Lahore, Jan 06: Perturbed over its financial position in the wake of sheer indifferent attitude by the federal and provincial governments, University of Engineering & Technology (UET) Lahore has decided to get back concession given to the students in prescribed tuition fee from the graduates.
Through a recent notification, the UET management has asked the graduates of Session 2009-2013 to pay back concession given to them against the prescribed tuition fee amounting to Rs 2,750/- per month (Rs 133,000/- over four years) in easy installments in the UET Endowment Fund.
As per the plan, the graduates have been directed to deposit Rs 8,000 per annum over the first four years after graduation and Rs 20,000 per annum over the subsequent years. According to the letter, circulated among the graduates in December 2013, they have been directed to deposit Rs 8,000 by March 2014 (before the convocation). The letter states that over the years universities are coming under increasing financial pressure wing to flow of adequate funds from the government. "To ensure financial sustainability of UET Lahore it has been decided by the University Syndicate and the Senate that concession given to the students against the prescribed tuition fee amounting to approximately Rs 5,000 per month should be returned/ paid back without interest after graduation. For 2009 session, financial support provided works out to be Rs 2,750 per month (Rs 133,000 over four years). Keeping in view the financial constraints faced by the University, it is proposed that this amount may be paid back in easy installments of Rs 8,000 per annum over the first four years after graduation and Rs 20,000 per annum over the subsequent years", reads the letter.
It is pertinent to mention here that there is a widespread confusion and sense of uncertainty among the graduates and many believe that those who failed to deposit the first installment would not be awarded the degrees. A number of graduates argued that the university administration should have taken a kind of undertaking at the time of admission that the students would be paying back the concession given to them. A student, seeking anonymity, said that though lack of funding from the government might be a problem for the varsity but many of its decision also led to financial constraints being faced today. He said last year a new campus of the cash-starved UET Lahore was opened in Narowal adding the university administration should avoid politically motivated decisions.
When contacted, UET Lahore Vice Chancellor Lt Gen (r) Muhammad Akram Khan said the university was spending more than Rs 15,000 per month on each student which was growing day by day. He said owing to the financial position of the university, the students were informed on various occasions to be prepared and pay back the concession in easy installments. The VC said the graduates should learn to sacrifice adding the amount was not so big and installments were designed in a way that the same should not prove a financial burden on students. He said the university would find some other way to facilitate the students if some graduates could not pay these installments. He also said the initiative was widely appreciated by the students adding the Session 2013 students had already been informed about this initiative through prospectus at the time of admissions.
No exam results for many months
Lahore: The students of MSc Communication Studies (Morning Session 2011-2013) of Punjab University's Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) have been waiting for their exam results for the last many months.
Sources said the exam was held in April-May 2013 and the results were supposed to be announced in June 2013 but the results are yet to be announced.
Sources said the main reason behind the delay was non-marking of papers by a faculty member, Assistant Professor Lubna Shaheen.
They said a committee was recently formed which broke open her office and took possession of the papers and other record.
They claimed that the said faculty member was asked through different letters to hand over the papers but to no avail.
A Punjab University official said the committee headed by Assistant Professor Dr Afira Hamid had asked the faculty member to ensure the marking of papers at the earliest so that the results could be announced as soon as possible. The news
College of Home Economics awards 154 degrees at 44th convocation
Lahore: A total of 154 students were awarded degrees at the 44th annual convocation of Government College of Home Economics (GCHE) Gulberg, Lahore on Tuesday.
Governor Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar was the chief guest, while Principal Prof Dr Samia Kalsoom, faculty members, students and parents were also present.
Degrees were conferred upon 154 students of MSc, 15 students of MPhil and four students of diploma courses. However, four students bagged gold medals and roll of honour, eight students received gold medals and special awards and 21 students received prizes for their first, second and third positions, respectively. Those who got first prizes in the classes are Hira Zahid Bs (Part I) first year; Aqsa Nasarullah, BS part-I, second year; Mina Butt, BS (Part II) first year; Nehdia Ahmad BS Part II second year; Saima Ahmad, MSc Part I; Rahme Sadiq Msc. Part II and Maimoona Khalid, M. Phil Part II.
The principal, Prof Dr Samia Kalsoom, in her address, congratulated the students, their parents and teachers, stressing the importance of perseverance and hard work. She remarked, "The secret to Success anywhere lies in commitment and hard work." While presenting the Annual Report, she highlighted the curricular and co- curricular activities being carried out in the college. She mentioned the practical support of Food and Nutrition Department in breast cancer and their invaluable seminars on health, incessant efforts of the Science Deptt for dengue awareness seminars, walks, poster competitions and dengue detection desk.
Samia also requested the governor for a special grant of financial support for the college's Display Centre, upgradation of Nursery School, repair and maintenance of the college building, construction of shed for the buses, Day Care Centre, upgradation of library and special quota in government jobs for the students of Home Economics, She also requested the chief guest for five scholarships for the students of HOMEC to study in foreign universities.
Governor Chaudhry Sarwar congratulated the students and said, "Time is precious and hard work is key to success; never forget your roots if you achieve something in life". Daily times
Lahore: Newly-established Ameer-ud-Din Medical College has secured first position among all the government medical colleges of Lahore and overall second position in Punjab in the first professional of MBBS Part one examination.
According to a press release here on Sunday, Principal Post-Graduate Medical Institute and Ameer-ud-Din Medical College Prof Anjum Habib Vohra, while expressing his satisfaction over the results of the college, said that by producing excellent results, the students of the new college have confirmed the vision of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif who decided to establish Ameer-ud-Din Medical College last year providing open chances to general public to get their children educated in the medical field. He said the students, faculty members and parents of the successful students deserved congratulations for this very honour of first year result. He expressed the hope that the college would produce even better results during the years to come.
Prof Vohra said there was no dearth of talent in our country. We need institutional approach to manage and groom this talent by establishing proper institutions well-equipped with all the modern gadgets. He said Chief Minister had very wisely taken the decision to establish a new medical college. He emphasised upon the students to continue their studies with the same zeal and commitment so as to materialise the dreams of their parents and the nation. The news