Punjab boards Matric results delay mystery

Matric results in a week
Lahore, July 21: Matric results 2011, set for announcemnt on Thursday, were delayed at the eleventh hour under mysterious circumstances in all Boards of Intermediate & Secondary Education of the Punjab. The results were completely ready. But the Lahore BI&SE spokesman told the media persons that fresh date for the announcement would be given by Punjab government.

An officer of the BI&SE said seeking anonymity that delaying tactics were always used to favor some special candidates. However, spokesman of the BI&SE said that the result was yet to be compiled and that was the reason that new date would be given for the announcement of the results.

Sources in the BI&SE claimed that there were thousands of the candidates whose results were yet to be compiled and status of their results was Result Late (RL). He said that 17,000 such cases were in Lahore and even more RL cases were emerged in Gujranwala, Faisalabad and other boards.

Another officer of the board on the condition of not to be named said that a software engineer who was assigned to develop computerised examination system caused delay in the results. He said that he had already destroyed the examination system of Punjab University and now was deployed here in all boards of Punjab to develop the examination system. He blamed that said officer was an influential man playing havoc with the examination system of BI&SE of all Punjab.

When this scribe contacted Dr Majid Naeem who is responsible for smooth running of software of BI&SEs said that results were ready even 24 hours before the given time of July 21.

"It is up to Punjab government that it wants to declare it on due date or on any other date", he added.

He said that names of position-holders and outstanding students were prepared. Punjab government may be announced the results on August 14, he concluded.

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IUB summer programme
Bahawalpur: The Islamia University Bahawalpur has launched Summer Programme-2011 during the vacations to introduce 108 short courses and workshops in 11 various departments and constituent colleges.

This programme has been started on the directive of the Vice- Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mukhtar to the maximum usage of available resources in the varsity providing opportunity to local youth to enhance their knowledge and skill.

The departments and colleges offering these short courses include College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences, College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences and departments of Applied Psychology, Commerce, Management Sciences, Computer Sciences, and Information Technology, English, Mathematics, Geography, Media Studies and Pharmacy.

The application forms can be obtained from the Academic Branch, Abbasia Campus, IUB or downloaded from the university website www.iub.edu.pk. Last date to submit applications is Friday, July 22, 2011. The nation

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VCs to be appointed in days
Lahore: The appointment of vice chancellors of four public universities, pending for the last couple of months, is expected to be made in a couple of days as the Punjab law minister and the Higher Education secretary called on Governor Latif Khosa on Wednesday and discussed the issue, sources said.

The chief minister re-sent summaries for the appointment of vice chancellors and it was binding on the governor to sign the summaries in 10 days, which were completing on Thursday (today).

Law Minister Rana Sanaullah and Higher Education Secretary Haseeb Athar briefed Mr Khosa about the universities as well as the candidates.

The law minister reportedly assured the governor that the Punjab government wanted to move ahead with consensus on the issue of appointment of the vice-chancellors.

Upon Governor's insistence, sources said, the law minister said the Punjab government would not make a political issue out of appointment of vice chancellors at University of Sargodha and Bahauddin Zakariya University. The law minister said that the government would hold an inquiry against Prof Dr Zafarullah, the former BZU vice chancellor. Dawn

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Nerds of Art and Gurus of Science' at GCU
Lahore: The all Pakistan Mega Event, "Nerds of Art and Gurus of Science 2011 (NAGS' 11)", has kicked off at Government College University Lahore.

About 300 students from 27 educational intuitions of Pakistan are participating in the three-day mega event which is organised by the Department of Physics in coordination with the Photography Club, Department of Fine Arts, Computer Sciences Department and IEEE Electronics Wing.

The mega competitions of Robotic Race, Circuit Designing, Technical Quiz, Speed Writing, Science Project Exhibition, Best Proposed Scientific Solution, Best Scientific Idea, Photography, Essay Writing, Short Film Contest, Sketching, Painting, Sculpture, Dress Designing, Short Story Writing, Poetry, Recycling, Dubbing, E-gamming and Flash War are the part of mega event that has basked the GC University Lahore in co-curricular and scientific activities.

GCU Physics Department Chairperson Prof. Dr. Hassan A. Shah on Wednesday inaugurated the activities by lighting up NAGS candles at the university's Bokhari Auditorium. The heads of various departments and participating teams' captains were also present.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Dr. Hassan A. Shah said both science and arts were equally important for the success of mankind. He said "art is for those who learn; poetry for those who know." He said two genre of education (i.e. science and arts) together could create an exceptional difference. He said the objective behind the NAGS was to bring the students of arts and science from all over Pakistan under one roof and become a podium for these intellectuals to come up and express their innovative ideas, share knowledge and reveal their creativity.

The most colourful of NAGS on Wednesday was ASTROFEST; moon and planet sighting festival through biggest digital telescope. The festival was held at the historical Bokhari Lawns in collaboration with Khwarizmi Science Academy. Noted astronomer Umair Asim was also present who explained to the students about various stars and planets.

NAGS Chief Organiser Salman Mahmood, a student of BS Honors (Electronics), said that students from rural areas had come to take part in the science competition and were found to be highly talented.

Earlier in the day, the competitions of Circuit Designing, E-gaming, Painting and Photo Essay were held at GCU in which a large number of students took part.

A drama and mime festival is also a part of the three-day event which will be held today (Thursday) at Bokahri Auditorium.

The names of the winners of the competition will be announced at the prize distribution ceremony on Friday evening which will be chaired by GCU Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Ikramul Haq.

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Study centre lauded for promoting research
Lahore: Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, who is also Chairman, Board of Governors PSC, presided over the 10th meeting of the Board of Governors of Pakistan Study Centre (PSC) in the committee room of PSC on Wednesday. Prof Dr S Qalb-i-Abid, Ms Ghayyur Fatima, Prof Dr Khurram Qadir, Prof Dr Adnan Sarwar, Prof Dr Imdad Hussain Sahito, Prof Dr Muhammad Hafeez, PSC Director Prof Dr Massarrat Abid and Dr Uzma Ikram attended the meeting.

Director PSC Prof Dr Massarrat Abid welcomed the members of the board and presented a report of activities and achievements of the centre for the year 2010-11. The board was informed that the PSC was producing research on different themes of Pakistan Studies in shape of books as well as in its research journal. Moreover, regional publications are also being published by the Centre. The Director told the members that due to the encouragement of Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran, the centre was able to play an effective role in the promotion of academic and research collaboration with scholars and institutes of national and international repute. The centre has also been organising international conferences and seminars.

Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran and the members appreciated the efforts of the centre and approved the plan to organise a two-day international conference in October 2011 on "Pakistan: Challenges to Democracy, Governance and National Unity". The Director brought into the notice of the members that this was going to be a fourth international conference to be organised by the Punjab University's Pakistan Study Centre. Eminent international scholars from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, China, Iran and India have already sent summaries of their research papers for the conference. Moreover, more than 40 Pakistani scholars from public and private universities of Pakistan will also participate in the conference. The conference will address issues such as Pakistan's security concerns, current and cross-current of US-Pakistan relations, energy crises in Pakistan, China, India and Pakistan as rising powers. The news

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BNU students host art activity at Lahore Museum
Lahore: Students from Beaconhouse National University (BNU) doing their masters in Arts Education hosted an activity at the Lahore Museum with the aim of developing interest within people relating to arts and museum's activities.

The students hosting the activity, Saima Haq, Asad Hayee, Roma Khan and Zehra Bokhari, made puzzles from famous paintings of renowned artists like Shakir Ali, Gull Jee and Sadequain. They then invited people, especially children, to solve those puzzles after having a glimpse at the original paintings. BNU introduced the subject of Arts Education in Pakistan. The subject focuses on kids' attitude and behaviour and also trains them in the art of observing psychology. The children who were visiting the museum along with their parents enjoyed the activity immensely and showed keen interest in the paintings. Daily times

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PBIT signs MoU on employees' training
Lahore: Punjab Board of Investment and Trade (PBIT) and Diverse Learning Concepts (DLC) Worldwide inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Wednesday to provide PBIT employees with an up to date and need-based training for skill enhancement and capacity building.

The MoU was signed by Chief Executive Officer PBIT Dr Sajid Yoosufani and Alan Linden on behalf of DLC Worldwide.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Sajid Yoosufani welcomed DLC worldwide in Punjab and ensured provision of maximum cooperation to it for achieving the objectives underlined in the MoU. The Chief Executive Officer of DLC Worldwide, Alan Linden expressed his pleasure at the occasion and declared it to be the beginning of a life long relationship of dialogue and exchange of aspirations.

DLC Worldwide, is a UK based skill development organization that supports multi-national organizations across the globe for development of internal training facilities, supports colleges, universities and training providers internationally in a number of areas. It also provides services to government organizations in achieving learning and development objectives. Director DLC Worldwide Saqib Hanif, Senior Vice President Netsol Technologies Ayub Ghauri and senior officers of PBIT were also present at the occasion.

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Lahore: A Pakistani student, Muhammad Daood Sheikh, has left for Australia to participate in an eight-day Asia Youth Pacific Conference there. The conference is being held by Initiative of Change Organisation. Daood has been officially invited to take part in the conference by Aus Aid programme of the Australian government. The news

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