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Admission on bogus certificate: UAF judges case by a student's status
Faisalabad, June 27: In a case of gross discrimination, the University of
Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) has shown the door to a student with bogus
certificate but allowed the son of a dean to continue studies despite being
declared guilty of the same offence, it is learnt.
The university had
enrolled 959 students in different disciplines of BSc in 2007 and sent copies of
all students' certificates to the Faisalabad Board of Intermediate and Secondary
Education for verification on Oct 11, 2008.
The board after painstaking
process declared two certificates bogus. The certificates were submitted by
Muhammad Umar Zafar, son of Dr Iqbal Zafar, dean Faculty of Agriculture
Economics and Rural Sociology, and Waseem Abbas, son of Habibullah Nasir.
The board officials clearly mentioned that the certificates were not
issued by them, requesting the university to take departmental/legal action
besides getting cases registered with the police for obtaining admission on
Documents made available to Dawn revealed that Dr
Zafar's son was a student of FSc pre-engineering at the Government College
University, Faisalabad, and had not passed the final examination. However, he
claimed through a certificate bearing registration number 329-i-FB-2005, Roll No
058471, that he had passed the intermediate examination 2007 by obtaining 598
out of 1,100 marks.
A lecturer of the UAF rural sociology department,
who works under the command of Dr Zafar, had attested Umar's certificate for
admission to the university. Although the certificate shows he had secured grade
'C' in the intermediate examination and was not eligible for admission to the
university, he made it to the BSc (Hons) agri-engineering thanks to his father's
The university enrolled Umar on sports quota declaring him a
football player and subsequently he appeared in the entrance test which he
passed with good marks courtesy the officials responsible for maintaining merit.
Sources told this correspondent that the issue had baffled the
university officials who were now finding ways to save the skin of the
"influential student". They said arrangements were being made to afford the boy
an opportunity to challenge the board information in a court of law.
Meanwhile, dean faculty of agriculture Dr Rao Iftikhar Ahmad had
cancelled the admission of Waseem Abbas (hailing from Jhang) and asked him to
vacate the hostel and leave the university premises immediately.
notice issued to him read that since the student had cheated the university by
producing bogus intermediate certificate, a case would also be registered with
"Waseem was served with a notice to defend himself but he
failed to respond to the notice as well as telephonic calls," the management
took the plea.Dr Abdul Rehman Tahir, dean Agricultural Engineering &
Technology (in which Umar is enrolled), said the student had been given a month
to prove his innocence.
In a previous case, he said, the board had
declared the certificate of a student bogus but later found it to be genuine. A
few months later, the board again termed the certificate bogus much to the
bewilderment of all, he said.
"We want clarity on the issue without any
discrimination," he said, adding that if Umar's cheating would be proved even at
final stages of his degree, he could be expelled from the university. Dawn
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PU orientation programme 2009
Lahore: The five-day faculty orientation programme 2009 for the new faculty members of the Punjab
University concluded on Friday. According to a press statement, young lecturers
and assistant professors from various departments of the university participated
in the programme conducted by the PU Human Resource Development Centre,
Institute of Administrative Sciences (IAS).
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Task force on gender parity in education on the cards
Lahore: A task force will be set up to carry out research in major areas
of gender disparity in education in Punjab by Gender in Education Policy Support
According to a DGPR handout, it was decided in a group
meeting of Working Group on Gender in Education (WGGE) comprised of leading
educational institutions in Punjab formed by the provincial Department of
Education to support gender sensitive education policy formulation,
implementation and research based analysis to ensure gender parity and equality
It is pertinent to mention that the WGGE is a part of the
initiative under Gender in Education Policy Support Project (GEPSP), a
tri-partite agreement between the Ministry of Education Pakistan, UNICEF and
The WGGE, one day session was organized by UNICEF, in UNICEF
Provincial Headquarters and attended by some of the leading academic
institutions and NGOs including, GC University, Lahore College for Women
University, Kinnaird College, University of Education, Beaconhouse National
University, Department of Gender Studies of Punjab University, Ali Institute of
Education, SAHE, and ITA.
The participants shared their experiences and
expertise in research on gender in education and discussed areas for further
The forum was informed that three similar WGGE chapters were
launched in NWFP, Sindh and at federal level. A national consortium of the WGGE
is scheduled for November 2009 in Islamabad.
The national consortium
will be one of the largest think tanks on gender in education in the region with
research network that is established as a part of overall GEPSP, to increase the
capacity for knowledge management and to ensure effective gender mainstreaming
in education policy formulation, implementation, information generation and
sharing with provincial and district education system. The News
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