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PU exams postponed
Lahore, Jan 06: According to Punjab University Examinations Department's notification, the Diploma in Dietetics Annual Examinations 2010 has been postponed till further orders. The nation

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Lahore: The University of Health Sciences (UHS), Lahore, has announced that the MBBS and BDS examinations, postponed on Wednesday, shall now be held after the practical examination.

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PhDs awarded
Lahore: The Punjab University has awarded PhD degrees to Abdul Jabbar S/o Mahmood-ul-Malik in the subject of Islamic Studies after the approval of his research thesis titled "Qarn-e-Awal Ka Usloob-e-Ijtihad Aur Asr-e-Hazir", Afifa Khanum D/o Abdul Hafeez Wattoo in the subject of Education after the approval of her research thesis titled "Effect of Religious Education on the Moral Development of Children", Mohsin Shahzad S/o Rasheed Ahmad Khan in the subject of Molecular Biology after the approval of his thesis titled "Capturing the Genetic Components of Auditory Sensory Epithelium" and Muhammad Yaseen S/o Muhammad Nawaz in the subject of Chemistry after the approval of his thesis titled "Synthesis and Electrochemical Studies of Conjugated Linked Multiporphyrins and their Metal Complexes."

They have completed their theses under the supervision of Dr Muhammad Saad Siddiqui of PU Department of Islamic Studies, Prof Dr Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, former Director PU Institute of Education & Research, Prof Dr Shaheen N Khan of PU National Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology and Prof Dr Mrs. Irshad Khokhar of PU Institute of Chemistry, respectively. The news

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Rs 70m grant for PU Jhelum campus
Lahore: Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif has approved a supplementary grant of Rs 70 million during the current fiscal year 2010-11 for completion of establishment of Punjab University Campus at Jhelum.

The expenditure would be incurred on completing remaining construction work of the Punjab University Jhelum campus after approval of feasibility report, issuance of administrative approval by the competent authority in addition to observance of all procedural formalities, so that imparting of higher education can start with effect from the next academic session. The nation

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PU faculty gearing up for elections
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) faculty is gearing up for Academic Staff Association annual elections for 2011 with a clear divide between pro- and anti-administration groups and there is most likelihood that Academic Group and Academic Forum may eventually join hands to confront their principal rival, Teachers Front, which is considered as a pro-administration group.

The PUASA annual elections are scheduled for Jan 13. Candidates belonging to the three panels have submitted nominations with PUASA election commissioner Prof Dr Naseer Ahmad as Thursday (today) is deadline for filing objections against nominations.

There is likelihood that some candidates' nomination papers may be rejected on the pretext that they have nominated more than one candidate for a seat.

Sources say the Academic Group and Academic Forum leaders are actively negotiating for the creation of an alliance to give tough time to the Teachers Front which is wooing the support of faculty members with an edge of being close to the vice-chancellor of the university. However, there are a few irritants, including seat adjustment, so far hindering the setting up of any alliance.

The Academic Group and Academic Forum leaders had already come closer following initiation of inquiries and issuance of show-cause notices to some senior faculty members and the varsity administration's move to seek PEEDA Act's powers to issue show-cause notices and initiate inquiries against any accused faculty member and official for the vice-chancellor after withdrawing such power from the syndicate. The teachers from both the groups had protested against the move and staged a demonstration, while the teachers having affiliation with the Teachers Front gathered inside the administration block to express solidarity with the vice-chancellor for seeking powers to issue show-cause notices and initiate inquiries against accused faculty members and officials single-handedly.

The leaders of all the three groups claim that the faculty members are giving them an overwhelming response.

The candidates fielded by Teachers Front are: Amir Sarwar (Institute of Business and Information Technology) for president's seat; Dr Muhammad Shafiq Ahmad (zoology department) for vice-president (science); Dr Hafiz Khalil Ahmad (economics department) for vice-president (arts); Javed Sami (space science department) for secretary; Farhan Ahmad Chaudhry (PUCIT) for joint-secretary; and Chaudhry Abdul Qayyum (IER) for treasurer.

The candidates for six seats of executive members from New Campus are: Dr Hafiz Muqeet Javed (Arabic department), Dr Syeda Nayab Batool (Institute of Chemistry); Waqar Malik (Institute of Communication Studies); Umer Farooq (Institute of Chemical Engineering); Jahanzeb Qureshi (space science department); and Muhammad Shahbaz (physics department).

The candidates for two seats of executive members from Old Campus are: Habib Alam (College of Art and Design); and Asghar Iqbal (Kashmiriyat).

The candidates fielded by Academic Group are: Prof Dr Mahr Saeed Akhtar (Institute of Education and Research) for president; Dr Nazir (geology department) for vice-president (science); Rana Majid for vice-president (arts); Dr Ismatullah (zoology department) for secretary; Marghoob Husain Tahir (Oriental College) for joint-secretary; and Muhammad Ahmad (College of Statistics) for treasurer.

The candidates for executive member seats from New Campus are: Muhammad Ramzan (Hailey College of Commerce); Dr Aslam (mathematics department); Dr Arshad (School of Biological Sciences); Dr Amanullah (Law College); Dr Abdullah Durrani (Institute of Chemical Engineering); and Naheed Goraya (Centre for South Asian Studies).

The candidates for executive members' seats from Old Campus are: Abida Latif (College of Pharmacy); and Shafiq Zaheer (Punjabi department).

The candidates fielded by Academic Forum are: Prof Dr Zaid Mahmood (Institute of Chemistry) for president; Naveed Ahsan (geology department) for vice-president (science); Moeen Nizami (Persian department) for vice-president (arts); Iftikhar Ahmad Tarrar (Law College) for secretary; Tauqeer Ahmad Warraich (History department) for joint-secretary; and Abeer Naqvi (IER) for treasurer.

The candidates for executive members' seats from New Campus are: Dr Khalid Dad (Arabic department); Muhammad Amir Hashmi (IER); Umair Niazi (Law College) and Dr Tabassum Jamal (geography department).

The candidates for executive members' seats from Old Campus are: Furqan Hashmi (College of Pharmacy) and Saadat Ali (Punjabi department). Dawn

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FC teachers in US
Lahore: Dr Waseem Anwar and Dr Nukhbah Langah of the Forman Christian College University, Lahore, will present papers at 12th South Asian Literary Association's two-day conference in America starting tomorrow.

Dr Waseem, Dean of Humanities and Professor and Chair of English, will present at the annual conference in Los Angeles, his papers on "Amorphous Realism" which revealed the historical-cultural nature of amorphous in South Asia, while Assistant Professor Dr Langah's papers on "Sufi or Political Realism" will explore the influences of Khawaja Ghulam Farid's 'Kafi' poetry.

Dr Waseem, who will also chair the session on "Realism, Language, and Translation" is also co-guest editing the 2010 special issue of South Asian Review on Pakistani creative writing. The news

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Lahore: Ayesha Azmat achieved third position and distinction in OBE/GYNE in MBBS Final Exam of Shifa College of Medicine. Bahria University awarded her degree. The nation

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