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PU ICS teachers use students to rescue sacked director
Lahore, Jan 24: In sheer violation of PU academic rules and regulations, some teachers of the Punjab University's Institute of Communication Studies allegedly instigated students to participate in a protest demonstration in support of former director of the institute who had been accused of sexually harassing female teachers.

Dr Ahsan Akhtar Naz was removed from the office of directorship of the PU ICS over written complaints of 'harassing female staff' this week. His senior officer recommended his removal in order to ensure a transparent inquiry into the allegations levelled against him.

On Wednesday, around two-dozen students gathered outside the institute and held a protest demonstration against the removal of the director, at a time when inquiry was underway in the case and the result of the preliminary inquiry was awaited.

Sources said that some teachers of the institute prepared the students for the protest and allegedly misguided them by saying that their director had been removed from both the administrative as well as the teaching posts.

A PU spokesman said that the use of students for any type of politics by the teachers was a crime of very serious nature all around the world as well as in the Punjab University. He said that stern action would be taken against those involve in using students in the case and disturbing the peaceful academic atmosphere of the campus.

When contacted, Prof Dr Zakriya Zakir, the caretaker director of the ICS and the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences dean, said that students thought that Dr Naz had been removed from the teaching post also. "Therefore, they gathered there, but when they were told that Dr Naz was still working and was only removed from the administrative post, they calmed down and dispersed peacefully."

About the inquiry result, he said, "I am note sure about the time of submission of the report."

Sources said that the teachers who had arranged the protest demonstration also used a threatening tone with an education reporter who was present on the spot and told him to leave the site.

Taking notice of this incident, Punjab Assembly Pres Gallery President and the Lahore Education Reporters' Association condemned the misbehaviour.

ERA President Rab Nawaz, General Secretary Sanaullah Nagra and other office bearers termed the manhandling and misbehave with the journalist during performing professional duties as "cruel and unethical". In a statement, they said that the staff members of the ICS had assaulted journalists at a time when they were covering the protest demonstration.

The ERA demanded the authorities concerned initiate action against the culprits as early as possible. They warned of boycotting the coverage of PU administration's activities in protest if the culprits were not brought to justice.

It is noteworthy that Ms Azka Shahid, a staff member of the ICS, had submitted an application to the vice chancellor in which she accused Dr Naz of sexual harassment. Daily times

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PU awards PhDs
Lahore: The Punjab University has awarded 3 PhDs to different scholars after completion of their research work on Wednesday. The scholars included Muhammad Dilshad s/o Muhammad Fayyaz in the subject of Education after approval of his thesis "A Study of Quality Management Practices at Teacher Education Institutions in Pakistan," Asif Ali Chatta s/o Muhammad Tufail Chatta in Urdu.

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PU results
Lahore: PU Examinations Department has declared the results of MSc Applied Psychology Part-I & II, annual 2012 and MSc MCWM, Part-II, annual 2012. Detailed results are also available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk. The news

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LCWU Exams
Lahore: The Lahore College for Women University has rescheduled for Jan 28 its examinations to be held on Friday (tomorrow) due to Eid-i-Milad. Dawn

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Orientation of IT university held at Arfa Karim Park
Lahore: The provincial government, under the supervision of the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), held the orientation ceremony of the Information Technology University of the Punjab (ITU-Punjab).

Speaking on the occasion, PITB Chairman Dr Umar Saif said, "The launch of the IT university is a visionary step towards providing quality IT education to the youth."

The first campus of the ITU-Punjab has been established on the sixth floor of Arfa Karim Software Technology Park. The university is focused on solving locally relevant problems and is targeting globally competitive standards in education, research, entrepreneurship and institutional impact. Hamza Shahbaz Sharif also attended the orientation ceremony of the university. Daily times

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NA body approves HEC amendment bill
Islamabad: The National Assembly standing committee on education and professional training on Wednesday approved the draft of Higher Education Commission (Amendment) Bill 2012.

After the passage of the bill from the National Assembly and the Senate, the chairman of the HEC will not be enjoying the status of a federal minister.

The committee at a meeting chaired by PML-N MNA Sheikh Rohail Asghar debated the topic extensively on Wednesday.

Yasmeen Rehman of the PPP, who had originally submitted the legislation in October after discords between the HEC management and politicians regarding funding and appointments, discussed some of the points of the bill.

It may be noted that the issue of HEC was also debated in the National Assembly on Tuesday when Ms Rehman through a call attention notice informed the house that the commission had recently paid its chairman's private membership fee of Islamabad Club.

On Wednesday, she informed the committee that in Pakistan the HEC was simultaneously responsible for the funding, accreditation and ranking of universities, whereas in other countries different organisations addressed each of these tasks.

In addition, the chairperman and members of the HEC, as well as the vice chancellors of universities, should have the tenure of three years instead of four, she argued.

She was of the view that the HEC should be placed within a ministry and that its chairman should not have the status of a federal minister "because there cannot be two ministers in one ministry."

Most of the committee members supported the amendment but the HEC attempted to resist the move by the politicians.

The HEC chairman, Dr Javaid Leghari, said because the commission was an autonomous body directly under the prime minister, there can be no question of two ministers.

Engineer Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani, the acting executive director of the HEC, while addressing the politicians said: "None of you send your children to government schools running under the ministries because of the poor quality of education they provide. Yet all of you want to admit your children to public sector universities regulated by the HEC."

If the bill is passed, he added, "You should take care that the 77 public universities are not treated like the schools."

Noorul Haq Qadri, an MNA from Fata, had resisted some of the bill's recommendations, saying if the HEC chairperson's ministerial status was beneficial for higher education it should not be withdrawn.

At the end of the debate, however, he too agreed that the chairperson should not have the status of a federal minister.

The HEC is not the only body that the standing committee has been discussing recently. Since October, members of the committee have also taken up the allegations of corruption and other issues against Shaheen Khan, the chairperson of Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education.

"I sent a letter to the Ministry of Education and Training on October 6, and a reminder on November 16, but no one at the ministry ever bothered to reply," said Mr Asghar, the chairperson of the committee.

Believing that the ministry is "protecting" Ms Khan against an investigation, he tasked four members of his committee to conduct an inquiry and report back within three working days.

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UoP alumni website launched
Peshawar: The website of Peshawar University Alumni Association (PUAA) was launched here on Wednesday to ensure constant contact of the former students among themselves and with the university.

"There was a lack of forum where the ex-students could be collected and this deficiency has now been removed as the website would join them like a family," said Dr Qibla Ayaz, vice-chancellor of the University of Peshawar (UoP).

According to a UoP press release, Dr Ayaz said after inaugurating the website that he had planned to form an alumni association of former students of the university and the most appropriate title that came to mind for addressing them was "Upeshians".

"We held a meeting in which all those in attendance supported the suggestion and hence a member of the PUAA can now be called Upeshian," the VC said. Underlining the importance of alumni, he said that the PUAA would be a cornerstone in the UoP development. He hoped that more and more former students would register at the PUAA website: "http://www.upesh.edu.pk/alumni"_www.upesh.edu.pk/alumni.

Dr Hussain Shaheed Sohrawardi, the PUAA coordinator, said that an alumni card would also be issued to the Upeshians for visiting the university, using its facilities and enjoying cut-prices in different commercial stores in Peshawar.

He said that the PUAA would celebrate reunions of the departments and the university would support any such arrangements by the departments for their former students. Dawn

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Primary level students forced to study with degree level
Rawalpindi: Interest of the Punjab government in the education system could be gauged from the fact that primary and degree level female students have been studying in the rooms of Government Primary School, Rehmatabad, Rawalpindi, for the last two and half years.

More than 300 students are studying in the primary level and more than 250 students of degree level students studying in Government Primary Girls School, Rehmatabad, which could now be called Government Degree College for Women Rehmatabad for two and half years. In the time of need, primary level students are shifted to rooftop of the building for taking classes under open sky so that degree level students could study in the classroom.

When contacted Government Primary School Rehmatabad Principal Akhtar Sajid, he said that they are helpless because of the situation. "How it could be possible to continue education of primary and degree level in the same building. The concerned authority should separate portions of degree level and primary section in the best interest of the students," he demanded.

He also said that first it was an elementary college and after some years concerned authority shifted primary school here. "Now, for two and half years higher authorities have established a degree college in this building", he claimed. I request higher authorities to separate primary portion or shift us to another building in the best interest of all students," he appealed.

A survey conducted by 'The News' primary level students are facing worst kinds of difficulties in using toilet, drinking water and playing games. Sometime they also face severe cold weather when they are shifted to roof of the building under open sky. There are only four toilets in the degree and primary level building, one water tank, which remains empty all the time. The helpless students of primary level go to outside school-college building for playing during recess because of absence of playground for them.

Lubna Nasir, studying in Class-IV said that toilet remains dirty all the time because of rush. "I don't use toilet in my school because there is no water and there is no cleanliness", she claimed.

Another student Rehana Bashir, a Class-V, said: "We don't feel easy because there is neither a separate playground nor canteen or toilet for us. Majority of students go to the nearby homes for using toilet." All primary level students have appealed to higher authorities to separate their building to arrange separate toilet, water tank, canteen, playground etc for them. They also said that they could not bear cold and chilly weather at the rooftop of the building.

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AIOU's bachelor programme results announced
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has announced the final results of its Bachelor Programmes for the Spring-2012 Semester and placed the results on its website.

This was announced by AIOU Controller of Exams Muhammad Bashir Ch. He said result cards are being sent by post to the students, if any student who may not receive his/her result card till 30 January, he/she should contact the Deputy Controller Exams (Muhammad Ishtiaq Bhatti) personally or at his Phone number 051-9057323.

He said that the students can also download their results from website www.aiou.edu.pk of the University. He further said that two 2,45,000 students appeared in the exams across the country. The results of PTC, CT, B.Ed, Matric and FA programmes for the Spring-2012 Semester have already been declared and placed on website.

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Foundation University declares MBBS Part -I result
Islamabad: The Foundation University has declared the result of First Professional MBBS Part-I (Annual) Examination 2012. Out of 148 candidates who appeared in the said examination, 131 were declared successful with a pass percentage of 88.51 %.

Ms. Anusha Pervaiz, Roll No. 3886, Reg. No. 6183/FUI/MBBS-2012, of the Foundation University Islamabad Campus, got 1st position in the examination securing 403 out of 500 marks.

The Roll numbers of the successful candidates are 3830, 3831, 3832, 3833, 3834, 3835, 3836, 3838, 3839, 3840, 3841, 3844, 3845, 3846, 3847, 3848, 3849, 3851, 3852, 3853, 3854, 3855, 3857, 3858, 3859, 3860, 3861, 3862, 3863, 3865, 3866, 3867, 3869, 3870, 3871, 3872, 3873, 3874, 3875, 3876, 3877, 3878, 3879, 3880, 3881, 3882, 3883, 3884, 3885, 3886, 3887, 3888, 3890, 3891, 3892, 3893, 3894, 3895, 3896, 3897, 3898, 3899, 3900, 3901, 3902, 3903, 3904, 3905, 3906, 3907, 3908, 3909, 3910, 3912, 3913, 3914, 3916, 3917, 3919, 3920, 3921, 3922, 3923, 3924, 3925, 3926, 3927, 3928, 3929, 3930, 3931, 3932, 3933, 3934, 3936, 3939, 3940, 3942, 3943, 3944, 3945, 3946, 3947, 3948, 3949, 3950, 3951, 3952, 3953, 3954, 3955, 3956, 3957, 3958, 3959, 3960, 3961, 3962, 3963, 3964, 3965, 3966, 3967, 3968, 3973, 3974, 3975, 3976, 3977, 4056, 4057.

The university has directed the unsuccessful candidates to submit the admission forms within 15-days from the date of declaration of result. The result may also be seen on FUI website www.fui.edu.pk. The news

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