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Mobile phone ban in schools, colleges

Ban on use of mobile phones in schools, colleges
Lahore, Jan 04: The Punjab Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution banning the use of mobile phones in schools and colleges.

The resolution was moved by Raheela Khadim Hussain, a PML-N MPA from Lahore, elected on reserved seats, and was passed without any debate in the House as a majority of members showed no concern towards business on the Private Members Day. Besides, an adjournment motion regarding the mysterious absence of antique cannons from a Maal Khaana of Jhang was made pending by Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal.

The PA session started with a delay of nearly one hour. After the Question-Hour session, which was reserved for the Agricultural department, Syed Hassan Murtaza, a PPP MPA from Chiniot, requested the chair to hold a debate over the deteriorating law and order in the province. On a point of order, Hassan Murtaza submitted that the recent killing of 14 people in Gujrat and robbery in the house of MPA Sajida Mir's sister need to be attended.

However, when the opposition's request to hold the debate on law and order was not entertained, it staged a walkout in protest after which Wednesday (today) was reserved for the debate. The resolution of Raheela Khadim Hussain on the ban on mobile phones in schools and colleges was endorsed by the House while only four members of the opposition were present. The news

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Teachers announce to boycott exams
Rawalpindi: Punjab Teachers Union (PTU) Tuesday announced to stage a sit-in and boycott middle and primary examinations to press government for their demand of restoring powers of education officers for approval of leave.

The PTU will stage sit-in on January 9 on Benazir Bhutto Road and boycott primary and middle examination commencing from February 1 against the highhandedness of the authorities concerned for transferring of powers for sanction of leave to DCOs, said PTU senior vice president Malik Jabar Ali.

The PTU set January 10 a deadline for acceptance of their demand and called a meeting on January 7 to evolve future strategy for protest demonstrations. Daily times

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Interviews for PU VC complete
Lahore: The Vice Chancellor Search Committee on Tuesday completed interviews of short listed candidates for the post of vice chancellors of Punjab University and proposed Women University Multan.

The committee is most likely to send a panel of three potential candidates for each varsity to Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif through provincial Higher Education Department today (Wednesday).

The CM would pick one of the most suitable candidates for each varsity and a summary would be moved to the Chancellor/Governor who would formally approve appointment of the VCs on advice of the chief minister. Sources privy to the developments said Dr Mujahid

Kamran, whose four-year tenure as PU VC ended on January 2, 2012 was one of the strongest candidates for the slot once again and was most likely to be included in the panel for the post of Punjab University's VC by the Search Committee.

It is pertinent to mention here that Governor/Chancellor, exercising the powers vested in him, had allowed Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran to continue to act as VC Punjab University with effect from January 3, 2012, till the selection of a new VC through the Search Committee process.

The VC Search Committee on Tuesday had invited around 14 candidates for both the posts. Prominent among those who appeared in the interview include Prof Dr Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal, Prof Dr Mahr Saeed Akhtar, Prof Dr Zafar Iqbal Jadoon and Prof Dr Fazal-e-Aleem.

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Students protest 'unfair marking'
Lahore: The BS-Hons (BBA programme) students of different government colleges on Tuesday staged protest demonstrations on Tuesday against, what they termed, unfair marking in their examinations conducted by the Punjab University (PU).

The second semester students of the Government MAO College, Lahore, while boycotting their in-house exams, came out on road and protested, while the Government Islamia College Civil Lines students also boycotted their classes and held a protest demonstration.

The demonstrators chanted slogans and expressed serious concern over recently announced results, terming the same unacceptable. They were demanding that the results should be revised.

It is learnt that the result of both colleges remained less than 10 percent in the recent exams conducted by the Punjab University. It is pertinent to mention that BS-Hons programme introduced by the Punjab government in 26 selected colleges across the province has been under criticism since its introduction a couple of years ago.

The students of BS Hons on various occasions have expressed their resentment over the exams conducted by the PU. On Tuesday, the Govt MAO College students even tore apart their papers and set ablaze tyres outside the college, which also caused traffic mess for quite some time on the Lower Mall and many adjacent roads. It also merits to be mentioned here the Higher Education Department has sought report from the heads of respective colleges. A PU spokesman said that the varsity had not received any complaint from the students, adding the issue might be referred to the Board of Studies (BoGs) concerned if formal complaint was received in this regard. The news

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Schoolteacher given 33-month pending salary after 13 years
Lahore: Following the orders of the Punjab ombudsman, a primary school teacher was paid his pending salary of 33 months after 13 years while the school teacher became invalid due to paralysis and kept on visiting office to office and submitting his rejoinders. Punjab ombudsman also directed the Education Secretary to take disciplinary action against officials responsible for the abnormal delay in the payment of the schoolteacher's salary, also seeking a report in this regard by March 31. Sardar Ali, resident of tehsil Dipalpur, Okara, lodged a complaint with the ombudsman, in which he submitted that he was recruited as a primary school teacher in the Government Boys Primary School, in 1977 and dismissed from service in 1999.

He requested that his salary for the period between February 1997 to October 1999 had not been given to him by the Okara District Accounts Office in spite of the fact that he had obtained an order from LHC in his favour. Ali said that the officials told him that unless he was willing to part with arrears in their favour, his bill would not be passed. He refused to comply with their illegal demand and kept on visiting different offices and submitting rejoinders, he said. In the meantime, unfortunately, Ali became invalid after suffering from an attack of paralysis. During the course of inquiry in the Ombudsman Office, the Education Department shifted the blame on the Finance Department whereas the Law Department argued that the case was time-barred and required legal opinion. After the intervention of Punjab Ombudsman Consultant Wazir Ahmad Qureshi, the Education Department finally had to pay the salary arrears of 33 months to Sardar Ali. Daily times

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