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Appointment of controller exams in 5 BISEs delayed
Lahore, Dec 28: The appointments against key posts in five examination boards of the province have been further delayed, following objections against a summary moved, in this regard, by the Higher Education Department, Punjab.

The posts of controllers of examinations fell vacant at various boards of intermediate & secondary education (BISEs) of the province a couple of months ago and since then they had been occupied by officials till further orders.

It is reliably learnt that the department received back the summary on Monday from the Chief Minister's Secretariat with observations to send a panel of at least three candidates against each post.

According to sources privy to the developments, the Higher Education Department, in some cases, had moved the name of a single candidate against the post of controller of examinations, the most sensitive post in any examination board.

They said that for the post of BISE Lahore's controller of examinations, the name of only one candidate, Headmaster of Govt Boys High School Chubaurji Iftikhar Cheema was forwarded to the CM's Secretariat for appointment.

It is pertinent to mention here that the names of candidates were recommended by the department after they were short-listed after interviews.

The sources further said the department had been asked to conduct interviews once again and send a panel of not less than three candidates against each post so that the most suitable persons were appointed against the key posts.

They also said that it was sheer mismanagement on part of the Higher Education Department which, ignoring the tradition of sending a panel of three top candidates, recommended the name of only one candidate in some cases. They said the same attitude had also raised questions regarding favouritism of some individuals by the department high-ups.

The sources said the whole exercise of inviting potential candidates, their short-listing and interviews would be repeated once again which would certainly take time and delay the much-awaited appointments.

Quoting an example, they said the post of the BISE Lahore's controller of exam fell vacant on 27-10-2010 and since then it had been occupied by the same individual till further orders. They added the new incumbent would have been appointed provided the department had processed the case much before the expiry of the term of the officer. The BISEs where the posts are being held by officials till further orders or being looked after as additional charge include Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Sargodha and Bahawalpur.

When contacted, a senior official of the Higher Education Department confirmed that the summary had been received back by the department after some observations. He, seeking anonymity, said the department would soon conduct interviews and send a panel of three candidates for each post.

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"the prizes were no doubt good, but the ceremony was extremely ill mamaged. Mr. Shahbaz Sharif left in the middle of the ceremony. moreover, it seemed more like a potlitical campaign, as all the students of pakistan were invited, and the students of Lahore itself werent paid much attention to. the extremely large number of students made the ceremony too boring, and the chief guest arrived two hours late."
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PU results
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) has announced the result of BSc Chemical Engineering and Technology, Final Professional, New Course (Sessional Scheme), First Annual Examination, 2007. The news

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PhD awarded
Lahore: Punjab University has awarded PhD degree to Hina Fazil D/o Muhammad Fazil in the subject of Special Education after approval of her research thesis entitled "Development and Validation of Teaching Learning Resource Package for Children with Autism". The nation

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Toppers from across Pakistan honoured
Lahore: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Friday presented with a heavy heart in the wake of floods calamity slashed cash prizes to top position holders in matriculation and intermediate annual examinations from Punjab as well as Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces.

The top position holders in boys and girls categories in matriculation and intermediate annual examinations for 2010 from all the four provinces were given Rs100,000 each, while the second and third position holders were given Rs75,000 and Rs50,000, respectively, at a distribution ceremony at Allama Iqbal Medical College auditorium on Friday.

Overall 361 top three position holders from Punjab's all eight boards of intermediate and secondary education and 31 overall top three position holders from other three provinces were given prizes. The position holders' institutional heads were also given Rs50,000, Rs35,000 and Rs25,000 for first, second and third positions, respectively.

Explaining the diversion of most funds for the rehabilitation of flood-hit people, Sharif promised that next year, provided he remained the chief minister, he would offer Rs400,000 cash prizes to the top position holders for the year 2010 as the Punjab government had given in the previous years.

He also announced that he had decided to present Rs600,000 and Rs400,000 to the top position holders in science and arts categories, respectively, in the matriculation and intermediate annual examinations for 2011. "I will be ready to even sell my coat for the cause of education," he added.

The chief minister said that he was stressing science education because it was an age where science and technology were the basic tools to excel and added that every country was fighting a war of economics. Only with the help of science and technology, he said, now China was able to dictate its terms in the comity of nations. Still, he said, China's prime minister was so humble during his visit to Pakistan that he continued stating that China was a developing economy.

Sharif also announced that the Punjab government would establish four more Daanish schools in backward areas of the province in 2011. He said that Daanish schools had been provided all resources to impart quality education so that their students could compete with students of elite grammar schools as well as top universities like LUMS, FCCU and FAST. "The Daanish schools will excel in every sense of the word, where admission of students belonging to elite class would be banned," he said.

He said that the poor but talented children must be provided opportunities so that they could hone their God-gifted abilities and excel in their lives.

The chief minister lauded the students for excelling in their studies and assured them that all available resources would be provided for them to continue their quality education. The chief minister also lauded the students, who were orphans or their parents were doing labour to run their families, by calling their name.

Top position holders from Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Fazal Ahmad Hashmi, a Class-VI student at Rahim Yar Khan Daanish School, and columnists Munnoo Bhai, Attaul Haq Qasmi and Irfan Siddiqui also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier, the top position holders visited the Punjab University and met vice-chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran and learnt about university's academic and research programmes. Dawn

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KEMU marks 150 years of service
Lahore: The King Edward Medical University (KEMU) celebrated its 150th anniversary on Sunday. A grand function was held in the traditionally built library hall of KEMU. Hamza Shahbaz was the chief guest of the event.

The guests proposed several important ideas and initiations. Khawaja Sadiq Hussain - a student and former principal of KEMU - demanded the appointment of a regular VC for the highly respected institute, strictly on merit. In addition, he requested Hamza Shahbaz to plan for relocation of the university to the suburbs of Lahore, where it could be expanded and developed further. He also said that the undertaking of this step was crucial to the survival of this national heritage and the oldest medical institution of Pakistan. "We need to plan for the next 100 years," he demanded.

Health Secretary Fawad Hassan Fawad also highlighted several acute issues facing the profession of medicine in Punjab. Daily times

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Land, grant for KEMU campuses
Lahore: Senior PML-N leader Hamza Shahbaz Sharif said on Sunday promotion of education was essential for tackling the scourge of terrorism and other problems.

Speaking at a symposium in connection with the 150th anniversary of the King Edward Medical University (KEMU), he announced 10-acre land and a grant of Rs50 million for the construction of university's campuses on behalf of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

The campuses for which land and grant was allocated included the Institute of Allied Health Sciences, the Institute of Basic Sciences, classrooms, new academic and administration blocks.

Hamza, an MNA, said democracy would have to be strengthened to ensure continuity of development process. He said the solution to the problems being faced by the younger generation was of vital importance for progress and prosperity of the country.

He said the Punjab government was facing shortage of financial resources for increasing salaries of doctors and nurses. As soon as the funds were available, he said, a raise would be announced for the doctors and paramedical staff.

He said if the 26 political parties could unanimously adopt the 19th amendment in parliament, there should not be any difficulty in devising a joint strategy for resolving a few basic problems plaguing the masses.

He regretted that 47 per cent population of Pakistan was deprived of the basic health facilities.

KEMU Vice-Chancellor Prof Asad Aslam said that being the country's premium university, it had contributed a lot towards promotion of medical profession by producing a large number of doctors and teachers.

He announced that in order to provide quality lab services to the masses at their doorsteps, a chain of KEMU pathology collection centres would be established in various parts of the city. Dawn

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PU VC seeks explanation on fake internship letter issue
Lahore: Punjab University vice chancellor, taking action on an application regarding a fake internship letter issued to PTV Lahore general manager by Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) Director Dr Ahsan Akhtar Naz, has ordered an explanation from the officials concerned, sources said on Friday.

According to the orders of the VC, the university administration would seek an explanation from the ICS director that why had he misused his authority and issued a fake letter to favour a female employee of the ICS addressed to the PTV authorities, while the PTV GM would also be asked through a letter about the matter, the sources said. Secondly, a committee would also be constituted to probe into the matter, the sources said, adding that the VC and the university administration were also very concerned about the issue of misuse of authority at ICS.

ICS Assistant Professor Dr Affira Hamid had submitted an application to the PU VC alleging that the ICS director prepared a fake document with the subject, 'Internship, reference D/1791/ICS dated October 10,' addressed to PTV Lahore General Manager Farrukh Bashir. The fake document was given to Azqa, who is working as an assistant in the FM radio station of ICS and passed her MA about two years back, session 2006-08. She is no more a student, but in this fake letter, Naz had misinformed the PTV Lahore GM that "Azqa is a student of MSCS (Replica), Specialisation in Electronic Media, session 2008-10". He also said that she was the same lady who had submitted a written complaint of harassment by Dr Qari Mugheesuddin, but later on she was surprisingly provided a job in the PU FM radio station of ICS.

Giving her reply, Azqa stated that the letter she had taken from the ICS director was not objectionable. "I want to do an internship in PTV for a job there in the future. Many students of ICS are already successfully doing their internships from there and there is no objection from the management of PTV."

Azqa had also submitted an application to the VC on Friday stating that Dr Affira Hamid had used her name in an application although the matter on her earlier application had been resolved. Daily times

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GCU remembers late physicist
Lahore: The Government College University's Physics Department on Monday organised a condolence reference in the memory of Prof Dr Tahir Hussain, a noted nuclear physicist and educationist who passed away last week at the age of 87.

A large number of students and colleagues of the professor attended the reference. app

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Queen Mary College principal
Lahore: Dr Irfana Marayum, professor of chemistry, awaiting posting in the Education Department and Dr Farhat Nisar Bhutta, associate professor of mathematics, have been posted as principal and vice-principal of the Queen Mary College respectively against vacant posts. The news

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Lady lecturer's protest over PPSC decision
Lahore: An Urdu lecturer in Government Post Graduate Islamia College for Women Cooper Road, Dr Rubina Shaista has brought to the notice of Chairman Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) that despite being an MPhil and PhD and having more than five research articles published in the book form and 21 years' teaching experience to her credit, she has not been issued call letter for interview for the post of Assistant Prof. Urdu being held from December 24.

Dr Rubina Shaista in her application to Chairman PPSC has stated that she has been teaching in various schools and colleges since 1989 and has M.Phil and Ph.D degrees as well as written five research articles which have been published in book form but she has not been called by PPSC for interview for the post of Assistant Prof. Urdu. She said that this policy on the part of PPSC to oblige its favorites is causing disappointment and despondency in the holders of highest degrees in the country.

She said by giving preference to less experienced and simple master degree holders for interview PPSC has blatantly violated the merit policy. Dr Rubina Shaista in her application further stated that in case the demand of justice was not fulfilled, she will have the right to go to the court. The nation

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PakTurk Int'l School student selected for IMO 2011
Lahore: A student of PakTurk International School, Lahore campus has been selected for the Pakistan national pre-math team. The team will represent Pakistan at the International Math Olympiad in Holland. Usama Mehmood, a 15-year-old student of O levels, has been selected in the team. Students from all over Pakistan participate in the National Math Olympiad. Usama has already been declared the best Math student of Pakistan, by the Pakistan Kangaroo Commission at the International Kangaroo Math Contest last year. Daily times

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Call to promote education
Lahore: The Young Champions for Education from Lahore's 20 Union Councils on Saturday visited Minar-e-Pakistan and pledged that they would continue promoting the cause of Education for All.

The young champions, who are working to promote the cause of education in their respective Union Councils (UCs) under the Jahandad Society for Community Development (JSCD) and UNICEF, chanted slogans "Education is the right of every child" and "Taleem Ki Shamma Jalatey Chalo". They were also holding banners inscribed with "Girls' Education-Pakistan's Progress".

Speaking to the young champions, JSCD Chairperson Prof Dr Yasmin Rashid said it was a very important day that the young champions had pledged to promote the cause of education and brought the children out of schools.

Stating that when the nation is celebrating Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah's birth anniversary, the Young Champions have practically acted upon the Quaid's advice of promoting the cause of education and ensuring that each and every child must exercise his or her right of seeking education.

Earlier in the morning, the JSCD organised an essay writing competition among the young champions-two each from the 20 Union Councils-wherein they expressed their experiences as young champions and how they motivated people to send their children to schools. They also explained that they were able to bring positive changes in their respective Union Councils.

According to results, Young Champions Tariq Ali (UC-125) bagged first position among boys while Sakhawat Ali (UC-148) and Amir Shahzad (UC-118) secured second and third positions respectively.

In girls' category, Sehrish Hanif (UC-68) clinched first position, Zill-e-Huma (UC-149) and Maria Sultana (UC-120) bagged second and third positions respectively. Later, UNICEF's former official Shamshad Qureshi presented cash prizes to winners as well as certificates to all essay writing competition participants. The news

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