Punjab University slow work on development projects

Slow progress on PU projects disappoints VC
Lahore, July 22, 2008: The Punjab University vice-chancellor has expressed displeasure at slow work on certain development projects and has directed the contractors to complete the work as soon as possible.

According to a press statement, during a meeting of the Punjab University New Campus Management Committee on Monday, VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran was briefed about the development projects including under-construction buildings, sewerage system, electricity and drinking water.

The VC expressed displeasure at slow work of certain projects and directed the contractors concerned to complete the work as soon as possible.

He also took notice of wrong doings in the PU Project Director’s office especially slow movement of the files of different projects which caused monetary loss to varsity due to escalation in the prices of building materials.

The meeting decided to probe those who caused delay in some projects. The VC also took strict notice of the low quality work of some contractors and directed the PU administration to ensure quality control during different stages of a project and submit reports in this regard.

He issued orders and sought written explanation from two officials for installation of substandard things in the new houses built for PU employees.

Some contractors requested for their remaining dues on which the VC instructed the treasurer to take immediate action in this regard.

The VC also ordered completion of the remaining work of the new hostel and its handing over to the chairman hall council until Monday.

Hungarian envoy visits PU:
SANDOR Matyus, deputy head of mission, Embassy of the Republic of Hungry, called on the Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran at PU Executive Club on Monday to explore the means and opportunities of academic collaboration between the PU and Hungarian educational institutions.

According to a press statement, Matyus's wife Adel Matyus and PU Institute of Education and Research (IER) Prof Dr Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal were also present.

The VC said there were outstanding mathematicians, physicists, biologists and academicians of other disciplines in Hungry and there was a vast scope of collaboration and linkages between the PU and the Hungarian education institutions. Matyus said that they also wished that PU collaborated with their country's people and academicians in the field of science, medical, engineering and education.

PU publishes journal:
THE Punjab University Department of Library and Information Science (LIS) has published its annual issue of the journal "Pakistan Journal of Library and Information Science."

According to a press statement Dr Kanwal Ameen is the chief editor of the journal. The issue includes 'Guest Editorial' by Prof Gary Gorman from New Zealand.

Its Editorial Advisory Board includes eminent scholars from USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, India and Pakistan.

THE Punjab University has appointed Prof Dr Saeed Ahmad Nagra, who is also Hall Council chairman, as the Institute of Chemistry director.

According to a press statement, earlier Prof Dr Jamil Anwar Chaudhry, who is also dean of Faculty of Science, Undergraduate Studies director and PU Admission Committee chairman, was performing the duties as the director of Institute.Meanwhile, the Punjab University has appointed Shazia N Qureshi as in charge of the University Law College.

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GCU QEC organises 'HR development training programme'
Lahore: The Government College University (GCU) Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) organised an inaugural ceremony on Monday of a four-day 'Human Resources Development Training Programme' held at GCU Fazal-e-Hussain Hall, according to a press release issued on Monday.

GCU Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Sohail Ahmed Khan said that in order to meet higher education standards, quality assurance in academics played a pivotal role. He said that the GCU teachers needed to acquire the latest academic skills and keep themselves abreast of modern technology, so that they could deliver the maximum of their potential and skill to the students. He also said that the quality enhancement cell of GCU had performed well in the human resource development training of university faculties.

GCU Arts and Social Sciences Dean Dr Muhammad Khalid Pervaiz said that the programme had been an important platform for teachers' evaluation, and that the GCU teachers' performance had been enhanced by the QEC initiative, as they had to pass through vigorous training exercises, adding that the QEC had been extending all possible help to the faculty in improving their academic skills.

QEC Consultant Akbar Rehmatullah gave an introduction of the Programme Quality Assurance Report (PQAR) and the Teaching and Learning Framework (TALF).

QEC Director Mrs Iram Sohail said that research and QEC were very important in the establishment of universities. She explained to participants the objectives behind holding the training programme for GCU teachers, and urged the university faculty to focus on acquiring the maximum academic benefit from the training programme. Daily Times

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