Punjab four-year BS (Honours) degree issues
'Teething troubles' for new BS (Honours) programme
Lahore, Oct 9: The Punjab government's ambitious four-year BS (Honours)
programme is facing hiccups like affiliation issues as well as teachers'
campaign against the concept of boards of governors resulting in a
lukewarm student response.
It is learnt that even the major
colleges in Lahore have failed to admit students to the capacity of
available seats. In certain disciplines either no student applied or few
aspirants turned up to join the colleges.
Earlier, when the
application forms for the programme went on sale in 26 colleges across
the province a few weeks ago the authorities were delighted at the
response. According to the education minister, more than 33,000 forms
The BS (Honours) classes were originally scheduled to begin on Oct 4 but have now been re-scheduled for Oct 15.
The three major boys' colleges were unable to attract students to the
honours programme which promises quality education with better scope in
the job market. At the Government College of Science, Wahdat Road, only
310 students have got admissions against the available 750 seats.
College principal Dr Iftikhar Ahmad Baig says the institute will put up
two more lists before launching the classes on Oct 15. He said the
college was not offering BS (Honours) in education as advertised last
Meanwhile, the Joint Action Committee of Teachers and
Students claimed that only 160 students had got admission to the
Government College of Science by Oct 6. The committee leaders said the
Government Islamia College, Civil Lines, had got admitted only 85
students against 400 seats, while no student sought admission to the
Government MAO College. So is the case with other 23 colleges selected
for the programme in 12 districts.
There're a number of
subjects which had not attracted even a single student, they said,
adding that no student had applied for admission to Education, Urdu and
Islamic Studies subjects. Similarly, few students had got admission to
the honours programme in English, political science and other subjects,
JAC chairman Dr Zahid Ahmad Sheikh claimed that less
than a dozen students had got admission to each of the 14 disciplines.
He said only BBA programme had attracted students and those who got
themselves enrolled for this new programme were sceptical about their
future because the Punjab University had not granted affiliation to it.
Senior officials in the higher education department say the department
was kept in the dark by the affiliation officials (in the Punjab
University) and refused affiliation of some programmes including the
newly-introduced ones at the eleventh hour. They say the ravaging floods
also contributed to delay in the launch of the programme.
JAC chairman said the BoGs had been constituted in the colleges to
"fulfill the IMF agenda". He suggested that the Punjab Assembly should
discuss the issue and demanded that the higher education department
withdraw transfer orders. The new programme, he said, should be
introduced in all 440 colleges in the province.
Education Secretary Ahad Khan Cheema said it's unfortunate that the
college teachers were campaigning against the programme and discouraging
students to go for it. He said the department had also received reports
that in some districts, teachers and their students tore admission
Mr Cheema, however, admitted that the Punjab University
did not grant affiliation to the state-run colleges well in time. He
said the department had made commitment that it would complete the PU
requirements in due course of time.
He said the PU vice chancellor had now agreed to grant affiliation while exercising his emergency powers.
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Turkish, PU scholars discuss exchange programme
Lahore: Founder President of International Universities Council
of Turkey Orhan Hikmet Azizoglu along with a six-member delegation of
Turkish scholars and educationists held a marathon meeting with Punjab
University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran and prominent faculty
members here on Thursday.
Mr Azizoglu stressed the need for
arranging a comprehensive faculty and students exchange programme
besides organising joint national and international conferences,
workshops and seminars to benefit fully from each others' educational
experiences and expertise of various faculties.
said education was the only tool that could help Muslim Ummah compete
with the technologically advanced countries in the world. Without
substantial improvement in education system and spread of modern
knowledge of science and technology, the PU vice-chancellor said, Muslim
Ummah's honourable survival and rapid socio-economic development could
not be guaranteed.
Prof Kamran acknowledged that Turkey was on
top in respect of scientific research publications in the entire Islamic
world. He said Pakistanis had deep sentiments of love for their Turkish
brethren and added that Turkish language was being imparted to
Pakistani students in the Oriental College since 1950. He, however,
stressed that much more was needed to be done to further strengthen the
existing bi-lateral ties of language, culture and literature. He
stressed the need to promote the Turkish and Urdu languages in
universities of both countries.
Mr Azizoglu apprised the PU
faculty members about membership of International Universities Council
of Turkey and added that membership of PU with the council could lead to
enhanced academic and research cooperation between the scholars and
students of the universities of both the countries.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Jamil Anwar Chaudhry, Registrar Prof Dr
Muhammad Akhtar, Prof Dr Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal, Prof Dr Javed Ahmad, Prof
Dr Shahida Husnain, Prof Dr Liaqat Ali, Prof Dr Mugheesuddin Sheikh,
Prof Dr Mahmood Akthar, Prof Dr Mazhar Moen and External Linkages
director Maria Maldonado attended the meeting and discussed as to how
greater collaboration could be made to benefit students and scholars of
universities of both the brotherly Islamic countries.
Turkish delegation was also accompanied by University of Lahore chairman
Muhammad Abdul Raoof and Rector Prof Dr Muhammad Saleem Shuja.
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Degree equivalence issue: Punjab University expels eight protesting students
Lahore: The Punjab University administration has expelled eight
students of the Institute of Mycology and Plant Pathology (IMPP)
allegedly after a clash with teachers and varsity guards.
The students were continuously protesting against the credibility of the degree issued by the institute.
students said the Punjab Public Service Commission told the Punjab
University in 2004 that its IMPP faculty was irrelevant, but no action
was taken during the last six years. They said IMPP graduates were
shocked to know in an interview at PPSC after qualifying a written test
that they were not eligible for the interview.
said, the Punjab Agriculture Department asked the university to hire a
permanent faculty. The students alleged that the university
administration transferred the only relevant teacher along with another
IMPP teacher to the PU College of Pharmacy on charges of instigating
The students said university guards baton-charged them
when they were protesting. As a result, a female student's arm was
fractured and a number of others were injured.
It is learnt the
PU has expelled students Adnan Saeed and Ayesha Majeed (PhD); Muhammad
Atif, Umar Maqsood, Hasnain Nawaz and Mehwish (7th semester); Shakeel
Shaukat (5th semester) and Bilal Haider (3rd semester). The students
said the PU administration terminated the services of seven guards, who
could not protect teachers and "properly baton-charge" the protesting
The PU spokesman said the university administration
was trying to resolve the issue of IMPP degree equivalence at the
earliest. He said IMPP graduates' future was top priority of the
administration and it would get their degrees recognised everywhere.
April last when the issue of degree equivalence came into light, the
spokesman said the university administration got approval of change of
nomenclature of degrees from BSc (Honours) and MSc (Honours) in Mycology
and Plant Pathology to BSc (Honours) and MSc (Honours) in Agriculture
(Plant Pathology). He said the PU adopted the HEC recognised curricula
in Plant Pathology and got it approved from the Board of Studies in
Mycology and Plant Pathology and Board of Faculty of Life Sciences.
addition, the spokesman said, services of qualified visiting faculty
were requisitioned to run deficiency courses free of cost for the
students who had passed out from the institute. In this connection,
experts of a subordinate body of HEC -- the National Accreditation
Council for Agricultural Education – visited IMPP and sent its
recommendations to the commission. He said senior PU officials were in
touch with HEC authorities and hoped that the commission would apprise
the university of its opinion soon.
The spokesman said a few
protesting students had been expelled from the varsity for their
"flagrant misconduct, manhandling of senior IMPP faculty members,
hurling life threats and stopping them from entering the department". He
said IMPP students never recorded their protest to the varsity
authorities during the last eight years and those who qualified from the
institute were serving in key research institutes of the country.
held out a firm assurance to students and their parents the
administration would always keep students' interest high. He said
students should not indulge in illegal activities and disturb peaceful
atmosphere of the university on the instigation of any student group,
expelled students or outsiders.
PUASA: Punjab University
Academic Staff Association general secretary Javed Sami, who is also
resident officer-I, has condemned IMPP students for "manhandling senior
faculty members, locking the department and not allowing teachers into
the department". He asked varsity administration to take stern legal
action against the 'culprits'. Dawn
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PU ICS tussle takes new turn with plea to dismiss faculty members
Lahore: A tussle between two seniors at the Punjab University Institute
of Communication Studies (ICS) took a new turn on Thursday when an
application had been filed with the vice chancellor against ICS Director
Dr Ahsan Akhtar Naz and former director Dr Mugheesud Din Sheikh. Dr
Afirah Hamid, a senior ICS faculty member lodged the complaint, asking
VC Dr Mujahid Kamran to dismiss Dr Naz and former director Dr Mugheesud
for corruption. She alleged that Dr Mughees, currently the dean of
Social and Behavioural Sciences, and Dr Naz, had committed various
irregularities, including tampering of the MPhil and PhD results and an
inquiry committee had recommended their dismissal from the services.
Earlier an inquiry report had accused Dr Mughees and Dr Naz of tampering
with results and unlawfully conducting special exams. Dr Afirah said that she had submitted the application with the VC and
demanded for justice, alleging that the ICS director had harassed her on
exposing his corruption.
A PU official said that Dr Afirah's
application had been received and corruption at the ICS was in the
knowledge of the VC. He said the VC was consulting with officials in
this regard. Dr Naz said that Dr Afirah obtained a PhD
degree in Urdu while he was her student but had done PhD in journalism.
He said he had challenged her status at the ICS, on technical grounds as
she was not eligible to stay at the institute and should be transferred
to the Urdu Department. He said she was doing negative propaganda
against him and application and inquiry against him were baseless. He
said there was no reality in the allegations of corruption, and that Dr
Afirah was damaging the PU repute.
said it was an internal matter of the university, and such issue was a
routine matter in departments. He denied that he had ever been involved
in corruption, but said a favour on the humanitarian grounds could not
account for corruption. He said two seats were available at the ICS and
university could accommodate both of them. Daily times
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'Medical colleges to follow LHC ruling'to
Lahore: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) administration has
said that admissions in medical and dental colleges of the Punjab will
be granted strictly as per the rules and regulations of Pakistan Medical
and Dental Council (PMDC) and as per the September 6 judgment of the
Lahore High Court.
UHS spokesman in a press release here on Thursday
said that UHS would announce the schedule of admissions after conducting
another entrance test in pursuance of the orders of Lahore High Court
on October 14 for all those candidates who have secured 60 per cent or
above marks in FSc or equivalent examination and who could not appear in
the entrance test held on July 20.
The combined merit list, based on
the results of both tests, for medical and dental colleges shall be
prepared according to a "pre-set formula" laid down by PMDC in its
regulations of 2003 and quoted by Lahore High Court in its judgment of
September 6, 2010, according to which weightage of marks obtained by a
candidate in matric examination would be 10 per cent, FSc 40 per cent
and that of entrance test 50 per cent. The news
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UET faculty members make it to syndicate
Lahore: Six faculty members of the University of Engineering and
Technology (UET) have been elected as syndicate members.
professors have been elected as syndicate members from varsity's Senate
members, while four faculty members from amongst professors, associate
professors, assistant professors and lecturers were elected through
general election. Prof Dr Abdul Sattar Shakir and Prof Dr Khalid
Mahmoodul Hasan were elected from Senate with 74 and 54 votes,
In general election among faculty members for
representation of all cadres in the university syndicate, Prof Dr Ajmal
Chishti was elected with 35 votes, associate professor Sardar Muhammad
Arif won with 23 votes, assistant professor Amanat Ali Bhatti elected
with 39 votes and lecturer Attiqueur Rehman won the election with 115
It may be mentioned that the associate and assistant
professors and lecturer had been re-elected. UET VC Muhammad Akram has
congratulated the newly elected syndicate members and hoped that they
would work for the benefit of their teaching community and the
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Lahore: Government College University (GCU) library has signed an agreement with an international
organization, Developing Library Network. In a press statement, GCU
Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khalid Aftab said this has made accessible over
7.5 million bibliographic records of books, journals, articles, video
recordings, Urdu manuscripts, theses and dissertations databases
available in 1,500 libraries of 22 countries. The news
GCU gets access to 7.5m Int'l bibliographic records
Lahore: The Government College University library has got an access to
more than 7.5 million bibliographic records of books, journals,
articles, video recordings, Urdu manuscripts, theses and dissertations
databases available in 1,500 libraries of 22 countries, by signing an
agreement with an international organization, Developing Library
Network. GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khalid Aftab and Developing Library
Network Director Dr A H Kaul signed the agreement which was sent to
both the parties through mail.
Talking about the agreement, GCU
Chief Librarian Abdul Waheed said a large number of libraries from
India, United States, Oman, Philippines, Sri Lanka and United Arab
Emirates are members of the Developing Library Network. However, he
said, that Government College University is the first library from
Pakistan which had become member of network.
He said that the
agreement with Developing Library Network would highly benefit the GCU
scholars and faculty members in undertake research, especially in the
filed of Information Science and Technology.
The chief librarian said
the Developing Library Network also facilitates promote delivery of
documents manually and mechanically. "If a GCU researcher requires any
material from the network's bibliographic records, the Developing
Library Network would make it available to the library in digital or
hard form," he added.
Abdul Waheed said that GCU tops the libraries
of Pakistan in terms of excess to the international digital material. He
said GCU is also the member of the World Digital Library, operated by
the United States Library of Congress and UNESCO, and has recently
contributed first ever digital book from Pakistan to its electronic
catalog. "Besides this, as many as 25 electronic databases are also
available for GCU students which provide a vide range of software,
books, journals and other data to students and researchers," he added. The nation
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IUC president arrives
Lahore: President of International Universities Council (IUC) Mr Orhan Hikmet Azizoglu arrived as a guest of the University of Lahore.
to a press release, Chairman University of Lahore and Secretary General
International Universities Council Mr M A Raoof greeted him at the
airport. After breakfast at the University of Lahore, Mr Azizoglu
attended a discussion at the University of Engineering & Technology
by Vice-Chancellor Lt Gen (r) Muhammad Akram Khan.
visited the Punjab University where Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid
Kamran greeted them and also discussed the need of enhanced relations
between international and Pakistani universities and the promotion of
culture and language between Pakistan and Turkey. The new
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Progress on Daanish schools
Lahore: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says Daanish schools, to be
launched from the next month, should have an independent income
generation mechanism so that these schools are not dependent on other
departments for funds.
At a meeting of the Danish Schools
Authority held on Thursday to review progress on the three schools going
to be opened next month, Mr Sharif suggested the authority plan use
large chunks of land adjacent to schools for livestock and agri farming.
Other government departments should help the authority but without having any role in the projects, he said.
In the first phase, Danish schools will open on Nov 22 in Rahim Yar
Khan, Chishtian and Hasilpur, and in the second phase in Mianwali,
Attock, DG Khan and Rajanpur.
He said simple furniture should
be bought for the schools, and a committee headed by the chief secretary
should submit its recommendations regarding the project shortly.
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WPP backs varsity teachers' demands
Lahore: The Workers' Party Pakistan (WPP) has expressed
unqualified support for the struggle of college and university teachers
for an increase in the education budget and warned of more protests if
the government continued to ignore the legitimate demands of working
The WPP has also condemned the plan to privatise
numerous colleges in Punjab and the proposed fee increase in public
colleges and universities across the country, saying the moves will
further consolidate the class-based education system in the country and
increase alienation across ethnic and other social divides.
President Abid Hasan Minto and secretary general Akhtar Hussain in a
statement reiterated their long-standing demand for a change in
budgetary priorities by spending more on education and health instead of
increasing defence budget and debt servicing.
dictator Pervez Musharraf created the Higher Education Commission (HEC)
with a view to 'corporatise' education with little positive effects.
They said what was actually required was a revamp of primary and
secondary education which could only be achieved if the requisite money
They said the attacks on public services and
budget cuts would lead to a rise in social disaffection and could only
harm the cause of democracy. Dawn
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