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PU B.Com result | PUASA protests governor's visit

PU declares B.Com. result
Lahore, April 14, 2008: Punjab University Examination Department on Friday declared the result of B Com Part-I and II examination. In B Com Part-I 2nd Annual Examination 2007, 9,169 candidates out of the total 17,817 were declared successful showing 51.46 pass percentage. In B Com Part-II 2nd Annual Examination 2007, 8,089 candidates out of the total 13,082 were declared successful showing 61.83 pass percentage. APP

PUASA protests against governor's visit to PU
Lahore: Punjab University Academic Staff Association (PUASA) teachers protested on Saturday against the PU chancellor, Governor Khalid Maqbool, because he has dismissed university teachers against whom plagiarism accusations had been proved.

The PUASA teachers called the termination illegal and contrary to university policies. They protested against the chancellor and PU vice chancellor (VC) Dr Mujahid Kamran when the governor arrived at the university. The chancellor heard the teachers' opinions on the issue, but did not comment.

Maqbool visited the PU on Saturday to discuss the university's goals and reform strategies. The PU administration tightened on-campus security for the governor's visit, especially since the PUASA had already announced that they would hold the protest on the governor's arrival. The PUASA announced last month that they would meet the governor with black flags.

PUASA members stopped the governor in front of the English Department and discussed the issue with him. The teachers who stopped the chancellor include: PUASA President Dr Mumtaz Ahmed Salik, PU Law College teacher Sami Uzair, PU Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) senior teacher Dr Ahsan Akhtar Naz, and PU Economics Department teacher Abid Raza Khan.

The protesting teachers held black flags, displayed banners, and wore badges on their arms to mark their protest. Abid Khan asked the governor to reconsider his decision to dismiss the plagiarists.

PUASA President Dr Salik said, "I told the governor that the termination is illegal and against the rules of PU". He said the governor tried to avoid discussing the matter.

Later, the governor attended a presentation on the university's goals and reform strategies in the VC's committee room. He said the infrastructure of public sector universities in Pakistan is better than in India. However, he added, Indian teachers are more committed to their profession and "we also need to focus it".

Maqbool said the PU should only accommodate female students from other cities in its hostels, and use the spare hostels for academic purposes. He said a separate hostel should be established for foreign students in order to improve the university's international ranking. VC Dr Kamran told the chancellor that a separate hostel for international students was already being set up.

Maqbool said that the Punjab University had the potential to open centres of excellence in agriculture, modern languages, and performing arts. He also asked the PU administration to establish a system of teaching "excellent" English language and communication skills to students on all programmes.

Low budget: Dr Kamran told the governor that the PU had received only Rs 500,000 for research in the previous budget. He added that he had asked for the research budget to be enhanced to Rs 50 million. He said the PU's greatest problem was a shortage of PhD teachers. He said that more than 240 young lecturers were teaching at the university. Dr Kamran told the chancellor that the university planned to send 20 of these abroad to study on PhD programmes. He added that the other teachers would also be helped in further studies.

The VC said that the adoption of the Tenure Track System (TTS) would help improve the quality of research and education at the university. The VC said that the Dean's Committee had decided to get feedback from the students to assess their satisfaction levels.

Earlier, on behalf of the vice-chancellor, Hailey College of Banking and Finance Principal Prof Dr Khawaja Amjad Saeed gave a detailed briefing on the PU's future goals and reform strategy including administrative reforms. Chancellor Maqbool expressed satisfaction over the university's performance and its goals.

He also visited the English Literature Department and the Psychology and Applied Psychology Department, where the department heads, Prof Shaista Sonu Sirajuddin and Prof Dr Yasmin Farooqi, gave presentations about the courses being offered in their departments.

PU 'relieves' 34 officials
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) has 'relieved' 34 officials, who had been re-employed in various posts after retirement, following a notification issued by the Punjab government.

According to a press release on Saturday, those relived include: Employees Housing Society Director Lt Col (r) Sarfarazul Haq, PUCIT Director Administration Lt Col (r) Naeem Javed, PU Schools Administrator Naeem Siddiqi, Additional Registrar Jalal Masih, Secretary to Registrar Muhammad Siddique Bhatti, Secretary to VC Saleem, Accounts Branch Deputy Treasurer Muhammad Zakria, Audit Branch Deputy Treasurer Muhammad Ibrahim, Institute of Administrative Sciences Lt Col (r) Muzaffar Ali, Zoology Department Bee Keeping Consultant Nasreen Muzaffar, Law College Assistant Registrar Amir Jang, PUCIT Assistant Controller Ghulam Mohiyyuddin, Oriental College Assistant Treasurer Abdul Razzaq, PU Gujranwala Campus Assistant Treasurer Muhammad Riaz, Examinations Department Assistant Controller Rana Fazal Ahmad, Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology (ICET) Assistant Controller Muhammad Zahoor, Botany Department Librarian Altaf Ahmad Butt, Institute of Business Administration Librarian Muhammad Shafique, ICET Superintendent Workshop Sheikh Talib Ali, Mass Communication Department Librarian Malik Muhammad Hanif, Economics Department Librarian Lutful Manan, Oriental College Librarian Shoukat Ali, French Department Librarian Muhammad Yousaf, PUCIT Admin Officer Qamaruddin Ghauri, Accounts Branch Stock Verifier Honorary Capt (r) Muhammad Rafique, PUCIT Supervisor Hardware Laboratory Muhammad Ashraf, Pharmacy College Laboratory Superintendent Muhammad Anwar Zahid, Transport Wing Mechanical Engineer Hon Capt (r) Abdul Majeed, Resident Office-II Land Officer Ali Muhammad, Press and Publications Department Supervisor Akbar Ali, Guest House Incharge Subedar (r) Nazeer Ahmad, Hailey College of Banking and Finance Stenographer Shoukat Javed and Islamic Studies Department Stenographer Rana Muhammad Rafique. Daily Times

PU Registrar attends Barcelona conference
Punjab University Registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan represented Pakistan in the 3-day 4th international Barcelona conference on higher education titled "Higher Education: New challenges and emerging roles of Human and Social development".

According to a press statement issued last week the conference was held in Barcelona, Spain from March 31 to April 2. The moot was organized by University of Catalonia.

Prof Naeem stressed the international social scientists and researchers that they should help the Pakistani varsities for capacity building, networking with other international universities in this regard. He said that the educated youth of Pakistan should be encouraged and involved in the process of taking up the emerging challenges for human and social development in our part of the world. The aim of the conference was to explore the higher education as key element for human and social development and to rethink and propose new roots for interchange of values between university and society. The participants shared and debated on ideas on the relevant social role, role of knowledge in our society, interchange of values and they presented pro active and assertive analysis offering many ideas and vision for orienting the future.

The Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI) invited the academic community worldwide to participate in the conference. According to GUNI, the role of higher education in today's world is complex and vital. A wide range of challenges and possibilities are emerging, with political, economic and social implications. Perhaps most significant are the challenges associated with shifting perspectives on knowledge itself, which are influencing strongly the role and the responsibility of the university in society. The News

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