IUB students clash, seven injured
Bahawalpur, Feb 20: Seven Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB) students were injured, four of them seriously, in a clash between two rival groups at Baghdadul Jadid Campus here on Friday. The university has been closed for a week.
Some students of IUB's engineering department and activists of an organisation (Anjuman-i-Tulba-i-Islam) have frequently clashed with each other during the last few months. Some of their members quarrelled with each other over a trifle in a university bus on Thursday. However, a compromise was effected between them lately.
Members of both the groups had an altercation again on Friday and this time they resorted to trading fire, injuring seven of the students present nearby.
Later, members of one of the groups allegedly set Ali Hall, one of the IUB hostels, on fire, which destroyed around 10 rooms of the boarding facility. The infuriated students later stormed the IUB's old campus and damaged a university bus and a van and ransacked the office of the vice-chancellor.
A police contingent rushed to the Baghdad Campus and brought the situation under control. The four injured students were taken to Bahawal Victoria Hospital (BVH) where two of them are stated to be in a critical condition.
A large number of students later rushed to the BVH and blocked Circular Road by parking an IUB bus in the middle. They demanded that their rival students, who allegedly resorted to opening fire, be arrested.
IUB PRO Shahzad Khalid said the university had been closed down for a week while the students had been asked to vacate hostels till the opening of the university on Feb 26.
The police have not registered a case and, according to departmental sources, the matter was still being examined.
The protesting students though cleared Circular Road, they later assembled at DIG Chowk and threw traffic out of gear for hours by blocking the road. They also staged a sit-in and demanded that their rivals be arrested immediately.
Locals and relatives of a murder victim protested against the Kotwali police for allegedly releasing the suspects.
The police arrested the suspects wanted in the murder of Latif, alias Bhayya, a week ago. The demonstrators alleged that Kotwali SHO Abid Warraich had released the suspects.
Activists of Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) staged a rally from their main office to Farid Gate to condemn the razing the residence of former JI MNA, Haroonur Rashid, in Fata a few days ago.
The participants demanded that the culprits be arrested immediately. Dawn
BISE employees enjoys highest allowances
Lahore: A study conducted by the Punjab Higher Education Department has revealed that employees of eight examination boards of the province are enjoying more benefits and allowances than other government servants.
The exercise was recently conducted by the department to brief the Punjab Chief Minister on ground realities in the backdrop of agitation by employees of Boards of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISEs) of the province.
BISEs employees have been protesting the chief minister's decision to waive off registration and examination fee of matriculation students of government schools. They argue the move had created financial problems for boards and asked the government to release special grants to boards to save them from going bankrupt.
Punjab Higher Education Department that controls the BISEs believe that boards' employees were protesting as they foresee that their allowances would not increase in future. They said the agitation by board workers intensified because the department had opposed recent 15 percent increase in medical allowance by BISE Lahore and Faisalabad.
"A summary has been moved to the CM requesting release of Rs 700 million to boards on an annual basis", officials said adding "board employees were not ready to end strike which was quite strange." According to salary comparison, all employees and officers of BISEs get medical allowance of 35 percent of running basic besides reimbursement from approved government and private hospitals unlike other government departments where only indoor patients get reimbursement with Rs 500 per month (only BS-01 to BS-16).
Under the head of House Rent, the BISEs employee get 50 percent of the basic unlike other government employees who avail 45 percent of the initial pay scale as House Rent. The late sitting allowance which is equal to four basic salaries per annum is enjoyed by employees while there is no such allowance for other government servants. Another special allowance availed by BISEs employees is Leave Encashment of 48 days every year alongwith all allowances except conveyance allowance unlike other government servants who can avail 180 days leave encashment during the whole service period and that too on retirement.
During examinations, board employees get Rs 20 to Rs 25 on daily basis for refreshment while Rs 1.25 per roll number for rechecking of results.
"They are employees of boards and assignment like rechecking of results is very much part of their duty", said officials of the department questioning "should the department's secretary or other officials demand extra allowance for signing files?" Officials said a number of protesting employees had been issued show cause notices adding the government would take disciplinary action against them as the strike could jeopardise the upcoming matriculation exams. "The department being the controlling authority has every right to interfere since public interest is involved", they said.
Meanwhile, it is learnt the cabinet committee formed by CM to resolve the issue held another meeting on Friday and reiterated its stance to not to take up the issue until board employees ended their strike.
When contacted, the president of Employees Federation of BISEs Punjab, Khalid Javed Niazi said the government had earlier thrice promised to provide funds to boards but it did not. "We met Education Minister Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman the other day," he said adding "the minister said he was powerless and only the cabinet committee could make any decision." He claimed the minister had asked to arrange a meeting of the federation with cabinet committee on Friday adding but representatives of employees were not invited to the meeting.
"We are ready to end our strike if the government gives a written assurance that it will provide funds to boards," he said.
Khalid claimed that boards were autonomous bodies and as per Act these were independent to increase or waive off fees. He said board employees were protesting not because of their allowances but to save boards from going bankrupt. The news
UVAS syndicate members
Lahore: The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) chancellor/Punjab governor has appointed nine new members to the university syndicate for a period of three years.
In order to activate university's statutory academic bodies, the syndicate meeting chaired by UVAS Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz appointed five senior academics, including three from sister institutions, as members of the Advance Studies and Research Board (AS&RB), nominated syndicate members on different committees, appointed heads of affiliation committee, Directorate of Research and five academic departments.
At the outset of the meeting, Vice-Chancellor Prof Nawaz introduced the newly-appointed syndicate members, namely Justice Manzoor Hussain Sial (retired), Prof Dr Bahsir Ahmad Sheikh, Hassan Sohaib Murad, Nadeem Hafeez Khan, Prof Dr Laeeq Akbar Lodhi, Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha, Prof Dr Muhammad Sarwar Khan, Dr Hafsa Zaineb and Muhammad Bilal.
The vice-chancellor hoped that the new members would exercise their collective wisdom and vast experience and offer cooperation and guidance to enhance the teaching, research and development capacity of the university to its optimum level.
The syndicate meeting gave approval of the appointment of university teachers as members of the AS&RB for a period of three years. The syndicate also nominated three experts from other sister institutions as AS&RB members for a period of three years.
They are, King Edward Medical University Pro-VC Prof Dr Syed Awais, Islamia University Bahawalpur Pharmacy and Alternative Medicine faculty dean Prof Dr Mahmood Ahmad and Sindh Agriculture University's Tandojam Institute of Food Science and Technology director Prof Dr Saghir Ahmad Sheikh.
The syndicate nominated one of their members, Prof Dr Muhammad Sarwar Khan, as member of Finance & Planning Committee for a period of three years. The syndicate also nominated Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology director Prof Dr Masroor Elahi Babar as chairman affiliation committee for a period of two years. It also appointed another member, Prof Dr Bashir Ahamd Sheikh, as member of the Selection Board for a period of three years.
The syndicate appointed chairmen of food and nutrition and parasitology departments for a term of three years. It also approved the appointments of chairmen of three academic departments – livestock production, molecular biology and biotechnology and physiology and biotechnology.
Prof Dr Nawaz informed the syndicate members about various on-going academic, research and development activities and overall role and the contribution of the university at provincial as well as national level in the field of veterinary and animal sciences and allied disciplines. Dawn
Int'l libraries conference
Lahore: Government College University (GCU) would represent Pakistan at the '3rd International Conference on Digital Libraries (ICDL)', to be held from February 23 to February 26 in New Delhi, India.
According to a press release issued by GCU on Friday, around 105 speakers from 54 countries would present their research papers at the conference. The theme of this year's conference is 'Shaping the Information Paradigm.'
GCU Chief Librarian Abdul Waheed would present his research paper on 'Collection Management of E-books: A Developing Country Perspective'. Daily times
Punjab teachers transferred
Lahore: The Higher Education Department, Punjab, on Friday issued posting/transfer orders of professors and lecturers against administrative posts.
According to a handout, Associate Professor Tariq Maqbool (BPS-19), Director of Education (Colleges), Multan Division, has been transferred and posted as Principal Govt Islamia College of Commerce, Allama Iqbal Town, Lahore, against Muhammad Iqbal Chaudhry who has been transferred and directed to report to the Higher Education Department for further posting.
Associate Professor Muhammad Hussain Azad has been transferred and posted as Director of Education (Colleges), Multan Division, against Tariq Maqbool. Khalid Munir, lecturer in economics, and Tahir Mehmood, lecturer in health and physical education, have been transferred and directed to report to the Higher Education Department for postings. The news
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