Punjab University BCom Business Taxation paper

B.Com paper
Lahore, Jan 14: The Punjab University (PU) has announced that the BCom Part-II Business Taxation paper, which was postponed on January 5, will now be held on January 15 on the same venue and time, said a press statement issued on Thursday.

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Academic Panel sweeps PUASA polls
Lahore: Academic Panel (AP), comprising Academic Group and Academic Forum, clean swept the annual elections of the Punjab University's Academic Staff Association (PUASA) by defeating the Teachers Front (TF) on Thursday.

Dr Mahr Muhammad Saeed Akhter was again elected as PUASA President with 308 votes against TF's Aamir Sarwar who got only 194 votes.

For the office of PUASA General Secretary, Iftikhar Ahmad Tarar of Academic Panel (AP) got 278 votes and defeated Javed Sami who secured 222 votes.

On the seat of Vice President (Arts), Abdul Majid Khan Rana of AP got 297 votes while Dr Hafiz Khalil of TF got 205 votes.

For the office of Vice President (Science), Dr Nazir Ahmad was already elected unopposed.

It is learnt that around 500 voters exercised the right to vote in the PUASA 2011 elections out of total 630 votes, as some teachers were on study leave.

Meanwhile, the newly elected PUASA President Dr Mahr Muhammad Saeed Akhtar has demanded the Punjab University Vice Chancellor ensure elections of teachers' vacant posts as members of the varsity's Syndicate, Senate and the Academic Council within a month.

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US professors lecture at PU
Lahore: The American professors from Harvard and New York Universities currently visiting Pakistan will deliver lectures on various facets of Indus Valley Civilization at the Punjab University's Department of Archaeology on Friday (today).

According to a press statement, Professor Richard Meadow would deliver lecture on "Animals in the Indus Civilization" and Prof Rita Wright will speak on "The Harappan Region as seen from the Bias survey."

Both the professors have already undertaken field expeditions with the American and Pakistani archaeologists in different regions of Pakistan.

Dr Farzand Masih, Chairman, Department of Archaeology, will introduce the subjects of both the experts and Prof Dr Qalb-i-Abid, and Dean Faculty of Arts and Humanities will preside over the special lecture session and will conclude the proceedings.

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PhD in Architecture
Lahore: The University of Engineering & Technology (UET) Lahore has awarded the first PhD degree in Architecture to Abdul Ghafoor s/o Faiz Rasool. Also known as his alias Ghafer Shahzad, Abdul Ghafoor is Deputy Director Architecture in the Punjab Auqaf Department, and completed his research under the subject "To investigate the Forces Acting at Religious Magnet-The Shrine in Urban Settlements and their impact on Immediate Surrounding" under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Mahmood Hussain. Ghafer Shahzad has already penned fifteen books on different architecture themes like structural and architectural aspects of shrines, mosques and minarets.

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PEF changes education'
Lahore: The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has brought radical concept of school education by introducing various innovative interventions through public private partnership.

briefing the six-member 'Pakistan Caucus students' delegation of Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, USA at PEF boardroom, Managing Director PEF Mohyuddin Ahmad Wani said as a result of this more than one million deserving students were being getting quality education through a network of 2,445 partner schools in 29 districts.

He said that a strong mechanism that could be used to develop human capital resources of the less-privileged in urban and rural slums. "Education is more than an economic investment, it is an essential input upon which development and the survival of whole society depends."

He said PEF had developed many useful initiatives to promote affordable and quality education for the less-privileged and disenfranchised sections of the society and has introduced new economical models in public private partnership. The initiatives have been widely appreciated and recognized both at national and international levels, the MD said.

Wani further said that PEF was earnestly working to promote quality education at the grassroots so that the children, with socio-economic deprivations, could have access to education- the most important fundamental right of the children. At PEF, the quality of education is especially ensured so that our students could get best of the best education in their schools.

He said that teachers of the low-cost private education institutions have been provided opportunities for their continuous professional development through Cluster Based Trainings aimed at improving the academic skills and secure understanding of the subject matter. To ensure quality education, quality mentoring is the quintessential pre-requisite, he added. The training programs are aimed at impacting the learning outcomes of the students studying in these low cost educational institutions through quality mentoring.

Later, the students' delegation visited Government Girls High School Dallu Khurd and Sanjan Nagar Public Education Trust Girls High School in Lahore where they took keen interest in education of the students and asked various questions about the working of the schools.

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Daanish Schools students not to violate Constitution: Nawaz
Lahore: Pakistan Muslim League-N Quaid Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that the challenges of the 21st century cannot be met without increasing literacy rate and promoting quality education.

He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of Daanish School in Rahimyar Khan on Thursday. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif inaugurated the first Daanish School in RY Khan and visited its various sections. Nawaz Sharif said that the setting up of Daanish Schools would result in availability of high quality educational facilities to the poorest students of the backward areas. He said such educational institutions should also be established in other provinces as well as all districts and tehsils of Punjab.

He said establishment of Daanish Schools had given him hope that such measures for the development of education sector would help Pakistan achieve its goal. He said the students graduating from Daanish Schools would also remove social injustices and he was confident that such students would never take the law in their own hands nor violate the constitution. He said education was the only solution to terrorism in the country.

Nawaz Sharif said he had given a national agenda in the best interest of genuine democracy and the masses, and its implementation would strengthen the democratic system and result in solution of problems. He said Pakistan was passing through a critical phase and security had become a serious issue. He said that there was a need for a clear-cut plan for tackling these issues and he had given a national agenda to the prime minister in this background. He said the country could progress through daring steps and they presented a national agenda putting aside their personal clashes. He said if dictators had not taken over the governments, Pakistan would have been among the developed countries. He urged the prime minister to take positive steps in the best interests of the country.

Addressing on the occasion, Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said the project of Daanish Schools was started after detailed research in the education systems of the United States, the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia, which they done during the period of exile. He said seminaries could produce best citizens if they upgraded their syllabus according to modern requirements. The chief minister said that during his period of exile, he often pondered why despite availability of resources, brainpower and a talented workforce, Pakistan lagged behind other countries and the only answer he could find for this situation was the failure to modernise education sector. The news

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USAID funded campaign soon at UAF
Faisalabad: Like two dozen American universities, the USAID will also launch a capital campaign in the University of Agriculture Faisalabad in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission.

This was revealed by Dr Mary Bane Lackie, the chief of the party of USAID funded Higher Education Commission-Financial Aid Development Program (HEC-FAD), while addressing a meeting of deans and directors at the UAF here on Thursday.

She said the HEC-FAD program would strengthen the higher education program in an institute of higher learning in Pakistan.

Dr Mary said the capital campaign had been successfully running in America where 23 universities were receiving more than 100 million dollars from donors.

She said the top one per cent donors of the United States were contributing 50 per cent of the total amount of donations whereas top 10 per cent donors were contributing 90 per cent of total donations.

She lauded the infrastructure and initiatives of the UAF as a premier agricultural seat of learning in the subcontinent.

UAF vice-chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad apprised Dr Mary of university achievements and said as a pioneering agricultural institution, the university had been making efforts for the green revolution and progress in poultry, cotton, maize, sugarcane and wheat in Pakistan.

He said the UAF was a strong institution for the proposed HEC-FAD capital campaign which was likely to be launched soon. Dawn

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