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GCU's 149th Founders Day
Lahore, Jan 02: Government College University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Khaleequr Rahman has announced grand sesquicentennial year celebrations to mark the glorious history of academic excellence, research and rich traditions of co-curricular activities and sports of one of South Asia's most prestigious institutions.

The VC made this announcement at a ceremony at the varsity's Abdus Salam Hall in connection with the GCU's 149th Founders Day on Tuesday.

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Orientation week at UHS
Lahore: University of Health Sciences Vice-Chancellor Prof I.A. Naveed has said a university can grow successfully only when research and teaching seamlessly mesh together.

"With a mission to be the enterprise university, the UHS is a dynamic place to study, transforming lives through education, world-class research and innovation on a global stage," he said in his welcome address to the new postgraduate students at the onset of orientation week on Tuesday.

Prof Naveed said the UHS research culture supported academic freedom and independence, encouraged radical thinking and challenged orthodoxies.

He said currently 36,200 undergraduate and 3,362 postgraduate students were registered with the UHS. He added that courses in 71 postgraduate and 25 undergraduate disciplines were being offered by the university, with 88 colleges and institute affiliated with it.

The UHS VC further said the new students could also benefit from financial assistance scheme, international scholarships, dedicated career development advice and extensive research facilities.

During the week-long orientation, new students are allowed to meet existing students and university staff and immerse themselves in campus life. Throughout the week, there will be academic programmes, guest speakers and social and educational activities.

Cleanliness drive: Post-Graduate Medical Institute Principal Prof Dr Anjam Habib Vohra says that people should be sensitized about the importance of cleanliness and hygienic life style in order to save them from diseases.

Mr Vohra said this while talking to paramedics at the launch of a cleanliness drive at the Lahore General Hospital (LGH) on Tuesday. He praised them for launching the week-long cleanliness drive at the hospital.

The LGH paramedics have announced celebrating the New Year through scrubbing the health facility. The move aims at spreading a message among the people about the importance of clean environment at government hospitals.

Dr Vohra said that an increased conveyance allowance had been added to the salaries of the PGMI and LGH staff. The incentive should motivate the employees to fulfill the expectations of the government as well as patients.

They should work in the hospital considering it as their home, he added.

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FBISE official removed
The tiff at the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) continued on Tuesday as the charge of the Affiliation Wing was withdrawn from the officer who had exchanged heated arguments with the chairperson's husband.

According to a notification shown to Dawn, Director (Research and Affiliation) Zulfiqar Ali Rizvi will look after the Research Wing while the Affiliation Wing will be looked after by FBISE secretary, Prof Israr.

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Aitchison's BoG dissolved, principal replaced
Lahore: Governor Makhdoom Ahmed Mahmood has dissolved the Aitchison College's 21-member Board of Governors in a bid to regain college's past glory that was 'tarnished' following recent controversies.

Aitchison College Principal Dr Muhammad Hafeez, who was also secretary to the Board of Governors, has resigned from his office after accepting a three-month notice period salary. Dr Hafeez had assumed the office of the college principal on March 1, last year, for a term of five years.

The Aitchison College BoG dissolution comes as a surprise for all and sundry.

Sources said that the governor, who is also president of Aitchison College's BoG, has dissolved the board in the best interest of the institution. The governor, who himself is an Aitchisonian, has appointed college's former principal Shamim Saifullah Khan as principal. He had served the college as principal from 1994 to 2008 and was replaced by Fakir Syed Aijazuddin. Mr Aijazuddin was replaced by Dr Muhammad Hafeez.

The governor has also reconstituted the BoG shrinking its size to nine members, including four ex-officio members GOC 10 Div, Punjab chief secretary, finance secretary and higher education secretary.

The BoG's new five official members are: Maj-Gen Sahibzada Asfandiyar Pataudi, Sardar Yar Muhammad Jamali, Yawar Bedar, Justice Yahya Afridi and LUMS Pro-Chancellor Syed Babar Ali.

Sources stated the governor chaired the BoG meeting on Tuesday morning, which went well and concluded in a cordial manner. The BoG approved college's 2012-13 budget, appointed a school headmaster as well as discussed some other issues following a detailed presentation by principal Dr Hafeez.

Sources claimed Governor Mahmood had taken the drastic decision of dissolving BoG and replacing the principal to revive "strict" environment in the college. However, sources said Dr Hafeez was a professor and wanted to bring changes in the college that should be sustainable without fear factor. Dawn

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BIEK exams rescheduled
Karachi: The supplementary examinations scheduled on Thursday, January 3 would now be held on Tuesday, January 22. The examination centres and timings would remain the same, the controller of examination BIEK said on Tuesday. The Sindh government has announced public holiday on January 3 on account of Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) due to which the supple papers of Higher Secondary Certificate Part-II of Pre-Medical, Pre-Engineering, General Science, Commerce (Regular and Private), Arts (Regular and Private), Home Economics and Special Candidates would now be held on Jan 22.

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350 teachers sacked
Peshawar: Around 350 schoolteachers reportedly sacked by the UNCHR and a non-governmental organisation Basic Education For Awareness Reforms and Empowerment (Befare) have announced to stage protest against the decision here on Wednesday. Some of the terminated teachers said that they had been teaching in schools set up by the UNCHR and Befare in Afghan refugee camps for the past five years, but the UNHCR terminated their services without any reason.The sacked teachers said they would protest outside the UNHCR offices in Peshawar and also move the court against the sacking. The news

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