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PU book fair now on 28 | IJT 'damages' hostels

Punjab University book fair now on 28th
Lahore, May 21, 2008: The Punjab University administration has decided to change the schedule of the inauguration of the Book Fair 2008, which will now start on May 28 instead of May 27. According to a press release issued on Tuesday, the PU administration, in a meeting held under the chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor Prof Mujahid Kamran, took the decision. The decision was taken as Chief Minister Sardar Dost Muhammad Khosa, who had consented to inaugurate the event, would be out of country on May 27. The meeting also took several other important decisions to hold the grand event peacefully in the Institute of Education and Research Corridor at the New Campus with the active participation of students and teachers nominated by the heads of departments. The News

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IJT 'damages' hostels in protest over load shedding
Peshawar: Activists of Islami Jamiat-e-Talba (IJT) allegedly damaged the Islamia College University (ICU) hostels during a protest rally it staged against the continued power outages in the university. They also blocked the Jamrud Road.

The IJT activists gathered at the lawns of the college, and allegedly damaged the hostels while seeking alternate arrangements for power supply to borders. Oriental, Khushhal and Buttler hostels were damaged.

Students of the ICU are currently sitting the annual intermediate examinations, and have been suffering due to unscheduled power outages.

The protesters blocked the road outside Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH) after damaging the hostels. Hospital visitors suffered because of the road blockage. Ambulances changed their routes after charged protesters damaged some public vehicles.

ICU student Amir Khan said that students were tired of load shedding but as responsible citizens, they should lodge their protest peacefully.

"The situation worsened after IJT activists started protesting violently," Khan said, adding that other political activists also joined the IJT.

Denial: The IJT Peshawar information secretary admitted that the rally was organised and guided by IJT but denied the allegations that its activists created chaos. "Some hidden elements created chaos in the peaceful rally," he said.

He said it was due to the IJT's efforts that electricity generators were installed in the University of Peshawar hostels. No one from the university administration was available for comment on the incident. Daily Times

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PU Pharm-D exam date sheet
Lahore: The Punjab University Examination Department on Tuesday issued the date sheet of Pharm-D, one year condensed course, annual examination 2007. The exam will commence from June 4 and will conclude on June 23. Meanwhile, the date sheet of viva voce of BSEd, third professional, 2nd annual examination 2006 and 1st annual examination 2007 was also issued by the university. The viva voce will be conducted on May 27 and 28. The News

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Passage between NCA and Punjab library closed Lahore: Students of the National College of Arts (NCA) have criticised the college administration and Punjab Public Library (PPL) officials for fencing off the passage between NCA and PPL. Students said that the passage provided them with easy access to the library. The PPL librarian alleged that the passage had been closed after getting complaints about students dating in the building. However, the NCA principal said that the passage was closed for security purposes. Wazir Khan's Baradari is situated between the Punjab Public Library (PPL), National College of Arts (NCA) and the Lahore Museum.

These days it is being used as a reading newspaper room for the adjoining library, and is therefore considered a part of the library. Due to the beautiful location of the library, the place is popular among NCA students. However, the NCA administration closed an old passage that links the college with the baradari some days ago. NCA Principal Nazish Attaullah said that the college administration had closed the passage following instructions from the Police Department. She said that and it had been closure only for security reasons.

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USAID delegation visits PU
Lahore: A two-member delegation of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) visited Punjab University (PU) and called on
Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran on Tuesday.

The delegation consisted of Higher Education Specialist Dr Jerry Boardman and Evaluation Team Member Rafiq Jaffer. PU External Linkages Director Prof Dr Najma Najam and Registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan were also present on the occasion.

Dr Kamran briefed the delegation about various research programmes, curricula, faculty members, the tenure track system (TTS), quality assurance and the Lincoln and the Iranian Centres set up at the main library of the varsity. The VC said that the university had over 600 faculty members, of which only 30 per cent were PhD holders. The university administration encouraged and provided maximum facilities to the faculty for doing their PhDs. The VC also said that the university had adopted the TTS in principle. Daily Times

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