Punjab education, dengue & school uniform
Educational institutions reopen in Punjab
Lahore, Sep 27: The educational
institutions across the provincial metropolis reopened after a 10-day break,
causing massive traffic jams on roads of the City on Monday.
Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has himself relaxed condition of school uniform
for students for one month, from September 26 onwards, as a preventive measure
against dengue mosquito, a number of schools have directed the students to
attend schools in proper uniform from Tuesday (today). The government had set
new school timings from 9am till 3pm from Monday. As the closing timings of
schools coincided with closing hours of government offices, an unprecedented
rush of traffic was observed on various roads especially near schools and
Various branches of a private school system and a private
school at Johar Town, on Monday directed the students to come to school in
winter uniform from Tuesday, ignoring the Punjab government's instructions in
connection with uniform.
Similarly, a number of schools have asked the
parents to drop their children at 8:30am instead of 9am especially those
enrolled in play group and other junior classes. It was also observed that many
students did not follow the instructions of wearing full sleeve-shirts and
full-length pants, and were in proper school uniform of summer season.
The schools and colleges of Lahore were closed recently till September
24 on the directions of Punjab government in order to ensure proper fumigation
and other preventive measures against dengue virus on the campuses.
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NCA boycott for extension to teachers
Lahore: An unpleasent situation was witnessed at the National College of Arts (NCA) on Monday when students
boycotted classes and protested against the college
Dozens of students from the college s Architecture and
Fine Arts departments gathered on the campus and announced a boycott of classes
as protest against the principal for not renewing contracts of some of their
teachers. The situation got worse when some of the students opposed the
protesting students and did not join the protest while a minor scuffle also
broke out among the both the groups.
The protestors chanted slogans and
criticised the college administration, especially the principal.
learnt that term of four contract faculty members had expired and they were not
given extension or new contracts which annoyed the students.
is further learnt the decision was taken by the NCA Board of Governors and the
principal had no say in the process.
Meanwhile, the faculty of the
National College of Arts (NCA) announced a boycott of the classes until
fulfilment of their demands, which included the immediate removal of the
officiating principal and withdrawal of the termination orders of for faculty
In a press conference held at the Lahore Press Club on Monday,
the NCA teachers made the following demands to end the boycott. They demanded
the removal of the current Officiating Principal Bashir Ahmed, alleging that he
was put in position against the rules and regulations which stated that
appointment to acting principal be made on a seniority basis or merit. They
demanded that the new acting principal be appointed according to the rules in a
The second demand of the protesting NCA teachers is
that the illegal order of termination of the contracts of following faculty
member be withdrawn immediately. They are Arfan Ghani (Assistant Professor, Dept
of Architecture), Syed Aqeel Kazmi (Assistant Professor, Dept of Architecture),
Laila Rahman (Associate Professor, Dept of Fine Arts) and Maryam Hussain
(Associate Professor, Dept of Fine Arts).
They also demanded that the
current process of the selection of the new principal of the NCA be abrogated
and a new transparent process be started in accordance with rules and
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PU under pressure to reverse BCom decision
Lahore: Ever since the Punjab University (PU) allowed private candidates to appear in BCom examination last
year, the private sector involved in commerce education has been trying hard to
get the decision reverted, it is learnt.
The PU s decision was aimed at
ending exploitation of students by the private sector which, besides charging
hefty fees, used to fleece students in the name of sending admissions for
examinations, especially if someone failed in one or more subjects.
couple of months ago, the private sector, which has a prominent presence in the
Board of Studies in Commerce at the Punjab University, unanimously passed a
resolution, urging the university to stop allowing private candidates to appear
in BCom exam.
It is pertinent to mention here that the student-friendly
decision to allow private candidates to appear in BCom exam was taken by the PU
syndicate on recommendations of the then chairman of the university s
Affiliation Committee Prof Dr Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal.
He had informed the
syndicate that some private colleges were exploiting students at the time of
sending admissions as the failing candidates were required to send admissions
for annual and supplementary exams through their respective colleges.
However, in April 2011, Dr Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal was abruptly removed
from the post of the chairman Affiliation Committee of the university under
mysterious circumstances when he was away from the country though his tenure as
chairman of the committee was to end in June this year.
Sources privy to
the development said that over the years PU officials, especially from its
Hailey College of Commerce, were bent upon encouraging private sector involved
in commerce education and were also against the decision of allowing private
candidates to appear in BCom examination. They said it was only because of such
individuals that a mushroom growth of private sector in commerce education was
witnessed. They disclosed that the Federal College of Commerce was not awarded
affiliation for the Punjab University s MCom programme despite the fact that the
public sector college had applied for the same in the year 1991 and had
constructed a state-of-the-art building for the purpose. It was only in 2010,
during tenure of Dr Hafiz Iqbal, that PU Affiliation Committee visited the
college and it was subsequently awarded affiliation for MCom programme. The
sources further said that a couple of years ago the members of the Board of
Studies from the private sector had organised a meeting of the board at a hotel
at Bhurban. They said it was first time in the history of the PU that a meeting
of the Board of Studies in Commerce was held at such a place. They also said
that over the years, the private sector had minted huge money through commerce
education, adding that the sector was opposing the decision to allow private
candidates in BCom exams as the same was causing huge financial loss to
The sources said that among others from private sector, this group,
despite owing two universities as well, was one of the strongest opponents to
the decision of allowing private students for BCom.
The executive director of a leading group of colleges having 20 campuses and
affiliated with PU, Sohail Afzal, said that all the members of the Board of
Studies in Commerce had unanimously opposed the decision of allowing private
students for BCom exams. He said representation of private sector in the board
was not as strong as those of members from the Punjab University itself. He said
the decision of PU would lead to deterioration of the standard of commerce
education as the students could not be trained well as was the case earlier. He
said the private candidates could not be trained well as BCom had subjects like
Business Taxation and Business Law.
Marketing Department s Head of
another group of colleges, Hafiz Abdul Rehman, also said the decision was not
favourable, claiming that BCom degree would lose its worth.
when contacted, a senior PU official, who requested not to be named, said the
administration was aware of efforts of the private sector to get the decision
reverted. He claimed the decision would not be reverted at any cost. He
confirmed that though Board of Studies had passed a resolution yet revoking the
earlier decision was not possible as it had to be approved by the PU s Academic
Council and finally from the Syndicate. He expressed resolve that the university
would continue facilitating students by allowing private candidates to appear in
The official, however, could not give a reasonable reply to a
question regarding the abrupt removal of Prof Dr Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal from the
post of the chairman Affiliation Committee.
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Lahore: Punjab University's Examinations Department on Monday announced the results of various examinations.
These exams include MPhil Economics, Semester System, Session 2008-2010,
MSc Business Statistics and Management, Semester System, Session 2008-2010, MSc
Actuarial Science, Semester System, Session 2008-2010, MSc Geography (Morning),
Semester System, Session 23007-2009, BSc (Hons) Physics, Semester System,
Session 2007-2011 and BA Special Annual Examination 2010 (Hearing Impaired). Detailed results are available on PU website www.pu.edu.pk. The news
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LLB Part-I results declared
Lahore: The Punjab University has declared the results of
LLB Part-I annual examination for 2011 showing a pass percentage of 36.74.
A total of 4,994 candidates appeared in the examination out of whom 1,835
were declared successful.
PU Law College Principal Samee Uzair said the university had adopted the
central marking system and declared the LLB Part-I results in record time of
The PU also declared the results of M.Phil Economics, semester system,
session 2008-10, MSc Business Statistics and Management, semester system,
session 2008-10, MSc Actuarial Science, semester system, session 2008-10, MSc
Geography (morning), semester system, session 2007-09, BSc (Honours) Physics,
semester system, session 2007-11 and BA Special Annual Examination 2010 (Hearing
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PU sets up dengue research group
Lahore: The Punjab University has established the "Dengue Research Group", comprising
researchers, for accurate information about diagnoses, preventive and curative
measures as well as other issues regarding dengue fever.
PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran presided over a meeting on Thursday
which was attended by PU Syndicate member and MPA Khawaja Imran Nazir, registrar
Prof Dr Muhammad Akhtar, Centre for Applied Molecular Biology (CAMB) director Dr
Tayyab Hasnain, Dr Shahida Hasnain, Dr Saeed Akhtar, Dr Muhammad Idrees Khan,
microbiologists and other researchers of the relevant field.
The vice-chancellor asked the researchers to submit their proposals and
projects for research on dengue and added that the administration would take
all-out measures for the earliest release of funds for this cause.
He also announced the allocation of a separate budget for doing research on
dengue. Currently, PU Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics (MMG)
and Centre for Applied Molecular Biology (CAMB) are jointly researching on
The VC said the objective of the meeting was to coordinate among all
researches being carried out on dengue.
He said the PU had the capabilities to face the challenge of dengue virus
because a number of teachers not only knew about the work but also had the
ability to express it in the fittest manner.
Microbiologists and other experts opposed the Sri Lankan experts on the point
that there was no need of spray in winter to curb the dengue mosquito and said
Pakistan and Sri Lanka carried different environment.
Dr Saeed Akhtar said the dengue became inactive at a temperature below 23
degree Celsius and stopped seeding below 20 degree Celsius. Therefore, he said,
such places must be sprayed which could help control dengue mosquitoes.
Stressing the need of collaboration among Sri Lankan and local experts, they
said the mutual cooperation would provide an opportunity to extract maximum
information from the Sri Lankan team.
He said a two-credit hour compulsory course on 'arboviruses' (such arthropods
which are responsible for spreading diseases) should be included in the MBBS
He said there was a dire need of in-depth research to identify habitats of
dengue virus which were responsible for causing the disease.
Dr Muhammad Idrees Khan said there was enough indigenous technology which
could diagnose either a patient was a victim of dengue fever or not. He said the
research should also be taken if papaya (papeeta) juice and other local
prescriptions had required effects. He said there was four types of dengue virus
and the research must be carried out on all types. Dawn
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PU admissions schedule
Lahore: Punjab University's Examinations Department has issued the schedule for submission of admission
forms and fee for various examinations.
Last date for submission of
admission form and fee for Pharm-D, One Year Condensed/Deficit Course, Annual
Exam 2010, with single fee is 03-10-2011 while the forms can be submitted with
double fee till 07-10-2011. The exam will commence from November 14, 2011.
Similarly, the last date for submission of admission form and fee for BS
Computer Science, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Year, Second Annual Exam 2010 &
First Annual Exam 2011, and BSc (Hons) Computer Science, 4th Year, Annual Exam
2010, with single fee is 07-10-2011 while the forms can be submitted with double
fee till 11-10-2011. The commencement date of the exams will be announced later.
construction of residences: Punjab University s Vice Chancellor Prof Dr
Mujahid Kamran laid the foundation stone of construction work of J-Type
triple-storey residences for the varsity employees on New Campus on Friday.
VC Dr Mujahid Kamran speaking issued instruction for the earliest
completion of the construction work. He also issued instructions to the
concerned officials to plant maximum saplings to keep the environment green.
Earlier, University Engineer Col Pervez Khurshid gave a detailed briefing about
the construction project. He said that the project, comprising 12 houses in two
blocks, would cost Rs 22.88 million and each flat would comprise of a living
room, bath, kitchen, store and lobby. The news
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UHS declares entrance test results
Lahore: The University of Health Sciences has declared the
results of Entrance Test 2011 for admission to medical and dental colleges of
A total of 33,703 candidates appeared in the test held on Sept 13, out of
which 12,374 scored more than 60 per cent marks. As many as 5,581 students
scored 50 to 59 per cent marks and 5,214 secured 40 to 49 per cent marks. A
total of 10,534 candidates scored less than 40 per cent marks.
According to the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council's regulations, the
pass/fail criteria has been abolished for the medical colleges' entrance
Maham Ali (Rahim Yar Khan) clinched first position by scoring 1058/1100 marks
and Humera Javed (Gujranwala) and Muhammad Salman Ashraf (Rahim Yar Khan) bagged
second and third positions by securing 1055 and 1052 marks, respectively.
The eligible candidates will compete for 3,205 MBBS and 216 BDS seats in 18
public-sector medical and dental colleges.
Besides, there are 1,500 MBBS and
350 BDS seats available in 15 private-sector medical and seven dental colleges
of the province. UHS Vice-Chancellor Prof Malik Husain Mubashar briefed the
media on Tuesday on the outcome of the results and other details. He said
applications for admission to the public-sector medical/dental colleges would be
invited from Oct 5.
He said all those candidates who had secured at least 77 per cent aggregate
marks according to the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council's formula would be
eligible to apply for admission. The last date for submission of application
forms is Oct 15.
The first selection list would be displayed on Oct 30 whereas classes in all
public-sector medical colleges of Punjab would commence on Nov 21, he added.
Prof Mubashar further said a Grievance Redress Committee had been constituted
to deal with the complaints and queries regarding the entrance test results.
Candidates could lodge complaints before this committee till Oct 5.
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MBBS exams postponed
Lahore: The Punjab government has postponed the first
professional MBBS Part-II annual examination for one month due to dengue fever
This exam was earlier scheduled to commence on Sept 27. Health Secretary
Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan announced this on Saturday after a meeting with students
of some medical colleges.
The new schedule for the examination will be issued by the University of
Health Sciences on Monday.
Earlier in the day, the students held a demonstration outside the CM
Secretariat and pressed the UHS to postpone the exams owing to dengue outbreak.
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Cheating in PPSC exam
Lahore: Candidates appearing in the Punjab Public Service
Commission's written test for lecturers in journalism have complained about a
massive cheating in the examination centre on Lawrence Road.
Some candidates, after the examination on Saturday said that there were
only two invigilators and a superintendent in the examination hall, where
students' distance was much less than admissible.
Some candidates also complained that a number of questions in journalism
paper were about Pakistan Studies.
They said the candidates, however, faced hardships due to loadshedding and
non-availability of drinking water. The PPSC had conducted a written test for
lecturers in journalism, sociology, physical education and Punjabi. Dawn
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