directorate of Students Affairs will organise a play on Wednesday (today). PU VC Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir will be the chief guest on the occasion.The news.

Students urged to work hard for success in life

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:54

Rawalpindi:22 March:The speakers at the annual prize distribution ceremony of Anglo Arabic Higher Secondary School, Satellite Town, Rawalpindi, Tuesday, made it clear upon the students that hard work always pays dividend for a successful life as there are no short cuts to reaching pinnacle of educational career and subsequently a successful professional life.

“Success is only possible due to dedication, hard work as well as learning from your failures.”

The speakers urged the students to keep their dreams alive and understand that in order to achieve anything in life they should have faith and belief in themselves. You should always remember that success in life does not come easy, it is a result of hard work, as determination, and dedication always pay the dividend.

The ceremony began with recitation of verses from Holy Quran. Later students of Anglo Arabic Montessori performed a tableau on national songs.

In her welcome address Principal Ms Saima Afzal presented a summary of the academic and co-curricular activities of the school.

The principal in her welcome speech praised the faculty members for their determination and devotion in imparting education, which was evident from the high percentage of result.

This year’s ceremony had a speciality as it was celebrated in tandem with the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the school. The ceremony was also attended by Old Boys Association including President Abdul Waheed Malik, General Secretary Chaudhry Mohammad Irshad, former principal and association member Nisar Nazish, Finance Secretary Amadul Hassan Abbasi, and member Malik Irfan Azam.

This year, Anglo Arabic Higher Secondary School has announced to send five of its teachers and administration members including Nabeela Mubashar, Sajida Zafar, Ishrat Afroz, Arshad Ibrahim and Idress Awan for Umrah. The speakers lauded the 25 year services of the faculty and staff members. The teachers and staff members reciprocated this kind gesture with heartfelt gratitude.
The top 25 position holders of the school who secured more than 1,000 marks in the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Rawalpindi were awarded laps tops in the ceremony as well.
In his address, Old Boys Association President Abdul Waheed Malik highlighted the efforts made over past years in evolving the school into a role model for society. He said that by awarding laptops to high achievers of the school, the association has lived up its promise.

He also pointed out that the school students also attended a ceremony at ‘Aiwan-e-Sadar’ in connection with Pakistan Day, which was a great honour for the school.
In the end Vice Principal Manzoor Hussain thanked parents, teachers and members of Old Boys Association for attending the ceremony.The news.

Student group activists attack Pakhtun culture show at PUnjab University

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:51

LAHORE:March 22: A clash between the Pashtun students and Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) activists erupted at the Punjab University on Tuesday afternoon when the Jamiat members allegedly tried to forcibly halt the ongoing Pashtun Culture Mela.
The PU administration had permitted the Pashtun students to hold the cultural day event outside the Faisal Auditorium, New Campus, and the same was also attended by Punjab Minister for Higher Education Syed Raza Ali Gillani and some PU officials. Nearby the Jamiat had organised a Pakistan Day exhibition, without permission of the university authorities. The clash erupted soon after the minister and the PU officials left the Pashtun event.
The IJT activists tried to stop the music on which Pashtun students were performing Attan, a folk dance. The IJT activists forcibly entered the tent set up by Pashtun and Baloch students and started uprooting the tent and stalls. This led to the clash and both sides thrashed each other. When the two sides managed to distance themselves, they resorted to uprooting each other’s tents (one was also set on fire) and started pelting stones.

As the situation got tense, the PU administration called the police which resorted to severe teargas shelling to disperse the violent students. Some 14 students from the two sides were injured in the clash.

A PU official, seeking anonymity, confirmed that IJT was not granted permission to hold the event and it seemed Jamiat activists just wanted to sabotage the event of Pashtun students to show its so-called campus hegemony.

The tense situation led to panic among parents of female students who reached the campus to avoid any untoward situation while academic activities also remained suspended in many departments primarily because of heavy teargas shelling and partially because of the fear which gripped the PU students after the violence.

“IJT activists feel losing Jamiat’s so-called hegemony whenever non-member students collectively organise an activity on campus,” said a faculty member who wished to remain anonymous. He questioned the PU administration’s inability to stop the Jamiat from holding an event which was not officially allowed.

A PU official said the police arrested some Jamiat activists from the scene while some of them were later arrested from the Islamic Centre.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif took notice of the clash and sought report from the CCPO Lahore. Ordering an investigation into the incident, the chief minister said strict legal action without any discrimination would be taken against the elements behind the clash. He said nobody was above the law and stern action would be taken against those who have taken the law into their hands. He said clash in an institution was regrettable.

Pashtun Educational Development Movement’s Muzammil Khan told The News that Jamiat activists, mostly comprising outsiders, attacked their camp which led to the clash. He said some Pashtun and Baloch students were injured.

IJT spokesman Taimoor accused Pashtun students of forcibly entering a nearby event organised for the girl students, saying this led to the clash. He claimed all those injured belonged to the IJT. He accused Pashtun students of ‘attacking’ hostel No.1 after the clash. Later in evening Higher Education Minister Raza Gillani held a meeting with PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir and other senior officials and expressed his disappointment over the administration’s inability to control Jamiat. Some students from Fata and Balochistan were present on the occasion who demanded the minister ensure strict action against the Jamiat activists for turning a peaceful event into a violent activity.

The minister directed the PU administration to stop students from organising activities on the campus independently and prepare SOPs in this regard.

Meanwhile, according to a press release, the minister constituted a committee to investigate the clash between the two student organisations. The fact finding committee would be headed by Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir and would include Director Students Affairs, Chairman Hall Council, SP Iqbal Town, Resident Officer, SHO Muslim Town and two student representatives from each student organisation. The committee will give recommendations in 10 days.

Talking to the media, Syed Raza Ali Gillani said: “We would establish peaceful environment on campus and take measures to avoid any such incident in future”. The press release also stated that Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir said indiscriminate action would be taken against the elements involved in the incident and nobody would be allowed to take the law into their hands.

Talking to the media, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said 22 students were arrested and 18 of them belonged to JIT. Earlier, addressing the Pashtun Culture Mela, Syed Raza Ali Gillani said the spirit of Federation had been strengthened by providing free educational facilities to the students of other federating units in higher educational institutions of the Punjab. The step has been taken by the Punjab government to help students in continuation of their studies. As a result of this beneficial facility, students belonging to far-flung and remote areas of other provinces are getting quality education for emerging as talented and educated youth. The students set up stalls to present various dimensions of culture, history, literature and clothes of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Raza Gillani inspected stalls and congratulated the students for their hard work.The news.

Lahore College University PhD admissions at Low Fee

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 13:19

Lahore:March 20:Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) has announced opening PhD admissions to 10 disciplines with reduced fee. According to a press release, LCWU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Rukhsana Kausar said minimising the fee would support research culture and attract more and more students to become research scholars. She directed the director research to immediately issue research grant for the existing research scholars of LCWU. The university had announced reduction in fee for PhD students last month and had formed a 12-member doctoral committee to formulate affordable fee structure.The news.

Punjab University awarded PhDs to Four Scholars

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 13:18

Lahore:March 20: Punjab University (PU) has awarded PhDs to four scholars. Asim Hameed Butt, son of Waheed Ahmad Butt has been awarded a PhD in South Asian Studies after approval of his thesis entitled “US-China Power Struggle in South Asia (A Post 9/11 Geo-Strategic Analysis in Indo-Pak Perspective)”, Huma Gul, daughter of Fayyaz Ahmad, in Persian after approval of her thesis entitled “A Comparative Study of the Poetry of Forough Farrokhzad & Parveen Shakir”, Shaukat Hayat, s/o Ghulam Sarwar, in Persian after approval of his thesis entitled “A Comparative Study of Sultan Bahu’s Poetry and the Works of Five Persian Poets (Nezami, Rumi, Sa’adi, Hafeez, Jami)” and Mehreen Ijaz, d/o Ch Ijaz Ahmad, in Home Economics after approval of her thesis entitled “Performance Criteria of Chemical Protective Clothing”.The news.