The first Pakistani Sikh to graduate from the Punjab University (PU) since partition says that there should be reserved seats for Sikhs at the university.
Talking on Friday, Juswinder Singh, who has passed his Bachelor’s in Arts (honours) programme, said that he belonged to the North Federal Administered Tribal Area (NAFATA), and got admission to the PU in 2004 on a seat reserved for NAFATA students. Juswinder said that he had scored a 3.4 GPA (grade point average) in his honours programme. He said that he would do his Masters in Business Administration in finance from the PU.
He demanded that the government reserve seats for Sikhs intending to take admission to the PU, as it was one of the most prestigious and oldest universities of Pakistan. Continue reading
Now the dismissed Professor of PU has set up a website that despite its self-serving tone and poor taste, is worth visiting.
Thanks to Adnan Lodhi for introducing this sordid tale through his report:
LAHORE: A plagiarist, who was ‘forcibly’ retired from the Punjab University (PU) by the former governor, has launched a website to press his ‘fellow plagiarists’ – still working at the PU.
The plagiarist, Dr Mian Aftab, former PU Applied Psychology Department director, in the website (www.forgeriesinpu.150m.com) named PU teachers, PU Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, Prof Dr Najma Najam, Prof Dr Yasmeen Farooqi, Prof Dr Rukhsana Kausar and Prof Dr Shaukat Ali.
Mian Aftab said these teachers were involved in plagiarism. He said the website was meant to bring to light the ‘work’ of his fellow teachers. plagiarism
City won’t run dry for next 125 years, claims hydrologist (Daily Times Report By Abdul Manan)
The city will not face water shortage for the next 125 years, as there are ample underground alluvial sands consisting of aquifer material, a hydrologist told Daily Times on Monday.
He said that there would be water even if it did not rain and River Ravi and the Canal dried up.
According to government sources, the Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) and housing societies had installed around 450 tube wells in the city, which operated for an average duration of 16 to 18 hours a day. The depth of these tube wells varied from 150 metres to 180 metres. The water’s abstraction from the city’s underground aquifer was around 1.45 million cubic metres a day.
Lahoris: Punjab University Hydrology Programme Co-ordinator Professor Iftikhar Ahmad said ground water was the only source of water for the city, and that the ground had enough water for the next 125 years. He said Lahoris need not worry about predictions that the city was drying up. Continue reading
“Alfred Woolner was the vice chancellor of the Punjab University from 1928 to 1936. His is the only statue left of many that were positioned in front of prominent buildings during the British Raj in a wave of imperialistic civic zeal. Now, with the title of ‘colony’ no longer hanging over our heads, we are in a better position to appreciate the aesthetic value and historical importance of these effigies. That is if it’s not too late.
The statues were a significant part of my youth,” said Sajjid Abbas, a septuagenarian Lahori who knows the city like the back of his hand. “I would often walk down The Mall and take photographs of these beautiful sculptures because I knew that they would disappear one day.” There were a total of ten such statues, each narrating the grandeur and the might of British rule, said Mr Abbas, taking a walk down memory lane and relating the history of each of the sculptures. The first on Mr Abbas’s list of these “emblems of British authority” is the bronze statue of Queen Victoria that was placed in the pavilion of the assembly chambers.
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The Punjab University’s “vice-chancellor, Prof Mujahid Kamran, should be supported in his campaign against plagiarism in the once great seat of learning in Lahore. The Higher Education Commission has been keeping its grants in abeyance during the time it took for the University to punish the plagiarists. It has now released the funds. Meanwhile, at the Government College University (GCU) in Lahore a similar action against an erring teacher has earned the gratitude of those who want to see our teachers better rewarded for original research. Unless plagiarism is treated with toughness, merit will not be properly recognised.”
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