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PU's 122nd convocation
Lahore, Dec 28: The Punjab University is holding its 122nd convocation at Faisal Auditorium on 28 December.

Governor/Chancellor Chaudhry Sarwar is expected to be chief guest on the convocation. Dawn

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PU building inauguration
Lahore: The inauguration ceremony of newly constructed building of Punjab University Office of Research Innovation and Commercialisation (ORIC) and Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) at the first floor of Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology will be held on 26 Dec. The news

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4 PhDs awarded
Lahore: Punjab University has awarded four PhDs to scholars. According to a press release issued Wednesday, Rahat Abdul Rehman, S/o Abdul Rehman, was awarded a PhD in Biological Sciences after approval of his thesis entitled "Cloning and Sequencing of the Polyhydroxybutyrate Gene from Locally Isolated Bacillus SPP", Rehana Saeed Hashmi in the subject of Political Science after approval of her thesis entitled "The Politics of Ethnicity: An Issue to National Integration of Pakistan (The Study of Baloch, Mohajir and Siraiki Identities", Ghulam Mujtaba, in Biological Science after approval of his thesis entitled "Identification of Genes Involved in Variable Hearing Loss." The news

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BNU convocation
Lahore: The eighth convocation of Beaconhouse National University (BNU) was held here on Saturday in which 325 graduates received degrees while most gold medals were won by girl students.

Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, who was also the founder vice chancellor of the university, presided over the convocation.

Chairperson Board of Governors Mrs Nasreen Mahmud Kasuri, Vice Chancellor Shahid Hafiz Kardar, Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, Kasim Mahmud Kasuri, Dr Parvez Hassan, Mueen Afzal, Shamim S. Khan, other members of the Board of Governors, Deans including Prof Salima Hashmi, Dr Gulzar Haider, Dr Mehdi Hasan, Dr Tariq Rahman, Dr Khaver Zia and Dr Ruhi Khalid besides dignitaries, guests and parents of graduating students were also present.

A total of 325 graduates were awarded degrees in the convocation. Of these, 148 graduated with MPhil, MS and Master's degrees and the remaining 177 received Bachelor degrees.

These include 45 from Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts & Design (SVAD), 11 from Razia Hassan School of Architecture (SA), 49 from Seeta Majeed School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (SLASS), 83 from School of Media & Mass Communication (SMC), 44 from School of Computer and IT (SCIT), 41 from the Institute of Psychology (IP) and 52 from the School of Education (SE).

This year, a total of 20 gold medals were awarded in recognition of academic excellence achieved by graduates in their specific disciplines of which 14 recipients were girls.

The Arfa Karim Gold Medal was awarded to Sajid Akram Kashmiri of the School of Computer and IT (SCIT) while the Nasim Hijazi Gold Medal was awarded to Aneeqa Zaheer of School of Media and Mass Communication (SMC). Aman Karim, a graduate and gold medalist of MS Clinical and Counseling Psychology was the valedictorian speaker at the convocation.

Before the convocation, a naming ceremony of Sartaj Aziz Block also took place at the new campus. Sartaj Aziz unveiled the plaque of the administration block that has been named to honour his services and contribution as the founder Vice Chancellor. Mr. Aziz remained the Vice Chancellor of the university form January 01, 2004 till June 14, 2013.

To recognise the national and international achievements of Prof Dr Hafiz A. Pasha, the title of Professor Emeritus was conferred upon him.

The title of Distinguished Professor of Art and Art Education was conferred upon Professor Dr Judith Burton, Director of the Program in Art and Art Education, Columbia University Teachers College, New York, USA.

Speaking on the occasion Mrs Nasreen Mahmud Kasuri said higher education played a pivotal role in the life of a nation, adding centres of education did not just impart knowledge but also created new frontiers of knowledge through research.

Shahid Hafiz Kardar said the most precious asset to the university was its faculty, of which more than 80 were fulltime members, with leadership being provided by nationally recognized academics and professionals like Prof Dr Tariq Rahman, Prof Dr Mehdi Hasan, Prof.

Salima Hashmi, Prof. Dr. Gulzar Haider, Prof. Dr. Ruhi Khalid, Prof. Dr. Khaver Zia and Prof. Sajjad Kauser. It was due to their efforts that more than 43 students have been awarded Fulbright, Erasmus Mundus and various other prestigious international scholarships for postgraduate and doctoral programmes, he added. The news

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'Lucrative' BZU gets stuck in Lahore
Lahore: Some 3,000 admissions and millions of rupees collected in the form of fee deposits later, the fate of the Lahore Sub-Campus of the Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, hangs in balance.

The legal basis of the campus has been questioned and so far the strong protests and clarifications by the university administration have failed to rescue the project. There are allegations the BZU Lahore franchise has changed many hands due to some influential people's search of greater 'incentives.'

The Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) has questioned BZU Lahore Sub-Campus' legal status telling the vice-chancellor that "the BZU, under Section 5 of its Act 1975, could not open its sub-campuses and operate outside its territorial limits of Multan and D.G. Khan divisions".

On the other hand, the HED as well as BZU Syndicate members have questioned the BZU Multan administration for incorrectly circulating a decision that Syndicate members approved through circulation regarding the setting up of BZU Lahore Sub-Campus.

The sub-campus project was initiated by West Continental Education (WCE), owned by Shahzad Munawar, through its Project Director Aqeel Tufaili on Jan 19. Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif's close aide Zaeem Qadri was serving as a special assistant to chief minister on higher education when the whole episode of BZU Lahore campus began.

The influentials, for a better share allegedly, later joined hands with another investor party and got applicants' titled changed as West Continental Group (WCG). The group signed a second MoU with BZU on March 12, through its two executive directors, Aqeel Tufaili and Muhammad Gulistan. Three days later, on March 15, a third MoU was signed.

Tufaili and Gulistan "sold" – on "cost" – their shares in the project to Tahir Iqbal Chaudhry (chairman) and Mazhar Iqbal Azeem (executive director). A new agreement deed was signed between BZU, represented by Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Syed Khawaja Alqama and Registrar Malik Munir, and WCG's new party comprising Tahir Iqbal and Mazhar Iqbal on May 16. Later, Tahir and Mazhar also withdrew after receiving the "cost" from another investor party comprising Munir Ahmad Bhatti, his son Hamza Munir Bhatti as well as Abdul Aleem Bhatti and Rabia Bhatti.

Munir Bhatti said that he had paid Rs10 million to Tahir Iqbal for the piece of paper i.e. the agreement of partnership with the BZU, Multan.

By the time the clampdown came, the BZU Lahore campus had attracted 3,000 higher education aspirants through a massive advertisement campaign. The new administration says it had charged Rs60,000 per student on an average, but independent estimates put the average at more than Rs100,000.

The BZU registrar had on July 13 notified: "…the Syndicate by majority of votes approved the establishment of BZU Lahore Sub-Campus under public-private partnership with WCG with effect from fall semester 2013 and onward on the terms and conditions of revised Deed of Agreement duly approved by the Syndicate members through circulation".

However, when asked to furnish evidence, the BZU administration could not provide the Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) written statements/proof of the votes. "There is no proof that the establishment of the sub-campus was approved by a majority in the Syndicate on the basis of revised Deed of Agreement," Punjab Higher Education Special Secretary Suhail Shahzad told Dawn.

One member said that a majority in the Syndicate had in fact rejected the decision. "Only five of the 12 members, including the vice-chancellor, had voted in favour of the establishment of the sub-campus," he said.

In a complaint lodged with the Punjab governor/chancellor, three Syndicate members have alleged that the university registrar had incorrectly recorded May 25 and 26 Syndicate meeting minutes. "The university staff has made a mockery of the Syndicate's decisions," the members complained. The governor has sought reply from the vice-chancellor.

The provincial higher education and finance departments had also objected to obtainment of Syndicate members' consent through circulation saying it could not substitute for a Syndicate meeting as the nature of the case did not involve any emergency.

The Higher Education Commission has also written to all vice-chancellors that "no sub-campus, branch or outpost shall be established or franchised without the prior approval of the HEC". The BZU Lahore Sub-Campus did not have this approval nor did it obtain NOCs from PEC, PBC, PMDC, and PPC before initiating engineering, law, physical therapy and pharmacy disciplines.

There were also complaints that students had been enrolled without following prescribed criteria of basic qualification as well as number of seats. Similarly, Syndicate members have objected to the operation of sub-campus accounts single-handedly by the sponsors.

Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashhood has also written to the vice-chancellor that the establishment of BZU sub-campus, prima facie, had not been processed by the university administration in accordance with the relevant laws. He said "the sub-campus should immediately be closed down till the finalisation of inquiry by the department".

Some Syndicate members challenged the decision in the statutory body's next meeting on Sept 5 and 6 and Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Syed Khawaja Alqama agreed to withdraw the July 13 "controversial notification" that suspended the functioning of the Lahore campus.

The BZU notified the fresh decision on Sept 19. It now said the Syndicate, in principle, had agreed to establish the varsity's sub-campus in Lahore but constituted an eight-member committee to look into all aspects/legalities of the project. "At the maiden meeting of the committee just before Eidul Azha holidays members agitated against registrar for not bringing working paper and the relevant documents. No new date for committee meeting has so far been given by the university administration," a committee member said.

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NCA students depict facets of life through theses
Lahore: The 13th Degree Show by students of MA Visual Arts at the National College of Arts was all about new ideas, emotions, feelings, social issues and life at large.

The inaugural day drew a large number of visitors, including friends and families of the 14 students who had displayed their thesis work.

The students through their artworks had tried to cover many aspects of life be it social, political, philosophical or gender. If some highlighted the issue of a male chauvinistic society, others talked about growing extremism and fanaticism. The works on display also symbolised bitter realities of life.

The students whose work was displayed were Amna Gul, Ghufrana Ghazal, Hira Mustafa, Kiran Saleem, Kiran Yousaf, Mariam Hanif, Masooma Ali Shah, Nida Ramzan, Romessa Khan, Sara Yousuf, Shaukat Ali, Nizam Dahiri, Sophia Miraj and Wajahat Ali.

Amna Gul's thesis titled 'My Authority My Attitude' revolved around growing extremism in society, the socio-religious confusion in contemporary Pakistan, attitude of religious scholars, fear of people questioning behaviour.

Gul had put on display a speaker thrice the size of a normal one as a symbol. The core message behind her work could be summed up by: 'the shrouding of truth is the currency of our times'.Hira Mustafa came up with a novel idea for dedicated book readers. She showed miniature books beautifully displayed in small shelves. "I have altered the normal size of books so one does not find it difficult to take out a book from a huge collection once one has a miniature."

Sarah Yousaf's thesis was about uncertainty of life, about decay that takes place with time, the abnormality and deformity in a living body with the passage of time.

"I intend to explore the notion of the decay of human bodies almost turning them into fossils and corpses."

Yousaf said she worked hard with skins of different animals such as goat and camel to conceptualise her work.

Mariam Hanif's thesis revolved around the apparitional visual experiences of land, water and sky scapes from nature and how with time they became a part of the artist's memory.

Masooma Ali Shah's work revolved around the social issues faced by women. Romessa Khan explored therapeutic benefits of creativity through her work. Her paintings, made from ink on paper, were composed of innumerable tiny circles, lines and weaves with the act of repetition creating astonishing intricacy.

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PBTE cancels leaked papers
Lahore: The Punjab Board of Technical Education (PBTE) on Tuesday cancelled the Diploma of Associate Engineer mathematics 113-A and 123-A papers, which were leaked before the examination on Monday.

Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (Tevta) Chairman Jawad Ahmad Qureshi, who is also holding additional charge of PBTE chairman, has suspended service of four employees, besides issuing transfer orders of five others, for being responsible for the leak. The chairman announced that the schedule for the cancelled paper would be announced later.

The mathematics question paper was emailed to this reporter by a source late on Sunday and the same was given to the candidates at centres on Monday at 1:30pm.

Tevta chairman had constituted a three-member committee that conducted probe at board offices, including printing and press branch and questioned all employees concerned.

In the light of the probe findings, he cancelled the papers, besides suspending and transferring employees.

There were rumours that question papers were being leaked since the beginning of the DAE examinations on Dec 19, putting a big question mark on the secrecy and transparency of the examination process. Dawn

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UET budget approved
Lahore: The Senate of University of Engineering and Technology (UET) on Saturday approved the recurring and development budget of the university for the year 2013-14 amounting to Rs 2572.941 million for income and Rs 2646.507 million for expenditure with a deficit of Rs73.566 million.

Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan chaired a meeting in which UET Vice Chancellor Lt Gen (r) Muhammad Akram Khan presented a report for 31st meeting of the Senate. He said UET Lahore is one of the top two universities of Pakistan. As per HEC Ranking 2013 and according to the QS world ranking, UET is ranked at 281 amongst the top engineering and technology universities of the world and top four universities in Pakistan.

The members of the Senate elected Dean Civil Engineering Prof Dr Abdusttar Shakir and Prof Dr Khalid Mehmood-ul-Hassan as members of the syndicate.

According to a press release, the minister appreciated the university achievements and peaceful environment which is free from any political activities and directed the Punjab University to follow the UET strict policies so that education may not be disturbed.

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UHS announces result
Lahore: University of Health Sciences (UHS) has announced the result of Third Professional BDS annual examination 2013.

A total of 465 candidates from 10 affiliated dental colleges appeared in the exam out of whom 346 passed and 115 failed. Result of four candidates was put on RL list. The overall pass percentage remained 75.05%.

Sanam Shaheen d/o Ghulam Abbas Ranjha of de'Montmorency College of Dentistry Lahore got first position by securing 749/900 marks.

Arooj Ijaz d/o Muhammad Ijaz of de'Montmorency College of Dentistry Lahore and Tayyaba Zafar d/o Zafar Iqbal of Dental Section, Punjab Medical College Faisalabad got second and third positions by securing 732/900 and 727/900 marks respectively.

The failed candidates can submit their admission forms on or before January 17, 2014. Supplementary examination will commence with effect from February 06, 2014. The news

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