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University of Sindh, Jamshoro bogus degree

'Sorry, the MPA is not a graduate'
Lahore, June 18: The University of Sindh, Jamshoro, has refused to own the graduate degree of PML-N Member of the Provincial Assembly Safdar Gill.

In a report submitted to the Lahore High Court on Thursday, the university examinations controller said the BA degree of Mr Gill, an MPA from PP-274, Bahawalpur, was bogus.

The report was submitted after a petition against the MPA by Imran Ahmad, a voter of the constituency, seeking disqualification of the MPA for fake degree.

The report says the degree possessed by the MPA under roll no 7590 was bogus and never issued by the university. The roll number in question is of Salam Ahmad who also failed in BA annual examination of 1996, the report adds.

Hearing will be held on Friday (today).

Ghurki case: An election tribunal of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday sought record from the Punjab University controller examinations and Lahore Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education till June 22 on a petition challenging academic degrees of PPP MPA Yousaf Farooq Ghurki from PP-159, Lahore.

The petition was filed by a voter of the constituency namely Iftikhar Ahmad contending that the academic degrees submitted to the election commission showed that he had done his matriculation in 1990, whereas he passed his BA examination in 1992.

The petitioner said the years of passing examination mentioned on the degrees of the respondents established that he obtained fake degrees to contest the election.

Therefore, the petitioner prayed to the court to declare the respondent MPA disqualified under article 62 and 63 of the Constitution.

The tribunal will resume hearing on June 22.

PML-Q MPA: An election tribunal on Thursday sought record from local commission about evidence of witnesses to decide a petition against PML-Q MPA Walayat Shah Khagga from PP-220, Sahiwal.

Nazar Muhammad Fatyana, a defeated candidate from the same constituency, filed the petition challenging the BA degree of the MPA.

He said Mr. Khagga obtained a B.A degree from Azad Jammu and Kashmir campus of Al Khair University, which was not a recognised institution by the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

The petitioner pleaded that the respondent MPA was not eligible to hold the seat so should be declared disqualified on the basis of having a fake degree.

Next hearing will be held on June 23.

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Ban on educators' recruitment relaxed
Lahore: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has allowed the recruitment of educators in computer science and general science, drawing masters (DM) and physical education teachers (PET) in relaxation of ban imposed on recruitments against BS-6 to BS-15 posts.

According to an official handout, the recruitment process had been stopped on account of the ban. With a view to meeting the shortage of teaching staff, the school education department had moved a summery to the chief minister to relax the ban on recruitment of educators in computer science and general science, drawing masters and physical education teachers.

A circular addressed to DCOs and education EDOs states that the competent authority has approved the recruitment against the posts of Secondary School Educator (Computer Science), Secondary School Educator (Science) and Senior Elementary School Educator (Science, DM and PET) which remained vacant due to non-availability of the candidates and against 1,657 and 221 posts converted into SESE (Science) and SSE (Computer Science) in relaxation of ban imposed vide letter dated May 12, 2010. It has further been desired that the recruitment process may be completed without delay.

The circular further states that appointment orders will be issued before July 20, 2010 while joining will be allowed at the end of summer vacation. However, if any short training is arranged during summer vacation, the selected incumbents will be required to attend.

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PU body members elected
Lahore: The Punjab University Academic Council on Thursday elected botany department chairman Prof Dr Raas Masood and geology department's Dr Akhtar Ali Saleemi as members of varsity's affiliation committee.

The election was held through a secret ballot at the academic council meeting chaired by vice-chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran.

The election was conducted by registrar Prof Dr Naeem Khan, which was attended by pro-vice-chancellor Prof Dr Jamil Anwar Chaudhry, all professors, deans, directors, principals, professors emeritus and chairpersons.

The affiliation committee members periodically visit different government and private colleges affiliated with the Punjab University to ensure provision of necessary educational facilities like library, lab, qualified faculty and other facilities besides maintenance of academic standards as per the laid down parameters/criteria.

The academic council also approved the recommendations of the Board of Studies in Mycology and Plant Pathology as well as the Board of Faculty of Life Sciences made at their meetings held on June 11 and 14, respectively, regarding splitting four-year MSc (Honours) degree programme after merging with two-year BSc (pass course), BSc (Honours) agriculture (plant pathology) and MSc (Honours) agriculture (plant pathology) to redress the grievances of the Institute of Mycology and Plant Pathology.

The council also approved the recommendations given by boards of faculties of behavioural and social sciences, oriental learning, Islamic studies, law and life sciences. Dawn

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Sacked UHS employees put children on sale
Lahore: The sacked employees of the University of Health Sciences on Thursday put their 'children on sale' due to starvation following their termination from service for raising voice for regularisation of their service in the varsity.

They were staging a protest demonstration at Chairing Cross on The Mall consecutively for nearly three months against the varsity administration's act not to regularise its grade 1 to 15 employees in violation of the orders of the Punjab government and recommendations of the UHS Board of Governors in this regard. They displayed banners and placards for selling their children at a time when session in the Punjab Assembly was in progress simultaneously.

The employees along with their children were chanting slogans for restoration of their employment and regularisation of their services.

They said that following termination of their employment and stalling of salaries by the UHS, they were unable to make their both ends meet. "Our families and children are suffering from starvation, as we are unable to feed our families," they lamented, adding that their children were also expelled from their schools for non-payment of fees.

"We are unable to bring milk for our children besides being unable to pay rent of our houses and school fees of our children," they added.

They also condemned the University of Health Sciences administration for closing university's gates and deploying police to prevent the employees who were protesting for regularization.

The prolonged protest under sizzling sun by the UHS employees during the last three months has so far failed to move provincial government authorities.

"The provincial government must stop this economic killing of the employees and their families," they added.

They urged the provincial government and Members of the Punjab Assembly to intervene and order UHS authorities to regularise the services of its employees.

The University of Health Sciences employees have vowed to continue protest demonstration till the fulfillment of their just demand of regularisation.

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GCU teacher training
Lahore: A professional Competency Enhancement Programme for Teachers concluded at the Government College University (GCU) on Thursday after lasting for 24 days.

The intensive training, organised by the GCU and Higher Education Commission (HEC), brought together participants from six leading universities. The training was programmed on three broad areas of practice that were pedagogy, communication and research.

Addressing the concluding ceremony, GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Khalid Aftab said the biggest challenge being faced by the universities in the 21st century was the quality human resource.

He also urged the teachers and professionals to actively participate in such trainings to keep themselves at par with modern needs of their profession.

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Passing-out of police course
Lahore: The passing out parade ceremony of 39th Lower Class Course was held at the Police Training School, Chung, on Thursday.

Addl. IG Police Punjab Ch. Tanvir Ahmed was the chief guest on the occasion. Principal PTS Chung Major (r) DIG Mubashar Ullah, in his welcome address while highlighting the training programme of lower class course, said that 539 police personnel participated in the course who were imparted training regarding police matters on modern lines.

Addressing the ceremony, Additional IG Police Punjab Ch. Tanvir Ahmed said that special attention was being given to the training in order to enhance the professional skills of police force. For this purpose, different training courses are being organised in all the police training schools of the province so that police force can play an effective role in the maintenance of law & order and prevention of crime, he maintained.

The Addl. IG advised the passed out police personnel to exhibit good behaviour while dealing with the public so that the gap between police and public could be bridged. He said it was heartening to note that the training in PTS Chung was at par with the international standard. All types of professional courses are being organised here for which Principal Major (Retd) Mubbashar Ullah and his team deserve appreciation, the Addl. IG concluded.

Earlier, Addl. IG inspected the parade and distributed prizes among the best recruits of the course. Later, a smartly turned out police contingent of the parade presented salute to the chief guest.

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PMC launches magazine
Faisalabad: Inaugural ceremony of annual Magazine of Punjab Medical College "Parwaz" 2009 held at the college auditorium.

Divisional Commissioner Tahir Hussain chaired the function as a chief guest. Addressing the ceremony, the divisional commissioner said the participation in literary, sports, cultural and other extra curricular activities by the students of medical colleges promote the character building and ensure expression of high valued human feelings. He termed the Magazine Parwaz good standard bilingual magazine presented by the literary society and editorial board of PMC. Principal of PMC Prof Dr Riaz Hussain Dab, members of editorial board of Parwaz, Prof Janbaz Makhfi, Co Chairman Dr Asghar Butt and others speakers also addressed on this occasion. Commissioner Tahir Hussain has said persons who create poetry and others kind of literature identified the clear paths of the destination of life through their ideas. The literary people also promote brotherhood and love through their poetic work, he concluded. Principal PMC said that the writers always create expressions of love with their poetry which would conquer the whole world. The chief guest also awarded shields to the outstanding students who had shown good performance in the fields of sports and literary activities. Winners of awards include Tausif Ahmad Khan, Irslan Riaz, Awais Saeed, Shahid Iqbal, Shahid Niaz, Ghulam Shabir, Anshana Ahmad, Tameem Tahir, Faisal Rasheed, Binish Ayub, Saifullah Asjad, Muhammad Umar Habi and Raza Malik. The commissioner also presented shields to the patrons of literary and sports society of PMC. The function was also attended by MS Allied Hospital Rana Bashir Ahmad, ACR Shafqat Ullha and a number of old and present students of PMC.

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Educationist for research to address local issues
Lahore: Veteran educationist and researcher Prof Dr Muhammad Salim Akhter has emphasised the promotion of need-based research, saying research should be relevant to local problems.

In an interview, Prof Dr Muhammad Salim Akhter, vice chancellor of University of South Asia (USA), said researches carried out in fields directly related to addressing local problems could put the country on track to development and make people's life comfortable.

"What is the benefit of research which we cannot apply it to solve problems faced by our country?" he questioned while explaining his point of view that local socio-economical problems, environmental, agricultural and health issues should be the focus of research.

Maintaining that local industries have started looking at universities, he said academia-industry linkages should be very strong. However, he added, it was unfortunate that industries did not want to spend on research. "We need to develop a genuine culture of research with mutual understanding," he said.

Talking about Pakistani students pursuing PhD degrees aboard on government expenses, he said if the researches could not be applied locally the purpose of the exercise could not be achieved.

To a question, he said universities were meant to carry out research which had various dimensions, adding that emphasis should be to solve community problems through research. "It is unfortunate that contribution towards society has been forgotten by us," he adds.

The USA VC also urged the government to fund universities for carrying out need based research irrespective of the fact a varsity was working in private or public sector. "This will be the investment on generations," he added.

He also regretted that education had not been among top priorities of any government, saying it was unfortunate that budgetary allocation for this important sector had been low as compared to many other countries in the region including Sri Lanka.

Talking about the University of South Asia, Prof M S Akhter, who is also a famous surgeon, said the varsity had much to offer like Business Studies, Engineering, Pharmacy, Computer Studies, Mass Communication, Fine Arts and Law adding emphasis was always put on inculcating the spirit of true professionalism among the students.

"We regularly expose our students to practical aspect of learning and for this besides field visits, interactive events are also organised", he said, adding that apart from that efforts were made to promote sense of self-reading among the varsity students.

He says seminars and workshops are also regular features of the University of South Asia in which experts are invited so that the students have direct interaction with people excelling in their fields and have maximum exposure. "At the USA we don't believe in educating students in isolation," he adds.

He also believes that focusing higher education does not mean to ignore primary education. "In fact the whole education system should be excellent to get true benefits," he adds.

Dr M S Akhter has 94 research articles, published in prestigious national and international journals, to his credit and has authored scores of books on medical subjects.

Besides, he has also published three excellent books on The Life of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) one of which has been published by Darussalam Publishers of Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

He also appreciated Jang Group for highlighting educational facilities being made accessible to the students in Pakistan by organising events such as Education Expo-2010. The news

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