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PU teachers to resist VC 'agenda'
Lahore, Dec 18: The Punjab University Academic Staff Association has demanded the withdrawal of an agenda item related to adoption of the Punjab Employees Efficiency Discipline and Accountability (PEEDA) Act 2006 in a syndicate meeting scheduled for December 18.

PU ASA President Dr Mahr Muhammad Saeed Akhtar claimed that the varsity vice-chancellor had put an agenda item in the upcoming syndicate meeting to adopt the PEEDA Act 2006, requesting to delegate all its powers to him.

"It reflects a mala fide intention, as the syndicate is incomplete and there is no representation of university teachers, and the meeting is being called in Muharram vacation", he added in the statement.

Demanding withdrawal of the agenda item, Dr Mahr further said there was already a procedure approved by the Provincial Assembly under the Universities Act 1973 for employees' efficiency and discipline.

"I believe important decisions like this should be discussed with stakeholders (university professors and heads of departments), all strengths and weaknesses should be carefully viewed and then it should be proceeded", he added.

He also claimed that one of PU legal advisors had already given his opinion that PEEDA Act 2006 was not for universities. The PU ASA President further said keeping in view strong political and professional rivalries and implementation of authority many times, it was not fair, adding it would create a serious problem.

He also warned of a strong protest against the agenda item if was was not withdrawn.

However, according to Shahzad Shaukat, one of legal advisors of the PU, PEEDA Act applied to the varsity, as it was a corporate body under Section 3 of the University of the Punjab Act 1973.

It is pertinent to mention here that the PU has already served show-cause notices under the PEEDA Act 2006, on two faculty members of the varsity.

Faculty of Behavioral & Social Sciences Dean Prof Dr Mughees Uddin Sheikh and Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) Director Dr Ahsan Akhtar Naz were served with show-cause notices after the approval of the varsity's syndicate.

A PU official, seeking anonymity, said no agenda item related to the adoption of the PEEDA Act 2006 was in the upcoming syndicate meeting. He said the PEEDA Act already applied to the varsity and there was no need to adopt it.

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9th class students face problems in online admission forms
Lahore: The candidates, preparing to appear in the 9th class annual examination 2011, have been facing immense problems in submitting online registration/admission forms.

The chocked websites of different examination boards, lack of IT facilities and more importantly lack of experience to submit forms through internet are some of the major problems being faced by the candidates, especially those appearing in the examination privately.

They are also critical of overcharging by internet cafÈs in the wake of lack of IT facilities for thousands of students in the government schools and colleges where the facility is being extended to private candidates as well.

The problems being faced by candidates of far flung rural areas can be imagined while keeping in view the problems being faced by students of big cities, as the gap is certainly wide in connection with the provision of facilities and know-how to use the same.

A number of candidates said that they were greatly irked owing to problems in filing the forms through the website of the Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore which, most of the time, remained chocked on Wednesday.

The situation is however different for regular candidates, appearing from government and private schools, as the job of filing the form is being done by the school administration itself.

Nonetheless a number of private schools have also complained about the chocked website, saying the prevailing situation was annoying the students besides multiplying the responsibilities of the management of the institutions.

It is pertinent to mention here that December 20, 2010 is the last date of submitting forms for class 9th annual exam 2011 with single fee of Rs 570 (for science students) and Rs 520 (for arts students) besides Rs 700 as enrolment fee.

When contacted, a BISE Lahore official said earlier a joint server was being used by different boards for their websites, adding however the same had been divided among different boards to lessen the burden and to facilitate the candidates by providing easy access.

He said the government schools and colleges were also open for private candidates to use the IT facilities for sending forms. He further said there might be some problem owing to sudden and massive traffic on the website during a particular period of time.

The official said all the boards were also conducting special workshops to train the IT staff of government schools to facilitate the students. "We have recently conducted a series of workshops to ensure capacity building of the officials involved in the whole process", he added.

He further said a programme had also been planned to send the board's IT experts in schools to train the IT teachers and create maximum awareness about the online submission of forms.

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PU results
Lahore: Punjab University's Examinations Department on Wednesday announced the results of BA special annual examination 2010 held in Washington DC and LLM (Final), annual exam 2009.

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UHS announced BDS result
Lahore: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Wednesday announced the result of BDS, second professional, annual examination. According to a press release, a total of 481 candidates from 10 affiliated dental colleges appeared in the exam out of which 284 passed and 194 failed. The pass percentage remained 59.41. Maira Mubashar of Lahore Medical & Dental College Lahore got the first position securing 742/900 marks. Ushna Ahmed of Nishter Institute of Dentistry Multan and Ahsan Khalid of Multan Medical & Dental College Multan got second and third positions securing 726/900 and 715/900 marks respectively. The supplementary exams will commence on January 25, 2011. The news

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433 vacant posts await lecturers
Bahawalpur: As many as 433 posts of lecturers are vacant in 35 government colleges in Bahawalpur Division.

According to Bahawalpur Division Director (Colleges) Mushtaq Javed, two posts of grade 20, 12 of grade 19, 73 of grade 18 and 78 of grade 17 are vacant in 15 women's colleges. Also, two posts of grade 20, 43 of grade 19, 96 of grade 18 and 127 of grade 17 are vacant in 20 boys colleges.

The director said he hoped the government would soon take measures to fill these posts. Dawn

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