Punjab universities VC's selection criteria

VCs' slots: applicants slam revised selection criteria
Lahore: March 25: The candidates, who have applied for the vice-chancellorship of six public sector universities in Punjab, have slated Punjab government search committee's revised criteria for short-listing and selection of candidates and described it as "tailor-made to benefit or damage certain candidates".

The search committee in its March 8 meeting chaired by LUMS Pro-Chancellor Syed Babar Ali revised the criteria by simply changing the distribution of marks in academic qualification category.

The search committee had previously allocated eight out of the total 30 marks for a graduate degree obtained from a local institution and 12 marks for a graduate degree obtained from a foreign institution.

For master's degree earned from local and foreign universities, the search committee fixed three and six marks, respectively. For PhDs earned from local and foreign universities, the committee fixed eight and 12 marks, respectively.

However, the search committee this time decided not to allocate any marks for graduate and postgraduate degrees earned from local or foreign universities. It decided that 20 marks would be given to the candidates holding PhD degrees and 10 additional marks would be given to the candidates holding PhD degrees from the top 500 universities of the world.

The candidates condemned the new distribution of 30 marks in the academic category and said the search committee revised the criteria in the middle of the process (after knowing who were the candidates) to benefit certain candidates or damage prospects of certain candidates for the administrative job.

The candidates said on condition of anonymity that the revised criteria would create a 10 marks difference between candidates having PhDs from top 500 universities and those holding degrees from hundreds of foreign universities and almost all Pakistani universities.

A search committee member, who also wished to remain anonymous, said most candidates had done PhD from abroad. He said it was not the issue of having PhD degree from local institutions or abroad. "There are some 20,000 foreign universities but the search committee has given additional 10 marks to the candidates who have earned their PhDs from top 500 universities of the world," he said.

Answering a question that the vice-chancellorship was an administrative job and not academic one, the committee member said the candidates who would show administrative acumen in the interview with the search committee would get higher marks. He said the committee was supposed to make criteria that would help invite more and more candidates for interviews and avoid any litigation.

He said the search committee had recommended that at least 15 candidates be invited for interviews for each university so that the committee could select top three candidates to finalise panels for all six public universities. "As almost all applicants applied for all universities, the number of total shortlisted candidates would be 50 or so," he said. In all, the higher education department received 235 applications, including 42 from women candidates, from across the country. Dawn

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PU date-sheets
Lahore: According to PU Examination's date sheets, MSc (IT), First Year, 2nd Annual Exam 2009 & 1st Annual Exam 2010, will commence from April 16 and conclude on April 27, 2011, while written exam of MEd (visual impairment), 2nd Annual Exam 2009 (session 2008-2009) and Annual Exam 2010 (session 2009-2010), will commence from April 26. The news

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2 PhD reports approved
Lahore: A meeting of Punjab University Advanced Studies and Research Board (AS&RB) was held under the chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran in his office here today which solved cases of PhD scholars presented for review in the Board by different PU departments, institutes, colleges and schools. In the meeting, 12 PhD synopsis, 02 reports on PhD theses and 03 panel of examiners for PhD theses review were approved. Extension was also given in 1 cases. Dr Javaid Ahmed, Dr Hafiz Mahmood Akhtar, Dr Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal, Dr Qalb-i-Abid, Dr Abdul Ghaffar. The nation

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Teachers set up hunger strike camp
Lahore: Dozens of government schools teachers held a token hunger strike camp on Thursday to express resentment against the Punjab government for, what they termed, its anti-teacher policies.

The camp was set up at Faisal Chowk near the Punjab Assembly by the Punjab Teachers Union (PTU) and the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of government schools teachers.

The PTU and JAC office bearers, including Rana Muhammad Arshad, Syed Sajjad Kazmi and Rana Liaqat, also spoke on the occasion, condemning the authorities of the Punjab School Education Department. Problems of schoolteachers were increasing day by day vis--vis ever-increasing inflation, they maintained.

They also criticized the government for its failure to fully implement the teachers package and demanded implementation of the in-service promotion of quota under the four-tier formula.

The protesters also demanded big city allowance for teachers, promotion for primary, elementary and secondary teachers and BS-16 for all the graduate teachers.

They demanded the government ensure Urdu medium of instructions in schools. They also criticized the alleged interference of NGOs and monitoring cells, asking the government to end to all such interference.

They criticized the rulers and their department officials, saying that extra duties including administering anti-polio vaccination drops to children, census duty, distribution of sugar and bringing out-of-school children to schools were behind the poor performance of their students in different examinations.

PTU and JAC office bearers said the teachers were always held accountable for poor results of the students, however those assigning them non-academic assignments were never questioned.

The teachers said they would continue their protest until fulfillment of their demands, adding they would take out a protest rally from Nasir Bagh to the Punjab Assembly on April 20.

It is pertinent to mention that, as part of their protest campaign against the Punjab government, the PTU and JAC have been organizing token hunger strike camp on every Thursday.

Meanwhile, Senior Staff Association (SSA) of the Punjab government schools has announced supporting young doctors and PCS officers in their protest campaign for their right demands.

According to a press statement issued here, the decision was taken after the meeting of the SSA here on Thursday.

The teachers criticized the Punjab government for manhandling and victimizing PCS officers.

It was decided that the senior teachers would support the protesting doctors and the PCS officers until the government accepted demands of the protesters.

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UHS result
Lahore: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) announced the result of Final Professional MBBS annual examination 2010.

A total of 2,023 candidates from 11 affiliated medical colleges appeared in the exam out of whom 1,554 passed and 380 failed. Result of 89 candidates was put on RL list. The pass percentage remained 80.35 percent. Natasha Qutab d/o Qutab Nassar of the University Medical College, Faisalabad, got first position by securing 1275/1500 marks. Hamza Sohail s/o Sohail Zahoor of the Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad, and Kamran Mushtaq s/o Muhammad Mushtaq Nadeem of Nishtar Medical College, Multan, got second and third positions by securing 1249/1500 and 1239/1500 marks respectively.

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AMC student distinction
Momina Khan, daughter of Muhammad Rafique Khan, Roll No 12736, has secured the first position (1169/1500) in the MBBS final professional examination from Allama Iqbal Medical College with distinction in paediatrics.

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PMA, YDA demand action against UHS VC
Lahore: The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) and Young Doctors Association (YDA) have demanded immediate suspension of the vice chancellor of University of Health Sciences (UHS), Lahore, Prof Dr Malik Hussain Mubashir and appointment of a new VC in the UHS purely on merit.

According to a press release here on Thursday, the PMA and YDA office-bearers, in separate statements, have said that the present vice chancellor had allowed his son Imtiaz Mubashar, who had recently graduated from Wah Medical College to appear in the four professional exams of the MBBS despite having the attendance less than 75 per cent of the total. He not only allowed his son to appear in all the exams in violation of rules but also managed medals and positions for him in a number of subjects.

The PMA has termed it a violation of the rules of examination of UHS and also an injustice with the students.

The present VC is serving as the VC of UHS after his retirement for a couple of years and is supporting the private medical colleges mafia, they alleged.

"After exposure of this gross irregularity, the VC should voluntarily resign," the PMA demanded.

The doctor community is expecting a strict and stern action by Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif against the UHS VC and hoped that Punjab government would not back any such individual who was involved in violation of merit.

"The YDA has also demanded of the UHS VC to resign from the seat of VC and urged the Punjab chief minister to take stern action against him for allowing his son to appear in the MBBS Professional Exams with an attendance of less than 50 per cent of the total course duration," said YDA office-bearers, including Dr Rana Sohail, Dr Salman Kazmi, Dr Murtaza Baloch, Dr Zeeshan, Dr Khurram Habib, Dr Khuda Bukhsh, Dr Maryam Farooq, Dr Ghulam Qasim and Dr Wajid Wazir in a statement issued here on Thursday.

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GCU starts tree plantation
Lahore: The Government College University's Botany Department Thursday kicked off the tree-plantation campaign, observing 2011 as the International Year of Forests.

GCU Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Ikramul Haq inaugurated the campaign by planting a tree at the university's Sports Complex.

He asked the GCU students to plant at least one tree during the drive. He also ordered the Botany Department to give saplings to the students.

Prof Ikram said the GCU would celebrate 2011 as the International Year for Forests with firm commitment to tree plantation and raise awareness on conservation. He said the GCU had set a target of planting more than 10,000 trees in Lahore and GCU New Campus at Kala Shah Kaku.

The vice chancellor called on the faculty members and students to ensure conservation of each tree they plant.

GCU Botany Department Adviser Dr Zaheerud Din, Prof Dr Khalid Hamid Sheikh (Professor Emeritus) and GCU Director Sports Khadim Ali Khan also planted trees. The news

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