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No suitable candidates for Punjab BISEs

No suitable candidates to head BISEs
Lahore, Dec 13: The appointment of the chairmen at the Boards of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISEs) Lahore and Dera Ghazi Khan has been delayed as the high powered search committee could not find any suitable candidate for the key posts.

Sources privy to the developments disclosed that the committee had received discouraging response from those appeared in the interview the other day for the said posts and decided not to recommend any of these for appointment. The posts were advertised in early last month and the candidates for interview were short listed after scrutiny of the applicants.

The sources said one of the short listed candidates for the post of the DG Khan board chairman had attracted criticism from the interviewing panel as he had mentioned PML-N bigwigs of his district as reference in his C.V.

Unexpectedly, a very low number of candidates had applied for both posts because of recent result controversy, they said, dispelling the impression that there was no pressure from political personalities, like past years.

They said it was only because of the extra responsibility attached to such posts in the wake of recent result fiasco that political personalities, unlike past, had refrained from exercising their influence on the whole process of selecting individuals for the coveted posts.

It is learnt that most of the candidates appearing in the interview for the posts of the Lahore and DG Khan boards chairmen were devoid of even basic knowledge of reasons behind recent result fiasco and also lacked vision as to how to ensure smooth functioning of boards in the wake of recent issue which had brought widespread condemnation for the government.

The sources said the individuals were good academicians and had sound academic record but lacked administrative qualities. Those who appeared in the interview for the post of chairmen of the BISE Lahore included Dr Haji Wali Muhammad, Principal Kh Farid Govt Post Graduate College, Rahim Yar Khan; Nasrullah Khan, Principal FG Boys High School, Lahore Cantt;, Farooq Ahmad Khan, Principal Govt Central Model School, Sargodha; Muhammad Latif Faizi Sial, Senior Headmaster Govt High School Baghbanpura, Lahore; and Abdul Rahman Malik, Principal Govt Boys Comprehensive Higher Secondary School, Ghorey Shah Road, Lahore.

While those appearing in interview for the BISE DG Khan chairman post included: Dr Najeeb Haider, Principal Govt Post Graduate College, DG Khan; Dr Haji Wali Muhammad, Principal Kh Farid Govt Post Graduate College Rahim Yar Khan; Malik Riaz Hussain, Principal GCET, Bahawalpur; Prof Dr Anwaar Ahmad, Principal Govt Post Graduate College, Sahiwal; Farooq Ahmad Khan, Principal Govt Central Model School, Sargodha; and Faiz Muhammad Khosa, Principal GCET, DG Khan.

It is pertinent to mention that the candidates having less than five years left in service were ineligible for the said posts owing to which many potential candidates could not even apply.

An official of the Higher Education Department, Punjab, controlling authority of the BISEs, said the department was all set to move a summary to the Chief Minister seeking relaxation of this condition so that more and more potential candidates could apply next time. To a question he said the department might not re-advertise the posts but develop a pool of potential candidates and select suitable candidates for interview and subsequent appointments from among them to save time.

The official, seeking anonymity, said the pool of potential candidates would be useful in future, too, in order to avoid delays and to ensure quick postings against such key posts.

It is also important to mention here that the Punjab Professors & Lecturers Association (PPLA) has been demanding that faculty members having less than five years left in service should be allowed to apply for administrative posts of board's chairmen. The news

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GCU VC awarded gold medal
Lahore: The Pakistan Academy of Sciences has awarded Gold Medal 2011 to Government College University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Khaleequr Rahman for his outstanding performance in the field of physics.

PAS President Prof Dr Attaur Rahman gave away the medal to Prof Khaleequr Rehman at academy's annual meeting which was attended by noted scientists and teachers from all over the country.

Every year, the best scientist in each subject receives the prestigious award for his contributions to the cause of science at the national and international levels.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Rehman said his passion for science and research was still as strong as it was when he had joined the university service 37 years back.

He said he would continue his research work despite the pressure of administrative work as GCU vice chancellor.

UHS registrar: University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha on Monday replaced registrar Prof Dr Kamran Ashraf and granted additional charge of registrar's office to planning and development director Dr Muhammad Afzal for a period of three months.

Dr Afzal has assumed the charge of registrar's office. Dawn

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LCWU employees block road
Lahore: A large number of employees of Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) staged a protest demonstration against the administration of the varsity for not fulfilling their demands on Monday.

The protestors even blocked the road and burnt the effigy of LCWU Vice Chancellor Dr Sabiha Mansoor and set ablaze tyres at Shadman Chowk in the demo which was one of its kind in the history of the varsity.

They chanting slogans and accused the VC of making illegal recruitments and appointing her relatives on administrative posts in the varsity. They also chanted slogans against former VC of LCWU Dr Bushra Mateen and criticised her for ignoring demands of the employees.

They demanded Group Insurance of employees, establishment of GP fund, job quota for the children of employees in university, reserved seats for the education of children of employees, house requisition and technical allowances. They also demanded that three retired army officers should be removed from varsity services alleging these people were hurdles in fulfilment of their demands. The protest was held under the All Pakistan Clerks Association (APCA), LCWU Unit. The protesters were also carrying placards.

While talking to media, President of union Nisar Ahmed announced that the union would observe complete strike on Tuesday (today) and hold demonstration inside the premises of the university.

Later in the afternoon, LCWU Vice Chancellor Dr Sabiha Mansoor also held an emergent press conference in which she termed allegations levelled against her baseless. She said there was a mafia working in the name of union which was bent upon spoiling the peaceful academic environment of the varsity.

To a question about providing varsity premises to APCA, she said that space to the union was not given by her. She further said that some of the senior faculty members might be a part of the mafia and strict action would be taken against all those who would be found involved in spoiling the peaceful environment of the varsity.

Dr Sabiha Mansoor said according to the Article 34 of University Act, no employee was allowed to involve in taking part in politics. The VC said she believed in welfare of the employees for which the administration had established employee's welfare fund after the approval of syndicate.

She said an inquiry committee had been formed which would look into the whole issue of protest. The VC said the administration had examined all demands and was trying hard to fulfil all legitimate demands. She said this would take some time but it was unfortunate that the mafia behind the protest was pressing for a timeline which was impossible. The news

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LLM classes start at IUB
Bahawalpur: Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB) Vice-Chancellor Dr Muhammad Mukhtar has said that the university is making rapid advancement towards its goal of becoming the renowned educational institution of the Islamic world, so it is the responsibility of the faculty to utilise its total energies for the betterment of academic standards and research activities.

The VC was addressing a special meeting of the Deans, Principals of Colleges and Heads of Departments here on Saturday. He announced the launching of LLM classes in the Law Department and declared it a milestone in the history of the IUB. He advised the faculty to ensure punctuality so that the university affairs could be managed in an organised manner.

He said that it was a proof of the popularity of IUB that not only PhD scholars from local universities, but also from renowned foreign universities were aspiring to join it.

He said that this overall success had been possible only due to the combined dedication and commitment of last year which enabled the academic activities to be continued in peaceful and conducive environment.

The VC also apprised the participants about the progress of the construction works of the buildings of the Sub-Campuses of the Bahawalnagar and Rahim Yar Khan besides the Agriculture College. He expressed his determination to continue the administrative reforms, so that the financial deficit could be controlled.

The Vice-Chancellor on this occasion advised the management to provide all facilities to the students as well as ensure the academic discipline in the university. The nation

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