Punjab university results announcement
PU declared BBIT, MSc, MIT results
Lahore, Jan 16: The Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department has announced
the results of BBIT (Hons), Semester System, Session 2005-2009, MSc Economics
(Replica), Semester System, Session 2007-2009, Master of Business Economics
(MBEcon), Semester System, Session 2007-2009 and Master of Information
Technology (Afternoon), Semester System, Session 2006-2008.
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PU ASA annual elections
Lahore: The Punjab University faculty has criticized the delay in holding
annual elections of the varsitys Academic Staff Association (ASA), terming it a
violation of the associations constitution.
Some PU teachers were also
quite critical of the Election Committee, alleging its chairman had been
canvassing for the Teachers Alliance (TA) which holds major offices including
that of the ASA president.
As per the ASA constitution, the elections
should be held in the last week of every December, however, this time the
elections have been scheduled for February 2010, instead of December 2009.
A number of faculty members criticized the sitting
association for the delay, saying it had become a subject of heated debate among
the PU teachers.
Dr Mumtaz Salik, a senior faculty member and former
president of the ASA, said the delay had irked the varsity teachers. 'The
elections have never been delayed over the years', he said, adding, 'The sitting
ASA should apologies for the delay'.
Another faculty member said by
delaying the polls the sitting association wanted to prolong its tenure which
was highly condemnable. He said an Election Committee, headed by a 'close aide'
of ASA's sitting president, was formed in mid December but it had failed to
finalize the date for elections so far. He alleged the Election Committee
chairman, Dr Bashir Ahmed, was campaigning and canvassing for his group Teachers
Alliance (TA), saying the person holding this important office must be neutral.
The Academic Groupís presidential candidate, Dr Maher Saeed Akhtar, also
condemned the delay, alleging the sitting ASA had betrayed the teaching
community by deliberately extending its tenure.
'The Election Committee
formed almost a month ago has yet to announce a final date for elections which
is quite ironic', he said. He added the TA had disappointed the PU teachers as
no significant work was done for their welfare.
He further said January
14 was announced for polling but, later, the decision was withdrawn. 'The
teachers are confused as to what has been compelling the Election Committee not
to announce the schedule', he added.
Another faculty member said intense
campaign for elections was going on in the PU these days. He said the Teachers
Alliance, which holds major offices including that of president in present ASA,
had recently circulated a handbill about its achievements during the last one
year. He said the opponent group, Academic Group (AG), also issued a ëreplyí,
claiming the success of most of initiatives, including telephone allowance for
lecturers and assistant professors, increase in orderly allowance, etc, was a
result of efforts made by teachers affiliated with the AG.
contacted, ASA president Prof Dr Saeed Ahmad Nagra said the delay in holding the
elections was a result of non-cooperation of associationís treasurer who
belonged to AG. He said the treasurer was reluctant to sign some cheques, adding
the elections could not be held until all the bills were cleared. Unexpected
holidays during last December had also played a major role in delaying the
polls, he added.
Talking about ASAs achievements during his tenure as
president, Dr Nagra said the association had worked to restore dignity and
honour of teachers. 'We, for the first time, came out on roads when some
students belonging to IJT misbehaved with the teachers', he said adding 'It was
unfortunate that not a single teacher belonging to AG had participated in the
Dr Nagra added the ASA not only increased the orderly
allowance from Rs 1800 to Rs 3000 but also ensured telephone allowance worth Rs
1000 per month for lecturers and assistant professors. He said the facility of
coaster van was provided to teachers for travelling between PU Old and New
Campuses, adding the ASA also worked for teachers up-gradation.
number of hardship cases for the up-gradation are in the pipeline', he said
while claiming 'It was the present ASA which got eliminated the title of private
limited company from PU Housing Society'.
When contacted, Election
Committee chairman Dr Bashir Ahmed denied the allegation that he was canvassing
for TA, saying the task assigned to him would be performed in a nice way. 'I
never went to anybody but if someone meets me what can I do?' he said.
He said election schedule was finalized on Friday according to which
polling would be held on February 10.
ASA Treasurer Muhammad Sajid, when
contacted, rejected the allegation saying all the cheques were cleared on
November 20. 'The excuse for delay of polls because of clearance of bills is
totally wrong,' he said.
It is pertinent to mention that two groups
Teachers Alliance and Academic Group will be contesting the ASA elections
From AG, the candidates include Prof Dr Maher Saeed Akhtar of
Institute of Education & Research (President), Dr Mumtaz Anwar of Economics
Department (Secretary), Prof Dr Abdul Ghaffar of Geography Department (VP
Science), Rana Abdul Majid Khan of IER (VP Arts), Muhammad Sajid of Political
Science (Joint Secretary) and Muhammad Ahmed of Statistics Department
From TA, the candidates are Dr Zaid Mahmood of Institute of
Chemistry (President), Javaid Sami of Space Science (Secretary), Dr Shaukat of
MMG (VP Science) and Iftikhar Ahmed Tarar from Law College (VP Arts). Dr Nagra
said the candidates for other slots would be finalized soon. The news
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KIU linkage with PU
Lahore: Karakoram International University (KIU) Gilgit-Baltistan
Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Najma Najam has sought Punjab University's academic
linkages in the fields of biological sciences, fine arts, information technology
and other areas.
The KIU VC made this offer when a 10-member delegation
of varsity's principal officers called on PU vice-chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid
Kamran. The delegation visited the PU to explore areas of academic
Prof Najam said the KIU was a young university, which was
established only seven years ago.
The delegation's visit also aimed at
orientation and learning from the PU administration, examination system and
other departments, she added.
The PU VC briefed the delegation about
varsity's four campuses, 13 faculties, 73 departments/institutes as well as
He told the delegation that the PU was specially
focusing on its faculty development programme and the PhD programme.
Controller of Examinations Dr Zahid Karim Khan informed the delegation
that the PU was conducting 205 examinations under annual examination system and
the largest examination was BA/BSc in which about 200,000 students appeared.
Treasurer Amjad Saleemi briefed the delegation about the annual budget
of the university, including expenditures.
The delegation also went
around various sections of examinations department, main library, Institute of
Business & Information Technology (IBIT) and College of Information
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PU installed telescopes
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) on Friday installed two high-powered
telescopes for students to view solar eclipse at the Department of Space Science
According to a press statement, PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr
Mujahid Kamran visited both places and observed solar eclipse along with
students. He said the activity would help promote awareness about space science
and astronomy. He said a large number of students had gathered to watch
The Khawarzmi Society and Centre for Solid State Physics
had installed two telescopes and about 300 students saw the eclipse while at the
Department of Space Science, 150 students took interest in saw the view.
Khawarzmi Society Secretary Dr Sabih Anwar said the telescope installed
at the ground was the second largest telescope in Pakistan with 14 diameter
mirror. He said the solar eclipse continued from 11:35am to 2:30pm and 30 to 35
percent could be viewed in the country.
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HEC video conference
Lahore: Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran and other
teachers participated in the Higher Education Commission's video conference on
'Consultation on Information and Communication Technology in Education' on
PU Pro VC Prof Dr Jamil Anwar Chaudhry, Dean Faculty of Education Prof
Dr Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal and Principal College of Information Technology (PUCIT)
Dr Mansoor Sarwar were also present. HEC Executive Director Dr Sohail Naqvi
presided over the conference while representatives of USAID were also present.
Dr Naveed from Virtual University (VU), Dr Nisar Siddiqui from IBA Sukkur and
their fellow teachers also participated in the conference.
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Teachers rejected English language training
Lahore: Government schoolteachers while rejecting English language skill
training have demanded the government withdraw a notification in this
Representatives of teacher associations held a press conference
at Lahore Press Club on Friday. Punjab Government Schools Senior Staff
Association (PGSSSA) president Hafiz Abdul Nasir, Punjab Teachers Union (PTU)
president Raja Zafeer Ahmed Satti, Hafiz Ghulam Mohiyuddin and others were
present on the occasion.
Teachers lambasted the government for handing
over top public sector schools to NGOs under the 'adopt a school'
They said the School Education Department had announced
converting all primary and high schools of Lahore and other districts into
English medium schools for which teachers will be imparted training in spoken
English. They said regular schools timing were from 8:15 am to 1:00 pm while
training will start at 1:30pm and end at 5pm.
"Training will continue
from January 18 to 30," they said adding "it was impossible for teachers to
attend these training sessions ". They criticized officials of the department
for poor planning, saying frequent experiments had badly affected the education
Teachers said the government was handing over good institutions
to NGOs for adoption. "NGOs should go to far flung areas and adopt schools
lacking basic facilities," they said. They expressed concern over adoption of
government schools by the CARE Foundation.
criticised the government for not paying salaries to newly recruited educators,
saying it was the worst example of mismanagement. They also expressed concern
over appointment of bureaucrats against administrative posts in examination
boards. The news
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