Lahore, Jan 18: Punjab University's Examinations Department announced the results of BA/BSc Supplementary Examination 2013. The pass percentage is 45.57.
Meanwhile, PU Examinations Department also announced the results of MSc Applied Psychology, Part-I & I, Annual Examination 2013, MSc Gender Studies, Part-I, Annual Examination 2013, and MSc Physics, Part-I, Annual Examination 2013. Detailed results are available on PU website www.pu.edu.pk.
Teachers flay ban on promotion
Lahore: Punjab Teachers Union (PTU) has said that imposing heavy fines and banning promotions of teachers over low performance in the annual examination of different classes was equal to exploitation of their basic rights.
The Punjab Teachers Union office-bearers, including Syed Sajjad Akbar Kazmi, Imtiaz Ahmed Abbasi, Ch Muhammad Sarwar, Rana Liaqat Ali, etc, in a joint statement issued here, Friday, said that the government should immediately stop victimising them. "If the government cannot award them better scales, it should not impose a cut on their salaries", they said, adding the government was bent upon destroying the education sector by introducing district educational authorities in the province.
They said a large number of students were forced to flee from schools due to the fear of English medium that had been imposed by the government. They appealed to the CM that the government should consult teacher community before launching any new scheme or plan in the province. Meanwhile, Punjab Government Schools Senior Staff Association on Friday said that the government should immediately issue notification of the approved charter of their promotions.
According to a press release issued here Friday, PGSSSA office-bearers, including Mian Maqsood Ahmed, Syed Amir Ali, Rana Manzoor, etc, said that all the proceedings against teachers under PEEDA Act should immediately be stopped.
Recruitment: A meeting of the Board of Governors (BoG) of Queen Mary College, Lahore was held here on Friday which reviewed the progress in recruitment process for 38 vacant posts of senior teaching staff and 31 vacant posts of non-teaching staff against which daily wagers have been functioning.
Punjab Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan presiding over the meeting said this step would enable the administration of Queen Mary College to regularise its teaching staff. MNA Shaista Pervaiz Malik and ex-MPA Ms Ghazala Saad Rafique among other members of the board attended the BoG meeting of the college.
It was decided in the meeting that the services of archeologists would be hired for the conservation of beautiful building of the college which possessed a historical significance as far as its Anglo-Saxon Architecture is concerned.
The minister directed the college administration to arrange pre-service training for the teachers to be selected in future. An in-service training session for the current teaching staff would be convened, he added. The meeting also decided to make it mandatory to the Queen Mary College administration to hold third party evaluation of the teaching staff on annual performance basis.
PU results: Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department announced the results of MA History, Part-I annual examination 2013, MA Political Science, Part-I annual examination 2013, MA English, Part-I annual examination 2013, and MA Economics, Part-I annual examination 2013, on Friday.
PU: PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has said that Muslims have been enslaved and their massacre will continue and they could not get rid of these problems until they follow the instructions of the Holy Quran.
According to a press release, the PU VC said this while addressing the orientation ceremony of newly admitted students of BS Hons and MSc GIS at Punjab University College of Information Technology (PUCIT), New Campus. The news
PU to have another go at mega land deal
Lahore: The Punjab University has within a fortnight called another Syndicate meeting to re-consider the draft of 30-year lease agreement to be signed between the varsity and the Daewoo Pakistan Express Bus Service Limited.
The PU intends to lease out its 50-kanal land to the company for the construction and operation of a bus terminal and other commercial activities.
The Syndicate, on the objection of the Punjab government representatives, had earlier deferred the "supplementary agenda item," saying such a mega financial project could not be discussed abruptly and that too as supplementary agenda. The statutory body's 1,703rd meeting was held on Jan 4.
The meeting minutes say the Syndicate had decided that some of its elected members as well as Resident Officer-II and other relevant officials would brief the representatives of finance and higher education departments in the next Syndicate meeting. Sources said that the university administration and three elected syndicate members, who belong to the pro-administration Teachers' Front, were showing indecent haste in ensuring the approval of leasing out varsity land for commercial activity. "There is more to the case than meets the eye," a source said.
Sources expressed their surprise over the Syndicate's decision that some of the elected members would brief the government representatives on the subject.
"How the members of the decision-making body can go and separately brief government representatives who had raised objections in the last meeting, on the agenda items to be discussed in the upcoming Syndicate meeting scheduled for Jan 18."
Punjab Higher Education Secretary Tariq Mahmood Khan said it's not possible that some elected Syndicate members could give briefing to the departments' representatives on PU Syndicate.
He said the higher education and finance departments' additional secretaries were regular members of the Syndicate and any official matter could be discussed with them in the statutory meeting and not in separate meetings.
He also denied that any briefing on the subject of leasing of university land to the Daewoo bus company as well as a bank was given to the department.
PU Syndicate member Prof Dr Shaukat Ali said the elected members had discussed the university land lease issue with Punjab Finance Department's Additional Secretary Muhammad Usman who is representing the department on the Syndicate.
He said the elected members would also give a detailed briefing on the subject to all Syndicate members in its upcoming meeting.
Sources in the university allege that Prof Ali, who was head of the Syndicate's technical committee, was showing haste in the case of leasing out university land as he has entered into underhand dealings with the bus company and is retiring from the university service on Feb 2.
Sources said the PU administration had not even called the Syndicate meeting within the stipulated period when the PU Act was amended and it was made mandatory to get VC's anticipatory orders ratified by the Syndicate within 45 days.
Prof Ali denied the allegations and said it was a mudslinging campaign against him. "I haven't taken a penny either from the bus company or any other official dealing on behalf of the university," he said. He said there was no urgency as this project had been in progress for the last one year. Advertisements for the land lease were issued in newspapers and since then a complete process had been done before bringing the matter to the Syndicate.
The upcoming Syndicate meeting is also scheduled to discuss the draft lease agreement for opening of a new bank branch on a four-kanal piece of land in the vicinity of the College of Earth and Environmental Sciences on Rs403,000 monthly rent for 10 years.
This item was also placed on the supplementary agenda in the Syndicate's last meeting and was deferred to be taken up in the next meeting on regular agenda.
The Syndicate is also expected to discuss placement of university funds in the Bank of Punjab; PU Treasurer's briefing about abolition of administrative posts; grant of budget for furniture and fixture for varsity's Jhelum Campus; establishment of Student Advancement Fund Endowments (SAFEs) and confirmation of the orders passed by the vice chancellor in anticipation of the approval of the Syndicate.
Pro-admin group wins PUASA election
Lahore: The pro-administration Teachers' Front on Thursday made a clean sweep in the Punjab University Academic Staff Association election for the session 2014. All its candidates won with a substantial lead of votes and most of them retained seats for a second term.
The polling was held at the Institute of Education and Research's Waheed Shaheed Hall from 8.30am to 4.30pm where 648 teachers exercised their right to franchise.
The Teachers' Front (TF) candidate Dr Ehsan Sharif retained the president's slot for the second term with 381 votes. His opponents Academic Alliance (AA) candidate Dr Asmatullah bagged 194 votes while candidate of Faculty Strengthening Forum (FSF), Dr Bushra Rehman, got 67 votes.
The Teachers' Front's Dr Abid Hussain Chaudhry defeated Iftikhar Ahmad Tarar of Academic Alliance and Dr Abida Eijaz of Faculty Strengthening Forum's for vice-president (arts).
The TF's Dr Faheem Aftab defeated Munawar Iqbal and FSF's Dr Muhammad Usman Awan to win vice-president (science) seat.
The PUASA secretary general seat was retained by TF's Javed Sami who defeated AA's Abdul Majid Khan Rana and FSF's Dr Rana Eijaz Ahmad. For joint secretary slot, TF's Farhan Ahmed Chaudhry defeated AA's Dr Nadeem Sheikh and FSF's Faiza Tayyab.
The TF's Dr Hafiz Muqeet Javed Bhatti won association's treasurer seat by defeating AA's Dr Zulfqar Ahmad and FSF's Sadia Akbar.
For PU New Campus' six executive members seats, TF's Dr Mahboob Hussain, Abdul Jabbar Khan, Dr Amir Hashmi, Syeda Nayab Batool Rizvi, Mudassar Azam and Sonia Umer were elected. For PU Old Campus' two executive members seats, TF's Misbah Sultana and Asghar Iqbal were elected.
The newly elected PUASA president Dr Ehsan Sharif expressed his gratitude to the teachers' community for reposing confidence in the Teachers Front's leadership. He said the association would also play its role in ensuring that no political party should have its wing at the university and that appointments and promotions of teachers were based on merit.
PU VC draws flak for 'anomaly'
Lahore: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has come under fire for not getting his anticipatory order ratified by the Syndicate within the stipulated period of 45 days.
It is learnt the VC had appointed a junior professor as director of the Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology to weed out the influence of the Islami Jamiat Tulaba. The university considers the PU Law College and the ICET hub of the IJT.
The Punjab finance department's additional secretary had questioned in the last Syndicate meeting that why the university did not put ICET Director Prof Dr Aamir Ijaz's appointment order issued on Feb 28, 2012, before the Syndicate within 45 days. The order was presented before the Syndicate after more than a year and a half.
The vice chancellor told the meeting that negligence of not presenting the order before the Syndicate was made by the relevant branch of the university. He said he had already advised the persons concerned to tender an apology for such negligence and state reasons for delay.
Syndicate member Dr Amjad Saqib, who is vice chairman of the Punjab Educational Endowment Fund, asked the vice chancellor to bring his other anticipatory orders before the Syndicate without further delay if some orders were left out because of such negligence.
Prof Kamran directed Registrar Prof Dr Khan Rass Masood and Additional Registrar-I Prof Dr Aurangzeb Alamgir (who has been re-appointed after his retirement) to conduct an inquiry into the issue and fix responsibility.
The case of appointment of the ICET director was highlighted by Syndicate member Dr Asmatullah who stated that Prof Ijaz was on the third number in the seniority list. The senior-most professor, Dr Niaz Ahmad Akhtar, was on leave without pay, whereas Prof Dr Muhammad Ali was the second most senior professor and should have been given a chance to work as ICET director because a number of other assignments were already given to Prof Ijaz, he said.
The VC said Prof Ijaz was apolitical and a cultured and refined person who was equally competent in writing and decision-making. He said Prof Ali would be considered for appointment next time.
Syndicate member Prof Dr Shaukat Ali said ICET as well as Law College were considered IJT hub. He said the students belonging to the IJT had often tried to create law and order situation by threatening university teachers or by organising functions at the departments without approval from the heads of the departments.
"To control such illegal activities, services of a balanced and competent teacher were needed. Therefore, Prof Ijaz was appointed ICET director to control such state of affairs," he asserted.
The meeting minutes say the anticipatory order of the VC was granted ex-post facto approval. Dawn
GCU awards honorary degree to PM Nawaz
Lahore: The Government College University (GCU) Lahore on Friday awarded an honorary doctorate degree to Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif for his invaluable services for Pakistan, democracy and his alma mater.
Punjab Governor Ch Muhammad Sarwar, Education Minister Rana Mashood Ahmad Khan and Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman presented the honorary PhD degree to the prime minister at the university's 12th Convocation wherein 1,215 students also received degrees, medals, rolls of honour and other distinctions.
According the convocation report, girls yet again outshined boys this year in academics as they clinched top positions and medals in 15 of 26 disciplines at BA/BSc (Hons) level while boys emerged on top in co-curricular activities and sports.
About 19 scholars namely; Sana Zahoor, Muhammad Ajaib, Shahzad Sharif, Tauheeda Riaz, Haniya Azam, Samia Ashraf, Zaheer Ahmed, Sadia Arshad, Zia Bashir, Aftab Khan, Ammara Nosheen, Gul Rahmat and Awais Younus, Farah Deeba and Zeba Israr, Muhammad Hamid Ali, Sarah Khalid Butt, Hina Kanwal and Mian Humayun also received doctorate of philosophy (PhD) degrees at the convocation.
Addressing the convocation, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reminisced of his old days at the college, saying that "today, when I was coming to attend the convocation at GCU, a caravan of memories accompanied me throughout the way."
The prime minister said he used to sit in the oval ground of the college and also played a lot of cricket there. "I was a prominent member of the GC cricket team," he said.
The PM said he could not forget the days when he along with his friends used to sit on the benches of the ground and it was time when the friends' company was more attractive than the classroom. The prime minister wished he could become a GCU student again to spend time with friends. He also recalled a visit of former Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to Lahore when film star Dev Anand, who was also a Ravian, expressed his great wish to see Government College, Lahore again.
Nawaz said he could not forget the college canteen, friends and honourable teachers. He said that he would prefer refreshment at the college canteen.
In his convocation address, Governor Ch Muhammad Sarwar congratulated the new graduates and asked them to serve the nation and pay back what you had earned from your alma mater. He said that the country would make progress under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He said that getting the GSP Plus status was just because of the PM's efforts.
The governor lauded the performance of Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khaleeq-ur-Rahman and said that under his supervision the university was growing rapidly. He said there were 7 million children in Pakistan who could not get admission in a school due to poverty. He urged the newly graduates to utilise their degrees and work for the underprivileged children and women.
While addressing the gathering, the VC said Pakistan was facing the challenges like terrorism, intolerance, poverty, unemployment, poor infrastructure, lawlessness, diseases, and other maladies just because of lack of quality education. He said, "Unfortunately, Muslim countries are categorised as low-income developing countries. This is because the Muslim countries spend only 0.46% of their GDP on education." He congratulated the prime minister who has rightfully increased the budgetary allocation for education up to 4% of the GDP.
Prof Rahman said that despite financial constraints, GCU reduced the fees of students by 35%, adding that there had been no raise in their fees for the last three years. Besides fee reduction, a substantive amount of Rs22 million has been disbursed by way of scholarships through the university budget as well as GCU Endowment Fund, he added. Daily times
Multan agri varsity gets new building
Multan: The new building of Nawaz Sharif Agriculture University on Old Shujabad Road was handed over to the NSAU administration on Monday.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, District Coordination Officer Zahid Saleem Gondal hoped the institution spread over 700 acres would help develop agriculture in south Punjab and would try to catch up with the Faisalabad Agriculture University in quality of learning.
The DCO directed the university authorities to start the classes immediately in the renovated building.
NSAU Project Director Dr Abid Kharral said furniture, buses and other required infrastructure had been purchased and there was no hindrance in launching the classes in the new building.
He said six faculties and 40 departments would be established in the university in phases while classes of BSc (honor) agriculture would also be started.
He said university's 300 students were currently studying in a temporary campus established in the Bahauddin Zakaria University and their classes would be shifted to the new building within a few days. Dawn
Lahore: Government College University Lahore has awarded PhD degrees to three scholars in Chemistry, Physics and Urdu.
Shahzad Sharif completed his research on the topic of "Synthesis and Structural Characterisation of Some Lanthanide Complexes Derived from Multidentate Oxygen Donor Ligands" under the supervision of GCU Dean of Sciences Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan. Zeba Israr completed her research on the topic of "Screening Potentials and Wave Excitations in Dusty Plasmas" under the supervision of Prof Dr Hassan A Shah while Sarah Khalid Butt was notified as doctor of philosophy after the approval of her thesis "Shaukat Sadique Kay Afsana aur Novel Ka Aslubiyati Mutalya" as Dr Muhammad Khan Ashraf supervised her thesis. The news
Class V, VIII students denied stipend for four years
Sahiwal: More than 450 primary and middle students in Sahiwal district have been 'denied' "internal merit scholarship" for the last four years.
According to local district accounts and education offices, the scholarship amount has piled up to Rs4,937,600 (Rs4.93 million). Many students along with their parents have demanded immediate release of scholarships.
In 2008, on the direction of the provincial government, the Punjab Examination Commission had formulated district-wise merit list of students who bagged positions in class V and VIII examinations.
Around 55-60 students of public and private educational institutions in each district every year are entitled to a monthly scholarship of Rs600 for three years. Waseem Anwer, father of Amina Waseem, a student of Gems School, Pakpattan said that her daughter was entitled to scholarship in 2012 class V exam as she stood 17th in overall merit.
Waseem has a notification No. 1751/G, dated June 12, 2012 issued by district education officer to this effect.
He said: "My daughter was to receive Rs21,600 per annum for three year i.e April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2014. But till date we received not a single cheque."
Same is the case with Hasan Daniyal of The Educator, Fateh Sher Colony, and Minahal Chaudhry of Divisional Public School, Sahiwal. Interestingly, both the students are now in class VIII and are awaiting class V scholarship.
Sources in local district education office have confirmed that a total of 258 male/female students of class V and 197 of class VIII did not receive even a single penny. An education official told this correspondent that the department had twice sent summary to the district government for release of funds but got no response.
EDO (F&P) Saqib Ateel said: "We have sanctioned release of funds."
Parents have demanded of the chief minister and the education minister to make arrangements for grant of scholarships. Dawn