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PU book fair preparations underway
Lahore, May 22, 2008: The Punjab University's (PU) committee formed to organise a book fair from May 28 to May 30 held a meeting on Wednesday to discuss arrangements.

According to a press release issued by the PU, the meeting was attended by the conveners of eight organising committees, deans and heads of various departments with Vice Chancellor Prof Mujahid Kamran in chair. The book fair is being held to mark the 125th anniversary celebrations of the university.

The meeting was told that 232 students had been nominated by department heads to organise the fair.

Earlier, the Publisher and Book Sellers Liaison Committee had had a meeting with its convener Prof Saleem Mazhar in chair. The report of the meeting was sent to the vice chancellor. The committee fixed May 24 as the last date for receiving applications from publishers and booksellers intending to participate in the fair.

Chaudhry Muhammad Hanif, secretary of this committee, said that several government and semi-government organisations, including the Institute of Islamic Culture, Urdu Science Board, Iqbal Academy and Anjuman Tarqi-e-Adab, had been invited to participate in the book fair.

PU organises seminar on Internet browsing: The PU History Department organised a seminar on the use of the Internet with the collaboration of Pakistan Study Centre on Wednesday.

The seminar aimed at disseminating information on the academic Internet browsing, access to electronic journals and database facilities. American Information Resource Centre (AIRC) Director Muhammad Asif delivered a lecture and explained how various search engines and websites could be used for gathering information and research material. He said that AIRC (Lahore) gave access to 50 databases that provided various resources. He said that those databases stored more than 20,000 electronic journals and billions of declassified documents. Asif also told about AIRC publications and resources like books and videos and encouraged students to take full use of these facilities. Daily Times

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Punjab University Selection board interviews for TTS
Lahore: Punjab University Selection Board Wednesday interviewed candidates for the posts of three professors and four assistant professors in PU Centre of Excellence in Solid State Physics under Tenure Track System. The PU VC and Board's Chairman Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran chaired the meeting, while Centre's Director Prof Dr Nazima Ikram, HEC representative and Virtual University Rector Dr Naved Akhtar Malik, Karachi University Applied Physics Department's subject specialists Prof Dr Muhammad Khalid Anis, Prof Dr Muhammad Ashraf Chaudhry from BZU Physics Department and Dr Muhammad Ishaq SajjadPakistan Institute for Science and Technology (PINSTECH), Islamabad, attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, PU spokesman said that Hailey College of Banking and Finance Principal Prof Dr Khawaja Amjad Saeed attended the "Third Global Conference of Institute of Management Accountants" in New Jersey, USA and presented his keynote address on "Strategic Cost Management." Dr Khawaja also attended 5th Annual Conference on "Advancing Arab Microfinance: Greater Social Impact through Inclusive Financial Systems" organised by SANABEL in Tunis and conducted a workshop on "Microfinance: Islamic Perspective" on special invitation of the organizers. The SANABEL is an Arab countries Network in Microfinance established in Egypt. App

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Faculty breaks silence over NTU affairs
Faisalabad: Faculty members of the National Textile University (NTU), Faisalabad, have held the administration responsible for deteriorated conditions on the varsity campus which were disturbing the academic activities since April 2, sources said on Wednesday.

The faculty members have first time dared to speak out against the management by writing over certain issues, which led to the closure of the university twice.

Sources said the NTU faculty had dispatched a letter titled 'Faculty's perspective on the current situation at the university' to the board of governors (BoG) of the institution in which they apprised the board about some 'hidden' facts that resulted in the closure of the university.

The university was closed second time on May 13 for a fortnight because of the protest drive launched by students. Earlier, the NTU was closed on April 8. However, it reopened two weeks after closure for the first time.

The students have been demanding the university's accreditation with the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC), disbandment of the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association, an organising body, and resignation of the vice-chancellor Masood Biabani. In their letter, the faculty members said that accreditation of the university with the PEC was the core issue. They said the university administration had failed to accomplish the requirements mandatory for accreditation and improvement of any engineering programme.

Mentioning the PEC requirements, the faculty members said administration could fulfil scores of such prerequisites without spending even a penny. The provisions are: definition of the mission statement of the university, educational objectives of the engineering programmes, organisational structure, students, alumni and employers' feedback on textile engineering programme initiated by the university, improvement of the NTU website and establishment of students counselling and placement bureau. However, the teachers said that the university management did not give the requisite importance to the PEC certification issue and left the matter in lurch. This issue alone had exposed the management, which was still using delaying tactics, they alleged. An excellent transport system was also mandatory according to the PEC requirements, but no such system existed in the academia. The administration had also discontinued a faculty performance appraisal system started by the BoG, they added.

They also said that management did nothing proactively for the development of institution's faculty, which was the requirement of the PEC. The management basically intends to authorise a single figure to make decision about the NTU's fate. Even in the current scenario, faculty members said, the administration had used delaying tactics to resolve the current crisis by exhausting the students instead of looking for appropriate solutions on time.

Suggesting the ways and means to control the situation on the campus, they suggested that BoG should seek feedback not only from the representatives of faculty and staff but also from the students. This way would assist the board to come up with the solution required by the situation, they added.

Senior faculty member of the NTU, Dr Malik Mumtaz, said that the university teachers had dispatched a letter to the BoG and apprised them about the whole scenario of the academia. Dawn

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