UET entrance test for engineering admissions

UET to hold entrance test on 11th
Lahore, Sept 07: The University of Engineering and Technology (UET) is holding an entrance test for admission to engineering institutions in Punjab for undergraduate programmes on Sept 11 (Sunday) at 10am.

The entrance test will simultaneously held at UET Lahore; UET Taxila; BZU Engineering College, Multan; Islamia University, Bahawalpur; NFC Institute of Engineering Research and Fertilizer, Faisalabad; University of Gujrat; Siddique Public School, 6th Road, Satellite Town, Rawalpindi; NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar; and Balochistan Boys Scout Association Office, Quetta.

All candidates are advised to reach the examination centres at least one hour before the commencement of the test. Dawn

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Paper recheck date extended
Lahore: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Lahore, has extended date for rechecking of papers of Class 9 till September 12.

Monday was the last date in this regard, after declaration of result of Class 9 annual examination 2011 recently. However, keeping in view overwhelming requests for rechecking by students, the BISE authorities on Tuesday extended the last date till September 12. It is pertinent to mention that the BISE Lahore, like other boards of the province, followed computer-based paper marking besides online admission process owing to which a large number of students complained about errors in the result card as well. A large number of students and their parents visited the BISE office on Tuesday and submitted forms for rechecking. Most of the students said they had performed well in the exams but their marks were quite low and against their expectations, hence the rechecking.

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Criminal proceedings start against two Punjab private medical colleges
Lahore: ThePunjab government has initiated criminal proceedings and registered cases against illegally operating private medical and dental institutions in the province.

Sources in the Punjab government have disclosed that the criminal proceedings are being initiated against Amina Inayat Medical College Sheikhupura and Azra Naheed Medical College Lahore. Moreover, notice of disaffiliation has been served on University College of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Lahore by the University of Health Sciences (UHS) Lahore.

In this regard, a meeting has been held at Chief Minister's Secretariat here on Tuesday, which was presided over by Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif. The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Punjab, Secretary Law, Secretary Health and others. Taking serious notice of illegally operating private medical and dental institutions, the CM has directed to take stern action against these institutions.

The participants were of the view that for the last few years, a tendency is being witnessed among the new medical and dental colleges of private sector to evade lawful affiliation with University of Health Sciences (UHS) Lahore and are indulged in illegal practices.

According to Section 37 of UHS Act, the medical, dental, nursing and health institutions located in Punjab are mandated under law to get themselves affiliated with the UHS. The concerned section 37 (I) of the UHS Act says, "All medical institutions, whether in public or private sector, located within the geographical boundaries of the province of Punjab, whether affiliated with any other university, examination board for medical faculty, notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force, shall affiliate with the university within such period and on such terms and conditions as may be prescribed".

Furthermore, the meeting was informed that the Lahore High Court (LHC) also reinforced the UHS (Amended) Act 2009 in a writ petition. The meeting was apprised that University College of Medicine and Dentistry (UCM&D), University of Lahore started operating illegally in 2000 without recognition of Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC) and it applied for the affiliation with UHS on September 24, 2003 after the promulgation of the UHS Ordinance. The college was recognized by the PM&DC in 2007. The UHS Affiliation Committee inspected the college and approved the affiliation with UHS in March 2008.

The meeting was also informed that UHS Chancellor received several complaints regarding irregularities in admission and examination system of the college. The college applied for exemption from mandatory affiliation with UHS after a change in the office of Chancellor/Governor Punjab. The college persistently violated the provisions of the UHS Act, judgement of the LHC as well as Supreme Court of Pakistan, order of the chancellor and its own submission before the LHC by not getting its students registered and conducting their examination itself.

The college was warned by the Higher Education Department through an advertisement appeared in national press on Feb 7, 2009 to refrain from indulging into such practices. The WHO also conveyed vide its letter written on March 17, 2009 that no request from medical school without UHS affiliation would be entertained for inclusion in the WHO's World Directory of Medical Schools.

The meeting was told that Amina Inayat Medical College Sheikhupura (AIMCS) was directed by the PM&DC to approach the UHS for affiliation and it requested the UHS for affiliation and its request was forwarded to the Ministry of Health for further proceedings. The college was recognized by the PM&DC in November 2010.

The UHS affiliation committee visited the AIMCS and found serious deficiencies especially in the clinical teaching facilities. The observations of the committee were considered by the Syndicate in the meetings held on December 22, 2010 and January 27, 2011. Subsequently the affiliation was declined at that stage for not meeting the laid down criteria by the PM&DC and the college was given an opportunity of representation against the decision. The principal of the college, during the representation, admitted the existence of deficiencies and the college was advised to rectify the insufficiencies. The college instead got itself affiliated with Ripah International University (RIU) in violation of sections 35 & 5 of the UHS Act. The college was directed to clarify about its legal position vide letter dated June 7, 2011, a copy of which was endorsed to the RIU as well. The college has not yet responded to the letter, while the RIU replied on June 30, 2011 that it affiliated the AIMCS as it had done in case of medical institutions of Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa.

The meeting also discussed the issue of Azra Naheed Medical College (ANMC). The meeting was informed that ANMC in compliance with the provision of the PM&DC, furnished a request with the UHS for affiliation. The ANMC application was forwarded to the Ministry for Health for further process. The college was later inspected by the UHS affiliation committee and recognized by the PM&DC. Later, the college in clear violation of law requested the PM&DC to grant it affiliation with Superior College instead of mandatory affiliation with the UHS. The ministry of health was clarified abundantly through a letter written on April 22, 2011 that the aforementioned proposal was in violation of law and ANMC could affiliate only with UHS, which the ministry never responded.

The meeting discussed the issue of the said private medical colleges and decided to take action against these private sector medical institutions. The meeting was apprised that any attempt by the colleges to evade the law even unintentionally will damage the credibility of medical education system in the province and the country as well.

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150 students expelled
Lahore: The Government Central Model School, Rettigon Road, has expelled around 150 students on different charges, including prolonged absence, not attending summer camp and poor performance in annual exams of Class 9.

On Tuesday, a large number of parents of the students visited the school and sought readmission of their children. Some of them also protested against the school management, alleging their children were expelled despite the fact that they had duly informed the administration about the leaves. They said that some students had not come to school after annual summer vacation because they were observing Aitkaf, while some others were ill during the period.

However, the school management dismissed the claim, saying that such strict actions were needed to maintain discipline in the school.

An official claimed that, before expelling the students, the school management had sent notices at their residences but no one had paid heed to their warning.

Entrance test for engineering on 11th: The entrance test for admission to the engineering institutions of Punjab for Undergraduate Programmes (Entry-2011) will be held on September 11 (Sunday) at 10.00 am.

The test will be simultaneously held at UET Lahore, UET Taxila, BZU Engineering College Multan, Islamia University Bahawalpur, NFC Institute of Engineering Research & Fertilizer Faisalabad, University of Gujrat, Siddeeq Public School, 6th Road Satellite Town, Rawalpindi, NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar and Balochistan Boys Scout Association Office Quetta.

All the candidates have been advised to reach the test centres at least one hour before the commencement of the test.

Meanwhile, UET Vice Chancellor Lt Gen (r) Muhammad Akram Khan was given a briefing on the various departments like Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Architecture Department and City and Regional Planning Department followed by visit to research centre.

He said education could overcome the menace of poverty, unemployment and even terrorism in the country. He acknowledged the achievements of the departments and stressed the need for having more PhD faculty in the university.

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VC ordered to accept forms
Lahore: The Lahore High Court on Tuesday directed the Faisalabad Agriculture University to vice-chancellor receive admission forms of five female students and decide their case on merit.

The court issued the order while disposing of the petition moved by Asma Ahsan and others who were denied admission to the university by VC Dr Iqrar Ahmad.

The petitioners, through their counsel, argued that they had applied for admission to different departments of the university but the VC rejected their admission forms without any reason.

They pointed out that they had made a representation to the VC but he paid no heed. They said that September 8 was the last date for submitting admission forms and if their forms were not received by the university, their educational career would be in jeopardy.

They requested the court to save their educational year and direct the university administration to receive their admission forms. The news

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NCA students display digital photography at Alhamra
Lahore: NCA students held an art exhibition at the Alhamra Arts Complex on Tuesday.

The exhibition displayed works of several NCA students, including Anum Lashari, Haider Ali and Uzair Amjad. These students displayed unique and in-depth pieces of digital photography, with every piece having a hidden meaning in it.

Anum Lashari's pieces focused on the tensions and problems that go on within a human mind and amazingly so she successfully portrayed them through her pictures. Haider Ali's pieces were graphite on paper in which he had displayed well-dressed men with faces of insects, hence, showing a different approach towards explaining the status of human beings in the world. Meanwhile, Uzair Amjad's pictures were based on the theme "Identity vs Persona". Alhamra Arts Complex Curator, Tanya Sohail, said, "At Alhamra, we provide a platform for artists to display work of different genres and for different segments of audience." Daily times

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UOE Examination
The University of Education has announced that the University Comprehensive Examination will begin on Sept 16. Roll number slips have already been issued to candidates.

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LCWU merit list
The Lahore College for Women University on Tuesday displayed fourth merit list for admission to FA/FSc first year.

Vice-Chancellor Dr Sabiha Mansoor says admissions to general science and ICS (Economics) have been completed while the first merit list for O-Level candidates will be displayed on Sept 8.

According to the fourth merit list, the last merit in pre-medical stood at 955 marks, pre-engineering 930, ICS (physics) 900, I.Com 751, Arts 640 and FA (home economics) 660.

O-Level candidates are directed to submit their equivalence certificates from the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education on Wednesday (today). Classes in all categories will start from Sept 12. Dawn

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