Suspended principals of govt colleges reinstated
Lahore, Jan 24: Principals of the Government Colleges who were suspended for the poor result of their respective colleges in the BA, BSc annual examination 2009 of the University of Punjab, have been reinstated to their positions. Half of them were exonerated of the charges, some of them given minor punishment while two of them secured court injunction against their suspension. The principals were suspended in September 2009.
The principals, mainly of degree colleges in Punjab were suspended for zero and below 08 per cent result in the BA, BSc. Annual examination 2009 declared in August last year. However, no subject teacher was punished for poor result.
The Higher Education wing of the Punjab Education department has since convened a meeting of Principals in the Civil Secretariat recently to exhort them to improve the result, both at degree and intermediate level. Proposals were sought from the principals as to how the results can be improved, which are being considered by the department. The Principals were however, given mandate to report the absenteeism and negligence of teachers for strict action by the Secretary Higher Education under the removal from service Ordinance 2002.
The government has also set up a monitoring and evaluation cell at the Civil Secretariat to check attendance of college teachers in accordance with the provision of timetable of each class, which starts from 8:00am. Dozens of teachers were warned and issued show-cause notices for being absent from the classroom. The DPI colleges have also been directed to undertake periodical inspection of the colleges.
However, nothing was being done to overcome shortage of teachers in the colleges. Also there was no monitoring of second shift at intermediate, graduate and postgraduate level in the colleges, nor there was any move to enhance the remuneration of teachers working in the second shift on per lecture basis.
These teachers are employed only for a period of six months and get nominal lecture-based remuneration and no other privilege. They do not get any salary during the summer and winter vacations and on closure of institutions during public holidays. The nation
PM laid foundation of 5 departments at BZU
Multan: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani opened the Multan College of Arts, Saraiki Area Study Centre and laid the foundation of five departments for education and training in the disciplines of science and engineering at the Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) Multan on Saturday.
The five departments' schemes includes the faculty of veterinary sciences, agriculture college, computer systems engineering, telecommunications engineering and architectural engineering, which will be completed within five years with Rs 971.5 million.
The Saraiki Area Study Centre scheme has been completed and houses an art gallery, museum, and artisan's village. APP
PU Graduation ceremony
Lahore: The graduation ceremony for BBA students and a reception for BBA and MBA, 2009, students of the Punjab University's Institute of Business Administration (IBA) was held at New Campus on Saturday.
PU IBA Director Prof Dr Muhammad Ehsan Malik was the chief guest on the occasion while Additional Registrar Prof Aurangzeb, IBIT Director Dr Mansoor Sarwar and students were also present.
Dr Ehsan Malik urged upon the students to work hard to acquire knowledge to achieve intellectual and academic excellence.
He said generous provision of funds by the PU vice chancellor and donations from philanthropists enabled him to make the IBA a centre of excellence. Earlier, the IBA director gave away trophies, souvenirs and commendatory certificates to the students who had shown extra-ordinary performance in both academic and extra-curricular activities. The students also made speeches while a number of skits were also presented by the IBA students.
Later, Punjab University awarded a PhD degree to Nadia Ikram, the daughter of Muhammad Ikram, in biotechnology. According to a press statement, her research thesis was entitled 'Enhanced Production of Thermostable Bacterial Proteases and Their Applications.' She completed her thesis under the supervision of PU School of Biological Sciences (SBS) Director Prof Dr Muhammad Waheed Akhtar.
Later, Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran created a new post of professor in the PU Oriental College and named it 'Rumi Chair' after the renowned poet and theologian Moulana Jalal ud Din Muhammad Rumi, said a press statement issued on Saturday.
PHEC members elected
Lahore: A ceremony was held at the University of Lahore on Saturday to elect two representatives of private universities of the province as members of the newly established Punjab Higher Education Council.
The ceremony was presided over by Punjab Higher Education Department's Additional Secretary (Academic) Muhammad Akram Chaudhry. University of Lahore Board of Governors Chairman MA Rauf and other representatives of private universities of the province were also present.
GIFT University Gujranwala Rector Prof Dr Mohammad Iqbal Tahir and Vice Chancellor University of Lahore Dr MH Qazi were elected as members of the Punjab Higher Education Council (PHEC).
Earlier, representatives of universities expressed concern over composition of PHEC body, saying all vice-chancellors (VCs) of public sector universities of the province were members of the PHEC while only four private universities were given representation in the council out of which two were to be elected.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Punjab government has recently established PHEC with an aim to ensure uniform policies of student intake, fee structure, examination systems and quality control mechanism.
The council will also formulate policies, guidelines and priorities of higher education institutions for promotion of access, quality and governance of the sector.
Higher Education Department Secretary is chairman of the PHEC while its members include all VCs of public sector universities of the province, VCs of Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and FC College University, three principals of public colleges of the province and two representatives of private universities to be elected by private sector universities.
GCU quiz competition
Lahore: The Government College University (GCU) Saturday hosted the All Punjab Quiz Competition, 2010, which was won by the Service Institute of Medical Sciences (SIMS), Lahore.
The Punjab University and the Aitchison College bagged the second and third positions respectively while the GCU as a host did not compete in the competition. The news
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