GDP allocation for universities | BZU IJT activists

VCs demand four percent GDP for education
Lahore, May 02: Vice-chancellors (VCs) of various public sector universities of Punjab have demanded the government allocate at least four percent of the GDP for education. The demand came during a meeting between the VCs and Punjab governor/chancellor of public varsities Latif Khosa at Governorís House.

The VCs of various varsities, including Punjab Universityís VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, Government College University (GCU) Lahore VC Prof Dr Khaleequr Rehman, Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB) VC Prof Dr Muhammad Mukhtar and University of Gujrat VC Prof Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin, and the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairperson Dr Javaid R Laghari and HEC Executive Director Prof Dr Sohail H Naqvi attended the meeting which was followed by dinner.

The governor also agreed with the demand of the VCs and assured his full support in this connection. Speaking on the occasion, the governor said education was a powerful tool which could shape the destiny of any nation, adding that as responsible citizens of a developing nation, we must strengthen the education sector to secure a prosperous future for our youth. He also said that universities had to play the leadership role in the society and should produce skilled and vibrant students because they were not only the future of the country but were also the leaders of tomorrow.

While emphasizing on the importance of education, the governor said education was the most important factor which could make Pakistanis a strong and successful nation. He also appreciated the efforts of the HEC for organizing such kind of events with the collaboration of the Inter-Universities Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences.

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Universities to ensure uniform programmes
Lahore: The Pakistan National Board (PNB) of Universities has announced that all universities of Pakistan will establish National Boards of Specialties for running uniform MD/MS postgraduate programs.

All programs will have uniform curriculum, structured training, examination and quality assurance, this was unanimously observed during the 5th meeting of Executive Board of PNB held under the chairmanship of its President Prof Azam Hussain Yousifani, the Vice Chancellor of Peoples Medical University, Nawabshah, here at King Edward Medical University (KEMU), Lahore, on Saturday.

The PNB also decided that all universities would offer uniform application forms for MD/MS programs and accept forms online. "All universities will hold uniform admission examination for all MD/MS postgraduate programs, twice a year at one time throughout Pakistan," it was further decided.

Prof Masood Hameed, VC Dow Medical University, Prof Akbar Haider Soomro, VC SBB Medical University, Larkana, Prof Asad Aslam Khan, (VC KEMU), Prof S. M. Awais, (Dean AHS, KEMU), Prof. Shahida Badshah, Principal Army Medical College, Prof Brig Saadat Ali Khan, Director Academic Foundation University Medical College, Islamabad, Prof Muhammad Amjad Ch., Registrar, QPGMC, PIMS, Prof Gulshan Ali, Chairman Surgery Dept & Registrar PUMHS, Nawabshah, Prof Muhammad Tayyab, Prof of Pathology & Head MIMC, Mirpur AJK, Prof Maj. Gen. (retd) M. Aslam, Principal Shifa College of Medicine, Islamabad, Prof Dr Farman Ullah Wazir, Dean, Faculty of Medicine Sciences, KIMS, KDA, Kohat, Dr Tafazzul H. Mahmud, Prof of Rheumatology, SZMC, Brig. Hassan Jafri, HULS, Dr Navaid Kazi, Assistant Professor, Isra University, Hyderabad and Dr Saif-ur-Rehman, Assistant Professor, Isra University, Hyderabad, attended the meeting.

The meeting was held to make uniform standards of MD, MS, MDS, PhD, M.Phil and diploma postgraduate programs being run by all medical universities, faculties of medicine of general universities and postgraduate medical institutes, at Pakistan level and to raise the quality of these programs in the light of "Best International Practices". The next meeting of the Pakistan National Board will be held in Islamabad on June 9, which will be jointly organized by Quaid-e-Azam University, NUST, Bahria, TM University and Foundation University. The news

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Dr Qadeer to visit PU
Lahore: Renowned atomic scientist Dr AQ Khan is visiting the Punjab University on Wednesday (today). He will address a big gathering of students at Faisal Auditorium at 10am. Dawn

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Blind student honoured
Lahore: Shamsul Zia, a blind student of Punjab University (PU), received a cash award of Rs 100,000 from Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) Director News Dr Waqar Chaudhry on Monday. Zia had stood first in MA Special Education examinations and received gold medal in the previous convocation. He also obtained second position overall in Punjab Public Service Commission's interviews for recruitment of educators.PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran speaking on the occasion said there was a need to explore the talent of special persons.

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UHS BSc nursing exam result
Lahore: University of Health Sciences (UHS) has announced the result of final professional BSc nursing annual examination 2011. In BSc nursing four-year programme, a total of 136 candidates from four affiliated nursing institutes appeared in the exams. Out of these 112 passed while 24 could not get through. The pass percentage remained 82.35 per cent. Mahwish Javeed, daughter of Muhammad Mansha, of Saida Waheed FMH College of Nursing, Lahore, got first position by securing 538/600 marks. The news

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IJT activists 'barge in' BZU
Multan: Police remained a silent spectator at the main gate of the Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU), as Islami Jamiat Tulaba activists barged in the university on Monday evening.

After entering the university, IJT activists raised slogans and reached Umer Hall. They left the university after negotiations with police. Police had been deployed at the main university gate after Thursday's firing.

Area magistrate Majid Kareem Farooq granted bail to 50 IJT activists against surety bond of Rs20,000 each. Police produced the accused in the court after two-day judicial remand.

The university administration had lodged an FIR after IJT activists who allegedly attacked the residence of university's resident officer, entered the university by force, resorted to firing and detained university's chief security officer on Thursday.

Another case was lodged against PSF activists for entering Ali Hall by force, resorting to firing and hurling threats at the university administration.

Resident Officer Dr Amanullah said IJT activists broke the locks in the presence of police, but police did not stop them. He said once again police just sent IJT activists away despite the fact that they were carrying weapons. He said the university administration would again submit an application to police for legal action against the 'miscreants'.

Gulgashat SP Shoaib Khurram said he was not aware of IJT activists' action. "We cannot stop anyone from entering the university premises even if they are outsiders because there is no ban on the entry of outsiders in the university," he said. Dawn

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BISE mobile units issue roll numbers
Lahore: Mobile units of the Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore issued thousands of roll number slips to candidates appearing in intermediate (Annual) examination 2012, commencing from May 8.

A Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education spokesperson said the idea of mobile units had been widely appreciated by candidates as well as general public. It is pertinent to mention here that it is for the first time in the history of the board that mobile units have been introduced by the BISE to provide roll number slips to those candidates who failed to receive the same.

The mobile units remained present at the following stations Mobile Unit 1 at Model Town at 9:00am, Model Town Morr at 11:00am, Kot Lakhpat at 1:00pm, Qainchi Morr at 3:00pm and Chungi Amar Sidhu at 5:00pm.

Mobile Unit 2 at Bhatti Chowk at 9:00am, Yadgar Chowk at 11:00am, Shahdara Morr at 1:00pm, Imamia Colony at 3:00pm and Begum Kot at 5:00pm.

Mobile Unit 3 at Garhi Shahu Chowk at 9:00am, Dharampura Pul at 11:00am, Mughalpurar at 1:00pm, Lal Pul at 3:00pm and Jallo Morr at 5:00pm while Mobile Unit 4 Samanabad Morr at 9:00am, Yateemkhana Chowk at 11:00am, Scheme Morr at 1:00pm, Multan Chungi at 3:00pm and Thokar Niaz Baig at 5:00pm.

warnings: Punjab Board of Technical Education (PBTE) has issued warning notices to a number of affiliated institutes for not meeting the board requirements in connection with provision of facilities to the students.

PBTE Chairman Dr Muhammad Shafique also warned that affiliation of those institutes would be cancelled which failed to provide practical laboratories and relevant faculties to their students.

A spokesperson for PBTE said the chairman issued warning notices during his surprise visits to the PBTE affiliated institutes in Rawalpindi and Multan. Dr Shafique also visited other institutes where laboratories, faculty and other facilities were found according to the requirement of the board, upon which, PBTE sent appreciation letters to them.

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190 awarded degrees at KCD convocation
Peshawar: Governor Masood Kausar on Saturday awarded degrees to 190 students of bachelor in dental surgery programme (session 2007-2011) of the Khyber College of Dentistry (KCD).

Addressing the KCD convocation, the governor said the people of Fata deserved to be facilitated in the healthcare sector as they have suffered a lot during the last many years and deserved attention.

He urged the young doctors to get ready to serve in Fata where, according to him, the government is in the process of revamping the health delivery system.

Besides others, Khyber Medical University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Hafizullah, vice-chancellors of other public sector universities, academicians, medical professionals, students and their parents were present at the ceremony.

The outstanding student of the KCD, Dr Noor Durrani, was awarded four gold medals in addition to President's Medal for excellent academic performance.

Dr Bushra Mehboob and Dr Anwar Ali Khan got three gold medals each, Mohammad Adnan Khan and Saima Manzoor got two each and Rabia Ali, Irum Hayat and Amir Ali got one gold medal each. Mohammad Adnan Khan, Dr Bushra Mahboob and Dr Khalida Naheed were declared best graduates for different sessions.

The governor lauded the performance of the college, saying that it was one of the oldest and most prestigious dental institutions of the country whose graduates were being acknowledged internationally and nationally.

He said the institution deserved patronage of the government and assured his support to improve the clinical and academic environment of the KCD.

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MPhil thesis defended
Peshawar: Gulzar Jalal Yousafzai, Assistant Professor English department at Edwardes College, successfully defended his M.Phil thesis in English Literature here at the Qurtuba University.

He is the first scholar of the university to secure the M.Phil degree in English Literature. His topic for the thesis was human values in "A Passage to India" by E.M Forster. Prof Dr Qabil Khan, former chairman of the English Department, University of Peshawar was his supervisor.

He attributed his success to late Abdul Aziz Khan Niazi, late president of Qurtuba University who provided the opportunity for the research, and the present president of the varsity Dr Zulfiqar Khan Niazi and his management.

He said the encouragement of principal of Edwardes College Dr Titus Presler, vice principal Prof Karimullah and Prof A. Edwin was a source of inspiration for him.Gulzar Jalal Yousafzai said he intended to get his PhD degree on "Social Trends in the modern English Novel." The news

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