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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.

According 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 issue.

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 departments concerned.

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.

Meanwhile, a 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.

anti-polio 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.

The 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.

Speaking 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--vis routine immunisation and polio.

"Fight 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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PU admission
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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Plagiarism case
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).

Sources 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.

The 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 Department.

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 the case.

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 government.

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.

According 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 (LUMS).

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.

British 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 poverty."

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 competitiveness."

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.

The 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.

As 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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