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PPSC merit criteria for posting
Lahore, May 19: A spokesman of Higher Education Department has said that Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) selectees for the post of Lecturers (BS-17) on contract basis are continuously contacting Higher Education Authorities for placement rather than explaining individually. The department has formulated a policy that on reporting to the department, successful PPSC selectees (Lecturers) will be provided a list of vacancies required to be filled in and asked to indicate their preference in order of priority.

The merit determined by PPSC along with their order of preference will be sole criterion in deciding their first place of posting and this will apply to all contract selectees such as lecturers, Assistant professors, associate professors and professors. The spokesman further stated that successful candidates are advised not to exert political pressure or to continuously visit this office as their posting would be done solely on the aforementioned criteria.

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Technical Board's exams from May 27
Lahore: The examination of diploma of associate Engineer / Diploma dress making and dress designing 1st annual 2009 schedule to commence from 27th May under the Punjab Board of Technical Education Lahore. About, 274 centers have been established in all over the Punjab including Azad Kashmir and Islamabad, for the said Examination. Around 1,27,843 candidates will appear for these exams, while every applicant has been issued a Roll number and date sheet, Chairman Board " Professor Muhammad Tariq Malik has strictly instructed the Examination staff for the transparent Examination.

All the Manager forum TEVTA were issued a letter in which they were instructed to monitor the Examination Centers in their districts respectively. Mobile inspectors has also been appointed to monitor the Examination. For further information please visit PBTE web sitewww.Pbte.edu.pk. F.P report

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Punjab University announced EMBA results
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) has announced the results of examinations of Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA), Banking and Finance, Evening (Semester System), Session 2006-2008 and Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA), Insurance and Risk Management, Semester System (Evening), Session 2006-2008. The News

PU VC inaugurates lecture series
Lahore: Punjab University Pakistan Study Centre (PSC) in collaboration with Department of History organized a special lecture on "The Creation of Pakistan: Role of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah". Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran inaugurated the series of special lectures. Prof Dr David Gilmartin, a well recognized historian and eminent scholar of international repute, from North Carolina State University, was the keynote speaker.

In his address, Prof Gilmartin emphasized that Jinnah's leadership was tremendously important in the creation of Pakistan and has been much analyzed and debated by South Asian scholars. However, he focused on the controversy generated by Ayesha Jalal's seminal work, The Sole Spokesman, where many believed that Prof. Jalal put forward the thesis that Jinnah at the very last looked for a United India and proposed Pakistan only as a bargaining counter. Prof. Gilmartin believed that it was a misreading of Jalal's book. According to him, the book raised the main issue of the divisions amongst the Muslims of India which structured the whole dynamics of the Muslim League politics.

He contended that Pakistan might not have been necessary if Muslims showed a united front. Because of the disunity amongst the Muslims, Muhammad Ali Jinnah had to present Pakistan demand as a unifying symbol. This symbolism of Muslim unity according to the speaker was achieved through emphasizing on the morality of Islam by transcending the selfish interests of biradary, caste or locality. In this way in the elections of 1945-46 the higher moral ideals were put forward by the Muslim League leadership to win the battle for Pakistan. Pakistan Study Centre (PSC) Director Prof Dr Massarrat Abidalso spoke on the occasion and said that Jinnah was upright and straight forward politician, he hated hypocrisy.

He was known for his qualities such as incorruptibility, unpurchasbility, deep commitment; he was a leader with great vision, a great strategist, a negotiator of the highest order, a statesman of durability and a leader with charisma. Students took keen interest in the question-answer session held at the end of the seminar. The session ended with a note of thanks by the Director. The second lecture of the series will be delivered by Prof. Robert Nichols from Richard Stockton College, New Jersey on Pushtun Migration at 11:30 A.M. at Pakistan Study Centre. F.P report

PU Mushaira
Lahore: The Punjab University Oriental College's Department of Urdu will organize "All Pakistan Mehfil-e-Mushaira" in the lawn of the college at Allama Iqbal (Old) Campus at 8:00pm on Wednesday (tomorrow).

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Ladies, behave!
Lahore: The news of ban on jeans in KC, duly followed by GCU is very amusing. Is this sufficient to bring some sanity and sanctity in the female dress? I am sure the policymakers do notice what is happening to the dress sense of our fair folk? The shirts have shrunk too far up with side slits widening just too far. They look deplorable. The aesthetic sense of our girls is being lamented all over. -Amjad H. Mirrza, via e-mail (The Nation)

GCU relief campaign for IDPs
Lahore: The Welfare Society of Government College University on Monday launched a relief campaign for internally displaced persons on the instructions of Vice-Chancellor Khalid Aftab. According to a press release, two relief camps have been set up by the Welfare Society for the collection of goods and funds. Pamphlets would also be circulated in the campus during the campaign and plans for daily celebrity visits have been made in order to encourage the volunteers working at the relief camps.

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Education consultancy business regulation needed: expert
Lahore: Educaiton consultant Syed Abidi has called for the introduction of legislation to govern education consultancy business, saying consultants are fleecing students in the absence of any regulatory body.

In an exclusive interview, Syed Abidi, the chief executive of the Falcon Education and Consultancy Services (Pvt) Ltd, said the mushroom growth of education consultants and their unregulated working had become a matter of great concern. He said consultants charged high processing fees and sent students to countries not known for their education standard. "This is sheer loss of foreign exchange and people's hard-earned money."

He said some education consultants were also involved in human trafficking. Small 'bucket-shops' were sending students for higher education to countries with no history in the field of education, especially higher education. "Such consultants are helping people who just want to go abroad," he said.

He said the education consultancy business was regulated in many countries. He said in the UAE, no education consultant could even think of operating without obtaining an NOC from the Ministry of Higher Education. Consultants could not even place advertisements in newspapers without being registered with the authority concerned.

"Everybody, even those running schools or hospitals, are now in consultancy business," he said. "As consultants, we all have a responsibility not to spoil the future of students just to earn money," he said.

He said consultancy business provided career counselling to students and not just information. "A consultant should be able to guide students in what courses to select and what university to select," he said.

He said people who required consultancy services were those working on tight schedules and had no time to get information and process their cases individually. People who were from small towns and did not have access to internet also needed consultancy services, he said.

Talking about the Association of Professional Education Consultants of Pakistan (APECOP), he said the group will work to set up a forum of good, qualified and recognised education consultants. The association would be launched shortly, he said. APECOP members would follow a strict code of ethics, charge nominal fees and they would be checked by the association, he said adding only consultants fulfilling certain criteria would gain membership to the association.

He said at present there was neither a law nor a mechanism through which consultants could obtain licences from the government to start education consultancy business. Those in consultancy business were working without registration, he said. The government should clamp down on irresponsible education consultants, he said adding it should realise the gravity of the situation and introduce a law. "Every single education consultant operating in the market should have a license or an NOC from the government," he said.

He suggested that license/NOC should be issued on the basis of credibility and qualification of a person who wanted to become an education consultant. The staff should be educated and trained while a company should have written agreements/contracts with foreign universities, he said.

About fake colleges and universities in the UK, he said the UK Boarder Agency (UKBA) had done a remarkable job by removing hundreds of educational institutions from its approved register.

He also talked about the recently-introduced Point Based System (PBS) TIER-4, saying it was transparent and helped genuine students. He said media and society should be vigilant so that no on fleeces innocent students and parents' hard-earned money is not wasted. He said the Ministry of Education, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) should jointly frame rules and propose a law to regulate the working of education consultants.

About the impact of recent arrests of Pakistani students in UK, he said: "We are all upset on the arrest of 11 Pakistani students especially in the absence of proof of their being involved in any terrorist activity".

He said more than 9,000 students go to the UK every year and if the UK government resolved this issue and provided justice to Pakistani students then the UK will certainly attract more students. "Many parents have reservations (about sending their children to UK)," he said. "I hope that both the governments will work together so that these students get justice and are allowed to complete their studies," he said. The News

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KEMUs graduates to get house job in Mayo Hospital
Lahore: Secretary Health Punjab, Anwaar Ahmad Khan has said that as per policy, the Graduates of King Edward Medical University (KEMU) would be preferred for house job in Mayo Hospital. He was talking to a delegation of doctors in open kutchehry in Civil Secretariat, today.

The delegations apprised the Secretary Health Punjab of their problems. Anwaar Ahmad Khan observed that such doctors who did their MBBS from KEMU last year but due to some reasons they did not have house job, would be accommodated. Secretary Health gave necessary instructions to the Special Secretary Health Jawad Rafiq in this regard. In open kutchehry the officials of Health Department appeared for solving their problems. Anwaar Ahmad Khan issued written orders on the applications and in some cases he passed necessary instructions on telephone. F.P report

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