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Punjab winter holidays | PU VC agenda

Winter holidays from 24th
Lahore, Dec 20: The annual winter holidays in educational institutes of the government sector across the province will be observed from Dec 24 to Dec 31, 2010. EDO Education Dr Muhammad Arshad said the schedule of the winter vacation was already there in the educational calendar owing to which there was no need to issue separate notification in this regard. The news

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"Now Punjab Govt reshedule winter holidays at the last momemnt and Class 5th, 8th, 9th and 10ths holidays were postponed. Its seems that our Govt.s official having no planning and imposed their decission at the last momement. Due to rescheduling winter holidays many student and parents disturbed becuase now they reschedule their activities for these holidays. Govt. of Punjabs such kind of behaviour has already been seen in education department from last 2 years when they reschedule their programe at the end moment and creat problems for students, teachers and parents."
Name: Amjad Awan
City, Country: Lahore, Pakistan

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PU syndicate 'foils VC agenda'
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) administration has withdrawn a controversial agenda item in its syndicate meeting that sought delegation of syndicate's powers under the Punjab Employees Efficiency, Discipline and Accountability (PEEDA) Act, 2006, to the vice-chancellor, empowering him to single-handedly proceed against any accused officer or teacher, initiate disciplinary action by issuing show-cause notice or constituting inquiry committee for speedy justice.

Though the agenda item came under discussion in the syndicate meeting chaired by vice-chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran on Saturday, some members suggested that vice-chancellor should not seek to take this serious responsibility on his shoulders and let the decisions be taken with collective wisdom of the syndicate members.

Meanwhile, about two dozen university teachers and employees led by Punjab University Academic Staff Association (PUASA) president Prof Dr Mahr Saeed Akhtar staged a demonstration against varsity administration's move seeking delegation of syndicate powers to exercise PEEDA Act, 2006, to the vice-chancellor. They had also hung a banner outside the vice-chancellor's office bearing following inscription: "Syndicate members should not delegate their powers to the vice-chancellor and elevate him as a monarch".Syndicate members, including Justice Asad Munir of the Lahore High Court and additional secretary higher education Akram Chaudhry stressed that there was no need to delegate the syndicate's powers to exercise the PEEDA Act, 2006, as members' consent could be obtained through circulation of note, if the syndicate meeting was not being scheduled shortly. The agenda item was consequently withdrawn.

It is worth mentioning here that Prof Akhtar had sought withdrawal of this agenda item and had even urged the syndicate members in writing that they should not delegate syndicate's powers to the vice-chancellor. The teachers and employees including Academic Group chief Prof Dr Haris Rasheed, some accused teachers, including Prof Dr Iftikhar Baloch, Prof Dr Mugheesuddin Sheikh and Dr Ahsan Akhtar Naz, former PUASA president Dr Mumtaz Salik and others had gathered outside the vice-chancellor's office early in the morning and met the syndicate members, who arrived there to attend the meeting. They remained outside the vice-chancellor's office till the close of the meeting and dispersed after a syndicate member, Khawaja Imran Nazir, briefed the media that the agenda item pertaining to delegation of syndicate powers to exercise PEEDA Act by the vice-chancellor had been "deferred".Meanwhile, the university administration also released a list of 18 teachers, who were present in Resident Officer Javed Sami's office, who is also the PUASA secretary, to express solidarity with the vice-chancellor on the controversial agenda item. They include Prof Dr Shaukat Ali, additional registrar Prof Dr Aurangzeb, PU College of Information Technology principal Prof Dr Mansoor Sarwar along with five college teachers, and Institute of Communication Studies' Dr Afirah Hamid Ali.

According to the agenda item, the university administration had taken a plea that normally meetings of the syndicate were not held regularly, while sometime an employee breeches discipline severely and immediate action against the said employee was required. But, the agenda item reads, in the absence of the approval of the syndicate, the vice-chancellor is unable to initiate disciplinary action against the accused officer/teacher.

The PU administration had also quoted a precedent in a particular case, wherein the syndicate in its meeting held on September 11, 2006 had authorised the vice-chancellor to prepare and issue charge sheet along with the statement of allegations based on prima facie evidence found in the fact finding inquiry report and the material provided to the accused of misconduct leading to defamation of Punjab University, according to the provisions of the Punjab Removal from Service (Special Powers) Ordinance 2000 (Ordinance IV of 2000).

After the meeting, additional registrar Prof Dr Aurangzeb told reporters that varsity's legal advisor Shahzad Shaukat had suggested the university to seek syndicates' powers for the vice-chancellor instead of running from pillar to post to get approval for issuing show-cause notices to accused officers and faculty members. He said VC Prof Kamran himself was not interested in assuming syndicate's powers and thus the agenda item was withdrawn.

Meanwhile, talking to reporters, Prof Akhtar and Prof Rasheed demanded that the vice-chancellor should immediately announce elections for four representatives of all PU teachers, one each of professors, associate professors, assistant professors and lecturers, to represent them in the syndicate. Similarly, two seats reserved for teachers' representatives in the PU Senate are also lying vacant in the syndicate. While the two seats reserved for PU teachers in the Senate are already lying vacant.

Prof Akhtar later lauded all syndicate members for understanding university teachers' stance based on principle that "decisions as a result of collective wisdom are always better than the decisions taken by one person" regarding delegation of syndicate powers to the vice-chancellor under the PEEDA Act, 2006.

He said there was a lot of concern and unrest among university teachers that in the presence of professional rivalries and personal likes and dislikes in the organisation, it would be very difficult if not impossible, for an individual to proceed in a fair and impartial way. He also hoped that this spirit in decision-making about university affairs would continue in future.

Meanwhile, Registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Akhtar said that the syndicate confirmed the orders passed by the vice-chancellor using his emergency powers under Section 15(3) of the PU Act, 1973, in anticipation of the approval of the syndicate.

The syndicate also confirmed the appointments of six departments' chairmen and directors of a centre and an institute.

It also approved PU Oriental College Russian Language lecturer Asif Mahmood Kiyani's removal from service with effect from July 1, 2010, on charges of submitting fake and bogus degree.

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UET to open on Monday
Taxila: The University of Engineering and Technology (UET) will open on December 20 (Monday) after it was closed ten days back because of a clash between students.

According to a notification, the university will resume academic activities on Monday, adding that the forthcoming examination will be held as per schedule.

Four students were injured in the clash between two groups on December 10.

The university expelled 14 students after the incident on the recommendation of its discipline committee. Dawn

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UHS, Kathmandu varsity sign MoU
Lahore: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) Lahore and Kathmandu University of Nepal have entered into an agreement of academic cooperation for a period of five years.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed here on Saturday by UHS Vice Chancellor Prof. M H Mubbashar and Kathmandu University's Dean of School of Medical Sciences Dr N B Rana, in this regards "with intention to stimulate mutual understanding, strengthening cultural links and to provide opportunities to increase the experience and the horizon of academic staff and students from both institutions".

The agreement envisages exchange of medical knowledge and academic information in the form of joint research projects, seminars, meetings, guest lectures and development of new programmes. The nation

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BISE admission forms
Lahore: The Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISE) has asked the candidates, desirous of appearing in the Secondary School (Annual) Examination 2011, to obtain hard copy of their computerised admission form from the nearest government or private boys/girls high schools affiliated with the board. The news

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