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PU's 122nd convocation
Lahore, Dec 28: The Punjab University is holding its 122nd convocation at Faisal Auditorium on 28 December.
Governor/Chancellor Chaudhry Sarwar is expected to be chief guest on the convocation. Dawn
"PU Lahore is one of the best university of Pakistan."
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PU building inauguration
Lahore: The inauguration ceremony of newly constructed building of Punjab
University Office of Research Innovation and Commercialisation (ORIC)
and Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) at the first floor of Institute of
Chemical Engineering and Technology will be held on 26 Dec. The news
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4 PhDs awarded
Lahore: Punjab University has awarded four PhDs to scholars. According to a press
release issued Wednesday, Rahat Abdul Rehman, S/o Abdul Rehman, was
awarded a PhD in Biological Sciences after approval of his thesis
entitled "Cloning and Sequencing of the Polyhydroxybutyrate Gene from
Locally Isolated Bacillus SPP", Rehana Saeed Hashmi in the subject of
Political Science after approval of her thesis entitled "The Politics of
Ethnicity: An Issue to National Integration of Pakistan (The Study of
Baloch, Mohajir and Siraiki Identities", Ghulam Mujtaba, in Biological
Science after approval of his thesis entitled "Identification of Genes
Involved in Variable Hearing Loss." The news
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Lahore: The eighth convocation of Beaconhouse National University (BNU) was held
here on Saturday in which 325 graduates received degrees while most gold
medals were won by girl students.
Adviser to the Prime
Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, who was
also the founder vice chancellor of the university, presided over the
Chairperson Board of Governors Mrs Nasreen
Mahmud Kasuri, Vice Chancellor Shahid Hafiz Kardar, Khurshid Mahmud
Kasuri, Kasim Mahmud Kasuri, Dr Parvez Hassan, Mueen Afzal, Shamim S.
Khan, other members of the Board of Governors, Deans including Prof
Salima Hashmi, Dr Gulzar Haider, Dr Mehdi Hasan, Dr Tariq Rahman, Dr
Khaver Zia and Dr Ruhi Khalid besides dignitaries, guests and parents of
graduating students were also present.
A total of 325
graduates were awarded degrees in the convocation. Of these, 148
graduated with MPhil, MS and Master's degrees and the remaining 177
received Bachelor degrees.
These include 45 from Mariam
Dawood School of Visual Arts & Design (SVAD), 11 from Razia Hassan
School of Architecture (SA), 49 from Seeta Majeed School of Liberal Arts
and Social Sciences (SLASS), 83 from School of Media & Mass
Communication (SMC), 44 from School of Computer and IT (SCIT), 41 from
the Institute of Psychology (IP) and 52 from the School of Education
This year, a total of 20 gold medals were awarded in
recognition of academic excellence achieved by graduates in their
specific disciplines of which 14 recipients were girls.
Arfa Karim Gold Medal was awarded to Sajid Akram Kashmiri of the School
of Computer and IT (SCIT) while the Nasim Hijazi Gold Medal was awarded
to Aneeqa Zaheer of School of Media and Mass Communication (SMC). Aman
Karim, a graduate and gold medalist of MS Clinical and Counseling
Psychology was the valedictorian speaker at the convocation.
the convocation, a naming ceremony of Sartaj Aziz Block also took place
at the new campus. Sartaj Aziz unveiled the plaque of the
administration block that has been named to honour his services and
contribution as the founder Vice Chancellor. Mr. Aziz remained the Vice
Chancellor of the university form January 01, 2004 till June 14, 2013.
recognise the national and international achievements of Prof Dr Hafiz
A. Pasha, the title of Professor Emeritus was conferred upon him.
title of Distinguished Professor of Art and Art Education was conferred
upon Professor Dr Judith Burton, Director of the Program in Art and Art
Education, Columbia University Teachers College, New York, USA.
on the occasion Mrs Nasreen Mahmud Kasuri said higher education played a
pivotal role in the life of a nation, adding centres of education did
not just impart knowledge but also created new frontiers of knowledge
Shahid Hafiz Kardar said the most
precious asset to the university was its faculty, of which more than 80
were fulltime members, with leadership being provided by nationally
recognized academics and professionals like Prof Dr Tariq Rahman, Prof
Dr Mehdi Hasan, Prof.
Salima Hashmi, Prof. Dr. Gulzar
Haider, Prof. Dr. Ruhi Khalid, Prof. Dr. Khaver Zia and Prof. Sajjad
Kauser. It was due to their efforts that more than 43 students have been
awarded Fulbright, Erasmus Mundus and various other prestigious
international scholarships for postgraduate and doctoral programmes, he
added. The news
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'Lucrative' BZU gets stuck in Lahore
Lahore: Some 3,000 admissions and millions of rupees collected
in the form of fee deposits later, the fate of the Lahore Sub-Campus of
the Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, hangs in balance.
The legal basis of the campus has been questioned and so far the
strong protests and clarifications by the university administration have
failed to rescue the project. There are allegations the BZU Lahore
franchise has changed many hands due to some influential people's search
of greater 'incentives.'
The Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) has questioned BZU
Lahore Sub-Campus' legal status telling the vice-chancellor that "the
BZU, under Section 5 of its Act 1975, could not open its sub-campuses
and operate outside its territorial limits of Multan and D.G. Khan
On the other hand, the HED as well as BZU Syndicate members have
questioned the BZU Multan administration for incorrectly circulating a
decision that Syndicate members approved through circulation regarding
the setting up of BZU Lahore Sub-Campus.
The sub-campus project was initiated by West Continental Education
(WCE), owned by Shahzad Munawar, through its Project Director Aqeel
Tufaili on Jan 19. Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif's close aide Zaeem
Qadri was serving as a special assistant to chief minister on higher
education when the whole episode of BZU Lahore campus began.
The influentials, for a better share allegedly, later joined hands
with another investor party and got applicants' titled changed as West
Continental Group (WCG). The group signed a second MoU with BZU on March
12, through its two executive directors, Aqeel Tufaili and Muhammad
Gulistan. Three days later, on March 15, a third MoU was signed.
Tufaili and Gulistan "sold" – on "cost" – their shares in the project
to Tahir Iqbal Chaudhry (chairman) and Mazhar Iqbal Azeem (executive
director). A new agreement deed was signed between BZU, represented by
Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Syed Khawaja Alqama and Registrar Malik Munir,
and WCG's new party comprising Tahir Iqbal and Mazhar Iqbal on May 16.
Later, Tahir and Mazhar also withdrew after receiving the "cost" from
another investor party comprising Munir Ahmad Bhatti, his son Hamza
Munir Bhatti as well as Abdul Aleem Bhatti and Rabia Bhatti.
Munir Bhatti said that he had paid Rs10 million to Tahir Iqbal for
the piece of paper i.e. the agreement of partnership with the BZU,
By the time the clampdown came, the BZU Lahore campus had attracted
3,000 higher education aspirants through a massive advertisement
campaign. The new administration says it had charged Rs60,000 per
student on an average, but independent estimates put the average at more
The BZU registrar had on July 13 notified: "…the Syndicate by
majority of votes approved the establishment of BZU Lahore Sub-Campus
under public-private partnership with WCG with effect from fall semester
2013 and onward on the terms and conditions of revised Deed of
Agreement duly approved by the Syndicate members through circulation".
However, when asked to furnish evidence, the BZU administration could
not provide the Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) written
statements/proof of the votes. "There is no proof that the establishment
of the sub-campus was approved by a majority in the Syndicate on the
basis of revised Deed of Agreement," Punjab Higher Education Special
Secretary Suhail Shahzad told Dawn.
One member said that a majority in the Syndicate had in fact rejected
the decision. "Only five of the 12 members, including the
vice-chancellor, had voted in favour of the establishment of the
sub-campus," he said.
In a complaint lodged with the Punjab governor/chancellor, three
Syndicate members have alleged that the university registrar had
incorrectly recorded May 25 and 26 Syndicate meeting minutes. "The
university staff has made a mockery of the Syndicate's decisions," the
members complained. The governor has sought reply from the
The provincial higher education and finance departments had also
objected to obtainment of Syndicate members' consent through circulation
saying it could not substitute for a Syndicate meeting as the nature of
the case did not involve any emergency.
The Higher Education Commission has also written to all
vice-chancellors that "no sub-campus, branch or outpost shall be
established or franchised without the prior approval of the HEC". The
BZU Lahore Sub-Campus did not have this approval nor did it obtain NOCs
from PEC, PBC, PMDC, and PPC before initiating engineering, law,
physical therapy and pharmacy disciplines.
There were also complaints that students had been enrolled without
following prescribed criteria of basic qualification as well as number
of seats. Similarly, Syndicate members have objected to the operation of
sub-campus accounts single-handedly by the sponsors.
Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashhood has also written to the
vice-chancellor that the establishment of BZU sub-campus, prima facie,
had not been processed by the university administration in accordance
with the relevant laws. He said "the sub-campus should immediately be
closed down till the finalisation of inquiry by the department".
Some Syndicate members challenged the decision in the statutory
body's next meeting on Sept 5 and 6 and Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Syed
Khawaja Alqama agreed to withdraw the July 13 "controversial
notification" that suspended the functioning of the Lahore campus.
The BZU notified the fresh decision on Sept 19. It now said the
Syndicate, in principle, had agreed to establish the varsity's
sub-campus in Lahore but constituted an eight-member committee to look
into all aspects/legalities of the project. "At the maiden meeting of
the committee just before Eidul Azha holidays members agitated against
registrar for not bringing working paper and the relevant documents. No
new date for committee meeting has so far been given by the university
administration," a committee member said.
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NCA students depict facets of life through theses
Lahore: The 13th Degree Show by students of MA Visual Arts at
the National College of Arts was all about new ideas, emotions,
feelings, social issues and life at large.
The inaugural day drew a large number of visitors, including friends
and families of the 14 students who had displayed their thesis work.
The students through their artworks had tried to cover many aspects
of life be it social, political, philosophical or gender. If some
highlighted the issue of a male chauvinistic society, others talked
about growing extremism and fanaticism. The works on display also
symbolised bitter realities of life.
The students whose work was displayed were Amna Gul, Ghufrana Ghazal,
Hira Mustafa, Kiran Saleem, Kiran Yousaf, Mariam Hanif, Masooma Ali
Shah, Nida Ramzan, Romessa Khan, Sara Yousuf, Shaukat Ali, Nizam Dahiri,
Sophia Miraj and Wajahat Ali.
Amna Gul's thesis titled 'My Authority My Attitude' revolved around
growing extremism in society, the socio-religious confusion in
contemporary Pakistan, attitude of religious scholars, fear of people
Gul had put on display a speaker thrice the size of a normal one as a
symbol. The core message behind her work could be summed up by: 'the
shrouding of truth is the currency of our times'.Hira Mustafa came up
with a novel idea for dedicated book readers. She showed miniature books
beautifully displayed in small shelves. "I have altered the normal size
of books so one does not find it difficult to take out a book from a
huge collection once one has a miniature."
Sarah Yousaf's thesis was about uncertainty of life, about decay that
takes place with time, the abnormality and deformity in a living body
with the passage of time.
"I intend to explore the notion of the decay of human bodies almost turning them into fossils and corpses."
Yousaf said she worked hard with skins of different animals such as goat and camel to conceptualise her work.
Mariam Hanif's thesis revolved around the apparitional visual
experiences of land, water and sky scapes from nature and how with time
they became a part of the artist's memory.
Masooma Ali Shah's work revolved around the social issues faced by
women. Romessa Khan explored therapeutic benefits of creativity through
her work. Her paintings, made from ink on paper, were composed of
innumerable tiny circles, lines and weaves with the act of repetition
creating astonishing intricacy.
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PBTE cancels leaked papers
Lahore: The Punjab Board of Technical Education (PBTE) on
Tuesday cancelled the Diploma of Associate Engineer mathematics 113-A
and 123-A papers, which were leaked before the examination on Monday.
Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (Tevta)
Chairman Jawad Ahmad Qureshi, who is also holding additional charge of
PBTE chairman, has suspended service of four employees, besides issuing
transfer orders of five others, for being responsible for the leak. The
chairman announced that the schedule for the cancelled paper would be
The mathematics question paper was emailed to this reporter by a
source late on Sunday and the same was given to the candidates at
centres on Monday at 1:30pm.
Tevta chairman had constituted a three-member committee that
conducted probe at board offices, including printing and press branch
and questioned all employees concerned.
In the light of the probe findings, he cancelled the papers, besides suspending and transferring employees.
There were rumours that question papers were being leaked since the
beginning of the DAE examinations on Dec 19, putting a big question mark
on the secrecy and transparency of the examination process. Dawn
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UET budget approved
Lahore: The Senate of University of Engineering and Technology (UET) on Saturday
approved the recurring and development budget of the university for the
year 2013-14 amounting to Rs 2572.941 million for income and Rs 2646.507
million for expenditure with a deficit of Rs73.566 million.
Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan chaired a meeting in which
UET Vice Chancellor Lt Gen (r) Muhammad Akram Khan presented a report
for 31st meeting of the Senate. He said UET Lahore is one of the top two
universities of Pakistan. As per HEC Ranking 2013 and according to the
QS world ranking, UET is ranked at 281 amongst the top engineering and
technology universities of the world and top four universities in
The members of the Senate elected Dean Civil
Engineering Prof Dr Abdusttar Shakir and Prof Dr Khalid
Mehmood-ul-Hassan as members of the syndicate.
to a press release, the minister appreciated the university achievements
and peaceful environment which is free from any political activities
and directed the Punjab University to follow the UET strict policies so
that education may not be disturbed.
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UHS announces result
Lahore: University of Health Sciences (UHS) has announced the result of Third Professional BDS annual examination 2013.
total of 465 candidates from 10 affiliated dental colleges appeared in
the exam out of whom 346 passed and 115 failed. Result of four
candidates was put on RL list. The overall pass percentage remained
Sanam Shaheen d/o Ghulam Abbas Ranjha of
de'Montmorency College of Dentistry Lahore got first position by
securing 749/900 marks.
Arooj Ijaz d/o Muhammad Ijaz of
de'Montmorency College of Dentistry Lahore and Tayyaba Zafar d/o Zafar
Iqbal of Dental Section, Punjab Medical College Faisalabad got second
and third positions by securing 732/900 and 727/900 marks respectively.
failed candidates can submit their admission forms on or before January
17, 2014. Supplementary examination will commence with effect from
February 06, 2014. The news
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