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PU to celebrate 125th anniversary with book fair
Lahore, May 20, 2008: The Punjab University has formed eight teams to organise a book fair from May 27 to May 29 in connection with the 125-year celebrations of the university.

According to a press release issued on Monday, the decision for the book fair was taken in a meeting with Vice Chancellor Prof Mujahid Kamran in chair. Various aspects including a maximum participation of students, teachers, journalists, scholars and members of civil society were discussed. It was decided that students and young teachers would arrange the book fair.

Kamran said that Chief Minister Sardar Dost Muhammad Khosa would be invited to the inaugural ceremony and Governor Salmaan Taseer to the closing ceremony.

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Student unions at Punjab University: Planned USF rally to demonstrate union's popularity
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) students including members of the University Students Federation (USF) a new student union will rally on campus on Thursday. The rally is meant to show how popular the student union is at the university.

USF Media Secretary Ahsan Chaudhry said that the rally would also sit in front of the vice chancellor's office to protest against the alleged discrimination against Shia students in the hostels.

The atmosphere on campus is quite tense, as the university administration has been struggling to undermine the Islami Jamiat Talaba's (IJT) hold over student affairs. A book fair, which the IJT arranges every year, has been successfully stopped. However, the IJT has not given up and is still working to hold the fair.

Many students have started struggling against the IJT and to this end formed the USF three months ago. USF members also plan to contest student elections against the IJT at Punjab University.

Amir Jalal, a PhD student and USF convener, said that the rally would start from PU Law College and go all over campus. He said that this would be USF's first large rally and that it would help stimulate students to join the union. He said that USF was not affiliated to any political party.

Naveed Alam, a PU student, said that hundreds of students would participate in the rally. He said that the USF would start a movement against the IJT and that the union had the support of countless students whom the IJT had victimised for so many years.

Protest: The USF media secretary said that the protest in front of the VC's office is meant to make him realise the treatment being meted out to Shia students at the hostels.

He said that the administration of Hostel 17 had not given him a room at the hostel because he was a Shia.

He said that the PU Hall Council chairman had announced action against people spreading sectarianism on campus, but no action had been taken. He said that Hall Council officials had told him to appear before Hassan Mobeen, Hostel 17 superintendent, and complain to him.

He alleged that everybody knew that Hassan Mobeen was an IJT supporter and that he was behind the incident where Shia students were not allowed to pray in the hostel mosque.

He said that the hostel administration had told him to move to Hostel 15, but that everybody knew that Hostel 15 was an IJT hub.

Tahir Hussain, a USF worker, said that Hostel 15 was dangerous for USF members. He requested the university administration to inquire into this discriminatory treatment meted out to Shia students or they would protest in front of the Lahore Press Club and Governor's House.

A university official said that the administration was willing to give accommodation to the USF media secretary in Hostel 17, but that another senior official was not allowing this to happen. He said that hostel rooms were allocated according to merit, but some elements were complicating the issue. Daily Times

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PU BEd admission schedule
Lahore: Punjab University Examination Department has issued the schedule of admission forms of BEd, 2nd Annual Examination 2007 and 1st Annual Examination 2008. The forms can for the exam be submitted with single fee till 25-06-08 while the last date for submission of admission forms with double fee is 07-07-08. The exam will commence from 05-08-2008. PU MS General Surgery practical exam date sheet LAHORE: (May 19): Punjab University has issued the date sheet of practical exam of MS in General Surgery, Part-II (New Course), Annual Examination 2008. The practical / Viva Voce exam will commence from June 2 and will conclude on June 3. On Monday June 2, exam of General Surgery and on Tuesday, June 3, exam of Pathology of General Surgery will be held.

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PU declares BBA (Hons) results
Lahore: Punjab University Examination Department has declared the results of BBA (Hons) Banking & Finance (Afternoon) and (Morning). In BBA (Hons) Banking & Finance (Afternoon) Trimester System, Session 2004-2007, a total of 57 candidates appeared in the exam and all were declared successful. In BBA (Hons) Banking & Finance (Morning) Trimester System, Session 2004-2007, a total of 73 candidates appeared in the exam and all were declared successful.Detailed date sheet and results are available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk. F.P. Report

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South Korean delegation visits PU
Lahore: Two-member delegation of the International School of Business of Woosong University, South Korea, met Vice Chancellor Prof Mujahid Karman on Monday.

The delegation members were International School of Business Regional Director Henk van der Westhuizen and Lecturer Ben-Piet Venter.

Kamran briefed the delegation about various academic and research programmes and the faculty of the university. He said that Pakistani women were working along with men, which was improving the soft image of the country. "More than 50 percent of students and one-third of the faculty are women," he added.

Westhuizen said that there was a need for student and teacher exchange programmes.

The delegation visited several departments and was briefed about academic programmes.

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Dr Singh tops DCH examination
Lahore: Dr Mimpal Singh topped the Services Institute of Medical Sciences in the examination of Diploma in Child Health (DCH), it was learnt on Monday.

Dr Singh became the first Pakistani Sikh to pass the DCH. Currently, he is working as a registrar at Mayo Hospital. He is also the president of Guru Nanak Jee Mission, a non-government organisation.

Dr Singh said that he was the first Pakistan Sikh to get a distinction in DCH.

He said that the Sikh community in Pakistan did not have access to such professional institutes because of a lack of quota system. He said that Sikhs could utilise their potential if they got opportunities.

"The government can introduce such a system in medical colleges for the Sikh community," he added.

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LCWU organises lecture on medicinal plants
Lahore: Lahore College for Women University's (LCWU), Chemistry Department will hold a three-day international conference on ' Medicinal Plants' on Wednesday, according to a press release issued on Monday.

The Chemistry Department is holding the seminar in collaboration of the British Council and Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. The rationale of the seminar is to highlight the application of medicinal plants in pharmaceuticals, environment and industries. A large number of renowned researchers from both national and international universities will participate in the seminar and will present their research on different related topics. The researchers will highlight the importance of medicinal plants. Daily Times

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