PU results announced
Lahore, May 26: Punjab University Examinations Department has announced the results of LLB, Part-III, Supplementary Exam 2010, MCom, First Year (Part-I), 2nd Exam Annual 2010, B. Pharmacy, Third Professional (New Scheme), Supplementary Exam 2010, BS Applied Geology, First Professional, Supplementary Exam 2010, LLM, Final, Annual Exam 2010, MSc Environmental Sciences (Self-Supporting), Semester System, Session 2003-05, BSc Computer Science (2-Years), Semester System, Session 2006-08, BS Zoology (4-Years), Semester System, Session 2006-10, MSc Mountain Conservation and Watershed Management (Morning), Semester System, Session 2008-10, BS Information Technology (Fall 2006), Session 2006-10, Master of Science in Information Technology (Fall 2008), Semester System, Session 2008-10, BS Computer Science, Semester System, Session 2006-08 and MPhil Physics, Session 2008-10. Detailed results are also available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk, according to a press release here on Wednesday.
Punjab University Examinations Department has issued the written examination date-sheets of BS Home Economics, Part-I (First Year & Second Year), Part-II (First Year), Annual Exam 2011 and BSc Home Economics, Third Year and Final Year, Annual Exam 2011.
Detailed date-sheets are available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk, according to a press release here on Wednesday. The newsYour Comments
PU Syndicate concerned over intervention by NA body in PU matters
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Syndicate, on Wednesday, unanimously reaffirmed and endorsed its decision pertaining to the dismissal of Dr Iftikhar Baloch on charges of sexual harassment and showed its serious concerns over the intervention by National Assembly's Standing Committee on Government Assurances in the PU affairs.
The 14-member top body of the varsity, representing all four cadres of teachers, Higher Education Commission (HEC), Punjab Assembly, academicians from outside PU and public representatives met on Wednesday to decide on the academic matters, in its first meeting following its election held recently.
During the meeting, a member pointed out that PU fell within the jurisdiction of Punjab Assembly because the provincial assembly had passed the Punjab University Act, and unnecessary intervention by a National Assembly committee in the affairs of PU was not justified.
The meeting showed very serious concern over a letter sent to Punjab Governor Latif Khosa by the NA Standing Committee on Government Assurance's Chairman Mahmood Hayat Khan Tochi Khan recommending unanimously the suspension of PU Vice Chancellor (VC) Professor Dr Mujahid Kamran and stopping his salary besides requesting reinstatement of Dr Iftikhar Baloch and giving him all financial benefits from the date of his dismissal.
The members said that the DIG-level investigation had proved Dr Baloch guilty in the case and support to him by such a high-level committee of NA was astonishing and shocking for them.
The letter sent by the NA committee to the Punjab governor, a copy of which is available with Daily Times, states that "Punjab University vice chancellor appeared before the Standing Committee on Government Assurances on March 10, 2011. He was instructed by the committee to resolve the controversy surrounding Dr Iftikhar Baloch but instead of resolving the matter, the VC, in clear and blatant defiance of the committee, dismissed him from service on April 21, 2011."
Those who attended the meeting included PU VC Professor Dr Mujahid Kamran, Punjab Assembly representative Speaker Khawaja Imran Nazir, HEC representative Razina Aalam, columnist Hassan Nisar, Maulana Raghib Naeemi and Ms Neelam.
From PU teacher cadre Professor Dr Shaukat Ali (professor's representative), Professor Asmatullah (associate professor's representative), Javed Sami (assistant professor's representative) and Ms Shumaila (lectures' representative) attended the meeting. It is noteworthy that Dr Baloch was director Institute of Earth and Environmental Sciences and this issue remained a hot topic among academic circles of the country.
Efforts were made to approach the federal information minister and the Standing Committee on Government Assurances chairman but they were not available for comments. Daily times
Lectures at PU
Lahore: Punjab University Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre (SZIC) organised two-day Tausee'i Khutbat on "Barr-e-Saghir Me Mutala Uloom-e-Islamia" in the Centre's auditorium here on Wednesday. According to a press release here on Wednesday, on first day (Wednesday), former Chief Editor Islamic Research Institute, Islamabad, and renowned scholar Prof Dr Safeer Akhtar delivered lectures in detail on the topics, including Islamic studies, Hadith, Fiqah and comparative study of religions.
UAF completes probe into girls' harassment
Faisalabad: The Agriculture University administration has completed the probe into alleged harassment of female students.
A university official, on condition of anonymity, said that some officials were abusing their authority to have access to the girls' hostels. UAF Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmed is out of the country and expected to return on Thursday evening. The official said that the administration had conducted the inquiry. "However, the involved persons will be given a chance to clarify their position after which, strict action would be taken against them," he disclosed. Parents of female students have expressed their concern over the situation and demanded strict action against responsible officials.
Top posts lying vacant in BISE Rawalpindi
Rawalpindi: Top posts in the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Rawalpindi, have been lying vacant for some time, creating problems for officials who are performing extra duties on these posts.
The posts of chairman, controller examination and deputy controller examination have been lying vacant since the termination of former BISE chairman Professor Abdul Hafeez and other officers after a scandal relating to answer-sheets. The post of BISE secretary has been lying vacant since the promotion of Professor Hamayyon Iqbal.
Sources in the BISE said that employees of the board and students have been suffering due to this reason.
Those who are performing extra duties on these posts could not concentrate on official matters because of their busy schedule.
Sources further said that these officials were facing many problems because they do not have experience to run the board matters smoothly. "These officials are afraid that this year they will face many issues in checking of papers of SSC and HSSC
examinations and this will delay the results," sources added.
According to sources, the director colleges is performing extra duty as acting chairman. "He cannot concentrate on his actual job because of this extra load, which is causing problems for colleges in the Rawalpindi division. The same is the case with other officials," they said.
When contacted BISE official spokesman Arslaan Cheema, he said that it is expected that the vacant posts would be filled within a week. Interviews have been conducted for the posts of chairman and secretary. He said that there were 38 candidates for the post of chairman and 227 for the seat of secretary.
Clerks, teachers brave scorching heat to stage sit-in
Islamabad: The blazing sun failed to demoralise hundreds of clerks and teachers, who gathered in front of the Parliament House and staged a sit-in protest to press the government for immediate implementation of the Pay and Pension Commission's recommendations.
The rally was organised by the All Pakistan Clerks Association (APCA) in collaboration with the Punjab Teachers' Union and a large number of clerks and teachers participated in it.
The protesters were holding placards inscribed with the messages including 'Give us Our Rights', 'Stop Financial Murder of Clerks', 'Government Should Cut its Own Expenses' and 'Fulfil your Promises'. They also chanted slogans for their rights and against what they termed the unjust policies of the government.
Addressing the protesters, APCA President Nazar Hussain Korai said: "There is no point for the government not to give relief to clerks when its own Pay and Pension Commission has recommended it." "The Pay and Pension Commission has agreed to most of our demands, which shows that clerks are not unjustified in their demands," he added.
According to information, the recommendations of Pay and Pension Commission include merger of ad hoc relief in salaries and their revision, increase in medical allowance up to Rs3,000, increase in house rent up to 70 per cent, increase in conveyance allowance up to 200 per cent, payment of group insurance at once after retirement, restoration of additional promotions which have been given on the basis of high qualification, the constitution of clerks foundation, Eid allowance for low-grade government employees and restoration of rest and recreation allowance.
Addressing the protesters, Punjab Teachers' Union President Syed Sajjad Akbar Kazmi said that the government should at least implement the Rs7,000 minimum salary. "It is an unfortunate fact that a considerable number of our colleagues are still getting salaries as low as Rs4,000 to Rs5,000," he said.
He said that today hundreds of clerks gathered in Islamabad in such extreme weather conditions just because of the fact that it was becoming impossible for them to live in their meagre income. "The report compiled by the Pay and Pension Commission, headed by Dr. Ishrat Husain, has been compiled after hectic efforts of 10 months. There is no point in negating the report of the commission, which has been constituted by the government itself," he said.
Punjab Teachers' Union Member Rana Liaqat Ali, while talking to this scribe, said that the inflation has increased manifold, but salaries and benefits of teachers remain the same. "The government has deprived the common man of his right to live. They can't perform well under the current circumstances, which is ultimately having an adverse affect on the future of country," he said. He said they hope that the democratic government would listen to their demands and immediately announce a relief package for clerks and teachers. The news