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Education institutes also be covered: ANF DG

7 hours 18 min ago
RAWALPINDI:July 19: The Anti-Narcotics Force on Monday vowed to expand an ongoing countrywide drive against narcotics to educational institutions. The decision was taken at the Force Commanders Conference. The conference also decided to speed up efforts to apprehend proclaimed offenders. ANF director general Major General Musarrat Nawaz Malik issued the instructions while chairing the conference. He also reviewed progress in counter-narcotics operations and stressed on the need for proactive and innovative steps to curb drug trafficking. During the conference, ANF DG appreciated efforts made by ANF regional directorates in curbing the menace of drugs. The DG also discussed the emerging trend of consumption of synthetic drugs, saying that these were a grave threat to human health and special measures were required to control their distribution.Published in Daily Times, City: Rawalpindi

Six indicted for blinding student

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LAHORE:July 19: A judicial magistrate of district courts Tuesday framed charges against six people accused of emasculating and blinding a 9th class student. The accused including Muhammad Hanif, Shan, Amir Sohail, Zeeshan, Ashfaque and one other appeared before the court where they denied all the charges levelled against them. After which the court indicted the accused and summoned prosecution witnesses. The accused were booked by Sundar Police under Section 324 of the PPC on the complaint of victim’s father, Muhammad Javed. The applicant alleged that his son Aish Muhammad, and his friend Waqar, were heading home on a motorbike from a private academy when four unidentified people intercepted them and started beating the duo. According to the complainant, the assailants attacked Aish’s eyes with knives and damaged one of his testicles in the attack. The motive for the alleged crime was that Aish Muhammad had relationship with Hanif’s daughter. transplant case: A judicial magistrate on Tuesday dismissed bail of one Saqib Khan, an alleged agent of main accused in illegal organ transplant case.The bail application was moved by one Saqib Khan who is said to be an agent of main accused in the case, including Prof Dr Fawad, Dr Altamash. The petitioner said the agency has not any proof against him and he is not a nominated accused in the case. He said he is also not a doctor and the FIA has booked him on reasons unknown to him. He implored the court to grant him bail. However, the FIA submitted before the court that Saqib was arrested on the identification of already arrested accused. The agency said it has solid evidence against Saqib and most likely he is the head of illegal organ transplant racket. Prof Dr Fawad, Dr Altamash and seven other suspects were arrested on charges of illegal transplantation of kidneys and sale of human organs in and outside the country. The suspects, during investigation, revealed that among the donors were a rickshaw driver Amir and a woman Roshni who were promised to be paid Rs150,000 each. Amir decided to sell his kidney to pay back his loan while Roshni could not be able to give her statement due to excessive bleeding, the official said, adding that the FIA arranged a professor from Mayo Hospital to look after her. The FIA officials said among the recipients were two foreign nationals who paid Rs4 million per head to the doctors for transplantation.The news. City: Lahore

Work on Knowledge Park to start soon

7 hours 22 min ago
LAHORE:July 19: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Lahore Knowledge Park Company (LKPC) Dr Zubair Iqbal Ghouri has said that civil works at the site of the LKP is expected to begin shortly under which basic infrastructure, boundary wall, watch towers and entry gates will be constructed. At a media briefing on Tuesday, he said LKPC had been established as a separate corporate entity by the Punjab government to evolve a planning, undertake and oversee the development of 4th generation knowledge and growth parks at suitable localities in the province. “Incorporated in October, 2014, as a not-for-profit, large-scale public sector company, registered under Section 42 of the Companies Ordinance 1984 and wholly owned by the Punjab Higher Education Department, LKPC owns 852 acres of prime land on Bedian Road, Lahore – the site of Lahore Knowledge Park,” he added. The Lahore Knowledge Park (LKP) is going to be the first 4th generation technology and growth park of Pakistan. It is aimed at creating synergies between academia, industry, and the government to drive a composite ecosystem of research, innovation and entrepreneurship. As a state-of-the-art development, LKP would host universities and educational institutes, research centres, innovation hubs, business services zone, green areas and a central zone to offer all the features of a modern lifestyle, he added. The project is a high-tech development that embodies the vision of the chief minister to make Punjab and by extension Pakistan, Asia’s premier destination for the global knowledge economy. The Punjab government has allocated 852 acre prime land valued at more than half a billion USD, adjacent to an upscale housing complex of Lahore, to host the first technopolis of the country. The government has also approved substantial funding for complete infrastructure development and construction of buildings at the Lahore Knowledge Park. Dr Zubair Iqbal Ghouri said Lahore Knowledge Park had an advance level talks with a consortium of three Italian universities, including Politecnico di Torino, University of Bologna and Politecnico di Bari. As part of the proposed arrangement, Italian faculty would be fetched to teach at the university, whereas local academicians would be inducted on later stages. Implementation plans are being reviewed by experts on a faster pace as the classes are expected to be initiated in 2018. Pak-Italy University will prove to be a paradigmatic step in the evolution of engineering sciences both at the educational as well as industrial fronts, he added. Proposal from Kings College Hospital, London to set up Kings College Hospital (KCH), Punjab is in advanced stages of review by the experts, he said and added preliminary consensus had been established to develop a teaching hospital in the first phase. As a plan, KCH at Lahore Knowledge Park Punjab will be offering medical degree programmes and clinical training accredited by Royal College of Surgeons & King’s College Hospital, London. Detailed business planning will be leading to mutually acceptable contractual arrangements in the coming year. There are vibrant prospects to host Karolinska Cancer Research Institute and Hospital at Lahore Knowledge Park. Currently, the company is in talks with the relevant team at Swedish facility to prepare a prospective partnership package, he concluded.The news. City: Lahore

Bahawalpur AIOU gets modern computer lab

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 12:49
BAHAWALPUR:July 18:In a bid to impart computer knowledge to students, a modern computer lab had been inaugurated at Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), Bahawalpur Campus on Monday. The lab had been linked to the computer science department and central library of AIOU’s main campus where students will be provided lectures through video link. On the occasion, Computer Science Department Chairperson Dr Nazeer Sanghi said the special programme had been initiated to facilitate the students of Bahawalpur and Cholistan. He added, “The students will be given special discount on getting admissions in the said discipline.” Dr Sanghi maintained the students, who passed FA and FSc in second division were eligible for admission in Allama Iqbal Open University’s BS Computer Science programme. Advertisement Ad He pointed out the programme consisted of eight semesters with different specialisations which include information technology, general programmes, and networking. “All the programmes are approved from Higher Education Commission,” he said. He said that modern standards were taken into consideration in BS programme and the University was being upgraded at par with latest technology.Published in The Express Tribune, July 18th, 2017.City: Bahawalpur

Report sought from Punjab govt in VCs case

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 12:46
LAHORE:July 18: The Lahore High Court on Monday sought a report from the Punjab government on a petition seeking a stay order against appointment of vice-chancellors at three public sector universities. Dr Abdul Mannan filed the petition pleading that the government initiated the process for the appointment of VCs at Punjab University, King Edward Medical University and Fatima Jinnah Medical College University. However, he argued that the whole process was in violation of guidelines issued by the high court in case of VCs appointments. He stated that the government committed contempt of court by ignoring the guidelines set by the LHC. The petitioner asked the court to stay the process for the appointment of VCs and initiate contempt proceedings against the authorities concerned. Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah heard the contention and sought a report from the government within two weeks. Meanwhile, Justice Farrukh Irfan Khan dismissed a petition challenging validity of an interview committee formed to make appointments of vice-chancellors at three universities. Prof Dr Mulazim Hussain filed the petition and contended that two of the members of the committee, Prof Dr Faisal Masud and Prof Dr Amir Aziz, showed bias towards him (petitioner). He asked the court to order the government to reconstitute the committee excluding the respondent members. However, the judge dismissed the petition as not maintainable and observed that the ground taken by the petitioner for the reconstitution of the interview committee was not valid. The judge observed that the counsel of the petitioner failed to point out any illegality or irregularity in the formation of the committee, which otherwise was the prerogative of the respondent institution and a candidate had no right to seek its reconstitution as per his/her liking or disliking. Proposals rejected Government College University’s Academic Staff Association (GCU-ASA) has strongly objected to the proposals by a government committee to lift the conditions of PhD, teaching experience and age for appointment of Vice-Chancellors (VCs) in public sector universities. The ASA observed that the key factor behind the under-performance of universities was ‘lack of autonomy.’ In a statement, GCU-ASA President Prof Dr Riaz Ahmed said “Universities can’t be run as companies.” He was giving his reaction to a news report that a 10-member committee, formed by the chief minister, has proposed broad-based criteria for selection of VCs lifting the PhD bar on the candidates. Prof Dr Riaz Ahmed requested the Punjab chief minister to include senior faculty members from all major universities in the committee which was formed to deliberate upon the criteria for appointments of VCs and performance of universities. He said FAPUASA Punjab Chapter had also objected to the proposals of the committee in strong words. “We need to understand the role of vice-chancellor in a university. The VC looks after all the academics, research and administration matters with the support and coordination of deans and chairpersons. In modern universities, research is an important factor which can be guided well only by a vice-chancellor who himself has been a well-established researcher,” he said. He laid a stress on developing an efficient evaluation criterion to judge the performance of VCs. He said GCU-ASA strongly demanded that only a full professor having a PhD degree with solid research credential should be appointed as a VC because only then he can play his role in enhancing the research and academic activities simultaneously. “We request the chief minister not to revise the criteria but change the committee which is proposing these changes”, the statement concluded.The news.City: LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Illiteracy cause of problems

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 12:44
LAHORE:July 18: Punjab Minister for Minorities Affairs and Human Rights Khalil Tahir Sandhu has said rapidly increasing population is causing serious social issues. The ministers said promotion of education is essential for awareness in society. He said illiteracy is the cause of various problems and the future generations will also have to face its consequences. Khalil Tahir Sindhu said the health problems and child marriages are resulting in various social problems, marriage below the age of 18 is a crime, he added. The minister said parents should seek consent from their sons and daughters for the marriage so that they should not face emotional, health and financial problems. He said the media, NGOs, civil society and all segments will have to play their role for dealing with this issue. He stressed effective legislation against child marriages. The news.City: Lahore

The exam conducted at 12 centres administered by UET

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 13:23
LAHORE:17 July: More than 43,000 students sat the admission test for bachelors in engineering degree programmes held at the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore campuses on Sunday. The exam was conducted at 12 centres administered by the UET in different cities including Lahore and Islamabad. Talking to the media on the occasion, UET Vice Chancellor Prof Ahmad Fazal Khalid said the country would be needing services of thousands of engineers in the coming years in view of the various projects identified under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The university administration will organise Open Days on July 27 and 28 to familiarise prospective students with facilities available at different faculties and to help them choose disciplines favouring their aptitude. The result of the entry test will be announced on July 23.Published in Daily Times, July 17th , 2017.City: LahoreUniversity in LahoreUET Lahore

Two-day council meeting of College of Physicians and Surgeons

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 13:20
LAHORE:17 July: A two-day council meeting of College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP), held at regional centre, Lahore under the chairmanship of CPSP President Prof Zafarullah Chaudhry, discussed current policies and future strategies. According to a press release issued here on Sunday, in this meeting, office-bearers from all the provinces, including Maj-Gen (r) Prof Salman Ali, Senior Vice-President CPSP, Prof Naqibullah Achakzai, Vice-President, Prof Khalid Ashrafi, Treasurer, Prof Khalid Masood Gondal, Director General International Relations, Prof Mahmood Ayyaz, Director National Residency Programme, Prof Amir Zaman Khan, Director North, Prof Rukhsana Zubairi, Director South, Prof Muhammad Tayyab, Prof Waqar Alam Jan from Peshawar, Prof Robina Zubair from Karachi, Prof Ghulam Mujtaba from Multan, Prof Asghar Butt from Faisalabad, Prof Shoaib Shafi and Prof Rizwana Chaudhry participated from Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Pakistan Army was represented by Maj-Gen Sohail Hafeez and Maj-Gen Muhammad Aslam Khan. The council reviewed problems and policies about the trainee doctors and the effective monitoring has been made mandatory. President CPSP said the policies of the college are unanimously implemented with affiliated institutions within the country and abroad. The council is trying to implement the unanimous training system and monitoring in public, private and armed forces’ institutions. In this regards, the facilities of the college have been made instrumental and the quarterly feedback of supervisors has been made mandatory. The E-log monitoring system of CPSP is acknowledged in the world. The drawback of the training system will be overcome with the help of this monitoring system. President Zafarullah Chaudhry said the fellows and post-graduate trainee doctors of CPSP have proved themselves good ambassadors of the country and earned a lot of foreign exchange. The acknowledgement of medical profession is an honour for all of us. The college is establishing its new centres within the country at Gwadar and Gilgit-Baltistan and centres at Dublin and Birmingham to facilitate the fellows of CPSP.The news.City: LahoreMedical College in LahoreCollege of Physicians and Surgeons

43,000 students appear for UET Entrance Test

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 13:17
LAHORE:17 July: A combined entrance test for admission to different engineering universities of Punjab was organised by the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) on Sunday. More than 43,000 candidates appeared in the test which was simultaneously held at 12 centres set up in different cities including one in Islamabad. UET Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Ahmad Fazal Khalid visited the examination centres and said the university administration would organise two-days “Open Day” event on July 27 and July 28 in order to familiarise students with the facilities available in different faculties of the university. The answer key has been made available on the university website, a UET spokesperson said, adding that the result of the entrance test was expected to be announced on July 23 (Sunday).The news.City: LahoreUniversity in LahoreUET Lahore

Online admissions begin at PUCIT

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 12:52
LAHORE:16 July:The Punjab University has officially inaugurated online admissions at Punjab University College of Information Technology (PUCIT). Punjab University Vice Chancellor Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir inaugurated PUCIT’s indigenous single sign on admission system. On the first day of online registration, more than 1,500 applicants signed up and printed their challan forms to submit the fee. This year, PUCIT expects to receive a record number of applicants due to this hassle-free, automated, and online process at their doorstep. Every year, PUCIT attracts more than 16,000 students from all over the country to appear in the entrance tests for admission to the various academic degree programmes in the college. Advertisement Ad This year, the PUCIT has built and deployed an automated online system to facilitate students to register for the entrance tests at the college. The system has been built in-house and hosted on a cloud to ensure high availability and good performance. The automated solution allows students to register online, print challan forms, pay entrance test fee to their nearest Habib Bank Limited (HBL) branches and print roll number slips. The system will greatly facilitate students to complete the process of registration without visiting the campus. Previously, students were required to travel to the college premises and spend considerable time in long queues to complete the entrance test registration process.Published in The Express Tribune, July 16th, 2017.City: LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

VC advises to come up with quality research

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 12:50
FAISALABAD:16 July:The researchers should come up with problem-solving research and indigenous solutions to challenges being faced in societies and industries, said University of Agriculture Faisalabad Vice Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan. He was addressing an appreciation ceremony for technology development funds winners arranged by Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization, University of Agriculture Faisalabad on Saturday. He urged researchers to take all possible steps to produce the quality research that would be beneficial for mankind. He said the universities were meant to create knowledge, produce trained manpower and provide solutions to the issue in order to move the country towards the development and prosperity. Advertisement Expert from US Dr Muhammad Naeem said quality education and research were vital to alleviate poverty and bring prosperity. UAF scholars who won the projects included Agri Engineering Faculty Dean Dr Allah Buksh, Institute of Horticulture Director Dr Aman Ullah, Department of Physics Chairman Dr Yasir Jamil, Energy System Engineering Department Chairman Dr Anjum Munir, Water Management Research Center Director Dr Hamid Shah, Dr Muhammad Sharif from Department of Animal Sciences, Dr Irfan Afzal from Department of Agronomy, etc.Published in The Express Tribune, July 16th, 2017.City: Faisalabad

Decision on permanent LCWU VC up in the air

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 12:48
LAHORE::16 July:A committee looking into objections of the candidature and appointment of Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) Vice Chancellor Dr Uzma Qureshi has yet to hold its first meeting, despite being formed a month ago. Dr Uzma Qureshi was appointed as vice chancellor on May 28, 2017, for a term of four years. The appointment was made on April 27after a verdict of the Lahore High Court (LHC), which gave the Punjab government its nod to appoint VCs at four universities on the recommendations of a search committee. Meanwhile, Dr Rukhsana Kausar, appointed as acting VC by LHC, was also a candidate for the slot. She filed a representation with the Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) against two other candidates, including Dr Uzama Qureshi. Advertisement Keeping this in view, the notification stated the decision was subject to a final decision on the application of Dr Rukhsana Kausar. “Terms and conditions of the appointment of Dr Uzma Qureshi shall be notified separately,” the notification said. It added the provisional appointment of Dr Rukhsana Kausar by the LHC had ended with immediate effect. On June 9, the Chief Minister’s Office formed a search committee to look into the application. “The chief minister is pleased to constitute the following committee which shall examine the representation submitted by Dr Rukhsana Kausar, ex-vice chancellor of the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), with regard to the candidature and deficiency in qualification of Dr Uzma Qureshi,” the notification stated. The members of the committee included Dr Zafar Iqbal Qureshi as chairman, Dr Umar Saif as member, Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Chairman Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin as member and HED Secretary Nasim Nawaz as secretary and member. “The committee shall examine the matter in detail and strictly in accordance with law/rules, and furnish its recommendation with regard to the representation made by Dr Rukhsana Kausar within 10 days. Further necessary action may be taken accordingly”. However, more than a month has passed and the committee is yet to start proceedings. An official privy to the matter told The Express Tribune that the body, formed by the CM’s Office, was yet to hold a single meeting. Published in The Express Tribune, July 16th, 2017.City: Lahore

E-library inaugurated for Law Student

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 12:22
Rawalpindi:July 16:Chief Justice Lahore High Court Mansoor Ali Shah inaugurated e-library of District Bar Association Rawalpindi. Judges, lawyers, law students and members of the legal fraternity will reap benefits of the library. On the occasion of the inauguration ceremony CJ Lahore High Court Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, including district and session judge Suhail Nasir and other judges and lawyers from Rawalpindi were also present.The news.City: Rawalpindi

Post Graduate Medical Institute CCU ward

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 12:19
LAHORE:July 16:Post Graduate Medical Institute/Lahore General Hospital (PGMI/LGH) Principal Prof. Ghiyas-un-Nabi Tayyab has said that it had been decided to establish a modern CCU ward at Lahore General Hospital to ensure quality and modern medical facilities to patients. In a press statement on Saturday, the principal said that latest medical equipment worth Rs30m were also being purchased for the Coronary Care Unit being set up in the Emergency Department.The news.City: Lahore

PUCIT starts online admissions

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 12:17
LAHORE:July 16:Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir inaugurated PU College of Information Technology’s indigenous single sign-on admission system. The ceremony was attended by PUCIT Principal Prof Dr Mansoor Sarwar and senior faculty members. Every year PUCIT attracts more than 16,000 students from all over the country for entrance tests for admission to various academic degree programmes in the college. This year Punjab University’s College of Information Technology has built and deployed an automated online system to facilitate students to register for the entrance tests at the college. The system has been built in-house and hosted on a cloud to ensure high availability and good performance. The automated solution allows students to register online, print challan forms, pay entrance test fee to their nearest bank branches and print roll number slips. The system will greatly facilitate students to complete the process of registration without visiting the campus. Previously, students were required to travel to the college premises and spend considerable time in long queues to complete the entrance test registration process. Punjab University vice chancellor appreciated Punjab University’s College of Information Technology Principal Prof Dr Mansoor Sarwar’s efforts in automating key business processes in the college for the sake of transparency and efficiency. He commended the efforts of team of college teachers and staff who spearheaded the efforts. On the first day of online registration, more than 1,500 applicants signed up and printed their challan forms to submit the fee. The URL to access the system is https://entrytest.pucit.edu.pk.The news. City: LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Pakistan’s first fee-less university in Kasur

Sat, 07/15/2017 - 13:02
LAHORE:15 July:The government is pushing forward with the Punjab Charity Bill 2017 and the proposed legislation will establish a regulatory body as a watchdog for nonprofit organisations,has learnt. The bill has already been approved by Cabinet Standing Committee on Legislative Business in a recent meeting. It will be sent to the provincial cabinet and later presented before the governor if approved. Lahore-based non-profit raises funds for Pakistan’s first fee-less university in Kasur Advertisement Once it gets the governor’s nod, the law will come into being as the Punjab Charity Ordinance 2017. PCB 2017 aims to regulate all charitable entities, from funding to their management. The bill also introduces compoundable, cognizable and non-bailable offences, apart from penalties up to Rs1 million and year-long jail terms for misappropriation or misuse of funds. The bill proposes the establishment of a five-member commission which will be led by a chairman. Members would be retired judges, civil servants or from the private sector and would be selected by the provincial government for a term of two years. The commission would be attached to the Home Department. The purpose of charitable entities has also been defined in the draft of the bill. They have been catergorised according to aims such as relief of poverty or advancement of education, environment protection, health, community development, arts, culture and heritage, human rights, conflict resolution and reconciliation activities. It states that charitable organisations should be registered under the relevant laws. The commission would sanction appeals for the collection of funds from two or more districts of the province. The deputy commissioner would approve charity collection for districts, whereas the assistant commissioner would do the same for his subdivision. Without the aforesaid approval, charitable organisations would not be allowed to collect funds from within the province. Another purpose of the commission is to monitor and ensure proper utilisation of funds. It would also ensure that charitable funds are not used for any purpose other than the one declared, apart from overseeing that the money is not wasted. The commission would maintain a register of charities and their periodic evaluation. It would also hold audits, appoint charity trustees and hold enquiries. The bill further states that if a charity fails to fulfill obligation under this ordinance, it may be suspended or have its registration cancelled. Penalties and punishments would be imposed for misuse of funds or expenditure for any unlawful purpose. Proceed as before: Court suspends order of nonprofit’s closure SAP Pakistan Executive Director Muhammad Tahseen said this commission would just be another regulatory body which would make it more difficult for nonprofits to operate. He said organisations were already being regulated under the relevant law. He said the purpose of a charitable organisation was to provide relief to the poor. He said rather than making things easier, they have put charitable organisations under increased scrutiny. The executive director said NGOs should be allowed to deliver. Published in The Express Tribune,City: LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Sports complex in Lahore

Sat, 07/15/2017 - 12:56
LAHORE:15 July: The Punjab government will construct sports complex in Lahore at an estimated cost of over Rs7 billion. The approved development schemes included: Construction of sports complex, Lahore at the cost of Rs7.007 billion, widening of Aik Moria Pull, Lahore at the cost of Rs510.597 million, construction of flyover (complete signal-free interchange at Aziz Cross on GT Road, Gujranwala (revised PC-II) at the cost of Rs156.334 million, construction of flyover on GT Road at Aziz Cross, Gujranwala (revised) at the cost of Rs7.725 billion, construction of road from Narowal to Lahore via Badomalli-Narang-Kala Khatai, Shahdara, District Narowal and Sheikhupura (revised) at the cost of Rs1.006 billion, construction of bridge at Chak Nizam on River Jhelum, District Mandi Bahauddin (PC-II) at the cost of Rs13.550 million and viability/screening of roads prioritised by District Coordination Committees (DCCs) under Khadim-e-Punjab Rural Roads Programme (KPRRP), Phase-V (PC-II) at the cost of Rs14.902 million.The news. City: Lahore

E-Rozgaar Centres to help students showcase talent Punjab University

Sat, 07/15/2017 - 12:55
LAHORE:15 July: The e-Rozgaar Centres established in various universities of the Punjab province will provide an opportunity to the educated youth to utilise their skills in technical, non-technical and creative designing areas under the guidance of highly professional master trainers for strengthening the national economy. This was stated by the founding Vice-Chancellor of Information Technology University (ITU), Chairman PITB and the Adviser to the CM Punjab while inaugurating the 6th eRozgaar Centre at the University of Punjab, Jhelum Campus under the joint project of Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) and Youth Affairs, Sports, Archeology & Tourism (YASAT)’s, “Chief Minister’s eRozgaar Programme” here Friday. After the completion of training in these centres, which would remain open for 24 hours, by the selected 10,000 freelancer youths who were fuel for this programme, if each of them earn $30 per day, they can earn Rs100,000/- per month through website designing, copy editing, proof reading, writing software and articles, they could generate Rs36 billion for the country, he said, adding that there was a need to make educational institutions politics-free and focus on education while female segment of our country could play a leading role to take the country forward. Dr Umar Saif said Pakistan being the world’s third largest freelancer contributor country with 60 percent of Pakistan’s population being below 35 years of age, with insufficient jobs in the market, producing every year 250,000 graduates against 50,000 available job opportunities required to devise a programme as our youths were capable enough to online monetise their education and skills by exercising and adopting technology and freelancing. We were capable enough to take forward the technological entrepreneurship while we have the best well-equipped universities to provide the environment to progress. In the present world almost all tasks were being out-sourced and our youths could work on Internet for various websites around the globe, which is now a trillion dollar economy and this centre being second in North Punjab after UET, Taxila would add to the freelance workforce by training 185 selected candidates, including students of PU and those who applied from the surrounding area, he added. To provide free training to the candidates selected through a transparent process across the province of the Punjab, 40 CM e-Rozgaar Centres are being established at an estimated cost of Rs547 million in various universities of the province. Centres at University of Gujrat, Government College Women University, Faisalabad, UET, Taxila and COMSATS, Sahiwal have been successfully launched by PITB. These centres are active and classes have begun. Earlier, the PU administrator Jhelum Campus gave a briefing regarding the campus established in 2012. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also signed by the Punjab University VC Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasar and Dr Umar Saif, the founding Vice-Chancellor of Information Technology University (ITU), Chairman PITB and the Adviser to the CM Punjab on this occasion. Punjab University VC Prof Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasar termed the e-Rozgaar an innovative link to the market and offered full cooperation for extending the programme to rest of the five campuses of the Punjab University. PITB invited online applications and received 33,105 applications from the young graduates and on the basis of merit, selected candidates shall be given three months training in three phases for freelance self-employment in technical, non-technical and creative design areas by high profile trainers. Among these centres, five are reserved for female candidates. In the first phase, 10,000 candidates selected on merit through a transparent process are being trained in three different batches during the current year. These centres are being established currently in 15 universities of the Punjab. Since the concept and awareness of earning through the Internet and taking freelancing as a serious profession is very new in the smaller cities of Punjab, the programme has taken upon itself to guide and groom graduates from a variety of backgrounds. The training will enable youths to generate income approximately from Rs40,000 to Rs80,000 per month while working from home. driving schools: Chief Traffic Officer SSP Rai Ijaz Ahmad attended a meeting regarding establishment of four new driving schools at Tevta head office. Tevta GM Amir Aziz and Manager Aizaz Haider were also present. CTO Rai Ijaz Ahmad said that four new driving schools were being established at Gulberg, Mughalpura, Raiwind and Township soon to facilitate citizens with the collaboration of Tevta. Thousands of citizens will be able to utilise the services of the new driving schools, he added. Tevta authorities welcomed the initiative of City Traffic Police Lahore to establish four driving schools.The news. City: LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Protest on Lower Mall: Teachers again warn of taking to streets

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 11:27
Lahore:14 July:Leaders of the PTU, including Central President Chaudhry Muhammad Sarfaraz, General Secretary Rana Liaquat Ali, Rana Anwar, Rana Altaf and others, alleged the government was intimidating senior primary schoolteachers who were approaching retirement,. “In-service promotion and pay increase for teachers have also been partially implemented, while the same is pending in several districts of the province,” the teachers added. Teachers protest hits K-P school enrolment drive Members of the union further said 10,000 schools were being ‘privatised’ under the garb of outsourcing. On the other hand, public schools in the province only received partial funds from the non-salary budget (NSB) and school management committee (SMC) for the year 2016-17. PTU members said the teachers were forced to take to the streets for their demands. They announced that if the government did not upgrade teachers’ scale by August 15, as per promises made to them, the community would hold protests outside press clubs in every district of the province on August 24.Published in The Express Tribune, July 14th, 2017.City: Lahore

Schoolteachers to protest against privatisation

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 11:25
LAHORE:14 July:Various groups of schoolteachers in the province have once again vowed to take to the streets to protest against the government for action against school heads and failing to halt the privatisation of educational institutions. Punjab Teachers’ Union (PTU), in its core committee meeting, discussed problems being faced by the teachers’ community and the commitments made by the School Education Department (SED) in a meeting organised on April 18 and May 15.Express turbuni.City: Lahore