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Punjab university MA, MSc exams results declaration

PU results declaration of all MA, MSc examinations
Lahore, Dec 25: The Punjab University (PU) has declared the results of all 29 subjects of MA/MSc examinations.

It is the first time in history of the Punjab University that all results of examinations have been declared in the same year which has helped save students' precious year. Controller Examinations Dr Zahid Karim Khan said that MA/MSc Part-I examination was conducted from June 6-24 while Part-II examination was held from July 7 to August 11. Practical, theses and viva voce exams were continued till November 10.

About 71,338 candidates appeared in MA/MSc Part-I exam while 41,179 candidates participated in Part-II examination this year. For the first time in PU, MA/MSc supplementary examination is also being conducted this year. The MA/MSc Part-I supplementary exam 2009 will commence from January 5 in which 11,100 candidates will appear. Those candidates who failed in Part-II exam can submit their admission forms till January 15 for Part-II supplementary exams scheduled in February 2010.

Vice-Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran has congratulated the Controller Examinations and his staff on declaring all the results well in time and hoped that this practice will continue in future also.

Meanwhile, the PU Examinations Department has announced the results of BSc Home Economics, First Year, 2nd Annual Examination 2009, BS Home Economics, Part-I (First Year), 2nd Annual Examination 2009, MSc Physics, Part-II, Annual Examination 2009 and MA Mass Communication, Part-II, Annual Examination 2009. Detailed results are available on PU website

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PU Christmas ceremony
Lahore: A special ceremony was held at the Punjab University to express solidarity with over 600 Christian employees on the eve of Christmas at Al-Razi Hall, Undergraduate Block, on Thursday. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran was the chief guest while Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Jamil Anwar Chaudhry, Registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan, faculty members and a large number of Christian employees were also present.

Speaking on the occasion, the VC said everybody had complete religious freedom under the Constitution and it was our duty to respect other religions. He further said our country was a victim of terrorism and people of all religions were being attacked by terrorists. He said to combat terrorism we must forge unity among all religions. He added that we must promote brotherhood, peace and love.

Dr Mujahid Kamran also announced Rs 300 each for over 600 Christian employees of the varsity. Later, the VC cut a Christmas cake along with the Christian staff. Speaking on the occasion, Sanitary Supervisor Mushtaq Masih said they were enjoying full religious freedom in Pakistan. He thanked the VC for his all-out support to the Christian employees.

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KC barred from action until probe
Lahore: The Punjab Higher Education Department on Thursday formally asked the Kinnaird College (KC) principal not to remove or surrender any faculty member until the committee formed by the college's Board of Governors submits its report.

The KC Board of Governors (BoG) had formed a three-member committee on December 5, to investigate the allegations levelled by the faculty members against appointment of the KC registrar.

The faculty members, in a letter addressed to the BoG chairman, dated 28 October, 2009, had alleged that the appointment of Dr Naima Khurshid as Registrar of Kinnaird College was unjustified.

A copy of the letter bearing signatures of 97 KC teachers was made available on Thursday. In the letter, addressed to BoG's Chairman Dr Alexander John Malik, the faculty members expressed strong resentment over the appointment of Dr Naima as registrar, making it clear that she was not acceptable in any of the administrative capacities at the college.

They further maintained that her previous professional record and references in the Queen Mary College were overlooked by the principal at the time of her induction. The teachers had also alleged that the tenure of Dr Naima at KC had been full of questionable activities including an inquiry against her in 2008 when she was appointed as Resident Inspector in Intermediate Examinations.

However, on December 23, KC Principal Dr Bernadette L Dean fired seven teachers, repatriating four heads of different departments, since they were government employees, to the Punjab government and terminating services of three others serving on contract basis.

It is pertinent to mention that Dr Dean had denied allegations of unjustified appointment of the registrar, claiming that no teacher was victimized and the decision was taken in the best interest of the college.

She also rejected the allegation levelled against her, reports say. According to the sources in the department, Higher Education secretary Ahad Khan Cheema took a serious notice of the removal of seven teachers, asking the principal to 'abstain' from any action against teachers as her own conduct was under question. The principal was asked not to take any action even against contract teachers since the BoG had ordered an inquiry into alleged irregularities on complaint of the teachers, the sources added. They said, after the constitution of the inquiry committee, the KC teachers had also submitted an application to the department, the inquiry committee and the BoG, alleging that they were being threatened of dire consequences ever since the initiation of the probe.

A KC faculty member, seeking anonymity, said the principal had removed seven teachers on last working day ahead of winter and Christmas holidays fearing any resentment from the students.

When contacted, the Punjab Higher Education Department secretary, Ahad Khan Cheema, confirmed that the KC Principal had formally been asked not to take action against any teacher until the submission of inquiry report as it would be taken as 'a conflict of interests'. "The principal had also been asked not to remove even teachers serving on contract basis," he added. Dr Bernadette L Dean said she did not know about the letter from the department since the college was closed, adding, "I'll only know when the college reopens after the vacation".

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A-Level students petitions against entrance test dismissed
Lahore: The Lahore High Court has dismissed petitions of A-Level students against the entrance test conducted by the University of Health Sciences (UHS) for admission to medical and dental colleges of the Punjab.

The LHC bench, consisting of Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and Justice Iqbal Hameed-ur-Rehman, said that the objective of the Entrance Test of the medical colleges was to assess the ability of the candidates. The examiners, engaged by the University of Health Sciences for the preparation and compilation of the test, were competent persons from various prestigious institutions in which A-Level course was being taught and it was not expected of such teachers that they should set such a paper which would be out of course. The learned judges further said that they had carefully reviewed the question paper, reference books and other relevant material and they did not find anything out of course.

It was also mentioned in the decision that about 635 non-FSc students appeared in the test. They all were asked objective type questions. An overwhelming majority felt satisfied and did not challenge the test and it was only few, hardly making a percentage of 5.19, who had come forward.

The court was not convinced that the entire test of non-FSc candidates be declared illegal and they should be given a fresh chance. The petitions were said to have no merit and were, therefore, dismissed.

It may be mentioned here that the UHS conducted the entrance test for admission to medical and dental colleges of the Punjab on September 27. According to the decision of the Punjab government, separate test papers were prepared, for the first time, for FSc and non-Fsc candidates from their respective courses and syllabi. However after the test, A-Level students claimed that almost 40 questions in their paper were out of course. They also started protests against the UHS and later filed petitions in the Lahore High Court.

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PEF QAT test
Lahore: Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has conducted the phase-VI PEF-FAS preliminary quality assurance test (QAT) in 22 districts of Punjab. According to a press statement, a PEF spokesman said that for integrity and transparency the PEF had outsourced the holding of QAT to the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Bahawalpur and the National Testing Services (NTS). The news

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