PU girl crushed | PMC teachers sacked

PU girl crushed to death by campus bus
Lahore, Nov 21: A girl student of Punjab University fell from an overcrowded campus bus and was crushed under its rear wheels in Model Town on Wednesday.

The girl, Aleesha Khalid, a BA honours student, was standing in the bus door owing to overcrowding. She fell allegedly when driver Khurram suddenly accelerated the bus. She came under the rear wheels and was injured. She was rushed to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

She was the lone daughter of her parents. Her mother has reportedly refused to proceed against the arrested driver.

Meanwhile, Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran on Wednesday took notice of death of a student of Institute of Communication Studies because of negligence of a university bus driver.

The bus driver, Khurram, has been suspended and handed over to Model Town police and five private buses have been hired which will operate on congested routes, Shalimar Town, Chungi Amarsadhu, Batti Chowk, Shahdara and Wapda Town.

Talking to the students outside VC Office, Dr Kamran expressed his sorrow over the sad incident. He said that the number of female students had rapidly increased in the university and it was almost equal to the number of boys now. Because of massive increase in the number of female students, he said, new problems had emerged and the university administration was taking several initiatives for resolving the problems.

The VC said that although resources of the university were limited but one new bus was being added to the university fleet each year. The VC said that now there were 56 buses in PU and the university had the largest fleet of buses and transport system in public sector universities in Pakistan.

Dr Kamran said that in the past no action had been taken against negligent drivers but the current administration would not spare anyone on being found negligent.

He said that for the training and capacity building of drivers, PU had arranged two courses in collaboration with National Highways and Motorway Police for the first time in history but unfortunately, the university bus driver defied the clear-cut instructions and safety measures and his negligence took the life of a brilliant student. He said that all the drivers had been clearly instructed not to run buses without completely closing doors of the vehicles.

He also offered his condolence to the bereaved family.

PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran has summoned an emergency meeting of all heads of departments to discuss such issues today at Al Raazi Hall.

According to a PU spokesman, the student, Aleesha Khalid, was a student of first semester of PU Institute of Communication Studies and was first on merit with roll number 01.

Meanwhile, the IJT Nazim, PU chapter, expressing his grief on the sad demise of Aleesha. He said that the event was a sign of shared negligence on part of the PU administration.

In a statement, Abdul Muqeet alleged PU VC Mujahid Kamran and RO-I Javed Sami were directly responsible for her death. He said that the number of PU students had crossed 32, 000 but the administration had failed in arranging more buses for them. The news

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PU students demand rights through hunger strike
Lahore: In pursuance of their demands, students of Punjab University set up hunger strike camp outside Institute of Education and Research (IER) on Tuesday.

Students were carrying placards and banners on writings demanding PU Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran to provide basic facilities to the students and build more hostels to accommodate as many students.

It is pertinent to mention here that Islami Jamiat Taliba (IJT)'s office bearers were seen managing protest camp, however the press release issued by IJT claimed that none of its members' was backing this camp. PU administration has asked students of Hostel number 16 to leave their rooms as the hostel is being given to female students.

Punjab University Hall Council Chairman Prof Dr Muhammad Akhter has said the process of allotting rooms to student was continuing and rooms were being allotted to all the applicant students on merit and no student so far had been denied with hostel accommodation.

He said IJT was only finding lame excuses to spread false propaganda against administration and IJT activists had been summoned from Islamia College Civil Lines especially for the hunger strike.

He said the number of girls was almost equal to the number of boys in the university while the varsity only had 10 hostels for female students and 18 for boys. That is why, he added, the girls were facing acute problems of residence and boys hostel number 16 was being converted to a girls' hostel. Daily times

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14 PMC teachers sacked
Faisalabad: As many as fourteen teachers of the Punjab Medical College including assistant professors, professors and senior registrars who were appointed in violation of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) rules have been replaced with new faces.

The PMC Principal Prof Dr Zahid Yaseen Hashmi has issued orders in this regards.

The doctors who were appointed by the former PMC principal were removed following the recommendation of a three-member committee headed by Vice-Principal Prof Mohammad Ali Tirmazi. Board of Management (BoM) member Javed Munawar and personal staff officer to BoM chairman Mian Kamaluddin were the members of the committee.

The principal had been informed that some of the people had been designated against professors' slots without having the required degrees.

Some others had been designated by superseding their senior colleagues. In the dermatology department, an assistant professor (AP) was 'accommodated' against a seat that was already occupied by a regular AP.

These doctors had been appointed for an indefinite period in blatant violation of the PMDC rules that required that the designation should not go beyond six months.

The newly designated doctors are: Dr Shahid Javed Akthar, professor of dermatology, Dr Muhammad Saeed, professor of ENT, Dr Imtiaz Ahmed Dogar, professor of psychiatry, and four associate professors -- Dr Arif Husain and Dr Farkhanda Akhtar of pathology, Dr Naeem Akhtar of ENT and Dr Khurram Sohail Raja of Forensic Medicine.

The assistant professors include Dr Muhammad Khalid of radiotherapy, Dr Asad Mehmood of pharma, Dr Mohammad Irfan of physiology and Dr Umar Usman of TB and chest.

Three senior registrars are: Dr Hafiz Sajjad Haider of ENT, Dr Javed Iqbal of Neurology and Dr Arshad Ali Cheema of Orthopedic.

Dr Tirmazi, heading the committee that met twice to probe the issue mentioned, "The committee was not provided the eligibility criteria. In fact it was never owned by the chief executive of the PMC, Allied/DHQ hospitals, Faisalabad. The list of designated (doctors) was provided but it was not updated and no information was available for the candidates who were denied their legitimate right."

The committee recommended that the whole process must be revised according to the norms of justice.

The recommendations of the committee (copy available with Dawn) included: "As the "designated" term is not used by the government of the Punjab so it is purely an internal arrangement. So this is to be done only and only for the need of the institution that shall be decided by the chief executive/executive committee.

The post thus agreed upon should be notified and applications should be invited.

The eligibility criteria should be the same as used by the government of the Punjab for regular, ad hoc and current charge appointments.

There should always be a vacant post against which the application should be invited.

The application should be scrutinised by a committee and merit list be prepared. The head of institution shall be chosen purely on merit.

The appointment thus made should be only for a period of six months or arrival of the regular, CCB or contract which ever is earlier, after which the appointment should be automatically cancelled.

Lists of all designated officers should be prepared after taking input from all the components, PMC, Allied/DHQ hospitals, Faisalabad and scrutinised on the above mentioned criteria."

Sources said following the recommendations those designated in violation of the rules were removed from service.

Following the recommendation, the PMC principal sought names from the departments and designated new doctors.

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UHS gets first pro-VC
Lahore: The Punjab government has appointed Prof Junaid Sarfraz Khan the first pro-vice chancellor of the University of Health Sciences, Lahore. The health department has issued a notification in this regard.

According to a press release issued on Wednesday, Prof Junaid has been serving as the professor of medical education at the university. He has also served as the UHS controller of examinations.

A graduate of the Allama Iqbal Medical College, he is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow, UK. He did FCPS in general surgery in 2002.

He has recently been awarded PhD degree in medical education by the UHS. Besides, he got diploma in medical education from the University of Dundee, UK.

Prof Junaid has more than 25 international publications to his credit. He is an oncoplastic breast surgeon.

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Three-day book fair opens at BZU
Multan: Bahauddin Zakariya University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Khawaja Alqama inaugurated three-day book fair on Wednesday.

The vice-chancellor said that book fairs had great significance because the book reading habit was fast diminishing in the age of information technology.

He said the university and books were indispensable to each other as knowledge could not exist without books and no nation could progress without knowledge.

Dr Alqama said the purpose of organizing the event was to provide an opportunity to faculty members and students to buy books of their interest under one roof and to promote book reading habit.

Dozens of known publishers, book-sellers, IT companies and career-counseling centres have established their stalls and are offering 10 to 50 percent discount on local and foreign books.

The book fair covering a large variety of books, including all major disciplines like social sciences, media studies, computer sciences, management sciences, human resources and development studies, is getting an overwhelming response from the staff and students. Dawn

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Int'l conference of PhD scholars on Nov 23-24
Lahore: The University of Health Sciences and University of Faisalabad have jointly organised the first International Conference of PhD scholars of health sciences which will be held from November 23 to 24, 2013 at Salim Campus, The University of Faisalabad.

The conference is sponsored by the Higher Education Commission and supported by health sciences universities from all the provinces of Pakistan.

According to the spokesperson of UHS on Monday, the main aim of the conference is to develop strategies for the promotion of PhD level medical education and this is the first ever event of its kind to identify the ethos and pathos of health sciences research in Pakistan.

Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination, Saira Afzal Tarrar will be the chief guest. Daily times

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RBISE postpones statistics paper
Rawalpindi: The Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) on Monday postponed the paper of statistics of the HSSC Supplementary Examination in those centres which are located Rawal Town.According to the official spokesman, the new date for holding the paper of statistics would be announced later. The paper of statistics was scheduled for Monday evening.Earlier on Saturday, the RBISE postponed the papers of Physics, Islamic History and Culture etc because of eruption of violence and imposition of curfew. The postponement of papers has created unrest and tension among the candidates who made preparations for all these papers.

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Chinese Language Teaching Association launched at NUML
Islamabad: The first Chinese Language Teaching Association, Pakistan, was launched by the Confucius Institute, Islamabad, at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) here on Tuesday, says a press release.

The newly-designate Ambassador of People's Republic of China, Sun Weidong, was the chief guest of the launching ceremony, which was also attended by Chinese Cultural Counsellor Shan Baoxiang, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Rector NUML Major General (r) Masood Hasan, DG Brigadier Azam Jamal and other officials and dignitaries from within and outside the university.

The ambassador, speaking on this occasion, said that history of Pakistan-China all-weather relationship is six decades old and each student who is learning or have learnt Chinese language here in NUML guarantees the durable and time-tested relations in future as well. The news

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