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UHS MBBS exam schedule
Lahore, April 19: The Board of Studies in Medicine of the University of Health Sciences (UHS) has approved the schedule for MBBS professional examinations for session 2010-11.

According to the schedule, first professional (part I) examinations shall commence in third week of October, first professional (part II) in third week of September, second and third professional in first week of November and final professional MBBS examinations shall start in the last week of December this year. Dawn

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PU MBBS exams
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) on Monday announced that MBBS Final Professional (New Re-Organised Scheme), Supplementary Exam, 2010, will commence from May 9 and conclude on May 23.

According to a press statement, MBBS Final Professional (Re-Organised Scheme), Supplementary Exam, 2010, will commence from May 9 and conclude on May 25, 2011.

Detailed date sheets are also available at PU website Meanwhile, PU Examinations Department has also rescheduled the date of commencement of MD Dermatology (Old Course) Annual Examination, 2007. Now the said examination will commence from June 15, 2011, instead of April 25, 2011.

Two more buses for PU: The Punjab University (PU) on Monday added two more buses to it transport fleet to facilitate students, especially female students. A ceremony was held in this connection at the varsity Transport Workshop. The news

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Appointment of GCU registrar delayed
Lahore: The Punjab Higher Education Department is delaying the appointment of Government College University registrar, as Administrative Secretary Haseeb Athar has not sent recommendations of a search committee to the chief minister even after passage of more than three months.

The three-member search committee consisting of former GCU vice-chancellor Prof Dr Khalid Aftab, GCU professor emeritus Dr Khalid Hameed Sheikh and University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz had recommended incumbent registrar Sahibzada Faisal Khurshid's appointment as registrar on a regular basis.

GCU acting vice-chancellor Prof Dr Ikramul Haq reportedly told the higher education department last week that a case for the appointment of GCU registrar was sent to the department on Jan 11 this year but it did not respond.

The higher education department was supposed to send committee's recommendations to the chief minister through a summary for consequent recommendation of the chief minister and orders by the Punjab governor/chancellor.

Sources in the higher education department said Athar was sitting on committee's recommendations.

Higher education department officials said Khurshid was appointed GCU registrar for three years and his term completed on Oct 11. When Khurshid's tenure was inching toward its end, former vice-chancellor Prof Aftab sent the case for his permanent appointment on Sept 15. However, the education department told the GCU that as per advice of the Regulation Wing of the S&GAD, contract period of Khurshid could not be treated as probation with retrospective effect and advised it that it should advertise the post and select a registrar through a formal search committee. The GCU formed the three-member search committee, which short-listed candidates for the post and interviewed them. Later, the committee sent its recommendation through the GCU Syndicate to the higher education department for further action.

Khurshid's six-month look after charge expired on April 12. Sources say the higher education department did not even move a summary to the governor/chancellor for GCU Registrar office's look after charge to Khurshid in October last year.

Khurshid was allowed to look after the office of the registrar under Section 13(3) of the GCU Lahore Ordinance 2002 till further orders. As per GCU ordinance, it is mandatory that the action taken under Section 13(3) in an emergency should be reported to governor/chancellor, the competent authority. The university sent the case to the governor in October for his ascent and he reportedly forwarded the case to the higher education department within two weeks, asking it to examine the case and submit a summary to Governor's Secretariat for orders. However, the higher education department reportedly did not respond to Governor's Secretariat as well.

Athar was not available for his comment. Dawn

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GCU holds flower exhibition
Lahore: Celebrating the glory of spring, the Government College University Lahore Horticulture Society on Monday held the Fresh Flowers Exhibition with the theme that "flowers signify everything that is positive in this world like; life, beauty, love and happiness".

Besides the students from Government College University (GCU), students from other colleges of Lahore, including Kinnaird College, Government Gulberg College for Women, Islamia College and Fatima Jinnah College, put on display the indigenous spring flowers. The flowers were decorated in stylish handmade baskets, pots and pans and blended the venue, GCU Abdus Salam Hall, in fragrantly vibrant and shining colours to appease the minds and hearts of flower lovers.

GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Ikramul Haq inaugurated the exhibition, saying that multifarious colours and fragrance have left him completely dazzled. Flowers are one of most beautiful gifts of God to the mankind. They are the part and parcel of our life as these add colour, fragrance and beauty to our gardens, homes and public places like schools and hospitals, he added.

Prof Ikramul Haq, who himself is a botanist, said that Pakistan has great potential to earn valuable foreign exchange through the export of indigenous flowers. He called on the GCU botanists to explore new varieties of roses and other followers with a view to boosting flowers' export. The vice chancellor also highlighted the use of flowers in medicines. He also gave away shields and certificates to the participants of the flower exhibition.

GCU Botany Department Chairperson Dr Zaheerudin said the flower arrangements at the exhibition were impressive aesthetically and in terms of creativity. Talking to media, the Kinnaird College students said that the art of floral arrangement has now grown into a big industry and there are now designer bouquets too that are high in demand. The visitors and students appreciated the GCU Horticulture Society for organising the exhibition, saying that it provided an opportunity to enjoy the festivity of spring. Daily times

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Film, documentary festival begins at FCCU
Lahore: The fourth annual Vasaakh Film and Documentary Festival began at the FC College University here on Monday.

As many as 23 teams from different universities of the country and abroad have sent their documentaries for their screening at the festival.

On the opening day of the three-day festival, four of South Asia s best documentaries were screened followed by a panel discussion highlighting the importance of documentary making and the techniques involved.

Prakash Travelling Cinema was the first documentary showcased. It dwelt on the story of a man using a primitive projector as a vendor to earn his livelihood by showing films going place to place in an Indian neighbourhood.

The second was Invisible Neighbour, drawing reference from the Romanian-French conflict to the Indo-Pak context. Is Morr Par Kutch Nahi Hota a fiction about the futile struggle of a person to catch a bus on time, which he never actually did, and Samaam - the music, based on work of famous Indian singer MD Ramanathan (MDR), were the other documentaries shown.

After the midday break, two more documentaries were shown The Brick Story based on the problems of a labour and Out of the thin air.

During the discussion session, the panelists told the students about the techniques used in film-making and how to make a documentary attractive, including tips to select topics. Earlier, FC College-University s Head of Mass Communication Department Dr Saleem Abbas speaking at the inaugural ceremony said the festival was designed to make it a fun and a learning experience simultaneously because informal learning opportunities were as good as classroom teaching. He said all the universities of the country needed to particularly focus on the training of students in documentaries and film-making. FC College University Rector Dr Peter H Armacost welcoming the teams arriving from other universities stressed the importance of teaching film-making skills through such events. He said such platforms provided an excellent opportunity to impart training to students and spotlight the social problems of society at the same time.

Dean of Humanities Dr Waseem Anwar and IRC Director Nasir Sohail also spoke on the occasion.

Raza Shahid, an organiser of the event committee, said that by bringing together various educational institutes in the field of documentary and fiction film-making, the festival enabled students to learn the latest trends in the field of film-making and promote local culture and values. The three-day event also includes training sessions on video productions, discussions and a concluding award ceremony and cultural evening on April 20. Besides a large number of students and guests, Vice-Rector Dr Marcia Grant also attended the inauguration ceremony.

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8th class distinction
Lahore: Crescent Model Girls Higher Secondary School got a distinction as its student, Ifrah Irshad stood first in the examination of 8th class held by Punjab Education Commission. Ifrah made her institution proud by securing 746 marks out of 800, among 105,629 boys and girls students, setting a new record with sheer hard work under the able guidance of her teachers. Meanwhile, Secretary of the Crescent Educational Trust, Zaheer A Shaikh, Principal of the Crescent Model Higher Secondary School, Muhammad Shakoor and teachers have greeted Ifrah. The news

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Students' protest disrupts activities at QAU; demand facilities at hostels
Islamabad: The Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) students on Monday boycotted their classes in protest against fee increase and lack of facilities in the hostel.

During protest, students stopped the university shuttle service. As a result, several students could not reach the university.

The students said there were no Internet, transportation and water facilities for the students living in the university hostel.

They assailed political intervention of political parties in university affairs.

The students said that interruption in power supply in hostel No1, 3 and 4 had caused immense problems to their study and as a result PhD and M Phil students had been facing severe problems.

"Despite complaining several times to authorities concerned and administration, the problems remain on the same point, so students have decided to staged protest till Wednesday," said Usman Farooq, a student of Information Technology (IT) department.

In addition, due to recent rains, roofs of hostels have started to drip. Students said university administration had pledged that they would get connection of electricity from Diplomatic Enclave in order to fulfill energy requirements of the university.

"But nothing has been done so far in this regard for several years just. These are false promises," they said.

The students said due to electricity outages a lot of time was being wasted.

They also demanded that the intervention of political parties in the university affairs be stopped immediately.

They demanded of the university administration and specifically the chancellor, who happens to be President Asif Ali Zardari, to take notice of the situation and order for permanent solution to this problem. Daily times

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World book day to be celebrated on 23 April
Islamabad: The world book day will be celebrated on April 23, around the world including Pakistan with the aim to pay tributes to world fame books and their authors by holding conferences and seminars.

According to a private news channel, it was decided in Unesco's General Conference in 1995, to pay a worldwide tribute to books and authors on this date.

Its aim is to encourage everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity.

In this respect, Unesco created both the World Book and Copyright Day and the Unesco Prize for Children's and Young People's Literature in the Service of Tolerance.

It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mej°a Vallejo.

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Moot on Girls Education
Islamabad: The Oxfam (Great Britain) in collaboration with Pakistan Coalition for Education (PCE) will arranged Two-day International Conference on 'Empowerment through Girls Education in contemporary Muslim Societies' from today (April 19).

The conference is being arranged with an aim to share the best practices and critical challenges of girls education in contemporary Muslim societies like Pakistan.

The conference will help provide a strategic consultative platform to deliberate upon and generate policy recommendations in key areas of girls education. The conference is followed by a series of four consultations in all provincial capitals on Girls Education organized by PCE in collaboration with OGB. Different civil society stakeholders will come up with the concrete suggestions and recommendations and policy action related to the girls education.

The report of the provincial workshops along with international conference report will be published and disseminated widely. The news

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