BA/BSc result ceremony: CM orders probe into blackouts
Lahore, July 23: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday ordered an inquiry into the blackout during the BA/BSc annual result declaration ceremony at the Punjab University's Faisal Auditorium on July 15.
The power supply broke down thrice, with a maximum of over 10 minutes on one occasion. As Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif was presiding over the ceremony, his security men took charge of the stage and stood alert as darkness prevailed even on the stage. The university administration had not even arranged any generator for lights on the stage as well as the speaker system.
It is learnt that the Lahore Division commissioner, former IG Punjab and other officials visited the university and talked to various university officials, including Registrar Prof Dr Naeem Khan, Project Director Sheikh Muhammad Ali, Controller of Examinations Zahid Karim Khan and the engineering branch officials.
Meanwhile, the five-member committee constituted by vice-chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has submitted its report with a finding that gross negligence was committed by the project director and the university engineer.
The committee convened by Hailey College of Commerce Principal Prof Dr Liaquat Ali said the project director and the university engineer did not supervise the operational activities for the function by the subordinate staff (engineering department).
It said the department was responsible for providing all engineering services, including provision of uninterrupted electric supply. The project director as head of the department failed to deliver his responsibilities during the ceremony and there was also a lack of coordination among officials.
The committee stated that the project director had no meeting with the Wapda officials. The maintenance engineer (electrical) also did not inform the Wapda authorities in time. It found that university engineer Col Mir Pervaiz Khurshid (retired) was in the knowledge of the ceremony, but kept himself isolated on the plea that he was not informed by the project director.
The university engineer in his statement explained that he had a round of the auditorium and checked the services except generator which was not provided for the ceremony.
The committee recommended that proper inquiry should be conducted according to rules.
PU VC Prof Kamran said an authorised inquiry committee would soon be constituted for proper inquiry. Dawn
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PU MA Islamic Studies results announced
Lahore: Punjab University Examination Department here Wednesday declared the results of MA Islamic Studies (Evening Programme) Semester System, Session 2006-2008 and Diploma in Medical Radiology Diagnostic Part-II, Suppl. Examination 2007 and Annual Examination 2008.
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PU-Linkman sign MoU for environmental research
Lahore: Punjab University and Linkcom Global, Canada, here Wednesday signed an MoU for quality education and research in the field of environment. Presiding over a briefing in this regard at new campus, the VC Dr. Mujahid Kamran observed that PU-Linkcom collaboration would be beneficial for the country as well as the PU students.
He emphasized upon the deans of other related faculties to also play their role in this regard. Dr Farooq of Linkcom gave a detailed presentation to the deans about the project and the MoU signed between the two institutions, which would work to clean the regional air and provide assistance to different organizations working on Green House Gases (GHG) and to develop environmental-friendly society while capitalizing on Ecolabeling, CDM/JI, CO2 off setting, emissions control and trading. Prof Shaista Sonnu Sirajuddin and Prof Dr Shahida Hussnain emphasized upon the importance of launching a campaign to spread awareness among PU students environment related issues, including disposing of waste and keeping the environment clean.
According to the MoU between PU CEES and Linkcom Global, both the institutions would join hands to enhance the laboratories for research facilities, establishment of Pakistan's Ecolabeling centre inside PU College of Earth and Environmental Sciences (CEES) and for this purpose CEES would provide area. Both the institutions would develop a joint research and sample analytical portfolio for tracking green house gases emissions control trading in Pakistan. Linkcom Global will provide technical support as paid consultants to scholars of CEES if and as where required during various projects such as Ecolabeling, GHGs particularly CO2 emission and trading in Pakistan.
The organization would provide training to the students of CEES with practical aspects of environmental sciences, provide secured jobs to the outstanding students of CEES, enhancing awareness for environmental related issues among various segments and sections of Pakistan and transforming PU to 'Green' as benchmark for other universities to follow with assistance to Linkcom Global Canada/ECOPAK. Both the institutions will also develop industrial consultancy portfolio together and support environmental science research at the CEES. App
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NWFP students visit PU
Lahore: Position holder students of various disciplines from the NWFP called on Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran at his office at New Campus on Wednesday.
Talking to the students, the vice chancellor stressed on the importance of research, creative work and increasing number of PhDs in Pakistan.
According to a press release, Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran briefed the students about the PU's four campuses, 13 faculties, 70 departments, scholarship programmes. He told the delegation about PU students' distinctions in the national and international-level competition. He appreciated the Punjab CM's vision behind this initiative and called the visiting students 'guests of the Punjab CM."
PU Students Advisor Dr Makshoof Athar and other senior teachers were also present.
The students also visited PU Main Library along with their teacher coordinators.
The position holder students of the Frontier province are visiting Lahore under Punjab Chief Ministers Mian Shahbaz Sharif's initiative to promote provincial harmony and inter-provincial tours of talented students. Under this programme, 20 top position holder students and faculty members of Sindh, Balochistan and NWFP would visit Punjab province during July/August. The News
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