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Favouritism in PU appointments

Favouritism rife in PU appointments
Lahore, Jan 12: The Punjab University (PU) top administration, blatantly ignoring longstanding demand of the varsity faculty members, is busy 'distributing' administrative slots among selected individuals.

The slogan of žone man, one postÓ seems to be no more a priority incumbent Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, despite persistent demand of the varsity employees, especially that of the faculty members.

The most recent initiative in this regard is the appointment of Prof Dr Hafiz Mahmood Akhtar as Chairman of the Department of Islamic Studies, exposing how the varsity administration is ignoring the teachersŪ legitimate and genuine concerns.

It is pertinent to mention that Dr Mahmood is not only Dean Faculty of Islamic Studies but also having additional charge of Dean Faculty of Oriental Learning, a faculty having around a dozen departments Ů most of which are being run without regular administrative heads. Besides being the chairman, he is also heading the Department of Urdu Encyclopaedia of Islam.

Dr Mahmood is not the only one enjoying various administrative posts simultaneously at the varsity. There are many who have been occupying different top slots despite strong reservations of the varsity faculty members. The recently retired Pro Vice Chancellor (PVC) Dr Ch Jamil Anwar was heading various high-powered committees, besides working as Dean Faculty of Sciences.

Similarly, Prof Dr Shahida Hasnain has been enjoying various administrative slots. She is Dean Faculty of Life Sciences, Chairperson of Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics and Chairperson of the Doctoral Programme Coordination Committee (DPCC), besides heading a number of different committees.

Prof Dr Muhammad Ehsan Malik is another example in this regard. Dr Malik is Dean Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences as well as Director of the varsityŪs Institute of Business Administration (IBA). He is Acting Dean Faculty of Law besides enjoying the post of Director General of the Punjab University's Gujranwala Campus.

Another prominent case is Prof Dr Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal who is Dean Faculty of Education. In addition to this, he is heading the varsityŪs Affiliation Committee.

During the tenure of ex-VC, Dr Kamran was quite vocal in raising the slogan of žone man, one postÓ. žHowever, after becoming the VC himself, Dr Kamran has indulged in the same practicesÓ, he lamented.

Another faculty member said some individuals were being treated as the indispensable for the last few years, adding the practice should end now and other eligible persons should also be given a level playing field.

He said žone man, one postÓ was not only the demand of the PU faculty members but also a decision of the varsityŪs statutory body, the syndicate. He also questioned as to how an individual looking after so many posts could deliver perfectly.

PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran could not be reached despite repeated attempts on his cell phone. He did not even reply an SMS sent by this correspondent in this regard. Registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Akhtar was also not available for comments.

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PU MBBS results
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department has announced the result of MBBS, First Professional, Part-I, Annual Examination 2010. The news

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UET students block G.T. Road
Taxila: A large number of UET students on Tuesday blocked G.T. Road for over one hour near Margalla hills to protest against the expulsion of their 14 fellows from the university.

The University of Engineering and Technology (UET) administration expelled 14 students of various departments due to their involvement in riots, creating law and order situation and breaching discipline.

The enraged students gathered at the G.T. Road at around 3:30 pm and suspended every kind of traffic by putting heavy stones and burning tyres on the road.

They chanted slogans against the vice-chancellor and senior warden and accused them of being involved in embezzlement in computer purchases and having biases against students of a particular region.

On getting information, heavy contingent of police headed by SP Potohar division Pervaiz Bandial and DSP Taxila circle Raja Taifoor Akhter reached the spot and started negotiations with the protesting students.

After successful negotiation students dispersed and the traffic was restored at around 5 pm. Commuters faced great deal of inconvenience due to traffic jam. Dawn

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BoGs vows to raise standard of education
Lahore: The first-ever Boards of Governors (BoG) meetings of the Government MAO College and Government College for Girls Gulberg were held separately on Tuesday.

The meetings, chaired by Punjab's Minister for Education Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, vowed to raise the standard of education. The meetings criticised the protestors against the BoGs, observing that none of the selected colleges would increase fees. The minister said the government had already allocated Rs 500 million for 26 selected colleges across the province and there was no question of raising the fees at these colleges. He also said neither the colleges were being privatised nor any employee was being removed from services in these colleges. The news

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GCU society uses art to help underprivileged students
Lahore: The Government College University's (GCU) Welfare Society in using art as a tool to sensitise the society about the problems faced by students belonging to low-income families and to highlight the importance of helping them in completing their education.

The United States Consul General in Lahore Carmella Conroy launched an exhibition, titled "Help the Helpless", featuring scores of paintings and posters on various topics, including 'Things can Change', 'Nobody can do everything but everybody can do something', 'Rupee or a smile', 'Educate Pakistan's future', 'Together we can', 'Remove the barriers', 'Say no to discrimination' and 'Education is my right too'.

The exhibition was a part of a three-week awareness and fund-raising drive launched by the GCU Welfare Society and Endowment Fund Trust to help deserving students of GCU.

Addressing the students, Conroy said that cultural activities play a vital role in uplifting the image of Pakistan, hit by terrorism. She assured the students that the US would continue its support for raising the standard of education in Pakistan. She appreciated the skills of the GCU amateur artists, saying that Pakistani students were highly talented. The US diplomat said art was a strong medium to inspire people for a cause.

GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Khalid Aftab said that universities were not only meant for imparting knowledge merely, but also for making students good human beings who take care of others. He said that the awareness campaign launched by GCU students was an effort to make 'the haves' realise their responsibility towards the 'have nots'. The VC said that the university granted scholarships of Rs 11 million to the needy students from its budget last year. He said that the GCU was the only public sector university in the country that had an active endowment fund trust, which worked to raise funds for the students who could not afford their academic expenses. He said that the trust had already launched more than 24 scholarships. Daily times

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Rs420m spent on development works in schools, colleges
Rawalpindi: The Punjab government has spent Rs420 million on development works in various schools and colleges of Rawalpindi during the last two and half years.

According to official sources, Rs1.3 million have also been distributed among 132 girl and boy students of the Rawalpindi division who had won positions in the chief minister's speech, essay writing and art contests. These prizes were distributed in nine divisional headquarters of the province and more than Rs11.6 million were distributed as prizes among the position holder students of speech and essay writing competitions.

The Punjab government has allocated an amount of Rs8 billion under Punjab Education Endowment Fund to provide scholarships to the talented students for higher education in national and international universities.

The talented students from Rawalpindi are also getting scholarships under this fund for the higher studies, the sources added.

Danish Schools are being set up in the Southern Punjab in the districts of Rahim Yar Khan, Bahawalpur and Bahawalnagar which would be functional soon.

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UET union
Lahore: The newly elected body of the University of Engineering and Technology's Teaching Staff Association (TSA) has been notified. Following are the office-bearers and Executive Members who have been elected unopposed for the Teaching Staff Association 2011 after the withdrawal of nominations. Prof Dr Muhammad Zafar Noor as President, Prof Dr Akhlaq Ahmad as Vice President, Dr Muhammad Shoaib as Vice President, Muhammad Burhan Sharif as General Secretary, Muhammad Shoaib as Joint Secretary, Farhan Faisal Sheikh as Social Secretary and Muhammad Amjad as Treasurer. The news

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