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First special summer vacation train chugged out of Rawalpindi

Punjab study - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 14:51
RAWALPINDI:19 June: The first special summer vacation train of the season chugged out of Rawalpindi Railway Station as the conductor guard waved the green flag at 2:30 pm on Monday carrying mostly families and lots of children to Karachi. Rawalpindi Divisional Commercial Officer (DCO) Raza Ali Habib said that Pakistan Railways will operate seven summer special trains on June 18, 22, 26 and 30 from Rawalpindi to Karachi at 2:30pm to haul from people from north to beaches in south. These trains will be bringing people from south to the hills in north when they return from Karachi to Rawalpindi on June 20, 24 and 28 at 8:00pm. Meanwhile, the return journey of Eid Special trains offering subsidised fares has started. Five special trains were announced for Eidul Fitr. Fifth special Eid train will depart from Multan Cantt on June 19 at 7 am via Kot Addu, Dao Khail and Attock city will reach its destination, Rawalpindi on the same night at 10:15 pm. In order to ensure the safety of passengers and visitors, security arrangements had been enhanced at the Rawalpindi Railway Station ahead of Eidul Fitr, he added. Pakistan Railways announces free travel for senior citizens over Eid Raza Habib said, special summer vacation trains would stop at Hyderabad, Rohri, Khanpur, Bahawalpur, Khanewal, Sahiwal, Okara, Raiwind, Lahore, Gujranwala, Wazirabad, Gujrat, Lalamusa and Jhelum. The Summer Vacation Trains will be consisted of A/C business, A/C Standard and Economy classes of coaches. To a question he said, armed police personnel had been deployed at the railway station to keepsecurity situation in check. He said the security of the railway station had been tightened with police in plain clothes assignedthe task to check security and keep an eye on suspicious persons. The deployment of cops was ensured to frisk the passengers entering the station. The entire parking area had been covered using 32 high-definition, closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) apart from installing floodlights. Moreover, three booths with imported computerized barriers had also been set up to ensure proper checking and to maintain records of all visitors including the driver, the number plate and the vehicle. Ground surveillance cameras had also been installed to check vehicles, he added. A special control room had been set up where activities of the visitors are monitored round the clock, he said adding, fool proof security of the passengers at platforms is being ensured through 16 CCTV cameras while walk-through gates had also been installed at the entry points. To another query, he said luggage, parcels and other items booked for transportation to other cities of the country are also being checked through scanners installed at the station. Published in The Express Tribune, June 19th, 2018.Rawalpindi

QAED two days PEELI training of newly recruited Educators

Punjab study - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 14:12
Lahore:16 June:According to the notification, “Quaid-e-Azam Academy for Educational Development (QAED), Punjab has planned two days PEELI training of newly recruited Educators-2017, who have received three-day PEELI training during the Induction Training Programme-2017. The said training will be conducted in all districts of Punjab with effect from 22-06-2018 to 23-06-2018 in batches.” However, the QAED has exempted those educators who had been assigned election duties. “The District QAED head may not call those educators who are involved in election duties and direction of the election commission shall take the highest priority during this PEELI training.” The QAED has also assigned its district heads to ensure participation in the training. The notification said, “It is proposed that District QAED head concerned may inform the participants and ensure their participation in the subject training as per schedule mentioned above.” The QAED also informed that the training centers would be the same for teachers as assigned during their Induction Training Programme-2017. Only qualified PEELI Master Trainers shall be deputed in training, the QAED further instructed. Moreover, the QAED had asked all the district education authorities’ (DEAs) chief executive officers (CEOs) to ensure 100% attendance of the trainees. The aims of the PEELI programme, started in collaboration with Punjab Schools Education Department (SED) and QAED by the British Council in 2013, are to enhance the quality of teaching through training.Published in The Express Tribune, June 16th, 2018.LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Over 30,000 teachers to get English training Under PEELI

Punjab study - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 13:54
LAHORE:16 June: More than 30,000 schoolteachers will receive English language training under the Punjab Education and English Language Initiative (PEELI). The two-day training will be conducted by the Quaid-e-Azam Academy for Educational Development (QAED), where 30,918 educators will be trained by 773 trainers in the same number of classes. The training is to be held between June 22 and 23.The news.LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Punjab HED extends date to apply for position of ITU VC

Punjab study - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:02
LAHORE:15 June: After getting a negligible response from academics, the Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) has extended the last date to apply for the post of Information Technology University (ITU) vice-chancellor by more than half a month. A new advertisement has been floated by the HED, extending the date to June 20. In the earlier advertisement, the last date was set as June 3. According to sources, only five academics applied for the vice chancellor’s slot at ITU, including its founding vice-chancellor Dr Umar Saif. They added only three names were shortlisted by the search committee. The search committee held its first meeting on June 7 when the low turnout of candidates came under discussion. The meeting deliberated over the poor response by academics for the position at ITU. “In the very first meeting of the search committee, it was decided that more time should be given for candidates to apply for the post,” the sources said. Information Technology University: Smart City: The Hackathon kicks-off The committee decided that the date to apply for the position would be extended. The search committee for ITU comprised Dr Amjad Saqib as its convener, while Dr Amjad Hussain, Dr Javed Ghani, Dr Zafar Iqbal Qureshi were members. The HED secretary, along with being a member, also performs the duties of the secretary of the committee. After the decision, the HED issued an advertisement announcing the same. According to the advertisement, academics interested in the post could apply themselves or their names could be nominated by scholars or academics. Members of the search committee could also nominate candidates for the position. ITU is in a similar situation to other universities of the province where the Punjab government failed to appoint vice chancellors for years. The post of vice chancellor for ITU has been vacant since January 2017 and Dr Umar Saif, who is also the founding vice chancellor, has been serving as an acting head since. HED advertised the post of the vice-chancellor on the orders of the Supreme Court of Pakistan on May 20 with June 3 set as the last date for application.Published in The Express Tribune, June 15th, 2018. LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Punjab Govet appointed Prof Dr Khalid Masood Gondal KEMU VC

Punjab study - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:00
Lahore:15 June:The Punjab government has appointed Prof Dr Khalid Masood Gondal, Professor of General Surgery (BS-21) (awaiting posting), as Vice Chancellor, King Edward Medical University, Lahore, with immediate effect, for a term of four years.The news.LahoreMedical College in LahoreKing Edward Medical University

Punjab University awarded PhDs to five scholars

Punjab study - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 13:58
LAHORE:15 June: Punjab University (PU) has awarded PhDs to five scholars. Muhammad Abdullah, son of Muhammad Jamil, has been awarded a PhD in Islamic studies, Kalima Akhtari, daughter of Muhammad Ibrahim, in Persian, Anam Yousaf, d/o Muhammad Yousaf, in environmental sciences, Sumreen Hayat, d/o Ahmed Hayat, in microbiology & molecular genetics and Manzoor Hussain, s/o Muhammad Sharif, in the subject of microbiology & molecular genetics.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Information Technology University Tech lab, research unit established

Punjab study - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 12:23
LAHORE:14 June: A tech lab and a research unit will be jointly established by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Information Technology University (ITU) under a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed on Wednesday. Aimed at gauging Pakistan’s progress in attaining the sustainable development goals (SDGs), the MoU was signed by UNDP Country Director Ignacio Artaza and ITU acting vice chancellor Dr Umar Saif. The MoU focuses on the implementation of SDGs, while also leveraging technology to develop innovative ideas and tools. This mutual cooperation will entail setting up a tech lab and establishing a research unit at ITU. UNDP and ITU will jointly explore the opportunity to mobilise external funding with regards to the MoU. China, UNDP sign $4m agreement to help FATA, Balochistan “UNDP and ITU have agreed to develop and implement scalable tools that can increase citizen engagement and participation in public decision making and overall governance,” stated a press release. The objective is to increase citizen and state interaction, while also implementing scalable tools to improve access to basic services including health, education, water and transportation, it added. To work towards enhancing access to public services through unconventional, efficient and economical tools and explore the use of big and open data for monitoring and reporting of selected SDG indicators, the statement read. UNDP Country Director Ignacio Artaza stressed on data generation using ITU and the Punjab Information Technology Board’s expertise. He said that Punjab had conducted several policy innovations that can be replicated effectively across other provinces in Pakistan. “Our team of academics and policy makers will do wonders for Pakistan through this collaboration. Our projects involving e-Vaccs and satellite imagery to better predict crop yield are an example of how we inform policy with evidence,” said ITU acting Vice Chancellor Dr Umar Saif. Our work has made us pioneers in the field of information and communication technologies for development. Hosting this collaboration testifies to the importance we attach to well thought-out and effective policy that has a huge human impact, he added. Published in The Express Tribune, June 14th, 2018.LahoreColleges in Lahore

Montessori workshops held at Sadeeqa’s Learning System

Punjab study - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 12:21
Rawalpindi :14 June: A series of 6-day centralised Montessori workshops were held at Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori and High School, says a press release. The workshops were held at the Peshawar Road Campus and were attended by all the Montessori teachers and Head Directresses from different campuses of SLS School as a part of the Education Improvement Programme at SLS. The workshops focused on lesson demonstration with special emphasis on activities to enhance the reading skills of the students following their ORT (Oxford Reading Tree) readers. The workshop was divided into three parts based on the three levels of Junior, Senior and Advanced Montessori. The workshops started off with Amina Shabbir, the SLS Head Office Resource person, giving introduction to phonics and revising sounds in detail with the Junior Montessori teachers while demonstrating “circle time”. Moving forward; the focus of the workshop was shifted to the Senior & Advanced Montessori level. Participating in multiple activities the teachers were introduced to the concept of blending of sounds through the technique of arm segmenting. The activity was enjoyed by all the teachers as they revised their concepts in an interesting way. Urdu and Math lesson demos were also given by the teachers from different campuses on several topics, the focus being on making the lessons interesting for better learning. Several hands on activities were done and chants were sung as the teachers shared their teaching ideas with each other. The Head Montessori Coordinators shared general classroom observations to guide the teachers to improve their lesson delivery techniques by avoiding common errors. The workshop ended on day 6 when a very interesting story telling session was conducted by one of the teacher’s. Starting from the significance of paralinguistic features in storytelling to sharing the benefits of it, a demo was given on the story 'The Hungry Caterpillar'. The colorful props and the narration style of the teacher was appreciated by everyone. At the end of the workshops, Mrs. Asiya Talha, managing director of SLS Schools, appreciated all the teachers and encouraged them to become completely familiar with the new methods and activities which they learnt and to implement them in their classrooms for better learning of the students.The news.RawalpindiUniversity in rawalpindiFatima Jinnah Women University Rawalpindi

PU College of Earth Sciences won an environmental research project

Punjab study - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 12:19
Lahore:14 June: Punjab University College of Earth and Environmental Sciences has won an environmental research project from Higher Education Commission of Pakistan worth Rs 3.7m. CEES Principal Prof Dr Sajid Rashid had proposed the research project titled “reduction in air emissions through modifications and improve efficiency in firing of brick kiln units”. In a press statement, Dr Sajid Rashid said that the research was based on programme identification and inter-disciplinary research with practical application for the betterment of the society. He said it was an honour for PU to win the research project for saving environment and improving work conditions at brick kiln units. Eid holidays: Punjab University will remain closed from Friday June 14 to Tuesday June 19 on account of Eidul Fitr holidays. However, additional holiday of June 19 will be compensated/ adjusted with some other holiday as and when it would require. OPC: Overseas Pakistanis Commission (OPC) Punjab Director General Usman Anwar has said the commission is putting in all efforts to resolve the issues of expatriate Pakistanis. A comprehensive policy is being pursued in this regard, he said while chairing the fortnightly meeting of OPC. The matters pertaining to pending complaints of overseas Pakistanis in different departments were discussed and the DG issued instructions to the officers concerned to vigorously pursue the cases. The officers apprised the meeting of the progress on the complaints referred to different departments. Two committees headed by the director revenue and director legal, OPC, were formed to monitor, review and dispose of the pending complaints of overseas Pakistanis. Directors Asad Naeem, Raja Zubair, Ishrat Ullah Niazi and other officers attended the meeting. Office-bearers: General body of Medical Teachers Association has chosen its president and general-secretary for Lahore General Hospital, Ameer-ud-Din Medical College and Post Graduate Medical Institute. According to a notification, Professor of Surgery Dr Farooq Afzal will be the president and Prof Farhat Naz will be the general-secretary while all other existing office-bearers would continue their working on their portfolios. According to a press release issued here on Wednesday, the newly-elected office-bearers Prof Farooq Afzal and Prof Farhat Naz have pledged to work for the betterment of all these institutions and try to improve their standard as well. The said doctors would be given more platforms at national and international level for medical research and latest treatment methods. Prof Farooq Afzal and Dr Farhat Naz expressed their gratitude on expressing trust on their abilities. These posts fell vacant after the retirement of Prof Dr Israr Ahmed, president and Dr Sikandar Hayat Gondal, general-secretary.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Govt College University VC gets additional charge of Narowal varsity

Punjab study - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 12:18
LAHORE:14 June: Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah, Vice Chancellor of Govt College University Lahore, has been given additional charge of the post of Vice Chancellor, University of Narowal. A notification in this regard was issued on Wednesday by the Punjab Higher Education Department after the approval of Chancellor/Punjab Governor Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana. According to the notification, Prof Hassan Shah will hold the additional charge of the post till the appointment of regular Vice Chancellor at University of Narowal. Prof Shah is an eminent physicist and recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz. He has done post-doctoral fellowships at several reputed foreign institutions including the University of Sussex London, International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy and the Space Physics Institute, Rome. He still has research collaborations with top institutions of the world and proudly overall impact factor of his research papers exceeds 200. Eid prayers: Eidul-Fitr prayers at Punjab University Jamia Mosque, Quaid-e-Azam (New) Campus will be offered at 7am. Dr Hafiz Muhammad Muaaz will lead the prayers, according to a press release issued here on Wednesday.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreGC University Lahore

220 teachers and school leaders met at Pakistan Schools Conference

Punjab study - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 14:35
LAHORE:12 June: More than 220 teachers and school leaders from over 140 Cambridge schools met at the Pakistan Schools Conference held at Avari Lahore on Wednesday. The conference was hosted by Cambridge Assessment International Education (Cambridge International) and the theme for the event was “Measuring what matters: understanding and improving educational impact”. “The concept of ‘educational impact’ has become increasingly important in academic research and education debate. No school can make meaningful progress without understanding the effect of its practices on students’ learning,” explained Cambridge International Chief Executive Michael O’Sullivan. They do this through careful curriculum design, inspiring extra-curricular activities, professional development of teachers and the creation of school environments conducive to learning, he added.Published in The Express Tribune, April 12Lahore

Lyallpur Literature Festival remained a centre for art and literature lovers

Punjab study - Sun, 06/10/2018 - 11:07
FAISALABAD:10 June: Lyallpur Art and Literature Festival remained a centre of attraction for art and literature lovers on the fourth day at University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF). People in large numbers thronged the university to witness competitions being held among different varsities. The event, which will conclude on Friday (today), is organised under the banner of Senior Tutor Office, UAF on the directions of Vice-Chancellor Dr Muhammad Iqbal Zafar. In script writing competition, Rida Akhtar from University of Punjab bagged first position, while Kinza Waqar from University of Lahore and Saman Arsahd from University of Central Punjab Faisalabad got second and third positions respectively. In the web development contest, Fahad Sahwal from Punjab University secured first position, Qasim Saeed from Muhammad Nawaz Shareef University of Agriculture Multan bagged second position while a student from University of Lahore secured third place. In speed programming quiz, Muhammad Hassan from University of Punjab stood first, while Abdullah from University of Central Punjab Faisalabad and Hasnat from University of Central Punjab Lahore secured second and third positions respectively. In mobile application development, Hasnat from University of Central Punjab bagged first position, while Rao Adil from University of Faisalabad, and Syed Ali from National Textile University stood second and third respectively.Published in The Express Tribune,FaisalabadUniversity in FaisalabadAgriculture University Faisalabad

PU VC principles of governance were merit, transparency and accountability

Punjab study - Sun, 06/10/2018 - 11:06
LAHORE:10 June:Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Dr Niaz Ahmed has said the administration would ensure rule of law in all affairs. He vowed to ensure that the principles of governance were merit, transparency and accountability. He expressed these views while addressing a meeting of the deans of all faculties at the committee room of his office on Saturday. Talking to the participants, he said no institution could deliver unless it followed rules and regulations. Punjab University likely to get permanent VC by June He asked the deans to play a “parental” role in guiding their faculty members and create a conducive environment for teaching, learning and research. He said the administration would introduce research-friendly policies and focus on that research which had a positive economic impact on the development of the country and society. “The administration will run the university affairs with consultation and provide maximum facilities to the teachers, students and employees,” he asserted. He said the administration would make serious efforts to pull Punjab University up to the top ranking varsities of the world. Meanwhile, the meeting congratulated Dr Hassan Askari Rizvi on his appointment as caretaker chief minister.Published in The Express Tribune, June 10th, 2018. PU VC principles of governance were merit, transparency and accountability LAHORE:10 June:Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Dr Niaz Ahmed has said the administration would ensure rule of law in all affairs. He vowed to ensure that the principles of governance were merit, transparency and accountability. He expressed these views while addressing a meeting of the deans of all faculties at the committee room of his office on Saturday. Talking to the participants, he said no institution could deliver unless it followed rules and regulations. Punjab University likely to get permanent VC by June He asked the deans to play a “parental” role in guiding their faculty members and create a conducive environment for teaching, learning and research. He said the administration would introduce research-friendly policies and focus on that research which had a positive economic impact on the development of the country and society. “The administration will run the university affairs with consultation and provide maximum facilities to the teachers, students and employees,” he asserted. He said the administration would make serious efforts to pull Punjab University up to the top ranking varsities of the world. Meanwhile, the meeting congratulated Dr Hassan Askari Rizvi on his appointment as caretaker chief minister.Published in The Express Tribune, June 10th, 2018.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Private school chain ‘withdraws’ 1,200 children

Punjab study - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 11:23
LAHORE:09 June: As many as 1,200 students have been “withdrawn” from the private City School chain for not submitting their complete fee during the academic year 2017-18. According to parents, they received letters confirming that the school had withdrawn their children after the students completed the academic year 2017-18. It further stated: “Please note that as a result of the withdrawal, your child will not be re-enrolled at the school for the coming school year i.e. the academic year 2018-19.” The school told the parents in the letter that “Despite your default, we continued to provide your child with quality education for the remainder of the academic year since we did not want their education to be affected. We strongly value our students and their education.” The school, furthermore, assured it would provide parents with the result of the academic year. PIERA bars private schools from taking summer fees However, the school also said that it would withhold the security amount deposited by the parents until the dues were paid in full. In the letter, the school also threatened legal action. Reacting to the action by the school, Parents Action Committee (PAC) started a trend on social media to attract the attention of the Chief Justice of Pakistan. Talking to The Express Tribune, PAC General Secretary Sajeel Usmani said that they were collecting letters of withdrawal, sent by The City School to parents, from all over Punjab. He added PAC had confirmed that 1,200 children had been withdrawn by the school. “Parents had not paid the fee because the amount being demanded by the school was unlawful,” said Usman. “According to the law, schools were to increase the fee by only 5%; however, these institutes were upped the amount by 30%. So, in protest, parents did not submit the fee.” He added parents demanded that the school charge the lawful fee amount, whereas the school said it had contested the law in the court and would abide by the decision. “When the case was decided, The City School itself did not abide by the decision of the court,” Usman added. He said that after collecting all the letters, PAC would go to court against the school. Lahore District Education Authority CEO Bashir Ahmed Goraya told The Express Tribune that he had called the management of the school to his office to explain the matter. When contacted, the City School, in a statement said, “It is incorrect that we have issued withdrawal notice to 1,200 students. In fact, the real number is much less. Withdrawal notices have been issued for parents who are fee defaulters for the academic year 2017-18 and have not cleared their dues despite repeated reminders. The fee defaulters are issued alerts as a routine and withdrawn as per regular system procedure. However, despite fee default, in the interest of students, these students were allowed to continue to attend class and take exams and have also been given their results. Withdrawn students have sufficient time to enroll in any other school for the upcoming academic year. We wish them the best for future academic endeavors.” Published in The Express Tribune, June 9th, 2018.Lahore

Punjab University VC assumes office on Friday

Punjab study - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 11:21
LAHORE:09 June: Prof Dr Niaz Ahmad Akhtar on Friday took charge as new Vice-Chancellor of Punjab University. Before taking this charge, Dr Niaz has served as VC of UET, Taxila. The Punjab governor approved his resignation from the post of UET, Taxila.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

A private school expelled students Due parents failed to pay fee

Punjab study - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 11:20
LAHORE:June 9: A private school has expelled a large number of students from its different campuses as their parents failed to pay the fee. “Your child……..student of Class 1 at the school's Ravi Campus Lahore, is hereby withdrawn from the school, after having completed the current school year i.e., academic year 2017-2018. Please note that as result of the withdrawal, your child will not be re-enrolled at the school, for the coming school year i.e., academic year 2018-2019,” reads on such notice issued to parents. The notice cites the reason of withdrawal as non-payment of fee for the months of August 2017 to November 2017. Parents Action Committee (PAC) of Private Schools claims that the school has expelled around 1,200 students from its different campuses. The PAC claimed that the fee was illegal and parents did not pay the same. On its Facebook page, PAC Foundation claimed the demand for fee of the said period was a violation of court orders which could result in serious legal consequences. However, the school also shared its point of view with media claiming that the number of withdrawal notices to 1,200 students was incorrect and added withdrawal notices were issued to only those parents who were fee defaulters for academic year 2017-18 and who had not cleared their dues despite repeated reminders. The school also observed that withdrawn students had sufficient time to enrol in any other school for upcoming academic year. It also observed the fee defaulters were issued alerts as a routine and withdrawn as per regular system procedure.The news.LahoreColleges in Lahore

Navy Engineering College, Karachi team visits PSCA

Punjab study - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 13:04
Lahore:06 June: A 15-member delegation of students and faculties of Pakistan Navy Engineering College, Karachi, visited the Punjab Police Integrated Command Control and Communication Center (PPIC3) – the premier security project of Punjab Safe Cities Authority. The delegates were shown round various arms and functions of the project dealing helpline 15 operations, Police Dispatch Unit, Video Control Unit, Media Monitoring Unit and the PSCA insignia Cam-surveillance Operations Management Centre. The delegation showed keen interest in the state-of-the-art ICT project. They praised PSCA for modern policing. "Such an advanced and centralised security mechanism to optimise metropolitan security is laudable," they added. The PSCA’s premier project PPIC3 is a consolidated hub of integrated policing regulating swift emergency and police responses. road accidents: Sixteen people were killed and 584 badly injured in 877 road accidents reported to the Provincial Monitoring Cell of the Punjab Emergency Service/Rescue 1122 from all districts of Punjab during the last 24 hours. The injured were removed to different hospitals of relevant districts and tehsils.The news.LahoreColleges in Lahore

Shahbaz Established 200 colleges, 19 varsities in Punjab

Punjab study - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 13:03
LAHORE:06 June: The Punjab Chief Minister, Shahbaz Sharif, on Saturday said the PML-N would pursue a policy of coordination and consultation among the institutions instead of confrontation, if his party came into power again. Addressing a press conference at a local hotel on Tuesday, he said given the challenges faced by the country, consultation among the institutions is necessary. “In a country where democratic institutions are weak and martial law imposed four times, the only way forward is consultation and coordination. No single institution can move the country forward in this geo-political situation and I have played my role in this regard,” Shahbaz added. Responding to a question for not being vocal enough against the confrontational mode of politics regarding certain institutions, he said the God and the history are a witness to the number of times he has openly advocated his position that confrontation is not going to solve anything. Listing his government’s achievements in Punjab, he said is the establishment of 200 new colleges and 19 universities something ordinary. The PML-N president said Rs 682 billion has been saved in the development projects. “Rs 682billion of the poor nation are saved. This saving in development projects is the pride of my life and every penny has been utilised judiciously. That is why other countries say proposals should be submitted in Punjab carefully because Shahbaz Sharif is sitting there,” he remarked. When asked about Reham Khan’s book, he said he did not want to reply to the question. “One person tweeted that money has been taken and then said that I have said it without giving any evidence,” Shahbaz remarked. To a question about Kala Bagh Dam, he said the project is feasible which would tremendously benefit the economy but nothing is important than national unity, adding, “Sometimes a big sacrifice has to be made for national unity.” “Touching the Kala Bagh Dam project without the approval of four provinces would be a cruelty with Pakistan. [On the other hand] Bhasha-Diamer Dam project will produce 4000-MW of electricity and store water and will also stop de-silting in Mangla and Tarbela,” he noted “This project will be helpful in stopping floods. If an opportunity is granted then we will construct the Bhasha Dam,” he promised, adding the PML-N government had already spent Rs 100 billion to acquire land for the project. Shahbaz said the PML-N government has succeeded in putting the country on the road to progress despite Imran Niazi’s sit-ins, chaos, allegations, hurdles and negative politics. The PML-N government under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif successfully solved problems and brought a substantial reduction in terrorism and gave an economic boost,” he added. He said the Punjab government is using its resources to establish power projects supplying electricity to the entire country. “In 2012, Imran said why provinces are not generating electricity after the passage of 18th Amendment. At that time PPP was in power in the Centre and there were hurdles for us to generate electricity, but when we got the chance we installed electricity projects. On the other hand, Mr Khan says he would make the country self-sufficient in electricity but he only generated minus six megawatts of electricity in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” he remarked. He said the recent report of UNDP has made it clear that Punjab is far ahead of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other provinces in education and health. Separately, former PPP MNA Tariq Shabbir Mayo called on Shahbaz and announced his decision to join the PML-N. Shahbaz welcomed Tariq Mayo and his colleagues in the party and said the pivot of PML-N’s politics is public welfare. “That is the reason, PML-N is the most popular and largest political party in the country, he added. Mayo said the PML-N is the genuine representative of masses, which has fulfilled the obligation of public service. It may be added here that Chaudhry Shabbir Mayo, father of Tariq Mayo, was elected twice as MNA on the PPP ticket.The news.LahoreUniversity in Lahore

University of Sargodha VC hits back at FAPUASA

Punjab study - Sun, 06/03/2018 - 12:13
LAHORE:03 June: University of Sargodha (UoS) Vice Chancellor Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad has fired back at accusations leveled against him by representatives of the Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA). Talking to The Express Tribune, Dr Ahmad termed allegations of him targeting faculty members as baseless. He explained that any action taken against a member of the faculty was conducted by the relevant authority, which happens to be the syndicate of the varsity. Taking about the allegations against him, Ahmad said that those under inquiry used FAPUASA to defame the university. “If you want to reform a university, you have to take bold decisions. Change upsets the status quo and certain forces, which had a stake in the matter, created a ruckus against me as we gradually started the reformation process.” He termed the ‘stake’ as the quantity-based expansion of the university with the creation of private campuses. In 2012, he said the varsity had the highest number of private colleges in the province. “Due of this, the quality of education suffered. Some of those behind the expansion were part of the previous administration over here,” he said. University of Sargodha cancels affiliation of 71 colleges Inquires against those who were identified as involved were initiated by the Syndicate under the PEEDA Act. “These inquiries were not started by me, but the decision was taken by the Syndicate of the university. A dean, who was making unlawful appointments and was responsible for corruption at hostels, was also identified.” Earlier, members of FAPUASA held a press conference and met the governor to complain against the VC. They accused Ahmad of discriminating against the faculty and a dean, who they claimed was suspended for availing casual leaves. Dr Ahmad said corruption was unearthed during an audit of hostels and after two separate complaints. Based on this, an inquiry was unanimously initiated by the syndicate. The body ordered a probe under the PEEDA Act. The accused dean went to court against the body formed to probe his alleged corruption. The court stayed the probe after a media campaign was initiated. He said all cases had been dealt with according to the rules. Criticising FAPUASA, the VC said the association was targeting him. He added that a vice chancellor did not have the powers to start probes or initiate action. Ahmad stressed that was the responsibility of the syndicate which carried out the investigation under the rules. He continued that the university was defending all the decisions on various forums. The VC pointed out that there was no academic staff association (ASA) at UoS and therefore no member was part of FAPUASA. “They have no stake at the university. I am trying to change things and this is upsetting forced favouring the status quo”.Published in The Express Tribune, June 3rd, 2018.Sargodha(A-Sargodha University

Punjab Agriculture Expo on 23-24 June

Punjab study - Sun, 06/03/2018 - 12:12
LAHORE :June 3: Punjab Agriculture Department is organising Punjab Agri Expo 2018 at Expo Centre on 23-24 June. A spokesperson for the department said it would be a great opportunity for growers, processors and exporters to develop national as well as international linkages for development and export of agricultural products. He said, “this event will be a commitment of the department to promote Pakistan as a land of investment and opportunities, for growth of agricultural trade in domestic and international markets and to initiate a collaborative dialogue between passionate minds that envision a prosperous future.” Pakistan having all the resources is the preferred country where lots of investment opportunities are emerging to support the sustainability of quality food production and government is committed to facilitate foreign investors with provision of technical services. Punjab Agriculture Department had organised first Pakistan Horti Expo on 13-14 January which promoted Pakistan as a land of investment and opportunities. APP adds: Justice (retd) Sayed Zahid Hussain, Chairman Special Committee of Experts, constituted by the Supreme Court on the Orange Line Metro Train Project, paid a visit to the site to overview progress and speed of work at GPO Chowk, Supreme Court Registry, Shah Chiragh Building, Andrew’s Church and Mauj Darya shrine and mosque. In between boundary wall and footpath towards Supreme Court Registry, there was a strip of land earmarked for greenbelt and the strip of land was in depression, dusty and as such hazardous for pedestrians. The chairman directed LDA authorities, the executing agency, to immediately fill the strip of land to the level of footpath to avoid any accident. The road leading to Shah Chiragh Building from the main road was uneven and in bad shape. The chairman directed LDA officials to renovate the road. Major work on the main road in front of the Supreme Court Registry and GPO has been completed and the Lahore Development Authority authorities were directed to remove green sheets and scaffoldings from the buildings.The news.Lahore

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