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UoE students protest for validation of degrees
Lahore, March 06: A large number of University of Education (UoE) students on Friday protested against the Punjab University and Higher Education Commission (HEC) for not recognizing their degrees.

Students shouted slogans and held posters demanding the validation of their degrees. They also observed a two-hour sit-in in front of the UoE Bank Road Campus. The students also announced that they would take out a rally towards the Governor's House on Saturday. The protesting students belonged to the first-batch of the BA/BEd and BSc/BEd courses, introduced by the UoE two years ago.

They were protesting against PU, as the institution has denied accepting their degrees without a valid reason. Sidra, a UoE student, said that they have completed the credit hours demanded by the HEC and PU.

"The PU administration is playing with the future of students," she said. Another female student said that the PU objection was illogical, "As they first gave us admission and now they are not recognizing our degrees. The government should take notice of the issue... we also request the Chancellor Salmaan Taseer to secure our future," she added.

PU's Public Relations Director Tahir Jamil said the PU is clear in their stance. Jamil said that he would disclose further information on Saturday.

PU's Department of Education and Research Director Hafiz Iqbal said that it is not right that UoE is giving two degrees in two years. "Three years are required for the degrees that UoE is completing in two years," he said.

UoE spokesperson Zabir Saeed said that the issue of non-acceptance of UoE's degree of BA/BEd and BSc/BEd would be resolved very soon. He said that the UoE has informed HEC and PU of the true perspective of the issue. The news

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PU IJT activists
Lahore: Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) activists on Friday forced canteens situated in the Punjab University (PU) New Campus to shut down, claiming that the canteen owners were selling "substandard items" and had not had their rates approved from the IJT Food and Price Committee.

The IJT shut down a canteen, inaugurated by the vice chancellor last month at the PU Institution of Communication Studies (ICS), and instructed the owner to appear before the IJT nazim and get his rate list approved. An IJT activist alleged that the canteen owner was intentionally selling food at higher prices, "which the students cannot afford". He said the IJT would close all those canteens that had not been approved by the group's food and price committee.

A worker at the canteen said they had received several messages from the IJT, asking them to seek the approval of the group's nazim, adding that not following though with the instructions had now resulted in the closure of their canteen. According to past practices, canteen owners are expected to follow the rules and regulations of the IJT Food and Price Committee.

On a number of occasions, several canteens found not implementing the committee's rates have been forcefully shut down. The committee has, is the past, enforced a ban on the sale of imported items. On that occasion, the group had instructed canteen owners to stock and sell local items at the university.

ICS students condemned the IJT activists for closing the canteens. A female student said that the owner of the canteen had been selling food items on reasonable prices and that the students had no complains against him. She said the department was "helpless", adding that the university's administration was not strong enough to act against the group.

PU Student Adviser Dr Iftikhar Chaudhry said the IJT committee was "illegal", adding that IJT activists had no right to shut down the canteen. He said he would hold an inquiry into the matter and that action would be taken against any one found guilty.

Another PU student said IJT activists were used to eating without paying for the food and that canteen owners were helpless to act against them, adding that forcefully closing canteens at the varsity was "common".

PU IJT nazim was not available was his comments despite repeated attempts to contact him. Daily times

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Seminar at PU
Lahore: The PU History Department, in collaboration with Pakistan Study Centre, organised a seminar on Afro-American struggle for civil rights in America.

Prof Clarence Lusane from Harvard University was the speaker who, in his address, surveyed the civil rights movement in details from its inception to the election of President Obama.

He also highlighted the role of various leaders, political parties, church, judiciary and media for the abolition of segregation in the American society. According to him, the US Constitution framed in 1780's was a revolutionary document, as it gave equal rights to all the citizens. However, it was an irony in relation to the black Americans, as due to the agreement between north and south states, it sanctioned slavery.

However, church leaders tried to integrate the whites and the blacks who were in the forefront during the civil rights movement.

Prof Dr S Qalb-i-Abid, Dean PU Faculty of Arts and Humanities, thanked the speaker and pointed out that the US civil society had proved that they were not racist by electing president Obama to the highest position in the United States. The news

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IUB fires engineering college principal
Bahawalpur: The Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB) has terminated the job contract of acting principal of University College of Engineering and Technology Jan Muhammad Keerio for his alleged role in on campus violence on Feb 19.

The university has also `suspended' 34 students, including 23 engineering students.

According to an IUB press release, the action was taken on the report of an inquiry committee which says Mr Keerio had planned to damage the university's property. The university also charged Mr Keerio with masterminding an attempted murder on the vice chancellor and his involvement in the destruction of artifacts in Khwaja Farid gallery and museum of the university's Seraiki Department.

Mr Keerio used students for his own interests and also threatened with consequence some candidates selected for the principal slot. He was also charged with causing a Rs47.18 million loss to the university.

The university spokesman said the suspended students' entry to campus had been banned. After the completion of the inquiry by committee, the students found guilty would be rusticated.

Scores of house-job doctors took out a rally on the campus of Quaid-i-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur, and blocked city's main Circular Road to press for the acceptance of their demands.

Medical graduates and house doctors applied for house jobs in the Bahawal Victoria Hospital (BVH). After the submission of their applications to seek house jobs in the BVH, they took out the rally demanding increase in the posts of house-job posts in the BVH. The road, which remained closed for hours, put the traffic out of gear. Dawn

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Punjab matric exams
Lahore: Punjab Boards Committee of Chairman (PBCC) Chairman Mehar Bashir Ahmed has said that around 900,000 (0.9 million) students will appear in matriculation annual examination 2010 to be conducted by eight boards of the province simultaneously from March 13.

Addressing a press conference along with chairmen of other boards of the province at Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore on Friday, Mehar Bashir Ahmed said special measures had been taken to monitor 'sensitive' exam centres across the province this year. He said the process of issuing roll number slips to the candidates had started.

He said to ensure transparency in marking of papers, the boards would follow syndicate system of marking from this year adding paper-setters were also given training. "Though the government has banned publications of guess papers this particular step will help eliminate guess-paper culture from our society", he said.

He said in order to improve and ensure transparency in examination process, board chairmen had been given powers of special magistrates.

To a question, Mehar Bashir Ahmed, who is also the chairman of BISE Dera Ghazi Khan, said no exam centre was set up in DG Khan on directions of Khosa or Laghari families.

To another question, BISE Rawalpindi Chairman Chaudhry Abdul Hafeez confirmed that a vehicle of Rawalpindi board was under use of Secretary Higher Education Department Punjab, as being competent authority he could use the vehicle.

Speaking on the occasion, BISE Lahore Chairman Prof Akram Kashmiri said out of 801 exam centres in Lahore, 26 centres had been declared 'sensitive'. The news

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FPSC CSS exams 2010
Lahore: Around 11,800 candidates have enrolled for the examination of Central Superior Services (CSS) 2010, which would start from today (Saturday) and will continue until the end of March.

The Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) has set up 21 centres for the exams across the country. Candidates enrolling for the CSS exams are increasing every year because of various factors.

Fahad Butt, a candidate for the exam said that FPSC has become lenient in marking the exams, particularly the exam of English. He said the media has also played an important role in highlighting the importance of the civil service. Daily times

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Vacancies for doctors
Lahore: Punjab government has approved to create 750 additional vacancies of post graduate (trainee) doctors in teaching hospitals of the province and finance department has released funds to the tune of Rs 118.125 million for this purpose, said spokesman of the Punjab government on Friday.

It is worth mentioning here the decision has been taken after publication of a news item about expected brain drain of doctors in the country as a large number of doctors were being interviewed by a Saudi delegation against attractive salary package in the City for last six days at a local hotel.

It was disclosed by Punjab Secretary Health Fawad Hasan Fawad while presiding over a departmental meeting. Special Secretary Health Mohammad Abdullah Khan Sumbal, Additional Secretary Health (Tech) Dr Mushtaq Ahmed, Deputy Secretary Budget Sarfraz Ahmed and other officers attended the meeting. The secretary health told that by creating these posts the scope of post graduation for the doctors would be enhanced. Besides it will also help to overcome the shortage of specialist doctors in the public sector hospitals. He said the PG trainee doctors would also get Rs 22,500 per month as remuneration.

The summary regarding creation of the said seats was moved in the past but it was kept pending by the Chief Minister Secretariat. The nation

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