Punjab University BCom annual examinations 2013
B.Com exams from June 12
Lahore, Feb 07: The Punjab University examinations department
has notified that the B.Com Part-I and II annual examinations will begin
on June 12 and 13, respectively.
The regular candidates can submit their admission forms with single
fee till March 7 (by hand) and Feb 28 (by post) while forms can be
submitted with double fee till March 14 (by hand) and March 7 (by post).
Private candidates can submit their admission forms with single fee
till March 19 (by hand) and March 11 (by post) and with double fee till
April 1 (by hand) and March 25 (by post).
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'78 math PhDs have graduated from GCU'
Lahore: Seventy-eight PhDs have so far been produced
by the Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences (ASSMS) of the
Government College University, while another batch of 21 PhD students
will graduate this year.
This was stated in a press release issued by the school management on the occasion of 10 years of its establishment.
The first batch of 15 PhDs passed out in 2008. During the decade,
there have been 151 students enrolled in the school, while most faculty
members consisted of globally recognised foreign mathematicians.
ASSMS Director General Dr AD Raza Choudary said in a statement the
basic objective of the school, sponsored by the GCU, HEC, Unesco, Punjab
government and various international organisations, was to strengthen
education and research in mathematics and provide the nation the
scientific base, innovation and workforce it needed to compete with the
world for a prosperous future.
He said only a few educational institutions earned international
recognition for excellence due to tough competition among hundreds in
the world. It was even more difficult in case of a particular field of
education, he added.
"The GCU's ASSMS is one of the world's top centres of excellence in
mathematics." He said recently he had received two e-mails, one from the
famous Australian mathematician, Prof Dr Mirka Miller, and the other
from the world's most respected
mathematician, former president of the French Mathematical Society, Prof
Dr Michel Waldschmidt, who paid rich tributes to the school. The latter
said he had even advised students of the South Asian region to visit
Pakistan that had "strong institutions like the ASSMS" for advanced
studies instead of Western countries in Europe and the US, he added.
Dr Choudary said in 2011 the school had been selected as one of the
three emerging centres of excellence by the European Mathematical
Society. It was selected for training the mathematics faculty,
popularising the subject at school and college levels and serving as a
quintessential centre of modern research in Pakistan.
The school had collaborated with around 26 universities,
international institutes and centres of excellence across the world,
including Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics
(ICTP), Trieste, Italy; and Centre International de Mathematiques Pures
et Appliqués (CIMPA), France; as well as institutions in the US, Russia,
Germany, Sweden, Romania, Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, Croatia,
Uzbekistan, Bulgaria, China, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Dr Choudary said besides producing PhDs, the school embarked upon a
programme of promoting mathematics among Pakistani youth – up to high
school – at grassroots and had started training camps for the purpose.
The first team of young students had been prepared to participate in the
International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in 2005, however, the team
won the event in 2007.
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Education Expo ends
Lahore: Thousands of students thronged the 10th Dawn
Education Expo 2013 on the second and concluding day and gathered
information about various universities, their academic programmes, fee
structure, scholarships and visa issues.
The Dawn Education Expo's concluding day witnessed large groups of
students coming from local schools offering O and A- Level that sought
information from various stalls.
The students from different branches of Beaconhouse school as well as
from the City School, Chandbagh School and Government College
University, Lahore, also visited the exhibition and sought information
for higher education studies' prospects abroad.
Representatives of various universities said that even a larger
number of students visited the education exhibition on the second day
and they registered students to process their admission applications.
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PTU concerned at DCO's attitude
Lahore: The Punjab Teachers Union has expressed its
concern over district coordination officer's harsh attitude towards
teachers and threatened to boycott the class-VIII examinations.
In a statement issued here on Wednesday, PTU leaders said the
teachers serving in Lahore district were performing better than any
other district but DCO Noorul Amin Mengal was humiliating teachers in
monthly District Review Committee meetings.
PTU leaders Syed Sajjad Akbar Kazmi, Rana Liaquat Ali and others
demanded that the three deputy district education officers surrendered
to the secretary (schools) should be reinstated at their present
postings within 48 hours.
They said the school education department's teachers in Lahore had
been showing 90 per cent attendance and good results despite the fact
that they were given neither transport facilities nor other resources
and instead performed many duties besides their regular duties.Dawn
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Rumours rife about tabling of HEC Bill in NA today
Islamabad: Despite assurance to vice chancellors by National Assembly Standing Committee
on Education and Training Chairman Sheikh Rohale Asghar that the Higher
Education Commission (HEC) Amendment Bill 2012 will not be tabled
without addressing their concerns, there were rumours on Wednesday that
the PPP MNAs might go ahead and table it today (February 7).
said that one of the MNAs has categorically shared this
intention with numerous people that despite criticism from every
quarter, the Higher Education Commission Amendment Bill will be tabled
in the National Assembly as private member bill on Thursday.
this stage, the legislation is under discussion in the National
Assembly Standing Committee on Education and Training. National Assembly
Standing Committee on Education and Training Chairman Sheikh Rohale
Asghar on Tuesday assured vice chancellors and rectors of public and
private universities that their concerns and point of view will be duly
considered during discussions on the amendment bill.
the 11th Vice Chancellors' Committee Meeting held on Tuesday, which was
also attended by Sheikh Rohale Asghar, rectors and vice chancellors
demanded the government to notify the task force established by the
government in 2011 so that the consultation process on Higher Education
Commission Act could be initiated without any delay.
vice chancellors said that any change in the HEC Act should be according
to the recommendations of the task force established by the Prime
They demanded that the task force
should be notified so that the consultation process could start without
further delay. The 'Task Force on Higher Education and Research 2012'
was a consultative forum formed in the year 2011 to review the HEC Act
2002 in the post-18th Amendment constitutional scenario based on
analysis of HEC performance and achievements since its establishment
(2002-12), observance of global trends, requirements of national
development and, wide-ranging consultations with the provinces and the
Standing Committee on Education and Training Sheikh Chairman Rohale
Asghar said that anything could be expected from the government. He said
that if the bill was tabled in this form, it would be in violation of
the rules and procedures of the parliament.
"I have met
vice chancellors and rectors of universities along with eight other
members of the committee and all of us agreed to their demands. I have
VCs to share minutes of that meeting with me so that I can share them
with other members and include these issues in the consultation
process," he added.
Asghar said that he had not signed
minutes of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Education and
Training meeting where the amendment was discussed. "According to rules,
the bill cannot be tabled without my signatures. In fact, it is
presented in the parliament by the chairman of the committee," he
pointed out. "I have told the vice chancellors and rectors that that I
would not bring this damage to the education sector."
The chairman is in Lahore and will not be able attend today's session.
the other hand, Senator S M Zafar, who was among the main architects of
the 18th Amendment, in his legal opinion regarding Higher Education
Commission (HEC) Amendment Bill 2012, has already supported the HEC
stance that constitutionally, any legislation regarding HEC requires to
be first considered by the Council of Common Interest (CCI).
contacted, HEC Chairman Dr. Javaid Laghari said that it would be highly
unethical and inappropriate if the amendment bill is tabled in the
National Assembly in this shape and is supported by the party or
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Preston University wins first position in 'BIZFEST 2013'
Islamabad: The Preston University clinched first position in both `Business Launch
Competition' and `Elevator Pitch Competition' held under the banner of
The competitions were organised by the
Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology
(GIKI) Topi, from January 25 to 27.
University teams which were led to the competition by Prof. Khalid
Javaid Anwer comprised of students Nabila Iqbal (team leader), Madiha
Zar and Atobatele Abiola Moshood.
Eminent among the
universities which participated in the `Business Launch Competition'
category of BIZFEST 2013 were Preston University, Islamabad, G.C.
University, Lahore, Beacon House School System (liberty campus), Lahore,
Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi, ICAS Lahore, UOL
Business School, Lahore, and Preston University Kohat.
University, Islamabad beat all the other competing universities to win
the first position in this category of the competition. G.C. University,
Lahore captured the second Position while third position was won by
The universities which took part in the
`Elevator Pitch Competition' category of BIZFEST 2013 were Preston
University, Islamabad, Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute (GIKI), Topi, G.C.
University, Lahore, UET Lahore, and Preston University, Kohat.
this category also, the team of Preston University, Islamabad was
declared as best and was awarded first position. GIKI, the host
institution, ranked second in the Elevator Pitch Competition.
view of its outstanding performance in both categories of the
competition of BIZFEST 2013, Preston University, apart from being
awarded two trophies for standing first in each category, was also
awarded the overall best performance trophy of BIZFEST 2013 competition.
In addition to this, a cash prize of Rs30,000 was also
awarded to the Preston University team for giving the best business idea
`Capital World - A Cultural Theme Park', in Business Launch
The Chancellor of Preston University, Dr.
Abdul Basit profoundly congratulated Professor Khalid Javaid Anwer, who
led the teams of Preston University to the contest, on the outstanding
achievement of Preston students in BIZFEST 2013 held at GIKI, Topi.
also immensely appreciated the brilliant performance of the students
Nabila Iqbal, Madiha Zar and Atobatele Abiola Moshood who participated
in the competition and won laurels for the university. The news
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Pindi students get UPS units today
Rawalpindi: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif will
distribute 17,000 solar energy uninterrupted power supply (UPS) units
among 9th and 10th grade students of government schools of all the four
districts of Rawalpindi division on Thursday (today).
The distribution ceremony will be held at Arid Agriculture Pir Mehar
Ali Shah University. Local PML-N parliamentarians and expected
candidates for coming general election are also invited to the function.
The provincial government will distribute the UPS units among
students having over 55 per cent marks in their annual examinations
under Ujala Programme.
As many as 5,435 high school students of Rawalpindi district will get
a UPS device each to continue their studies at nights without
interruption in case of power loadshedding.
The data collected by the city district government, Rawalpindi,
revealed that the girl students of government schools performed better
than boys across the district, as 3,468 girls had got 55 per cent marks
in both 9th and 10th grades, while the number boy students qualifying
for the prize was 1967.
The provision of UPS devices in Rawalpindi district would cost the government Rs108 million.
"Experts hired by the provincial government will install these UPS
units in houses of the students in villages, tehsils and city areas
after the distribution ceremony," said Saqib Zafar, district
coordination officer (DCO).
He said that each UPS device could lit up three rooms. "The CDGR had
established seven warehouses in all the seven tehsils of the district to
store the UPS devices sent by the provincial government," said Mr
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