Ad hoc lecturers regularisation issue | PMDC new VP
No record of 'regularised' lecturers
Lahore, Mar 27: The Punjab Higher Education Department has no consolidated
list of the 96 ad hoc lecturers, whom the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice
Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, ordered regularisation on Wednesday and asked the
Punjab government to submit a report within three days. Also, those sacked
lecturers, who were not party in the petition, have also demanded that the
government reinstate them.
Higher education department officials even
contacted Supreme Court officials to obtain the record. Punjab higher education
secretary Azhar Husain Shamim also visited the Punjab Public Service Commission
for the purpose, a secretariat official said. A bench, consisting of the
chief justice and justices Mian Shakirullah Jan and Nasirul Mulk, had dismissed
a review petition by the provincial government against the court's order of Sept
The court also directed the Punjab government to clear the
arrears of the lecturers, ignoring a request by government counsel Mudasir
Khalid to withdraw the petition. Dawn
Recruitment of 34,000 teachers under process
Lahore: A spokesman of School Education Department,
in reaction to a news item appearing in section of press regarding recruitment
of Educators in the Education Department, has stated that the School Education
Department is processing the case of recruitment of 34,000 teachers in 35
districts of Punjab. According to a handout here on Thursday, the process of
recruitment is being undertaken under a transparent and objective recruitment
policy issued on 29.12.2008 by the then government. There was no element of
subjectivity or discretion under the recruitment policy which was a part of the
WB funded Education Sector Reform Programme. The News
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Dr Asim now VP PMDC too
Lahore: Pakistan Medical and Dental Council the other day elected its new
Vice President Dr Asim Hussain amid strong opposition and odd circumstances.
The newly elected VP Dr Asim Hussain is the Chancellor of Zia uddin Medical
University Karachi besides holding some other senior positions in the government
including advisor to PM on Petroleum and Natural Resources. He is well connected
to the influential circles within the PPP.
Interestingly, the voting to elect
the new vice president and replace the existing one took place when some
important members of the general council were missing. President PMDC Prof Dr
Sibt ul Husnain, rival party candidate for VP Prof Dr Mussadaq Khan, Additional
Chief Secretary Punjab Taimur Azmat Usman, principals of the four public medical
colleges of Punjab and some other council members were absent from the
The PMDC's sitting Vice President Dr Masood Hameed chaired the
meeting as an acting president in the absence of President Prof Dr Sibt ul
Hussnain who was in UK on a private tour.
According to an insider, the
controversy over the issue triggered in the PMDC meeting when its nine members
including Additional Secretary (Technical) Health Punjab Dr Mushtaq Ahmed
Sulehriya, Principal Allama Iqbal Medical College Prof Dr Javed Akram and Vice
Chancellor UHS Prof Dr Malik Hussain Mubashar stood up on their seats and
protested against the in haste inclusion of elections for the office of VP as a
part of the agenda. They claimed that the issue to elect the new VP was not
mentioned in the first three letters issued to the PMDC council members for
their participation in the meeting, which was postponed three times due to one
reason or the other.
They pointed out that the management of the council included election in the
agenda on emergency basis and informed the members quite late, mentioning it in
last notice that was sent to them only a few days before the meeting. The last
intimation for the meeting was issued on March 17. As such most of the PMDC
council members could not prepare for the elections.
When contacted Dr Asim
Hussain denied the claims by his opponents saying that the issue of electing the
new VP was mentioned in the meeting minutes of the PMDC's last council meeting
held some months back. He said the VP's term had expired in January this
About the absence of the president PMDC and his rival candidate, Dr
Asim said Prof Sibt ul Husnain could not attend the meeting as he had gone
abroad for treatment while the meeting which was to be held at 8:00pm was
delayed for eight hours only to ensure presence of his rival candidate Prof
Mussadaq Khan but he did not come up despite the fact that the secretary PMDC
contacted him repeatedly on his cellular phone. He said after waiting for a
considerable time, the meeting started at 3:00pm instead of 8:00 in the morning
and added that it was a fault on the part of Prof Mussadaq if he could not show
up on the occasion.
On the other hand, Prof Mussadaq Khan said that he had informed the PMDC about his engagements a week ago. Despite his
prior intimation about his absence, the management conducted elections. He was
busy in his college's seminar at that time, he added.
The members of the
council claimed that Dr Asim was the first VP in the history of PMDC being
elected by a meeting in the absence of its president. The council went ahead
with election despite their objection that the president was abroad. The
council's members expressed displeasure over the way election was conducted in
the absence of several other notable members also.
"During the meeting Additional Secretary Health Dr Mushtaq while pointing out
that many principals of the medical colleges have been changed and their
membership process is in progress, advised the council to postpone the
election", a source disclosed.
An insider said the nine participants of the
meeting also suggested to postpone the election till the return of their
president Prof Dr Sibt ul Husnain and requested to include the same agenda item
for the next meeting.
Additional Secretary Health Dr
Mushtaq Ahmed Sulehriya expressed his strong reservations over the way the
management elected the new VP. He said the PMDC first served a notice informing
the members that the general council meeting would be held on March 11. The
notice was again issued on February 27. In this notice too, there was no mention
of the election to be held in the said meeting. Nor the election was included in
another notice served on March 4.
He said similarly a third notice too was
issued for the members intimating cancellation of council meeting and its next
schedule as well but in this notice there was no word for a new VP. It was only
the last notice, issued on March 17 that carried the intimation of VP's
Prof Dr Javed Akram said it was the responsibility of the PMDC to
give opportunity to its members to ensure maximum participation in the general
council meeting. He said the participants of the meeting were not sufficient at
the time for electing the new VP. He also criticised the role played by Prof
Mussadaq Khan for not participating in the council meeting despite the fact that
some council members had proposed him.
Meanwhile, PMDC sources said the
council meeting also gave approval to upgrade the post of the registrar PMDC
from grade 19 to grade 20. Resultantly, Dr Ahmad Nadeem Akbar, Registrar PMDC,
has been promoted from grade 19 to the next one. The Nation
PPSC withdraws recommendation
Lahore: The Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) has withdrawn the
recommendation of a candidate for the post of Planning Officer/Deputy District
Officer (Planning) BS-17 on the basis of bogus certificates.
had earlier recommended Miss Sabia Rafique d/o Muhammad Rafique Ghumman (CNIC
Card No. 37405-0268929-8), resident of House No. 12, Street No. 02, Muhallah
Noorani Masjid, Chaklala, Rawalpindi, for the post of Planning Officer/Deputy
District Officer (Planning). The PPSC further states that she has been
disqualified forever for any examination, test or interview for any post held or
to be held by the Punjab Public Service Commission, Lahore, in view of the bogus
experience certificates produced by her.
Meanwhile, the Punjab Public
Service Commission (PPSC), Lahore, has cleared 469 candidates for interview for
recruitment to 91 posts of lecturer of Urdu (Male) BS-17 in the Punjab Education
Department. Detailed results can be seen on the PPSC website www.ppsc.gop.pk,
according to a press release here on Thursday.
Punjab University results
Lahore: The Punjab University Examination Department has declared the results of M Phil
Environmental Sciences (Semester System), Session 2006-2008, Diploma in Hindi,
Session 2007-2008, BSc Computer Sciences (2-Year Programme), Semester System,
Session 2002-2004, Bachelor of Laws (Morning), Semester System, Session
2005-2008, Bachelor of Laws (Evening), Semester System, Session 2005-2008,
Master of Commerce (Morning), Semester System, Session 2006-2008, Master of
Commerce (Evening), Semester System, Session 2006-2008 and Master of Business
Administration (Evening), Semester System, Session 2006-2008.
Lahore: The Punjab University has awarded PhD degrees to Muhammad Akram and Muhammad Afzal Zahid.
Muhammad Akram s/o Allah Dita and Muhammad Afzal Zahid s/o Abdul Ghafoor have
been awarded PhD degrees. The News
Kinnaird College wins LCCI Business Plan Competition
Lahore: Kinnaird College for Women University (KCWU) on Thursday
won the two-day Lahore Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Business Plan
Competition 2009, while STEP Institute and Lahore University of Management
Sciences (LUMS) secured the second and third positions, respectively.
competition was arranged by the LCCI Standing Committee on Education and was
attended by students and businessmen belonging to various institutions. LCCI
President Mian Muzaffar Ali chaired the competition while the students from the
University of Central Punjab, LUMS, Imperial College for Business Studies, STEP
Institute, Government College University (GCU) and COMSATS Institute
participated in the competition. LCCI Standing Committee on Education Convener
Faisal Iqbal Sheikh said such competitions encouraged students and helped them
to start their own businesses in an innovative manner.
Gen Kayani visits Royal College of Defence Studies
London: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Kayani on
Thursday visited the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS). The COAS is
currently on an official visit to the United Kingdom. Defence Academy Director
Lt General Andrew Graham and RCDS Commandant Rear Admiral Charles Style received
Gen Kayani at the college. Chief of General Staff General Richard Dannatt also
accompanied the COAS. The COAS addressed the faculty and students on "Strategic
Stability Issues in the Region - Challenges and Way Forward". On Wednesday,
Dannatt hosted a dinner in honour of the COAS at the Cavalry and Guards Centre,
which was attended by senior British military officials. App
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