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Quaid-i-Azam Medical College students expelled

15 QAMC students shown the door
Bahawalpur, Sept 16: The Quaid-i-Azam Medical College's academic council on Wednesday expelled 15 students for two years on the charge of disrupting academic activities.

QAMC Principal Prof Dr Syed Ijaz Shah said that action had been taken against 15 students and their names had been forwarded to the quarters concerned.

Earlier, the students continued their protest for the second consecutive day after reopening of the institute and demanded that the principal should be removed. They locked the main entrance gates to prevent the entry of the academic and administrative staff members.

The principal has already tendered his resignation and is awaiting the government's reply.

In a press release issued here on Wednesday, the students demanded that the chief minister should "intervene and save the institution by removing the principal". They also protested expulsion of the 15 students and criticised the principal's "victimisation policy under which 52 students were booked by the police last month during their protest campaign".

They threatened that if their genuine demands were not met, they would be constrained to take extreme steps. Dawn

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"This is very stupid decision of Govt of Punjab and education department which is highly objectionable as well as condemnable. Actually some incompetent beaurocrates like secretary higher education are misleading the CM as well as public of the province of Punjab and trying to give wrong information through newspapers that this 4 year program is beneficial. Actually they are trying to get rid of colleges and have started to privatize colleges step by step. Govt. claim that now people can get university level education at cheaper cost in these colleges where 4 year program is started. All of us including Ahad Cheema secretary highre education has to be answerable to almighty Allah sooner or latter so we should avoid to mislead the nation. Approximately 50,000 students will suffer whose parents do not have much resources to send their children in 4 year graduation degree program rather than of 2 years graduation which is also difficult for parents in this age of financial stress. At start Govt. is saying there will be no increase in fees sorry to say it is not a truth, we have already an example of Govt. college, kinnard college, lahore college, and FC college. Same claim was made by Govt. at that time of handing over these institutions to boards of governors. Here it is important to note at that time when these colleges were not under the boards of governors a poor student having good marks was able to get admission by paying nominal charges but now it is a dream even that he / she is on merit until and unless he/ she don't have 40,000/= to 80,000/= pre annum. It is clear that now the doors of these colleges are only opened for rich people having good marks and not for poor having good marks . Same story will be repeated with other 26 big colleges later or sooner. These board of governors will surely enhance fees to survive in market where education is becoming a business. It is worth mentioning here if the Govt. is sincere then what the need of such financial and administrative autonomy is.? Why not this task of quality deduction can be achieved under same existing management and set up? Is not the recruitment of highly qualified and experienced teachers possible through Punjab Public Service Commission whose recruitment is not objectionable and questionable? It is wonderful joke that board of governors is given authority to recruit directly 600 teachers. In the presence of PPSC there is justification for such favoritism. So it is requested to all lawyers, professors, civil society, journalists and parents to protest against this decision because this is not an issue of teachers and students only but the whole society will suffer. Citizens of Lahore has already deprived of 4 top level colleges mentioned and now they are at the mercy of private business mafia. Again 2 girls and 2 boys largest college are being handed over in Lahore to Boards of Governors through misleading information to public. Just think about that man living in Lahore having two or three children. Is it possible for him to afford such a heavy burden of costly education ? Where he will send his children. Please come out and join hands. If Govt. think there are some weaknesses regarding quality education, results, teachers attendance etc in these colleges that can be made better through strict check and balance and pointing out black sheep's which also exists in beaurucracy but it will be surely injustice to deceive nation by favouring Boards of Governors. Thanks"
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Two-year BCom IT programme slashed
Lahore: The Punjab government has shuts its doors on students seeking admission in 2-year B.Com programme in all 26 colleges of the province where 4-year BS (Honours) programme has been initiated from academic year 2010-11 for graduates.

As per sources, a letter from the Secretary Higher Education has been sent to all the principals of these institutes in which the latter have been directed to stop admission in the 2-year programme, and further instructing them to give admissions to students in the 4-year programme.

This has caused anxiety among students and their parents since number of students would be drastically reduced though the administrations of these colleges aver that they would be giving admission to around 1400 students in each college, and would be able to get nod from the Punjab University, which is being deemed impossible by adversaries of this approach, who think that the University would hesitate in extending affiliation to such a large number of students for 4-year degree.

They also doubt the assertions of colleges' administrations that the latter are in contact with the University in this regard. "Succinctly, the University has not given affiliation to three colleges of the city MAO, Civil Lines and Science College but the government has allowed them to proceed with admissions. In case, the University will not accept the request of these colleges, what will be the fate of these students?" questioned the source.

"It will be another crisis, and students will be on road certainly," he predicted.

The source mentioned that the Punjab University has allowed the Government Muhammaden Anglo-Oriental College to give admissions to about 1500 students in 2-year programme, but now when the College would not give admissions to this number of students, then they would be made to get admission in private institutions, who would be charging huge fees. "This is in stark contradiction to the government's claims of revolutionising the education sector where an equal opportunity is available to all, especially in the higher education sector," averred the source.

Principal MAO College Syed Irfan Hussain Zaidi, while confirming the fact that the Secretary HED as written a letter for giving admission to students in 4-year programme instead of 2-year one, said the College would be entertaining about 1450 students in two programmes of BBA and B.Com, and the College administration was in talks with the Punjab University for procuring affiliation, which would be demanded according to the facilities at the College campus. He was optimistic that the University would accede to the demand of affiliation. The nation

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UVAS to establish Biotech Park
Lahore: The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences is planning to set up a National Biotechnology Park to produce vaccines and drugs currently being imported to control the disease burden in livestock, poultry and human beings.

This was stated by UVAS Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz while chairing a meeting of pharmaceutical industry businessmen and academia under the initiative of public-private partnership on Wednesday.

Prof Nawaz said Pakistan could save annually $6 million being spent on imported poultry vaccine by producing the vaccine locally at the proposed biotechnology park.

In order to materialise the idea of the park, Prof Nawaz said the UVAS in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission was organising a two-day national exhibition of science and technology on biotechnology-2010 from Oct 20.

The UVAS VC acknowledged that HEC Executive Director Sohail H Naqvi was contacting eminent scientists to finalise the plan to set up a biotechnology park. He said the university had allocated 275 acres for the proposed park, where research and development initiatives would be taken.

UVAS faculty of biosciences dean Prof Dr Ijaz Ahmad said the university would hold a video conference and a national exhibition for the projection of the park, where scientists from home and abroad would be invited to discuss the project.

The university spokesman said the pharmaceutical industrialists had expressed their interest in collaborating on the project. The industrialists emphasised that the park should be equipped with incubation facility, research and development, manufacturing and bio-business facility. They said there was no biotechnology park in the country and it would be an obligation that the UVAS must engage competent consultants for the feasibility of the project.

The meeting was attended by Chief Executive Ferozesons Ltd Dr Usman Khalid, Chief Executive Invitro Vogue (IV) Dr Kausar Abdullah Malik, Chief Executive Pharmagen Ltd, Pervaiz Sufi, Chief Executive Remington Dr Abdul Qadeer Khokhar, Managing Director CCL Pharmaceutical Kashif Sajjad Sheikh, Managing Director Shire Pharmaceutical Amjad Jawa, Dean faculty of Biosciences Prof Dr Ijaz Ahmad, Director Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology Prof Dr Masroor Elahi Baber, Director IPS Dr Farzana Chaudhry and Director WTO Lab Dr Atif Hanif.

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UVAS Conference
The UVAS Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology is holding a two-day national conference "Animal forensics: DNA fingerprinting" from Sept 21.

The event will explore the involvement of modern forensic sciences in society and provide a better understanding to the related issues.

The conference will engage scientists to understand the scope and significance of animal forensics especially DNA fingerprinting.

Delegates from different universities, research organisations and institutes from all over the country are expected to participate in the conference. Lectures on latest trends in animal forensics, including DNA fingerprinting, crime scene investigation, genotyping, genetic markers, parentage analysis, lineage and specie identification will be delivered in the conference along with practical demonstrations.

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PU admin meeting
Lahore: The Punjab University administration has decided that the visiting faculty members at varsity's Law College will continue serving during the fresh academic session beginning next week.

The meeting of PU Law College Committee chaired by vice-chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran also decided that the PU pro-vice-chancellor would also be included in the college committee as a member.

The meeting was attended by Faculty of Law dean Prof Dr Muhammad Ehsan Malik, former prosecutor general (accountability), Islamabad, Dr Moheman Danishwar, Justice (retired) Dr Munir Ahmed Mughal, PU Law College in-charge principal Samee Ozair Khan and additional registrar Prof Dr Aurangzeb Alamgir.

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LCWU BS (HONOURS) admissions
Lahore: The Lahore College for Women University has announced that Thursday (today) is the last day to obtain and deposit admission forms for the four-year BS (Honours) degree programme.

The LCWU is offering BS (Honours) programme in more than 26 disciplines while a couple of programmes are being introduced for the first time.

The first merit list will be displayed on Sept 20 and classes will begin next month. Dawn

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