PU MPhil English admissions
Bias in PU MPhil English admission upsets candidates
Lahore, Oct 03: The Punjab University (PU) has denied admission to MPhil to the students having 2nd division in MA English
despite the fact the university has rarely awarded 1st Division to its students
under the annual examination system during the last many years.
of admitting only the first divisioners to the MPhil English programme has
greatly upset the students having second division who, despite securing the best
marks in entrance test and qualifying interview, were not being offered
admission. At the same time, the move has proved an advantage for those who did
their masters in English under the semester system from PU or any other
Like many other candidates who have been denied admission to
MPhil English, Sumra Anwaar, a candidate who passed BA with distinction and MA
English again with distinction in her department at the Punjab University with
second division, has been denied admission to by the PU authorities. The
candidate secured 33 out of 40 marks of entrance test for MPhil admission and
had obtained 8 out of 10 marks in viva voce.
Ms Sumra said that she, like
many of the candidates, was shocked to see that her name was not in the list of
successful candidates for admission to MPhil programme.
A faculty member
from the PU Department of English Language & Literature, seeking anonymity,
said that since the university was following guidelines of the Higher Education
Commission (HEC), those having second division, could not be offered admission.
The faculty member, claiming that the university had not awarded first
division under annual system to any candidate during last two decades, said
those securing CGPA 3 out of 4, under the semester system, were being offered
admission. It is learnt that the department had a total of 15 seats for MPhil in
English programme but it could only find 13 students as the others, having
second division, were excluded from the admission process. It is further learnt
that the department also took up the issue with the PU Admission Committee to
get the condition relaxed in interest of the candidates but to no avail.
A couple of years ago, the HEC had to allow candidates, having the
master s in English in second division, to apply for the post of lecturer in the
universities across the province when the universities complained to the
commission that the number of applicants for the post of lecturer in English was
very low due to the requirement of a first division degree.
contacted, PU Admissions Committee Chairman Prof Dr Amin Athar said the
university was following HEC rules and if the same were relaxed by the
Commission, the university had no objection. He also said he had heard too that
the PU had not awarded first division in MA English, under annual system, during
last two decades. An HEC official said the issue could be taken up if the PU
sent a reference to the commission in this regard. He said keeping in view the
ground realities, the candidates seeking admission to MPhil having second
division in MA English, could also be facilitated as those favoured in the past
for the posts of lecturers.
"please,, If the students who are passed by PU with 40 per-sent marks in M.a English and cant get admission in any other next program like M.Phil then please dont pass them in M.a."
City, Country: Lahore, Pakistan
"Sir i had done Masters in english in 2001 and got 3rd div on first attempt and it was really a very tough to get degree in first attempt at that time. There was a rule in FPSC that Masters in Eng lit from PU in third div could be considered 2nd div if they would pass TEFL dip from AIOU and i had done it. But now this rule had been finished. I dont know what should i do now as iwant to improve my divisiob but can t find anyway for it. Kindly guide me or discuss this matter with FPSC. It is not only my problem but of many others as well."
Name: Sabeen malik
City, Country: Islamabad, Pakistan
"Some one Tell me plz. I have pass MA English part 1 with 3d division and part 2 with 2nd division I can improve division only in part 1."
Name: Tariq Mehmood
City, Country: Pakistan
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IJT 'thrashes' PU security chief
Lahore: Some activists of
the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) on Saturday allegedly thrashed and injured the
Punjab University's security company commander and acting assistant security
officer Shahbaz Ahmed.
According to PU spokesman, some labourers, on the
instructions of the IJT activists, forcibly entered the campus and reached the
cricket ground of the hostel area. Later, the labourers started digging out the
ground for bathrooms as part of arrangements for the scheduled convention of
Jamiat, starting at the PU from October 15.
The spokesman said the PU
administration immediately informed the Muslim Town SHO and the Iqbal Town SP to
stop this illegal activity. Meanwhile, some activists of the IJT allegedly
attacked the security guards with iron rods. He said senior officers of the
administration reached the spot and rescued Sobaidar Shahbaz Ahmed from the IJT
activists. The PU officials took Sobaidar Shahbaz Ahmed to the office of the SP
Iqbal Town so that legal process could be initiated against the culprits. Later,
Shahbaz Ahmad was sent to the Jinnah Hospital for the medico-legal examination.
When contacted, PU chapter IJT Nazim Zubair Safdar claimed that the IJT
activists and labourers were preparing the hostel ground of the university when
the PU security guards came there with batons in their hands.
that after the refusal of the IJT activists to stop digging, the security guards
attacked on them, injuring one activist, Ahmad.
He said the injured
activist was rushed to a local hospital, where he was said to be out of danger,
adding that they had also got his medical certificate for lodging an application
with the police concerned. He said the PU administration was hindering the IJTís
convention while the Punjab chief minister had allowed them to organise the
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PU syndicate members flay IJT
Lahore: The Punjab University Syndicate's members, elected on faculty membersí seats, have
strongly condemned the thrashing of university officials allegedly by hooligans
of the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT). In a press statement on Sunday, they demanded
Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to take stern action against those involved in the
incident. They also sought time from the CM for a meeting so that he could be
briefed on the situation. The teachers said that hooligans of the Islami Jamiat
Talaba had made the peaceful academic environment of the university hostage and
they were assisted by external elements while they had badly damaged the
university property in a number of incidents.
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UHS refutes charges
Lahore: The University of Health
Sciences (UHS), clarifying a news item published in this newspaper under the
headline Irregularities alleged in UHS entrance test on September 30, has termed
the allegations against the examination system as baseless.
administration, clarifying the allegations made by protesting students and
parents said that UHS had uploaded answer keys of all codes (i.e. 0, 1, 2 and 3)
on its website www.uhs.edu.pk, the same day and published in national dailies
the next day to facilitate candidates to determine their marks under the
It said the grievance redress committee had
receiuved 213 complaints till September 30, and no discrepancies were found in
the result of 208 candidates. The result of only five candidates was revised
after manual checking of complainants response forms because earlier Optimal
Mark Reader (OMR) could not read it correctly. It may be mentioned that The News
had simply reported the opinion of the aggrieved students and their parents
regarding the medical entry test, which doesn t necessarily reflect views of the
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College employees flay move to strengthen BoGs
Lahore: Teaching and non-teaching employees of 26 government colleges, which have been awarded autonomy, have
criticised the government for paying them salaries through the colleges instead
of the AG s Office.
They say that the step has resulted in the delay in
payment of salaries as the colleges were not prepared to perform the task. The
shift in policy has created uncertainty among the stakeholders who are also
worried about matters pertaining to pension, provident and GP funds,
It is reliably learnt that AG s Office has transferred three months
salary of the employees to 26 colleges to be paid the same through the office of
the principals. According to the stakeholders, the developing situation has also
cleared the government s intention of running these colleges through the Board
of Governors with full powers entrusted to them. A faculty member from the
Government MAO College, seeking anonymity, said that like rest of the teachers
he was worried about the delay in salary, adding that the shift in policy had
also created uncertainty and strong doubts among the government employees about
functioning of the BoGs. There was a perception that only contract employees
would be paid through the principal s office, he said, however adding that that
paying regular as well as contract employees through the college account had
cleared that employees of the 26 colleges would be under control of the BoGs and
not the government. We have been asked to produce the last pay certificate from
the AG s Office, said another teacher, adding that the move had disturbed the
teachers who were busy, besides teaching, in anti-dengue campaign of the Punjab
government. Yet another faculty member from the Government College of Science,
Wahdat Road, said that since the colleges were not prepared and had no training
to perform the exercise of paying salaries to the staff, a delay was being
witnessed which had greatly upset all. He said the government should take notice
of the situation and realize the fact that teachers and other employees too had
to pay utility bills, fee of children and other household expenses, etc. Punjab
Professors & Lecturers Association President Dr Zahid Ahmad Sheikh alleged
that the latest move was also a contempt of court as the matter pertaining to
establishment of the BoGs was in the Lahore High Court and it was to be decided
yet. He said the association was also protesting against the delay which had
added to miseries of college teachers and other employees. The news
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