Illegal admissions' practice at Punjab University
'Managed' admissions bulldoze students rights
Lahore, Dec 22: Admission to a prestigious educational institution is certainly an
uphill task for which students have to burn midnight oil and to face a tough
competition for meeting the merit.
However, securing admission in
violation of merit is no doubt an unethical and illegal practice since it
deprives eligible candidates of their right. Last week the Punjab University
(PU) issued a press statement in connection with detention of a senior faculty
member whose son-in-law was nominated in FIR for being involved in incidence of
violence at the university campus recently.
Besides clarifying the
university administration's point of view the statement, duly published in
various newspapers, also revealed that the said close relative of the senior
teacher had managed his admission in the PU. According to the PU press
statement, Hafiz Farhan, son-in-law of director of Institute of Geology Prof Dr
Nasir Ahmad, was a student and nazim of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) at the
University of Sargodha who recently managed his admission in the PU.
very word "managed" suggests that merit was not considered in this particular
case and efforts were made to secure admission in the PU.
A senior PU teacher, on condition of anonymity, said close relatives and
family members of the university teachers have not to face a tough competition
unlike other aspirants. The teachers being well aware of all rules and
regulations make maneuver to favour their people, he added.
example, he said recently some admissions at the PU Institute of Education and
Research (IER) Department of Elementary Education were scraped when it came to
light that some candidates were given preference to others.
He said two
separate merit lists for admission to MEd programme were prepared, one for
candidates having BEd qualifications and one for those having MA/MSc degree
along with BEd degree. Whereas the rules allowed only a single merit list for
both types of candidates, he added. The teacher said that since 15 extra marks
were awarded for MA/MSc degree therefore the manipulation facilitated all such
candidates to get double benefit, a separate merit list and more marks. He said
total seats for the said programme were 35, adding over 20 selected candidates
were those having extra degree of MA/MSc.
IER Director Dr Hafiz Muhammad
Iqbal, when contacted, said the issue was taken up by the institute's faculty
council, a statutory body, which scraped the admissions on the ground as to how
two separate lists were prepared.
To a question, he said the case would
be sent to the vice chancellor to initiate an inquiry in this connection.
However, PU Registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan believes fundamental
rights of the candidates are protected and admission process runs according to
merit in the university.
He further said the administration expect that
department heads and chairmen have been exercising due diligence and monitoring
of admissions. Academic circles have expressed concerns over the "managed"
admissions in the Punjab University, saying the administration should take
measures to ensure a transparent admission process so that eligible candidates
are not deprived of their rights. The News
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PU department admin criticised for breaking university rules. MA Music result controversy
Lahore: The final result of the first batch of Punjab
University's Institute of Art and Design MA Music has been subject to
controversy, as some students allege the result is being revised and tampered to
pass some students who had failed, learnt on Sunday.
documents indicate that some elements in the administration are corrupting the
Violation of rules in third semester: The documents
disclose that the result of MA Music's third semester was displayed in July
2008, according to which only three students passed. The result of the same
semester had been revised and displayed in December, according to which four
students had passed. Ghulam Abbas, Mazher Hameed and Nadeem Riaz had originally
passed and Syed Afaq Hussein was added to the promotion list in
PU Semester System Committee's senior official said the result
cannot be revised after four months of its display, which had been done in the
third semester of the MA Music Programme. He said the result can be revised if a
student applied for it within two weeks of display of result.
of rules in fourth semester: Sources say the result for the fourth semester is
also being revised, and four more students will be promoted. The result of the
fourth semester, displayed on November 21, only promoted three students. The
students who had failed in this semester are being reconsidered for the same
semester even after the display of result. The students will be called for viva
on December 23, which is again in violation of the rules as the result had been
announced a month prior to the reconsideration through viva. Even after the
lapse of one month after the display of semester results, the department's
administration has not forwarded it to the university's Vice-Chancellor Dr
Mujahid Kamran for notification.
PU student Zahid Shehzad submitted a
complaint with the office of Provincial Ombudsman against the same issue. The
Ombudsman has ordered the administration to submit a report in this regard.
Examination rules of the university are being adversely affected due to
mismanagement, in an attempt to benefit those students who are blue-eyed of the
administration, a source privy to the developments said.
PU Institute of
Art and Design Head Muhammad Zafarullah said examination results can be revised
if the student applied for it. He said the revision of the result had been
started before he took his office. Former Music Programme Head Asrar Hussain
said the Semester System Committee could revise the result of all candidates, if
not of any individual. Daily Times
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University of Health Sciences (UHS), Lahore announced BDS results
Lahore: The University of Health Sciences (UHS), Lahore, has declared the result of first professional BDS
annual examination 2008, held in November 2008. According to the result
notification on Saturday, a total of 329 candidates appeared out of whom 176
were declared successful with a 53.66 pass percentage. As many as 152 candidates
could not get through the examination while one candidate's result was later on.
The failed candidates are required to submit their admission forms on or before
14-01-2009 and with double fee on or before 22-01-2009. The supplementary
examination 2008 will commence from 30-01-2009. The News
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No shelter from rain: PPSC leaves parents shivering in cold during its exams
Lahore: The Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) did not provide shelter to
candidate's parents from rain at its examination centres on Saturday, students
and parents said. Female students and their parents while condemning
the PPSC demanded that the government order the PPSC to set up examination
centres in their nearest districts.
Far-flung districts: Around 8,000
females across the province on Saturday sit the PPSC exam for the post of
lecturers. The PPSC set up two centres at the Board of intermediate and
Secondary Education and the Punjab University. Most of the candidates came from
the far-flung districts of the province, including Dera Ghazi (DG) Khan,
Rajanpur, Multan, Mianwali, Bahawalpur, Taxila, Sialkot, Gujrat and Jhang. A
good number of parents were forced to wait for their children in the rain.
Ayesha, a mother of a female candidate, said, they had come from Multan. She
said that the PPSC should provide shelter to the parents.
Ismail, father of a female candidate, said they had come from Mianwali as his
daughter had to sit the exam. He said poor arrangements on the part of the PPSC
had left thousands of parents shivering in cold. Zunaira, Ismail's daughter,
condemned the PPSC for not setting up examination centres in their nearest
cities. Mahwish, a candidate from Bahawalpur, said that due to the rain and long
distance many of her city fellows could not sit the exam. She said the PPSC
should have erected tents. Farhat Hussain, husband of a candidate, said her wife
was in the examination hall and he along with his children was waiting for her
in the rain. A PPSC official, seeking anonymity, said he did not know why the
commission had not set up centres in other districts. He, however, had given
relaxation to the latecomers to sit the exam. Daily Times
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