Punjab Universisty mosque | Molecular biology symposium
Work on Punjab University mosque begins
Lahore, Mar 19: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran performed
groundbreaking of a mosque at Allama Iqbal (Old) Campus on Wednesday.
According to a press release here on Wednesday, the vice-chancellor,
while speaking on the occasion, said a mosque has central importance in Islam
and our mosques should play pivotal role for establishing peace in the country.
He said the construction of mosque would facilitate students and employees of
Project Director Sheikh Muhammad Ali briefed on the occasion
that the mosque has been designed in line with the ancient Islamic civilization
and it would be constructed in such a way that it would give a look like a part
of the Old Campus.
Chairman Mosques Department Hafiz Abdullah, Prof Dr
Harris Rasheed, Prof Dr Bashir Ahmad, Prof Dr Aurangzeb Alamgir, Prof Dr Mazhar
Moeen and other faculty members were also present on the occasion.
the vice-chancellor visited the Khalid Bin Waleed Hostel of the campus and
talked to the student there.
Hostel Warden Prof Dr Jamshed Ali,
Superintendent Dr Qamar Ali Zaidi, Principal Oriental College Prof Dr Mazhar
Moeen, Additional Registrar Prof Dr Aurangzeb Alamgir, Resident Officer-I Prof
Dr Bashir Ahmad and other faculty members were also present.
double-storey mosque will be constructed over 4,200 square feet. More than 500
faithful would offer prayers at a time in this mosque. The residence of the
prayer leader will also be constructed at the upper storey of the mosque.
Students showed satisfaction on the hostel management, however, on a
complaint regarding substandard edibles at canteen by a student, the
vice-chancellor directed the concerned officials that the provision of standard
edibles be ensured at the canteen.
BA (Hons) results announced
Lahore: The Punjab University Examination Department has declared the results of BA (Hons), Social
Science (4-Year Programme), Semester System, Session 2004-2008. A total of 58
candidates appeared in the exam and 20 were declared successful while the
results of 12 candidates were late. Detailed result is also available on PU
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Symposium on molecular biology from 25th
Lahore: The Punjab University Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology
(CEMB) in collaboration with the Centre for Applied Molecular Biology (CAMB)
will organise a 4-day International Symposium on "Future Trends in Molecular
Biological Research and Its Applications in Agriculture and Health" from March
According to a press release here on Wednesday, the inaugural
ceremony of the symposium would be held on Wednesday (March 25) at 11am at the
Vice-Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran would preside over the
inaugural ceremony while former and present members of the Board of Governors,
vice-chancellor Arid Agriculture University, vice-chancellor Agriculture
University, member Planning Commission, representatives of other universities
and educational institutions and professionals would attend the session.
The symposium will serve as a forum for life scientists to exchange
views in a background of recent findings in genetics, molecular biology and its
The overall aim of the symposium is to guide
researchers in the fields of plant and medical molecular biology to address
national problems of agriculture and health sectors.
The symposium would
also include workshops on uses of genetically modified organisms, applications
of bioinformatics in the fields of agriculture and health and forensic uses of
Workshop on controversy over stem cells
Lahore: The Punjab University Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology
(CEMB) will organise a workshop on "Ethical Issues Related to Work on Stem
Cells" on Friday at 3pm.
According to a press release here on Wednesday,
the eminent molecular biologists, gynecologists/embryologists and religious
scholars would attend the workshop to debate the issue.
Dr Israr Ahmad,
founder of the Tanzeem-e-Islami, Quran Academy, Lahore, will deliver a lecture
on "When Life Begins-Islamic Perspective?" The workshop will also focus
specifically on the following issues:
When does life begin (is it at the
stage fertilization, insulation or birth of the baby)? Is killing a five day
fertilised egg considered as killing a new life? If so, is the killing of a new
life justifiable to save people already existing on this planet? Ethical issues
in connection with obtaining biological materials for stem cell research. The
workshop would be telecast through video conference system at the Karachi
University, the Peshawar University, the Balochistan University, COMSTECH, HEC
and other places. The News
BZUs Dera sub campus visiting staff on strike
Multan: The visiting teaching staff of the Bahauddin Zakariya
University's (BZU's) Dera Ghazi Khan sub-campus has refused to perform duty in
protest against the acceptance of 'forced' resignation of Project Director Dr
BZU Vice-Chancellor Dr Zafarullah has appointed Dr Malik
Saeed Shakir acting director of the sub-campus. He says only two visiting
teachers refused to continue their services.
Those who boycotted the
classes on Tuesday are: Prof Saeed Akhtar, Prof Naseem Chandia, Muhammad Anwar,
Ejaz Ahmed, Muhammad Abid, Dr Nassarullah, Tehreem Sardar, Prof Muhammad Khan,
Khalil Akbar Niazi, Mirza Alamgir, Prof Maqsood Ahmed Rizvi and Sabir
"We have decided not to provide our services for university's
sub-campus as the administration wants to close the sub-campus," Prof Akhtar said on telephone.
"The forced resignation of Dr Haider is the first
step towards the closure of sub-campus."
Dr Shakir, however, said that only
two visiting teachers -- Prof Saeed Akhtar and Prof Muhammad Khan -- had refused
to continue their services.
He said the university could hire other staff
if the visiting teaching staff refused to continue their services and "it is not
a big problem".
Prof Chandia said that he and Dr Anwar had assured the
acting director to continue their work only if Dr Haidar was
On Feb 17, the VC appointed Dr Hayat Awan as acting director
of BZU's DG Khan sub-campus after accepting the resignation of Dr
Dr Haider had again assumed the charge of director on Feb 24
after the VC allowed him to continue his duty till March 15.
alleges that he had submitted his resignation after he was pressured by the
administration through Dr Awan to include the post-graduate block of the
Government College, DG Khan, in the BZU sub-campus.
However, he had
refused to take over the block on the ground that the federal hostel and a
portion of boys' hostel of the college were already being used for the
sub-campus. He contended the college would lose its independent status after
losing its post-graduate block.
Dr Haider was appointed as sub-campus
director after syndicate's approval on Aug 28, 2008, on a two-year deputation.
Before joining the BZU, he was the principal of the Government College, DG Khan. Dawn
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Inter-varsity Qirat and Naat competition
Lahore: The Qirat and Naat Society of the University of Veterinary and
Animal Sciences Lahore arranged an Inter-university Qirat and Naat competition
Students from the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad,
International Islamic University, Islamabad, Punjab University, Lahore, FC
College, Lahore, GC University, Lahore and the UVAS participated in the
In Qirat contest, Hafiz Abaidullah from the GC University
Lahore won the first position, Hafiz Irfan Siddique from the University of
Agriculture Faisalabad second and Qari Muzamail Shah from the International
Islamic University Islamabad third position.
In Naat competition, Saad
Farooq from the GC University got first position, Zara Tahir from the
International Islamic University Islamabad second and Beenish Malik from the
Punjab University Lahore third position.
The team trophy was awarded to
the GC University Lahore for best performance in the contests.
Workshop stresses prevention of cruelty to animals
Lahore: Speakers at a workshop in the University of Veterinary and Animal
Sciences Lahore stressed the need for creating public awareness about the
welfare of and prevention of cruelty to animals.
The Society for
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals arranged the workshop titled "Amendments in
Draft Laws of SPCA" at the UVAS on Wednesday. Livestock and Dairy Development
secretary Muhammad Jahanzeb Khan was chief guest at the opening ceremony of the
workshop while Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz, civil society activist
Shaheen Atiqur Rehman, Faryal Gohar, SPCA Honorary Secretary Prof Dr Zafar Iqbal
Chaudhry, UVAS faculty members, Livestock and Dairy Development Department
Punjab officials and WWF Pakistan and civil society representatives were also
present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, the livestock
secretary said that animals were part of this world and they had to work for
their welfare. He said that cruelty to animals could not be prevented only
through policing but they had to create awareness among each segment of society
about the animal welfare. He said that the efforts of the SPCA were commendable
but they had to do more by involving volunteers in this cause. He said that they
also needed legal backing and the support of the media and civil society in
these efforts. He lauded the role of the UVAS in animal welfare and asked the
SPCA to prepare a work plan for the year and follow it to prevent cruelty to
Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz said that the prevention
of physical cruelty to animals was not enough but they had to look into other
forms of cruelties also. He said that cruelty to animals was forbidden in our
religion and they had to sensitize the society about the cruel treatment of
animals and work collectively for their welfare.
Prof Dr Zafar Iqbal
Chaudhry spoke about the working of the SPCA and its laws, which he said needed
amendments to cover all aspects of cruelty to animals and all species of
animals. He said that the society's name should be changed to 'Society for
Welfare of Animals' from its existing name "Society for Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals". He said that SPCA centres were working in 17 districts of the Punjab
and their scope was limited to the prevention of cruelty to animals, especially
the donkeys and horses. He also spoke about the limitations of the SPCA i.e.
lack of funding and resources.
Shaheen Atique Rehman and Faryal Gohar
also spoke on the occasion. Later, the workshop participants were divided into
four sub-groups. They held detailed discussions on existing laws of the SPCA and
finalized suggestions for draft amendments to these laws. The News
LCWU students put artwork on display
Lahore: An art exhibition by the Lahore College For Women University (LCWU) students opened at the LCWU Fine Arts
Department on Wednesday.
The artwork exhibited included paintings,
ceramics, calligraphy and miniatures.
Iranian Culture Centre Director
General (DG) Abbas Faamoori, along with LCWU Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Bushra
Mateen inaugurated the exhibition. Faamoori said the students had explored their
aesthetic capabilities in a creative way. He said the artwork displayed was of a
high quality. The Iranian Culture Center DG said such exhibitions should be
organised more frequently.
LCWU Fine Arts Department head Mehmooda
Khalid said such exhibitions were organised to explore new dimensions in the
field and to enhance the skills of the students. Mehmooda added that the
students had embellished their canvases with their inner thoughts.
miniatures and the ceramic pieces were the highlight of the exhibition. LCWU
Mass Communication Department Chairwoman Dr Anjum Zia said the students had
successfully explored both modern and traditional techniques. Separately,
Mehmooda inaugurated the Miniature Section in the Fine Arts Department, which
would facilitate the students of miniature to raise their creativity level.
Deans, heads of the department and other faculty members were present on the
occasion. Daily Times
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