Dr. Sohail Naqvi LUMS VC | UVAS research grant

Dr Naqvi appointed VC of LUMS
Islamabad, June 03: The Management Committee (MC) of the Board of Trustees for Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) has approved the appointment of Dr. Sohail Naqvi, former executive director of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), as the next vice chancellor of the university.

A letter with 'The News', by Rector LUMS and LUMS Management Committee (MC) Abdul Razak Dawood, informs the LUMS authorities about the appointment and appreciates Dr. Naqvi's contribution for the uplift of higher education in Pakistan. It says that at the HEC, Dr. Naqvi helped develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for the revival of the university education sector of Pakistan. "With a PhD in Electrical Engineering and extensive teaching and research experience both in the US and Pakistan, Dr. Naqvi has a number of patents to his credit and has also worked with start ups bringing high-tech inventions to the market place," says the letter. "We all look forward to working with him and are confident he will further strengthen the vision and goals of LUMS," says the letter.

The HEC authorities have also welcomed the appointment of Naqvi as vice chancellor LUMS. HEC Chairman Dr Javaid Laghari said that the appointment is the recognition of the services of Dr. Naqvi's contributions. "This is a recognition of the merit of Dr. Sohail Naqvi and his exemplary services at HEC. We all wish him the best in his new career," he said. Dr Naqvi. He will assume the position at LUMS from July 1, 2013.

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HED proposes Rs6b for schemes
Lahore: The Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) has proposed Rs6 billion for development schemes for the Annual Budget 2013-2014.

The total proposed budget of the HED is Rs33 billion, out of which Rs27 billion will be spent on non-development expenditures while Rs6 billion will be utilised for new and ongoing development schemes of the Higher Education Sector.

According to sources, Rs6 billion under the Annual Development Budget there is an increase of Rs300 million as compared to the last year's budget (2012-2013) in which Rs5.7 billion had been earmarked for development schemes. They claimed the department has also proposed allocation of Rs3 billion under the head of block allocations which stood at Rs2.2 billion under the same head (block allocation) in the last budget. "Rs 2 billion will be used for Punjab Educational Endowment Fund (PEEF) in the 2013-2014 Budget," they added.

Sources claim that the HED has spent around 70 percent of its total budget so far. "This is the highest ever spending of the HED in its annual expenditures so far," they claim.

On the other hand, the HED has proposed Rs27 billion for non-development expenditures. Rs 4 billion have been increased in the upcoming budget as compared to last year's budget which had the tally of Rs23 billion for non-development schemes.

Those involved in budget making process claim that a major chunk of the budget will be spent on seven components, including establishment of new colleges, Punjab Education Reform Program, upgrade of universities, provision of missing facilities, support to universities and special initiative like as laptop scheme, solar panel, etc.

The HED had introduced 13 new schemes in last year's budget and had allocated Rs3.5 billion for those schemes. The HED had also continued its ongoing 234 schemes and allocated Rs3.12 billion for them. They further say that around 150 old schemes will continue in the annual budget of 2013-2014 while they did not mention how many new schemes will be introduced in upcoming budget.

"Rs200 to Rs 500 million have been allocated under different blocks which would be utilized according to the priorities of the in-waiting PML-N Punjab government," they maintained. The news

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UVAS wins Rs 400 million as research grant
Lahore: The grant by international donors to the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) for research related projects has reached Rs 400 million for its 43 research projects in 2012-13.

Disclosing the amount, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Mehmood Pasha said that out of the 43 projects, 26 are international and 16 national.

A few days ago, Dr Muhammad Imran Rashid, an Assistant Professor at UVAS also won Rs 10.925 million in grant from "Grand Challenges Canada" for his research project.

His research project was titled "Development of toxoplasma multi-protein sub-unit vaccine and their experiment trials in mouse model administered intranasally with triad of antigens formulated in nanoparticles," Prof Pasha said.

The UVAS has succeeded in securing cooperation from four universities including Penensalvania State University, Michigan, Jackson State Universities and University of Connecticut of USA under US Ministry of Science and Technology winning Rs 200 million for four projects.

Similarly, UVAS researchers are working on five projects with the research grant donated by Punjab Agriculture Research Board with estimated cost of Rs 80 million, the VC said.

The annual budget of the UVAS in fiscal year 2012-13 was Rs 470 million excluding Rs 180 million earnings of the university.

"It is a sign of big acknowledgement of the performance of the UVAS by the international donors in the field of livestock and dairy development," the VC maintained. app

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PU result
Lahore: PU Examinations Department has announced the result of MA Physical Education Part-I, Supplementary Examination 2012. Detailed results are also available on PU website www.pu.edu.pk.

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PMAS-AAUR revised budget approved
Rawalpindi: The Pir Mehr Ali Shah-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) syndicate approved the revised budget of the university amounting to Rs818.112 million for the fiscal year 2012-2013.

The budget was approved at the 65th meeting of the university syndicate held under the chairmanship of PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad. The budget, presented by treasurer Syeda Irum Umer, was unanimously approved by the syndicate after having detailed deliberations.

In the meeting, the establishment of New Faculty of Agricultural Engineering was also approved, with an aim to promote technological changes and their management for sustainable agriculture development through high-level education, by integrating technology, planning and management. The news

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