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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).

Sources 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.

At 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.

In 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.

The vice chancellors said that any change in the HEC Act should be according to the recommendations of the task force established by the Prime Minister's Committee.

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 stakeholders.

National Assembly 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.

On 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).

When 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 parliamentarians.

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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 `BIZFEST 2013'.

The competitions were organised by the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology (GIKI) Topi, from January 25 to 27.

The Preston 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.

Preston 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 Beacon House.

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.

In 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.

In 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 Competition.

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.

He 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 Zafar. Dawn

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