PU BA/BSc four-year programmes admission schedule

Punjab University admission schedule
Lahore, July 18: The Punjab University has announced admission schedule of BA/BSc four-year programmes according to which entry tests will be compulsory for admission to only three departments.

According to a press statement on Friday, the three departments included Micro Biology and Molecular Biology, Information Technology (Software Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology) and Clinical Psychology. The entry test would be organised by the Punjab University.

The last of date of submission of entry test forms is July 31.

The departments where entry test is not compulsory are: Space Science, Mathematics, Geography, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geology, High Energy Physics, Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Botany, Mycology and Plant Pathology, Zoology, Psychology and Applied Psychology, Business and Information Technology, Business Administration, Administrative Sciences, Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre, Hailey College of Commerce, Banking and Finance, Social and Cultural Studies (Sociology), Communication Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Statistical and Actuarial Sciences and Law. The News

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Dr. Farah named for best U-teacher award
Lahore: Dr. Farah Malik of Psychology Department Government College University Lahore has been declared to receive the Award for the Best University Teacher of year 2008 by the Higher Education Commission (HEC). She will be honoured by Assistant Director (Academics) HEC Asfand Yar Khan and will be presented a certificate and cash prize of Rs. 100,000/- on the occasion. The Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore Prof. Dr. Khalid Aftab has commended Dr. Farah Malik for attaining the award and has hoped that she would continue enhancing her academic and research activities in the realm of Psychology in future as well. F.P report

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UoP exempts Rs 24m fee of Malakand students
Peshawar: University of Peshawar has exempted tuition and hostel dues worth Rs.24 million of around 1200 students of Malakand Division, said a spokesman of UoP here Friday.

He said the fee has been exempted for the academic year 2008-09 due to the mass displacement of people from Malakand division, so that they can pursue their education without hindrance.

This is the fee remitted for the academic year and paid to the students in cash. On an average each students has been paid dues of around 12 to 25 thousand rupees, ample for fulfilling their day to day requirement for the time being, he explained.

University of Peshawar administration in a special meeting held on Friday has also decided to take steps and put forth an appeal to the provincial and federal government as well as the Higher Education Commission to provide four thousand rupees per month for a period of six months to each students of Malakand Division.

The treasurer briefed the meeting that stipend will have financial impact of 28 million rupees which cannot be met through university resources and thus needs special support from government organizations. Vice Chancellor advised the meeting to take special measures and facilitate students of Malakand Division so that their education is not affected, he concluded. App

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SCN resents tree felling on UoP campus
Peshawar: The Sarhad Conservation Network (SCN) has expressed dismay and shock over the felling of heritage trees on the campus of the University of Peshawar in the so-called expansion of Road No 2 and demolition of the vintage gate from the early period.

In a press release issued here on Friday, the SCN contested the University of Peshawar administrators' argument that the expansion of the road and installation of scanners on the gate were needed because of traffic congestion and security threat.

The SCN said that the traffic congestion could be easily diverted to Road No 1 opposite Spin Jumaat with scanners installed, rather than demolishing the original gate. "The Peshawar University is a sacred place and its heritage cannot be tampered with for short term objectives. World-renowned universities have narrow streets and lanes. People walk inside and cars parked outside," the press release quoted Maureen Lines of Frontier Heritage Trust, as having said.

A conservationist, Mrs Naseem Rauf, said the universal rule about traffic holds, "Wider the roads: more the traffic." She said it was a horrendous idea to widen the roads in a renowned learning centre, adding people should respect the environment and not abuse it.

"Why cannot the university develop further outside in new campus rather than cramping the already crowded space," said Tayabba Aziz of Fine Arts Department while talking to the SCN. The SCN requested the heritage lovers and environmentalists to demand declaring Peshawar University, a heritage site with legal guarantees against further development and expansion and strict directives for conservation and preservation of trees.

When the Peshawar University was founded in October 1950 by Pakistan Muslim League leader Khan Abdul Qayyum Khan, trees were uppermost in his mind and the first vice-chancellor Dr Razi Ali Siddiqui, an eminent scientist and a man of vision.

They reportedly imported red flowering sumbal saplings from Afghanistan. The romance with trees continued with VC Mr Brookes who planted neem, sheesham, mango and sumbul trees in the entire campus, engulfing the air with aromatic ambience. Renowned Greek architect Doxeidus, and English William Terry especially designed the campus on the pattern of Islamabad, with open spaces, gardens and trees.

Later eminent vice-chancellors, Chaudhry Mohammad Ali, Hashim Khan, Munawwar Khan Afridi, G M Khattak, Farzand Ali Durrani and the towering Abdul Ali Khan were great admirers of nature, and "tree plantation, pruning and assessment committee" was a regular feature of the varsity. The News

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