King Edward Medical University VC slot

Applications for VC slot sought to bless 'blue-eyed'
Lahore, July 09: Punjab government has sought applications from the candidates to fill the seat of Vice Chancellor, King Edward Medical University in violation of KEMU Act 2005 in order to bless some blue-eyed candidate, the sources said.

It is worth mentioning here that section 13 of the University Act 2005 says that the vice chancellor shall be appointed by the Chancellor on the advice of the chief minister of the province for a term not exceeding four years from amongst the eminent medical professors who have worked for at least three years in the province of Punjab.

Whereas the health department in its advertisement published in press has demanded the candidates only to have an MBBS degree along with an FCPS (Pakistan) /Membership of Royal Colleges (UK)/Diplomat of American Board or equivalent National or International Terminal qualification (as determined by the PM&DC/ HEC) in the Clinical/ Non-Clinical Medical Sciences.

A senior doctor of the KEMU seeking anonymity expressed fear that government was perhaps planning to accommodate its own candidate by relaxing the rules f University Act. He said a rift could be started between Punjab government and Governor Punjab over the issue, as the latter is the real authority to appoint the VC of any public university.

It is pertinent to recall that such rift remained between the government and governor over the issue of transfer of VC Government College University wherein an amount of Rs1.8 million was recovered by the VC as fine by Punjab government and the chief minister recommended to transfer the said VC but governor refused.

Among the other required qualification the candidates has been asked to possess the following minimum merits including distinguished reputation as a scholar and academician in the medical field, having exposure to international best practices with respect to academic functions both in class room teaching and research (clinical and non-clinical). Experience in managing high-level Medical Education Institutions. Capability and experience resource mobilisation, leadership qualities for policy making in relation to efficient and effective management of all affair of the university. Should not be more than 65 years of age on 16-07-2010. Should preferably have vast experience in undergraduate and postgraduate medical teaching including experience in administrative and financial management.

Should have to his/ her credit quality research publications in journals of international repute. University Act on the appointment of VC further says that such advice shall be made by the chief minister on the recommendation of the Search Committee notified by the government.

The terms and conditions for the post of the vice chancellor shall be determined by the chancellor on the recommendation of the chief minister of the province. Already serving Vice Chancellor of KEMU, Dr Zafar Ullah Khan is going to retire from his service in near future. The nation

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PU date-sheets
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department has announced that the candidates of MA Economics, Part-II, will now take their written examination in Paper VI-2 (Managerial & Administrative Economics (Old Course) on August 2, 2010. Meanwhile, PU Examinations Department has also announced the date-sheets of MSc Home Economics, Part-I, 2nd Annual Examination 2009, and MSc Home Economics, Part-II, 2nd Annual Examination 2009.

MSc Home Economics, Part-I, 2nd Annual Examination 2009, will commence from July 15 and conclude on July 27, 2010 while MSc Home Economics, Part-II, 2nd Annual Examination 2009, will commence from July 16 and conclude on July 28, 2010. Detailed date-sheets are available on PU website

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GCU awarded PhD
Lahore: The Government College University (GCU) has warded a PhD degree to a student in the subject of Zoology. Nazish Mazhar Ali has been awarded a PhD degree after the approval of her thesis titled "Study on Bacterial Isolates for Amino Acid Production: Improvement in Production of Amino Acids of Commercial Importance". She completed her research under the supervision of Dr Farah Rauf Shakoori. The news

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Medics held for hurling threats at UHS VC
Lahore: Police have arrested two students of a private medical institution for trespassing the house of University of Health Sciences vice-chancellor Prof Hussain Mubbashar Malik and hurling threats at him.

According to FIR registered in Hanjarwal police station, Ali Hasan and Saeed Shahid reported to be the students of College of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Lahore, trespassed the VC's house in Tech Society and hurled threats at him on Wednesday night.

The guards present there overpowered them and handed them over to the police. The guards told police that a fire was also shot at the house of Prof Mubbashar sometimes ago.

A case has been registered against the accused under sections 452 (trespassing) and 506 (hurling threats) under the Pakistan Penal Code.

A UHS spokesman said that the varsity would not compromise on merit. Dawn

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Tevta to start new course
Lahore: The Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) has announced a three-year DAE in Sugar, Textile and Computer Information Technology at Government Polytechnic Institute (GPI), Kamalia, from September 2010.

It was claimed that all necessary arrangements had been made to start the programme, and a number of 150 students would be admitted to each technology.

The decision in this regard was taken in a meeting of Development Committee of Technical Education and Vocational Training Company (TEVTC) chaired by its Chairman Saeed Ahmad Alvi. The meeting was attended by Khalid Rafiq, CEO, Habib Rafique (Pvt) Ltd, Ibrahim Qureshi, CEO Raffles, Shaikh Farooq, Advisor (Projects) TEVTA, Col (r) Javaid Iqbal, General Manager (Academics), and other officers of the Company.

Saeed Ahmad Alvi said technologies were being started with the consultation of local industry, adding the building of GPI Kamalia was in the final stage. The equipment/machinery has also been procured which will be installed before the starting of the session in September, 2010. He said Rs 127.520 millions had been allocated in Phase-II revised scheme to meet the deficiency to procure equipment/machinery for sugar and textile technology.

Chairman TEVTC also informed that the DAE in Electronics, Dress Designing & Making (DDM) and Computer Information were also being started at Government Polytechnic Institute for Women, Narowal, from September, 2010. This institute is being established under the Annual Development Programme (ADP) for which Rs 168.579 millions had been allocated. The news

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Beaconhouse-US sign agreement for solar energy panels
Lahore: Endorsing an agreement between the Beaconhouse School System and the US government regarding the installation of solar energy panels throughout BSS schools in the country, US Consul General Carmela Conroy on Thursday said that the priority of the Obama administration was to "support economic development and enhance the energy sector in Pakistan". ESL Chairwoman Nasreen Kasuri and ESL Director Mr Kasim Kasuri were also present at the occasion, along with other US government dignitaries. This is the first time in the history of Pakistan that a school is opting for an alternate (solar) energy option at its branches, a programme that is funded by the US government. Daily times

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