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Attendance rules not based on realities
Lahore, Feb 12: The tough attendance and leave rules of Government College University are pursued by the authorities so strictly that hundreds of Intermediate and graduation students have been declared ineligible for appearing in the examination and some of them have been expelled from the university as well while others are subjected to heavy fines and repeat of the semester which take toll on their career.

The rules have been framed without taking into account the ground realities and ordeals of young students and their parents - economic hardships, poverty, transport problems, inclement weather and general unrest and anarchy in the country, said an office-bearer of the Student Action committee.

He further said that Pakistan is a country which witnesses two extremely hot and cold weathers - May, June-July and August, which is also a rainy season in summer and November, December-January and February in winter marked with winter rains. Both these seasons entail heavy risk of weather-related diseases.

Some 266 students have been declared ineligible under these rules a couple of days back while such a large number of students in the recent past also had fallen victim to these rules.

The attendance and leave rules in GCU were framed in the year 2004 soon after the college transformed into a university. These are, "The admission of a student, who remains absent from class for 15 days or more after depositing his/her admission dues and obtaining roll number etc, will be considered as cancelled."

Only those who attend their classes upto 75 per cent of the total number of lectures delivered in each subject of Ist and 2nd year respectively and 75 per cent of total number of periods specified for practical are eligible to appear in the examination.

For BA and BSc (4-years Hons) 85 per cent lectures per course/paper must be attended, lest the students have to repeat the course/paper.

If a student remains absent for three or more consecutive days in a month, his/her name will be dropped from the roll call. Students struck off once will be given just one chance for re-admission in an academic year. If a student remains absent for three or more days in a subject/paper in a month but with an overall attendance percentage of 85 per cent, his/her name will be exempted from the struck-off list. However, he/she will have to deposit a fine of Rs 500. Their admission after depositing the fine is possible only within a specified due date. The re-admission fee is Rs 1,000. Casual leave is not granted in the university. Leave is granted only on medical grounds supported by medical certificate ratified by the university medical officer. The students should apply for such leave within three days of illness. Leave application is not accepted on plain paper but on a prescribed form available with the clerk at Rs 20.

The fine for missing a period is Rs 10. The fine for absence from English, Urdu (composition) or Islamiyat and Pakistan Studies period is Rs 50 per period.

Both for intermediate and BA, BSc the fine for absence from tutorial group is also Rs 50.

While counting lectures, no exemption will be granted to any student who remains absent from the classes due to illness or any other reason.

However, the exemption may be granted to sportsmen or students taking part in co-curricular activities, which in no case will exceed 15 days in an academic year.

When contacted Registrar GCU Sahibzada Faisal Khursheed said that nothing is wrong with the rules. The parents and students know these rules, so they should follow them strictly. He, however, said that GCU authorities have made some changes in the rules. The Nation

GCU wins 16 prizes
Lahore: Government College University Debating Society won 16 prizes at various national debating events in a fortnight. It includes four team trophies, six best speaker awards, four second positions, one third position and one consolation prize. At Salamat-ICAS Lahore, GCU Debating Society won the Annual Parliamentary Debating Championship 2009. The GCU team comprised Rana Hamza Ijaz, Adeel Sheharyar, Ummar Ziauddin, Umer Khan and M. Zulqarnain. Adeel Sheharyar was declared the Best Speaker of the tournament. At the 2nd International Parliamentary Debating Championship 2009 held at Lahore School of Economics, GCU lifted the team trophy. The News

Summons for BZU head, two others: Candidate denied admission
Multan: Lahore High Court's Multan Bench on Wednesday issued notices to the Bahauddin Zakariya University vice-chancellor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences dean and the admission committee for MPhil chairman on the complaint of a candidate that he had been denied admission without any justification.

Muhammad Asif Naeem, a candidate for MPhil at the Bahauddin Zakariya University, had filed a petition before Justice Saifur Rehman against what he said violation of rules in the admission of MPhil sociology by the university administration. BZU Vice-Chancellor Dr Muhammad Zaffarullah, Dean Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dr Syed Khwaja Alqama and admission committee chairman Mian Ghulam Yasin were made respondents.

Asif Naeem contended that he applied for admission to MPhil in sociology according to the rules and appeared in the pre-admission test along with other candidates, though there was no scope for test in any (of the varsity) rules.According to the university criteria for admission, he said, seventy per cent marks were for academic record of the candidate and 30 per cent marks were for pre-admission test that was held on Jan 16. He said he attempted his test properly and the general merit list and waiting merit list were pasted on Jan 19, but his name was not in both lists.

He said he was given only 13.5 per cent marks in the test and though he obtained 'A' grade according to the certificate of matriculation, in the merit list it was considered 'B' grade. He said when he contacted the officials for correction of the anomaly, they didn't pay heed and denied him admission. He sought directions to the respondents to give admission to him.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dean Dr Khwaja Muhammad Alqama said he had received an application of the aspirant, marked by the VC. He admitted that the pre-admission test had no legality and there was no such test in any other department of the university as "the students must clear only NTS examination within a year of taking admission". The university was looking into the matter, he added. Dawn


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Punjab University department reactivated after 37 years
Lahore: Punjab University Department of Literary History of Muslims of Indo-Pak Subcontinent, which was made dysfunctional in 1972, has been reactivated and Prof Dr Khawaja Muhammad Zakriya, retired dean of the Faculty of Oriental Learning and principal of the Oriental College, has been appointed as its director.

According to a press release here on Wednesday, Dr Zakriya said the reestablishment of the department had been made possible due to special efforts of VC Dr Mujahid Kamran and it would help promote Pakistani languages, especially Urdu. He said the objective of the department, launched in the period of Prof Hameed Ahmad Khan, was to record the history of languages, influenced by Islamic faith and culture, so that the history of literature created in Bengali, Sindhi, Pashto, Punjabi and Balochi languages could be written. He said there was a plan of publications of many books and at that time the department had published 14 volumes, including five of Urdu, three of Persian, two of Bengali and one each of Punjabi, Pashto, Sindhi and Balochi. He said in 1972, the department was closed after the completion of the project, adding that Group Captain Fayyaz Mahmood was the director of the department and chief editor of the volumes.

Dr Zakriya said the department had restarted revision of five volumes of Urdu language and it would complete its work within two years. He said after the completion of work on Urdu, the work on Persian language would started.

PhD awarded
The Punjab University has awarded a PhD degree to Rehmat Ali s/o Muhammad Tufail in Botany after completion of his thesis 'Studies on the Denitrification Loss from Irrigated Cotton Fields Under Semiarid Subtropical Conditions.'

According to a press release here on Wednesday, he completed his thesis under the supervision of PU School of Biological Sciences (SBS) Prof Dr Javed Iqbal while his Co-Supervisor was Dr Tariq Mahmood of Nuclear Institute for Agriculture and Biology (NIAB), Faisalabad.

PhD thesis completed
Rashad Munir Khawaja s/o Mazhar Munir Khawaja has completed his PhD work in Microbiology at the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore.

According to a press release here on Wednesday, UVAS Controller of Examinations said Rashad Munir Khawaja had done his research work under the supervision of Prof Dr Khushi Muhammad and the title of his thesis was 'Biological and Molecular Characterisation of Indigenous Isolates of Foot and Mouth Disease Virus.'

UVAS arranges field visits
The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore arranged the field visits of the participants of the 'University Student Forum'.

Australian and Pakistani students along with Dr Peter Wynn from Australia , Dr Russel Bush from the Sydney University, Australia, ASLP Project Manager David McGill and other ASLP representatives and UVAS faculty members from the Dairy Department visited the Nestle Sarsabz Farm and LDDB Progressive Farm at Pattoki. The Australian guests showed keen interest in the farms and facilities there.

Earlier in the morning, the forum students worked in groups on their topics including calf management, nutrition, fodder and reproductive management on the city campus of the UVAS.

The three-day forum will conclude today (Thursday) evening with working group presentations and recommendations for improving extension services for the uplift of the dairy sector in Pakistan.

UHS result
The University of Health Sciences (UHS), Lahore, has declared the result of First Professional MBBS Part-I supplementary examination of its affiliated medical colleges, held in December 2008.

According to a press release here on Wednesday, total 760 candidates of 16 medical colleges appeared in the examination and 631 were declared pass. Overall pass percentage was 83.36 percent. Detailed result is available at the UHS website www.uhs.edu.pk

PU result
The Punjab University has declared the result of MA History, Part-II, Annual Examination, 2008.

According to a press release here on Wednesday, the pass percentage in the exam remained 69.98 percent. Detailed result is also available at the PU website www.pu.edu.pk

Zoology workshop
The Zoology Department of the Government College University is organising a training workshop for teachers on zoological techniques at the university from February 16 to 21 February.

According to a press release here on Wednesday, GCU Vice-Chancellor Dr. Khalid Aftab will chair the first session while Zoology Department Chairperson Prof. Dr M Sharif Mughal, Prof. Dr K P Lone and Dr Farah Shakoori will deliver the lectures. The workshop is funded by HEC.

College block to be named after poet
Lahore: Postgraduate Block of M A O College will be named "Prof Ali Arshad Mir Block" in the commemoration of influential Punjabi poet and scholar Prof Ali Arshad Mir.

The announcement was made at the reference held in memory of Prof. Ali Arshad Mir (Late), Punjabi Sufi Poet and teacher, M A O College, Lahore, at the College Auditorium on Wednesday. The reference was attended by a large number of college students, academic staff, heads of different college departments and office-bearers of different societies as well as Punjabi scholars. Prof Awais Ahmed Bajwa (chairperson Mass Communication Department), Prof Jawaz Jaferi of Urdu Department and Prof Naeem Niazi of English Department, MAO College, Nabila Kiyani of Government College University, Prof Amjad Shakil, Dr Shehryar, Dr Ghazala Tariq, Prof Nazim Hussnain, Dr farukh, Prof Zubair Ahmed, Prof Mushtaq, Riaz Danishwar, Prof Majid Wazir, Prof Zubair Ahmed, Prof Mushtaq and Prof Zafar Jamal spoke on the occasion and paid homage to the great scholar.

The purpose of the reference was to pay a tribute to the services of prominent Sufi poet, teacher and former teacher of M A O College. Principal of M A O College Prof Zafar-ul-Mohsin Pirzada presided over the reference, however, renowned scholars, Punjabi poets and intellectuals addressed and highlighted the services rendered by the late Sufi poet. The News


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A school yet to produce graduate: 14 years of neglect
Narowal: Not even a single student of dispensers' diploma course at the local DHQ Hospital during last 14 years has been able to qualify his examination, mainly owing to a lack of teaching staff and infrastructure at the hospital ostensibly upgraded from THQ Hospital in 1991.

According to sources, the dispensers' diploma course was started at the DHQ Hospital in 1994 three years after the tehsil was upgraded to a district and the Punjab Medical Faculty (PMF) approved 17 seats for the one-year diploma.

However, no infrastructure worthy the level of a DHQ Hospital was ever developed. Also, no full-fledged dispensers' training school was established to cater to the needs of a newly-established district.

As many as 204 students got admission in the diploma course during the last 14 years, but none of them could qualify the examinations held every year under the auspices of PMF.

Students bemoaned that no regular staff was ever recruited to teach them except a dispenser appointed by the hospital administration for the purpose.

Sufi Shaukat, who is sole member as well as in-charge of what is technically called 'a teaching faculty', said that no syllabus for the diploma course was ever designed by the PMF.

However, he said, it was only last year when the faculty prescribed a syllabus for the diploma course, which, according

to him, would help students concentrate more on their studies.

Medical Superintendent Dr Qari Muhammad Abbas said that he had ordered improving teaching facilities at the hospital.

EDO (Health) Dr Akmal Khurshid said the administration had recently purchased computers and projectors to improve the teaching facilities and this would indeed improve results in future.

Markazi Anjuman-i-Shehrian President Khwaja Nadeem

Butt demanded health department high-ups take a serious notice of the situation and establish a proper dispensers' training school instead. Dawn


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