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University of Health Sciences budget 2009-10

Rs 244.8m UHS budget approved
Lahore, Aug 26: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) Board of Governors (BoG) has approved Rs 244.800 million budget for the financial year 2009-10 with 28 per cent of the total amount allocated for research purposes.

The 19th meeting of BoG was held here on Monday which was chaired by Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar, according to a press release. Other members who attended the meeting included former Finance Minister Sartaj Aziz, Justice (Retd) Amer Raza Khan, Dr Zafar Iqbal Qureshi, Prof Amer Aziz, UHS Vice Chancellor Prof M H Mubbashar, Punjab Health Secretary Anwar Ahmed Khan and finance additional secretary.

According to budget estimates, Rs 82.923 million has been earmarked for administrative expenses. It also includes 15 and 20 per cent increase in the basic pay announced by the government for gazetted and non-gazetted employees respectively.

A sum of Rs 35.773 million has been allocated for operating expenses that include utilities (Rs 15.450 million), repair and maintenance (Rs 3.150 million), communications (Rs 2.710 million), printing and stationery (Rs 8.500 million), advertisement and publicity (Rs 0.800 million), books and periodicals (Rs 2 million) and law charges (Rs 1 million).

The university has reserved Rs 15.000 million for scholarships and Financial Award Scheme which also includes cash awards for brilliant students.

An amount of Rs 68.547 million will be spent on research activities in the university. Out of it, Rs 10 million has been allocated for the purchase of chemicals and reagents and Rs 0.100 million has been allocated for the maintenance of Experimental Animal Research Lab. The UHS has also established a Research Fund at a cost of Rs 5.000 million for undertaking research of special nature.

A sum of Rs 50.000 million has been earmarked for civil works which also include funds for the development of new university campus at Kala Shah Kaku.

The UHS will spend Rs 20.000 million on the conduct of examinations and Rs 2 million on continued professional development of the medical faculty of the province. A sum of Rs 2 million has been allocated for international linkages and Rs 2 million for the introduction of new academic programmes during year 2009-10.

Earlier, VC Prof Mubbashar apprised the board members of the varsity's performance and said that indigenous research was being carried out on campus on various diseases such as asthma, diabetes, TB, typhoid, infertility, environmental pollution, cancer, genetic disorders, consanguinity, hepatitis and developmental abnormalities. He informed the members that the " World Health Organization (WHO) had agreed to designate UHS as its collaborating centre for bio-ethics, the first centre of its kind to be established in Eastern Mediterranean Region of WHO which consists 24 countries.

He said that curricula had been revised in the light of modern trends involving integrated teaching, problem-based learning and community-oriented medical education.

He said clinical scenario based questions had been introduced in various professional examinations and to eliminate favouritism and victimization, traditional system of practical examinations had been replaced with objective structured performance evaluation (OSPE).Later, the members of BoG visited various departments of the university and appreciated their performance.

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PU to find ways to counter IJT
Lahore: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has called a special meeting of the Deans Committee for Wednesday (today) to evolve a strategy to counter the increasing "vandalism" by the Islami Jamiat Talaba activists.

It is learnt that the PU administration has also received special instructions in this regard from Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif who has received a complaint from some students of the PU College of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences (CSAS) about torture of them allegedly by some Jamiat activists on August 18.

It is also learnt that the PU VC had also received an email from anonymous students about the incident, which the initial inquiry proved true.

According to the PU officials, some IJT activists recently also manhandled and thrashed security guards of various departments, including those of the Department of English, Institute of Business Administration (IBA) and College of Earth and Environmental Sciences. They said the recent incident took place at PU College of Earth and Environmental Sciences on Saturday/Sunday night when dozens of the Jamiat activists thrashed the college's guards who stopped them from pasting posters inscribed with Pro-Jamiat activities.

An official said earlier some CSAS students were thrashed by the Jamiat activists for listening to the music in the college's ceremony held at the night of August 18 at the New Campus.

He said the majority of those involved in the incidents were the expelled students, belonging to Jamiat and added that Jamiat was in fact trying to pressurise the PU administration in connection with those IJT activists who had been expelled from the university. During the last couple of years, the PU administration had expelled and rusticated over two dozen Jamiat activists for gross misconduct and breaching the university rules.

The official further claimed that police authorities were not cooperating with the PU administration owing to which the administration was finding it difficult to handle the situation. He said the Wednesday's meeting would deliberate the issue to find a solution including a possible "police action" against the elements challenging the writ of the university administration.

Another official said the Jamiat office-bearers were also issuing statements against the university's Musicology Department but the administration had vowed to shift the classes from Alhamra to the university campus.

It is pertinent to mention here that Jamiat had been opposing the PU Musicology Department since its inception a couple of years ago, maintaining that it was against the teachings of Islam. It is also important to mention that since the department's inception, classes of MA Musicology programme had been offered at Alhamra instead of the university campus.

Referring to the IJT's recent ceremony in which talented students were awarded prizes, a PU senior teacher said on the one hand, Jamiat was attracting people's sympathies by organising events like the Talent Gala while on the other it was involved in "Terror Gala" at the PU.

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PU MA Education result
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) has declared the result of MA Education (Elementary and Secondary) Part-II Annual Examination, 2008. According to a press statement, the pass percentage in the exam remained 27.54. Detailed result is available at the PU website The news

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