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FG Degree College for Women,annual prize distribution ceremony

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Rawalpindi:16 March: FG Degree College for Women, Abid Majeed Road, Rawalpindi holds annual prize distribution ceremony every year to mark the accomplishments of the talented students, to encourage the spirit of healthy competition among them and to promote curricular and co-curricular activities. In keeping with the tradition, annual prize distribution ceremony was held here on Thursday, FG Degree College for Women, Abid Majeed Road, Rawalpindi. On this occasion befitting arrangements were made on the occasion. The chief guest on the occasion was Brigadier Dr. Muhammad Asif Iqbal, Director Federal Government Educational Institutions (Cantt/ Garrison). Lt. Col. Abdul Rashid Achakzai GSO-I Regional Office, Rawalpindi also graced the ceremony. The stage secretary Humaira Ishtiaq welcomed the chief guests and the other worthy guests, then followed the prize distribution ceremony. Prizes were awarded to students standing first, second and third in Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education. Students who had grabbed distinctions were Yumna Wani for achieving highest marks in HSSC Part-II in Pre-Medical group in FGEI (C/G) colleges 2017, Bushra Idrees and Taram Nayab for securing the highest marks in B.A. in the college in the University of the Punjab Exams 2017. Maryam Niaz Qureshi and Sidra Anjum had made the institution proud by winning the first place in Bilingual Urdu/English Declamation Competition on Regional Level and All Pakistan Level in FGEI (C/G) Dte, Competitions-2017. They had also won the Trophy for the college in the same event. Hafsa Mudassir and Iqra Imtiaz were declared best Qaria and Naat Khawan for winning prizes at regional and all Pakistan level. Ausha Aziz and Maryam Ameen for wining Second prize in Biology project science competition in FGEI (C/G) Dte. Many prizes were won in FDE competitions. First prize was won in arts competition, First in Bait Bazi, Second in Urdu Debate to mention a few. The chief guest Brig. Dr. Muhammad Asif Iqbal, Director FGEI (C/G) in his address stressed that success embrace those who strive for it. He encouraged the students to dedicate themselves to the services of the country and exploit their faculties to the fullest, to break the chains of illiteracy.The news.RawalpindiCollege in RawalpindiFederal College of Science and Commerce Taxila

Punjab University participated in CM’s Co-Curricular Competitions

Punjab study - 15 hours 54 min ago
Lahore:16 March: Punjab University (PU) students from various departments participated in Chief Minister’s Co-Curricular Competitions Lahore District Round and gained positions. In Urdu debate degree level competition Muhammad Fahad Bin Faraz got second position while in Postgraduate level Sabahat Qamar and Shaista Fajar obtained first and third positions respectively. In English debate degree level competition Masooma Fatima, Muhammad Ali and Amna Mannan got first and second positions respectively while in Postgraduate level Rameesha Khan and Aaliza Imran obtained first and third positions respectively. Similarly, in Urdu essay writing degree level competition Tanveer Hussain got third position and in Postgraduate level Sohaib Mugheer Siddqui obtained second position. While in English essay writing postgraduate level competition Syeda Areen Zahra and Muhammad Atif obtained first and second positions respectively. In Urdu speech degree level competition Ahmad Gulzar got second position. While in English speech degree level competition Muhammad Zohaib Nasir and Rukh-e-Noor got third and second positions respectively and in Postgraduate level Rameesha Khan and Ismail Sherwani obtained second position. Punjab Univeristy Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Zakria Zakar has congratulated the students on their achievement.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Punjab youth policy should be thoroughly reviewed

Punjab study - 15 hours 55 min ago
LAHORE:16 March: Punjab youth policy should be thoroughly reviewed and redrafted so as to addressing the issues and challenges being faced by uneducated and rural youths as the current version of the policy focuses more on educated and urban youth. The issues of transgender/differently talented youths must also be more effectively addressed in Punjab youth policy. This is one of the recommendations put forth by the participants of a policy dialogue forum on Punjab youth policy and youth employ-ability. The event was jointly organised here Thursday under UKaid-funded project ‘Empowering Youth for Employment and Entrepreneurship’. Members of Punjab Assembly, academia, corporate executives, university students, youth representatives from various districts across the province and members of civil society participated in three different panel discussion. Participants had a consensus that the Punjab youth policy should encourage youth volunteerism as a mandatory requirement through private and public initiatives. Youth policy should be a part of the curriculum and be taught at all levels. The policy should suggest the maximum percentage of GDP for the youth budget in the next five years. Right to employment and right to seek admission to all the educational institutions within Punjab should be ensured. Speaking on the occasion, ruling PML-N’s provincial legislator Ramesh Singh Arora assured the participants that recommendations formulated and submitted by the participants of this dialogue forum will be seriously considered by his party and issues highlighted would be included in the PML-N’s election manifesto along with durable solutions. Hashim Bilal said that a multi-sectoral approach towards the growing employ-ability concerns in Pakistan is the need of the hour. Purpose of the Policy Dialogue was to bring the major stakeholders together to initiate the discussion on the real-time challenges faced by youth with regards to employment and entrepreneurship and how the provincial youth policy is addressing those challenges. Faiza Malik, an MPA of opposition PPP, termed the lack of career counselling opportunities a serious concern. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s MPA Saadia Sohail Rana informed the audience that more than 60% of Pakistan’s population consists of youth, which should be turned into a strength rather than a weakness.The news.Lahore

Government College organised a seminar “Dare to Dream

Punjab study - 15 hours 57 min ago
LAHORE:March 16:University (GCU) on Thursday organised a seminar “Dare to Dream” to motivate students especially the girls to follow their dreams in life. According to a press release, former Pakistan women cricket team captain Ms. Marina Iqbal and noted poet Ahmad Hammad shared the motivational stories of their success and advised the students to work harder to turn their dreams into reality. The seminar was followed by training session to make students aware of the requirements of employers. Health: Punjab Minister for Specialised Healthcare and Medical Education Khawaja Salman Rafique has said health sector development and provision of free quality healthcare services to people is the top priority of the government for which billions of rupees are being spent. He said that during the last 8-9 years the volume of health budget has been increased from 30-40 billion to 230 billion rupees. The minister said that for controlling the expenditure on the curative part, the prevention of diseases programme should be made successful for which community participation is essential.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreGC University Lahore

Beaconhouse National University three-day conference

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LAHORE:March 16:Renowned peace activist and political analyst, Mr OP Shah visited Beaconhouse National University (BNU) Thursday. According to a press release, he was accompanied by member of the Board of Governors, BNU, former foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri. During his visit to BNU, Shah called on Vice-Chancellor, Shahid Hafiz Kardar, Deans and faculty. He also delivered a talk at the university auditorium attended by faculty and students. Shah has been an active social activist in India and his work in Kashmir and other disputed areas are noteworthy. He visited J&K many a time in the past 25 years and spent considerable time with people in distress, visited jails, interrogation centres and refugee camps. PITB: A delegation from Balochistan government led by provincial Secretary Science and Technology Aftab Ahmad Baloch visited the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) to seek technological assistance in various sectors here on Thursday. The senior officers of PITB briefed the delegation about the technological interventions being practiced in Punjab. Director General Governance Sajid Latif, Waqar Naeem Qureshi DG, IT Solutions, and Saima Raoof Shaikh, Director Training and Development, gave presentations to the delegation on education, health, e-Vaccs, law and order, police, revenue, e-Khidmat, e-Rozgaar, e-Stamping, Plan9 incubation centre and other various projects, which have started delivering encouraging resulted in real and stipulated time. The delegation was informed that PITB was already extending assistance and necessary training to the government of Balochistan for automation of police, law and health sectors on complimentary basis. The delegation identified the new area of interest including e-filing, education, data centre, etc.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreBeaconhouse University

Comprehensive policy to promote science education demanded

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LAHORE:March 16: Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Chairperson Dr Mohammad Nizam-ud-Din said there was support for science education in Pakistan but if we really wanted to promote it we had to devise a comprehensive policy in this regard. He said this while addressing the 6th International Conference on Education (ICE) with the theme ‘’Science Beyond Classroom’’. The conference commenced at the University of Education (UOE) on Thursday. University of Education Vice-Chancellor Dr Rauf-i-Azam said such conferences helped promote the culture of research and knowledge. He said the conference would focus on applied knowledge regarding science education. The budget of some European varsities was more than the total budget of all the universities in Pakistan. Still Pakistani varsities were doing their job very well which should be acknowledged, he added. Conference’s Chief Organiser Dr Muhammad Alam Saeed said the objective of the conference was to bridge the gap between the applied knowledge and what was being taught in classrooms. The secretary of the conference, Dr Muhammad Azam said more than 300 papers would be presented during the conference.The news.Lahore

inaugural ceremony of Punjab Tianjin University of Technical Education

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LAHORE:March 16: Punjab Minister for Schools Education Rana Mashhood has said the inaugural ceremony of the proposed Punjab Tianjin University of Technical Education (PTUT) will be held on March 23 in which Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif will be the chief guest. A temporary campus of this university has been set up in Township Lahore whereas permanent campus will be constructed on Raiwind Road, he added. The minister said while visiting the temporary campus of PTUT, Township Campus, on Thursday. Addressing a meeting at PTUT, he said the plan of Punjab Tianjin University of Technical Education was made possible due to ‘Punjab Speed.’ He said agreements had been signed with three Chinese universities for setting up of this university in which Tianjin University of Technology and Education, Tianjin Chenjian University and Tianjin Polytechnic Universities were included. Electrical, mechanical, auto-mobile, civil, architectural, textile and fashion designing as well as Chinese and English language courses would be offered by the university and required professional staff, including designers and heads of departments, would be arranged from China.The news.LahoreUniversity in Lahore

HED has started process of hiring lecturers for public colleges

Punjab study - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 11:34
LAHORE:11March: The Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) has started the process of hiring lecturers for public colleges in the province and has initiated appointments and postings for the purpose. The HED has so far made appointments and postings of around 519 male and female lecturers against vacant posts in government-run colleges of the province. These belong to subjects, including mathematics, chemistry, botany, zoology, physics, Islamiyat, Urdu and biology. Out of the total, appointments of 206 lecturers have been made in different colleges in the province. The HED has notified the appointments and has told the appointees to assume their duties within 15 days of receiving the notification. Of these, 90 are male lecturers of Physics and Islamiyat, whereas 116 are female lecturers of Urdu, Islamiyat and biology. The HED has also directed the lectures recommended by the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) to report on March 15 and 16 for their postings. These include 217 male lecturers of mathematics, chemistry, botany and zoology, as well as 96 female lecturers of zoology and botany. The HED has asked the male lecturers to report on March 15, whereas female lecturers have been told to report on March 16 at the Government Degree College for Woman Islampura Lahore. Beyond jurisdiction? Punjab govt bars VCs from attending HEC moot When contacted, an official of the HED said that the appointments would be made for each subject as the PPSC makes recommendations for each of the subject. He said that the appointments were made in light of the shortage of lecturers in government colleges of the province. “The department wants to make appointments as soon as possible.” Posts of lecturers have been vacant for years and the issue has also been taken up at the Punjab Assembly by lawmakers. In late 2017, lawmakers of the treasury benches criticised the government for not filling hundreds of vacant posts of lecturers in different colleges of the province. Parliamentary Secretary Higher Education Mehwish Sultana told the House that the government had hired College Teaching Interns (CTIs) in college where appointments of lecturers had not been made. The HED had initiated the CTI programme in October of 2017 for colleges in the province on the basis of the reported shortage of lecturers by every college of the province. Published in The Express Tribune, March 11th, 2018.Lahore

National University of Modern Languages Skills workshop ends

Punjab study - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 11:33
BAHAWALPUR:11 March:Education is the only way countries can surpass developmental milestones, he emphasised. DHA Bahawalpur Project Director Brigadier (Retd ) Shahid Mehmood said that education is a powerful weapon which can change the world. He also added that DHA has maintained its traditions and is working towards fulfilling its promises. Published in The Express Tribune, March 11th, 2018.Bahawalpur

For education: NUML and DHA to establish new campus

Punjab study - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 11:31
BAHAWALPUR:11 March: National University of Modern Languages (NUML) and DHA Bahawalpur signed a memorandum for the establishment of a new campus in a ceremony on Saturday. Bahawalpur Corps Commander Lieutenant General Sher Afghan was the chief guest for the occasion. Calling it a milestone achievement, he congratulated the varsity’s director Major General (Retd) Zia Uddin, DHA Bahawalpur Project Director Brigadier (Retd ) Shahid Mehmood and their whole team. He also lauded the efforts of DHA Bahawalpur project director whom he credited for the speedy development of projects.The Express Tribune,Bahawalpur

The vice principal of Red Crescent Medical college, Lahore arrested

Punjab study - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 14:19
Lahore:10 March:The vice principal of Red Crescent Medical college, Lahore was arrested during the visit of Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar on account of having charged excess fees. Vice Principal Justice Nisar met the students on Friday at the college located in Phool Nagar, Express News reported. They conveyed how the administration had taken millions of rupees from them as fees besides other charges as donation. Justice Nisar inquired as to what facilities the college was offering in return for high fees. He also questioned as to how the administration was collecting Rs2.5 as fees from the students. Disabled man stops CJP’s vehicle pleading to recover kidnapped sister Subsequently, Justice Nisar ordered the accounts office to be sealed, besides directing the FIA to investigate the matter and confiscate the record and produce it in the court. He also ordered the college to return within a week the fees amounting to Rs0.8 million. He warned that the FIA will take further action if the money was not returned to the students.The news.LahoreMedical College in LahoreLahore Medical & Dental College Lahore

Rawalpindi Arid Agriculture University inaugural ceremony

Punjab study - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 14:17
Rawalpindi:10 March: Speakers stressed the need for integrated water management approaches to address the need of agriculture sector and the welfare of communities. They were of the view that “Innovative and integrated water management & water harvesting techniques that deliver the critical eco-system services to human should be adopted for safeguarding the water reservoirs and to sustain in stream ecology.” They stated this at the inaugural ceremony of three days International training on ‘Innovative & Sustainable Water Harvesting Techniques for Agriculture’ at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR). This training is organized by the Department of Environmental Sciences in collaboration with Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (IADC) with an aim to acquire up to date knowledge about water harvesting techniques and explicitly addresses multiple use, feedbacks and dynamic interactions between water for production systems, livelihood support and the environment. It would also be helpful to assess water management in agriculture in a social, ecological and assess dominant drivers of change. The training was chaired by Prof. Dr Sarwat N Mirza, Vice Chancellor PMAS-AAUR while Dr. Abid Mahmood, Director General Ayub Agricultural Research Institute Faisalabad was the chief guest. Dr. Santa Mole, Director IADC, Dr. Mauro Centritto, Director Research Council Italy, Dr. Kostas Chartzoulakis Irrigation Expert from Greece and Mr. Asad Khan former Consultant FAO & USAID, faculty members and students were also present at the inaugural session of the training. Prof. Dr Sarwat N Mirza said that PMAS-AAUR is very much committed to solve the water governance issues of the country and collaboration with Italian agency will be helpful for better understanding of water issues of Pakistan through advanced research based studies. He hoped that it will also help to improve the water governance at micro level. He also appreciated the initiatives taken for the sustainability of water particularly in carrying out the project. Vice Chancellor thanked Dr. Mauro Centritto and Dr. Santa Mole in all academic and research avenues and hoped for the future collaborations as well. He believed that such collaborative efforts, training programs and expert gathering will open new doors to enhance cooperation. Dr. Abid Mehmood said water is a key to socio-economic development of a country and emphasized the need to adopt sustainable water management technique. He said country is heading towards water stress country and emphasized on the conservation of water from household to farm level. He suggested that students and civil society have to play a crucial role in creating a larger consensus, as larger water reservoirs will benefit every Pakistani,” he added.The news.RawalpindiUniversity in rawalpindiAgriculture University Rawalpindi

Citizens Foundation inaugurated fundraising project “Art for Education

Punjab study - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 14:15
LAHORE:March 10: The Citizens Foundation (TCF) and Italian Friends of the Citizens Foundation (IFTCF) officially inaugurated its fundraising project “Art for Education” in Lahore. The project aims at highlighting through the universal language of art, focus on quality education for the less privileged and generating funds for its mission of educating underprivileged children in Pakistan. The exhibition of Art for Education: Contemporary Artists from Pakistan, opening in October at the Museo Diocesano of Milan, will encompass a series of activities and initiatives alongside the show curated by the Pakistani artist, critic and intellectual Salima Hashmi and Rosa Maria Falvo, an Italian-Australian independent writer and curator specialising in Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern contemporary art. The Italian Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo along with his wife Lidia Ravera and commercial attaché Roberto Puddu were the chief guests at the launch event that took place at Rohtas 2 Gallery. Moreover, experts connected with the project Quddus Mirza and Murtaza Jafri together with the Lahore-based artists who each donated a work for the initiative joined Marina Bastianello, Gretchen Romig Crosti and Laura Notaro from IFTCF and numerous TCF staff and supporters from Lahore and Islamabad. Hashmi, the chief curator of the project, believes, “The contemporary artist symbolises a strong hope for the future of Pakistan. Those who gain a foothold into the international art discourse serve as a conduit, inviting an opportunity to engage with those inside – a conversation that may startle, beguile, enlighten, and hopefully enrich.” During the launch event, Hashmi spoke at length about her association with TCF. The artist recounted the days when her vote was sought for the project and went on to appreciate the efforts of the organisation in producing positive outcomes in the less-privileged communities. She thanked many artists for their contribution and support. Pontecorvo shared his experience of visiting TCF School Bhangali Campus earlier that day. Speaking about his visit, the Italian ambassador said, “I was extremely impressed by the atmosphere at the school; it was very evident that the children are very happy to be in school... they are in a wonderful environment, and they are also studying with a lot of passion. This speaks volumes about the quality of what TCF is carrying forward in Pakistan.” Gretchen Romig Crosti, president of IFTCF highlighted how the Milanese public will be enriched by opportunity to experience Pakistan’s rich and lively contemporary art culture first-hand. She said, “An impressive array of emerging artists from Pakistan have generously donated their work to benefit the TCF schools; Art for Education gives us the opportunity to introduce these works to an enthusiastic and curious European public, promoting dialogue and mutual understanding. It is an honour to be part of a project that is changing so many kids’ lives for the better.” More than 60 artists from Pakistan have donated their work for the exhibition and auction that will take place in Milan. A globally accessible auction process will allow users to bid for the works online, while a live auction on the evening of the event will be conducted by an international auction house. All proceeds from the sale of all the artworks will be donated to TCF to support the schools of The Citizens Foundation in Pakistan. “Art for Education” enjoys the patronage of the Embassy of Pakistan in Rome, the Italian Embassy in Islamabad and local authorities in Milan. Project partners include the Fondazione Sant’Ambrogio, Lahore Biennale Foundation (LBF), ArtNOW, Vasl Artists’ Association, with a fine arts catalogue published by Skira editori.The news.Lahore

Punjab University observing a sit-in outside vice chancellor's office

Punjab study - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 14:13
LAHORE:March 10:A number of Pashtun and Baloch students of Punjab University (PU) have been observing a sit-in outside the vice chancellor's office for the last couple of days, demanding the administration restore their fellows expelled recently. The students alleged the PU administration of victimising Pashtun and Baloch students. However, the PU spokesman said action against the students who were found involved in the incidence of violence on January 22 was taken according to the law, rules and regulations, without any prejudice. The spokesman said the administration would not tolerate any pressure from any student organisation. He said the students were expelled on the basis of strong evidences, however, they had their lawful right to file appeals with the VC. He said a heavy majority of Baloch/Pashtun students was peaceful and they were serious students. The PU spokesman also said around 600 Baloch/Pashtun students were studying in the university while the administration expelled only four students who were found guilty of creating violence in the university. He said only 8 to 10 persons belonging to their groups were trying to create problem with the help of outsiders. On the other hand, he said, the administration expelled 13 students belonging to other student organisation.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

An NGO working for the education of children annual prize distribution

Punjab study - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 14:11
LAHORE:March 10:An NGO working for the education of underprivileged children in slums, organised annual prize distribution at Shah Noor Studio Jhuggi School on Friday. Rana Akhtar Mahmood, chairman local government, was the guest of honour.He and vice chairman Chaudhry Ashraf appreciated the initiative.The news.Lahore

Information Technology University opens a three-day event

Punjab study - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 14:09
LAHORE:March 10: MIT Enterprise Forum Pakistan in collaboration with Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) of Information Technology University (ITU) the Punjab, opens a three-day event Smart City: The Hackathon, here Friday, which will continue until tomorrow (Sunday). Smart City: The Hackathon is Pakistan’s first-ever, large-scale hackathon organised with the aim to start informed conversations around Smart City initiatives. Smart Cities involve the use of technology for increasing the operational efficiency, sustainability, economic outlook and quality of life for people living and working in a city. Participating teams have come from diverse backgrounds with a mix of students and professionals. On the opening day, participants were required to select challenges and work both in their own groups and in random pairs. Day one activities included storytelling and story extraction, persona development and intro to design thinking. On this occasion, Areej Mehdi, Programme Manager MIT Enterprise Forum Pakistan, said, “Smart City: The Hackathon is more than a competition, it is a small effort to leverage the inherent smartness of cities. Our collaboration with CIE at Information Technology University is a nod to the various exciting smart city initiatives being researched and developed at the university.” The participants will formally work on their selected ideas today (Saturday), based on the concepts learned on day one. The participants shall also be provided with mentorship sessions to assist them in finalising their products within the sectors of health, education, transportation, power, and environment. The event will conclude tomorrow (Sunday), with final pitches.The news. LahoreUniversity in Lahore

International Women’s Day observed in different parts of the city

Punjab study - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 13:26
LAHORE:09 March: International Women’s Day was observed in different parts of the city by various governmental and non-governmental organisations, however, these celebrations and protests were marked by a notable absence of working class women. The major event of the day was a rally organised by Awami Workers Party, Feminist Collective, Women Collective, Digital Rights Foundation and other organisations. It started from Hamdard Hall Lytton Road and culminated at Chairing Cross in front of Punjab Assembly. The protesters were carrying banners demanding empowerment of women and end to violence against women. An activist of Feminist Collective, Saliha Rauf said women protest against oppression that was enforced by state, patriarchy and were struggling for women emancipation from every kind of exploitation. Another activist and member of Women Collective Aimen Bucha told The Express Tribune their struggle was against suppression of every kind whether it was patriarchy, class-based exploitation through capitalism, nationality or religion. A programme related to the inaugural ceremony of First Women Development Policy under the aegis of Women Development Department, to commemorate International Women’s Day was organised at Aiwan-e-Iqbal. The programme was attended by provincial ministers Dr Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, Begum Zakia Shahnawaz and Begum Hameedauddin and a large number of women ministers, members of national and provincial assemblies. On the occasion, Begum Zakia Shahnawaz paid tributes to all the women who played their role in different sectors of life. The International Women’s Day was also celebrated at Punjab Safe City Authority (PSCA) Qurban Lines Lahore. A large number of female workers of PSCA and their male counterpart attended the event. Justice (retd) Nasira Iqbal, ASP Defence Bushra Jameel and the widow of Captain (retd) Ahmed Mubeen also attended the event. “This day promotes the rights and irrefutable significance of women”, said chief guest Justice (retd) Nasira Iqbal speaking to the audience. “No society can attain optimum productivity until it learns to employ the potentials of its both halves equally,” she concluded her thoughts.Published in The Express Tribune, March 9th, 2018.Lahore

Seminar at University of Agriculture Faisalabad

Punjab study - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 13:24
FAISALABAD:09 March: Punjab government is making all-out efforts to empower women, end gender discrimination, domestic violence and to make them active members in socio-economic activities of the country. This was said by MPA Najma Afzal while addressing a seminar titled “Punjab Women Empowerment Initiatives” arranged by the Institute of Home Sciences, University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF), a press release issued on Thursday stated. She said, “Islam attaches great importance to women and guides men to treat women politely. But unluckily in men-dominant society, the women are deprived of their rights.” She added that Women Protection Act 2016 was the hallmark step that will help address the problems of women. Najma maintained the women protection committees were being constituted in 36 districts of the province. She said that the government was committed to provide them their due rights and empower them so that challenges of the modern era could be met. While speaking on the occasion, UAF Vice-Chancellor Dr Muhammad Iqbal Zafar said that education works as an engine of growth to address social and economic issues. He praised the government for taking the initiatives for the cause of women emancipation. He remarked, “We will not achieve sustainable development if we do not achieve gender equality.” The VC pointed out that the UAF had set up a hostel for 1,000 girls with the funding of the Punjab government. He said that the university was making all-out efforts to provide modern facilities to the women. Home Sciences Incharge Dr Ayesha Riaz said, “Women are playing an important role not only as a house keeper but also as working force in all aspects of life.” She said that rural women should be given awareness so that they could realise their economic and cultural rights. Dr Saira Akhtar said that women as mothers, sisters and daughters were playing effective role for the uplift of the country. She stressed upon the need for women empowerment to end poverty from the country. Member Punjab Commission on the Status of Women Shazia George said that a number of initiatives were being taken to create awareness among women about their rights. She added that the commission aimed to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality in Punjab through research, review and revision of laws, policies, programmes, rules and regulations; monitoring implementation of instruments and obligations affecting women and girls. Dr Tahira Iqbal said that the nation cannot make progress without active participation of women and providing them rights. Dr Binish Sarwar said that women constitute 51% of the population. She said that women were standing side by side with men in every sphere of life. She maintained, “Without ensuring the rights of women, we cannot compete with the rest of the world.” Meanwhile, a condolence reference for UAF professor Dr Tahir Hussain (late) was held at Iqbal Auditorium to commemorate his tremendous services for the area of teaching and agricultural research. The session was presided over by UAF VC Dr Iqbal Zafar, while Faculty of Agriculture Dean Dr Muhammad Amjad, former deans and other notables were present. The vice-chancellor said that Dr Tahir had rendered commendable service to agriculture sector and academia that will be written in golden words. He said that he had produced 195 research papers and talented students who were working day and night for the sector. Published in The Express Tribune, March 9th, 2018.FaisalabadUniversity in FaisalabadAgriculture University Faisalabad

United Teachers Council stage protest demo

Punjab study - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 13:23
LAHORE:09 March: A large number of schoolteachers gathered outside Punjab Civil Secretariat here on Thursday and protested against the School Education Department for, according to them, ignoring issues faced by the teachers across Punjab. The call for protest was given by United Teachers Council (UTC), a conglomerate of different teacher associations. A good number of female teachers also participated in it and expressed their concerns over "anti-teacher and "anti-education" policies of the School Education Department. Carrying banners and placards, the peaceful protesters chanted slogans against the provincial bureaucracy for thousands of vacant posts of school heads and non-regularisation of contract teachers, claiming the situation was much better in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan. The UTC leaders, including Tariq Mahmood, Hafiz Abdul Nasir said the charge of seven out of nine examination boards had been given to divisional commissioners. They alleged the bureaucracy wanted to grab the posts traditionally held by school and college teachers. They added the schoolteachers in Punjab were also deprived of maturity claim on the basis of group insurance. The teachers also condemned the department for taking disciplinary action against schoolteachers on the basis of results of the students.The news. Lahore

International Women’s Day,in Lahore College for Women University

Punjab study - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 13:22
LAHORE:09 March: On the eve of International Women’s Day, the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) promoted 24 non-gazetted women employees to next grades. LCWU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Uzma Qureshi granted promotion letters in a function held on Thursday. Earlier, a seminar on women rights was also held. According to a press release, Justice (Retd) Nazeer Ahmad Ghazi was the chief guest who speaking on the occasion said the role of the women in national development could not be ignored. He added Pakistani women were highly intelligent and hardworking who have earned a niche in every field. Meanwhile, the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) observed the International Women’s Day with the theme of “Press for Progress” here on Thursday. In this connection, the university organised a walk led by UVAS Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha while UVAS Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Masood Rabbani, other officials and a large number of female administrative staff, faculty members were present. Later, a seminar was held in the university auditorium hall. The Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan Prof Dr Mukhtar Ahmed chaired the seminar where speeches and poems were presented to highlight the women status in society. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Mukhtar Ahmed said Islam granted equal rights to women. Prof Pasha said women were always encouraged to equally participate in UVAS various department activities saying 44 percent of UVAS students were females, 36 women were working in administration on various posts while 44 female faculty members were teaching in different departments of UVAS. Prof Dr Kosar Jamal Cheema also spoke. Poetry: University of Education organised its annual English poetry contest at the university’s Township Campus here Thursday. Renowned English poet Athar Tahir was the chief guest on this occasion. He distributed the prizes among the winning students. Minahil Butt got the first prize while Momina got second prize and Shah Rukh was awarded third prize. Addressing the students, the university vice-chancellor Dr Rauf-e-Azam said poets and writers were keen observers of society and they always played a very vital role in building and reformative process of nations. He added a genuine poet was a person with feeling heart and thinking mind, having delicacy of thoughts, diction and expression. Accidents: A total 951 road traffic accidents were reported in Provincial Monitoring Cell of the Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) in all 37 districts of Punjab during the last 24 hours; in which six lives were lost and 601 serious injured were shifted to different hospitals of relevant districts and tehsils.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreLahore College for Women University

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