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