Unqualified teachers are PhD examiners
Lahore, June 18: Unqualified teachers were being made examiners and supervisors in the examinations of PhD and higher degrees in King Edward Medical University (KEMU), sources in the university said here on Friday.
They said that examiners of the first female student who did her MD (Doctor of Medicines) from the KEMU were DMRD (Diploma in Radiological Medicines and Diagnosis) holder, a lesser degree than that of MD.
When this scribe contacted first KEMU's qualified Dr Afshan Qureshi and asked that her examiners were diploma holder and less qualified than her, she replied, "I had not appointed my examiners rather they were appointed by the KEMU with the approval of Board of Studies and Higher Education Commission". She further said that one can ask the same question from the university management.
It is worth mentioning here that examiners of Dr Afshan were Dr Khawaja Khursheed who is DMRD, a junior diploma holder, and Dr Nasir Zaidi who is also a student of MD. Sources disclosed that Dr Nasir Zaidi had got admission in MD in Punjab University during the year 1990 but could not complete the same yet.
A senior professor of radiology said seeking anonymity that there was a time when as per rules of PMDC no diploma holder could be inducted in teaching cadre. But a former dictator and president Ziaul Haq modified the rules allowing diploma holders to be inducted in the teaching cadre reason behind the modification was to oblige one Dr Javed Siddique. Dr Javed was attached with Zai-ul-Haq.
Sources disclosed that university has enrolled about 12 candidates for MD degree but about four have left and eight were doing their MD under the supervision of diploma holders. A doctor said that it was mockery of examinations rules by appointing doctors with lesser degree to supervise or give examination of higher degrees. The nation
PU ignores CM Secretariat letter
Lahore: The Punjab University administration has turned a deaf ear to a Chief Minister Secretariat's letter, seeking submission of a summary over an issue related to the appointment of Prof Dr Makshoof Athar as Director of Institute of Chemistry.
On a representation made by a senior PU faculty member against the appointment of Prof Dr Makshoof as director of varsity's Institute of Chemistry, the CM Secretariat had asked the university administration on May 4, 2011 to examine the case and put up a summary for Chief Minister for his information/orders. It is reliably learnt that PU administration has yet not responded to the CM Secretariat's letter despite the passage of over a month's period.
In his representation, Prof Zaid Mahmood had alleged that PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran appointed a junior faculty member Prof Makshoof as Director of the varsity's Institute of Chemistry "in gross violation of merit policy announced by the Chief Minister".
Prof Zaid said he was the senior most Professor in the Institute of Chemistry and had 25 years service to his credit while Prof Makshoof had only five years service at the Punjab University. According to the representation, a copy available with The News, Prof Zaid Mahmood has 60 research papers out of which 45 have been published in journal of impact factor while Prof Makshoof Athar has only 30 research publications out of which only three have been published in journal of impact factor.
"I (Prof Dr Zaid Mahmood) have also filed a writ petition (No.4046/2011) in the Lahore High Court, challenging thereby the appointment of Dr Makshoof Athar as Director in the Institute of Chemistry. The honourable court has issued a direction to the Vice Chancellor but he did not comply with the direction of the court," reads the representation made by Dr Zaid to the Chief Minister.
It is pertinent to mention here that the post of Director of Institute of Chemistry fell vacant following Prof Dr Saeed Ahmad Nagra retired from the PU service on February 23, 2011 and the very next day on February 24, 2011, VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran in exercise of the powers under 15 (3) of the Punjab University Act 1973 appointed Prof Makshoof Athar as Director of the institute in anticipation of the approval of the syndicate.
Prof Zaid Mahmood said the honourable court had directed the Punjab University administration on March 10, 2011 to place the matter before the syndicate but it did not comply with the direction of the court, as syndicate's meeting held in May 25, 2011 did not had this particular case on its agenda.
The News could not reach PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran and Registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Akhtar for comments despite repeated attempts on their cell phones. They also did not bother to reply to SMS sent in this regard.
However, PU Public Relations Officer Khurram Shahzad, when contacted, said the matter would soon be placed before the syndicate. He said the VC had also expressed his ignorance about the reply to the Chief Minister Secretariat's letter.
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department on Friday announced the results of various examinations. These exams include MSc Geography, Morning, Semester System, Session 2007-2009, MPhil Molecular Biology, Semester System, Session 2009-2011, MSc Botany (2-Year Programme), Morning, Semester System, Session 2008-2010, and MS Mathematics, Semester System, Session 2009-2011. The news
Sculpture exhibition kicks off at PU
Lahore: A sculpture exhibition, displaying works of Punjab University College of Arts and Design's (PUCAD) MA final year students kicked off at the Old Campus on Friday.
PU Vice Chancellor (VC) Professor Dr Mujahid Kamran inaugurated the exhibition.
College Principal Professor Dr Rahat Naveed Masud, College of Information Technology Principal Professor Dr Syed Mansoor Sarwar, Additional Registrar-II Imran Javed, Resident Officer-I Javed Sami, faculty members and a large number of students were present on the occasion. The students, through their sculptures, presented common issues of society and challenges being faced by people and presented their own solutions for them. The sculptures were made of wood, iron, rope, crockery, glass, stone and cigarettes. At least 40 students participated in the exhibition. Speaking on the occasion, the VC said that there were several mediums through which thoughts could be expressed and sculpting was one of the best mediums of expression. Daily times
Lahore: Punjab University's Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran inaugurated 22 offices for faculty members at varsity's College of Information Technology (PUCIT) on Old Campus on Friday. The PUCIT faculty members thanked Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran for his keen interest in construction of offices for them.
Lahore: Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) has developed the Course Management System (CMS), an online learning website, allowing an instructor to create and manage online course contents.
LCWU Acting Vice Chancellor Dr Farhat Saleemi said the varsity's faculty of engineering, technology and management sciences had developed this system. Instructors can post their syllabus online as a living document that can be modified, as the semester progresses.
She further said LCWU-CMS could be used to facilitate sharing files with members of the courses' sites. The students can upload their assignments and projects online and get graded accordingly in a secure and private environment, she said while adding instructors could also create online tests that students could use to practise. This website is accessible on www.lcwu.net.
Rs 652m UVAS budget
Lahore: The finance and planning committee of University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) has passed a Rs 652.020 million development and non-development budget for the financial year 2011-12. Chairing the budget meeting, UVAS Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz said it was the prime responsibility of the university's departments and faculties to generate more income for the welfare of the university. Out of total budget Rs 507.853 million would be allocated for non-developmental side and Rs 144.167 for developmental purposes. The UVAS syndicate will give formal approval to the varsity budget. The news
Students made to suffer for their institutions shortcomings
Karachi: Thousands of candidates appearing in the secondary and intermediate boards' examinations are punished for no fault of theirs as their results are withheld whenever serious objections are raised about their educational institutions' affiliation.
According to sources in the boards, the provincial education department's directorate of private educational institutions has registered a large number of schools and colleges that do not meet even the basic criteria of an educational institution as laid down in the Privately Managed Educational Institutions Act.
Whenever a board's affiliation committee questions such institutions' affiliation, the results of the students enrolled in these institutions are withheld, they say.
The issue was raised off and on by officials of various boards at different meetings over the past few years but without a serious debate or steps to find a way out.
"Gravity of the situation can be gauged from the fact that the matter has finally been placed on the agenda of a meeting of the Sindh Educational Boards' Committee of Chairmen," a senior member of the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) affiliation committee said. The two-day meeting was scheduled for June 15 but had to be postponed for a couple of days for some reasons. It is now being held in Karachi on Saturday.
A board grants affiliation to an educational institution once the latter gets itself registered with the provincial directorate of private educational institutions. There are a number of educational institutions whose owners, using their political clout or bribing the officials concerned, get their institutions registered, according to sources, who say that such people have made it a habit of approaching the relevant board at the eleventh hour, i.e. on the eve of annual examinations.
When the affiliation committee concerned declines them affiliation on the grounds that their institutions do not meet the basic criteria set for a school/college, it appears to be too late to consider the consequences as the would-be-affected students would already have completed their studies and preparation for the examination over a whole academic year, besides having paid exorbitant tuition fee and met other demands of annual charges, festival fee, donation etc from their respective institution.
And if the institution fails to get the requisite affiliation, it's the students who have to suffer as the board withholds their results until the issue of affiliation is settled.
Asked what sort of objections are generally raised by the affiliation committees, the sources say they include unavailability of practical labs in the case of the institutions offering science and computer science education; and unavailability of qualified teachers, especially for English, mathematics and computer science.
They sources say that members of the affiliation committees of different boards, particularly those of Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkur, pay surprise visits to registered institutions before recommending them for affiliation.
"There were several instances where we were shocked to know that some registered institutions had employed fresh matriculates and intermediate youths on meagre stipends to teach class IX to XII students," a senior member of a BIEK affiliation committee said. The affiliation committees of intermediate education boards comprised senior professors and it could not compromise on such lapses on the part of the registration authority, he remarked. Dawn
Rs100m approved for reconstruction of BISEL building
Karachi: At least Rs100 million has been approved in the development budget for the reconstruction and renovation of the building of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Larkana (BISEL). The approval was given by the board of governors in a meeting held earlier at Larkana.
The BISEL was established in 1998 and covered Larkana, Shikarpur, Jacobabad and Kumbhar districts. The building is spread over 24 acres of land and was purchased for Rs5.4 million. There are more than 190 employees working in the BISEL and authorities concerned pay Rs54,000 per month as rent of the building. The building with covered area of 1200 square yards consists of only seven rooms and is in dilapidated condition.
The former Chairman of the BISEL, Dr Mehboob Sheikh said that the building was purchased during his tenure. "I completed my term as a chairman of the Board in March 2002, till then the legal papers were not completed as transfer of ownership of the building take some time. But the building was handed over to the BISEL after few months," he said.
He added that the BISEL heads, who served after him, didn't take interest into the matter but if they had, then the project could have been completed within Rs25 million to Rs30 million.
Sheikh stated that the mill have three huge halls which could be converted into offices and open space could be utilised for other purposes. In past, the construction material and labour cost was cheap but now the prices have increased, he informed.
The employees working in the rented building of the Board claimed that at least three contractors were removed from the project in the past, while building committees were also dissolved. The former chairmen of the Board didn't take any initiative to expedite the construction work on the building. The employees added that recently, Dawood Memon was appointed as the new BISEL chairman. "In the previous budget Rs30 million were sectioned for the construction of the building but to no avail. Let's see if the new chairman accepts the challenge and complete the task," they said. When this correspondent tried to contact Memon for his comments, he was not available. The news