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PU abolishes NTS test for MPhil
Lahore, May 03: Punjab University on Friday announced abolishing the condition of passing National Testing Service (NTS) test by candidates seeking admission to MPhil and PhD programmes for the upcoming academic session.

This was unanimously decided in a meeting presided over by PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran and attended by deans of various faculties and a large number of heads of departments, institutes, centres and colleges of Punjab University. The meeting decided that departments concerned would hold their own entry tests for MS/MPhil as prescribed in the admission regulations book 2014 of University of the Punjab. The meeting decided that successful candidates' academic record would be evaluated from the rest of 50 marks.

Five PhDs awarded: Punjab University has awarded PhD degrees to five scholars in different subjects. According to a press release, Sumera Mukhtar d/o Ch Mukhtar Ahmad has been awarded a PhD degree in the subject of Urdu after the approval of her thesis titled "Jadeed Urdu Nazam main Alamat Nigari", Sheza Ayaz Khilji d/o Ayaz Ahmad Khilji in the subject of Botany after the approval of her thesis titled "Role of Aquatic Plants and Indigenous Microbes in Improving Phytoremediation Efficiency of Industrial Sludge", Iqbal Hussain s/o Ahmad Din in the subject of Punjabi after the approval of his thesis titled "Ishfaq Ahmad: "Punjabi Adbi Khidmaat" (Tehqeeki Tanqeedi Jaiza)", Saeed Ahmad s/o Jam Mousa in the subject of Islamic Studies after the approval of his thesis titled "Fiqhi Ikhtelaf-O-Tatbique-Imam Sha'rani or Shah Waliullah Ka Nazriat Ka Taqabli Mutal'a" and Tahira Kalsoom d/o Muhammad Hussain in the subject of Education after the approval of her thesis titled "Teaching Grammar Relationship Between English Language Teachers' Belief and Practices".

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PU exams, results
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department has notified that MA/MSc Part-I, Annual Examination 2014, will commence from June 26, 2014. Meanwhile, PU Examinations Department also announced results of MA Economics Part-II, Supplementary Exam 2013, MA Social Work Part-II, Supplementary Exam 2013, MSc Social Work Part-II, Supplementary Exam 2013, BA/BSc (Special Exams at Madina Munawara, Dubai and Kuwait), Supplementary 2012, and Annual 2013 and LLB Part-III, (Special Exam at Dammam), Supplementary 2012. Detailed results are available on PU website www.pu.edu.pk.

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PU date-sheet
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department has issued a written date sheet for the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm-D), Final Professional, 2nd Annual Examination 2013. The news

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PU announces exams schedule, results
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department has issued schedule for submission of admission forms for 2014 annual examinations of BS Home Economics and BSc Home Economics.According to the schedule, the last date for submission of admission forms with normal fee is May 8 while forms can be submitted with double fee by May 12. The date of commencement of the exam will be announced later.Meanwhile, the university also declared results of MA Punjabi Part-ISupplementary Exam, 2013, MA Arabic Part-II Supplementary Exam, 2013, MA English Part-II Supplementary Exam, 2013, MA History Part-II Supplementary Exam, 2013, MA Mass Communication Part-II Supplementary Exam, 2013, MA Urdu Part-II Supplementary Exam, 2013, MSc Physics Part-II Supplementary Exam, 2013, and MSc Statistics Part-II Supplementary Exam, 2013. The results are available at varsity's website www.pu.edu.pkDaily times

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Appointment of 3 women varsities VCs delayed
Lahore: Despite more than a month's time, the Higher Education Department Punjab has failed to initiate the selection process of vice chancellors (VCs) of the province's three new women universities, it is learnt.

The posts were advertised on February 24 this year and the last date to receive applications was March 10. These universities include Government Sadiq College Women University (GSCWU) Bahawalpur, Government College Women University Faisalabad (GCWUF) and Government College Women University (GCWU) Sialkot.

However, despite a passage of more than a month, the applicants have yet to hear from the Higher Education Department (HED); it is creating unrest among them. According to the advertisement, only female candidates having PhDs in any subject are eligible to apply. Interestingly, at present, the affairs of all the three varsities are being looked after by male administrators. Vice Chancellor of Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB) Prof Dr Muhammad Mukhtar is holding additional charge of the VC Government Sadiq College Women University (GSCWU) Bahawalpur, GC University Faisalabad VC Prof Dr Zakir Hussain as additional VC of Government College Women University Faisalabad (GCWUF) and University of Gujrat's VC Prof Dr Mohammad Nizamuddin holds the additional charge of VC Government College for Women University Sialkot.

Sources privy to the developments said around 30 women academics from different universities and colleges have applied for the coveted posts. However, the delay on part of the HED has started irking these ladies, they added. A number of applicants, on condition of anonymity, confirmed that they had not heard anything from the department so far. They demanded the department head ensure that no further delay was witnessed. The sources added the department might delay the selection process of the VCs for these three varsities as tenures of various incumbent VCs including IUB, University of Gujrat, University of Engineering & Technology (UET) Taxila and University of Sargodha would be completing in near future.

"If this happens, these applicants will have to wait two or three more months", said an official of the department. Speaking on condition of anonymity the official further said the department had yet to scrutinize the applications and CVs of the applicants and award marks to short list them before they are interviewed by the VC Search Committee. He added it was also unclear yet whether the previous VC Search Committee would continue or a new one would be formed.

According to sources, the prominent among the applicants include Punjab University (PU) Institute of Applied Psychology's Director Prof Dr Rukhsana Kausar, PU Dean Faculty of Education Prof Dr Mumtaz Akhter, Dr Naureen Aziz Qureshi, Dr Farhat Saleemi, Prof Dr Nazra Sultana, Dr Zill-i-Huma Nazli, Dr Maqsooda Hussain, Dr Shahida Begum Niazi, Dr Mahr un Nisa and Dr Mamuna Ghani

The other applicants are: Dr Farhat Saleem, Dr Humaira Arif, Dr Zahida, Dr Arif-un-Nisa Naqi, Dr Aalia Sohail Khan, Dr Nargis Rafique, Dr Tahira Aziz Mughal, Dr Shahida Begum Niazi, Dr Farzana Kousar, Dr Shahzia Anjum, Dr Aqeela Shaheen, Dr Tabassum Jamal Shad, Dr Ayesha Saleem, Dr Tahseen Mahmood Aslam, Dr Shahnaz A Rana, Dr Kausar Raees, Dr Saeeda Bano and Dr Talat Farooq. When contacted, the recently posted Secretary Higher Education Abdullah Khan Sumbal said he was not aware of the delay and would comment once apprised of the situation.

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Punjabi Mushaira
Lahore: Punjabi poetry especially by eminent poets Baba Najmi, Sabir Ali Sabir Murrlii Chohan and Saad Ullah Shah received loud applause at the Punjabi Mushaira of Government College University (GCU). According to a press release, the Musharira was organised by the GCU Punjabi Majlis in connection with the university's 150th year celebrations. Noted poet Muhammad Khan Nasir chaired the event in which 30 prominent poets, including Shrif Anjum, Adal Minhas Lahori, Dr Naheed Shahid, Farhat Abbas, Veer Sapahi, Mushtaq Goga, Naseer Ahmed, Muhammad Butta Anjum, Habibullah Sahil, Prof Saadat Saeed, Arif Chaudhry, Amber Shahid, Rubina Yasmeen and Umair Ali Wasif, presented their poetry.

Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman was the chief guest of the occasion. He said GCU would continue to work for the promotion of Punjabi language and literature. Urdu Department Chairperson Dr Haroon Qadir was also present.

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GCU Seminar
Lahore: Government College of Home Economics, Gulberg, organised a seminar on career counselling and planning on college campus on Friday.

The event was organised by college's Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS). Principal Dr Samia Kalsoom, Head of HDFS Dr Tahira Rana, other faculty members and students were present. The seminar focused the importance of career counselling and careen plan highlighting self-evaluation regarding a person's talents, values, personality and skills. Dr Shehzad Bukhari was the focal person.

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UHS students bring laurels to country
Lahore: postgraduate students of University of Health Sciences (UHS) have brought laurels to the country with their exceptional performance in the 2nd International Conference and Exhibition on Dental and Oral Health, held last week in Dubai, UAE. According to a press release issued here on Tuesday, the OMICS Group international conference, held on April 21-23, brought together more than 1000 faculty, post-docs, graduate students, and undergraduates from institutions around Asia, Africa, America and Europe.

The six-member varsity delegation, consisting of MPhil students of Oral Pathology Department, was led by their assistant professor, Dr Nadia Naseem.

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Multan Inter exams from 30th
Multan: More than 107,953 candidates will appear in the Intermediate Part II and I examinations, starting from April 30 and May 17 respectively, under the aegis of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Multan.

Addressing a press conference here on Monday, BISE Chairman Prof Arshad Javed Awan said that 53,103 candidates 45,646 regular and 7,457 private - would appear in Intermediate Part I examinations while 54,850 candidates 31,288 regular and 23,562 private would appear in Part II examinations. He said that total 166 centers had been set up in Multan, Khanewal, Lodhran and Vehari districts. He said that examination centres had also been established in Multan and Vehari jails. Of 166 centres, 37 had been set up in Khanewal, 18 in Lodhran, 36 in Vehari and 75 in Multan, the BISE chairman added.

He said that all affairs had been computerised to end cheating and make the system more transparent. He said that usage of ink remover and white fluid by candidates had been completely banned in the examination centres. He said that there would also be a ban on bringing mobile phones in the centres.

Regarding loadshedding, the BISE chairman said: "We do not have enough financial resources to arrange generators in the examination centres during the loadshedding." He, however, said that the Multan Electric Power Company authorities had been requested not to conduct loadshedding during examination timing. He said that the Board was facing a deficit of Rs 120 million. BISE Controller Examinations Haider Gardezi was also present on the occasion. The news

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