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PU's Institute of Geology in a sorry state
Lahore, Feb 08: Lack of or malfunctioning of the laboratory apparatus, reduction in fieldwork duration, insufficient
number of classrooms and a missing link with the relevant industry, such
is the state of the Institute of Geology of the Punjab University.
by the successive university administration as well as the
inefficiencies of the institute's high-ups has put the university in a
sorry state of affairs and has badly hampered the standard of education
at the university.
Not only that, but the institute is suffering
from a shortage of classrooms as its current premises were made to
accommodate about 200 students while more than 350 students are
currently studying at the institute as it had started new programmes in
the recent past.
Most of the students of the institute belong to
the lower middle class, and the only reason they are studying in the
university is to be able to earn well for themselves once they graduate,
but owing to the inefficiencies on part of the institution, especially
the teachers and the administration the employment rate of the
graduating students has decreased many folds. A few years back, the
employment rate of the graduates was more than 80 percent that has now
reduced to less than 8 percent.
The institute has had an X-ray
fluorescence (XRF) machine for the last many years, worth Rs 13.5
million, which is kept untouched in an inaccessible place, prohibited
for use by students and faculty members. The machine is used to analyse
objects and materials. While an X-ray diffraction machine (XRD), is kept
by the university, has been out of order for the last many months. A
section of the Engineering Geology of the institute has a variety of
construction material testing and site investigation machines but about
70 percent of them are out of order for many years. Had these machines
been functioning, not only the students would have been properly trained
but the institute itself could have generated revenue by offering
testing services commercially.
Students and the administration of
the institute said that to deal with the complex geological
and geo-physical data, most of the geological institutions in the world
offer their students the facility of supercomputers, but the institute
lacks this facility. One of the students of the institute said that
working on the supercomputers was desired by the students but the
institute currently had an ordinary computer lab where the LCD monitors
were linked with the processors that did not have the capability to run
modern geological softwares efficiently.
He said that fieldwork
in areas where rocks are well exposed is the basis of studying a geology
course. In the past, students of the institute have been made to have
extensive field work ranging from some weeks for the junior classes to
some months for the senior students doing their thesis work, he added.
The university has banned staff and student vehicle parking from the
main parking areas for security reasons, causing problems for those who
come by car.
Another student said that according to the HEC
curriculum for Bachelor of Science (BS) in Applied Geology, in order to
get professional experiences, institutions teaching geology are required
to arrange internships for the students during the course of studies
Institute of Geology had completely failed to do so.
Moreover, it also failed to introduce its new BS Applied Geology a 4
year-degree programme to the relevant departments/industries, he added.
of the officials of the institute said that personal rivalries among
the faculty members have also affected educational standard at the
institute. The worst manifestation of it was when a year ago, students
doing their specialisation in the field of geophysics were prevented
from learning from the most experienced faculty member of the respective
field, he said.
Institute of Geology Director, Professor Dr
Nasir Ahmad, said that XRF machine had been out of order for the last
six months and he had sent multiple requests to the manufacturer of the
machine in Germany for its repair. Daily times
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Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) on Monday announced the results of various
examinations. The exams include Master of Surgery (M.S), Part-I,
Supplementary Exam 2006 to Annual Exam 2007, Diploma in Arabic, Semester
System, Session 2008-2009, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Graphic Design),
Semester System, Session 2006-2010, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting),
Semester System, Session 2006-2010, Professional Diploma in Textile
Design, Semester System, Session 2009-2010, LLM (Final), Annual
Examination 2010 and MS Gender Studies (Morning), Semester System,
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Lahore: The Punjab Board of Technical Education (PBTE) has issued the schedule for
Diploma in Commerce (DCom) and Diploma in Business Administration (DBA)
1st Annual Examinations, 2011. According to a press statement, the last
date for receipt of admission forms without late fee has been fixed
10-03-2011. Admission forms can be sent till 17-03-2011 with double fees
and with triple fees till 24-03-2011.
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UoE bans 38 students' entry
Lahore: The University of Education's administration has allegedly barred 38
students of the varsity from entering the campus for agitating and
instigating other students to protest against the varsity
It is learnt all the 38 students are from different sections of the varsity's Division of Science and Technology.
is pertinent to mention here that Division of Science and Technology
was headed by Dr MA Pasha whose services were terminated by the
varsity's acting vice chancellor. The services of Dr Pasha's wife Dr
Shaheen Pasha, assistant professor of special education at the
university, were also terminated owing to her alleged failure to perform
Ever since the termination of the two faculty members,
the varsity has been witnessing unrest while it also faced a closure of
almost a week. The university reopened on Monday and according to the
students not less than 38 students of BS IT programme were allegedly
barred from entering the varsity campus by issuing notices in this
They alleged the UoE administration was allegedly
victimising the students who had raised voice against unjust removal of
the two faculty members. The students also alleged that the
administration had commenced new semester without conducting examination
of the previous semester.
UoE acting VC Prof Farhat Saleem was
not available for comments. However, when contacted, the varsity's
acting Register Bashir Ahmed Ch said he had no information regarding
issuance of notices to the students. He said he was out of the
university and did not know whether the students had been served notices
or not. The news
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5th world conference at GCU
Lahore: The 5th World Conference on 21st Century Mathematics 2011, the
biggest ever international conference in Pakistan, is going to start
from tomorrow (Wednesday) at the Government College University under the
auspices of European Mathematical Society (EMS), International
Mathematical Union (IMU), UNESCO, International Centre for Theoretical
Physics Italy, Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences and Higher
European Mathematical Society President Prof Dr
Marta Sanz-Solé will be the chief guest at the opening ceremony of the
conference to be chaired by GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khalid Aftab at
GCU Bokhari Auditorium on Wednesday.
Distinguished guests and
delegates from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, England, Finland,
France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Norway,
Nepal, China, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovak Republic, South Africa,
Spain, Switzerland, Netherlands, Turkey, USA and Vietnam are coming to
attend the biggest ever international conference in Pakistan.
five-day conference is spread over more than 20 technical sessions,
besides meetings, talks and informal discussion sessions.
said the conference would provide a platform to the mathematicians from
all over the world to exchange ideas about mathematics, education and
research and such an interaction could lead to fruitful long term
collaborations which would be beneficial for the development of
mathematics in Pakistan.
The VC also termed the conference an
opportunity for young Pakistani scholars to interact with well known
mathematicians from abroad and learn from their knowledge and
experiences. The nation
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