Punjab Class VIII exams from May 19 | PU 'official' book fair

PEC completes preparations for conducting examinations
Lahore, May 17, 2008: The Punjab Examination Commission (PEC) has completed preparations for the examinations of Class VIII, which are going to start from May 19, 2008, according to a handout issued by the Director General Public Relations (DGPR) on Friday.

About 850,000 male and female candidates will participate in these examinations and some of them will appear from jails. According to the PEC spokesman, the commission had made foolproof arrangements for the examinations of Class V and VIII and the number of total candidates of these examinations was going to be two million. For the examination of Class VIII, 4,263 centres had been set up in the province, he added. He said that 193,000 students belonging to 30,000 private schools and 595,000 students belonging to government schools would take the examinations.

The spokesman further stated that the examinations of Class V had been completed. The commission had set up 6,140 centres for the exams and the number of total candidates was approximately 11 million. All the examination activities including the distribution of papers, appointment of supervisory staff and conducting the examination was carried out in a transparent manner and no report of cheating had been received from any district, he said. He added that PEC authorities had appreciated the cooperation of the executive district officer (Education) of the province. The spokesman added that the result of these examinations would be used for teacher training, up- gradation of curriculum and raising the standard of education. Daily Times

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PU to hold 'official' book fair from 27th
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) has decided to organise a grand three-day book fair under its own supervision while involving 'brilliant' students at the New Campus main corridor from May 27.

The PU administration led by vice-chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran took the decision after getting nod from varsities' deans, academic departments, institutes and constituent colleges' heads and professors in a meeting held on Thursday.

The meeting had decided that the PU would itself organise a series of co-curricular activities including a book fair in due course of time. It had also agreed that all type of co-curricular activities including book fair would be held with the cooperation and participation of students to be nominated by the heads of teaching departments on the basis of a set criteria of suitability.

When contacted, VC Prof Kamran confirmed that the university would itself be holding three-day book fair from May 27 (Tuesday). He said the university would invite top publishers and booksellers to set up their stalls and hold a book fair in a befitting manner. The book fair participants would be given full logistic support.

It may be mentioned that the Islami Jamiat Tulaba (IJT), student wing of the Jamaat-i-Islami, had tried to hold the book fair without even seeking permission from the PU administration earlier this week. In order to establish its writ, the PU administration put its foot down and even went on taking a severe decision of suspending academic activity on its New and Old campuses for four days.

Meanwhile, the PU reopened on Friday having a sizable students' attendance. The academic activity began peacefully. Dawn

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Thin attendance at PU
Lahore: Thin attendance was reported at the Punjab University (PU) following its reopening after four days on Friday. The university remained closed from Monday to Thursday over the book fair controversy while most of the boarding students had also left the PU hostels. A number of PU teachers said that a few students were present in almost all the departments of the university on Friday as compared to routine days. They said most of the boarding students remained absent as Friday was a half day and Saturday was also a holiday at the university. Proper academic activities would resume from Monday after their return from their hometowns, they added. PU Registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan said around 70 per cent students showed up on Friday, adding that the proper academic activities would resume from Monday.

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Punjab University awarded PhDs
Lahore: The Punjab University has awarded PhD degrees to three students. Abdul Zahoor s/o Ghulam Nabi has been awarded PhD degree in the subject of History after the completion of his thesis entitled "Disintegration of USSR and Role of USA 1985-1995, and its Effects on South Asia". He completed his thesis under the supervision of Prof Dr Prof Dr Syed Raza-ul-Haq Shah.

Muhammad Zia-ul-Mustafa alias Muhammad Akbar s/o Muhammad Ismail has been awarded PhD degree in the subject of Arabic after the completion of his thesis entitled "Critical and Analytical Study and Editing of the Manuscript Jawame-ul-Kalim Fil Mawaiz Wal Hikam".

Shaukat Ali Shaukat s/o Mehnga has been awarded PhD degree in the subject of Zoology after the completion of his thesis entitled "Localization of Hormone Producing Cells by Immunocytochemistry in the Adenohypophysis of Camel at Different Physiological States".

He completed his thesis under the supervision of Balochistan University of Information Technology & Management Sciences, Quetta Faculty of Biotechnology & Informatics Chairman Prof DR Abdul Majeed Cheema while University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology Dr Zia-ur-Rehman was Co-Supervisor. The News

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Gomal University to provide English language education to FATA students
Dera Ismail Khan: A principal officer of the United States Consulate in Peshawar Lynne Tracy and Gomal University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mohammad Farid Khan signed an agreement on Friday to provide English language education to 100 students from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) currently enrolled at the university.

Tracy said that education was at the heart of economic development efforts for FATA. "In Pakistan, strong English skills are essential for earning a university degree, and we know that many students coming from FATA have not had an opportunity to master the English language before they enrolled for a university degree programme. This is why the US government has partnered with Gomal University to develop supplementary English classes for 100 students from FATA."

Nearly $100,000 has been made available in 2008 by the US government to fund English language training at the Gomal University. The supplementary courses will be offered over the course of two years to students from FATA who demonstrate a need for supplementary language training and a commitment to academic excellence. A similar programme has also been launched in partnership with the Kohat University of Science and Technology (KUST).

"It is our hope that this programme will provide prepare students for better jobs and greater academic opportunities in the future," said Tracy. "This is one example of how the US Mission is taking action on President Bush's commitment to support the Government of Pakistan's efforts to bring peace and prosperity to FATA." Daily Times

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