Punjab BA/BSc, Inter, primary, middle exams & load shedding

Exams scheduled for next month: Students fall prey to 14-hour load shedding
Lahore, Jan 05: The recent 14-hour load shedding has deeply affected students' preparations as examinations are scheduled for next month.

Students of BA/BSc, primary and middle classes will sit exam in February, while exam of intermediate will be held in March. Students who are studying computer sciences have been worst hit by the load shedding because of poor arrangements made by their educational institutions. Students have protested against the government in this regard. Students and teachers expressed great concern over the load shedding. They said the prolonged power outages were affecting the academic activities. They demanded that the government take measures to end students' suffering. Harris Ali, a class VIII student, said he could not study because of the load shedding. He said that he was preparing for his annual exam. His mother said her children had fallen prey to the power outages. "When my children open a book by night, electricity suddenly vanishes." Amna, a Beaconhouse National University student, said, "We are facing bouts of electricity outages as we prepare our assignments on computers."Ausaf Ali, a class VIII student, said he was studying at a private school that did not have alternative arrangements to cope with the load shedding. Source of irritation: Rubab Fatima, a Lady McClain High School student, said the load shedding had become "a source of constant irritation" for students and teachers alike. She said darkness prevailed in the classrooms during power breakdown. She said they were disturbed as their exams were fast approaching. Kashif Rehan, a BA student, said that they were more suffering due to the load shedding because their exams had already been announced a month prior to the scheduled date.

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PU registering students for annual MA examination 2009
Lahore: Punjab University Registration Branch has started to register candidates for MA Annual Examination 2009, which will run until February 28, according to a press release issued by the university. The registration fees for the annual examination is Rs 1,400.

Students applying privately are only eligible for MA in Urdu, Punjabi, English, Persian, Arabic, Islamic Studies, Mathematics, Political Sciences, History, French, Philosophy and Economics, stated the press release. Students with graduation from universities affiliated with Punjab University or the university itself, are eligible to apply. Students applying should also attach NOC copy and previous degrees along the registration form.

The registration forms are available at Habib Bank Ltd and PU Information Cell (New Campus). It can also be downloaded from PU website www.pu.edu.pk. Incomplete registration forms will not be entertained. The complete registration forms can be submitted to Registration Branch, Room No 25, Admin Block at New Campus or through post.

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Punjab University awarded PhD degrees
Lahore: Punjab University has awarded PhD degrees to Shahida Alam, Naureen Chaudhry, Rozina Yasmeen, Shabana Sahar and Abdul Rehman Khan Niazi.

Shahida Alam D/o Muhammad Alam Pawar has been awarded PhD degree in Persian, after the completion and submission of her thesis entitled 'Imagery in sub-continent's style Persian poetry'. She completed her thesis under the supervision of Dr Muhammad Nasir, assistant professor at PU Persian Department.

Naureen Chaudhry D/o Chaudhry Muhammad Rashid has been awarded PhD in Zoology after completion of her thesis entitled 'Designing microbial consortium for ethanol production from sugarcane bagass'. She completed her thesis under the supervision of Dr Javed Iqbal Qazi, zoology professor at PU.

Rozina Yasmeen D/o Sardar Muhammad Nawaz has been awarded PhD in Persian after completion of her thesis entitled 'Shibli Naummani and his contribution towards literature'. She completed her thesis under the supervision of Prof M Saleem Mazhar, chairman of Persian Department.

Shabana Sahar D/o Muhammad Latif has been awarded PhD in Persian after completion of her thesis entitled 'Followers of Mathnvi Maanvi in Indo-Pak'. She also completed her thesis under the supervision of Dr M Saleem Mazhar.

Abdul Rehman Khan Niazi S/o Mehar Khan Niazi has been awarded the degree in Botany after completion of his thesis entitled 'Biodiversity of Ectomycorrhizas in conifers from Himalayan moist temperate forests of Pakistan'. He completed his thesis under the supervision of Dr Abdul Nasir Khalid, assistant professor of Botany. Daily Times

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Uniform now for teachers too in Punjab
Lahore, Jan 05: The Punjab government has issued a dress code for the schoolteachers asking them to put on waistcoats and black shoes with Shalwar Qameez while those wearing pant shirt would be bound to wear a coat as well.

In a circular issued by the secretary schools, the teachers have been asked to follow the said code in letter and spirit. The notification further said this code would be made implemented strictly after January 31 this month.

Reacting to the dress code for the teachers, president of senior staff association schools Hafiz Abdul Nasir said that implementation of dress code for teachers in schools would not help boost the standard of education nor it would help to enhance the respect of teachers in the society. Rather it will make the teachers suffer from financial problems by buying required items as teachers were already facing price-hike and many other problems due to their limited income.

He further said at the international level people were considering even to eliminate the uniform for children, adding that only gown was enough for the recognition of teachers.

Hafiz said earlier the secretary education had introduced nametags compulsory to be displayed by the teachers on their chests was quite economical and affordable for the teachers.

He suggested if the government was really interested to make the teachers respectable in the society it could facilitate them in many other ways - they would be given preference in every congested place like banks, traffic, railway stations and airports.

He demanded of the government to pay heed towards the missing facilities of the schools wherein about 50 per cent educational institutions were lacking the facility of electricity. 23 per cent schools have no boundary wall and no toilets for 10 per cent schools. He said, "If we want to compete against the private sector we have to facilitate the teachers in the best possible ways."

PU VC takes notice of power, water problems
Lahore: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has taken strict notice of the problems of electricity load-shedding and water unavailability in the varsity and called an emergency meeting of the concerned staff on Saturday.

The VC directed the officers concerned to take immediate action to provide 24-hour electricity to common rooms of all hostels. He directed the staff to install generator on tube-wells to solve the problem of water. On request of Controller Examination Prof Zahid Karim Khan, the VC issued instructions to the project director to arrange a generator for the PU Examinations Centre before the commencement of BA/BSc annual examinations.

PU declared BSc Applied Geology results
The Punjab University Examination Department has declared the results of BSc Applied Geology. In BSc Applied Geology Final Professional 2nd Annual 2007 and First Annual Examination 2008, 67 candidates appeared while 54 were declared successful, however, the result of one candidate was late. The Nation

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UVAS doubles student quota for FATA
Lahore: The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore has increased the quota of students from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) by 100 percent for admission to its postgraduate (MPhil and PhD) programmes.

According to a press release issued by UVAS on Saturday, the decision was taken at the 20th meeting of the Advanced Studies and Research Board of the UVAS chaired by Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz. The meeting approved 43 synopses of MPhil, MPhil leading to PhD and PhD students of various disciplines/departments. The board also gave approval of supervisory committees as well as changes in some of the supervisory committees of MPhil and PhD students.

While stressing on research quality, the vice-chancellor said that the research topics of postgraduate scholars should be field-oriented and must focus on solution to current problems. Daily Times

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