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Punjab University 120th convocation

PU convocation on Dec 31
Lahore, Dec 14: The Punjab University Convocation Committee on Tuesday reviewed arrangements for varsity's 120th convocation scheduled for Dec 31.

The committee headed by Prof Dr Khwaja Haris Rashid also visited Faisal Auditorium to see the pace of work on spot.

ABI: The American Biographical Institute (ABI) has selected PU's Applied Psychology Department faculty member Prof Dr Yasmin Nielofar Farooqi for its "2011 Award of Excellence" in recognition of her outstanding professional dedication and practice in her field.

In a letter addressed to Prof Farooqi, ABI President JM Evans has stated: "Your demonstrated effectiveness and distinction in your profession deserve this honour. Your accomplishments through steadfast efforts personify the true meaning of excellence."

Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has congratulated Prof Farooqi on her selection for the award.

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PU Phd
Lahore: Punjab University Institute of Education & Research (IER) Lecturer Dr Muhammad Shahid Farooq has completed his PhD degree in the Educational Sciences with distinction from Universite Lumiere Lyon2, France.

Dr Muhammad Shahid Farooq completed his PhD under the supervision of Prof Dr Jean-Claude Regnier. He was awarded scholarship for PhD by the Higher Education Commission (HEC). Dr Shahid Farooq had also earned PhD in Special Education from the Punjab University.

Lecture: Punjab University Institute of Chemistry's Assistant Professor Dr Muhammad Imtiaz Shafiq delivered a lecture and hands-on training session on "Molecular Modelling and Structural Bioinformatics" during a training workshop on "Bioinformatics Applications in Biotechnology for young Biotechnologists." on Tuesday. The news

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GCU won Festival 2011
Lahore: The Government College University has won the All-Pakistan Co-curricular Festival 2011 with overall nine distinctions and lifted the team trophy.

As many as 30 institutions from all over the country took part in the festival organised by the Government College, Muzaffargarh.

In English declamation contest, Ravian Fahad Anjum secured the first position while Jdhaun Aslam stood third. Hafiz Ali Virk won Punjabi declamation contest, while Adnan Farooq stood second in the Urdu declamation contest.

In Kalam-i-Iqbal competition, Qasim Raza stood third. In Qirat, Hafiz Umair bagged the second position. Hafiz Ali Virk won nazm competition while Adnan Farooq stood third in ghazal competition. Dawn

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CM orders error-free software for BISEs
Lahore: Chief minister Shahbaz Sharif on Tuesday said it was the responsibility of the government to safeguard the future of the young generation and stressed the need to develop foolproof software for announcing timely, error-free and transparent results.

In a meeting here, Shahbaz Sharif reviewed in detail the reorganization of information technology system in the boards of secondary education in the province and took a number of decisions.

Addressing the meeting, the CM said it was responsibility of the government to safeguard the future of the young generation, stressing the need to develop foolproof software for announcing timely, error-free and transparent results. He said that transparency was the hallmark of the government and it had decided to computerize the examination system so that the results could be tabulated in a transparent manner by utilizing modern technology. Corrupt mafia had tried to undermine the system with the collusion of the staff, he added.

He issued directions to officers to evolve a foolproof and error-free IT system, ordering the chief secretary to review the system of appointment of chairmen, secretaries and controllers of boards of secondary education in the province and devise such a system under which only hardworking, competent and honest persons were appointed on these important posts.

Issuing instructions for implementation of the report of the Judicial Commission, the chief minister said that it would be the responsibility of the education department to implement the IT system evolved for boards of secondary education.

Earlier, the Punjab Information Technology Board chairman gave a detailed briefing on reorganization and implementation of IT system. uk educationist: Talking to a British educationist, Sir Michael Barbar, regarding implementation of the roadmap of Punjab Schools Reforms here on Tuesday, the chief minister said that the dream of national progress and prosperity could only be realized by equipping the young generation with modern education and, in view of this fact, the Punjab government had attached top priority to this sector. He said that rapid progress was being made to achieve the targets of Punjab Schools Reforms Roadmap and positive results were being achieved. He said that EDOs Education showing better performance regarding implementation and achievement of the targets of School Reforms Roadmap would be encouraged while action would be taken against inefficient officers.

Addressing the meeting, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that education was a key to progress and success of a nation and the government had taken revolutionary and unprecedented steps for the uplift of education sector. He said that School Reforms Roadmaps was of vital importance and it was being successfully implemented in the province.

MoUs with Turk firms: Shahbaz Sharif has said that the agreements signed between Turkey and Punjab government are a milestone in transforming Pak-Turkey relations into trade and economic ties.

He was speaking on the occasion of signing of memorandums of Understanding for cooperation between Punjab and Turk companies in various sectors at a ceremony at Chief Minister's Secretariat on Tuesday.

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BISE directive
Lahore: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore has informed all heads of the government as well as privately-run educational institutions affiliated with the Board not to withhold admission of candidates due to non-issuance of Enrolment Cards. The Board informed all affiliated educational institutes vide a notification No.3371/Registeration dated December 13, 2011 that they should not withhold admission of candidates due to non-issuance of Enrolment Cards against the returns deposited by institutions for the academic session 2011-2013 through online system. The statement added that owing to closure of website of the board, Enrolment Cards could not be issued to heads of institutions. Consequently, the Board, while issuing Roll Number Slips to candidates for Secondary School Part-I (Class-XI) Examination commencing from March 3, 2012. The news

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Pro-and-anti-VC forces flex their muscles at LCWU
Lahore: Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) employees on Tuesday continued their protest on the second consecutive day and suspended routine work except matters pertaining to students and urgency, while the varsity administration organised a "peace walk" by faculty members and students to express solidarity with the newly-appointed vice chancellor.

Leaders of the LCWU APCA Unit, the entity vice chancellor does not recognise, have stated that VC Dr Sabiha Mansoor had turned confused and written explanation letters to 350 employees (with her signatures) that why they took part in political activities. They said the employees were not taking part in any political activity but protesting for the cause of their basic rights in the university service.

LCWU APCA Unit Additional Secretary-General Manzar Islam said the varsity administration had asked all students to participate in a walk against the employees and express solidarity with the vice chancellor. He claimed a large number of students refused to participate in the walk and instead walked in employees' favour.

Expressing gratitude to students, he said, the employees did not want to include students in their protests and they must focus on their studies. Despite strike, he said, the APCA Unit leaders had asked all employees to open classrooms so that students could study regularly. He said the university bus drivers also performed their duties and dropped girls at their homes.

Similarly, he said, the employees prepared challan forms for students, who were supposed to submit their fees to board of intermediate and secondary education.

APCA Unit President Nisar Ahmad said the employees' morale was high and they would continue protesting till the acceptance of their demands. Dawn

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Students demo for renewal of lecturer's contract
Bahawalpur: Hundreds of students of the Law Department on Tuesday staged a demonstration against the Islamia University Bahawalpur for not renewing contract of their lecturer Ayub Bukhari.

The protesting students led by Ayub Bukhari demanded immediate removal of IUB Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Mukhtar and renewal of the contract of the lecturer.

The students said that 110 lecturers were recruited on contract about two years ago. Of them, contracts of 108 lecturers had been renewed except Ayub Bukhari and his sister, who is a lecturer in the Psychology Department, they added.

The students said that the contracts of lecturer Ayub Bukhari and his sister were not renewed because they had filed a petition in the Lahore High Court Bahawalpur Bench for regularisation of 110 contractual lecturers. Ayub Bukhari said that he and his sister were gold medalists and had a two-year teaching experience and fulfilled the criteria for the lectureship as laid down by the HEC.

The protesting students tried to go out of Abbasia Campus but security personnel foiled their attempt by closing the university main gate. A heavy police contingent was also called to control the situation. Meanwhile, Acting VC Prof Dr Najeeb Jamal assured the protesting students of discussing the issue with the vice-chancellor on his arrival. The news

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