LAHORE - An emergency meeting of Punjab University Academic Staff Association, elected members of Syndicate and Senate was held on Tuesday which expressed serious reservations on the recent amendments in the act of public sector universities and termed it a conspiracy.

According to the issued press release, the teachers said that the purpose of recent amendments was to disturb universities and that the relevant stakeholders had not been taken into confidence despite prior assurance. They said that students were already suffering because of BS Honors program initiated in 26 colleges. They said that the universities, which were rapidly progressing and producing researchers of international level, were being destroyed.

They sought time of meeting from Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on immediate basis so that he could be aware of the circumstances. They expressed the hope that the chief minister would take notice of the issue and remove obstacles in the way of progress of universities. They said that the universities were functioning independently all over the world and any external intervention would destroy the academic atmosphere of universities. They said that relevant bodies were already existing whenever there was need of amendments to act related to universities under which matters could be taken at departmental level, faculty level, board of studies, academic council, syndicate and senate.

They said representatives of Punjab Assembly, Punjab government, judiciary, Higher Education Commission, Higher Education Department etc were already present in senate and syndicate and any matter could be sent to Punjab Assembly after its approval from Senate and Syndicate. The teachers said that the Act had been amended by the anti-education people who were not even related to universities. A meeting of Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association had also been called on the issue on December 5 in Islamabad.

Two new buses: PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran inaugurated newly purchased two buses for students and 1 tractor for sanitary wing on Tuesday. Dr Shaukat Ali, Dr Mansoor Sarwar, Dr Amir Ejaz, Resident Officer Javed Sami, Resident Officer II Malik Zaheer, Treasure Rao Sharif, senior administrative officer and employees were present on the occasion.

Seminars: PU Directorate of Students Affairs in collaboration with Punjab Higher Education Department and National Accountability Bureau organised a seminar against the menace of corruption. Dean Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences Prof Dr Zakria Zakir, Deputy Secretary Higher Education Department, Director NAB Attique ur Rehman and Director Students Affairs Prof Dr Rafique Ahmed addressed the seminar participated by senior faculty members and a large number of students. The speakers urged the students to strengthen their character as they were the future of our country. They said that they should act upon the principal of self-accountability and utilise all their skills to curb the menace of corruption in our society.

Also, PU Department of Applied Psychology on Tuesday arranged a seminar on “Character Building of Youth for Future Leadership” in connection with the Anti-Corruption Week being observed from December 3 to 9. CEO Activate Umer Saeed Khan was the resource person while Chairperson Dr Rukhsana Kausar, Shahnila Tariq, senior faculty members and a large number of students were present on this occasion. Khan emphasised on the qualities of the skills required to become a leader. The speaker indulged the students in the appreciation, respect, responsibility and discovery of the ones own potentials. Dr. Rukhsana Kausar acknowledged the resource person for delivering such an informative lecture.