Archive for July 2nd, 2011

July 2, 2011

Punjab University’s College of Information and Technology won research contest

PU wins research contest
Lahore: Punjab University’s College of Information and Technology (PUCIT) has won the first prize in innovative research in all categories and second prize in the category of information systems in the All Pakistan Inter-Colleges and Universities Project and Research Competition.

According to a press statement issued on Friday, more than 300 projects were presented in the areas of electro mechanical systems, information systems, communication systems and digital systems from more than 40 universities.

Dr Arif Mahmood, assistant professor of PUCIT, won the coveted innovative research award. Four BS students of the PUCIT, Muhammad Ahsan, Muhammad Shaban, Fareed Babar, and Waqar Ameen, won the second prize for their project named “Agile Project Management Tool”.

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July 2, 2011

Probe ordered into use of force against students

Probe ordered into use of force against students

Kohat, Taking notice of the use of force against the protesting students of Kohat University of Science and Technology (KUST), Governor Barrister Masood Kausar has ordered the Kohat commissioner, Sahibzada Mohammad Anees, to conduct inquiry into the incident and submit a report to him.

“The governor, who is also the KUST chancellor, has asked the commissioner to look into the university affairs and fix responsibility of who ordered the use of brute force against the students by police,” official sources told this correspondent on Tuesday.

About 255 students were arrested and many were baton charged and tear gassed after they blocked the university road on Saturday last in protest against lack of facilities, loadshedding and delay in issuance of degrees to some students. Later, all students were bailed out by the court after 24 hours.

According to the initial inquiry, Vice Chancellor Nasir Jamal Khattak had denied charges of asking the police to thrash students. A staff member privy to the meetings followed by the incident quoted the VC as saying that some third force had acted to create misunderstandings between the administration and students.

On the other hand, the police took the plea that they were asked by the university administration to ‘teach a lesson’ to the protesting students.

A student, who requested anonymity, said, “I jumped from the third floor of the hostel in panic when five policemen who were beating students ran towards me. The police broke the window pans and harassed the students who were preparing for their exams inside the hostels.”

This correspondent learnt that the governor had been handed over the CD of police baton charge and tear gas shelling on the students by a delegation of lawyers from Kohat, which called on him on Monday.

Another delegation, headed by Kohat ANP president Inayatullah met with the chief minister and informed him about the grievances of the students.

Both the delegations demanded immediate transfer of the vice chancellor, saying that his conduct had become controversial amidst allegations of spreading ethnic hatred in the institution.

Several students said that they had been protesting against loadshedding, shortage of accommodation and drinking water for the last so many months despite regular hike in fee.

Meanwhile, the vice chancellor declared holidays from June 29 and abruptly cancelled the summer classes this year through a notification issued on Tuesday. When contacted, some university officials said that they were surprised at the orders and alleged that the VC was trying to hamper the investigations into the incident by closing down the university.

July 2, 2011

Devolution of Education Ministry criticised

Devolution of Education Ministry criticised
Rawalpindi, July 02: Pakistan Green Task Force Chairman Dr. Jamal Nasir has criticised the devolution of Ministry of Education and termed it a conspiracy against the people of Pakistan and said uniformity in the education system is the only solution of all issues.

“We can attain the goal of progress and prosperity by educating our young generation without any discrimination of cast, creed and colour. The current education system based on social status is spoiling the future of intelligent deserving students,” he stated this while addressing a seminar organised by Private Schools Network, says a press release issued here on Friday.

Dr. Jamal said that discrimination in the education system has disappointed the youngsters and also badly affected the carrier of new generation. He said: “We can bring revolution through promotion of education from grassroots level, the present conditions of our public sector educational institution is dilapidated and besides up gradation of these institutions it is imperative to provide a suitable and congenial atmosphere in which students could excel their capabilities and talent.”

July 2, 2011

University of Karachi extended claim forms deadline

KU extends claim forms deadline

Karachi: The University of Karachi has extended the date for submission of claim forms pertaining to the admission to its evening programme in masters and postgraduate diploma courses to June 30.

This was announced by the director of the KU evening programme on Wednesday.

He said that the list of successful claims would be displayed on July 1.

The last date for submission of admission fee for masters and diploma courses has been extended to July 4. app

July 2, 2011

University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar entry test forms

UET to receive entry test forms
Peshawar: The Directorate of Admissions of the University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar, will remain open on Saturday and Sunday to receive entry test applications. A press release said the university had decided to facilitate the students and their parents by collecting entry test applications on Saturday (today) and Sunday (tomorrow). “The staff of the Directorate of Admissions will be available in the university to facilitate the candidates,” said the release. The news

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July 2, 2011

University of Karachi BA result for exams 2010

KU declares BA result
Karachi, July 02: The Examinations Department, University of Karachi (KU) on Friday declared the result of B.A. Part-II and Both Parts (Regular) Annual Examination 2010.

According to the gazette issued, 9,160 candidates were registered for the examinations of which 8,848 appeared and 684 students passed the exams with first division while 2,225 and 55 candidates got second and third divisions respectively. The overall pass percentage was 33.50 per cent.

The result of four candidates was withheld for the want of enrolment whereas three results were not issued and the candidates were asked to submit their particulars. Furthermore, results of 20 candidates were withheld as they had changed their subjects without any prior permission.

At least 13 unfair means cases were reported, the officials of the examinations department said. Hadiya Saleem daughter of Muhammad Saleem, a student of BAMM PECHS Government College for Women, having seat number 112912, clinched the first position with 783 marks out of 1000.

Meanwhile, Anum Rafique daughter of Muhammad Rafique, another student of BAMM PECHS Government College for Women, having seat number 112871, secured second position with 760 marks. A student of Khursheed Government Girls Degree College Asia Ashraf daughter of Muhammad Ashraf, having seat number 111358, bagged the third position with 751 marks.

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July 2, 2011

No major changes in matric syllabus since 1995

No major changes in matric syllabus since 1995
Karachi: The curriculum of Sind’s current matriculation system governs the academic development of students across the province just as much as the quality of teachers or educational facilities, but the syllabus has not seen any significant changes since 1995 and current attempts add serious amendments have been unsuccessful due to legal formalities.

As a result of these legalitites, the bill drafted in this regard has yet to be tabled in the provincial assembly (PA). The recommendations and suggestions regarding changes in the curriculum at the provincial level were initiated by the Bureau of Curriculum, the Reform Support Unit (RSU) and the Sindh Textbook Board (STB).

In order to make any amendments the Sindh Assembly must approve the proposed changes; however, as a result of the devolution of the education department to the province these reformations could not be presented to the PA as it was not yet decided who would be the legal authority to rule on the issue.

In addition to this hurdle, other formal legislation has not yet been fulfilled which has accentuated the standstill.

The syllabus has not changed since 2006 when only minor differences were incorporated.The purpose behind the newly proposed amendments is to improve the reading skills as well as logical thinking of students.

In 2009, subjects such as Mathematics and Science at the Class IV level were reviewed in a random survey, while in 2010 language subjects like Urdu and Sindhi were looked at for the purpose of designing a standard syllabus for all school teachers to follow.

According to sources, the changes in the curriculum of class I through IV have also been sought. Subjects such as Mathematics, English, Social Sciences and General Knowledge would be modified gradually while other subjects would follow later. Officials from the aforementioned authorities were not available to comment on the matter. The news

July 2, 2011

Shahbaz doubles PEEF scholarship for students

Shahbaz doubles PEEF scholarship for students
Lahore, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the target of students getting scholarships under the Punjab Educational Endowment Fund (PEEF) should be enhanced from 25,000 to 50,000 this year.

He further said that scholarships of Rs 1.25 billion would be given this year and if additional resources were needed to provide scholarships to 50,000 students, they would also be made available.

He was addressing the 6th meeting of the PEEF Board of Directors here on Thursday. Shahbaz said that the PEEF had ensured the completion of educational activities of talented students facing financial constraints and such students were getting education not only in the prestigious institutions of the country but also abroad. He said the establishment of the fund was a revolutionary step of the Punjab government in the 63- year history of the country, through which, talented students facing financial problems were getting their education. He said scholarships had been given to 17,000 students out of the fund so far.

The chief minister said the youth was a guarantee of the bright future of the country and all possible resources would be provided for equipping them with modern knowledge. He said the PEEF was the largest endowment fund of the country through which scholarships were not only being given to the talented students of the four provinces but also to the male and female students of Gilgit-Baltistan, Fata and Azad Kashmir. He also directed the PEEF management that this year, 20 students should be sent to prestigious universities of the world for getting education.

July 2, 2011

Punjab University BA/BSc Annual Examination 2012

BA/BSc registration

Lahore, Last date for registration of private candidates, appearing in Punjab University BA/BSc Annual Examination 2012, is June 30, 2011, Thursday (today). The registration forms will be received till 5:00pm in the Registration Branch, Room No. 25, Admin Block, Punjab University, New Campus, Lahore.

PU results: Punjab University Examinations Department has announced the results of MPhil Pak Studies, Semester System, Session 2008-2010, Professional Diploma in Graphic Design, Semester System, Session 2008-2009 & Session 2009-2010, Professional Diploma in Painting, Semester System, Session 2009-2010, Professional Diploma in Textile Design, Semester System, Session 2008-2009, PGD in Human Resource Management, Semester System, Session 2006-2007 and PGD in Business Administration (Evening), Semester System, Session 2008-2009.

Lecture: The Punjab University Department of Gender Studies organised a special lecture on research methodology. According to a press release on Wednesday, the lecture was held for the students who were writing their theses on various issues. Director General Bureau of Statistics Shamim Rafique delivered the lecture. The news

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July 2, 2011

UoE discontinues double degree programme

UoE discontinues double degree programme
Lahore: The University of Education (UoE) has announced that the double degree programme based on master’s and graduation level in science and arts is being discontinued from academic year 2011 beginning from September this year.

The decision has been taken on the instructions of the Higher Education Commission.

Announcing this decision, UoE Registrar Bashir Ahmad Chaudhry said the one-year B.Ed and M.Ed programme would continue as per HEC policy. He said the university would issue two degrees to students who would seek admission to double degree programme of spring session 2011 and fall 2010. He said the degrees of students of 2004-05 and 2005-06 sessions would be considered equivalent to the 14-year BSc degree. A list of graduates who had obtained these degrees was being sent to the HEC so that they do not face any problems in future. It may be mentioned that a meeting of HEC officials and UoE management was held in February to discuss the double degree issue. Former acting vice-chancellor Prof Dr Farhat Saleem, QEC director Dr Saeed Akhter, Division of Arts and Social Sciences director Dr Muzaffar Abbas and other senior faculty members informed HEC officials about degree programmes of the university as well as planned programmes.

HEC Executive Director Dr Sohail Naqvi and other commission officials had approved the commencement of four-year B.Ed (Honours) Programme and Associate Degree in Education (ADE).

Moreover, the HEC had suggested direct admission to M.Phil and PhD. The officials had ordered discontinuation of M.Phil leading to PhD programme. Dawn