BA/BSc exams from April 4
Lahore, Mar 22: Punjab University BA/BSc Annual Examination 2014 will commence from April 4, 2014 for which roll number slips have been dispatched to all candidates on their addresses. If any candidate has not received slip, he/she can receive the duplicate slip (with photocopy of CNIC) from BA/BSc Hall, Exams Department, New Campus. The news
PU defies court in interviews
Lahore: The Punjab University's Selection Board on Friday interviewed two of the four candidates for the posts of associate professor in the University Law College in disregard to the Lahore High Court's stay order.
Shazia Qureshi and Dr Amanullah Malik appeared before the board for the posts of associate professor in the University Law College.
Shazia Qureshi is the wife of PU Vice-Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran.
LHC's Justice Ayesha A. Malik had granted a stay order on Thursday and petitioners' lawyer Mohammad Ahsan Bhoon faxed a certificate to the vice chancellor's office.
Mr Bhoon stated in his certificate that the petitioners -- Samee Ozair Khan, Mohammad Nawaz Dogar, Iftikhar Ahmad Tarar and Shahbaz Ahmad Cheema -- filed a petition in the LHC, challenging the letter of March 21 of selection for associate professor, issued by the Punjab University, which came up for hearing before Justice Ayesha A Malik.
The judge granted stay at 9:10am (Thursday) against the proceedings of the board scheduled to be held on March 21. Mr Bhoon said this certificate was issued for information and compliance.
PU Registrar Prof Dr Amin Athar admitted that the university had received the certificate but said it was vague.
"The PU organised the Selection Board because it did not receive the court's official version even by Friday evening. The Selection Board was chaired by senior member Pervaiz Masood," the registrar said. He said the board did not recommend the selection of any candidate and it would finalise its recommendation after assessing the court order.
Meanwhile, Prof Amin again called back and said that earlier statement was off the record and his official version was: "It is a sub judice matter and no comments."
The other two candidates Samee Ozair Khan and Dr Shahbaz Ahmad Cheema, who were petitioners for the stay of the Selection Board proceedings, had not appeared before the board under protest that the university did not process the advertised posts of associate professor in 2008 and 2011.
The four petitioners including Mohammad Nawaz Dogar and Iftikhar Ahmad Tarar had prayed that the university administration had blocked the selection process since 2008 but it showed haste in calling the latest selection board (advertised in 2013) because the VC's wife Dr Shazia Qureshi was appearing for the post.
They stated that the last date for applications was in October 2013 but it was extended twice and then reverted. The process of extension and reversion of the last date was executed only to accommodate Dr Shazia Qureshi.
The petitioners stated that Dr Mujahid Kamran, since assuming his responsibilities as vice chancellor in January 2008, organised only one selection board in the University Law College despite the fact that there were many posts vacant and applications submitted against them in response to various advertisements.
In addition to the three advertisements issued in 2008, 2011 and 2013 for appointment against the posts of associate professor, the petitioners stated that two selection boards of lecturers, one selection board each of assistant professor and professor/principal were pending for long.
The petitioners have also stated that the PU authorities have gone all lengths to favour Dr Shazia by granting her handsome amount of overseas scholarship contrary to the rules framed by the Higher Education Commission.
They claimed that the Auditor General of Pakistan had raised the audit objection to that extent and directed the university to recover the amount.
Referring to research articles submitted by Dr Shazia, they submitted that most had been published in the PU research journals having VC as Patron-in-Chief.
The petitioners have also said the PU authorities had advertised the posts of Professor in Law without specifying the exact number of vacant posts.
Stating that the last date for the submission of applications was April 3, the petitioners submitted that the said posts had been advertised just to promote Dr Shazia during the tenure of her husband as vice chancellor.
Petitioner Samee Ozair Khan said he had also submitted an application to the vice chancellor that the Selection Board should not interview Dr Amanullah Malik as he was facing charges under the PEEDA Act. Dawn
PU holds Youth Convention 2014
Lahore: The Youth Convention 2014 was held at the Faisal Auditorium of Punjab University (New Campus) on Sunday, with the participation of around 600 foreign students from different universities and discussions on various themes.
The PU Directorate of Students Affairs and the Punjab Higher Education Department jointly organised the convention, where Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan was the chief guest.
Three sessions were held on the occasion on the topics 'Unity in Diversity', 'Bridging the Digital Divide: Pakistan on Cross Roads' and 'Entrepreneurship: Challenges and Opportunities in Pakistan'.
Speaking on the occasion, the education minister said that the Punjab government – after extensive research work – had formed a youth policy to tackle all problems faced by the youth of Punjab.
He said the Punjab government had been entrusted with a serious responsibility of engaging this youth in positive healthy activities.
He said the policy also offers part-time job placement to students during their studies, internship programmes soon after completion of degree programme and job or entrepreneurship loan opportunities after the internship.
Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran said that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had taken keen interest in developing, energising and providing facilities to the youth. He said that laptop scheme, Punjab Education Endowment Fund and many other initiatives had been launched and scholarships were being provided to the students who could not study otherwise.
He said that he did not recall any government of the Punjab or any chief minister of any province who had taken such initiatives and "we are thankful to Shahbaz Sharif who really had the youth involved in positive and healthy activities".
Expressing his views on a dialogue titled 'Bridging the Digital Divide: Pakistan on Cross Roads', the VC said that internet had made the entire world a library and a lot of information which were concealed from the masses of the world had now become accessible. He said that one of the greatest inventions in the history of mankind was printing which made it possible to provide copies of a book to a very large number of people across the continents.
He said that after the invention of printing, computer and Internet were the greatest inventions and now we could access documents, which a government would never release. He said that now one could find documents, which described how the world was being controlled by the financial elite.
"The documents will tell you how much wealth this elite has, how this elite manipulates different nations to bring about wars, how this elite funds both parties in the war and provides loans with high interest rate to both the parties," Dr Kamran said. He said that things about terrorism that we could have never known, it was only through Internet we could find such things. He said that if one wanted to find something about any subject, one could read a lot of things on the Internet.
Addressing the open discussion on the theme of 'Unity in Diversity', renowned analyst Sohail Warraich said that there was no preference in our religion on the basis of caste, race and colour.
He said that we must accept diversity to ensure unity. He said that the modern definition of the democracy was that it was the government of majority, which looked after minority. He said that our language Urdu was the best example of diversity and that's why Urdu was prospering. He said that the key to success was that we accepted each other and each other's point of view. Daily times
IJT mars sports gala at Punjab University
Lahore: The annual sports gala of Punjab University's College of Earth and Environmental Sciences (CEES) was marred on Tuesday following an unpleasant situation emerged when some activists of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) went to the venue 'ordering' the organisers to stop playing loud music.
First the CEES students, who were in good number, gave a good thrashing to the few Jamiat activists who wanted to 'impose' their will. But later the situation changed when their fellows came to express 'solidarity' with those got thrashed.
According to a PU spokesperson, Jamiat's retaliation was worse as its activists, comprising current and expelled students and outsiders, later getting law into their hands misbehaved with the faculty members and snatched mobile phones and purses of male and female students. The whole drama continued for more than one hour but police were nowhere in sight despite an alert by the PU administration in this regard.
The PU spokesman said the annual sports gala of the CEES was continuing at the college's lawns when a threatening slip was sent by Jamiat to the college's principal to stop the sports activities but the college administration did not accept IJT's pressure. He also alleged the Jamiat activists of taking hostage some faculty members and students.
The police only arrived after the university administration brought the matter to the notice of Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmed, who taking serious notice of 'IJT hooliganism', passed instructions to the police officials. The police reached the spot but by then the IJT activists had dispersed.
The PU spokesperson said a few remaining activists of IJT wanted to harm the peaceful academic atmosphere of the university and were allegedly involved in crimes, adding that the recent incidents of misbehaving with teachers and snatching valuables from students had again exposed IJT's true and hypocritical face.
He said the PU administration would take strict disciplinary action against the students belonging to the IJT. He also said that in a separate incident, IJT activists misbehaved with a teacher of geography department.
Meanwhile, in a press release, a IJT spokesperson claimed that besides music the sports gala featured dance performances to which some students (he did not associate the students with Jamiat) objected and requested to stop the same. According to him, the administration could not digest this and allegedly resorted to violence against the students.
PU announces results
Lahore: Punab University has announced the results of MBA (3 1/2 years programme) Part-I (first year) Annual Examination 2013, MBA (3 1/2 years programme) Part-II (second year) Annual Examination 2013, BS (four years programme) Second Semester Examination 2013 and BBA (Hons) Final Year Annual Examination 2013.
exams: Punjab University has issued the schedule for submission of admission fee and forms for MCom (3 1/2 years programme) Parts-I, II, III, Second Annual Examination 2013.
The last date for submission of admission forms with single fee is March 12, 2014 while the forms can be submitted with double fee till March 17. Commencement dates of the said exams will be announced later.
Workshop: Punjab University Career Counselling and Placement Centre (CCPC) has organised a training workshop for students at Department of Social Work. Workshop resource person Farhan Shabbir told students about career planning and preparation of interviews. The workshop was attended by a large number of students.
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) has added three more buses to the fleet of its transport wing, taking the total number of buses for students to 60. A ceremony was held on Tuesday wherein PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran said three new buses worth Rs 24 million were purchased on urgent basis. The news