Owing to paper leak, new UET entry test date
Lahore, July 26: Over Rs 8.2 million went down the drain with the cancellation of University of Engineering & Technology (UET) Lahore's entrance test while the varsity is likely to face a loss of over Rs 2 million to reorganise the test in September.
The varsity had collected Rs 350 per candidate from around 41,000 candidates who appeared in the combined entrance test in different centres across the country for admission to engineering institutes of Punjab.
The test was conducted successfully on July 24; however, hours after it was cancelled by the university after it had received a tip-off that some part of the test was leaked. Since the test has been cancelled, the amount spent on its conduct has gone waste. Apart from this, the candidates, who bought the leaked paper, also lost huge money as reportedly the paper was sold at Rs 50,000 to Rs 100,000. Nonetheless, the mafia involved in leaking the paper made a quick buck and earned millions.
According to sources, expenditure on each candidate was over Rs 200, thus around Rs 8.2 million spent on the entry test, which was later cancelled, has gone waste. And since the leftover amount stands around Rs 6 million, the UET will need extra Rs 2 million to hold the test again for 41,000 candidates.
Meanwhile, UET Lahore on Monday announced that the combined entry test would now be held on September 11, 2011 on the basis of already submitted applications and allocated roll numbers.
Vice Chancellor Lt Gen (Retd) Muhammad Akram Khan said that the varsity would not charge any fee from the students for the September test as cancellation of the test was not their fault.
The VC also confirmed that Rs 200 were spent on each candidate during the test, adding now the amount would be borne by the varsity. Sources privy to new developments said the varsity's inquiry committee would also investigate some students who bought the leaked paper adding it would lead to uncover the mafia involved in selling education.
After the cancellation of the test, a three-member committee was formed by the VC to investigate the matter and submit a comprehensive report within a week.
However, sources claimed that the previous Admission Committee was in fact abolished by the Vice Chancellor and it was most likely that the former members would also be included in the investigation.Your Comments
Lahore: A paper held in connection with B.Ed examination at the Government Elementary College was cancelled on Monday. The examination staff distributed paper of Management instead of English Communication owing to which the paper had to be cancelled. The paper distributed among the candidates on Monday was scheduled to be held on August 2. Meanwhile, the students also protested against the negligence of the authorities and cancellation of the paper. The news
PU professors' posting triggers controversies
Lahore: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has questioned the Punjab University's (PU's) decision of selecting three candidates for the slot of professors against the commission's criteria with regard to research publications.
The PU selected Institute of Education and Research's (IER) associate professors Dr Muhammad Saeed Shahid, Dr Rafaqat Ali Akbar and Dr Abid Husain Chaudhry as professors despite the fact that the first two candidates have no research articles published in HEC recognised journals, while the last candidate has got published three research articles. PU Registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Akhtar, however, says the three professors in question have 15 research papers published in HEC recognised journals.
The selection board, which approved the selection of these three candidates, was held on April 21 this year, the same day when the varsity faculty was polling their votes for their representatives on the university Syndicate.
For the three professors' seats in the IER, the PU additional registrar stated on August 23, 2010, that the applicants from the IER stand ineligible in the light of the HEC chairman's letter, which stated: "the appointment as the associate and full professor requires an excellent publication record, specifically publications in the HEC approved journals".
Eight candidates had applied for the three posts, while none of them met the HEC criteria of 12 research publications (with at least three publications in the last five years).
H EC Executive Director Dr Sohail Naqvi said that he was following the issue up with the Punjab University. It is learnt that the commission has written to the PU authorities to explain why they did not follow the HEC criteria. The PU registrar denied that the HEC had questioned the appointment of these three professors.
Earlier, the PU additional registrar office had agreed to some faculty members' opinion that the research papers published in journals other than the HEC recognised journals were acceptable. But during the processing of the application of Dr Mumtaz Anwar for the post of associate professor in the economics department, the additional registrar discarded his earlier opinion and stated that all candidates, who did not fulfill the criteria of required number of research papers published in HEC recognised journals â€" stood ineligible. The additional registrar found that former HEC chairman Prof Dr Attaur Rehman had written a letter to the Punjab governor in December 2007 that "condition of HEC recognised journal is strictly applicable".
A selection board meeting held on March 29, attended by members Mukhtar Masood and a Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) member, had also suggested that the VC should not hold the selection board and that professors should not be selected on the basis of articles published in self-published journals. Another member Pervez Masood was absent. The selection board then postponed the selection of candidates, however, it evaluated the research papers of the applicants. The minutes of the March 29 selection board meeting have so far not been issued, it is learnt.
Later, the VC called the selection board meeting on April 21 and selected the three professors. The two members â€" Mukhtar Masood and a PPSC member â€" reportedly did not attend the meeting. Sources say that it is morally not correct to hold a selection board in the absence of two members, who had earlier given their dissent notes. On April 24, IER dean Prof Dr Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal also wrote a note of dissent regarding the proceedings of selection board for incorporation in the minutes of the April 21 selection board. He stated that none of the applicant had got published 12 research papers in HEC recognised journals.
He said that these applicants were held eligible when a selection board member in a meeting on Nov 19, 2009, had opined that the HEC had waived the condition of publication of articles in the HEC recognised journals. The dean stated that the information was based on misperception as the HEC had declared it imperative that only publications in the HEC approved journals be considered for appointment as the associate and full professor level.
Prof Iqbal also questioned that the panel of referees for evaluating research papers of the applicants had not been approved by the selection board and subsequently by the Syndicate. He said that all the three referees, to whom the papers of the applicants were sent for evaluation, had close acquaintance with the IER Director, who was partisan to this case.
The dean also stated that two of the referees Dr Muhammad Ahsan and Dr Muhammad P Aslam did not possess qualification in the relevant subject. He said the selection board held on March 29, 2009, had declined to take decision in this regard. He also observed that the papers of the applicants submitted with their applications had been published in self-published journals, which were not published regularly, rather had been published only for this purpose. Dawn
PU results announced
Lahore: Punjab University Examinations Department has declared the results of BS Mathematics, Semester System, Session 2007-2011, BS (Hons) Communication Studies, Semester System, Session 2006-2010 and MS Communication (Development Journalism), Semester System, Session 2008-2010.
Prof Khaliq new GCU VC
Lahore: Pakistani universities are required to hone their research potential if they wish to play a dynamic role in stabilising the national economy and achieve social equilibrium.
These views were expressed by noted physicist Prof Dr Muhammad Khaliqur Rehman while addressing the senior faculty members after taking charge as the Vice Chancellor of the Government College University here on Monday.
Prof Khaliq was the chairman Physics Department at the university of Engineering and Technology before his appointment as the 28th head of the 148-year-old education institution.
Prof Dr Khaliq was awarded the highest Presidential Award "Izaz-i-Kamal" for his meritorious service in educationist sector in year 2009. He received "HEC Best Teacher Award" for his extraordinary academic work in 2008. The Pakistan Institute of Physics [PIP] awarded Prof Khaliq "Fellowship Gold Medal" as token of recognition for his outstanding contributions to the advancement of Physics in Pakistan. Prof Khaliq did his PhD in Physics from Manchester University, UK. The British government also bestowed upon him "Overseas Research Students Award" twice in years 1986 and 1987. Prof Khaliq has over 100 research articles published in international journals to his credit besides several books on the subject of Physics.
Talking to the GCU senior faculty members, Prof Khaliq said that the menus of extremism, sectarian hatred, conservatism and intellectual barrenness could only be wiped out from the national landscape if our academia ventures to play a dynamic role. "If we intend to keep hope alive in the current abyss of gloom and doom, it is the responsibility of the academia to enlighten the nation through research in the domain social science as well as science and technology", he added.
Prof Khaliq stressed the need to obliterate the chasm between the elite and downtrodden by offering quality education to all irrespective of one's power to afford it. He said that they should enhance the support for the deserving talented students so that they could continue their studies without any financial pressure. The nation