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PU missing out on basic facilities
Lahore, June 24: Like other public sector educational institutions, the Punjab
University is also faced with a shortage of appropriate basic facilities
including drinking water, quality food in the cafeteria, computer labs,
classrooms and IT equipment.
Aimen Arshad, a PU student said
they were facing immense problems due to non-availability of water in
the sizzling weather while the common rooms for girls do not even have
lights and water. She demanded that water coolers with the facility of
generator should be provided to the students.
Another student of
PU Hannan Saleem said the poor quality of food at PU together with
exorbitant price is also a concern for the students with limited pocket
A scholar Junaid Hashmi said there is a dearth of busses
at the university and a number of passengers have fainted owing to heat
When contacted a teacher and student advisor
to MBE department Dr Ashi Zeeshan said that facilities provided by the
institution were not up to mark adding that computer labs and Internet
facilities should be provided to the students to enable them learn about
Teacher of Department of Science Education
Shafiq ur Rehman said that libraries were not updated according to
international standard and urged the administration to ensure the
presence of teachers in classes and demanded the government to provide
basic facilities such as whiteboards, furniture, IT equipment and books
to the students.
Department of Business Education (MBE) chairman
Dr Shaukat Ali Raza said the missing facilities could be provided if
resources were utilised effectively. It is need of the hour to make
arrangements to provide facilities to the students to produce competent,
business intellectuals, he added.
He demanded training programmes for teachers at the university for their capacity building.
the Punjab University, the oldest seat of learning in the sub-continent
with its meagre financial resources, has increased annual research
endowment fund from Rs 250 million to Rs 360 million while another
amount of Rs 100 million has been set aside for departmental level
Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid
Kamran said the varsity will continue to focus on promotion of quality
education coupled with international standard research in all
He said that since his induction six years ago, he
had accorded the highest priority to promotion of modern education with
revised syllabi laced with international standard research.
said all universities worldwide are always evaluated only on one
criteria of their contribution towards new international standard
research conducted in their teaching disciplines by the faculty members
and students. He said PU researches are not only recognised but also
acknowledged by international institutions.
He said that for the
last six years, all PhD theses were being evaluated by external experts
to improve research work and bring it at par with international
He said it was unfortunate that only 22 per cent
faculty members of all universities in Pakistan were PhDs whereas hardly
33 per cent teachers in the PU were PhDs which was insufficient.
said Higher Education Commission during his tenure had so far approved
638 publication and research works of the PU teaching department, which
was a step forward to better research. app
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Rs1bn deficit budget: PU students may pay for 'hard decisions'
Lahore: The Punjab University is presenting an over Rs1
billion deficit budget for the fiscal year 2013-14 with a total outlay
of Rs6.094 billion. It expects an income of Rs5.047 billion and the
deficit stands at Rs1.047 billion (21 per cent).
The university is proposing increase in examination, registration,
migration and degree fees between 10 per cent and 20 per cent to the
Syndicate which is meeting for approval of budget on Saturday (today).
PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran is scheduled to chair the
The PU, on the recommendation of the budget committee, is proposing a
10 per cent increase in the rate of registration/examination fee for
students of affiliated colleges and 15 per cent increase for private
candidates. It is also proposing 20 per cent increase in examination fee
of private candidates of B.Com examination; 18 per cent increase in
migration/degree/equivalence and verification fee; and urgent migration
certificate fee at double the ordinary migration.
In order to generate revenue from its own resources, the PU is also
proposing that seats may be reserved for donors in teaching departments.
It states that donation for per seat may be fixed based on the market
demand of the programme.
The PU is also proposing that an estimated subsidy of Rs235 million
on university services – transport, internet and hostels – should be
reduced by gradually increasing the rate of these services. It proposed
that the electricity charges for students (On Campus and Hostels) be
enhanced by Rs25 per month, student bus charges by Rs50 per month,
employee bus charges by Rs80 per month and bus ticket rate be doubled
from Rs10 to Rs20 – to meet the ever-increasing prices of
The PU is also proposing to the Syndicate to increase rent of
shops/canteens/kiosks at the rate of 10 per cent per annum and the
income should be credited into varsity's main
Overall, the varsity's budget committee has proposed some 15 measures
to generate revenue that also include starting short/refresher courses,
market-based consultancy and testing services, swimming courses,
fitness centre facility, outsourcing of auditorium and video conference,
playgrounds to private schools and colleges, commercialisation of Press
and Publication Department, setting up a souvenir shop. It says
departments be asked to invest their surplus funds and utilise income
for their departments' development.
The PU budget committee has also proposed three austerity measures –
ban on creation of non-teaching posts; no increase in the operating
allocations except in POL and utilities; and rationalisation of
According to the PU budget estimates, the university expects a total
income of Rs5.047 billion comprising grant of Rs1.695 billion from the
Higher Education Commission; Rs82.036 million as a grant for Tenure
Track System and Rs3.27 billion (65 per cent) to be generated from its
The committee has stated that the Punjab government has zero per cent
allocation for the PU recurring demands. As for grants from the HEC,
the committee has informed the Syndicate that the government was
increasing pay, allowances and pension on a yearly basis, whereas it was
not picking the full liability of these increases. It said even the
annual inflationary impact was not considered while allocating recurring
grants by the PU.
On the expenditure side, the PU has calculated Rs3.179 billion (52
per cent) to be paid to the university employees under the head of pay
and regular allowances. It plans to spend Rs392.614 million (six per
cent) on other benefits and facilities; Rs557.527 million (nine per
cent) on pension; Rs452.9 million (seven per cent) on conduct and
remuneration of examination, Rs527.23 million (nine per cent) on utility
charges; Rs100 million (two per cent) on lump sum provision for
research; Rs199.239 million (three per cent) on scholarships for faculty
and students; Rs292.992 million (five per cent) on other current
expenditure and Rs392.57 million (six per cent) on development
PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has
issued six anticipatory orders using his emergency powers under section
15(3) of the PU Act 1973. These orders will also be presented before the
Syndicate meeting for approval. Dawn
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PU papers rescheduled
Lahore: Punjab University has notified that the BS (four-years programme) third
semester examination 2013 written papers of Arabic-III (ARB-201) BS
Islamic Education and Arabic-III (ARB-201) BS Secondary Education will
be conducted on July 15 instead of earlier notified date. The news
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Failure to meet PMDC criteria: 7 colleges barred from taking students
Islamabad: Upon the advice of the Ministry of National
Health Services Regulations and Coordination (NHRS), the Pakistan
Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) barred seven medical colleges, which
did not come up to the council's criteria, from providing new
According to the PMDC website, the medical colleges are:
Pak Red Crescent Medical & Dental College, Lahore; Al-Tibri Medical
College, Karachi; Mohiuddin Islamic Medical College, Mirpur (AJK);
Mohammad Medical College, Mirpurkhas, Sindh; Abbottabad International
Medical College, Abbottabad; Independent Medical College, Faisalabad and
Women Medical College, Abbottabad
"These colleges did not fulfill PMDC's basic requirements such as
ensuring the minimum required teaching staff, so we had to bar these
colleges from providing new admissions," an official of the division
Imtiaz Inayat Elahi, Secretary NHRS said that the PMDC had been asked to ensure strict vigilance in this matter.
"We asked the PMDC to scrutinise even those medical colleges which
had obtained a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) to ensure that the
council's regulations were followed in letter and spirit," he said.
He added that the federal government would review the performance of PMDC and was also set to amend the PMDC Ordinance 1962.
The council regulates medical education and registers medical
professionals under this ordinance, and is an attached department of the
Mr Elahi said a policy would be formulated after consulting the NHRS
State Minister Saira Afzal Tarar which would discuss whether NOCs should
be provided to new medical colleges or a ban should be placed on their
Currently, 128 private and public sector medical and dental colleges
are providing education in Pakistan. The PMDC official website shows
that 40 of these colleges are registered in Punjab, 37 in Sindh, 24 in
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and three each in Balochistan and Azad Jammu and
Meanwhile, a senior official in NHRS said the National Accountability
Bureau (NAB) was probing the registration process of 19 medical
colleges which had been registered in a single day during the tenure of
the previous government.
"The probe is still in process, but once it is completed, we will
know whether the colleges had been awarded the NOCs on merit or not,"
said the official.
These medical colleges had also been refrained from providing new admissions by the PMDC till NAB cleared them, he added.
The following medical colleges have been prohibited from providing
admission, and their names have been issued on PMDC's official website. Dawn
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AIOU to establish six new campuses in northern areas
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University will establish six new campuss in northern
areas for facilitating its students and upgrading its academic network.
the campus building will be constructed at Gilgit and Skardu during the
upcoming financial year, said a news release issued on Sunday.
the earth-breaking ceremony of Gilgit campus, Gilgit Baltistan Governor
Pir Karam Ali Shah said the AIOU was playing leading role in enhancing
literacy rate in the northern region through distance learning system.
also lauded the consistent and dedicated efforts of Dr Sangi and its
team for expending the university network in the country's remote
regions, including Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
On the occasion, AIOU
Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi informed that construction of
building at Gilgit will cost Rs 30 million. Dr Sangi said AIOU had
played a pivotal role in promoting education in Gilgit-Baltistan and
other remote parts of the county.
The Gilgit campus will be
equipped with latest state-of-the-art technology, including computer
labs, video conferencing systems, examination hall, class rooms,
information counters, library and internet facility.
will facilitate thousands of students of AIOU who live around the
region. The campus is a part of the university's strategy to promote
job-oriented education and to ensure access to equal quality education
across the country, Dr Sangi said.
Meanwhile speaking the
tutorial meeting, Gilgit Baltistan Finance Minister Muhammad Ali Akhtar
announced the donation of 10-kanal piece of land for the construction of
university campus in Hunza Nagar on immediate basis.
that their government will fully support the AIOU in its educational
pursuits, especially ensuring quality education and extending academic
network in northern areas.
Prof Sangi assured him that the AIOU
will be exploiting all available resources to provide best possible
educational facilities to its students in remote regions. app
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