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Ganji Makhi: refreshing stories collection

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:50
LAHORE:May 26:Bushra Bajwa’s humorous stories collection titled “Ganji Makhi” is a refreshing addition in the otherwise colourless, drab and tension filled lives of the book lovers in general public. The book is a compilation of six skillfully written stories for all ages but they are the representation of a child’s innocent fantasies and colourful dreamy world of imagination. It is Bushra’s first book which consists of six stories including Ganji Makhi, Besuray Ustad, Boohra Murgha, Nargis ka Kofta, Shahzadi Husan Bano k Sawal and Gajra. “Gajra” is an Urdu translation of Bushra’s story in English titled “spare parts”. She has been writing humorous stories since her childhood which appeared in Urdu newspapers and various weeklies. She also wrote stories for her college magazine. Bushra’s style is simple yet very binding with simplicity of thought and a grip on her subject. Her stories are a strong reflection of our beautiful simple and full of life past, which has disappeared in the materialistic rat race of the modern times. Ganji Makhi is a valuable record of our beautiful past and a memorable visit to our memory lane.The news.City: Lahore

Need to adopt new audit techniques stressed PU VC

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:48
LAHORE:May 26:Punjab University (PU) Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir has said that auditors can ensure transparency in institutions if they play their due role as they stop others from wrongdoings. He was addressing a workshop on issues of local fund audit organised by Divisional Directorate Local Fund Audit Department, Lahore, on Thursday. Divisional Director Amir Mufti, PU Resident Auditor Chaudhry Zaffar Iqbal, former Resident Auditor Naeem Iqbal Qureshi, resource person Jamil Bhatti and a large number of auditors from various departments were also present. The VC said auditors must be respected. He said there was a need to adopt new techniques of audit. Amir Mufti said the purpose of the training workshop was to share experiences with each other and equip auditors with modern techniques to improve financial matters of the institutions. Meanwhile, Prof Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir while addressing a prize distribution ceremony of the 121st annual sports event at Sherani Hall of PU Oriental College said the Oriental College was playing its role in promotion of literature in the country. Faculty of Oriental Learning Dean Prof Dr Fakhrul Haq Noori, heads of various departments and a large number of students were also present on the occasion. For the first time in the history of the college, cash prizes were distributed among the winning players and teams. Amanat Ali and Aaliya Shaheen were declared the best athletes of the event while Department of Kashmiriyat clinched team trophy.The news.City: Lahore

2,820 graduates awarded degrees at PMAS

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:47
Rawalpindi:May 26:A total 2,820 graduates were awarded degrees, while 59 decorated with medals in the 18th convocation of Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) here on Thursday. 43 graduates got gold medals, 8 silver medals, 8 bronze medals while 1785 postgraduate, 1,000 undergraduate and 35 Ph.D graduates were awarded with degrees. Two students also achieved the gold medals sponsored by the Bank of Punjab while a student of Literacy Centre also received gold medal. Federal Ministry for Parliamentary Affairs, Sheikh Aftab Ahmad, was the chief guest while PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad, Chairman Pakistan Agricultural Research Centre (PARC) Dr. Yousaf Zafar, faculty members and graduates were also present on the occasion. Federal Minister, Sheikh Aftab Ahmad said the adoption of modern agriculture accompanied by trained manpower would not only help improve living standards but also produce quality commodities for the international market.The news.City: RawalpindiUniversity in rawalpindiAgriculture University Rawalpindi

Summer vacation in schools from today

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:26
LAHORE:25 May:Summer vacation in schools have started officially in the entire province of Punjab from Thursday (today). According to a notification issued earlier by the Punjab School Education Department, “Summer vacation will be observed in all schools/educational institutions (government/privately managed) in Punjab with effect from May 25 to Aug 14.” Previously, the Punjab government order summer vacation from June 1 to Aug 14. The summer vacation has been advanced by a week because of Ramazan. However, certain private schools have not complied with the notification of the government and the schools are still open.The news.City: Lahore

University of Veterinary Sciences, Lahore two-day training workshop

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:25
LAHORE:May 25:The Department of Statistics and Computer Science of University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore organised a two-day training workshop on the uses of “LaTeX” software at City Campus, Lahore.The news.City: LahoreUniversity in LahoreVeterinary University Lahore

City to have 12 sports complexes

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:23
LAHORE:May 25:Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed Lahore Development Authority (LDA) to construct 12 sports complexes in Lahore. Officials said following the directions of the chief minister, LDA has started work on the project by inviting applications for pre-qualification from the engineering firms/contractors, having licence from Pakistan Engineering Council in Category C-A, for establishing these sports facilities. These sports stadiums will be constructed in 11 National Assembly constituencies of Lahore District, officials maintained. Meanwhile, Lahore Development Authority director general has ordered transfers of two officers. Asim Saleem working as Director Land Development-I has been transferred and posted as Director, Record Sifting Cell. Muhammad Asad Ameer working as Director Record Management has been transferred and posted as Director Land Development-I. He has also been entrusted with the additional charge of the post of Director Record Management.The news.City: Lahore

Information Technology University holds job fair

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:26
LAHORE:24 May:The first-ever job fair of Information Technology University (ITU) for its first ever batch of software, electrical engineers and master’s degree holders was held at the university’s Arfa Software Technology Park campus here on Tuesday. ITU Vice-Chancellor and Adviser to Punjab Chief Minister Dr Umar Saif along with Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Chairman Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin inaugurated the job fair. ITU Registrar Zaheer Sarwar and other officials were also present. Addressing a large number of CEOs and representatives of the hiring companies of international repute, Dr Umar Saif said ITU Punjab had produced the first batch of 210 software and electrical engineers and master’s degree holders by training them hard under the world’s best faculty and in the state-of-the art labs. Dr Umar Saif said the graduating batch of ITU year 2017 had a wide array of experience in a diverse arena. They have sound theoretical understanding coupled with experience in practical environment as interns, he said and hoped that the presence of the industry representatives in the job fair would be a morale-boosting factor for the ITU graduates. He said that together with research orientation and entrepreneurial skills, ITU had equipped the first batch, since the inception of ITU four years back, for IT growth and to develop ICT solutions to compete with the world. Pakistan’s IT industry has constraints on supply side, which would be gradually removed,” he added. Later, he talked to the media, and, replying to a question, Dr Umar Saif said the current advanced cyber warfare needed strict measures to address the security of servers and computers. However, security operation to protect the assets has been active for the last two years, he added. The ITU job fair, organised in collaboration with Punjab Higher Education Commission, was attended by a host of companies.The news. City: LahoreUniversity in LahoreUniversity of Health Sciences Lahore

SLS School observes Cleanliness and Hygiene Week

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:22
Rawalpindi:24 May:Students of all campuses of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori and High School observed Cleanliness and Hygiene Week, says a press release. Montessori to grade 3 students prepared special morning assemblies and did various activities to demonstrate concepts of cleanliness and hygiene. SLS Montessori, Peshawar Road branch, held a special assembly to emphasise the importance of cleanliness. Students performed a skit showing why it is bad to throw wrappers on the ground. “Bits of paper on the floor make the whole place untidy!” the little students chanted and then proceeded to pick up all the wrappers and throw them in the trash can. A ‘mystery bag’ had everyone’s attention. Students from the audience eagerly participated in getting blindfolded to guess which tools of personal hygiene the mystery bag contained. Happy and colourful poem presentations on the topic sung by the participants and joined in by the audience were the highlights of the assembly. SLS, Hali Road Montessori students did a hand-washing exercise to learn the correct way of washing their hands. A fun guessing game had the students identifying the tool of personal hygiene and matching it with the correct body part. Skits and poems were performed emphasising the effects of littering the environment and not keeping oneself clean. Quotations and short sentences about cleanliness and hygiene were shared by the students driving home the message of the day that a clean home is a happy home and that cleanliness is half of faith.The news.City: Rawalpindi

VC slots in three medical varsities

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:23
LAHORE:23 may: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has declared more than 40 foreign medical degrees/diplomas of senior doctors “unregistered”, opening a new debate on criteria for the selection of heads of the public sector medical institutions in Punjab. The PMDC has also questioned the validity of the degrees after many of these were either found “unfamiliar” by the medical education regulatory body working on the matter or contradicted the claims by the candidates for the vice-chancellor slots in medical varsities of having Level-III qualification. The council, however, gave a clear message to the Punjab health authorities concerned as well as the medics, barring them from submitting the “unregistered degrees/diplomas” in future while contesting for the top slots at the public sector medical institutions, an official privy to the information told Dawn. He said the senior medics had been mentioning these degrees in their profiles and on the plaques at their clinics to present themselves as globally qualified professional. Most of these degrees were issued by renowned medical institutions of United States, England and some European countries, he said. The issue surfaced when the Punjab government asked the PMDC to determine the status of the medical degrees submitted by the 36 senior doctors from all over the country vying for the top slots of the three varsities in Lahore, the official said. He said it was for the first time that the Punjab government had approached the PMDC to get authenticity of the qualifications of the senior medics checked after it received a variety of degrees/diplomas issued by various international institutions submitted by the candidates. The Punjab government had sought applications for regular appointment of vice chancellors at University of Health Sciences, King Edward Medical University and the Fatima Jinnah Medical University, Lahore. He said most of the candidates had submitted five or more medical degrees/certificates of international institutions, creating confusion about their authenticity. Consequently, the PMDC was approached for the verification of these documents. It took PMDC one month to verify these degrees under “Regulations for the appointment of Faculty Professional Staff/Examiners/Principal/ Dean/ Administrative Staff in Undergraduate & Postgraduate medical & Dental Institutions of Pakistan 2011”. The council has recently sent a detailed report to the Punjab government declaring nomenclatures of the registered and unregistered degrees and the level of qualifications of the candidates. A copy of the report is also available with Dawn. According to the report, 36 candidates have deposited over 60 Pakistani and foreign medical degrees/diplomas which were examined by the PMDC on the request of the Punjab government. Most of the candidates had pitched their credentials as Level-III qualification (the actual requirement for the advertised positions), while submitting applications to the health department. However, of them nearly 40 were found to be “unregistered” with the PMDC, while many Pakistani postgraduate degrees (claimed by the candidates as Level- III) were found to be Level-II qualifications. According to the report, six candidates -- Prof Dr Mian Azhar Ahmad, Prof Dr Asima Malik, Prof Dr Sheerin Khawar, Prof Dr Nazifa Ahmad, Prof Dr Abdul Najeeb Khan, and Prof Dr Zafar H Tanvir -- claimed M.Phil as the Level-III qualification. As the Council has already declared the M.Phil as Level-II qualification, these six medics are likely to be dropped from the list of candidates. The higher postgraduate degrees, which have been declared Level- III qualification, included Doctor of Medicine (MD), Fellowship of the College of Physicians and Surgeons (FCPS), Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS), Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians (MRCP), Master of Surgery (MS), DAB and PhD. The PMDC has made it clear that from now onwards only the senior doctors possessing these degrees, would be eligible for the top slots of medical institutions. A senior doctor who is also a candidate for VC slot alleged that the Punjab government had never formed search committees comprising experts from the concerned profession. He said the varsities were globally considered as institutes to create applicable knowledge through high impact research. “Astonishingly, Punjab government, while selecting vice chancellors, has been totally ignoring the research contribution of the applicants, whereas the federal Higher Education Commission requires more than 20 original research papers published in high-impact international journals before considering any applicant for the slot”, he said. He said it was evident from the procedure adopted by the Punjab government that the decision makers were neither qualified nor experienced to handle the job. “Ironically, the search committees formed for selection of VCs comprise ex-judges, bureaucrats, philanthropists or engineers”, he said. He lamented that no medical teacher of distinction or vice chancellor of any medical university had been included in any of the notified search committee. He added that the search committees constituted by federal HEC always included distinguished VCs and teachers with high qualifications.Published in Dawn, May 23rd, 2017.City: LahoreMedical College in LahoreLahore Medical & Dental College Lahore

Punjab University Senate wants NAB probe into VC’s ‘corruption’

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:21
LAHORE:23 May:Punjab University’s (PU) Senate and Academic Staff Association (ASA) have called on the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to take action over alleged corruption and misappropriation by Vice Chancellor Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir. It said the irregularities occurred when awarding civil work contracts amounting to Rs21.4 million. They alleged that the projects were handed to his “favourite contractors”. In a joint statement, elected members of the PU Senate, the supreme body of the university, also urged the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and its provincial equivalent to also take note of the matter. Demanding the suspension of the VC, the statement said that a formal complaint over the alleged corruption had been lodged with NAB Lahore against the PU administration by a citizen, namely Amir Sajjad. They claimed that favouritism and corruption was evident in the awarding of civil work contracts. They alleged the contracts were given without giving advertisements and were in blatant violation of the Punjab Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules and regulations. The teachers also raised questions over an inquiry initiated into the matter by the PU administration. “Although PU has initiated an inquiry into these allegations, Dr Mansoor Sarwar has been notified as the inquiry officer. He is a favourite of the current vice chancellor and recently Rs3.7 million in house rent were waved-off by the VC in his favour,” the statement said. “How can a man, who recently received favours from the university administration, probe the matter transparently and independently?” Earlier, allegations came to light that the university administration spent Rs21.4 million on civil works at the university without following legal formalities such as the advertising tender in newspapers. They said contractors were hired and paid by the university. When contacted, a PU spokesperson rejected the allegation, saying that PU VC has nothing to do with any embezzlement in construction work.Published in The Express Tribune, May 23rd, 2017. Punjab University Senate wants NAB probe into VC’s ‘corruption’ LAHORE:23 May:Punjab University’s (PU) Senate and Academic Staff Association (ASA) have called on the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to take action over alleged corruption and misappropriation by Vice Chancellor Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir. It said the irregularities occurred when awarding civil work contracts amounting to Rs21.4 million. They alleged that the projects were handed to his “favourite contractors”. In a joint statement, elected members of the PU Senate, the supreme body of the university, also urged the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and its provincial equivalent to also take note of the matter. Demanding the suspension of the VC, the statement said that a formal complaint over the alleged corruption had been lodged with NAB Lahore against the PU administration by a citizen, namely Amir Sajjad. They claimed that favouritism and corruption was evident in the awarding of civil work contracts. They alleged the contracts were given without giving advertisements and were in blatant violation of the Punjab Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules and regulations. The teachers also raised questions over an inquiry initiated into the matter by the PU administration. “Although PU has initiated an inquiry into these allegations, Dr Mansoor Sarwar has been notified as the inquiry officer. He is a favourite of the current vice chancellor and recently Rs3.7 million in house rent were waved-off by the VC in his favour,” the statement said. “How can a man, who recently received favours from the university administration, probe the matter transparently and independently?” Earlier, allegations came to light that the university administration spent Rs21.4 million on civil works at the university without following legal formalities such as the advertising tender in newspapers. They said contractors were hired and paid by the university. When contacted, a PU spokesperson rejected the allegation, saying that PU VC has nothing to do with any embezzlement in construction work.Published in The Express Tribune, May 23rd, 2017.City: LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Training of Lahore wardens

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:20
LAHORE:23 May:Traffic police has started regular training sessions for traffic wardens for behavioural change. Traffic wardens of all sectors will participate. Chief Traffic Officer SSP Rai Ijaz Ahmad, former captain Pakistan cricket team Inzmam ul Haq, Shahid Rasheed and Dr Fozia attended the 1st training session. Chief Traffic Officer SSP Rai Ijaz Ahmad said: We must follow the teachings of Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa (PBUH) and behave citizens good on roads.The news.City: Lahore

Information Technology University job fair

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:18
LAHORE:23 May:Information Technology University (ITU) Punjab in collaboration with Punjab Higher Education Commission is holding its first ever job fair for the first batch of students from BS Computer Science, BS Electrical Engineering and third batch of MS Computer Science who are graduating this year on Tuesday (today). According to a press release, ITU’s founding Vice-Chancellor and Adviser to Chief Minister Punjab, Dr Umar Saif will inaugurate the mega event.The news.City: LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Pak children to take part in Japan art contest

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:16
LAHORE:May 23:Nine children, who won the 11th Dream Art Contest Pakistan, will compete in World Contest in Japan. Three times previously world winners included Pakistani children. According to a press release issued here Monday, Dream Art Contest is an annual contest held in two sections; the local contest is followed by the world contest in Japan. Children are encouraged to paint their dream car. Ali Asghar Jamali said Pakistani children are immensely gifted. It is very unfortunate that we do not have a lot of platforms to bring this talent out. This art contest is aimed to showcase talent of our children to the world. The company has been arranging this contest for last six years and it is getting bigger and better every year. We have reached 650 schools across Pakistan and received 23,000 entries. Next year we are aiming to reach 1,000 schools across Pakistan,’ he added. The children under 16 years of age are broadly divided into three categories as per age. For the first time, a category targeting children with special needs was also included in the competition, named Royal. The winners of the first category (children under 8 years of age) were Maryam Faraz, Haziq Aftab and Syed Wali Zaidi. The winners of the second category (children aged 8 to 11) were M Umar Nadeem, M Yousuf Memon and Ibrahim Ahmed Qureshi. Similarly, the winners of the third category (children aged 11 to 15) were Sufiyan Salman, Khubaib Ahmed Qureshi and Reeva Nadeem. The winners of this category named as ‘Royal’ for children with special needs were Usman Ghani, Noreen Ameer and Hassan Javed.The news.City: Lahore

Ameer ud Din Medical College Drama night

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:15
LAHORE:May 23:Principal Post Graduate Medical Institute and Ameer ud Din Medical College Prof Ghiyas un Nabi Tayyab has said extracurricular activities play vital role to polish personality of students. Medical students have to burn midnight oil for attaining satisfactory numbers. They need more opportunities of recreation and college functions to keep themselves relaxed and fresh. He expressed these views while addressing an event of Drama Night and Annual Dinner organised by Dramatic Society of Ameer Ud Din Medical College and Post Graduate Medical Institute held at Ali Institute, according to a press release issued on Monday. President Dramatic Society Professor Khalid Mahmood, faculty members and a large number of students attended the function. The students presented dramas, music performances and pieces of acting highlighting social issues in lighter tone. This function was also held in honour of outgoing session of first badge of MBBS class of AMC. Addressing the participants, Prof Tayyab said that profession of doctors requires compassion, kindness and humanity. Patients get impressed more by the politeness of a doctor than his treatment. Therefore, doctors should develop habits of tolerance, patience, sacrifice and sympathy within themselves along with best professionalism. Prof Khalid Mahmood said: “It is an established fact that our students are not behind anyone in the world in respect of talent and guts. Great Allama Iqbal was rightly optimistic about our youth and its huge potential. The only task to be achieved is the provision of proper plate farm to youth for taking off for high flying in the skies of opportunities and chances.” In charge Dramatic Society Ujala Ejaz expressed her views during the function. At the end, special guest Prof Tayyab distributed prizes and commendatory certificates among the high performers of the Drama Night.The news.City: LahoreMedical College in LahoreAmeer ud Din Medical College Lahore

Virtual University seminar to International Day for Biological Diversity

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:12
Lahore:May 23: Virtual University of Pakistan organised a seminar to celebrate “International Day for Biological Diversity” on Monday for creating awareness among the masses, especially the students on the importance of biodiversity and its threats. The VU Environmental Protection Society in collaboration with WWF-Pakistan organised the seminar in which Dr Masroor Elahi Babar, Dean Faculty of Science & Technology was the chief guest.The news.City: LahoreUniversity in LahoreVirtual University

WIFi service at Lahore College for Women University

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:20
LAHORE:22 May:Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) has signed an MoU which will extend the existing wireless facilities of the university. LCWU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Rukhsana Kausar said the the university would be developed into a 'smart university’ as the federal Higher Education Commission (HEC) would provide WiFi blanket across the campus. Express News.City: LahoreUniversity in LahoreLahore College for Women University

Second shift in schools ordered

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:17
LAHORE:22 May:Punjab School Education Secretary Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik has directed the CEOs of District Education Authorities (DEAs) across the province to ensure education facilities near the homes of students to achieve 100 percent enrolment target by 2018. Chairing a meeting held at Directorate of Staff Development (DSD) here on Sunday, he also directed the CEOs to ensure second shift in schools where possible so that no child was left behind. Talking to The News, Dr AB Malik said the CEOs had been directed to ensure that teachers should be accorded the highest respect. He said the scholarships being provided to the students in 16 selected districts would be completed by May 30.The news.City: Lahore

The News Education Expo concludes

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:16
LAHORE:22 May: Attracting a large number of visitors, particularly students, The News Education Expo’17 concluded at the Expo Center here on Sunday. The two-day event organised by the Jang Media Group featured more than 50 universities, higher education institutions (HEIs) and schools under one roof. Over the years, The News Education Expo has emerged as a mega platform for education institutions and a great opportunity for prospective students to explore which academic programmes participating institutions offer, what are their policies and fee structure etc and which are emerging subject areas. On the concluding day, Saadia Shariff of the Jang Media Group also distributed shields among the participating institutions and appreciated their active participation in the expo. Besides providing information related to academic programmes, admissions, policies and fee structure some of the institutions taking part in the expo also organized learn and fun activities for the visitors. While some offered a free facility of measuring blood pressure and body weight, some arranged painting and fun games for children visiting the expo with their families. A special presentation on “Emerging Subject Areas & Scholarship Opportunities” delivered by renowned educationist and career counsellor Syed Abidi was also held on the concluding day. Talking to students and audience, Syed Abidi highlighted the importance of career couselling especially at high school level and explained how important and key role this phenomenon played in the development and success of a nation’s economy and progress. He said it was unfortunate that most institutions, especially public sector, totally ignored providing career counselling and guidance to students especially when selecting their majors or specialisms. He added in the absence of professional career counselling, most students end up choosing a course that does not match their academic interests, likes and dislikes, attitudes and behaviours and finally their career objectives. This leads to divided and confused decisions and broken careers where a U-turn is required with huge wastage of crucial years and money. In his presentation, Syed Abidi emphasized on bringing the latest and innovative subject areas and degrees that are aligned with the rapid impact and development of digitalisation and technology in daily life. He identified several new degree areas especially at the postgraduate level in Engineering, Computer Science, Biological Science and Management which are in high demand not only in Pakistan but across the world. He added that specialization is now a must if our youth is to become successful and quickly find jobs in the market place. He also gave a comprehensive description on international scholarship opportunities, process to apply, requirements and documentation etc. and said scholarship opportunities existed for all Pakistani students and one should keep on applying and following it up with proper papers and they should be able to qualify for some kind of scholarship in most countries. Syed Abidi also appreciated Jang Media Group for organizing the expo saying the event would go a long way in helping the Pakistani student community in finding study opportunities through close interactions which was provided at the forum. This year’s platinum sponsors of The News Education Expo’17 were Punjab Group of Colleges, The University of Lahore and Information Technology University (ITU), Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan, CA Pakistan and E-Learn Punjab. The gold sponsors were Lahore Leads University, UMT, Superior Group of Colleges, KIPS Education System, Stars Academy, Unique Group of Institutions, GC University, Lecole, SKANS, PAC, Minhaj University, Riphah International University, NISA Girls Colleges, Adabistan-e-Soophia School, FC College (A Chartered University), Millennium Roots Schools, TMUC, FAST-NU, High Brow, Star Institute, Virtual University and Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan.The news. City: LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Moot on learning issues in education

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 12:18
Lahore:21May:An NGO on Saturday organises a conference to discusses the issues related to language in education in Pakistan. The event, Language and Learning Conference , was aimed to interrogate the role of regional, national and global languages in the education system of Pakistan, address the current practice of the teaching of languages, review the policies regarding the medium of instruction, and identify the key gaps and challenges that ultimately contribute to poor student learning. The experts, speaking on the occasion, said that in the Pakistani context, there was a need for careful consideration of the roles of various languages that children were exposed to in the classroom, with a specific focus on the evidence that shed light on the appropriate medium of instruction to be used during early years of schooling. They said language teachers needed to be trained to use pedagogical strategies that were the most effective in fostering authentic language learning among students. They said that having an appropriate language-in-education policy was just the start of the struggle towards effective language learning. "Our teachers need to be supported and trained adequately, the appropriate language learning materials need to be developed, and we should strive to incorporate technology in our pursuit of authentic learning," the experts said. Training: Lahore Transport Company (LTC) Saturday organised a training programme at RA Bazaar for drivers, fare collectors and other related staff in connection with operations of the buses plying on various routes. LTC kicked off the training programme at different locations of the city with the collaboration of its private transport operators as awareness campaign to facilitate the general public. According to a press release, LTC officials are creating awareness among the staff of the buses about the observance of traffic rules and regulations.The news.City: Lahore

A major step in medical education, health care improvement

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 12:16
Rawalpindi:21May:A number of health experts serving in this region of the country appreciated the efforts of provincial health department and Secretary Health Najam Shah for launching of Rawalpindi Medical University, Nishtar Medical University and Faisalabad Medical University. According to many health experts, the launching of medical universities will not only raise the standards of medical education but also health care facilities by producing more and competent specialists in the province. There are only three medical universities in the Punjab province in the public sector while Sindh which is province with a much lesser population, fewer doctors, medical students and health care facilities has eight medical universities. All the three public sector medical universities are located in Lahore, said Senior Registrar at Holy Family Hospital in town Dr. Zahid Mehmood Minhas while talking to ‘The News’. He said as many as 78 health institutions including medical colleges, dental colleges and other institutions are affiliated with the University of Health Sciences in Lahore. The establishment of one medical university northern part of the Punjab province can share some medical institutions in this part of the province facilitating the administrations of medical colleges and medical students further, he said. He added that the decision of making three medical universities, one in southern region of the province in Multan, the other in northern part in Rawalpindi region and another in central Punjab in Faisalabad is highly commendable as the training programs under these universities will be more supervised and assessable to the doctors being in the university hospitals. He, like many other health experts, rejected the criticism being done by some sections against the announcement of the establishment of the three medical universities. The decision of chief minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif is highly appreciated and welcomed by general public, medical community especially the medical students and the doctors aiming at higher post graduate medical education, said Dr. Minhas. The establishment of three medical universities would further improve medical education and healthcare standards in the province, said a top official serving at the allied hospitals. Pleading anonymity, he said there are 39 universities in India and 27 universities in UK. There are four medical universities in private sector in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. In Northern Punjab, there is no medical university in public sector while Rawalpindi Medical College is one of the oldest and largest medical colleges of the province, said the official. He said the Sindh province had evolved its own postgraduate system to provide specialist cover to its population, nearly 60 million while Punjab lacks behind to produce specialists to cater to the needs of population with over 100 million people.The news.City: RawalpindiUniversity in rawalpindiArmy Medical College Rawalpindi