Lahore:April 09:Punjab Minister for Higher Education and Population Welfare Begum Zakia Shahnawaz Friday said education is the only solution to resolve national problems.
The minister stated this while addressing participants of staff course and faculty members of Command and Staff College Quetta at Civil Secretariat Lahore. Additional Chief Secretary Shumail Ahmed Khwaja welcomed the military delegation led by senior instructor Command and Staff College Ahmed Jawad, currently on a study tour to Lahore. Briefing was also arranged on the occasion.
culture: Speakers at Visakhi Mela Friday he pledged to promote language and culture of Pakistani Punjab. The event was organised by Punjabi Parchar at Alhamra where Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ali Khan was the guest of honour. “Like cultures of other provinces, we would continue our struggle to keep the Punjabi culture alive,” Mashhood told the gathering in a jam-packed hall. He said the Punjab government will also make special arrangements in this regard. According to a press release, Punjabi Parchar director Ahmad Raza, who stressed the need of making Punjabi a compulsory subject on secondary level, said the Punjabi language also needs to be promoted to help overcome extremism, as it is the language of Sufi saints.The news.
Lahore:April 09: Pakistan’s first international conference on forensic psychiatry “Healing the Held” began at the University of Health Sciences (UHS) here on Friday.
According to the organizers the 2-day conference, being organized in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC), aims at enhancing awareness about forensic issues prevalent within mentally ill and disordered offenders and the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of such persons. Besides healthcare professionals and forensic experts, a large number of jurists, lawyers, staff of prisons and law enforcing agencies, and human right activists are participating in the conference.
The conference will be formally inaugurated on Saturday. Senior judge of Supreme Court of Pakistan, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar will be the chief guest.
security: In a bid to improve security, the Commissioner Lahore Division Friday directed all Assistant Commissioners and Town Municipal Officers (TMOs) to coordinate with police and hold joint visits of public parks and other sensitive places of the provincial metropolis.
Commissioner Lahore Abdullah Khan Sumbal issued the directions while chairing a high-level meeting. Senior police and CDGL officials were also present. The meeting reviewed the security arrangements taken by police in the aftermath of Gulshan-e-Iqbal suicide bombing. The Commissioner Lahore has directed PHA to improve and enhance security of 21 A-plus category parks in the city. He further directed the CDGL to educate general public through massive awareness drives regarding security threats as well as precautions and emergency response.The news.
Lahore:April 09:Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) has entered into an agreement with Pakistan Air Force (PAF) under which it will give the administrative control of Govt Staff Training College, Murree, to the PAF.
The PAF will upgrade the standard of training facilities at Govt Staff Training College, Murree and train of 500 newly inducted TEVTA teachers and principals. According to a press release, the agreement and MoU were signed by Chairperson TEVTA Irfan Qaiser Sheikh and Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Training) Air Commodore Sajid Mehmood Awan at TEVTA Secretariat on Friday.The news.
Lahore:April 09:The Punjab government has taken solid steps to facilitate the public by using Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Punjab IT Board (PITB) Chairman Dr. Umar Saif stated it during a training session conducted at the Arfa IT Tower for the officers of the Mid-Career Management Course (MCMC) from National Institute of Management (NIM) Peshawar on Friday.The news.
Lahore:April 09:Punjab University’s Institute of Agricultural Science (IAGS) organised an awareness walk and lectures in connection with Anti-Dengue Day. According to a press release, the students of the IAGS were made aware of the mechanism of dengue infection, its prevention and control through different lectures delivered by Assistant Professors of Entomologist Dr Shahbaz Ahmad, Dr Muhammad Ali Klasra, and a PhD scholar of Plant Protection Farman Ahmad Chaudhry.
In his address, Director IAGS Dr Muhammad Saleem Haider advised the students to take all precautionary measures regarding dengue threat and promised to eliminate the dengue mosquitoes from the IAGS within a year time period by adopting the control measures.The news.
Lahore:April 09: Punjab University has announced results of MSc IT (second year) annual examination 2015 and M.Com (3 ½ year programme) Part-II annual examination 2015. Detailed results are also available on PU website www.pu.edu.pk.The news.
Lahore:April 09:Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has inaugurated Enrolment of Children in Schools Campaign 2016 under Parho Punjab Barho Punjab Programme. A ceremony was held at Model Town in this regard.
The chief minister formally started enrolment campaign for the year 2016 by signing admission forms of the children and gave books, bags and stationary to them.
Addressing the ceremony, the chief minister said that education is the only key to progress and prosperity and creating tolerance in society. That is why the Punjab government has taken a number of steps for the promotion of education in the province, he added.
However, efforts would be continued for ensuring 100 percent enrolment of children in schools and the entire nation has to lend a helping hand to the government for the achievement of this great objective, he added. He said this was a noble cause for which chief minister, ministers, secretaries and government machinery of tehsil and district and parents would have to play an active role so that the target of enrolment of children in schools could be achieved. He said that according to an independent survey, 92 percent enrolment targets had been achieved in Punjab; however, it is a challenge to maintain it and government, authorities of education department and parents will have to provide support for coping with this challenge so that results of the enrolment campaign could be achieved on permanent basis. Turk investors: A delegation led by Chairman prominent investor group of Turkey Abdul Kadir Toran called on Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, here Friday. The delegation condemned Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park blast incident and expressed grief over loss of precious human lives.
Dolphin Force: Shahbaz Sharif presided over a meeting, which decided to enhance the scope of Dolphin Force to four more big cities.The news.
Rawalpindi:April 09: Speakers at a ceremony held here on Friday to commemorate Pakistan Day and 74th Foundation Day of Anjuman Faizul Islam (AFI) underlined the importance of scientific, technical and vocational education, terming it vital for development and progress in agriculture, industrial and other related sectors, including science and technology, and reducing unemployment.
The ceremony was chaired by ex-chairman Kahuta Research Laboratories (KRL) Dr. Ashraf Atta and attended by a large number of students of Anjuman Faizul Islam educational institutions besides president of AFI Mohammad Siddique Akbar Mian, V.P. Engineer Abdul Razzaq, General Secretary Raja Fateh Khan, other office-bearers, parents of students, teachers and heads of schools.
Dr. Ashraf Atta said advancement in technical and scientific education was the only answer to the problems of our expanding economy. “Technical education produces doers and workers who make real and important contribution to the welfare of society”, he said.The news.
LAHORE:April 08:Punjab University’s Board of Faculty of Life Sciences has approved the launching of a new 4-years BS degree programme “Molecular Biology & Forensic Sciences”.
Dean Faculty of Life Sciences Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan chaired the meeting.
The new programme will be offered by the PU Centre of Applied Molecular Biology.
Prof Dr Naeem Khan said the four-year degree programme was the need of the hour as Pakistan was facing terrorism and modern techniques and knowledge of forensic sciences played vital role in investigation of various crimes.
He said the new degree programme would help in identifying the culprits involved in various crimes. He said health and agriculture sectors would also benefit from the degree programme designed on modern lines.The news.
Lahore:April 07:Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has planned to collect teachers’ monthly salary certificates from its school partners. The partnering schools would also confirm that teachers are genuine school employees, and not relatives.
This was decided in a meeting of programme directors which held on Wednesday at the head office with PEF MD Tariq Mahmood in the chair, according to a handout issued here. The meeting held a detailed review of expansion of different programmes, including teachers’ salaries. The meeting noted that PEF had already implemented a well-designed teachers training mechanism to sufficiently improve their professional capabilities to give quality education in conducive atmosphere.
The meeting was apprised that Rs100 raise was made in students' monthly fee by the PEF last year. It was, then, directed to the partner schools that half of the additional income would be used for increasing their teachers’ salaries so that they may feel encouraged.The news.
Lahore:April 07:Government College University Lahore Debating Society (GCUDS) on Wednesday organised a fourth Inter-University Safdar Mir Punjabi Takra 2016 which was won by the team of Punjab University. Muhammad Umar Nizami, President of GCU Punjabi Majlis and GCUDS Incharge Punjabi debates, presided the debates while eminent Punjabi poet Qaim Naqvi was the chief guest at the prize distribution ceremony. Overall teams from 14 educational institutions took part in the Punjabi debates. The team of GCU as host did not contest for the prizes. However, its orator Abrar Cheema closed the house. The topic of final was that “This House would rent out the educational institutions!” In individual categories.The news.
Lahore:April 07:The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), Lahore arranged various competitions of photography, short film, music in connection with the spring festival 2016 here on Wednesday. Students from various departments of UVAS participated in these competitions.
According to a press release issued here, in Photography contest, Muhammad Huzefa (DND) won 1st position, Muhammad Adeel Maan (Pathology) got 2nd position while Sajjad Maqsood (BBA) stood on 3rd position.
In short film contest, Junaid Mahmood got 1st position, Tania got 2nd and Ahsan Ali got 3rd position.
In Dub Mash contest, Qasim (IPS) got 1st position, Huzefa (DND) got 2nd and Tania (IPS) got 3rd position. In Music contest, Alim Din (DVM) got 1st position, Ahsan Khan (DVM) got 2nd and Sami Khwaja stood on 3rd position. Agha Rizwan was the chief guest on the occasion and distributed shields along with UVAS senior Tutor Prof Dr Kamran Ashraf to the photography, short film, Dub Mash contests winners while renowned singer Ali Abbas gave away shield to the music contest winner.The news.
Lahore:April 07:Punjab University Exam Department has declared the results of MSc Chemistry Part-II Supplementary Exam 2015, MSc Zoology Part-II Supplementary Exam 2015 and BS in Computer Science annual exam 2015.The news.
Lahore:April 07:Chairperson TEVTA Irfan Qaiser Sheikh has said the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will provide technical assistance and Grant-in-Aid worth Rs. 640 million to Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) for development of Government College of Technology Faisalabad as centre of excellence and upgrade of other 11 government colleges of technologies across the province of the Punjab.
He was addressing a meeting of the Joint Coordination Committee of the JICA on Wednesday at TEVTA Secretariat. This meeting was attended by senior representative JICA in Pakistan Motoo Taki, JICA Project Chief Kakisu San, Expert JICA Akira Oda, Chief Operating Officer TEVTA Jawad Ahmed Qureshi, Former President Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry Engr. Suhail Bin Rasheed, Member Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry Faheem-ur-Rehman Sehgal, Member PAPAM Association Rehan Ejaz, Representative of P&D, Industries Department and officers of TEVTA.
Irfan Qaiser said the JICA has already provided Rs. 860 million for machinery and equipment for the centres of excellence of Mechanical and Architecture Departments at Govenment Colleges of Technology Railway Road Lahore. New grant in aid will be beneficial for the establishment of centre of excellence at GCT Faisalabad and upgrade of further 11 Government Colleges of Technologies which included Government College of Technology Gujranwala, Jhelum, Layyah, Multan, Sangla Hill, Sahiwal, Sargodha, Sialkot, Bahawalpurt, Governmet Staff Training College Faisalabad and Government Swedish Pakistani College of Technology Gujrat. The main feature of this new project is to revise the curriculum for mechanical technology, provision of equipment and Training of Trainers (ToT).
Chairperson TEVTA further said the basic purpose for establishing the centere of excellence at GCT Faisalabad and upgrade of 11 colleges is to provide trained manpower according to the needs of the industry at national and international level. This decision has been taken after a successful launching of centre of excellence in D.A.E. Mechanical and Architecture Technology at Government College of Technology, Railway Road Lahore, with the technical and financial assistance of the JICA.
Establishment of Job placement cell at district and institutes will also be a part of this project for the provision of jobs for pass-outs of this project.The news.
Lahore:April 07:The Lahore High Court has directed the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan to recognise degrees of 2,800 students secured under a dual-degree programme offered by Comsats University in collaboration with Lancaster University of UK.
Justice Shahid Karim passed this order on petitions filed by Abu Bakar, Talha and other students of the Comsats University.
The students’ counsel argued that the university received a huge fee from the students against the dual-degree programme under which the students were to study one of the two years of programme at the Lancaster University in UK. However, he said, the Comsats betrayed the offer at later stage and the HEC also refused to recognise their degrees.
Justice Karim directed the HEC and Pakistan Engineering Council to approve the dual-degree programme offered by the Comsats university and accredit the degrees of the students.
Christians: The Lahore High Court on Wednesday sought assistance of Attorney General of Pakistan (AG) on a petition challenging the repletion of section 7 of the Christian Divorce Act.
Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah directed AG to appear on May 12.
Judge also directed to issue a proclamation in newspapers inviting the suggestions on this issue from Christian parliamentarians in Punjab Assembly as well as in National Assembly.
Judge expressed dismayed that the parliamentarians had been negligent to the reformation of Christian personal laws.
Bishop Alexander John Malik admitted that the section 7 of divorce act 1869 should be restored.
An amicus curie (friend of court) Ms Hina Jillani unequivocally supported the point of view of the petitioner and asserted that the legislature had thoroughly failed to reform the law and the Christian minority was living in obscurity regarding regulation of their divorce matters.
Company: The Lahore High Court Green Bench on Wednesday stopped South Chemicals (pvt) Ltd, Multan from functioning for not following environmental protection rules.
The bench comprising Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah and Justice Shujaat Ali Khan passed this order on a petition filed by Punjab Environment Department.
Assistant Advocate General Anwaar Hussain argued that the department had issued environmental permission to South Chemicals in April 2012 with the directions to fulfill the environmental protection requirements.
He said the company did not comply with the directions and the department issued show cause notice to company in June 2012, which caused cancellation of permission in July 2013.
The company filed an appeal against the cancellation of the environmental permission before Environmental Protection Tribunal, Lahore and the tribunal set aside the department’s decision and restored the permission in May 2014.
The law officer argued that the company had not been taking steps for environment protection which had been increasing in pollution in the area. Locals of the area had been complaining against the company, he added.The news.
Punjab University (PU) Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has said we will have to work at school level to improve the standard of education in Pakistan adding the standard of education cannot be improved if we don’t have good teachers.
He was addressing a seminar on “Emerging Quality Issues in Higher Education in Pakistan” in connection with the celebrations of “World Quality Day” at varsity’s Al-Raazi Hall on Tuesday. The seminar was organised by PU Quality Enhancement Cell and Virtual University (VU).The news.
Lahore:April 06:Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan has said that education can solve every issue, including corruption, lawlessness and extremism.
Addressing a function in connection with distribution of cash prizes and commendation certificates to the winners of essay-writing and speech competition 2015 here on Tuesday, he said a movement rising from educational institutions could be a successful solution to our chronic problems.
Rana Mashhood said the government was providing best platform to students to go forward for earning good name to their country, adding teachers had a very important role to play in the cause of national construction because they could develop a force of students to get the destination of progress and development.
EDO Education Lahore Pervaiz Akhtar, parents, teachers and a large number of students were present on the occasion.
An amount of Rs6.4 million was distributed among the position-holder students. The first prize for essay-writing was awarded to Hafiz Ubaidullah Zia while Zoya Khan won the first position in English speech competition.
The minister said the Punjab government had a clear vision to bring all the children working at brick-kilns and other child labour spots. He said through enrolment campaign, the government was committed not to leave a single child out of school up to 2017. The news.
Lahore:April 05: Punjab University Centre for South Asian Studies (CSAS) will organise a seminar on ‘Rumi and Education’ on Tuesday (today) at 11am at its auditorium.The news.
Lahore:April 05: Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (Tevta) Chairperson Irfan Qaiser has said more than 37,000 trainees have been enrolled as apprentices in different industries of Punjab up to March 2016. All the Regional Directorates of Apprenticeship Training would achieve the target of 65,000 apprentices up to December, 2016.
According to the vision of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Tevta is endeavouring to promote apprenticeship training scheme in the Punjab.
He was addressing a meeting to review the progress of Apprenticeship Training Scheme at Tevta Secretariat on Monday, according to a press release.
The meeting was attended by Chief Operating Officer, Tevta, Jawad Ahmed Qureshi, Tevta Officers Azhar Iqbal Shad, Hamid Ghani Anjum, Umer Farooq, Mustafa Kamal Pasha, Maqsood Ahmed, Waheed Asghar, Sarfraz Anwar and others.
Irfan Qaiser said Tevta successfully reached the target to recruit 28,000 apprentices up to December, 2015. The number of enrollment of apprentices is constantly growing. It is mentioned that the strength of on roll apprentices up to June 2015 was 14,018. The enhancement will play vital role in promoting Apprenticeship Training Scheme across the province of the Punjab.
Chairperson Tevta said in addition to enrolling maximum number of apprentices, the said scheme is also being made more flexible to give maximum benefit to our youth.
Efforts are being carried out to bring the maximum number of industries under the purview of Apprenticeship Ordinance, 1962.
Recently, 147 new industries have been notified for implementation of apprenticeship scheme, whereas 50 industries are under process of notification, he concluded.The news.
Rawalpindi:April 05: Montessori students of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori & High School marked World Wildlife Day, at the SLS, Peshawar Road, and Range Road campuses, says a press release.
A special morning assembly was arranged for students of Junior, Senior and Advanced Montessori. The audience of students was a sight to see as all of them had their faces painted to represent a certain type of wildlife animal.
Peshawar Road Campus Headmistress Naghmana Anjum gave a brief talk to her students about why this day is celebrated. She highlighted how each one of us can save wildlife, flora and fauna, by protecting natural resources, not wasting water, burning less fuel, by using paper bags instead of plastic bags and by not killing animals for fun or sport. She then invited her students to start the event. As the song “Jungle Rhythm” started playing, students dressed as ‘people of the nature’ danced a song dedicated to the coexistence of humans with nature. A quiz followed with the audience having to name a wild animal and take out its sound. A poem performance called “Walking through the jungle, what do you see?” had the audience and performers singing together ‘spotting’ different wild animals. A student of Advance Montessori said a few words on Animals Are Our Friends and how just like us they have a brain and can feel love and pain.
A skit was presented at both campuses to create awareness about not killing the animals for fun or for their skin. Montessori students of the SLS, Range Road campus showed how animals used to live happily and peacefully until the hunters came to hunt them for fun and for their skin. They also cut down trees and destroyed the habitat. The end consequence showed a world without animals and plants and humans full of regret. Students were told that animals cannot speak for themselves so all of us have to be their voice. Range Road Section Head, Irum Jamal spoke about the theme of this year’s World Wildlife Day – ‘the future of wildlife is in our hands’ and urged students and teachers to make kindness to plants and animals a part of their daily life and not just a one day celebration.
Teaching compassion to young students can be a challenging task but with the help of poems, props, costumes and skits, small lessons can be imparted to young minds. World Wildlife Day was proclaimed by United Nations General Assembly in 2013 and is celebrated every year in March.The news.
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