Punjab educational funds issue

BISE employees protest against Punjab Government
Lahore, Feb 21: Employees of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore on Saturday continued to protest for the 12th day and chanted slogans against the Punjab government for not releasing funds for the eight boards of the province. The employees also criticised Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and his cabinet, saying the provincial government was "killing them financially" and making their children starve.

The employees said they would not let the matriculation examinations take place on March 13 and would continue to protest until the funds were released. The BISE employees, who are observing a pen-down strike against the Punjab government, held a meeting on Saturday with representatives of the employees' unions of all eight boards of Punjab. The unions' representatives said senior officials of the board had issued show-cause notices to union members.

The members warned that they would commit suicide in front of the Punjab Assembly and march towards the CM's house if their demands were not met. They said the Punjab government had failed to meet the expectations of the masses and were forcing poor board employees to starve. Daily times

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IUB Clash, arrest of ATI men sought
Multan: Students of the engineering department of the Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB) demanded the arrest of Anjuman Tulaba Islam activists who were responsible for injuring seven students.

Addressing a press conference at the Multan Press Club on Saturday, students Saad Lodhi, Mudassir Yousaf and Zainul Abideen said the university administration was reluctant to take action against ATI activists, including Mian Hasnain, Qadeer, Usman and Salman. They said the people involved in the firing fled when engineering department students were shifting their injured fellows to hospital.

They said the inaction on part of the university administration provoked the students who started ransacking the university furniture. IUB public relations officer Shahzad Khalid said both groups were equally responsible for the incident and an inquiry committee was being instituted to probe the matter. Dawn

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KC registrar removal
Lahore: The Kinnaird College' Board of Governors on Saturday removed the college registrar from her post and reinstated all the seven faculty members who were shown the door by the college principal on December 23, 2009.

It is learnt that an emergent meeting of the KC Board of Governors was called on Saturday in which committee, formed by the board, to investigate the faculty's allegations against the appointment of Registrar Dr Naima Khurshid, presented its report.

A participant of the meeting, seeking anonymity, said the three-member committee, in its report, confirmed that the appointment of the registrar was not justified and the meeting decided to remove Dr Naima from the post of the college registrar.

He said the BoG meeting also decided to reinstate the seven faculty members who were sacked by the principal. He further said KC Principal Dr Bernadette L Dean was requested not to attend the Saturday's meeting as she herself was a party in the issue. It is pertinent to mention that seven faculty members who were shown the door included heads of four different departments by the principal on December 23.

The heads of departments, being government employees, were repatriated to the Punjab government while services of three others serving on a contract basis were terminated.

Earlier, on October 28, 2009, over 90 faculty members of the Kinnaird College had submitted a joint statement to the BoG chairman, alleging that the appointment of Dr Naima Khurshid as registrar was unjustified.

Subsequently, the KC BoG meeting on December 5 formed a three-member committee to investigate the matter. The principal's action against the teachers was being seen as victimisation as they had already taken up issue of registrar's appointment with the BoG.

After action against the teachers, the Punjab Higher Education Department had also formally asked the KC principal not to remove or surrender any faculty member until the committee formed by the BoG submitted its report.

The KC students had also strongly reacted against removal of their teachers and they had held many protest demonstrations in this regard. Meanwhile, it is learnt that the six-member tribunal, formed by the Punjab chief minister, to investigate the allegations against the college administration has also submitted its report.

It is learnt the tribunal has also confirmed that appointment of the KC registrar was against merit besides misappropriation in connection with admissions. The Newsman could not reach KC's BoG Chairman Dr Alexander John Malik despite repeated attempts.

When contacted, Dr Bernadette L Dean said she was not aware of developments as she did not attend the BoG meeting. The news

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KEMU recruitments Irregularities
Lahore: Chief Minister Secretariat Punjab has directed the secretary health Punjab to hold an inquiry into the irregularities committed during the recent recruitments made in King Edward Medical University, sources in the health department revealed on Saturday.

The sources said the action was taken on the complaint of Mushtaq Ahmad, resident of Okara, who claimed in his application that he had applied for the post of cook in KEMU in July 2009.

In January he was informed that he has been selected and asked to report for joining. When he reached the university he was asked to contact Dr Tabbasum who, seeing him, totally denied of his recruitment saying 'what sort of joining'.

The applicant further said in his application, "When I furnished reference of the list displayed on the notice board according to which my name was on number 102 in serial", Dr Tabasum interviewed me once again and said there would be another order of your appointment that would be issued by him and would be delivered to you at your home and you would perform your duty at my home, the application added. Mushtaq alleged the doctor gave him a cell number 0333-4218380 and asked to see him in Gulshan-e-Ravi area at evening at his private clinic. Dr Tabasum said your job would be on daily wages basis and you would have to perform duty of 12 hours.

If you are interested in regular job of eight hour duty then pay me Rs 25,000 and I would manage to issue your regular orders within same day. The applicant said he was a street hawker and he was not able to arrange such huge amount listening which the doctor became furious and threatened he would get him failed in the medical test.

Apart from the complaint of Mushtaq, the office-bearers of King Edward Contract Employees Action Committee have blamed that irregularities were committed in recruitments made by the Human Resource Department of the university. One Shehbaz said orders of Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif regarding regularisation of contractual employees were violated and only 65 specific and recommended people were regularised.

He said Amanat driver of the KEMU VC, who entered the university with recommendation of former health minister Tahir Ali Javed was regularised violating rules and regulations. He said out of 65 regularised people nine belong to Gulshan-e-Ravi area where Dr Tabasum resides. As per instructions of the chief minister there was 20 per cent quota for children of employees which was not entertained.

When contacted, Professor Dr Zafar Ullah Khan, Vice Chancellor of the University, to know his viewpoint on the issue he said, "I have personally wrote Mushtaq to visit my office and assured him I will appoint him after listening to him. He came once but at that day Mian Hamza Shahbaz Sharif was in in the university and he could not see me".

He said Dr Tabasum had no concern with the recruitments. About regularisation process he said all contractual employees were regularised as per direction of the chief minister and rest of the employees who were making hue and cry were never contractual ones. He said their services were hired in the past by the former KEMU VC purely using his discretionary powers for one year.

As per Punjab government policy, only those employees were considered contractual who were hired after publicising their jobs in press and after which they have to pass through test and interview process. The VC said the matter was in high court and if the court order us to recruit these people we would remove the already hired ones and appoint them. The nation

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GCU unprecedented record
Lahore: The Government College University (GCU) Debating Society has set an unprecedented record by winning the All Pakistan Inter-University Parliamentary Debating Championship at Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute, Topi, NWFP, for the fourth consecutive year.

Eighty speakers from 16 institutions of Pakistan were defeated by the GCU debaters in the Round Robin League matches. The team, comprising Rana Hamza Ijaz, Umar Ziauddin and Muhammad Umer Khan, outwitted the Lahore School of Economics in final to lift the English Debate Trophy. The news

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