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QAU employees protest | PU VC slot

QAU employees hold protest
Islamabad, Dec 22: Quaid-i-Azam University's transport department employees on Wednesday staged a protest demonstration against the forced retirement of their union leader.

They demanded immediate reinstatement of Syed Hassan Shah, saying the management's decision to retire him was unfair.

According to the chargesheet, Mr Shah throughout his service remained undisciplined, disobedient, irresponsible person and received dozens of explanations, warnings.

He was also charged with scuffling/quarrelling with other staff in the transport unit of the university on December 14, 2010.

An inquiry committee recommended punishments to all those who were involved in the scuffle, including the president Employees Welfare Association.

The protesting employees, however, said the management punished Mr Shah for raising voice for their rights.

Mr Shah said that he had spoken against alleged illegal appointments in the QAU after which its management sent him on retirement.

When contacted, a spokesman for the QAU said the inquiry was done purely on merit and Mr Shah can challenge it in the court. Dawn

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LCWU holidays
Lahore: The Lahore College for Women University will observe winter vacations from December 26, 2011 to January 3, 2012. According to a press statement on Wednesday, the examinations, scheduled in said dates, had been postponed. Professional examination such as Pharmacy, however, will be held according to the previous schedule. The university will reopen on Wednesday January 4, 2012. Meanwhile, UVAS students have won four medals in All Pakistan Intervarsity Bodybuilding Championship 2011-12. The two-day championship was held at University of Central Punjab from December 19 to 20 December under the supervision of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan. UVAS Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha appreciated the varsity players for their achievement. The news

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Interview for PU VC slot
Lahore: The Punjab government's search committee will interview candidates on a shortlist for the Punjab University vice chancellor by the end of the month.

Search Committee Chairman Syed Babar Ali and member Sartaj Aziz, who had resigned two weeks ago, have agreed to interview the candidates, says a press release.

Candidates will be finalised on the basis of their qualification and teaching and administrative experience.

The Punjab Higher Education Department received 40 applications. The department, it is learnt, plans to recommend a panel of three candidates to the chief minister for the final selection till Jan 2 next, when incumbent VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran's four-year tenure will expire. The chief minister's recommendation will be forwarded to the chancellor for approval.

Also, the department has yet to get response from the CM Secretariat to implement the recommendations of the judicial commission that probed the intermediate results fiasco in eight education boards in Punjab. Dawn

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PU observes World Quality Day
Lahore: Punjab University observed the World Quality Day to raise awareness about the most updated approaches to quality systems and processes through an evaluation of their impact on human life.

The programme was held at Al-Razi Hall on Wednesday. Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Mujahid Kamran chaired the event. The VC said that quality depended upon the quality of society and human behaviour. He said that honesty, expertise and all things depended upon the spread of knowledge. The VC urged the rulers to allocate at least four percent of the GDP to education sector and patronise research. The collaborators of today's event were Institute of Quality & Technology Management, Quality Enhancement Cell of Punjab University and Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation.

ceremony: Vice Chancellor PU Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran said there was a lot of raw talent in Pakistan but there was a lack of those who could nourish it.

Talking to certificate distribution ceremony at a three day workshop organized by Pakistan Association for Clinical Psychologists (PACP) on Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy here on Wednesday, he urged students to make all efforts for creation of new knowledge as it was the best quality of human being. The workshop was held in collaboration with Centre for Clinical Psychology.

He said the university had a potential to become one of the best in not only the region but the world. Clinical Director Rational Living Inc New York & Singapore Dr Saima Salman was the resource person of this workshop. President PACP Dr Nashi Khan said this workshop aimed at training of clinical psychologists with new clinical skills to treat psychiatric and emotional problems.

PUASA office inaugurated: Vice-Chancellor Government College University Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleequr Rahman on Wednesday inaugurated office of Academic Staff Association (ASA) at the faculty guest house.

Speaking on the occasion, GCU ASA President Prof Dr Hassan Shah lauded coordination between GCU faculty and administration. The VC said all staff associations should primarily focus on the institutional and academic development of the university. Dean Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Prof Dr Muhammad Khalid Pervaiz was also present there.

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KUST students protest lack of equipment at labs
Kohat: The students of the Kohat University of Science and Technology (KUST) enrolled in the Electrical Engineering Department boycotted classes on Wednesday and staged protest against the administration for not installing equipment at the laboratories.

Third year students of the Electrical Engineering Department said the equipment for the laboratories had been purchased two months ago by the KUST management. However, they alleged that the delay by the administration to install the equipment and establish proper laboratories compelled them to boycott classes since last Monday.

The protesters added that practical work at the laboratories for the engineering students was the mandatory requirement of the Higher Education Commission. They said their registration was delayed due to absence of proper laboratories and it could delay award of degrees to them upon completion of the course. The news

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AJK's medical college likely to get PMDC nod
Muzaffarabad: A team of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) inspected AJK's first public sector medical college on Wednesday and showed satisfaction over the arrangements made by the AJK government and its management to successfully run the nascent institution, a spokesman for the college said.

Led by Prof Dr Muhammad Tufail, the 12-member team was briefed by Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal, Principal of Mirwaiz Maulvi Mohammad Farooq Medical College, on the infrastructure and equipment, faculty and manpower as well as the facilities available in the allied teaching hospitals, spokesman Dr Raja Muhammad Ijaz said.

The two teaching hospitals are Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan (SKZN) Hospital built by the UAE government and Abbas Institute of Medical Sciences ment.

After the briefing, the team visited both the hospitals and was inspired to see the equipment and facilities made available by the donor countries there," Dr Ijaz, a surgical specialist, said.

The team also visited all departments of basic sciences in the college building located along Narul Cricket Stadium in Jalalabad. The building is part of a huge complex that was built by a Turkish municipality as a gift for the earthquake-stricken people of Muzaffarabad.

"The team left satisfied and we are hopeful that it will approve commencement of classes in the PMDC's executive committee meeting to be held on December 23," Dr Ijaz said.

On Wednesday, the visiting PMDC team also called on the AJK premier at a luncheon he hosted in its honour at the PM House shortly before their departure. Dawn

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Computer lab for visually impaired set up in UoP
Peshawar: The University of Peshawar (UoP) has established a computer laboratory for the visually impaired persons at the Institute of Social Work, Sociology and Gender Studies.

UoP Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Azmat Hayat Khan inaugurated the laboratory. Institute of Sociology Director Prof Dr Johar Ali and Peshawar University Teachers Association President Jamil Ahmed accompanied him.

The laboratory is equipped with the latest devices to cater to the needs of the visually impaired students at the UoP. Addressing the students, the vice-chancellor said people with physical disabilities should not be called disabled.

"We are trying to make your weakness a strength so that you can hear what others can see and this computer laboratory is one of the steps towards achieving it," he said. Prof Azmat Hayat said that the university was planning to turn the computer laboratory into a research centre for the visually impaired persons. He said the quota in admissions for special persons would be increased and their problems and solution would be included in the curricula of Institute of Social Sciences at the UoP.

The vice-chancellor also announced provision of four additional computers for the laboratory. Dr Johar Ali said the number of visually impaired persons in Pakistan was around 4.5 million. He said it was their prime responsibility to address the issues of special persons to make them useful citizens. He said the visually impaired could contribute a lot to the society if given opportunities. The news

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