Punjab university results announcement

PU declared BBIT, MSc, MIT results
Lahore, Jan 16: The Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department has announced the results of BBIT (Hons), Semester System, Session 2005-2009, MSc Economics (Replica), Semester System, Session 2007-2009, Master of Business Economics (MBEcon), Semester System, Session 2007-2009 and Master of Information Technology (Afternoon), Semester System, Session 2006-2008.

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PU ASA annual elections
Lahore: The Punjab University faculty has criticized the delay in holding annual elections of the varsitys Academic Staff Association (ASA), terming it a violation of the associations constitution.

Some PU teachers were also quite critical of the Election Committee, alleging its chairman had been canvassing for the Teachers Alliance (TA) which holds major offices including that of the ASA president.

As per the ASA constitution, the elections should be held in the last week of every December, however, this time the elections have been scheduled for February 2010, instead of December 2009.

A number of faculty members criticized the sitting association for the delay, saying it had become a subject of heated debate among the PU teachers.

Dr Mumtaz Salik, a senior faculty member and former president of the ASA, said the delay had irked the varsity teachers. 'The elections have never been delayed over the years', he said, adding, 'The sitting ASA should apologies for the delay'.

Another faculty member said by delaying the polls the sitting association wanted to prolong its tenure which was highly condemnable. He said an Election Committee, headed by a 'close aide' of ASA's sitting president, was formed in mid December but it had failed to finalize the date for elections so far. He alleged the Election Committee chairman, Dr Bashir Ahmed, was campaigning and canvassing for his group Teachers Alliance (TA), saying the person holding this important office must be neutral.

The Academic Groupís presidential candidate, Dr Maher Saeed Akhtar, also condemned the delay, alleging the sitting ASA had betrayed the teaching community by deliberately extending its tenure.

'The Election Committee formed almost a month ago has yet to announce a final date for elections which is quite ironic', he said. He added the TA had disappointed the PU teachers as no significant work was done for their welfare.

He further said January 14 was announced for polling but, later, the decision was withdrawn. 'The teachers are confused as to what has been compelling the Election Committee not to announce the schedule', he added.

Another faculty member said intense campaign for elections was going on in the PU these days. He said the Teachers Alliance, which holds major offices including that of president in present ASA, had recently circulated a handbill about its achievements during the last one year. He said the opponent group, Academic Group (AG), also issued a ëreplyí, claiming the success of most of initiatives, including telephone allowance for lecturers and assistant professors, increase in orderly allowance, etc, was a result of efforts made by teachers affiliated with the AG.

When contacted, ASA president Prof Dr Saeed Ahmad Nagra said the delay in holding the elections was a result of non-cooperation of associationís treasurer who belonged to AG. He said the treasurer was reluctant to sign some cheques, adding the elections could not be held until all the bills were cleared. Unexpected holidays during last December had also played a major role in delaying the polls, he added.

Talking about ASAs achievements during his tenure as president, Dr Nagra said the association had worked to restore dignity and honour of teachers. 'We, for the first time, came out on roads when some students belonging to IJT misbehaved with the teachers', he said adding 'It was unfortunate that not a single teacher belonging to AG had participated in the demonstration'.

Dr Nagra added the ASA not only increased the orderly allowance from Rs 1800 to Rs 3000 but also ensured telephone allowance worth Rs 1000 per month for lecturers and assistant professors. He said the facility of coaster van was provided to teachers for travelling between PU Old and New Campuses, adding the ASA also worked for teachers up-gradation.

'A number of hardship cases for the up-gradation are in the pipeline', he said while claiming 'It was the present ASA which got eliminated the title of private limited company from PU Housing Society'.

When contacted, Election Committee chairman Dr Bashir Ahmed denied the allegation that he was canvassing for TA, saying the task assigned to him would be performed in a nice way. 'I never went to anybody but if someone meets me what can I do?' he said.

He said election schedule was finalized on Friday according to which polling would be held on February 10.

ASA Treasurer Muhammad Sajid, when contacted, rejected the allegation saying all the cheques were cleared on November 20. 'The excuse for delay of polls because of clearance of bills is totally wrong,' he said.

It is pertinent to mention that two groups Teachers Alliance and Academic Group will be contesting the ASA elections 2010.

From AG, the candidates include Prof Dr Maher Saeed Akhtar of Institute of Education & Research (President), Dr Mumtaz Anwar of Economics Department (Secretary), Prof Dr Abdul Ghaffar of Geography Department (VP Science), Rana Abdul Majid Khan of IER (VP Arts), Muhammad Sajid of Political Science (Joint Secretary) and Muhammad Ahmed of Statistics Department (Treasurer).

From TA, the candidates are Dr Zaid Mahmood of Institute of Chemistry (President), Javaid Sami of Space Science (Secretary), Dr Shaukat of MMG (VP Science) and Iftikhar Ahmed Tarar from Law College (VP Arts). Dr Nagra said the candidates for other slots would be finalized soon. The news

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KIU linkage with PU
Lahore: Karakoram International University (KIU) Gilgit-Baltistan Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Najma Najam has sought Punjab University's academic linkages in the fields of biological sciences, fine arts, information technology and other areas.

The KIU VC made this offer when a 10-member delegation of varsity's principal officers called on PU vice-chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran. The delegation visited the PU to explore areas of academic collaboration.

Prof Najam said the KIU was a young university, which was established only seven years ago.

The delegation's visit also aimed at orientation and learning from the PU administration, examination system and other departments, she added.

The PU VC briefed the delegation about varsity's four campuses, 13 faculties, 73 departments/institutes as well as constituent colleges.

He told the delegation that the PU was specially focusing on its faculty development programme and the PhD programme.

Controller of Examinations Dr Zahid Karim Khan informed the delegation that the PU was conducting 205 examinations under annual examination system and the largest examination was BA/BSc in which about 200,000 students appeared.

Treasurer Amjad Saleemi briefed the delegation about the annual budget of the university, including expenditures.

The delegation also went around various sections of examinations department, main library, Institute of Business & Information Technology (IBIT) and College of Information Technology. Dawn

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PU installed telescopes
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) on Friday installed two high-powered telescopes for students to view solar eclipse at the Department of Space Science and ground.

According to a press statement, PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran visited both places and observed solar eclipse along with students. He said the activity would help promote awareness about space science and astronomy. He said a large number of students had gathered to watch solar eclipse.

The Khawarzmi Society and Centre for Solid State Physics had installed two telescopes and about 300 students saw the eclipse while at the Department of Space Science, 150 students took interest in saw the view.

Khawarzmi Society Secretary Dr Sabih Anwar said the telescope installed at the ground was the second largest telescope in Pakistan with 14 diameter mirror. He said the solar eclipse continued from 11:35am to 2:30pm and 30 to 35 percent could be viewed in the country.

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HEC video conference
Lahore: Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran and other teachers participated in the Higher Education Commission's video conference on 'Consultation on Information and Communication Technology in Education' on Friday.

PU Pro VC Prof Dr Jamil Anwar Chaudhry, Dean Faculty of Education Prof Dr Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal and Principal College of Information Technology (PUCIT) Dr Mansoor Sarwar were also present. HEC Executive Director Dr Sohail Naqvi presided over the conference while representatives of USAID were also present.

Dr Naveed from Virtual University (VU), Dr Nisar Siddiqui from IBA Sukkur and their fellow teachers also participated in the conference.

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Teachers rejected English language training
Lahore: Government schoolteachers while rejecting English language skill training have demanded the government withdraw a notification in this regard.

Representatives of teacher associations held a press conference at Lahore Press Club on Friday. Punjab Government Schools Senior Staff Association (PGSSSA) president Hafiz Abdul Nasir, Punjab Teachers Union (PTU) president Raja Zafeer Ahmed Satti, Hafiz Ghulam Mohiyuddin and others were present on the occasion.

Teachers lambasted the government for handing over top public sector schools to NGOs under the 'adopt a school' policy.

They said the School Education Department had announced converting all primary and high schools of Lahore and other districts into English medium schools for which teachers will be imparted training in spoken English. They said regular schools timing were from 8:15 am to 1:00 pm while training will start at 1:30pm and end at 5pm.

"Training will continue from January 18 to 30," they said adding "it was impossible for teachers to attend these training sessions ". They criticized officials of the department for poor planning, saying frequent experiments had badly affected the education sector.

Teachers said the government was handing over good institutions to NGOs for adoption. "NGOs should go to far flung areas and adopt schools lacking basic facilities," they said. They expressed concern over adoption of government schools by the CARE Foundation.

Teachers' representatives criticised the government for not paying salaries to newly recruited educators, saying it was the worst example of mismanagement. They also expressed concern over appointment of bureaucrats against administrative posts in examination boards. The news

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