PU may hike fees | PU & GCU security threats

PU may hike fees for private students
Lahore, June 16: The Punjab University's Finance and Planning Committee is all set to approve university's estimated budget of Rs 3.5 billion for 2009-10 with proposed 10 percent increase in examination and registration fees for private students.

The PU Finance and Planning Committee is scheduled to meet, under the chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, on Tuesday (today) to approve the Rs 0.4 billion deficit budget.

Of the total budget, the university expects to generate Rs 2 billion from its own resources besides a grant of Rs 1.1 billion from the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

According to highlights of the budget, the PU has proposed to enhance funding for PhD scholarship programmes from Rs 40 million to Rs 60.5 million so that more young faculty could be sent abroad for higher studies.

The university has also proposed to enhance the library grant from Rs 7 million to Rs 10 millions out of which Rs 9 million would be spent on purchase of new books for main libraries and departmental libraries and Rs 1 million for miscellaneous expenses.

The PU has further proposed allocation of Rs 50 million to promote research culture in the university. A similar amount was allocated for fiscal year 2008-09, however, it was learnt that only Rs 25 million were utilised.

Under the head of conference participation, the university has proposed Rs 8 million for teachers to participate in internal conferences and Rs 10 million for overseas conferences.

A PU official said that owing to increasing inflation, the varsity had proposed a 10 percent increase in examination and registration fee respectively, adding following approval, this would apply only on private students. He said the amount would be saved from vacant posts in order to bridge the deficit.

He further said after approval from the F&P Committee, the budget would be tabled before the university's syndicate for final approval.

It is important to mention here that the PU syndicate has approved a budget of around Rs 3 billion for 2008-09, which also included enhanced examination and registration fees by 15 per cent for private students. The News

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PU Old Campus, GCU vulnerable to terror
Lahore: Are the students of Punjab University Old campus and GCU apathetic to the crisis and security threats elsewhere in Pakistan? The Punjab University's Old Campus situated at the busy Sharah-e-Quaid-e-Azam have no foolproof security arrangements to prevent any untoward incident despite warning by the government. There is normal security of its own personnel at the Old Campus gate and at the GCU while there are no hurdles, barricades, metal detectors or walkthrough gates as advised by the intelligence and security agencies to the education institutions.

The universities having co-education are more prone to the security threats by the extremists as they had threatened of dire consequences against the mixed gathering at the educational institutions. The Old Campus fences adjoining to the Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam and Anarkali road dividing oriental college and the Old Campus are brazenly unsafe.

Hundreds of students including boys and girls loiter at the parks facing Shahrah in free periods, caring little for the gazing eyes and passengers travelling in the public transport and the private vehicles. Sometimes the students indulged in unhealthy acts. They cause embarrassment to the people when they are seen doing something contrary to the established social norms. Perhaps if their parents see them in that atmosphere their heads would be bow down in shame. The students can be seen in the university main hall corridors and parks facing Shahrah-e-Quad-e-Azam after the periods or while waiting for the buses. Dozens of students squat on the floor in addition to chasing and teasing each other, making gestures and creating fuss. When the buses arrive, they become unruly to climb on them. Such 'open' atmosphere may provoke terrorists to attack as it can be seen the terrorists are on the rampage to promote their agenda and philosophy through blasts.

The PU auditorium was once known for social and literary activities, seminars, symposium and academic activities. Now this is closed and the corridors are open as resting place. It is worth mentioning that the students of PU College of Information Technology in the same premises are not allowed in mix gathering to sit in the parks and at the green belts after the classes while the student of College of Arts and Design and other departments are exempted from those instructions and they do not care of the public criticism. Even the Kinnaird College has banned wearing of jeans by the girls while LUMS and other chartered universities have enhanced their security against any untoward incident. But this is alien to Punjab University Old Campus. Similarly at GCU, the Oval Ground facing the Lower Mall is unsafe. There are no remarkable hurdles at the main gate of the GCU besides at its motorbike stand opposite to the Chemistry department. GCU too has its own security and not protected by the trained security personnel. The Oriental College and the NCA are as usual surrounded by vendors, encroachers and unchecked traffic. The unmanned Oriental college gates remain open throughout the day - rather it is thoroughfare for the pedestrians. The Nation

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PU announced various results
Lahore: The Punjab University Examination Department declared the results of various examinations here on Monday. According to a press release, the exams are: of Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons), First Year, Annual Examination, 2007 and 2008, Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons), Third Year, Annual Examination, 2008, BSc Applied Geology, Second Professional, Second Annual, 2007, and Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm-D), Third Professional, Annual Examination, 2008.

PU awards PhD
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) has awarded PhD degree to Muhammad Ijaz son of Abdul Rehman in the subject of Punjabi after approval of his research thesis titled "Punjabi Sufiana Shaiery Da Fikry Nazam". According to a press statement, he completed his thesis under the supervision of PU Department of Punjabi Chairman Prof Dr Asmatullah Zahid. The News

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568 govt schools converted into English medium
Lahore: Provincial Minister for Education Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman has said that with a view to ensuring provision of quality education and restoring the confidence of people in public schools, the government has converted 568 government schools into English medium.

He stated this while speaking to a delegation of schoolteachers here on Sunday. He said a large number of private schools in the name of English medium institution have great attraction for the general public. Parents of even lower middle class and poor segment of society are being attracted by private schools due to English medium instruction, smart uniform and computer literacy.

He further stated as compared to private schools, the government staffs is more talented, qualified and trained with better salaries and job security. He said it was pertinent to mention that the subject of science and math are being taught in English in these schools from VI class in some of the selected high/higher secondary schools. The selected high schools with primary portion have introduced the system from the nursery class.

The Minister pointed out that all the 144 high schools identified as center of excellence, the Central Model Schools, Comprehensive Schools, Pilot Schools, Technical and Junior Model Schools have been converted into English Medium Schools. Moreover, 5 per cent govt boys schools and 10pc govt girls high / higher secondary schools have adopted this system. He said in Lahore district, 45 boys schools and 33 girls schools have introduced English medium classes from April 1 this year. The Nation

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GCU diploma distribution
Lahore: A ceremony to distribute diplomas in Forensic Chemistry was held at the Government College University (GCU) on Monday.

According to a press statement, speaking at an awareness seminar in this connection, GCU Department of Chemistry Chairperson Dr Saeed Iqbal said the need for the Diploma in Forensic Chemistry was felt when it was learnt that the government was planning to establish forensic labs across the country but qualified and trained personnel were not available to run them.

He added there science graduates should enroll themselves in this programme to take up the upcoming positions. The GCU vice-chancellor said there was a need to integrate and promote inter disciplinary programmes, adding the Department of Chemistry was introducing Diploma in Forensic Chemistry which is need of the hour. Inspector General of Police (IGP) of Pakistan Railways Syed Asghar Raza Gardezi also spoke on the occasion. The News

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