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Fuuast permanent VC appointment issue

Fuuast teachers tell Zardari to 'appoint VC or face protest'
Karachi, Aug 25: Teachers of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (Fuuast) have told President Asif Ali Zardari that he has no choice but to select one of the three candidates shortlisted by the senate for the post of the vice chancellor (VC) of the university, failing which the instructors would launch a protest.

The final decision for the VC will be taken at a session today.

"The seat of a permanent VC has been vacant for the past seven months," they said during a press conference held at the Karachi Press Club on Friday.

The teachers warned that they would go on strike if a VC is not appointed. "We will go on a strike, and might even shut down the university. It is high time a permanent VC is posted at the university."

In its ten-year life, the university has not once had a VC who completed his tenure.

Due to the lack of a permanent VC and administrative staff, they claimed, no one had been able to devise an admission policy to date. "The playgrounds in our campus are empty, labs are much needed, and there is not a single centre of excellence on campus. All this is because the post which decided such matters is vacant," said Iftikhar Ahmed Tahiri, general secretary of the university's teachers' body.

Currently, Professor Muhammad Qaiser is the VC of both the Fuuast and the University of Karachi (KU). Prof Qaiser took charge of KU in February, and Fuuast has since then, taken a backseat.

Following an advertisement for the position, 141 candidates were scrutinised, of which 112 candidates were interviewed by a search committee and four names were selected and sent to the Fuuast. "The whole process took six months and after that the senate at the university gave three names to the president."

However, chairman Higher Education Commission and Search Committee Convener Javed Leghari wrote a letter to the president that the three candidates were "incapable".

"This is ridiculous! Leghari is a part of the process and did not raise any concerns over the six-month long selection period."

The teachers claimed that Leghari's letter to the president was "not only illegal, but also self-contradictory". "The letter claims that the best candidate of the three scored 42 marks, but it also states that the third best candidate scored 42 marks."

The teachers hinted that the letter was delay tactic that had been inspired by political motives, and that Leghari wanted one of his friends on the post. "If there were so many issues with the three shortlisted candidates, why were six months wasted? Why was the students' education put at stake?" The news

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Evening classes at KU to begin from 27th
Karachi: The evening classes at the University of Karachi (KU) will start from August 27.

This was announced by the spokesperson of the institution on Friday.

The students have been directed to attend their classes regularly.

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KU announces LLM thesis submission date
Karachi: Controller Examination, University of Karachi (KU) has on Friday announced last date for submission of LLM final year thesis. As per details, students can submit their thesis along with six copies with pay order of Rs 10,000 in the name of KU Controller Examination till Sept 15. After due date Rs 1,000 will be charged as late fee till Oct 30, however, students who only concern with viva-voce have to submit pay order of Rs 4,000 along with four copies of thesis while students who remained failed in their thesis exam have to submit pay order of Rs 6,000 with two copies of thesis. Meanwhile, KU further announced that the LLM final year exams will start from August 29 and students are requested to collect their admit cards from their respective colleges. Daily times

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Access to US universities
Islamabad: A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on Friday between Pakistani universities and US academia to get access to research work of 32 US universities for Pakistani students and for promotion of cooperation.

The purpose of cooperative agreement includes: focus on improving the state of social sciences and humanities related disciplines in Pakistan by enhancing collaborative research and scholarship and sharing information and use of resources more efficiently. Dawn

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GCU receives 131 oratory awards
Lahore: The Debating Society of Government College University bagged 131 oratory awards in 57 national and international debating competitions during the academic year 2011-12.

GCUDS patron and Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq Ur Rahman in the annual report of GCUDS published on Friday added his society also got the Best University of Pakistan award at the Higher Education Commission's Allama Iqbal Annual Speech Contest after beating 140 other universities of the country.

The GCUDS 131 oratory awards include 34 team trophies, 35 best speaker awards, 25 second best-speaker, 32 third-best speaker awards and five consolation prizes.

GCUDS General Secretary Saadul Hassan was declared the Best GCU Debater with overall 17 individual oratory awards, while Zahid Ali, a student of BA (Hons) Persian, stood second with 10 national awards to his credit.

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UHS seminar
Lahore: University of Health Sciences (UHS) Lahore will organise an orientation seminar on Entrance Test 2012 on Saturday (today) at 10:00am at the Auditorium of Allama Iqbal Medical College Lahore.

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UoE classes from 27th
Lahore: The masters and graduation classes at University of Education will commence from August 27, says a press release issued on Friday.

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UVAS offered partnership
Lahore: The International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) has offered partnership with University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) in livestock sector with a focus on enabling the poor to overcome poverty.

According to a press release, a four-member IFAD delegation called on UVAS Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha on Friday and discussed the prospects of enhancing dairy and meat production in Pakistan, capacity challenges in extension and research, employability of graduates and research and extension linkages.

The delegation led by Mission Leader Maleha Hussain comprised Livestock Specialist Rab Nawaz, Community Livestock Specialist Raja Rafaqat and Country Programme Officer Qasim Shah. The news

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PU dengue research team collects larvae samples
Lahore: A team of Punjab University's Dengue Research Group, under the supervision of its Chairman, Prof Dr Saeed Akhtar, visited hostel areas and collected samples of larvae found in stagnant rainwater there. Hall Council Chairman Prof Dr Muhammad Akhar, Student Affairs Adviser Prof Dr Rafique Ahmed, Chief Medical Officer Dr Nauman Ahmed, Member Syndicate and Resident Officer 1 Javed Sami, Resident Officer 2 Malik Muhammad Zaheer and Public Relations Director Isar Rana were also present on the occasion. Dr Akhtar said that so far the team had not found dengue larvae but had detected common mosquito Culex's larvae in puddles of rainwater. Dr Nauman said that the PU Health Centre had established a separate centre for expected and suspected dengue patients. He added that the PU teams were carrying out fumigation in different parts of both the campuses, including the hostel area, on a daily basis. He said that leaflets and posters were also being distributed bearing information about preventive measures against dengue. Daily times

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