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Private varsities term admission ban notice untimely

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 11:52
LAHORE :September 25:A number of private universities have reacted to recent notification of Higher Education Department (HED) Punjab wherein the department had barred 18 institutions from offering admissions in unapproved/unaccredited programmes observing that the notification was untimely. In a letter to Nabeel Awan, Secretary HED Punjab, the Rector of University of Lahore Dr Mujahid Kamran while referring to Sept 14 meeting of Vice Chancellors/Rectors of private sector universities with Secretary HED and Chairman of Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Dr Mohammad Nizamuddin, said the minutes of the said meeting were never circulated among the meeting participants therefore issuance of the notification was ‘contrary to standard practice’. It is pertinent to mention here that in the recent notification the HED while referring to the same meeting had directed 18 private universities/degree awarding institutions not to give admission to any student in unapproved faculties, departments or programmes of their respective institutions. In his letter, a copy available with The News, Dr Kamran claimed as per the meeting it was clear that the approval of the Patron, i.e. the Governor Punjab, for ongoing programmes would be obtained in 4-6 weeks and only then, if any programmes were not granted approval, would an intervention be required. He also added Chairman PHEC, who wished to allow the programmes to continue till the approval of the Patron is obtained, was not consulted and/or kept in the loop. Dr Kamran requested the Secretary HED to either withdraw the notification or at least amend the same in the spirit of, what he termed, the understanding arrived at in the Sep 14, 2017 meeting where it was clearly agreed that the HED will help in securing approval of requests for various programmes in 4-6 weeks. Pending the said approval admissions may be kindly allowed to continue, he added. Dr Kamran also said the University of Lahore’s Department of Pharmacy had already been provided for in the university’s Ordinance and it had simply requested that it be renamed Faculty of Pharmacy. “How can we be directed to stop admissions in Pharmacy,” he questioned. Similarly, he claimed, the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry was allowed by the Patron with the condition that the degree be awarded by UHS. However, the Supreme Court had directed that the degree be awarded by the University of Lahore. The Punjab governor accordingly amended his approval in lines with the Supreme Court decision (Notification No. GS-DS(Impl) 2-17/2010-, dated 16.12.2011). So the direction to stop admissions in Medicine and Dentistry was also without any lawful basis. Meanwhile according to a press release, the University of Management & Technology (UMT) held a meeting attended by Rector Dr Muhammad Aslam, Director General Abid HK Shirwani, other officials concerned to discuss the issue. “The UMT Management strongly condemned the news leaking prior to the minutes of the meeting that took place on September, 14 participated by vice chancellors and rectors of the private-sector universities. The HED meeting aimed at discussing various accreditation issues and resolving concerns of the private varsities but before it would give any warning to its key stakeholders, the news was got published in print media,” reads the press release. While quoting Dr Aslam, it further reads “We had just started to work on the directive of HED to removing deficiencies and responding to their observations when unnecessarily news was got published in the press disappointing us.” Rector UMT said HED officials themselves admitted that not HED but Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and Punjab Higher Education Commission were the major authorities to grant accreditation to the faculty, curriculum and degree programmes of both public and private institutions. He said despite the fact there are several drawbacks and low quality in the public sector, only private-sector universities had been targeted, that was not a good gesture to carry out the work smoothly and in accordance with law. The rector also claimed all UMT degree programmes from business to engineering, computer sciences, and architecture etc and their curriculum were formally approved by all professional bodies. Interesting the UMT press release termed the report “counterfeit”.Khalid Khattak adds: The UMT management termed the news report “counterfeit” even without realising that the report carried by The News was based on the notification issued by the HED Punjab on Sept 22, 2017. This correspondent stands by his story.The news.LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Ex-VC’s autobiography to be launched today

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 11:50
LAHORE :September 25:The launching ceremony of the autobiography of University of Health Sciences (UHS), member board of governors and ex-Vice Chancellor, Prof Malik Hussain Mubbashar will be held on Monday (today) at the Shams Auditorium of the University. The autobiography “Meem Bashar” has been published by Sang-e-Meel Publications. Prof. Malik Hussain Mubbashar (Sitara-e-Imtiaz, Hilal-e-Imtiaz), who served as VC UHS from 2003 to 2012, has been recognized with the title ‘Professor Emeritus’ by the Syndicate of the University. Currently he is serving as the member Board of Governors UHS. He holds the chair of the Global Mental Health Network based at the World Bank, Washington. He is a member of WHO Expert Committee on Mental Health and Drug Dependence, regional coordinator of Eastern Mediterranean region, International Consortium on Mental Health Policy and Services.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreUniversity of Health Sciences Lahore

University of Education seminar for HEC:

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 10:26
Lahore:September 22: University of Education (UOE) Thursday organised a seminar in connection with 15 years celebrations of the establishment of Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan. According to a press release, speaking on the occasion, University of Education Vice-Chancellor Dr Rauf-i-Azam lauded the achievements of HEC during the last 15 years and said because of HEC, higher education was being spread in Pakistan at a great speed. He added every year the number of PhD scholars was being increased which had enhanced the quality of education in Pakistan. Director UOE’s Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) Dr Muhammad Mansha said HEC had established QECs in all universities to maintain the standards of education which was commendable. Director S&T Dr Muhammad Alam Saeed said creation of Pakistan Educational Research Network (PERN) was a landmark initiative in the history of HEC. Division of Education Director Dr Intizar Butt also highlighted the achievements made by HEC during the last 15 years.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreEducation University Lahore

Punjab University RESULTS

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 10:24
Lahore:September 22: Punjab University Examinations Department has declared the results of BS Home Economics Part-I (first year) Annual Examination 2017, MCom Part-I (first year) Second Annual 2016, MCom Part-II (second year) Second Annual 2016 and BEd Annual 2017. The detailed results are available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Four Punjab University scholars awarded PhDs

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 10:23
LAHORE:September 22:Punjab University (PU) has awarded PhD degrees to four scholars. According to details, Faiza Latif has been awarded PhD degree in the subject of Communication Studies after approval of her thesis entitled “Media Consumption Patterns in Pakistan”, Shama Sadaf in the subject of Home Economics after approval of her thesis entitled “Effect of Eco-Friendly Antimicrobial Finish on Textiles for Controlling Microorganisms”, Adnan Tariq in the subject of History after approval of his thesis entitled “Studying the Local Historical Narratives of Lahore: Partition, Cross-Migration and Regeneration, 1947-1961” and Tanveer-ur-Rehman in the subject of Urdu after approval of his thesis entitled “Dr Wazir Agha – Hayaat Aur Adabi Khidmaat”.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Fatima Jinnah University Certificate distribution ceremony

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 10:22
Rawalpindi:September 22: Placement office, Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) has organised a certificate distribution ceremony with collaboration of Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies here on Wednesday. For the completion of a degree at FJWU, internship is mandatory. Placement office FJWU deals with the university policy and helps the students secure internships at various organizations related to their field of education. This summer students have completed their internship at renowned multinational, national and international organizations. Some students of Defence and Diplomatic Studies have completed internship at Pakistan Institute for Conflict & Security Studies (PICSS). PICSS conducts field researches, advocacy programmes, seminars, workshops and in house discussion on various issues related to conflict and security. PICSS and Placement office arranged certificate distribution ceremony at university Prof. Dr. Samina Amin Qadir, Vice Chancellor Fatima Jinnah Women University, PICSS Director General Major General (r) Muhammad Saad Khattak and Abdullah Khan (managing director PICSS) were the chief guests of the event. They distributed certificates among students. Saad Khatak appreciated the student’s performance during internship period. The Vice Chancellor explained the importance of industry and academia linkage and FJWU specially focused in this area.The news.RawalpindiUniversity in rawalpindiFatima Jinnah Women University Rawalpindi

Punjab University special students exempted from fee

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 11:10
LAHORE :Punjab University today announced an exemption of fee (tuition fee, admission fee and registration fee), dues, (university and departmental dues) hostel room and hostel admission fee for special students. Voice Chancellor Dr Zafar Moeen Nasir said in a press note that special students are also a part of our society and we need to pay special attention to them. Meanwhile, the PU Examinations Department has issued the schedule for submission of admission fee and forms for B.Com Part-I and II second annual examinations 2017. Last date for submission of admission forms is 05 October 2017 while the date of commencement will be announced later. The details are available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk. UOE: University of Education announced its last date to apply for admission in all campuses of UOE, Sept. 20 (today). A UOE spokesperson said that students can submit online admission form by 4:00pm. The first merit list will be displayed on Sept. 22, 2017.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Dr Umar Saif honoured

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 11:08
LAHORE :20 september:To recognise extraordinary leadership and innovation in meeting the Global Goals, Pakistan’s noted computer scientist and inventor Dr Umar Saif has been honoured and chosen to join the inaugural of Goalkeepers 2017 in New York City. Dr Saif, , founding vice-chancellor of Information Technology University (ITU) and chairman of Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), would showcase the technological interventions introduced in the public sector and the economic achievements made through smart devices. The second annual Global Goals Awards are being joined by Melinda Gates and Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, Amina J Mohammed. The categories for the 2017 Awards include, The Innovation Award, The Healthy Not Hungry Award, The Leave No One Behind Award, the Young Goalkeeper Award and the Leadership Award. Bill Gates will welcome a series of experts and global health heroes to the stage.The news.Lahore

Post-training session at Fatima Jinnah Women University

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 11:07
Rawalpindi :20 september:Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) in collaboration with HEC is organising a post training session on ‘Creating and Strengthening the Awareness of Financial Linkages among the Young Women Entrepreneurs in the Rural Areas of Rawalpindi District’ under the Social Integration outreach program here on Tuesday. Guest speaker of the seminar was Tania Buttar, deputy general manager (Women Entrepreneurship Development Cell, WEDC).She aware the students and entrepreneurs about SMEDA, a public sector organization working under ministry of industries and production. This session intend to identify key problems and challenges faced/perceived by young women entrepreneurs for getting seed money to start their business. The project is helpful to empower and strengthen the women entrepreneurs by providing them in depth information on financial aspects of a business especially gaining access to the money (seed capital) that may enable these women entrepreneurs to play vital role in the development of Pakistan’s economy.The news.RawalpindiUniversity in rawalpindiFatima Jinnah Women University Rawalpindi

Admissions to Punjab University will be on merit: VC

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:54
LAHORE:19 september: Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Moeen Nasir has said that the university will ensure that admissions in all disciplines are strictly on merit basis and maximum facilities will be provided to the candidates seeking admissions to the Punjab University. He was addressing the admission stalls inauguration ceremony at the New Campus on Monday. Admission Committee Chairman Prof Dr Taqi Zahid Butt, Stalls Committee Chairman Prof Dr Shahid Kamal, deans of various faculties, heads of departments, faculty members and students were present on the occasion. Speaking to the participants, Dr Zafar Moeen Nasir said that the PU was making rapid improvement in all spheres and next year the whole admission process would be digitalised and "we will receive applications from candidates online in order to facilitate them". He advised the teachers to pay maximum attention to character building of the students. He said that the PU administration was providing an environment that was promoting research, academic and healthy co-curricular activities in the university. Later, the VC visited various stalls and reviewed arrangements. The Punjab University has opened admissions to BSc (Hons) BS, BEd, BBIT, BFA, BCom, BBA, MA, MEd. MSc, MPA, MBA, MFA, MCom (3.5 year), MIM, MIOM and MBSM morning and self-supporting (afternoon/replica/evening) programmes for the academic year 2017-18.The last date for submission of form is September 28, 2017. Published in Daily Times, September 19th 2017.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Awareness exhibition for the children of a school in Lahore

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:24
LAHORE:September 19:On the directives of IG NH&MP Dr. Syed Kaleem Imam, NH&MP Central Zone Mobile Education arranged an awareness exhibition for the children of a school in Lahore. The director of school Muhammed Iftikar, school staff, parents, motorway police officers and students were present on the occasion. They were briefed about road crossing, safety helmet, lane usage, seat belt, hazards of over speeding, driving during adverse weather conditions and other tips of road safety. Muhammed Aftikar Hussain appreciated the role of motorway police in maintaining road safety.The news.Lahore

Punjab University and University of Gambia signed MoU

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 12:54
Lahore:September 17: Punjab University and University of Gambia, Gambia on Saturday signed an MoU to collaborate in various academic disciplines and promote bilateral relations.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Punjab University awarded PhDs to three scholars

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 12:52
Lahore:September 17: Punjab University (PU) has awarded PhDs to three scholars. Najeeb ur Rehman, son of Bashir Ahmad Awan, has been awarded a PhD in History, Ahmad Riaz ul Huda, s/o Muhammad Hayat, in History after approval of his thesis entitled “A Cultural History of Lahore in 20th Century (Change and Continuity)” and Asia Mukhtar, daughter of Mukhtar Ahmad, in International Relations after approval of her thesis entitled “The Dilemma of Energy Security: Political and Institutional Hazards in Case of Pakistan (1999-2013).The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Punjab University result of BS Home Economics Part-II

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 12:51
Lahore:September 17:Punjab University has announced the result of BS Home Economics Part-II (third year) Annual Examination 2017. The detailed results are available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Information Technology University event

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 12:50
Lahore:September 17: The day-long event, second chapter of TEDxITU hosted by Information Technology University (ITU) under the theme ‘Afraad Ke Hathon Main Hai’ was held here on Saturday. This year’s TEDxITU hosted a diverse pool of speakers that belonged from different professional domains ranging from health, technology, entrepreneurship, arts and music.The news. LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Lahore College for Women University MoU to quality education

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 12:48
Lahore:September 17: Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) and Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) on Saturday signed an MoU for faculty development and conferences to promote quality education. LCWU VC Prof. Dr. Uzma Qureshi and AIOU VC Dr. Shahid Siddiqui signed the MoU which envisages collaboration between the two institutions.The news. LahoreUniversity in LahoreLahore College for Women University

Parents concerned over raise in school fee

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 12:47
Rawalpindi:September 17:The parents have raised strong voice against raise in monthly fee by the private schools and demanded of the Punjab Chief Minister Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif to take notice of this sheer violation of the Punjab Education Policy. According to the details, many private schools have raised the monthly school fee by 10-15 per cent after summer vacation and 'directed' the parents through written circulars to pay 2-month advance fee for their children. The official data showed that many parents have submitted applications to the District Education Authority against the raise in the school fee and urged it to take appropriate action against the responsible institutions. The District Education Authority has forwarded the applications to the District Education Officer who also monitors the affairs of the schools operating in the private sector. DEO Irshad Ahmad said he has sent notices to all those private schools that have raised the school fee, adding "When he will receive the reply from the private schools then he will issue the orders keeping in view the existing rules and procedures.The news.Rawalpindi

University of Central Punjab now offers a 5-year LLB programme

Sat, 09/16/2017 - 11:16
Lahore:16 september:The University of Central Punjab has officially received its accreditation from the Pakistan Bar Council and is now permitted to run its five years LLB programme as a separate faculty. The Faculty of Law will operate under the umbrella of University of Central Punjab (UCP), and will be governed under the new rules set by the Pakistan Bar Council. The Dean and Faculty of Law hope to jump-start a new era in legal education in Pakistan. Over the past 28 years, the institute has made a name for itself in light of various achievements by its students and alumni that have gone on to obtain positions of influence in both public and private sectors. The vast alumni body includes judges, lawyers and legal experts. Some prominent names on the list include Additional Advocate General Punjab Kaleem Ilyas, Advocate Supreme Court Salman Akram Raja, PCB Consultant Tafazzul Rizvi and Ali Qazalbash, Head of Deparment of Law and Policy at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), among many others. Courses Among a range of law courses, the Faculty of Law will offer certified courses on: Intellectual Property Law Banking Law Environmental Law Cyber Law Applied Criminology Human Rights and Human Trafficking Humanitarian Law and International Security The vast catalogue of courses provides students with a range of specialisations that can benefit them when they enter the professional domain. Law Clinic The UCP Faculty of Law also has an exclusive 'Law Clinic', which will provide students hands-on legal experience under the supervision of relevant academia, former judges and lawyers. This enables students to attain vital research and writing, advocacy, legal aid and community awareness skills. Simulated court proceedings The Faculty of Law will also feature a fully equipped moot courtroom. Using the facility, students can take part in simulated court proceedings and practice mooting in a real world environment. For those who are looking to build a career as a lawyer, barrister or solicitor, it is vital to check all requirements of the professional body in their jurisdiction before committing to a degree programme. The Faculty of Law's LLB programme enables students to acquire relevant knowledge and understanding of the foundations of the subject, equipping them to effectively analyse and evaluate legal and non-legal matters. This content is a paid advertisement by the University of Central Punjab and is not associated with or reflective of the views of Dawn.com and its editorial staff.Dawn.Lahore

LGH makes dengue courses mandatory for students, doctors

Sat, 09/16/2017 - 11:15
LAHORE:16 september: Ameer Uddin Medical College Principal Prof Dr Ghiasun Nabi Tayyab has said that dengue courses will be mandatory for medical students and newly appointed doctors, nurses and paramedical staff of the Lahore General Hospital so that everyone working at LGH has proper knowledge regarding treatment of dengue patients. He stated this while addressing an awareness seminar on dengue held on Thursday at the Punjab Institute of Neuro Sciences. Prof Imran Hassan Khan, Prof Agha Shabir Ali, Dr Maliha Hameed and Dr Kashif Aziz also addressed the participants of the seminar. LGH Medical Superintendent Dr Ghulam Sabir, doctors and medical students in a large number attended the seminar. In his address, Prof Dr Ghiasun Nabi Tayyab said that people could save themselves from many diseases by maintaining proper cleanliness, and doctors should play their role in spreading awareness among the masses in this regard. He called upon the print, electronic and social media to inform the masses about the ways and means to ensure cleanliness so that dengue could be avoided through adopting precautionary measures. The PGMI principal said that thanks to in-time steps of the Punjab government, thousands of lives had been saved from dengue fever. He said that the provincial government also helped other provinces in prevention and cure of the disease. He assured that set patterns of the government were being followed at the Lahore General Hospital and from 2012 to 2016 all patients recovered from dengue, which was a great success. He said that the hospital's doctors and nurses were fully capable of handling the disease, which had been acknowledged by international experts as well. He lauded the holding of such seminars at the Post Graduate Medical Institute, Ameer Uddin Medical College and Lahore General Hospital. He said that such gatherings proved to be refresher courses for doctors and medical staff. He expressed determination that like the past, the Lahore General Hospital would work in the frontline to curb dengue and be an active part of the campaign of Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif against dengue. While addressing the seminar, medical experts said that every fever does not mean that it was dengue, and people should avoid going to quacks for treatment. They also urged people not to go for home remedies, and should immediately contact the hospital where free and high quality treatment was available for dengue patients. They also called upon the attendants of dengue patients to inform doctors about the full history of their patients so that correct diagnosis could be made and immediate treatment be started. Published in Daily Times,LahoreMedical College in LahoreAmeer ud Din Medical College Lahore

PMDC warns against unrecognised courses

Sat, 09/16/2017 - 11:13
LAHORE :September 16:Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has warned degree-awarding institutions against offering unrecognised postgraduate programmes. According to a press release issued here on Friday, PMDC President Professor Dr Shabir Lehri said that the Council had advised doctors in their own interest that before going for admission to postgraduate medical and dental programmes they should ensure that the postgraduate medical and dental programmes or diplomas offered by the institution were recognised and included in the III schedule of PMDC. He said a number of medical and dental colleges were offering postgraduate courses despite the fact that they had not been mandated to offer them.The news.Lahore