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UET hires IT consultant with bogus Inter certificate
Lahore, Jan 09: The University of Engineering & Technology (UET) has engaged an IT expert as consultant at its Al-Khawarzmi Institute of Computer Science (KICS) despite his bogus Intermediate certificate.

Over the years, Muhammad Iftikhar has served the UET in different capacities, including IT-Manager Research Centre and visiting teacher and drew handsome salary. According to documentary evidence available with The News, the Punjab University's College of Information Technology (PUCIT) had cancelled admission of Muhammad Iftikhar to MSc IT (Roll No MITF06E016, Session 2006-08) after the Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISE), Lahore, declared his Intermediate certificate bogus.

As per the documents, in September 2008, Iftikhar, who was already working with the UET as Manager IT, was appointed as a visiting teacher in the universityís Department of Electrical Engineering.

It is learnt, however, after the PUCIT episode, Iftikhar was sent to the KICS and was adjusted as consultant. Sources said the whole affair was being handled quite mysteriously as everybody in the administration knew that Iftikhar had a bogus certificate of Intermediate and despite that he was not removed from the university.

Ironically in a related development, the UETís Institute of Business & Management (IB&M) asked its students of first-ever batch of MBA (morning) and MBA Executive to get their educational certificates and degrees verified.

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PU denies merit violated in ICS appointments
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) administration has submitted a detailed reply to the Chief Minister's Secretariat regarding complaint about violation in selection of lecturers at the varsity's Institute of Communication Studies (ICS).

Khalid Rashid, a lecturer working on contract basis at the ICS, had written to the CM Secretariat, alleging that merit was violated in appointment of lecturers at the institute recently.

It is learnt the PU administration in its reply claimed that as many as 101 meetings of Selection Board were held in the last four years and 555 appointments were made but not a single complaint was received regarding any appointment recommended by the Selection Board.

The PU administration also claimed that the candidates selected had an edge over Khalid Rashid in the academic performance as one candidate had foreign qualification while two others had far better academic career than him. The admin informed the CM Secretariat that Khalid Rashid was at the 14th position in the merit list.

When contacted, a PU spokesman said that, in order to ensure fair play in the case, the matter would also be placed before the syndicate for its due consideration. The syndicate was the right forum to file such complaints, he said, terming it unfortunate that the teacher had not registered the complaint with the forum.

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PU MA music paper retake
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department has notified that the candidates of MA Music, Part-II, Annual Examination 2011, who appeared in Paper-III 'Philosophy of Music' will retake their written examination of the said paper on January 23, 2012 from 1pm to 4pm, said a press statement issued on Saturday. The paper was out of course after which the Board of Studies recommended the retake.

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PU date-sheets
Lahore: Punjab University Examinations Department has issued the written examinations date-sheets of Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm-D), Fourth Professional, Annual Exam 2011, and MPhil Community Dentistry, Oral Biology and Oral Pathology, Part-I, Annual Exam 2011. Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm-D) exam will commence from January 27, 2012 while MPhil Community Dentistry exam will commence from January 18, 2012. The news

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Govt view on VC selection criteria
Lahore: The Punjab government on Saturday announced that no teacher with third division in his academic career will be appointed vice chancellor or dean of any public sector university in the province.

Chief Minister Secretariat sources while commenting on the inclusion of the name of one of the candidates having one third division and two second divisions in his academic career, in the three-member panel for Punjab University VC slot, said that it was against the merit policy of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. app

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Convocation at FJMC
Lahore: Fatima Jinnah Medical College former principal Prof Dr Akbar Chaudhry has said the provision of standard education with state-of-the-art infrastructure can better build a nation and improve its image worldwide.

Addressing the convocation of the FJMC on Saturday, he said the allocation of funds for establishing education institutions and uplifting its standard could be termed a 'safe future investment' to get required results in the form of brilliant educationists/doctors.

Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, FJMC Principal Prof Dr Rakshanda Rahman, college faculty, doctors and medical students also attended the convocation held on college's premises.

Prof Akbar Chaudhry said, being one of the premier medical institutions, the FJMC produced a large number of those doctors who had been providing services at world renowned institutions. In the past, he said, efforts were made to convert the FJMC into a university but unfortunately the successive governments took no interest.

On the occasion, Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran and Dr Rakhshanda asked the doctors, particularly the fresh graduates who were awarded degrees in the convocation, to improve further specialised higher education and focus on the advanced research.

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Students may miss laptops for no fault of theirs
Gujra: Hundreds of students of the University of Gujrat, who qualify for the laptops under the Chief Minister's Youth Development Programme, have been rudely awakened to a lack of registration of their computerised national identity cards with the provincial government.

The inordinate delay in registration of CNICs has landed the students in an embarrassing situation.

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had initiated a programme to distribute 100,000 laptops among the high achievers at the graduation and post-graduation level.

The UoG submitted a list of 3,848 students of various disciplines and the Punjab government on its e-youth official website declared 3,151 eligible for being registered with it.

The university administration has set up a help desk, Students Service Centre, to solve the problems like registration of CNICs for laptop awards.

Some students (of both morning and evening sessions) told this correspondent that the varsity administration had failed to get their CNICs registered, which was an injustice. Students and their parents have been visiting the UoG offices for the last one month to get their cards registered.

"We have intimated the Students Service Centre of the university that the Punjab government website is not acknowledging their CNICs but it seems to be in no hurry to process their cases," is the common complaint.

"Despite repeated attempts to convince the varsity administration to get their cards registered, the SSC puts us off," said a student (evening programme) of the Government Science College on GT Road.

She said many students had more than 75 per cent of marks and they deserved laptops but the award had been made difficult for them.

Another student said they had to reach the institute early in the morning from remote areas to get the issue resolved but they got disappointed on finding the university officials either busy in meetings or on leave. The help desk, she said, was of no use. Some students claimed that the SSC had finally declared them ineligible for the laptops, which was shocking to say the least.

Students Service Centre Director Aneesa Rahat said that it had completed the process a month ago and sent the data to the Higher Education Commission. "One of its teams has visited and verified the data and a new list will be updated within two days on their website," she said.

About the registration of the CNICs of the students, she said they would be able to update it after three days as the provincial secretariat was delaying it. Dawn

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