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Close contest in PU syndicate election on 21st
Lahore, April 21: A tough contest is expected among candidates of three groups in the
election of Punjab University's topmost decision-making body, syndicate,
on April 21.
There is a lot of hype surrounding the election at
the Punjab University (PU) while the administration is being accused of a
role in election of people who could prove a helping hand to the
vice-chancellor (VC) in future decision-making.
pro-VC group Teachers Front (TF), candidates of other two groups,
including Academic Group (AG) and Academic Forum (AF), are also actively
campaigning for election.
The election will be held for four
seats of the PU syndicate reserved for faculty members. There is one
seat for each cadre including lecturer, assistant professor, associate
professor and professor.
The Academic Group, which is considered
anti-VC, has on its panel Prof Dr Kh Haris Rasheed, director varsity s
Centre for Higher Energy Physics (CHEP) for the seat of professor, Dr
Azmat Ullah from the Department of Zoology for the seat of associate
professor, Dr Mumtaz Anwar Chaudhry of the Department of Economics for
the seat of assistant professor and Abdul Majid Khan from Institute of
Education & Research (IER) for lecturer.
Candidates of the
pro-VC Teachers Front include Prof Dr Shaukat Ali, Chairman Department
of Physics, as candidate for the seat of professor in PU syndicate, Dr
Ziaul Hasan from the Department of Urdu for the seat of associate
professor, Javed Sami from the Department of Space Science, who is also
sitting Resident Officer (RO-I) of the varsity, for the seat of
assistant professor and Mrs Shamaila Gull from the Institute of Business
& Information Technology (IBIT) for lecturer s seat.
third group, Academic Forum, which had earlier joined hands with the
Academic Group in the recent election of the Academic Staff Association
(ASA), has now formally parted its ways with the group and fielded its
own candidates for the syndicate election.
So far, it has on
its panel Prof Dr Zaid Mahmood of Institute of Chemistry for the seat of
professor, Iftikhar Ahmad Tarar of Law College for the seat of
assistant professor and Abeer Naqvi of IER for the seat of lecturer.
is learnt that Dr Ch Nazeer of the Geology Department, who was earlier
thought to be a candidate of the Academic Group, is now contesting the
election as an independent candidate.
The syndicate is the
supreme decision-making body of the varsity and every VC wants maximum
of his loyalists as its members from among faculty members, commented a
senior teacher on anonymity.
He alleged the recent move of
awarding benefits of assistant professors to some lecturers was being
seen as an effort by the PU VC to win votes for the Teachers Front
candidate in the constituency of lecturer.
member expressed concern over the varsity s RO-I contesting the
election, saying Javed Sami should have relinquished charge of the
administrative post before the contest. RO-I is undoubtedly an
influential pos, he added.
The Academic Group is also being
accused of opposing the VC aggressively owing to his strong stand
against some faculty members involved in academic corruption. It is
being alleged that the group was lobbying to rescue some faculty members
whose cases would be taken up in the syndicate in coming days.
PU syndicate will take up a very important case involving Institute of
Communication Studies (ICS) director Dr Ahsan Athar Naz and former
director Prof Dr Mughees Uddin Sheikh who have already been served with
show-cause notices by the syndicate. An inquiry in result tampering and
other illegal activities at the varsity s ICS had recommended dismissal
of both faculty members besides registration of a criminal case against
institute s ex-director Prof Dr Mughees Uddin Sheikh.
The News could not contact PU VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran despite repeated attempts on his cell phone. The news
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Uniform entrance test for FSc, others likely UHS too rejects PMDC proposal
Lahore: The University of Health Sciences on Monday
unanimously rejected the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council's proposal
to start evening classes at public and private medical colleges.
The decision came at a meeting of the admission board of the UHS with
its Vice-Chancellor Prof Malik Husain Mubashar in the chair. The meeting
was attended by the principals of all public sector medical
institutions in the province besides Health Additional Secretary
(Technical) Dr Mushtaq Ahmad Sulehria.
The proposal was at the top
of agenda items after the Punjab chief secretary had written a letter
to heads of the medical institutions to prepare recommendations in this
regard a couple of days back.
An insider said that participants in the meeting discussed the issue at length and finally 'dropped the idea' with clear and
unanimous decision that the proposal was unfeasible.
He said the meeting also approved eligibility criteria for admission to medical colleges following the PMDC's formula for
calculation of merit which gives 40 per cent weightage to FSC, 10 per cent to matric and 50 per cent to entrance test marks.
Last year, the UHS formula had given 70 per cent weightage to marks scored in FSc and 30 per cent to entrance test marks.
Sept 6, 2010, the LHC had ruled that the UHS must follow the PMDC
formula to draw up the merit list for admissions, which ranked
candidates according to academic achievement.
The insider said the
admission board recommended that the entrance test for year 2011 would
be held in accordance with the directions of the LHC and SC within four
weeks of the FSc result. "The board has decided second week of September
for entrance test. Last year the exams were conducted on
July 20. Similarly, the board has declared test mandatory for every
candidate for admission on open merit seats."
He said it had also
recommended a single entrance test this year for both FSc and non-FSc
candidates for admission to medical and dental institutions of Punjab.
The decision was taken keeping in view the best international practices.
Last year, the entrance tests were held separately for FSc and non-FSc
He said the test would consist of 220 multiple choice
questions (MCQs), each carrying five marks while the UHS would continue
with its 'self-scoring system' introduced last year.
The number of biology questions had been doubled as compared to those of chemistry and physics. There would be five
sections of the question paper: first Physics consisting of 44 MCQs,
second Chemistry, 44 MCQs, third English, 22 MCQs, fourth Biology, 88
MCQs and fifth section would be of Aptitude comprising 22 MCQs.
marking would continue in order to discourage unintelligent guesswork
in the test. Five marks would be given against each correct answer while
one mark would be deducted from the total score on each wrong answer.
Total numbers would be 1,100 and time allowed for the test would be 150
However, he said, there was nothing in the new syllabus which was out of approved course for any scheme of education.
The syllabus format and model paper for entrance test 2011 had already been made available on UHS website:
The admission board would forward its recommendations to the health department for final approval by the Punjab chief minister. Dawn
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PTBB books available in market
Lahore: The Punjab Text Book Board has claimed that all the textbooks published by
the PTBB are available in the market while they had forwarded free
textbooks under the Chief Minister Education Reform Programme from class
one to ten to the relevant institutions.
PTBB spokesman claimed
that there had been a phenomenal increase in the demand of textbooks
due to the placing of the fifth and eight class examinations under the
Punjab Examination Commission as per policy of the Punjab government.
Keeping in view this emergency like situation, the PTBB had allocated
more books in this regard.
Moreover, the provision of Punjab
textbooks to the areas of Azad Kashmir and Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, the
demand for the books had been increased manifolds.
claimed that the demand for textbooks published by the PTBB had
increased because of its rich quality and low price.
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Chinese envoy donates 10 computers to GCU
Lahore: Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Liu Jian has gifted 10 latest
computers, software and other accessories to the Government College
University (GCU). With the gift, the GCU administration has established
a high-tech computer laboratory for students at the Postgraduate
Library for online access of electronic journals, books and other
digital material. The news
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