PU controversy | PhD faculty members

Another controversy at PU
Lahore, Feb 17: The Punjab University could have a third-divisioner as the dean of a faculty, because the provincial Higher Education Department (HED) has proposed the name of a third-divisioner for appointment as dean of the Faculty of Management Sciences, in violation of the established practice for high-level postings in universities.

This is in contrast to the policy of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif as well as contradictory to the announcements of Punjab Education Minister Mian Mujtuba Shujaur Rehman and Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, who both on assembly floor had claimed that no third-divisoner would be appointed at any high-level post in education institutions across the province.

According to details, the PU vice chancellor had sent three professors' names to the HED to recommend one name for appointment as the dean of Faculty of Management Sciences. The names were PU Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Director Muhammad Ihsan Malik, former director of the Institute of Administrative Sciences (IAS) Prof Dr Zafar Jadoon and existing IAS Director Dr Nasira Jabeen, who is the wife of Dr Jadoon.

The HED is recommending the CM the name of Dr Jadoon, who secured a third division in FSc and second divisions in matriculation and graduation.

A senior official at PU, seeking anonymity said that Dr Zafar Jadoon had been recommended to the HED by the administration on the basis of seniority. He said that according to rules, the university can recommend the name of a third-divisioner to the HED, "but the department has to select the most capable and suitable candidate" after reviewing the academic history of candidates.

"Dr Jadoon's recommendation was on merit because he is one of the most senior professors at the IAS," he said.

It is pertinent to mention here that Dr Zafar Jadoon was also recommended for the post of the Punjab University vice chancellor by the HED, and a massive campaign was launched by pro-Jamaat-e-Islami teachers to appoint Dr Jadoon as vice chancellor. Daily times

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PU result
Lahore: Punjab University Examinations Department has announced the result of LLB, Part-I, Supplementary Examination 2011. The pass percentage in the exam remained 35.00 percent.

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Career fair
Lahore: The Placement Office of Punjab University's Institute of Administrative Sciences (IAS) organised a Career Fair at the institute on Thursday. The event was aimed at strengthening linkage between the university and professional organisations to develop the potential human resource.

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KEMU students win prizes
Three students of King Edward Medical University (KEMU) have won prizes in different categories in Intercollegiate Arts Competition, which was held in Government College University.

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40 faculty members of 5 universities complete PhD
Lahore: Forty faculty members of 15 selected universities of the country have successfully completed their PhD studies from reputed foreign institutions on scholarships provided by the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

The HEC had launched a specific programme in 2004 to strengthen the faculty of comparatively weak universities and bring them at par with the developed ones. Ninety-eight full time faculty members were sent to universities of Austria, France and Germany. A total of 45 teachers proceeded to France, 42 to Germany and 11 to Austria. The 40 returned scholars have rejoined their parent organisations. Following scholars have completed their studies during the last month.

Dr. Zafar Yaqub, lecturer at Department of Management Sciences, Islamia University, Bahawalpur (IUB), has completed his PhD with distinction from Universitat Wien, Austria, in Management Sciences. He did his research on 'The Efficacy of Relational Governance and the Value-creating Relational Investments in Revenue-enhancement in Supplier-intermediate Buyer Relationships'. He has six local and 19 international publications.

Dr. Naveed Ahmed Shaikh, lecturer at Department of Economics, Shah Abdul Latif University (SALU), Khairpur, completed his PhD with a distinction of 'Cum Laude' from the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy, RUHR-University of Bochum, Germany, in Social Sciences. He completed his research on 'Trade Liberalization and Poverty Alleviation in Pakistan (Case Study of Sindh Province)' and has two international publications.

Dr. Faisal Maqbool Zahid, lecturer at Department of Statistics, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, completed his PhD with distinction of 'Magna cum Laude' from Institute for Statistics Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munchen, Germany, in Physical Sciences. His research was entitled 'Sprinkage estimation for categorical regression models'. The scholar has eight international publications to his credit and has also authored a book entitled 'Regularization and Variable Selection in Categorical Regression Analysis' in 2011.

Dr. Mrs. Farhat Iqbal, lecturer at Department of Electronics, University of Sargodha, completed her PhD from the Department of Broadband Communication, Tecnische Universitat, Graz, Austria, in Satellite Laser Ranging. The title of her research was 'Feasibility Study and Design of a Multi-Kilohertz Satellite Laser Ranging System'. The scholar published four research papers in international journals.

Dr. Pershotam Khatri, lecturer at Department of Animal Reproduction at the Sindh Agriculture University (SAU), Tandojam, completed his PhD with distinction 'Cum Laude' from the Department of Veterinary Medicine, Justus-Liebig-Universitat Giessen, Germany, in Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences. He did his research on 'Placental Sulfoconjugated Estrogens in Cattle: Byproducts of Trophoblast Giant cell differentiation or Substrates of Pregnancy-Specific Sulfatase'. He has four local and three international publications.

Dr. Basit Niaz, lecturer at Department of Chemistry, Hazara University , KPK completed his PhD with distinction 'Magna Cum Laude' from Universitat Greifswald, Germany, in Physical Sciences. The title of his research was 'Synthesis of Novel Biaryl Type Heterocyclic P, P- and P, N-Ligands'. He has four international publications to his credit.

Dr. Noman Javed, lecturer at Department of Computer Science, IUB has completed his PhD from University of Orleans, France in Computer Sciences. His research topic was 'Meta-Programmed algorithmic skeletons: Implantation, performances and applications'. The scholar published five international research papers.

Dr. Malik M. Saad Missen, lecturer at Department of Computer Science, IUB completed his PhD from University of Toulouse, France in Computer Science. His research title was 'Multidimensional ranking model for Information retrieval opinion detection in Blogs'. He has 12 international publications.

Dr. Aziz Javed, lecturer at Department of Business Administration, Gomal University has completed his PhD from IAE Aix-en-Provence, Paul Cezanne University, France in Management Sciences. His research was titled 'Effects of performance appraisal politics on job satisfaction organisational commitments turnover intention'. He has two international publications.

Dr. Nasir Mahmood, lecturer at Department of Biotechnology and Informatics at the Balochistan University of Information Technology and Management Sciences, Quetta completed PhD from INPL Nancy University, France. He completed his research on 'A case study of different hydrodynamic and nutritional constraints on Streptomyces used for the production of antibiotic' and has one local and three international publications.

Dr. Jabbar Khan, lecturer at Gomal Centre of Bio-Chemistry, Gomal University completed his PhD from Institute of Genetics and Development, Faculty of Medicine, Rennes University, France in Physical Sciences. His thesis was titled was 'Relationship between Aurora Kinase C and Cancer'. He has 10 international publications.

Dr. Nadeem Salamat, lecturer at Mathematics Department, Karakorum International University, Gilgit-Baltistan, has completed his PhD with a mention of 'Honourable' from University de la Rochelle, France in Physical Sciences. He completed his thesis on 'Dynamic space relations between objects for scene analysis'. He has seven international publications.

Dr. Ihsanullah, lecturer at Computer Science Department, University of Balochistan, Quetta completed his PhD from Universite de Technolgies de Troyes, France in Computer Sciences. He completed his research on 'Performance management of P2P based ALM infrastructures'. He published six research papers in international journals.

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200,000 books distributed among Punjab students
Rawalpindi: The Punjab government is distributing dengue fever awareness books in all schools in the province. Around 200,000 books by the Punjab Textbook Board have been distributed in the Rawalpindi division to create awareness among students.

The books were free of cost, while special directives have been issued to teachers to read the book during the morning assembly to raise awareness among the students about the dengue fever. These books have not been included in the syllabus yet.

EDO Education Qazi Zahoor Ahmed said that they had distributed 200,000 dengue fever awareness books in the schools of Rawalpindi division. The distribution of books would make a big difference in creating awareness among the public and making the environment clean.

Parents said that besides distribution of books, the Punjab government should make a plan to spray against dengue fever to control its virus.

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US to give 100 cattle to UVAS
Lahore: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has agreed to provide 100 exotic cattle to the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) for research purpose under the project on "Progressive Control of Foot and Mouth Disease in Pakistan."

This was said by US Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Animal Health Advisor Jeffrey J Hamer during a meeting with UVAS-Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha at his office here on Thursday.

Jeffrey J Hamer said initially USDA was funding 25 exotic cattle to UVAS and along with professional training, bringing master trainer and continuous programme for farmer and professional, adding that after the fruitful meeting with academia it was decided to increase the herd of cattle 100 comprising 50 cross jersey and 50 Holstein-Friesian.

He also said the time deadline of the project would be three to five year. He said, "We are developing emergency response team during natural calamities in Pakistan and to save the livestock in this regard."

UVAS' faculty deans and directors and USDA senior agriculture specialist Asmat Raza also attended the meeting. Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha said that dairy sector was the most attractive for investment due to its value added products. About US cattle Prof Pasha suggested that Holstein Friesians were in high demand due to butter fat adding that the herd of cattle would come from California, Arizona and Peninsula. The news

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Students from over 25 schools attend 2nd SiMUN
Lahore: The 2nd Salamat International Campus for Advanced Studies (SICAS) Model United Nations (SiMUN) began on Thursday at the institute's Gulberg campus. Students from more than 25 educational institutions participated in the opening ceremony of the event, including young diplomats discoursing ongoing cultural, political and social issues. The event was aimed at riding the waves of change in terms of social and economic strata. In the welcome remarks, SICAS Principal Shehryar Salamat said students were the ambassadors and representatives of Pakistan. "To show that we are a peace-loving nation, our goal is to develop leaders of tomorrow by nurturing students of today," he said. He explained the quintessence of Model United Nations by referring to the African Union and the Arab Spring as prime examples of youth collectives. "You should be able to feel what others around you see. That is when reconciliation is possible," he said. Ashab Shahzad and Usman Rana Majid, the president and vice president of the SiMUN Society respectively, also welcomed the delegates and reinforced the need for the youth to be more active in social concerns and international affairs. They talked about how diplomacy sometimes takes a backdrop and why the sole purpose was to reach a concrete solution by everyone sacrificing a little, before Shahzad officially declared the event open. Daily times

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QAU, Suparco ink accord for joint research
Islamabad: Pakistan will gain a lot if the knowledge of academia is shared with organisations like Suparco, said Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) Vice Chancellor Dr. Masoom Yasinzai.

He was speaking at the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding between Earth Sciences Department of QAU and Space and Upper Atmospheric Commission at the Application Research Centre here on Wednesday.

The MoU, signed by Major General (r) Ahmed Bilal, chairman of the Space and Upper Atmospheric Commission, and Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, aims at promoting joint research activities of mutual interest in accordance with mutual needs and objectives and would determine the areas and subject of such cooperation.

The MoU was signed by Dr. Zulfiqar Ahmad, chairman of the Earth Sciences Department, QAU, with his PhD students from SUPARCO. Dr. Yasinzai, addressing the gathering, said that QAU is not only a source of training graduates, but also creating quality research. The news

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