New KU VC & political activism
Aspiring KU VCs vow to counter political activism
Karachi, Jan 16: The Sindh Governor's Vice Chancellor Search Committee conducted interviews
for the post of the VC of the University of Karachi at the Governor's
House on Sunday.
The term of the incumbent had ended on January
5, but he had agreed to carry on until a new VC was appointed. According
to some of the candidates for the post, they were asked by the
interviewers to tell them if they had had any suggestions on improving
the overall atmosphere at the university.
The applicants apprised
the committee members of the areas that needed to be tightened,
including matters relating to security on the campus as well as
financial affairs of the university.
activism on the campus fared on top of the candidates' priority lists.
They also referred to the menace of bullying at the university. The
selection process was supposed to have been completed by December last
year, but it was delayed due to the quitting of the committee by two of
The committee had interviewed a candidate on
December 11, but the process was adjourned when some members of the
search committee raised a few questions over the surprise inclusion of
two more candidates after the deadline for submitting the applications
The late entrants into the race for the post of the
vice chancellor included the incumbent, Professor Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza
Siddiqi. The other was the vice chancellor of the Federal Urdu
University for Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST), Professor Dr
According to the sources, Professor Dr Siddiqi
had not been interested for a third term and so he did not initially
apply while Professor Dr Qaiser was out of the country when applications
were being accepted.
The selection committee, which is headed by
the Chairman of the Chartered Institutions Inspection and Evaluation
Committee, S. M. Qureshi, has as its members Justice (Retd.) Haziqul
Khairi, Dr Ali Mohammad Ansari (former director-general of health),
Professor U. A. G. Isani (former head of the University Grants
Commission and vice chancellor of Iqra University), Dr Ishrat Hussain
(director of IBA and a former governor of the State Bank), Prof A. Q.
Mughal (vice chancellor of Sindh Agriculture University in Tando Jam)
and Mumtaz-ur-Rehman (principal secretary to the governor).
to sources, Justice Khairi and Dr Hussain did not participate in the
interview process on Sunday. Earlier, the convener of the search
committee, S M Qureshi, postponed the interview session as the chief
minister had mistakenly put his name in the list of overage employees
and was directed to leave the office as per the orders of the Supreme
Court. However, he resumed his post within a few days.
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New classes at KU began
Karachi: Classes of the first semester of the academic session 2012 of the University of
Karachi will start from Monday (today). The university has issued a
'code of conduct' for the newcomers as well as enrolled students of the
public sector institutions. The news
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KU security declared 'alarming'
Karachi: While describing Karachi University's
security situation as 'alarming', the KU teachers' society executive
committee has demanded that the vice chancellor get declared the entire
campus "a high alert security zone".
The Karachi University Teachers' Society (Kuts) executive committee meeting was held on Saturday.
participants of the meeting chaired by Kuts president Prof Muthahir
Ahmed discussed Friday's incident in which some students forcibly ousted
candidates of the ongoing degree classes' examinations from their
centres on the campus.
The participants in the meeting expressed serious reservations over the university's security arrangements.
to Kuts secretary Dr Harris Shoaib, the executive committee meeting
adopted a unanimous resolution which, inter alia, said: "Karachi
University's teachers feel highly insecure due to prevailing
unsatisfactory security on the campus."
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Plan to improve BIEK exam system
Karachi: The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi
has planned two workshops – one for paper-setters and examiners and the
other for tabulators and codifiers – to apprise them of the changes it
had made to improve its examination system, BIEK chairman Prof Anwar
Ahmed Zai said.
The changes pertained to the
provision of answers keys to moderators by paper-setters, instead of
head examiners, and posting of the answers keys of objective-type
questions and short answers on the BIEK website shortly after the end of
each paper of the HSC examinations.
The decision to provide
answers keys to moderators by paper-setters as against the current
practice of providing the same by head examiners would be implemented
with effect from the HSC annual exams-2012, he said, adding that the
decision concerning posting of answers keys of the objective-type
questions on the board's website would be made effective from HSC annual
exams-2012 while that of short answers posting on an experimental basis
from the HSC (supplementary) exams-2013.
Asked about the
rationale behind getting answers keys from paper-setters and not from
head examiners, Prof Zai said those who submitted drafts of their papers
to moderators for
preparing a final paper had a better perspective
concerning the keys of the answers to questions they provided to
moderators than to the head examiners of each paper.For each paper of
the HSC exams, the BIEK hires four paper-setters and each of them
submits his draft to a moderator for a final paper by choosing questions
from the paper-setters' drafts and, as such, the BIEK's new strategy to
get answers' keys from paper-setters was a realistic approach and, as
such, candidates would be the ultimate beneficiaries, he said.
BIEK chief said the answers keys to be furnished by the paper-setters
to moderators would be provided to all those assigned the task of
assessing answer scripts for ensuring uniformity and accuracy in
assessment work. Dawn
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Divide surfaces in PU faculty over VC
Lahore: A clear divide among faculty members of Punjab University over future vice
chancellor (VC) of the varsity has surfaced as one group of teachers is
openly opposing Dr Mujahid Kamran's candidature while others are all
Punjab University's acting VC Dr Mujahid Kamran, whose
four-year term as the VC expired on January 2 this year, is one of the
three shortlisted candidates for the coveted post once again.
since the VC Search Committee forwarded the 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 and Management Sciences to Punjab government, a
visible rift among PU teachers surfaced highlighting the 'politics' our
respected teachers are involved in.
The situation also
highlights polarization developed among the teachers over the years. It
is certainly altogether different as compared to tenure of Lt Gen (retd)
Arshad Mahmood who served as PU VC for several years prior to Dr Kamran
as during last days of Arshad's tenure, teachers were almost unanimous
in opposing him.
While PU Academic Staff Association (PU-ASA) has
been at loggerheads with the VC Search Committee for placing Dr Kamran
in the panel with rest of the two candidates and the PU Teachers Front
(PU-TF) is all for the committee.
PU-ASA, the elected
representative body of the varsity teachers, is believed to be led by
pro-Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) teachers and is supporting Dr Jadoon and even
Dr Jamil because of sheer opposition with Dr Kamran while PU-TF led by
the teachers close to Dr Mujahid Kamran is supporting him.
leadership is being criticised these days for not holding annual
elections of the association and hence it is also being termed that it
was working illegally after December 31, 2011 while PU-TF is being
alleged of taking out rally in support of Dr Kamran on instructions of
administration led by him. Interestingly both deny the same.
amid all this the appointment of vice chancellor seems to be stuck in
limbo as despite lapse of almost two weeks after the VC Search Committee
shortlisted the panel, the chief minister has yet to make any decision.
Meanwhile, in a latest development Punjab University (PU) on
Sunday advertised admissions at its newly built Jhelum Campus in three
different disciplines BBA (Hons) leading to MBA, BCom (Hons) leading to
MCom and BS Computer Sciences (Hons) 4 years programmes.
is being seen as a 'gimmick' both by PU administration and Punjab
government since admission season has over almost three months ago and
students have already secure admissions and are busy in pursuing their
One wonders as to who will be target students of
the varsity's Jhelum Campus. Sources privy to the developments believe
that in the wake of rapidly changing political landscape of the country,
PU administration was under tremendous pressure from the Punjab
government which wanted swift functioning of the campus to gain
political mileage in the present scenario.
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Cabinet approves 3 women varsities, 'knowledge city'
Lahore: The cabinet meeting on Saturday took various important decisions and approved different draft laws.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in the chair, the meeting was held
at the Chief Minister's Secretariat here. It approved the establishment
of three universities for women in the province; setting up of
knowledge city at Rakh Dera Chahal; Evacuee Trust Properties (Management
and Disposal) Amendment Bill 2012; and policy aimed at plying CNG buses
in big cities.
The meeting reviewed Punjab Private Educational
Institutions Regulatory Authority Act 2012 and decided that the cabinet
committee would consider the recommendations for setting up regulatory
authority and wide publicize these recommendations to obtain public
opinion. The meeting decided that recommendations with regard to
setting up of information technology university of international
standard be submitted in the next cabinet meeting whereas Net Café
Regulations Act be submitted again after reviewing its all aspects.
Addressing the meeting, Shahbaz Sharif said that the dream of
development could not be realized without education and the
revolutionary steps, which were taken by the government for improvement
of this sector, are unprecedented in the 64-year history of the country.
He stressed the need for establishment of engineering and information
technology university of international standard in Pakistan. A decision
to set up such a university had been taken for this purpose where new
generation could be equipped with the latest knowledge, he added.
CM disclosed that an agreement with regard to establishing an IT
university had also been made during his visit to Turkey. While giving
approval to setting up of women universities in Bahawalpur, Sialkot and
Faisalabad, Shahbaz Sharif ordered planning to set up such universities
in those divisional headquarters where there were no women universities.
He said a committee had been constituted to establish Punjab
Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority which has
formulated its recommendations meticulously keeping in view all aspects.
However, before giving final approval to the act of setting up that
authority, it was decided that those recommendations be widely
publicized for getting public opinion, he added. He said that 575 more
CNG buses were being imported and, besides Lahore, those buses would
also be given to other cities like Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Multan and
Gujranwala. Some buses would also be sent to Bahawalpur, he added. The
CM constituted a cabinet committee, headed by the provincial law
minister, with regard to amendment to section 19 of Punjab Employees
Efficiency, Discipline and Accountability Act 2006. He directed the
committee to submit its report after reviewing the amendment.
also ordered the formation of a committee, headed by the chief
secretary, regarding provision of facilities to special persons and
amendment to Punjab Social Services Board Ordinance 1970. The committee
might submit its recommendations after reviewing all matters, he
said.The meeting decided that cabinet committee, headed by the law
minister, should review again the proposed amendment to the draft law of
Zakat & Ushr Act. Giving formal approval to the proposal of Net
Café Regulations Act (Punjab Cyber & Gaming Café Regulations Act
2012), the cabinet desired that the same might be submitted in the next
cabinet meeting for approval after reviewing its all aspects. The
meeting also gave approval to the classification of ostrich as livestock
/ poultry, instead of wildlife.
Ambassador of France in
Pakistan, Mr. Philippe Theibaud called on Punjab Chief Minister,
Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, here on Saturday.
Matters pertaining to mutual interest and cooperation in various sectors were discussed during the meeting.
Member National Assembly Rana Tanvir Hussain and the Planning & Development chairman were also present.
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128 teachers get package after 8 years
Lahore: On the orders of the Ombudsman Punjab Khalid Mehmood, EDO (Education) Mandi
Bahauddin has paid an amount of Rs. 2.39 million to 128 best teachers
on account of incentive package for schoolteachers after eight years
while a number of deserving teachers amongst them are availing their
retirement on the superannuation.
According to details, a
secondary schoolteacher of district Mandi Bahauddin submitted a
complaint through Abdur Razzaq, a retired teacher, Government Higher
Secondary School, Qadirabad, stating that the Punjab government
announced an Incentive Package Scheme for the teachers standing first,
second and third in the district as well as tehsil to award cash prizes
and commendation certificates. Such lists of best teachers for the year
2003 were prepared and handed over to Bashir Ahmad Gujjar, the then EDO
(Secondary), for onward submission to DPI office but he wilfully did not
take action on the recommendation lists and kept them with himself.
Similarly, such lists were prepared in 2004, 2005 and 2006 but the
concerned Education Officers intentionally did not move them.
Resultantly, deserving teachers were deprived of cash awards and
commendation certificates. Ombudsman Punjab Khalid Mehmood directed
consultant Ombudsman Office Raza Mehdi to probe the matter. The Inquiry
Officer sought a report from the EDO Mandi Bahauddin to explain as to
why and on whom directions, the best teachers, entitled for the awards,
were deprived of cash amount and commendation certificates? During the
course of inquiry, it was revealed that the slackness of Officers of
Education Department and bad governance in the department deprived the
best teachers of their awards although they showed up to the mark
performance in the field of school education. Punjab government in good
faith initiated the Incentive Package Scheme but due to the bad
governance of the concerned Officers of Education Department, the best
teachers were not given their due right. Under the direction of the
Ombudsman Punjab, the scope of investigation was widened from 2003 to
2006 which revealed that as many as 128 schoolteachers were deprived of
their due cash awards and commendation certificates. DPI Secondary
Education and EDO Education Mandi Bahauddin were ordered to get approval
and funds for the payment of cash awards to the entitled schoolteachers
as per lists already prepared and submitted to the department.
Education Mandi Bahauddin has submitted a report to the Ombudsman
Office that 128 best teachers of district Mandi Bahauddin and its
tehsils have been paid an amount of Rs. 2.39 million on account of
government's Incentive Package Scheme, following the orders of the
It is pertinent to mention here that 128 best
teachers of the district Mandi Bahauddin had to wait for eight years for
their right due to wilful slackness and bad governance of the concerned
officers of the Education Department while a number of schoolteachers
amongst them availed their retirement after superannuation.
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UAF to hold GRE test for admissions
Faisalabad: The University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) will hold GRE (general)
type of test for postgraduate degree programme admissions including MSc
(Honors), MPhil and MS for 2012 Spring Semester.
A spokesman of
the university said here Sunday that the candidates who were willing to
appear in GRE (general) test must submit a bank draft or bank receipt
worth Rs 700 from National Bank or Habib Bank of the university branches
in favour of the UAF treasurer. The test will be held on January 26 at
11am. He said application forms may be obtained from the office of the
Director Graduate Studies or could be downloaded from the UAF website
and could be submitted till January 23. Meanwhile, Central Hi-Tech
Laboratory of the University of Agriculture Faisalabad will organise a
one-week customised hands on/general training programmes. This
laboratory is equipped with state of the art instruments like Atomic
Absorption Spectrophotometer, High Performance Liquid Chromatograph, Gas
Chromatograph, Scanning Electron Microscope and Amino Acid Analyzer.
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Plan to launch awareness campaign in schools, colleges
district health department has planned to launch an awareness campaign
in schools and colleges of the district for prevention of dengue fever
for which necessary arrangements are being made.
"In a meeting on
Friday, I put the proposal before District Coordination Officer
Rawalpindi who appreciated the idea and asked the health department to
make necessary arrangements for the purpose," said District Health
Officer Dr Khalid Randhawa on Saturday.
district health department has launched door-to-door larvae
identification and elimination campaign all across district from January
1, this year. "But after finding larvae of the vector causing dengue
fever, aedes aegypti, nowhere in the district after mid of November, we
planned to intensify awareness campaign on the subject," said Dr
He added that the district health department planned to
convince administrations of both the private and government schools to
deliver lectures on preventive measures against dengue fever at least
weekly in students' assemblies in the morning. "We have planned that the
students particularly from class 1 to 10 must be educated on larvae
identification and elimination in their houses," he said.
query, Dr Randhawa said that the past experience of launching awareness
campaigns in schools and colleges has proved that the students take like
issues more seriously and take more interest in like issues. "By
launching the activity, the health department can have motivated workers
in the form of students in almost every house of the district," he
He said that the activity needs little resources while a
lot can be achieved through it. "We have started approaching schools'
administrations which may educate students with the help of CDs
available with the district health department on the subject."
is important that the district health department has repeatedly claimed
to have set a target of making Rawalpindi dengue free district in 2012.
a query, Dr Randhawa said that his department has already started
taking necessary measures to make larvicidal activity possible as soon
as it is needed. "We are planning to perform larvicidal sprinkling in
the district by the end of February or in the beginning of March this
year depending on the rise of temperature in the region," he said.
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ICAP's int'l conference
Lahore: The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) will organize an
international conference "Testing Times: Reflections on Present and
Future" on Friday till Saturday January 21.
A spokesman of ICAP
said Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif would inaugurate the moot,
which would be an important forum for policy-makers, scholars, business
leaders and our fraternity members to exchange ideas about the testing
times that we were going through and about the challenges of future. The
conference strives to provide meaningful coverage on current trends and
complex issues, which are troubling the world generally and our region
particularly. Former Finance Minister Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar,
President Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales Clive
Parritt, Advisor Silk Bank & Former Minister for Finance Shaukat
Tarin, Tariq Sayeed Saigol, Chairman, Kohinoor Maple Leaf Group, Mujahid
Eshai, ex-President ICAP, Nadeem Mustafa Khan, Regional CEO, Health
Services, Agha Khan University, Prof Dato Dr Aziuddin Ahmad,
Rector/Chief Executive Officer, International Islamic University College
Selangor (KUIS), Malaysia, Suleman Najib Khan, Honorary Counsel General
Switzerland, Dr Nadeem ul Haque, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission,
Dr Moeed Pirzada, Director World Affairs, Pakistan Television
Corporation, Atif Bajwa, President & CEO, Bank Alfalah Limited, Dr
Mohammad Zubair Khan, former Federal Minister for Commerce, Syed Shabbar
Zaidi, former President ICAP, Aftab Ahmad Chaudhry, Managing
Director/CEO, Lahore Stock Exchange, Prof Adil Najam, Vice Chancellor,
Lahore University of Management Sciences, Shahid Hafeez Kardar,
ex-Governor State Bank of Pakistan, Rashid Rehman Mir, President, ICAP
and Hafiz Mohammad Yousaf, Chairman Golden Jubilee Celebrations
Committee will be the keynote speakers at the conference. The news
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