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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.

The summary has now been moved to Governor/Chancellor Sardar Latif Khan Khosa who will formally approve the appointment on advice of the chief minister.

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.

According to 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.

He 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.

He 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.

Chancellor 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.

Academic 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 situation.

He said Pak-China friendship was natural because it came from hearts. He said Pakistanis loved China more than Chinese loved their country.

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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PU results
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.

Under 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.

It is 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.

It 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 programmes.

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 affiliated.

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 now.

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.

They 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.

Higher Education 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 warned.

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 days."

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 their demands.

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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Student's honour
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.

A 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 (SLUMS).

A musical concert to entertain the participants had also been organised which was held in the Sports Complex of LUMS. made

A gaming zone named Chill Zone had also been set up wherein the participants could relax by playing Xbox and foosball during the breaks between matches.

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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