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PU entrance test leaked
Lahore, Aug 08: Punjab University's Institute of Communication Studies (PUICS) had to change the entrance test for
admission to its PhD programme at the eleventh hour on Saturday, causing a delay
of over one hour in the test.
It is learnt the test was changed following
the administration received reports of leak of the test content. A couple of
weeks ago, the PUICS administration had to change the entrance test for
admission to MPhil programme following reports of leak. An inquiry has already
been initiated in this regard.
Sources privy to the developments said
Saturdayís test was scheduled to start at 11am, however, it started at around
12:30pm, adding the delay was noticed because institute authorities were busy
preparing another test for the students.
PUICS director Dr Ahsan Akhtar
Naz was not available for comments despite repeated attempts on his cell
phone. The news
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6,500 posts vacant in govt colleges
Lahore: As many as 6,500 posts in 478 government colleges across the province
are vacant due to lethargy of the Higher Education Department Punjab (HEDP),
which seemed reluctant to fill the said posts from a couple of years, it is
The authorities concerned of
HEDP failed to even trace the locations of the posts and they could not make any
policy in this regard so far, the sources said. The failure in recruiting new
teachers and promoting those, deserving further exposed performance of the
According to a notification
issued on November 20, 2009 by the department, the sanctioned posts of teachers
in the all 478 colleges in Punjab including girls and boys are 18,522 while in
year 2010-11 more 678 posts had been created by HEDP but colleges are being run
by only 12,700 teachers, the sources said.
The sources said that
according to the four-tier formula there are 192 posts of professors of BS-20
including 106 male and female; 2841 of associate professors of BS-19; 6410 of
assistant professors of BS-18, and 9757 of lecturers of BS-17. They further said
only 50 professors of BS-20 were working and a total number of vacant posts
stood at 6500. "The issue of promotion of the some teachers is also hanging in
the balance since 1990 as 160 male and 105 female lecturers are waiting for
their promotion from BS-17 to BS-18," the sources revealed.
They further revealed that
the department is not ready so far to give due promotion to the teachers and
make new recruitments in order to fill the vacant posts as well. They said,
"Interestingly, the department doesn't have any data regarding the location of
vacant posts". However, they said, the Higher Education Punjab Secretary had
formed a five-member committee three month before to find out the location of
vacant posts and discuss the matter.
The Higher Education Deputy
Sectary is the heading the committee while DPI Colleges Punjab, Director
Colleges Faisalabad and two representatives of Punjab Professors and Lecturers
Association are the members. The committee held three meetings during three
months but failed to find out the location of vacant posts, the sources added.
Higher Education Punjab
Secretary Haseeb Athar while commenting on the issue said that they had moved a
requisition to the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) for the recruitment
of 25, 00 lectures to fill the vacant posts. He said the department would also
move another requisition to the PPSC within three months so the gap could be
Furthermore, he said, the
department had asked the principals of the colleges where the posts were lying
vacant to recruit the visiting teachers temporarily. He further the department
has no computerized data regarding the teachers in past, but now they were doing
work to computerize it.
Punjab Professors and
Lecturers Association (PPLA) President Dr Zahid Ahmed Sheikh, vice president
Prof Shahid Chaudhary, general secretary Prof Syed Tanveer Ahmed Shah demanded
of the government to re-fix the four-tier formula and to resolve the issue of
due promotion of the teachers.
The PPLA also demanded that
the 3,000 posts which were with autonomous bodies including Government College
University Lahore, Government College University Faisalabad, Kinnaird College,
University of Education, Lahore College for Women University and others should
be given back to the colleges and the recently dislocated promotees must be
re-adjusted to the colleges where they had been working for several years.
Otherwise, the association warned, they would cordon off the HEDP after summer
vacations. The nation
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Online admission system introduced in 24 Punjab colleges
Lahore: For the first time in the history of the province, the Higher Education Department, Punjab, has
introduced online admission in select public colleges across the
In the first phase, the department has selected 24 colleges of
nine districts where admission to intermediate classes for the new academic
session will be made online.
The colleges include Lahore's Government
College for Women, Gulberg, Government College of Science, Wahdat Road,
Government Dyal Singh College, Government Islamia College, Civil Lines,
Government Jinnah Degree College for Women, Mozang, Government Kulliyat-ul-Banat
College for Women, Government MAO College and Government Postgraduate College
for Women, Samanabad.
Gujranwala's Government Degree College, Peoples
Colony, and Government Postgraduate College for Women, Satellite Town,
Rawalpindi's Government Postgraduate College, Asghar Mall and Government
Postgraduate College for Women, Satellite Town, Faisalabad's Government Islamia
College for Women, Eidgah Road, and Government Postgraduate College of Science,
Sahiwal's Government College for Women and Government Postgraduate College,
Multan's Government College of Science, and Government Degree College for Women,
Dera Ghazi Khan's Government College for Women, and Government Postgraduate
College, Bahawalpur's Government Degree College for Women, Satellite Town, and
Government SE College, and Sargodha's Government Ambala Muslim College, and
Government College for Women, Farooq Colony.
An official of the
department said the admission schedule would soon be advertised, adding a
comprehensive and interactive website had been developed for the purpose. He
said students seeking admission to the colleges would apply online through the
website (http://ocas.punjab.gov.pk/) and pay a nominal fee of Rs 25 after
submitting their admission forms.
The official said the department was
going viral in a phased manner, adding that transfer and posting orders for
teachers were also being issued online. He said the initiative was aimed at
enhancing the efficiency and ensure maximum transparency.
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Lahore college teachers protest posting in far-flung areas
Lahore: A large number of public college teachers on Saturday held a demonstration strongly criticized the
Punjab government for posting male and female teachers at colleges in the
far-flung areas of the province.
The protesting teachers including male
and female, some of whom were also accompanied by their children, gathered
outside the Lahore Press Club and strongly agitated against the recent postings
after promotion to next grades.
While carrying banners and placards, they
also chanted slogans against the government and officials of the Higher
Education Department Punjab and demanded the government stop the injustice in
the wake of prevailing law and order situation and ever increasing inflation.
A protestor, Prof Nazim, told The News that the government had promoted
college teachers almost after two decades in next grades, adding, however, they
were being victimised by posting them in the far-flung areas. He said many of
the teachers, especially females, from Lahore, who had served in the City for
many years, were abruptly posted in the far-flung areas.
were of the view that in many of the areas, there was acute shortage of hostels
and other residential facilities while serving in such places was also difficult
for female teachers. They said the abrupt orders of the government had caused
unrest among their families as well. They also criticized the authorities for
recent promotion policy and demanded the government to revert the same in the
interest of teachers. The news
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