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UHS VC extension: GCU Urdu moot

LHC calls report on UHS VC service extension
Lahore, March 07, 2008: The Lahore High Court (LHC), on a petition challenging the extension given to Professor Dr Malik Hussain Mubashar as the vice chancellor of the University of Health Sciences (UHS), has called a report from the principal secretary to the Punjab governor within three weeks.

The LHC has also directed the principal secretary to report how many vice chancellors (VCs) were holding their offices after the period of their service had been lapsed.

The court issued these directions on a petition by Dr Ilyas Ahmad Arshad Faridi, an assistant professor of the Institute of Health Sciences.

The petitioner said that Dr Mubashar was appointed as the vice chancellor for four years, but he was still holding the office despite his period of service having elapsed since April 2007.

He said according to the UHS Ordinance 2002, the term of vice chancellor was for four years. He said no one should be allowed to bypass the law merely because one was a hardworking officer. He said the governor, who was a UHS chancellor, was not authorised to grant an extension to the vice chancellor.

He also requested that Professor Dr Mubashar should be questioned under what authority he was holding the office of the vice chancellor.

GCU to hold Int'l moot on Urdu
Lahore: The Government College University (GCU) Lahore will hold a one-day international Urdu conference on March 8 at the Bukhari Auditorium. According to GCU press statement on Thursday, the topics for discussion would be language, culture and society. Jamia Milia Vice Chancellor Prof Mashirul Hassan, Sahtia Academy President Prof Gopi Chand Narang, journalist Kuldeep Nayyer, Rakhshanda Jalil would be the GCU's guests from India. Osaka University Japan's Soya Manay would also participate in the conference, the statement added. Famous Urdu short story writer Intizar Hussain would chair the conference. Many other intellectuals from across the country, including Mehtab Rashidi from Karachi, Aslam Azhar and Kishwar Naheed from Islamabad, and Dr Anwar Ahmed from Faisalabad will also participate and present their research papers. Daily Times
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