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Geology students without field work opportunities
Lahore, Mar 24: The students Geology at various universities, especially the Punjab Universities
(PU), have been missing opportunities of field work in various parts of the NWFP
because of the prevailing instability in the country.
in grants to institutes of higher learning by the federal government is said to
be another factor behind "limited" field work, which is undoubtedly the backbone
of geological research.
The students believe that the curtailment in
connection with duration and destination of field work is badly affecting the
standard of education.
Unlike past, the universities now have been
imposing more and more restrictions in connection with field visits which,
according to the students and teachers, have marred the real spirit of the
research based program.
According to a senior faculty member, who wished
to remain anonymous, the PU department of geology is the oldest seat of
geological learning in the country which produced many eminent geologists.
He said in geology the field work was considered a natural lab work,
therefore, students in the applied courses were sent to 50 days guided excursion
as a whole during 3 years BSc and for 90 days for theses work. He further said
students were also paid daily allowance for it in the past, but, He added, the
things had changed.
He said the field work duration had been reduced to
30 and 20 days for BSc and theses work respectively.
According to him,
working conditions were no more favorable in remote areas, especially in several
of the NWFP areas like Swat and some parts of Balochistan. He added meager
funding to the universities by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) was also
one of the important factors for shortening the field work. He said owing to
security reasons most of the field visits were restricted to areas like Salt
Range, Murree, Khanaspur and Abbotabad etc. He was of the view areas like Swat,
Kohat and Bajur etc were some of the most suitable places for geological
research in the country besides some parts of Balochistan.
under the prevailing circumstance it is impossible to carry out field work in
such areas", he added.
The faculty member was also of the view that
geological fieldwork involved some level of risk, however, he added, it could be
greatly reduced by awareness of hazards and experiences.
He further said
owing to the prevailing circumstances more risk was involved in visiting these
areas because of which field work was not being carried out there. However
another faculty member said still there were suitable areas for field work if
university allowed and provided finances.
He said it was strange that
field visits were not being arranged in areas like DG Khan, Rajanpur and some
parts of Sindh province.
According to a student, the curtailment in
connection with duration was badly affecting the standard of education.
A senior official of PU Institute of Geology commenting over the issue
said the PU Vice Chancellor had been informed about the problems being faced in
connection with field work. He said it was expected that the issue would be
He, however, agreed that field trips to areas like Swat,
Kohat and other areas of the NWFP and Balochistan were not being arranged owing
to security risks involved. The News
"its strange to read that uni is not giving the money for a ;lab work; there is no geology studies without field work ."
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Islam allows stem cell research: Israr
Lahore: Punjab University Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology (CEMB)
organised a workshop on 'Ethical Issues Related to Work on Stem Cells'. PU
former Vice-Chancellor Prof Khairat Ibn-e-Rasa, AIMC Principal Prof Javed Akram,
and PU Registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan jointly presided over the
Dr Israr Ahmad, Prof Muhammad Salim Akhtar, Dr Yasmin Rashid,
Muneer Ahmad Mughal and Prof Dr Sheikh Riazuddin spoke at the occasion. CEMB
Director Prof Dr S Riazuddin introduced the subject matter of the workshop and
highlighted the points for discussion to the speakers.
University of South
Asia Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Salim Akhter discussed development of
potential life in utero and in vitro (test-tube) as a result of conception. He
described the life of stem cells up to day 120 after fertilisation. He also
explained the use of stem cells for implantation into the womb and the use of
excess stem cells for research purpose.
Pakistan Medical Association (PMA)
President Prof Dr Yasmin Rashid presented a pictorial review of fetal
development including appearance of sex and other organs in the fetus. The Nation
Unaffiliated BSc Crimes Studies degrees: Fate of 360 probationer ASIs hangs in balance
Lahore: The Police Department is giving fake consolations to 360 probationer assistant sub-inspectors (ASIs) to
award them Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Crimes Studies degrees, which according
to a Punjab University (PU) official has no standing and authenticity, it was learnt on Sunday.
The Police College Sihala (PCS) is the premier
training institution of the Punjab Police. It runs six courses for various
ranks, which include a probationer ASIs' course as well. In 2006, the Punjab
Police took the initiative to modernise the police structure by improving the
investigation training of policemen. The Punjab Police introduced the BSc Crimes
Studies programme and made it mandatory for all newly-recruited probationer ASIs
to go through the programme and get a degree at the PCS in two years. The Punjab
government and the Police Department at that time had also announced that the PU
would award the BSc Crimes Studies degree to successful probationers.
December 2007, 360 ASIs through the Punjab Public Service Commission were
recruited in the Punjab Police, and the ASIs started taking classes at the PCS
in January 2008.
The syllabus of BSc Crimes Studies is Criminology,
Sociology, Criminal Psychology, Law syllabus (CrPC, PPC, PPW Police Practical
Work), Behaviourist Science, English, Islamic education, Pakistan Studies and
Before introducing the BSc Crimes Studies
programme, all ASIs had to get a one-year training after passing out, and had to
work for three months in courts, two months in the Police Lines and three months
with the senior superintendent of police (operations) to get the experience of
Cheating: Most probationer ASIs said that the
PCS administration had told them that the degree would be affiliated with the
PU. They said they had been told in January 2008 to deposit the examination fee
in the PCS for their enrolment in the PU. They said they had completed their
syllabus in one year, and had graduated in January 2009, adding that they would
now take further courses as A-courses (judicial prosecution), B-courses (police
lines), C-courses (assessment of the intensity and intention behind the crime)
and D-course (18-month courses in the police stations concerned). They said not
even a single faculty member of the PU had taught them in one year, adding that
their seniors had pledged that experts would teach them various courses. They
said the PCS administration had told them that their examination for BSc Crimes
Studies would be held in January 2010, adding that the Punjab Police had
deceived them because the PCS was not apparently affiliated with the PU. They
said some probationers had joined the Punjab Police only because of its
newly-introduced degree. They said the Punjab Police had not informed them about
PCS Commandant Major (r) Fateh Sher Joiya said that the BSc Crimes Studies degree was affiliated with the PU. He said further
detail about the topic would be available from the PCS Studies Department. PCS
Studies Director Hashim also claimed the degree was affiliated with the PU,
adding that the examination for the programme would be held in January 2010. He
said the PSC had already enrolled its probationers in the PU for the
examination, adding that the PSC officials had started having meetings with PU
officials in 2006 regarding the affiliations of the degree. He said a team from
the university had visited the PCS and asked the PCS administration to fulfil
the requirements. He said all demands of the PU had been fulfilled by the PCS.
He said the college would send a schedule to the PU in December to issue the BSc
Crimes Studies examination date sheet. He said the batch of 360 probationer ASIs
had graduated and they would return to the PCS for their examination.
affiliation: PU Registrar Dr Naeem Khan said that only one meeting
had taken place between the administrations of the PCS and the PU. He said there
was no affiliation between the two institutes for the BSc Crimes Studies
programme, adding that the PCS was yet to fulfil the requirement for the
affiliation. He said the PCS officials' applications regarding the affiliation
were yet to be taken up by the PU Board of Studies, Board of Faculty and Board
of Academic Council. He said that PU would provisionally allow the affiliation
if the PCS fulfilled the requirements of the PU. Daily Times
NCA dialogue on Urdu theatre ends
Islamabad: Mesmeric performance on extracts from Agha Hashr and feelings
of deja vu and despair about the state of theatre and stage drama in Pakistan
marked the concluding session of the four-day series of lectures and dialogue on
the evolution of Urdu theatre and drama in the sub-continent organised by NCA
Rawalpindi Campus at NAG on Saturday.
Though the impending realisation
and despair regarding the regretful state of theatre and stage drama in Pakistan
came up again and again during the discussions, however, one must appreciate the
efforts of NCA Department of Theatre's team under the enthusiastic supervision
of Claire Pamment for bringing out to the fore the need to stimulate the glory
of Urdu theatre and stage plays in Pakistan.
The concluding day's
proceedings were alternately chaired by Zia Moheyuddin and Dr. Anna Suvorova,
while both presented their lectures on Agha Hashr Kashmiri in different context.
Sitting inside the National Art Gallery and hearing about Hashr's theatrical
excellence and peak of his dramaturgy, one can't help but wonder why none of his
grand plays were ever enacted in this country.
Over sixty years of
existence failed to create any impact on the theatrical and stage drama
scenario. The younger generations are fed with borrowed stuff from the west, and
are growing up knowing nothing about the rich heritage of Urdu theatre and
drama. In the absence of any cultural policy, and the apathy shown by institutes
like PNCA, the performing arts remains captive under the shadow of bureaucratic
rules and fundamentalist ideologies. The multinational companies also sponsoring
western soap operas and remain reluctant to spend money on the traditional Urdu
theatre. Whatever exists in the name of Urdu theatre is either mere commercial
vulgarism or concerted activism by a select theatre group. Nothing was ever done
by the government on national level to revive classical Urdu theatre.
During the discussion, Agha Nasir informed that Radio Pakistan in its
earlier days did produce some plays of Hashr, but Zia Moheyuddin clarified that
other than the efforts of his NAPA, no serious efforts were made in this regard.
Zia Moheyuddin along with others thought it interesting and heartbreaking to
discuss such matters under the roof of a national institute that was supposed to
uphold the litro-cultural legacies and heritage of this land.
back to the short performances on extracts from Agha Hashr's play 'Khubsurat
Bala' directed by Sarmad Sehbai, the students of performing art students Fauzia
Mehmood, Sana Khalid, and Samara Momin gave enchanting performance. Fauzia
Mehmood received tremendous applause from the audience for her superb
performance while enacting four characters alone for a scene. She proved her
talent and enacted all roles by changing style, movement and vocal tone while
delivering each dialogue with such superb subtleness and finesse, that not only
recognised her talent, but also the unseen hand of the directors firm guidance.
Though classical theatre is almost non-existent in Pakistan, but one
thing is certain that there is no dearth of talent, be it directors,
playwrights, or actors. We only lack sincere efforts and commitment from the
concerned departments and ministries responsible to promote and preserve our
culture and heritage.
The HEC sponsored Russian Scholar Dr. Anna based
her lectures on historical perspectives, starting from Awadh, Lucknow and so on
so forth, deliberating her research done regarding the origin of Urdu theatre
and drama from eighteenth to mid-nineteenth century. However, on concluding day,
she stayed close to Agha Hashr and his wonderful plays and chose to talk about
him as a 'shimmering Height'. The News
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