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Universities not bound to follow NTS: LHC
Lahore, Nov 04: Examination
and tests of National Testing Service (NTS) are optional and not
mandatory for the universities to follow, a LHC judge, Justice Syed
Mansoor Ali Shah, observed while hearing a petition filed by Syeda Anam
Ilyas questioning the legality of NTS.
Justice Shah also
directed the Higher Educational Commission to issue notices to the
representatives of 140 universities/institutions of the country to
answer in black & white whether National Testing Services tests
could be used for the purpose of admission as well as awarding national
and international scholarships.
The HEC was also directed
to place on record all the monitoring reports of NTS since 2002 before
the next date of hearing, December 13.
The counsel for
NTS was directed to place on record the corporate profile of NTS, as
well as, all the mandatory audits conducted by the HEC starting from the
year 2002. NTS was further directed to submit statement of income along
with its audited accounts and income tax returns to establish that it
is a not-for-profit organization.
Awais Ahmed Ali,
Director General, RD and Nazeer Harruni, R. Director, HEC made a
categorical statement before the court that educational institutions
were not bound to subscribe to the entrance examinations / tests
conducted by NTS as it had not been approved by the HEC to act as a
testing body under the Ordinance.
The representatives of
the education institutions submitted that the testing body at a national
level was need of the hour but any such body must be a part of or
backed by collegiums of the recognized universities and should not be a
private organization without any ownership of the centers of academic
excellence in the country.
It was also argued that, in the
absence of regulatory framework monitoring and overseeing the services
of NTS, award of millions of rupees in scholarships was highly risky and
the matter required serious consideration as huge funds from national
exchequer were dependent on the services rendered by the NTS, GAT has
been made mandatory.
The representatives of University
of Sargodha, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore, Women
University Lahore, University of Agricultural Faisalabad, University of
Health Sciences Lahore, F.C. College, Lahore, Air University, Islamabad,
LUMS, Lahore, Government College University, Faisalabad, Govt. College
for Women University, Faisalabad, Pakistan Institute of Development
Economics, Islamabad, International Islamic University, Islamabad,
National Defence University, Islamabad, Lahore School of Economics, G.C.
University, Lahore, Virtual University of Pakistan and NFC Institute of
Engineering & Technology, Multan, University of Health Sciences,
Lahore, NUST, University of Lahore, University of Engineering &
Technology, Peshawar, Ahasyn University, Peshawar, University of
Education, Lahore, Institute of Management Science Peshawar, National
Textile University, Faisalabad, Karahoran Institute University of
Islamabad, Mohi-ud-Din Islamic University, AJ&K, Piphah
International University, Islamabad, Qarshi University, COMSATS
Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, Kohat University,
University of Central Punjab, Lahore, University of Gujrat, Ali
Institute of Engineering, Lahore and Institute of Space Technology,
Islamabad appeared before the court. The news
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IJT reacts to male students' eviction
Lahore: The Punjab University administration wants to evacuate University Law
College Hostel No 16 to accommodate the ever-growing girl students in
the university, but the Islami Jamiat Tulaba (IJT) resists the move.
The issue came to surface late on Monday when IJT-led students
protested on the university premises and on Canal Road causing immense
problems for the commuters.
PU Hall Council Chairman Prof Dr Muhammad Akhtar says the male
students will be evacuated from the hostel in a fortnight, while IJT PU
spokesman Luqman Ali says the Law College students will not vacate the
hostel. He claims the IJT had terminated its protest on Monday after the
university administration's assurance that male students would not be
evacuated from the hostel.
IJT activists see the move to weaken their party as Law College
students are considered the backbone of the Jamiat, while the PU
administration says the college is near the girls' hostel and opening of
its door from the back side (which is actually the main side) will
separate it from boys' hostels.
The IJT spokesman said 300 students were residing in Hostel No 16 and could accommodate another 200 students.
He says the university administration should have foreseen this
problem and built new hostels. He claims the varsity built only one
hostel since 1984, while the number of students had increased from 8,000
He said the university was now accommodating new students in Hostel
Nos 15 and 18 by allotting a cubical to five students, which was mainly
constructed for three students. The over-crowded rooms will create a lot
of problems, including infringement of privacy.
Prof Akhtar says many "neutral" students have agreed and shifted to
other hostels. He says many rooms are still lying vacant in other boys'
hostels as illegal residents are being flushed out.
"Only a few students, either IJT activists or backed by them, are
adamant to stay at the Hostel No 16 and confront with the university
administration," he said.
On the other hand, Prof Akhtar said the number of girl students and
boy students in the university was equal whereas there were 10 hostels
for girls and 18 hostels for their male counterparts.
He said girl students were facing serious problems of accommodation.
"The university administration decided to convert Hostel No 16 as girls'
hostel to mitigate their problems," he added.
Prof Akhtar says boys' hostels have enough capacity to accommodate
the students. After the allotment of rooms to new applicants, he says,
the university may accommodate four or in some case five students in
cubical rooms. He says each hostel has a Study Room and there are
libraries for students to study in a peaceful manner.
Prof Akhtar says the Hall Council has this year issued 1,200 forms
for hostel accommodation and students are being allotted accommodation
on merit. He says the university has this year constructed two new
hostels for PhD students – one each for boys and girls.
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MBBS anatomy paper 'leaked'
Faisalabad, Nov 02: Question sheets of MBBS First Professional
(Part-II) Anatomy (including Histology), short essay questions (SEQs)
and multiple choice questions (MCQs), along with answer key were
reportedly leaked out several hours before its start.
The University of Health Sciences (UHS) conducted the exam by setting
up scores of centres across the province for thousands of students
attached with more than two dozen medical colleges.
Sources said that a number of students received calls in different
cities of Punjab from unidentified people who informed them that they
had question sheets and answer key of the exam. They offered both the
question sheets and answer key for Rs20,000 that could be paid after the
examination. They said some of the students had purchased papers and
later on shared the questions with their fellows through short message
service (SMS) of their mobile phones on Friday.
A student, requesting anonymity, said question
sheets leaked out through SMS at about 4am on Friday and a majority of
the students had messages in their cell phones prior to the examination.
He said most of the students did not believe in the message sent to
them, considering that somebody had played a prank on them. However, on
the Friday morning, the SEQs and MCQS shocked them when they were
exactly the same questions as sent through the SMS.
"Those who got the message will have fun but what about those who did
not get the message and worked hard all the year." he added.
Dawn has obtained the message that was sent to students hours before the paper with time and date.
Another student confirmed that he had received a call from an unknown
number at about 10pm on Thursday and the caller offered him a copy of
question sheet with key for Rs22,000. He said the man had offered him
the hard copy, saying that a number of students of private medical
colleges in Lahore had purchased the question sheet. He said the man
also offered him the Anatomy paper along with its backup, prepared by
the UHS. The backup sheet had been obtained if the UHS would change the
first paper on information of its leak, he quoted the man as saying.
Sources said the paper leak was the sole responsibility of the
examination branch as its secrecy branch had entrusted duties of
security of question sheets, paper setting, printing and sealing of
question sheets, coding of answer books with fictitious numbers and bar
coding and centralised paper assessment.
They said it was point to ponder that how the answer key was also
leaked out that was about to be given to the examiners at the central
examination hall as the university had arrangements of central marking.
UHS Controller of Examinations Dr Saqib said that they had found no
evidence that the question sheets had been leaked out or anybody had its
answer key. He said the people had been talking about the paper leak
but nobody was providing any evidence.
To a query that how answer key was also circulated as it was not yet
distributed to anyone, he said the university had prepared four answer
However, a doctor said the question of number of keys did not matter.
The point was the leaked key had exact answer of the questions taken by
students in anatomy exam. All the MCQs were the same, only question
order had been changed in the four different sets of papers, he added. Dawn
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PU launches new course
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences dean Prof Dr
Zakria Zakir on Friday said that new course in MSc Development Studies
at the varsity's Institute of Social and Cultural Studies (ISCS) would
help resolve problems of land acquisition, rehabilitation and
resettlement of victims of development projects. He was addressing the
launching ceremony of new course in MSc Development Studies at National
Centre for Resettlement and Rehabilitation, ISCS, "Management of Land
Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation."
Chaohua Zhang from Social Development Unit, World Bank, faculty members
and a large of number students were present. Dr Zakria Zakir said the
new programme would help understand science of rehabilitation and
resettlement. He said if proper attention was not given to the
resettlement and rehabilitation of the victims of development projects,
the real development would not take place.
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Five PhDs awarded
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) awarded five PhD degrees to scholars on Monday. According to a press release, Liaqat Sohail Meer s/o Bashir Ahmed Meer has been awarded PhD degree in the subject of Punjabi after the approval of his thesis titled "Kashmir Which Punjabi Shairy Adab (Mudh Toun 2008 Tikar)", Muhammad Ihsan s/o Muhammad Amin in the subject of Islamic Studies after the approval of his thesis titled "Jadeed Parliament Ki Islami Shura-Iat Ke Usoolon Par Ta’Ameer-O-Tashkeel (Aik Tahqeeqi Jaiza)", Muhammad Nazir s/o Sultan Ahmad in the subject of Persian after the approval of his thesis titled "Editing of Zad-ul-Muttaqin By Abdul Haq Muhaddis Dehlavi", Abdel Hafiz Adam Dahab s/o Adam Dahab in the subject of Molecular Biology after the approval of his thesis titled "Association Mapping For Drought Stress Tolerance In Cotton (Gossypium Hirsutum L.)" and Ahmad Bilal s/o Muhammad Yasin in the subject of Education after the approval of his thesis titled "Differential Effects of Content Based And Pedagogical Training On Teachers' Professional Development".
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PU reception for new students
Lahore: Punjab University's Oriental College is organising a reception for newly admitted students on Tuesday (today). The ceremony will be presided over by Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran and held on the varsity's Old Campus. Honoured: Youth Foundation Nepal has awarded a Pakistani youth the Nepal Friendship Peace Award on presenting a South Asian Union Model at Global Platform Nepal held at Kathmandu. According to a press release, former member of National Youth Parliament Qaiser Shahzad is the only Pakistani to represent the country at the Global Platform and complete the Campaign Designing Course. He achieved the award out of 20 participants belonging to five countries.
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Engineers convention on 18th
Lahore: The Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Pakistan, a forum
representing 15,000 electrical and electronics engineers of Pakistan, is
holding its 34th Convention and Annual General Meeting on 18th of
November 2013 at a local hotel.
President of Pakistan
Mamnoon Hussain is expected to grace the inaugural session of the
convention as chief guest along with the Federal Minister for Planning
and Development Ahsan Iqbal joining as a guest of honour. All the IEEEP
office-bearers, fellows and members will be attending this convention.
engineers and delegates from all over Pakistan, representing major
organisations like WAPDA, KEPCO, HUBCO, SIEMENS, PEL, KESC, PAEC, OGDC
and PTCL will also participate. In addition, industry and corporate
sectors will also be appropriately represented.
regular activities will take place all the morning followed by a highly
informative seminar explaining the service rules for engineers in
Pakistan by Engr. Amir Zamir Khan and recommendations on Power Policies
2013 by Engr. Tahir Basharat Cheema. Shields and mementos will be
awarded to the eminent engineers and professionals who have excelled in
The paramount objective of the institution
(IEEEP) is to enable the country to achieve self-sufficiency in modern
technologies so as to remain abreast with the latest technical
developments taking place in the advanced countries of the globe. To
achieve this objective, the institution has set up local centers at
Lahore, Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Faisalabad, Multan, Hyderabad
and Karachi. The news
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7th Children's Literature Festival
Lahore: The 7th Children's Literature Festival (CLF) was held in Lahore,
spanning two days, under the auspices of Habib Bank Limited (HBL),
which collaborated with a number of other eminent institutions to bring
forth the literary event for children.
The event, which began on
Wednesday, was organised jointly by the Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA),
Oxford University Press (OUP) and Open Society Foundations. The key
founders and organisers of the CLF are ITA Director Programmes Baela
Raza Jamil and OUP MD Ameena Saiyid.
Spreading the message of
disseminating the concept of book reading amongst children, with all its
prosperous gains, the event highlights the importance good literature
brings with it in shaping up a child's personality. To travel the whole
world with just a chapter of a good read, undoubtedly gives wings to a
child's imagination and perspective. Adding an immense lot to a child's
vocabulary, knowledge, insight and awareness, books are rightfully
called a person's best friend.
The event housed a number of fun
activities for children, that included not just reading books, but a lot
of other informative and educative programmes, that made the concept of
book reading fun altogether.
"CLF has been a vision, which has
turned out to be huge with its implementation. With this platform, we
have effectively tried to disseminate a healthy vision of education
amongst children, which is not just confined to books. With sessions
containing puppet shows, group discussions, storytelling rounds, writing
and drawing/painting competitions, we have made sure that children
engage in all such activities as much as they can for them to be exposed
to a wider environment of knowledge sharing. The passion and enthusiasm
with which the children are participating is heart warming to see. A
mother called me saying her two daughters aged seven and nine, were
writers and wanted to participate in the event. That shows how creative
genius our new generation of children has turned out to be and events
like these are only furthering their skills," Baela said. "Katha, which is an Indian organisation that aims to
develop children's literature, have fervently participated this year.
You see the first year, we envisaged a total participation of 3,000
people, but the number turned out to be that of 22,000. So afterwards,
there was no stopping us. Eminent writers and artists that have taken
part just want to give back to society through this platform," she
Having started tentatively in 2011, CLF now boasts
of its own publication Uran Tashtaree magazine, catering to important
writers, poets, students and the very younger lot.
out this workshop for children on the first day, 'Peace Education' being
the topic. I made sure that every child was vocal on their opinions as I
asked them questions on travelling, reading and their daily routines,"
said writer Chintan Modi. Chintan had
come especially from India to participate in CLF.
computer skills were being distributed in DVD format. Also, Quranic
teachings were given the most preference as its books, audios and videos
were available at every stall present at the event and that too for
free. To pull off such an event with success and togetherness and that
too on such a large scale makes us wonder what the challenges could have
been for these ace organisers.
"Thankfully, the challenges were
minimal and easily manageable. The stalls have 90 percent supplementary
books. The most interesting workshop amongst others, which I attended
during the two-day event was the one on school libraries being enforced
effectively in all schools. We discussed how media can also play a vital
role in this. I'm just feeling very inspired by all this," Ameena said.
CLF former ambassador and now
panellist Romana Husain was also vocal and physically active in her
thorough support for CLF and all its ventures and activities.
nine-year-old student Anusha Riaz, who claimed to have written seven
books, starting from the age of seven, lent her support to CLF with all
her might, "I've made so many friends today who share such diverse
backgrounds. However, we all share the same interest and that is of book
reading. Fiction somehow stands out for me more as that way, you can
delve so much deeper into things, which are not real and have fun with
The Lahore CLF is the seventh literature
festival for the children of Pakistan; the first was held in November
2011 in Lahore followed by Quetta, Peshawar, Bahawalpur, Karachi and
Islamabad in 2012/2013. Daily times
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