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July 4, 2011

Govt fails to adjust promoted college teachers

LAHORE:The Punjab government s failure to adjust 165 female college teachers after their promotion/ selection as assistant professor, despite a lapse of a couple of months, has been irking the teachers and their family members.
Earlier, the Punjab Higher Education Department had posted hundreds of teachers, both male and female, after their promotion/ selection as assistant professor (BS-18) from Lecturer (BS-17), but many female teachers refused to join and got extension on the pretext that the new place of their posting was not suitable for them. Subsequently, a summary was moved by the department to the Chief Minister s Secretariat, seeking his approval to adjust/post these teachers after conversion and down-gradation of posts, etc.

Sources privy to the developments said that the summary was approved by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif last month but the issue has not yet been resolved. They said the Higher Education Department, in many of the cases, had recommended shifting of posts to adjust the female teachers but the same was tuned down by the Finance Department on the pretext the CM had not approved the same.

The sources said if the government failed to address the issue during the ongoing summer vacation, a large number of colleges of the province would be without teaching faculty, hampering academic activities and causing academic loss to students.

Talking to The News, a number of teachers awaiting postings said the delay was multiplying their troubles as, despite approval of the CM, the teachers were uncertain about their future. They demanded the chief minister take notice of the delay and provide relief to them so that they might resume their duties without any problem. The teachers seeking anonymity said many of the female teachers, after promotion to/ selection in the next grade, were transferred from their previous colleges to far away areas, which did not suit them according to the prevailing socio-economic circumstance.

It is pertinent to mention that the CM had formed a three-member committee comprising Punjab Higher Education secretary Haseeb Athar, provincial Minister for Education Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman and Punjab Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah Khan which had recommended adjustment of female teachers as one-time consideration keeping in view their problems.

A Higher Education Department official, seeking anonymity, said the department had prepared its reply over objection of the Finance Department, and expected that the issue would be resolved soon. However, he added, the teachers were also responsible for their problems. Being government servants, they should go wherever they are sent, he maintained.

When contacted, Higher Education secretary Haseeb Athar said posting of teachers was a regular issue and the department had so far posted around 1,100 teachers after promotion in the ongoing stint. He said the problem surfaces each time a faculty member shows reluctance to be posted as per directions of the department. He, however, claimed that the issue related to posting of the female teachers would be solved within a week.The news.

July 4, 2011

PU fails to avail China-sponsored scholarship for faculty members

LAHORE: The Punjab University administration has failed to avail the Chinese scholarship after it recommended the unsuitable faculty members of the Institute of Communication Studies (ICS), Daily Times has learnt.
A Chinese scholarship on radio training programme was offered to the faculty and the university administration nominated three members from the ICS – Dr Afirah Hamid, Muhammad Shafique and Rashid Khan, a visiting teacher.
Sources told Daily Times that the administration ‘deliberately’ nominated Afirah Hamid and Rashid Khan who were not suitable for the scholarship. According to the conditions of the scholarship, the candidate applying for the scholarship should have to be below 45 years of age and a faculty member. Dr Afirah is above 45 and Rashid Khan is not a permanent faculty member, which means there was no competition for Shafique.
Shafique, however, has been rejected for the scholarship because a university committee had recommended his termination from the services following an alleged forgery in the MPhil result. His Fulbright scholarship was also rejected on the same ground.
A source claimed that Dr Afirah was likely to be sent on an international film festival in UK. However, a lobby which did not want her to go there recommended her for the radio training workshop despite the fact that she was overage for the programme.
“A lot of students are going to China for PhD programmes as China is giving many opportunities to our students. It is very sad that some people among us are trying to cheat China by recommending those people who have already been disqualified for scholarships,” said a faculty member, who was not recommended for the scholarship.
Dr Afirah said, “My case for the scholarship on radio training programme has been turned down because I am overage. I am not sorry for it but I am sorry that the university has wasted a good scholarship. This is not a new practice. This has happened quite a lot in the past. There was a time when every year two scholarships were given to the PU for PhD programme, however, they were never availed by the ICS”.
When contacted Muhammad Shafique, lecture at the ICS, said that he had no role in recommendations, adding that the university recommended three people and he was one of them. “I have been rejected for the programme and only Dr Afirah is being considered for it,” she said.
A PU spokesperson said that the vice chancellor always forwarded the recommended names as they had been received from the department heads and, similarly, in this case the names were sent as they were received from the ICS administration.Daily Times.

July 2, 2011

Rare Chaplin film fails to sell

 Frames from Charlie Chaplin in Zepped

The rare film was discovered inside a battered cinema reel tin A rare Charlie Chaplin film bought for £3.20 on eBay has failed to sell at auction despite being expected to fetch “a significant six-figure sum”.

Charlie Chaplin in Zepped, thought to be a propaganda film made in Britain during World War I, is the only known surviving copy.

But the seven-minute 35mm nitrate film reel only attracted one bid, a Bonham’s spokesperson said.

It has not yet been decided if the film will be put up for sale again.

“Obviously we’re disappointed the film didn’t sell, but it’s an unusual item and the nature of auctions means these things are always unpredictable,” a spokeswoman told the BBC.

Collector Morace Park bought the reel in 2009 because he liked the look of the tin, and then discovered the film inside it.

The footage, recorded in 1916, features a Zeppelin raid over London and is thought to feature some of the earliest-known animation.

Collector Morace Park explains why he is not disappointed that his film didn’t sell at auction

German Zeppelin airships attacked Britain during World War I and Bonham’s said Zepped was probably designed to defuse the unease caused by the raids.

A footnote in the records from the British Board of Film Classification in 1917 showed the film had been given an export licence.

The beginning of the film also had censorship frames suggesting it may have been sent over to troops based in Egypt.

However the film was never widely distributed, possibly reflecting the sensitivity of the attacks at the time of its release.

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July 1, 2011

Pak-India working committee Petroleum committee fails to make progress

Indian companies keen to export oil to Pakistan.


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