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PU admission date extended
Lahore, Nov 16: The Punjab University (PU) Controller Examinations has extended the last date for submission of BA/BSc annual examination 2011 admission forms with double fee from 23-11-2010 to 30-11-2010. Now the admission forms can be submitted with double fee till Tuesday, November 30, 2010. The news

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PU announces holidays
Lahore: Punjab University will remain closed from November 17 to 19, 2010 on account of Eidul Azha, PU spokesman said on Monday.

He said Eidul Azha prayer will be offered at PU Jamia Mosque, Quaid-e-Azam (New) Campus at 8:30am on Wednesday (tomorrow). The university buses will leave for Jamia mosque at 7:45am from the campus employees' residential colony. The nation

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PhD cases
Lahore: A meeting of the Punjab University Advanced Studies and Research Board (AS&RB) was held on Monday which solved the cases of PhD scholars sent for review to the board by the PU departments, institutes, colleges and schools.

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PhD scholars role lauded
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has said the PhD scholars are the greatest asset of the university because they act as backbone in bringing good name and fame to any varsity.

With its current rate of 125 PhDs per annum, the PU will cross the target of 200 PhDs annually within the next four years, he added.

The PU VC was speaking at the foundation stone-laying ceremony of a new hostel for PhD scholars of the School of Biological Sciences (SBS) in front of the varsity ground's New Campus on Monday.

He said the PhD scholars had to work late in the night in the scientific laboratories, adding as such construction of an exclusive hostel for them was direly needed to resolve their residential problem. He said Prof Dr Muhammad Akhtar left his job as professor emeritus in the UK University of Southampton to use his expertise and energies for providing guidance to the PU PhD students.

Project Director Sheikh Muhammad Ali informed the participants that the boy hostel, comprising 47 rooms, a TV lounge and a multi-purpose hall, would be completed at a cost of Rs three crore. Director General SBS Prof Dr Muhammad Akhtar, Controller Exams Dr Zahid Karim Khan, Director P&D Tariq Majeed Qureshi, Resident Officers I & II Prof Javed Sami and Malik Muhammad Zaheer, Chief Engineer Col Pervez Mir and senior faculty members were also present.

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Six-day week for schools
Lahore: Schools Education Department Punjab has announced that all public and private schools will remain open for six days in a week from November 22, 2010 and only Sunday will be the weekly holiday. A notification issued by DGPR said there would be no change in the schedule of examinations being held at schools level in the province. The office timings of administrative offices of Schools Education Department from Monday to Thursday and Saturday will be from 8 am to 3 pm and on Friday from 8 am to 12 noon. The timings of public and private schools from Monday to Thursday and Saturday will be from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm whereas on Friday from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm in the province. The news

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CS submits report on result card fee by BISE
Lahore: The Punjab chief secretary on Monday informed the Lahore High Court (LHC) that the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Lahore, was charging fee on the issuance of result cards owing to some expensive measures adopted to check tampering with certificates.

Chief Secretary Nasir Mahmood Khosa stated this in a written reply submitted to the court of Chief Justice Khwaja Muhammad Sharif in connection with suo motu proceedings against BISE for collecting result card fee from students in violation of government's direction.

Mr Khosa said the board adopted various measures in order to check tampering with certificates and to improve characteristics in papers used for printing. The steps include printing of certificates on special security paper, insertion of water marks security thread, printing of water mark insignias, three folded printing of the certificate, printing of photograph of students and plastic lamination of the certificate.

He said previously all boards of the province used to issue 'Sanads' without any fee, but after taking these steps all were constrained to levy a fee of Rs450 per student and this did not come within the purview of admission fee.

Senior lawyer Barrister Zafarullah Khan, on court's request, also filed a report on the matter and maintained that the levy of fee on the issuance of result cards was in violation of newly-inserted Article 25-A of the Constitution which bounds the government to provide free education.

He asked the court to set aside all such fees being charged by the board declaring unconstitutional.

The chief justice, however, adjourned further hearing for Tuesday (today) and directed both the parties to give their replies to each other for extending comments.

Earlier, the Security Printing Press, Karachi, submitted receipts in order to know the actual expenses being borne by the BISE for the issuance of certificates.

The chief justice had taken suo motu notice on an appeal published in an Urdu daily by the principal of the Allama Iqbal Public High School, Kasur. He complained that the BISE, in order to collect revenue, started collecting a sum of Rs450 from each student under the so-called head of result card fee, including those private students from whom the board had already received registration, examination and card fees.

He said the board act was in violation of the Punjab government policy and directions on the provision of free education. Dawn

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