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Govt College's 150 years and current challenges
Lahore, Jan 06: Celebrations have begun at country's prestigious and oldest seat of higher learning Government College University as it turned 150 on Jan 1, 2014. The university administration has year-long celebration plans that include literary conferences, mushairas, musical evening etc.

At the beginning of its sesquicentennial celebrations, the GCU wore a festive look amidst a grand ceremony in the university's Oval Ground in the presence of more than 8,000 students and noted alumni.

GCU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleequr Rahman, in his Founders' Day speech, said the ceremony was the beginning of grand 150th year celebrations and they would continue whole year. "The magnificent tower of our grand alma mater stands witness to our illustrious journey spread over three centuries," he added.

Lauding varsity's faculty for imparting quality education and producing graduates that brought laurels for their alma mater and the country, the VC however felt compelled to say that the varsity was now facing an acute financial crunch, dire space constraints and shortage of highly qualified senior faculty.

The university is functioning on a campus that was built in 1876 wherein 300 students were enrolled. "Today, the university has over 11,000 students studying on its campus in various programmes ranging from intermediate to PhD," said Prof Rehman and lamented that the issue of space constraint in this 'land-locked' campus could never be addressed effectively. "Unfortunately, no mega project has been allocated to GCU despite its tremendous capacity in various fields," he regretted.

Referring to another discriminatory treatment, the VC said varsity's Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences had been declared the best institute by the European Mathematical Society because it had produced 100 PhDs in a short span of eight years but the HEC and Punjab government's annual grants for the school had been discontinued. "This state-of-the-art institution must not be left high and dry and that its grants may be restored," he urged the authorities concerned.

The VC urged the Higher Education Commission and the Punjab Higher Education Department to give the go ahead to varsity's master plan and PC-1 for the new campus at Kala Shah Kaku.

Old Ravians Union President Kamran Lashari says he had got admission to the Government College on sports basis and secured distinguished positions in swimming not only at college but also at national level. He also called for restoration of demolished swimming pool of the university.

Though the Punjab government is all out for enrolling all school-age group children in schools and has been campaigning for it for the past many years, the Institute of Social and Policy Sciences (I-SAPS) has told an All Parties Conference that as many as 38 per cent of the children in Lahore, old enough to be in school, are out of school and another 25 per cent of children drop out in the transition from Class IX to Class X.

I-SAPS Research Fellow Ahmed Ali identified that in provincial capital under the nose of the chief minister some seven per cent of the children enrolled in Class-I in public schools dropped out before completing primary education. "Most students are dropping out because of missing facilities and poor education standards in public schools," Mr Ali observed.

Giving data of missing facilities in schools in Lahore, the research fellow informed the legislators that 0.3 per cent of schools did not have drinking water, 0.4 per cent lacked toilet facility, 2.2 per cent lacked boundary walls and 1.8 per cent of the schools were without electricity.

Mr Ali also pointed out disparities in addressing the needs of classrooms in schools located in various constituencies of Lahore. Three constituencies, PP-158, PP-159 and PP-160, had schools where the teacher-student ratio exceeded 1:51. In PP-158, Government Elementary School, Chah Miran, has one teacher for 298 students.

Acknowledging government's biggest achievement of enrolling 3.5 million out-of-school children in Punjab, the research fellow said the greatest challenge now was to retain these children. In order to meet this challenge, he said, the government should focus on improving the training and monitoring of teachers. He said 144,000 new teachers were required for the additional students enrolled. Similarly, 263,184 new classrooms needed.

The University of Education has awarded PhD degree to Arifa Subah Khan on her thesis "New horizon of Urdu criticism in the context of Western criticism".

In her PhD thesis, Ms Khan has discussed modern criticism through a comparison of Western criticism and Urdu criticism during 1911-2011.

In her M.Phil thesis, she had discussed history of criticism spanning over 5,000 years. Dawn

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PBTE exams
Lahore: Punjab Board of Technical Education (PBTE) on Tuesday announced the schedule for different examinations postponed recently.

According to a PBTE spokesperson, papers Math 113-A and Math 123-A of Diploma of Associate Engineering (DAE) Second Annual Examination 2013 earlier scheduled for Dec 23 will now be held on January 10, 2014. Similarly the examinations earlier scheduled for Dec 24 will now be held on January 11, 2014. The news

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PU land to be used for business activity
Lahore: The 50-kanal Punjab University land will be used by a private bus company to set up a multi-storeyed complex housing cinema houses, shopping mall, restaurants, book stores, swimming pools, offices, a bus terminal and other facilities for the public. The PU syndicate is to take up the 50-kanal land leasing agreement with a private bus company worth Rs 780 million next week which is planned to get the premier university out of the financial crunch. The PU spokesperson while talking to APP here Sunday disclosed that the mega financial project had been envisaged to free the university from financial difficulties besides proffering financial activity worth million of rupees. He said the construction of a state-of-the-art complex would attract foreign investments worth billions of rupees in the provincial metropolis besides generating job opportunities for the university students. To a question, he said the construction would not have any environmental effects on the varsity, adding that the proposed 50-kanal land was quite far away from the academic blocks as well as the hostels. He said the land was being leased out for the utilitarian purpose of making the PU economically self-sufficient. Daily times

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PU to pay for sports dept folly
Lahore: The irresponsible attitude of the Punjab University Sports Department has put its sports in deep trouble as varsity's athletics and cricket have been banned by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for two years.

The decision has been made after an inquiry report proves that the university had inducted outsiders in both disciplines of the games in violation of the rules. As both athletics and cricket play an important role in deciding the winner of the main annual trophy of the HEC, the PU chances to annex it have become dimmed.

The PU, one of the biggest educational institutions in the country, could not win the main trophy for many years because of the fast improving standard of the Punjab Group of Colleges and the Lahore University.

Last year, the PU rationalized its sports policy and offered monthly stipend and free admission to talented athletes in good number to field strong teams in the inter-varsity competitions. But the successful protest against the PU for inducting outsiders in athletics and cricket squads is not a good sign.

The sports competition at the varsity level is growing which is a healthy sign. But the competition will yield better results if all stakeholders avoid non-sporting behaviour.

With all available resources the PU can do wonders at the varsity level, but it has to pick the right man for the right job. Surprisingly, only part-time arrangements are being made as no sports director is working in the men's section to handle the sports affair.

University high-ups should realize the importance of sports and should appoint a full-time sports director if it wants to harvest a rich crop of talented players.

It is hoped the PU will devise a comprehensive sports policy to take top positions in almost all games it has been attaining till 2008.

Last week, the Lahore Cricket Region emerged as champion of the one-day U-19 cup when its Ravi team defeated a professional side of the Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) by a convincing margin of six wickets.

It was the second achievement of the city after its Shalimar team also won the three-day final in December, defeating Karachi by one wicket. Now Lahore has both crowns in its kitty which has happened for the first time in its history. Ravis players also won three individual prizes of the tournament as Ameer Hamza, Karamat Ali and Fahad Usman were declared best wicketkeeper, bowler and fielder. Ravis paceman Muhammad Asif was also declared Man-of-the-Final. He took five wickets which also included a hat-trick. They all were given Rs20,000 each cash prize.

The Lahore Ravi team earned a cash prize of Rs400,000. Pakistan legendary batsman Javed Miandad was the chief guest and he handed over the trophy and cash prizes to winners.

On Nov 3, 2013, Davis Cupper Usman Rahim left this world quietly. Usman was born into one of Pakistan foremost sporting

families. His father M. Naeem Mir and uncle Haroon

Rahim were accomplished tennis players.

Usman represented Pakistan in Davis Cup in 1989 and 1991. Later, he left for the US to achieve higher place in his tennis career. Tragically, he suffered a broken neck in a swimming pool accident due to which his lower body was paralyzed.

Despite intensive rehabilitation in the US, Usman could never make a full recovery and returned to Pakistan in 2003 to live with his family. Although the accident ended his tennis career, Usman did not lose his fighting spirit which was an inspiration to many who met him. He will be missed but not forgotten. Dawn

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Threats to PU guards
Lahore: The Punjab University spokesman condemned Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) activists for allegedly hurling life threats at the varsity's security officers deputed outside Jamia Mosque after Friday prayers.

In a press release issued here, the university spokesman said that PU Estate Officer Abdul Shakoor and Assistant Security Officer Shahbaz Ahmed were performing their duties outside Jamia Mosque, New Campus for the safety of worshippers when IJT activists, including Abdul Kabeer, came to them and warned them of consequences.

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IJT 'not ready' to shoulder bill for guests stay
Lahore: In what could be termed a love-hate relationship, Punjab University (PU) administration, despite its stern stance against Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT), officially allowed Jamiat's guests, coming from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, to stay at the varsity hostel for five consecutive nights.

However, IJT, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), did not reciprocate. It did not even pay especially "discounted" payment for over 30 student guests stay, despite having agreed to it.

According to sources, Islami Jamiat Talaba had hosted over 30 students of Govt Degree College, Batkhela, Malakand, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa at Hostel Number 15 who had come to tour Lahore on the night of December 28, 2013.

It is learnt that Islami Jamiat Talaba activists, allegedly led by Hafiz Wajid, had asked security guards to let their guests in the hostel that night and played host of their guests in the hostel. However, when the matter was brought to the notice of PU Hall Council, which looks after the varsity's hostels, it sought application from the Islami Jamiat Talaba as per rules and sought payment of hostel dues for temporary accommodation.

According to sources, the superintendent and the warden of the PU hostel had showed extreme negligence in the whole episode as they did not bother to keep record of the visiting guests of the Islami Jamiat Talaba .

The guests left the hostel for Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on January 02 but the varsity did not receive the payment from the IJT. The sources said, on Thursday morning, the Malakand students allegedly sneaked from the hostel without paying any dues.

The sources privy to the developments revealed that special discounted rate of Rs 20 (without food) per night per student was offered to Jamiat for its guests but even this meager amount had not been paid yet.

They also claimed that Islami Jamiat Talaba had taken money from Malakand students in the name of "Ayanat" but did not deposit any dues in the university account, thus proving a loss to the university exchequer.

When contacted, Hall Council chairman Prof Dr Muhammad Akhtar said it was unfortunate that Jamiat had not paid the agreed upon amount. He said the accommodation was provided as the students were guests in the city and because IJT had agreed to pay the dues of temporary accommodation as per the university rules.

Dr Akhtar also said the varsity administration had contacted the principal of Govt Degree College, Batkhela, who had informed the Council that students were not officially allowed to visit Lahore. He said the bill amounting to over Rs 5,000 was ready but no body from Jamiat was ready to pick up and pay the dues.

PU Law College chapter nazim Hafiz Wajid who had brokered "the deal" said he was ready to pay the bill but nobody had given him the bill.

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PU awards three PhD degrees
Lahore: Punab University has awarded PhD degrees to three scholars after completion of their research work. According to a press release issued here Thursday, degrees were awarded to the scholars, including Ghazala Roohi after the approval of her thesis entitled "Comparative Studies on Enamel Hypoplasia in the Siwalik Rhinocerotidae (Mammalia)", Ruhma Rehman, after the approval of her thesis entitled "Regenerative potential of placental stem cells for the repair of damaged skin" and Nisar Ali, after the approval of his thesis entitled "Synthesis and characterisation of metal-based chalcogenide thin films for solar cell application".

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PU results
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department declared the results of various examinations on Wednesday.

These exams include BBA (Hons) Morning Programme (semester system) session 2009-13, BBA (Hons) Afternoon Programme (semester system) session 2009-13, MBA (Evening Programme) (semester system) session 2011-13, Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm-D) Final Professional (Special) Second Annual Examination 2012, MSc Statistics Part-II Annual Examination 2013, MSc Psychology Part-II Annual Examination 2013 and BS (4-years) Clinical Psychology (semester system) session 2009-13.

The detailed results are available at PU website

PhD: Punjab University's Director External Linkages and In-charge Institute of Language Assistant Prof Maria Isabel Maldonado completed her PhD in Spanish Language and General Linguistics from UNED Madrid, Spain with grade cum Laude.

According to a PU press release, Maria Maldonado is the only Doctor of Spanish Language in Pakistan.

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Four PhDs awarded
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) has awarded PhD degrees to four scholars in different disciplines.

Nighat Tahira Naqvi d/o Syed Mumtaz Hussain Naqvi has been awarded a PhD degree in the subject of Persian after the approval of her thesis titled "Editing and Annotation of Diwan-E-Sayyid Fateh Ali Gardezi Husaini Mashhadi and Evaluation of His Art and Thought", Bushra Yasmeen d/o Burhan-ud-Din in the subject of Sociology after the approval of her thesis titled "Role of Social Support in Coping with Chronic Illness", Tariq Hussain s/o Ali Hussain in the subject of Education after the approval of his thesis titled "Relationship Between Attitude of Students and their Achievement in Technical Education" and Aroona Hashmi d/o Muhammad Ali Hashmi in the subject of Education after the approval of her thesis titled "Parental Involvement in Schooling of Children and Its Impact on their Achievement at Elementary Level".

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PU VC seeks maximum resources for research
Lahore: The 122nd convocation of the Punjab University was held on Saturday in which 180 PhDs, 390 MPhil/MS, 343 Master's, 181 undergraduate degrees and 162 medals were distributed among the students.

As many as 75 medals were distributed among undergraduate students while 87 medals were distributed among Master's students. Total 1,256 degrees, medals and prizes were distributed during the convocation. Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran presided over the convocation. According to invitation given to media by the university, Punjab Governor Ch Muhammad Sarwar was scheduled to preside over the ceremony but he did not show up. Addressing the ceremony, PU VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran requested the government to allocate maximum resources for education, especially for research and development. This year, the Punjab University produced 180 PhDs, which was more than PhD production of any university in a year in the country, he added. Dr Mujahid Kamran said that average educational spending of nations was around 5 per cent of GDP while Pakistan was spending 2 per cent or less than 2 per cent of GDP on education. He said that total GDP of the US was $14 trillion while it was spending $980 billion only on education and spending a huge amount on research and development. He said that Pakistan's GDP stood around $250 billion while we were spending less than $5 billion on education and only 0.1 or 0.2 per cent on research and development. The VC said that a silent genocide of the Muslims was continuing. He said that an Australian Jewish scientist and researcher Gideon Polya had revealed in his book Body Count that there had been 1.3 billion avoidable deaths during the period from 1950 to 2005 of which 600 million were Muslims. He said that the US, Israel and India were the open enemy of the Islam and Pakistan and were making all-out efforts to weaken our country. He said that the Muslims were facing all problems only because of our distance from new knowledge. He said that Pakistan's only collective achievement was creation of atomic bomb, which had been possible only because of continuation of policies and efforts of our politicians, army and bureaucracy and extraordinary efforts of Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan. Dr Kamran congratulated the students on their achievements and advised them to serve the country as well as the mankind. PU Controller Examinations Prof Dr Liaqat Ali, Registrar Prof Dr Khan Rass Masood, Dean Faculty of Science Prof Dr Khawaja Haris Rashid, acting Treasurer Rao Sharif, heads of various departments and a large number of students and their parents were present on the occasion.

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Five PhDs awarded
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) awarded PhD degrees to five scholars in different disciplines on Monday.

Sadaf Jabeen d/o Malik Salamat Ali Dogar has been awarded a PhD degree in the subject of Education after the approval of her thesis titled "Relationship Between Personality Type and Decision Making Styles of University Leadership", Saima Mushtaq d/o Muhammad Mushtaq in the subject of Education after the approval of her thesis titled "Leadership Styles and Conflict Resolution Strategies Used by Department Heads in Universities", Sadia Butt d/o Muhammad Asif Butt in the subject of Molecular Biology after the approval of her thesis titled "Establishment of Stable Cell Lines Expressing Proteins of HCV Genotype 3a Pakistani Isolate and their Molecular Characterisation", Ibatsam Khokhar d/o Emmanuel Khokhar in the subject of Mycology and Plant Pathology after the approval of her thesis titled "Morphological and Molecular Characterisation of Penicillia of Punjab" and Muhammad Junaid Sharif s/o Ch. Muhammad Sharif in the subject of Islamic Studies after the approval of his thesis titled "Modaraba Companies in Pakistan (An Analytical Review in Islamic Perspective)".

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Two PU faculty members served notices
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) syndicate in its meeting on Saturday decided to serve show cause notices on two faculty members for alleged illegal admission and plagiarism charges.

It is learnt the syndicate decided to serve show cause notices on varsity's Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) former director Dr Ahsan Akhter Naz for alleged illegal admissions and Prof Dr Zaid Mahmood of the Institute of Chemistry for alleged plagiarism charges against him. The news

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