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Close contest in PU syndicate election on 21st
Lahore, April 21: A tough contest is expected among candidates of three groups in the election of Punjab University's topmost decision-making body, syndicate, on April 21.

There is a lot of hype surrounding the election at the Punjab University (PU) while the administration is being accused of a role in election of people who could prove a helping hand to the vice-chancellor (VC) in future decision-making.

Besides the pro-VC group Teachers Front (TF), candidates of other two groups, including Academic Group (AG) and Academic Forum (AF), are also actively campaigning for election.

The election will be held for four seats of the PU syndicate reserved for faculty members. There is one seat for each cadre including lecturer, assistant professor, associate professor and professor.

The Academic Group, which is considered anti-VC, has on its panel Prof Dr Kh Haris Rasheed, director varsity s Centre for Higher Energy Physics (CHEP) for the seat of professor, Dr Azmat Ullah from the Department of Zoology for the seat of associate professor, Dr Mumtaz Anwar Chaudhry of the Department of Economics for the seat of assistant professor and Abdul Majid Khan from Institute of Education & Research (IER) for lecturer.

Candidates of the pro-VC Teachers Front include Prof Dr Shaukat Ali, Chairman Department of Physics, as candidate for the seat of professor in PU syndicate, Dr Ziaul Hasan from the Department of Urdu for the seat of associate professor, Javed Sami from the Department of Space Science, who is also sitting Resident Officer (RO-I) of the varsity, for the seat of assistant professor and Mrs Shamaila Gull from the Institute of Business & Information Technology (IBIT) for lecturer s seat.

The third group, Academic Forum, which had earlier joined hands with the Academic Group in the recent election of the Academic Staff Association (ASA), has now formally parted its ways with the group and fielded its own candidates for the syndicate election.

So far, it has on its panel Prof Dr Zaid Mahmood of Institute of Chemistry for the seat of professor, Iftikhar Ahmad Tarar of Law College for the seat of assistant professor and Abeer Naqvi of IER for the seat of lecturer.

It is learnt that Dr Ch Nazeer of the Geology Department, who was earlier thought to be a candidate of the Academic Group, is now contesting the election as an independent candidate.

The syndicate is the supreme decision-making body of the varsity and every VC wants maximum of his loyalists as its members from among faculty members, commented a senior teacher on anonymity.

He alleged the recent move of awarding benefits of assistant professors to some lecturers was being seen as an effort by the PU VC to win votes for the Teachers Front candidate in the constituency of lecturer.

Another faculty member expressed concern over the varsity s RO-I contesting the election, saying Javed Sami should have relinquished charge of the administrative post before the contest. RO-I is undoubtedly an influential pos, he added.

The Academic Group is also being accused of opposing the VC aggressively owing to his strong stand against some faculty members involved in academic corruption. It is being alleged that the group was lobbying to rescue some faculty members whose cases would be taken up in the syndicate in coming days.

The PU syndicate will take up a very important case involving Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) director Dr Ahsan Athar Naz and former director Prof Dr Mughees Uddin Sheikh who have already been served with show-cause notices by the syndicate. An inquiry in result tampering and other illegal activities at the varsity s ICS had recommended dismissal of both faculty members besides registration of a criminal case against institute s ex-director Prof Dr Mughees Uddin Sheikh.

The News could not contact PU VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran despite repeated attempts on his cell phone. The news

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Uniform entrance test for FSc, others likely UHS too rejects PMDC proposal
Lahore: The University of Health Sciences on Monday unanimously rejected the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council's proposal to start evening classes at public and private medical colleges.

The decision came at a meeting of the admission board of the UHS with its Vice-Chancellor Prof Malik Husain Mubashar in the chair. The meeting was attended by the principals of all public sector medical institutions in the province besides Health Additional Secretary (Technical) Dr Mushtaq Ahmad Sulehria.

The proposal was at the top of agenda items after the Punjab chief secretary had written a letter to heads of the medical institutions to prepare recommendations in this regard a couple of days back.

An insider said that participants in the meeting discussed the issue at length and finally 'dropped the idea' with clear and

unanimous decision that the proposal was unfeasible.

He said the meeting also approved eligibility criteria for admission to medical colleges following the PMDC's formula for

calculation of merit which gives 40 per cent weightage to FSC, 10 per cent to matric and 50 per cent to entrance test marks.

Last year, the UHS formula had given 70 per cent weightage to marks scored in FSc and 30 per cent to entrance test marks.

On Sept 6, 2010, the LHC had ruled that the UHS must follow the PMDC formula to draw up the merit list for admissions, which ranked candidates according to academic achievement.

The insider said the admission board recommended that the entrance test for year 2011 would be held in accordance with the directions of the LHC and SC within four weeks of the FSc result. "The board has decided second week of September this year

for entrance test. Last year the exams were conducted on July 20. Similarly, the board has declared test mandatory for every candidate for admission on open merit seats."

He said it had also recommended a single entrance test this year for both FSc and non-FSc candidates for admission to medical and dental institutions of Punjab. The decision was taken keeping in view the best international practices. Last year, the entrance tests were held separately for FSc and non-FSc candidates.

He said the test would consist of 220 multiple choice questions (MCQs), each carrying five marks while the UHS would continue with its 'self-scoring system' introduced last year.

The number of biology questions had been doubled as compared to those of chemistry and physics. There would be five

sections of the question paper: first Physics consisting of 44 MCQs, second Chemistry, 44 MCQs, third English, 22 MCQs, fourth Biology, 88 MCQs and fifth section would be of Aptitude comprising 22 MCQs.

Negative marking would continue in order to discourage unintelligent guesswork in the test. Five marks would be given against each correct answer while one mark would be deducted from the total score on each wrong answer. Total numbers would be 1,100 and time allowed for the test would be 150 minutes.

However, he said, there was nothing in the new syllabus which was out of approved course for any scheme of education.

The syllabus format and model paper for entrance test 2011 had already been made available on UHS website:

www.uhs.edu.pk.

The admission board would forward its recommendations to the health department for final approval by the Punjab chief minister. Dawn

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PTBB books available in market
Lahore: The Punjab Text Book Board has claimed that all the textbooks published by the PTBB are available in the market while they had forwarded free textbooks under the Chief Minister Education Reform Programme from class one to ten to the relevant institutions.

PTBB spokesman claimed that there had been a phenomenal increase in the demand of textbooks due to the placing of the fifth and eight class examinations under the Punjab Examination Commission as per policy of the Punjab government. Keeping in view this emergency like situation, the PTBB had allocated more books in this regard.

Moreover, the provision of Punjab textbooks to the areas of Azad Kashmir and Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, the demand for the books had been increased manifolds.

The spokesman claimed that the demand for textbooks published by the PTBB had increased because of its rich quality and low price.

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Chinese envoy donates 10 computers to GCU
Lahore: Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Liu Jian has gifted 10 latest computers, software and other accessories to the Government College University (GCU). With the gift, the GCU administration has established a high-tech computer laboratory for students at the Postgraduate Library for online access of electronic journals, books and other digital material. The news

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