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Prof Dr Naeem Khan appointed as first VC of University of Baltistan

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 14:18
LAHORE:01 June: Punjab University’s Faculty of Life Sciences Dean Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan has been appointed as the first Vice-Chancellor of University of Baltistan. He has been appointed for three years. President of Pakistan in his capacity as Chancellor of University of Baltistan has appointed Dr Naeem as the first VC of the university in exercise of powers conferred by Section 10 (3) of the University of Baltistan Order 2016. Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan is a PhD in Zoology from the University of Guelph, Canada. He has served as Registrar Punjab University on different occasions and also as PU Director External Linkages. He has won numerous international awards including the prestigious Turkish “Mevlana (Rumi) Academic Exchange Programme Award” 2017, four month EU Erasmus Mundus Academic Staff Visiting Professor Fellowship for the University of Crete, Greece (2016); six months EU Erasmus Mundus Post-Doctoral Fellowship for the University of Zagreb, Croatia (2015-16); FAO Global Fisheries Travel Award for Rome, Italy (2015), Norwegian Fisheries Award for Trondheim, Norway (2014); American Fisheries Society Travel Award for Mazatlán, Mexico (2014) and the World Aquaculture Society Travel Award for Adelaide, Australia (2014).The news. LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Punjab Compulsory education of Holy Quran in Schools

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 16:05
Lahore:31 May:To pass the bill of prerequisite education of Quran recitation with translation from grade one to intermediate is the historic accomplishment of the Punjab government. Provincial Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan said this while addressing a ceremony organised by Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board (PCTB) with reference to the compulsory education of Holy Quran in schools here on Wednesday. PCTB Managing Director Abdul Qayyum, PEC Chief Executive Rao Muhammad Aslam, Additional Director Syed Mubashar Hussain and DPI Schools Mumtaz Shah were also present at the occasion. Minister said it was the result of joint efforts of school education department and Punjab Assembly to implement education of Quran with translation. He congratulated Provincial Secretary Education Lt General (R) Myhammad Akran Khan and PCTB MD Abdul Qayyum in this regard. The programme has been initiated as a pilot programme from Bahalwapur. The education of Quran with translation will help to minimise the issue of sectarianism and encourage mutual cooperation and national integrity, said minister. Rana Mashhood further said we had to go with the slogan of “La-illah-ila-Allah”. “Quranic education will become a source of character building and guidance to the youth,” he said.He said according to PCTB Act-2015, the publishing and selling of books without the prior consent of PCTB was a serious offence and Punjab Text Book Board was vigilant in this regard. Islamic Scholar Moulana Muhammad Hussain Akbar said it was great to implement the education of Quran according to our constitution. He said the Book of Allah (Quran) should be our guide. Secretory Education Rana Hassan Akhter said the approval of bill of Quranic education would enhance the implementation of Islamic education. He said enrollment of students went higher in schools in recent years. Punjab Curriculum and Text Book Board had achieved mile stone by providing the books before time in the current year, he added. Lt General (R) Muhammad Akram said according to the approved bill of Assembly with guidance of joint Ulema Board, the Quranic education would be implemented from grade one to twelve. Abdul Qayyum said Quranic syllabus and books would be prepared in the light of recommendations of clerics of all sects. greeted: Pakistan Diploma Engineers Federation general secretary Qazi M Arif has congratulated the engineers who were awarded the appreciation certificates and cash prizes from Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. He said Liaquat Hussain, superintending engineers building, Amir Mustafa, additional secretary highway, Mir Usman, superintending engineers highway, Abdul Qayyum, XEN buildings and M Ammar, section officer highway, were the asset of their department. The aforementioned officers have completed mega projects in record time which brought honour for the department. Under the supervision of M Mushtaq Ahmed, additional chief secretary C&W, the department rose to new heights.The news.Lahore

PU VC Search Committee completed interviews of over 40 candidates

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 13:12
LAHORE:30 May: The Vice-Chancellor (VC) Search Committee on Tuesday completed interviews of over 40 candidates who were shortlisted for the post of VC of Punjab University (PU), it is learnt. A total of 17 candidates were shortlisted for interviews on Tuesday while the Search Committee had also invited around four candidates to interviews on nominations. Sources privy to the developments said 21 candidates were invited to interviews on the first day, Monday. One of them did not turn up. They added on Tuesday again one of the candidates could not make it to appear for the interview. Sources said around six candidates were interviewed via Skype on Tuesday while others appeared before the Search Committee which again met at the Arfa Software Technology Part (ASTP). Sources said some of the candidates were sent invitations via email. They added keeping in view urgency of the matter in the wake of Supreme Court order for appointment of VC at Punjab University; the Search Committee concluded the interviews on Tuesday. Sources also said since the interview process was complete, the Search Committee was likely to send panel of three most suitable candidates to the chief minister as soon as possible. They added as the existing term of the incumbent PML-N government was about to expire, the government would make the appointment soon. They claimed the notification of regular VC was most likely to be issued on Wednesday or Thursday morning. Expat gets plot: A Belgium-based overseas Pakistani has succeeded in getting possession of his plot worth Rs 9 million due to the efforts of Overseas Pakistanis Commission (OPC) Punjab. OPC Vice-Chairperson Senator Shaheen Khalid Butt and Commissioner Afzaal Bhatti said that Syed Makhdoom Iqbal, settled in Brussels, Belgium, filed a complaint that he purchased a 10-marla plot in a private housing society of Lahore in 2013 and made all the payment but he was yet to get its possession. They said an OPC team contacted the administration of the housing society and ensured the provision of plot to the overseas Pakistani. They said the OPC was vigorously pursuing the issues of overseas Pakistanis and had solved thousands of complaints amicably so far.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Punjab University: Body to interview VC candidates today

Mon, 05/28/2018 - 19:57
LAHORE:28 May: A total of 26 shortlisted candidates for the position of vice chancellor for the Punjab University will appear for interview today (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday) for the preliminary round of interviews. The Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) has issued letters to the selected candidates to appear before the search committee for interview. HED had scheduled the interviews of 20 candidates today, whereas 6 aspirants would appear before the Search Committee on Tuesday. As per the letters, the candidates have been told to appear for interview at the conference room of the Arfa Software Technology Park on the given date. Names of 101 candidates were sent to the Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) for scrutiny. While the PHEC will submit 40 names for interviews by the search committee, who would finalise three names as well as recommend a name from among those to the chief minister for final approval. Sources close to the matter said that because of the orders of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, the government was in a hurry to appoint vice chancellors at government-owned universities of the province. Because of this, 26 candidates were being interviewed, while the PHEC completes the scrutiny process for the rest and submit 13 more names for interviews to the Search Committee. The shortlisted candidates for the interview are former and current vice chancellors as well as senior academics from the Punjab University and other varsities. The interviewees include Dr Fazal Ahmad Khalid, Dr Muhammad Zakria Zakar, Dr Niaz Ahmad Akhtar, Dr Rauf-i-Azam, Dr Farhat Saleemi, Dr Shahid Kamal, Dr Shahid Munir, Dr Javed Ahmad, Dr Khalid Mahmood, Dr Muhammad Zuber, Muhammad Ashraf, Muhammad Abbas Chaudhry, Dr Muhammad Tufail, Dr Muhammad Ishtiaq Qadri, Dr Tayyab Husnain, Muhammad Iqbal, Dr Maqbool Hussain Sial, Dr Mubashar Ahmad, Dr Islam Ullah Khan, Dr Riaz Ahmad, Dr Syed Mansoor Sarwar, Syed Muhammad Awais, Dr Tahir Kamran, Dr Allah Bakhsh, Dr Tariq Mahmood Ansari and Dr Hanif Akhtar. Meanwhile, the search committee for the Punjab University, which includes Razzaq Dawood as convener and Dr Umar Saif, Dr Zafar Iqbal Qureshi, Fauzia Viqar as members, and HED secretary as member and secretary of the committee, met on Saturday at the Government College University (GCU) Lahore.Published in The Express Tribune, May 28th, 2018.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Minhaj University closes down girls’ hostel, expels 320 girls

Mon, 05/28/2018 - 19:55
LAHORE:28 May: More than 320 female students of the Minhaj University were expelled from the hostel on Sunday for leaking a video of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Secretary General Khurram Nawaz Gandapur where he was shouting on them. Some students left the university hostel after PAT leader shouted at the students, whereas other students had been told to vacate the university. One student, who wished not to be named, said that the administration told them that they were now free to do whatever they want. They told us, “You wanted freedom, now you have freedom to do whatever you want,” said the student. The incident came to the limelight when a video surfaced in which Gandapur was seen shouting and misbehaving with the female students in the girls’ hostel allegedly for protesting against the administration for not allowing them to attend an Iftar party outside the hostel. In the video, girls could be seen trying to explain their ‘issue’ to Gandapur who angrily denied their pleas. He could also be seen threatened the students of dire consequences and telling the students to shut up repeatedly. Gandapur could be heard saying, “You have not seen my other side. Have your parents not taught you any manners? Whoever raises a voice would be thrown out of the hostel.” Later, while giving his side of the story, Gandapur told media that the girls were misbehaving with the hostel administration when they stopped them from attending the Iftar party outside the hostel. He said that according to the rules, no girl was allowed to leave the hostel after 6pm. If anyone wanted to go outside after that time, she should be accompanied by a female staff member, he added. After the video went viral, the Minhaj administration took disciplinary action against the students who were protesting against them and later posted the video online on social media. The administration had announced that they had closed the hostel. They later expelled 320 students from the hostel. Parents of the students on Sunday also held a press conference outside the Minhajul Quran Secretariat. They condemned the behavior of Gandapur and said that closing the hostel was not a wise decision and punishment should be given to those involved in any illegal activity. They said that the administration should not play with the future of their children and the matter should be resolved by taking disciplinary action. They said that they had paid the entire fee at the time of the admission and also paid the remaining dues. They said that they were not involving in any politics and condemn the behavior of Gandapur and said that he should have shown respect to female students. PAT Spokesperson Noorullah Siddiqui, in a statement, said that Gandapur was looking after the matters of the hostel out of goodwill as it was not his responsibility. The statement said, “He wanted to give foolproof protection to the girls.” The statement further said that providing hostel facility was not part of any of their project, it was provided only after the insistence of parents and the rules were made in consultation with the parents. The statement also confirmed the closure of the hostels and said, “After last week’s incident, it is impossible to maintain discipline. Because of this, the administration has no other option other than to close the hostel,” the statement added. Speaking to The Express Tribune, Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Chairperson Dr Nizamuddin said that students had a right to protest and the commission was following the matter after it went viral on social media. He said that the behaviour [of Gandapur] was unjustified and the commission would take action if students approached them. He said that the commission would take up the matter with the Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) Secretary.Published in The Express Tribune, May 28th, 2018. LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Teachers demand salary increase in upcoming budget

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 12:10
MULTAN:27 May: The Punjab Teachers Union has demanded an increase in salaries of employees. “An increase of 100% should be ensured in house rent because it has not been increased for the last several years,” Punjab Teachers Union (PTU) Senior Vice President Rana Altaf Hussain said while speaking to journalists in Multan on Tuesday. He added, “The salaries of teachers are not sufficient and they are spending a miserable life.” He demanded that house rent should be given on the basis of current basic pay. Hussain also criticised the government over deduction of conveyance allowance from the salaries of teachers. He maintained the government should increase the salaries of teachers by 100% so that they could discharge their duties with enthusiasm and commitment. The PTU vice president pointed out that it had become difficult to manage household expenses in meagre salaries due to inflation. Published in The Express Tribune 27 May:Multan

prime minister should announced three-month honorarium for every govt employee

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 12:08
Lahore:27 May:According to the statement, “The status of the state is like a mother and mothers don’t differentiate between their children.” The PTU leadership said that the prime minister should have played his role and announced the three-month honorarium for every government employee of the country. They said that as many as three million government employees are working day and night for the stability and progress of the country. They asked why then the additional pay was announced for just federal employees? The statement said that differentiation between federal and provincial government employees was unacceptable. “Therefore, the prime minister should, at once, announce the honorarium for all the government employees of the country.” They said that if the current government continued to differentiate between the federal and provincial employees, they would face the consequences in the upcoming general elections. “The three million employees equate to 15 million votes,” the statement added. Published in The Express Tribune, May 27th, 2018.Lahore

Punjab schoolteachers are unhappy not to receive honorarium

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 12:06
LAHORE:27 May: Government schoolteachers in Punjab are unhappy because only employees of the federal government have received the honorarium of three basic pays, whereas the privilege did not extend to provincial employees. In a statement issued on Saturday, Punjab Teachers’ Union (PTU) appreciated the move to grant the honorarium equivalent of three basic pays for federal government employees, but added provincial employees were hard hit by ever-increasing inflation. He outlined that the same was honorarium was not extended to provincial teachers.The news.Lahore

Two students of PU-IBA selected in Global ndergraduate Exchange Programme

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 13:08
LAHORE:26 May: Two students of Punjab University’s Institute of Business Administration (PU-IBA) have been selected to participate in the Global Undergraduate Exchange Programme. Syed Irtiza Haider Bukhari and Ms Hajra Javed, the students of BBA seventh semester, will participate in the programme funded by the United States Department of States. They will leave for the US in August 2018. The Global UGRAD scholarship programme is intended to promote mutual understanding between the people of the US and Pakistan. It will provide the Pakistani students with the opportunity to enrich their education and experience through one semester of full-time, non-degree academic study in the US. PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Nasira Jabeen has congratulated the students on their achievement.The news. LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Missing’ laptops: Students protest outside BISE

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 12:23
MULTAN:25 May: Scores of students staged a demonstration outside the Multan Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) for ignoring them in laptop schemes on Saturday. The protesters blocked the road, leading up to the BISE offices. They held banners and placards which bore slogans in favour of their demands. The students alleged that they had achieved positions during 2015, but were not given the laptops they were once promised, despite fulfilling the criteria. Further, they alleged that students who secured positions during 2016 and 2017 were given laptops, while they were ignored. Published in The Express Tribune, May 25.MultanBISE Multan Board

HED re-advertised vacant posts of BISEs chairmen at seven boards

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 12:22
LAHORE:25 May: The Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) has been struggling to fill vacant positions of heads at several of the boards of intermediate and secondary education (BISEs) across the province and as the term of the government comes to an end it seems unlikely that appointments could be made. HED re-advertised the vacant posts of BISEs chairmen at seven boards that included Bahawalpur, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Multan, Rawalpindi, Sahiwal and Sargodha and had set May 8 the last date for receiving the applications. The department had given additional charge to divisional commissioners as it had failed to find suitable candidates for the boards as far back as 2016 and had restarted the whole appointment procedure several times. The divisional commissioners were heading Gujranwala, Sargodha and Sahiwal boards for over a year. Whereas, BISEs of Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Multan, and Bahawalpur were being headed by the commissioners for the past five months as a stopgap arrangement. BISE Bahawalpur is without a permanent head since November 2017, Faisalabad since September 2017, Gujranwala since May 2017, Multan and Sahiwal since October 2017, Rawalpindi since March 2017 and Sargodha since December 2016. HED promotes 723 female college lecturers The department had faced several discrepancies during the matriculation examinations conducted under the supervision of divisional commissioners, including allegations of the paper leak at the Rawalpindi board and missing answer sheets in Gujranwala. The Sahiwal board question papers were also said to be circulating on WhatsApp before the start of the examination. College teachers had also raised objections on appointing commissioners to the posts of BISE chairmen. During its protest in April, the Punjab Professors and Lecturer Association (PPLA) demanded that educationists should be appointed against the posts of chairmen of intermediate and secondary education boards, instead of commissioners. This time around, the HED initiated the process and advertised the positions once again and received more than 100 applications for the posts of chairmen of the boards. The department had initiated the scrutiny process. However, the department is unsure about when it could make appointments at the boards. A senior official of the HED told The Express Tribune that the department had shortlisted 40 candidates for the BISEs chairmen posts for the various boards in Punjab. He said that the department was looking to schedule final interviews for the appointment process. HED Secretary Nabeel Awan did not reply to request for comments on the matter.Published in The Express Tribune, May 25th, 2018. LahoreBISE Lahore Board

Punjab Textbook Board banned a Cambridge O-level book

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 12:07
LAHORE:25 May: Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board (PCTB) has banned a Cambridge O-level book for alleged objectionable and controversial material and having no approval from the PCTB. According to a PCTB notification, the book, “The History & Culture of Pakistan” written by Nigel Kelly, is being used for the Cambridge O-Level Pakistan Studies syllabus and allegedly has objectionable and controversial material. The notification also reads the book has also not got approved from the PCTB for the use in educational institutions. “The book must not be used as textbook, supplementary reading material, reference book or guide book etc. at any level. It is to be treated as most important/urgent & strict compliance be ensured,” reads the PCTB’s notification shared with Federal Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (FBISE) and all the nine BISEs of Punjab and all the 36 COs of District Education Authorities (DEAs) in Punjab. Sources said the book has controversial material vis-à-vis Pakistan Army in connection with East Pakistan tragedy.The news. Lahore

Punjab University issued date sheets of doctor of pharmacy

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 12:05
LAHORE:25 May: Punjab University (PU) has issued date sheets of the doctor of pharmacy (Pharm-D) fourth and final professional, second annual examination 2017. Appointed: PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Nasira Jabeen has appointed Department of Information Management Prof Dr Khalid Mahmood as chairman of the department. Prof Dr Khalid Mahmood is the senior most professor in Department of Information Management (DIM). His seven books and more than 150 research papers have published in the international and national journals. He has also served as a professor in University of Damam, Saudi Arabia. He has also been the president of Pakistan Library Association and former member of Syndicate, Punjab University.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Punjab govet asked administration to transfer funds by May 24

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 13:22
LAHORE:23 May: The last two installments of the non-salary budget (NSB) funds haven’t reached schools and the Punjab government has asked the administration to transfer the funds by May 24. The NSB fund was designed to allow schools to independently make small-scale purchases, improve infrastructure and hire part-time staff. It is distributed based on a set formula that has been devised to pay the funds to all primary, elementary, high and higher secondary schools in each of districts. The funds were to be distributed quarterly and the NSB funds were divided into installments of Rs3.5 billion for each quarter. As per the budgetary allocation for the fiscal year 2017-18, the Punjab government allocated Rs14 billion for the NSB. The Punjab government had rapidly released two installments of the funds in March and April, before the end of the current government’s tenure. However, the schools had been unable to receive the funds. Expressing concern, the Punjab School Education Department (SED) has raised the matter with District Education Authorities (DEAs) Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of all districts of the province. In a letter, the SED said: “It has been observed with great concern by the authority that the districts have not yet transferred NSB to the schools, which causes a great lapse towards development of schools.” The department has asked the CEOs to make transfers immediately. According to the letter, “You are hereby directed to transfer NSB of 3rd quarter which was released on 29th March, 2018 and also 4th quarter which was released on 17th April, 2018). You are further directed to transfer NSB to the concerned schools immediately to avoid any untoward situation.” The letter also warned the CEOs that they would be held responsible if the funds were not transferred by May 24. It stated: “All CEOs (DEA) are requested to ensure transfer of this amount by May 24, 2018, and also provide a certificate duly signed by CEO (DEA) that NSB amount has been completely transferred to the concerned schools. In case of any deficiency, CEO (DEA) will be personally held responsible for this delay.” When contacted, SED Secretary Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik said that the department would ensure that the funds reach individual schools as per allocation by May 24. The Punjab Management and Implementation Unit of the Punjab Education Sector Reform Programme (PMIU-PESRP) had earlier instructed the CEOs that the funds, which had been transferred to Special Drawing Accounts (SDAs), had to be jointly operated by the CEOs and district education officers (secondary) in all 36 districts of the province. The PMIU-PESRP had directed the CEOs to immediately distribute the funds as per allocations and submit its confirmation by April 25. It further directed the officials to ensure effective and efficient monitoring and utilisation of the funds. The PMIU-PESRP also issued guidelines for further allocation and transfer of funds by districts to individual schools and also for the institutes to use the allocation. “District Education Authorities are being provided with school-specific and need-based NSB funds over and above their Punjab Finance Commission share as a conditional grant, which cannot be used for any other purpose,” the PMIU-PESRP told the CEOs in April.Published in The Express Tribune, May 23.Lahore

Arid university ranked overall 301 among research-led universities

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 13:20
Rawalpindi :23 May: Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) ranked overall 301-350 among the best research-led universities from the 42 emerging economy nations; standing among the 10 universities of Pakistan who made it to this coveted list. The ranking was announced by the Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies University Rankings 2018 and includes institutions from 50 countries classified by the FTSE as "advanced emerging" (countries including Brazil, Greece, South Africa, Turkey), "secondary emerging" (countries including Chile, India, Pakistan, Qatar, Russian Federation) or "frontier" (countries including Argentina, Bangladesh, Croatia, Cyprus, Morocco, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Vietnam). The ranking used the same 13 performance indicators of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, examining each university's strengths against all of its core missions - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. Further this time the methodology has been carefully recalibrated to better reflect the characteristics and development priorities of universities in emerging economies. More weight is given, for example, to university's industry links and international outlook. The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Sarwat N. Mirza congratulated the entire faculty, deans and directors for their continuous support during the ranking process. He also congratulated and applauded the efforts of Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) to achieve another landmark. The Director QEC Prof. Dr. Mazhar Qayyum also commended the continuous support and kind guidance of the Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Sarwat N. Mirza to promote quality culture at the university.The news.RawalpindiUniversity in rawalpindiAgriculture University Rawalpindi

SLS Montessori & High School celebrated Mother Language Day

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 13:19
Rawalpindi :23 May: All campuses of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori & High School recently celebrated Mother Language Day, says a press release. The Mother Language Day held at Tulsa Road Branch focused on promoting the linguistic and cultural diversity of multiple mother languages spoken by people belonging to different regions of the country. Through dialogues, dances and songs both the linguistic and cultural aspect was focused side by side. The special assembly started off by the introduction of mother language and its significance. Students of different classes introduced themselves in their respective mother language as they came on the stage wearing traditional dresses depicting the rich culture of Pakistan. Punjabi, Sindhi, Siraiki, Pushto and Pothwari were some of the languages which the students discussed about. They shared the different dialects of these languages and specified the regions in which they were spoken. The most interesting part of the special assembly was the folk songs which the students sang in their mother languages. From Punjabi to Pushto and Siraiki to Pothwari each language represented a culture within. Students of class 4 performed on a skit highlighting the difference between mother language and national language. One of the students impersonated a famous scholar Ashfaq Ahmed who was asked by the other student about the difference between Mother Language and National Language which was very well explained by the character himself. The last performance of the special assembly was given by the students of class two. Adorned with beautiful jewellery and wearing traditional embroidered caps and dresses the students danced on famous regional folk songs representing the relationship between language and cultural diversity. The special assembly ended on a beautiful note when a student expressed his views and pledged that whatever language we speak and whatever culture we belong to, we all are a part of one nation.The news.Rawalpindi

A seminar to observe World Bee Day at Agriculture University

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 13:17
Rawalpindi :23 May: A seminar on beekeeping to observe World Bee Day held at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR), here on Tuesday. The seminar was organised by the PMAS-AAUR department of Entomology with an aim to create awareness regarding importance of bees in pollination and as a source of honey and other products like prospolis, wax, pollen and royal jelly etc. Participants were also told about habitat conservation (bee flora) for bees and other pollinators. PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Sarwat N. Mirza was the chief guest while speakers and participants from government & private sectors along with bee-keepers and a big number of faculty members, graduate & post-graduate Entomology students joined the seminar and a walk organized for the same purpose. Students of Entomology Department also participated in a poster competition with different bee-keepers slogans. Prof. Dr. Sarwat N. Mirza, Vice Chancellor of the University, in his address emphasised the participants to learn more and conduct research on various aspects of beekeeping as this activity augments and ensures pollination in variety of fruits and vegetables.The news.RawalpindiUniversity in rawalpindiAgriculture University Rawalpindi

Punjab University169 employees regularised

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 13:15
LAHORE:23 May: Punjab University (PU) administration has regularised the services of 169 employees who have been working on daily wages, contract and ad hoc basis for more than five years. PU interim Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Nasira Jabeen granted approval on the recommendation of selection committee. According to the notification, the non-teaching employees working in BS-1 to BS-5 who fulfill the eligibility criteria for the posts and have at least five years continuous service at their credit have been regularised with immediate effect. Moreover, employees working on women quota, minorities quota and special persons quota have also been regularised. The appointees will have to submit their joining within seven days. The employees thanked Dr Nasira Jabeen, Registrar Dr Muhammad Khalid Khan and Additional Registrar II Malik Muhammad Zaheer for making efforts for their regularisation and resolving their long-standing issues. They said this was not less than a memorable Eidi in the life given by the administration. Chinese workshop: Irfan was addressing a meeting to review the preparation of the workshop. He said initially five courses under Electrical Automation Technology would be started including Online Advance Chinese Language Course, Micromouse, Automation Production Line and Mechatronics Training System. Institute of Neuro Sciences: Principal Post Graduate Medical Institute Prof Ghias-un-Nabi Tayyab Tuesday said inauguration of Punjab Institute of Neuro Sciences (PINS) would be a real addition to modern medical facilities to patients especially in the field of neurosciences. Prof Ghias-un-Nabi congratulated doctors and staff of Lahore General Hospital on having Punjab Institute of Neuro Sciences. He said the 500 bedded and 24/7 operation theatre would be available for the patients. Principal said latest systems have been evolved in this institution with the central research laboratory where different diseases including cancer would be diagnosed. He said infection-free atmosphere would be ensured in the institute. He hoped in the future, the patients would be getting best medical facilities in the Punjab Institute of Neuroscience for both normal and emergency cases. Ghauri Express: Owing to strong demand of nearby population Ghauri Express will stop at Chak Jhumra Railway Station for two minutes. The train will run between Lahore and Faisalabad; will arrive at Chak Jhumra at 15:48 and left for Lahore at 15:50 after observing two minutes stoppage. Similarly, the train will reach Chak Jhumra at 09:05pm and depart for Faisalabad at 09:07pm. According to Divisional Superintendent of Pakistan Railway Lahore Division Muhammad Sufian Sarfraz Dogar, train stoppage at Chak Jhumra will also be the source of income for Pakistan Railways.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

youth was full of potential and PU would provide platform to them

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 13:14
Lahore:May 23:Punjab University interim Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Nasira Jabeen, former vice-chancellor Lt Gen (r) Arshad Mahmood, Registrar Dr Muhammad Khalid Khan, Director External Linkages Dr Fauzia Hadi Ali and others were present on the occasion. Dr Nasira said youth was full of potential and PU would provide platform to them.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

PHEC forwarded three members for selection of University of Home Economics

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 15:15
LAHORE:22 May: Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) has forwarded a panel of three members for selection of one of them as convener of Search Committee for the University of Home Economics, Lahore. The Higher Education Department (HED), Punjab in February this year, had notified a Search Committee for the University of Home Economics. This was headed by Prof Dr Mira Phailbus, former principal of Kinnaird College as convener while its members included Sajida Haider Vandal, former principal National College of Arts (NCA), Nighat Yawar Ali, director of a private school and Seema Aziz. However, earlier this month, Prof Dr Mira Phailbus had regretted to function as convener of the committee. The PHEC has forwarded a panel of three, after seeking their consent, of which one would be appointed as convener of the Search Committee for the University of Home Economics, Lahore. They include Prof Dr Najma Najam, ex-VC of Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi, Prof Dr Shahida Hasnain, former VC, Women University Multan and Prof Dr Munawar S Mirza, former VC, University of Education, Lahore.The news.Lahore