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Delay in Punjab university MA musicology results

Delay in PU MA musicology results annoys students
Lahore, Nov 2: The delay on part of the Punjab University in announcing results of first ever batch of two-year MA Musicology programme, started in 2006, has put students in limbo.

It has been irking the students who blame the university administration for delaying the start of their professional career.

Late in 2008, the PU Musicology Department had announced the results according to which only two students had passed the exams while result of other eight students was to be announced later.

"It's now almost a year that the later-on result is yet to be announced," said a student while seeking anonymity. He said the delay had been causing anxiety among the students as they had lost a whole year while waiting for the results.

"This is certainly delaying the start of our professional careers," said another angry student. "What rocket science is involved in declaring results of only eight students," he questioned dejectedly. He said the ëcold warí among the department teachers had badly affected the students. It is pertinent to mention that earlier this year, a probe into the administrative affairs of the Musicology department ordered by PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran had revealed gross mismanagement, besides thoroughly politicised environment.

The VC had ordered the probe after some students of the department cried foul at the results of first-ever batch of the department in which only two students were declared successful. The students, in an email to the VC, had alleged mismanagement in the department.

A PU official, while seeking anonymity, said the controversy over the conduct of exams and later calculation of semester-wise CGPA had delayed the results, adding that it was expected that the results would be announced soon. He said the system of examination at the department seemed to be quite mysterious as no proper record was available in true ëofficialí spirit like attempted papers of students, etc. He said: "The mess has almost been cleared and it is expected that no such problem will take place in future." When contacted, PU Controller of Examinations Zahid Karim said the department had recently sent details of results for official announcement, however, owing to some confusion over roll numbers of the students, it was sent back.

He said the Examination Department would soon announce the results after receiving the relevant record.

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Terrorism badly affected academic activities
Lahore: The present wave of terrorism has badly affected academic activities as educational institutions had to be closed down across the country for almost a week.

Though most of the educational institutions, especially public sector schools, colleges and universities have now reopened but a thin attendance has been reported on a daily basis. There are private institutions which are still closed while a number of elite private schools are also busy in preparing online teaching and learning modules according to which students would be able to continue their studies while staying at home.

There are different views over the present situation, especially seen in loss of precious time of the students. There are people who argue that educational institutions must not be closed any longer since the closure is not only affecting academic lives of innocent students but also proving to be a kind of submission before the evil designs of terrorists.

However, there are people who say that the government should announce closure of schools for a couple of weeks more till the time the situation normalises and sufficient security arrangements are ensured both by educational institutions and the government. In order to support their argument, they suggest that the time loss can be accommodated by deferring winter holidays this year.

"There is no harm if educational institutions donít observe winter vacations this year," remarked a concerned citizen.

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CPSP offered certification in 60 disciplines
Lahore: The College of Physicians and Surgeons, Pakistan, (CPSP) is the second largest body in the world offering postgraduate certification in nearly 60 disciplines of medicine, said Prof Dr Khalid Masood Gondal, Regional Director, CPSP.

He was speaking at a conference arranged by Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH&RC) while delivering a CME lecture on "Innovation in Postgraduate Medical Education in Pakistan and the Role of CPSP" at the hospital.

According to a press release here on Sunday, Dr Khalid Masood said that the CPSP had so far awarded postgraduate qualification to over 17,000 specialists and super-specialists in the country while currently there were around 11,000 postgraduate trainees enrolled/registered with the college. He said two international centres were operational in the Saudi Arabia and Nepal and there were almost 130 institutions accredited with the college within the country and nearly 30 abroad.

He said the college was putting special emphasis on evaluation and training of the supervisors as well, making concrete efforts to organise workshops and spread the concept of the CME (Continuing Medical Education).

Replying to queries in the question-answer session, Dr Khalid assured the trainees and supervisors that dissertation approval system had been modified which would lead to timely feedback and approval of research proposals. He said the college would charge a one time fee only for a proposal from a trainee and he would not have to pay repeatedly like in the past.

The participants also apprised him of the exam contents which contained questions out of the pertinent field and sometimes even the examiners were not of the same specialty. He commended the efforts and contributions of SKMCH&RC towards training of postgraduate students in the field of medicine.

Speaking on the occasion, chairperson of the Medical Education Committee, SKMCH&RC, Dr Ahsan Azhar said that the CME activities were scheduled at the institution on a weekly basis. He said the hospital had recently received full accreditation from the American Academy of Continuing Medical Education (AACME) as a provider for the CME for physicians and allied health professionals. The news

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Disabled student shown the door
Bahawalpur: A disabled girl of class-VII claims she has been expelled by the school administration for "considering her a liability".

Fauzia, a seventh-class student at the government elementary school of Shahdara Basti, said she had found the staff's attitude derogatory. She said: "I use wheel-chair for which the security men have to open the main gate which they consider a burden. It is for this particular reason the administration has shown me the door."Her father Ghulam Hussain, an employee of the Islamia University Bahawalpur, said he was disheartened to learn about the school administration's move and see her daughter under stress due to maltreatment by staff members.

As her principal was not available, a teacher denied having expelled Fauzia. She said no school-leaving certificate had been issued to her.

EDO (Education) Saleem Khan said he would inquire into the matter and get the girl re-admitted to the school if she had been expelled. - Correspondent. Dawn

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