University of Education conflict inquiry

Notification delay hits UoE conflict inquiry
Lahore, Jan 27: The two-member committee constituted by Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah to probe the University of Education (UoE) conflict has yet to begin task owing to delay in notification.

The issue started in the wake of termination of two senior faculty members by UoE (acting) Vice-Chancellor Prof Farhat Saleem on Jan 17.

Rana Sanaullah held a meeting with the UoE vice-chancellor, the two sacked faculty members and representatives of protesting students and constituted a two-member committee " GCU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Khalid Aftab and UET Vice-Chancellor Muhammad Akram Khan " to probe the issue and submit its report within three days. The report was supposed to be sent to the varsity's Syndicate for action.

UET VC Muhammad Akram Khan said he had yet to receive the notification calling for conducting the inquiry.

Meanwhile, the UoE has postponed the information technology division students' examinations till further orders. The education division students' paper, which was disrupted by IT students on Monday when they were allowed entry into the university campus, has been rescheduled for Thursday (today).

Prof Farhat Saleem said the IT students' papers had been postponed because they were in a protest mode and not willing to continue their academic activities.

It is learnt that Prof Saleem appeared for her PhD viva and is expected to notify her PhD in a couple of days. If she gets her PhD degree, she will become eligible for the post of vice chancellor of the university.

Some university officials said Prof Saleem had expedited her case and was able to organise her viva in just 11 days after her thesis' approval from the Advanced Studies and Research Board. Dawn

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Govt mulls new law on autonomy to colleges
Lahore: The Punjab government has hinted at the possibility of new legislation regarding award of autonomy to government colleges.

The move is certainly a big development in the wake of ongoing strong resentment by teachers and students over establishment of the Board of Governors (BoGs) at 26 public colleges.

The idea of new legislation was floated by Punjab Law Minister Rana Sana during a meeting with a delegation of Punjab Professors & Lecturers Association (PPLA) here on Wednesday. The meeting, chaired by Senior Advisor to Chief Minister Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa, was also attended by Minister for Education Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman and PPLA president Dr Zahid Ahmed Sheikh.

The PPLA delegation had demanded amendments to the Punjab Government Educational and Training Institutions Ordinance, 1960 maintaining that grant of autonomy under the ordinance might lead to alleged privatization of government colleges.

Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa told the PPLA delegation that the main objective of establishment of the BoGs and other government measures was to improve the standard of education and make the institutions free from negative effects of academy mafia.

He said the teachers were main pillars of education system, adding that, keeping in view their importance in education system; the government had great respect for them and was ready to consider their demands sympathetically.

He said reservations of the teachers regarding BoGs at 26 colleges would be removed, ensuring them that their interests would be fully safeguarded.

However, Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah told the delegation that the government might consider new legislation in this regard with the consultation of the PPLA.

The senior advisor also informed the delegation that the meeting of all BoGs of 26-colleges had been held and all the boards had declared through a resolution that there would be no enhancement in college fee and the same would only be increased after approval of the Education Department.

The delegation was also assured that all the teachers posted in 26-colleges were government servant and their service would be governed under Punjab Civil Service Rules. He said that the BoGs would have no authority to sale out the college property.

Khosa said the BoGs case was under trial in the Court, adding the government would honour the judgment of the court in this regard.

The delegation was also assured that all the teachers posted in 26-colleges were government servants and their services would be governed under Punjab Civil Service Rules. He further stated that the BoGs would have no authority to sale out the college property.

The PPLA delegation assured to favour legal action against teachers involved in absenteeism observing such teachers were damaging the reputation of the whole community. The news

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Ombudsman directs boards, varsities to report exam fraud
Lahore: The Punjab ombudsman, through a press release, directed the educational boards and universities to expose those elements involved in cases of cheating or fraud in examinations.

According to the press release issued by the Punjab Ombudsman Secretariat, a student, Nasir Ali, approached the ombudsman with a complaint stating that since his intermediate rxamination (2001) certificate had gone missing, he had applied to the Lahore Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (LBISE) for the issuance of a duplicate certificate, but the board, instead of issuing him a duplicate certificate, told Nasir that his result had been quashed several years ago on the charge of use of unfair means in the examination.

Ali requested the Punjab ombudsman to direct LBISE to issue him a duplicate certificate as soon as possible.

The board contended that the complainant had changed the actual facts and was just trying to malign the board. It informed the ombudsman that as per record, a person, Ali Asadullah Baig, who had passed the intermediate examination in 1992, again appeared in the supplementary exams of the intermediate examination 2001 as a candidate and his roll number was after that of Baig's.

The complainant exchanged his blank answer book with Baig during the exam and thus passed the examination. The board disqualified Ali and quashed his result through ex parte proceedings because he did not respond to several show cause notices sent at an invalid address. Ali reportedly obtained further qualification on the basis of his intermediate result and was also employed in a government department because the board had kept the matter to itself.

Taking notice of the weak policy of the LBISE (which encouraged prospective fraudulents) in such serious cases of fraud/ impersonation, the Punjab ombudsman directed all the educational boards and universities of the province not to initiate ex parte proceedings without giving an opportunity of defence to an accused through a notice in the press in case of invalid addresses or no response. Daily times

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LUMS 25th anniversary held
Lahore: The 25th anniversary of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and the inauguration of the varsity's School of Science and Engineering (SSE) were held on Wednesday. A press statement said the event was attended by guests from various avenues including government, business, education and media while dignitaries from foreign embassies, LUMS senior members of faculty and staff were also present on the occasion.

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UHS BDS result
Lahore: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) has announced the result of final professional BDS annual examination. A total of 284 candidates from 05 affiliated dental colleges appeared in the exam out of which 197 passed and 67 failed. Result of 20 candidates was put on RL list. The news

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GCU wins PU bilingual declamation contest
Lahore: The Government College University's Debating Society on Wednesday beat 17 teams from all over Pakistan to lift the coveted trophy at the Punjab University Law College Bilingual Declamation Contest 2011.

GCU Lahore orator, Kamran Hussain Hashmi, was declared the Best English Speaker of the contest while speaking on the topic: "Nations always grow out of crisis". Shajar Abbas from Punjab College of Commerce stood second and Asim Bhatti of GCU, Faisalabad, was declared third in English.

In the Urdu category, Hamza Hameed Tarar from the Punjab University secured the first position while Ali Zafar from GCU, Lahore, was declared second. Osama Ahmed of the FC College stood third. Daily times

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