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Class 1 to HSSC-II exam schedule in Punjab

Punjab commission changes exam schedule
Rawalpindi, Sep 09: Punjab Examination Commission has decided to take annual examinations from Class 1 to HSSC-II at the end of March 2009 while the formal announcement in this respect is expected within the next few days. The decision into this effect was taken to ensure implementation to start the education session from April 1. The examinations of Middle and Primary standards would also be taken in the month of March next year. The News

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Punjab University employee's death sparks controversy
Lahore: The Punjab University administration and the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) have locked horns over the death of a PU deputy registrar (admin 2).

Two pamphlets, each claiming to be truth, are circulating on campus in this regard.

IJT's pamphlet: The IJT's pamphlet is based on a letter that was published in an Urdu daily on August 6. The letter blamed the PU vice chancellor (VC) for the death of Muhammad Munir Chughtai.

PU's pamphlet: The second pamphlet, circulated by the PU administration, denies these allegations and says that the PU VC was actually very kind to Chughtai.

According to the pamphlet, Chughtai's family members had issued a statement with their signatures and thumb impressions, saying that the PU VC had nothing to do with Chughtai's death.

Death probe: Punjab University Academic Staff Association (PUASA) President Dr Mumtaz Salik demanded that PU Chancellor/Governor Salmaan Taseer form an independent committee to probe Chughtai's death.

The employees, faculty and students have shown concern about Chughtai's death. Some PU employees alleged that the PU VC had threatened Chughtai with suspension from service.

The PU administration, however, claimed that a few PU employees and IJT activists were trying to defame the VC.

The PU administration on Thursday issued a press release, saying that it would take stern action against the employees who were trying to black mail the PU VC. The press release claimed that IJT activists who had been expelled from the university were maligning the VC.

Least bothered: PU VC Mujahid Kamran said on Friday that he was not bothered by the news items published against him. PU Public Relations Officer Shabbir Sarwar, however, blamed the IJT activists for creating mess.

PU IJT Media Secretary Muhammad Rehan demanded that the government conduct a fair inquiry in this regard.

Students: PU student Muhammad Kashif said, "A fair inquiry into the death can shed light on the truth."

Another PU student Hamid Khan said, "If the VC is in anyways responsible for Chughtai's death then he should be sacked." Daily Times

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Prayer place controversy at Punjab University
Lahore: The Imamia Students Organization (ISO) Pakistan has demanded separate places for Shia students to offer prayers at the Punjab University hostels.

In a press statement, ISO Pakistan Information Secretary Mumtaz Malik alleged that some PU officials did not allow Shia students to offer their collective prayers separately at the varsity's Student Teacher Centre ground a few days back. He alleged the university guards also manhandled the innocent students, adding that an FIR was registered against three PU officials in Muslim Town police station in this connection.

When contacted, PU Registrar Prof Muhammad Naeem Khan denied the allegations and said the university administration wanted that everybody observed discipline. He said the student fraternity should observe the holy month of Ramazan in a friendly environment.He said the PU had designated prayer rooms in all the 22 hostels where all the Muslim students were allowed to offer their prayers freely without any sectarian divide. He said the university had already provided ample place for prayers and would not allow anyone to divide the students in sects. He said all students in the PU were equal before the law and the administration treated them equally. Dr Naeem also expressed ignorance about the registration of an FIR against the PU officials. The News

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VC encourages FJWU newcomers to sharpen academic skills
Rawalpindi: As per traditions, orientation ceremony of the newly admitted students (session 2008-12) was held at Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) here on Monday.

Addressing the ceremony, Prof Dr Saeeda Asadullah Khan, FJWU vice chancellor, congratulated the students for being part of the institution. She said, "The institution endeavours professionalism and demands sense of responsibility from its students. The FJWU provides an environment that enables its students develop academic, moral and spiritual excellence."

Dr Saeeda advised the students to take the opportunity that had been bestowed upon them and put all their efforts to achieve the skills of academic excellence. She said a depth of meaning was associated with Quaid's motto of Unity, Faith and Discipline.

Prof Dr Samina Amin Qadir, Dean Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, briefed the newly enrolled students about the university's environment and its activities. She said, "The FJWU provides its students academic skills, knowledge and resources and expects its students to think analytically and behave professionally in each and every field of life."

Prof Dr Naheed Zia Khan, Dean Faculty of Law, Commerce and Management & Administrative Sciences, informed the newcomers about university's disciplinary rules, its curricular and extra curricular activities.

Dr Musarrat A Sheikh, Controller Examination, Ms Nighat Raza, Director Admissions, Dr Huma Jahangir, FJWU Medical Office, and Ms Humaira Saadia, Placement Officer, also spoke on the occasion.

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GCU orientation for FA/FSc students
Lahore: The Government College University (GCU), Lahore has a legacy of producing educated men, who go on to find success in all walks of life, said GCU Vice-Chancellor Dr Khalid Aftab on Monday.

Professor Aftab, while addressing the orientation session of the newly admitted FA/ FSc students at the Bokhari Auditorium, said that the when the university started it only had nine students and three teachers. He told the students that the Ravian spirit was the spirit of enlightenment and urged the students to emulate the great alumni of the university who had been associated with the Government College. "The way to success is honest hard work for a good cause," said Dr Aftab, adding that great personalities like Allama Muhammad Iqbal, Patras Bukhari, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Dr Hargobind Khorana, Dr Abdus Salam, Noon Meem Rashid and many others who earned respect in their respective fields had been associated with the institution. He also informed the students that GCU students had achieved nine medals in the Intermediate results of the Lahore Board, which was quite exemplary and hoped that the newly admitted students would achieve similar accolades.

GCU Registrar Sahibzada Faisal Khurshid, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dean Dr Khalid Pervaiz, Dean of Languages, Islamic and Oriental Learning Dr Sohail Ahmad Khan, Dean of Sciences and Technology Dr Aminul Haq, as well as chairpersons of all the academic faculties and heads of the administrative departments, attended the orientation. Daily Times

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