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Government College University 7th convocation

'Love letters' will go on: Taseer: GCU convocation
Lahore, Dec 01: Governor Salmaan Taseer has said he will continue writing "love letters" to the chief minister. Talking to reporters after the seventh convocation of the Government College University, Lahore, on Saturday, the governor said he was writing letters in a very "nice language" on constitutional matters, including cabinet meetings, which was a requirement of the government functioning but "the chief minister's replies are cluttered.

In a lighter vein, the governor said: "If a person has a good breakfast, he behaves politely and vice versa." He said there was no possibility of dissolution of the Punjab Assembly.

Mr Taseer said it was a good decision of not sending the ISI chief but an official to help India in the Mumbai probe. He said the prime minister had consulted the Chief of the Army Staff over the issue of sending the ISI chief to Mumbai.

Earlier, delivering his convocation address, the governor announced on behalf of the prime minister, who was supposed to preside over the convocation, that the GCU would be given funds required for the construction of varsity's Kala Shah Kaku campus and upgradation of its main building and Iqbal Hostel.

The governor lauded the Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences for producing quality PhDs.

Praising the graduates, the governor said degrees were their launching pads and they must go forward while watching the interest of the country.

GCU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Khalid Aftab said the university, housed in land-locked small campus, was facing a delicate situation with regard to its space requirements.

He said this building was insufficient to cater to the space needs of the new departments. He said the varsity had purchased land in Kala Shah Kaku with Punjab government's special grant, and there was a need to build the new campus there.

The VC said the university had 415 faculty members of which 145 held PhD degrees while the rest were M.Phil.

Earlier, the governor presented medals and rolls of honour to position holders and those showing best results in different academic and co-curricular activities. Dawn

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PU appoints 266 teachers in 10 months
Lahore: The Punjab University has appointed 266 faculty members through 32 selection boards during the last ten and a half months to meet the needs of various teaching departments.

In a press statement issued on Saturday, Punjab University Additional Registrar Prof Dr Aurangzeb Alamgir said some cases of selection for teachers in different departments had been pending since 1999.

Prof Dr Aurangzeb Alamgir said 32 selection boards comprising senior bureaucrats nominated by the Punjab governor, educationists, literary people, subject specialists and heads of the department concerned recommended 266 teachers' appointment after thorough process and interviews of a large number of candidates.

As many as 68 professors, 30 associate professors, 64 assistant professors and 56 lecturers were appointed under the regular basic pay scale system and tenure track system.

Punjab University Additional Registrar Prof Dr Aurangzeb Alamgir said the number of students increased rapidly as Punjab University had started many new programmes during last few years.

Punjab University Additional Registrar Prof Dr Aurangzeb Alamgir said at present about 30,000 students were getting education in Punjab University while the number of faculty members was very low and various departments were requesting to fulfil shortage of faculty members.

The additional registrar said selection of teachers was made through a transparent manner by the selection boards comprising nine members each.

He said there was shortage of PhD teachers in the varsity and the Punjab University administration under the leadership of the vice-chancellor was making efforts to increase PhD faculty.

Punjab University Additional Registrar Prof Dr Aurangzeb Alamgir said the Vice Chancellor frequently urged the young teachers to use internet and other sources to get their enrolment for the PhD as soon as possible.

He said the teaching departments were being provided with guidelines and relevant information in this regard. The News

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