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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.

Negligence 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 but the

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.

One 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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PU results
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, Session 2008-2010.

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PBTE exams
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 administration.

It is learnt all the 38 students are from different sections of the varsity's Division of Science and Technology.

It 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 well.

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 regard.

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 Education Commission.

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.

The five-day conference is spread over more than 20 technical sessions, besides meetings, talks and informal discussion sessions.

Prof Aftab 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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