Punjab students' exams & loadshedding | PU MA/MSc exams rescheduled
Students' future put at stake ahead of exams
Lahore, Mar 21: The long spell of power outage has irked the citizens besides
damaging the business activities across the City multiplying the miseries of
people particularly the students ahead of their scheduled examinations.
Sources in the Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) revealed that an
average 8 to 10 hours power load shedding has begun across the country as the
hydroelectric generation has dropped drastically following reduction in water
releases from Tarbela and Mangla Reservoirs.
They also said the rural areas
are facing the worst power outage as compared to the urban localities as the
PEPCO has started 12 to 14 hours power loadshedding in the rural areas and small
Long duration of loadshedding has made people's lives tough and
miserable as none could manage the household problems, Nasrim Bibi a housewife
said on Friday.
"We could not send our children
to school in time as the electricity breakdown badly disturbs our routine life.
My children are very upset due to the load shedding as they are unable to make
preparations for their examinations," she added.
Muhammad Umair, a student,
said the electricity breakdown unleashed by the WAPDA had caused disturbance in
public life, which in fact has badly affected the abilities and working
capabilities of the common man and students also. "We could not sleep at night
properly as due to midnight power breakdown we could not manage to make
preparation for the examinations and that, of course, effects our ability" he
maintained. The Nation
50pc Bajaur students miss SSC examination
Khar: Some 50 per cent of students missed the Secondary School Certificate (SSC)
examination that began on March 17, as majority of schools in the militancy-hit
areas of Bajaur Agency are yet to reopen after the military
Though separate examination centres have been established at
the Government Degree College for Boys and Girls at Khar, the agency
headquarters, many a Class IX and X students failed to appear in the
According to the agency education officer, Gul Rahman, a
total of 2,000 to 2,200 students had to appear in the Class IX and X
examination, but scores of them could not make it to the examination centres
because their families had migrated to far-flung areas because of the operation
against militants in the agency over the previous several months.
did contact each and every student wherever he was. But very few from Karachi or
other distant districts of the country turned up at in the examination," said
Gul Rahman. He said the officials had given concessions to students of the
affected areas and admissions were allowed to them just a day before the
examination without charging any examination fee.
The officer said
attendance was quiet encouraging as students from all the affected areas, like
Inayat Killay, Bar Khlozo, Badan, Zorbandar, Loisam, Shagai, Nawagai and
Chamarkand, were taking the examination.
The common people of the agency
believe that the education authorities should give some relaxation in marking to
the Bajaur students as the trouble in the area seriously affected their studies
over the past six months.
Schools were closed and most of students had
been shifted to peaceful districts or camps for the internally displaced persons
(IDPs) due to operation in the area, said a Senior English Teacher (SET),
serving in a higher secondary school in the agency. In such a situation, he
said, how the students could manage to properly prepare themselves for the exam.
The agency education officer sees the situation with a different angle.
He said the education department and non-governmental relief organisations
should take steps to save the precious time of the students. He said the
education department and non-governmental relief organisations had taken all
possible measures to save the valuable time of the students.
were arranged for the Bajaur students at the relief camps and schools in the
down districts and those having interest in the studies continued it despite
some problems, he added. "And this is the reason that a great number of students
are appearing in the examination," he remarked.
He said that
arrangements had also been made for girl students and 70 girls were taking their
examinations at the Government Degree College for Girls in Khar town. The
overall educational situation in the agency is pitiable. All the educational
institutions in four of the seven tehsils of the agency remained closed
throughout the military operation. Some 41,000 of the total 90,000 students of
public sector educational institutions were affected by the turmoil in Bajaur.
Around 36 schools were destroyed during the military operations while nine were
being used to accommodate personnel of the security forces.
In the areas
where schools have been reopened, the students are studying on the mud tracks
near the schools, which are under occupation of the security forces. Government
Primary School Muslim Bagh is one of such schools, where the students are seated
on the ground alongside a dirty road in the middle of a wheat field.
Even no arrangements have been made for the girl students, who along
with their female teachers, could not continue their educational activities on
roads and in the fields. The two-storey building of Government Primary School in
Jar area is one such example. However, the agency education officer was
committed to making alternative arrangements for students of the demolished
schools and those occupied by the security forces.
Gul Rahman said with
the exception of Tangi, schools in Barang, Utmankhel and Salarzai tehsils have
already been opened, while the institutions in the restive tehsils - Mamond,
Riyasat, Nawagai and Chamarkand - are speedily being reopened. "We are returning
from the most critical situation to peace now and educational activities are
gradually being resumed in the agency," he remarked.
Sarhad Lecturers Association (SLA) seek upgrading
Abbottabad: All Pakistan Professors & Lecturers Association (APPLA) and
Sarhad Lecturers Association (SLA) Friday threatened to boycott the classes and
upcoming examinations if their demand for upgrading was not met
The teachers also held a protest rally on this occasion that
started from Government College and culminated at press club building.Addressing
a joint press conference at the press club after staging a protest rally, of
APPLA divisional president Dilawar Khan and senior vice president Faiz Mohammad
said that three years back the then prime minister Shaukat Aziz announced
teachers' upgrading on 'Salam Teachers Day'.
The upgrading process was
completed for almost all the teaching cadres, including primary, high and
secondary except the lecturers and professors, the office-bearers of the
association complained. "We will stage protest rallies and sit-ins at provincial
and federal level if our demands were not met immediately," they warned.
Participants of the rally also chanted anti-government slogans to vent their
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Punjab University rescheduled MA/MSc exams
Lahore: The Punjab University Examination Department has rescheduled the MA/MSc Part-I &
Part-II, Annual Examination 2009. According to a press statement, the MA/MSc
Part-I, Annual Examination 2009 will commence from June 5 instead of June 24
while MA/MSc Part-II, Annual Examination 2009 will commence from July 7 instead
of July 16.
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PUASA opposes tour after president's son omitted
Lahore: The failure of the Punjab University Academic Staff Association
president's son to join a team of students, scheduled to participate in two
international competitions, has allegedly been a major factor to prompt the
teachers' body to pass a resolution against students' tour abroad.
resolution, the PUASA executive body recently expressed concern over the
spending of about Rs 5,000,000 for what it called "mere excursion of a group of
students in the name of the Model UN Forum."
The Punjab University
Academic Staff Association, in its resolution, distributed among the university
faculty, demanded: "If at all, a team has to be sent, it should be selected
fairly and all the students of the university must get a chance to prove their
It is beyond understanding as why the same persons are being
sent time and again and who selects this team."
It is important to
mention here that an 11-member students' delegation is leaving to attend two
international students Model UN conferences in the Netherlands and Germany on
In a response to PUASA's resolution, the programme
coordinator issued public information, a copy also sent to the PU
vice-chancellor, wherein he "exposed" that why the teachers' association had to
pass a resolution against the foreign competitions.
"As a matter of fact,
the whole fuss is being created just because the son of Dr Saeed Ahmed Nagra has
not been included in the list of students participating in the competitions in
Europe," it reads.
The programme coordinator, Assistant Professor Samee
Ozair Khan, further maintained that the students, representing the university in
the competitions were being funded by the Royal Dutch Embassy, Islamabad, and
the Heinrich Boll Foundation, Pakistan.
"The Punjab University is
restricted to only providing daily allowance to these students for the duration
of their stay in Europe. Apart from this, the university is principally bearing
all expenses of two faculty members who will supervise this student delegation.
The total amount, thus sanctioned, for this purpose does not exceed 1,100,000
approximately," he added.
He further stated: "Had it been the case that
Mr Nagra's son were on the list of students travelling to Europe, he would never
have tried to exploit the prestigious forum of the Punjab University Academic
Staff Association against such a healthy student activity."
added: "It is very important to recognise that Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, the
vice-chancellor of the university, has been continuously patronising this
activity and the entire selection process, not only in this case, but also in
earlier Model UN competitions to which the honourable president the Punjab
University Academic Staff Association is a witness himself," he added in the
When contacted, Dr Saeed Ahmed Nagra refuted the allegations
that the Punjab University Academic Staff Association passed the resolution
because his own son was not included in the students' team.
"This is not the issue of my son," adding: "Its right of around 30,000 students
of the university." "
Every student of the university should know what
the process of selection is," he added. He further said three of the students
had gone abroad last year too to participate in similar event. Dr Nagra further
said: "My son never requested me or anyone else for selection in the said team."
Punjab University to organise book fair
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) has invited applications for booking of
stalls from publishers and booksellers for the Book Fair 2009.
has been fixed as the last date for submission of the applications.
According to a press statement, all the publishers, booksellers and
organisations of computer business have been invited for participation.
The applications could be submitted to Faculty of Oriental Learning and
Stalls Management Committee Dean/Convener Prof Dr Muhammad Saleem Mazhar at
Oriental College, Old Campus and Chief Librarian Chaudhry Muhammad Hanif at Main
Library, New Campus on or before March 27.
The book fair would be
organized in first or second week of April and maximum participation of people
from every occupation would be ensured. It is noteworthy that PU administration
has decided to organise this year's book fair in April instead of May due to
scorching heat and other weather related problems in the May. The book fair
would be organised in the main corridor of Institute of Education & Research
Punjab University seminar on Women's Day
Lahore: The Punjab University Career Development Centre organized one-day
seminar on "International Women Day 2009 Issues and Challenges" at Fatima Jinnah
College for Women, Chunna Mandi, with the collaboration of Strengthening
Participatory Organization (SPO).
According to a press statement, Member
Punjab Assembly (MPA) Faiza Malik was the chief guest on the occasion. Director
General Social Welfare Bait-ul-Mal and Women Development Department Tariq Feroze
inaugurated the seminar.
Discussing the role of women in politics, Faiza
Malik said that women could make a difference if they were determined.
While the other guest speakers highlighted the issues of gender equality
and equity, violence against women, status of women in Islam, role of NGO's
regarding women empowerment.
Career Development Officer Shazia Tasleem
presented gave a brief orientation of CDC-PU activities and
Justice (r) Nasira Iqbal, PU Institute of Social and
Cultural Studies (ISCS) Director Muhammad Hafeez, Chairperson Department of
Gender Studies Prof Dr Samar Fatima and Regional Head Strengthening
Participatory Organization Salman Aabid also spoke on the occasion and
highlighted the issues of women rights with reference to Pakistani society.
10 papers presented at Government College University (GCU)
Lahore: As many as 10 papers were presented by the speakers from different universities and
organizations of the country on the third day of international conference
"Culture and Mental Health" at Government College University (GCU) on Friday. Dr
M Hafiz started the third day proceedings with a lecture on "Continuing Bond in
Bereaved Pakistani Muslims: Effect of Culture and Religion" while Dr Amtul Habib
Hashemi, renowned Psychologist, presented a special lecture on "The Role of
Clinical Psychologist Working with Children with Learning Disabilities".
Lecture on media organised at Government College University
Lahore: The Young Journalists' Society of the Government College University organised a special
lecture on media by renowned TV artiste Simi Raheal on Friday. According to a
press statement, in her lecture, Ms Simi said women were playing a vital role in
the media but unfortunately violence against women was still an issue in the
country. She said the media was more powerful than politics and the role of the
media in the social and economic development could not be denied. She also
appreciated the efforts of the GCU students for organising informative
activities. The News
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