Dr Kamran appointment as PU VC
Shahbaz approves Dr Mujahid as PU VC
Lahore, Jan 18: Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif has approved the name of Prof Dr Mujahid
Kamran as vice chancellor of the Punjab University, it is learnt.
summary has now been moved to Governor/Chancellor Sardar Latif Khan
Khosa who will formally approve the appointment on advice of the chief
It is pertinent to mention that the Higher Education
Department, Punjab, on recommendations of the VC Search Committee, had
forwarded a panel – comprising Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, Prof Dr Jamil
Anwar, former Pro VC of the Punjab University, and Prof Dr Zafar Iqbal
Jadoon, former dean of the varsity's Faculty of Economics &
Management Sciences – for the post of PU VC.
sources, the governor might interview all the three panelists before
taking a final decision as was observed in recent appointments of VCs
for various public varsities of the province. It is also important to
mention here that Dr Mujahid Kamran's four year-term as PU VC had
expired on January 2. At present, Dr Kamran is serving as acting vice
chancellor of the PU. Dr Kamran's possible appointment has been a
subject of heated debate not just among PU faculty but also among the
academic circles. A source in the Governor's House confirmed that the
summary had been received but it was not confirmed as to who had been
recommended by the CM.
US Army a threat to world: A
thirty-member delegation from Chinese universities, including Tsinghua
University (THU) and Southwest University of Political Science and Law
(SWUPL), comprising experts and students on Tuesday, visited Punjab
University and held a meeting with Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid
Kamran and senior faculty members in the Al-Razi Hall of the Centre for
Undergraduate Studies on New Campus.
Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr
Mujahid Kamran, addressing the meeting, said we were not only proud of
friendship with China but also the achievements made by her.
said the US Army after 9/11 was a threat to the entire world. He stated
that people of America were good and not our enemies but a group of rich
families that controlled governments, banks, oil companies,
corporations and media was our enemy.
The VC said the group funded wars, brought countries under their debts and wanted One World Government.
further said the people of America were in their hands and they did not
want to go to wars. He said they were carrying out proactive exercises
in gulf regions.
Mujahid Kamran stated that Pakistan was located
strategically and they undersood that any future challenge to them
could come from Eurasia. That's why they are sending troops making
mysterious 9/11 incident an excuse. He said China, Iran, Russia,
Pakistan and Turkey could counter this non-Eurasian threat.
of Chinese delegation Zhang Guolin thanked the Vice-Chancellor and
faculty members and said it was rare to visit Punjab University. He said
we wanted to promote friendship with Pakistan. He shared feelings about
his experiences of visiting various places in the country.
Head of delegation Li Xiguang said we visited Taxila, prayed there and
enlightened two candles, one for China and other for Pakistan. Praising
Punjab University, he said it was a progressive university and the
Vice-Chancellor had made a progressive statement about the current
He said Pak-China friendship was natural because it
came from hearts. He said Pakistanis loved China more than Chinese loved
PU VC distributes 33 laptops: Punjab University
Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran distributed 33 laptop computers
among Senior Professors, Associate Professors and Assistant Professors,
in his committee room office on New Campus on Tuesday. VC Dr Mujahid
Kamran said laptop was a great facility and provision of laptop would
enhance research productivity of teachers.
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Lahore: Punjab University announced results of MBBS, second professional (latest new
re-organised scheme), annual exam 2011 and BCom, Part-I (special), 2nd
annual exam 2010 and annual exam 2011. Detailed results are also
available on PU website www.pu.edu.pk.
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Commerce stream not to be shifted from Tevta
Lahore: The Punjab government has changed its plan of shifting entire commerce
stream from Technical Education & Vocational Training Authority
(TEVTA) to the Higher Education Department Punjab, it is learnt.
the new plan, the TEVTA institutes offering Diploma in Commerce (DCom)
would stay with the TEVTA while its colleges offering BCom and MCom
degrees would be shifted to Higher Education Department.
pertinent to mention that, in June 2010, Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad
Shahbaz Sharif had given go-ahead for shifting the component of commerce
education from TEVTA to the Higher Education Department. The necessary
legislation in this regard was also approved by the Punjab Assembly.
The move of shifting commerce stream aims at empowering TEVTA to fully focus technical education and vocational training.
is also important to mention here that there are 118 institutes and
colleges running under administrative control of TEVTA across the
province offering commerce education from two-year Diploma in Commerce
(DCom) to BCom, while some colleges have also started offering MCom
After approval of the CM, the TEVTA had formally
moved a summary seeking handing over of its 118 commerce institutes and
colleges along with around 3000 teaching and non teaching staff to the
Punjab Higher Education Department.
Sources privy to the
developments said the authorities had now realized that commerce stream
as a whole could not be shifted to the Higher Education Department since
the DCom programme was basically in line with TEVTA's mandate unlike
BCom and MCom programmes.
It is also important to mention here
that Punjab Board of Technical Education (PBTE), which is under
administrative control of TEVTA, conducts the DCom examinations unlike
BCom and MCom exams which are conducted by universities, primarily
Punjab University, with which the TEVTA's commerce colleges are
They said the issue of transfer of commerce stream
to Higher Education Department got stuck in limbo owing to indifferent
attitude of the former Secretary Higher Education Haseeb Athar.
Otherwise, they added, the shifting process might have been completed by
They said now the department would have to face a number
of challenges under the new plan, especially in connection with handing
over of the teaching and non teaching staff of TEVTA.
Bifurcating the teachers/ instructors teaching DCom, BCom and MCom programmes was indeed a very difficult job, they said.
said the contract employees of TEVTA involved in commerce education,
like others, had also been demanding regularization of their jobs,
adding the same had to be addressed by the department in order to avoid
any confrontation with its new future staff.
secretary Dr Ijaz Munir, while confirming the new plan, said a committee
had been formed to finalize the modalities. He said there were around
59 TEVTA institutes offering DCom programme. The same would stay with
TEVTA unlike its commerce colleges offering BCom and MCom programmes. To
a question, he said, the whole process of shifting would have to
complete by June.
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College teachers end protest after government's assurance
Rawalpindi: Professors and lecturers Tuesday called off their strike following talks with the
Punjab government by the office-bearers of All Punjab Professors and
Lecturers Association (APPLA).
According to APPLA Rawalpindi
Division President Ilyas Qureshi, the strike, which started 9 days back,
has been called off on the request of the Punjab government. The Punjab
government assured that Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif would
announce a package for teachers serving in Punjab colleges after three
days, possibly on Friday or Saturday, he added.
"We have decided
to end our strike with immediate effect. However the protest movement
would be kicked off if the demands were not met in three days," he
He informed that the talks took place in the Punjab
Assembly when the principal secretary of the Punjab chief minister
approached the office-bearers of APPLA for holding negotiations over the
matter. Punjab Education Minister Sanaullah Akhtar chaired the meeting.
"We presented our demands to the Punjab government and stressed on
their resolution. Representatives of the Punjab government assured our
delegation that Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif is keen to resolve
grievances of teachers and he will announce a package for them in three
The Punjab government officials requested teachers to
call off their strike in the best interest of students whose studies are
being affected. Showing a goodwill gesture, the protest has been called
off with immediate effect, he said.
Ilyas Qureshi, however,
said that it is the plan of the chief minister to give teachers a
package. "We, however, requested the chief minister to accept our
demands rather than announcing any package. It is to see what incentives
teachers would get from the government in the package. If our
four-point charter of demands is not met under the package, then it
would not be acceptable to us," he added. "As a follow-up, we would have
no option but to re-launch our protest and the leadership of APPLA
would announce the decision to this effect. Till then we would resume
our duties after calling off strike all over Punjab," the APPLA
divisional president said.
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College teachers call off strike
Lahore: The Punjab government on Tuesday announced that the Punjab Professors &
Lecturers Association (PPLA) had ended its protest following a
successful dialogue with the government.
According to a handout, a
PPLA delegation held a meeting with Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah Khan
which was also attended by Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) secretary general Liaqat
Baloch, Secretary Higher Education Dr Ijaz Munir and other government
officials. The PPLA office-bearers including President Dr Zahid Ahmad
Sheikh and Senior Vice president Shahid Chaudhry and others discussed
It further read after the dialogue, the PPLA
office-bearers announced ending their strike as they were assured of
consideration of their demands including service structure and pay
scale, etc afresh. The government team also assured the PPLA team of
positive developments after the CM Punjab comes back from his foreign
tour. The News could not reach the PPLA president as his cell phone was
off and also no other office-bearer was available for comment. However,
according to a press statement, the PPLA claimed it had been decided
that the CM would approve a new service formula as well as an incentive
package for college teachers once he returns from his foreign tour.
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Haseeb Ameen, a student of eighth class of a private school, won third prize
at the annual schools' science exhibition. Haseeb Ameen's science model
based on the Light Dependent Switch proved that its use saves
electricity to a great extent.
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LUMS Sports Fest 2012 comes to an end
Lahore: The three-day LUMS Sports Festival 2012 concluded at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) on Tuesday.
large number of students from different universities across the country
participated in the festival to compete in cricket, football,
basketball, volleyball, netball, table tennis, tennis, squash and
badminton competitions. The event was organised by LUMS' Sports Society
A musical concert to entertain the participants had also been organised which was held in the Sports Complex of LUMS. made
gaming zone named Chill Zone had also been set up wherein the
participants could relax by playing Xbox and foosball during the breaks
According to SLUMS team, the bad weather on
Sunday proved to be a major administrative challenge for them, but the
event organisers, with support from the dedicated logistics and security
departments, ensured that delays in matches were kept to a minimum.
They added that they were successfully able to accommodate requests of
rescheduling of matches despite the jam-packed schedule, hence, ensuring
that no delegate had to sacrifice the chance of competing in one sport
for another. SLUMS team said that LUMS Sports Fest 2012 will set a
benchmark for LUMS and sporting events nationwide. The news
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