IJT activist manhandled on PU premises

Students injured in PU violence
Lahore, July 12: Panic spread on the Punjab University's New Campus on Monday when a group of outsiders resorted to violence and injured a student of the university's Statistics Department.

The intruders broke chairs, windowpanes of the department rooms and resorted to firing into the air before fleeing from the scene, raising serious questions over the university's security arrangements.

However, PU Resident Officer Javed Sami said the incident was a clash among the students of the university. He also claimed that the attackers had been identified through the CCTV footage and an FIR had been registered against them.

A PU official, seeking anonymity, said the recent incident was reaction of Jamiatís recent action against students of the Philosophy Department at the hostel. Meanwhile, a number of PU students expressed serious concerns over lack of security at the university, questioning that how the attackers had succeeded to move in with arms.

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PU results
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department has announced the results of MIT, 2nd year, 2nd Annual Exam 2010, and Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm-D), 2nd Annual Exam 2009. The news

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Harassment at UoP: Powers of internal examiners being cut
Peshawar, July 10: The University of Peshawar decided to reduce the powers of internal examiners to effectively tackle the issues of harassment and exploitation of students, official sources said.

They said that the decision was taken after the issue of harassment of girl students of the university surfaced few months ago. The issue was also raised in the provincial assembly by a woman MPA.

"In the wake of alleged harassment of girl students by their teachers, senior professors suggested to the university administrations to curtail powers of internal examiners of four-year Bachelor of Science (BS) programme," sources said.

They said that the university administration decided to establish a separate body to conduct examinations of the students of BS programme.

A new post of controller examinations and other supporting staff would be created to conduct the examinations, sources added.

The university started BS programme in 2009 in 25 different departments while it had already been launched in four departments including Micro Biology, Environmental Sciences, Pharmacy and Fine Arts. Presently 2,500 students were enrolled in the BS programme, sources said.

"The chances of harassment and exploitation will be decreased with reduction in powers of internal examiners," they said.

Currently the entire evaluations of the students are conducted by their internal examiners as they have the powers of 100 per cent marking.

The internal examiners set papers and also check answer sheets of students after examinations.

"In the existing system of examination, there are many chances of exploitation and harassment as the internal teacher of a subject has all marks in hands," sources said.

They added that a student having good relations with the teacher could get high marks while a competent and bright student could not shine in the examinations if he had bad relations with his examiner.

The students having good relations with their examiners could get marks without even submitting their thesis, they said.

Now examinations would be conducted in a centralised manner wherein 70 per cent evaluation would done by the external examiners and 30 per cent by the internal examiners, sources added. Dawn

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HEC awards
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission will confer 'Best University Teacher Award' on 57 faculty members of public and private sector universities in a ceremony today (Tuesday).

The awards will be given to recognise their efforts toward enhancing the academic and research atmosphere in their respective institutions.

For the year 2010, 118 nominations from 60 public and private sector universities/degree awarding institutions were received and 57 teachers have been selected after scrutiny and detailed evaluation. This award includes a certificate of merit and a cash prize of Rs100,000.

Chairman, Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Senator Salim Saifullah Khan will be the chief guest. The news

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