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Punjab Education Dept 'badly managed'
Lahore, Dec 18: The number of complaints lodged with the Punjab Ombudsman's Office during 2007 against education department topped the list followed by police department and revenue administration.

The office received 2,135 complaints against the education department's mal-administration followed by 2,049 complaints against the police department. The complaints against the revenue department were 1,339 in number followed by local government and rural development department (LG&RD).

The Punjab Ombudsman disposed of total 13,860 complaints in the year 2007 but interestingly more than 50 per cent of these disposed complaints were declared non-maintainable under the law and were dismissed without any proceedings. This figure touched 7,395 or 53 per cent of the total complaints which were disposed of.

This was revealed in an annual report compiled by the office of former Punjab Ombudsman Abdul Rashid Khan, who submitted this report to the former governor Punjab as required by Section 28 of the Punjab Office of the Ombudsman Act, 1997.

This is the eighth annual report since the office was set up in September 1996. The report showed that since the office started working, total of 118,760 complaints were received up to December 31, 2007, out of which 115,974 had been disposed of by the end of 2007. During the year under report, 452 representations against the findings/recommendations of the ombudsman were decided by the governor, out of which in 409 cases the orders of the ombudsman were upheld and representations were rejected. Some 25 representations were accepted and in 18 cases findings given by the ombudsman were modified.

The report also showed that the maximum number of complaints received were against the police - 1,307 or 17 per cent of the total complaints. Most of the complaints were related to the non-registration of cases in cognizable cases, allegations of torture, extortion, illegal confinement, defective and delayed investigations.

District wise origin of complaints shows that 1,682 complaints were filed from District Lahore, which is the highest number, followed by Faisalabad with 829 complaints and Rahimyar Khan from where 707 complaints were filed. The smallest number of complaints were received from District Attock, from where only 61 complaints were filed.

Different measures have been taken to provide a public friendly atmosphere and procedure for the processing of complaints.

As per requirement of Section 9 of the Ombudsman Act 1997, recommendations formulated on the basis of complaints received during the year under also form part of the report. The ombudsman as such had made certain proposals and recommendations for the working of various departments, it added.

The ombudsman made recommendations about the police department stating that the increasing trend of grievances against police calls for the attention of senior police officers.

Some of the complaints listed in the report were as follows:

Refusal or delay in registrations of FIRs, provision of protection and leverage to the accused. The ombudsman said in its previous reports certain recommendations were made and it is the duty of police high-ups to implement them.

The report stated that the education department should take serious cognizance of unauthorised occupation of school buildings/lands by influential persons and retrieve the land.

About the universities and boards, the ombudsman recommended that the degrees and duplicate certificate result as replica of the original.

About the health department, the report said that drug inspectors often failed to check quackery and they were carrying on their business with impunity. The Nation

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Punjab University admission schedule & date sheets
Lahore: Punjab University Examination Department has issued admission schedule and date sheets of various examinations.

According to the details, BS Computer Science First Year Annual Examination 2008 and BSc (Hons) Computer Sciences Second Year and Fourth Year Annual Examination 2008 will commence from December 31 while BS Computer Sciences Second Year Annual Examination 2008 and BSc (Hons) Computer Sciences Third Year Annual Examination 2008 will start from January 1, 2009.

The last date for submission of admission forms with single fee is 19‑12‑2008 and with double fee the last date is 21‑12‑2008.

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm‑D) First Professional and Doctor of Pharmacy(Pharm‑D) One Year Condensed Course, Second Annual Examination 2007 will commence from December 23 while Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm‑D) Second Professional Annual Examination 2008 will start from January 2, 2009.

MBBS (New Re‑Organized Scheme and Re‑Organized Scheme) Final Professional Annual Examination 2008 will commence from December 29 and conclude on January 22, 2009.

Detailed date sheets and admission schedule are available at PU website .App

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Student union elections not in sight
Lahore: Student union elections are not in sight despite lifting of a ban by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani about nine months ago.

The PM announced lifting the ban on unions in his maiden speech on March 29. But neither the unions have been revived, nor the government has announced the election schedule. Martial law dictator General Ziaul Haq had banned the student unions in 1984. After the ban, a wave of violence hit the country's educational institutions and in a decade (1984-1994) about 50 students were killed. The students took the PM's announcement as a ray of hope. The committee constituted by the PM's Task Force on Higher Education made the Punjab University vice-chancellor its president. The committee forwarded its recommendations to the government, but no measures have been taken so far.

'IJT most popular': Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) Lahore Nazim Abdul Basit said that elections were a democratic right of student unions. He said that it was not understandable why a democratic government was hesitant in announcing the election schedule. He said that IJT was most popular group among students. Anjuman Talaba Islam Central President Syed Ghulam Mohiuddin said that some people were creating violence to get the elections cancelled. He demanded that the government ensure elections. However, he said the student unions would not add to the government's miseries by taking to streets for the election schedule. Former MAO College Muslim Students Federation president Sheikh Shahid said the government should form a committee, comprising leaders from the student unions, to frame a code of conduct for the elections. He criticised the government for forming a committee of teachers to give recommendations on the elections.

Violence: Muttahida Talaba Mahaz (MTM) President Raheel Shah said they were prepared to participate in the election. He, however, showed his concern over the current wave of violence in the educational institutions after the lifting of the ban. Daily Times

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PhD student's unique artistic works on display
Lahore: Samina Zaheer, a PhD student at the Punjab University has put her artistic creations, mixed media paintings and collages at the K39 Art Gallery in Model Town , which certainly provide a different flavour and artistic perception of things.

Samina has taken up a unique subject for her thesis work, which deals with the indigenous and regional culture and various kinds of influences on it including the foreign influences over the decades.

She has brought out her perception and understanding of this subject in her 54 paintings done in mixed media with powerful colour compositions and an expressive manner.

Samina said that, "Our civilization is on the crossroads. The fusion of different national and international elements catered a new sort of aesthetics in this environs".

She says, "The Western and Eastern aesthetics can be found in contemporary fine art practices of this region. All these cultural impacts have been a source of inspiration for me as an artist, she said., adding the realities of contemporary fine art practices encompass various elements like shape, motifs, text, forms and colours.

Samina said, "Every image of my visual research carries some logical description, an expressive form of these expressions.

These realities starts from logics but overpowered by imagination and ends up with non-objective treatment of forms in my work."

In this visual research that starts from existing realities, the viewers will find here transitional approach.

In the artistic realm, the reality takes imaginative forms, physical transformed into metaphysical.

It is a struggle of an individual that carries the elements of history and culture with a collective visual phenomenal presence. The News

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