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PPSC misprints paper-III of competitive exam
Lahore, April 01: The Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) accidentally misprinted paper-III of the 2009 Competitive Examination for the posts of 99 civil judges-cum-judicial magistrates, sources said on Tuesday. They said such careless acts showed lack of coordination between the PPSC and the examiner. According to government record, the PPSC also conducted the examination after providing notice of only seven days. Sources said the PPSC used to notify the candidates 20 days prior to the examination. They said the PPSC printed questions pertaining to evidence laws on paper III instead of questions regarding the Police Order 2002, as specified in the syllabus.

Muhammad Ajmal, a candidate, said PPSC member Justice (r) Sheikh Abdul Rashid arrived at the examination centre and instructed the candidates to attempt the other section of paper-III laws pertaining to the Hudood Ordinance instead. He said the Hudood Ordinance questions were for female candidates, adding that the PPSC's carelessness had forced male candidates to attempt those questions as well. PPSC Examinations Director Muhammad Khalid confirmed the paper had been misprinted. He said the PPSC had blacklisted the examiner, adding that the examiner would not be allowed to prepare any more examinations for the PPSC. He refused to respond when questioned on whether the examiner was to blame or the PPSC.


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Hailey College students block road to protest fee increase
Lahore: Hundreds of Hailey College of Commerce students on Tuesday blocked the road adjacent to the Punjab University (PU) to protest against their college administration for increasing the tuition fee.

The protesters chanted slogans against the college administration for increasing the financial burden upon the students. The protesters, mostly Bachelors of Commerce (B Com) students, said that the university administration had increased their semester fee to a great extent despite the fact they had enrolled with the previous fee structure.

Increment unaffordable: The students said most of them did not belong to wealthy families and it would be difficult for them to manage their dues. They said the increase in the tuition fee would deprive several students from continuing their education. Fahad Ahmad, a student, said they were left with no choice but to protest against the college administration as they had already requested the concerned authorities not to increase the fee.

Ahmad said he had already paid Rs 21,000 in terms of annual fee when he joined the college and the college administration was supposed to collect only a meagre amount as the semester fee. But now, the administration had asked him to submit Rs 6,500 as fee for the second semester. He said it was unfair and extremely difficult for him to arrange that amount. Ahmad said there had been rumours about an increase in the tuition fee last year, but all the teachers and the students had urged the university administration not to do so and they abstained from taking any such step. Hamid Ali, a B Com student in his 4th semester, said there were around 3,000 students enrolled at the college, which made it the biggest institution of the PU along with the PU Law College and the PU Chemistry Department.

Ali said most of the students belonged to middle-class families, where the male breadwinner was either a lower grade government officer or small businessman, who strived to make both ends meet. He said increasing the fee halfway through the academic year was unfair in itself because most of the students had to arrange their fee before enrolling for the course and it remained a concern throughout the degree. The students dispersed after college administration officials, including Hailey College of Commerce Principal Prof Dr Liaqat Ali assured the students that he would convey their concerns to the university authorities and their voice would be heard. However, the students threatened to come back on the roads again if the university administration did not listen to their demand.

Administration not responsible: The principal said that the college administration had nothing to do with the fee increment and it was the PU Finance Committee that decided these matters. He said he had conveyed the reservations of the students to the university administration and they would take care of the matter. The principal said the fee increment was not unaffordable, as they had asked the morning shift students to submit Rs 4,200, while they had to pay around Rs 2,000 according to the previous fee structure. He said those taking evening classes or studying on self-finance were asked to submit more than Rs 6,000 instead of the original amount of Rs 4,410. The principal added that the fee increment would be applicable to the students of the second, fourth, sixth and eighth semester. Daily Times

PU students protest against increase in fee
Lahore: The students of the Punjab University (PU), Hailey College of Commerce, on Tuesday staged a protest demonstration against the university administration for increase in fee. The protest demonstration was organised by Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) in which dozens of students participated. They also blocked the traffic on the canal bank road for quite some time. They said, with the start of the new semester classes at the Hailey College, the principal had issued a notice increasing fee of morning classes from Rs 9,900 to Rs 13,200 and afternoon fee has been increased from Rs 19,900 to Rs 21,900. The protesting students warned if the administration did not withdraw the notification they would block the main road outside the PU New Campus on Wednesday (today). The News

Five new colleges at GCU approved
Faisalabad: The Government College University (GCU) syndicate on Tuesday approved the decision to raise five new colleges at the campus.

The GCU syndicate meeting, with vice-chancellor Dr Shahid Mehboob in the chair, decided that departments of law, commerce, business administration, pharmacy and computer sciences would be converted into colleges and the chairmen of these departments would be replaced with principals. The planned colleges would offer specialisation in relevant subjects.

The meeting also approved a proposal to affiliate colleges with the academia and allow private candidates to take MA/MSc exams being offered by GCU.

Dr Mehboob said that allowance for PhD scholars had been increased from Rs5,000 to Rs10,000. He said the university would extend financial assistance to lecturers' widows. Dawn

National Textbook Policy on the cards
Lahore: The federal education ministry is all set to implement National Textbook Policy amid concerns and reservations of Urdu Bazar publishers who believe that implementation of the policy could spark riots in the country as there were lot of objectionable amendments in the curriculum, sources in the Text Book Board confided here on Tuesday.

They said that efforts to change the curriculum of primary to intermediate classes started in 2001 during the government of Pervez Musharraf. The scheme of study was introduced in 2006 according to which certain objectionable changes were made in the curriculum.

The sources further disclosed that a meeting in this regard was held on Tuesday in Lahore attended the representatives of the education ministry (Curriculum Wing) but no significance development was reported as stake holders and citizens recorded their protest outside the board office about their reservations.

As per rules the Textbook Board was supposed to make arrangements for printings and productions of textbooks till intermediate including the supplementary material.

But during the former government the education curriculum department had asked all the textbook boards not to prepare the textbooks but to play the role of a monitor. To prepare texts of the books, a GTZ named German based NGO was asked to do the same, claimed Chairman Anjumna Tajran Lahore Khalid Pervez.

He said there were two reasons behind giving powers of preparing texts of the books to a foreign NGO. Firstly one heavy amount was involved in the head of royalty against the books published for the board which the education department and government wanted to give to specific people. Four books prepared by the board cost Rs 0.6 million while the same books prepared by the NGO cost about Rs 0.3 million. Secondly the NGO and the government wanted to make some amendments in curriculum and text about religion and ideology of Pakistan which could spark fire in the country after the implementation. He said by letting the NGO to prepare texts of books and after payment of heavy charges it would be hard for a poor child to get education. He was of the view that the charges of books and education in Pakistan were already high and after implementation of the policy it would double the miseries of the poor.

Khlid Pervez claimed that he was offered by the said NGO officials to publish the books and let them work on their projects but he refused and said that it was not acceptable to the people of Pakistan. The Nation


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PMDC recognises 12 postgraduate programmes
Lahore: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has recognised 12 new postgraduate programmes that are conducted by the King Edward Medical University. A notification issued by the council on Tuesday said the newly recognised diplomas included DA, DLO, DOMS, DMJ, DGO, DTCD, DFM, D Derm, DCH, Dip Card, DPM and DMRD. PMDC Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Muhammad Zafarullah Khan thanked the council for this reorganisation, hoping the authorities would continue to facilitate the university. He congratulated the postgraduate students on their graduations, saying the postings of these officials would reduce the shortage of specialists at district and tehsil levels. Daily Times

Rawalpindi Medical College student Distinction
Rawalpindi: Umair Saeed, a student of the Rawalpindi Medical College, has secured 85 per cent marks in the MBBS examination held in February 2009, says a press release. He has maintained distinction in all parts of the MBBS examinations. Umair Saeed is the son of prominent lawyer of the Supreme Court of Pakistan Hafiz Saeed Ahmad Sheikh.

Three students to represent Pakistan in Austria
Lahore: The final round of national Red Bull Paper Wings Competition was held at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) on Tuesday in which three students were selected to represent Pakistan in grand finale of the international competition to be held in Austria on 1st and 2nd May.

The national level competition had a total of three categories longest distance; longest airtime and aerobatics in which the participating "pilots" exhibited their talent to "fly" paper-planes.

A total of 250 contestants from each city took part in the regional qualifier rounds, starting from 21st February in Lahore, 28th February in Karachi and 4th March in Islamabad. Three winners were chosen in each of the categories, making a total of 27 finalists who competed at the national finale on Tuesday at LUMS.

Brand Manager Red Bull Pakistan Madeeh Pasha said the competition was first carried out in 2006 and 48 countries had sent in their qualifiers to the finale, adding this year 85 countries were taking part in the international competition.

According to him, knowing how to fold a piece of paper into a paper plane was the most important pre-condition for participation in the Red Bull Paper Wings Competition. The News


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