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Inter admission season starts
Lahore, Aug 09: Following recent announcement of matriculation results by all the nine examination boards of Punjab and end of Eid-ul-Fitr holidays, the admission season at colleges for intermediate level education is formally began.

While private sector colleges don't have a uniform policy and schedule for admission, public sector colleges too seem in a state of disarray vis--vis admission schedule and related polices including prospectus prices etc.

One wonders as to why in the presence of an Online College Admissions System (OCAS) for public colleges in Punjab, government colleges have announced different schedules, policies and mandatory purchase of prospectus by students. On the other hand, apply-online feature is yet not available on the OCAS website and is expected to be available from August 4.

A number of prospective students expressed concern over confusion surrounding the admission process especially at public colleges and through the OCAS. Nadeem Afzal, a student, said Government Islamia College, Civil Lines, and Government Dyal Singh College of the provincial metropolis had set August 9 the last date to receive admission forms while Government MAO College set August 11 the last date. He said some colleges had advertised that admission would be made online while others announced manual and online admission.

Similarly, public sector universities offering intermediate level education including Government College University (GCU) and Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) etc have a different schedule and procedure for admission. The GCU is accepting admission forms with a Rs 200 prospectus till August 11 while LCWU till August 09.

According to students, different schedules for admission are in favour of them as anyone failing to get admission form etc form a particular college because of any reason could avail it from others having different schedules.

Meanwhile, many private colleges have announced cash prizes, scholarships and special discount in fee for intermediate level studies at their respective campuses in order to attract high achievers.

Many students also demand the government restrict private and public colleges from fleecing students in the name of prospectuses. They demand in case the government could not do it, at least a nominal and uniform price should be fixed by the government.

Students have also demanded the government to abolish practices like submitting a character certificate along with admission forms. It is generally observed that students have to repeatedly visit their respective institutions to get the certificate and sometimes they even have to grease the palms of officials for the purpose. The result card or examination certificate should be considered enough to judge the "character" of a student, commented a student, Azhar.

The News could not reach Higher Education Secretary Abdullah Khan Sumbal despite repeated attempts on his cell phone.

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GCU inter admissions to close on 15th
Lahore: The admissions to the intermediate programme will close at Government College University Lahore on August 11, 2014 and no extension will be granted in the last date for submission of admission forms. The first merit list will be displayed on the university's website on Friday, August 15 while the second merit list will be displayed on August 21.

According to a press release issued on Wednesday, GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said that besides graduation and postgraduation, GCU would also maintain its tradition and excellence in education at the intermediate level as every year martic position-holders from all over Pakistan came to GCU. He hoped that GCU students would maintain their record of achieving the highest numbers of positions in intermediate results.

He also said that this year the university had to reprint its forms as its all prospectus and forms were obtained by candidates in just first two days. He said GCU intermediate admission forms were made available at the designated bank branches and no extension would be granted in the last date for submission of admission forms. The news

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GCU not to entertain students with less than 60% marks
Lahore: A student with less than 60 percent marks in matriculation and more than 18 years of age cannot apply for intermediate admission to the Government College University. In view of exceptionally high merit, such students absolutely never born on merit lists for the last several decades as new admission policy of 2014 promises merit-based transparent admissions to all faculties, especially with no increase in tuition fee besides eliminating nepotism and favouritism.

Vice Chancellor Dr Khaliq Ur Rehman in an interview with APP on Sunday said that nearly 1,000 students would be admitted to first year pre-medical, pre-engineering, humanities, I.Com, strictly in accordance with merit criteria laid down in the policy. He said a high powered admission committee had been constituted to monitor overall process of admissions.

The GC University, the 150 years oldest seat of learning, has emerged as one of the best public university with excellent academic track record in the Sub-continent with the affordable fee for inter, postgraduate, undergraduate, M Phil and PhD courses. He said: "We restructured several faculties of various teaching departments, inducted teachers on merit and the number of students increased manifolds with the highest ever strength." Khaliq Ur Rehman said the science students of the university always excelled with foreign students in certain areas of specialization. He said decades old syllabi and courses were being revised periodically and updated to meet future challenges. He said not a single student was admitted out of merit during his tenure. The VC said that currently over 300 high profile faculty mostly PhD were imparting education to 10,000 students. Daily times

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UET extends date
Lahore: University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore has extended last date for submission of application forms for entrance test to August 11.

Earlier the last date was August 8, Friday (today). According to UET spokesperson, the combined entrance test will be held on Sunday August 24 at 10am simultaneously at UET Lahore, Main Campus, UET Kala Shah Kaku Campus, Lahore Garrison University (LGU), Sector C, Phase-6, Ave 4, DHA, Lahore, UET Taxila, International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), College of Engineering & Technology, Bahauddin Zakariya University, (BZU) Multan, NFC Institute of Engineering and Technology, Khanewal Road, Multan, Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB) College of Engineering, Government College of Technology, Rahim Yar Khan, NFC Institute of Engineering and Fertilizer Research, Faisalabad, University of Gujrat, Gujrat, Government College of Technology, Rasul and Dr A Q Khan Institute of Technology, Mianwali.

The spokesperson said the entrance test application could be filled online through the web link till August 11, adding the applicants must ensure that the entered data is correct before taking a printout of the online filled application along with copies of bank challan. In case of unavailability of computer facilities, applicants may use this facility in the designated computer laboratories at the above centres. The test fee of Rs 400 may be deposited in any online HBL Branch in Pakistan.

The guidelines for preparation of test are available at web link The area of skills to be tested shall include: (i) Physics-30pc, (ii) Mathematics-30pc, (iii) English-10pc and (iv) Optional Subject 30 pc. The test would be of intermediate level and will be offered in the following combinations: (a) Physics, Mathematics, English and Chemistry; (b) Physics, Mathematics, English and Computer Science; and (c) Physics, Mathematics, English & Statistics. Applicants shall choose the relevant combination while filling the application form DAE/BTech.

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Malpractices in PU art college alleged
Lahore: Former principal of Punjab University's College of Art and Design (PUCAD) Maliha Azmi Agha has revealed fake admissions in MPhil program of the varsity's College of Art and Design with the alleged involvement of the vice-chancellor of the varsity.

Addressing a press conference here at the Lahore Press Club on Wednesday, Maliha Agha alleged that the vice-chancellor had also ignored her several complaints regarding suspicious activities of College's assistant professor Amjad Pervaiz vis--vis his alleged involvement in immoral activities with girl students of the college.

She further alleged that she had been removed from her post without issuance of any notice, while the charge-sheet was given 10 days after her removal from the post. She had submitted her reply in writing, she said, however, she had refused to appear before the 'partial committee' constituted by the vice-chancellor of university.

She said the PU Syndicate was also powerless, therefore, she appealed to Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to take notice of such illegal activities going on at the College of Art and Design right under the nose of the VC.

Meanwhile, rejecting the allegations of ex-principal Maliha Agha, a large number of PU CAD teachers, including Prof Dr Shahida Manzoor and Amjad Pervaiz, told a press conference at the Lahore Press Club that Maliha was leveling baseless allegations without any proof. They accused her of involvement in promoting unethical activities at the college, saying there were proofs of her gross misconduct. Flanked by employees and students and documentary evidences, the teachers said that it was easy to level allegations against somebody's character as Maliha had done but she had failed to produce any evidence. On the contrary, said Dr Shahida Manzoor and Pervaiz, the CAD teachers had provided evidences to the inquiry committee regarding her misconduct and involvement in immoral activities. They said that Maliha tempered with the result of 12 students after declaration of results and affected the results of 12 students whom she had already threatened to face consequences on some reasons.

They said that they had an audio recording and documentary evidences of the whole episode. They said that the result of BFA III - Graphic Design 2009-2013 was announced without any lecture delivered by the teacher or without the submission of any assignment / exam and 33% marks were awarded to the students, destroying the future of the whole class. They said that gross misappropriation of the college funds had been found in printing of prospectus and other related projects and events.

They said Maliha hired unqualified and incompetent people on senior faculty posts and S.M. Mansoor, a diploma holder from NCA was appointed on contract and was tasked to teach M Phil classes, which was against the rules.

They said Maliha was habitual of insulting teachers and employees. They said the University Syndicate had confirmed the services of a few young faculty members. On 6-01-2014, Maliha called 14 confirmed faculty members and proclaimed that she would cancel their confirmations and ruin their ACRs, even though they had already been approved by the syndicate earlier.

They said Maliha was operating as the convener / member of the College's Doctoral Committee, despite the fact that she was not a PhD and only possessed an M.A in Art Education. They said that, according to the university rules, if the principal/director of any department did not hold a PhD degree, the Dean was supposed to perform this function. They said that a new logo was introduced for the College of Art & Design which happened to be an apparent copy of the Coventry University, U.K's logo, which damaged the repute of the college. The teachers said that, on May 14, 2014, under the supervision of the principal, a vulgar & obnoxious event took place on the college premises against which 24 out of 27 teachers wrote a letter to the Vice Chancellor. They said that some of the senior faculty members resigned due to the biased and negative attitude of the principal or they were terminated form the college, including Prof. Dr. Rahat Naveed Masood, Asif Sharif, an experienced sculptor, Ali Baba, a good sculptor and curator of Ana Molka Art Gallery, and Dr. Mehmood Hussain Professor on contract in the Department of Architecture.

They said that some 23 employees had also put in a request to the vice chancellor stating that they could no longer perform their duties in view of the tense atmosphere in the college.

They pointed out that negative lobby was being promoted. They said that Maliha was leveling baseless allegation of admission but she had admitted her favorite teacher Mrs. Arooj Rizvi's husband Kamil Iftikhar illegally.

Meanwhile, according to another press release on Wednesday, the PU spokesman, while reacting to the press conference of Maliha Azmi Agha, said that the latter had approached the court and now she should wait for the decision and, under these circumstances, there was no reason and need to hold press conference. He said that as the matter was sub judice, it was inappropriate to comment on the issue.

However, the spokesman said the PU administration, on the complaint of CAD teachers and students, and on the direction of the PU Syndicate, had formed an impartial inquiry committee to look into some allegations of the sensitive nature against her. He said that Maliha Agha had praised the character of the vice chancellor in front of the court and now her allegations were a big surprise.

Regarding the behavior of CAD faculty member Amjad Pervaiz, the spokesman said that Maliha Agha had sent only an SMS to the vice chancellor who had summoned Pervaiz. The latter had denied the allegation leveled against him, he added.

The spokesman said if Maliha Agha could have submitted a written complaint, the administration could had proceeded accordingly by law in a regular manner. He said Maliha Agha should record her statement whatever she wanted to say before the inquiry committee. He said that the current administration had promoted the lady and appointed her as principal which proved that the administration was not biased against her.

The spokesman appealed to the honorable court to take notice of the issue, asking if the matter was sub judice, why one party was conducting a press conference for media trial of the second party.

The spokesman said that, in another sub judice matter in the past, a complainant had held a press conference and issued statements to the media to defame the university administration in a baseless matter.

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PU to remain open
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) will remain open on 14 August in lieu of Saturday 9 August, 2014, in connection with Independence Day celebrations. Meanwhile, the PU Examinations Department has declared the result of MBBS Final Professional (New Re-Organised Scheme) Supplementary Examination 2013.

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PGMI admission
Lahore: Applications have been invited from candidates for admissions in diploma courses and degree programmes to the Post Graduate Medical Institute for academic session 2014-2015. The last date for applications for admissions has been fixed as August 20, 2014. This was informed by Prof. Anjum Habib Vohra, Principal Post Graduate Medical Institute, while presiding over a meeting participated by senior faculty members of the institute on Saturday. Prof. Anjum Habib Vohra said the PGMI was not only an institute for medical education but also a source to promote nationalism and provincial harmony as it provided opportunity to doctors belonging to all the four provinces and Azad Kashmir to study.

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Four PhDs awarded
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) has awarded PhD degrees to four scholars in different subjects.

Muhammad Awais s/o Muhammad Yasin has been awarded a PhD degree in the subject of Islamic Studies after the approval of his thesis titled "Impact of Homonyms on Quranic Interpretation-An Analytical Study", Mehr-un-Nisa d/o Ghulam Muhammad Baig in the subject of Chemistry after the approval of her thesis titled "Preparation of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors with Potential Antidepressant Activity", Sidra Rehman d/o Abdul Rehman in the subject of Molecular Biology after the approval of her thesis titled "Bioassay Guided Screening and Purification of Indigenous Plants against HCV NS3 Protease" and Raazia Tasadduq d/o Tasadduq Hussain in the subject of Biological Sciences after the approval of her thesis.

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Punjab University has awarded PhD degrees to four scholars in different subjects.
Lahore: According to a press release, Bahaeldeen Babiker Mohammad has been awarded PhD in the subject of Molecular Biology after approval of his thesis entitled "Identification of Abiotic Stress Tolerant Gene(s) from Roselle (Hibiscus Sabdariffa L.)," Samina Naz in the subject of Art & Design after approval of her thesis entitled "The Impact of Indigenous and Transcultural Influences on Contemporary Fine Arts Practice in Pakistan," Md Belal Hossain in the subject of Molecular Biology after approval of his thesis entitled "Post Transcriptional Gene Silencing (PTGS) Through siRNA of Potato Leaf Roll Virus (PLRV) in Potato (Solanum tuberosum L.)" and Chaudhry Muzaffar Majid in the subject of Environmental Sciences after approval of his thesis entitled "Petrography, Provenance, Alkali Aggregate Reaction Potential and Geotechnical Properties of Indus Aggregates Between Bhunji and Kalabagh, Pakistan".

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PU approves 27 PhD synopses
Lahore: Punjab University's Advanced Studies and Research Board (AS&RB) meeting on Thursday approved 27 PhD synopses, nine evaluation reports, five panels of examiners, five extension cases and four miscellaneous cases.

According to a press release, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran chaired the meeting which was attended by Prof Dr Muhammad Ehsan Malik, Prof Dr Muhammad Taqi Zahid Butt, Prof Dr Mubbasher Ahmed Butt, Prof Dr M Zakria Zakar, Prof Dr Massarrat Abid, Prof Dr Mumtaz Akhter, Prof Dr Ismatullah Zahid, Prof Dr Tahira Basharat, Prof Dr Amir Ijaz, Prof Dr Abdul Ghaffar, Prof Dr Syed Mansoor Sarwar, Prof Dr Moeeen ud Din Nizami, Prof Dr Javed Iqbal Qazi, Dr Shazia Noureen Qureshi, Controller of Examinations Prof Dr Liaqat Ali, Acting Chairperson DPCC Prof Dr Anjum Naseem Sabri and Additional Registrar Dr Kamran Abid. The news

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