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PU Syndicate to 'revisit' verdict in plagiarism case
Lahore, April 26: The Punjab University Syndicate on Saturday decided to revisit its decision regarding handing down "compulsory retirement" to Institute of Chemistry's Prof Dr Zaid Mahmood on plagiarism charges.

Sources in the Syndicate said that the statutory body had revoked its March 29 decision and decided the orders issued to Prof Mahmood regarding compulsory retirement would be withdrawn.

Sources said some Syndicate members expressed their reservations about the decision as the administration presented March 29 meeting proceedings for approval.

Syndicate member Dr Asmatullah said that he had also submitted his note of dissent, challenging the body's decision. Besides adoption of proper procedures, he said that he had also stated that the accused had appeared before the Syndicate in person and explained his case duly endorsed by relevant documents and "none of Syndicate members dared to cross examine him".

Sources said the Syndicate decided it should seek technical expert report and advice from the Higher Education Commission in plagiarism case. The HEC representative, who was not present in the March 29 meeting, said the commission had a specialised Quality Assurance Cell and it should have been consulted before taking the drastic decision.

Law College
The Syndicate also held the Selection Board's recommendation regarding appointment of Dr Shazia Qureshi as associate professor in the PU Law College in abeyance because the aggrieved teachers had filed an intra-court appeal in the Lahore High Court that was pending adjudication.

Upon pointing out that PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran had also issued orders regarding the appointment of Dr Qureshi as PU Law College principal using his emergency powers, the VC withdrew the agenda item of his anticipatory order regarding the posting.

Two aggrieved teachers -- Samee Ozair Khan and Dr Shahbaz Ahmad Cheema -- had also submitted a presentation to Syndicate chairman and members, before the start of the meeting, against the election board's verdict on the associate professor post in PU Law College.

PU spokesman said the varsity administration had withdrawn the agenda item of Dr Shazia's appointment as Law College principal because a Syndicate member had pointed out that the two aggrieved teachers had filed an intra court appeal against the Selection Board decision. He said the Lahore High Court had earlier dismissed the two teachers' petition on merit.

It may be mentioned that the tenure of three elected representatives of university faculty had ended. The teachers' representatives were: Associate Prof Dr Asmatullah, Assistant Prof Javed Sami and Lecturer Shamaila Gull.

Sources claimed that the varsity administration would hold elections for representatives of lecturers, assistant professors, associate professors and professors on Syndicate by the end of next month. Dawn

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Naeemi retained as PU Syndicate member
Lahore: The Punjab Governor has re-appointed renowned religious scholar Maulana Muhammad Raghab Hussain Naeemi as member of Punjab University Syndicate with immediate effect for a period of three years. Maulana Naeemi's appointment was notified on April 3.

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PU results
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department has announced results of MSc Home Economics, Part-I, Annual Examination 2013, and BS in Computer Science, Third Year, 2nd Annual Examination 2012, and 1st Annual Examination 2013.

Detailed results are available on PU website

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Exam schedule
Lahore: Punjab University Examinations Department has issued the revised schedules for submission of admission fee & forms for LLB Part-I, II & III annual examination 2014. According to a press release here on Thursday, the last date for submission of admission forms with single fee is 6-5-14, 7-5-14 and 8-5-14 respectively while the forms can be submitted with double fee till 13-5-2014. Commencement dates of the said exams are June 16, 17 and 18, 2014 respectively.

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PU teacher compulsorily retired for plagiarism
Lahore: The Punjab University administration has issued orders of compulsory retirement of Dr Zaid Mahmood, now former professor of Institute of Chemistry, according to the decision of Syndicate on the charges of plagiarism.

According to a press release here on Thursday, an Institute of Chemistry's professor had filed a complaint against Dr Zaid Mahmood alleging that he had plagiarized material from the foreign research papers while the PU Syndicate was yet to take a decision in another case of plagiarism against Dr Zaid Mahmood. An inquiry committee compared original sources and Dr Zaid's research papers and found that most of the material was plagiarized. In the last recent meetings of the Syndicate, the plagiarism issue was discussed at length. In the 1705th meeting, held on February 1 this year, the Syndicate decided to serve show-cause notice to Dr Zaid Mahmood under PEEDA Act and awarded him with the opportunity of personal hearing in the next meeting. On the next meeting, held on March 29, Dr Zaid Mahmood appeared before the Syndicate members in person but could not defend his case. Later, the Syndicate, after analyzing the relevant record, found that Dr Zaid had plagiarized research articles and decided to penalize him with compulsory retirement. Therefore, major penalty of compulsory retirement as mentioned in Section 4(b)(iv) of PEEDA Act, 2006 is imposed upon Dr Zaid Mahmoomd and PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran has issued orders in this regard vide diary no D/40/VC dated 15-04-2014 according to the decision of Syndicate.

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PU date sheets
Lahore: Punjab University's Examinations Department issued written date sheets for various examinations on Monday. These exams include MCom (3 1/2 Years Programme) Part-I (1st Year) second annual examination 2013, MCom (3 1/2 Years Programme) Part-II (2nd Year) second annual examination 2013, MCom (3 1/2 Years Programme) Part-III (3rd Year) second annual examination 2013, MBA (3 1/2 Years Programme) Part-I (1stYear) second annual examination 2013, MBA (3 1/2 Years Programme) Part-II (2nd Year) second annual examination 2013, MBA (3 1/2 Years Programme) Part-III (3rd Year) second annual examination 2013 and Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) Third Professional 2nd annual examination 2013. Details are available on PU website

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PU job fair
Laohre: Punjab University's College of Information Technology (PUCIT) organised a job fair on its campus to provide employment opportunities to its students.

A large number of students participated in the fair who were interviewed by 32 international companies.

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Five PhDs awarded
Lahore: Punjab University has awarded PhD degrees to five scholars in different subjects.

According to a press release, Malik Bashir Ahmad s/o Abdullah Khan has been awarded a PhD degree in the subject of Education after the approval of his thesis titled "Development of A Supervisory Model for Pubic Secondary Schools of Pakistan", Ayesha Siddiqui d/o Mushtaq Ahmed Siddiqui in the subject of Art and Design after the approval of her thesis titled "Evolution of Geometric Forms in Western and Pakistani Painting: An Introvert Artist's Perspective", Farzana Kishwar d/o Ali Bahadur in the subject of Home Economics, Sadia Gulzar d/o Gulzar Hussain in the subject of Islamic Studies and Muhammad Rafiq s/o Ghulam Ghaus in the subject of Urdu after the approval of his thesis titled "Concept of Hero in Urdu Novel (Analytic and Critical Study)".

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PU results
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department announced results of BS in Computer Science, First and Second Year, 2nd Annual Examination 2012, and 1st Annual Examination 2013 on Monday. Results are available on PU website

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'English language: an opportunity, a challenge
Lahore: English language comes to Pakistan as an opportunity and as a challenge, enabling people to connect to the world and adapt to the idea of universality and to invest time, energy and resources to bring a large number of underprivileged segment of the society to first understand and then be part of the mainstream professionals to fully compete in the market.

This was amongst the conclusions of a day-long symposium titled "Humanities in English: Literature, Language, Linguistics and Criticism" arranged by the Faculty of Humanities and the Department of English at the Forman Christian College in collaboration with the British Council on Thursday. The symposium dilated on the very critical theoretical, conceptual and practical aspects of English language learning and its applicability in the socio-political and educational context. The discussions and researches put forth ranged from the state of English language usage in Pakistan to the topics as interesting as truck art. The symposium was opened by Dr James Tebbe, Rector FCC along with Dr Waseem Anwar, Dean of Humanities, and Dr Nukbah Langah, Chairperson, English Department. The symposium had two sessions. In the morning session, after the plenary and keynote addresses, the floor opened with a discussion by Prof Shaista Sonnu, Former Chairperson of Department of English, Punjab University, and Dr Waseem Anwar on the topic 'English Studies and Pakistan'. Both dilated on the various aspects and dimensions, linking language to learning in the local context. Then Haris Bin Munawar, Aneela Bushra and Dr Mark Boone gave their presentation on 'English Literary Theory and the Language/s of Art' followed by Quratulaen Liaqat, Waqar Azeem, Dr Kamal ud din, Faiza Zaheer and Tooba Fatima's presentation on 'English Literariness and Critical Approaches." Speaking on the occasion, Waqar Azeem argued that legal discourse should be employed to analyze workplace violence in Muhammad Hanif's 'Our Lady of Alice Bhatti'. He said workplace violence was rampant in Pakistan which was an indicator of humanitarian crisis. He tried to establish that legal approach could be used as a critical approach to interpret fiction. The second session opened with a presentation on English beyond Humanities: A Dialogue' by Dr Yaqoob Bangash (of History), Qalandar Memon (of Political Science) and Anita Saleem (of Psychology). Interdisciplinary approaches to English language and cultural imperialist theories were presented. The speakers reflected on the need for looking at the language from different perspectives, instead of dogmatizing it or viewing it necessary through the prism of theories such as imperialism and neo-imperialism. Dr Bangash, citing examples from history, particularly emphasized that viewing language overly through theories ignores another perspective; and that it taking language from a historical perspective - on the basis of ground facts as to how different languages in different eras were in vogue and how they opened up vistas of opportunities for the people on a common level.

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Class-5, 8 students with 20pc marks pass exams
Lahore: After two weeks of Class-5 and Class-8 results, the Punjab School Education Department finally issued a notification allowing all students who scored 20 percent marks in each subject to be declared pass provisionally.

The students would be eligible to be moved to next grades. Interestingly, the department also notified that the provisionally passed students will have to pass the failed subject(s) in the school examination to be conducted in summer vacation.

A number of teachers, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the condition was quite illogical as no school head would wish that students of their schools failed in school exams as it would expose their performance.

They said the notification was a mere formality and an attempt to cover up the mess created by the Punjab Examination Commission (PEC).

Meanwhile, in a press release the Punjab Teachers Union (PTU) once again demanded the Punjab government to take action against PEC officials for a mess created by them in conduct of exams and preparation of results.

The PTU leaders said it was unjust that the government was taking action against teachers on the basis of PEC exams results. They termed the PEC a complete failure and a controversial organisation. The news

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LUMS polls
Lahore: Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) students elected the office-bearers of their new executive students' council on Tuesday.

As per results, Salar Khan was elected president, Rana Musa Tahir secretary general and Maria Hasan was elected vice president of the body.

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Seven injured in students' clash at BZU
Multan: As many as seven students were injured when a clash erupted between activists of two student organisations on Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) campus here on Tuesday.

Office-bearers of both the Muslim Students Federation (MSF) and the People's Students Federation (PSF) blamed the activists of each others' bodies for the clash.

MSF President Munawar Khan alleged the PSF activists attacked on those of his organisation after exchange of harsh words.

He said one of the MSF activists, Asad Gondal, was injured by the PSF activists. Later, he said, the MSF activists gathered and they clashed with the rivals. He said four PSF activists were also injured in the clash.

On the other hand, PSF south Punjab president Arif Shah said six activists of his organisation were injured in the clash, including the campus head Amir, Taha Faheem, Ali Raza, Rana Kamran, Rana Shafiq and Azeem Langrial. Of them, he said, Ali Raza received a bullet injury.

He said more than 80 'outsiders' called by MSF attacked the PSF activists at the behest of university administration as his organisation had taken a strong position on various students' issues, including the varsity fees.

He said the PSF activists were attacked twice; first at the canteen and then again when they were protesting outside the administration block.

He said the injured PSF activists were admitted to the hospital and they would submit an application to the administration for taking legal action against the MSF 'goons' after getting treatment.

BZU Resident Officer Dr Amanullah said the matter had been sent to disciplinary committee of the university and action would be taken against those responsible for the clash.

The clash continued for over two hours and the varsity administration had to call police to control the situation. Dawn

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AIMC barred from receiving $10,000 from each student
Lahore: The Lahore High Court on Monday restrained the Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore from collecting 10, 000 dollars each from foreign students under the head of fee and endowment fund.

As the hearing started, the student's counsel pleaded that the court in its earlier court had cut the said fee to 5000 dollar per students. He pointed out that the other medical colleges were not collecting more than 7000 US dollars but AIMC's administration was compelling the students to pay 10000 dollars in violation of the court's order. He requested the court to set aside the college's order otherwise it would hamper the educational career of medical students.

After hearing the arguments, the court stopped the college's administration from collecting 10000 dollar and directed students to deposit 5000 dollars each to the deputy judicial registrar. The court also directed the college's administration not to stop students from continuing their education.

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UHS result
Lahore: University of Health Sciences (UHS) has announced the result of Final Professional BDS annual examination 2013.

According to a press release on Monday, a total of 432 candidates from 10 affiliated dental colleges appeared in the exam out of which 335 passed and 94 failed. Result of 03 candidates was put on RL list. The overall pass percentage remained 78.09%. Ahmad Shoaib s/o Mian Ahmad Saeed of Lahore Medical and Dental College Lahore got first position securing 639/800 marks. Nayha Enver d/o Tariq Enver of de'Montmorency College of Dentistry Lahore and Maryam Ahmed d/o Mehmood Ahmed of Nishtar Institute of Dentistry Multan got second and third positions securing 635/800 and 627/800 marks respectively. Failed candidates can submit their admission forms on or before May 09, 2014. Supplementary examination will commence with effect from May 26, 2014. The news

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