PU VC silent over corruption

Why is PU VC silent over allegations of corruption?
Lahore, Sep 06: Is the pro-Islami Jamiat Taliba (IJT) membership a license of corruption at the Punjab University? Are the vice chancellor (VC) and the Higher Education Commission helpless to take any legal action against the pro-IJT associates who are involved in academic corruption? Are the females in our society getting justice or do they have a chance to raise their voices against corruption? These are the questions that are revolving in the education circles of the city, the reasons for which arose when the PU VC, instead of getting a final inquiry report almost one month ago, is avoiding to take any action against the director of the PU Institute of Communication Studies (ICS), Dr Ahsan Akhtar Naz.

At a time when government authorities and the HEC are totally ignoring the issue, an anxious and tense situation was seen among PU professors, as the Phd and MPhil programmes are in danger. It is important to mention that around two months ago, a PU senior faculty member exposed the corruptions of ICS Director Dr Ahsan Akhtar Naz and some other teachers that are involved in corrupt practices in the Phd and MPhil programmes. According to the allegations by Dr Affira Hamid, her colleagues Dr Ahsan Akhtar Naz and some others are involved in corrupt practices in the Phd programme. Dr Affira in this connection submitted an application to PU VC Professor Dr Mujahid Kamran and also briefed him on how the corruptions were made in examinations and admissions. She also alleged that Dr Ahsan and some faculty members were illegally promoting the Islami Jamiat Talba (IJT) and exposed how a seven-member committee of the PU ICS has readmitted a former nazim of the IJT who had been dropped from the programme in 2006.

It also came to light that how the Phd rules were violated and a programme that was considered a symbol of respect across the world, was so badly damaged and abused.

However, Dr Ahsan and other teachers, including the dean and former director of ICS, Dr Mugheesuddin, denied the allegations and also alleged that Dr Affira was "just doing this for her self-promotion and to take up a slot of professor". Some PU teachers also condemned Dr Affira on taking this step which they alleged she had done for her own vested interests.

Two months ago, PU ordered an inquiry into the matter and PU Professor Dr Khan Rass Massod was appointed the inquiry head who, after conducting an inquiry, submitted a repot to the PU VC a month ago, but the VC did not disclose the matter even though the whole student and teaching community of the country have expressed concern about the inquiry. It is important to mention here that Pakistani students abroad suffered a lot and were the target of severe criticism after the corruption had been highlighted.

It is worth mentioning that the inquiry report of the inquiry officer was referred to as "dreadful" and according to the merit, the inquiry suggested immediately terminating ICS Director Dr Ahsan Akhtar Naz and recommended that legal action be taken against others involved in the corrupt practices. The inquiry report suggests stern action against the ICS director and suggested confiscating the entire record of the MPhil and Phd programmes and legal action against responsible.

Why has no action been taken despite a month having been passed since the report was submitted to the PU VC? According to sources, the PU VC was facing strong pressure by pro-IJT teachers – which make up almost 70 percent of the varsity faculty. It is important to mention here that ICS Director Dr Ahsan Akhtar Naz is considered pro-IJT and at a time when a movement by the civil society and teaching community was started on the issue of torture on a PU teacher and all PU departments boycotted academic activities, it was only Dr Naz who conducted examinations and continued his department so that the movement would fail.

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GCU students grab top slots in Intermediate results
Lahore: Students of the Government College University (GCU) stole the show on Saturday during the announcement of results of the Lahore Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) annual examinations for Intermediate classes.

GCU students grabbed the top two positions in the Pre-Medical group, one in Pre-Engineering group, two positions in the General Science group and all three positions of in the Humanities (boys) group. GCU's Muhammad Ali Aun topped the results in all groups.

Of the total 141,467 students who appeared in the exams, 73,501 passed, bringing the pass percentage to 51.96, while last year's percentage was 51.54 percent. The results were announced at a ceremony organised by the BISE. The BISE Lahore chairman was the chief guest, while Controller of Examinations Prof Manzurul Hassan Niazi was also present at the ceremony.

Top three position holders of all the groups were given cash rewards and medals. Those who stood first in their groups were given Rs 20,000 and a gold medal, those securing the second positions got Rs 15,000 and a silver medal, those in the third place were given Rs 10,000 and a bronze medal. Moreover, the overall topper was given Rs 20,000, a gold medal and a Pentium 4 computer.

Overall toppers: According to the result gazette, the overall topper was GCU's Muhammad Ali Aun with 1,041 marks out of 1,100, Samran Asim of the same university stood second with 1,031 marks. A student of KIPS Intermediate College, Johar Town, Maryam, came in third place with 1,030 marks.

Position holders in Pre-Medical: In the Pre-Medical (boys) group, Muhammad Ali Aun and Samran Asim of GCU stood first and second with 1,041 and 1,031 marks, respectively, while the third position was shared by three students – Noman Khadim of Punjab College of Science, GCU's Muhammad Junaid Alvi and Rana Adil Farman by securing 1,020 marks each.

In the Pre-Medical (girls) group, Maryam of KIPS Intermediate College, Johar Town stood first with 1,030 marks, while the second position was shared by two students of the Government Kinnaird College for Women – Izzah Javed and Maryam Afzal – by securing 1,029 marks. Afra Ahmad of Kinnaird College stood third with 1,026 marks.

Position holders in Pre-Engineering: In the Pre-Engineering (boys) group, Hassan Iftikhar of Forman Christian College University (FCCU) stood first by securing 1,021 marks, while the second position was shared by three students – Muhammad Umar of GCU, Saqib Muhammad of Sufa Educational Complex Higher Secondary (Boys), Ayub Park, Okara and Hammad Shakil of FCCU – by securing 1,020 marks each. Saud Ahmed of Superior College for Boys, Jawad Avenue stood third with 1,019 marks.

In the Pre-Engineering (girls) group, the first position was shared by two students –Sumaiyya Farooq of Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), Jail Road, Lahore and Hafiza Sidra Iqbal of District Public School and College for Girls, Officers Colony, Kasur – by securing 1,012 marks. Maryam Aslam of LCWU stood second with 1,010 marks. The third position was also shared by two students of the Punjab College for Women, Muslim Town, Lahore by securing 1,009 marks.

Position holders in General Science group: In this group, Muhammad Usman of Punjab College of IT, Muslim Town got the fist position by securing 972 marks, while Bilal Fayyaz of GCU stood second with 962 marks and Ahmed Manzoor of GCU got the third position with 956 marks.

In the General Science (girls) group, Marhaba Nemat of Kinnaird College stood first with 1,010 marks, Zoha Qamar of Punjab College for Women, Muslim Town second with 995 marks and Sadia Yaqoob of the same college stood third with 988 marks.

Toppers in Commerce group: In the Commerce (boys) group, Mohsin Ibrar, a private candidate, secured the first position by scoring 953 marks, while a student of Superior College of IT and Management, Garden Town, Lahore, Jehanzeb, stood second with 952 marks. Adnan Ali of Peak Solution College of IT, Ghazi Road, Lahore Cantt stood third with 938 marks. In the Commerce (girls) group, Shahnaz Bashir of Superior College for Women, Jawad Avenue, Okara got the first position by securing 973 marks, while a student of the same college, Bushra Anwar, stood second with 966 marks. The third position was bagged by Sidra Karamat of Ravi College for Women, Baghbanpura, Lahore by securing 962 marks.

Toppers in Humanities group: In the Humanities (boys) group, the top three positions were bagged by students of GCU Lahore. Mubarik Amjad stood first with 957 marks, Imtiaz Afzal second with 944 marks and Hafiz Aitzaz Ahsan third with 926 marks.

In the Humanities (girls) group, Shazmah Najam, a private candidate, stood first with 962 marks, while Mehwish Iram of Government Degree College for Women, Kot Radha Kishan, Kasur stood second with 953 marks. Mahek Tanveer of Hazarat Ayesha Siddiqua Model College for Women, Nicholson Road, Lahore got the third position by securing 943 marks.

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Youth commits suicide over 'disappointing' marks in exams
Lahore: An 18-year-old youth committed suicide after he failed to obtain satisfactory marks in the FSc exams in the Mughalpura police precincts on Saturday. The deceased was identified as Hafiz Jameel Afzal, a resident of Nishtar Park, Larex Colony. Family members of the deceased said Jameel had promised his family that he would get 90 percent marks in the FSc exams and if he failed to do so, he would commit suicide. On Saturday morning, when he saw his result that he had obtained only 523 marks, third division, he got disappointed and locked himself in a room and shot himself on his temple.

Police said he had died on the spot. However, his family members rushed him to a nearby hospital where the doctors pronounced him dead. It is pertinent to mention that almost less than a month ago, a Matriculation student, Ali, of Amin Park, Shafiqabad, had committed suicide by swallowing piousness pills after failing in the exams. Separately, a 40-year-old prisoner died under mysterious circumstances at Kot Lakhpat Jail on Saturday. The deceased was identified as Shoaib. Police investigators said the deceased was suffering from an illness since a few days. The jail administration, however, shifted him to a nearby hospital where he breathed his last. Later, police shifted his body to the city morgue for an autopsy.

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Topper credits mother for success
Lahore: Haza Min Fazle Rabbi (It is a blessing of GOD), said Muhammad Ali Aun, who overall topped in the BISE Lahore Intermediate examinations 2010. Aun, who hails from a middle-class family of the provincial metropolis and has not had any family educational background, said that he wished to become a doctor to serve "the cause of humanity, inside and outside Pakistan". "The floods are a result of the Muslims' bad deeds, which they commit every day," he said. Aun said that he had prepared for his FSc (pre-medical) with the support of his mother.

Samran Asim, who got the overall second position in the Intermediate examination, said he was concerned over the recent bomb blasts in the city. Asim that he became sad whenever he watched TV or read news regarding target killings or blast victims, adding that Muslims should not kill each other. He said that he wished to help the flood victims but did not know how to reach the affected in the flood-hit areas. He added that after becoming a doctor, he wished to serve his country. Asim said that his brother and sister were also doctors, while his father was a pharmacist. He said that his whole family wanted him to become a doctor. Maryam, who overall topped in the Pre-Medical group, said she was pleased with her result and gave the credit of her success to her academy owner. She said that everyone could achieve their desired destination with commitment.

Muhammad Usman, who topped in the General Science group, said that he wanted to be an engineer to serve the national assets of his country. He said that he wished to get an admission into UET or NUST. Usman said that his family had helped him achieve his position. Hassan Iftikhar who topped in the Pre-Engineering group said that he wished to become an engineer from a reputed institution.

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Mismanagement mars BISE prize distribution ceremony
Lahore: The Lahore Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education's (BISE) prize distribution ceremony for position holders of the Intermediate examinations 2010 was marred by mismanagement, which irked the students, parents and other guests at the function, learnt on Saturday. An embarrassing situation erupted during the ceremony when load shedding occurred and BISE had not made any alternative arrangements for a smooth power supply.

The BISE administration had again appointed Qaiser Virk as the PRO to manage the ceremony despite the fact that he had been responsible for the mismanagement, which had marred the prize distribution ceremony for the position holders of the Matriculation examinations 2010. According to the board's officials, BISE Chairman Akram Kashmiri had ignored the orders of the Punjab higher education secretary who had directed the board administration to fire Virk due to the mismanagement during the prize distribution ceremony for the position holders of the Matriculation examinations. They alleged that despite the secretary's orders, the PRO had been working on the same post and had been using the same office allocated to him.

During the ceremony, the lights went out due to load shedding and the people were forced to sit in the dark. As no alternative arrangements had been made, the participants of the ceremony left the hall and went outside, causing huge embarrassment to the BISE administration. Daily times

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BISE announces dates for supply exams
Lahore: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education has announced that the intermediate Part-I and Part-II supplementary examinations for 2010 will begin on Oct 30.

The candidates, who appeared in full subjects in the intermediate Part-I and II examinations for 2010 and failed in one or two subjects have been allowed to reappear in the failing subjects till intermediate Part-I and II annual examinations for 2011.The candidates, who have failed in more than two subjects, will have to appear in the next intermediate Part-I and II examinations in full subjects.

The candidates who have either been placed under compartment or have failed in the intermediate Part-I and II annual examinations have been allowed to deposit admission forms and fee for the supplementary examination 2010.

According to the admission schedule, the forms can be submitted without late fee by Sept 29, with double fee Oct 6 and with triple fee Oct 13. No form will be accepted after the expiry of the final notified date.

The candidates intending to apply for rechecking of their papers may apply for the same on a prescribed proforma within 15 days of the result.

The candidates intending to improve their grade or marks are allowed to appear in Part-I or Part-II or both or the subject(s) with one examination opportunity within one year of passing the relevant examination in the same group/subjects in current/prevalent syllabus. Dawn

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