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'IJT opposing admission of girls to Lahore college'
Lahore, Sep 28: The Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) has rejected the claim by the principal of Govt College of Science, Lahore, that the student organization was opposing the admission of girl students to the college.

It is pertinent to mention that there were various media reports against Jamiat in which the principal had claimed that the student organisation's was opposing the admission of female students.

The principal said that the IJT was against admission of girl students to the college, adding the female students were fed up with the students group. He said that, being administrator of the college, it was his duty to promote agenda of equal opportunity to students following the government's open merit policy.

Prof Zahid said there were around 500 girl students in the college enrolled in BS and MA/MSc programmes. No one would be allowed to rob the students of their right, he added.

Talking about delay in the results, the principal said the college was affiliated with the Punjab University and the university was responsible for the conduct of BS programmes and announcement of results.

In a statement issued here on Friday, the IJT Lahore chapter spokesperson said that the principal's claim was baseless and an attempt to get "political fame". He said Jamiat never opposed the admission of female students to the Govt College of Science, Wahdat Road. He said the students had protested over extraordinary delay in completion of the BS programme which had annoyed the principal, Prof Zahid Butt. The news

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VCs told to prepare security plan
Lahore: The Punjab Higher Education Department has directed all public sector universities' vice chancellors to prepare "public sector university premises security and protection plan" in the wake of recent arrest of some suspected criminals and terrorists from public sector universities.

The department stated that students of banned religio-political organisations and their student wings were reportedly harnessing criminals/ terrorists involved in criminal activities.

Early this month, a couple of "militants" were picked by intelligence agencies from a Punjab University hostel and other areas in the city, and it has become a matter of concern for students, their parents as well as university administration.

PU Hall Council acting chairman Prof Dr Makshoof Ali Athar said "outsiders" had vacated the university hostels as no illegal resident was found during late night checking last week. He said the university would now install CCTV cameras in hostels as well as at major entry points in hostel areas.

Prof Athar regretted that timely support of police was not available that allowed time for illegal residents to slip away before police arrival.

Government College University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Khaleequr Rehman said the varsity hostels were model in terms of keeping outsiders away. He said the varsity had already installed CCTV cameras that were linked to web. He said that he himself used to visit hostels occasionally to ensure that there should be no disturbance. He said the university had also established a central parking area for students.

Prof Rehman said the university had furnished a report to the department stating that its hostels were a model and were open to any security check/examination.

In a letter addressed to all VCs of public sector universities, the higher education department directed that all universities should prepare security plans with the scope to stop all illegal, criminal and terrorist-related activities in universities' premises and ensure the protection of life and properties of all students and faculty members.

The department directed that the universities should revisit their existing SOPs of entry and exit in hostels, verification of antecedents of boarders, roll call of students, installation of CCTV cameras. It said the plan should have a regular system for monitoring and curbing illegal stay of unauthorised persons in the university premises. The department also asked the VCs to prepare the security plans in consultation with the local police authorities and present it before their syndicates for formal approval.

The department also asked the VCs to direct all officials concerned to control and curb the illegal stay of unauthorised people in hostel rooms in future and tighten the security. It said that all hostel wardens and superintendents should be directed to furnish certificates on a monthly basis to the effect that no criminal and unauthorized persons were staying in respective hostels. It also suggested that the VC should take action against officers and officials concerned who were involved in encouraging the illegal stay of unauthorised persons in hostels.In future, the higher education department said that an agenda regarding controlling the illegal stay of unauthorised people in university hostels and security matters be presented before the syndicates on a regular basis.

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KU academic council keeps admission policy unchanged
Karachi: The academic council of Karachi University on Friday decided to continue with past years' admission policy.

The decision has come following the enactment of the Sindh Universities Laws (Amendment), 2013 according to which the admission policy of at least three universities - Karachi University, Dow University of Health Sciences and NED University of Engineering and Technology - would be 'determined by the government from time to time in order to provide equal opportunities to all students of Sindh'.

KU vice chancellor Prof Dr Mohammad Qaiser chaired the council meeting that had been called with the sole agenda of discussing the university's admission policy.

According to sources, the meeting began with a briefing from Karachi University Teachers Society members who told the house about the details of a meeting of a delegation of the Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association with the provincial education minister held the same day.

The forum was informed by the society that the government had agreed to incorporate all their recommendations related to administrative appointments and admission policy in the law.

The suggestions, they said, would be presented in the Sindh Assembly for approval on Monday.

Later, they had a detailed discussion on the subject before deciding that last year's admission policy, which encompasses provision of quotas for Sindh, Balochistan, Fata, sports, employees and disabled students, would be followed for the new academic year.

Some participants in the meeting had serious reservations over the adoption of an open merit policy in a situation where little checks were in place to ensure fair examination in the interior of Sindh.

The council agreed to the proposal of holding aptitude tests and it was decided that the departments would get the proposal passed by their board of studies and then forward it for further process.

It is worth mentioning here that the university's admission policy has been termed 'biased' and criticised on different occasions. One important feature of this policy is that it offers admission to only those students who passed their last exams in Karachi.

The council also approved the minutes of the Board of Advance Studies and Research (BASR) of its May meeting. However, sources said, minutes of the BASR meetings held in subsequent months were not presented in order to avoid debate on some controversial decisions taken in the meetings.

A suggestion to discuss the establishment of the criminology department was strongly resisted by a majority of the council members and the teachers who had raised the issue were told to follow proper procedure as stated in the act before bringing it to the council for approval.

Certificates printing

Meanwhile, the university on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Pakistan Security Printing Press for the printing of 300,000 degree certificates of its students enrolled in 30 different programmes.

The certificates will be printed on a special paper with the official watermark logo of the university. The printing process will begin after the paper manufacturing within the next four months.

Special ink and seal would be used for the certificates that could be verified through a computer programme, says a university press release.

"With this step, it would become impossible to make a fake degree of the university," said KU vice chancellor Prof Dr Mohammad Qaiser at the signing ceremony held on the campus. Dawn

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Seminar on teachers training held at IIU
Islamabad: Department of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences, International Islamic University Islamabad organised a seminar titled 'Helping Teachers Learn: Research Theory and Practice', says a press release.

In his opening remarks, Dr Asad Rizvi, from Department of Education, welcomed all the participants. Professor Abbas Hussain, Director Teachers Development Centre Karachi, a renowned educationist and teacher trainer, delivered lecture on 'Helping Teachers learn, Theory, Practice and Research'. He said that it is necessary to focus on emerging trends in this digital age. "Our generation is digital native while we are digital immigrants". He urged on to adopt the innovative trends in teacher training and lecture delivering in the classrooms. He focused on mentoring of novice teachers in their initial stage of career.

On this occasion, Prof. Dr. N.B. Jumani, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, highly appreciated the faculty members of the Department of Education for managing these type of activities. He informed that in the end of this month, Department of Education is going to organise another seminar, which will be addressed by Professor Dr. Paul Kawachi from Japan, and another lecture of Professor Dr. Marilyn Leask, from Bedfordshire University UK next month.

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NUST holds science gala
Islamabad: A gala of activities was organised by the student-managed National University of Science and Technology (NUST) Science Society (NSS), under the banner of 'NSS Welcome 2013-14'.

The proceedings started with an inaugural address by NSS President Qassam Sarmad in which he discussed the basic functioning of the society and its hierarchy.

It was followed by a sci-venger hunt, in which participants scoured the campus to solve riddles and search for clues related to science, ultimately leading to the final destination, where the winners were awarded cash prizes.

Later in the evening, the participants and organisers enjoyed refreshments with a movie screening of 'Monsters University'. The event was intended to boost
the society's ongoing registration drive. Daily times

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