CSS exams five-year age relaxation issue

CSS exams: Court moved for age relaxation
Lahore, Sept 11: The Lahore High Court on Monday sought a reply from the federal government on a petition seeking five-year age relaxation for the candidates appearing in civil services examinations.

Advocate AK Dogar filed the petition and stated that federal and provincial governments were giving a five-year concession in age limit for its services, but the candidates appearing in CSS exams had been denied the same relaxation.

He said the impugned act of the government was discriminatory and as such violation of Article 25 of the Constitution.

The petitioner sought court's directions for the government to give age relaxation to the candidates appearing in the CSS exams held by public service commissions.

After hearing the initial arguments, the court sought replies from the respondents within three weeks.

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UoP sets up desk for foreign students
Peshawar: University of Peshawar vice-chancellor Professor Qibla Ayaz on Monday announced the establishment of a desk at the admission directorate to facilitate foreign students.

He was speaking at a function held to announce appointment of Hashim Abdul Rehman Al Ghaili, the recent Yemeni graduate of Centre of Biotechnology and Microbiology as the university's ambassador to his homeland.

Ambassadorial credentials were conferred on Mr Al Ghaili in the ceremony. He will share the experience of staying at the university with Yemen higher education department and students to motivate them for pursuing higher studies at the university.

He will also present the real image of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and its people to the people of Yemen to remove negative perceptions.

Mr Ayaz said in the current age of globalisation, it was fast becoming important to expand the number of foreign students, especially those belonging to Muslim world.

He said the archaeology department was one of the best in Asia and that was why the Malaysian government was seeking guidance from the university to introduce archaeology department in its universities.

The vice-chancellor said a formal agreement in this respect was to be signed by him and the ambassador of Malaysia to Pakistan in November this year, according to a news release issued here.

Mr Al Ghaili termed the initiative as the first of its kind in the history of universities around the world.

"I have always got special treatment in UoP as a foreign student and will go to my country Yemen with the idea of building gap between the two countries and its higher education institutions," he said.

He said since the people of the area were so kind, peaceful and hospitable, he hadn't returned home since arrival in 2008.

Meanwhile, as many as 29 University of Peshawar scientists and faculty members were given research productivity award by Pakistan Council for Science and Technology for outstanding achievements in the field of applied sciences.

Gandhara University vice-chancellor Dr Rasheed Tahirkheli gave away research awards to scientists as the chief guest of the ceremony.

Of the total 29 awards, 10 went to Institute of Chemical Sciences UoP, while Centre of Excellence in Physical Chemistry secured seven, said a separate news release issued by the university.

The awards included a certificate and cash award of Rs30,000 to each scientist.

Special appreciation was extended to Dr Siab, faculty member of Centre of Excellence in Geology whose research article published in an Australian Journal, was the most cited paper in the world as per official data, the release said. Dawn

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PU BA/BSc suppl next month
Lahore: Punjab University has issued written and practical examination date-sheet for BA/BSc supplementary examination-2012 to be held in October. The date-sheet is available on PU website www.pu.edu.pk. A university spokesman said the admission process for BS (Honours) classes was going on.

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VCs want federal govt to release funds for varsities
Peshawar: The vice-chancellors of the public sector universities have asked the federal government to have a meeting with them to resolve the issue of non-release of funds to the high seats of learning, it was learnt.

The demand was made at a meeting of the vice-chancellors of all the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa public sector universities held at the Agricultural University, Peshawar. It was decided to have a meeting with teachers association and presidents and general secretaries of other associations on Sept 17 in the University of Peshawar to brief them about the financial situation of the universities.

The vice-chancellors discussed the financial deficit of the universities. They said there was severe pressure on the budgets of the universities due to non-release of funds. It was pointed out that despite the federal government assurance no developmental or recurring fund had been released to the universities thus far.

They said the government had not yet provided funds for the previous increases in salaries. They said the educational progress of the universities would be at stake if funds weren't immediately released.

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UoP scientists, faculty members awarded by PCST
Peshawar: The Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST) has awarded 29 scientists and faculty members of the University of Peshawar (UoP) with research productivity award for their achievement in the field of applied sciences.

Gandhara University Vice-Chancellor Dr Rasheed Ahmed Khan Tahirkheli gave away research awards to the scientists as chief guest of the ceremony.Out of the 29 awards, 10 went to the Institute of Chemical Sciences, University of Pakistan while Centre of Excellence in Physical Chemistry took seven awards, respectively.

Special appreciation were extended to Dr Siab, faculty member at the Centre for Excellence in Geology, whose research article was published in an Australian journal. The news

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