QAU tops HEC rakings

QAU total of 548 research publications
Lahore, Mar 01: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Monday announced rankings of public and private universities across the country based on their research output.

The Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU), Islamabad, topped the list with a total of 548 research publications. Aga Khan University (AKU), Karachi, remained second with 416 publications while University of Karachi, Karachi, won the third position with 387 publications.

The Punjab University (PU) though at number four on the countrywide list topped the other varsities of the provincial metropolis by clinching the first position among the universities in Lahore with 352 research publications. Government College University (GCU), Lahore, stood at number two in Lahore and at number seven countrywide.

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PU teachers meet VC
Lahore: A delegation of Punjab University's assistant professors, working under Tenure Track System (TTS), called on PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran and discussed with him various problems being faced by them and presented suggestions for their resolution.

According to a press statement, the meeting also discussed various features to launch awareness campaign to convey effects of seminars and conferences having social relevance conducted by the PU to society.

Dr M Usman Awan of IQTM, Dr Arshad Javed of IMPP and Dr Abida Butt of Zoology Dept will represent the assistant professors in a committee which will discuss various issues in its next meeting.

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Four PhDs awarded at PU
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) has awarded PhDs to four students in different subjects.

According to a press statement, Sobia Manzoor, the daughter of Manzoor Ahmad, has been awarded a PhD in Molecular Biology after approval of her research thesis "Role of P2X Receptors in Hepatitis-C Virus Induced Liver Fibrosis."

Nasim Akhter, d/o Abdul Shakoor, has been awarded a PhD in Persian after approval of her research thesis "A Descriptive Dictionary of the Sufi Terms in Kashf-al-Mahjoob."

Shazia Ramzan, d/o Muhammad Ramzan, was given a PhD in Islamic Studies after approval of her research thesis "A Comparative Study of Educational and Intellectual Impacts of Madrisa Deo Band, Nadwa Tul Ulama and Madrisa Ali Garh." Usman Ali Ashfaq, the son of Ashfaq Hussain, was awarded a PhD in Molecular Biology after approval of his thesis "Studies on the Therapeutic Effect of Selected Phytochemicals against Hepatitis-C Virus." The news

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Shortlisting on for vice-chancellor slots
Lahore: The Punjab Higher Education Department is drawing up a shortlist for six public universities' vice-chancellors in Punjab.

The department is to pick 60 candidates or less out of 235 applicants to be interviewed by a Higher Education Commission's search committee on March 9 to 11.

The tenures of vice-chancellors of Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU), Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), University of Education (UoE), University of Sargodha and Government College University (GCU), Lahore, have expired. The tenure of vice-chancellor of Fatima Jinnah Women's University, Rawalpindi, will be expiring on March 11.

The government has granted additional charge to incumbent BZU Vice-Chancellor Dr Muhammad Zafarullah, while the charge of the LCWU and the UoE vice-chancellors was given to senior post professors Prof Dr Farhat Saleemi and Prof Dr Farhat Saleem.

The University of Sargodha vice-chancellor's office has been lying vacant since Feb 11, when VC Prof Dr Muhammad Akram Chaudhry's tenure expired. Government College University, Lahore, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khalid Aftab's tenure expired on Feb 25 and there was no body to officiate as vice-chancellor on Monday. Fatima Jinnah Women's University, Rawalpindi, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Saeeda Asadullah Khan's tenure will be expiring on March 11. Dawn

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Magnificent display of art at GCU annual fine art exhibition
Lahore: The Government College University's (GCU) annual fine arts exhibition kicked off at the Abdus Salam Hall on Monday. The chief guest of the event was a former Ravian, Dr Ajaz Anwar.

As many as 110 art pieces of students and old Ravians were put on display. The exhibition housed as many as 61 paintings, which included calligraphic, abstract, watercolour and pencil drawings. An oil painting showing the GCU main building remained the centre of attention at the exhibition. The art lovers also welcomed the pencil drawings of various celebrities with a loud applause. A large number of ceramics and glasswork were also part of the exhibition.

Talking to media, Dr Ajaz Anwar said, "It is heartbreaking that in most of the schools across the country, fine arts is separated from the curriculum, and instead offered as a recreational activity that is considered beneficial but not essential". He also lamented the fact that most of the colleges of Pakistan, especially boy colleges, lacked fine arts departments. "The education of fine arts should be made compulsory up to the intermediate level because it expands the boundaries of learning and gives students motivational tools to unlock a deeper understanding of their education and of their life," he said.

Speaking on the occasion, GCU Fine Arts Department Chairperson, Irfan Ullah Babar, said, "Art opens the minds of students in ways mere reading and writing can never do. He lauded the paintings put on display by the GCU Fine Arts students."

Later, the students who put their artwork on display were given prizes. Rabiya Azeem from Queen Marry College secured the first position, while Komal Asad from Government Girls Gulberg College and Anum Massod from Fatima Jinnah Girls College secured the second and third positions respectively.

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5th documentary festival held at LUMS
Lahore: The 5th world festival on documentary films was held at the LUMS on Monday. In the festival, three documentary movies made by the students of different media studies departments were screened. The viewers highly admired a film on sexual harassment produced by Sumera Bano. On the occasion, a member of a delegation of the Islamia University's Media Studies Department, Dr Shahzad Rana, and famous tourist Maqsood Chughtai, said that in modern era films and electronic media have taken place as important modes of expression. Daily times

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BISE workshops
Lahore: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Lahore, has announced orientation workshops for the centre superintendents/deputy superintendents and distribution inspectors for the Secondary School (Matriculation) Annual Examination, 2011, from March 1 (today).

According to a press statement, workshops will be held on 01-03-2011 at 10:00am in the Govt Boys High School, Sheikhupura and in Govt Guru Nanak High School, Nankana Sahib, at 2pm.

The other workshops will be held in the Govt Model High School for Boys, Kasur and in the Govt Sutluj Boys High School, Okara, on 02-03-2011 at 11am. In Lahore, the workshops will be held at 49-A Lawrence Road, Lahore, on 03-03-2011 at 11am and 2 pm respectively. The Secondary School Annual Examination, 2011, will commence on March 5. The news

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