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VCs selection & foreign qualified applicants

Govt 'favours' foreign degrees in VCs selection
Lahore, Mar 04: The Punjab government is blatantly discriminating against local academic programmes by 'preferring' foreign qualified applicants over those having local degrees in the ongoing selection process for vice-chancellors for six public universities of the province.

It is reliably learnt that, in the ongoing scrutiny process, the applicants having foreign degrees of graduation, masters and PhDs are being awarded extra marks unlike those in possession of local degrees.

As per the marks distribution, a total of 100 marks have been set. Those securing maximum marks will be scrutinized and short listed for interview by the VC Search Committee, which would subsequently lead to their appointment as a VCs of the universities.

Currently, the Punjab government is looking for regular VCs of six varsities ˝ including the Government College University (GCU) Lahore, University of Education, Lahore, University of Sargodha, Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) Multan, Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) Rawalpindi and Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), Lahore.

According to the breakup, 30 marks have been set for qualification, 30 for experience and 40 for interview.

Sources privy to the development informed that out of total 30 marks for fixed for qualification, the foreign qualified are being awarded 12 marks for graduation, 6 for masters and 12 for PhDs while those having local qualifications are being awarded 8, 3, 8 marks for graduation, masters and PhD degrees, respectively.

The very marks reserved for qualification are being questioned by the applicants who also term the same as open discrimination against local degree holders.

It is quite obvious that under the prevailing mark scheme an applicant having foreign degrees would get 30 out of total 30 marks while the applicant with local degrees would get only 19 marks.

The difference of 11 marks owing to qualification will certainly have a significant impact on the entire scrutiny and short-listing of the candidates.

The stakeholders, especially applicants, have also questioned as to what the logic is behind giving more marks to graduation degree than masters degree.

Similarly another point of concern is related to marks reserved for experience of the applicants. The experience marks have been further divided into administrative and teaching, 15 marks each. An applicant with one to five years of experience is being awarded three marks while those with five to seven years experience are given six marks. The applicants question as to how one having a yearÝs experience in teaching and administrative capacity could be equal to one having five years experience.

It is pertinent to mention that those scrutinized on the basis of qualification and experience will be called for interview by the VCs Search Committee.

ýThis is sheer discriminationţ, commented an applicant, saying, ýThe government should recognize and support indigenous academic programmes.ţ He was of the view the government always claimed to promote indigenous programmes, however practically the same were being discouraged through such moves.

Another applicant, also seeking anonymity, said he and many other applicants were clueless as to why graduation degree carried more marks than the masters. 'This is illogical', he went on to say, urging the authorities concerned to revisit the criteria.

We could not reach Higher Education secretary Haseeb Athar despite repeated attempts on his cell phone.

Additional Secretary (Academic) Chaudhry Akram confirmed the marks distribution and said the similar criterion was being followed over the years. However, he admitted that concern of the applicants was genuine.

Punjab Minister for Education Mian Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman said he was unaware of the criterion being followed, adding he would seek a report from the Higher Education secretary in this regard. The news

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UoE students block road for love of teacher
Lahore: A good number of male and female students of University of Education remained on roads for hours and staged a sit-in in front of Punjab Governor House on Thursday in favor of their teacher Professor Dr. Muhammad Anwar-ur-Rehman Pasha who was terminated by University Vice Chancellor Mrs. Farhat Saleem on January 17, 2011. Angry protestors chanted slogans against VC and demanded the immediate restoration of their teacher Dr. Anwar.

It is worth mentioning here that Mrs Pasah who was also terminated on same day has been reinstated. Office bearers of Joint Action Committee (JAC) of University claimed that police also resorted to baton charge but no injury was reported. The students remained five to six hours on The Mall and staged a sit-in in front of governor house in the meanwhile Governor Punjab, Latif Khosa invited the students for negotiations. The governor told them that he has sent the summary to Chief Minister Punjab for further action and they (students) should contact Chief Minister House for any development.

The students then moved to GOR 7-Club and remained present before Chief Minister Complaint Cell but no body listened to them.

A student Waqas said that (today) it is 46th day of the termination of their honorable teacher and they were facing loss of education but Punjab government was unmoved.

"Here mater of petroleum products prices gain attention of rulers and these prices are settled down within no time, loss of education has no importance with rulers".

He said, "Our classes are not being taken for the last one and half month and six to seven hundreds students are being effected whose annual exams are approaching". A female students said that it is irony of fate that the Acting Vice Chancellor Mrs. Farhat Saleem terminated the services Dr. Muhammad Anwar-ur-Rehman Pasha and Dr. Shaheen Pasha without specifying any solid reason. The Acting Vice Chancellor was asked by a number of sources about the reason but she was unable to give a justification for the termination.

Mrs. Farhat Saleem had the fear that Dr. Pasha will invoke the students to go on a strike in order to get him selected as the Vice Chancellor so she terminated his services well before time, a students protested. Dr. Shaheen Pasha was a permanent employ and was serving in the Division of Education. She was not given a warning in form of a show cause notice neither was she called for an inquiry. Both the terminations were unlawful and illegal as per rules and regulations, a student said while shouting.

Dr. Muhammad Anwar-ur-Rehman Pasha has earned M. Sc. in Physics with distinction (Gold Medal) from Islamia University Bahawalpur in 1981 and a Ph. D. degree in Computer Science from University of Southampton, UK in 1996. He was working as Professor of Computer Science and Director, Division of Science & Technology at University of Education, Lahore. The nation

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PU wins
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) students have won the team trophy in the All Pakistan Qiraat, Naat, Urdu and Punjabi Debate Contests held at the Government College, Township, Lahore, from February 28 to March 2. According to a press statement, from the PU, Muhammad Tayyat Bin Ibn-e-Ali, Asif Munir, Waseem Afzal Kahloon, Tayyab Hussain, Syed Israr-ul-Hassan and Wahab Ahmad participated in the competitions.

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PU appointment
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, in anticipation of the approval of the Syndicate, has appointed Hailey College of Commerce Principal Prof Dr Liaquat Ali as Controller Examinations till further orders with immediate effect, said a press release issued on Thursday.

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PU syndicate elections demanded
Lahore: Punjab UniversityÝs Academic Staff Association (ASA) has demanded that the elections of the varsity's Senate and Academic Council also be announced in line with the schedule of elections of Syndicate.

In a press statement, PU ASA President Prof Dr Mahr Saeed Akhtar and Secretary Iftikhar Tarar said so far the failure to announce the said elections of very important bodies of the university was beyond understanding.

PU ASA has also appealed to the teaching community of the university to show solidarity and unity in the larger interest of the university as it had displayed in elections of ASA and recognised the alleged anti-teacher elements.

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UHS approves theses
Lahore: The 52nd meeting of the Advanced Studies and Research Board of the University of Health Sciences (UHS) was held here on Thursday with Vice Chancellor Prof Malik H Mubbashar in the chair.

According to a press release, the board approved the thesis reports of students of MPhil haematology, microbiology, pharmacology and physiology.

The following synopses were considered for registration of students in various postgraduate courses: "Protective effect of Phoenix dactylifera 'Date Palm' pit powder on nicotine induced spermatotoxicity in adult albino mice" by Dr Kanwal Ashal Pal for MPhil Anatomy, "Reference ranges of trace elements (Fe, Zn & Cu) in adult population (20 - 29 years) of Lahore" by Dr Warda Hussain for MPhil Chemical Pathology, "Types and sub types of vWD in local patients" by Dr Ammad Hassan Fida for MPhil Haematology, "JAK2 V617F mutation in recurrent fetal loss" by Dr Romana Irshad for MPhil Haematology, "Levels of autoantibodies in healthy females and males" by Dr Sarah Ashraf for MPhil Immunology, "Enumeration of natural killer cells in diabetes mellitus patients treated with insulin and with oral hypoglycemic agents" by Dr Rabia Tufail for MPhil Immunology, "Determination of IL - 2, IL - 10 levels in full-term and pre-term umbilical cord blood" by Dr Zarghoona Jafar for MPhil Immunology, "Effect of pioglitazone on lipid profile of non-diabetic hyperlipidemic rats" by Dr Mazhar Hussain for MPhil Pharmacology, "Effect of thymoquinone on calcium oxalate kidney stones in rats" by Dr Shabir Hussain for MPhil Pharmacology, "Serum adiponectin levels in normoweight and overweight/obese patients of polycystic ovarian syndrome" by Dr Farhat Aslam for MPhil Physiology, "Bone health and nutritional status in 5 - 11 years old children with intellectual disability" by Dr Mohsin Ali Cheema for MPhil Physiology, "Serum progesterone and estrogen levels in second hand tobacco smoke exposed women having first trimester spontaneous abortions" by Dr Attiqa Khalid for MPhil Physiology, "Diagnostic accuracy of C - Reactive protein levels in the detection of acute appendicitis" by Dr Baber Usman for MS General Surgery, "Outcome of burrhole evacuation of chronic subdural hematomas based on Glasgow coma scale" by Dr Salman Yunas for MS Neurosurgery, "Complete acromioclavicular joint dislocation: comparison of acromioclavicular joint K wire fixation with and without multistrand 'Vicryl' band augmentation on coracoclavicular ligament" by Dr Sayed Farooq Jalal for MS Orthopaedic Surgery. The news

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