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Violence feared at Punjab University annual book fair

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 10:51

LAHORE:April 24:The Punjab University is all set to organise its annual book fair from April 27 to April 29 after it was initially postponed due to the unrest on campus. However, the faculty and students fear fresh violence.

PU had earlier announced the annual three-day book fair from April 6 to 8, 2017. In this regard, a high level meeting, chaired by PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir, was held to review arrangements.

Deans of various faculties and members of the book fair committee were present. The meeting was briefed on various measures being taken to organise the book fair. On March 21, a cultural event organised by the Pakhtun Education Development Movement (PEDM) was attacked and 30 students were left injured. The unrest caused the administration to indefinitely postpone the annual event.

Vice Chancellor Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir again announced the annual fair to mark World Book Day on April 20. The VC said multinational companies must come forward to promote book reading culture and fulfill their corporate social responsibilities.

He announced that the administration would hold the book fair from April 27 to April 29. The VC added the university would award a special prize to the person who writes the most book reviews. He stated the varsity would also consider the student for the roll of honour.

Despite the administration’s enthusiasm over arranging the annual book fair, faculty and students who spoke to The Express Tribune expressed concerns over the management’s lax behaviour with political groups and its ability to control violence on campus.

A faculty member, requesting anonymity, said the failure of the administration to curb different groups’ activities was evident. He said Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) carried on with their activities despite the ban.

“Now the IJT has been holding meetings for the book fair,” he added.

Students on campus also shared similar views as one of them, who identified himself as Jabbar, said chances of violence were high.

In a statement, the IJT said it had organised a meeting to discuss the 33rd book fair of the Punjab University. IJT’s Nazim Osama Ejaz, while speaking at a meeting, said the IJT had introduced the book fair at universities. He said the student body, over the next two days, would assign responsibilities to members at the PU book fair.

When contacted, PU spokesman Khurram Shahzad said that no student organisation would be allowed to interfere with the administrative affairs of the book fair. He said high level security arrangements would be ensured during the three-day event. Khurram stated the PU administration had announced the fair to promote reading culture and provide opportunities to buy books at discounted rates.Published in The Express Tribune, April 24th, 2017.

Spirit of Math’ to cater High-achievers needs

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 10:49

LAHORE:April 24:“Spirit of Math” being a system of after-school programme for high performing students in mathematics has opened doors for bright students in Pakistan. After the successful recognition across the world, this programme is developed to address the critical needs of those students who are looking for an opportunity to study mathematics more deeply with others like them, and for those parents who are looking for an opportunity for their children to be challenged at a global level.

According to a press release, this concept for the after-school programme has been developed by Kim Langen, CEO and Founder, Spirit of Math Schools. The programme allows teachers to focus on the learning style of high-achievers and address their needs. The students move quickly through the material, and delve deeper into concepts. The problem solving element is very intense and students must be able to work with others to solve hundreds of problems each year. As this programme is for high performing students, these students must keep up with the class, rather than the teacher slowing down for students who are struggling with the basic ideas.

Talking about bringing this system to Pakistan Kim commented; “The people of Pakistan understand and value high standards. They want to be recognised for their forward thinking and will do what it takes, without making any excuses, to succeed. Pakistan is quickly changing and progressing forward: it seemed to us to be a natural fit.The news.

Go Nawaz go’ slogan ─ Railway police torture five students

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 11:29

LAHORE:23 April: A Railway Police team allegedly took five students into custody and tortured them for chanting an anti-government slogan during the concluding ceremony of the Pakistan Railways (PR) Inter-Divisional Athletics Championship at Garhi Shahu Stadium on Saturday.
Minister for Railways Khwaja Saad Rafique was distributing medals and shields among the winners of the annual meet when a group of participants started chanting ‘Go Nawaz go’ slogan. The minister left the stadium hurriedly while men in police uniform randomly picked up five boys, bundled them into a van and sped away.
Denying that they had taken into custody Shakeel, Ali, Fatehullah, Navaid and Aitzaz -- all studying in railways educational institutions at Karachi -- the Railway police said the boys were taken away to an undisclosed location by the Garhi Shahu police.

An officer at the Garhi Shahu police station said the railway stadium did not fall in their jurisdiction. “No official of Garhi Shahu police station was on duty at the stadium,” said the official who wished not to be named as he was not authorised to speak to the media.

Railways Director-General Public Relations Najam Wali Khan later told a private TV channel that the boys were taken into custody but were released afterwards on a direction by Khwaja Saad Rafique.

Some channels reported that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif himself ordered that the boys be released.

One of the arrested boys told Dawn that they were nabbed on the directions of Saad Rafique by Railway Police Deputy Inspector-General Shariq Jamal.

“We were treated like criminals while being taken from the stadium to Mughalpura station of Railway police. Officials at the police station gave us a sound beating while telling that we were arrested on the orders of the minister and that DIG Shariq Jamal Sahib was coming to himself register a case against us. They continued torturing and hurling threats on us even after receiving orders for our release,” said the boy who requested anonymity.

DIG Shariq Jamal did not respond to the calls and the SMS sent to him for knowing his stance.

A railway police official later said the boys were released on the orders of the minister.Published in Dawn, April 23rd, 2017.

Police term PU teacher’s death murder-cum-robbery

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 11:28

LAHORE:23 April:Lahore police claimed on Saturday to have arrested three suspects involved in the murder of an Ahmadi professor and the Marian Chowk robbery, the video of which went viral on social media a few months ago.
On Saturday, the Anti-Organised Crime Cell (CIA) presented 13 wanted men before the media. Four of them were said to be involved in the notorious robbery at a traffic signal in Faisal Town and three behind the robbery-cum-murder of Tahira Perveen, a retired PU professor.
At a press conference at his office, Criminal Investigation Agency SP Tariq Mastoi said the police found no evidence suggesting the murder of Prof Tahira was a religiously motivated murder contrary to media reports. “It is purely a murder-cum-robbery case,” he proclaimed.
CIA police arrested Sajjad Ali, Hammad Aslam and Sunil Masih for the murder within 24 hours and also recovered the mobile phone and $100 stolen from the victim’s room, he said.
The prime suspect Sajjad worked as an electrician at PU. He would often visit the slain professor’s house and built a relationship of trust with her. The suspect had to pay a loan of Rs300,000 as he had bought some appliances on instalments.
Last Tuesday, he went to Tahira’s house, stabbed her with a cutter and took away her mobile phone and $100 dollars before locking the room from the outside. “He planned to take away other valuables at night but did not know the victim’s daughter remained in constant contact with her,” SP Tariq explained.

When the woman could not get in touch with her mother, she informed her acquaintances and then the university administration. The suspects went to a shop to sell the snatched mobile when they saw the news flash of the murder on media.

“Police could not find any link or evidence suggesting the murder was religiously motivated,” the police official concluded.

Faisal Town robbery

Ten other suspects arrested allegedly belong to the Tahir Imran alias Mithu gang and were said to have been to jail many times.

Four of them were accused of the notorious robbery at a traffic signal in Faisal Town. The video of three men looting a family on a traffic signal had gone viral on social media in November 2016, attracting criticism that Lahore was no more a safe city as people were being robbed in broad daylight.

SP Tariq said the gang members were involved in 31 robbery cases registered with Hanjarwal, Iqbal Town, Muslim Town, Wahdat Colony, Faisal Town and Garden Town police.

He said police started investigation by collecting the CCTV footage, gathering information about relatives of the suspects identified in the videos and arrested the suspects through their informers.

“The men would form a group of two to three and chase a target to a signal. They used to rob the citizens and sell the valuables in other cities,” he added.

Of the five suspects identified in the case, four are in custody while one named Shah Rukh has fled to Dubai. Lahore police have got him arrested through Interpol as well and are acquiring red warrants to bring him back.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 23rd, 2017.

Environmental education should be a compulsory subject

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 11:27

Lahore:23 April:WWF-Pakistan marked Earth Day 2017 with an aim to encourage people to promote environmental and climate education campaigns across the country.

A number of activities were organised by WWF-Pakistan in different cities which engaged education institutes, corporate entities, civil society organisations, local communities and government departments. Speaking on the occasion, Hammad Naqi Khan, WWF-Pakistan director general, said that education could play a pivotal role in addressing environmental problems which were increasing day by day. It can also help create public support for conservation of the earth’s resources and can be a voice for change. "With quality education, we can inspire action towards environmental protection and sensitise people to adopt green technologies", he said. He was of the view that people should switch to alternative energy, end use of plastic bags, conserve freshwater bodies and make effective and wise use of natural resources It is time to take environmental and climate issues seriously and mobilise people to develop public momentum to mitigate greenhouse emissions, increase tree cover, reduce pollution and protect endangered species.

He also emphasised that environmental education should be a compulsory subject and taught in schools across the country.

In Lahore, WWF-Pakistan organised a main event at Ali Institute of Education (AIE) and also planted indigenous trees there. Another event was organised at Changa Manga. The participants planted saplings and showed commitment to protect the earth through increasing tree cover in the city. The participants also visited WWF-Pakistan's Vulture Centre.The news.

Mariam Dawood School Thesis show Opens

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 11:26

LAHORE:April 23:The annual thesis show of the Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD) of the Beaconhouse National University (BNU) featuring thesis works of around 72 graduating students opened at the varsity’s Tarogil Campus here on Saturday.

BNU Vice-Chancellor Shahid Hafiz Kardar, SVAD Dean Prof Rashid Rana, faculty, students and their parents were present at the opening of “The Degree Show 2017”—which will continue till April 28, 2017 and will be open to public every day from 11am to 7pm. On the first day, the event was attended by a large number of students, art academics, artists and art enthusiasts from across various institutions of Lahore. This year’s SVAD Degree Show features thesis works of around 72 students graduating in Bachelor's of Fine Arts - Visual Arts, Bachelor's of Design - Visual Communication Design, Bachelor of Design - Textile and Fibre Studies Bachelor's of Design - Fashion and Fibre Studies and Bachelor's of Design in Jewelry and Accessory Design.

In his statement on the occasion, Prof Rashid Rana said “Our graduates comprise of diverse backgrounds from many countries across South Asia which is a strength we cherish. They have made their mark and continue to do so not only in their respective countries but also on the global stage.The news.

A true poet... True poetry

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 11:24

Rawalpindi:April 23:‘Yaad Karay Gi Dunya Mushahir Adab and Mustafa Zaidi’, is a compact book on persona and work of eminent modernist poet, Mustafa Zaidi. The book is a research work cum compilation of Syed Nusrat Zaidi, a prominent poet, on life and work of Syed Mustafa Zaidi.

Mustafa Zaidi was born on October 16, 1930 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh (UP), India to Lakhte Hasnain and Binte Haider. His father was a senior official in the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the UP Province, with roots in Meman Saadat, a village in district Bijnor.

In his work, Nusrat Zaidi, has compiled prefaces of other prominent writers like Josh Malihabadi, Firaq Gorakhpuri, Ahsan Danish, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, Dr Syed Shabihul Hassan, Sibt-e-Hasan, Ibn-e-Insha, Qateel Shifai Mohsin Bohpali and many other stalwarts of the world of poetry and literature on the life and work of Mustafa Zaidi.

Syed Nusrat Zaidi has tried to encompass the entire lifespan of Mustafa Zaidi, in a few crisp and short phrases in which he described that right from his childhood, Mustafa Zaidi, was a brilliant student and an ardent fan of reading.

After finishing his matriculation at a time when the subcontinent was going through a turbulent political and literary environment, Mustafa Zaidi started his journey in the world of poetry. In his initial work, Mustafa Zaidi who was a disciple of another maestro, Josh Malihabadi had a stamp of Josh's strong words. For some time he associated himself with Firaq Gorakhpuri, but despite spending time in the company of these stalwarts, Mustafa Zaidi established his own unique style in poetry which was quite prominent in the early stages of his life.

His first volume was published when he was in his teens. Mustafa Zaidi was straightforward and bold poet who had a deep insight of Urdu and English literature.

He finished his intermediate in 1947, BA in 1950 in flying colours, advanced studies in English literature in 1952 from Government College Lahore, a brief period spent teaching at Islamia College Karachi and Peshawar University and entered the civil service of Pakistan through the competitive examination in 1954. After completing his training from United Kingdom in 1956, he returned to Pakistan after his journey of Europe and Middle East. In 1957, he was married to Vera Fawn, a woman of German descent and they had two children Mujtaba (1958) and daughter Ismat (1960).

Mustafa Zaidi first served as deputy commissioner of Sialkot followed by the same posting in Dera Ghazi Khan and Layyah. He served as Deputy Secretary Education in Lahore for a brief period of time and then as deputy commissioner in Jhelum, Nawab Shah, Khairpur, Sahiwal and Lahore.

The government bestowed him with Quaid-i-Azam Medal for his meritorious services. In 1968 he returned to London for training under Nefield Scholarship.

In 1969 he served as Secretary Basic Democracy and Social Welfare, which was also his last post in public service and in December 1969 he was suspended from his duties; and later was removed from public service in May 1970.

On October 12, 1070 he was mysteriously murdered in Karachi and literary world lost a great mind, poet and a great friend and last but not the least a great human being.

His published works include:

Zangeerein (1949)

Roshni (1950)

Shehr-e-Azar (City of Idol Worshippers) (1958)

Mauj Meri Sadaf Sadaf (1960)

Gareban (1964)

Qaba-e-Saaz (1967)

Koh-e-Nida (1971) (published posthumously)

Mustafa Zaidi was a progressive Urdu poet and Syed Nusrat Zaidi through his work of compilation has encompassed the persona and work of Mustafa Zaidi, who was a modernist Urdu poet of exceptional expressive style. The book is considered to be a fine edition to the Urdu literature.The news.

Students held for chanting ‘Go Nawaz Go’ released on PM’s orders

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 11:22

LAHORE:April 23: Police took four students and players into custody who had chanted slogan of ‘Go Nawaz Go’ during a ceremony at Railways Stadium in the presence of Federal Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq but were later released on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's orders.
The arrested youth, who had come from Karachi for trial, were shifted to some unknown location. Later in the day, the prime minister took notice of the arrests and ordered their immediate release.
A statement from the PM House, said the prime minister responded to the reports according to which the police arrested the players who raised anti-government slogans at the closing ceremony of Pakistan Railways Sports Championship.

However, the Pakistan Railways spokesperson denied any disruption in speech. He also ruled out arrest of any students by the Railways Police and some students had tried to raise slogans at end of speech but no one was identified.

In 2014 when PTI had launched ‘Go Nawaz Go’ movement over alleged rigging, similar incidents were observed repeatedly in the country.

Another student, a fellow the detained players, said they were innocent. He explained that when the railways minister was addressing the event some students from schools started chanting slogans. “We are completely innocent,” he remarked.

He said in response of the slogans, the police started beating up the team players and took them into custody even though the players did not chant any slogans.

Police said the arrested persons belonged to Railways’ Karachi Division.

Speaking on the matter, Railways DG Najam Wali said the students were arrested because they politicised an apolitical event. Saad did not make a political speech yet the students tried to politicise the matter, he added. People came to the event to promote sports, not for politics, he said.

Soon after the news was aired on TV channels, the prime minister ordered that the arrested students should be released immediately.The news.

Academic reforms: UAF, German varsities ink research deal

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 12:22

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

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

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

Facilitating students: First public career counselling centre opens

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 12:21

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

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

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

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

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

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

Punjab University teachers seek security after professor’s murder

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 12:20

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

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

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

Moot to raise professionalism standard concludes

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 12:19

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

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

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

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

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

Chinese scientists discuss cotton biotech lab at Punjab University

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 12:18

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

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

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

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

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

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

2,000 Punjab cops to get training from Elite Force

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 12:16

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

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

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

Chinese to English and Urdu dictionary launched

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 12:14

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

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

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

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

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

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

Call to disband political student groups at Varsities

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:29

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

Third preparation Course for Paces Exam concludes at HFH

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:28

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PHEC to launch mobile libraries to Promote Reading

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:05

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

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

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

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

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

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

University of Health Sciences Names dept after Prof Tahir

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:03

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