Punjab University fee lowest in world
PU fee lowest in world with excellent academic results
Lahore, Dec 29: Punjab University, an oldest seat of learning, has emerged as one
the best academic leading public university having maximum number of faculties
and disciplines with lowest fee for postgraduate and under graduate courses.
Vice Chancellor, PU University, Dr. Mujahid Kamran in an interview said that a record number of new teaching departments, new programs
at master's level and disciplines at bachelor's level have successfully been
introduced. He said during current academic session,a total of 4909 students
were given admission to various BA.BSc and MA, MSc courses on merit.
University re-structured several faculties of various teaching
departments,raised new constituent colleges, inducted teachers on merit and
colleges were affiliated. The number of students increased manifold with highest
ever strength in the country. Mujahid Kamran said that in view of high academic
performance of PU, Higher Education Commission has allocated adequate funds for
the promotion of quality education. VC claimed that despite high standard of
education PU charges lowest semester fee not only in the country but also in the
world, ranging from Rs 3,265 to 8,987 for post-graduate programmes. Total
members of the faculties and number of students in PU in all teaching
disciplines is also higher than all other universities across the country. He
said science students of PU always compete with foreign students in certain
areas of specialization.
Mujahid Kamran said that decades old syllabi and
courses were revised and updated to meet future challenges. He said not a single
student was admitted out of merit. "Punjab University has a unique privilege to
be the only educational institution in the country which is imparting knowledge
to students in all disciplines ranging from social science, humanities, science,
computer, law and foreign languages, including Hindi and French". Regarding PU
Law College, which is older than PU itself, he said that academic working and
functioning of this prestigious institution is being streamlined on modern
scientific lines. Principal Ms.Shazia Qureshi has been directed to make sure that
all its academic meetings be held accordingly without any interruption. He said
that first time in PULC history,Chief Justice Lahore High Court Sayed Zahid
Hussain has nominated two sitting judges Mr.Justice Nasim Sikandar and
Mr.Justice Umar Ata Bindial as member of the graduate studies committee of Law
College which he added is good addition to further improve the standard of law
education. About PU library he said that the facility of most modern largest
library in Asia equipped with latest books, magazines, internet and computerised
catalogue is also available to students for study and research. App
"fees of master programs as private and regular students ."
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Complaints prompt probe into Punjab University Music Dept affairs
Lahore: A controversy has erupted over MA Musicology programme at the Punjab University
following which the vice-chancellor has ordered a thorough investigation into
affairs of the department.
The Musicology Department has remained one of
the neglected departments of the Punjab University (PU) which is quite evident
from the fact that the infant department has been operating at Alhamra, The
Mall, not at either of the two campuses, the Old and the New Campus of the
It is reliably learnt that PU vice chancellor Prof Dr
Mujahid Kamran has asked Dean Faculty of Arts & Humanities Prof Shaista
Sonnu Siraj ud Din to investigate the affairs of the department following some
students cried foul at the results of the first-ever batch in which only three
students were reportedly declared successful.
It is further learnt that
in an email to the VC, some aggrieved students of the first batch have expressed
concerns about the overall working of the department since its inception in
The students have also questioned the rules related to semester
system besides expressing reservations over the performance of some teachers.
They have urged the VC to investigate claiming "all is not well at the
department of musicology".
The email was sent to the VC by some students
following it was reported that only three students Nadeem Riaz, Ghulam Abbas and
Hina Khalid had passed the final exam.
A student, seeking anonymity,
said the department had been ignored by the administration in past owing to
which issues related to performance of teachers and results were surfacing. "The
situation would have been different if the administration had owned the
department", he said. He further said it was a matter of great concern that the
department of musicology had been operating in a building of Alhamra since 2006.
He added the administration had never paid attention regarding the faculty
It is important to mention here that the musicology program
was started at Alhamra, reportedly, to avoid any confrontation with the
activists of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) who had openly opposed the said program
saying it is against Islam and the ideology of Pakistan.
A senior official of the university, however, claimed that the department
would soon be shifted to the university campus. He said the administration might
reshuffle administrative authorities of the department of musicology once the
investigation was completed.
He said some circles within the PU were also
misleading the students and teachers that the department would be closed down.
"The PU administration has firm stand regarding continuity of the music
department", he concluded.
Campaign for PUASA polls in full swing: The
campaign for Punjab University Academic Staff Association (PUASA) elections,
scheduled for December 30 is in full swing these days.
different teachers' bodies are seen canvassing for their candidates.
PU teachers have been expecting a tough contest between Academic Group and
Teachers Alliance this year. They believe it was for the first time that
contesting groups had clearly emerged as pro-administration and
It is important to mention here that the PU
Teachers Front and the Academic Forum have already joined hands and have
announced a joint panel under the Teachers Alliance against the Academic
Meanwhile, some members of the PU Senate and the Academic Council
on Sunday announced their support for the Academic Group. According to a press
statement those who announced their support for Academic Group include Syed M
Naeem, Zulfiqar Ahmed, Sadia Farooq, Majid Ali, Dr Mohammad Aslam, Dr Rizwan
Akram Rana, Muhammad Ahmed, Sami Uzair Khan and Ahsan Iqbal. The News
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Punjab University academics wrestle in political bout
Lahore: Campaign for the Punjab University Academic Staff
Association elections for 2009 is in full swing as the two rivals – Academic
Group and Teachers' Alliance – are doing door-to-door canvassing to woo around
450 voters on the varsity campuses. The polling is scheduled to be held on
The Academic Group is confident that it will win the
election as it is banking on its past record, telling the prospective voters
that it has always fought for teachers' respect and dignity and got major
projects completed during its tenure as association's elected
The Teachers' Alliance, which is a joint panel of the
Academic Forum and the Teachers Front, is going for elections without making any
tall claim. "We contested elections even when we were sure of our defeat. The
exercise is done every year to maintain continuity," said Teachers' Alliance's
presidential candidate Prof Dr Saeed Ahmad Nagra.
Referring to the
`propaganda' that the alliance is banking on the support of the university
administration, including vice-chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, Prof Nagra
said the panel was not getting any election support from the vice-chancellor.
"The only difference is that the alliance this year is not facing opposition of
the university administration, which is same for the rival group," he
Academic Group President Prof Dr Haris Rashid, who has again
fielded Dr Mumtaz Salik as presidential candidate, said that the group had
been winning polls for over a decade. It had got materialised a number of major
projects for the collective welfare of the university teachers, he
Being PUASA representatives, he said, they got the Model University
Ordinance shelved after a year-long campaign in the country, got the Tenure
Track System implemented after removing its shortcomings, got land for
university teachers as well as got 28 new houses constructed on varsity campus
during the last two years.
He said the Teachers' Alliance's candidates
were part of the present administration and would never be able to act as a
watchdog against "wrong or anti-teacher" policies of the administration. "It
would serve only as a pocket union and nothing more," he added.
Academic Group candidates alleged that the vice-chancellor was supporting the
alliance by paying visits to different departments and holding selection board
meetings to gather votes. A source said it was a tradition that the VC schedules
meetings in a way that it should neither favour nor go against any contesting
Meanwhile, the case of Prof Dr Naseer Ahmad's detention by police
is also being exploited for election gain. The Academic Group leaders say
Resident Officer-I Prof Dr Bashir Ahmad sent police officials to Prof Naseer's
residence and a majority of university teachers, at a PUASA general body
meeting, was of the view that he (Prof Bashir) should resign from his
A source said the university administration had assured that Prof
Bashir would be removed from his RO-I seat, if the PUASA did not pass resolution
by name. The university administration, however, did not honour its commitment
afterwards because of all those who were contesting elections.
from a key university officer, he said, "Raat gai baat gai".
said Prof Bashir's associates had right to react. "We would have reacted
strongly, if Prof Bashir was removed from his office," he added. He also said
the point was that police went to Prof Naseer's residence because his son-in-law
was involved in Dec 3 firing incident in a university hostel. He said the
accused, Hafiz Farhan, had always taken refuge in Prof Naseer's residence after
doing subversive activities in the university.
Meanwhile, a press
statement says the PU syndicate members – Prof Dr Haris Rashid, Dr Mumtaz Anwar
and Syed Ziaullah Shah -- have announced their support for the Academic Group
panel in the forthcoming elections. The same news release stated that Academic
Group's candidates Dr Mumtaz Salik (president) and Dr Mahr Saeed Akhtar
(secretary general) slated the university administration and said "the
vice-chancellor wants to hijack the representative forum of PUASA from the
university teachers to protect his bad governance and nepotism".
last 10 months, they alleged, the university administration was polluting the
academic atmosphere, creating insecurity among the academics and allowing the
police to raid teachers' residences. They also alleged that the university
machinery was being used to help win the election by its group. Daily Times
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Punjab University Law College admissions opened for six diploma courses
Lahore: Punjab University Law College will start simultaneous
admissions to six different diploma courses from January 2009.
to six diploma courses, including taxation, labour law, environmental law,
intellectual property law, international trade (World Trade Organisation) and
banking law will start next month, said Shazia Qureshi, Law College principal,
on Sunday. She said that the students will be admitted strictly on merit basis
that follow the Punjab University (PU) admission policy criterion.
Working professionals with requisite academic qualification and adequate
experience in multinational companies, public and private sectors, will be given
preference in their relevant field. The main objective of the courses is to
produce qualified people in different areas of specialisations, she said. Press
adverts will provide a weeks margin for admission, she added. afp
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