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Colleges charge at will for admission forms
Lahore, Aug 10: The Punjab government's indifferent attitude towards admissions to government and private colleges has led to the sale of admission forms and prospectus at exorbitant rates.

The sale of admission-related material at un-controlled prices has been greatly irking students and their parents who have demanded the government to take notice of the situation and stop this "fleecing" in the name of education.

A comparison of prospectus prices of different educational institutes clearly shows that there is no uniformity in connection with the prices of prospectus of government colleges and universities offering intermediate classes. Similarly, private institutes are also taking full advantage of the situation and selling prospectus at higher rates, causing troubles for students and their parents. The Govt College of Home Economics is selling its prospectus at Rs 300 besides Rs 20 is being charged for a charity ticket. The Government College University (GCU) is selling its prospectus for intermediate at Rs 200 only while the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) is charging Rs 300 with Rs 25 ticket. Similarly, Rs 75 to Rs 200 are being charged by a number of colleges, including the Govt MAO College, Govt College of Science, Govt Islamia College, and Govt College for Women, Cooper Road, for admission to intermediate classes.

It is pertinent to mention here that most of the private colleges and universities, offering intermediate level education, have been charging minimum Rs 500 for prospectus and admission forms, etc. A citizen complained that prospectus of the Govt College of Home Economics did not mention its price, adding that at least the government should ensure that all institutions print prices of admission forms and prospectus. It is generally observed that students usually apply for admission to more than one college with an aim to securing admission at any of these while there are also those who apply in more than one discipline which shows how

much such students have to spend on admission related documents. The news

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'University community college' at UAF
Faisalabad: The University of Agriculture Faisalabad will launch a 'University Community College' where graduates and others will be equipped with technical and vocational education.

This was stated by UAF Vice-Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmed while talking to a USAID delegation that called on him at his office on Tuesday.

Briefing the delegates led by Director, USAID Punjab, Ms Beth Paige, Dr Ahmed said the community college would be established on the US model. He said the university had revived the FSc (pre-agriculture) system and about 400 would be enrolled this year.

He said in 1980 the cotton production was three million bales per annum but at the end of 2010, the country was able to obtain 12 million bales because of the efforts made by agriculturists and scientists. "In 1980's the poultry was standing no where but now it has become second major industry of Pakistan."

He said the university had strong relations with other institutes that could be gauged from the fact that the UAF signed 90 international MoUs and 20 national memorandums.

Ms Paige said USAID Fulbright Programme had sponsored 182 new students, including 78 women, and currently 75 Pakistanis were being supported by the programme.

"The programme has a 98 per cent return rate with 106 master-level graduates returning to Pakistan this year."

The delegates also met USAID scholarship holder students of the university at Old Senate Hall. She said over 3,000 education administrators and 12,000 teachers had been trained in management and teaching techniques to improve quality of education under USAID in Pakistan.

The delegates are: Dr Randy Hatfield, Asadullah Khan, Haroon Raheem, Karan Swaner, Kamran Niazi and Habibur Rehman.

She said continued support to 34 existing Pakistan-US collaborations between universities and higher education institutions had benefitted 1,400 Pakistani researchers and practitioners - 45 per cent of them were women. Dawn

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Students meet PU VC
Lahore: Students of Punjab University Electrical Engineering Department students, showing outstanding performance in co-curricular competitions, met the Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran in his office on Tuesday. The nation

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PU student wins best hiker award
Lahore: Punjab University Hailey College of Commerce student Atif Amin met the Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran in his office on Tuesday. He had won "Best National Hiker 2011" in 19th National Rover Scout Hike 2011 held in Nanga Parbat in July, 2011.

College Principal Prof Dr Liaqat Ali, Prof Dr M Amin Athar, Prof Dr Amir Ijaz, Director Sports (women) Shamsa Kanwal, Advisor Student Affairs Iftikhar Ahmad Chaudhry and members of College Sports Committee were also present on the occasion.

Vice-Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran congratulated Atif Amin on his brilliant success and said it was an honour for the varsity. It is worth mentioning here that Atif had also won Best National Hiker award last year. Daily times

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'Withdraw transfer of teachers'
Lahore: Punjab Professors & Lecturers Association (PPLA) demanded of the government to withdraw recent posting orders of teachers through which they had been displaced and posted at far flung areas of the province.

A press release said the demand was put forward during an Iftar dinner organised by the PPLA.

Many college teachers attended the Iftar dinner. They rejected the new promotion policy saying it was allegedly against seniority rules and merit policy. PPLA and Itehad-e-Asataza office-bearers said many male and female teachers were disturbed after they were posted in far flung areas.

They said it was not possible for teachers to travel to these areas under prevailing law and order situation of the country and growing incidents of terrorism, adding absence of proper residential facilities including hostels etc for teachers in these areas was another grave issue.

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Call to extend summer holidays
Lahore: The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Asataza Punjab demanded for extending summer vacation till September due to Ramazan and bad weather.

In a press statement JAC office-bearers including Rana Arshad, Syed Sajjad Akbar Kazmi, Rana Liaquat and others said many teachers had carried out duties in summer camps and many of them including students also observe Aitkaf in Ramazan so the summer break should be extended for another 15 days. They said construction was also underway in different schools. It is pertinent to mention here that the Punjab government had announced annual summer vacation till August 14 this year. Secretary Schools Aslam Kamboh had been claiming that there would be no extension in holidays so that schools complete academic year.

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KU awards 33 degrees
Karachi: The Registrar, University of Karachi (KU), Professor M Kaleem Raza Khan, on Tuesday announced that the Board of Advanced Studies and Research (BASR), KU, in its meeting held under the chairmanship of the Vice-Chancellor, KU, Professor Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, awarded 33 degrees.

Eight MPhil and MS degrees and 25 PhD degrees were awarded during the BASR meeting, he said. Afshan Ali from the Pharmaceutics received an MPhil degree (CW), while Meher Ali of Chemistry (HEJ) got MPhil, Humera Khatoon from Pharmacology obtained MS, Amna Shaikh of Special Education was awarded MPhil. Dr Itefaq Hussain (MBBS) of Pharmacology received MPhil, Rabia Perveen from Special Education got MPhil, Jehan Alam of Microbiology was awarded MS, and Azra Shaheen, who belongs to Clinical Psychology, received MPhil degrees, he further said.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Atique Akhter of Zoology, Maqbool Ahmed from Usool-ud-Din, Khalil-ur-Rehman of Quran & Sunnah, Shaikh Tajuddin Nizami from Mathematics, Husan Bano of Pharmacognosy, Shakeel Ahmed Khan of Urdu, Syed Asif Ali from Computer Sciences, Syed M. Murshid Raza of Mathematics, Habibur Rehman from Islamic Learning, Karamatullah of Philosophy, Nadra Nahid from Chemistry (HEJ), Yasmeen Jam of Political Science and Simeen Mansoor from Genetics received PhD degrees.

Moreover, Aman Karim of Chemistry (HEJ), Muhammad Imran Ali also from Chemistry (HEJ), Mumtaz Zia Saleem of International Relations, Syed Faraz Moin from Chemistry (HEJ), M Hashim Zuberi of Chemistry, Muhammad Sadiq Ali Khan from Computer Sciences, Fouzia Yaqub of Botany, Muhammad Zamin Ali Khan from Computer Science,

Zulfiqar Ali Mirani of Microbiology, Rehan Khan from Chemistry (HEJ), Ruqaiya Hasan of Physiology and Dr Arif Hussain (MBBS) of Microbiology also obtained PhD degrees, he added. The news

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PDMA commends SSUET reports on disaster management
Karachi: Sindh government has highly appreciated the work done by Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) in various fields pertaining to disaster management. In a communication to SSUET Chancellor ZA Nizami, secretary rehabilitation department, Provincial Disaster Management Authority, especially mentioned university's report on 'Rain Emergency 2011'. An official of SSUET said here on Tuesday that secretary rehabilitation department desired to hold a meeting with Disaster Management/Relief Cell, Institute of Human Settlements and Environment of SSUET, to work out further details on the operational implementation of report on 'Rain Emergency'. The PDMA also commended university's three reports on disaster management and development of warning system for coastal regions of Pakistan and the report on global warning besides report on seismic zones of Pakistan. The PDMA called for power point presentations for each report along with workable action plan to mitigate in case of disasters as elaborated in these reports. app

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