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Academic reforms: UAF, German varsities ink research deal

Punjab study - Sat, 04/22/2017 - 12:22

FAISALABAD:22 April:The University of Agriculture, Faisalabad has signed agreements with two German universities to collaborate in research, academia, capacity building and student-teachers’ exchange programmes.
The first Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) was inked by UAF Vice-Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan and University of Bonn’s Dr Bernhard Tischbein whereas Christopher Willi Conrad from University of Wurzburg signed the second MoU.
The UAF and University of Bonn will cooperate in academic research and establishing projects in future. Both varsities will work jointly on modern technologies to reduce water intensive cotton production.

The MoU between UAF and Julius-Maximilians University of Wurzburg agreed to make collective efforts to boost research and capacity building by exchanging academic information and providing opportunities for interactions between students and faculty of both universities.

They would also support activities such as joint research, conference and seminars.Published in The Express Tribune, April 22nd, 2017.

Facilitating students: First public career counselling centre opens

Punjab study - Sat, 04/22/2017 - 12:21

LAHORE:22 April:The first state-run career counselling centre to facilitate students in meeting employment requirements was opened at the Government College, Township in Lahore on Friday.
Addressing the gathering, Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Chairperson Prof Dr Mohammad Nizamuddin said most prospective and graduating students of higher education institutions were unaware about career prospects and emerging market trends. “There are fewer opportunities for them in the market, or they are unable to meet the requirements of the employers. In both cases, the country suffers,” he added.
Four such counselling centres have been initially established at selected colleges of Punjab with an amount of Rs2 million set aside for each. The first one was inaugurated at the Township college.

“The project will be gradually extended to all public-sector colleges and universities of the province,” the PHEC chairperson announced, adding these centres would hold seminars, workshops, job fairs and conferences to provide sound career advice to young people.

College Principal Dr Mohammad Ijaz Butt lamented the college sector had been long ignored by the higher education authorities but the inception of PHEC had given a ray of hope.

“We believe the education commission will help address problems of college students and teachers in an effective way,” he added.

The college, he said, was also running a community college project of the PHEC, wherein two-year bachelor’s semester system degree was being offered in market-driven subjects.

The counselling centres are a project of PHEC aiming to provide a platform to students of higher education institutions of Punjab to facilitate them in developing their career paths based on their academic skills and interests.Published in The Express Tribune, April 22nd, 2017.

Punjab University teachers seek security after professor’s murder

Punjab study - Sat, 04/22/2017 - 12:20

LAHORE:22 April:The Punjab University faculty expressed serious concerns over the security of teachers, especially those living at the residential colony. They demanded a complete overhaul of the security system and additional measures such as background checks of employees by the Special Branch.
These demands were made during a condolence reference held by the Punjab University Academic Staff Association (ASA) at the Institute of Chemistry. Faculty members paid tribute to Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (MMG) retired assistant professor Tahira Malik. She was found murdered in her home at the residential colony of the Punjab University.
The suspect apprehended in this case a varsity employee working at the Engineering Branch.
Speaking to The Express Tribune, ASA President Javed Sami said the association would demand that the PU administration have all employees screened. He added that the recent incident had shattered the confidence of the teachers’ community and ASA would demand the vice chancellor conduct background checks through the Special Branch. He said the faculty would also ask for a verification drive of all employees living in the housing society.

Javed said the administration should check whether actual faculty members live in the houses or if the properties were rented out.

“The ASA will ask for guards to be deployed near the living area of teachers and at all roundabouts, while CCTV cameras should also be installed in the surroundings of the housing colony,” he said.
Dr Sami said Engineering Branch employees routinely worked at residences of faculty members and the ASA would ask the VC to adopt SOPs for their deployment. “We will demand that any time some work needs to be carried out, a university security guard should also accompany the assigned individual,” he stated.
Dr Sami said these demands would be forwarded to the vice chancellor in the coming weeks.Published in The Express Tribune, April 22nd, 2017.

Moot to raise professionalism standard concludes

Punjab study - Sat, 04/22/2017 - 12:19

Lahore:22 April:Pakistan Society for Training and Development (PSTD) and the Pakistan Society of HR Management (PSHRM) organised Connex 2017 at a hotel in Lahore.
This event signalled the first ever collaboration of PSTD and PSHRM to present the HR and learning conference in Lahore.PSTD and PSHRM are independent, nonprofit and nongovernmental institutions, managed by honorary Boards of Governors comprised of senior executives and human resources professionals from leading organisations in Pakistan.

The PSTD’s purpose was to raise the standard of professionalism and its mission was to build and broaden professional leadership, capacity and capability in Pakistan. Its members are regularly invited for HR breakfast sessions, synergy sessions and leadership iconic series. PSTD also serves as an umbrella organisation to support leading trainers and consultants in offering state-of-the-art solutions to meet the learning and development needs of organisations across the country.

Pakistan Society for Human Resource Management is committed to providing leadership in HR excellence. It is the professional association for HR practitioners and those involved in the business of people management. PSHRM offers professional learning and community building opportunities to its members and others in the HR profession by conducting workshops, seminars by prominent speakers and experiential learning programmes for HR professionals. PSHRM is a full member of the Asia Pacific Federation of Human Resource Management (APFHRM), a branch of the World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA).

The conference was themed “People-Passion-Purpose” and brought together the most influential, forward-thinking HR leaders and senior executives from all over the country to discuss current issues, trends, and solutions to today’s organisations HR and learning needs in the context of the theme. Ranging from HR Inspire sessions and Keynotes, to our CEO panel and debate, participants contribute as much as they learn.

Some of the prominent speakers at the conference were Saqib Sherazi (CEO Atlas Honda), Dr Musadik Malik (Prime Minister’s spokesperson), Syeda Henna Babar Ali (Chairperson DICPK), Shahid Hussain (CEO, Service Sales Corporation), Mudassir Aqil (CEO, Finca Microfinance), Monis Rehman (Chairman and CEO Naseeb Networks), Fariha Salahuddin (VP Global Talent, Business Lead Consumer Healthcare, GSK), Dr James A Tebbe (Rector, Forman Christian College) and Umar Saif (Information Technology University Vice-Chancellor).The news.

Chinese scientists discuss cotton biotech lab at Punjab University

Punjab study - Sat, 04/22/2017 - 12:18

LAHORE:22 April:Scientists from Chinese Academy of Agriculture Sciences (CAAS), China, visited Punjab University’s Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology (CEMB) to discuss establishment of “Pak-China Cotton Biotechnology Laboratory” at CEMB.
According to a press release, in continuation of the developing strong ties, CEMB and China Science and Technology Exchange Centre (CSTEC), China, jointly organised one day workshop “Pak-China Young Scientists Exchange Programme” at the centre.
PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir, Faculty of Life Sciences Dean Prof Dr Naeem Khan, CEMB Director Prof Dr Tayyab Husnain, Prof Dr Idrees A Nasir, Prof Dr Chang Li, focal person Pak-China joint Cotton Biotech Project, Ge Pu, deputy director general of CSTEC; Zhang Nan, project officer for CHINA-MOST’s young talent mobility programme and senior faculty members were present on the occasion.
Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir said PU would play its role in development of nation and the country and that’s why the administration was encouraging such initiatives in order to promote research culture.

Ge Pu detailed insight into Pak-China Young Scientists Exchange Programme. He said Chinese government would offer attractive subsidy for selected talented scientists. He expressed his good wishes for joint cotton biotechnology project between CEMB, Pakistan and CAAS, China. CEMB Director Dr Tayyab Husnain gave briefing on the ongoing research projects at CEMB. He said Pak-China young scientists’ talent hunt programme by CSTEC was an excellent addition in collaborative efforts for both countries towards promotion of research culture.

Honoured: A faculty member of Information Technology University (ITU) and director of the varsity’s Data Science Lab Director Dr Faisal Kamran has won a World Bank innovation award worth US $100,000 from the World Bank Group and Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) for innovations to prevent and respond to gender-based violence.

According to a press release, the award is part of competitive funds totaling US $1.14 million distributed among 10 teams from around the world. Dr Kamran received this prestigious distinction for his research on the identification of hotspots for harassment of women in public transport.

Dr Kamran’s proposal “Mapping for Policy” aims to provide an in-depth understanding of how fear and perceived risk of victimisation in general and fear and perceived risk of sexual harassment in particular, inhibit women’s use of the Rapid Bus Transit system in Lahore.

This is a collaborative project of ITU’s Data Science Lab and US-based think tank the urban institute. The award will fund a pilot project of the research in Lahore. The research will apply state-of-the-art data science and artificial intelligence (AI) techniques to tackle the menace of gender-based violence in the city. Harassment at public spaces is an under-recognised global human rights violation that disproportionately affects women and girls every day.The news.

2,000 Punjab cops to get training from Elite Force

Punjab study - Sat, 04/22/2017 - 12:16

VEHARI:April 22: As many as 2,000 policemen and 9,000 security guards will get training from the Elite Force trainers during the next three months.

They would get training at the newly-established firing range at the Police Lines, said RPO Sultan Ahmad Taimoori while inaugurating the firing range here on Friday.

The RPO said that the firing range projects had been completed in the west Punjab on emergency ground to counter terrorism. The RPO said that this firing range would help to counter terrorists and enhance physical fitness and firing expertise of the participants of the training. He said that not only policemen but officials of any department could get benefit from this firing range. The RPO also inaugurated the SDPO Office at the City police station.The news.

Chinese to English and Urdu dictionary launched

Punjab study - Sat, 04/22/2017 - 12:14

LAHORE:April 22: The first Chinese to English and Urdu dictionary prepared by the Pakistan-China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCJCCI) was formally launched along with the second edition of Chinese Learning book at a law college here on Friday.

Deputy Consul General of China Wang Daxue, Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Chairperson Prof Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin, PCJCCI President Wang Zihai, Secretary General M Salahuddin Hanif, the law college dean, Prof Humayun Ihsan, were also present.

A cake-cutting ceremony was also held to celebrate Pak-China friendship while two Pakistani students also sang Chinese songs on the occasion.

Wang Daxue highlighted the importance of Chinese and Urdu language in the backdrop of CPEC, urging the Chinese nationals in Pakistan to learn Urdu language.

The deputy consul general especially mentioned the Punjab government’s initiatives for the promotion of Chinese language and lauded its programme under which 500 students would be sent to China to learn the Chinese language. He added that 300 of these students had already started learning in some of the top universities of China. He also acknowledged the foresightedness of PCJCCI for realising the need of an exclusive dictionary designed for the convenience of people of China and Pakistan.

Dr Nizam said learning Chinese language had become essential. He mentioned Punjab government’s programme for Pakistani students to learn Chinese language. He, however, also underscored the need of transfer of technology from China to universities and higher education institutions of Pakistan. “Beyond language, we can learn a lot from China”, he said and requested the deputy consul general to send delegation of best universities in China to Pakistan.The news.

Call to disband political student groups at Varsities

Punjab study - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:30

LAHORE:April 21:Academicians have recommended university administrations should disband all political, sectarian, racial or ethnic organisations on campus while providing an alternative platform for student to express their opinion.

After a two-day brainstorming session, educationists concluded on Thursday that universities should hold regular sports events, cultural programmes, study circles, speeches, debates and literary sessions in order to promote peace and tolerance in Punjab.

The proposals came at the ‘Conference on Promotion of Peace and Tolerance on University Campuses of Punjab’, where vice-chancellors, student affairs directors, intellectuals and representatives of 27 public-sector universities were present.

The summit was organised jointly by the Working Group for Promotion of Peace and Tolerance on University Campuses and the Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC).

“We need to preach the norms of plurality, diversity and peaceful coexistence and a university is the best place to begin,” said Punjab Higher Education Minister Syed Raza Ali Gillani at the concluding session. “Marginalised voices are needed to be accepted and included in the mainstream debate on peace and tolerance in society.”

PHEC Chairman Dr Nizamuddin said tolerance was important for the development of mental faculties of university students. “We should develop and revive academic societies at our universities to tackle the issue of sporadic student groups in order to engage them in positive campus based activities,” he added.

“While it is important to teach students about peace in classrooms, we also need to focus beyond the classroom. We need to work on improving the curriculum rather than syllabi. We should engage our students in extracurricular activities, debates, speeches and sports,” Dr Nizamuddin believed.

At the conference, participants were divided into four working groups to formulate recommendations and suggestions. Members deliberated upon the possible role of media, civil society, government, varsity administrations, students and faculty members in promoting peace and tolerance on campuses.

In their recommendations, different group members said the ban on student unions at varsities was commendable and should be extended to faculty unions and staff unions as well.

A holistic approach was suggested for primary, secondary and tertiary-level education system. Courses like professional ethics, moral values and citizenship activism should be introduced and content of Islamic studies and Pakistan Studies should be revised, the academicians said.

They also called for strictly monitoring mosques at universities and activities of religious groups so that they do not preach about a particular sect.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 21st, 2017.

New appointment: PU staff backs Vice-chancellor’s decision

Punjab study - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:29

Lahore:April 21:He said the chief minister has also requested that the additional charge of the vice-chancellor’s post given to Professor Jamali be withdrawn. The governor has further been requested to assign the acting charge to Professor Dr Muhammad Masroor, who is the senior most professor at the varsity and pro-vice chancellor during the interim period while the process of appointment of the vice-chancellor is undertaken.
Taking the statement of the secretary on record, the bench directed that the vice-chancellor be appointed by April 22. It also sought a compliance report in this regard by the next date of the hearing.The news.

Third preparation Course for Paces Exam concludes at HFH

Punjab study - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:28

Rawalpindi:April 21:A four-day preparation course for MRCP (UK) Paces exam organised by Rawalpindi Medical College at New Teaching Block of RMC at Holy Family Hospital concluded here on Thursday.

The preparation course for MRCP UK (Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom) Paces (Practical Assessment of Clinical Examination Skills) exam was conducted for the third time in Pakistan by UK tutors trained by the Royal College of Physicians, UK.

A total of 20 candidates were registered with the RMC for the four-day preparation course for MRCP Paces exam including 15 candidates from various cities of Pakistan, two from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and one each from Dubai, Oman and Afghanistan.

This preparation course has been conducted in Pakistan for the third time in last one year with an aim to bring the MRCP UK examination centre in Pakistan. Earlier the students wishing to appear for Paces course have to travel to UK or UAE to prepare for Paces preparation course, said Principal RMC and Chief Allied Hospitals Professor Dr. Muhammad Umar while talking to ‘The News’ on Thursday.

Dr. Umar who took the initiative of arranging preparation courses here at RMC for MRCP (UK) Paces Course said his team has been carrying out efforts for a national cause seeking establishment of MRCP UK examination centre here in the country that will bring Pakistan at par with India and UAE which have Paces examination centres for many years.

Paces exam is designed to test the clinical knowledge and skills of trainee doctors who hope to enter higher specialist training in UK. It is a half-day examination that takes place in a clinical setting in a hospital or in clinical skills centre sets rigorous standards to ensure that trainees are competent across a range of skills and ready to provide a high standard of care to patients.

UK tutors including Dr. Isma Kazmi, Dr. Ahmad Waleed along with Dr. Asif and Dr. Rashid conducted the preparation course at the HFH. The tutors work in UK and are tutors of Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom and are involved in conducting the exam of MRCP in UK.

The participants of the course who have passed their MRCP Part 1 & 2 examination and now intend to appear in MRCP Paces Exam in UK in coming months were given introduction about the examination format and provided hand-on training for detailed preparation for all the five stations of Paces Examination followed by a mock examination with feedback to every candidate.

During the four-day course, the participants were given insight into the real UK PACES Exam, PACES format, marking scheme, concept of “Double Jeopardy”, patient calibration, A to E clinical skills, PACES Carousel etc. The participants were trained on how to approach a patient in clinical stations including Respiratory/Abdominal station, Cardiology/Neurology Station and on history taking, clinical communications and ethical issues with practice sessions.

Coordinator for the course at HFH Dr. Zahid Minhas informed ‘The News’ that after the course, personal feedback to all candidates was given by the UK tutors and after a full mock examination, an extra session on job application and interview in UK was organized. The participants of the course were also educated on how to get clinical attachment in UK, he said.The news.

PHEC to launch mobile libraries to Promote Reading

Punjab study - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:05

LAHORE:April 21:Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Chairman Prof Dr Nizamuddin has said PHEC will launch mobile libraries project to promote book reading culture, adding this facility would be provided in remote areas.
He said this while addressing a seminar organised by Punjab University (PU) Department of Information Management and PU Library in connection with celebrations of World Book and Copyright Day on Thursday.
PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir, journalist Mujeeb ur Rehman Shami, Chairperson Department of Information Management Prof Dr Kanwal Amin, Chief Librarian Haseeb Paracha, President Academic Staff Association Javed Sami, Secretary Iftikhar Tarrar, Director General PHEC Shahid Soroya, faculty members and a large number of students were present.

Dr Nizam said it was a misconception that the number of publication of books had reduced due to electronic media rather electronic media was supplementing print media. He said the number of publication of books was increasing globally however it was necessary to promote book reading habits. He said: “We must connect our students with history through promotion of book reading culture so that we could understand background of happenings”.

Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir said the PU administration was taking several initiatives to promote book reading culture on the campus. He said every student would have to write book reviews of 10 relevant course books in each semester otherwise they would not get their degrees. He said the administration would set up library in each hostel and a library would also be established in campus colony for children. He said the university would award special prize to the person who would write maximum book reviews and the university would also consider the person who would read maximum books for the roll of honor. He said: “Our multinational companies must come forward to promote book reading culture and fulfill their corporate social responsibilities”. He announced the administration would organise book fair from April 27 to April 29.

Mujeeb ur Rehman Shami said: “Our relationship with book had weakened and there was need to find out reasons behind it. Mohalla-level libraries had vanished and universities had turned into colleges where there was lack of creation of new knowledge. The real problem was that we don’t have reading habits. We must establish strong link between students and books”.

Dr Kanwal Amin said e-books had not replaced printed books rather electronic media was complementing and supporting printed editions. She said the role of books was increasing and that’s why number of publication of books had increased manifold worldwide and the importance of printed books had not reduced. She said the traditional value of books would remain alive forever and we must not worry about it because books were major source of transfer of knowledge. However, she said, there was a dire need to promote book reading habits. She said: “We must give books to our children instead of giving them mobile phones to play games and we must benefit from the positive uses of technology”.

Later, Dr Nizamuddin distributed book lover awards amongst top 10 PU Library users who read maximum number of books last year amongst library members. The first prize went to Prof Dr Ghulam Moeen Uddin of Department of Persian. Shehrary Liaqat Ali, Muhammad Zahid, Maleeha Rafiq, Zoha Khalique, Rubina Liaqat, Nourin Haneef, Imran Mushtaq, Ghulam Qadar and Ayesha Azam secured from second to tenth positions, respectively.The news.

University of Health Sciences Names dept after Prof Tahir

Punjab study - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:03

LAHORE:April 21:The University of Health Sciences (UHS) has named its Anatomy Department after late Prof Dr Muhammad Tahir.
According to a press release issued here on Thursday, Prof Muhammad Tahir had been the professor and the head of UHS Anatomy Department for last 11 years. He died on Wednesday at the age of 87, bringing to an end a prolific, 56 year career as a teacher, researcher and an administrator. His work in all these domains was distinguished by a highly original critical thinking and personal vision of morality and ethics.
A memorial service for Prof Muhammad Tahir was held at the university on Thursday which was attended by UHS Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dr Junaid Sarfraz Khan and a large number of faculty members and students. On the occasion, Quran Khwani was held and the UHS VC led Dua for the departed soul.
Rich tributes were paid to Prof Muhammad Tahir by his colleagues, saying that the services of the deceased for the university could not be forgotten.
At the end, UHS VC Prof Dr Junaid Sarfraz Khan planted a banyan tree at Kala Shah Kaku Campus of the university in the memory of late Prof Muhammad Tahir.
Prof Dr Muhammad Tahir was a graduate of King Edward Medical College, Lahore.
He did his MBBS in 1952 with gold medal for standing first in the university. He taught in various national and international institutes. He did his PhD from London University. He had more than 50 research publications to his credit.The news.

Custom Public School Celebrations

Punjab study - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:02

Lahore:April 21:Custom Public School, working under Customs Education Trust, is going to celebrate its 35th inception on CPS Gulberg campus on April 8. Saira Zaheer, Principal CPS, Tayyaba Qadeer, headmistress Boys Branch, Sabrina Ali, headmistress Junior Branch and Shahida Khan, coordinator school affairs, along with CPS management will welcome custom officials including Muhammad Zahid Khokhar, Chairman Customs Education Trust, Zeba Hai Azhar, Chief Collector Customs (Central) and trustees Iftikhar Ali Malik and Farhan Sarwar.The news.

Punjab University’s equivalence dept temporarily restored

Punjab study - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:01

LAHORE:April 21:A division bench of the Lahore High Court on Thursday suspended an order of a single bench and allowed functioning of Punjab University’s equivalence department.
The single bench comprising Justice Atir Mahmood had declared illegal functioning of the equivalence department.
The university challenged the decision through an intra court appeal, which was heard on Thursday by a two-judge bench headed by Justice Aminuddin Khan.
PU counsel Malik Awais Khalid argued that the single bench passed the impugned judgment beyond any justification. He said the university being governed by Punjab Higher Education Commission had the power to recognise degrees. He said the power of HEC-Federal to recognise the degrees was a case of different nature.
The counsel prayed to the bench to set aside the impugned decision and allow the equivalence department to function.
The bench stayed the judgement and temporarily restored the department. The bench also issued notices to the parties for April 24.The news.

Plea to transfer Peshawar school case

Punjab study - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:15

LAHORE:20 April:Hearing a petition for transfer of trial proceedings against an alleged facilitator of Peshawar Army Public School carnage, the Lahore High Court on Wednesday directed the counsel of the suspect to submit his affidavit about ‘inappropriate’ remarks of the trial judge.

Earlier, the counsel for suspect Saleemullah argued before the court that the judge of an anti-terrorism court called the suspect a terrorist during the trial proceedings. Whereas, he said, nobody could be termed guilty unless convicted by a court.

The lawyer argued that the trial judge by doing so showed his mind towards the case, therefore, it would not be appropriate for him to continue with the proceedings. He prayed to the court to transfer the trial proceedings to some other anti-terrorism court.
The chief justice adjourned the hearing for 10 days and directed the counsel to file his affidavit about the remarks of the trial judge.The news.

Smart university concept for future challenges evolved

Punjab study - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:14

LAHORE:20 April:Punjab Higher Education Minister Syed Raza Ali Gilani visited the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Secretariat and met HEC Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed and senior management.
According to a press release issued here on Wednesday, Dr Mukhtar Ahmed told the minister about the achievements of HEC since its inception in 2002. He elaborated different steps taken by HEC for a strengthened quality assurance system in higher education sector across Pakistan.Underlining the strong connection of academia with rapid technological advancement and ongoing digitisation process, he said that HEC had taken a number of measures in this regard. HEC has taken various initiatives, including establishment of Pakistan Education and Research Network (PERN), Digital Library and Cloud Data services. He said that HEC had evolved Smart University concept in view of future challenges and opportunities in the higher education sector. He said that HEC had set up Offices of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation as well as Business and Technology Incubation Centres in many universities in the country.

Speaking about the whole journey of HEC, Dr Mukhtar Ahmed said the number of PhDs produced from 1947 to 2000 was only 176, however, now the country’s universities had over 10,000 PhD faculty members. “We aim at having at least 40,000 PhD faculty members in the next decade,” he underlined.

He said that the number of recognised universities had now reached 188, while HEC was working on the programme of setting up university campuses in every district.

Through different schemes of overseas, indigenous, need-based scholarships as well as Prime Minister’s Fee Reimbursement Scheme, over 200,000 faculty members and students have been given scholarships, he said. He maintained that HEC had been playing an active role in increasing equitable access to quality higher education and encouraging relevant research activities. He said the core objectives of HEC included ensuring equitable access to quality education, technological readiness, research and innovation, and governance and management in higher education institutions.

He said HEC was the highest policy-making body for higher education sector having representation from all the four provinces, adding that the commission had a Chancellor’s Committee jointly chaired by president, prime minister, Azad Jammu & Kashmir president, governors and chief ministers. He maintained that HEC also had a Vice-Chancellor’s Committee, National Scholarship Management Committee, National Quality Assurance Committee, and National Curriculum Review Committee in addition to various other committees.

Dr Mukhtar mentioned the core functioning areas of HEC, including attestation and accreditation of qualifications, academic upgrade, human resource development, provision of instructional information technology, learning innovation and knowledge management, monitoring and evaluation, quality assurance, and statistical data gathering for policy making.

Briefing the minister on quality and standard of higher education and research in the country, the chairman informed him about the establishment of Quality Assurance and Enhancement Cells, development of National Qualifications Framework, and establishment of 15 accreditation councils in various disciplines.

He said the number of research publications reached 9,359 in 2015. According to Thompson Reuters, Pakistan has emerged as a country with highest percentage of highly-cited papers as compared to Brazil, Russia, India and China, he added.

Referring to the Pak-US Joint Academic and Research Programme, the chairman said that 13 projects had been selected for payment during Phase-VI of the programme. He said that three centres for advanced studies had so far been established in the country, adding that work on setting up more centres was underway. He also shared with the minister the outcome of the programmes being executed by HEC under the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme. He said more than one and a half million e-journals and e-books were available at the HEC Digital Library for researchers, students and faculty. The government has remarkably increased the budget of higher education sector in view of the significance of higher education and research in the development of a country, he concluded.

The minister praised the wide-scale initiatives taken by HEC. He said that the provinces should work together with the HEC for the progress of the country. He emphasised that development and prosperity of Pakistan was his foremost focus and even in the schemes executed at Punjab level, inclusive approach was adopted.The news.

Punjab University professor’s killers arrested

Punjab study - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:12

LAHORE:20 April:Iqbal Town CIA on Wednesday arrested three persons on charges of killing Prof Tahira Parveen at her Punjab University residence the other day.

The accused killers were identified as Sajjad Ali, an electrician by profession and his two close friends Hammad and Suneel Masih.

They had allegedly murdered the victim as she recognised Sajjad while looting her house.

The killers told the police that they needed money to pay installments of the electronic appliances they had bought. Victim Tahira Parveen lived alone and taught Micro Biology and Molecular Genetics at Punjab University on contractual basis.

Five suspects held: Police and Rangers took five suspects into custody during search and combing operation in the Ravi Road area on Wednesday.

The special teams searched homes and checked documents through biometric machines.

The suspects have been shifted to a police station for further verification.

Fire: A fire erupted at the emergency ward of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on Wednesday.

Rescue 1122 controlled the fire. No loss of life or injury was reported. The fire had erupted at the AC Plant of the emergency department.

arrested: Cyber Crime Wing of FIA Lahore Wednesday arrested an accused on blasphemy charges.

According to FIA officials, the accused was identified as Sajid Ali who was arrested from Chishtian.

They said that the accused was facing charges for committing blasphemy of the companions of Holy Prophet (PBUH) on social networking site Facebook.

It is learnt that the accused had denied the allegations and told the investigators that his Facebook account was hacked and used for the crime.The news.

Punjab University Library Seminar

Punjab study - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:11

Lahore:20 April: Punjab University Department of Information Management and Punjab University Library will organise a seminar to mark international world book and copyright day on “Books through the ages and its implications” on Thursday (today) at 10:30am at Al-Raazi Hall.

Punjab Higher Education Commission Chairperson Prof Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin, Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir and others will attend the seminar.The news.

Punjab University declares BBA (Hons) Results

Punjab study - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:10

LAHORE:20 April:Punjab University Examinations Department has declared the results of BBA (Hons.) (Final year) annual examination 2016. Details are also available at Punjab University website www.pu.edu.pk.The news.

GCUniversity book fair gets warm response

Punjab study - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:09

LAHORE:20 April:Government College University Lahore Library Society has organised a two-day book fair at the University’s Abdus Salam Hall in connection with the World Book Day celebrated every year on April 23.

According to a press release issued here on Wednesday, a good number of national and international publishers, including the Oxford University Press, have set up their stalls at the book fair, which received a warm response from students and faculty members on the opening day on Wednesday. Eminent writer Dr Tariq Rahman inaugurated the book fair.

Addressing the opening ceremony, GCU Dean Faculty of Languages and Oriental Learning Prof Dr Iqbal Shahid said that books have a great significance and information technology could not replace them.

He said parents should gift their children books to promote reading habits. He said publishers were giving discount up to 25 percent on books at the book fair.

GCU Dean Faculty of Social Sciences Prof Dr Tahir Kamran said that it’s a book lovers rejoice, and such activities should be held on regular basis in all educational institutions especially schools. He said books left ever-lasting impressions on the minds of the readers.

Talking to media, the university students said visiting book fair was a great informative experience in itself even if you did not buy books. It makes you aware of the latest publications on different subjects,” they said. The fair will remain open till Thursday (today) at 4pm.The news.

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