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PU schedule for admission
Lahore, Feb 08: Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department has issued a schedule for submission of admission fee and forms for B.Com Part-I and II, Annual Exams 2014.

For regular candidates, the last date for submission of admission forms with single fee is 07-03-2014 (by hand) and 28-02-2014 (by post) while forms can be submitted with double fee till 13-03-2014 (by hand) and 07-03-2014 (by post).

For private candidates, the last date for submission of admission forms with single fee is 19-03-2014 (by hand) and 11-03-2014 (by post) while forms can be submitted with double fee till 01-04-2014 (by hand) and 25-03-2014 (by post).

The commencement dates of the said exams will be announced later. Detailed schedule is available on PU website www.pu.edu.pk.

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PU job test
Lahore: The Placement Office of Punjab University's College of Information Technology (PUCIT) on Friday held a job selection test. More than 300 final-year students of PUCIT appeared in the job test conducted by a private company.

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PU results
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department announced the results of different examinations on Monday.

These exams include LLB Part-I, II and III Supplementary Examinations 2013, MA Social Work, Part-II, Annual Examination 2013, and MSc Social Work, Part-II, Annual Examination 2013. The PU Examinations Department also issued a schedule of admission fee and forms for MA/MSc, Part-I, Supplementary Examination 2013. The last date for receipt of admission forms and fee is 12-02-14 while the exams will commence from 6th of March 2014. Meanwhile, Punjab University announced the examinations of MA/MSc, Part-II, Supplementary Examination 2013 from February 11, 2014.

A PU spokesperson said that roll number slips have been dispatched to all the candidates on their addresses, adding if any candidate has not received the slip, he/she can receive the duplicate slip from MA/MSc Hall, Exams Department, New Campus.

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PU MA, MSc exams schedule announced
Rawalpindi: The Punjab University has announced the schedule for MA, MSc (part-1) annual Examination 2014, under which the last date of submission of admission forms and fee for regular students (by hand) is February 18.

According to the schedule regular candidates will be allowed to submit their forms with double fee till February 21 (by post) and February 25 (by hand).

For private candidates the admission forms can be submitted with single fee till February 21 (by post) and February 26 (by hand). With double fee the forms can be submitted till February 28 (by post) and March 4 (by hand).

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Notice served on PU professor for plagiarism
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Syndicate on Saturday decided to serve a show-cause notice on Prof Dr Zaid Mahmood of the varsity's Institute of Chemistry in a plagiarism case on behalf of the syndicate.

The syndicate also decided to form a regular probe committee against the varsity's Law College lecturer Khujista Rehan on a complaint of students for allegedly not taking classes and using abusive language against a male colleague and other staff members.

PU syndicate's 1705th meeting was held at the committee room of the Vice Chancellor's office.

PU Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran left the meeting when both agenda items were placed before the syndicate for deliberation and Secretary Women Development Irum Bukhari chaired the meeting.

After discussing the alleged plagiarism case of Dr Zaid Mahmood, the syndicate adopted a policy that action would be taken on plagiarising more than 19 percent material from all sources and plagiarising more than five percent material from a single source. The syndicate decided to serve on him a show cause notice under the PEEDA Act and provide him an opportunity of personal hearing.

Regarding Khujista Rehan case, the syndicate members were briefed that the Law College students had complained that Khujista Rehan was not taking classes, thus causing educational loss to them while the college's In-charge Admissions Umair Farooq Niazi complained that she had allegedly used abusive language against him and the admission staff.

The syndicate was told that on receiving the complaint, PU Registrar appointed an Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology Director Prof Dr Amin Ather as inquiry officer. Dr Ather held preliminary inquiry and found the allegations levelled against her true and submitted a report.

According to the inquiry report, she even got remuneration for the afternoon classes through alleged unfair means after submitting a bogus attendance register while she had not taken afternoon students' classes.

The report claimed that Khujista Rehan neither took morning nor afternoon classes. The report also stated Khujista even received remuneration for the afternoon classes after submitting the alleged bogus attendance register. Interestingly in her written reply to the letter by the inquiry committee's head, Khujista Rehan denied all the allegations, claiming no documentary evidence was provided to her with the letter.

The PU syndicate, in the light of preliminary report, decided to form a three-member regular inquiry committee.

PU Institute of Applied Psychology Chairperson Prof Dr Rukhsana Kausar will chair the committee while one member will be taken from Higher Education Department Punjab and one from Kinnaird College.

As syndicate member Prof Dr Shaukat Ali is retiring on Sunday, the syndicate lauded his services for the university and passed a unanimous resolution.

The syndicate members appreciated him for taking firm stance against the political elements for the truth. The syndicate also endorsed the proceedings of the previous meeting.

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PU teachers present research work in US moot
Lahore: Two faculty members of Punjab University (PU) Department of Political Science, Prof Dr Iram Khalid and lecturer Ahmed Ali Naqvi, participated in 2014 ISIS-Miami Beach International Multidisciplinary Academic Conference held in Miami, the US, recently.

According to a press release, presenting her research article "Changing Pattern of Pakistan's National Security Policy Post-9/11 Era", Dr Iram Khalid said the changing notion of national security had put new challenges to Pakistan's policy makers facing two front dilemma, internal instability, social transformation from moderation to reactionary society and economic survival. She said in the presence of traditional and non-traditional security threats, external pressures and internal challenges, Pakistan needed total review of its national security policy. She said internal consensus and political will could counter these challenges.

Lecturer Ahmed Ali Naqvi presented research article "Regional stability Through Regional Economic Linkages: A Case of Afghanistan-Pakistan-India." He concluded that absence of stability in the region was causing increased security threats.

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Lahore Literary Festival from 21st
Lahore: The second annual Lahore Literary Festival (LLF) will start at the Alhamra Arts Centre in Lahore on February 21. The three-day 'LLF 2014' will feature over 100 delegates from eight countries, said Razi Ahmed, LLF's founding director.

"We have scheduled book launches, readings, panel discussions, performances and exhibitions as part of this year's festival to celebrate the best of Lahore's varied and storied cultural traditions." This year's LLF guests include Kamila Shamsie, author of A God in Every Stone, Zia Mohyeddin, artist Shahzia Sikander, poetess Zehra Nigah and journalist Jugnu Mohsin. LLF 2014 will feature several exciting panel discussions, including on Punjabi humour and Lahore's lost Daughter. "We bring together new ideas and themes to the programgme each year," said Ahmed. "This year's programme reflects our commitment to present a well-thought out and stimulating literary festival packed with intellectually-stimulating events in Urdu and English as well as Punjabi."

The programme for LLF 2014 will be unveiled soon, said Nusrat Jamil, president of the LLF 2014 Advisory Committee. "This year's programme builds on our success with the debut LLF and features the finest of Pakistan's talent and a lot more international representation."

The LLF 2014 programme has been put together by this year's Advisory Committee comprising Ahmed Rashid, bestselling author and award-winning journalist; Amna Naqvi, founder of Gandhara-art, a curatorial and art publishing organization; Aysha Raja, founder of The Last Word bookstores and cofounder of Life's Too Short Literary Review; Khaled Ahmed, consulting editor, Newsweek Pakistan; Mohsin Hamid, critically-acclaimed novelist; Muneeza Shamsie, critic and former regional chairperson of the Commonwealth Writers Prize; Nusrat Jamil, former journalist; Salima Hashmi, internationally-acclaimed artist and educator and Zareena Saeed, educator.

Last year's debut event drew over 30,000 visitors and featured, among others, Amin Jaffer, Ayesha Jalal, Bapsi Sidhwa, Daniyal Mueenuddin, Jeet Thayil, Linda Bird Francke, Lyse Doucet, Mohammed Hanif, Nadeem Aslam, Shehan Karunatilaka, Tariq Ali, Victoria Schofield, Urvashi Butalia, William Dalrymple and Zehra Nigah.

There are over 100 local and foreign speakers scheduled to discuss literature, film, food, visual arts, journalism, textiles, education and more at LLF 2014.

LLF is a free public event and seating at all sessions is on a first-come, first-served basis. However, some events will have ticket.

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One lakh more laptops for students soon: CM
Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that a bright future for the country can be ensured by providing modern education to the young generation. He further said the government had already provided more than two lakh laptops worth Rs.8.5 billion to the talented students under the first two phases of laptop distribution programme whereas a plan had also been evolved to distribute one lakh more laptops among the brilliant students in the third phase. He added that students of 9th and 10th classes would also be included in this phase. He informed the media that a sum of more than Rs.7.5 billion was being spent on the provision of missing facilities in public sector schools during the current year. He promised that the process of providing missing facilities in boy and girl schools of all the districts of south Punjab would be completed this year.

He expressed these views while presiding over a high level meeting which reviewed the distribution of laptops among the talented students and provision of missing facilities in schools.

Addressing the meeting, Shahbaz Sharif stressed the education was essential to the solution of the problems being faced by the country and achievement of the goal of rapid national development. He remarked that the future of the country depended upon the youth, so the Punjab government was spending billions of rupees on their welfare and empowerment. He opined that the education was of vital importance due to which funds were being provided on priority basis. He said the DCOs and EDOs Education, showing good performance in this regard would be encouraged while those failing to achieve the targets would be held accountable. He directed the authorities concerned to devise an effective mechanism for monitoring the expenditure from the schools council funds. He advised that the local assembly members should be consulted for the provision of missing facilities programme in schools to ensure its effective implementation.

The Chief Minister ordered the authorities concerned to install solar panels on priority basis for the uninterrupted supply of electricity to the schools of far-flung areas. He further directed that work be carried out expeditiously on the project of setting up of Engineering and Information Technology University in Rahimyar Khan district of south Punjab. He said that there is a need to pay due attention to the teachers training programme for the capacity-building of teachers in the interest of proper education and training of young generation while a system should also be devised for the encouragement of teachers on the basis of their efficiency. He directed that digital monitoring system be evolved for ensuring attendance of teachers and students in schools while imparting of education through smart boards in public sector schools on the pattern of Daanish schools be considered. Secretary Higher Education gave a detailed briefing on the laptop scheme and Secretary Schools on the programme of providing missing facilities in the schools. The news

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Class V students to take additional exams
Lahore: The Directorate of Staff Development, Punjab, has decided to conduct Class V examinations in September and January in a bid to make students do well in the annual exams.

The Class V annual examinations are conducted by the Punjab Examination Commission.

The DSD has also decided to include Islamiyat and Urdu in its examinations.

In a strange move, the DSD is also planning to call primary school students to attend schools during the next summer vacation for studies for three hours daily.

These announcements were made by DSD Programme Director Ehsan Bhutta while speaking to regional programme managers and heads of District Training and Support Centre (DTSC) at regional programme managers' conference on continuous professional development.

Mr Bhutta said a note for calling primary students to attend schools during the summer vacation would soon be sent to the Punjab School Education Department secretary for approval.

The programme director said the DTSC heads' monthly ranking indicators had been issued.

DSD Deputy Director Planning Shahid Saleem said the rooms for early childhood education were being prepared in 1,000 schools across Punjab.

He said funds had been transferred and urged the DTSC heads to ensure that the ECE rooms should be ready before the beginning of next academic session. Dawn

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Free education to 1.4m students
Lahore: Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) Chairman Raja Anwar on Sunday claimed that PEF had helped 1.4 million most deserving students by proving them with free school education in child-friendly atmosphere in its 3,400 partner schools.

According to a handout, the PEF chairman said this while talking to a 15-member delegation of partner schools heads and teachers who called on him at his residence.

Meanwhile, a PEF spokesperson said the last phase of the 14th Quality Assurance Test (QAT) for the private schools attached with the foundation under its Foundation Assisted School (FAS) programme will be held today in 20 different districts, including Lahore. The news

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