Punjab University degrees verification task

Punjab University to verify 313 degrees of legislators
Islamabad, July 02: Punjab University will be required to verify a large number of degrees of lawmakers because 313 legislators have claimed to have completed their graduation from that university.

Next comes the University of Peshawar which will be scrutinising the degrees of 110 members of parliament and provincial assemblies, followed by the University of Sindh, whose 105 graduates won the general elections in 2008.

The University of Karachi has 100 of its former students in national and provincial legislatures.

The Bahauddin Zakariya University and the University of Balochistan have received degrees of 50 and 56 lawmakers, respectively.

The Pakistan Military Academy, which also has the status of a degree awarding institution, has received academic documents of eight legislators. Gomal University and Allama Iqbal Open University will be investigating 10 degrees or certificates each.

Ten members of parliament and provincial assemblies have done their graduation from Al-Khair University. Since April 30, 2009, the university has been stopped by the HEC from admitting any student because it did not meet the government-approved criteria.

Having only photocopies of the degrees, the universities will be facing a challenging task to verify them.

And, the Higher Education Commission is also facing difficulties in investigating degrees of 36 legislators who have claimed to have graduated from foreign universities.

The commission would be writing to the 36 foreign universities to verify if they had issued the degrees, an HEC official said.

Twenty-one lawmakers had contested elections on the basis of certificates issued by 10 madressahs boards. The HEC has already written to the boards seeking confirmations.The election commission is yet to provide degrees of 161 legislators to the HEC for verification.

So far the HEC has sent the degrees of 934 lawmakers to 36 degree-awarding institutions in the country for validation.

The commission has set July 13 as cut-off date for the universities to complete the task of verification. Dawn

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PU result
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) has declared the result of Doctor of Pharmacy, First Professional, 2nd Annual Examination, 2009.

According to a press statement, the pass percentage in the exam remained 82.61. Detailed result is available at the varsity website www.pu.edu.pk.

Meanwhile, the PU has also announced that the B Ed 2nd Annual Examination, 2009 and 1st Annual Examination, 2010, will commence from September 16, 2010.

It has also announced that BSc (Engg) Final Professional 1st Annual Examination, 2007, will commence from July 8.

The last date for from submission with single fee is 02-07-2010 and forms could be submitted with double fee up till 05-07-2010.

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IT academies at 400 Tevta institutions approved
Lahore: The Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) has approved the establishment of Microsoft IT academies at 400 TEVTA institutions across Punjab.

The approval was given in the 27th meeting of the Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority Board here on Thursday.

TEVTA Chairman Saeed Ahmad Alvi chaired the meeting while Syed Yawar Ali, Hassan Sohaib Murad, Aezaz Hussain, Seema Aziz, Zaib Jafar, Ibrahim Qureshi, Hussain Sardar, Muhammad Shamim Asif, Ghulam Abbas Sargana and officers of Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority attended the meeting.

In the phase-I, 266 Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority colleges/institutes have been selected for setting up of Microsoft IT academies.

As many as 198 colleges/institutes out of 266 have already confirmed availability of space whereas the construction of rooms has been planned in 68 institutes.

The meeting was informed that qualified and experienced faculty would also be hired for Microsoft Teaching Certification.

It was informed that in line with the policy guidelines of the government and directions of Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, the TEVTA had focused to revise the curriculum in consultation with the local industrial elite. At present, the curriculum of the DAE in Civil, Mechanical, Electronic and Architecture Technologies have been revised according to the modern trends and to meet with HR requirements of market.

It will help the industry to grow and generate employment opportunities to eradicate poverty in the province.

Saeed Ahmad Alvi said the Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority had also prioritised to impart latest training techniques to its teachers in phases to upgrade their teaching standards.

He informed the meeting that a modern government advance technical training institute would be established at the Sunder Industrial Estate. At least eight demand driven technologies will be offered there initially, he said, adding that the institute would meet the demand of industrial sector to hire the quality manpower.

The Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority chairman said one-year postgraduate diploma would be launched at the Govt Teachers Training College, Faisalabad, adding that this college would be affiliated with the Punjab University's Institute of Education and Research (IER).

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University of Education Seven PhDs
Lahore: The University of Education has awarded PhD degrees to seven students in the subjects of Mathematics, Psychology, Islamiyat, English, Education and Chemistry.

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GCU contest
Lahore: The Government College University's Debating Society on Thursday organised Syed Imtiaz Ali Taj Intra-University Interpretive Reading and Poetry Recitation Contest 2010. As many as 52 students took part in the event. In the English category, M Ali Jee Saleemi secured first position. The second position was shared by Ali Zafer, M Umer Jee Saleemi and Saba Dar. In the Urdu category, Habib-ur-Rehman Talib secured first position while the second position was shared by Almas Sabih, Waseem Zeb Khan and Yasmin Syed. The news

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