PU-ICS MPhil, PhD entrance results

PU ICS MPhil, PhD entrance results
Lahore, July 30: Punjab University Institute of Communication Studies (PU ICS) has announced results of M. Phil and PhD entrance test exam, according to which 27 candidates have qualified for PhD admission interview, 48 for M. Phil (research track) and 42 for M. Phil (professional track).

According to a press release issued on Monday, the successful candidates will appear before the Departmental Doctoral Programme Committee comprised of senior most faculty members for interview on August 19, 20 and 21. According to details, for PhD admission a total 45 candidates submitted applications, 43 appeared in the written test and 27 qualified for interview scheduled on August 19. For admission to M. Phil (research track), 177 candidates submitted applications, out of which 160 appeared in the test and 48 qualified for interview scheduled on August 20. For M. Phil (professional track), 207 candidates submitted applications, out of which 181 appeared in the test and 42 qualified for interview scheduled on August 22.

To ensure transparency, for the first time in the history of ICS, fictitious numbers were placed instead of roll numbers and names of the candidates. All papers were reviewed multiple times by all members of the committee before announcement of results. The list of successful candidates of written has been displayed on notice board of PU ICS. It is noteworthy for M. Phil/PhD admissions, the criteria of HEC and PU DPCC is being adopted according to which 50 marks are for academic qualifications, 40 marks for written test and 10 marks for interview.

Five PhDs awarded: Punjab University has awarded five PhD degrees to different scholars after the completion of their research work.

According to a press release issued on Monday, the scholars included Adil Jamal s/o Amjad Pervaiz in the subject of Molecular Biology after the approval of his thesis titled "Gene Expression Profiling in Gossypium Arboreum Root Under Drought Stress", Muhammad Israr s/o Muhammad Bahadar in the subject of Molecular Biology after the approval of his thesis titled "Genetic Characterisation of ChrX miniSTRs in Pakistani Population'', Basharat Ali s/o Muhammad Ramzan in the subject of Biological Sciences after the approval of his thesis titled "Epidemiology and Molecular Characterisation of Bovine and Human Tuberculosis in Human Rural Population of Punjab Pakistan", Kamran Shehzad s/o Sana Ullah in the subject of Molecular Biology after the approval of his thesis titled "Transformation of Fiber Related Genes in Cotton (Gossypium Hirsutum)" and Javed Younes s/o Mehdi Khan in the subject of Urdu after the approval of his thesis titled "The Letter Writing of Maulana Altaf Hussain Hali, Research and Editing".

Admission schedule: Punjab University Examination Department has issued a schedule of admission fee and form for the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm-D), Final Professional Annual Examination 2013.

According to a press release issued on Monday, date of submission of admission form and fee for the said exam is 09-09-2013 with single fee while form can be submitted with double fee till 12-09-2013. Detailed schedule is also available on PU website www.pu.edu.pk. The news

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BZU sub-campus in Lahore: Dept to withdraw prohibitive letter
Lahore: The Punjab higher education department has consented to withdraw its letter directing the Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU), Multan, to immediately close down its sub-campus in Lahore only a day after the university conveyed that its Syndicate had granted permission for the campus on July 13.

The Punjab higher education department issued a letter on July 26 stating that the BZU was allowed to open a sub-campus in Lahore subject to approval of the Syndicate of the BZU and an NOC from the Higher Education Commission, Islamabad. The letter also stated that there were other legal requirements that needed to be fulfilled.

When contacted, Punjab higher education department secretary Farhan Aziz Khwaja acknowledged that the BZU administration had informed that the Syndicate had already approved the setting up of the BZU sub-campus in Lahore. He said the department had not received the BZU's July 13 notification and would get the same on Monday (today). He said the department had also asked the university to complete other formalities but agreed that the HEC's No Objection Certificate would be issued in due course of time.

The higher education department's July 26 letter also stated that the advertisements for the sub-campus had appeared without the approval of the Syndicate and without the NOC from the HEC. It stated that the unauthorised functioning of the sub-campus was unlawful and illegal. It said the sponsors of the sub-campus had announced admissions in various disciplines through leading newspapers, which was a clear violation of the instructions of the government. It said the sponsors were clearly misleading students and general public by using the name of the university.

The letter also reads: "The university is advised to immediately close down this sub-campus for want of completion of prior legal requirements".

When contacted, BZU Multan Registrar Malik Munir said the university Syndicate had granted approval on June 27 and the university notified it on July 13. The notification reads: "Consequent upon the decision of the Syndicate arrived at June 27 through circulation, the Syndicate by majority of votes approved the establishment of BZU Sub-Campus Lahore under public-private partnership with West Continental Group, Lahore, on the terms of conditions of revised deed of agreement, approved by the Syndicate by circulation with effect from Fall Semester 2013 to onwards".

The registrar said a copy of the notification was also sent to the Punjab higher education department. He said Punjab higher education secretary Farhan Aziz Khwaja had spoken to the vice-chancellor on Saturday (July 27) and consented to withdraw the letter on next working day upon receiving the university notification.

Regarding Punjab higher education department's requirement of an NOC from the HEC, BZU Lahore Campus chairman Tahir Iqbal Chaudhry said that the HEC's accreditation committee would visit the university campus after the recruitment of faculty and then issue an NOC. For around 50 faculty posts advertised, he said, the sub-campus had received some 1,200 applications and added that the BZU, Multan, selection boards were scheduled to meet from Aug 15 onwards for the selection of faculty for Lahore Campus. "The HEC will issue the NOC after its visit to inspect faculty and facilities at varsity's Lahore sub-campus," he added.

Mr Chaudhry said the campus had also issued admission advertisements with the prior approval from the BZU and added that the classes at the campus would begin in October this year. Dawn

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Marks rechecking mechanism displeases students
Lahore: Soon after the announcement of Matriculation results, a large number of students along with their parents, guardians and teachers thronged the Lahore Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) for rechecking their papers and correction of marks.

Although for last two years BISE Lahore is declaring error-free results but still problems are being faced by students about rechecking. Due to erroneous results in 2011, BISE Lahore and other boards already faced criticism. The flawed results also sparked protests in Punjab resulting in burning of record of several boards.

The system rechecking in Pakistan is itself an issue which needs to revive as every year hundreds of students' visits BISE Lahore office for rechecking of their papers and return hopeless after denied permission to do so.

Although, Lahore Board has given some liberty to students as they are being provided the solved and checked answer sheets for a few minutes for reading and counting all the awarded numbers but still students are not allowed to question examiner remark.

The students, parents and their teachers are still not satisfied with the offer provided by the Lahore Board to provide student a copy of solved answer sheet and demanded to give students the right to identify the mistakes done by examiner and remarking.

They complained that in past several students who applied for rechecking bagged good marks and even some students got positions after their result was changed in rechecking.

Khalid, a student of matriculation who rechecked his papers, said he was disappointed after rechecking that he could not ask board officials for correction. He said he had written correct answers for several questions but he was awarded low marks and board officials denied his request for remarking on grounds that only examiner has the authority to amend these changes.

Mother of a student, Hina, said she came here with a hope to get her daughter's paper rechecked as she was claiming that she attempted English paper very well but marks were not sufficient. She observed, "rechecking was not actually a rechecking, it should be declared as remarking, because nor it was rechecking of paper neither it was re-evaluating". She demanded authorities to develop a system for welfare of students to correct false marking of an examiner.

When contacted, spokesman of Lahore Board, Qaiser Virk, was of the view that the term rechecking is used because a student could observed himself whether the number awarded by examiners were counted correctly or not. He added that only Lahore Board offer the facility to students to get their answer sheets for sometime to read and find errors.

Qaiser observed that there was court order in this regard that remarking could not be allowed once the results were announced, however for last one year, Lahore Board has established a rechecking system in which papers are rechecked after a examiner completes marks distribution process. Daily times

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