PEC primary exams confusion

Confusion over primary exams
Lahore, Feb 03: Papers of Science and Islamiat/Ethics and Nazra Quran were held on Thursday in the ongoing grade-5 annual examination 2012 across the province under the Punjab Examination Commission (PEC).

There were reports of cheating at various examination centres and it is learnt the authorities also removed a Superintendent deputed at a centre on Jail Road for alleged failure to ensure transparency in the conduct of the exam.

Meanwhile, confusion prevailed in connection with papers scheduled for Saturday (today), as the Punjab government had announced a public holiday on Saturday (February 4) on the occasion of Eid Milad-un-Nabi throughout the province. It may be mentioned that Eid Milad-un-Nabi is falling on Sunday.

Papers of Science and Islamiat/Ethics and Nazra Quran, Social Studies and Urdu are scheduled for Saturday. However, it was not clear till filing of the report that whether the exams would be held as per schedule or would be postponed owing to the holiday.

PEC Manager Operations Malik Iqbal said the Commission would follow the instructions of Secretary School Education Department in this regard. However, we could not access Secretary Schools Muhammad Aslam Kamboh despite repeated attempts on his cell phone.

A number of parents of students condemned the government for not clearing confusion surrounding the conduct of the ongoing examination. The paper of English will be held on Friday.

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LCWU admissions for Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching
Lahor: Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) Lahore has announced admissions for Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching (PGDT), an evening programme offered by varsity's Department of Education.

A spokesperson for LCWU said the Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching was designed keeping in view the recent National Education Policy statement and the Government of Punjab's recruitment decision that all secondary and higher secondary level (grade IX-XII) teachers were required to have 1-year post graduate teacher training/qualification after MA/MSc/BS (Four-year) degrees.

This new programme focuses on professional training of prospective teachers in specialised areas preparing them to meet both national and international professional standards for secondary school teachers.

Women having sixteen years of education or four years of education after HSSC/FA/FSc in school subjects: Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, English, Pakistan Studies, Islamic Studies, Urdu, History, Geography, Home Economics, Fine Arts and Psychology can apply for admission for this one yearly diploma.

The application forms can be obtained and submitted from LCWU's Information Office till February 9, 2012 while the list of eligible candidates will be displayed on February 13, 2012 along with the date of interview.

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Notice to govt in plea against PU VC's appointment
Lahore: The Lahore High Court on Thursday issued pre-admission notice for February 8 to the Punjab government and others on a petition, challenging reappointment of Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran as Punjab University vice- chancellor.

Justice Sheikh Ahmad Farooq issued notice on a plea filed by Prof Dr Yousaf Hayat, a contender for the slot, impleading the Punjab governor, Punjab chief minister, Punjab Higher Education Department and PU registrar.

Earlier, the petitioner's counsel appearing before the court submitted that the reappointment of Kamran was not only a violation of the Punjab University Act but violation of the Supreme Court judgment against re-employment of retired people. He said the respondent had already completed his term as vice chancellor. He said the Punjab government, by reappointing Kamran as PU VC, also deprived eligible candidates of their lawful right.

He requested the court to take notice of the 'illegality' and set aside the appointment. Kidney transplant: Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik of the Lahore High Court on Thursday adjourned until February 13 hearing of a petition filed by two doctors in a kidney transplant scam for quashing an FIR registered against them by police.

The court summoned the counsel for both the parties for further arguments on the matter on the next hearing. Dr Sanaullah and Dr Imranul Haq had filed the petition for quashment of the FIR.

They contended that the SHO and investigation officer (IO) Civil lines police station had registered a case against them in violation of the law. They said the FIR was against the rules defined in the Kidney Transplant Act 2010. They contended that under the Transplant Act a case could not be lodged against a doctor on the complaint of a citizen unless he moved a complaint to the monitoring committee which had been set up under the Act.

They said the police had registered the case without approval of a monitoring committee thus it was unlawful and might be quashed declaring it unlawful.

Following the court notice, SSP (operations) Sarfarz Falki was present in the court. The judge asked Falki why the FIR was registered without fulfilling the requirements as claimed by the doctors. At this, the SSP asserted that the SHO and the IO had registerd the case against the doctors after fulfilling all the legal requirements under the law. The judge remarked that the benefit of faulty investigation always went to the accused. The news

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PU BCom exams
Lahore: The Punjab University has notified that the BCom, Part-I annual examinations for 2012 will begin from June 7, while Part-II examinations will begin from June 8.

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PU results
Lahore: The PU on Thursday declared the results of Master of Information and Operational Management, semester system, session 2009-11 and B.Com (IT), semester system, sessions 2009-11.

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Condolences over PU teacher's death
Lahore: PU's Depart-ment of Kashmir Studies chairman Dr Muhammad Ashraf Qureshi passed away on Thursday.

His funeral prayers were offered at his hometown Mirpur, Azad Kashmir. Dawn

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PU seminar
Lahore: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has said on Wednesday killing innocent people cannot be called jihad or martyrdom.

At a seminar on 'Philosophy of Martyrdom' organised by the university administration at Environmental Law Centre's auditorium on Wednesday, Prof Kamran said a firm belief that honour and dishonour, livelihood and life and death were in the hands of Allah made one powerful and fearless. He said the life and teachings of Hazrat Imam Husain (RA) taught us to always stand by the truth.

He said a war among civilizations was looming as the US had completed preparations for attack on Iran. He said the supremacy of the US rule would be determined in the battlefields of Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan.

Former Jamaat-i-Islami MPA and PU syndicate member Syed Ehsanullah Waqas stressed the students to present a true picture of Islam through their character and conduct.

He said jihad was not about winning lands or money but it was the name of keeping the flag of Allah high. He said the Muslims should get benefit from the mission of Hazrat Imam Husain (RA).

He said jihad was a great part of Islam and Hazrat Muhammad (Peace be upon him) had himself wished for martyrdom.

Religious scholar Dr Ali Murtaza Zaidi said humans were created to develop the characteristics of Asma-i-Husna. He said that there should be a reflection of the names of Allah in our characters.

He said Hazrat Imam Husain (RA) wanted to exalt the humanity and his life gave us the message to live with respect and freedom. He said the Muslims should choose their heroes from Islamic history.

Dr Muhammad Saad Siddiqui also spoke on the occasion.

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PU history department
Lahore: The Punjab Higher Education department has appointed Punjab University history department chairman Prof Dr Qalb-i-Abid dean faculty of arts and humanities and Institute of Education and Research's Centre for English Language Teaching and Linguistics chairman Prof Dr Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal as dean faculty of education, for three years each.

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PU distinction
Saman Bur Aftab, student of Punjab University's political science department, got the first division in the MA (International Relations) annual examination for 2011 as well as set a new record by securing 720 marks out of 1000.

A PU spokesman says that it is a distinction to score these marks in a subject of social science.

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Punjab Textboard competition
Lahore: Punjab Textbook Board in connection with International Book Fair and its golden jubilee ceremony will organize a painting and calligraphy competition among children at Expo Centre on February 4.

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Doctors warn of resignations over AIMC suspensions
Lahore: The Medical Teachers Association (MTA) Punjab and its Allama Iqbal Medical College chapter demanded the Punjab government on Thursday reinstate all the 10 suspended officials, including members of the senior faculty of the Allama Iqbal Medical College/Jinnah Hospital, within two days; otherwise, around 280 senior doctors and professors would resign collectively.

The Punjab government suspended 10 officials of the Allama Iqbal Medical College/Jinnah Hospital upon proof of various charges which included including negligence, resulting in expiry of a large quantity of Omniscan injections, which is used during Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) with contrast.

Addressing a press conference at the Lahore Press Club, MTA, Punjab, Secretary General Dr Tehsin Riaz and MTA-AIMC President Prof Azim Jhangir, flanked by Vice-President Prof Riffat Mehmood Butt, Lady Vice-President Dr Seema Mazhar and others, said that it was unfortunate that the Punjab CM had suspended teachers and professors with one signal without asking their point of view.

"Suspension of senior teachers in such a shameful way will affect the whole fraternity," they said. MTA President Prof Azim Jhangir said many doctors and senior faculty had already left the country due to such dirty tactics of the governments used against them time and again. He reiterated the doctors stance of helping the poor in public hospitals but regretted what they were receiving from the government in return, just humiliation, shame and suspension. MTA, Punjab, Secretary General Dr Tehsin Riaz was of the view that the Punjab government had failed in running health sector smoothly and thus shifting the its failure to the doctors which the doctors would not allow to happen. The news

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5th campus of FAST NU
Lahore: The FAST National University is opening its fifth campus on Faisalabad-Chiniot Road. University's President Senator Wasim Sajjad will perform the groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday (tomorrow).

The Rs750 million project will complete in six months time and will cater to the educational needs of students in Faisalabad, Chiniot, Bhakkar, Jhang, Toba Tek Singh, Sargodha, Hafizabad, Multan, Khanewal, Mianwali and Khushab.

The varsity's campuses in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar are already imparting higher education to around 7,000 students.

According to a news release issued here on Thursday, the FAST NU new campus had been approved on the recommendation of former MNA Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, who is also on the Board of Governors of the university.

The new campus will have more than seven faculties including, computer sciences, business administration, computer engineering, mathematics, telecommunication engineering and software project management. The university will offer bachelors, masters and PhD degree programmes.

The university is offering Rs60 million merit-based scholarships to the deserving students.

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GCU students to 'Teach for Pakistan'
Lahore: The students of the Government College University (GCU), Lahore, with international organisation 'Teach for Pakistan' will teach public schools' students improving their communication skills and knowledge besides developing their personality confidence.

This was stated by GCU faculty of science and technology dean Prof Dr Ikramul Haq at a meeting of GCU BS (Honours) final-year students on Wednesday.

Prof Haq said the varsity's 'Career Guidance and Placement Centre' would sign an agreement with 'Teach for Pakistan' to assign teaching assignments to best of GCU volunteers at different under-resourced schools. He said volunteer teachers would coach, educate and motivate public schools' students through modern teaching methodologies. He said that over 100 Ravians had volunteered for teaching at government schools.

'Teach for Pakistan' director recruitment Mariaum Ahmad said volunteers would also pay scholarship to the selected students taught at these schools. She said she hoped that every year, dozens of Ravians would teach at public schools in the country.

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GCU award
Lahore: The GCU has won the Best Library Award 2012 and 224 latest key publications from the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR), Cambridge, UK.

Chief Librarian Abdul Waheed said that 224 most recent reputed publications awarded by the ISSR, UK, to the GCU were on natural sciences and spirituality.

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Exam centre becomes death trap
Chakwal: A 5th class student died as he fell into a well in the school where he had gone to take the exam, sources said on Thursday.

Mohammad Jamshed, 10, a resident of Syed Kasran village went to Kazmia High School for taking the exam along with other classmates. After finishing General Science paper, he along with other students came out of the hall for thirty-minute break. The children dispersed in the courtyard during the recess. Some started playing and some opened their books for preparation of next papers. Meanwhile, Jamshed fell into the well located in a corner of the school compound. Unfortunately, nobody took notice of the incident.Jamshed's missing only came to light when the invigilators found him absent in the next paper. As the school staff began to search for the missing boy, they found him lying in the dry well.

The scene shocked every one present on the occasion. The villagers, personnel of Rescue 1122 and police reached the spot and pulled his body out of the well.

The hundred-year-old well dried up many years ago but it was not closed by the authorities concerned. Dawn

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