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PU vacation
Lahore, June 07: Punjab University's teaching departments, institutes, centres and constituent colleges will remain closed for summer vacation from July 14 to September 19.

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PU admission
Lahore: Punjab University Examinations Department has issued schedules for submission of admission fee and forms for BS Applied Geology 2nd and 3rd Professional second annual examination 2013 and annual examination 2014.

The last date for submission of admission forms with single fee is 12-6-2014 while the forms can be submitted with double fee till 13-6-2014. PU Examination Department has also issued written/practical date-sheets for the BSc Nursing (4-Year Programme) (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year) annual examination 2014. The news

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PU FM 104.6 celebrates 10th anniversary
Lahore: The Punjab University's Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) celebrated the 10th anniversary of varsity's FM 104.6 radio with a colourful event at its auditorium on Thursday that highlighted the importance of the medium of radio in student training and mass education of society.

Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Culture Rana Muhammad Arshad, Radio Pakistan Director General (DG) Samina Pervaiz, Columnist Dr Ajmal Niazi, ICS Director Dr Noshina Saleem, Anchorpersons Muhammad Ajmal Jami and Huda Ikram, PU FM 104.6 Programme Manager Irshad Chaudhry, faculty and a large number of students participated in the celebrations.

VC Dr Kamran inaugurated the festivities by cutting the anniversary cake. Speaking on the occasion, he stressed the importance of radio as an important source of information and entertainment that had served as an educator for the masses of Pakistan. He said that the ICS was started as a small department with an aim to promote journalism. He said that FM 104.6 had helped students become professional journalists and many of them were now working with major media organisations.

Rana Arshad said that the PML-N government have the credit of making the country an atomic power, winning GSP plus status and attracting $35 billion investment from China.

He appreciated the work of FM 104.6 radio and said that it had served as the identity of the varsity. He said the Punjab government would extend maximum help to the ICS for extending the broadcast range of FM 104.6.

Dr Ajmal Niazi said that listening was more effective than visuals. He said that his experience of working for radio was more rewarding than working for television. DG Samina Pervaiz said that radio was the most effective tool for creating consensus in the society. She appreciated the services of FM 104.6 in Muzaffarabad during the earthquake of 2005. Dr Noshina Saleem said that the ICS would further invest in the FM 104.6 and that soon its broadcast range would be extended and transmissions enhanced.

Ajmal Jami and Huda Ikram, who are ICS alumni, said that FM 104.6 was their first professional school, which helped them excel in their careers. Daily times

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PU syndicate greeted
Lahore: Federal ministers, including Khawaja Saad Rafique, Rana Tanvir Hussain, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Barjees Tahir, MNA Malik Pervaiz and PML-N leader Sohail Zia Butt have felicitated the newly-elected Syndicate members and Punjab University Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran.

According to a press release, they expressed the hope that the newly-elected members would play their constructive role for the development of the university.

They added the members would cooperate in the administration's policy for the promotion of research activities in the university.

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Private schools to skip vacation
Lahore: While annual summer vacation in public schools started in Punjab following academic activities took place for the last day on Saturday, private schools, including a trust school run by the Secretary of School Education Department, are not following the government's schedule, it is learnt.

This is not for the first time that private schools are defying the Punjab government's instructions, as over the years successive governments failed to regulate affairs of schools run by the private sector and hence could not implement their orders.

As observed in the past most private schools keep their campuses open during first few weeks of summer vacation on various pretexts such as examination and summer camps with the ultimate "goal" of collecting tuition fees in the meanwhile.

The same is being done this year again as many private schools have scheduled their in-house examinations starting from first or second week of June while campaigns and arrangements for "special" summer camps are also in full swing.

The pathetic situation exposes callousness on part of private schools and their indifferent attitude towards the plight of innocent students who would be forced to attend schools in the scorching heat. This phenomenon does not certainly apply to schools managed under different trusts and which don't charge any tuition fee but again the government's writ must prevail and its order must be implemented.

As per the Schools Department academic calendar, a summer break is observed in schools from June 1 to August 14 every year. Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif while taking into account extreme weather conditions and power crisis had issued special instructions to extend the annual summer holidays till 30 August in 2009.

Another aspect highlighted by many parents, The News talked to, is the collection of "fuel charges" by private schools these days to ensure uninterrupted power supply trough generators and UPS units in schools in the wake of prevailing power cuts. They demanded the government to take stern action against schools involved in the practice.

The Schools Department had issued a notification on May 7 this year barring private schools from charging tuition fee for entire summer vacation in advance. However, no committee was formed to ensure its implementation. On the other hand, most private schools instead of collecting entire three months' tuition fee received it on a bimonthly basis i.e. many schools collected tuition fee for May and June in May while that of July and August will be collected in early June.

When contacted, Secretary Schools Abdul Jabbar Shaheen who is also Chairman Board of Governors of Thal Public School & Inter College, district Khushab, said there was no harm if schools remained open during summer vacation as long as students were not forced to attend.

To a question he said parents who think their children should not attend school in summer vacation should not send them to school and inform the department about their concern. He said summer camps were organised for the betterment of students and for those who needed extra coaching.

A brief history of the Thal Public School (Chak No. 22 MB which lies 40 kilometers to the south west of Khushab city inside the Thal desert), available on its website reads: "The government primary schools available in the area are in extremely dilapidated condition. The physical hardships and poor conditions of educational infrastructure in the area force majority of boys and girls to discontinue their education after primary level."

One wonders why and how primary schools in the village are in "extremely dilapidated condition" when a native of the village has been Secretary Schools for almost a year now? Mr Abdul Jabbar Shaheen was posted as Secretary School Education Department in June 2013.

Replying to the question, he said information about the condition of schools was that of year 2006, when the foundation of Thal Public School was laid under a trust. "Today, there is a public high school and two separate public middle schools, each for boys and girl students in the area," he added.

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CM announces Rs2b for KEMU campus at Muridke
Lahore: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has announced a grant of Rs2 billion for the construction of a new campus of King Edward Medical University (KEMU) at an earlier provided land of 120 acres for the purpose in Muridke.

Addressing annual convocation of King Edward Medical University (KEMU) here Tuesday, the chief minister said healthcare was among the government priorities and the Punjab government was providing maximum resources for the provision of best treatment facilities to the masses. He said doctors were associated with a sacred profession and their oath of service to the ailing humanity demanded that they should spare no effort in the treatment of patients.

He said doctors should abide by their code of conduct and serve the ailing humanity without any discrimination.

The chief minister congratulated the new graduates and said they were now stepping into practical field and like their parents and teachers the people of the province also had high expectations from them. He said participation in the annual convocation of KEMU was an honour for him as this institution had been producing a number of prominent doctors for decades who were serving ailing humanity in Pakistan as well as abroad in a commendable manner. He said KEMU was rendering invaluable services for the promotion of medical education and research in this sector. He said maximum resources would be provided for the uplift of the health sector. He said the common man had as much right over modern treatment facilities as judges, generals, politicians, ministers, police officers and elite, so doctors should also serve at rural and basic health centres as well as tehsil and district headquarters hospitals.

He said there was no shortage of resources and the health experts should sit together with the government and submit proposals and recommendations for improving healthcare system.

Earlier, Vice Chancellor KEMU Dr Faisal Masood, in his welcome address, highlighted the academic activities of the institution. He said solid measures were being taken for improving the standard of education of the university. He said investment in education sector was the vision of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and the Punjab government had provided a large piece of land in Muridke for setting up new campus of KEMU.

The chief minister awarded gold medals to position-holder doctors. Vice Chancellor of KEMU presented a shield to the chief minister.

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Molecular biology lab
Lahore: The first Molecular Biology Lab was inaugurated at Virtual University's Davis Road campus on Tuesday.

According to a press release, VU Director Finance Naeem Tariq inaugurated the lab and said that for the last 12 years Virtual University of Pakistan was mainly offering degree programmes in the field of Computer and Management Sciences which was attracting many students throughout the country, especially in the areas where interactive mode of education was not possible due to non-availability of colleges and universities.

Prof Dr Masroor Ellahi Babar, who recently joined the Virtual University and established this lab, explained the aims and objectives of the lab. He said this lab would help postgraduate students of Bioinformatics enrolled in VU to have hands-on training on Molecular Biology techniques and procedures. The news

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University of Gujrat under pressure to hire lawmakers 'favourites'
Gujrat: The University of Gujrat (UoG) administration is in deep waters for not complying with the demands of PML-N legislators who are also a part of the UoG syndicate and they have formally registered a 'complaint' against the university administration with the government as well as the party leadership.

Dawn learnt a delegation of PML-N lawmakers from Gujrat held a meeting with Hamza Shahbaz Sharif last week and apprised him of their grievances against the university.

A source privy to the meeting said the lawmakers accused the UoG administration of showing reluctance in accommodating their recommended people in the university, especially regarding jobs, though it often obliged the PML-Q leaders which had caused an embarrassing situation for them in their constituencies.

Three members of the Punjab Assembly from Gujrat who are the syndicate members, namely Nawabzada Haider Mehdi, Moin Nawaz Warraich and Haji Imran Zafar, had also charged the university administration with committing irregularities in regularising the jobs of staff despite the fact that the last meeting of the syndicate on April 25 had not endorsed the recommendations made by the selection board. They said the membership of the syndicate was useless for them if they could not get their recommendations implemented.

At this, Hamza Shahbaz asked the delegation to submit a written report on the alleged irregularities in the UoG and four members of the syndicate, including those mentioned above, and another member, Dr Ijaz Basheer, are preparing a report.

The four syndicate members have written a letter to Vice Chancellor Dr Nizamuddin, saying that the syndicate in its last meeting did not endorse the recommendations made by the selection board and that the syndicate could not do that until the registrar presented the details of the advertised posts and the selected candidates. However, they added, the university had issued letters to the selected candidates having the sentence that this selection board had been approved by the syndicate but the fact was otherwise.

The Punjab government had appointed three more legislators belonging to PML-N as syndicate members against the three seats reserved for prominent citizens in addition to the existing three seats for lawmakers nominated by Punjab Assembly speaker for the UoG syndicate.

A UoG official said the extra representation of politicians in the decision-making body of the university was causing inconvenience to the administration to run the affairs due to unnecessary demands of the dominating strength of lawmakers in the syndicate.

He said the PML-N lawmakers were exerting pressure on the university to accommodate the job seekers they recommended even on contract or daily-wage basis which was not possible for the university under the prevailing rules and regulations.

A source in the PML-N said that the party lawmakers had launched a campaign against the UoG VC so that he could not get a third term in the office after his second term would end in coming October.

When contacted, PML-N MPA Nawabzada Haider Mehdi denied the reports that they wanted the university to hire the candidates recommended by them. He claimed that they had raised their voice against the irregularities being carried out at UoG.

Meanwhile, UoG VC Dr Nizamuddin has convened another meeting of the syndicate to discuss the issues raised by the members as the meeting and the meeting was likely to be held on June 19 in which the university budget of the next fiscal year would also be presented for approval. Dawn

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KEMU Literacy Society holds Urdu poetry competition
Lahore: The Urdu chapter of King Edward Medical University (KEMU) Literary Society organised All Punjab Poetry Competition on Tuesday in which teams from 20 educational institutes from across the province participated.

The University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) won poetry competition while University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore, stood second.

In poem category, Quaid-e-Azam Medical College (QMC), Bahawalpur, won first position, the UET second while Government College University (GCU), Lahore, stood third. In ghazal category, the GCU stood first while University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) stood second while the QMC remained third. On the basis of best performance, the GCU won the team trophy. KEMU Literary Society Presidents Syed Ahsan Shehzad and Ayesha Sikandar conducted the event. Guests included famous poet and writer Khalid Shareef, Adnan Mohsin, Zohair Latif and former society president Abubakar Khan Gurmani.Daily times

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IBA Sukkur, UAF to launch joint degree programme
Faisalabad: The Institute of Business Administration Sukkur and University of Agriculture Faisalabad will launch a joint degree four-year BBA (Agriculture) programme in order to strengthen inter-provincial harmony and to produce trained manpower equipped with entrepreneurial skills.

It was said by UAF Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan while addressing a delegation of 15th Senior Management Course, National Institute of Management, Karachi, headed by Additional Director Staff Capt Waqar Ahmad here on Monday. The VC said that the students would spend half academic period at each institution. He said that total 132 credit hours degree programme had been designed for 100 students, 50 from each institution that would be exchanged after spending two years at their home institution. Talking about water scarcity, he said that agriculture production might face severe setback in years to come as the threat of water scarcity looms large. The promotion of cost-effective efficient irrigation system and water storage capacity at farm level could help fight the challenge, he added. He said that fertile land could be converted into a barren if timely steps were not taken. He stressed the need to develop and promote drought resistant wheat in a bid to provide sufficient bread for ever-increasing population. Talking about the UAF, he said that the university competitive research grants had touched to Rs 2 billion, which was the highest in the county.The news

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