UoE, LCWU VCs | GCU convocation

UoE, LCWU working without VCs
Lahore, Nov 23: Two public varsities of the provincial metropolis, the University of Education and Lahore College for Women University, have been functioning without vice-chancellors (VCs) since the expiry of their tenure on November 20.

Usually a notification is issued before the expiry of tenure of a vice chancellor regarding continual of his service till further orders or someone else is given an additional charge to look after official duties. However, owing to the sheer negligence on part of officials of the Higher Education Department Punjab, both the universities had no top official to look after their affairs.

It is learnt that both the VCs, Prof Dr Munawar S Mirza and Prof Dr Bushra Mateen, did not come to their universities on Monday. We could not reach UoE Vice-Chancellor Munawar S Mirza.

However, Dr Bushra Mateen of Lahore College for Women University said that she did not go to the university on Monday as she could neither sign any document nor meet students and their parents regarding any problem.

An official said the department was waiting for a summary already moved to the chief minister, adding that notification regarding stopgap arrangement would be issued after the department would get the summary back. To a question, he said it was likely that both the posts would be advertised, adding that there was likelihood that the former vice chancellors would be allowed to work till appointment of the regular incumbents. No notification was issued till filing of this report. The news

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"Highly regretable to hear such a sad news that universities are functioning without VCs. The renewal process of existing VC or hiring new VC should have been started few months before the expiry date. Incompetent professionals from higher education department should definitely be blamed. Certainly, we cannot rule out typical but hidden political manouvering behind this game. Regretable to say that education department is the last department of the country which is standing on the brink of catastrophy."
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GCU convocation on Dec 3
Lahore: The ninth convocation of the Government College University Lahore (GCU) is going to be held on Friday December 3, 2010 at the university's Bokhari Auditorium. The full-dress for the convocation will be held on Thursday, December 02.

The history of the prize distribution ceremonies of the educational institution goes back to the eighteenth century. However, the first formal convocation of the Government College Lahore was held in April 1909. The then Lieutenant-Governor of Punjab Sir Louis Dane was the chief guest on this occasion.

The educational institution's first convocation as the university was held in 2002. Talking about the arrangements of the 9th convocation of the university, GCU Controller Examinations A S Bokhari GCU Controller Examinations Ashraf Shabbir Bokhari said that all arrangements have been completed. About 900 students from graduation to PhD would receive degrees, academic medals and Rolls of Honour this year at the convocation.

He said that the full-dress rehearsal for the convocation would be held on Dec 02 and the students have been informed in this regard. He said that position-holders, postgraduate students and medal-holders would be given degrees on December 03. However, the remaining degrees and rolls of hour would be conferred on students at a Prize Distribution Ceremony on December 04, 2009 at Bokhari Auditorium. The nation

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Teachers, students 'manhandle' headmaster
Lahore: The Govt Muslim Model High School for Boys plunged into lawlessness on Monday when some schoolteachers, with the help of students, ransacked the office of its headmaster and allegedly manhandled him.

It is learnt that the teachers were angry as their services were placed at the disposal of the EDO Education by the headmaster before Eid holidays over allegations of being involved in shirking official duties, interfering in administrative affairs and private tuition.

On Monday, the teachers demanded their restoration but the headmaster denied which led to the situation to get worse. The protesting students also demanded immediate restoration of their teachers.

The high-ups of the Education Department reached the spot as soon as they heard about the incident and ordered initiation of enquiry against the teachers, Asghar Ali SST, Mushtaq Ahmed EST, Naeem Ahmed Yasin EST and Amir Nadeem EST under the Punjab Employees Efficiency, Discipline and Accountability (PEEDA) Act, 2006.

EDO Education Dr Muhammad Arshad said the enquiry had been launched under the PEEDA Act, 2006 as the teachers were accused of manhandling the headmaster and even dragging him out of his office.

The teachers told the reporters that they were being victimised as they had complained to the department about the inefficiency of the headmaster. They claimed the school had 1,500 students in the past, however, owing to inefficiency of the present head, the total strength of students had fallen to 900.

The headmaster, Javed Iqbal, told the media that the accused teachers were surrendered for being involved in interfering in administrative affairs. The news

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