Irregularities alleged in UHS entrance test
Lahore, Oct 1: The students and parents have alleged irregularities in the results of entrance test of University of Health Sciences (UHS) for admission to medical/dental colleges in Punjab, as the university has not displayed all four keys to determine the result by the candidates on their own.
The students and parents, while talking to the media persons, said that the UHS authorities had uploaded on its website a single answer key of 0 code out of four answer keys (i.e. 0, 1, 2, 3), which had created a lot of doubts in the minds of the students and their parents about the transparency in the result of entrance test. They alleged that the university administration was favouring certain influential candidates by displaying only a single key on the Internet.
Besides, according to them, UHS authorities had been preparing entrance test results on Optical Mark Reader (OMR) machine by keeping it on Auto mode in order to declare the result within a minimum stipulated time after the holding of the test. They claimed that some of the university employees had told them that OMR machine gave correct result only on Manual mode and showed errors on Auto mode, but this Manual mode exercise required much longer time than the stipulated time of declaration of the result of entrance test.
The students claimed that they had attempted all the questions correctly but the result displayed on the Internet was showing otherwise. They informed that all the affected candidates had achieved over 90 percent marks in their FSc examinations. The parents of the students said that it was incomprehensible that those candidates, who had achieved 1,000 plus marks in FSc and were also satisfied with their performance in entrance test, ultimately turned out to be failed in the entrance test.
How can a student fail with 16 wrong answers in Biology paper when he or she had achieved over 95 percent result during his/her four-year academic career in Matriculation and Intermediate examinations, said Mrs Zahida Iftikhar, mother of a female candidate in the examination.
The students and parents demanded to upload all four answer keys or display attempted papers of the students on the Internet to determine the result by the candidates themselves.
The students and their parents also held a protest against the UHS administration over the issue. The news
School timings changed again
Lahore: The government has again changed the timings of public and private schools in the city.
The new timings will be from 8am to 2pm from Oct 3. The government on Sept 26 had changed school timings (9am to 3pm) in the wake of dengue outbreak.
It had given 10-day holidays so that the schools could take preventive measures against the disease. Besides, the government was told by experts that dengue mosquito attacks early in the morning.
EDO Education Pervaiz Akhtar said that the government changed the timings after inspecting the steps taken by schools against dengue.
"Private schools have assured us that they will continue maintaining anti-dengue measures," he said and added the school timings would be reviewed on Oct 15.
He said the branches of two private schools – Lacas and Lahore Grammar – were closed on Wednesday for violation of the government directions. "Their students were wearing sleeveless uniform," he said. Dawn
HEC probes plagiarism by PU institute head
Lahore: THE Higher Education Commission (HEC) has launched an investigation into a case of alleged plagiarism involving the director of the Punjab University s Institute of Education & Research (IER), it is learnt.
The HEC has taken action on itself following failure of PU administration to cooperate with it in this regard, reveals the documentary evidence available with The News.
According to sources, the commission had first received complaint about plagiarism involving PU IER s director Dr Mumtaz Akhter early this year while quite recently, the HEC, once again, received the same complaint.
The sources said since the PU administration remained unmoved over the issue, the HEC has decided to investigate the issue itself. They said the commission had received the complaint that IER Director Dr Mumtaz Akhter had published an article Islamic Educational Approach to Environment Protection: A Strategic Approach for Secure and Peaceful World, with her co-authors, Tanveer Iqbal and Mubashra Khalid, in the International Journal of Business and Social Science (Vol. 1 No. 3; December 2010) which was actually plagiarised. They further said the original article Conceptualising Islamic Strategy for Environment and Sustainable Development by Dr Muhammad Ahsan was published in IPRI Journal (Vol VI, No 2, Summer 2006).
A PU faculty member, seeking anonymity, said Vice-Chancellor Mujahid Kamran was very particular about plagiarism and never missed a chance to take up the issue to its logical end.
While referring to the famous alleged case of plagiarism at the PU Centre for Higher Energy Physics (CHEP) and recent alleged case of plagiarism involving Prof Dr Zahid Mahmood of the Institute of Chemistry, the faculty member said silence on the part of VC in IER s plagiarism case was mysterious. He said Dr Mujahid Kamran did everything in the CHEP case and now he was also efficiently looking into the Institute of Chemistry s alleged plagiarism case but the IER s case was not being taken up by him. The faculty member also expressed concern over the delay in investigation by the HEC, saying at least the commission should immediately remove name of Dr Mumtaz Akhter from the list of its approved supervisors.
An HEC official while talking to The New on the condition of anonymity said it was unfortunate that despite many reminders, the PU administration did not pay heed. He said if the plagiarism was confirmed in the particular case, the HEC might also suggest action against the PU authorities for trying to hush up the matter.
Spray at PU
Lahore: THE Punjab University (PU) Health Centre has completed spray process for prevention of dengue fever for the second time, which was restarted on September 17.
According to a press release, the third phase is in progress and continue till the control of epidemic virus.
Almost all hostels, departments and residential colony have been fumigated.
Moreover, the Health Centre has also been providing medical treatment and diagnostic facility to faculty members, students and employees. The number of patients visiting the Health Centre has increased since the outbreak of epidemic of dengue fever.
The Health Centre laboratory is carrying out more than 100 tests daily and charging Rs 60 for CBC test facility from non-entitled patients.
PU LLB result
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) on Thursday announced the result of LLB Part-II Annual Exam 2011. A total of 2,989 candidates appeared in the exam and 1,557 were declared successful with pass percentage 52.09. Detailed result is available at the PU website www.pu.edu.pk.The news
19th convocation of UAF held
Faisalabad: It is a matter of great concern for the agriculture sector to feed the ever-growing population of country due to diminishing agriculture land, traditional way of farming and climate changes as the agri land is standing only 0.13 ha per capita while it was 0.42 ha per capita in 1961.
This was stated by University of Agriculture Vice Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmed Khan while addressing 19th convocation held at Iqbal Auditorium on Tuesday as nominee of Chancellor of the University and Punjab Governor Sardar Muhammad Latif Khan Khosa.
The agricultural land is decreasing manifold because of industrialisation and housing societies, he said, adding that in 1972, agriculture land was 0.29ha per capita, in 1981 it was 0.24 ha per capita and in 2020 it would reduce to 0.11, showing a grim picture of the situation.
But, he said, the positive side of the coin is that the production of the major crops have increased many times owing to increase in per acre production and endeavour on the part of agriculture scientists. It can be calculated from the fact that since the inception of the country, the wheat production has boosted up to times, rice production goes up to 13 times, cotton 12 times, sugarcane eight times, potato 116 times, citrus 191 times and guava 220 times. Dr Iqrar said in 1947, Pakistan had only nine flour mills, zero rice mill and two sugar mills but now, the country has 915 flour mills, 494 rice mills and 82 sugar mills. He said in 1947, country had 14 ginning factories and two textile mills but now the figure has risen up to 12,000 and 521 respectively.
He urged the passed out students to work with more devotion by leaving no stone unturned. Quoting the words of Abraham Lincoln, he said: "sell your brain and bran to the highest bidder, but, please do not sell your souls". Talking about growth of the university, he said UAF is standing among top universities of the country with 2070 publication while Karachi University is at the top with 8974, Quaid-e-Azam University at 2909 and Punjab University at 2180 publications.
He said that as many as many as around 13000 students were studying at the campus while the number was only 900 in 1961 when the university was elevated to the status of university. He said that the university had produced 895 PhDs, more than 25800 postgraduate and around 2400 graduate since 1961, who are rendering their services for the development of the country. He stressed the need to upgrade the infrastructure of the university to meet the requirement of the growing students as due to lack of funds since the 1970, no major change in the infrastructure of the country.
Talking about the university relations with the world, the university has inked 73 memorandum of understanding with the world.
Apart from it, the university also enjoys good relations national as it has signed 52 with national organization.
The convocation was held in two sessions. As many as around 4000 alumni of the university participate in both sessions. Out of them, 48 alumni were decorated with medals for clinching outstanding marks and positions during their course of study at the campus while 136 PhD scholars were decorated with degrees.
The names of bronze medallists for the year 2007 are Attia Batool, RanaBin Yamin, Abdul Mannan and Farhad Zulfiqar. The names of silver medallists are Arbab Ahmad, Hafiz Qaiser Yasin, M Yasir Ali, Fareeha Shami, Adbul Ghafoor, Ruqayya Kousar, Mazhar Iqbal Zafar, M Naeem Mushtaq, M Usman Anwer, Ifra Saleem, Abida Perveen, Umar Farooq, Nayla Andleeb, Samina Tanvir, Anwarul Haq Sahar Munir, Nasima Azim, Farhad Raza, M Imran Arshad and Al Hafizah Shafia Tehseen Gul.
For the session 2008, the students who won gold medal were Zahid Mahmood, Aisha Khatoon and Samia Tanzeel while Rana Bin Yameen and Abdul Mannan and Farhad Zulfiqar won bronze medal. The nation
Four VCs issued notices in appointment case
Lahore: A division bench of the Lahore High Court on Wednesday issued notices to the vice-chancellors of four public sector universities and asked them to join proceedings of intra-court appeals (ICAs) against dismissal of the writ petitions by a single bench questioning appointment of VCs for six varsities and the composition of the search committee.
The bench, headed by the chief justice, adjourned the hearing till October 10 and observed that no further adjournment would be granted in the case. The judge said final arguments would be heard on the same day.
On Wednesday, advocate Azam Nazir Tarar, counsel for the governor/chancellor, told the court that the Supreme Court had also reserved a judgment on the petition of a professor of Bahudin Zakria University. He requested the court to wait for the SC order as certain legal points had been raised in the petition. He said it had also been pointed out before the SC that if the chief minister s advice under article 105 was binding on the government and, if so, to what extent.
Senior advocate Anwar Kamal, counsel for Dr. Hassan Amir Shah, argued that the order of the court would directly affect 89 persons who were short listed by the search committee and all should be made party in the case. The court, however, said there was no need to make them party.
On it, the Anwar Kamal pointed out that appointment of vice chancellors at two universities - Government College University Lahore and Bahudin Zakria University Multan - were already in question before the court. But the VCs of remaining four universities were not party in the case and the final outcome of the ICA would also affect them.
The court agreed with Kamal and directed the Punjab advocate general to inform the VCs of the four universities - University of Education, Lahore; University of Sargodha; Lahore College for Women University, Lahore; and Fatima Jinnah University for Women Rawalpindi - to join the proceedings on the next hearing.
Dr. Yousaf Hayat, Dr. Shaukat Ali and Dr. Maqbool Hussain Sial filed these appeals. A single bench comprising Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh had on June 24 last dismissed their writ petitions against the appointment of VCs and declared that the Punjab government s search committee had been acting lawfully and no irregularities were found in the process of appointment. The news
GCU, PFSA decide to join hands
Lahore: The Govt College University (GCU) Lahore and Punjab Forensic Science Agency (PFSA) have decided to hold training workshops for professionals including lawyers, doctors, investigators, and persons involved in law enforcement to understand forensics.
This was agreed during a meeting of PFSA Director General Dr Muhammad Ashraf Tahir with GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman during a meeting held on Wednesday. GCU Dean Faculty Science and Technology Prof Dr Ikramul Haq, Chemistry Department Chairperson Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan and Academic Planning and External Links Director Fauzia Shaheen were also present.
Speaking on the occasion, PFSA Director General Dr Muhammad Ashraf Tahir said that the training of professionals involved in law enforcement would help creating an enabling environment for equality, fair play, justice and rule of law. The nation
Shortage of teachers at Oghi college protested
Mansehra: A large number of students Wednesday blocked the main road for an hour to protest lack of teachers at the Government Degree College in Oghi. The protesting students were holding placards and banners inscribed with slogans against the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for not appointing teachers at the college.
They said due to vacant posts, particularly of science subjects, the precious time of the students was being wasted and they were forced to arrange expensive tuitions to continue their studies.
They threatened that they would be left with no other option but to launch protest rallies if vacant posts of the professors and lecturers were not filled before October 2. The students dispersed peacefully after the authorities assured them to take up the issue with the officials concerned. The news