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Punjab university MSc examinations results 2009

Punjab university announced various MSc exams results
Lahore, Dec 15: Punjab University Examinations Department has announced the results of MSc Chemistry, Part-II, Annual Examination 2009, MSc Geography, Part-II, Annual Examination 2009 and MSc Zoology, Part-II, Annual Examination 2009.

Detail results are available at PU website F.P Report

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Students protest against college affiliation with UHS
Lahore: Over 600 students of Fatima Jinnah Medical College, Lahore, held a protest demonstration and blocked The Mall against the college's affiliation with the University of Health Sciences.

Students came out of the college in the morning and blocked the Queens Road and The Mall for more than three hours from 10 am onwards, which caused massive traffic jam on two roads and diversion of traffic to linking roads. The traffic jam inconvenienced motorists. Students organised a sit-in on The Mall for more than two hours to press the government for accepting their demands. Citizens and policemen argued with students but they refused to disperse. Ambulances also found it difficult to make their way for timely transportation of patients to hospitals.

Meanwhile, the Young Doctors' Association (YDA) has announced that it would support students of the FJMC. "The decision to affiliate the FJMC with the UHS should be reverted," said Dr Salman Kazmi, the general secretary of the YDA in a statement issued on Monday.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Central Information Secretary Omar Sarfaraz Cheema has condemned the government for its actions against Fatima Jinnah Medical College.

He said the students had been lodging protests quietly within the college premises for the past six days but the government had not paid any heed to their valid demands.

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PVMC critical of vet university in Bahawalpur
Lahore: The Punjab government's decision to establish a veterinary university in Bahawalpur has invited strong criticism from the Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council (PVMC).

The PVMC, expressing concerns over lack of qualified faculty, deteriorating standard of veterinary and animal husbandry education and shortage of practical facilities in existing institutions, has questioned the establishment of a new university.

The council has also expressed resentment against the government for not taking it on board in the whole process on the plea that it had the mandate to establish and regulate uniform standards of veterinary and animal husbandry education and practice.

Dr Alamdar Hussain Malik, secretary/registrar PVMC, said the University College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences at the Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB) had already been established in 2006 and the college was still short of qualified faculty, practical and proper accommodation facilities.

'It is strange that a veterinary college has already been established at the IUB while a full-fledged veterinary university is being established in Bahawalpur,' he said and added that in 2006, four veterinary institutions were established in Punjab without having the minimum basic mandatory requirements for such institutions.

Dr Malik said that presently 10 institutions in the public sector and one in private sector were offering five-year DVM degree programmes in the country.

'Out of these institutions, the Veterinary College IUB, Veterinary Faculty Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU), Multan, College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Jhang, and Veterinary Faculty Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, are yet to get their accreditation and recognition of their institutions and degree programmes from the PVMC,' he said.

Dr Malik further said the Gomal College of Veterinary Science, DI Khan, and the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, Uthal University, Balochistan, which got the provisional accreditation and recognition had not fulfilled the minimum required criteria yet which might force the PVMC to review its earlier decision.

'What to talk about the newly-established vet institutions, the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore, an institution which has completed its 125 years, has yet to complete its faculty in some very important subjects, i.e. anatomy, veterinary public health, epidemiology and pathology,' he maintained.

'The veterinary sciences, is not an easy business like the upgrade of a middle school to a secondary level,' the secretary/registrar PVMC said and added: 'Veterinary medical science is the only which have the comparative anatomy and medicine and also it is much diversified profession than the human medical profession.'

He said for the sake of arguments, when the veterinary university at Bahawalpur would be established and recruitment for the faculty would be advertised, all trained faculty in the newly established institutions would prefer to join the university.

'Then what will be the fate of the present veterinary institutions?' he questioned.

To support his argument, Dr Malik said when in 2002, the College of Veterinary Science, Lahore, was upgraded to the university status, the qualified professionals from all over the country joined the university and the institutions which they left had yet to fill that positions.

Dr Malik further quoted an example regarding the glaring situation of brain-drain of the qualified veterinarians, saying when the UVAS advertised the post of Professor of Epidemiology there was only one applicant and the same was the case in most of the subjects.

'When everybody, especially the political leaders in the country, believe in the supremacy of the Parliament, the mandate of the PVMC as a regulatory body, which is entrusted powers, through the Act of the Parliament, may also be given proper respect and the PVMC participation while making the decisions regarding the veterinary/animal husbandry education and practice,' he said and added that there was no doubt that the Punjab chief minister was fully committed to strengthening the veterinary education and livestock sector to counter the poverty and unemployment in the province but without taking the PVMC on board 'I am afraid this effort may not produce the desired results,' he said.

Sources in the Punjab Livestock and Dairy Development Department said that DG Extension Dr Muhammad Irfan Zahid had recently written to the departmentís secretary about the plight of vet institutions of the province. They said the DG expressed displeasure over the standard of education in these institutes besides exposing the lack of facilities there.

About the standard of education, the DG had expressed strong concerns while saying some graduates had given ëridiculousí answers to simple questions in tests for different posts in the Livestock and Dairy Development Department and attached bodies, the sources said.

They further said the idea regarding establishment of a full fledged veterinary university in Bahawalpur was basically the brainchild of Punjab Chief Secretary Javed Mahmood. They added that all the problems faced by the vet institutes in Punjab were ironically ignored when the high-ups were ëponderingí how to turn the CSís dream into reality.

When contacted, Deputy Secretary (Technical) of the Livestock and Dairy Development Department Dr Iftikhar said the establishment of a university was a policy matter and the PVMC had no role in this regard.

'Its role comes only for accreditation of degrees and programmes offered at vet institutes,' he added.

To a question about the lack of facilities and shortage of qualified faculty at existing vet institutes, Dr Iftikhar said it was the responsibility of the Chancellorís Office to look after such issues.

'We are dealing only with policy matters,' he said and added that shortage of qualified faculty was there but we needed future veterinarians for commercial farming, leather industry and other such growing industries. He also confirmed that the establishment of a vet university in Bahawalpur was the idea of the chief secretary and added that a presentation was later given to the chief minister who okayed it.

To a question, Dr Iftikhar said that land had been identified for the said project which had also been approved by the Board of Revenue. He said the new university would be linked with the top vet institutes of the world.

DG Extension Dr Muhammad Irfan Zahid, when contacted, confirmed that he had recently written about deteriorating standard of vet institutions of the province. He said after establishment of a veterinary university in Bahawalpur, the faculty of the IUB College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences would be merged with the new university.

Agreeing that there was a shortage of qualified faculty, the DG Extension said the new university would be set up totally on a new concept, adding that it would have satellite link with the foreign universities. The news

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Non-utilisation of funds
Lahore: Punjab Assembly Public Accounts Committee-I Chairman Chaudhry Zaheeruddin Khan has said that academic activities in schools are suffering due to non-utilisation of funds at lower level because of red tape.

He said this while presiding over the committee meeting held here on Monday to consider audit paras pertaining to Punjab education department and hearing answers of secretary (schools) in response to the questions about funds use.

He said the members had been shocked to learn that funds were not being utilised in primary and middle schools due to the fear of audit paras. The education department officials could, however, ensure funds' utilisation by making serious efforts for settlement of audit paras, he added.

The secretary education (schools) informed the committee that a sizeable number of audit paras were 'frivolous'. Giving an example, he said a para was made even for not mentioning a date on a document and it took years to clear it.

Committee member Mehr Ishtiaq asked the secretary to explain why the department waited for the PAC-I meeting for the settlement of audit paras when it (the department) could get the objections removed by contacting the audit authorities.

The secretary further informed the committee that most of the audit paras were related to the utilisation of the SMC grant used on the directions of the schools management committees. He said the grant was negligible and was utilised for minor repairs and meeting requirements like the purchase of chalks for which no receipts were issued in villages. The expenditure was was not audited because the amounts involved were negligible. The teachers had stopped utilisation of the grant for the fear of audit paras.

Mr Zaheer observed there was no justification for avoiding utilisation of funds for fear of audit, terming it sheer escapism. The institutions should not be made to suffer for saving one's own skin, he added.

The secretary assured the chairman that the education department would get the paras settled with the audit authorities. The committee also directed the department to update the record after getting the details of school funds lying in their bank accounts.

The committee meeting was attended by Syed Nazim Hussain Shah, Mehr Ishtiaq, Mohsin Leghari, Zaib Jaffer, Major Abdul Rehman (retired), Syed Hasan Murtaza, Mian Shafi Muhammad and Chaudhry Arshad. Dawn

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GCU graduates degrees
Lahore: As many as 424 students of BA/BSc (Hons) were given degrees at the concluding session of the 8th Convocation of the Government College University Lahore on Monday at the Bokhari Auditorium. Addressing the concluding ceremony, GC University Lahore Vice chancellor Dr Khalid Aftab said that GCU is a modern, demand-driven, research-based and quality-conscious institution.

He hoped that the students would be benefited in their professional lives from what they have learnt at the university. He also advised the fresh graduates to go for specialization in their relative fields, saying that their journey of knowledge should not end here.

The vice chancellor told the students that they owe deep debt to their country and Alma Mater and advised them pay it off as much as they can. Later, the vice chancellor and head of departments pose for photographs with the students.

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LCWU organised a seminar
Lahore: The Environmental Science Department of the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) on Monday organised a seminar to highlight the issue of climate change with a special focus on major climate shifts, affecting almost every form of life in Pakistan. It was pointed out that Pakistan was facing the adverse impacts of climate change including social, environmental and economic impacts.

It was also highlighted that key sectors of Pakistan, affected by climate change, included water resources, agriculture, biodiversity, livestock, energy sector, forest, coastal zones and extreme events disrupting nature.

The speakers at the seminar included eminent scholars Dr Muhammad Afzal Chaudhry, consultant of Global Environmental Lab (GEL) Prof Dr Kausar Jamal Cheema, Dean Faculty of Natural Sciences and Head of Environmental Science Department LCWU and young environmental researchers Sofia Ikram and Amara Ghafoor who gave presentations on the "Challenges and Impacts of Climate Change in Pakistan's Perspective" and "Effects of Climate Change on Water in Pakistan" respectively.

Dr M Afzal Chaudhry emphasised that changing climate was affecting the biological diversity which had impact on wildlife, forest and environment, adding human beings could not escape from the adverse effects of such change. "Balance between living and non-living components is prerequisite to sustainable development", he said, adding there was a need to prepare a comprehensive database about the economic impacts to estimate economic losses and potential risk to coming generations.

Prof Dr Kausar Jamal Cheema gave a comprehensive lecture on the "Strategies to Improve Public Understanding of Climate Change" in the light of climate change scenario in Pakistan. She described that like other parts of the world, Pakistan was also experiencing direct and indirect impacts of global warming and climate change.

"These impacts are evident not only in terms of growing environmental problems and challenges but also on its social and economic development", she said, adding there was a need of education and communication about climate change to highlight potential local, national and regional climate change impacts, emphasising that "climate change was happening now" and we could not delay further.

Prof Cheema emphasised that the most effective way to achieve the targets was that we must address these issues on social format working at grassroots level.

LCWU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Bushra Mateen said the environmental scientists had a lot of role to play for environmental protection.

She said that global issues on environment were showing impact on local growth potentials. Fruits, vegetations and agricultural sectors were being affected by the impacts of global warming in a silent manner, she added. She also claimed that global environmental issues were political in nature, adding this was the duty of our political leaders to address these issues at global forums.

The seminar was organised as an activity of the Higher Education Link (HEL) between Environmental Science Department of LCWU and Division of Biology, Imperial College London, UK, under the project "Strengthening and Development of Environmental Training Research Center at LCWU".

People from different walks of life, including faculty members, researchers, scientists and students, attend the seminar. The news

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