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PU entrance test leaked
Lahore, Aug 08: Punjab University's Institute of Communication Studies (PUICS) had to change the entrance test for admission to its PhD programme at the eleventh hour on Saturday, causing a delay of over one hour in the test.

It is learnt the test was changed following the administration received reports of leak of the test content. A couple of weeks ago, the PUICS administration had to change the entrance test for admission to MPhil programme following reports of leak. An inquiry has already been initiated in this regard.

Sources privy to the developments said Saturdayís test was scheduled to start at 11am, however, it started at around 12:30pm, adding the delay was noticed because institute authorities were busy preparing another test for the students.

PUICS director Dr Ahsan Akhtar Naz was not available for comments despite repeated attempts on his cell phone. The news

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6,500 posts vacant in govt colleges
Lahore: As many as 6,500 posts in 478 government colleges across the province are vacant due to lethargy of the Higher Education Department Punjab (HEDP), which seemed reluctant to fill the said posts from a couple of years, it is reliably learnt.

The authorities concerned of HEDP failed to even trace the locations of the posts and they could not make any policy in this regard so far, the sources said. The failure in recruiting new teachers and promoting those, deserving further exposed performance of the department.

According to a notification issued on November 20, 2009 by the department, the sanctioned posts of teachers in the all 478 colleges in Punjab including girls and boys are 18,522 while in year 2010-11 more 678 posts had been created by HEDP but colleges are being run by only 12,700 teachers, the sources said.

The sources said that according to the four-tier formula there are 192 posts of professors of BS-20 including 106 male and female; 2841 of associate professors of BS-19; 6410 of assistant professors of BS-18, and 9757 of lecturers of BS-17. They further said only 50 professors of BS-20 were working and a total number of vacant posts stood at 6500. "The issue of promotion of the some teachers is also hanging in the balance since 1990 as 160 male and 105 female lecturers are waiting for their promotion from BS-17 to BS-18," the sources revealed.

They further revealed that the department is not ready so far to give due promotion to the teachers and make new recruitments in order to fill the vacant posts as well. They said, "Interestingly, the department doesn't have any data regarding the location of vacant posts". However, they said, the Higher Education Punjab Secretary had formed a five-member committee three month before to find out the location of vacant posts and discuss the matter.

The Higher Education Deputy Sectary is the heading the committee while DPI Colleges Punjab, Director Colleges Faisalabad and two representatives of Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association are the members. The committee held three meetings during three months but failed to find out the location of vacant posts, the sources added.

Higher Education Punjab Secretary Haseeb Athar while commenting on the issue said that they had moved a requisition to the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) for the recruitment of 25, 00 lectures to fill the vacant posts. He said the department would also move another requisition to the PPSC within three months so the gap could be filled.

Furthermore, he said, the department had asked the principals of the colleges where the posts were lying vacant to recruit the visiting teachers temporarily. He further the department has no computerized data regarding the teachers in past, but now they were doing work to computerize it.

Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association (PPLA) President Dr Zahid Ahmed Sheikh, vice president Prof Shahid Chaudhary, general secretary Prof Syed Tanveer Ahmed Shah demanded of the government to re-fix the four-tier formula and to resolve the issue of due promotion of the teachers.

The PPLA also demanded that the 3,000 posts which were with autonomous bodies including Government College University Lahore, Government College University Faisalabad, Kinnaird College, University of Education, Lahore College for Women University and others should be given back to the colleges and the recently dislocated promotees must be re-adjusted to the colleges where they had been working for several years. Otherwise, the association warned, they would cordon off the HEDP after summer vacations. The nation

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Online admission system introduced in 24 Punjab colleges
Lahore: For the first time in the history of the province, the Higher Education Department, Punjab, has introduced online admission in select public colleges across the province.

In the first phase, the department has selected 24 colleges of nine districts where admission to intermediate classes for the new academic session will be made online.

The colleges include Lahore's Government College for Women, Gulberg, Government College of Science, Wahdat Road, Government Dyal Singh College, Government Islamia College, Civil Lines, Government Jinnah Degree College for Women, Mozang, Government Kulliyat-ul-Banat College for Women, Government MAO College and Government Postgraduate College for Women, Samanabad.

Gujranwala's Government Degree College, Peoples Colony, and Government Postgraduate College for Women, Satellite Town, Rawalpindi's Government Postgraduate College, Asghar Mall and Government Postgraduate College for Women, Satellite Town, Faisalabad's Government Islamia College for Women, Eidgah Road, and Government Postgraduate College of Science, Sahiwal's Government College for Women and Government Postgraduate College, Multan's Government College of Science, and Government Degree College for Women, Dera Ghazi Khan's Government College for Women, and Government Postgraduate College, Bahawalpur's Government Degree College for Women, Satellite Town, and Government SE College, and Sargodha's Government Ambala Muslim College, and Government College for Women, Farooq Colony.

An official of the department said the admission schedule would soon be advertised, adding a comprehensive and interactive website had been developed for the purpose. He said students seeking admission to the colleges would apply online through the website (http://ocas.punjab.gov.pk/) and pay a nominal fee of Rs 25 after submitting their admission forms.

The official said the department was going viral in a phased manner, adding that transfer and posting orders for teachers were also being issued online. He said the initiative was aimed at enhancing the efficiency and ensure maximum transparency.

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Lahore college teachers protest posting in far-flung areas
Lahore: A large number of public college teachers on Saturday held a demonstration strongly criticized the Punjab government for posting male and female teachers at colleges in the far-flung areas of the province.

The protesting teachers including male and female, some of whom were also accompanied by their children, gathered outside the Lahore Press Club and strongly agitated against the recent postings after promotion to next grades.

While carrying banners and placards, they also chanted slogans against the government and officials of the Higher Education Department Punjab and demanded the government stop the injustice in the wake of prevailing law and order situation and ever increasing inflation.

A protestor, Prof Nazim, told The News that the government had promoted college teachers almost after two decades in next grades, adding, however, they were being victimised by posting them in the far-flung areas. He said many of the teachers, especially females, from Lahore, who had served in the City for many years, were abruptly posted in the far-flung areas.

The protestors were of the view that in many of the areas, there was acute shortage of hostels and other residential facilities while serving in such places was also difficult for female teachers. They said the abrupt orders of the government had caused unrest among their families as well. They also criticized the authorities for recent promotion policy and demanded the government to revert the same in the interest of teachers. The news

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