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Efforts afoot to help rescue IJT activists at PU
Lahore, Dec 13: In a new development related to the recent wave of violence at the Punjab University (PU), senior members of the Jamaat-e-Islami have reportedly approached the Punjab chief minister and the governor, urging them to take a softer stance towards the workers of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) who had been arrested during a search operation at the PU hostels.

On the other hand, progressive segments of society as well as a majority of teachers and students of the varsity have demanded the government not to let go of those involved in vandalism unpunished for the sake of their future and for establishing peaceful academic atmosphere at the PU campuses.

According sources JI leaders, including Liaquat Baloch, Hafiz Salman, Farid Paracha and others, approached Shahbaz Sharif and Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar and asked them to take the issue of recent violence inside and outside the PU lighter, and help release their workers.

A number of IJT workers were arrested following the unrest at the Punjab University last week. The operation against criminal elements at the varsity led to the torching of a passenger bus by activists, which invited harsh criticism from all segments of society.

A lot of hype started surrounding the issue when

Muttahida Quami Movement chief Altaf Hussain twice demanded a complete ban on the IJT as well as strict action against vandalism on campus.

The environment at the campus got unfavourable for student activists following the arrest of an al Qaeda worker form the room of an IJT nazim.

Before that, some IJT activists 'presented' a bullet wrapped in a pink tissue to a university clerk as a life threat, as the student union was now allowed to establish an illegal admissions stall at the PU.

Now, IJT workers have allegedly thrashed two teachers of the Law College, besides trying to create hurdles in the university administration's decision to convert a boys' hotel into a girls' hotel, keeping in view the increasing number of female students in the university.

The administration of VC Dr Mujahid Kamran stood firm in dealing with the troublemakers with an iron hand; however, when it comes to student violence and law and order, the responsibility lies with the Punjab government to tackle the issue.

Now, there is a clear demand from all segments of society, that is "apolitical campus" and no more interference of political parties at educational institutions.

Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar, Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif, Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, Education Minister Rana Mashood Ahmed and Higher Education Commission Chairman Engineer Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gillani also stand by Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran's policy to strictly deal with troublemakers.

Meanwhile, many believe that there is an understanding between the PML-N and the JI in Punjab, and that this 'deal' would help rescue the troublemaking 1 students.

Under the given circumstances, there is a need of strict vigilance and control at educational institutions to avoid any unrest in the province. The news

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IJT sheltering criminals in hostels: PU hostels chairman
Lahore: Punjab University Hall Council Chairman Prof Dr Muhammad Akhter has said that on one side Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) was indulged in false propaganda regarding lack of hostels, while on the other hand it was perturbing the genuine allottees of the hostels.

Addressing an emergency press conference at the PU Executive Club on Wednesday along with Examinations Controller Prof Dr Liaqat Ali and other administrative officers, Akhter said that IJT activists were illegally occupying some rooms and sheltering non-student criminal elements.

He said that the Punjab University administration was taking action in hostels without any external help, and that on Wednesday it detained and removed four illegal occupants from the rooms of IJT activists in Hostel No 15.

Dr Akhter said that after allotting rooms to the students, there was enough capacity to accommodate more applicants.

He said that the university administration would take stern action against those involved in illegal activities.

He said that IJT activists were trying to usurp the rights of genuine allottees by occupying some rooms illegally, upon which the PU administration itself was taking action.

He said that Jamiat had supported illegal residents, which was a clear proof of its hypocrisy.

He said that IJT had taken several stances on the Law College incident, which was a clear proof of their lies.

The chairman said the administration caught four aged men from the room of a nazim on Wednesday, who were handed over to the police, while on Tuesday, as many as 16 illegal tenants were held form Hostel Number 18.

He said the university would not allow abuse of hostel right of genuine students come what may, because the administration was firm in its resolve to establish the merit policy and maintain a peaceful atmosphere on the campus and in the hostel area.

The members of the administration reiterated their firm resolve to continue the crackdown on illegal residents in hostels at all costs.

They said that disciplinary proceedings had been initiated against the students belonging to the organisation after which most of them might be expelled.

They urged the Punjab government to extend its support to the university administration against illegal activities taking place on the campus.

Earlier, PU IJT chapter addressed a press conference and demanded construction of new hostels. It also refuted all allegations levelled by the PU administration against them.

The organisation announced to stage a protest demonstration for the release of its workers arrested from the PU during the last week.

Addressing the press conference at the Lahore Press Club, IJT Punjab Nazim Rai Haq Nawaz, Lahore Chapter Nazim Syed Mudassir Shah and others demanded that the Punjab government withdraw the cases against students under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

They said that protest demonstration would be staged at the Faisal Chowk, The Mall, which would be attended by hundreds of students from various educational institutions. The IJT office-bearers said that no protester would violate the imposition of Section 144 on The Mall, and that the protest would be recorded in a democratic and peaceful manner. Daily times

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PhD degrees
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) awarded PhD degrees to four scholars on Thursday.

According to a press release, Farhat Nasreen has been awarded PhD in the subject of South Asian Studies after the approval of her thesis entitled "Pakistan-US Coalition in the War against Terrorism: Implications for South Asia", Murtaza Saleem in the subject of Solid State Physics after the approval of his thesis entitled "Preparation and Characterisation of ZnO based DMS Materials", Abu Baker in the subject of Arabic after the approval of his thesis entitled "Manhaju Barvaiz FI Sharhil-Quran Lugatan Wa Istilahan" and Shahida Tanvir in Zoology after the approval of her thesis entitled "Epidemiology Chemotherapy and Control of Important Zoonotic Parasitic Disease of Children Transmitted Through Dogs. The news

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PU results
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department declared the results of Associate Degree in Education (ADE) 3-Year Leading to BEd (Hons) Programme, 3rd Semester 2013.

The detailed results are available at the varsity website www.pu.edu.pk. The news

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KEMU abolishes subsidised diagnostic facilities
Lahore: The King Edward Medical University (KEMU) has abolished a mega project -- upgradation of diagnostic facilities at the institution and establishment of diagnostic/collection centres in the vicinity of Lahore -- a year after it offered standard diagnostic facilities in the fields of pathology and radiology for the first time on subsidised rates.

The services were being provided at the Advanced Lab and Diagnostic Centre (AL&DC) which was established under the project at Shadman.

An official privy to the information said patients were being offered diagnostic services at the AL&DC at affordable prices which were 30-40 per cent less than the market with results equal or more than the standard claimed by a few major private labs in the city.

Ultrasound, digital X-Rays, CT scan and MRI were also the part of this project on reasonable/affordable rates and all diagnostic services were being offered round the clock, he said.

The KEMU management claimed that the decision to rollback this project was taken on the basis of a loss the lab suffered in its first year.

However, the employees associated with this project alleged that KEMU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Faisal Masood had taken the decision to 'victimize' them for being members of his (VCs) rival group in the varsity.

They said many hospitals in Punjab had been showing deficit of millions of rupees and efforts were always made on revamping these health facilities rather than closing them permanently.

The official said the KEMU management had also sacked all the staff, (around 70) including senior consultants, researchers, experts, technicians and even the admin officials who were hired under this scheme.

Some of them were hired from the KEMU after getting a no-objection certificate from the health department and were given assignments in the evening shift while others were recruited from the market.

He said the varsity directed the sacked employees to deposit financial benefits, including salaries, back to the account of the varsity which they had taken since the establishment of the lab.

The official said the project was approved by the Syndicate of the KEMU at a cost Rs45 million and it opened the first collection centre at Shadman in April 2012.

According to the approved scheme, its network of collection centres was to be extended to other major cities like Karachi, Islamabad, Quetta and Peshawar.

The KEMU Diagnostic Centre, which is facilitating patients with low-income status, was also a threat to the 'monopoly' of a few costly private diagnostic labs.

The official said the advanced lab was the first project of its kind in the public sector health institutions all over the province that had arranged highly-sophisticated and costly equipment/machines on 'regent basis', 'share basis' or 'F.O.R basis' rather than putting burden on the national exchequer.

He says the regent means that a company will provide a machine free-of-cost but the institution will pay for regents. Under the share basis, a company will install a machine and will take a share in revenue generated, while the F.O.R basis means that the government will open up a letter of credit on the recommendation of the company and will receive the machine.

A spokesman for the KEMU said the diagnostic lab had suffered a loss in the first period of its launch. By taking into the account the actual financial performance of the past 11 months and forecast of next 12 months under the existing setup, the KEMU treasurer recommended that the project of AL&DC is unlikely to be profitable venture for the university and warrants immediate closure and the assets of AL&DC may be transferred to respective departments, he said.

The spokesman claimed that the AL&DC had generated total receipts of Rs3.69 million while expenditures of the same period were Rs23.05 million. These total receipts also included the receipts generated from KEMU research projects which were not actually the revenue of AL&DC. Thus a loss of Rs19.35 million occurred during this period.

He said in addition to the salary of contractual staff of the AL&DC, four permanent employees of the Punjab government (without obtaining permission from the government) had been drawing extra salaries from the centre. The spokesman said the resident auditor observed during the scrutiny of the financial records of AL&DC that cash books, vouchers, receipts, expenditures, stock register, record relating to disbursement of salaries to non-gazetted staff and other financial record were not maintained at all by the AL&DC project director, the lab manager and the accountant.

"Due to the transfer of resident auditor, the detail audit is pending and will be initiated as internal/external audit and the matter will be presented in the next meeting of the Syndicate", he said.

The spokesman claimed that during the scrutiny of the purchase of equipment/regent in the Advanced Lab, multiple irregularities were noted by an inquiry committee.

He said Dr Nakhshab Choudhry, one of the members of the inquiry committee, had given a dissenting note on these irregularities. Dawn

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Career counselling: questions and answers
Q1). Sir I have recently passed B-Tech in Chemical and now I am planning to do BSc Chemical Engineering. I am unable to decide whether to complete my degree in Chemical or should I change my field. Please guide me and let me know its scope in Pakistan. (Muhammad Ismial - Karachi)

Ans: The best for you is to complete your BSc in Manufacturing Process. However, if this degree is not available in Pakistan, then you can continue your current degree and move forward. Make sure you write a project on either cement manufacturing or edible oil manufacturing, which have comparatively more demand in Pakistan.

Q2). Sir, my son is doing BS Town Planning from UET Lahore. What is the scope of this degree in Pakistan and abroad and also advise in which discipline should he do his masters? (Farhan Shaukat- Lahore)

Ans: Town Planning is a unique area of specialty and he should get employed in Pakistan and Middle East. But if he tops up with Masters in Construction Management, this will give him an edge over other colleagues in his area.

Q3). I am doing BS (Hons) Geography and in 5th semester, but now I do not find myself interested in studying this subject anymore. Further, I want to do Masters in Politics. You are requested to guide me the right path to take the correct decision. (Kamran Tahir Multan)

Ans: I would advise you that you must complete your current undergraduate degree at all costs. One area in Geography is highly in demand and that is called GIS (Geographic Information Systems), which I recommend you to do after your Bachelors.

Q4). Sir, I have taken admission to BBA IRM (Insurance & Risk Management) at Hailey College of Banking & Finance, University of the Punjab. I wanted to ask you the future scope of this degree in Pakistan and abroad and what would you advise me next after completion of this degree. Sir, also tell me whether I will be able to do jobs in banks? (Azam Khan - Lahore).

Ans: You have chosen a strong area of specialty. Once you complete your degree you will have plenty of options either to do your masters or move to get a Postgraduate degree from abroad in Financial Risk Management.

Q5). I am doing MSc Zoology from Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi and also teaching at elementary level for three years. I have also done BEd and MEd and want to do PhD along with my job. Please let me know which topic should I choose for PhD and should I go for CSS or PhD? Kindly advise me about the right path for a better future. (Azka Kiran - Rawalpindi)

Ans: Since you have achieved sufficient level of qualification in your teaching career, you should opt to do a PhD in Education Policy and Quality which I am sure is available at the Department of Education in Punjab University. This will enhance your current knowledge in education and you will find opportunities both in government and NGO's such as USAID, and UNESCO etc.

Q6). Sir, I have recently completed my Pharm-D from a private sector university. I am helping my father in their business setup. I want to run my own pharmacy setup. I also want to do my masters. Kindly suggest me when I should start my pharmacy and in which field I should do my masters. (Muhammad Zahid - Bhakkar)

Ans: If you are planning to setup your own pharmaceutical lab or manufacturing unit, the knowledge you have in pharmacy on this level is enough. Now you need a course leading to MSc Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and MSc in Drug Delivery. Unfortunately you may not find any of these courses in Pakistan and therefore you need to explore the internet where to go depending on your financial layout.

Q7). I am currently doing Masters in Behavioural Sciences (MBHS) from Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi. Kindly suggest me what are the respective areas I can specialis in to do MPhil program? (Sarah Ghazal - Rawalpindi)

Ans: I would like to suggest you to do Child Physiology and write your project in early Childhood Education. This will open up your demand in preschool and primary schools that need such professionals and also pay you good.

(Syed Azhar Husnain Abidi is a renowned educationist in Pakistan, with more than 20 years of experience as provider of education counselling services. He has represented Pakistan in over 100 national and international seminars, conferences and forums. He is the recipient of the most coveted civil award Tamgha e Imtiaz)

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PhD degree awarded
Lahore: Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), Lahore has produced a PhD in Botany. Sumera Javed completed her thesis entitled "Isolation and Enhancement of Stevioside from In Vitro Grown Stevia Rebaudiana Bertoni" under the supervision of Dr Bushra Mateen, ex-Vice Chancellor LCWU.

According to a press release issued here Wednesday, the head of Botany Department Dr Shagufta Naz was co-supervisor of this research.

convocation: A meeting of Punjab University Convocation Coordination Committee was presided over by Prof Dr Harris Rasheed in the Committee Room of Centre for Undergraduate Studies, New Campus, to review arrangements for the varsity's 122nd convocation.

PU Controller Examinations Prof Dr Liaqat Ali and others were also present. All conveners of sub-committees of the Convocation Committee briefed the meeting about the working of their respective committees. PU's 122nd convocation will be held on Saturday, December 28, 2013, at Faisal Auditorium.

date-sheets: Punjab University Examination Department has issued written and practical date-sheets for MSc Home Economics Part-I and II annual examination 2013, Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics annual examination 2013 and Postgraduation Diploma in Institutional Management (Food-Services) annual examination2013.

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BISE blacklists 43 teachers for wrong marking
Lahore: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore has blacklisted 43 teachers for mistakes in checking of papers of the Intermediate Annual Examination 2013, it is learnt.

Sources said these teachers would not be assigned the job of marking papers in future. A BISE official said blacklisting the teachers for mistakes in marking in papers was a regular exercise after the declaration of results. He added that these 43 teachers had done various mistakes in marking as exposed during the rechecking of papers by the candidates. BISE spokesperson confirmed that 43 teachers had been blacklisted for paper checking task. The news

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