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Students miss exams due to change in timing. BISE urges students for applications
Lahore, April 17: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) on Thursday urged students to submit an application to the examination controller if they failed to take Biology or Computer Sciences exams due to a change in the Pakistan Standard Time. However, the board has not yet announced the new date for the exams. Daily Times

Fresh exam for matric students
Lahore: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Lahore, has decided to rearrange the exams for the students who could not reach the examination hall on time due change in clocks. According to a press release issued on Thursday, due to the change in the Pakistan Standard Time to practice daylight saving, some matriculation students could not reach the examination hall on time for their Biology and Computer Science exams. The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education in an effort to compensate their loss has decided to rearrange the above mentioned exams for them, asking the candidates to submit their applications addressed to the controller examination at the Board Office. The date of the rearranged exams will be announced later. The News

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KEMU council appreciates CM's interest in varsity's status
Lahore: The King Edward Medical University's (KEMU) administration on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution to appreciate Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif's interest in retaining the KEMU's status as a university.

The resolution was passed during a meeting of members of the KEMU Academic Council. KEMU Vice Chancellor Dr Zafarullah Khan chaired the meeting. The meeting was attended by members of the academic council. They were briefed about the university delegation's meeting with the CM to discuss various important matters. Participants of the meeting pledged to develop the university in accordance with international standards and appreciated the positive role of government officials in this regard.

Previously, the government's proposal of downgrading the university to its previous status of a college had sparked controversy. Government officials argued the university was not up to the standard on the basis of merit. Daily Times

KEMU council to decide future course of action
Lahore: King Edward Medical University (KEMU) has convened its academic council meeting today (Thursday) to adopt future course of action for the betterment of the students and the institute. It is the first academic council meeting after the Punjab government had categorically announced that it would not downgrade the KEMU.

KEMU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Ullah Khan will convey the message of the Punjab government to all the staff members and other participants about the decisions to uplift the standard of the institute.

The meeting will also be informed about Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif's another important step to constitute a high level committee to resolve the issues and problems being faced by the KEMU administration as well as its students.

Promotion matters, recruitment of senior teaching staff and improvement in education system will also be among the main agenda items.

Meanwhile, the teaching faculty and students, particularly old ones of the country's premier medical institute who are now settled abroad, have welcomed government's decision to retain the university status of the KE. They hailed the untiring efforts of the vice chancellor and other senior staff for presenting their case in the most effective manner to clinch a favourable decision from the Punjab government despite huge opposition from a section of the medical community led by Dr Amir Aziz with active backing of UHS's vice chancellor.

The old students of the KEMU also became vocal when they came to know about the real designs of Dr Amir Aziz and some other doctors lobbying for the downgrading of KEMU as university. These doctors were unable to understand as to why Dr Amir Aziz and company was against granting university status to KEMU despite being its students and product.

"They should have joined hands with the VC to further upgrade the KEMU being its old students", commented one of the old students.

They were of the view that KEMU, reckoned as one of the most renowned medical institutions not only in Pakistan but also abroad, was known for producing a highly qualified lot of medics serving inside and outside of the country.

They said this prestigious institution had produced a number of physicians, surgeons, medical scientists and teachers, serving in the different countries around the world to provide for the ailing humanity without any discrimination. The Nation

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PU students protest fees hike
Lahore: The students of Punjab University Thursday organised a protest against fee hike in front of Executive Club, PU, and later in front of the Lahore Press Club against the alleged rude attitude of PU Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran.

The students of the PU have been protesting from the start of this month against the fee increase.

The PU administration has arranged a press conference in Executive Club and adopted a view point that there was no increase in fee in the PU.

The students have protested against this opinion of university administration in front of Executive Club. The students were saying that on the 2nd of April and on April 14 in student's protest Registrar Dr Naeem had announced that on 25th of this month a committee would hold it's meeting in which the decision of decrease in fee would be taken whereas in press conference the university administration was saying that there was no decrease in fee. It is two-way policy adopted by administration against the students, they said. The News

PU wins national Urdu poetry contest
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) has won the All Pakistan Inter-departmental Urdu Poetry Contest held at the Forman Christian (FC) College.

Student Hammad Niazi of the PU's Geology Department and Shahid Bilal of the Urdu Department won the ghazal and nazm competitions respectively.

In the declamation contest, Institute of Communications Studies student Muhammad Tauseef bagged third position. PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran appreciated the performance of the students and the efforts of Students Adviser Dr Makshoof Athar and Deputy Adviser Muhammad Zubair Akram. Daily Times

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Teachers seek policy review
Layyah: Academic staff of the Government Post-Graduate College, Layyah, observed a strike and staged a rally, seeking change in the promotion policy of the Punjab government.

Wearing black armbands, college teachers boycotted classes and held a meeting at the staff room.

Addressing the meeting, Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association (PPLA) district president Riaz Ahmad maintained that the 'discriminatory' policy in respect of the promotion on the basis of 'four tiers' should immediately be changed into time-scale method.

He demanded regularisation of all contract lecturers and increase in salaries and privileges according to price hike.

Later, the academic staff staged a rally from College Road to the press club. Prof Ameer Muhammad and Prof Zahoor Alam addressed the rally.

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Education dept bows to pressure of teachers: School headmaster removed
Mianwali: The teachers association has called off their strike after seven days when the education department gives in and accepts its demands regarding the transfer of a headmaster and the release of a teacher from the police custody.

The EDO (Education) has ordered Sher Afgan Khan, the headmaster of Government High School, Mianwali, to leave the charge and report to the EDO (Education) office.

Reports said Sher Afgan Khan had directed science teacher Muhammad Iqbal Khan to report to the EDO (Education) office on the ground of being remained absent during school hours and refused to obey his orders.

The then EDO (Education) Mushtaq Husain Baloch had transferred the teacher to the Higher Secondary School, Mooch, some 15 kilometers from here.

Instead of complying with official orders, teacher Iqbal Khan approached the teachers association, which as per its past tradition, piled pressure on the EDO (Education), the DCO and the district education chairman for the withdrawal of posting orders, but they all refused to compromise on the discipline issue.

After failing from all quarters, the association gave a strike call throughout the district.

On last Saturday, teachers Muhammad Iqbal Khan and Bashir Ahmed tried to enter the Government High School and thrashed the peon for stopping them. Later, police registered a case against both teachers and arrested Basher Ahmed.

The newly-appointed EDO (Education), Mahmood Husain, made his efforts to convince teachers to call off their strike, but to no avail.

On Wednesday evening, a compromise finally reached between the EDO (Education) and the association according to which the transferred teacher would report to the school at Mooch while the headmaster of the Government High School would be replaced because he was in grade 17 and could not hold the grade 19 post.

EDO (Education) Mahmood Husain confirmed that headmaster Sher Afgan Khan was being transferred.

When asked whether these rules were also being applied in other schools of the district, the EDO (Education) did not make any comment.

It is learnt that nearly 80 per cent schools in the district are being headed by junior grade teachers owing to the shortage of teachers having higher grades.

District bar president Malik Saleem Akhtar Ganjera said it seemed that the district education department had lost their writ and become a tool in the hands of the teachers association.

He said the replacement of a dedicated headmaster was an irreparable loss to students.

Civil society member Zafar Iqbal Khan alleged that the teachers association had become a mafia.

He said they were so powerful that even the EDO (Education) could not be posted without their will. Dawn

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