PU MA, MSc Part-I annual examinations schedule

PU Exams
Lahore, May 21: The Punjab University has announced that the MA/MSc Part-I annual examinations for 2010 will begin on June 18.

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PU results
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department has announced the result of MA Urdu, Part-II, Supplementary Examination 2009.

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PU VC seeks cost estimates for flats
Lahore: The Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has directed officials concerned to prepare cost estimates regarding construction of new J-type flats for university employees so that the stone-laying ceremony for the project could be held within the next one month.

According to a press statement on Thursday, presiding over a meeting of the committee constituted for the construction of J-type flats, the VC said the detailed cost estimates should also include expenditures on electricity, sewerage, sui gas and water supply.

He said teh Project Director Office would be responsible to hand over the buildings in functional conditions in all respects. The members of the Quality Assurance Committee were also directed to ensure that only high quality construction material was used in PU buildings, road works, boundary walls and parking lots. A presentation regarding design for the proposed employees' flats was also given in the meeting. Pro Vice Chancellor Dr Jamil Anwar Ch., Registrar Dr Muhammad Naeem Kasurer Dr Uzma Ikram, Controller Examination Dr Zahid Karim Khan, Principal Oriental College Dr Mazhar Moeen, Physics Department Chairman Dr Shoukat Ali were also attended the meeting. The news

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Boards be asked why Form-B has been made mandatory: LHC
Lahore, May 21: Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday directed the Punjab government to question all provincial Boards of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISEs) as to why they made mandatory the submission of Form-B for the students at the time of enrolment for matriculation.

The judge directed that the respondents should come with some suggestion to save the precious time of students. The judge observed that the government should facilitate people by adopting easiest ways and try to minimise their suffering. An assistant advocate general (AAG), Shujaat Ali Khan, assured the court that he would submit a reply on behalf of the provincial government until June 4. The judge was hearing a petition challenging the power of National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) to charge fees for providing services to citizens.

In reply to the petition, NADRA's counsel Afnan Karim Kundi informed the court that they were charging fees according to the law and trying to provide every possible service to the masses. A deputy attorney general, Naveed Inayat Malik, informed the court that the reply of federal government with regard to the petition in hand would be filed by next hearing. Earlier, the petitioner Muhammad Azhar Siddique said that NADRA system was defective because of which the people were suffering. He also said criminals could easily manage fake identity cards and passports due to various flaws in NADRA system.

He stated that NADRA was charging exaggerated fees for services, and that such extortion of money on any count was illegal and unconstitutional.He said the people across the country were forced to face humiliation and waste their precious time in queuing up in scorching heat despite the fact they made payment to get citizenship card. He requested that NADRA should be stopped from charging fees on all services.

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IT labs to revolutionise education sector: CM
Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the government is paying special attention to the promotion of information technology in the province as no country can afford to ignore it in todayís world.

He expressed the views at the launching ceremony of Microsoft Office 2010 in Pakistan, held here at a local hotel on Thursday.

Punjab Information Technology Board chairman Dr Javed Ghani, Punjab Board of Investment and Trade vice-chairman Pir Saad Ahsanuddin, Strategy and Innovation Unit chairman Dr. Zafar Iqbal Qureshi, Microsoft Pakistan country manager Kamal Ahmad and a large number of IT experts were also present.

Addressing the ceremony, the chief minister said the establishment of IT labs in more than 4000 schools of the province would revolutionize the education sector, adding now even the students of far flung areas would also benefit from information technology.

He said that the introduction of IT in different sectors would not only result in good governance and improvement of efficiency of institutions but also help eliminate corruption.

The CM was pleased that the Microsoft had chosen Lahore as the venue of the launch of its flagship product which reflects the growing confidence of investors and multinational companies in the policies of the Punjab government.

He said the IT had transformed the world into a global village and the technology was playing an important role in the development of the countries.

He said that IT labs had been set up in as many as 4,286 schools of the province in a record period of time at a cost of five billion rupees and the project has been completed with the cooperation of international companies in a transparent manner. The news

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BNU wins KEMU's Mastermind Quiz
Lahore: The Beaconhouse National University (BNU) won the Intercollegiate Mastermind Quiz Competition organised by the King Edward Literary Society. Despite registering at the last moment, the BNU team went home with the winning trophy. Four students from the BNU School of Liberal Arts' (SLA) Literature and Languages Department participated in the competition. Masters' students Haseeb Asif and Haroon Qureshi, third year undergraduate student Hira Azmat and freshmen Palvashey Sethi made up the four-member team. BNU faced stiff competition throughout the competition with the Kinnaird College, the Punjab University (PU) and the Salamat International Campus for Advanced Studies (SICAS). In the semi-final round, the SICAS team got three out of four questions right and sailed self-assuredly through to the final. Locking horns for the second time, KC and BNU each managed to answer two of four questions correctly, resulting in a tie once again. However, BNU managed to beat KC in extra time, hence qualifying for the final round. The ten-question final round between BNU and SICAS saw BNU achieving an easy victory as SICAS bowed out of the competition. Daily times

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Demos for recovery of Dr Ayyaz
Lahore: The academic staff and students of dental colleges in the province boycotted their classes and held demonstrations on Thursday in protest against the missing of Pakistani dentist Prof Dr Ayyaz Ali Khan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Prof Ayyaz, who was on a visit to the College of Dental Sciences Rasul-Khaymah as an academic consultant, had reportedly been missing in the UAE for the last one-and-a-half-month along with two other Pakistanis.

In Lahore, De' Montmorency College of Dentistry held a demonstration which was also participated in by the family of Prof Ayyaz. College Principal Prof Muhammad Saeed, Punjab Dental College Medical Superintendent Prof Shahina Nusrat, Pakistan Dental Association President Prof Waheedul Hamid, Prof Sohail Abbas Khan and other teachers and students were also present.

The protesters raised slogans against the government for 'doing nothing' for safe release of the dentist.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Shahina Nusrat said Prof Ayyaz was a respectful personality in the dental profession and he played an important role for the advancement of dental education in the country.

Prof Muhammad Saeed said Prof Ayyaz had a long association with De' Montmorency College and he was a thorough gentleman.

They also passed a resolution in this regard and expressed concern at a "no response" attitude of the federal government for the recovery of the dentist.

They urged President Zardari to take note of the issue and contact the UAE authorities for the recovery of Prof Ayyaz. Dawn

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DNA fingerprinting technology at UVAS
Lahore: The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) has developed DNA fingerprinting technology for breed and parentage confirmation of horses and dogs and offered the service to equestrian and pet lovers on nominal charges.

The university earlier resolved the first ever ownership dispute of a stolen bull through DNA fingerprinting technology at Sahiwal's Sadar Police Station.

A UVAS spokesman said that scientists at the university's Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology (IBBt) had pioneered "animal forensicology" in Pakistan. He said that institute's molecular biology and genomic lab was equipped with most latest DNA analysis instruments.

At the lab, scientists analysed experimental cases for dogs with complete reliability. These results empowered the university to offer its expertise for the confirmation of breed and parentage of horses and dogs. For DNA fingerprinting technology and breed and parentage confirmation, the spokesman said, the institute was using micro satellite markers (genetic markers) across the whole genome by developing a new marker panel for reliable results.

UVAS Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz and Faculty of Life Sciences and Business Management Dean Prof Dr Aleem Bhatti praised IBBt Director Prof Dr Masroor Ellahi for the accuracy of results obtained through DNA fingerprinting.

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GCU sets up botanic gardens network secretariat
Lahore: The Government College University (GCU), Lahore, has established Pakistan Botanic Gardens Network Secretariat (PBGNC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment for linking all the botanic gardens and conservation and sustainable use of Pakistan's unique environment, botanical and cultural heritage.

Federal Minister for Environment Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi was the chief guest at the inauguration of the Secretariat and the PBGNC's first seminar on 'Conserving and Restoring the Undesignated Remnants of Natural Plant Communities'.

The seminar was marked by heated debates on five potential undesignated remnants of natural vegetation which had been identified and characterised by PBGNC researchers, as scarce habitats were vulnerable to local extinction. The remnants, including Harrapa Forest, Butea Forest and Pirch Forest, were presented as case studies before the experts during the technical sessions of the seminar.

"Analysis shows that remnants have changed substantially to the extent of configuration and composition but they persisted through a long period of landscape change and comprised important reservoirs of biodiversity which would retain biotic and important understanding and restoring native ecosystem," said noted environmentalist and PBGNC Director Dr Aminul Haq while addressing the seminar.

The federal minister laid stress on raising awareness among the people about environment related issues. He said "environmental degradation is not a natural calamity; it is something which is directly related to us, caused by us and can be only preserved by us."

GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Khalid Aftab said education in 21st century had become highly innovative and the biggest challenge was to make the interdisciplinary research more and more productive.

He motivated the researchers by saying that the scientists at Kew Gardens had saved the smallest water lily from extinction, as the tiny plant had vanished from its only known hot spring's location in Africa.

Faiza Sharif, Muhammad Umar Hayat and Laila Shahazad also presented research papers in the technical sessions of the seminar.

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PEF to set up children complaint cells
Lahore: The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) will establish "Children Complaints and Redressal Cells" in its head office in Lahore and two regional offices in Rawalpindi and Multan.

The cells would be set up to promote child rights awareness and redress any complaint promptly besides ensuring protection for the students from violence and abuse by firmly ending corporal punishment in the PEF partner schools in 29 districts.

According to a handout, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the PEF and Plan International in Pakistan (PI), an Islamabad-based NGO, at PEF Head Office here on Thursday. PEF Managing Director Mohyuddin Ahmad Wani and Plan International Country Director Haider W Yaqub signed the MoU at a ceremony which was also attended by other PEF officers.

According to the MoU, both organisations will jointly work for the protection of children from violence and abuse. The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the protection of children from any violence, including corporal punishment, so that they could be taught in a perfect milieu.

A composite campaign would be launched in the PEF partner schools to promote child rights and sensitise the civil society about its importance. The Plan International will train master trainers of the PEF to promote the concept of 'learn without fear' in the partner schools. The PI will provide a consultant to review in detail the existing PEF monitoring and evaluation mechanisms designed for the evaluation of various educational programmes and advise on its further improvement, if any. The PEF MD said the PEF was committed to promoting a child-friendly culture in its 2000 partner schools so that economically deprived students could learn about their fundamental rights. It is also aimed to sensitise the teachers as well as the school administrators to adhere to the Punjab government policies which clearly prohibit any use of corporal punishment in partner schools, he concluded. The news

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