Punjab University results tampering probe

Probe into tampering with results
Lahore, Nov 04: The Punjab University (PU) administration has initiated an inquiry into alleged tampering of results at the varsity's Institute of Communication Studies (ICS), it was learnt. Sources in the PU administration said that Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran had ordered a probe following complaints received about the alleged tampering of results of viva voce exam of MS (Replica) Session 2005-07.

They said it was found during the probe that award sheet signed by the ICS director, the internal examiner and the external examiner was allegedly tampered to get some failed students passed. They said the Punjab Institute of Language, Art and Culture's director Dr Shaista Nuzhat was the external examiner who had conducted the viva voce exam.

Giving details of the probe, the sources said a final award list of the said exam was displayed on November 7, 2007 in which four students were declared as "fail" adding, however, another forged list was displayed soon in which all those who earlier could not clear the exam were declared successful.

The sources added the university administration had contacted Dr Shaista Nuzhat seeking her opinion about both the lists. They added the lady had verified that the signatures on the first list as genuine making it clear that her signatures on second list were not genuine.

A senior PU official, on condition of anonymity, said the external examiner had informed the administration that the result was tampered as the second list was not signed by her. He said the matter remained in dark until recently when the VC received complaints by some students about the said results. He further said Dr Ahsan Akhtar Naz was internal examiner of the said exam.

When contacted Dr Shaista Nuzhat said some students could not pass the viva voce exam adding the students as well as some faculty members had approached her at that time to seek favour in this regard. "I did not listen to them and issued the list", she said adding "I told them to talk to the head of the department if they had any problem". She confirmed that she had informed the PU administration that the second list was not signed by her hence it was forged.

When contacted Dr Ahsan Akhtar Naz said he was not internal examiner of the said exam. When contacted, ICS director Dr Mughees Uddin Sheikh said he had not received any complaint or news regarding tampering of the results, adding he would be able to comment once he got information in that connection.

He, however, claimed that results prepared at his department were the most transparent in the university. PU registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan was not available for comments. However, when contacted, additional registrar Dr Aurangzeb Alamgir said Institute of Biochemistry & Biotechnology (IBB) director Prof Dr Muhammad Amin Athar had been appointed as inquiry officer. He also confirmed that Dr Ahsan Akhtar Naz was internal examiner of the said exam, adding the inquiry was ordered following the probe proved tampering of the results. The News

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Students join Black Day rally
Islamabad: Dozens of students from different universities of the country joined lawyers and civil society on Monday to mark the one-year of imposition of emergency in the country.

The students staged a protest sit-in at the Constitutional Avenue in Islamabad and observed black day to mark their protest against the former president Pervez Musharraf's steps of imposing emergency and sacking of judiciary on November 3, 2007.

Representing different universities, including Arid Agriculture University, Quaid-I-Azam University, Punjab University, Government College University, Lahore, Federal Urdu University of Arts, Sciences & Technology (FUUAST) and Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), the students marched with the rally and remained with them till the stage of the sit-in.

Nearly 150 students of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) established a camp in front of the Arid Agriculture University and accorded a warm welcome to the lawyers. They marched with the lawyers' fraternity from Rawalpindi to Islamabad and staged a sit-in with them.

Though a majority of students couldn't participate due to their exams still quite a number of students attended the rally under the banner of Student Action Committee (SAC). The student community has been remained with the lawyers since the imposition of emergency and have been protesting on every occasion the sacking of chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and suspension of the Constitution by the then army chief, General Pervez Musharraf. The Nation

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HRCP urges swift resolution of GCU-students rift
Lahore: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has urged an immediate resolution of a dispute between the Government College University (GCU) administration and some students who protested against it.

A case was registered against two protesting students under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA). The ATA charges were later dropped, following the directions of the chief minister. "The HRCP is relieved to note that the matter is moving towards a resolution and the commission emphasises that it should be resolved forthwith," the statement added.

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PU vacates houses from illegal occupants
Lahore: The Punjab University administration has vacated 13 houses in the university's residential colony that had been illegally occupied, sources said on Monday.

The Punjab University Employees Association (PUEA) said that it supported the university in vacating the houses from illegal occupants, adding that several people who had been on good terms with the vice-chancellor had also been living in these houses. The PUEA objected to this discrimination of not asking such people to vacate the illegally occupied houses. According to a press release issued by the university, six houses were of I-type (7 marla) while seven houses were J-type (5 marla). It said that the houses had been allotted to university employees who had given these for rent to outsiders. It said that PU Resident Officer Dr Bashir Ahmad had issued notices to these people, urging them to vacate the houses. He said the houses would now be allotted to senior university employees on the basis of merit and applications were being accepted from employees in this regard.

Gold medals: Separately, The PU Academic Council held a meeting that was chaired by Vice-Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran in the auditorium of the Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology (IBB) at the New Campus on Monday. The meeting approved the launch of two new gold medals (Chaudhry Rasheed Ahmad for MSc Chemistry first position and Sardar Muhammad Iqbal for LLB overall first position).

Punjab University Examination Department has declared the result of first year first annual examination of Master of Information Technology (MIT) 2008. Of the 69 candidates that sat the exam, 49 have been declared successful while the result of two candidates is late. The pass percentage of the exam was 71 percent. A detailed result is available at www.pu.edu.pk. Daily Times

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