PU Institute degrees recognition issue

PU students protest against non-recognition of degrees
Lahore, May 24: Students of Punjab University's (PU) Institute of Mycology and Plant Pathology on Saturday protested in front of the Governor's House and the Lahore Press Club against the varsity administration and the Higher Education Commission for not recognising their degrees as equivalent to agricultural degrees.

The protestors chanted slogans against the PU and the HEC and demanded Punjab Governor/ PU Chancellor Salmaan Taseer and Lahore High Court (LHC) chief justice take notice of the issue. They also held a press conference at the LPC and highlighted their problems. The students urged the Punjab governor to instruct the PU administration to recognise their degrees as equivalent to agricultural degrees. They complained that four batches of BSc (Hons) and two of MS (Hons) had passed out but all the students were jobless, as their degrees were not recognised. The students complained they had raised the issue with the varsity administration but they had threatened them. They disclosed that even their teachers were asking them to open tuition academies if they had no jobs.

The students demanded that the name of their degree should be changed from MSc (Hons) in Mycology and Plant Pathology to MSc Agriculture Philosophy with specialisation in Plant Pathology. They told the media that they were studying agriculture courses but their degrees were not being recognised as agricultural degrees. The students blamed the PU administration and the HEC for their unemployment and warned that if their problems were not resolved soon their futures would be destroyed.

Mycology and Plant Pathology Department Incharge Dr Ghazala Naseem said that the HEC was confused on this issue and had not decided on a new name for the department. She said they would rename the department, follow the HEC syllabi and request the Agricultural University to recognise their degrees at the earliest. PU Registrar Dr Naeem Khan said the Board of Studies had sent recommendations on the issue and the administration would support the studens in this regard. He said Life Sciences Dean Dr Shahida Husnain was also looking into this matter and the issue would be resolved soon. Daily times

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Security at PU reviewed
Lahore: A University (PU) acting vice-chancellor Prof Dr Jamil Anwar, during a surprise visit on Saturday morning, termed the security arrangements at the varsity New Campus unsatisfactory in view of the prevailing law and order.

According to a press statement issued here, while presiding over a meeting of senior security staff after surprise visit to check the level of vigilance on the part of security staff on duty at various varsity gates, entry points, underpasses, etc, the acting VC pointed out various shortcomings besides suggesting remedial measures on the spot.

He said that, in addition to further beefing up the presence of security guards round the clock, the existing checking procedure at gates and entry points should be strictly enforced so that no vehicle or visitor could enter the varsity without prior proper identification.

During the visit, Dr Jamil Anwar also checked the efficiency and preparedness of the rapid deployment security personnel and found the same satisfactory.

All the heads of departments shall be personally responsible for enforcement of proper vigilance in and around their respective departments with the help of guards, he added.

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Two PhD degrees awarded
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) has awarded PhD degrees to two candidates in the subjects of High Energy Physics and Zoology. A PhD degree has been awarded to Rashid Ahmed s/o Muhammad Yaqub in the subject of High Energy Physics after the approval of his research thesis titled "Electronic Band-Structure Calculations of Solids Using Computational Methods". The research has been completed under the supervision of PU Prof Dr Haris Rashid, Director, Centre for High Energy Physics (CHEP). Another PhD degree has been awarded to Muhammad Abid s/o Muhammad Ashraf in the subject of Zoology after the approval of his research thesis titled "Growth Pattern in Labeo Rohita (Hamilton) under Intensive Culture System". The research has been completed under the supervision of PU Zoology Department's Assistant Professor Dr Muhammad Shafiq Ahmed. The news

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Teachers' plea to Shahbaz
Lahore: The Joint Action Committee Asataza Punjab has urged the chief minister to take note of 'highhandedness' of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education officials that has put the future of scores of students at stake.

A joint appeal on Sunday signed by committee leaders Rana Arshad, Jan Alam Khan, Rana Liaquat Ali, Ishaq Rehmani, Zafar Sindhu and Malik Saeed said the candidates appearing for the intermediate (part-I) exam had been the latest victims of the 'inefficient' BISE officials.

Discrepancy between the date-sheet on the roll number slips of scores of candidates and the subjects the candidates had opted is causing a great deal of inconvenience to students and examination staff alike. "Instead of concentrating on preparation, candidates have to run from pillar to post to get the correct slip.

In order to oblige certain private academies, selective examiners are being posted for practical and viva examination at certain centres at the behest of contract branch.

Teachers have appealed to the chief minister to order immediate action against the corrupt in the BISE and save the future of scores of students. Dawn

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Education boards incompetence exposed: teachers
Lahore: Joint Action Committee Asataza, Punjab, (JACAP) has said that irregularities and unfair procedures adopted by education boards in matriculation exams have exposed their incompetence and bias. According to a press statement issued on Sunday, JACAP office-bearers Rana Muhammad Arshad, Jaan Alam Khan, Rana Liaqat and others said the appointment of illegal exam superintendents at various centres, erroneous printing of the date sheet on the roll number slips and innumerable such incidents had proved the incompetence of the education boards. They demanded the government take strict notice of the situation and run an inquiry into all the matters with immediate effect to eradicate all these irregularities.

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75% attendance a BISE rule: GCU
Lahore: The mandatory 75 percent attendance rule for intermediate students is a rule that was decided on by the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) and the university only follows it, a Government College University (GCU) official said on Saturday.

The GCU spokesperson clarified that the university did not set the attendance criterion and it was not in the university's domain to relax any such rule. He said it was BISE that regulated the rule, according to which a candidate may stand ineligible for an exam and an admission form once submitted may be withdrawn if a he/she ran short od the required percentage; 75 percent of the total lectures delivered. Daily times

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Pak maths school
Lahore: Government College University (GCU) Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences (ASSMS) put the Pakistani Mathematics on the world's map, as the European Mathematical Society (EMS) had acknowledged the doctoral school as the Emerging Regional Centre of Excellence (ERCE) for its contributions to research at the international level.

The decision to acknowledge GCU ASSMS as the Emerging Regional Centre of Excellence came at a joint meeting of EMS Committee for Developing Countries (CDC) and UNESCO in Budapest, the capital of Hungary.

Only three institutions from all over the World are acknowledged by EMS as Emerging Regional Centers of Excellence. The other two are in India and Vietnam. "The school has indeed put Mathematics on the map of Pakistan and the Pakistani Mathematics on the map of the world," said Higher Education Commission Executive Director Dr S Sohail H. Naqvi. He added that he felt great pride on this prestigious achievement.

EMS-CDC Vice Chairman and Institute de Mathematiques, Paris, Professor Michel Waldschmidt predicts that Mathematical Sciences have a bright future in Pakistan. He says that the EMS will also provide funds to GCU ASSMS for research since teaching without any research is not at all desirable, even at graduate level. "If required, the bright students of the centre will be provided scholarships and other necessary support for research and doctorate programme in the institutions of the highest level in Europe," said Waldschmidt.

The EMS-CDC Vice Chairman said he was a witness to the excellence of Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences (ASSMS), as he had taught there for several months. He believes that Pakistani students are very bright, intelligent, enthusiastic and hardworking.

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UVAS centre approved
Lahore: The Bioequivalence Study Centre (BeSt Centre) of the University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences (UVAS) has been granted approval by the Ministry of Health, Pakistan, on Saturday. The head of the BeSt said the approval would pave the way for cost effective drugs/medicines supplies to public and private sector health facilities. He further said the approval marked a milestone in the history of research and development as well as regulatory process in the pharmaceutical sector of Pakistan and provided solutions to the issues of quality, price and cost effectiveness of the pharmaceuticals manufactured in Pakistan. The news

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