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PU turns commercial
Lahore, Jan 25: The Punjab University Syndicate on Saturday amid controversy 'approved' the grant of its 50-kanal prime land to the Daewoo Pakistan Express Bus Service Limited – by a majority vote.

The Syndicate also agreed that a formal approval will be sought from the governor, who is varsity chancellor, before signing the agreement.

The Punjab government representatives from the higher education, finance and women development departments rejected the approval for leasing out the university land without sorting out policy matters.

"We have strongly opposed the land lease deal and recorded our dissent note. We, the three government representatives, will also send our note of dissent in writing to the PU vice-chancellor who chairs the Syndicate meeting," a government representative said.

A Syndicate member also sought thrashing out of the matter of transparency and legal and environment issues before granting approval to the mega land lease agreement.

The Punjab government representatives – additional secretary finance Muhammad Usman, higher education additional secretary (academics) Ali Bahadur Qazi and women welfare department secretary Irum Bukhari - were of the view that leasing out the university's acquired land required a policy decision on behalf of the Punjab government.

"The PU Syndicate decision, taken abruptly (without taking consent of the Punjab government), may become precedence for all other universities and autonomous educational institutions to lease out their land to generate funds and run institutions lavishly," a member informed the Syndicate.

The Punjab government representatives reportedly told the Syndicate that a summary had been moved to Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, explaining the PU's plan of leasing out its land to a private bus company along with their comments for advice.

Stating that it would be prudent to wait for government's nod, they said, the departments had also taken up legal, commercial and environmental issues with the top government functionaries.

According to PU spokesman's news release issued from unofficial email account, the PU Syndicate, on government representatives' proposal, agreed that the university would seek formal approval from Punjab governor/chancellor before signing the agreement of leasing the university's 50-Kanal land to bus company for a period of 30 years.

The PU spokesman said the Syndicate's nine members had given their consent. Four members, including three government representatives, did not give their consent for the land lease and they wanted that their note of dissent should be recorded in the meeting minutes.

Sources said the elected member in the Syndicate, Prof Dr Shaukat Ali, was insisting on calling the Syndicate meeting and approval of agreement early for he would be retire from the university service on February 2.

When contacted, Prof Ali refused to comment on the land lease agreement and his role.

Another elected member in the Syndicate, on the condition of anonymity, said the Syndicate had discussed the subject in detail and approved it. "It will be a formality to seek Punjab governor's assent to the Syndicate's decision." He denied that any Syndicate member had given his note of dissent.

According to the land lease agreement, the Daewoo company plans establishing a bus terminal–cum–commercial complex, having five storeys besides two basements as well as lower ground floor and upper ground floors.

The complex will have shopping malls, corporate/commercial offices, a super store, hotels, restaurants, food chains, health clubs/ clinics, cinema, playland and banquet lawns. The PU spokesman says the university will earn Rs78 million annually from the agreement.

The spokesman said the Syndicate also approved grant of four-Kanal land near the Institute of Business and Information Technology for the establishment of a private bank.

The Syndicate approved slashing of a number of posts in administration and increasing teaching cadre seats. It also approved the setting up of Rs3 million Student Endowment Fund and grant of Rs4 million for the provision of furniture and fixtures at university's Jhelum Campus.

The Syndicate also approved vice-chancellor's decision with regard to the dismissal of a university employee Sardar Muhammad as well as VC's anticipatory orders. Dawn

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PU deans
Lahore: The Punjab governor/chancellor has appointed Principal of Punjab University's Oriental College Prof Dr Ismat Ullah Zahid as the varsity's Dean Faculty of Oriental Learning and College of Pharmacy's Prof Dr Mobasher Ahmad Butt as Dean Faculty of Pharmacy for a period of three years or till the date of superannuation whichever is earlier. The news

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PU expels six more students
Lahore: The Punjab University administration has expelled six more students after finding them guilty of serious breach of university discipline and for violating code of conduct.

The expelled students include Hafiz Wajid Ali, Nasir Ali, Adnan Akhter, Usama Ahmad and Tahseen Yousaf of University Law College and Sohail Azam of Hailey College.

Meanwhile, the Disciplinary Committee has kept Tayyab Shahzad of Hailey College under probation for three months. Shahzad had been asked to submit an affidavit through his father stating he would not participate in any political activity on campus.

The students were expelled in connection with an incident last month wherein Islami Jamiat Tulaba activists protested outside the university and burnt vehicles following allegations they had locked up teachers in classrooms.

QUIZ: The team of School of Biological Sciences, Ashraf Hashmi and Ayesha Talib, won the Interdepartmental Quiz Competition organised by the Punjab University Directorate of Students Affairs at Centre for Undergraduate Studies' Al-Raazi Hall. As many as 26 teams from various departments participated in the competition. Dawn

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Teachers criticise 'interference'
Lahore: Punjab Teachers Union (PTU) has alleged Directorate of Staff Development, PMIU and Punjab Examination Commission (PEC) of frequent interference in educational institutions, which the PTU believes, is deteriorating standard of education instead of improving it.

In a press release, PTU President Sajjad Kazmi and other office-bearers claimed that schoolteachers instead of performing their duties remain busy in following the 'orders' of these three organisations. Terming these organisations 'white elephants, the representative body of public schoolteachers, PTU, said that despite utilising significant portion of the budget for education sector, the DSD, PEC and PMIU were involved in mere experimentation in education sector together with foreign donors.

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PU excels in Seerat conference
Lahore: The faculty members and students of Punjab University's Department of Islamic Studies have shown outstanding performance in National Seerat Conference 2014.

According to a press release, among the faculty members both Assistant Prof Dr Shahida Parveen and Associate Prof Dr Hameed Ulllah Abdul Qadir won first prize in the research article category, female and male, respectively. Among the students, PhD scholar Dr Muhammad Rafique in book Seerat competition and PhD scholar Hafiz Saeed Ahmad in research article on Seerat got first positions.

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PU date-sheet
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department has issued a written date-sheet for BS four-year programme, sixth semester examination 2013.

According to a press release, detailed date-sheet is available on PU website www.pu.edu.pk.

Computer lab: Punjab University (PU) Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran inaugurated a computer lab for MPhil/PhD scholars at Department of Philosophy on Friday.

Department of Philosophy Chairperson Dr Shagufta Begum, renowned columnist Dr Ajmal Niazi, faculty members, MPhil/PhD scholars and a large number of students were present on the occasion.

The lab has 26 computers with multimedia facility.

Workshop: Information Technology University (ITU) Punjab is conducting a two-day workshop for journalists, introducing them to use technology effectively in their work.

This introductory level workshop is designed for reporters and editorial staff with pocket-sized experience of using technology. The workshop will be held at Arfa Technology Park on February 6-7, 2014.

According to a press release, the workshop will introduce participants to the basics of using internet for news gathering, research a story, data-mining on social media for story ideas, data-journalism and how to stay safe online. The workshop will be conducted by renowned web editors, multimedia journalists, digital security experts and technologist.

Information Technology University has arranged this workshop free of cost for the journalists who are interested in use of internet in the professional career. The limited seats will be filled through online registration of ITU website and Facebook page till 27th of January 2014.

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PU Workshop
Lahore: Punjab University's Department of Zoology organised a three-day workshop on "Participatory Rural Appraisal for Natural Resource Management around Mangla Reservoir" at Mirpur Azad Kashmir from 17 Jan to 19 Jan.

According to a press release issued on Friday, Dr Zulfiqar Ali, Associate Professor, Zoology Department and PhD scholar Bushra Nisar Khan were among the organisers in which renowned experts, including Dr Zaheer Ahmad Nasir from University College London-UK participated.

The topics included the resource map, social map, wealth ranking, local perceptions of natural resources management, seasonal calendar, income and expenditure matrix, and daily activity clocks.

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PhD awarded
Lahore: Khurram Shahzad, assistant professor at Centre for Coal Technology, University of the Punjab, has obtained PhD in Chemical Engineering.

Topic of his research was 'Gaseous emissions control from fast fluidized bed combustor burning coal and biomass.'

His research work was supervised by Prof Dr Niaz Ahmed Akhtar, rector, National Textile University, Faisalabad. The news

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PU teachers hail superior judiciary
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Academic Staff Association (ASA) has lauded the role of the superior judiciary in providing justice to the people of Pakistan and welcomed a decision by a two-member bench of the Lahore High Court regarding dismissal of a petition against PU Physics Department Chairman Prof Dr Shaukat Ali in a matriculation certificate case. In a press statement, PU ASA President Dr Ehsan Sharif and Secretary Javed Sami said that the group fanning baseless and negative propaganda against senior teachers of high integrity had again been unveiled. They said that it proved that the group was trying Dr Shaukat Ali on the basis of false propaganda. They said that the decision of the Lahore High Court was a victory of truth and PU teachers were thankful to the judiciary. According to details, Munir Awan, a dismissed employee of the PU, had filed a writ petition in the Lahore High Court challenging the matriculation certificate of Prof Dr Shaukat Ali. Earlier, the court barred Dr Shaukat Ali from working. Later, Dr Shaukat Ali was reinstated by the order of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and his case was referred back to the Lahore High Court.  Now, the LHC's two-member bench, consisting of Justice Ejaz Ahmed and Justice Shahid Bilal Hassan, dismissed the petition filed by Munir Awan after hearing arguments of the counsels of both the parties. The teachers' community has welcomed this decision. Daily times

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PU declares results
Lahore: Punjab University Examinations Department has declared the results of BSc Medical Laboratory Technology Course (MLT) (Hons) (4-Year Programme) Part-I, 2nd annual examination 2012, MCom (3 1/2 Years Programme) Part-III, (Third Year) annual examination 2013, MA Special Education (Regular Programme) semester system, session 2011-13 and MA Special Education (Evening Programme) semester system, session 2011-13. Detailed results are also available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk. The news

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FA, FSc suppl results declared
Lahore: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education on Tuesday declared the results of FA/FSc supplementary examination for 2013 posting a pass percentage of 38.85.

According to the preamble to the result notification, as many as 32,029 candidates appeared for the examination out of whom 12,450 were declared successful. Dawn

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LCWU students want sacked professor reinstated
Lahore: Students of Lahore College for Women University (LCWU)'s Department of Architecture on Thursday staged protest demonstration outside college campus on Jail road against termination of head of their department and merging of Architecture Department into Town Planning Department. 

Students chanted slogans against the LCWU administration and demanded authorities including chief minister to take notice of the issue and solve the matter. Students also boycotted classes and said that they would not attend classes until the professor was reinstated on his position. 

The LCWU administration had not reviewed the contract of former head of Architecture Department Dr Mahmood Hussain who was later appointed as consultant of the department due to his over age but the department was working under his supervision. The administration also merged the Architecture Department and City and Regional Planning Department. 

Separately students of Architecture Department also wrote a letter to Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif and demanded to take notice of the matter. 

According to the copy of the letter available with Daily Times, students had claimed that Vice Chancellor LCWU Dr Sabiha Mansoor misguided them on the matter of Dr Mahmood as she said, "He was a consultant and a visiting lecturer but not a permanent faculty member." 

She told students that he [Mahmood] could never be hired as a head because he was above 60, so the university hired him on the post of a consultant to start and run the department. "She assured us that she will not accept his resignation and it was hard enough for her to persuade him to start the department. We were told that she will have a meeting with Mahmood the next day", the letter further stated. Students said they wanted to study under the supervision of Dr Mehmood because their department and students had achieved several milestones under him. They wrote that after Dr Mahmood's joining, professional circles started to realise presence of LCWU Architecture Department. Daily times

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PAEC, GCU to 'strengthen' research ties
Lahore: The Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) and the Government College University (GCU) have decided to strengthen collaboration in research.

A decision in this regard was taken during the visit of PAEC Chairman Dr Ansar Parvez to GCU, his alma mater, on Tuesday.

The PAEC chairman also visited the laboratories of GCU and inspected research work going on there. He was also briefed about the relevancy and quality of academic programmes being taught at the science departments, efficiency of research, its implementation, effectiveness, impact prospects and sustainability.

During a meeting with Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Khaleequr Rahman at the Syndicate Committee Room, Dr Parvez said PAEC was looking forward to strengthening its collaboration with reputed universities of the country and its linkage with 150-year-old GCU would be beneficial for both the institutions and the country.

Prof Rahman said modern research had grown complex and multidisciplinary and it was not possible for a single research institution or university to possess all the knowledge, equipment and techniques required. It was imperative to establish academic and research links and share resources, expertise and equipment with each other. Dawn

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