BS (Honours) results encouraging against all odds
Lahore, July 18: The four-year BS (Honours) degree programme launched in 26 public sector colleges in Punjab has completed its first phase as all universities concerned declared the results of the first semester examination - Punjab University being the last to declare results as late as on July 12. The examinations were held in March this year.
The four-year BS (Honours) degree programme was launched last year amidst strong resistance from teachers' associations, who were demanding that the government should first ensure provision of infrastructure as well as well-qualified and experienced faculty before formal launch of the programme.
The programme was, however, launched with a commitment that the government has earmarked Rs500 million for it - Rs250 million for the infrastructure development and Rs250 million for faculty for four years.
The Punjab higher education department also constituted a board of governors (BoGs) for each college. The BoGs could not function for some months initially due to litigation but despite holding their maiden meetings they could not get the funds released and the colleges remained without required infrastructure and faculty for new disciplines.
Soon after the transfer of former higher education secretary Ahad Cheema, the department lost interest as it did not follow the programme so actively as it was required to do so. An official who was the focal person to actively pursue the programme became the biggest hurdle as he was not interested in the assignment.
The first semester examination results are encouraging as the pass percentage among those who appeared touches almost 90 per cent. While there was also a big dropout of students - especially in the newly-launched disciplines like information technology and business administration. In Lahore, as many as 3,944 students were enrolled in the first semester in six colleges out of whom 1,093 students (27.71 per cent) dropped out mainly due to the non-availability of infrastructure and qualified faculty.
In a communication to the higher education department, the Government MAO College principal had stated that almost 326 students had left the college during the first semester. Most probably, he stated, the students preferred a two-year degree programme and got admissions to other colleges.
The Government College of Science, Wahdat Road, principal stated that there was an acute shortage of physical as well as human resources to continue the programme successfully. The Government Post-Graduate College for Women, Samanabad, principal also stated that the BS four-year degree programme would be running smoothly and a greater number of students would take admission if better facilities were ensured in the college.
In Multan, two colleges had enrolled 1,290 students out of whom 358 students (27.75 per cent) have so far dropped out.
In Government Sadiq Egerton College, Bahawalpur, 551 students had got admission out of whom 142 (25.77 per cent) dropped out.
While the respective universities that have affiliated these 26 colleges have given date-sheets for the second semester examination, the stakeholders including students and teachers demand that the higher education department should adopt a pro-active approach towards the four-year BS (Honours) degree programme by getting the funds released for infrastructural and faculty development as well as making the respective colleges' BoGs functional. Dawn
UHS proposes junior for pro-VC slot, says PMA
Lahore: The local chapter of Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) on Sunday claimed that University of Health Sciences (UHS) moved a summary to the Punjab chief minister for the appointment of ex-Controller of Examinations Dr Junaid Sarfaraz as Pro-Vice Chancellor bypassing senior professors of the university.
In a press release issued here, the PMA Joint Secretary said that the UHS administration had neglected 10 senior professors, who had been serving the institute for years and moved a summary to appoint a 'favourite' as Pro-VC. The PMA appealed to Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif not to appoint a junior candidate over senior professors, adding that if it was inevitable to appoint a junior person as Pro-VC then all senior professors may be given pre-mature retirements so that they are not embarrassed once a junior person becomes the pro-VC. "The principle of seniority-cum-fitness should be followed and an appointment be made from the top six senior professors of the university," the PMA demanded. The news
Strike threat if VCs not appointed as per old system
Lahore: The Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association's Punjab chapter has decided to launch a protest movement from July 22 in case the Vice-Chancellors of Zakariya University Multan, Sargodha University, University of Education and GC University Lahore are not appointed in accordance with the old system.
According to a FAPUASA statement, issued here on Sunday, the Association would observe a black day and boycott the classes. This was decided in a Punjab chapter's meeting held under the supervision of President Prof Dr Saeed Akhtar.
The Association general secretary and UETTSA President Prof Dr Zafar Noon, provincial secretary and ZUASA President Dr Abdul Qadus, GCUASA Vice-President Dr Muhammad Zahid Qureshi and EUASA Vice-President Abdul Majeed attended the meeting.
The participants of the meeting told the media persons that educational and administrative matters of the universities were worsening day by day owing to the absence of regular VCs of the abovementioned universities. They said that so far budget of the Zakariya University has not been approved and students doing research papers in other countries are unable to continue their work.
The participants further said that meeting of the teacher bodies as well as research and development works are at the stoppage position.
The Association's representatives have also decided to meeting with the Punjab CM and the Chancellor (Governor) to convey them the ongoing situation and problems of the universities. They demanded that old system and process to appoint the vice chancellors should be restored for the stability and continuity of education institutions, they said. The nation
Livestock sector can change fate of national economy: UVAS VC
Lahore: University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz said on Saturday that the livestock sector had potential to transfer the fate of national economy.
Talking to a delegation of Sindh Agriculture University (SAU), he said that there was a need to introduce revolutionary changes in the livestock sector through modern practices and research.
A 68-member students delegation from the SAU, Tandojam, and faculty of the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science (AHVS) visited the UVAS on Saturday.
The delegation, led by Abdul Hussain Nazamani, visited various departments of the UVAS, including pet centre, diagnostic laboratory, quality operation laboratory, library, postmortem house and outdoor clinic. Dr Nawaz said, "You have scope in meat technology, dairy processing, leather technology, biological drugs and vaccine production to serve the nation in a befitting manner."
The VC said, "UVAS is the fourth university that has won maximum projects from international agencies after the Quaid-e-Azam University, University of Science and Technology and Agriculture University, Faisalabad."
He said the university had won maximum research grants of Rs 572 million from the Agriculture Department of United States, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Australian Centre for Industrial Agriculture Research, International Atomic Energy Agency and Norwegian Research Council.
There is no substitute to get top position in any profession without hard work, he said, adding that utter devotion and seriousness towards profession makes a man perfect in all fields of life.
Dr Nawaz claimed that today in many parts of the world UVAS students were serving amongst the top world veterinarians. He said that Pakistan was facing critical phase of its history. "You are the shining future of Pakistan and do for the betterment of the nation". Speaking about the importance of veterinary education as well as its scope worldwide, he said the students, getting veterinary education, should prove themselves strong veterinarians and be helpful in boosting the livestock sector of the country.
Earlier, the VC informed the visiting students that UVAS was one of the oldest institutions in Asia dedicated to quality research and education.
He said Punjab Veterinary School was established in 1882, which was upgraded to the level of college in 1905 and then became a university in 2002. "We don't believe we are a provincial level university but to a national standing university." Daily times
Lahore: The Syndicate of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) has appointed former Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Manzoor Ahmad as professor emeritus, said a press release here on Saturday.
PU students' artworks lauded
Lahore: The ongoing group exhibition of the students of Punjab University's College of Art and Design at Alhamra Arts Council gallery at The Mall is receiving a warm response from the artists, art lovers, students and general public.
The exhibition, which was opened on July 14 and will continue till July 20 from 9am to 6pm daily, is showcasing the brilliant works of art, including print making and paintings, by the students of the Punjab University.
The works which have been displayed in the gallery include prints by Hajra Saleem, Rabiya Ejaz, Sania Sabhar, Shumaila Khan, Muniba Tariq and Aqsa Sajjad. The paintings displayed on the walls of the permanent art gallery of Alhamra include the recent works by Mehwish Pervez, Sadia Iqbal, Iram Naeem, Shazia Munir and others.
The event has been organised by the Lahore Arts Council. PU's College of Arts and Design Principal Prof Rahat Naveed had inaugurated it.
US company launches apprentice programme at PU
Lahore: A well-known US-based e-lancing company has started its apprentice programme at the Punjab University College of Information Technology (PUCIT), to equip the online market place with more technical manpower.
The programme is directed towards IT students. According to a press release here on Saturday, the PUCIT holds the distinction of being the very first institute to participate in this apprentice programme in house. The company will carry out a two-month training programme for the final year students at the PUCIT. Students will be trained about business ethics, how to deal with international clients and how to be competitive in the global marketplace.
A part of this programme will also help students to improve their business communication skills, particularly in the IT world through the internet. During the first cycle, a total of 20 students have been selected.
UET budget approved
Lahore: The University of Engineering and Technology (UET) syndicate on Saturday approved the varsity's annual budget for the year 2011-12.
Total income for the recurring budget for the fiscal year 2011-12 is estimated to be Rs 2090 million while the expenditure has been estimated to be Rs 2262 million, with a deficit of Rs 172 million.
The varsity spokesman said that, out of the budget, a sum of Rs 846 million had been allocated for teaching and research; Rs 120 million for KSK Campus; Rs 120 million for Faisalabad Campus; and Rs 59 million for RCET, Gujranwala. A development budget of Rs 692 million had been passed for various campuses of the UET, Lahore, he added.
Lahore: The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has decided to check answer sheets of its quality assurance tests through Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) technology to ensure transparency and fast and accurate data collection. A PEF spokesman said the quality assurance tests (QATs) were held biannually to examine the academic performance of 2,445 partner schools in 29 districts of the province. The news