The syndicate of Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) on Friday decided to withdraw the approval notification of BZU Lahore campus and to discuss the project in syndicate’s upcoming March 21 meeting in light of the Higher Education Department’s new rules of business for sub-campuses.

It also sought legal opinion for ban on unions of security guards and transport department of the varsity and decided to discuss it in syndicate’s upcoming March 21.

The proposal to impose the ban on union activities of the abovementioned varsity workers was tabled in the syndicate meeting by a member in view of recent strike calls from these unions which created serious problems for the BZU administration. The top body of the varsity convened with the Vice Chancellor Dr Khawaja Alqama in the chair while Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan, Justice (retd) Zafar Yaseen, former VC Dr Ashiq Khan Durrani, Prof Farkhanda Mumtaz and others were also present.

The syndicate also sought a detailed report on the varsity teachers who were currently on study leave to complete their degrees abroad. The members of the syndicate empowered the VC to remove Dr Abdul Quddoos Sohaib from the post of Chairman Efficiency Committee and appoint a new chairman.

The syndicate did not approve the cases of Dr Shaukat Malik and Dr Amanullah for their promotion as professors because of court stay orders while the promotion cases of Dr Ajmal Mahar and Dr Sarfaraz were also deferred because of stay order or objections from the other candidates. Similarly, Registrar Malik Munir’s case for his upgradation to grade 20 was also deferred after seeking legal opinion. Earlier, a member of the syndicate, Dr Farooq Taunswi, objected on presence of a non-member Dr Muhammad Farooq, Director Quality Enhancement, on which he was sent out of the room. Special security arrangements were made in view of protest of employees’ union.

CONSTRUCTION PLANS CANCELLED: District administrator Zahid Saleem Gondal issued order for the cancellation of construction plans and NOCs of all those buildings, plazas and commercial constructions which are either erected in violation of building by-laws or they have not left space for parking. Chairing a meeting of design and planning committee here on Friday, he said that the approval of construction plan was subject to leaving 30-foot space for parking while the owner of the building would be responsible for any kind of parking issues taking place in the future. He directed the planning department of identify the roads of MDA and district government as well as commercial areas and evolve uniform by-laws for them.

He lamented that every second building of the city was constructed without approval or in violation of building by-laws as a result of which serious traffic and security issues took place. He said that a grand operation had been launched against qabza mafia and encroachments while no one would be allowed to construct commercial buildings or plazas on Chowks or along small roads. He said that the approval for new colonies and construction of buildings would be given in light of master plan. He directed all towns to launch a survey and develop data of those buildings which have been constructed without parking so that action can be taken against them.