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KU evening programme extends admission date
Karachi, June 09: Director Evening Programme University of Karachi (KU) Prof Dr Abuzar Wajdi has announced that the date of issuance and acceptance of admission forms for Masters and Diploma programmes in evening for 2011-12 has been extended up to June 11. Candidates could obtain and submit their admission forms from the counter of UBL at Silver Jubilee gate of KU from 09:30am to 03:30pm in morning while in evening from 03:30pm to 07:30pm at UBL campus branch of the university till June 11. ppi

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APMSO, students praised for holding 'Re-Engineering Pakistan'
Karachi: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has appreciated the efforts of the central committee of All Pakistan Muttahida Students Organisation (APMSO) and academic and social circle for successfully holding the 'Re-Engineering Pakistan' exhibition at the Karachi Expo Centre. He also commended the students who took active part in the exhibition, a statement said on Wednesday.

Hussain said the students of Sindh, particularly Karachi, have made it clear that they were well equipped with modern-day scientific knowledge and technological advancements. The students have demonstrated that they can play a leading role in the progress and prosperity of the country if they are given opportunities, he added.

He appealed to the teaching community and the scientists to visit the exhibition and guide the students in making their work fruitful for the country. He announced three cash prizes of Rs 100,000, Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 for the students that would be judged first, second and third respectively. The prizes will be given on the last day of the exhibition. Meanwhile Deputy Convener of the Coordination Committee and Federal Overseas Pakistanis Minister Dr Farooq Sattar visited the Expo Centre Wednesday and gave a press briefing about the exhibition. Dr Sattar said that our youth have the ability to take the country ahead in the 21st century. He said that the efforts of the APMSO for holding the unique exhibition were commendable. The APMSO had lighted a torch of hope and the light emanating from this torch would be helpful in organising and motivating the students for using their abilities to bring a change in the country. It would dispel the spectre of hopelessness, he added. Daily times

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University of Sindh: Code of conduct for peace finalised
Hyderabad: A code of conduct was finalised on Wednesday for the students of Sindh University and it was decided that no student would be allowed to carry weapons on the campus.

A monitoring committee, which was constituted in the wake of violence on the campus to ensure peace in the institution, finalised the code of conduct at a meting here on Wednesday.

Convener of the committee Pro-Vice-Chancellor Dr Parveen Shah presided over the meeting attended by noted intellectual Muhammad Ibrahim Joyo, Mehtab Akbar Rashidi, Dr Suleman Shaikh, Ibrar Kazi, Jami Chandio, Aajiz Dhamrah of the PPP, Roshan Ali Buriro of the SUP, Nand Lal Malhi of the STP, Peeral Majeedano of the PP-SB, Zubair Ahmed Memon of the PML-F, Mohammad Ayoub Shar of the SNF, Mohammad Nawaz Zaonr of the JSQM-A, Zahid Mallah of the Awami Tehreek, registrar Dr Mohammad Siddique Kalhoro, Prof Salma Leghari, Prof Arfana Mallah, Taj Joyo, Prof Ghulam Ali Jareko and committee secretary Abdul Majeed Panhwar.

The code of conduct would be implemented in collaboration with political parties and the university administration for sustainable peace.

The meeting finalised the draft of code of conduct after a detailed discussion. Out of the 31 points, the meeting unanimously approved 24 points and draft was finalised.

A three-member committee headed by Taj Joyo prepared the draft of the code of conduct as a road map for the committee.

The meeting agreed that the committee would work for the promotion of education, literary, cultural and social activities and discourage negative attitude among students affiliated with political parties and that leaders of political parties would extend their cooperation.

The committee will provide help to the university to remove former students occupying hostel rooms, ensure admissions on merit. It will ensure that no student activist seek extortion from the contractors carrying out development works at the canteen or force canteen managers for providing food free of cost.

It agreed that in case of any clash or differences among student activists, political parties would intervene and resolve the issue.

It was agreed that students would strictly follow rules and regulations of hostels and carefully use its facilities including phone, computer and internet.

The committee decided to ensure that students would remain peaceful and refrain from damaging university property and students or student associations would not participate in any activity related to collection of donations and would not work for any political purpose on the campus.

The university administration will rusticate those students who are found involved in criminal activities and no party will allow membership to rusticated students. Students will avoid wall chalking, display of party banners on the campus, chalking and posters will be removed from the campus with help of the parties concerned while university will provide space for

display of posters at an identified place.

The committee decided that the students and teachers would be encouraged to work collectively for the betterment of the university; teachers will not use the students for their personal errands and if any teacher is found involved, he will face disciplinary action.

The committee agreed that the teachers would take classes regularly and no teacher would teach in any private institute/college during the university time and otherwise an action will be taken.

The meeting also decided that till the revival of student unions, university student welfare association will be established and election of the association will be conducted under the supervision of a sub-committee to be formed by the monitoring committee.

The university administration will be bound to adopt strict security measures at the main entrance and exit gates of the university to check weapons.

The university will allocate a parking place for private vehicles at a distance from teaching departments and provide shuttle bus service from departments to the parking place.

The committee members will also deliver lectures on the campus and the draft of code of conduct will be distributed among students. Dawn

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Notice issued to PMDC on plea against private medical colleges
Lahore: Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah of the Lahore High Court (LHC), on Wednesday, sought reply from Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) and University of Health Sciences (UHS) on a petition against private medical colleges. The judge directed the two respondents to file their replies till June 27. The judge also accepted the petitioner's application regarding inclusion of all private medical colleges functioning across country in the petition since earlier, only colleges in Punjab were included in the petition.

Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Lahore-chapter joint secretary Salman Kazmi had moved the petition in which he said that a number of private medical colleges were set up across the country which did not fulfil the criteria laid down by PMDC. He said that these colleges were not following the rules and regulations set by the PMDC and as such were playing with the future of students. He submitted that according to the council rules, for the training of 100 medical and dental students admitted annually, a suitable single plot of land measuring not less than three acres or equivalent covered area of 86,000 sq ft, must be owned or possessed by the college/institution by way of 33 years lease for the construction of the college. The PMDC also asks private colleges to be affiliated with hospitals having at least 500 beds.

He submitted that the private colleges also did not have Nursing colleges with them which was mandatory according to PMDC rules and regulations. The petitioner's counsel contended that the private medical colleges had converted the medical education into a business that was deeply affecting the quality of education and would damage the repute of Pakistani doctors across the world.

He also prayed to direct the PMDC not to register more colleges till the decision of the petition and direct PMDC to submit a detailed report about all the registered colleges. The counsel further requested that the court order PMDC to hold inspection of private medical colleges. After hearing the arguments, the bench issued notice to PMDC and UHS for June 27 and sought reply in the matter. Daily times

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Interviews for UVAS head under way
Lahore: The Punjab government's Search Committee is holding interviews of short-listed candidates for the selection of vice-chancellor of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences on Thursday (today).

Of 35 applicants, the four-member search committee headed by Punjab Public Service Commission member Ghiasuddin had short-listed 13 candidates for the interview.

The short-listed candidates include six senior faculty members serving at UVAS and four at University of Agriculture

Faisalabad. The candidates, who have been called for interview are: UVAS faculty members Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha, Prof Dr Ijaz Ahmad, Prof Dr Muhammad Ashraf, Prof Dr Muhammad Athar Khan, Prof Dr Hafiz Muhammad Abdullah and Prof Dr Masroor Elahi Babar. University of Agriculture Faisalabad faculty members are Prof Dr Ihsanul Haq, Prof Dr Sarwar, Prof Dr laique Akbar Lodhi and Prof Dr Rana Iftikhar. The other three short-listed candidates are: Prof Dr Zafar Chaudhry from Bahauddin Zikariya University, Multan; Prof Dr Muhammad Akram Munir from Islamabad and Dr Anwaarul Haq from the USA.

It is learnt that UVAS incumbent VC Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz did not apply for the post because the Search Committee has

powers to call the incumbent for an interview.

The Search Committee members are: Pakistan Dairy Association, Lahore, chairman Syed Yawar Ali; Pakistan Agriculture Research Association, Islamabad, Chief Scientist-II Dr Muhammad Afzal and Punjab Livestock and Dairy Development Department Secretary Hamid Yaqoob Sheikh.

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PU teachers to resist Khosa's bid to get Baloch reinstated
Lahore: The Teachers' Front, a body of Punjab University (PU) teachers, has reacted sharply to news that the governor is pressing the PU vice-chancellor to restore College of Earth and Environmental Sciences (CEES) principal Prof Dr Iftikhar Husain Baloch who was sacked for sexual harassment.

A section of press reported on June 7 that Governor Latif Khosa in capacity of the chancellor told VC Dr Mujahid Kamran at a meeting that the teacher in question be restored to his post within seven days, or he himself would do so.

The body passed a resolution at a meeting on Wednesday that the PU would not tolerate interference of parliamentarians in the university affairs.

"We respect all public's elected members and it is expected that they should play their role in independent and smooth functioning of the institutions," the resolution said.

Front President Dr Shaukat Ali said that they would go on strike if Dr Baloch was reinstated.

Multiple inquiries held Dr Baloch guilty of sexual harassing Shabina Gul, a PhD candidate and a part-time teacher at the CEES, and administrator Shafaq Ijaz. The PU Syndicate dismissed Dr Baloch from service on April 21.

It is learnt that the governor had met the vice chancellor to discuss recommendations by the National Assembly Standing Committee on Government Assurance that the VC and the PU registrar be dismissed for dismissing the professor arbitrarily

in clear defiance of the committee.

In the meeting with the governor, Prof Kamran said he had not dismissed Dr Baloch arbitrarily but the decision was taken by varsity's statutory body Syndicate unanimously. Dawn

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PhD awarded at PU
Lahore: Punjab University has awarded PhD degrees to Abdul Shabbir Ali Bhatti in Pharmacology after approval of his research thesis entitled "Study of Pharmacological Effects of NSAIDs (COX-1 and COX-2 Inhibitors) During Myocardial Ischaemia, Muhammad Sharif in Islamic Studies after approval of his thesis entitled "Modern Scientific Biological Research & Islam." The nation

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GCU elects maiden ASA
Lahore: The Government College University (GCU) maiden Academic Staff Association (ASA) on Tuesday elected its 12 officials and eight of them were elected unopposed.

Following resistance from the university administration, the GCU-ASA election commission had to hold polling in the corridor of first floor of the postgraduate building. The five-strong body led by chief election commissioner Prof Dr Wasif Siddiqui earlier wanted holding the elections in a hall of the library, but the administration did not allow holding the maiden 'democratic' activity on the university since its establishment in 2002 at the venue desired by its staff members.

Our sources say former vice-chancellor Dr Khalid Aftab never allowed formation of the ASA during his eight-year stint as administrative head of the prestigious seat of learning. However, his departure apparently paved the way for the formation of the ASA.

The elections were held only for the post of secretary-general and three slots of executive members (science). It is learnt that GCU faculty members showed great enthusiasm in the activity as 218 out of 269 registered voters exercised their right to vote.

According to results, Dr Muhammad Anwar was elected secretary-general with 172 votes, while his rivals Dr Nayyar Iqbal and Nadeem Sheikh bagged 13 and 29 votes, respectively.

On the three seats for executive members (science), Dr Nouman Sarwar Qureshi, Dr Shazia Khurshid and Dr Syed Asad Raza Kazmi were elected with 189, 180 and 175 votes, respectively. Another candidate Dr Atif could secure 75 only.

The GCU-ASA office-bearers, who have been elected unopposed are: Prof Dr Hasan Amir Shah (president); Dr Zahid Qureshi vice-president (science); Dr Farooq Haider vice-president (social sciences); Dr Nauman Aftab finance secretary and Syed Yasir Usman joint secretary.

The unopposed elected executive members (social sciences) are: Babar Naseem Assi, Dr Shabbir Rana and Muhammad Saeed.

GCU-ASA President Prof Dr Hasan Amir Shah said the association would strive for having teachers' due representation on the university syndicate as was the case in most other universities of the country.

GCU-ASA Secretary-General Dr Muhammad Akram said the association would work for the welfare of teachers' community and try to get their problems redressed.

Citing an example, he said the GCU administration was currently neither considering distribution of evening classes as workload duly allotted to a teacher nor giving them extra remuneration for taking these classes like other institutions of higher learning.

He said the association would also look into the matter that M.Phil degree holders in GCU were being given Rs2,500 allowance per month, while other universities were paying Rs5,000 per month allowance to such academicians. PU results:

The Punjab University on Tuesday declared the results of MA physical education Part-II supplementary examination 2010, LLB Part-III special annual examination for 2010 held in London, UK; Doctor of Pharmacy third professional annual examination for 2010 and Doctor of Pharmacy fourth professional annual examination for 2010. Dawn

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