Free education for IDPs at Punjab University

Students from restive areas to study free at Punjab University
Lahore, Oct 8: As per announcement of the Punjab Chief Minister, Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran has announced that one-year education expenses, including fee, dues and boarding and lodging charges, will not be charged from the residents (IDPs) of Swat, Lower Dir, Upper Dir, Malakand Agency, Shangla and Buner, who are studying in any department of the varsity. A notification has been issued in this regard to all the deans of the faculties and heads of teaching departments.

Earlier, the vice-chancellor also announced that PU would provide Rs 3000 monthly scholarship to four students each referred by Punjab Chief Minister Mian Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif till the completion of their degrees. These students include Farhan Khaatlaue, Faiza Faiz, Ismail and Muhammad Hanan Khan.

Moreover, a PU committee established for the welfare of Internally Displaced Persons decided to build a girls' school in Swat from its welfare funds. The Punjab University Medical & Relief Camp established at Shah Mansoor, Swabi, also provided medical treatment, medicines and other facilities to the affectees for about two months. The Punjab University also donated Rs 1000,000 to the Punjab Chief Minister's Relief Fund and the same amount to the Punjab Governor's Relief Fund for IDPs.

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PU MA date sheets
The Punjab University has issued the written examination date sheets of MA Education (Elementary/Secondary/General), Part-I, Annual Examination 2009, MA Education (Elementary/Secondary), Part-II, Annual Examination 2009 and MBBS, Part-II, Annual Examination 2009. The news

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Anti-dengue virusdrive launched at PU
Lahore: Punjab University has launched anti-dengue virus campaign during which anti mosquitoes spray will be made besides creating awareness among students.

PU Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Jamil Anwar Chaudhry inaugurated the campaign on Wednesday. Health Centre Chief Medical Officer Dr Farasat Ali Syed, Chairman Hall Council Dr Akhtar, Resident Officer-I Prof Shahid Gul, Resident Officer-Il Malik Zaheer and doctors of the health centre were also present on the occasion. Addressing on the occasion, Dr Jamil Anwar said PU Health Centre had been playing important role in providing best healthcare facilities to the teachers and students of the university.

He said drive against dengue virus was very good step in this season. He said that Health Centre had been providing medical facilities to students to check hepatitis in the varsity.

CMO Dr Farasat Ali said 6 teams had been formed and in the first phase, university hostels and employees colony would be sprayed with delta methrine.

In second phase, teaching departments and admin block will be sprayed while canal areas will also be sprayed. He said to control mosquitoes breeding causing dengue, garbage and polluted water were also being cleaned. The nation

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LHC stayed suspension of 2 principals
Lahore: Justice Iqbal Hameed-ur-Rehman of the Lahore High Court has stayed suspension of the principals of MAO College Lahore and Government Postgraduate College TT Singh after hearing the primarily arguments, seeking report from the Education secretary within 15 days.

On Wednesday, petitioners, Professor Zafar Mohsin Pirzada of MAO College and Professor M Zafarullah Kahloon in their separate petitions submitted that they were not responsible for poor results in the examinations.

They said they neither had committed any negligence nor violated any terms and conditions of the profession. Decline in the result of BA was the policy of the Punjab University because their colleges were given short period to complete syllabus of two years just within 10 months, they stated. They pleaded that the university demanded annual examination admissions in the mid of October every year, whereas, a student starting his classes in third year from September 15 of every year, had only six months, from October to April, for study. Furthermore, they said, the student sat in third year promotion test and left the college for summer vacation, further reducing the duration of classes. Shortage of staff was also a main reason behind the poor result, they added.

They said that the authorities had not adopted proper legal course for their suspension. They, therefore, prayed to the court to set aside their suspension orders by declaring them illegal and ultra vires of the constitution. The provincial government had suspended 26 male/female principals of colleges for extremely poor result in BA/BSc exams on October 3.

Two drug pushers jailed: An additional district and sessions court on Wednesday awarded five years imprisonment to an accused of drug dealing and imposed fine of Rs. 5000 on him. The convict, Sammi Ullah, was arrested with over six kg charas by the Shahdara police in 2004. Meanwhile, the court hearing another drug case sentenced 18 months jail to a drug pusher, Inam, who was arrested with over 500 gm charas. The court also fined him Rs 5,000. The convict was arrested by the Islampura police with over 500 gm charas in September 2008. The news

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GCU debaters won 2 contests in a day
Lahore: The Debating Society of Government College University (GCU) Lahore set an unprecedented record by winning two parliamentary debate contests in a single day on Wednesday.

The varsity is all set to improve its last year's performance, as in 2008 it won 146 oratory awards across the country.

The GCU lifted the team trophy at Urdu Parliamentary Debate Challenge Cup held at Lahore Grammar School Defence. The team comprising of Sardar Junaid Bahadur Khan and Najamuddin Farani defeated FC College Lahore in the final, after remaining unbeaten throughout the five rounds of the competition. During the process, it also trounced over some of the best debating sides of the country.

Sardar Junaid Bahadur Khan, President GCU Debating Society, was declared the best speaker of the contest.

And in the evening, the varsity bagged the team trophy at the Annual University Style Parliamentary Debate Contest held at Lahore University of Management Sciences (Lums), which regularly hosts one of the most prestigious university-style contests. The GCU succeeded in the five-tier round robin league event to emerge as victorious.

Umer Khan and Adeel Sheharyar represented the winning team with Adeel declared as the best speaker of the competition. It may be recalled that last year, Adeel was declared as the best English parliamentary debater of Pakistan with seven best speaker awards to his credit. The nation

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Mental health seminar at KEMU
Lahore: A seminar on 'mental health in primary care, enhancing treatment and promoting mental health' will be organised at the King Edward Medical University (KEMU) Auditorium on Friday (tomorrow). KEMU VC Zafarullah Khan will be the guest of honour.

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SPELT conference from 23rd
Lahore: The 25th International SPELT Conference will be held from October 23 to October 25. The venue for the conference will be the FC College (a chartered university). Renowned linguist Michael Halliday will be the keynote speaker at the conference. The conference will also include presenters from the US, Australia and Malaysia. Daily times

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Salam Teacher Day marked
Lahore: Government College for Elementary Teachers (GCET) Kot Lakhpat here Wednesday arranged an impressive ceremony to mark the 'Salam Teacher Day'.

In his address, the GCET Principal Mazahir Hussain observed that teachers play key role in the educational system, citing that an effective revolution in the education sector is impossible sans teaching community.

"Provision of due respect and facilities to the teacher can usher in a new era of education in the country," he said, adding that education sector's promotion is the utmost priority of all the world's nation. APP

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