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Government College University's new campus project

Govt asks GCUF not to take up campus project
Faisalabad, June 09: The fate of the Government College University's new campus hangs in the balance because the Punjab government has restrained the university administration from taking up the Rs478.5 million project, it's learnt.

In its direction to the university administration, the Punjab government has given quite contradictory reasons to shelve the project: on the one hand it says funds are not available and on the other it says the site is not suitable for the project.

Governor Salmaan Taseer laid the foundation stone of the project at Sahianwala on April 28, 2009. Taseer approved construction of the campus at a meeting at the Governor's Secretariat on Feb 1 and allowed the university administration to execute the project through a letter on Feb 9.

Nespak undertook the master plan, topographical survey and geotechnical investigation of the project. Ten construction firms qualified for the project on Nov 19, 2009, under the prescribed procedure. However, the Punjab government has shelved the project, ignoring all these exercises done by the university.

Documents available with this correspondent show that the Higher Education Department of the Punjab government asked the university through a letter (SO(U)MIS-I/2009) not to open tenders for the construction of the new campus at Sahianwala.

Citing Nespak report, the letter issued by the Punjab government says the project is not feasible on the selected site and funds are not available for the purpose.

"The matter is under consideration at the Higher Education Department." "You are, therefore, requested to immediately stop the process of opening tenders till further orders," the letter adds.

The Faisalabad Development Authority director general, who had been given the task to find a suitable location for the new campus, found 402 acre land in Chak 154-RB and Chak 155-RB in Chak Jhumra. The land was transferred to the university on May 26, 2006.

The new campus project was approved by the Central Development Working Party. The provincial government had to give Rs80 million and HEC Rs19.5 million.

As many as Rs80 had been allocated for the project in the Public Sector Development Plan 2009-10. The remaining amount had to be given by the federal government.

Sources said the university challenged the Punjab government's stance, saying that Nespak did not send any report to Chief Minister's Secretariat regarding suitability of the site.

GCUF Vice-Chancellor Dr Shahid Mahboob Rana said HEC wanted the project executed at the earliest. He said HEC had earlier threatened to cancel the PC-I of the project if work was not started in the financial year ending on June 30.

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Degree case: high court summons GCU VC
Lahore: The Lahore High Court on Tuesday sought personal appearance of the Government College University vice-chancellor in a petition filed by a lecturer of the varsity challenging non-issuance of a PhD degree.

Justice Chaudhry Tariq Mahmood had earlier issued notices to the vice-chancellor, but no body turned up on his behalf. Now the judge summoned him for June 14.

Lecturer Dr Shazia Khurshid, through her counsel Rana Ijaz Ahmad, submitted the GCU vice-chancellor was not issuing her PhD degree.

Rather the VC was delaying the matter on one pretext or another and also threatening the lecturer for agitating the matter before court, she alleged.

She prayed to the court that the respondent be directed to issue her degree without any delay.

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Exam staff, students booked for cheating
Lahore: The Punjab Board of Technical Education's monitoring squad on Tuesday took action against DAE examination supervisory staff for allowing cheating at an examination centre.

The squad seized bribe money from an invigilator and instituted unfair means cases against five candidates. The squad got the supervisory staff and candidates arrested besides lodging an FIR against them at Sattukatla Police Station. On a tip off, the PBTE squad raided an examination centre at the Government High School, Ali Raza Abad, Raiwind and held five candidates using unfair means in the paper of Diploma of Associate Engineer. They seized Rs2,400 from invigilator Ubaid and found that superintendent Malik Mumtaz Ahmad, invigilator Ashfaq Ahmad and clerk Michael Zubair were also involved in the corruption at the examination centre. The squad called police as well as staff from the board, who supervised the examination. Dawn

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'Oriental College is country's greatest asset'
Lahore: The Punjab University Oriental College is the country's greatest asset in view of its unprecedented service for the promotion of Urdu literature and language, PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran said on Tuesday.

Addressing the participants of the first annual Dr Syed Abdullah memorial lecture held at the Sherani Hall, Oriental College, he paid homage to the renowned critic, researcher and scholar, Dr Syed Abdullah, in recognition of his services for spreading and promoting the Urdu language in the country. Also, Dr Shamim Hanfi read out his key article on 'Urdu Ka Tehzeebi Tanazar Aur Ma'asar Tehzeebi Soorat-e-Haal', while reputed literary figures like Intizar Hussain, Dr Khawaja Muhammad Zakriya, Dr Mazhar Moeen, Dr Moeenud Din Aqeel, Dr Tehseen Firaqi and Mr Iftikhar Arif spoke at the function, which was also attended by a large number of college students and faculty members. Daily times

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Taseer for better varsities affairs
Lahore: Punjab governor Salman Taseer has asked private sector universities to streamline their affairs, saying no one can be allowed to play with the future of the country's youth.

He was speaking at a meeting held in connection with Hajvery University studentsí protest against the non-recognition of the varsity degrees by the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) at the Governor Houseís on Tuesday. Officials from Hajvery University, the Higher Education Commission (HEC), the PEC and students were also present.

The meeting was held following the students held protest demonstrations on various occasions outside the Governorís House recently, alleging that, despite paying hefty fees, the Hajvery University could not ensure accreditation of degrees by the Pakistan Engineering Council, owing to which they were facing immense problems.

The governor asked the university to overcome its shortcomings and get accredited its degrees from the PEC so that the students might not face any problem in future. The news

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