PU MA examination centre closure

Closure of PU centre dismays MA students
Nankana Sahib, June 03: Hundreds of male and female students on Thursday demanded restoration of MA Examination Centre of the Punjab University in the district as they were worried about their future and other problems in this regard.

They appealed to the Punjab governor, the chief minister and the PU vice-chancellor to restore centre in the district. The MA examination centre functional since long has been closed due to some unknown reasons causing panic among hundreds of students especially girls and their families who were preparing themselves for the exams starting from the next week.

Around 600 MA students of Urdu, Islamic studies, History, Political Science etc appear in the examination centre in Nankana every year. Furthermore, the student coming from remote areas like Seyyed Wala, Barah Garh have to face more difficulties to appear in Sheikupura centre as the journey takes more than two hours which is difficult to manage every day. They said that it is very difficult for the girl students to manage residence nearby the examination centre in Sheikhupura because of dearness and their society does not allow this as well.

Moreover, traders, lawyers, students, teachers, civil society activists and educationists expressed their great concerns over the closure of the already functional examination centre. In the same way, students and families belonging to Teshil Headquarters Sangla Hill and Shah Kot would be in big problems now.

As no untoward incident ever took place in the centre, the people of the district said that rather providing further facilities, the Punjab Government has closed the only one functional centre without any reason. If it is not restored, the students have to give up their education, they said. As everyone in the world knows that education is the fundamental tool for development of any country and such decisions would definitely not help promote education. Hundreds of physically handicapped girl students including Saira hanif, Hira Baber, Afia Gulzar, Nadia Taulat, Ayesha Shahid, Shabana Mahmood appealed the authorities to save their future. The nation

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PU results
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department on Thursday announced the results of various examinations. a press release said these exams included MSc Psychology, Physics, Mathematics, MA Urdu, Political Science, History, English, Islamic Studies, Economics, Part-II, Supplementary Examination 2010, MS Zoology (2 Years Programme), Semester System, Session 2008-2010 and MPhil Zoology (2 Years Programme), Semester System, Session 2008-2010.

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PU nomination
Lahore: Punjab University's Institute of Quality and Technology Management (IQTM) Assistant Professor Dr Muhammad Usman Awan has been nominated as a member of the Editorial Board of Asian Journal of Quality by the Emerald Journals. According to a press statement, Emerald Journals enjoy very good reputation especially in the field of management sciences. PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has appreciated and congratulated Dr Usman on his nomination. The news

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UVAS book fair concludes
Lahore: Thousands of books have been sold at University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS)'s first annual book fair - 2011 organised by Librarian staff.

The students from Ravi campus Pattoki, College of Veterinary Science Jhang and official from livestock and dairy development department visited event and took keen interest to select the books including animal husbandry, animal food nutrition, pathology and varied subjects.

The closing ceremony was attended by dean faculty of veterinary science Prof Dr Nasim Ahmad. He said that book reading is developing the innovation and creativity and leads towards the leadership. Director institute of continuing education and extension Dr Aneel Zameer Durani remarked that only book reading can lead to quality research. The nation

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Book on education launched: HEC to remain intact: minister
Lahore: Punjab Education Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman has said the Implementation Commission has agreed that the Higher Education Commission will remain intact.

The Punjab government has the capacity to set up and run the HEC at the provincial level but proposed that it should stay intact for integration at the national level, he said at the launch of a book "Education in Pakistan: Developmental Milestones" by Punjab University's Faculty of Education Dean Prof Dr Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal at the Institute of Education and Research on Thursday.

The minister said the School Education Department introduced an initiative of converting all public-sector schools into English medium that resulted in massive enrolment. Citing an example, he said, the Punjab Textbook Board this year published some 20 per cent more textbooks than those printed last year but still the board found that there was shortage.

He said the department was also merging schools and rationalising (1:35) teacher-students ratio in respective schools. He said missing facilities were also being provided in schools.

Mr Rehman said the Punjab government also established the Punjab Educational Endowment Fund through legislation and so far it had created Rs6 billion fund. It would be having Rs10 billion endowment by 2012 for the issuance of scholarships to 30,000 needy students for seeking quality higher education, he said.

The minister said: "Every government that comes into power should not go for preparing a new education policy but update the existing one and implement it in letter and spirit."

He said six Daanish schools had been operationalised in far-flung districts.

Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran said the leaders who show indifference towards education could not bring about revolutionary change in the lives of people.

"I cannot accept that the government is facing financial crisis and cannot allocate money for education. The money will be readily available, whenever the rulers will show their commitment towards education," he said.

He stressed that the government must fund researchers for their PhDs, saying Pakistan had only 4,000 PhDs compared to 5,800 in Manchester University alone.

Referring to the dearth of competent schoolteachers, the VC said good teachers would be produced when the faculty at the Institute of Education and Research would end their petty differences and clashes.

The PU VC lauded Prof Iqbal's effort towards recording the 63-year education history in Pakistan.

The other speakers said the writer had documented complete details of education in Pakistan.

Punjab Education Foundation chairman Raja Anwar said the education system needed to be re-structured because the students (even in Class-IX) could not read simple sentences. He said 40 per cent children had never been to schools.

He said Rs465 billion were being plundered "under the head of corruption" in Pakistan every year.

Punjab Literacy and Non-Formal Basic Education Department Secretary Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik, former PU VC Prof Dr Khalid Hameed Sheikh and Mujeebur Rehman Shami besides the author spoke.

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GCU VC condoles death of controller
Lahore: The Government College University (GCU) administration and faculty members have offered their condolences on the death of the varsity's Assistant Controller Examination Muhammad Qasim Ali. In their message to the bereaved family, they prayed may Almighty Allah bless the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to his family members to bear the irreparable loss with fortitude. Meanwhile, in another statement, GCU acting Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Ikram-ul-Haq and Old Ravians Union (ORU) President Dr Samar Mubarikmand have expressed grief on the death of eminent Old Ravian and former Olympian Munir Dar.

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Degree show
Lahore: The opening day of a degree show, 2011, at the school of visual arts and design of a private university attracted a large number of guests including artists, academics, students and parents on Thursday. On display the exhibition are bachelor's degree thesis projects of the department of fine arts, department of jewellery and accessory design, department of textile design and department of visual communication design. Students from SAARC countries form part of the student body. The news

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