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Salmaan Taseer assassination : Edu institutions closed

Educational institutions to remain closed, exams cancelled
Lahore, Jan 05: All educational institutes, schools, colleges and universities will remain closed today (Wednesday), to mourn the assassination of Governor Punjab Salmaan Taseer. All examinations have been cancelled in the city's educational institutes. Punjab University, King Edward Medical University, Government College University, National University FAST, University of Engineering and Technology, National University of Modern Languages and all other universities, colleges have cancelled their examinations and have announced to remain closed to mourn the assassination of Salmaan Taseer.

The Education Department has also announced that all public sector schools would also remain closed. The vice chancellors of all public and private universities and other educationists, including Higher Education Commission of Pakistan Chairman Dr Javaid Laghari, PU VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, GCU VC Prof Dr Khalid Aftab and KEMU Registrar Prof Mehmood Shaukat have expressed their sorrow over the governor's murder. They condoled the bereaved family of Salmaan Taseer and prayed for the departed soul's eternal peace. The students and teachers community demanded the government identify Taseer's killers at the earliest. They said that his assassination would spoil the country's democratic environment. PU Controller Examination Prof Dr Zahid Karim Khan announced postponement of BCom-II and MSc Home Economics examinations, which were scheduled to start today (Wednesday). New dates for the above mentioned examinations will be announced later. PU Student Affairs Department has also postponed its scheduled programme of January 6, titled "From Karbala to Kabul", which was to be held at the Faisal Auditorium, for an indefinite period. app

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VCs condole death
Lahore: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran and academic staff have expressed their sorrow over the murder of Chancellor Punjab University and Punjab Governor Salman Taseer.

In a condolence message issued here on Wednesday, the vice chancellor shares the grief of members of the bereaved family.

Meanwhile, GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khalid Aftab and faculty members also expressed profound grief on the assassination of Punjab Governor and Old Ravian Salman Taseer.

They prayed to the Almighty Allah to bless the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to his family. The nation

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PU event
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran will preside over a programme on "Karbala Say Kabul Tak" at varsity's Faisal Auditorium on Thursday. Secretary General Jamat-e-Islami (JI) Liaqat Baloch, Central Incharge Markaz Tableeghat-e-Islami Syed Iqbal Rizvi and former student leader Iftikhar Feroz will be the guest speakers. The news

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GCU Book Fair gets warm response
Lahore: The Book Fair at the Government College University has got a warm response with its opening on Tuesday by Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Khalid Aftab. The three-day book fair organized by GCU Library Society has brought more than 80,000 books under one-roof with an aim to rejuvenate students' love for books.

Besides sellers, as many as 37 publishers including Oxford, Sang-e-Meel, Bookman, Readings, Mauvra and Paramount have set up their stalls at the Book Fair and are giving up to 50 percent discount on their books.

According to a survey being conducted by the GCU Library Society, as many as 1,835 books were sold in the first five hours of the opening of the Book Fair.

GCU Chief Librarian Abdul Waheed said that around 3,500 students, researchers and teachers have visited the Book Fair on the first day. He said that students and teachers from other universities are also coming to the Book Fair.

Talking to students and media, GCU Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Khalid Aftab said that books still have their own significance in the age internet. The vision, awareness, understating and knowledge you get by reading books; you can never have it by just reading book reviews and summaries on internet.

Prof. Dr. Khalid Aftab issued directions to all the departments to draw maximum advantage from the Book Fair and purchase the latest quality books being provided by publishers on discount, adding that GCU Library would provide funds to the departments for this purpose. The Vice Chancellor visited all the book stalls and asked the publishers to provide maximum discounts keeping in view that those who are buying are "students."
Prof. Aftab said that that GCU would continue to organize more of such activities in the future to promote reading culture among the youth.

Talking to media, publishers said that their stalls are thronged by students and but not all are purchasing. They said that according to their experience, students buy books at the last date of such fairs.

However, they also said that the university teachers and students preparing for various public service examinations has been showing great interest in books since opening and they have sold many to them in just few hours.

GCU Library Society President Arsalan Wrraich said that visiting Book Fair is a great experience even if you don't have a temptation to buy book. It makes you aware that what kind of latest books are available on various topics.

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VC stresses teaching of languages
Lahore: Vice-Chancellor Punjab University Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has emphasised upon the importance of PU Institute of Languages in imparting knowledge of different languages to promote academic, lingual and cultural relations between Pakistan and other regional as well as international countries.

He expressed these views during his two-hour long visit to the Institute of Languages New Campus here on Tuesday. Dean Islamic Studies Prof Dr Hafiz Mahmood Akhtar, Principal Oriental College Prof Dr Mazhar Moeen, Treasurer Dr Uzma Ikram, Project Director Sheikh Muhammad Ali, Director External Linkages Maria Maldonado and scholars of 18 foreign languages were also present.

Appreciating the teaching of different world languages, Dr Kamran expressed the hope that the Institute will further expand and flourish in the coming years and will help contribute towards spread of knowledge of leading international languages. The Vice-Chancellor also approved funds for undertaking renovation of the Institute including provision of 20 computers, furniture, multimedia projector, conversion of corridor into library and posting of staff.

He said the present administration was focusing on the PhD programme to ensure that overwhelming number of PU faculty consist of PhD scholars. "For this purpose, against a meager allocation of Rs 40 lac for research in the year 2007-08, the research budget has been gradually raised to Rs 07 crore during the ongoing fiscal year. Resultantly, for the first time in the history of varsity, over 100 PhDs have been produced every year for the last three successive years. An ambitious Rs 2.50 billion Endowment Fund has also been created solely for the welfare of low-paid employees", he added. He said in view of huge annual electricity bill of Rs 22 crore, the administration was determined to provide power supply to varsity generated through solar energy to reduce ever increasing expenditure on electricity supply.

The PU is going to be the first varsity in the world to meet its power requirements totally through solar energy which will also generate income through sale of surplus electricity to Wapda, he remarked. Earlier, briefing the Vice-Chancellor about the ongoing academic and linguistic Institute activities, Dean Prof Dr Hafiz Mahmood Akhtar and Principal Prof Dr Syed Mazhar Moeen said the Institute was initiated five years ago and it was formally approved by the Syndicate through efforts of the incumbent Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran. The nation

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