Punjab University prayers issue | MBBS date sheets
'No hindrance to PU students when offering prayers'
Lahore, Sep 20: The Punjab University (PU) administration has made it clear that there is no
hindrance in offering prayers to any religious sect at the
According to a press release issued by the PU on Friday,
apart from offering prayers in the main university mosque, students of all sects
can offer prayers in the hostel mosques as well. If some wish to have a separate
jamaat for prayers, it would not be objected, the statement added.
However, it said, when politicised iftar gatherings are arranged without
permission, it creates tension between the different groups of students.
PU exams date sheets:
The PU Examination Department has issued written
date sheets for MBBS, first professional, part-II, MBBS, second professional
(re-organised scheme), MBBS, second professional (new re-organised scheme),
MBBS, second professional (latest new re-organised scheme) and the practical
examination for B-Pharmacy, third professional.
The written exam for
MBBS, first professional, part-II, and annual examination 2008 would commence
from October 14 and would conclude on October 23.
The written exam for
MBBS, second professional (re-organised scheme), and annual examination 2008
would commence from October 15 and would conclude on October 18.
written exam of MBBS, second professional (new re-organised scheme), and annual
examination 2008 would commence from October 15 and would conclude on October
The written exam of MBBS, second professional (latest new
re-organised scheme), and annual examination 2008 would commence from October 15
and would conclude on October 21.
The practical exam for B-Pharmacy,
third professional, and second annual examination 2007 would commence from
October 7 and would conclude on October 10.
The detailed date sheets are
available at the PU website (www.pu.edu.pk). Daily Times
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PTB bans use of recycled paper for books
Lahore: The Punjab Textbook Board (PTB) has banned the use of recycled
paper in preparation of textbooks in order to ensure the provision of quality
books to the students of government and private schools of the province.
The PTB has also formed an advisory committee comprising of
representatives of publishers, mill owners and the board which would monitor the
entire process of textbooks printing for the coming academic session.
The initiatives have been taken on the special directions of Chief
Minister Shahbaz Sharif who took stern notice regarding the provision of poor
quality textbooks to the students.
Teachers and students have been
raising objections to the low quality textbooks being distributed by the
government among the students of the government schools. The Punjab government
provides free textbooks to students of the government schools across the
Sources in the PTB said 70 million textbooks would be printed
for free distribution among students for the next academic session. They said
publishers and printers had been directed to ensure the use of fresh pulp and
not recycled paper in preparation of the books. They said the mill owners had
also been asked to certify their paper, adding the initiative was aimed at
discouraging the practice of using poor quality paper for printing of the
They said the PTB officials had a meeting with Punjab Chief
Secretary (CS) Javed Mahmood recently, adding the CS had ensured the assistance
of district administration to carry out raids during the printing process. They
added the PTB Subject Specialists would also be part of the monitoring teams to
ensure that the entire process of publishing and printing was up to the
A PTB official, seeking anonymity, said at present 75 percent
of the books which were distributed among students of public schools free of
cost were printed through open tender system while the remaining 25 percent,
meant for open market for sale among students of private schools, were printed
through the allocation system. He said owing to the use of recycled paper the
PTB had to receive complaints regarding poor quality of books, adding that the
banning of recycled paper would certainly help fix the problem.
under the open tender system, the entire process of books printing including
purchasing of paper was done by the publishers while under the allocation system
it was responsibility of the PTB to provide paper to the publishers for printing
of the textbooks. He said the PTB would ensure the provision of quality paper to
The official said in order to avoid any unpleasant situation in the
provision of books the PTB had also fixed the dates of orders adding the task
would be completed in three installments. He said, for the first installment,
Dcember 31, 2008 had been fixed as the last date while for second and third
installments January 31, 2009 and February 15 would be the deadlines
respectively. When contacted, PTB Chairman Sohail Masood confirmed banning of
the recycled paper in preparation of textbooks, adding an action would be taken
if the new criterion was violated. He said since mills had been asked to certify
their papers they would ensure the provision of quality paper as their repute
would be at stake. He added the paper provided by the PTB to the publishers
would also carry watermark of the board so that no one could use low quality
paper. The News
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