PU fails to verify degrees
University official says burying inquiries against corruption a 'tradition' at varsity
Lahore, July 13: The seven-member committee set up by
the Punjab University to verify parliamentarians' degrees failed to complete the
task by the deadline given by Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, learnt on Monday.
According to sources, the deadline given by the
VC was July 12, which the verification committee was unable to meet, thus
creating anxiety within educational circles.
People in the university
are also questioning as to why the seven-member committee failed to complete the
verification process within the given time even though the university considered
it a routine matter, and had been reviewing several degrees per day.
VC had directed the committee to complete and submit the verification report by
July 12 for its onward transmission to the Higher Education Commission but the
committee has been unable to do so.
According to the sources, after the
PU received the degrees, some parliamentarians tried to contact the high-ups of
the varsity in order to influence the verification process, after which the PU
VC instructed the committee to complete the process with transparency and made
strict security arrangements in and around the degrees cells.
to a PU official, the seven-member committee was unable to complete the process
within time even though other universities across the city had already reported
to the HEC in this regard.
He further said that at a time when the whole
nation is concerned about the fake degree holders in the parliament, and is
waiting "anxiously" to find out the results, it is beyond understanding why the
PU committee was unable to complete the verification process in time.
Burying inquiries: He said that "burying inquiries against its corrupt
officials and delaying the process by using different tactics" has always been a
"tradition" at the PU. However, this is an issue affecting the entire nation and
the higher officials should take notice of the issue in time.
said that many government high-ups took notice of the sensitive inquiries
against other corrupt practices carried out in the varsity, and questioned the
varsity about them.
According to another PU official, in addition to the
seven-member committee, more than one dozen officials from the PU examinations
and verification departments were also engaged in this verification process but
the delay exposed the "poor" performance of these departments.
that the real question is "why the committee is delaying the process when the PU
VC himself is so keen to complete the process with transparency".
deadline: PU Public Relations Director Khawaja Tahir said that the
committee set up by the VC to complete the verification process was an internal
committee and was given the July 12 deadline, whereas the HEC has given the
deadline of July 15. He said that around 80 percent of work in connection with
the verification has been completed, and they will present the report to HEC
within its given deadline. PU Registrar Dr Naeem Ahmad Khan said that the
verification process at PU was expected to conclude by Monday. Daily times
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Compute before buying a computer
Islamabad: People think according to their budget instead of what they
need. That is why most people spend too much money on buying a personal computer
(PC) which is more than what they actually require.
A motherboard is a
combination of different parts. One must know the proper specifications
regarding major parts in order to make the right choice. Irfan Majeed, a
hardware and software engineer, working in Blue Area, said: "After buying an
expensive motherboard, which has a proper VGA and even a DVI port on it, with a
powerful chip to support good graphics, the next thing people ask for is a good
graphics card. This way, they pay for two things while they can use only either
of them at a time. For such people, there are motherboards that come without any
onboard VGA, at a low price."
"People buy ATX board - a full size board
with all expansion slots installed, and they never intend to add any extra card
there. For such customers, there are mini ATX boards that are available at a low
price," he added.
Buying a new PC demands careful choice, so does the
upgradation of a PC that is already in one's use.
"Some people want to
upgrade their PCs, but when they are asked about the reason for it they would
not be able to come up with any proper answer. It's just because they have heard
about a new processor or a board. Upgradation to one or two steps better
processor does not make a vital difference in speed and performance. A common
user would not be able to feel the difference," said a hardware dealer, Sajid
Ali, working in Blue Area.
He said: "In most cases, increasing RAM
(Random Access Memory), with a better bus speed, makes much difference, but
installing a 4GB RAM on a household PC which is already running on 2GB would be
useless. The RAM should be increased if a PC exhausts the entire available RAM
and slows down or hangs. There are softwares which show the use of RAM and
processor. Such monitoring can be helpful in taking the decision regarding
increasing the RAM."
Asadullah, a hardware dealer in Islamabad, told this
news agency that everything depends on requirements of the user. Most users
watch videos and play simple games on their PCs, or by maximum they would use
internet and work in MS Office. Such people may get any PC without spending too
much on it - branded used PCs available in the market from a price range of
Rs4,000 to 5,000 would be a decent option.
He said: "If anyone works with
programmes like 3D Studio Max, Adobe Premier and plays high-definition games
which require too much rendering with precise details then one may go for the
latest available gadgets."
Computer companies are rapidly changing their
technologies these days. A system may not be compatible with the devices that
would be launched after a year or two, resulting in a rapid depreciation, up to
40 to 50 per cent per annum, in most cases. One must carefully spend the
hard-earned money so that it pays back in terms of utility.
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Teachers urged to adopt innovative teaching techniques
Peshawar: At a three-day workshop on classroom management arranged by the
University Public School, University of Peshawar at the
Bara Gali summer
campus, speakers stressed the need
for effective and clear communication
for better outcome and motivation of the students to take interest in their studies.
Dr Abdur Rashid, deputy psychologist, delivering a
lecture on personality development, said the concept of back-benchers must be
avoided in the contemporary classrooms so that students should have equal access
to the teacher and do not undergo inferiority complex.
director of the Entry Testing and Evaluation Authority, informed the teachers
about effective modes of learning which were beneficial for increasing the
efficiency of student's studies and picking power.
School Principal Gul Hameed delivered lecture on the ways and means to avoid
unfair means in examination system.
He said the three stakeholders
including school administration, parents and boards of examination must play a
very active and vigilant role in curbing the menace of unfair means in
The chief guest of the closing ceremony was Associate Prof
Hizbullah, who is also a member of syndicate at the University of Peshawar.
He said that young teachers needed to be taught about better classroom
management to polish the real potential of the students.
distributed certificates to the participating teachers.
University Public School, University Model School and other government and
semi-government educational institutions attended the seminar. The news
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