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Governor wants one person, one post at PU
Lahore, Feb 20: Punjab University faculty members, since long, have been demanding implementation of "one man, one post" formula for posting in the university's academic and administrative offices.

The formula, though approved by the PU Syndicate in 2006, could not be implemented in its true spirit and even today, some of the faculty members, believed to be close to the vice-chancellor, are holding various offices annoying many. However, it seems the time of implementation of the "one man, one post" formula has come now as Punjab Governor/Chancellor Makhdoom Ahmad Mehmood has expressed his reservations in this regard.

Sources said Governor Mehmood had recently sent back a summary to the Higher Education Department which sought appointment of the dean Faculty of Life Sciences at the PU. The governor observed that one of the candidates for the post of dean Faculty of Life Sciences, Prof Dr Khan Raas Masood, was already holding more than one administrative office as he was the university's registrar as well as chairman of the Department of Botany.

The governor even mentioned Prof Dr Liaqat Ali, not just Hailey College of Commerce's principal, acting dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences, dean Faculty of Commerce but also controller of examinations.

The sources further said the governor also expressed concerns over the delay in submission of cases for posting against such important posts. They added that following observations of the governor, the Higher Education Department had written a letter to the PU, seeking its stance on the issue.

It is pertinent to mention here that the panel, sent for the post of dean Faculty of Life Sciences, comprised Prof Dr Khan Raas Masood, Prof Dr Tanveer Akhtar (Department of Zoology) and Dr Muhammad Akhtar (Department of Zoology) who is also chairman Hall Council.

It is learnt that a summary regarding the dean Faculty of Education was also moved to the governor/chancellor which too was sent back to the department. The panel comprised Prof Dr Maher Muhammad Saeed Akhtar, chairman of Department of Islamic Education at PU Institute of Education & Research (IER), Prof Dr Mumtaz Akhter, director of the IER, and Prof Dr Muhammad Saeed Shahid, chairman Department of Elementary Education at the IER.

According to the sources, a summary was sent back as one of the candidates, Prof Dr Muhammad Saeed Shahid, was about to retire from the service (he will retire in May this year) while there was also confusion over the seniority of Prof Dr Maher Muhammad Saeed Akhtar and Prof Dr Mumtaz Akhter. The sources said the PU administration had mentioned that Prof Dr Mumtaz Akhter was senior to Prof Maher while the department had opposite point of view. It is reliably learnt that the PU administration had also sent some negative comments/observations against Prof Maher, maintaining that he was involved in politics at the campus and also supported IJT at the PU. The sources further said the PU had recommended the names of Prof Dr Syed

Saeedul Hassan and Prof Dr Mubashar Ahmad for the post of dean Faculty of Pharmacy. However, the governor/chancellor has yet to approve any one of them for the said post.

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Govt ordered to appoint blind man as lecturer
Lahore: The Lahore High Court on Tuesday directed the Punjab government to appoint a blind man as lecturer in English in line with two percent quota for special persons in the public sector departments.

The court observed that the educated special persons were the jewels of the society and could not be left at the mercy of others and they deserved better facilities from the government.

Justice Khalid Mehmood Khan issued the order on the petition moved by Jabar Hussain. He submitted that he had secured a Master's degree in English Language Teaching (ELT) and applied for post of lecturer, advertised by Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC).

He passed the written examination but was rejected in interview in violation of the two percent sanctioned quota for special persons in government departments, the petitioner pointed out. He further pleaded that he had also appeared in the interview, following the court orders issued to the PPSC in this regard.

On a court query, a provincial law officer informed the court that the petitioner was rejected as he did not meet the set criteria.

A PPSC's law officer also told the court that the petitioner had obtained third division in the MA while the post of lecture required second division along with a diploma in English teaching.

At this, the judge observed that courts were bound to protect the fundamental rights of the masses. The special persons could not be left begging on the roads.

The petitioner's counsel informed the court that the PPSC had advertised 223 seats for the posts of the lecturers in the subject and five posts were due for specials persons as per their two percent quota but not a single person had been appointed so far.

The counsel pointed out the petitioner was moving from pillar to post for a year but no one was ready to give job to him.

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Online roll number slips
Lahore: Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore spokesperson has claimed that online roll number slips of candidates, appearing in upcoming matriculation (Annual) Examination 2013, starting from March 02, have been issued to regular candidates as well as private candidates.

The spokesperson said heads of institutions could download roll number slips of regular students from the board website (www.biselahore.com) by using the school code number whereas a private candidate could download his/her roll number slip by entering his/her name, father's name and date of birth.

"Owing to non-attestation of admissions and receipt of lesser admission fee, roll number slips of some candidates have been withheld by office; and they are advised to immediately deposit outstanding fee and get removed other discrepancies by contacting with the office of board", concluded the BISE spokesperson.

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Virtual University Exams postponed
Lahore: Virtual University (VU) has postponed its examinations scheduled to be held from February 20 (today) till February 22, 2013 owing to prevailing law and order in the country. The news

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Universities bill referred to Senate body
Islamabad: The Upper House of the Parliament on Monday referred the draft bill regarding establishment of three private universities in the federal capital to Senate Standing Committee, which would discuss it on Wednesday.

Sources in the Higher Education Commission (HEC) said the assembly did not follow the standard legislative protocol and even in senate some politicians tried to pass the bill within a day.

The bill for setting up the My University, the Dar-ul-Madina International University and the South Asian Strategic Institute University, moved in the National Assembly on January 29, and passed the same day, had no in-put from the HEC.

MNA Ayaz Amir of PML-N tried to resist but nobody listened to him. Then it was referred to senate.

On February 18 the bill was tabled in the senate but senator Raja Zafar ul Haq criticized that it should be referred to the standing committee.

"On Tuesday notices were issued to members of senate standing committee on education and training that meeting of the committee has been summoned on Wednesday," he said.

The HEC chairman Dr. Javaid Laghari was worried about the precedent that passing the bill without HEC input might set: "People will start opening universities in their flats," he said.

An HEC official, requesting anonymity said that protocol requires the HEC's input in order to ensure the quality of education institutions.

"It is our responsibility to make sure that people who want to establish universities meet a set of criteria," he said.

"We have to make sure that they have proper land arrangements, that they have funds for facilities, and so on.

We have to check what kind of faculty they are planning to hire, and if they meet all these requirements, we can suggest that they be given a charter."

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AIOU campus in Kohat
Kohat: Provincial Minister for Food Syed Qalbe Hassan inaugurated construction work on a campus of the Allama Iqbal Open University and the building of a public library here on Tuesday.

Speaking at a ceremony on the occasion, he said development projects worth over Rs4 billion have been completed, while Rs1 billion spent on education sector in Kohat during his tenure. He said an oil refinery would be constructed in Kohat which would provide jobs to thousands of people.

He said 110 kanals had been allocated for construction of an office of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission to exploit huge reserves of uranium found in the region. Dawn

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