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PU exams schedule
Lahore, Nov 09: Punjab University Examinations Department has issued a schedule of admission fee and form for the MEd. (Visual Impairment) second annual examination 2012 (session 2011-12) and annual examination 2013 (session 2012-13).

According to a press release issued on Thursday, the date of submission of admission form and fee for the said exam is 20-11-2013 with single fee while form can be submitted with double fee till 22-11-2013.

Commencement dates for MEd. (Visual Impairment) second annual examination 2012 (session 2011-12) and annual examination 2013 (session 2012-13) is 12th of December 2013. The news

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PU to act against body that verified Sumaira's degree
Lahore: The Punjab University will take action against the three-member committee that verified PML-N legislator Sumaira Malik's BA degree after receiving a copy of the Supreme Court verdict on the case.

PU Controller of Examinations Prof Dr Liaquat Ali said this on Tuesday.

The Supreme Court in its Oct 28 judgment stated that the Punjab University had failed to reach the correct conclusion in view of the evidence produced before it with regard to verification of Ms Malik's degree.

The PU committee comprising Assistant Controller-II Sheikh Rehmat, Deputy Controller (Examination) Muhammad Akram Khan and Deputy Controller (Secrecy) Muhammad Akram Khan had verified Ms Malik's degree declaring that the charge of impersonation was baseless.

The Supreme Court in its judgment stated that Ms Malik's photograph and date of birth on her three ID cards and admission form were not identical if seen even with a naked eye.

It also stated that a plain comparison of Ms Malik's signature on her ID card, handwriting samples and the signatures on the admission form clearly indicated that there was a lot of difference. Dawn

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PU VC harassment case : court issues notice to all parties
Lahore: Justice Muhammad Farrukh Irfan Khan of the Lahore High Court issued a notice on a petition of Punjab University Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran challenging the proceedings in a sexual harassment case by the provincial ombudsperson before the Lahore High Court.

The judge issued the notices to the parties for December 3 and ordered that till then, operation of the impugned notice issued to the petitioner should be suspended.

Ombudsperson Mira Phailbus on November 5 disposed of the petition against Dr Mujahid Kamran on technical grounds. The VC filed a petition before the LHC against the attitude of the ombudsperson and her alleged failure to follow the procedure of law.

Counsel for the petitioner Pir Syed Shahid Ali Shah submitted that his client was not given a chance by the ombudsperson to defend his case and he was not served notice in person, instead he got updated in the case through the press and media reports.

The copies of the notices were instead sent to the secretary to the CM and other authorities.

He submitted that the VC being a respondent/defendant in the proceedings before the ombudsperson should have an opportunity to see the evidence that had been produced against him.

He said that without following the required procedure, the petitioner had been called to appear for personal hearing along with his evidence through the impugned notice on October 29, which prejudiced his case.

He said that when the ombudsperson could not hear the case, why the proceedings were held for over three months, and added that she should have decided the case on technical grounds when the complaint was filed.

He submitted that even the Protection Against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act, 2010 was allegedly violated time and again as confidentiality was not maintained as required under the law.

He pleaded that the act mentions the word "confidential" six times in the law emphasising the importance of confidentiality during the proceedings of the inquiry process until a final decision.

He said that the spirit of the law was to take care of the social respect of the accused party until he/she was proved guilty.

He said that a propaganda campaign had been launched against the vice chancellor even before a final judgement in the case in sheer violation of the law. He submitted that the abuse of law started when the complainant lady appeared in a 45-minute live interview to a private TV channel and two already dismissed officials of the university were also present there.

He said that the complainant also addressed a press conference at the Lahore Press Club raising allegations against the probe committee and the ombudsperson and one of the dismissed officials was also present in that press conference. The counsel said that the LHC had the supervisory control to see that subordinate courts observed correctly the law and procedure. He requested the court to declare the proceedings by the ombudsperson illegal. Daily times

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Five awarded PhD degrees
Lahore: The Punjab University awarded PhD degrees to four scholars in different subjects.

Altaf s/o Muhammad Altaf Khurshid was awarded PhD in the subject of Education after approval of his thesis entitled "Relationship Between Laboratory Skills and Students' Perception About Teaching-Learning Environment in Chemistry at Intermediate Level", Humaira Irshad d/o Muhammad Irshad Ahmad in the subject of Urdu after approval of her thesis entitled "Shad Azeem Abadi Hayat Aur Adabi Khidmat", Rabia Irfan d/o Muhammad Irfan in the subject of Urdu after approval of her thesis entitled "Rehman Munzib-Ahwal-O-Aasar (Tahqeeqi-O-Tanqeedi Jaiza)" and Nawaz Ahmad s/o Ghulam Muhammad in the subject of Persian after approval of his thesis entitled "Imagery in Khamsa-E-Amir Khosrow Dahlavi (Khamsa Amir Khosrow Mein Tamsaal Aafreeni)". The news

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Balochistan students highlight provincial issues at LUMS
Lahore: The students of Balochistan have expressed concerns over the issue of missing persons, lack of quality education and opportunities, aftermaths of Awaran earthquake and the long term effects of the nuclear testing in Chagai in 1998 during their visit to the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).

A delegation of students from various universities of Balochistan visited LUMS for a discussion on problems facing the province.

This event was part of an effort by the Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) de-radicalisation programme to reach out to young people in Balochistan who want change in their province in terms of educational and professional opportunities. At LUMS the visiting students met representatives of the Law and Politics Society and the LUMS Entrepreneurial Society.

The Law and Politics Society at LUMS is a student organisation aimed at encouraging active participation of students in the exchange of ideas with regard to political and legal issues of international and national importance.

The session was an attempt to bring students from Balochistan on a platform with students from various parts of the country to discuss the issues faced not only by the students but the whole province.

LUMS students were of the opinion that these were critical issues and must be highlighted in the media, if solutions are to be found.

The visit was coordinated at LUMS by the office of Student Affairs, and was attended by LUMS faculty as well as staff and students from Humanities and Social Sciences. Imtiaz Gul, the eminent journalist who is part of CRSS, also attended the session.

The CRSS is a think tank founded by civil society activists who are committed to the cause of independent research and non-partisan analysis to help people inside and outside the country to better understand the country.

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UMT Book Fair kicks off
Lahore: Youth, students, book lovers thronged to a three-day book fair kicked off at University of Management and Technology (UMT) on Tuesday. The book fair was inaugurated by Rector UMT Dr Hasan Sohaib Murad. Chief Library Officer Muhammad Rafiq Awan and other high ranking UMT officials were also present on the occasion.
More than 20 leading publishers set up their stalls at the fair. A wide variety of books ranging from textbooks, engineering books to English literature, history, current affairs, fiction, Urdu Literature and children's books were on display.
Students, faculty members and other visitors thronged the fair and browsed through the collections and purchased books of their interest. The book fair will continue till November 7, 2013. Daily times

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