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IJT vows to stop PU musical show

Lahore, April 21, 2008: The Punjab University's (PU) Department of Musicology in collaboration with the Lahore Arts Council has arranged a musical performance to be held on Monday.

Israr Chishti, a PU Musicology Department teacher said, "The event is part of the study course and we are holding it to develop confidence and skills of our students."

The PU Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) activists denounced the PU administration for holding the event. They said, "Musical education is against Islam and we will not allow anyone to hold such activities on campus."

Another PU Musicology Department teacher said, "We have been threatened not to hold the event, that is why we have not invited guests on the occasion."

PU IJT Nazim Rana Zahid said, "We will never allow anyone to hold such kind of events on campus." PU IJT activists have distributed pamphlets against the construction of the Musicology Department on campus.

Sadaf, a PU Musicology Department student, said, "Keeping in view the IJT's threats, we are arranging the event outside the campus." She said that in the past IJT activists had attacked the musical functions on campus and attacked students for holding these events.

PU graduate to attend 58th Nobel Laureates meeting
Lahore: A Punjab University (PU) Space Science Department graduate has been selected to attend the 58th annual meeting of Nobel Laureates (Physics), which will be held from June 29 to July 4 in Lindau, Germany.

According to a press release issued by the PU on Saturday, Waqas A Qazi is one of the eight young researchers and graduate students selected to attend the meeting after a rigorous selection procedure, including interviews by a panel of eminent Pakistani physicists.

The meeting is annually held in Lindau and young researchers and graduate students are chosen from three subjects physics, chemistry and medicine/physiology. The annual meeting aims at motivating young students to adopt research as career. The meeting provides an opportunity to several hundred scientists, research scholars and students to meet 15 to 20 Nobel Laureates for one week.

'Teachers be made part of National Curriculum Council'
Lahore: Representatives of the Punjab Teachers Union (PTU) on Sunday demanded that the government make teachers part of the newly formed National Curriculum Council.

PTU member Taj Haider said that the previous government had embezzled educational funds. He said the government should take teachers in confidence in educational plans.

He said the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund had allocated 20 billion for education in the Punjab. He said the former government had spent 4 billion in line with 'Perha Likha Punjab' and embezzled the funds.

Former education minister Mian Imran Masood denied the allegations, saying that his government had not been involved in funds embezzlement.

Federal Education Minster Ahsan Iqbal had announced to set up the NCC to introduce a new syllabus across the country.

Taj Haider said teachers had reservations because the federal education minister had announced to include politicians, NGOs and educationists in the NCC, but no teachers were made part of the council. He said the former government had formed a number of committees, but did not include teachers in them. PTU President Rasheed Ahmed Bhatti said the formation of NCC was a positive step, but teacher representatives should be made part of it.

On condition of anonymity, a teacher said the former government had made a number of changes in the syllabus. He said teachers had protested against these changes because parts of Islamic Studies and Pakistan studies had been removed at primary level. He said message of Quaid-e-Azam had also been removed from the titles of the books. He said NGOs were helping to improve education, but they were trying to implement the syllabus of their choice. Daily Times

English paper leaked, new one supplied at matric exam centres
Muzaffargarh: English B question paper of the secondary school certificate (matriculation) examination was allegedly leaked from the printing press, and a new question paper was got prepared and printed on war footing and supplied to the superintendents at the exam centres.

The question paper of the said exam under the Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISE) Dera Ghazi Khan to be held on April 21 was leaked from the printing press, and the Board authorities got a new paper prepared, printed and supplied to the superintendents at the exam centres.

A Board spokesman said that a high-level enquiry has been initiated to fix responsibility and punish the guilty. App
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