Dr Mujahid finally VC again | GCUF convocation

Governor okays Mujahid as PU VC
Lahore, Jan 23: Punjab Governor/Chancellor Sardar Latif Khan Khosa has approved the appointment of Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran as vice chancellor of Punjab University, it is learnt. Dr Kamran's name for the post was recommended by Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif through a summary moved to the governor/chancellor a couple of days back.

Sources said on Saturday the Governor's House sent back the summary, approving Dr Kamran as the PU VC. The Chief Minister's Secretariat will send the summary to Punjab Higher Education Department to formally issue the notification for Dr Kamran's appointment.

It is important to mention here that Dr Mujahid Kamran's four-year term as PU VC had expired on January 2, 2012 and since then he has been serving as acting VC of the varsity.

An official of Governor's House, seeking anonymity, confirmed approval of Dr Kamran's name for the post of PU VC.

Meanwhile, Governor Sardar Latif Khan Khosa has said that the wishful thinking of some elements will not bring forth the desired results as all the institutions are working in their respective constitutional ambit.

Talking to media person after addressing a conference here on Saturday, the governor said the Senate elections would be held on time and all speculations regarding it would prove wrong.

To a query about PTI chief Imran Khan's demand for declaration of assets, Khosa said Imran should first bring his own children back to the country. Khosa also voiced serious concern over deaths of patients in Punjab Institute of Cardiology and said that he had sought report on the incident.

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PU admission forms
Lahore: Punjab University has issued schedule for submission of admission fee and forms for BEd (Special Needs), 2nd Annual Exam 2010 (session 2009-10) and Annual Exam 2011 (session 2010-11).

The last date for submission of admission forms with single fee is January 31, 2012 while the forms can be submitted with double fee till February 3. The exam will commence from Feb 15.

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PU results
Lahore: Punjab University Examinations Department on Saturday announced the results of two different examinations.

These exams Postgraduate Diploma in Interior Design, Semester System, Session 2008-09, Postgraduate Diploma in Multimedia Production Arts, Development Support Communication and Television Communication and Production, Semester System, Session 2007.

The detailed results are available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk.

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GCUF convocation on Feb 11
Faisalabad: The third convocation of the Government College University Faisalabad (GCUF) will be held here on Feb 11.

GCUF Registrar Muhammad Akram said here Saturday that degrees would be awarded to the successful graduates and post graduates of 2009, 2010 and 2011 sessions. He said that successful graduates of Bachelor, Masters, MPhil and PhD programmes could register them by Jan 27 to ensure their participation in this convocation. The facility of online registration was also available, he added. He said that full dress rehearsal for this convocation would be held on Feb 10. He said that participation in this rehearsal was compulsory for all recipients of degrees and medals.

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Quid-e-Azam scholarships
: Faisalabad: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Faisalabad (BISEF) will award Quid-e-Azam scholarships to 98 students.

A spokesman for the board said here Saturday that these students had been picked on the basis of the result of annual Matriculation examination of 2011.

He said that among these students include 36 boys and 23 girls of science group while another 12 boys and 27 girls of arts group had also been declared eligible for the scholarships.

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GCU raises Rs 10m for deserving students
Lahore: The Government College University's Endowment Fund Trust (GCU-EFT), Lahore, has raised an amount of Rs 10 million for the deserving students to help them bear their academic charges.

The amount was raised at a fundraiser chaired by the Punjab governor and Old Ravian Sardar Muhammad Latif Khosa. GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq ur Rahman, EFT President Iqbal Z Ahmad, Secretary Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt and noted businessmen from all over the country also attended the annual fundraiser.

Speaking on the occasion, the Punjab governor said that the nations the world over had made progress after developing their educational institutions but, unfortunately, in Pakistan, education was not given due priority. He said endowment fund trust of Harvard University, US alone stood at $ 32 billion, and this was what had made America a superpower.

He said student unions inculcate awareness into students and played effective role in their character building.

It was the Bukhari Auditorium of the GC University which had taught him the art of public speaking and tolerance to face criticism, he said. "This is where I am hooted and appreciated."

GCU VC Prof Khaleeq said the university Endowment Fund had swelled to Rs 128 million with the efforts of Old Ravians. He said he wanted to provide free education to all GCU students but, unfortunately, resources did not allow him. However, he added, despite all the budgetary deficits, he had slashed the university fee by 35 percent and hostels charges by almost 50 percent.

He said the university was also giving financial aid to students from its own budget. The GCU-EFT would also give away 11 golden and 15 silver scholarships to students this year, he said and added that each golden scholarship covers the hostels and university fee of a student.

GCU EFT Secretary Prof Khalid Butt said the Endowment Trust Fund never spent the principal amount but the profit they earned from the amount. Iqbal Z. Ahmad announced a donation of Rs 2 million to the GCU Endowment Fund for initiating two life-time golden scholarships for deserving students, saying that new initiatives were being taken to further strengthen this trust. The new initiatives included a plan to involve foreign NGOs and embassies in their donor network, he said. The GCU-EFT, he added, was also planning to hold fundraisers in Karachi, the UAE and the UK.

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'Nanotechnology can help boost economy'
Lahore: Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology Pro-Rector (Academic) Dr Fazal Ahmad Khalid said Nanotechnology was an emerging field and Pakistan should also focus on it for economic uplift of the country.

He was delivering a lecture on "Nanotechnology and Progress in Development of Nano-materials," organised by Pakistan Engineering Congress here Saturday.

PEC President Engineer Riaz Ahmad Khan and Wapda member water Syed Raghib Abbas Shah also spoke.

Dr Fazal said, "Unfortunately in Pakistan, our government is not focusing on the technology and the commission which was made on Nanotechnology in 2002 was dissolved and in the same way a commission on bio-technology was also dissolved."

He said developed countries had invested more then $40 billion for research and development in Nanotechnology and the US would spend $3.8 billion till 2015 for research in Nanotechnology.

Talking about the application of the technology, he said it was used in energy storage, engineering, electronics, bio-medics and pharmaceuticals. "The technology will be helpful in increasing the efficiency of solar cells and turbines," he added.

Wapda Member Water Syed Raghib Shah said the technology would be helpful for Wapda in water purification as well as increasing the efficiency of turbines. He stressed creating awareness about the technology in the country.

PEC President Engineer Riaz Ahmad Khan said that nanotechnology could intensify social and economic inequity, therefore, civil society groups called on governments and industry to apply precautionary principles throughout the life cycle of manufactured nano-materials. Riaz said there was a huge uncertainty regarding health impacts of nano-particles. "The toxicity of nanoparticles is affected by a range of factors including size and shape, chemical composition, and surface properties such as charge, area, reactivity and coating. Different forms of nanoparticles of the same chemical composition can have very different toxicities. The uncertainty is made worse by industry's frequent failure to share information," he added.

He also said that without mandatory labeling and registration of Nano-products, no one, not even governments, knew which products contained nano-particles. "Surveys show that many companies do not conduct risk assessment.

There is also great uncertainty about social, economic, and legal issues including: liability, intellectual property, countries' right to reject Nano-applications, the capacity to control Nano-risks," he added.

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Saman Bur Aftab has passed MA International Relations, Session 2009-2011, from Punjab University's Department of Political Science with a distinction. According to a press release, she secured 720 marks out of total 1,000 marks under the annual system of examination and clinched first position in the examination. The news

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UHS conference dedicated to Arfa Karim
Lahore: The 3rd International eHealth Conference, which began at the University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Saturday, was dedicated to the memory of Arfa Karim Randhawa.

President eHealth Association of Pakistan (eHAP) Dr Haroon Roedad Khan said that the conference would honour Arfa's exceptional work in the field of information and communication technology. He announced that the "Arfa Karim Gold Medal" would be awarded every year to the best paper on eHealth.

Experts at the two-day conference called for a fundamental shift in the way information is accessed and shared across the health system in Pakistan.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Punjab Education Minister Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman said the government was taking all necessary measures for the administration, promotion, development and use of information technology in the province. Daily times

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