PU Mycology, Plant Pathology protest

PU Mycology, Plant Pathology students protest against degree recognition
Lahore, May 13: A number of students of the Punjab University Institute of Mycology and Plant Pathology staging a demonstration on Wednesday protested against the university administration and the Higher Education Commission for not considering their degrees equal to the degrees of agriculture graduates.

Dozens of students gathered at New Campus. Carrying placards, they chanted slogans against the HEC and the PU administration.

They told reporters that they were studying subjects of agriculture in their academic courses but the HEC and the university did not consider their degrees equal to agriculture related degrees due to which the graduates of the IM&PP were facing immense difficulties in getting jobs.

Institute of Mycology and Plant Pathology In Charge Dr Ghazala Nasim said the nomenclature of the institute was creating confusion. She claimed that it had been decided to change the nomenclature of the institute as "Institute of Plant Pathology" and to implement HEC approved syllabi afterwards.

She said the issue would be placed before the Board of Studies, claiming that it would be resolved soon.

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'5,300 schemes for education uplift'
Lahore: Punjab Education Minister Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman has claimed that 5,300 development schemes worth Rs 14 billion of the School Education Department, Punjab, are being speedily completed as compared to the schemes of other departments.

According to a DGPR handout, he was talking to a delegation of teachers here on Wednesday.

He claimed Rs 10.5 billion out of Rs 12 billion funds released for districts had been spent on development projects in education sector.

He said that Rs 7 billion were being spent on 2,800 schemes and upgrading of 835 schools had been started.

The minister said 1,665 schemes of boundary walls construction, building of new rooms and supply of water and electricity in schools would be completed in stipulated time. He said a school councils system had been introduced to enable local population to play an important role in the promotion of education, adding that better results could be achieved in education sector through public-private partnership. The news

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Another four GCU students get PhD degrees
Lahore: Four more students of the GCU's Abdul Salam School of Mathematical Sciences have obtained PhD degrees.

They are Ms Fozia Bashir, Mr Ali Ahmad, Mr Muhammad Kashif Shafiq and Mr Gohar Ali. The number of PhD degree holders in mathematics from ASSMS is now 46, says a press release.

The board of examiners consisted of foreign experts Edy Tri Baskoro and Martin Baca. The local examiners included Syed Muhammad Husnine, A.D.R. Choudary and Faqir Muhammad Bhatti.

The theses were evaluated by experts from Australia, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic and Spain. These young Pakistanis have carried out their research in branches of mathematics that have useful applications in Graph Theory and Combinatoris. They worked under the supervision of one of the world's most respected expert in the field of Graph Theory, Prof Dr Martin Baca (Department of Applied Mathematics, Technical University, Slovakia). Dawn

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GCU academic council elected
Lahore: Election for appointment of members of academic council of the Government College University (GCU) was held on Wednesday. A press release said Islamic Studies Assistant Professor Dr Humayun Abbass, Physics Assistant Professor Dr M Nauman Qureshi, History Lecturer Saeed Ahmed Butt and Political Science lecturer were elected new members of the academic council. The news

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Books' launch brings class subjects side by side

Lahore: Two books 'Name Class Subject' and 'Side By Side' -- were launched at Rohtas-2 on Wednesday.

The books 'Name Class Subject' by Aisha Khalid and 'Side by Side' by Imran Qureshi were commissioned and published by 'Raking Leaves', a London-based organisation.

'Name Class Subject' is inspired by the exercise books used by government schools in Pakistan to teach writing in Urdu and English. Ms Khalid's book traces the imposed hierarchy of a society shaped by a bilingual culture, experienced by the artist as a child growing up in Pakistan. The book is produced from over 300 paintings by her making each page in the traditional Mughal style of miniature painting.

'Errors' in the printing and discrepancies in the lined sheet highlight the distinctions between the Urdu section and the English-ruled pages.

Void of images the lined pages of the book invite the reader to imagine their suggested narrative, whilst also encouraging them to literally write their own text between the lines.

'Side by Side' brings together two books, 'The True Path' and 'Moderate Enlightenment' both rendered in the traditional Mughal style of miniature painting.

The concertina format of 'The True Path' allows the view to unfold the pages of a painted landscape to a full-eight meter-length with the simple instructions "Please join the dots from number 1 to 566". Moderate enlightenment, the smaller of the two, is a collection of 20 paintings depicting figures dressed in traditional Islamic grab shown in habitual postures and ordinary contexts. In contrast to the stereotypical notions of Islam from a Western perspective, a natural piety, and a passive sense of devotion gives spirit to the religious subjects of moderate enlightenment.

At the ceremony, Sharmini Pereira, a London-based curator who designed and curated the show at Rohats-2, told the audience that her non-profit organisation 'Raking Leaves' was established by herself in 2008. The organisation is funded by the Arts Council England.

Ms Pereira said that 'Raking Leaves' commissioned and published artists' book projects and special editions. The organisation aims to internationally platform and distribute art projects that use publishing strategies to explore how art can be created, viewed and owned.

She said the organisation commissions two projects each year. In 2008 'Raking Leaves' invited Ms Khalid and Mr Qureshi to make an artist book accompanying a special edition. Both projects were published in 2010. The curator said that books were rather an effective medium for expansion of ideas. Dawn

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Students to paint messages on handkerchiefs
Toba Tek Singh: Hundreds of students, including boys and girls, will take part in a programme being held at Saint Peter's High School here on Thursday in connection with Aman Ki Asha, an initiative launched by Times of India and Jang Group to promote peace between India and Pakistan. The students will paint their messages on handkerchiefs, which will be sent to Aman Ki Asha office in Pakistan. Later, the messages will be sent to Times of India which will distribute these kerchiefs among Indian students. The Indian students will also send message-carved handkerchiefs to Pakistani students. PML-N MPA Main Muhammad Raifque and others will address the students on the occasion. The news

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