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UET Lahore appointment & plagiarism charges

UET teacher reply sought on plagiarism
Lahore, April 09: Justice Asad Munir of the Lahore High Court on Friday sought reply from Dr Munir Ayaz, chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department, the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore on a writ petition challenging his appointment on plagiarism charges.

Petitioner Muhammad Imran Chohan, an advocate, contended that Dr Naeem was accused of plagiarism and the matter was referred to the higher Education Commission (HEC).

He said that the university syndicate committee was holding inquiry into the charges against Dr Naeem but the vice-chancellor of the varsity had given him a favor and got his name approved as chairman of the electrical department from the syndicate meeting. He said the appointment was illegal as his name was not included in the list of candidates in the beginning; it was included in the list later on.

The counsel alleged that the syndicate meeting was not informed that the HEC had blacklisted Dr Naeem until final report from the inquiry report. He said the HEC had also restrained Dr Naeem from taking any financial benefit from the university until final decision, but even he was enjoying the chairmanship benefits.

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PU defends title
Lahore: A TEAM of the Punjab University students successfully defended its title in Urdu declamation contest of the 13th All Pakistan Interuniversity Allama Iqbal Shield held at Islamabad.

Syed Ghulam Mohyuddin (Institute of Communication Studies) and Hamza Tarar (Institute of Business Administration) got first position in Urdu while Syed Shamoon Ahmad (College of Pharmacy) got second position in English contest.

In another contest of Interuniversity held at Peer Mehar Ali Shah Agriculture University Rawalpindi, Hafiz Tayyeb of ICS got first position in Qiraat, Asim Khan of Hailey College of Commerce got first position in solo performance and Hamza Tarar of IBA got third position in Urdu speech contest. Meanwhile, the PU Hailey College of Banking & Finance s (HCBF) Art and Design Committee organised an open competition in the categories of calligraphy, photo painting, live sketch and funny pictures/cartoons.

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PU result
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department has announced the result of MSc Coal Technology, semester system, session 2008-2010. Detailed result is available on the PU website

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Lahore International Book Fair 2011
Lahore: The five-day 25th Lahore International Book Fair 2011 which started at Lahore Expo Centre, Johar Town, on Thursday received tremendous response on its second day on Friday.

Around 165 local and foreign publishers and education-related organisations have been set up stalls in the book fair to books on varsity of topics, including education, computer and information technology, engineering, business management, medical sciences, agriculture, literature, law and children literature.

The book fair is also having stalls related to educational and stationery items while special discount on books and other stationery items is being offered to the visitors.

The visitors appreciated organizers of the book fair, saying the event provided them a chance to take part in a positive and healthy activity and promoted the book reading. People from different walks of life, especially teachers, students and educationists, visited the book fair in large number to buy available discount offers.

Sajid Rizvi, who was representing Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) in the book fair, termed the event a great step to promote the cause of education and literacy.

Hamad Raza, a visitor, said the book fair had offered thousands of books under one roof, adding that it was indeed the best opportunity to explore the world of books. He was of the view that such events should be organised on a regular basis as they helped promote book reading and positive and healthy activities among people, especially the youth.

A student, Sadia, said in the view of deteriorating law and order situation and frequent incidents of terrorism, the book fair was like a fresh air and a positive development for promoting peace and love through books.

It is pertinent to mention here that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had inaugurated the 25th Lahore International Book Fair 2011 on April 7. The event will continue till April 11 while entry is free.

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UHS MPhil theses
Lahore: The 53rd meeting of Advanced Studies and Research Board of the University of Health Sciences (UHS) held here on Friday approved the thesis reports of students of MPhil haematology, microbiology, morbid anatomy and physiology. A press release said the thesis reports of Dr Ahmed Raza Butt (MD cardiology), Dr Syed Asif Ali (MD cardiology), Dr Rubina Naseer Raja (MD cardiology), Dr Athar Hameed Sheikh (MS urology) and Dr Attique ur Rehman (MS urology) were considered for approval in the meeting.

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Documentaries on women at LCWU
Lahore: Two documentaries based on the theme violence against women and produced by students of mass communication department of the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) were screened at the varsity campus here on Friday.

The documentaries Apna Haq Pehchanu and Burn Life were shown on the occasion, each depicting various issues relating to violence against women. The event was organised in collaboration of Shirkat Gah Women s Resource Centre. After presentation of each documentary, questions were asked from producers of the documentaries.

Director Advocacy and Communications Shirkat Gah Fauzia Viqar was the chief guest on the occasion. There, she said women should be aware of their basic rights as they were an important part of our society and should not be deprived of the rights that our religion has given them.

She added unfortunately violence had become a norm of our society, though; it was not a part of Islamic culture. LCWU mass communication department s in-charge Dr Anjum Zia said unfortunately injustice against women was increasing day by day in the society. According to her the easiest way to fight for women s right was to create awareness among the masses about their basic rights.

A short film on honour killing Mehru made by the LCWU mass communication department s students was also shown while certificates were also distributed among the documentary makers/students. LCWU Dean Faculty of Humanities and Oriental Learning Dr Humala Khalid also presented a souvenir to the chief guest.

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Notices on plea for free education
Lahore: The Lahore High Court on Friday issued notices to the federal and Punjab governments on a petition for the court s direction for the governments to strictly act under constitutional articles 9, 25-A and 37 to ensure provision of free compulsory education to everyone from five to 16 years of age.

The petition was filed by Barrister Haris for the enforcement of fundamental right to education enshrined through the articles in the newly introduced 18th Amendment.

The petitioner submitted that both the federal and provincial governments were overlooking their constitutional obligations by not imparting compulsory education to the citizens of the said age group, notwithstanding the fact the right to education was fundamental.

The petitioner said that less than two percent of the national budget was spent on education and no heed was paid to introduce a uniform education system in the country to enforce and implement the constitution requirement of ensuring equality of opportunity to everyone. He said for private education separate standards had been laid down that run counter to the constitutional requirement.

He contended that any further ignorance towards the value of education was open to cause serious situation in the country in future. In terms of Article 25-A, he said provinces had been obliged to cater to the needs of education of the people of the said age. He prayed to the court to direct the respondents to make arrangements to provide free compulsory education to people of the said age group.

The court after hearing the petitioner issued notices and sought replies from attorney general Pakistan and chief secretary Punjab by April 29.

Reply sought on petition against Mall rallies: The Lahore High Court on Friday sought replies from the Punjab government and the Lahore district coordination officer on a petition against holding of protest rallies and processions on The Mall.

The Mall Road Traders Association filed the petition and submitted that the business activity on The Mall had been badly affected due to frequent protests and rallies there.

It said different political, religious and other parties held protests daily, especially on Friday. The association said the traffic police had to block all adjoining roads of The Mall whenever a rally or protest was held, hindering the public from approaching business places.

The petitioner-association prayed to the court to issue a restraining order against holding of protest and rallies on The Mall.

The court, after hearing the contention, sought replies from the Punjab government and the DCO within two weeks.

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SPLA case: IO fails to turn up in court
Karachi: An investigation officer whom the Judicial Magistrate of South had ordered to appear in the court on Friday and submit the charge sheet in the case of protesting SPLA teachers failed to turn up in the court.

The judicial magistrate, Nadeem Badr Qazi, had on Thursday rejected the charge sheet submitted by the investigation officer, Malik Raees Ahmed, because he had done that without the approval of the SP and other senior police officers.

The magistrate had ordered the investigation officer to submit the charge sheet again on Friday, but the investigation officer did not turn up.

The magistrate took exception to the absence of the IO and directed him to appear in the court on April 24 along with the charge sheet and an explanation why he did not appear in the court on the requisite date.

According to the case, some 30 SPLA demonstrators were arrested when they were marching towards the Sindh Chief Minister's House to stage a sit-in there for acceptance of their demands.

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Dissolution of PSF body opposed
Peshawar: The People's Students Federation (PSF) has termed the dissolution of the Peshawar division cabinet of the organisation as illegal and threatened to stage protest demonstrations outside the President House, National Assembly and People's Secretariat, if Organising Committee Chairman Yaseen Khalil was not removed from his office.

Addressing a joint news conference, former PSF general secretary for Peshawar Haji Wali, Mian Kashif of Charsadda and Taimur Iqbal of Nowshera districts said the workers of the organisations have already submitted their complaints against the organising committee. They said the former chairperson of the party, Benazir Bhutto, had cancelled the basic membership of Yaseen Khalil for contesting election in independent capacity. "Therefore, assigning him an important office is a violation of the party's constitution," Haji Wali added.

The former PSF general secretary said the party had made it clear that regular students should be made leaders of the PSF. "However, the chairman organising committee has made former students and people on job as office-bearers of the federation," he added.

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IBMS teachers threaten protest
Peshawar: The teachers of the Institute of Business and Management Sciences (IBMS), Agricultural University, have threatened to stage a protest camp outside the Peshawar Press Club from today (Saturday) against what they called the indifference of the university administration.

The threat was made at an emergency meeting of the teachers association held here on Friday. The teachers said they would continue their protest camp till the acceptance of all their demands.

The teachers are demanding release of their four-month salaries, 50 per cent increase in salaries and 15 per cent medical allowance in accordance with the budget announced nine months ago. The teachers said they raised voice for their genuine demands but the university administration resorted to revengeful actions against them.

They said the vice-chancellor had withheld their salaries for the last four months to force them stop their protest. They said that by stopping their salaries, the vice-chancellor had pushed them to starvation. But, they declared, they would not bow before the tactics of the vice-chancellor and would continue their protest till getting their genuine rights.

The Institute of Business and Management Studies is a constituent institution of the Agricultural University, where the students are admitted on self-finance basis. As the institute has been earning handsome revenue, the teachers want to make the institute an autonomous body on the pattern of the Institute of Management Science, Hayatabad.

The teachers are of the opinion that they have not only been recruited on contractual basis, but salary raise and other perks are also not provided to them. They asked Governor Masood Kausar to take notice of the situation and provide them justice.

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Students protest exam venue shifting
Miramshah: Students of the Government College of Commerce and Management Sciences here Friday staged a protest against the Bannu University administration for shifting examination hall to Bannu from Miramshah and warned that they would not appear in the examination scheduled to commence from April 12.

The students complained that the political administration of North Waziristan and peace committee members had given full security assurance to the examination staff of Bannu University during their stay in Miramshah but even then the university management shifted examination hall from Miramshah to Bannu.

The peace committee and grand jirga chairman, Maulana Gul Ramazan and other members including Hafiz Noorullah Shah, Maulvi Salim Gul and Haji Abdul Hakim Haqqani also resented the act of the university and assured the protesting students of their full support.

The students led by Asif Raza, general secretary of the college union, press secretary Hanifullah, Niamatullah, Atta Mohammad, Wahab Khan, Anwarullah Khan, Hafizullah Khan and others said they would not appear in the examinations commencing from April 12.

The students alleged the registrar of the university had personal grudges with the students of North Waziristan and was trying to create numerous problems for them.

They demanded the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor and vice-chancellor of the university to take note of their suffering and allow them to attend their papers in Miramshah instead of Bannu distant. This correspondent made several attempts to get an official version of the university administration, but in vain. The news

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