Sir Syed University 14th Convocation

14th SSUET Convocation to be held on March 19
Karachi, Feb 25: The 14th Convocation of Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) will be held on March 19. An announcement here on Thursday said that Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan has been invited to be the chief guest on the occasion. SSUET Chancellor ZA Nizami will preside over the Convocation. app

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SPLA plans to launch protest campaign
Karachi: The Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) on Thursday said that it would take out a protest rally and stage a sit-in on March 1 at the People's Secretariat if the SPLA demands concerning promotions and postings of college teachers across the province were not met by Feb 28.

Announcing the details of its two-week long protest plan at a news conference at the DJ Government Science College, SPLA central and regional presidents and general secretaries said that prior to staging the sit-in at the Sindh People's Secretariat, college teachers would hold their regional general body meeting the same day (March 1) at the Islamia Arts and Commerce College and would organise a protest demonstration in front of the Naudero presidential house on March 5.

Another regional general body meeting would be held on March 10 at the Govt Muslim Science College, Hyderabad and protest rallies at the Hyderabad Press Club would be held the same day while a final protest rally from the DJ Science College to the Sindh Chief Minister's House would be organised on March 15, they said.

Prof Asif Zaidi, Prof Siddik Unnar, Prof Muzaffar Rizvi, Prof Iftikhar Aazmi, Prof Yaqoob Chandio, Prof Khurram Rafique Siddiqui, Prof Shafquat Hussain Jokhio and others addressed the press conference.

The SPLA leaders said that their demands included the issuance of a notification pertaining to college teachers' promotion under the time scale formula, the immediate postings of various grade 20 professors, the issuance of the notification of all those teachers who were recently promoted from grade 18 to grade 19 and the posting orders of grade 17 lecturers and the inclusion of all the posts upgraded under the four-tier formula from 1992 to 2003.

They said that SPLA during the first phase of its 15-day protest movement, starting from Feb 25, would request the Sindh governor, the chief minister, the education minister and the secretary of education to immediately hold negotiations with SPLA for resolving their lingering issues.

Besides, telegrams would also be dispatched to the president, the prime minister, the chief justice of the country and the federal minister for education with a request to intervene in the matter.

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PhD, MPhil degrees approved
Hyderabad: The University of Sindh has approved to award PhD and MPhil degrees to eight scholars in different disciplines of science and social sciences.

The approval was given at the 110th meeting of the advanced studies and research board presided over by Vice-chancellor Prof Dr Nazir A.Mughal here on Thursday.

It approved to award PhD degrees to Lawal Mohammad Anka in development studies, Ms Amina Kabir in botany and Aftab Ahmed Kandhro and Sarfaraz Ahmed Mahessar in analytical chemistry.

MPhil degrees were approved for Ms Agha Nadia Pathan in sociology, Javed Ali Dars and Munawar Ali Kartio in economics and Mr Shabab Ali Khan in botany.

The meeting was attended by deans of different faculties Dr Anwar Ali Shah, Dr Mohammad Tahir Rajput, Dr Parveen Shah, Dr Abdullah Dayo, Dr Sanaullah Bhutto, Dr Noor Afroze Khowaja, Registrar Dr Mohammad Siddique Kalhoro and director of the postgraduate studies Dr Mohammad Raees, senior Professors Dr Abida Tehrani, Dr Imdad Ali Ismaili, Dr Raja Mohammad Ilyas and controller of examinations Mohammad Nawaz Narejo. Dawn

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BISE extends date
Lahore: The Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore has extended the last date for submission of forms for Intermediate (Annual) Examination 2011 till March 12, 2011.

BISE spokesman further said all necessary arrangements had been completed and Secondary School Certificate (Matriculation) Annual Examination 2011 would be held as per schedule, commencing from March 5, 2011.

The spokesman further said regular candidates would get their roll number slips from their institutions while the private candidates would be facilitated online and also be dispatched the same by registered mail on their residential addresses.

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PU appointment
Lahore: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has appointed Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology Director Prof Dr Muhammad Amin Athar as chairman of the Admission Committee till the appointment of a new pro vice-chancellor, according to a press release here on Thursday.

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PEF scheme
Lahore: The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) will extend its Education Voucher Scheme to 13 new districts, including Sialkot. The news

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GCU VC's term expires today
Lahore: Government College University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Khalid Aftab's third term is expiring on Friday (today).

The slot has already been advertised and applicants for the post as well as five other universities' are being short-listed.

The Punjab higher education department has already moved a summary to the chief minister recommending that Prof Aftab be given additional charge of the post till the arrival of new VC or given additional charge to a senior most professor in the varsity as was the case in Lahore College for Women University and University of Education.

Higher education secretary Haseeb Athar said no response had yet been received.

It is learnt that Bahauddin Zakariya University Vice-Chancellor Dr Muhammad Zafarullah, whose tenure had expired on Jan 26, had been granted extension allegedly on the directions of PM Gilani.

Search Committee chairman Syed Babar Ali has currently gone abroad.

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Medical college at PGMI approved
Lahore: The chief minister has approved establishing a medical college at the Postgraduate Medical Institute (PGMI) in Lahore and MBBS classes will start next year, says institute principal Prof Dr Tariq Salahuddin.

Talking to reporters at his office on Thursday, he said it would be named as PGMI Medical College.

Dr Salahuddin said the 4th convocation of the PGMI would be held on Saturday (tomorrow) where Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif would be the chief guest.

He said minimum requirements had been fulfilled to get recognition from the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council for the new college.

Dr Salahuddin said 100-bed emergency department of the state-of-the-art Punjab Institute of Neuro Sciences would be completed in June which would help provide standard treatment to a large number of trauma patients.

The setting up of a 500-bed institute had also been proposed at the LGH, he said adding that its completion would open new avenues for researchers in field of neuro surgery.

With the completion of Phase-II of the LGH extension, the number of beds would reach 1,100 from 800.

Prof Dr Ghiasunanbi Tayyab, the secretary of the Convocation Organising Committee, said graduates of 2009-10 academic session would be conferred degrees and medals at the convocation.

He said the principal had in February last announced conferring degrees and prizes upon position-holder specialist doctors on time.

LGH Medical Superintendent Dr Zaffar Ikram and Dr Naveed Ashraf were also present. Dawn

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Khosa appreciates UVAS development
Lahore: Speaking on the occasion of the launch of the official website of University of the Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) on Thursday, Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa appreciated the varsity's development and growth in research during the last eight years, which has greatly contributed to the country's economic development. He further announced the expansion of the university by setting up more campuses in other cities for the development of rural economy.

While appreciating the provincial government's efforts in the educational sector, Khosa said, "Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif is a very energetic and visionary person who takes keen interest in the development of the educational sector," adding that the federal and provincial government is going to provide funds to the education sector and the UVAS to carry out research and development projects.

While talking to the varsity's students present on the occasion, he advised them to work hard with dedication and utmost devotion, hence, matching the past glory of the Muslim scholars and scientists. "Never beg before others and make yourself powerful enough so that you may stand shoulder to shoulder with the developed countries," he said. Khosa urged them to "explore the chances of indigenous manufacturing of biologics and medicines instead of importing multinational firms' costly medicines, which will consequently decrease the importing budget of medicines in the country."

He also advised the students to follow Quaid's golden rule "Unity, Faith and Discipline."

He further said, "It is an honour for me to visit the UVAS as it is one of the oldest veterinary institutions in Asia, which was upgraded to the level of college of veterinary sciences in 1905 and later in 2002 was converted to a university."

Earlier, Khosa, along with the UVAS Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz inaugurated the new academic block of Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and also visited the University Diagnostic Laboratory, WTO-Quality Operation Laboratory, Pet Centre, Postmortem, and Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology and appreciated the state of art facilities and laboratories.

Biotechnology: About the importance of the Biotechnology Park, the VC said that the country could annually save $6 billion in import of poultry vaccine if the correct biotechnology products are manufactured at home. He further suggested that all the low milk-producing cattle and buffaloes should be preferably slaughtered and the meat exported in order to increase the amount of foreign exchange. Daily times

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