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FJMC students decided to take legal action
Lahore, Dec 18: Students of Fatima Jinnah Medical College after days of protest have decided to take legal action. The students said that their careers had been endangered after the authority to issue them degrees had been shifted from the Punjab University to University of Health Sciences.

They said that even after repeated appeals to the provincial government, Secretary Education, Secretary Health and the chief minister, no government official talked with them.

The students said that they sought help from all the forums they could but in vain due to political situation in the country. They said that the prime responsibility of the government should be addressing issues of people.

Talking to the media, members of FJMC Action Committee Sadaf, Anam, Samreen, Maham, Sehrish, Sana, Maheen and Maria demanded that FJMC should either be placed under the PU or be made an autonomous institution as placing it under UHS would affect recognition of their degrees and of other students from over 23 countries studying in the institution.

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PU observed HR Day
Lahore: The Punjab University's Department of Applied Psychology observed the Human Rights Day with theme "Psychological Effects of Human Rights Violation" on New Campus on Thursday.

The students of the department presented skits and mime show based on ideas of human rights violation while speech and poetry competition were also held.

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KC students pointed out insufficient arrangements
Lahore: Some students of the Kinnaird College for Women have pointed out insufficient arrangements in the ongoing internal examinations, alleging the mismanagement was creating problems for them.

Seeking anonymity for obvious reasons, they said the issue needed to be highlighted as they believed it was against the traditions of Kinnaird College (KC).

During a visit to the KC on Thursday, it was learnt that around 450 students in first shift and around 650 in the second were accommodated in five rooms for the exam, each room having the capacity of not more than 70 students.

Interestingly, only two teachers were performing the duties as invigilators, the students complained saying later three lower grade staffers of the principal office were also assigned the duty.

The students also complained that the shortage of photocopies of question papers remained a routine matter during the exams which added to their miseries. Such irresponsible attitude had exposed the credibility of the exams, they said.

Nevertheless, they said, Physics paper of FSc classes was delayed on last day of intermediate exams on Thursday for over 40 minutes, causing great anxiety among the students.

The Intermediate exams starting from December 8 concluded on December 17 (Thursday) while bachelors' exams started from December 14 and would end on December 19 (Saturday).

They said the mismanagement during exams of senior students was quite unfortunate as unlike intermediate level students they were in fact attempting their semester wise annual exams.

It is pertinent to mention that KCites had been raising the issue regarding the lack of facilities in the college. The KC students also highlighted the issue of fee hike, lack of facilities during their protest in May, 2008, demanding the college administration provide maximum facilities to them.

A faculty member, seeking anonymity, said teachers of bachelors classes were appointed as invigilators at a time when classes of bachelor programmes were still going on, affecting the studies of students and causing delay in intermediate exams on daily basis.

This correspondent tried to contact KC Principal Dr Bernadette L Dean in her office on Thursday but was denied entry as she was busy in a meeting. Later, an effort on the principal's cell phone also went futile as she did not attend the call.

However, Dr Dean had denied any mismanagement in the exams. She said the exams were being held as per schedule as mentioned in the college prospectus.

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Workshop on intellectual disability
Lahore: Department of Psychology of the Government College University (GCU) organised a three-day training workshop on "Eidetic Model of Growth in People with Intellectual Disability" to highlight the newly introduced method which referred to the detailed and vivid recall of visual images with reference to its somatic physiological response and meaning.

The workshop, concluded on Thursday, was held in collaboration with the Image Analysis Institute (IAI), New York, USA, and was attended by a large number of mental health professionals, especially working with the people on the people with intellectual disability.

IAI Consultant and Brother Charity Services and Mental Health System, Ireland Republic Principal Clinical Psychologist Akhtar Ali Syed, told the participants that a way to grow was a new management approach to deal with the people with intellectual disability while addressing their persistent and behavioural difficulties to enhance their productivity and potentials.

At the concluding ceremony, GCU Vice Chancellor Dr Khalid Aftab said the World had become highly competitive and the days were not far away when the PhD degree would be the minimum requirement for the post of lecturer. He said the professionals and academicians were needed to equip themselves with modern and rather practical knowledge. "So, they should actively participate in such training workshops," he added.

GCU Psychology Department Chairperson Dr Farah Malik termed the Eidetic Model a ray of hope for the people suffering from mental disabilities.

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Speech competitions held
Lahore: Divisional Intermediate Level Speech Competitions were held at Government College for Women Wahdat Colony and MAO College on Thursday.

A DGPR handout said that in Urdu speech competition of Lahore Division, Wajiha Tariq of Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), Atiqa Tahira of Defence Degree College Lahore and Ayesha Batool of District Public School & College Kasur among girls obtained first second and third position respectively.

Among boys, Hafiz Muhammad Faisal of Government MAO College stood first, Muhammad Tauqeer of Government Islamia College Kasur came second and Ahmed Raza Rizvi of Best Career College Patoki stood third.

In English speech competition of intermediate level, Muhammad Usman of Government College University (GCU) Lahore, Syed Safdar Ali of Government MAO College Lahore and Sajar Abbas of Punjab College of Commerce secured first, second and third position respectively.

Among girls, Zaima Afzal of Hira Public Higher Secondary School Nankana Sahib stood first, Hafsa Nayyar of LCWU second and Farheen Zahra of Government College (W) Wahdat Colony Lahore obtained third position.

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IT labs in schools
Lahore: The provision of computer labs in schools of the province would revolutionise the educational sector. According to a DGPR handout issued here Thursday, this was said at a seminar Integrating IT into Education: Language, Curriculum and Training Challenges in Government School of Punjab, organised by the Centre for Research Urdu Language Processing, National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, in collaboration with the Punjab IT Lab Project.

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PAF team delegation
Lahore: A forty-nine member delegation of the Air War College PAF Faisal Base Karachi called on Governor Salman Taseer on Thursday. The delegation was led by Commandant Air War College Air Vice Marshal Tabrez Asif.

The governor, addressing the delegation which is on a study tour to Lahore, said the entire nation was united in the war against terrorism.

He said the nation felt immense pride for their brave soldiers who had sacrificed their lives or combating terrorism. Meanwhile a delegation of the LCCI executive committee called on the governor. The news

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