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February 20, 2018

PU students protest expulsion of fellows


February 20, 2018

LAHORE: Two different student groups at Punjab University (PU) on Monday protested against the university administration for recent expulsion and rustication of their fellows.

Last week the PU administration expelled 13 students belonging to Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) and four students belonging to Pashtun/Baloch organisation involved in creating law and order on campus on January 22.

The activists of Jamiat, including some outsiders, reached the VC office in the shape of a peaceful rally and demanded the administration to withdraw its decisions. Similarly, a group of Pashtun/Baloch students also protested against the expulsion and rustication.

A delegation of representatives of the two groups was invited by the VC Prof Dr Zakria Zakar who informed the student groups that the action was taken on evidence and no injustice was done. He said the students had right to appeal and they should file the same with the PU Disciplinary Committee as there was no other option.

UVAS: Director of International Veterinary Vaccinology Network Dr Timothy Connelley and research scientist Dr Umer Naveed Ch from the Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, UK visited the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS).

According to a press release, the visiting guests are already collaborating with UVAS Department of Parasitology on different projects and they have planned to sign an agreement with UVAS for the collaborative research programmes of vaccine against theileriosis and anthelmintic drug resistance in bovines.

They also visited Parasitology Department and met the faculty. Folktales book launched: Centre for Governance and Policy at Information Technology University (ITU) launched a book “Fascinating Folktales of the Punjab” by Ms Gurmeet Kaur from the US to commemorate the World Mother Languages Day here on Monday.

According to a press release, the book is the first of its kind which has retold traditional Punjabi folktales in both scripts of Punjabi, Shahmukhi and Gurmukhi. “I wanted to write a book which is understandable in both Punjabi as well as English,” Ms Gurmeet Kaur noted.

The author stressed the importance of knowing one’s mother tongue, and lamented the decline in the usage, especially written Punjabi. “We are killing thousands of years of history, tradition, and even our identity like this,” she said. Addressing the girls in the audience, Ms Kaur said women need to ensure that they speak to their children in their mother tongue, and enable them to learn their history and tradition.

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