LAHORE - The 1679th meeting of Punjab University Syndicate here Thursday approved various academic, administrative and financial issues of the varsity, but the case of the confirmation of Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) Director could not be entertained due to unknown reasons, sources in the PU confided to The Nation on Thursday. They informed that said case was on the agenda but at the eleventh hour it was dropped due to the reasons best known to the Syndicate members. Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran chaired the meeting. When contacted ICS Director Dr Ehsan Akhtar Naz said that he never knew that whether or not his case was on the agenda of the Syndicate. To a question that whether he was confirmed director of the ICS, Dr Naz replied, I do not know. But I am a confirmed associate professor. He said that such cases were always forwarded by the Registrar to the Syndicate and not by the applicant. It is worth mentioning here that meeting approved appointments of 11 chairpersons of various departments, appointments of assistant professors under Tenure Track System (TTS) and study leave of 7 lecturers, most of whom had gone or wished to go abroad for PhD. PhD degree awarded Government College University (GCU), Department of Physics Assistant Prof Dr Muhammad Saleem Khan has been awarded PhD degree in the subject of Physics. He has also worked for the AQ Khan Research Laboratories, Kahuta as a Senior Scientific Officer. His topic was 'Dynamical Control System: Design, Modeling And Simulation In Distributed And Local Environment. He completed his research under the supervision of GCU Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and Dr Muhammad Aslam. VC advises students not to waste their time Punjab University organised a grand welcome party for the new students of BA/BSc and MA/MSc in the Faisal Auditorium here at the New Campus on Thursday. A large number of students attended the ceremony. Vice-Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran welcomed the students. While addressing to the students he advised them not to waste their time and focus only on their studies considering it their moral and national obligation. He said that the new students would find random views therefore they must respect others views as contrast in opinion and point of view was a usual thing. He said all students should be cooperative, helpful and respective to on another regardless of their religion, colour, creed and cast. The vice-chancellor said he sees that very intelligent students got admission in PU this year as he himself noticed this fact while teaching his Physics class. Dr Mujahid said PU had been polishing skills of students in curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and thats the reason PU students earned fame at Model United Nations conferences in Netherlands and Germany last year after competing with the students of US varsities and Howard University.