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Punjab University academic boycott issue

PUASA, VC in disagreement
Lahore, Apr 16: Though divided, the Punjab University Academic Staff Association executive council has bowed to its general body decision to continue complete academic boycott, while PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has in a strange move announced that the varsity will reopen for academic activity on Monday.

This announcement has reportedly brought Prof Kamran into direct confrontation with the PUASA general body that comprises all faculty members of the university.

It would also create problems when the students would return for their classes, but the teachers would be on their strike. The PUASA's academic strike has entered the 15th consecutive day on Friday (today).

A senior PUASA leader said that most varsity teachers had also gone out of the city knowing that the general body had decided complete academic boycott at least till Monday, when the general body would meet again.

The general body had decided in its meeting on Wednesday that the boycott would continue to pressure the government and police to arrest all nominated accused who had thrashed PU Discipline Committee chairman and College of Earth and Environmental Sciences principal Prof Dr Iftikhar Husain Baloch with batons and left him bleeding with severe head injury.

Considering the academic loss of such a huge student body, a number of faculty members were of the view that the academic strike should go into the second phase of protest minus academic boycott.

However, they could not prevail and the general body decided that the academic boycott would continue.

Meanwhile, the PUASA executive council held its second emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss and weigh an option whether an emergent PUASA general body meeting could be called on Friday (today) or not.

Finally, it was decided that the general body meeting would be held on Monday, as decided, because any other decision might result in a reaction.

It is learnt that the pressure was mounting on the varsity administration to resume academic activity because over 30,000 on campus students were missing their semester classes as well as other activities, including semester examinations.

In this scenario, PU VC Prof Kamran gave a statement to private news channels that the university would resume academic activity on Monday.

PUASA executive council members, however, feel that the VC had given the statement on his own and had come into direct confrontation with the PUASA general body.

A senior PUASA leader also came up with an argument that the university was never closed officially. Dawn

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PU MBBS exam from 29th
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department has issued a notification regarding commencement of MBBS, second professional, supplementary examination 2009. The exam will commence from April 29, 2010. Meanwhile, PU Examinations Department has issued the schedule for submission of admission forms for MEd (Visual Impairment), 2nd annual examination 2008 (Session 2007-2008) and annual examination 2009 (Session 2008-2009). According to the schedule, the last date for submission of admission forms with single fee is 19-04-2010 while the forms can be submitted with double fee till 22-04-2010. The exam will commence from May 6, 2010.

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PU meeting
Lahore: An important general body meeting of the Punjab University Academic Staff Association (PUASA) is scheduled to be held on April 19 which will decide about reopening of the university. The news

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Indian media personnel at PU
Lahore: A delegation of Indian media persons visited Punjab University (PU) on Thursday. During their meeting with the PU vice chancellor and several university professors, the delegates discussed how to purge both the countries of the issues that had given birth to hostility between their citizens. They also exchanged their views on how they the media and educationists could play an instrumental role in reducing friction between both countries.

Both parties agreed that people in India and Pakistan were keen to forget their differences and live with mutual respect. They appealed to the governments to relax visa rules to encourage healthy cross-border interaction, adding that the media of both countries should play their part in bridging this gap.

The Indian delegates claimed that the West was using the two countries as pawns against each other for its own objectives. The delegates and professors said that the problems they had pointed out should be removed so that both countries could maintain and develop their strategic position in South Asia. They also said that the water conflict should be settled and recommended joint storage of water by both countries. Daily times

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363 cheats caught in Matric exams
Lahore: A total of 363 cases of cheating were detected in Matriculation Annual Examinations 2010 conducted, simultaneously, by eight boards of intermediate and secondary education across the province.

Besides this, 30 cases of impersonation were detected.

Data obtained revealed that Faisalabad BISE topped the list of cheaters as the board registered 117 unfair means cases (UMCs).

As per the break-up, a total of 144 UMCs were detected in SSC (Composite) Annual Exam held from 13 March 2010 to 29 March 2010 while the number of such cases in SSC (Class-9th) Annual Exam held from 30 March 2010 to 13 April 2010 was 219.

The board-wise UMCs detected during SSC (Composite) Annual Examination 2010 were 38 for BISE Faisalabad, 28 in Multan, 23 in Bahawalpur, 19 in Lahore, 14 in Gujranwala, eight in Rawalpindi, eight in Sargodha and six in Dera Ghazi Khan.

UMCs detected during SSC (Class-9th) Annual Examination 2010 were 79 for Faisalabad BISE, 34 in Gujranwala, 30 in Bahawalpur, 29 in Multan, 17 in Rawalpindi, 16 in Lahore, seven in Dera Ghazi Khan and seven in Rawalpindi.

The board-wise cases of impersonation in SSC (Composite) Annual Examination 2010 are five for BISE DG Khan, four in Bahawalpur, three in Gujranwala, two in Faisalabad and two in Lahore while no such case was detected in Multan, Rawalpindi and Sargodha. Cases of impersonation for SSC (Class-9th) Annual Examination 2010 were five for Multan BISE, four in Gujranwala, two in Faisalabad, two in Lahore and one in Rawalpindi while no case was detected at Sargodha, DG Khan and Bahawalpur boards.

Like previous years, the Punjab government had set up an examination monitoring cell at the Punjab Higher Education Department which coordinated with all eight BISEs and reported each incident to the Punjab chief minister.

A senior official of the department said the number of UMCs was quite high as compared to previous years. The number had increased because of improved vigilance and monitoring system, he added. He said overall exams were conducted smoothly as no law and order case was registered with police. The news

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