University of Education financial bungling

Website leaks UoE's financial bungling
Lahore, Feb 04: A website featuring alleged financial embezzlement and administrative irregularities at the University of Education (UoE) has been launched by some unidentified person/persons, adding more 'thrill' to the ongoing crisis at the university.

The website seems to be inspired by Julian Assangeís WikiLeaks; nonetheless the website features unconfirmed reports and informs readers/visitors about latest developments vis-‡-vis the prevailing crisis.

It has a section having media reports about the whole issue while the website also highlights alleged one-sided role being played by the Punjab Higher Education Department officials in this regard.

After a search on it was revealed that the website has been registered at from the United States.

A senior official of the Higher Education Department denied any foul play in the whole issue, saying that no concrete evidence was available on the ueleaks and some unknown person/persons were intentionally diverting the attention from the real issue. He said the government would investigate and uncover those behind the website and expressed concerns that the website might be launched by some students of the university's IT Department who had been in the forefront during protests.

It is pertinent to mention here that UE students have been on protest ever since the sacking of two teachers, Dr MA Pasha, Director Division of Science & Technology, and his wife Dr Shaheen Pasha, Assistant Professor of Special Education, at the university on January 17 this year.

One of the protests had gone violent recently when police resorted to baton charge against the protesting students. Police had even manhandled some journalists covering the protest.

It is learnt that the UoE's syndicate meeting which met to discuss the ongoing crisis at the university remained inconclusive during its important session the other day.

Sources said that another meeting of the university had now been scheduled for February 12 in which the final decision would be taken on the fate of the two terminated faculty members whose services were terminated by acting Vice-Chancellor Prof Farhat Saleem. They further said that one of the sacked teachers, Dr Shaheen Pasha, would also be invited to explain her point of view before the university's statutory body, the syndicate, while the acting VC would also be asked to explain the reason behind the abrupt removal of the teachers.

According to sources, some members of the syndicate observed that the termination of Dr MA Pasha was justified to some extent as he was serving the university under a six-month contract and the acting VC was empowered to do the same. However, the final decision would be taken in the upcoming meeting of the syndicate, they added.

The sources said the two-member committee, which was tasked with probing the incidents leading to the removal of the teachers, had also pointed out weak administrative measures to look after the university affairs over the years.

On Thursday again, some UE students held a demonstration against the removal of the two teachers. They held the demo outside the Lahore Press Club and protested against the acting VC, demanding immediate reinstatement of the sacked teachers.

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PU MCom, BSc exams
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department has announced the schedules of different examinations. MCom, First Year (Part-I), Second Annual Exam 2010, will commence from February 24 and conclude on March 14, 2011 while BSc (Engineering), Final Professional, Second Annual Exam 2007, will commence from February 10 and conclude on February 23, 2011.

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UHS board approves thesis reports
Lahore: The 51st meeting of the Advanced Studies and Research Board of the University of Health Sciences (UHS) was held here with Vice Chancellor Prof Malik H. Mubbashar in the chair.

According to a press release here on Thursday, the board approved the thesis reports of students of MPhil morbid anatomy and histopathology, pharmacology and physiology. The following synopses were considered for registration of students in various postgraduate courses: Study of the effects of leflunomide on thyroid gland histology of albino rats by Dr Shamsa Ijaz for MPhil anatomy, assessment of DNA damage due to lead exposure in traffic wardens of Lahore City by Dr Ayesha Pervez for MPhil biochemistry, molecular genetics studies in families with autosomal recessive primary microcephaly (MCPH) from Punjab by M Ikram Ullah for MPhil biochemistry, association of low levels of serum selenium with anaemia in primary school children by Ms Nadia Rashid for MPhil biochemistry, ghrelin levels in obese children of type 2 diabetic mothers and its correlation with risk parameters of metabolic syndrome by Dr Fauzia Sadiq for MPhil chemical pathology, serum hepcidin levels in patients of end stage renal disease on erythropoietin therapy by Dr Zille Rubab for MPhil haematology, antimicrobial activity of garlic (Allium sativum) against clinical isolates of vibrio cholerae by Dr Muhammad Bilal for MPhil microbiology, microbiological and susceptibility pattern of asymptomatic bacteriuria in pregnant women by Dr Muhammad Ashraf for MPhil microbiology, oestrogen receptor - beta expression in different histopathological grades of urothelial tumours by Dr Ayesha Imtiaz Malik for MPhil morbid anatomy and histopathology, a study of P57kip2 expression and morphological findings of complete and partial hydatidiform moles by Dr Rahat Kalsoom for MPhil morbid anatomy and histopathology, JAK2 V617F mutation in recurrent fetal loss by Dr Romana Irshad for MPhil morbid anatomy and histopathology, correlation of histological risk assessment/scoring system with lymph node metastasis and recurrence/progression of disease in oral squamous cell carcinoma by Dr Marya Batool Sajid for MPhil oral pathology, effects of ficus carica (Anjeer) on paracetamol induced nephrotoxicity in albino rats by Dr Zafar Iqbal Ghafoor for MPhil pharmacology, serum visfatin levels in obese and non-obese non-diabetics and obese type 2 diabetic subjects by Dr Shama Iqbal for MPhil physiology, complications of Ventriculo - peritoneal shunt in congenital and post tuberculous meningitis hydrocephalus among the paediatric population by Dr Muhammad Qais for MS neurosurgery. The news

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PAL to mark 2011 as 'Faiz Year'
Lahore: The Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) will celebrate 2011 as Faiz Year to mark 100th birthday of the great poet of the country falling during the year.

PAL Chairman Fakhar Zaman says he has briefed President Asif Zardari on the events to be held in this connection as the presidency had been keen to highlight services of Faiz for peace.

President Zardari was told that a special seminar would be held in Islamabad on Feb 10, besides conferences to be arranged at the provincial headquarters.

A special film on Faiz would also be screened along with rendering of the film producer and known scholar Helen Goodway's article.

Mr Zaman said Tasleem Elahi Zulfi's memoir "Faiz Ahmed Faiz in Beirut" was also in the pipeline and would be published soon. The book focuses on Faiz's routine in Beirut during his stay there as an expatriate and in this way throws light on new aspects of the poet's life for the first time.

More literary programmes would be planned later in this connection, he added. Dawn

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PEF technical courses
Lahore: The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) will initiate technical and vocational courses for the matriculation level students of its partner schools in the province.

PEF Managing Director Mohyuddin Ahmad Wani said this during a meeting with Sir Michael Barber, co-chair of Pakistan Education Taskforce, here on Thursday. He said the programme had been planned in partnership with the TEVTA and other technical institutions so that students could get free training in their nearby institutions. All the expenditures will be borne by the PEF, he added.

Mohyuddin Ahmad also said the PEF had computerised its one million students' record which would help in strategic planning in the education sector.

He said the PEF was going to expand its education voucher scheme in 14 new districts to help the deserving children to get education. At present, 25,000 students are enrolled in Lahore, Kasur, Multan and Rawalpindi under the Education Voucher Scheme, he added.

Sir Michael was accompanied by Hassan Al-Damluji and Hiran Embuldeniya. PEF-DMD (Ops) Tanvir Zaffar and Project Officer (Donor Relations) Ms Samreen Sajjad were also present. The news

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Students rally against killings by American
Lahore: The Insaf Student Federation (ISF), the student wing of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, on Thursday took out a rally from Mozang Chungi to the US consulate near Shimla Hill to condemn the killing of three Pakistanis by an American citizen.

The family members of the three victims also participated in the rally, demanding the US embassy hand over four men involved in the killing of a third citizen.

US citizen Raymond Davis had shot dead two citizens, Faizan Haider (21) and Muhammad Faheem (20), while Ibadur Rehman was crushed to death by a US consulate car, which was driving on the wrong side of the road on January 27, the day of the incidents, violating the traffic rules.

The rally was led by the ISF President Hassaan Niazi, General Secretary Farrukh Habib and Information Secretary Waqas Iftikhar while PTI Lahore division President Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed and Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) representative Dr Yasmeen Rashif, specially joined the rally. A number of students and common people attended the rally and chanted slogans against the United States. They were carrying banners and placards, demanding Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry take notice of the incident.

Security was tightened throughout the route of the rally while the participants dispersed peacefully at Shimla Hill. Security was also beefed up outside the US consulate while the route of the rally, including Edgerton Road, Chairing Cross and Queen's Road were closed for traffic.

Sajjad, the brother of Ibadur Rehman, Rasheed, Haider's uncle and Waseem, brother of Faheem, the ISF president and a private TV channel's anchor, Najam Wali, addressed the rally. They demanded the US administration and its embassy and consulates in Pakistan to respect the country's laws and hand over four US citizens involved in the killing of Ibadur Rehman.

Waseem disclosed that the families of the victims were being offered compensation on behalf of the US authorities in return for withdrawal of cases against Davis and other US citizens. He declared that his family would not compromise on the blood of his brother and rejected compensation. He said his family would not forgive Davis.

Rasheed asked the judiciary and media to take notice of " US involvement in criminal activities in Pakistan."

Sajjad, while addressing the rally participants, said that killing of three Pakistanis by the US officials was not a matter of only three families or three persons but it was a matter of national integrity and sovereignty of the country. He said the nation should support them as they were fighting for the national honour. Daily times

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