PU Semester system under debate
Semester system under debate at PU
Lahore, Nov 10: One of the numerous reasons for the resentment against the
semester system at the Punjab University is the disparity between academic
achievements of the students studying at its campus and those studying at the
university's affiliated colleges.
A number of PU departments as well as
its constituent colleges have been demanding a shift from semester system to
annual system on the plea that the latter was more suitable and convenient for
teachers as well as students.
The issue was recently taken up during a
meeting of the PU's Academic Council, which decided that a separate meeting of
professors and chairmen would be called to discuss semester system in detail. It
was decided that decision regarding giving the option of adopting annual or
semester system in the departments/colleges/institutes would be taken in the
next meeting of the council, scheduled to be held in December.
worth mentioning that most of the departments and institutes at the PU have been
following the semester system introduced some years ago by the Higher Education
Commission, whereas there are departments and constituent colleges which have
been following the annual system. The affiliated colleges of the PU, both
private and government, have also been offering education, exclusively, under
the annual system.
The examinations are held annually under the annual
system while under the semester system they are held at the end of each
semester. At the MA/MSc level, there is no concept of supplementary examinations
under the annual exams while re-sit exams are held under the semester system
while facility of freezing the semester could also be availed by the students in
One of the other important factors which do not go
in favour of the semester system at Punjab University is the teacher-student
ratio. There are around 30,000 students at university while the total strength
of teachers is around 600. Those who are against the semester system believe
that the spirit of this system cannot be fulfilled under such circumstances.
They believe that favouritism is also one of the worst aspects of semester
system, adding that it deprives many brilliant students of their rights if the
balance is not maintained by the teacher.
They argue the possibility of
favouring certain individuals cannot be ruled out and at the same time integrity
of a teacher can also be on stake while using various pressure tactics under the
It is important to mention here that last year the
Punjab Education Department planned to introduce semester system at some
selected colleges on the directions of the HEC. However, the plan could not be
implemented as a number of issues later surfaced, including the mode of exam and
capacity building of teachers.
A senior PU official, commenting on the
issue, said the university was finding itself on the horns of a dilemma,
especially in connection with semester system at the MA/MSc level. He said,
besides some departments and constituent colleges at the university, all the
affiliated colleges were following the annual system which was promoting
academic disparity. He said academic gains of those studying under annual system
were not the same as those studying under semester systems. He said the PU was
producing different students as some university students were getting degrees
under the semester system while others from within the PU as well as from its
affiliated colleges were getting degrees under the annual system.
official said former vice-chancellor of the university had introduced the
semester system on the HEC directions while using his special powers. He said it
was neither discussed by the university's academic council nor was it approved
by the statutory body. He said chairmen, directors of institutes and deans of
faculty had been asked to submit concrete proposals so that a final decision
could be taken in this regard.
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Punjab University MA exam schedule
Lahore: The Punjab University has announced the schedule for MA, part I and II, Annual Examination
According to a press statement, MA part-I exam will commence from
June 24,2009. Last date for receipt of admission forms with single fee by post
is March 3,2009 and by hand is 11-03-2009. The form with double could be
submitted by post till March 19,2009 and by hand till March 27,2009.
part-II exam will commence from July 16,2009. Last date for receipt of admission
forms with single fee by post is April 4, 2009 and by hand is April 4-2009 while
the forms with double fee could be submitted by post till April 20,2009 and by
hand till April 29, 2009.
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PU Metallurgy Dept granted accreditation
Lahore: The Punjab University Department of Metallurgy and Materials
Engineering has been granted national accreditation by Pakistan Engineering
Council (PEC) for three years.
The inspection team of PEC visited the
Department of Metallurgy & Materials Engineering on October 28 and 29, 2008
and registered their professional satisfaction about the level and working of
departmental laboratories, classrooms, atmosphere, library status and
performance of the faculty and allied staff.
The team included Prof Dr
Fazal Ahmad Khalid, Convener, of the Committee as well as expert member from PEC
along with another expert Prof Dr Shabbar Attique and Deputy Registrar Col (r)
During their process of observation, the team of PEC went
through a thorough consultation of all the required documents, curriculum,
laboratory manuals, library staff and faculty staff profiles. They also asked
the opinion of students and discussed relevant issues with the faculty and
allied staff of the department. Before departing, the members of the team had a
brief meeting with the Vice-Chancellor and Controller of the Punjab University.
The PEC team expressed its satisfaction about the status of performance
of the department and unanimously recommended the department for its
reaccredidation for the next tenure of three years.
Earlier, Prof Dr
Javaid Ahmad, Prof Dr Muhammad Taqi Zahid Butt and Prof Dr Rafiq Ahmad received
the inspection team of PEC along with their faculty staff. In his presentation
on multimedia, Prof Dr Rafiq Ahmad briefed the team about the history,
educational contribution and present performance of the department.
procession to pay homage to Iqbal: Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr
Mujahid Kamran along with teachers, students and administrative staff will pay
homage to the great Muslim poet and thinker, Allama Muhammad Iqbal, and lay
floral wreath at his Mazar in connection with Iqbal Day on November 9(today).
According to a press statement, special buses will leave for Old Campus from the
New Campus at 7:45am. This procession led by the VC will leave Allama Iqbal
Campus at 8:30 for Mazar-e-Iqbal. All the students are invited to attend the
The VC said, "Today Pakistan is passing through a phase of
security, economic and other crises and we as a nation could overcome these
crises by following teachings of the man who first had the dream of the creation
of our beloved country." The News
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PU faculty commemorates Iqbal Day
Lahore: The faculty of the Punjab University (PU), along with Vice-Chancellor (VC) Dr Mujahid Kamran, offered
fateha and lay a floral wreath at the Mizare Iqbal on Sunday to commemorate the
national Iqbal Day holiday.
According to a press release issued by the
PU, special buses left for Allama Iqbal Campus from Faisal Auditorium Campus at
7.45am. The procession, under the leadership of VC, then left the Allama Iqbal
Campus at 8.30am for the Mizare Iqbal. All the PU faculty members would be
invited to join the procession.
PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran said that the
country was passing through a phase of security and economic crises, adding that
these could be overcome if the nation followed the footsteps and teachings of
the man who first envisioned the country. He said that today's youth should
focus on education reflected by the poetry and addresses of the great poet,
adding that the youth should adopt the concept of Iqbal's poetry as it would
help them cope with the problems they faced today.
"November 9 is a very
special day for every Pakistani and on this day, we all must make a firm
commitment to work for the country in our own capacity. We can pay tributes to
the great leader, philosopher and poet only through practice," he said. Daily Times
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FPSC proposes candidates for lady lecturers
Islamabad: The Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) has
recommended candidates for appointment against posts of lecturers (Female) in
BS-17 in F G colleges for women.
From Punjab Shahida Rasool (Merit),
Rabia Kayani, Shakeela Saif, Farhat Habib, Amna Saeed, Safia Gulzar, Zakia
Anjum, Amna Abrar, Shazia Aslam, from NWFP Mehvish Taj, Farzana Iftikhar, from
Sindh (Urban) Sidra Abdul Saleem Khokhar, Tabassum Bibi, from Sindh rural Urfeen
Qazi, Naila Parveen, Rabia Anwar, from AJK Shazia Ashraf and from NAFATA Somia
Khattak have been selected.
Omer Farooq (Punjab), Nazia Gul (Punjab) are
recommended for appointment against the posts of research officers/planning
officers/survey officers. Dawn
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LUMS defeats UMT in rugby finals
Lahore: The Lahore University of Management and Sciences (LUMS) took the
initiative and arranged the country's first ever inter-university rugby
tournament on Sunday, with the varsity's team defeating the University of
Management and Technology (UMT's) team by 19-12 in the final match of the
Scores: The two-day event started on Saturday with LUMS
defeating Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute (GIKI) with a score of 28-0 and the UMT
defeating the Bahria University (BU) by 19-7. Similarly, LUMS defeated the
Government Degree College Fort Abbass (GDCFA) by 36-0 while BU defeated GIKI by
17-5 in another match.
Also on Saturday, UMT defeated GDCFA by 12-10,
LUMS defeated BU by 17-0 and UMT defeated GIKI by 29-0. LUMS qualified for the
finals by defeating BU in the semi-finals and UMT reached the finals after
defeating GDCFA. The final match was played between LUMS and UMT teams but the
hosts managed to secure 19 points against their rivals, who could only score 12
points in the deciding match. The GDCFA team secured the third position in the
LUMS Sport Director: LUMS Sports Director Babur Khan said
that the university was not only striving to promote non-conventional sports
like rugby, baseball and basketball in the region but they had also worked
towards promoting the sports culture among women.
He said that his team
worked day and night to win the tournament while the university students
dedicated their time to sports without allowing their academics to be affected.
He added that more than 700 of the 2,800 students had been participating in
different sports activities within the university.
He said that the
university aimed to organise 20-20 cricket tournaments, women's squash
tournaments, baseball, volleyball and tennis tournaments from Eid until March
next year. He said that the university, in collaboration with the Higher
Education Commission, was allocating lots of resources to promote sports in the
country. "For the past few years, LUMS has been very active in rugby. After
holding a national level tournament last year, LUMS is now actively promoting
rugby in other local universities," he added. Daily Times
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