PU entrance test procedure woes
Lahore, July 15: The Punjab University's ongoing admission-related bustle has been causing immense trouble to the prospective students owing to varied prices of entrance test forms and lack of guidance by the university authorities.
The university is open these days for prospective students to submit entrance test forms for admission to various academic programmes of BS, MA/MSc, MS/MPhil and MSc Engineering and PhD in its department, institutes and constituent colleges.
A number of prospective students on Tuesday complained that there was no uniformity in prices of entry test forms. They said a number of PU colleges, departments and institutes were charging Rs 200 to Rs 500 for entrance test forms. The students were also critical of the stalls set up by the PU administration, saying they were merely facilitating the students to locate a particular department, college or institute.
Meanwhile, the PU on Tuesday extended the last date for submission of entrance forms and now the forms could be submitted till Wednesday (today). Earlier, the university had announced July 12 as the last date for submission of forms by the students. In a press statement, PU Admission Committee's Chairman Prof Dr Amin Ather said now the last date for collection and submission of entrance test forms was Wednesday July 13, 2011, adding that the candidates could collect/submit forms during the office hours from the departments concerned.Your Comments
PU MA English Part-I question in Part-II exam
Lahore: A mistake by a Punjab University (PU) paper-setter has put future of hundreds of students at stake besides exposing "performance" of the university's examination department.
The students appearing in the Punjab University's ongoing MA English Part-II Examination were shocked to notice a question related to Part-I syllabus in the paper of Novel on Thursday.
The students as per the prevailing pattern were given a total of seven questions to attempt any of the four questions all carrying equal 25 marks. But since one of the questions was irrelevant, the student had no option but to select four questions out of six.
The out-of-course question was basically from subject of American Literature taught in Part-I level of the PU MA English programme. The question reads "Jazz is a novel that focuses on human relationships and their dynamics rather than the concept of slavery. Discuss this observation." A number of students expressed strong concerns and resentment over the mistake, saying it had actually robbed them of their choice to attempt the paper in a proper manner. They said they were confused as to how they could attempt a question relating to MA English Part-I.
A faculty member from one of the PU-affiliated colleges while commenting over the issue said that technically, the students could not attempt the said question though most of them had read the novel, Jazz.
"Now these students are in Part-II and how could they be examined regarding syllabus of Part-I which they have already passed?," he questioned while seeking anonymity.
He was also critical of the Punjab University examination department, saying that those at the helm must wake up and assign the duties of paper-making to those who had proper understanding of the syllabus.
"For me, this is not just a lapse, but a blunder," the angry teacher went on to say.
It is pertinent to mention here that the out-of-syllabus questions have become almost a common phenomenon at the Punjab University. Last year, the PU had awarded 25 grace marks to BCom Part-II students for the paper of Advance Financial Accounting which was held on June 11, 2010 as the students had strongly protested against out-of-syllabus question paper.
When contacted, PU controller of examinations Prof Dr Liaqat Ali said he was unaware of the situation. He, however, said it was a responsibility of Board of Studies concerned to determine whether a paper was out of syllabus or not. He said usually if out-of-syllabus paper was confirmed by the Board of Studies, the students were compensated.
Fire at PU hostel
Lahore: A fire erupted at the Punjab University (PU) hostel number two at New Campus due to short circuit on Thursday.
The fire damaged a bed and computer of a Nepali boarding student, Ajay, who is out of the country owing to summer vacation.
It is learnt that a reporter of a news channel was allegedly manhandled by PU security guards when he reached the spot to cover the fire incident.
Punjab University chapter Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) has condemned the alleged manhandling of the journalist by security guards. It also expressed concern over incident of fire, saying it was the second such incident at the hostels.
Resident Officer (RO-I) of the Punjab University, Javed Sami, said prompt response from the hostel staff helped to extinguish the fire shortly which erupted due to short circuit.
He said the room would be renovated before arrival of the student.
Meanwhile, IJT activists staged a protest demonstration in front of hostel number two and chanted slogans against the PU administration.
Earlier, Jamiat activists had also protested against the administration over increasing incidents of bike thefts at the university.
Gold medal for PU teacher
Lahore: The Tehreek-e-Istehkam-e-Pakistan Council has conferred "Quaid-e-Azam Gold Medal Award" on Punjab University Institute of Chemical Engineering & Technology Director Prof Dr Syed Zahoor-ul-Hassan Rizvi in recognition of his meritorious services in the field of engineering. He has also earned PhD in Chemical Engineering from Germany and is providing quality education to students.
President National Bank of Pakistan awarded the gold medal to Dr Zahoor Rizvi in a ceremony held at the National Auditorium adjacent to museum. President Tehreek-e-Istehkam-e-Pakistan Sher Bahadur Khan Chughtai and others were also present.
Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has congratulated Dr Zahoor-ul-Hassan Rizvi on getting this prestigious award and said it was an honour for the varsity.
PU date sheet
Lahore: The Punjab University Examinations Department has issued the written examination date sheet of MBA (3 1/2 years programme), Part-I, Annual Exam 2011. The exam will commence from August 5 and conclude on August 22, 2011.
Lahore: The Punjab University Examinations Department has announced the results of MSc (Engineering) Chemical Engineering, Semester System, Session 2008-2010.
Two VCs assume office
Lahore: Two vice-chancellors (VCs) took charge of two universities as regular VCs following the Higher Education Department, Punjab, issued notifications of their formal appointments.
Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa had approved the appointment of Prof Dr Sabiha Mansoor as the VC of Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), Lahore, and Prof Dr Samina Amin Qadir as the VC of Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU), Rawalpindi, on June 27.
However, their final notifications were issued by the Punjab government through the Higher Education Department on July 13 – after a delay of around two weeks.
Recently, the governor also approved appointment of VCs for the Government College University (GCU) Lahore, the University of Education (UoE) Lahore and the Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) Multan.
However, all the names approved by the governor are not the ones recommended by the Punjab chief minister and, according to sources, their summary is likely to be rejected by the CM.
The sources said the department had so far not received summary of the three VCs from the CM's Secretariat. It was likely that the summary would be sent back to the Governor's House again, they added.
There is unusual delay in the appointment of VCs at the public varsities owing to ongoing tussle between the Governor's House and the CM's Secretariat over the appointments.
Every time the CM's Secretariat moves a summary seeking appointment of individuals recommended by the chief minister, the governor rejects the same observing that he was not bound to act on advice of the former.
It is interesting to note that the names of Prof Dr Sabiha Mansoor as VC for LCWU and Prof Dr Samina Amin Qadir as VC of FJWU were recommended by the chief minister but the governor, while approving their appointments, had observed that he was approving the same not on advice of the CM but using his powers vested in him under the Ordinances of both the varsities.
GCU wins debate
Lahore: Government College University Lahore Debating Society has clean-swept the debates organised by the UNICEF Pakistan on "Protection of Children's Rights" at Punjab University Law College. As many as 16 orators from various educational institutions took part in the competition. GCU BS (Hons) Political Science student Almas Sabeeh Saqib won the first prize at the debates while GCU BS (Hons) Philosophy student Ali Moeenud Din stood second. Punjab University IBA student Hamza Tarar bagged third position. The position-holders were also awarded cash prizes by the UNICEF.
UET syndicate member
Lahore: The Punjab governor/chancellor has nominated Col (retd) Khawar Munir Haroon to act as member of the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore's syndicate. According to a UET Spokesman, Khawar Munir Haroon, principal of Garrison Postgraduate College for Men, Lahore Cantt, has been nominated for a period of three years.
UET job fair
Taxila: The University of Engineering and Technology (UET) organised first-ever open house and job fair at its campus on Thursday.
The fair was attended by the professionals, industrialists, businessmen, corporate professionals and dignitaries from public as well as private sectors.
A large number of students of different faculties presented their projects during the fair. Director Students' Affairs Dr Tahir Nadeem Malik briefed the visitors about the various projects displayed by the students. The news