PU students demo | KP colleges BS programme

PU students stage demo
Lahore, June 26: Punjab University students staged a protest demonstration in front of the Vice Chancellor's House on Tuesday night and burnt tyres against varsity administration's failure to ensure power and water supply in hostels.

A large number of students under the banner of Islami Jamiat Tulaba gathered in front of the VC's House at around 9pm and chanted slogans against the administration.

An IJT spokesman said the hostel residents were living in very tough conditions, and claimed that the hostels had received power supply for just two hours during the last 24 hours. He said majority of hostel residents were appearing for their annual as well as semester examinations and were facing the worst ever living conditions.

The spokesman said the vice chancellor, while using his emergency powers, had issued Rs12 million for the purchase of three generators for varsity's three departments, but no such action was taken for the welfare of a large number of students residing in hostels.

PU Registrar Prof Dr Khan Rass Masood, when contacted, said he was standing outside the VC's House where a protest demonstration was going on. Later, he did not attend calls.

EXAMINATIONS: The PU examinations department has notified that MA Education Part-I (Elementary/Secondary/General) and M.Ed (General & Science) supplementary examinations for 2012 and annual examinations for 2013 will begin on July 16.

The eligible candidates can submit their admission forms with single fee till June 27 and with double fee on June 28.

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PU Syndicate allows medic's migration against rules
Lahore: The Punjab University Syndicate has eventually approved the migration of former inspector general (IG) Haji Habibur Rehman's son from a private medical college in Lahore to a public medical college in Lahore in violation of rules and regulations and requirements on medical/ humanitarian grounds.

The syndicate had rejected, in its meetings on April 20 and May 4, the former IG's request for migration of his son Muhammad Khalilur Rehman from UHS' affiliated Rashid Latif Medical College (RLMC), Lahore, to Punjab University's affiliated public sector Sheikh Zayed Medical College (SZMC), Lahore, on humanitarian grounds.

Mr Rehman had stated that his son Muhammad Mehboobur Rahman, a student of MBBS third year in Sheikh Zayed Medical College, was a patient of epilepsy and during the last three years had undergone a number of fits. He requested that his son Muhammad Khalilur Rehman, a student of third year MBBS at RLMC, might be migrated to the SZMC so that he could look after his ailing brother.

After getting the request rejected twice, the PU administration again brought the migration case in its June 15 Syndicate meeting as a current work (instead of bringing it on agenda) and got the migration approved. The syndicate's decision was confirmed in its June 22 meeting.

When contacted, a spokesperson for the University of Health Sciences (UHS) said that Mr Rehman had also contacted the UHS in 2012 for his son's migration, but the request was turned down. He said the rules and regulations did not allow migration from a private sector to a public sector medical college under any circumstances. He said the Punjab government's rules also did not allow migration within a city.

The spokesman asserted that the UHS did not issue any No Objection Certificate (NOC) in the case and the candidate had appeared for its two professional year examinations with the UHS and would face problems if he joined the SZMC.

Stating that Khalilur Rehman was UHS' registered student, the spokesman said the university would object, when the PU would ask for candidate's previous results.

"The two universities have different syllabi and schedule of teaching and migration of any candidate is not permissible," he said.

Interestingly, the June 15 PU Syndicate meeting's proceedings that were confirmed in its June 22 meeting, say, "after some discussion it was resolved that Haji Habibur Rehman should submit medical certificate of his son Khalilur Rehman to the syndicate regarding nature of his ailment".

Though as per record and Mr Rehman's request, his son Mehboobur Rehman, a third-year student of SZMC, was suffering from epilepsy and not Khalilur Rehman, the June 15 meeting proceedings say, "the discharge summary certificate issued by the Shaikh Zayed Hospital to his son Khalilur Rehman was placed before the members".

The proceedings also say that the UHS' affiliated RLMC was situated as 35-Km Ferozepur Road, Lahore.

Consequently, the PU Syndicate approved Khalilur Rehman's migration from the RLMC to the SZMC.

Mr Rehman, while in service last year, had withdrawn some Rs1.5 million for the education of his two children studying in medical colleges from the police welfare fund supposedly meant for the deserving officials and heirs of those who die in the line of duty. This issue was also taken by the Supreme Court.

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BS programme being shut in several KP colleges
Peshawar: The Higher Education Department, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has decided to wind up several faculties running the Bachelor of Studies (BS) programme in about 20 government colleges.

Official sources said that the faculties running the four-year BS programme in around 20 government colleges could be closed as these colleges were not fit to effectively continue this programme.

"Actually, the BS programme was introduced in these colleges under pressure of the MPAs and MNAs in the respective constituencies," said an official of the education department.

The already enrolled students of the programme would not suffer due to closure of the programme in their colleges because they would be shifted to the adjacent colleges to pursue their BS degree, he said.

The programme was first introduced in 20 postgraduate and degree colleges as a pilot project in 2010 as per the national education policy.

According to the 1978 national education policy and policies onward, the two-year BA/BSc degree was to be replaced by the four-year degree programme.

The idea behind the implementation of BS programme was to bring it at par with the bachelor's degrees of the developed world. Slowly, the number of the colleges and faculties were increased. Presently, 164 faculties have been running in 54 colleges across the province.

This way the colleges have been providing inexpensive higher education to the students in their native districts. The officials said that students in government colleges had been paying only Rs3,500 per semester, while the public sector universities charged up to Rs30,000 for the same faculties.

The programme is being run successfully in the prominent and big colleges, but those colleges where it was launched through political interference were facing several problems, said an HED official.

He said that the faculties with less than 20 enrolled students would be shut. He said that currently the number of students in several faculties were five to 10.

"The colleges cannot afford to continue the BS programme with minimum number of students because huge amount is spent on running the programme," he said.

He said that in some colleges there was shortage of teachers and laboratories and as such the programme could not be run successfully.

The students of faculties facing closure would be shifted to the nearest colleges in the same area so that they could continue their education. However, he said that that this would be done with the consultation of principals of both colleges and administration of the affiliated universities.

"There will be no such step in the whole procedure that could have negative impact on the students," he said.

When contacted, Higher Education Department director Noorullah Wazir said that the department had constituted a committee under him for establishing new faculties in colleges under the BS programme. He said that director Project Management Unit for the BS programme and deputy chief planning officer of the HED were members of the committee.

He said that the administrations of colleges were bound to take permission for establishing new disciplines. He said that the committee would see whether the respective colleges had the required facilities prior to allowing them to establish new faculties. Dawn

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Malakand University teachers protest salaries non-payment
Mingora: Twenty-four foreign qualified PhD scholars of the University of Malakand took out a protest demonstration against varsity administration, claiming to have been deprived of their salaries.

The protesting teachers asked the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor, chief minister and other government officials to take note of the injustice being meted out to them. The teachers have been on strike for the past three weeks after the university administration refused to accept their demands. They also addressed a press conference after staging protest in Mingora.

The protesting teachers, including, Dr Murad Ali, Dr Suhail Abbas and Dr Samiur Rahman and others, said they had been deprived of their monthly salaries for the period they were studying in foreign universities in various countries on the scholarships of the HEC. They said the university officials had told them that they were not entitled to the salaries as they had taken their families along while staying abroad for studies.

The faculty members argued the university administration had been using delaying tactics and were holding back their salaries on one or the other pretext. They claimed the university administration had received funds for their salaries.

The protesting teachers pointed out that the 24 foreign-qualified doctors had been protesting for last three weeks, but the university administration was not bothered to take note of their concerns. Expressing their regret, they said no other university in the country had meted out such treatment to its staff completing PhDs from famous universities in the world.

The teacher took the plea, the University of Malakand and Kohat University of Science and Technology (KUST) had same statutes and the latter had already approved study leave with pay for their PhD faculty members, saying the University of Hazara also followed the same precedent. "One can't help laughing at the argument of the administration that the teachers were working while pursuing their PhD studies. We had to work because the funds that we received were insufficient to meet our requirement," a teacher said.

They said none of the teachers of the university had spent extra-time and all of them returned after earning PhD degrees from the top universities of UK, France, Germany, Austria, Sweden and New Zealand. They alleged that the incumbent vice-chancellor, who they claimed, was junior to many of them, was forcing qualified teachers to leave the university by refusing to give them their due rights. The news

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