PU book fair postponed | UET 19th convocation
PU book fair postponed over security fears
Lahore, April 02: A meeting of Punjab University Deans Committee under the
chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran held on Wednesday at New
Campus to review the security arrangements on the PU campuses.
to a press release here, the meeting decided to enhance and improve the security
measures at Old Campus and New Campus and special committees comprising senior
faculty members were constituted for the purpose.
The meeting unanimously
decided to postpone the book fair 2009 due to security problems in the country.
It was also decided that publishers and booksellers would be informed formally
To improve the security, the meeting showed satisfaction
regarding the issuance of entrance stickers to the vehicles of faculty members,
students and employees. It was also decided to make proper arrangements to send
back the outsider traffic from the entrance gates.
For Old (Allama Iqbal)
Campus, a committee under the chairmanship of Dr Jamshaid was constituted with
its members Dr Khawaja Amjad Saeed, Dr Saleem Mazhar, Dr Mazhar Moeen, Zafar
Ullah and Dr Mansoor Sarwar.
For New Campus security, four committees
were constituted under the supervision of Dr Muhammad Ehsan Malik, Dr Liaqat
Ali, Dr Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal and Dr Muhammad Akhtar. All committees will present
their recommendations in the next meeting.
The Punjab University Book
Fair was scheduled to be held on April 9 to 11 and now it has been postponed due
to security concerns.
PU declares MBBS result
Lahore: The Punjab University has declared the result of MBBS, Final Professional
(re-organised scheme), Annual Examination, 2008, according to a press release
here on Wednesday. Detailed result is also available at the PU website
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UET convocation on 25th
Lahore: The 19th convocation of the University of Engineering and
Technology (UET), Lahore, will be held at 9am on April 25 (Saturday) in the UET
auditorium hall instead of as earlier scheduled on April 18,
According to a press release here on Wednesday, the successful
students of MSc/MPhil, and PhD, who were successful in their respective
examinations in the year 2007, 2008 and 2009 after the 18th convocation held in
2007, are invited to the ceremony.
Degrees and medals will be conferred
upon undergraduates of session 2003 (F) and session 2004.
rehearsal for the ceremony would be held in the UET auditorium on April 24
(Friday) at 3pm. The students will be given entry slips during the rehearsal.
The attendance in the convocation will only be allowed to the students
having National Identity Cards and entry slips. The News
Board told to allow girl to take exams with assistant
Lahore: Punjab Ombudsman Khalid Mahmood while accepting an
application of a student, Farah Naz, directed the Multan Board of Intermediate
and Secondary Education chairman to allow her to solve Class 9 papers with help
of an assistant, as her right hand was chopped and she could not write.
Farah, a student from Burewala, submitted that she had injured her right
hand while cutting fodder on January 5, 2009, and the doctors later removed it.
She said she had to appear in Class 9 examination starting this week, but was
unable to write with her left hand.
She submitted the board rules
allowed her to solve her papers with someone's assistance, but the Multan Board
had turned down her request in this regard. She said the board replied that the
facility could only be provided to the blinds or permanently disable persons,
and she did not fall in the two categories.
She requested the ombudsman
to direct the board to allow her appear in the examination with an assistant.
The ombudsman, holding that Farah's problem was of a permanent nature, directed
the board to allow her appear in the examination with help of an assistant to
write for her. Daily Times
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Lecturers to get promotion soon
Lahore: Prior to February 25, the PML-N Government in Punjab had decided in
principle to promote and grant grade 18 to the lecturers still working in grade
17 albeit were recruited in 1987, 1988 and 1989. More than 300 lecturers could
be benefited by this decision while those who have been reinstated after the
verdict by Supreme Court of Pakistan of March 24 would also be in the line for
It had also been decided that the lecturers who completed 12
years service would be promoted to the rank of assistant professor in grade 18
and associate professor in grade 19 after eight years of service in grade 18,
while associate professor would be promoted to the rank professor in grade 20
after six years who would get grade 21 after the next 3 years.
it had also been proposed by the provincial government to double the salaries of
regular college teachers and provide Rs10,000 per month to the contract
lecturers as a special allowance.
A summary to this effect on the
representation of the Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association (PPLA) was
sent by the secretary education to the chief secretary who forwarded the same to
the chief minister on May 2, 2008 vide letter No PS/DS (G)-120/8. It was sent
again to the CM on February 5, 2009 the very day when Shahbaz Sharif's
government was terminated following the disqualification by the SC.
restoration Shahbaz as the chief minister following the larger bench's verdict
in his favour on March 31st, the government is going to take op the matter some
time during the current month. It had also been proposed to increase the charge
allowance of the college principals from Rs650 to Rs5,000. All these proposals
have also been forwarded by the Punjab Education Department for incorporation in
the forthcoming education policy, the draft proposal of which has been
circulated among the provinces for suggestions.
Another decision on the cards
is to upgrade the college teachers on the pattern of varsities' academic staff.
A summary to this effect was sent to Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani
along with the education policy draft, which is likely to be announced shortly
after resolving the present political crisis.
Meanwhile, PPLA President Prof
Nazim Hussnain has expressed his hope that the Punjab Government would undertake
the matter urgently and provide relief to the college teachers as recommended by
the education department. The Nation
UVAS makes headway
Lahore: The genomic research group of the University of Veterinary and
Animal Sciences (UVAS) has made major achievements in genetic characterisation
of livestock breeds and patenting cases have already been filed for intellectual
This was claimed in a news release issued by a
university spokesman here on Wednesday.
The spokesman said work on
genetic characterization and patent registration of Sahiwal, Red Sindhi and
Cholistani cattle breeds was well under way.
He said the UVAS research
group had also found genetic variations in genes controlling efficient energy
metabolism to cater for increasing competition between humans and animals for
scarce food resources. "Work on genes controlling multiple births in small
ruminants (sheep and goats) has been completed," he said. Dawn
Naat competition held at Government College University
Lahore: The Arabic Society of Government College University
Lahore organized Inter-Collegiate and Inter-University Naat Competition held in
Chemistry Seminar Room of GCU. Dr. Sultan Shah Head Department of Arabic and
Islamic Studies was the Chief Guest, while incharge of the society Dr. Muhammad
Sarfaraz presided the session. Ansar Ali Qadri from Minhaj University got the
1st position, while Muneba Ijaz of Government College for Women Samnabad stood
2nd. F.P Report
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Admission controversy at UMT
Lahore: The Lahore High Court while issuing notices to Higher Education
Commission (HEC) and University of Management & Technology (UMT) has allowed
eleven students of M Phil to continue their four-year scholarship.
petition was filed by Imran Babar Jamil and others submitting that the UMT
through newspaper advertisement invited applications from eligible candidates
for M Phil leading to PhD Programme in English (Linguistics/Applied
The petitioners being eligible candidates applied to the
UMT for getting admission in M Phil and the university allowed their admission
to the said programme.
They said according to the advertisement it was
pre-requisite for the admission to M Phil that the candidates should qualify GRE
test and they qualified the same and HEC granted scholarships to the petitioners
of Rs 10,000 per month and the admission fee and all other university dues have
to be paid by the university to the HEC.
The petitioners started their
study in the year 2007 and successfully completed the minimum requirement for
They pleaded that the UMT dispatched an e-mail to them on
January 21, 2009 that they should appear in subject comprehension test (GRE
international type) on Feb-10, 2009 and the GRE international subject test was
the essential requirement for the award of PhD degree and the candidates have to
qualify this test in three chances.
They said the UMT illegally,
unlawfully and due to malafide intension asked them to qualify another entry
test in which they appeared under protest.
The UMT disqualified 35
candidates out of 40 without disclosing the result of the entry test only to
manage the ouster of the petitioners from the scholarship programme, they
They pointed out that there was no mentioning of entry test in the
admission letters issued to them at the time of their admission and there was no
question of holding the test in between the four years of the course.
The petitioners prayed to court to declare the implementation of
impugned entry test as null and void and they be allowed to continue their
The court while allowing the petitioners to
continue their studies has directed a deputy attorney general to ensure the
replies of the respondents until April 07. The News
Pakistan's first Breast Cancer Mobile Clinic launched at LCWU
Lahore: Pakistan's first Breast Cancer Mobile Mammogram Clinic was launched on
Wednesday at the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU).
Pink Ribbon National Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign and Pakistan Atomic Energy
Commission's Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Oncology (INMOL) collaborated to
establish the mobile clinic, which has been equipped with state of the art
mammogram and ultrasound machines. The set-up has been established in a truck
that can travel to the remote areas of the country without mobility
The truck has been equipped with a UPS generator and is air
conditioned as well. It has been furnished with a washbasin, stool and couches
and the interior gives the air of being inside an actual clinic. The mobile
clinic has been painted pink along with various messages creating awareness
about breast cancer.
Pink Ribbon Campaign National Coordinator Omer Aftab
said the mobile clinic would be used to help the poor women of the country by
providing them free screening services at their doorstep, which would save
thousands of precious lives.
Highest rate: He said Pakistan had the
highest rate of breast cancer for any Asian country. Every year, 90,000 women
were diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,000 women died because of it in
Pakistan. A research study conducted by the Pink Ribbon Campaign says,
"Approximately one out of every nine Pakistani women are likely to suffer from
breast cancer at some point in their lives". The study adds that every fifth
women in Pakistan developed breast cancer after the age of 40. About 77 percent
of invasive breast cancer occurred in women over 50 years of age. The research
shows that with an early diagnosis of breast cancer, the chances of survival
were above 90 percent.
Free screening: Aftab said the mobile clinic
would go to various educational institutions and provide the women there with
free screening tests that would otherwise cost at least Rs 3,000 and could cost
as much as Rs 8,000. He said all the doctors and the technicians working with
the mobile clinic were women, so the patients would not feel uncomfortable when
getting themselves checked. He said the mobile clinic would visit Kinnaird
College next and it would go to other institutions like Lahore University of
Management Sciences (LUMS) too. Aftab said the result of a test taking at the
mobile clinic was prepared within an hour.
LCWU Mass Communication
Department head Dr Anjum Zia said the university had been working with the Pink
Ribbon Campaign for a long time, which was why it had chosen LCWU to launch
their first mobile clinic. She said more than 20 women had been tested in a
single day. Anjum said it was nice to see the mobile clinic doctors educating
students about the disease and self-examining techniques. Daily Times
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