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Lahore Matric exam from 17th | Students in long march

BISE sets up 834 centres for SSC exam
Lahore, Mar 16: Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore, has set up 834 centres for annual Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination to be commenced from March 17. In an interview with APP here Sunday, the BISE Controller Examination, Manzoor-ul-Hassan Niazi said that this year, 421,416 candidates to appear in the annual Matric examination. All arrangements have been finalized to hold the examination in a transparent manner, he said.

The roll number slips of the private candidates had been delivered to their respective addresses, while of those regular candidates, had been sent to their relevant schools, he added. The Controller said that Lahore BISE had also organized workshops in its affiliated districts to impart special training to examination staff to ensure transparency during the examination. Special teams would pay surprise visits to any of the examination centres to discourage 'booty mafia', while Home Department had also been requested to impose Section 144 to ban the entry of people other than students in the exam centres, he maintained. To a question, Niazi said that like other boards of Punjab, the BISE Lahore would hold the annual FA/FSc examination from April 21. App

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Students pull out all stops to join long march
Lahore: Hunreds of students from various educational institutions of the provincial metropolis joined the Long March in various parts of the city on Sunday.

Defying section 144 and risking arrests, they showed up to express solidarity with lawyers, civil society representatives and activists of political parties who have been demanding restoration of deposed judges and an independent judiciary.

Activists of the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) gathered outside Jamat-e-Islami (JI) Lytton Road office from where they marched towards GPO Chowk near the Lahore High Court while activists of the Muslim Students Federation (MSF) assembled outside the residence of former premier and PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif in Model Town and joined the long march.

Other students under the banner of the Students Action Committee (SAC), a consortium of students from various colleges and universities, including the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), the Punjab University (PU), FAST-National University, Superior College and FC College University (FCCU) etc took also part in the GPO Chowk procession.

The activists of Insaaf Students Federation (ISF), student wing of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf, showed up at the GPO Chowk to become a part of the Long March and raise voice for the restoration of judiciary.

Students chanted slogans in favour of the deposed judges and demanded immediate restoration of the deposed judiciary.

A large number of students from Islamia College Civil Lines and PU Old Campus joined the main procession led by Nawaz Sharif when it reached near PU Old Campus.

Like many parts of the city, police contingent were deployed outside PU hostels at New Campus to foil students' bid to join the long march.

"The massive tear gassing by police at GPO caused great troubles but we remained committed to the cause of independent judiciary in the country," said Zeeshan, a member of the SAC.

He said police impounded two buses which were arranged by the SAC for students to join long march for Islamabad. He said students reached the GPO Chowk in private cars.

Another student, Ahmed, said students really got charged when they came to know that PML-N Quaid was leading the long march from Lahore to Islamabad. He said students themselves raised funds to make arrangements for long march.

Rehan Tariq, a student belonging to Islami Jamiat Talaba, said they were all ready for Islamabad to stage a historic sit-in for restoration of deposed judges and independent judiciary in the country. He said students from various colleges and universities of the country would join the sit-in at the Constitutional Avenue, Islamabad.

Teacher contracts extended
Lahore: The contracts of the IT/computer science teachers and computer lab incharges have been extended by the Punjab Education Department (Schools). According to a notification issued here on Saturday, the computer science teachers would be given incentives of BPS-16 under the Contract Appointment Policy, 2004, while computer lab incharges have been appointed in BPS-7 on a contract basis. It has been mentioned in the notification that the contract would be renewed on satisfactory performance, besides it would be extended from the date of expiry.

Educator recruitment ban lifted
Lahore: The Punjab government on Saturday lifted the ban on recruitment of educators in the Schools Education Department. According to a DGPR handout, a circular issued by the secretary Schools Education Department has directed the EDOs Education, the DCOs and the commissioners to restart recruiting educators. Earlier, the Punjab government, following collapse of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government after disqualification of Sharif brothers, had imposed a ban on recruitment of educators.

Wapda exams
Lahore: The Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) on Saturday rescheduled its departmental promotion examinations. According to Wapda spokesperson, the examinations for Wapda employees, scheduled for March 16 to 19, had been postponed till May.

UHS MBBS paper postponed
Lahore: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) has postponed the paper of Forensic Medicine, second professional, MBBS, supplementary examination 2009, to be held on March 16. According to a UHS notification on Saturday, the paper will now be held on March 20.


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PU to hold book fair in April
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) administration will organise a book fair, 2009, and April 2-4 has been declared tentative date for this year's book fair.

According to a press statement, PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran said the university was organising the book fair to promote book reading habits in students as well as other segments of society.

He said PU teachers and students from all departments, colleges and institutes of the varsity would help the administration to organise this book fair, adding that committees set up for the organisation of book fair last year would also help to hold the upcoming book fair.

Applications for the reservation of stalls from publishers and booksellers will be invited soon.

PU administration has decided to hold this year's book fair in April instead of May due to scorching heat and other weather related problems in May. The News

PU Library possesses 450,000 rare books
Lahore: The Punjab University Library has emerged as one of the largest libraries not in Pakistan but also in the Sub-Continent with 450,000 rich rare material and special collections. Chief Librarian PU, Chaudhary Muhammad Hanif while talking to APP here Sunday said that on the special directive of the VC PU Prof Dr. Mujahid Kamran, entire data of books has been uploaded on its website "www.pulibrary.edu.pk" for users worldwide.

He said that it has now become a real centre of learning for teachers, students, researchers and scholars. He said that all latest facilities of IT, Internet and Website are available to users without any discrimination. He said that highly qualified and trained staff is present on duty till 9 pm to guide and assistance to the visitors. He said that condusive atmosphere has been provided which includes total ban on use of mobile phone in library for all visitors and library staff. Chief Librarian said that "We have rare collection and volume of books and scripts which have been preserved".

He said reference books are also available on all subjects for indoor study". Chaudhary Muhammad Hanif urged the people to donate their personal libraries and surplus or not in use books to library so that these could be benefited and used by other users. About the reading habits, he said that unfortunately students only study and concentrate on course books and avoid extra study or citations from other relevant books. He said that only easy job in the world is study which involved no physical fatigue or huge expenses, if students concentrate on pursuit of higher quality education, then they can contribute their share for national development. App


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