2.1m students to appear in 5th & 8th class exams
Lahore, Feb 04: Over 2.1 million students are appearing in the annual primary and middle standard examination 2009 being held from February 3 and 9, respectively by the Punjab Examination Commission in the province. Official sources said here Monday that over 1.2 million students including 673,000 male and 556,000 female students are appearing in the 5th class annual examination. For this purpose, 6,340 examination centres have been set up in the province where 12,000 staffers of education department supervise the examination which will end on February 7. As many as 864,000 candidates including 480,000 male and 382,000 female students are taking annual middle standard examination 2009, beginning from February 9. The Commission has set up 4,500 centres in the province for middle standard examination. App
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IJT 'attack' on teacher's house flayed
Lahore: The Punjab University Deans Committee has strongly condemned an attack on the house of varsity's Students Adviser Prof Dr Makshoof Athar allegedly by Islami Jamiat Tulaba (IJT) activists with the help of external elements.
According to a PU press statement issued on Tuesday, the meeting was informed that IJT activists threw stones, break globe of the door of the teacher's house on the night between Monday and Tuesday.
The meeting was chaired by Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran while deans of all faculties and principal officers of administrative departments attended.
The meeting was told in detail that some IJT students with the help of external elements created hooliganism at New Campus, blocked the main Canal Road and burnt tyres. The meeting was informed that in middle of the night between Monday and Tuesday, the so-called IJT nazims of hostels called external elements in the varsity, created hooliganism and spread a rumour that a PU student (an IJT activist)'s one leg has been fractured during an accident with a car and he has been admitted to the Jinnah Hospital).
Resident Officer-I Prof Dr Bashir Ahmad and Students Adviser Dr Makshoof Athar reached the hospital instantly and came to know that a student named Abu Bakar had a minor injury done on his foot and had been discharged after provision of first aid. When Dr Makshoof Athar was in the hospital, some IJT members attacked his house and his wife and ten-year old child had to face difficulties.
The meeting was also briefed that this was the second attack on Dr Makshoof's house and the reason was that Dr Makshoof Athar was the only member of Disciplinary Committee who was residing in the hostel area.
The Deans Committee directed the Registrar to issue a notice to the wardens and superintendents of those hostels, where external elements were residing temporarily or permanently and where the accused elements wanted in the Dec 3 firing case were residing illegally. It was also decided in the meeting that if required so, the hostels' administration would be changed.
The vice-chancellor said provision of security to students and teachers was the foremost responsibility of the administration. He had also written a letter to the Punjab chief minister to help maintain peaceful environment at the campus and meet him in this regard.
Moreover, security measures were being taken at the campus and it would be implemented in some weeks. The Deans Committee also constituted a committee comprising senior faculty members, who contacted those few teachers who had contacts with IJT members and these teachers assured the committee that these IJT activists would not participate in negative activities in future.
Chairman Hall Council Prof Dr Saeed Ahmad Nagra said that the varsity had never witnessed attacking incidents on teachers' houses in the past. He requested the vice-chancellor to appoint security guards at the house of Dr Makshoof Athar and strict action be taken against those responsible.
However when contacted, PU chapter IJT nazim Qaiser Sharif rejected any involvement of Jamiat activists in the incident. Talking to us on mobile phone from Karachi, he said IJT activists from across the country had gathered to attend the Annual Ijtima-e-Arkan there.
He claimed those who went to Dr Makshoof's residence were ordinary students of the PU and not IJT activists, adding some PU students had also went there to protest when one of their fellows died in an accident at varsity underpass last week. The News
Punjab University issued BSc (Engg) date sheet
Lahore: Punjab University Examination Department has issued the written date sheet of BSc (Engineering), Final Professional, 1st Annual Examination 2006, New Course (Sessional Scheme). The exam will commence from February 16 and will conclude on March 9. F.P. Report
'Blasphemy' Case against librarian
Lahore: Civil Lines police on Tuesday registered a blasphemy case against the Quaid-i-Azam Library librarian for allegedly using derogatory language against the Holy Prophet (Peace be upon him).
Police said the accused allegedly used blasphemous language against the Holy Prophet (Peace be upon him) on the library premises. Library staff and visitors tried to catch him, but he fled.
Police, which were called to the library, recorded the statements of the witnesses and registered a case against the accused under Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code on the complaint of chief librarian Muhammad Taj. Dawn
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NCA students' work shows awareness of surroundings
Lahore: In the last part of the series on the distinction-winning students of the various departments of the National College of Arts, the work of the first-ever graduating batch of the Film and Television Department, the Graphics Department, the Textiles Department, and the Product Design Department are reviewed.
In the Film and Television Department, Ferozay Usufzay and Naveed Anjum received distinctions. Their work showed an awareness of the society around them.
Ferozay's film was an ethnographic fiction depicting the lifestyle of the Kailasha of Chitral. Ethnographic fiction usually showcases the tribes and population of remote areas, who are now disintegrating. The artist formulates a personal hypothesis before making a film. Ferozay's documentary was a picturesque narrative of the life of the Kailasha people. Ferozay heightened the essence of the documentary by entwining in it the lives of some of the local citizens, their hopes, dreams, and also the banality of their lives. Hence, Ferozay provided a lucid description of the lives of the people of Kailasha by personally becoming a part of their lives.
Naveed Anjum's 'Kalu' was a very simple but poignant story of a boy and his pet hen. It was a fiction, but gave one a very clear picture of poverty and how a young boy endeavours to protect his pet and provide it with a home with the meagre money he possesses. It also depicted the rooster-fighting that is a favourite sport in various places in the Punjab. It was a brief, but touching, piece about the simple desires of simple people.
In Product Design, Shahid Sardar received a distinction.
Shahid Sardar's product was a 'wuzu-friendly' sanitary ware. Shahid said the major problems while performing ablution are water being spilt and clothes getting wet. The sink he had made was user friendly and can be constructed from steel and acrylics. Shaped like a box, it was designed in such a way that with the box closed, the water ran on the hands, and when opened, there was an aperture in the box where one could put the feet and the water flowed directly onto them. There were also censors to tell the level to which the water had risen.
In Textiles, five students received distinctions. They were Hafiz Muhammad Ahmad, Maira Nasir Khan, Mariam Afaf, Tehreem Ahmed and Amina Baig.
Muhammad Ahmad's work dealt with multiple forms, which he balanced cleverly. His work was a tribute to the local cinema of the 1960s, 1970s, and the 1980s and he claimed the medium he used was a reinvention of tapestry painting. He had used iconographic portraits of celebrities. He had used paintings designed on shirts and posters.
Mariam Afaf's work dealt with psychedelic art. She converted two-dimensional psychedelic art to three-dimensional. She made a vanity set with accessories in larger-than-life size. It was a thoroughly 'in your face' experience with bright and stark colors. It looked like playthings for children and also had a humourous edge.
Maira Khan's subject matter was load shedding. She had made tablets with glow in the dark images of mundane life, newspaper clippings and popular slogans. The relation of her work to textiles was obscure.
Amina Baig claimed that her creations were inspired from tree trunks. She said she wanted to explore paper, considering her subject matter, but as she had to add the element of textile, she had to use fabric. "But my experiment did not end there as I gave my fabric the feel of paper," she said. Amina had made lamps out of fabric, thus giving her work a material edge.
In Graphics, Owais Baig was the sole distinction holder. His sample campaign depicted how technology was depleting nature. What added consistency to his work was his thematic colour palette of green and grey – how the colour green symbolises Nature in contradiction to the banality of the steely grey associated with industrialisation. His use of objects like frogs and wires in an almost grotesque manner had a very strong impact. His work was a juxtaposition of the beautiful in Nature and the artificial in the technological age. Daily Times
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