THE Punjab University examination staff nabbed two candidates attempting English paper-B in the ongoing BA/BSc annual examination 2012 at home in connivance with officials on Tuesday.


According to a Punjab University spokesperson, the examination centre for Sana Sabir (Roll No 125304) and Mehak Saba (Roll No 125189) was set up at Government College for Women, Band Road, but both attempted their papers at home in connivance with superintendent Ruhi and additional superintendent Humaira Younas.


He said unfair means cases (UMCs) had been registered against the candidates and an inquiry initiated against the examination officials while staff was also been replaced.


A couple of days ago, PU examination staff had nabbed a BSc candidate, Shanzay Sadiq, attempting papers at her home in connivance with superintendent Alia Anwar in the ongoing BA/BSc annual examination 2012.


‘Literacy rate increases by 4pc’: The 56th convocation of Government Postgraduate Islamia College for Women, Cooper Road, was held on Tuesday in which degrees were awarded to 378 students.


Punjab Minister for Education Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman was the chief guest who awarded degrees to graduating students and distributed medals and certificates among students who performed excellently in various examinations.


In his address, the minister said education was top priority of the Punjab government which had taken many new initiatives in the field. Mujtaba said the Punjab government aimed to set up women universities in Bahawalpur, Multan, Sialkot and Faisalabad, so that new opportunities of higher education for women could be enhanced. He also said Rs 1 billion stipend was being distributed among girl students who belonged to remote and deprived areas to encourage female education.


He said the government was implementing a comprehensive programme for providing modern education facilities to children, adding the Daanish School project was a revolutionary step of the Punjab government which would minimise the divide between rich and poor students to play their role in national development and prosperity.


Mujtaba said the Punjab government had provided a sum of Rs 10 billion to promote school education in the marginalised strata. He also claimed that as a result of education-friendly policies of the present government, the literacy rate had been raised from 58 percent to 62 percent in four years.


PU seats for Baloch students: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Mujahid Kamran has announced allocating one seat from each department of the varsity for students of Balochistan, saying that the university will bear all their expenses.


Addressing a seminar on “Balochistan – Problems and Solutions” organised by the PU and Academic Staff Association (PUASA) here on Tuesday, he said the lack of education was the cause of all the problems of the country.


Senator Mir Hasil Bizenjo, ex-senator Abdul Hayee Baloch, ex-DG Military Training Centre General (r) Javed Iqbal, Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) President Kaleem Baloch, ex-chief secretary Hakeemullah Baloch, Syed Mowahid Hussain, Asadur Rehman and Dr Mujahid Mansoor, Chaudhry Akram, President Academic Staff Association Prof Dr Amir Sarwar, Dr Shaukat Ali, Javed Sami and senior faculty members attended the seminar.

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