PU book fair | BZU convocation

PU book fair from March 20
Lahore, Feb 22: Punjab University (PU) administration on Tuesday announced that the varsity was going to organise Pakistan's largest three-day book fair starting from March 20, 2014. The book fair will be held at the Main Corridor of the varsity's Institute of Education and Research (IER).

A meeting to review arrangements for the book fair was held at the Committee Room of Vice Chancellor's office in which PU Registrar Prof Dr Khan Rass Masood, Controller Examinations Prof Dr Liaqat Ali, Prof Dr Shaukat Ali, Prof Dr Mansoor Sarwar, Prof Dr Mumtaz Akhter, Prof Dr Aurangzeb Alamgir, Resident Officer-1 Javed Sami, Shumaila Gul, Additional Registrar-2 Malik Muhammad Zaheer and Chief Librarian Chaudhry Hanif participated.

The meeting constituted several committees to review arrangements for the book fair.

Anwar Masood enthrals audience: Noted humour writer and comic poet Anwar Masood enthralled the audience at University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Tuesday with his signature hilarious and ironic couplets.

According to a press release issued here on Tuesday, a gathering with the celebrated poets Amjad Islam Amjad and Anwar Masood was arranged by UHS to pay tribute to their achievements.

A large number of students, faculty members, principals and deans of medical colleges attended the literary sitting at Shams Auditorium where Anwar Masood, a retired professor of Persian, shared his personal feelings on different socio-political issues.

The poet recited his works in both Urdu and Punjabi, striking issues such as politics, medicine, the institution of marriage and human relationships and interaction.

The hilarious verses of poems, including Banain and Nuskha, captivated the audience.

Amjad Islam Amjad also recited his poetry giving a memorable colour to the event. He presented his legendary poems Self-Made Logon ka Almia and Zara si Baat and Mohabbat, to the amusement of the audience. The participants appreciated the poets.

UHS Vice-Chancellor Maj Gen (retd) Prof Muhammad Aslam thanked the famous poets for accepting the varsity's invitation.

Government College University, Lahore, Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman attended the literary sittings as special guest.

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PU PhDs awarded
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) awarded PhD degrees to two scholars on Friday. According to a press release, Zahida Nasreen Sulahri has been awarded a PhD degree in Arabic and Muhammad Khalil Khan in Medicine (Dentistry). The news

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BZU convocation held
Multan: At the 11th Convocation of Bahauddin Zakariya University on Tuesday, 2,618 students were awarded degrees and 97 received gold medals for their outstanding performance in various subjects.

BZU Vice-Chancellor Dr Khwaja Alqama, who was the chief guest on the occasion, gave away degrees and medals to the students and presided over the convention after the varsity was informed that Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar could not attend the ceremony. Syndicate members, professors, associate professors, assistant professors, civil society members and parents of students also attended the ceremony.

Speaking on the occasion, the VC congratulated the students on completion of their education and hoped they would use all their energies for progress and development of the country. Controller Dr Farooq said of total 2,618 recipients of degrees, 95 were PhD scholars and 259 were MPhil students.

Registrar Malik Munir said the degrees were awarded to students of 2005-07 session in the disciplines of arts and social sciences, science and agriculture, engineering, Islamic studies and languages, commerce and business administration and pharmacy.

The varsity administration failed to properly arrange the event held at the varsity's Jinnah Auditorium despite a full dress rehearsal that was organised on Monday. The time of the departure of the convocation procession mentioned on invitation cards was 2:40pm but the ceremony concluded at 11:40am -- some three hours earlier than it was scheduled.

Earlier, only professors and associate professors were invited to the ceremony, but after the governor excused, assistant professors were also included in the list of invitees. However, the lecturers were not allowed to attend the function.

The ceremonial gowns were provided only to the professors by the varsity administration.

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IUB students booked for 'interrupting official work'
Bahawalpur: The Baghdadul Jadid police on Wednesday booked five students of the Islamia University (IUB) for allegedly interfering in the official work.

PRO Rehan Gilani said that the five students -- Maqsood Sufian, Muhammad Argham, Ali Asghar, Gohar and Irfan -- were handed over by the varsity's security officials to police. An FIR was registered against these students, he added.

Besides, four others -- Jawad Nazir, Ehsan, Imtiaz and Haris -- were also arrested after their pre-arrest bail applications were dismissed by the district and sessions judge.

The cases against them were registered under different sections by police.

Meanwhile, IUB Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Mukhtar has said that academic activities continued on all the campuses during the last 17 days and were not suspended.

In a statement issued by PR office, the VC, however, said two boys hostels on Baghdadul Jadid campus were vacated only for two days to scrutinise the alleged outsiders living illegally there. Re-allotment of hostel rooms to the bona fide students was in progress, he added.

The statement added the 26 people against whom a detention order was sought by the district police officer were actually outsiders and were not on the university roll.

Sources said so far the DCO had not issued detention orders of these 26 people. Dawn

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