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Varsities, boards make the most of form mistakes
Lahore, Dec 07: The incorrect filling of admission forms by candidates has been a major challenge for examination-conducting bodies over the years. However, these bodies generate huge finances through the mistakes committed by candidates once there is a need to rectify the records on official documents.

The Punjab University (PU), Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Lahore, and other exam-conducting bodies receive thousands of applications before and after the exams from the candidates to get the mistakes removed. The charges for correction of mistakes differ as before the start of results, the task is done with a nominal fee and once the results are declared and certificates and degrees are issued, the job becomes difficult and hence requires extra time and more money.

BISE, Lahore, charges Rs1,000 for a minor spelling mistake in case the candidate apply for correction within two years after declaration of results while Rs 2,000 are charged if correction of spelling is required after two years of the results. The charges increase as much as the length of time increases.

Therefore, it is argued that a careful approach can not only save money but also precious time. BISE Lahore Controller of Exams Prof Manzurul Hassan Niazi believes that form filling is a complete exercise, therefore, there is a dire need of sensitising students in this regard. "The students must be careful in filling the forms as a minor mistake can create problems for them in their future life," he said and added that candidates should seek guidance from teachers and parents/elders to avoid any mistake in filling forms.

Academic circles are of the view that teachers should play their role in sensitising students about filling the forms in a correct manner, saying this will also help students in their professional lives.

They say that in the wake of upcoming matriculation exams, the Punjab Schools Education Department should issue instructions to schools, directing the administration to organise special sessions to sensitise students in order to avoid any trouble.

Punjab University (PU) Faculty of Arts Dean Professor Dr S Qalb-i-Abid along with students and teachers recently participated in a special ceremony held in Hamburg, Germany, to promote peace in South Asia.

The ceremony was organised by Muslim representatives of Berlin and Hamburg, which was also attended by Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Arabs, Turks, Iranians, Afghans and Germans. The objective of the ceremony was to promote inter-religious harmony and to highlight the need to establish peace in South Asia.

The academic theme was that trillions of dollars, spent on confrontation in South Asia, should be spent on poverty alleviation, better health system, speedy justice and good governance. It was also highlighted that trade and economic cooperation and tourism must flourish in our countries on the EU pattern for sustainable peace and stability plus globalisation in the region.

The speakers stressed that no preference be given to anybody on the basis of race, religion, gender and ethnicity while equal opportunities for all citizens must be provided and root causes of all conflicts be addressed. It was also highlighted that South Asia could not afford tensions or even exchange of allegations because it would drag the region away from addressing the real issues of peoples. - (The news)

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PU admin exposed IJT activities on website
Lahore: In a bid to expose and warn Islamiat Jamiat Talaba (IJT) activists, the Punjab University (PU) administration has posted press statements on its website detailing negative and violent acts committed by IJT activists.

The administration says they took this decision as a last resort, because they had yet to receive any assistance from the CM or any of the law enforcement agencies. .

Sources said PU Vice Chancellor (VC) Professor Dr Mujahid Kamran and faculty members had requested the chief minister to take action against IJT's hooliganism, but to no avail. An FIR was also registered with Muslim town police station but the station house officer had refused to register the complaint.

PU Registrar Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan said that they wanted the public to know about IJT's activities and expose elements that were spreading terror in educational institutions. However, IJT Nazim Qaiser Sharif said that the step taken by the administration was condemnable and they would expose administration's corruption through a website if the press statements were not removed.

The website hosts two press statements describing two incidents of IJT's hooliganism. The administration alleges that the activists broke a barrier installed for security purposes and demolished wall of a hostel room to establish their office in the premises. Sources said that the VC had given a presentation to the CM about IJT's activities and earlier, the PU Academic Staff Association had requested him to take action against them.

The administration is demanding that a police operation be carried out in the premises to eliminate all miscreants, who are allegedly present in university hostels and are equipped with weapons. It also alleges that the activists threaten faculty members to establish their stronghold in the university.

A faculty member, on condition of anonymity, said the administration had requested the government to carry out an operation in the hostels, but the government did not respond. The administration is helpless because the IJT elements are carrying out their illegal activities in the presence of security personnel and faculty members, he said, adding that they were also beating students and university guards.

The register said the website was not only a resource for students but also published what was happening in and around the campus. The two incidents were examples of terrorism and we want to tell the public about them.

PU IJT Nazim Qaiser Sharif said that the administration was only propagating against students at the website. He said the admin was being unfair to them and they respected their teachers. Tanzeel Jabbar, student, said the university's reputation was at stake because everyday hundreds of students visit the official website. He said publicising the tussle would give out a negative image of the university. Daily times

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Teachers accuse Higher Education Dept of harassment
Lahore: The Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association (PPLA) has strongly criticized the Punjab Higher Education Department for issuing 'threatening' show-cause notices to college teachers allegedly on baseless charges.

In a press statement, PPLA president Nazim Hasnain and other office bearers including Prof Majid Wazir, Prof Muhammad Arif, Prof Abid Butt, alleged that officials of the department were spreading fear among college teachers through 'so-called' monitoring and levelling baseless allegations.

They said it was strange that the department had issued 'threatening' show-cause notices to 87 teachers of Government MAO College, 22 teachers of Government Islamia College Civil Lines and many others despite the fact they all were present during 'monitoring raid' conducted by officials of the department recently.

PPLA office bearers said attitude of officials on 'monitoring' was quite humiliating owing to which teachers especially female teachers became upset.

They said the department was in fact threatening teachers so that they might not object to its plan to post bureaucrats on top slots of various education-related autonomous bodies.

They also criticized the federal government for withdrawing intermediate classes from the purview of colleges through the National Education Policy 2009.

PPLA president Nazim Hasnain said a deputy secretary of the department, got infuriated during a 'raid' on a college when his attention was drawn to the fact that he was smoking in a laboratory which could lead to any untoward situation.

He said the official, Tariq Latif, who is from the Railways Group and is serving on deputation as deputy secretary, had levelled baseless allegations against teachers and issued show cause notices to them. When contacted, Tariq Latif said he was out of town and could not hear this correspondent properly. "I'll talk to you on Monday (today)," he said.

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LUMS held open day
Lahore: The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) held open day on the campus on Sunday. A large number of students and parents visited the campus where information kiosks informed the visitors about admission process, scholarship opportunities, financial aid and programmes offered by the three schools of the LUMS, the School of Science and Engineering, the School of Humanities Social Sciences and Law and the Suleman Dawood School of Business. The news

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GCU staged human reality
Lahore: The Government College University Dramatics Club Sunday staged its annual play "Kamra", an Urdu adaptation of Manuel de Pedrolo's Techinica De Cambra (The Room) on December 6, 2009 at the university's Bokhari Auditorium.

The play takes place neither in a specified time nor place but in an extraterrestrial ultimate reality, that is the room where there is no thought of escape and the room is the world. Miscellaneous objects are placed in the room. The plot revolves around a list of seven characters Ghulam Ali Sher (Click), Zohrain Bhaur (Volvo), Mohsin Manzoor (Sameer), Maham Naz (Kakansa), Afsheen Farooq (Kleda), Usman Butt (Ballet) and Rida Akram Chaudhary (Alvina) that end up in a room.

One by one these people are introduced by an invisible voice of the landlady that can be heard fulsomely praising the comforts of the room. As they come in, carrying an empty suitcase, they try to take under their possession some space in the room and the objects around. But this room is the world, and there are neither enough beds nor enough objects to go around. Conflicts are then raised over the possession of the goods around.

The play is a global allegory expressing an absurdist reflection on the reality of our existence. Dispute over tiny things as the lipstick, beds, paper pads etc added a comic element in the allegory. The desire for power inherent in human nature is the key element of the play. This room is the world to its inhabitants, who feel trapped in it and hate it, but usually have an even greater fear of what is outside. What we witness is the skeletal inner essence: reality seen bare, without the clothing of social movement.

The guests of honour on the opening night of the three-day event were all the presidents, secretaries and the actors who performed in the club in the past five years including Saad Mohammad, Hassan Belal Zaidi, Fasiha Afghan, Daniyal Talat and Madiha Gul.

The evening was a success and the auditorium roared with applause for the breathtaking performance. Mohsin Manzoor (Sameer), Afsheen Farooq (Kleda), Usman Butt (Ballet) and Maham Naz (Kakansa), who by virtue of their command over the character and the transitions that came along, kept the audience spell bounded till the very end.

The play was produced by Dr Farhan Ebadat Yar Khan and was directed by Moosa Abbas. Under the light of the catastrophic events in the country the club succeeded in developing an inner thought to the reality of our existence. The play would be running for two more days on December 7 & 8,2009. F.P Report

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Professors research work
Lahore: Prof Riaz Hussain's research work has been inducted in the Forster archive of Kings College Library, Cambridge UK. It has been learnt.

His research work is on EM Forster's renowned novel "A Passage to India". His publication would be used by students from all over the world for guidance in their studies. Riaz Hussain was a former associate professor at Forman Christian College, Lahore. Daily times

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Personality development workshop
Lahore: With a view to enhance speaking power and self confidence in scholarship holders, Punjab Educational Endowment Fund (PEEF) has organized a capacity building workshop for the talented students.

Under this programme a workshop on the topic "Personality Building and Communication" was held at University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore which was attended by 74 scholars studying in UET. Prof. Shahzaib Khan, Prof. Ambreen Siddiqui, Prof.Dr.Sajid Ali and Prof.Dr. Khaliq ur Rehman delevered lectures on Communication Skills, Personality Development, Time Management and Public Speaking.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Khaliq ur Rehman said that no doubt scholers of PEEF are very talented but it has been observed that there is lack of self confidence and speaking power in the student.

With a view to enabling them to face the challenge of future, Ayesha Taufeeq said that the PEEF has launched a programme of holding personality development workshop for 500 scholars throughout the province. She further stated that in the first phase, the PEEF distributed 5320 scholarships among deserving students and more 5000 talented would be granted stipend in near future. F.P Report

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