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GCUF facing financial crunch
Faisalabad, July 02: The Government College University Faisalabad has been facing an acute shortage of faculty coupled with Rs147 million pending liabilities, Vice-Chancellor Dr Shahid Mehboob Rana said here on Wednesday.

Addressing a press conference at the conference hall, Dr Rana said that Governor Salmaan Taseer had written to the Higher Education Commission to clear the university liabilities. Without elaborating the liabilities, he said the university administration had also been trying to generate revenue through new programmes and private examination of bachelor and master programmes.

He said the intermediate college of the university had been upgraded to degree level that would accommodate 800 to 1,000 more students. It would be an afternoon college that would help the university generate financial resources to meet its expenses.

He said the university had 32 departments in all, of them 26 had no professors. He said advertisements had been issued for the seats and recruitments would be made in the next two months.

Dr Rana said 22 colleges had submitted applications seeking affiliation with the university. At the moment, only Government College of Women in Ghulam Mohammadabad is affiliated with the institution. He said the university would not charge the colleges affiliation fee in the first phase and all associated colleges could use the university labs and libraries. Besides, he said the university would also hire PhD scholars serving at different colleges of the division.

The construction work of new campus will be started by August and the Higher Education Commission has allocated Rs842 million which will be spent on raising academic and science blocks,

He said the Punjab government had earmarked Rs548 million last year for five projects. The government allocated Rs88.7 million for construction and furnishing of a students' hostel at new campus, Rs145.5 million and Rs150 million for construction and furnishing of academic block No 1 and 2, and Rs144.8 million for construction and finishing of intermediate block at the university. However, none of the project was initiated and funds were lapsed.

He said that the university had nearly 700 employees in 2007-08 that now rose to 1500, though we did not initiate any programme. He said scores of employees were recruited only to please the blue eyed people. Dawn

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PU Biotechnology Seminar
Lahore: The Punjab University Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics (MMG) will hold a seminar on "Modern Biotechnology: A Resource for Sustainable Development" on Saturday at the Pearl Continental Hotel Lahore. A large number of teachers and researchers from various universities and research organizations will participate in the seminar. The News

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PU medical team leaves for Swabi
Lahore: Punjab University doctors' 5th team along with medicines and relief goods has left for its medical and relief camp at Shah Mansoor, Swabi. PU Chief Medical Officer Dr Farasat Ali Syed and Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Noman Ahmad are also providing medical treatment to the patients at the camp along with other doctors. It is noteworthy that PU doctors have provided medical treatments to over 12000 patients from May 26, 2009 to date. Moreover, NWFP Director General Health Dr Fazal Mahmood and District Health Officer Dr Gul Muhammad along with PU Incharge Relief Camp Iftikhar Ahmad Chaudhry visited the relief camp. They appreciated the services of PU doctors in providing quality medical treatment to the patients. They said PU was a ray of hope for the people, and it was providing medical treatment to 800 families in Shah Mansoor, Town-II. F.P. report

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Best doctoral student distinction
Syed Jawad Raza, who completed his PhD at the University of Stavanger, Norway, has received an award by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) at the 35th anniversary of the university.

The award for the best doctoral student was awarded to Jawad by Jan Roar Drechsler, professor at the University of Stavanger, and Javantha P Liyanage, the faculty representative. He began his PhD at the university in 2006 and took up a practical challenge by ConocoPhillips, an American oil company, aimed at discovering the solution to the management of production during integrated operations. He developed a network monitoring system called; "Watchdog technology and Neural network based solution." In addition, he has also published seven articles.

Jawad Raza did his BSc (Mining Engineering) from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, (1995-2000) and MSc in oil and gas technology from the Aalborg University, Esbjerg, Denmark (2001-2004). The News

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