PU to address concerns of Mycology and Plant Pathology students
Lahore: The Board of Studies in the Institute of Mycology and Plant Pathology and Board of Faculty of Life Sciences have already approved the change of nomenclatures of the institute and BSc and MSc degrees to remove the grievances over the status of the institute's degree to safeguard and brighten the job prospects of the students, Punjab University Acting Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Jamil Anwar CH said on Monday.
He was addressing a joint meeting of the faculty and students of the Institute of Mycology and Plant Pathology at the PU New Campus, which was also attended by Faculty of Life Sciences Dean Prof Dr Shahida Hussain and Assistant Professor Dr Ghazala Naseem. It is worth mentioning that the students of the department had been protesting for two weeks over the status being given to degrees that was not on an equal level with the degree of the Agriculture Department.
The acting VC told the students that the Board of Studies in the Institute of Mycology and Plant Pathology and the Board of Faculty of Life Sciences have already given their approval to the change of nomenclature from the Institute of Mycology and Plant Pathology to Institute of Plant Pathology, in addition to changing the nomenclature of degrees from BSc and MSc Mycology and Plant Pathology to BSc and MSc Agriculture by adopting the curricula of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in Plant Pathology for the said degrees. Daily times
PU students stage protest, block road near CM Secretariat
Lahore: Dozens of students from the Punjab University's Institute of Mycology and Plant Pathology (IMPP) staging a strong demonstration on Monday blocked road near 90-Shrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam to protest over what they termed "PU administration's indifferent attitude over degree equivalence issue."
Carrying banners and placards, the protesting students chanted slogans against PU administration and IMPP management for not paying attention to their problems. They said despite details mentioned in the institute's prospectus, their degree was not being considered equivalent to that of plant pathology agriculture owing to which students were facing immense problems in getting jobs.
The protestors also alleged that instead of listening to problems of the students, the PU administration and the institute's management was threatening the protesting students. After recording their protest, the students dispersed peacefully while a traffic mess was witnessed on The Mall for quite some time.
Meanwhile, a PU press release said that PU Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Jamil Anwar Ch while addressing a joint meeting of faculty and students of the Institute of Mycology and Plant Pathology (IMPP) at New Campus here on Monday said the Board of Studies in Mycology and Plant Pathology and the Board of Faculty of Life Sciences had already given their approval for changing nomenclature of Institute of Mycology and Plant Pathology to Institute of Plant Pathology in addition to changing nomenclature of degrees from BSc (Hons) and MSc (Hons) Mycology and Plant Pathology to BSc (Hons) and MSc (Hons) Agriculture (Plant Pathology) by adopting curricula of HEC in Plant Pathology for the said degrees.
He said was done to remove genuine grievances of students over equivalence of the institute's degree to safeguard their future and brighten up their prospects for job opportunities.Similarly, both the bodies had also approved arranging deficiency courses in special semesters for existing students as well as those who have already qualified to bring them at par for the proposed degrees BSc Agriculture (Plant Pathology) or MSc Agriculture (Plant Pathology), he added.
Dr Jamil Anwar further said the students who had already passed out would surrender their old degrees for acquiring new ones after completion of one-year deficiency course. He further said the adoption of HEC curricula from the academic Session 2010 had also been approved. The news
Facebook fury erupts in Mianwali district
Mianwali: Traders and educational institutions observed a complete shutter down strike on Monday throughout the district in protest at a controversial image competition deemed blasphemous by the Muslims, posted at social network site Facebook.
Hundreds of protesters, including seminary students, assembled at Railway Chowk in the morning carrying banners and placards inscribed with slogans against blasphemers and marched towards Ikram Niazi Shaheed Chowk blocking traffic for one hour.
Speakers urged the people to prepare for jihad against such hate acts.
Strike and processions were held in Piplan, Kalabagh, Isakhel, Daukhel, Wan Bhachran, Kundian, Qamar-Mushani and Mooch.
Land for BZU Layyah sub-campus
Multan: The Punjab government has transferred 120 acres of land to the Bahauddin Zakariya University for its Layyah sub-campus.
BZU vice-chancellor Dr Zaffarullah said here on Monday that the university would establish an agriculture research institute and a livestock department in the Layyah sub-campus to help improve the economic and social development in the area.
He said initially the classes in the Layyah sub-campus, established in September 2009, were started in four disciplines - MBA, Economics, psychology and English.
MPA Mahr Ejaz Achlana said the Punjab government had released seed money of Rs46.6 million and parliamentarians of the Layyah district had decided to engage the Higher Education Commission in this project. Dawn
Two students arrested for using unfair means in exams
Faisalabad: Two students were arrested red handed on charge of using unfair means to solve their papers in the Intermediate Examination 2010. A spokesman of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Faisalabad told APP that an examination centre was established at Government Millat Degree College Ghulam Muhammad Abad to facilitate the students of this locality. He told that two students, Nazim and Saddam Husain, were using unfair means i.e. copying to solve their question papers at this centre. However, the examiner caught them red handed and later both the accused were handed over to police.
NUST delegation visits LCWU
Lahore: A delegation from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, led by Pro-Rector Air Vice Marshal Asif Raza visited the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) on Monday.
According to a press statement, LCWU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Bushra Mateen briefed the delegation on the varsity activities. The delegates visited different departments of the university and showed keen interest in TV and FM Radio studios in the Mass Communication Department.
Mass Communication Department Chairperson Dr Anjum Zia informed the delegation that the department was focusing on producing manpower compatible for print as well as electronic media and for this purpose audio-video labs had been set up with professional standards. The delegation participated in live broadcastings of LCWU radio channel FM 96.6 NUST Director Academics Brigadier (retd) Zuhr Khan and head of the Mass Communication Department Prof Dr Masroor were also present. The news