Punjab university BA / BEd degree issue
PU stance leaves students perplexed
Lahore, Feb 27: The Punjab University has refused to grant equivalent
status to the University of Education's BA/BEd degree with its BA
degree, which has resulted in cancellation of a number of students'
admission to various PU disciplines.
It is learnt that a
number of UoE graduates having BA/BEd degree got admission to various
departments of the Punjab University tendering an undertaking that they
would provide equivalence certificate from the PU administration in due
course of time.
Taking cognizance of the matter, the UoE
administration has made a representation to the PU authorities and the
case is reportedly being referred to the Equivalence Committee for a
As a few students who had got admission to
PU's master's classes in different departments had applied for
equivalence certificate for their degree, the Punjab University
administration, only a couple of days ago, decided that the UoE BA/BEd
degree could not be considered equivalent to the PU's BA degree.
According to a decision on the subject by the director of PU's
Institute of Education and Research, "the UoE is requiring two years
for completion of BA/BEd together whereas PU requires three years – two
years for BA and one year for BEd. Hence, BA/BEd from UoE and BA from
PU cannot be considered equal."
Soon after the decision,
different departments have issued notices to the UoE graduates that
their degrees were not granted equivalence and they were no more
students of their respective departments.
Department chairman Dr Hafeezur Rehman said the chances of regular
admission of the UoE graduates were bleak as the university
administration had refused to grant equivalence to the UoE degree.
He said five UoE graduates were granted provisional admission to the
department as they gave an undertaking that they would submit their
degree's equivalence certificate in due course of time. "As the PU has
denied equivalence to the UoE degrees, these students' admission has
been cancelled," he said.
UoE VC Prof Dr Munawar S. Mirza
said the university would soon sort out the matter as it has done
nothing wrong. She claimed that UoE's BA/BEd programme was better than
many programmes being offered by various other universities.
Stating that people do not understand when an institution launches a
new programme, Prof Mirza said the university had condensed the
three-year programme into a two-and-a-half-year course. She said the PU
itself was running four-year BBIT programme in three years, while a
number of private universities were running two-year programmes in less
The UoE VC said the PU got confused
over the session duration and double-degree name. "The UoE had
abolished summer, winter and spring vacation and completed the number
of study days, periods and semesters and there is no deficiency," she
She said it's a practice the world over that
universities organise summer semesters, while some universities
organise two semesters of eight to nine weeks to facilitate their
She said the university had held extensive consultation
meetings with the stakeholders and then finally gave a presentation to
them all at a meeting chaired by then governor/chancellor Khalid
Maqbool. "The matter will soon be resolved," she hoped. Dawn
"A.A I want to join the PEF."
Name: Khalid Waheed
City, Country: Pakistan
"Punjab University b.a pass 2013 ki degree kab issue kry gyen plz tell me i am waiting."
Name: Naveed ahmad
City, Country: Attock
"I want to get my B.a degree. Jo mujhe abhi tak issue nahin hoi. Maine 2003 main graduation kia tha. Kuch wajuhat ki waja se nahin ho saka. Kia abhi mil sakti hai or kayse. Reply"
City, Country: Rawalpindi
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PU BA/BSc exams rescheduled
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department on Friday rescheduled
the commencement of BA/BSc Annual Examination 2010. According to a
press statement, under a notification, the exam now would start from
April 14 instead of April 20, 2010.
Later, Punjab University Examination Department
declared the results of BS Environmental Sciences (Morning), Semester
System, Session 2004-2008, MPhil Persian (Semester System), sessions
2006-2008 and 2007-2009. The detailed results are available at
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PU Quiz Contest
Lahore: The Punjab University Student Teacher Centre (STC) on
Friday organised Inter-Departmental Seerat Nabi (PBUH) Quiz Contest in
which students from 26 departments participated.
According to a press
release, team comprising Umaila Mahzaib and Ambreen Fatima of the
Arabic Department clinched the first position and cash prize of Rs
5,000. Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology (IBB) team, Zaibun
Nisa and Amina Qayyum, bagged the second position and Rs 3,000 cash
while Islamic Studies Department team comprising Asif Haroon and Sadia
Qamar got the third position and Rs 2,000 cash prize.
Meanwhile, Punjab University
Vice-Chancellor Mujahid Kamran stressed the need
for effective implementation of quality assurance procedure for
enhancing the standard of academic and research programs of the
According to a press statement on Friday, he was
presiding over a meeting of deans and directors of various faculties to
review their performance in respect of quality assurance of educational
programs. The PU VC said the quality improvement program provided an
opportunity for upgrading the quality of higher education.
Institute of Quality and Technology Management acted as media on behalf
of the PU VC between different university departments and the HEC, he
added. The participants of the meeting agreed that quality assurance
needed to be implemented by all the educational institutions to promote
quality enhancement of their ongoing academic and research pursuits.
Earlier, IQTM Director Dr Aamir Ijaz gave a comprehensive and in-depth
presentation to indicate the up-to-date progress made in the
accomplishment of higher academic and learning standards by the
educational institutions of the varsity. PU Registrar Prof Dr Muhammad
Naeem Khan and other officials were also present on the occasion.
Later, Punjab University
awarded PhDs to two students in subjects of
Sociology and Earth and Environmental Sciences. According to a press
statement on Friday, Khalil Ahmad s/o Abdul Ghafoor has been awarded a
PhD in Sociology after approval of his research thesis "Management of
Chronic Conditions as Predictor of Healthy Ageing: An Analysis of Urban
Population, Lahore, Pakistan."
He completed his thesis under the
supervision of Prof Dr Muhammad Hafeez. Syed Fazal ur Rehman Shah s/o
Syed Iqbal Ahmad Shah has been awarded a PhD in Earth and Environmental
Sciences after approval of his research thesis "Effect of Mixed
Industrial Effluents on Soil, Tree Biomass Production and Trace Metal
Elements Uptake." He completed his thesis under the supervision of Prof
Dr Nasir Ahmad.
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Second phase of New School Programme
Lahore: The chairman of Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) said that 57 more schools
would be commissioned under the second phase of New School Programme.
a departmental meeting on Friday, PEF Chairman Raja Muhammad Anwar also
Chairman Chief Minister's Taskforce on Elementary Education said in
five new districts of the province.
He said 15 schools each
would be selected in Rahimyar Khan, Dera Ghazi Khan and Layyah
districts, while six schools each will be selected in Bahawalpur and
He said the objective of this programme was to
promote quality education among poor families of the area and to ensure
enrolment and retention of out of school children of the poor.
motivates private entrepreneurs to set up new schools in poor areas of
Punjab where they are needed for educating the underprivileged
He said the programme was launched in March 2008 as a Pilot
Project in five tehsils of Chiniot, Dunyapur, Khairpur Tamewali, Jatoi
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UET VC appointment
Lahore: Confusion prevailing over the appointment of
vice-chancellor to the University of Engineering and Technology cleared
late on Friday night when the Punjab government formally allowed
incumbent VC Lt-Gen Muhammad Akram to continue "till further orders".
Lt-Gen Akram's third four-year tenure as VC was expiring on Feb 27
Since the government had neither advertised the post
nor allowed the incumbent VC to continue till the last working day on
Friday, confusion was prevailing among UET faculty and students in
particular and academic circles in general.
situation, a fake order on behalf of the Governor's Secretariat was
also circulated to different news channels. This fake notification
regarding a UET professor's appointment as the acting VC antagonised
the governor who asked the Punjab police inspector general to
investigate the matter, arrest the person behind the fake notification
and register a forgery case against him. However, no development has so
far been made in this connection, it's learnt. The news
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UVAS vacant posts
Lahore: The University of Veterinary and Animals Sciences (UVAS) has recruited
10 officials against vacant posts, including a full-fledged controller
of examinations and information technology director.
university administration has recruited Sajjad Hayder as controller of
examinations and Muhammad Rizwan Saleem as information technology
director in BPS-19.
The other officials are Aqib Inam as
software manager, Muhammad Umar as deputy treasurer, Muzaffar Abbas as
deputy registrar at Jhang Campus, Badar Munir as assistant controller
of examinations, Shahid Mehmood as assistant treasurer, Kanwar Shahid
Iqbal as store officer City Campus, Tariq Abdullah as assistant
treasurer Jhang Campus and Muhammad Zafar Naseem as assistant
controller of examinations Jhang Campus.
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PILAC FM radio relaunched
Lahore: Regular transmission of the FM 95, the radio channel of
Punjab Institute of Language, Art and Culture (PILAC), has been
re-launched after a gap of over two years, officials said.
Officials said earlier the transmission was facing multiple problems
which had been addressed. The major hurdle, they said, was
non-availability of license which the radio got in August last.
radio also needed a generator which, they added, had also been bought
some months ago, besides resolution of the problems related to staff
hiring and budget. The channel, they claimed, had come out of the dull
period and now a number of talk shows, entertainment and other
programmes were being aired.
Dr Sughra Sadaf has been
appointed Station Manager of FM 95 Punjab Rang and Khaqan Haider Qazi
as the executive administrator. Haroon Ahmed Khan Director General,
Punjab Archeology Department, has been given the additional charge of
PILAC director general a couple of days ago.
Ms Sadaf told
this correspondent that the new DG had plans to expand the broadcast,
and he had given directions to open FM 95 stations in Siraiki and
Potohari belts, along with some more cities of Punjab.
said at present the transmission hours were from 7am to 10pm, and by
the next week two hours would be added to the transmission which would
last till 12 midnight. Dawn
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