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Multidisciplinary graduate moot ends at Fatima Jinnah Women University

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 13:36
Rawalpindi:May 9: The Department of Education, Fatima Jinnah Women University arranged 1st Multidisciplinary International Graduate conference. The aim of this conference was to bring together students and faculty from different fields to share conceptual and methodological perspectives, practices, ideas, and experiences in a collegiate environment. The Forum also provides students and scholars an opportunity to become a part of larger scholarly community thus resulting in collaborative work among students and faculties at local, nation and international level. The paper principal presenters were all PhD/MPhil students enrolled in 14 different universities, the universities were AIOU, Lahore college for Women University, FJWU, PMAS-Arid University, Preston University, NUML, CUST, School Education Department, QAU, IIUI, University of Punjab Northern University, University of Agriculture- Faisalabad, Foundation University ,University of Sterling UK, Himalayan University, NDU and State University of New York-USA. Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Samina Amin Qadir was the chief guest of the closing ceremony. While expressing her views, she said that FJWU has always been collaborating with other organizations for the commencement of such national and international conferences to promote the culture of research and critical thinking in Pakistan. She further said that “I believe that research shows an inspiring and well equipped teacher in the most important factor influencing student’s achievement and quality research in higher education is primarily a core need of education in new era.” She also thanked to all participants who shared their research on this platform and all the organizers of the conference. The conference was attended by a large number of teachers and students across Pakistan.The news.

UMT University a press conference about fake degree

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 11:49
LAHORE:06 May:The University of Management and Technology (UMT) held a press conference on Friday about the fake degree unearthed by the varsity during the admission process. Talking to the media persons, UMT Rector Dr Hasan Sohaib Murad gave details of how the forgery was detected. “UMT has established a fast, secure, automated and reliable system that verifies degrees, certificates, and qualifications of students as well as employees prior to making them a part of UMT community,” he said. He said strong safeguards were needed at universities to detect such scams. “All the institutions of higher education should set up a mechanism for genuine enquiries so that fake degree holders are not able to infiltrate the system,” he advised educational institutions. UMT alleges BISE official running fake degree racket He said students needed genuine and powerful degrees achieved through hard work, grounded in real learning, and in-depth research. “Parents should be careful from the widespread fraudulence exercised by some elements who are involved in the heinous crime of creating fake degrees and minting money,” he remarked. “Fake degree holders are jeopardising their future and they can never make a difference in life by taking shortcuts to success, which cannot take place shape without formal education and developing critical thinking skills,” he concluded.Express news.City: LahoreUniversity in LahoreUMT Lahore

Punjab University would send its employees for haj and Ummra

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 11:02

LAHORE:06 May:Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir has announced that PU would send its employees through draw for haj and Ummra to the previous practice.

According to a press release, he made the announcement in a ceremony held to distribute the copies of the Quran among the employees of Grade 1 to 5 received from Khadim-ul-Harmain Sharifain Shah Salman Bin Abdul Alziz Al Saud.

PU Registrar Dr Muhammad Khalid Khan, Additional Registrars Ghulam Jillani, Jalil Tariq, Acting Treasurer Rao Muhammad Sharif and a large number of employees were also present on the occasion.

The VC thanked Shah Salman Bin Abdul Alziz Al Saud and the Saudi Embassy. He said around 3,000 copies of the Quran would be distributed among the employees before Ramazan.

Cleanliness: Imam of Jamia Mosque Habib Ganj Latif Saiyalvi highlighted the importance of cleanliness in his sermon prior to Friday prayers. He also requested the citizens to ensure their role in keeping the environment clean and green.

Officials said the sermon was given as part of Albayrak Waste Management Company's campaign to sensitise the citizens about proper waste management.

Moreover, a market awareness activity was arranged in Farooq Ganj Bazaar. The communications teams of Albayrak set up awareness camp in the area. A special cleanup operation was also carried out with the help of heavy machinery. A walk was also held in which UC Chairman Younus Khan, Vice -Chairman Malik Hashim, local general councillors and students of schools also took part.The news.

PU’s Dept of Zoology on Friday adopted two lion cubs

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 11:01

LAHORE:06 May:Punjab University’s Department of Zoology on Friday adopted two month-old two lion cubs, Chris and Angela, at Lahore Zoo for one year.

The lion cubs have been named after the British trainers who have recently visited Pakistan and equipped the staff with modern zoo keeping techniques.

A ceremony was held at Lahore Zoo in which PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir, Faculty of Life Sciences Dean Prof Dr Naeem Khan, Department of Zoology Chairman Prof Dr Javed Iqbal Qazi, Associate Professor Dr Zulfiqar Ali, Lahore Zoo Director Shafqat Ali, Punjab Wildlife Headquarters Director Naeem Bhatti and a large number of students participated.

Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir said, "We must adopt and love animals to promote patience, harmony and peace in society. Natural habitats were vanishing. If we did not take steps, a lot of species would face extinction." He said PU was adopting the animals to sensitise society and philanthropists to take care of animals. He urged the students to create awareness about animal protection among people.

Dr Naeem Khan said affection with animals helped reduce feelings of anger and depression. Dr Javed Iqbal said deforestation had resulted in destruction of environment.Later, the PU VC distributed cheques among the zoo keeping staff for their excellent performance.The news.

City: LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Punjab University’s project to promote tolerance among students

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 10:59

LAHORE:06 May:Punjab University’s Institute of Social and Cultural Studies (ISCS) has launched a comprehensive project to promote narrative of tolerance among students under the title “Let tolerance be our virtue.”

According to a press release, a seminar was held at ISCS which was attended by PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences Dean Prof Dr Zakria Zakir, Associate Professor Dr Rubeena Zakir, faculty members and a large number of students.

The tolerance campaign has been launched to counter effects of hate speech through social media as Pakistan had faced many unfortunate incidents. Not only in Pakistan, people around the world witness this issue and often have been victim of hate speech amplified on the basis of religion, ethnicity, gender and cultural indifferences. To mitigate the issue, PU ISCS students launched social media campaign through Facebook page titled “Let tolerance be our virtue”. The team also aims at using other social media tools like Twitter and WhatsApp, etc.

Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir said this was a noble cause and every student of PU must play their role in addressing disharmony in society. He said, "We must respect thoughts of others and forgive them on their mistakes."

Dr Rubeena Zakar also inaugurated the campaign of ISCS students regarding their participation in International Competition of Peer to Peer Facebook Global Digital Challenge: Promoting Narrative of Tolerance among Students.The news.

City: LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

LHC suspends governor’s decision in Bahauddin Zakariya University case

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 10:57

LAHORE:May 6:The Lahore High Court on Friday suspended a decision taken by Punjab governor in capacity of chancellor regarding Lahore sub-campus of Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU), Multan.

During hearing of a case about illegality in establishment of the BZU’s Lahore sub-campus, counsel for the sub-campus’s former chairman told a full bench that BZU syndicate had not endorsed the establishment of the Lahore sub-campus.

The management of the sub-campus challenged the syndicate’s decision before the chancellor/governor through a representation, he said, adding that the chancellor also dismissed the representation.

The counsel pointed out that Governor Rafiq Rajwana had been legal adviser to BZU; therefore, ethically it was not appropriate for him to hear the matter of the university. He asked the bench to set aside the chancellor’s order.

The bench headed by Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi suspended the chancellor’s decision and sought arguments from the parties by May 11.

Reply sought: The Lahore High Court on Friday directed the federal government as well as Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to file replies on a petition seeking enforcement of the law against broadcasting television programmes debate on sub-judice matters. Justice Shahid Karim heard initial arguments of the petitioner’s counsel, AK Dogar, and directed a deputy attorney general to seek instructions from the government and Pemra within three weeks.

drone camera: The Lahore High Court on Friday directed the Punjab government to present copies of three notifications before the court which put a ban on use of drone cameras for media coverage of public meetings.

Justice Shams Mehmood Mirza issued this order on a petition of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf which termed these notifications illegal and unconstitutional. The judge directed a law officer to present these notifications till May 08, the next date of hearing.

PTI MPA Shoaib Siddiqi had filed this petition making respondents to Punjab chief secretary, secretary interior and director general of public relations. The petitioner submitted that he is convener of central administration committee of PTI for the purpose of public gatherings. He said his party is arranging public gatherings to motivate the people and aware them of actual facts relating the corruption of the federal government. The PTI leadership has issued the schedule of public gatherings in different cities of the country as on May 07 in Sialkot, on May 12 in Sargodha and on May 14 in Abbottabad.

Siddiqi said the Punjab government had issued a handout on April 27 based on three notifications issued by additional chief secretary Punjab stating that the government has imposed a ban on coverage of any public rallies through modern devices like drone technology, remote control, heli camera, balloons and UAS system till May 31. It is further mentioned in the handout that a ban has also been imposed on public gatherings outside and within boundary walls without proper permission from the deputy commissioners concerned, the petitioner said.

He requested the court to declare the handout and notifications illegal and unlawful. He requested the court that until the final decision of this petition, operation of impugned handout and notifications be suspended. The court did not pay heed to this plea for interim relief.The news.

City: MultanZakariya University Multan

Life of Galileo’ staged at GC University

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 10:51

LAHORE:May 6:Government College University’s Dramatic Club (GCUDC) presented Brecht's play “Life of Galileo” at the university's Bukhari stage here on Friday.

The performance of the students received a loud applause by the city's literati, Old Ravians, students and faculty members.

The action of the play, directed by GCUDC President Mariam Hassan Naqvi under the guidance of eminent philosopher Prof Mirza Ather Baig, follows the career of the Italian philosopher Galileo Galilei who is tried by the Roman Catholic Church for the promulgation of his scientific discoveries.

Prof Baig, the writer of famous novel Ghulam Bagh, said everybody knows about Galileo's life but their play focuses on the strangest of the questions that how great conflicts of ideas, sometimes quite complex and technical from Copernican theory to the theory of Big Bang, come to work out, from moment to moment in the flesh and blood life world of human protagonists? How the agony of conflict and the ecstasy of discovery come face to face with the euphoria of acceptance and applause and the horror of torture.

It is here that Bertolt Brecht's masterpiece "Life of Galileo" or simply 'Galileo Galili emerges as an act of great literary genius, fusing the facticity of history with the immanence of existence, he said.

Prof Baig said the play explores not only the convoluted psychodynamics of reason and faith in history but also at a different plane tries to deconstruct the very idea of a hero. At a certain juncture of events in Bechet's play Andrea, a lifelong pupil of Galileo, (played by Amar Taj) laments: "Unhappy is the land that breeds no hero" Galileo answers, “No Andrea, Unhappy is the land that needs a hero.”

For us, Prof Mirza Ather Baig, said in an academic institution like GCU with its strong interdisciplinary leanings these are some of the most difficult questions of great importance; who is right and who is wrong, or perhaps both are right: How to decide?

GCU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah welcomed the revival of GC's age old tradition of staging intellectually stimulating English plays, saying that theatre was not only meant for entertainment, rather it had more important function i.e. to reform the society. He hoped all universities should play vital role for reviving culture of quality theatre in the country.

Punjab Governor Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana is also scheduled to watch the play this weekend.

The cast of the play also includes Shehar Bano, Abdullah Mohsin, Rahat-ul-Ain, Ali Nawaz, Eesha Raazia, Riaz Umer, Umair Khan, Amna Azmat, Hassan Firdous, Waqas Khan, Shahrukh Baig, Afaq Imran, Javaidan and Salman Sikander.The news.

City: LahoreUniversity in LahoreGC University Lahore

UVAS Workshop Isolation and Uses of Macrophages

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 10:38

LAHORE:May 5: A two-day training workshop “Isolation and Uses of Macrophages in Research”, organised by the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), started on Thursday.

According to a press release, UVAS Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha chaired the inaugural session of the workshop while Faculty of Bio-Sciences Dean Prof Dr Habib-ur-Rehman, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology Chairman Associate Prof Dr Aqeel Javeed and a number of participants from public and private sectors were also present.

Various aspects were discussed on animal care, use of microphages in research and data analysis, and isolation of mouse resident peritoneal macrophages.

Meanwhile, the 48th syndicate meeting of the UVAS was held.

The vice chancellor presided over the meeting in which various agenda items were discussed and decisions were taken.The news.

Sorry state of affairs: PU staff divided over supporting VC

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 11:23

LAHORE:04 May:Punjab University Academic Staff Association (ASA) and Senate have shown their opposition to a press release published in several newspapers in support of provisional vice-chancellor Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, PU ASA Treasurer and Senate member Dr Azhar Naeem, Dr Muhammad Ayub Afridi, Chaudhry Naeemullah Khan and several others said they were not taken into confidence before the ‘baseless’ press release was issued.

“The ASA representatives, supporting the provisional administration, had cases of corruption and fraud against them and were actually supporting their own vested interests,” the ASA stressed.

The teachers said the provisional set up caused serious problems over the past four months. The association added the vice chancellor had to withdraw a lot of his orders, which was an embarrassment.

They added the administration, in cahoots with certain elements, terminated the contracts of 43 internationally-acclaimed retired professors and appointed a “corrupt” individual as director of the department of geology.

“All these orders were withdrawn only because decisions were taken against merit and this attracted huge criticism nationwide.”

According to ASA representatives, teachers, students and employees had witnessed rise of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) for the first time in nine years. They alleged the student body gained strength thanks to the “open support” of the administration.Published in The Express Tribune, May 4th, 2017.

Literary tribute: UAF all set to establish Waris Shah Chair

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 11:22

FAISALABAD:04 May:The University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) will set up the Waris Shah Chair to work on the wisdom from messages of saints and promote Punjabi language which is  vanishing from society.

While speaking to The Express Tribune on Wednesday, University of Agriculture Faisalabad Vice-Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan said, “Waris Shah was a legend of Punjabi Language in the sub-continent. His realistic depiction of details of life and the political situation in the 18th century remains unique.”

He added his entire poetry was an album of colourful and enchanting pictures of life in Punjab, of varied views and was deeply absorbing.

He said, “Waris Shah was originally an author of Punjabi folk culture like ‘Heer Ranja’ which is a treasure-trove of Punjabi phrases and idioms.”

Dr Iqrar Ahmad maintained Waris Shah was a learned sufi poet and his story of romantic love was a poetic expression of the mystical love of the human soul towards God.

The vice-chancellor regretted it was very unfortunate that due recognition was not given to Waris Shah by the academia. “However, the UAF has decided to take practical steps for setting up an independent Waris Shah Academic Chair in the department of humanities and linguistics.”

He said Waris Shah Chair will be responsible for the promotion of Punjabi literature, language, culture, multilingual research based on language experiments (comparative studies) and initiating new degree programmes on the contributions, personality, literature and poetry of the sufi poet.

He told The Express Tribune that literary functions, stage performances, promotion of Punjabi culture will be held under the new initiative.

The UAF VC pointed out an infrastructure would be established for Waris Shah Chair with one professor, three associate and assistant professors as well as three research officers with the status of lecturers. Besides, a seminar room will also be setup, he said.Published in The Express Tribune, May 4th, 2017.

Moving forward: CM announces two varsities

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 11:21

LAHORE:04 May:Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif said the youth can become economically empowered through technical and vocational education. He said the importance of such training has increased manifold and two universities will be established for skill development – one in Lahore and the other second in Faisalabad. The CM issues this statement during a high lever meeting in the city on Wednesday.

He said precious time had already in simply promoting skill development and now was the time for action. “We have to move forward with hard work and determination. He said CPEC had opened up new avenues for technical and vocational education and we should fully benefit from these opportunities. He added cooperation with Chinese province Tianjin would be promoted for vocational and technical education.

Provincial Ministers Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan, Malik Nadeem Kamran, Sheikh Allauddin, Chairman TEVTA and concerning officials attended the meeting.Published in The Express Tribune, May 4th, 2017.

Environmental education should be a compulsory subject’

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 10:47

Lahore:May 4: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.

Punjab University awarded PhD degree to Farrukh Hussain

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 10:46

LAHORE:May 4: Punjab University has awarded PhD degree to Farrukh Hussain in the subject of Environmental Sciences after approval of his thesis entitled “A Study to Quantify the Environmental Impacts from the Management Options of Municipal Solid Waste of Aziz Bhatti Town, Lahore: A Life Cycle Assessment Approach with Focus on Global Warming”.

elephant tusk: A team of researchers of Punjab University Department of Zoology has discovered 13 million years old lower tusk of elephant from Chabbar Syeddan, Sohawa area in Punjab.

The team consisted of former chairman of Department of Zoology Prof Dr Muhammad Akhtar, Dr Muhammad Akbar Khan, Dr Abdul Majid Khan, PhD students Ghayour Abbas, Muhammad Khalil Nawaz and other PhD scholars.

In a press statement, Dr Muhammad Akhtar said that the lower tusk belonged to Protanancus Chinjiensis species of elephant and its family was called Gomphotheriidae.

He said that this species belonged to ancestors of elephant and was found only in that area and was named after the locality. He said that right and left heavily worn teeth, called molar 3, of the fossil were preserved.

He said that the length of the mandibles was 700mm both sides and the estimated length of both teeth, molar 3, was 171mm. He said that its lower tusk was shovel shaped which was naturally good for digging the earth.The news.

Punjab University students win drama competition

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 10:45

LAHORE:May 4:Punjab University students from various departments participated in All Punjab Dramatic Competition organised by Punjab Information & Culture department, and clinched prominent positions.

In drama competition, students, including Sara Tariq, Wajahat Aurangzaib and Komal Idrees won best production award while Asim Chaudhry obtained best comic award. In mime competition, students, including Sara Tariq, Wajahat Aurangzaib, Salman Haider, Hamza Ishaq, Arsalan Akram, Azmat Majeed, Khaula Jamal, Zainul Abdeen, Zarbha Khan, Komal Idrees, Roshan-e-Saeed and Muazza Tariq grabbed second position. Meanwhile, in first English Parliamentary Debates Competition-2017, (British Style), at a private school, Sameen Fawad Khan and Amnah Sameen Khan won team trophy. PU VC Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir has congratulated the students on their achievements.The news.

Call to focus on health, education in budget 2017-18

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 10:44

LAHORE:May 4:Allocation of more resources for health and education, besides practical steps for employment generation should be the focus in the forthcoming budget while the government priorities should be set in accordance with the public requirement.

These views were expressed by the students in Jang Economic Session on ‘expectations of students with 2017-18 budget’.

The students who spoke on the occasion were Abdul Rehman, Abdul Wahab, Tayyab Tariq, Hafiz Shahrukh, Kazim Raza and Hassan Ubaid. The session hosted by Sikandar Lodhi.

Abdul Rehman said that the expectations should not be high while keeping the government performance in sight. He suggested investment in all infrastructure not only bridges and roads besides ensuring health and education facilities.

He believed enrolment in schools can increase by improving quality of education in government schools while socio-economic issues could be resolved with proper education and justice system.

Abdul Wahab said that quality of education should also be focused in next budget.

He said increase in student fee or imposition of tax on it is deplorable. He called for promotion of vocational training and technical education for youths.

Tayyab Tariq said socio-economic issues are worsening due to lack of government priorities.

He said national interest projects should not be politicised. He said education institutions should also be established other than Lahore while youths issues would not be resolved by giving them laptops only. He called for focusing employment generation projects.

Hafiz Shahrukh said that everyone has been compelled to come on roads to raise voice for their rights. He said Lahore is not whole Pakistan so development of one city is not development of whole country. He said the government lacks in decision making capacity.

He said problems would not be resolved by spending money on metro buses and infrastructure projects. He called for cutting down the education fee. He said provision of equal health and education facilities across the board will reduce population burden from bigger cities and stop rural urban migration.

Kazim Raza said that the government should focus on real public issues instead on bridges and roads construction projects.

He said performance of health sector is dissatisfactory which increases the issues of health and economy. He said Pakistani youths did not lack behind in ideas of doing business but these ideas could not be used due to limited resources, research and development. He called for ending recommendation culture.

Hassan Ubaid said that steps for primary, secondary ad higher education is the need of the hour as youths are not benefitted with internship programmes.

He said vast employment opportunities could be helpful in resolving the social issues. He said the situation of government schools is very pathetic and standard education is on the decline. He called for provision of relief to public on utilities.The news.



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City: Punjab University Lahore

Lahore schoolboys seek bail for ‘hurling death threats

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 10:26
LAHORE:03May:After taking leave from school, two bewildered minors appeared before a district and sessions court to obtain pre-arrest bail on charges of hurling death threats over a property dispute. Muhammad Saqib, a class-VIII student, appeared before the court of the sessions judge, who issued a notice to the state and summoned the police record of this case. The minors seemed confused over the whole process when their thumb impressions were recorded in previous bail hearings. An additional district and sessions judge had already dismissed their previous pre-arrest bail petitions. In response, the two boys Saqib, Amir and their mother Sajida Bibi filed fresh pleas on three occasions before the judge finally issued a notice to the state. On this occasion, the court has ordered that the police record of the case be presented on May 3 (today). Zamindara Islamia High School: Punjab’s first high school In previous proceedings, counsel for the accused, Advocate Syed Ijaz Hussain Sherazi, contended the minors had been falsely implicated by police officials. He argued that the two had nothing to do with this particular incident. Talking to The Express Tribune, Advocate Sherazi said the accused had a property issue with their relatives who, in connivance with police officials, got an FIR registered over the matter. Saqib, meanwhile, said he and his brother belonged to a financially-disadvantaged family and his father worked a gardener. He added the boy wanted to continue with their studies, but the police had implicated them in a false case. He categorically denied threatening anyone and said the allegations were far removed from reality.Express News.

King Edward Medical University registrar

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 10:25
LAHORE:03 May:King Edward Medical University (KEMU) has appointed Prof Irshad Hussain Qureshi, Professor/Chairman of Department of Medicine, as KEMU registrar with immediate effect till the appointment of regular incumbent. The notification was issued by the VC office on Tuesday.The news.

8th annual convocation of Virtual University

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 10:24
LAHORE:03 May: President Mamnoon Hussain said on Tuesday that skill development in IT is part and parcel of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project in country. He stated this while speaking as a chief guest at 8th annual convocation of Virtual University of Pakistan, Lahore. He said that significant interest of new generation in IT sector would be helpful for the development of the country. The president said that in the past years education and industry were nationalised which created intense negative impact on the human development sectors.Realising the need of IT and skill development education, universities like Virtual University have been serving the students, he said. Mamnoon Hussain lauded the services rendered by this university in country where a large number of students cannot afford higher education. However, he said the country has been facing new challenges in education sector and more resources were required to meet growing needs and challenges. He said in such circumstances Virtual University has been fulfilling the needs of education successfully. “Its a matter of honour that this institution has been doing projects with UN for education”, and hoped that this university would also sign memorandums of understanding with other international universities so that students could be equipped with modern skills and knowledge. He said the IT has changed the whole world and this department would become more important when CPEC projects would materialise.However, he stressed the need for more IT graduates in coming days and urged the education institutions to pay attention towards the needs of preparing IT experts. He criticised that in the past education sector was ignored due to which literacy goals remained unachieved and human resource development was affected. He said education is the only tool which creates a sense of responsibility and encourages youths to meet the challenges hitting the society.Mamnoon Hussain, who is also Chancellor of the University, gave away gold medals and shields to students who secured prominent positions in various fields. Earlier, Rector of Virtual University Naveed A Malik highlighted the achievements of this institution and said that 6,245 students, including 2,166 from Lahore campus were awarded degrees in different disciplines.The news.

Varsities’ academic staff demands tax rebate in budget

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 16:37
LAHORE:02 May:Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) has showed serious concern that the government has not entertained the demand for reinstatement of 75pc rebate in income tax. FAPUASA Central President Dr Hamyoon Khan, General Secretary Dr Mahboob Hussain, Vice President Dr Kaleem Ullah, FAPUASA Punjab President Dr Sohail Aftab in a joint press statement said there were serious reservations and anger among the teachers of universities that the government was not paying heed to their just demand. They said income tax rebate had been reduced by the government three years ago by 40 percent, which was not acceptable for the teachers’ community. Dr Mahboob Hussain said that the preparation process of new federal budget is going on so the government should accept the long standing demand. According to a press release issued Monday, leaders of the FAPUASA has welcomed the Lahore High Court (LHC) latest judgment regarding the appointment of VCs in Punjab’s different universities in which it stated that the provincial government is fully empowered to make rules and appoint vice-chancellors of public universities. The 59 pages detailed judgment stated that the provincial legislature has the power to set standards, procedures and criteria for selection of the VCs. FAPUASA said realising their responsibilities in a post-18th amendment scenario, the provincial governments should allocate 25pc of total education budget to the higher education sector in order to meet growing needs. The first and foremost requirement is to follow transparent and merit based mechanisms for the appointment of university heads through independent search committee comprising of reputed academicians. The autonomy of universities needs to be protected and respected. On the pattern of Punjab government, remaining provincial governments should also prepare roadmaps for strengthening higher education system in their respective provinces, it added.The news.