Dr Mughees' rejoinder sought in petition against PU VC
Lahore, Jan 19: The Lahore High Court on Wednesday directed Dr Mugheesud Din Sheikh to file rejoinder to his petition challenging giving acting charge to Dr Mujahid Kamran as vice-chancellor of the Punjab University.
Justice Sheikh Ahmed Farooq issued this order after counsel for Dr Kamran on Wednesday submitted that the Punjab chief minister had approved the summary for appointment of Dr Mujahid Kamran as the vice chancellor. Terming it a policy matter that could not be dragged into the court, he requested the court to dismiss the petition for not being maintainable. On previous hearing, the court had summoned Dr Kamran in person.
The court asked the petitioner to file his rejoinder by February 02, the next date of hearing. Dr Sheikh, former dean faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences and director of Institute of Communication Studies, had filed the petition and then a civil miscellaneous application, seeking restraining order against any stopgap arrangement to keep Dr Mujahid glued to the slot of VC even after his retirement.
Dr Sheikh, also a candidate for the slot, submitted that Dr Kamran was appointed as VC for a period of four years under section 14 of Punjab University Act. According to the law, the VC could neither be granted extension nor could he be permitted to serve as a stopgap arrangement such as by acting charge of the slot, he added.
The petitioner submitted that extension in service to a retired VC by the government was unlawful after a judgment by the Supreme Court which had declared extension after retirement from service as illegal and unlawful. The counsel alleged that Kamran wanted to continue as a stopgap arrangement so that his wife or cousin could be facilitated.
He prayed to the court to set aside the notification of his appointment as acting VC, declaring it unlawful and illegal steps by the government.
The petitioner said he had filed petition ahead of the VC's retirement on January 2 seeking restraining order against possible extension to the Dr Kamran because he had got reports that the government was planning to give him extension or keep him under stopgap arrangements.
On that petition Justice Farooq on the first of January had issued notices to the Higher Education secretary and other respondents but, despite that, the retired VC was allowed to continue working on the slot through new notification of his appointment as acting VC. He prayed to the court to issue directions to stop the VC from working so that new candidates for the VC slot may get an opportunity to serve the university. The news
MAO College renames IT
Lahore: To pay a high tribute to the late youngest Pakistani computer professional, Arfa Karim, Mohammadan Anglo Oriental (MAO) College has renamed its Information Technology Lab after Arfa Karim Randhawa on Wednesday. The decision was taken by the administration of the college in a special meeting that was attended by the deans of all faculties. The meeting was presided over by MAO College Principal Dr Farhan Ebadat Yar Khan. Heads of different sections paid a rich tribute to the little legend and expressed deep grief and sorrow over her death. They also offered Fateha for the deceased and offered condolences to her family. The 16-year-old Arfa Karim Randhawa was a computer prodigy and was in the second year of A levels at the Lahore Grammar School Paragon Campus. At the age of nine, in 2004, she became the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) of the world. On December 22, 2011, she suffered a cardiac arrest after an epileptic seizure, which damaged her brain. On 14 January 2012, she died at Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Lahore. She was buried at her ancestral village Chak No 4JB Ram Dewali, Faisalabad. Later, in her memory, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif announced that the name of Lahore Technology Park (Science Park) would be changed to Arfa Software Technology Park. Daily times
Seven PhDs awarded
Lahore: Punjab University has awarded seven PhD degrees to different candidates after the completion of their research work.
PU awarded PhD degrees to Shazia Rafique D/o Muhammad Rafique in the subject of Molecular Biology after the approval of her research thesis titled "HCV Therapeutic Vaccines: Generation of Infectious Hepatitis C Pseudo-Particles Containing Functional E1-E2 Envelope Protein Complexes," Azher Saeed S/o Muhammad Saeed in the subject of Chemistry after the approval of his research thesis titled "Synthesis of Pyrido and Benzo-[1,4] Thiazine Derivatives and Their Biological Evaluation," Shahida Dilawar Shah D/o Dilawar Shah in the subject of Punjabi after the approval of her research thesis titled "A Study of Munir Niazi: Personality, Ideology and Art," Azra Mehmood D/o Hassan Mehmood in the subject of Molecular Biology after the approval of her research thesis titled "Role of Endothelial Progenitor Cells in the Development and Therapy of Diabetic Heart Failure," Mariam Faiz D/o Faiz-ud-Din in the subject of Zoology after the approval of her research thesis titled "Characterisation of Cytogenetic and Molecular Genetic Changes and their Prognostic Value in Leukaemic Patients," Muhammad Yasir Zahoor S/o Zahoor Ahmad in the subject of Molecular Biology after the approval of his research thesis titled "Molecular Characterisation of Congenital Mental Retardation in Pakistan" and Saiqa Razi D/o Abdul Majeed Razi in the subject of Microbiology & Molecular Biology after the approval of her research thesis titled "Molecular-Genetic Analysis of CR-Resistant Cyanobacteria from Industrial Wastes."
They have completed their theses under the supervision of Dr Muhammad Idrees, Prof Dr Zaid Mahmood., Dr Nabila Rehman, Prof Dr Sheikh Riazuddin, Prof Dr Javed Iqbal Qazi, Prof Dr Shaheen N Khan and Prof Dr Shahida Hasnain, respectively.
PU results: The Punjab University has declared the results of various masters programmes. According to a press statement on Wednesday, PU Examinations Department declared the results of MA Kashmiriat and MSc Statistics, Part-II, Annual Exam 2011, Master of Education (Secondary), Semester System, Session 2010-11, MSc Criminology & Security Studies, Semester System, Session 2009-11, MSc Gender Studies, Morning, Semester System, Session 2009-11 and Master of Arts in Education (Secondary), Semester System, Session 2007-09. The news