PU teachers strike | KU conveyance allowance

PU teachers call off strike
Lahore, May 24: Punjab University Academic Staff Association (PUASA) has announced to call off strike and resume academic activities in the university from Thursday (today) following government's assurance to fulfil their demands including provision of security on the campus.Briefing media on Wednesday, PUASA President Amir Sarwar said the Association's talks with the government's committee headed by Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan proved successful as the latter assured to start, if required, a grand operation against outsiders (non-student elements) in the PU. Besides, the committee also assured to bring changes in the legislation to give more powers to the security for ensuring peace on the campus.

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IJT warns of protest
Lahore: The Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT), Punjab University, has warned to take to streets if the government fails to arrest the killer(s) of its activist Awais Aqeel within 24 hours. The IJT PU, during its meeting held under the chairmanship of its Nazim Rai Haq Nawaz, condemned the government for turning the university into police state, adding the government must focus on arresting the killer(s) of Awais Aqeel instead of ruining the sanctity of the educational institution.

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PU results
Lahore: PU Examinations Department has announced the results of MSc Statistics, Part-I, supplementary 2011, MA Music, Part-II, supplementary 2011, Diploma in Child Health, supplementary 2008, and Diploma in Clinical Pathology, supplementary 2008.

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PAC questions KU's conveyance allowance for campus staff
Karachi: The Sindh Assembly's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Wednesday suggested that the University of Karachi (KU) and the Shah Abdul Latif University (SALU) Khairpur should strengthen their control over finances.

The committee also questioned the practice of the KU's giving a conveyance allowance to academic staff residing on campus, as it was deemed a violation of the government's financial rules.

The PAC, under the chair of Sardar Jam Tamachi Unar, conducted scrutiny of the three-year audits (2006-7, 2007-8 and 2008-9) of both universities.

The committee that met at the assembly building was informed that the KU had paid over Rs3 million to the staff in transport allowance. It was however not satisfied with the arguments presented by the director finance of the university.

The official pointed out that the campus was spread over 1,200 acres where both teaching and non-teaching staff travelled about two-three kilometers daily in their own vehicles, and the syndicate had sanctioned the allowance to facilitate them.

According to the PAC, the financial rules of the government did not entitle the employees living on campus to a conveyance allowance. The audit body stressed that the internal mechanism of accountability in the KU would be strengthened by avoiding such expenditures.

It was decided that an opinion would be sought from the Finance Department of Sindh on whether the provincial financial rules were applicable to the public-sector universities in the province.

The PAC also decided that an opinion would be sought from the finance department as to whether SALU was entitled to the "overpayment" of conveyance and medical allowances to its faculty.

The committee took this decision when the meeting was informed that the university made irregular payments of Rs1.548 million in terms of medical allowance.

SALU Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Nilofer Shaikh contended that the faculty had no residential facilities, adding that if the university did not provide medical allowances, advances and other facilities, there were apprehensions that the teachers might quit.

The PAC also noted that the SALU had spent Rs0.425 million without inviting an open tender. To this, the VC SALU argued that since the work was of "urgent nature", the expenditure was made without inviting a tender.

PAC Chairman Unar took a lenient view of this financial irregularity and observed that they would settle this para and suggested the VC should make efforts to improve the standard of education at his university. The news

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Interview for MPhil/PhD, MS/MD
Karachi: Convener Post-Graduate Admission Committee Prof Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi has announced that those who had passed the MPhil/PhD and MS/MD aptitude test are advised to appear for interview in their respective departments on Thursday (today). It is note worthy that for admission in MPhil Programme; candidates will have to write one page research proposal on the spot and a two page proposal for admission in PhD programme. However, interviews for PhD in law will be conducted on May 26. Daily times

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Primary schoolgirls to get Rs1,000 stipend
Karachi: The Sindh Education Minister on Wednesday announced a stipend of Rs1,000 per annum for all female students between classes one to five for the next fiscal year.

Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq made the announcement while chairing a meeting between officials of the education department.

"This stipend is an incentive from the Government of Sindh to attract youngsters to acquire education and not to leave school prematurely," Haq said.

Haq also noted that all female students from class 8 to class 10 are already receiving a stipend of Rs2,400 per annum and that it was "tragic" that youngsters' discontinue their education after primary school.

He also pointed out that, at present, some 3.2 million youngsters are enrolled in government sector primary schools, but that there were only 900,000 children enrolled at the elementary level which, he said, "was a matter of concern." The minister said that some 1,100 primary schools would be converted into elementary ones and that 500 elementary school into high schools. The news

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Funds for Shah Latif Institute to be allocated in next budget'
Karachi: Sindh Minister for Culture Sassui Palijo has said that the Shah Latif Institute is one good example of her department's remarkable work during the last four years as funds to establish the institute will be allocated in the upcoming budget.

The minister was talking to the media while attending a function held in connection to the 331st birthday celebrations of the Sufi saint organised by the culture department at the Mumtaz Mirza Studio here on Wednesday.

Ms Palijo said that the institution would concentrate on the study of Sufism while encouraging research work on the philosophy of Shah Abdul Latif, who she hailed as a universal poet whose vision and philosophy should reach the entire humanity.

The minister informed that the culture department was translating Shah Latif's poetry in different languages including Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Devanagari, German, French and English. The writings of Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Saadat Hassan Manto, too, would be translated in the Sindhi language.

She added that the culture department was doing tremendous work, details of which they were soon going to publish in the form of a performance report.

She also said that Bhit Shah had been turned into a modern city thanks to the efforts of her department and development work on Karar Lake was in progress with its boundary wall also nearing completion.

On the occasion, Ms Palijo handed over a cheque for Rs5 million to the Sindh Graduates Association chairman Dr Suleman Shaikh.

A recording of Shah Abdul Latif's kalam sung by various singers was also launched along with the cutting of a birthday cake.

Culture Secretary Abdul Aziz Uqaili, actor Shakeel, scholar Dr Muhammad Ali Siddiqui, Agha Noor Muhammad, Samee Baloch and others also attended the ceremony. Dawn

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