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Punjab University to purchase three new buses
Lahore, Nov 23: Punjab University (PU) Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran on Thursday
ordered purchasing three new buses to ease burden on the existing fleet.
He issued directives while chairing a meeting to discuss issues
pertaining to varsity's transport system at Al Raazi Hall which was
attended by the faculty deans and heads of institutions.
to a press release, the VC said students had brought to his notice that
some departments had scheduled evening classes in the morning which was
an inappropriate move, causing increased rush on the routes. He
instructed the acting treasurer to purchase three more buses to tackle
The meeting also offered fateha for the
departed souls of the deceased girl and recently killed University of
Gujrat Director Shabbir Shah.
Later, PU Registrar Prof Dr
Khan Rass Masood, on the VC's directives, issued a notification for
organising afternoon and evening classes at respective timings in the
Meanwhile, PU Institute of
Communication Studies (ICS) organised a condolence reference to honour
its BS student Alisha Khalid, who died in the accident involving a
university bus the other day. All faculty members and a large number of
students attended the gathering. ICS in-charge Director Dr Noshina
Saleem and other faculty members expressed grief and sorrow over her sad
demise. It is pertinent to mention that ICS is organising Quran Khawani
in this connection today (Friday) at 10am.
Punjab University (PU) spokesman in a press statement said that the
Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) was addicted to doing politics on dead
bodies. He said like other departments, there had been political
recruitments in the Transport Wing as well which created many problems.
He said the IJT itself provided shelter to criminals and was a hurdle in
the way of any action against the culprits.
volunteers: Punjab University's Al-Raazi Hall hosted on Thursday the
first in the series of four awareness seminars on routine as well as
polio immunisation against the backdrop of four polio cases reported in
the central districts of the province.
The seminar was
presided over by Punjab University Department of Behavioural Change and
Social Sciences head Amin Ejaz and Health and Nutrition Specialist Dr
Tahir Manzoor of the Unicef.
Dr Amir Hashmi of Punjab University Integrated Education Research department acted as facilitator.
seminars have been organised by Punjab University in collaboration with
the Punjab Health Department and Unicef to raise the awareness about
the child health issues among the students especially students from
Balochistan, FATA, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab.
on the occasion, head of the Behavioural Change and Social Sciences
urged the students to become a true follower of the Holy Prophet (PBUH)
by registering themselves as volunteers in vaccination campaigns all
over the country. "To save life of one person is tantamount to saving
the humanity", said Mr Amin Ejaz. He stressed the importance of
volunteerism as envisaged in Islam and Sunnah.
Dr Tahir Manzoor briefed the students about the overall situation in the country vis-à-vis routine immunisation and polio.
against polio has taken a new turn with the emergence of polio virus in
central Punjab's cities of Sheikhupura, Sahiwal and Toba Tek Singh. The
Punjab government has declared polio alert in the province and issued
directives to the health authorities to ensure 100 percent coverage in
campaigns", he reiterated.
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Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department has issued schedule of
admissions fee and forms for the BEd 2nd annual examination 2012 and
annual examination 2013.
The date of submission of
admission forms and fee for the said exam is 26-11-2013 with single fee
while forms can be submitted with double fee till 29-11-2013.
Commencement dates for the BEd (Special Needs), 2nd annual examination
2012 and annual examination 2013 is 10th December 2013.
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Lahore: Punjab University (PU) syndicate in its meeting scheduled for November 23
(Saturday) will take up the case of alleged plagiarism by five faculty
members of the varsity's Centre for Higher Energy Physics (CHEP).
in the PU said an enquiry committee was formed by the Syndicate which
recently submitted its report about the alleged plagiarism committed by
CHEP faculty members.
According to the report, all the
accused faculty members denied the charges and raised several legal
issues which were not within the purview of the enquiry committee.
inquiry was held under Section 5 (1) (b) of the Punjab Employees
Efficiency, Discipline and Accountability (PEEDA) Act 2006. The news
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PU syndicate, selection board deprive professor of seniority
Lahore: The Punjab University Syndicate and Selection
Board in Urdu have gone extra mile to rob a professor of Urdu department
of his seniority on the basis of reports of foreign experts and
alteration in the minutes of the Selection Board, which the aggrieved
teacher claims is varsity administration's mala fide act.
The syndicate in its 1701st meeting on Oct 12, 2013, had revised its
earlier decision making Dr Muhammad Kamran senior professor to Dr Zahid
Munir Khan Amir, who had already served as senior professor for six
months. Dr Kamran was early this month appointed as Chairman of Urdu
The syndicate had revised its decision on the ground that proceedings
of the Nov 13, 2012 selection board (SB) were not recorded properly by
the office. The syndicate members were told that "the reports of the
experts were again presented before the selection board for
consideration" as the proceedings of the Nov 13, 2012 SB were not
recorded properly by the office. The members were further informed that
"the SB after detailed discussion while keeping in view of the reports
of experts, in order to ensure justice and impartiality, unanimously
decided that the appointment of Dr Kamran would take effect from Oct 13,
2011 and Dr Amir be appointed as professor from November 13, 2012".
It may be mentioned that Dr Amir had filed a representation with the
syndicate chairman against amendment in seniority of professors on Sept
3, 2013, wherein he claimed that the seniority of various posts in the
university was determined in accordance with the rules specified in the
university calendar and not by the decision of the selection board or
reports of experts. Stating that the rules stipulated in the University
Act 1973 could not be overlooked, Dr Amir stated that experts give their
opinion regarding suitability of the contesting eligible candidates and
do not determine their seniority.
Dr Amir had asserted in his representation that the minutes of the
selection board, which were confirmed and re-confirmed by the syndicate
in its two consecutive meetings, could not have been taken to the
selection board without being referred back by the syndicate.
The aggrieved professor had also challenged a letter issued by the
university administration in June 2013 with regard to amendment to the
seniority of professors in the Urdu department.
Explaining his credentials, Dr Amir stated that he was senior to his
colleague Dr Kamran as lecturer, as assistant professor and as associate
professor. He also stated that his academic and research work was more
diversified and multi-
dimensional. He has 248 internationally acknowledged scholarly papers to
his credit. He is the author of 31 research-based books in Urdu,
English and Arabic, including "History of the University of Punjab",
which was published by the university in 2004.
Dr Amir says that it is a singular honour that one of his books has
been published by Al-Markaz Al Qaumi lil Tarjama (National Centre of
Translation), ministry of culture, Government of Egypt, in connection
with selection from the best international literature. He said that his
poetic works had also been translated in English, Arabic, French and
Persian. He said that he had also served as visiting professor for three
years at Jamia Al-Azhar, Egypt. Dr Amir was also appointed as Professor
in BS-21 on PU's Zafar Ali Khan Chair.
While discussing the issue of fixation of seniority of professors of
Urdu in Oct 12, 2013 syndicate meeting, the meeting minutes say that
member Dr Asmatullah had pointed out that the June 26, 2013 SB was not
authorized to re-visit its earlier decision unless and until the
syndicate refers that case back to the SB. As the June 22, 2013
syndicate had confirmed the recommendations of the Nov 13, 2012, SB and
did not refer back to the board, he said, re-visiting its decision by
the SB was not legally justified. He asserted that the syndicate should
be so vigilant that it should not confirm any proceedings twice.
Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, however, replied that the SB
had neither revisited its earlier decision nor changed it. He said that
there was a clerical mistake committed by the office in recording the
proceedings of the selection board, for which approval was sought from
the board to rectify it. Hence, he said, no irregularity was involved in
Syndicate member Prof Dr Shaukat Ali said: "Neither, it could be
termed re-visiting of decision by the SB, nor the board can do it
without following procedures."
Regarding member Maulana Raghab Naeemi's comment that Dr Amir had
apparently done more research work than Dr Kamran, the VC said that
thing which matter was the quality of the work done by a candidate and
not the quantity of the research work. Dawn
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Teachers to close schools on 28th
Lahore: The Punjab Teachers Union (PTU) has threatened to close down all the public
sector schools across Punjab on November 28 as a protest against what
they claim continuation of anti-teachers policies of the Punjab
The PTU had already announced their plan for
staging a protest demonstration and a sit-in in front of the CM
Secretariat at The Mall against the authorities concerned to press them
to consider their genuine demands. They were of the view that CM Punjab
Shahbaz Sharif should meet with them directly so that he could know the
fact what was going on in the education department.
to a press release issued on Friday, the PTU office-bearer, including
its president Syed Sajjad Akbar Kazmi, Rana Muhammad Arshad, Ch Muhammad
Sarfaraz, Rana Liaqat Ali, Zafar Sindhu and Aslam Ghuman, expressed
their strong concern over the actions being taken against the teachers
on absence from schools, punishments to teachers on poor results of
schools and establishment of proposed district educational authorities
in Punjab. The news
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UK, LUMS offer 278 scholarships to underprivileged students
Islamabad: The British government is helping 278 underprivileged students in Pakistan to attain quality higher
education this year at the Lahore University of Management Sciences
These students belong to the poorest areas of Pakistan
and would otherwise not be able to afford quality higher education. They
had been pursuing degrees in subjects such as business, law,
engineering and economics, revealed a press release issued from the
British High Commission in Islamabad.
The initiative aims to enable the youngsters get better jobs and lift themselves and their families out of poverty.
High Commissioner Adam Thomson said, "Education is the single most
important factor that can transform Pakistan's future. This is a chance
to help remove financial barriers and provide these bright young minds
with the opportunity to pursue their dreams and build a future free of
He said, "The Pakistan's well-educated youth offers a
vast mine of talent and productivity, which will help bring prosperity
and stability, fuelling Pakistan's economic growth and global
He said this investment would not only benefit
the poorest students in Pakistan but also benefit those around them by
enabling them to lift their families out of poverty and helping them
inject prosperity into their communities.
LUMS Vice Chancellor Dr
Sohail Naqvi said this initiative would change the lives of some of the
most intelligent young people from underprivileged families. "Our
existing financial aid programme has been transforming lives across the
country for many years now. This partnership with the UK will allow LUMS
to significantly scale up this support, helping more youngsters to lift
themselves and their families out of poverty."
According to the
press release, the scholarships – worth Rs 1.2 billion – would help an
estimated 1,000 students from the poorest households over the next five
years. The programme aims to provide half of the scholarships to girls.
Students would be awarded yearly scholarships that would be renewed at
the end of the academic year, if they maintained a minimum level of
performance during each semester, the press release added.
five-year programme would be managed by LUMS, which would select
students on merit and provide financial aid on the basis of need,
verified by family income and inspection of applicants' homes.
part of the scholarships, students are required to work in their local
communities as ambassadors for LUMS, by spreading awareness about the
importance of higher education and supporting other aspiring but
impoverished higher education students.
The press release said
the UK had been working closely with the provincial governments and
other partners on plans that would benefit millions of students and
improve the standard of their education. Daily times
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