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24th Convocation: UET confers honorary PhD on Ahsan Iqbal

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 12:38
LAHORE:01December:The University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore has conferred honorary doctoral degree on Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Thursday at its 24th Convocation. Speaking at the convocation, the federal minister, who was also the guest of honour, thanked the university for the degree and said that it was an honour to receive it from his alma mater. He said, “I dedicate this honour to my parents and teachers”. Congratulating the graduates, he admired the role of UET in developing Pakistan and said that the varsity was playing its role for many decades by producing renowned professionals. He said that he would play his role for maintaining these efforts and for further progress of the varsity. Ahsan Iqbal said, “For career building, talent of youth must be channelized in an optimal way. Government has initiated many projects for engaging youth in various projects.Published in The Express Tribune,LahoreUniversity in LahoreUET Lahore

1,742 graduates conferred degrees, medals at IUB convocation

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 12:37
BAHAWALPUR:01December:At least 1,742 graduates, who completed their PhD, MPhil and other courses, were awarded medals and degrees at the 12th Convocation of Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB) on Wednesday. Provincial Minister for Higher Education Raza Haider Gilani, IUB Vice-Chancellor Prof Qaisar Mushtaq deans of faculties, academics and students attended the ceremony. Raza Haider Gilani said the graduates should work hard instead of adopting short cuts. “People in western countries consider themselves as best nations of the world as they believe in hard work,” he said. Criticising the western culture, he said that western countries take Pakistani immigrants as aliens. “Despite the fact that western countries gave nationality to a large number of Pakistanis, they did not accept them as first level citizens.” Raza Haider Gilani said that university graduates should appreciate their parents who raised and provided them higher education. He advised them to be thankful to their teachers who imparted education to them. He said education without civilised attitudes and training of etiquettes could not bear fruits and make society positive. While highlighting China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects, he said the income generated from toll plazas on 2,400 kilometre long Gwadar-Khanjrab route and its rail service would be more than the annual financial budget of Pakistan. He said, “Dubai port consists of 67 berths and ships are anchored in deep sea instead of at the dock.” He added, “On the contrary, Gwadar deep sea port having 120 berths will provide the facility to ships to be anchored at berths due to its deep sea. The minister maintained that Gwadar port will become more important than Dubai port. He pointed out that some western and neighboring countries had perceived that complete functioning of Gwadar deep sea port and CPEC would damage their economies, including their currencies. “Therefore, such forces have started opposing development work at Gwadar port and CPEC and are putting hurdles in completion of mega projects.” The minister said that under the CPEC, 35 billion dollars were being spent on power generation projects in Pakistan and Sahiwal Power Plant was part of it. “Pakistan will have several new industries that would be part of the CPEC,” he said. He claimed that in the second phase of CPEC, a road would be constructed to connect Pakistan with Europe to increase trade activities. Earlier, Vice-Chancellor Qaiser Mushtaq highlighted the achievements of the university and said that university’s ranking among other universities of the country had increased manyfold due to completion of different mega developmental and educational projects. He said over 20,500 students were enrolled in 58 different disciplines of the university. He added that during the last three years, 237 faculty members were appointed while over 1,000 employees had been promoted. The VC said keeping in view the policy of government jobs were given to 50 children and spouse of those who died during service. Published in The Express Tribune,BahawalpurIslamia University Bahawalpur

Writers urged to focus on foreign literary figures

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 12:35
LAHORE:01December: World Punjabi Congress Chairman Fakhar Zaman has said our expatriate writers should write on foreign poets, writers and about literary movements abroad. Delivering a presidential address at a function with Dutch-Pakistani writer Asad Mufti, arranged by the Punjab Institute of Language and Culture (PILAC), Fakhar Zaman said that one should not forget the roots but one has to use the images and sensibility which is the hallmark of a particular foreign country. PILAC Director General Sughra Sadaf praised Mufti’s poetry and columns. Our expatriate writers should learn the respective languages of foreign countries so that they can study the literature being produced there. He said that in his opinion our writers should write on foreign poets and writers and about literary movements abroad. He said he keeps on visiting foreign lands and felt that negligible number of Pakistani writers has the knowledge of what is being written in the country of which they have the citizenship, especially when they are living in a country where language is not English. It is good to write about Faiz, Munir and Manto but the towering literary personalities of foreign countries also deserve that our expats write on their poetry, novel, short story and essays.Fakhar Zaman said these are the times when outdated “Gul-o-Bulbul” and “boy meets girl” sensibilities should not be the main focus of our writers. Technology, communication revolution and cyber advancement has brought in new subjects, new images, new metaphors and new similes. He said the new geo-political realities in the world have opened up new horizons for a writer to make the subject of his writing. For example, what is happening to the migrants from Middle East, the pathetic condition of migrants, the deplorable treatment with Rohingya’s and brinkmanship between America and North Korea are new ground realities which cannot escape the attention of literati. He said that racism, Islamophobia, xenophobia are the new ugly realities and writers have to put a joint front against these evils.The news.Lahore

Lahore College for Women University awarded a PhD in chemistry

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 12:33
Lahore:01December:Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) has awarded a PhD in chemistry to a scholar. Th scholar, Rukhsana Anjum, completed her research titled “Synthesis and Charachterisation of Schiff Base Complexes with Biomedical Activity” under the supervision of Prof Dr Bushra Khan. The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreLahore College for Women University

Students protest against private college

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 12:24
LAHORE:01December:Dozens of students from a private college staged a sit-in outside Lahore Press Club on Thursday against the college's administration for not awarding them degrees. The students also burnt tyres to express their anger over the injustice. They vowed not to leave the place till their issue was resolved. The students alleged that they had completed their degrees but the institute was not awarding them degrees despite passage of two years. An official of Higher Education Department (HED), Punjab, seeking anonymity, said the college management had started offering different courses a few years back without formal approval from authorities concerned. He said the department had taken notice of the issue and was in contact with the institute's management. Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Chairperson Prof Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin said the college management was asked to provide details vis-à-vis approval of its several programmes so that the issue be resolved and the future of the students be protected. The protest continued till the filing of this report.The news.Lahore

Private medical colleges barred from admission

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 12:23
LAHORE:01December: The Lahore High Court Thursday reserved judgment on petitions challenging central admission policy of the private medical colleges and restrained the private colleges from offering admission and displaying merit lists. A division bench headed by Justice Ayesha A Malik and Justice Jawad Hassan heard the petitions moved by students and Young Doctors Association. During the proceedings, Advocate Ijaz Ahmad Awan who was representing the students submitted that the last date has been announced by the medical colleges to apply for admission. University of Health Sciences (UHS) has also sought applications, the counsel said. He said the students are worried as to where they have to apply for admission. Private colleges told the court that Pakistan Medical and Dental Council had barred them from fresh admission while the rules made for admission had not been presented before the Council of Common Interest for debate on these rules. The students have been approaching them for admission while their parents daily ask about admission policy, the counsel said. The public medical colleges cannot accommodate all medical students, he said pleading that therefore, the private colleges be allowed to give admissions. Advocate Noshab A Khan who was representing the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council said that existing laws have been implemented and all private and public colleges are bound to comply with the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council laws. According to the law, he said, private medical colleges are not allowed to sell their prospectus but it is very awful that the private medical colleges are involved in offering admission to the students which is illegal and unjustifiable. Such attitude of private colleges is ruining medical education and depriving many eligible students of admission, the counsel said. It was the reason that central induction policy was introduced under which UHS was given powers to allow colleges for admission in medical colleges, he said. Khan also submitted that the University of Health Sciences offered merit-based admission to 34 medical colleges and fixed 15 percent quota for overseas Pakistanis. He asked the court to bar the private medical colleges from offering admission to MBBS. After hearing both sides, the bench reserved the judgment which will be announced on December 7. LahoreUniversity in LahoreUniversity of Health Sciences Lahore

Poetry, essay book launched

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 12:14
LAHORE:November 29:A book of poetry and essays of the celebrated scholar, teacher and poet late Zammurad Malik was launched by Pakistan Academy of Letters in collaboration with World Punjabi Congress and Tafakkur Writers Forum, on Tuesday. World Punjabi Congress Chairman Fakhar Zaman, who edited this book, presided over the function. The gathering included cross-section of intellectuals and writers. Dr Imrana Mushtaq, Chairperson Tafakkur Writers Forum, introduced the book and talked about the merits of his poetry and fiction. Ghulam Hussain Sajid read a detailed article on the different aspects of Zammurad Malik’s book. Neelam Ahmed Bashir discussed the poetic genius and the thought process of the author. Parveen Malik and Shahida Dilawar discussed the substance of Zammurad Malik’s English, Urdu and Punjabi essays in the book. Professor Tahira Jabeen analysed the qualities and the diction of authors of Punjabi poetry. Mumtaz Rashad Lahori said he read an impressive book after a long time. The Director General of PILAC, Dr Sughra Sadaf paid compliments to the Academy of Letters for holding the big function to launch the books of author of great merit like Professor Zammurad Malik. Imra Saeed, the granddaughter of Zammurad Malik spoke about different personal qualities of her maternal grandfather, which she had heard from her mother. The resident director of Pakistan Academy of Letters Asim Butt thanked the speakers and the audience for attending the function. Fakhar Zaman in his presidential address said Zammurad Malik was a great friend of him. He said not only he was a multidimensional personality but also a splendid human being. He said he had many discussions with Zammurad on Fine Arts, Philosophy, Anthropology, English and Urdu literature, Sufism and even Palmistry, Astrology, Astronomy and Tarotology. Fakhar said that in his view, Zammurad was the first English scholar who interpreted contemporary Punjabi literature with new vision and sensibility.The news.Lahore

10,000 to get CM’s e-Rozgaar Programme training

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 12:12
LAHORE:November 29: Around 10,000 candidates will complete training for CM’s e-Rozgaar Programme by February 2018. Number of candidates trained depends on the capacity of lab ranging from 100 to 300 in each cycle per centre. The CM’s e-Rozgaar Programme established by the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) aims to provide training to budding freelancers to help improve their skill set and assist them in earning a sustainable income and achieve upward economic mobility. This was informed in a meeting chaired by Dr Umar Saif, founding Vice Chancellor Information Technology University (ITU), Chairman Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) and Adviser to CM here on Tuesday. Dr Saif said: “The programme is catering to educated but unemployed graduates and aims to reduce the rate of unemployment by encouraging self-employment through internet-based freelance work opportunities”. The meeting was informed that 24 centres in Punjab have been established at Govt College for Women University Sialkot, University of Engineering and Technology Taxila, COMSATS Attock, Wah Cantt, Sahiwal, University of Gujrat - Sub Campus, Rawalpindi, Punjab University Jhelum, University of Gujrat, Main Campus Gujrat, Punjab University Gujranwala, Lahore College for women University Lahore Campus, Punjab University Main Campus, Lahore, Government College for Women University, Faisalabad, Agriculture University, Faisalabad, FAST Chiniot, University of Sargodha Main Campus Sargodha, Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan, NFC Multan, Post Graduate College Okara, Khanewal, University of Education Vehari, Hafizabad, Sheikhupura, Information Technology University (ITU), the Punjab, Lahore and University of Engineering Technology (UET), Lahore. The training curriculum is broken down into three course racks and one training track. The course tracks are Technical (coding, website development etc.), Non-technical (blogging, content writing, digital marketing etc) and Creative Design (graphic design, logo design, concept design, website design etc).The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreUET Lahore

Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education practicals on Dec 6, 7

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 12:11
LAHORE:November 29: Educational institutions, including schools, colleges and universities which were closed, across Punjab, in the wake of sit-ins by religious parties will reopen today (Wednesday). Meanwhile, Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISE), Lahore has issued revised schedule for those practical exams of Intermediate Supplementary Examination 2017, which were postponed owing to abrupt closure of educational institutions. The practical exams which were scheduled for November 27, and November 28, but were postponed, would be held now on December 6 and 7, 2017, respectively. The news.LahoreBISE Lahore Board

Teacher allegedly terminated for being Ahmadi approaches high court

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 11:46
Lahore:28 November:The Lahore High Court issued on Monday a notice to the Punjab secretary of the school education department on a petition by a teacher allegedly terminated for being an Ahmadi. Shaukat Rauf contended that he had been terminated without being given an opportunity of defence merely on a complaint lodged by a fellow teacher. The petitioner said he was a true Muslim having firm believe in finality of prophethood of Muhammad (PBUH) and had PhD degree in Islamiat. He pleaded that his point of view was not heard by the authorities in a departmental inquiry, which was in sheer violation of fundamental right of fair trial. He said the court had directed the respondent secretary to decide his departmental appeal against the termination but the order had not been complied. The petitioner said the secretary committed contempt of court by not implementing the order and was liable to be punished under the relevant law. This story originally appeared in Dawn.Lahore

PMDC starts action against colleges over admission policy

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 11:31
LAHORE:November 28: Pakistan Medical and Dental Council and Ministry of Health (NHRS&C) have started taking action against the colleges, which are not following the centralised admission policy 2016. According to a press release issued here Monday, PM&DC President, in a statement, said that all colleges have to submit their student registration lists before 31st of March, 2018, for the session 2017 -2018 to Pakistan Medical and Dental Council after completing the admissions as per centralised admission policy 2016; otherwise, students shall not be registered with PM&DC. Pakistan Medical and Dental Council has strictly directed that admission to MBBS and BDS courses in public and private sector institutions of Pakistan and abroad shall be governed by Admission Regulations 2016, vide SRO I003 (I) 2016 dated 27th October, 2016 (admissions, house job and internship regulations 2016) which are available on PM&DC website i.e. www.pmdc.org.pk. All students, their parents and institutions are advised to strictly follow the centralised provincial/regional admission/entrance test policy described in above SRO and all the other decisions made by thePakistan Medical and Dental Council. He cautioned that any admission taken or granted against these regulations shall be considered as violation of PM&DC rules and shall not be registered by affiliating university and PM&DC. The violating institution shall be penalised under the Ordinance I962. Quaid-e-Azam Day: A meeting held here on Monday reviewed and finalised arrangements for celebrating Quaid-e-Azam Day this year in a befitting manner. The meeting was chaired by Punjab Schools Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan while Secretary Schools Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik, DG Walled City of Lahore Authority Kamran Lashari, Special Secretary (Schools) Rana Hassan Akhtar, DGPR Shahid Iqbal and representatives of different departments including Higher Education, Finance, Women Development, Sports, Police and Transport were present. Punjab Minister Rana Mashhood informed the meeting that the government had planned to celebrate the Quaid-e-Azam Day in a befitting manner on December 25. Under the programme, a historic mega event is planned at the Punjab University to pay homage to the founder of the nation. Colorful ceremonies will also be held in different departments at the district level across the province, he added. The minister said on December 25, 200,000 teachers would take the oath and the historic ceremony of reciting national anthem and flags’ waving would also be performed. A team of Guinness Book of World Record will cover it for setting a new world record, he added. Rana Mashhood further said the Punjab government would also invite students from other provinces to promote national unity and local culture of different areas would be highlighted as well. The meeting decided to constitute different teams to arrange the ceremony in a befitting manner.The news.LahoreMedical College in LahoreLahore Medical & Dental College Lahore