PU ICS follows 'transparent' admission policy
Lahore, Feb 01: A Punjab University (PU) spokesman said on Tuesday that for the first time in the history of PU's Institute of Communication (ICS), a "high level of transparency" has been ensured during the admission process and this would subsequently help control media issues in society and improve journalism standards in the country.
Responding to a letter from the Chief Minister's Secretariat, the spokesman said ICS has sent a detailed report to the authorities concerned, claiming that no irregularities have been made while granting admissions on the sports-based policy.
"All sports-based admissions have been made purely on merit under the transparent admission policy of the central sports committee of the university."
The culture of ICS is changing as now classed are being held on a regular basis and special focus is on practical training and grooming skills of the students, the PU spokesman said.
This year as many as six faculty members have won research grants reflecting the focus of ICS faculty towards research publications, he added.
"A large number of research papers of faculty members were published in national and international research journals in 2013. Students of Development Journalism Programme are working on various development communications projects and spreading awareness on social problems and diseases control. The university's FM radio 104.6 is also focusing on educational and social problems and providing education, entertainment and training opportunities to the students." Daily times
PhD classes at Hailey College
Lahore: Punjab University's Hailey College of Commerce has launched PhD classes and gave orientation to the first batch of scholars on Tuesday.
The college had launched M.Phil programme two years back.
Speaking at the orientation session, PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran said it was the golden day in the history of HCC as its principal Dr Liaqat Ali's efforts bore fruit.
He said the PhD programme was a backbone of any educational institution of higher learning and it was important to create new knowledge for development of the country.
He advised students to investigate research problems wholeheartedly.
Medical college in Gujrat approved
Lahore: The Punjab government on Monday approved establishment of a medical college at Gujrat besides 14 other development schemes with an estimated cost of Rs13.259 billion.
The approval was granted in the 27th meeting of the Provincial Development Working Party of 2013-14 fiscal year presided over by Punjab Planning and Development Board Chairman Irfan Elahi.
The approved projects included establishment of Nawaz Sharif Medical College (University of Gujrat) and uplift of Aziz Bhatti Shaheed (DHQ) as teaching hospital in Gujrat district (second revised) at a cost of Rs2.023 billion; Punjab Police Integrated Command, Control and Communication (1C3) Programme at a cost of Rs583.453 million; construction of a bridge over Nullah Bein between Karial and Chammal villages and approach road in Shakargarh tehsil in Narowal district (length 4.60km) at a cost of Rs235.762 million and construction of an inverted stud for protection of Shahbazpur village on right bank of the River Chenab in Gujrat district at a cost of Rs103.335 million.
The approved scheme pertaining to widening and improvement of roads included from Pacca Qazi Wala to Madrissa (length 32km) in Bahawalnagar district at a cost of Rs455.75 million; from Chishtian-Haroonabad Road (Mile 3 to Aslam Shaheed Chowk, length 21km) in Bahawalnagar district at a cost of Rs274.816 million; from Qaimpur to Head Islam in Bahawalpur district (length 21km) at a cost of Rs292.065 million; from Yazman to Adda Tailwala in Bahawalpur district (length 16.15km) at a cost of Rs248.431 million; from Khanpur to Zahir Pir, (20ft to 24ft, length 19.53km) in Rahim Yar Khan at a cost of Rs294.74 million; Sohawa-Chakwal-Talagang-Mianwali Road (km No 176.39 to 216.76, length 40.37km) in Mianwali district at a cost of Rs1.695 billion; Sargodha-Gujrat Road (Section Jhal Chakkian to Bhalwal, 38.50km length) in Sargodha district (revised) at a cost of Rs592.789 million; from Hafizabad (Jinnah Chowk) to Pindi Bhattian Interchange (km No 48 to 79/03 and 83/73 to 99/06 with Jalalpur Bhattian Byepasss 5.09 km, length 51.45km) in Hafizabad district at a cost of Rs847.67 million.
The projects relating to dualisation of roads included Bahawalpur-Hasilpur Road (length 77.25km) in Bahawalpur district at a cost of Rs4614.512 million and Rawat to Kallar Syedan Road (length 19km) in Rawalpindi district at a cost of Rs997.61 million.
Computerised attendance in PEF schools
Lahore: The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has launched a pilot project of computerised attendance of its students studying in partner schools under the Education Voucher Scheme (EVS) in the provincial metropolis.
The project, a joint venture of PEF and Punjab Information Technology Board for the EVS partner schools, was launched at a ceremony held at a PEF partner school in Baghbanpura on Monday.
Under the project, the PEF has provided its schools android smart phones, equipped with the attendance application, provided by the PITB.
PITB Director General Waqar Qureshi said students' attendance would be marked through the GPRS-enabled smart phones and the same would be immediately sent to the PEF server through the Internet.
The PITB had also provided students identity cards with specific bar codes which are mobile phone readable, he said. Dawn
BBA students block road for five hours
Sahiwal: The students of Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) of the Bahauddin Zakariya University, Sahiwal campus, blocked Farid Town Road for more than five hours on Monday in protest at, what they say, 'partial marking' in the third semester examination.
They refused to negotiate with the campus administration and demanded that the vice-chancellor talk to them.
Of the 70 students of BBA morning and evening classes, 27 failed in 'English oral communication' paper. The students blamed their teacher responsible for their failure for not taking their classes. They said the only 10 lectures taught by the teacher were spent on presentations.
Students carried banners which read: "All students must be passed", and "Irrational repeaters' culture must be abolished".
Earlier, the students had held a demo at the campus gate on Jan 24 and had negotiated with Admin Officer Asghar Saha. BZU Campus Director Babar Saleem had also talked to the students on phone and assured them to meet them on Monday. As Monday passed without any development, students held a fierce blockade on Monday to be heard by the administration, said a student.
Farid Town Station House Officer Mahmoodul Hasan negotiated with the protesters without any success.
It is learnt the campus director assured the students to make a review committee to examine the issue. But students kept on insisting to meet the CV. They plan to continue their protest until they meet the CV and students are declared 'pass'. Dawn
Ex-Aitchison teachers fined for hiding facts
Lahore: The Lahore High Court on Monday dismissed a petition of 10 former teachers of Aitchison College and imposed a fine of Rs 1000 each on them for concealing facts from the court.
The petitioners had filed the petition against the college administration accusing it of illegally terminating their services.
However, the court not only dismissed their petition but also imposed the fine as counsel for the college intimated the court that some of them had accepted their termination orders after entering into final settlement and contract of the rest of the teachers had expired.
Earlier, the court ordered them to pay Rs5,000 per head but later reduced it to Rs 1000, with directions to deposit it with the dispensary of the college within 14 days.
Seven female and three mail teachers had submitted in their petition that they were appointed as teachers on contract in Aitchison College. In June and July, 2013, the principal of the college had informed them that their services were not more required without issuing any notice.
They said that relieving orders of the petitioners from duty were not only illegal but also wrapped in malafide intentions to keep them out of job and deprive them of their due right of salary.
Through their counsel, the petitioners prayed the court to issue directions to the respondents to release their full salaries along with allowances from the date of termination.
Appearing before the court, the counsel for the college Advocate Ali Sibtain Fazli and Advocate Hasham Ahmed Khan submitted that the petitioners had concealed facts from the court and were trying to mislead the court.
They submitted that the contracts of six of the petitioners were expired and were not renewed by the college administration.
They added that the rest of the four petitioners had accepted their termination letters and entered into final settlement, therefore, there was no point of coming into the court as the college administration had the right to renew contract or otherwise. Knowing this fact, the court dismissed the petition and imposed the fine on the petitioners.
Lahore: Nursing Examination Board Punjab has announced the results of annual examination 2013 of different categories of nursing. The overall result of the Board has been 94.91 percent.
According to a handout on Monday, the result was announced in a meeting presided over by Secretary Health Punjab/Chairman Examination Board Babar Hayat Tarrar who uploaded the result on the website by pressing a computer button. The result is available on website www.nebp.edu.pk. According to the breakups given by Nursing Examination Board Punjab, a total of 1935 candidates appeared in the first year nursing examination out of which 1847 passed the examination. The pass percentage has been 95.35. Similarly, 1747 students appeared in 2nd year examination out of which 1670 were declared successful and the pass percentage is 96. The news