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Malala book not banned in all schools
Lahore, Nov 18: The fact that a leading Pakistani private school has been teaching its grade-3 students about life and struggle of Malala Yousafzai must be an eye opener for all those involved in propaganda that there was a ban on "I am Malala" in private schools across Pakistan.

The Urdu book being taught to the grade-3 students has one whole chapter titled "Malala Yousafzai" which explains the life, struggle and achievements of the young Pakistani girl who was shot in head by Taliban.

It is pertinent to mention that a faction of private schools association had recently announced banning "I am Malala" in libraries of private schools across Pakistan. Because of the book, Malala is being dubbed as "a tool in the hands of Western powers." On Tuesday another faction of private schools demanded the government impose a ban on purchase and sale of Malala's memoir, co-written with Christina Lamb, a veteran British journalist, in Pakistan. "Malala Yousafzai is the proud daughter of Pakistan who raised voice against terrorism and injustice and struggled for the rights and education of girls," reads the opening paragraph of the essay. The chapter explains as to how Malala Yousafzai started writing blog, under a pseudo name, for the famous media outlet BBC in order to express her feelings and sentiments when terrorists banned girls' education in Swat valley. It also highlights and appreciates the brave action of the Pakistan army to flush out terrorists from Swat.

"I see no harm in teaching kids about a brave girl like Malala Yousafzai," says Saleem whose daughter goes to the school where the schoolchildren are being taught about Malala.

The book also quotes an excerpt from Malala Yousafzai's speech at the United Nations (UN), "One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world."

The essay closes with advice to the students: "Her (Malala's) life is an example for all of us. We should strive for education and peace and following Malala's courage and determination we should not be afraid of difficulties in our way."

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UET ceremony
Lahore: University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Vice Chancellor Lt Gen (r) Muhammad Akram Khan, advising the university students to focus on their studies, has said that there is complete ban on any kind of political activities on the campus.

Addressing a ceremony held in honour of the newly admitted students at the UET auditorium here on Tuesday, the VC said the varsity would not comprise on merit and discipline. He claimed that the UET, Lahore, was the most affordable institute of engineering in Pakistan where Rs 16,000 were spent on each student on monthly basis while an affordable fee was charged from the students. A large number of students and faculty members attended the ceremony.

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UHS issues first list of candidates admitted to MBBS
Lahore: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Saturday issued the first selection list of candidates admitted to MBBS in public sector medical colleges of Punjab.

There has been an increase of 1.82 points in the merit which has gone up to 86.1818 per cent this year as compared to 84.3615 last year.

The merit has been calculated as per the weightage formula of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), adding 10 per cent of matriculation, 40 per cent of intermediate and 50 per cent of entrance test marks.

Only those candidates who secured 80 per cent or above aggregate marks as per PMDC formula were eligible to apply for admission on open merit this year. Applications were received from October 21 to October 26.

A total of 41,677 candidates appeared in the entrance test this year. Out of these 8783 eligible candidates applied for admission against 3197 open merit (3022 MBBS + 175 BDS), 61 under-developed districts' (49 MBBS +12 BDS) and 20 disabled candidates (19 MBBS + 01 BDS) seats available in 17 public sector medical and 03 dental colleges of the province.

The King Edward Medical University (KEMU) Lahore, as always, remained the top choice of candidates with merit for the college closing at 90.9541 per cent. The last merit for Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore is 89.5494 per cent, Services Institute of Medical Sciences, Lahore 88.7922 per cent, Fatima Jinnah Medical College, Lahore 88.0255 per cent, Ammer-ud-Din Medical College, Lahore 87.9255 per cent, Nishtar Medical College, Multan 87.7377 per cent, Rawalpindi Medical College, Rawalpindi 87.2030 per cent, Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad 87.1892 per cent, Quaid-e-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur 86.8277 per cent, Gujranwala Medical College, Gujranwala 86.7195 per cent, Sargodha Medical College, Sargodha 86.6485 per cent, Sahiwal Medical College, Sahiwal 86.3879 per cent, Nawaz Sharif Medical College, Gujrat 86.3706 per cent, Sheikh Zayed Medical College, Rahim Yar Khan 86.3203 per cent, Khawaja Mohammad Safdar Medical College, Sialkot 86.2792 per cent and D.G. Khan Medical College, D.G. Khan 86.1818 per cent.

As the government notification with regards to the fee structure of Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Medical College Lahore was issued after the due date for submission of admission form, all those high merit candidates having an aggregate percentage of 87 per cent or above marks, who are likely to be admitted in this college, will be given a chance to reconsider their order of preference for the college. The list for the college will be displayed after November 22.

The distribution of 3022 open merit MBBS seats is as follows: King Edward Medical University Lahore (302); Allama Iqbal Medical College Lahore (301); Nishtar Medical College Multan (280); Fatima Jinnah Medical College for Women (206); Services Institute of Medical Sciences (191); Punjab Medical College Faisalabad (287); Rawalpindi Medical College Rawalpindi (297); Quaid-e-Azam Medical College Bahawalpur (273); Sheikh Zayed Medical College Rahim Yar Khan (126); Sargodha Medical College Sargodha (79); Nawaz Sharif Medical College Gujrat (90); Sahiwal Medical College Sahiwal (100); Gujranwala Medical College Gujranwala (100); Khawaja Muhammad Safdar Medical College Sialkot (100); Ameer-ud-Din Medical College / Lahore General Hospital Lahore (100); D.G. Khan Medical College Dera Ghazi Khan (100); and Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Medical College Lahore (90).

A total of 113 candidates applied for admission against 20 seats reserved for disabled students. They were examined by a medical board from November 04 to November 07. After examination, only 51 candidates were declared disabled for the purpose of admission. The last merit in this category is 68.6662 per cent.

For admission against 61 seats reserved for the students of 06 under-developed districts including Muzzafargarh, Rajanpur, Lodhran, Bhakkar, Layyah and D.G. Khan, a total of 782 applications were received. The last merit for MBBS in this category is as follows: Muzzafargarh 86.2052 per cent, Rajanpur (Tribal Area) 55.0312 per cent, Rajanpur (settled area) 86.2641 per cent, Lodhran 85.9918 per cent, Bhakkar 85.2255 per cent, Layyah 86.2537 per cent and D.G. Khan (Tribal Area) 82.0693 per cent and D.G. Khan (Settled Area) 86.1424 per cent. The merit for Cholistan is 77.8870 per cent. The news

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UHS postpones paper
Lahore: The University of Health Sciences has postponed MBBS, 3rd professional, exams' ENT paper over law and order situation after the Rawalpindi tragedy. The paper was scheduled for Nov 18.

A UHS spokesman said on Sunday the security situation had forced the university administration to postpone the ENT paper. However, no new date for the exam has been announced.

Meanwhile, the Punjab Education Foundation will expand its new school program to 12 districts and applications have been sought from suitable candidates.

These districts include Faisalabad, Bhakkar, Khanewal, Muzaffargarh, DG Khan, Rajanpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Bahawalpur, Lodhran, Vehari, Bahawalnagar and Pakpattan. Dawn

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PU BA/BSc admission
Lahore: Last date for submission of admission forms for BA/BSc Annual Examination 2014 with single fee is November 13 (today) while forms can be submitted with double fee till 25-11- 2013.

Meanwhile, PU Examinations Department has announced the results of BBA (Hons), third year, annual examination 2012, BSc Nursing (Hons), first and second year, annual examination 2013. Detailed results are available on PU website The news

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PU lecturer moves court against VC
Lahore: Punjab University Law College lecturer Khujista Rehan on Tuesday filed a petition in the Lahore High Court for the removal of Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran on charges of sexual harassment.

She filed the petition through Advocate Aftab Bajwa and accused the vice chancellor of misusing powers to get his 'desires' fulfilled.

She said the VC made her a member of different intra-university committees and warden of two girls' hostels in a bid to attract her.

The petitioner said when she refused to fulfill his demands, the VC called her at PU's chemistry department and tried to assault her.

She said later the respondent started several 'fake' inquiries against her.

The petitioner said all the allegations were proved before the Punjab ombudsperson during hearing of her complaint. However, she said the ombudsperson disposed of her complaint on technical grounds with directions to approach the competent forum.

The petitioner prayed to the court to remove the vice-chancellor from the office in the light of the observations made by the ombudsperson in her order.

Ms Rehan also staged a protest demonstration at the LHC along with female students and teachers of the university.

Holding placards in their hands, the students chanted slogans against the VC and demanded his termination from service.

Later, the demonstrators marched towards GPO Chowk and stayed there for half an hour. Dawn

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IJT protests non-allotment of hostel rooms
Lahore: Dozens of students from the Punjab University's Law College took out a rally on Tuesday protesting against the varsity administration for allegedly denying them allotment in hostel No 16 and other hostels.

According to a press release issued here by Punjab University chapter Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) the rally started from the Law College and culminated near the vice-chancellor (VC) office in which the protestors carrying banners and placards chanted slogans.

They criticized the PU administration saying that, despite a lapse of over a month since the academic session stated, students were not being allotted hostel rooms.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson of Punjab University said the protesting boys had failed to mention or give in writing when the administration had asked the students to give names and roll numbers of the students who had been denied hostel accommodation.

The spokesman said there was not any newly-admitted first semester student in the demonstration which proved that Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) was fanning baseless propaganda, adding that non-student elements/ irrelevant students were there at the time. He said the VC had given attention to the positive activities of the students and was more interested in resolving their problems than other VC in the past had been. It is just that the administration had discouraged political elements, he added.

He said all the applicants were being allotted hostel accommodation on merit basis and Islami Jamiat Talaba was levelling false allegations. Some political elements were also behind the protest, the spokesman concluded. The news

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UHS Syndicate approves PhDs
Lahore: The University of Health Sciences Syndicate (UHS), in its 38th meeting here on Tuesday, approved the award of PhD degrees to Dr Junaid Sarfraz Khan (medical education), Dr Sidrah Saleem (microbiology) and Dr Adeela Uzma (physiology).

The research topic of Dr Junaid Sarfraz Khan is "The relationship of awards of various components of MBBS final professional examination and the effectiveness of each in the evaluation process", a press release issued on Tuesday said. The research was supervised by Prof. Janet Strivens, Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Liverpool, UK.

Dr Junaid's work was evaluated by Prof Ronald M. Handen from Dundee, Scotland, and Dr David Taylor from School of Medicine, University of Liverpool, UK. Dr Juanid S. Khan is currently serving as professor of medical education at UHS.

Dr Sidrah Saleem did her research on "Efficacy of honey against methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus systemic infections in mouse model".

In this research FDA approved Manuka honey was used for the first time to observe its antibacterial activity against systemic infection.

Her research was supervised by Prof. Dr. Naeem Akhtar and UHS microbiology department's head Prof Dr Abdul Hannan. It was evaluated by Prof Abdul N. Hamood, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Centre School of Medicine, Texas, USA, and Dr Muhammad Waqar Raza, consultant microbiologist at Newcastle hospitals, UK.

Dr Sidrah Saleem is currently working as assistant professor at UHS microbiology department.

Dr Adeela Uzma is currently serving as assistant professor of physiology at Shalamar Medical College, Lahore. Her PhD research was on "Genetic variants in the Lepton receptor and FTO genes in obese Pakistani population".

Her work was supervised by Dr Nasir Afzal, College of Medicine, University of Damman, Saudi Arabia, and Dr Saqib Mehmood, UHS Department of Human Genetics and Molecular Biology.

The research was evaluated by Dr Shahid Hameed, Hotchkiss Brain Institute, University of Calgary, Canada, and Dr Talay Yar, King Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia. Dawn

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