PPSC civil judges exams | GCU resignations issue
Exams for civil judges: PPSC directed to accommodate under-35 candidates
Lahore, Mar 26: Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed of
the Lahore High Court has directed the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC)
to allow all candidates less than 35 years of age to appear in the examinations
for civil judges-cum-judicial magistrates.
Earlier, the commission had
allowed only the district attorneys and other lawyers attached with government
departments having age of 35 years to appear in the examinations, while the age
limit for lawyers having only private practice was 32 years. The examinations
are scheduled for March 27.
The judge refused many candidates' request to
postpone the exams because many of them had not been issued roll-number slips to
date. The judge directed the commission to ensure participation of all
candidates in the exams whether roll-number slips were provided to them or
Slips: The judge issued the directions while admitting for regular
hearing different petitions by more than 50 candidates. A group of candidates
wanted relaxation in age limit, others wanted more than three chances for exams,
and a third group wanted to postponed the exams as they could not get
Mushtaq Ahmad Mohal, counsel of petitioners Muhammad
Aslam and others, submitted that the commission had fixed the upper age limit of
35 years for the practicing lawyers, while it had been curtailed to 33 in case
of government employees.
He said it was a discriminatory rule and should
be declared as null and void. He prayed to relax the age limit to put all
candidates at par.
Arguing on the other petitions, he said under the
judicial officers service rules, there was no restriction for the number of
chances any candidate could avail. He said the commission at its own had
restrained the candidates to availing only three chances of the exams.
He said the restriction was unwarranted by the law as any candidate,
until the age of 35 years, could avail any number of chances.
admitted the petitions for regular hearing with an interim relief to the
petitioners to appear in upcoming exams. Daily Times
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GCU issues notices after en bloc resignations
Lahore: Registrar GCU has issued notices to the 31 staff members of the
Computer Science Department (CSD) who have resigned collectively from their
offices against the alleged ill attitude by the former. They said the registrar
had asked them, "You may forward your decision to discontinue the contract job
in your personal capacity through the Dean of Science and Technology for taking
further necessary action".
In this regard, Director CSD Dr Majid Naeem said, "Resignations are not due to personal reasons
but it is a question mark for the society for whom we sacrificed because the
varsity management is unmoved by the problem and en bloc resignations".
said they decided to resign after the completion of exams only to make future of
the students secured". He said, "the varsity was in a hurry to taking and
handing over the charge to the next administration only to avoid the expected
involvement of senior government officials", while lamenting, he was expecting
that the resignations would be prolonged by a month to be accepted as per
Dr Naeem said he stopped students not to protest over the issue and he was
looking toward to the syndicate for taking notice of the issue. Otherwise, he
would protest at different levels.
On the other hand, GCU spokesman has
claimed that only six staff members of CSD have resigned, while rest of them
have apologised to the VC saying that they were not aware of the consequences of
the signatures on their resignation.
He said since the teaching and support
staff of the Computer Science Department worked on contract basis, new contracts
were signed after regular intervals. Accordingly, new contracts were signed
recently with the teaching and other staff of the department, except the
director who had reservations on the format of the contract, which was
essentially a minor issue.
However, in keeping with his agitating tactics, he
chose to a blow it up out of proportion by provoking other staff members of the
department, misinterpreting and misreporting facts, pressurising junior staff,
including peons etc, to sign a collective paper of resignation and (d) sending a
false report to the electronic and press media to gain sympathy.
He said it
was indeed unfortunate, especially when the real issue was personal rather than
collective. He claimed that the staffers of the Computer Science Department had
been misled to serve the personal interest of its former director. The Nation
Symposium on biological research and applications
Lahore: A three day symposium on "Future Trends in Molecular
Biological Research and its Applications in Agriculture and Health" began at
centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology, University of the Punjab on Wednesday
March 25. The symposium was formally introduced by Prof. Dr. S. Riaz-ud-Din,
Director National centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology, University of the
Punjab. Dr. Sajida Hassan introduced the guests. The symposium was presides by
the chief guest Ch. Waheed Sultan Ex- Director General Ayoub Research Institute
Faisalabad, Dr. Shaheen N. Khan CEMB and Dr. Tayyab Hussnain CEMB. Dr. S
Riaz-ud-Din introduces the CEMB and importance of new and emerging scientific
He present the scientific progress made by molecular biology in past
two hundred years and its future trends. He said that CEMB is providing the
facility to exchange scientific ideas for cross fertilization under one roof. He
said that evolution in biological research has led to revolution in molecular
biology research. He told about the interaction between life scientist and
physical scientist. He discussed the research projects, facilities and
techniques provided to younger scientist by CEMB. In the session of "Medical
Molecular Biology" Dr. Shaheen N. Khan CEMB, presented an overall progress of
Medical molecular Biology Research at CEMB. She emphasize on the facilities
provided by the CEMB in the field of Forensic Sciences, Biopharmaceutical,
Genetic and infectious diseases. She told that CEMB is producing the Interferon
for Hepatitis disease. She discussed the role of molecular biology to find out
the genetically improved species of Pakistani horses, cattle and buffalo and
research on different human genetic diseases like Deafness, Retinitis Pigmentosa
(RP), Cataract and Glaucoma in Pakistan. She also introduce the research work on
production of regenerative medicine by using stem cell technology for repair of
damaged organs like eye, cochlea, heart, liver, pancreas and skin. F.P Report
'Local varsities, HEC reviving sports'
Lahore: Various local universities are playing a vital role in reviving sports in the country by promoting sports
activities with the collaboration of the Higher Education Commission (HEC),
Olympics Association of Pakistan President Syed Arif Hassan said on
He was addressing the 4th HEC Sports Award Ceremony at Bokhari
Auditorium at the Government College University (GCU). He said sports aided the
youth in promoting healthy activities. He appreciated the role of the HEC in
GCU Vice-Chancellor Dr Khalid Aftab said boys and girls
should be encouraged to participate in sports. He said universities must admit
students on merit. HEC Sports Division Director General Rahim Bukush Channa
highlighted steps taken by the commission to promote sports in local
universities. Daily Times
Education Department upgrades 33 schools
Lahore: The Schools Education Department has upgraded all 33
laboratory schools attached with the Government Colleges for Elementary Teachers
(GCETs) to the English medium excellent schools category.
section of these schools co-education classes will be held while at elementary
level separate classes for girl students will be arranged.
a DGPR handout, these schools will start function on April 1 with the
commencement of new academic year. According to School Education Secretary
Nadeem Ashraf, the principals of GCETs will be controlling authority in all
respects. English medium classes have been introduced in these schools for the
subjects i.e. science, mathematics and social studies. The curriculum will be
that of the Punjab Textbook Board.
The principals have also been
authorised to introduce additional books for English and other subjects.
Free books and other relevant material for the provision of quality
education have been provided to the schools.
In addition to that, the
provincial government has also set up state-of-the-art labs for the trainees and
students while the principals may start Hifz-e-Quran classes for the willing
students. It is pertinent to mention that as 90 per cent students of B Ed and M
Ed are female, therefore co-education classes in primary section of these
schools have been started.
The principals of GCETs will coordinate with
EDOs (education) for the provision of staff as per requirements of the schools.
The principals will also arrange periods of subject specialists in excellent
schools according to the yardstick of workload.
The principals of
excellent schools have been authorised to use all the powers granted to schools
councils of higher secondary schools including the recruitment of temporary
staff, maintenance of building and purchase powers. GCETs funds may be used for
these schools as well.
The upgraded laboratory schools of GCETs are:
GECT, Kot Lakhput, Lahore, GECT, Kasur, GECT, Sharrakpur, GECT, Bahawalpur, GECT
for Women, Bahawalpur, GECT, Khanpur, GECT, Chishtian, GECT Multan for women,
GECT Rangeelpur, Multan, GECT Bosan Road, Multan, GECT, Sahiwal, GECT,
Bahawalpur, GECT, Gujrat, GECT, Ghakhar, GECT, Narrowal, GECT, Lalamusa, GECT
for Women, Lalamusa, GECT, Pasrur, GECT, Sargodha, GECT, Shahpur Saddar, GECT,
Mianwali, GECT, DG Khan, GECT for Women, DG Khan, GECT, Kot Addu, GECT,
Muzaffargarh, GECT, Islamabad, GECT, Rawalpindi, GECT, Talagang for Women, GECT,
Jhelum, GECT, Faisalabad, GECT, Kamalia, GECT for Women, Kamalia and GECT,
Chiniot. The News
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