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GC University delegation visited Pakistan Red Crescent Punjab

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 13:09
LAHORE:27 April:Government College University (GCU) Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and Geography Department Chairperson Dr Ali Iqtidar Gillani along with the team of disaster management society on Thursday visited Pakistan Red Crescent (PRC) Punjab headquarters Lahore. Pakistan Red Crescent Punjab Secretary Dr Shaukat Ali welcomed the delegation. Prof Dr Hassan acknowledged the services of Pakistan Red Crescent. Dr Shaukat said Pakistan Red Crescent was working for the humanity since its foundation without any discrimination. He said PRC Punjab would increase the number of first aid and disaster management workshops to train the students of GCU Lahore. Dr Shaukat presented souvenirs to the VC and chairperson.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreGC University Lahore

PU, LCWU Interviews VCs begin today

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 13:08
LAHORE:27 April: Interviews to select suitable candidates for appointment of provisional Vice Chancellors (VCs) of the Punjab University and the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) have been scheduled for Friday (today). Higher Education Department (HED) Punjab has issued interview call letters to the shortlisted senior most faculty members of the two universities. For the Punjab University, the interview call letters have been issued to Prof Dr Muhammad Taqi Zahid Butt, Prof Dr Shahid Kamal, Prof Dr Muhammad Fakhr-ul-Haq Noori, Prof Dr Nasira Jabeen and Prof Dr Niaz Ahmad Akhtar (presently working as VC UET Taxila). For the LCWU, the interview call letters have been issued to Prof Dr Bushra Khan, Prof Dr Shagufta Naz and Prof Dr Farkhanda Manzoor. The interviews will be held at Government College University (GCU).The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreLahore College for Women University

Everything is free for students, including uniforms and their families rations

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 13:25
Rawalpindi:26 April: Celebrating certain anniversaries it gives a great deal of pleasure when the people who are celebrating have something to be proud of and that can be said about the Rah-e-Amal school for underprivileged children. Twenty years of dedicated work by volunteers has seen many children rise from the shackles of poverty to live a better life, all because they have received a decent education - not to say anything about the moral guidance that has made them better human beings. To mark this important anniversary the school had been decked out with tents, balloons and buntings. The teachers were dressed in their best; the children were excited especially those taking part in the skits; donors who could manage to attend were present; music blared – all this contributing to the celebratory atmosphere. The programme began with a reading from the holy Quran. With teachers Farhana and Faiza acting as MC’s, songs and skits were presented by the different classes; a couple of speeches were made by students who voiced an opinion about their school, while the closing item was a speech by a young man who urged the children to study hard, giving his own example of what he had achieved. He also sang a hymn (naat) and had a good voice. In conclusion, founder of the school, Zehra Fasahat said she was happy to be celebrating with the students as their smiling faces made her feel content that Allah had given her the will, as well as the opportunity, to go ahead with the mission of educating children. The program ended with the singing of the Rah-e-Aman song and the national anthem. Refreshments were served to everyone and the children went home carrying their goody bags, while volunteers and donors discussed how quickly twenty, satisfying years had gone by. Zehra Fasahat, a gentle, soft spoken woman has a heart of gold - she understands the value of restoring dignity to the vulnerable, especially children who are the future of our world. Twenty years ago she saw about a dozen children squabbling near a garbage heap over who had the right to collect scraps from it. Calling them over she told them it was wrong to fight and sharing was good as there was enough for everyone. Suddenly, as if on their own momentum, the words poured out of her mouth. “Do you want to learn how to read and write?” she asked. “If so, come tomorrow morning and I will teach you.” Next morning five children turned up at her doorstep - two girls and three boys. The first lesson was in cleanliness, as faces and hands were washed and hair combed before other subjects were tackled. With these humble beginnings began the success story of the school. As the word spread more children joined; volunteers offered their help and donors (read family and friends) began to contribute. Everything is free for the students, including uniforms and their families also get monthly rations when possible, especially during Ramazan. After doing their matriculation, some bright children have been given scholarships to study further and are now successfully employed. While many volunteers have come and gone constant who also need to be recognised are Razia Hayat; Samia Omar Khittab; Uzma Azam; Maimoona Gulraiz and Dr Tahmeena Azhar - especially the first two ladies.The news.Rawalpindi

Punjab University,s ad hoc employees staged a demonstration

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 13:24
LAHORE:26 April: Dozens of ad hoc employees of the Punjab University (PU) serving on contract basis staged a demonstration on Wednesday outside the Lahore Press Club and demanded the government and the university administration to regularise their services. They were carrying banners and placards that highlighted their plight. They said they had been serving the university on ad hoc basis for a long time now and their contracts in this regard were extended time to time.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

UHS workshop on “Basic Techniques in Forensic Pathology

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 12:39
LAHORE:26 April: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dr Mehmood Shoukat, has said that forensic pathology is becoming a neglected field because of lack of passion among the doctors. He was addressing the inaugural session of a three-day workshop on “Basic Techniques in Forensic Pathology”, here at UHS on Wednesday. Prof Mehmood Shaukat said that to meet the public interest, forensic pathologist had to be knowledgeable and highly skilled, the system had to be robust and the system’s immediate and long-term integrity needed to be assured. He urged the doctors to improve their skill and do their best to revise antiquated procedures in forensic pathology. He specially stressed the need of revising autopsy techniques. Renowned pathologist, Prof AH Nagi, said that autopsy is a science. He said that forensic pathology was mandatory subject for all pathologists but now it needed to be incorporated in basic training as well. UHS Pathology department’s head, Prof Dr Nadia Naseem, said that forensic pathology had been included as a mandatory component in PhD course work at the university. She said the main objective of the workshop was to develop a systematic approach to forensic autopsy, including evaluation of gross, microscopic, biochemical and genetic evidence. Anti-dengue STEPS: The training courses of the newly-inducted postgraduate residents and house officers in Lahore General Hospital (LGH) on clinical management of dengue fever arranged by the Department of Medicine and Pediatrics under Health Education Programme of Post Graduate Medical Institute (PGMI) have completed. PGMI Principal Prof Ghiyas un Nabi Tayyab said this on Wednesday while chairing a meeting held to review the preparations to counter dengue in the current year, according to a press release issued here. He told the meeting that comprehensive arrangements had been made to combat dengue. PHFMC: Provincial Minister for Primanry and Secondary Healthcare and Punjab Health Facilities Management Company (PHFMC) Board Chairman Khawaja Imran Nazir appreciated the management of PHFMC for implementation of Punjab Healthcare Commission (PHC) Minimum Health Service Delivery Standards (MSDS) at 55 BHUs across 14 PHFMC districts. He said this while chairing a meeting of PHFMC Board on Wednesday, according to a handout issued here. The minister said two RHCs and six BHUs had got ISO certification. The MSDS/ISO certification of such primary health facilities is the first of its kind in the history of the Pakistan, he added. He announced incentive/bonus cash reward for the employees of health facilities which had got the certification. After recommendation of the PHFMC Board, Khawaja Imran Nazir decided in principle to pay/meet 30 percent of the differential of pay of PHFMC employees with government employees with effect from May 1, 2018, for giving immediate relief to the PHFMC employees. The decision of provision of rest of 70 percent differential in their pay with government health sector employees with effect from July 1, 2018 will be taken in the next PHFMC Board meeting which was expected to be held in near future.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreUniversity of Health Sciences Lahore

Punjab University announced results of MA Education Part-II

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 12:37
LAHORE:26 April: Punjab University (PU) Wednesday announced results of various examinations. The university announced results of supplementary examination 2017 of; MA Punjabi Part-I, MA Arabic Part-II, MA Archeology Part-II, MA D&SS Part-II, MA Education (General) Part-II, MA Economics Part-II, MA Islamic Studies Part-II, MA Mass Communication Part-II, MA Physical Education Part-II, MSc Applied Psychology Part-II, MSc Chemistry Part-II, MSc Mathematics Part-II, MSc Physics Part-II, MSc Sports Science & PE Part-II, MSc Statistics Part-II, MSc Social Work Part-II, MSc Zoology Part-II and MA History Part-I & II.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Punjab University an awareness seminar on hepatitis

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 13:09
Lahore:April 25: Punjab University Institute of Social and Cultural Studies (ISCS) organised an awareness seminar on hepatitis at its auditorium here on Tuesday. Dean Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences Prof Dr Zakria Zakar, Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization Dr Farah Rauf Shakoori, resource person Dr Abdul Rauf Janjua from University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, faculty members, shopkeepers and students participated in the awareness seminar. Addressing the participants, Dr Abdul Rauf Janjua said hepatitis was a curable disease but ‘we need to take preventive measures to avoid spread of such disease.’The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

PMAS-AAUR 19th convocation 74 students decorated with medals

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 11:37
Rawalpindi:April 25:As many as 3,613 graduates of Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) were awarded degrees while 74 students were decorated with medals at the 19th convocation, here on Tuesday. As many as 26 students received PhD degrees, 656 were awarded MPhil & MS degrees, 1,450 secured masters degrees, while 1,481 students got undergraduate degree in their respective disciplines. Gold medals were awarded to 49 students on their outstanding performance in their academic record while 13 bagged silver and 12 secured bronze in the convocation. Pakistan Agriculture Research Council Chairman Dr. Yousaf Zafar was the chief guest while PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Sarwat N Mirza, China Huazhong Agriculture University delegation, deans, directors, faculty members, graduates and their parents were also attended the convocation. Dr. Yousaf Zafar urged the outgoing graduates to give their best input through transforming the knowledge and skills they acquired during their academic life into practical endeavours for the prosperity and well-being of the country. Earlier, PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Sarwat N. Mirza in his welcome address said said the university has allocated funds to enable staff and students to engage in research activities aimed at providing solutions to societal problems besides promoting and defending intellectual and academic freedom, scholarship and innovation in the field of education. The faculty members have earned a good number (129) research projects worth Rs577.154 million from different funding agencies like HEC, PSF, PARC, & UAF,” he added. Encouraging the students for their efforts he said “We share the joy and glory with your parents, guardians, sponsors and faculty members of the departments who have made significant contributions to your education PhDs Degrees Sunbal Khalil Chaudhari (Botany), Muhammad Maqsood (Botany), Muhammad Shoaib Amjad (Botany), Farhat Yasmeen (Botany), Surrya Khanam (Zoology), Shahnaz Bibi (Zoology), Khalil Hameed (Zoology), Muhammad Aqeel Aslam (Agronomy), Abdul Ahad (Horticulture), Zaheer Mehmood (Horticulture), Mah Jabeen Tariq (Plant Breeding & Genetics), Adnan Ahmad (Plant Pathology), Muhammad Azeem (Soil Science), Muhammad Javed (Soil Science), Shah Rukh (Soil Science), Tariq Ziad (Soil Science), Luqman Riaz (Environmental Sciences), Mateen Shafqat (Environmental Sciences), Lubna Ansari (Forestry & Range Management Sciences), Bushra Allah Rakha (Wildlife Management), Saima Yousaf (Wildlife Management), Sumaira Khalid Butt (Food Technology), Saima Tariq (Food Technology), Raja Tahir Mahmood (Biochemistry), Muhammad Saqlain (Biochemistry), Shumaila Shaheen (Biochemistry) Gold Medallists Nadeem Shah (B.Sc Hons. Plant Pathology), Muhammad Zahid Farooq (M.Sc Hons. Agriculture Extension), Maryam Mumtaz (M.Sc Hons. Entomology), Maila Al Saba Shah (M.Sc Hons. Horticulture), Samia Fatima (M.Sc. Hons. Plant Breeding & Genetics), Sundas Arooj Butt (M.Sc. Hons. Soil Science), Kanza Sajid (M.Sc Botany), Saba Mumtaz (M.Sc. Zoology), Saadat Ali (M.Sc Mathematics), Tatheer Fatima (MPhil Biology), Imran Khan (MPhil Botany), Huma Shaheen (M.Phil Zoology), Rubab Mubarik (BS Economics), Ansa Sadaf (M.Sc. Anthroplogy), Amara Aftab (M.Sc Economics), Shajia Saleem (M.Sc Education), Arshad Iqbal (M.Ed), Nadia Zaheer (M.Phil Economics), Zia-ur-Rehman (M.Phil Education), Ayesha Kiran (M.Phil Socilogy), Nooruddin (BS Forestry), Mudassar Hussain (M.Phil Forestry & Range Management), Hammad Nayyar Ghauri (DVM), Anees ul Mustafa (B.Sc Agricultural Engineering), Waqar Muhammad (M.Sc Hons. Agricultural Engineering), Iram Jamil (BBA Hons), Gul e Hina Ijaz (MBA Agribusiness), Zoya Malik (MS), Sania Mushtaq (BSCS), Areaba Ahmed (BSIT), Shahzaib Nisar (MCS), Sabira Feroz (MSCS), Ayesha Bukhari (M.Sc Hons Food Technology), Ghanan Bin Akhtar (BS Biochemistry), Attia Rehman (M.Phil Biochemistry), Muhammad Ibrar (BSCS), Muhammad Usman (BSIT), Nayab Naseer (MIT), Hina Yasin (MCS), Umar Farooq (MSCS), Muhammad Faizan Shabbir (BBA Hons), Ahtesham Khurshid (BSCS), Muhammad Afzal (MCS), Ayesha Faryad (MCS), Ijaz Ahmad (M.Sc Mathematics), Hafiza Sana Ashraf (MCS), Sami Ullah (MIT), Humaira Parveen (M.Sc Economics), Sajida Parveen (M.Sc Mathematics) Silver Medalists Afzaal Azmat Khan (B.Sc Hons. Agronomy), Salman Javed (BS Economics), Muhammad Farrukh Iqbal (BS Forestry), Ammara Khaliq (DVM), Filza Fatima Rizvi (B.Sc Agricultural Engineering), Rukhsana Perveen (BBA Hons), Arslan Ahmad (BSCS), Saqib Shehzad (BSIT), Humera Shafi (BS Biochemistry), Tahir Bilal Pasha (BSCS), Asad Farooq (BSIT), Daniyal Maqsood (BBA Hons.), Muhammad Qasim Zaman (BSCS) Bronze Medalists Rana Arsalan Javaid (B.Sc Hons. Plant Breeding & Genetics), Kinza Ahmed (BS Economics), Muhammad Ali (BS Forestry), Hafiz Mian Muhammad Awan (DVM), Ehtisham Maqbool (B.Sc Agricultural Engineering), Sidra Shahid (BBA Hons), Ali Zia Khan (BSCS), Hussain Ali (BSIT), Iqra Shafique (BS Biochemistry), Sohaib Ali (BSCS), Fariha Akram Mir (BSIT), Muhammad Bilal (BSCS).The news.RawalpindiUniversity in rawalpindiAgriculture University Rawalpindi

Punjab University an awareness seminar on hepatitis

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 11:36
Lahore:April 25: Punjab University Institute of Social and Cultural Studies (ISCS) organised an awareness seminar on hepatitis at its auditorium here on Tuesday. Dean Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences Prof Dr Zakria Zakar, Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization Dr Farah Rauf Shakoori, resource person Dr Abdul Rauf Janjua from University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, faculty members, shopkeepers and students participated in the awareness seminar. Addressing the participants, Dr Abdul Rauf Janjua said hepatitis was a curable disease but ‘we need to take preventive measures to avoid spread of such disease.’The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Punjab University first conference in special education

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 11:34
Lahore:April 25: Punjab University Department of Special Education organised first international conference on research in special education at the university’s Environmental Law Auditorium here on Tuesday. Researchers from various parts of the world including Prof Dr Aftab A Khan from USA, Prof Dr Barbarra Fogarty from New Zealand, Prof Dr G Hussain Rasool from United Kingdom, Dr Amjad Saqib, Prof Dr Abdul Hameed, Prof Dr Nasir Sulman, Department of Special Education Chairperson Dr Humaira Bano, researchers from various parts of the country and a large number of students were present. The theme of the conference was “Addressing diversity through education". Dr Humaira Bano said the conference was a good platform to lay foundation of an endless road where students would have the opportunity to rediscover, explore and transform new ideas in the field of special education.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

HED finalised five varsities VCs Advertisement

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 11:33
LAHORE:April 25: Higher Education Department (HED), Punjab on Tuesday finalised the advertisement for the post of Vice-Chancellor (VC) of five public sector universities in the province. These universities include the University of Home Economics, Lahore; Women University, Multan; University of Okara; University of Jhang and Ghazi University, Dera Ghazi Khan. Sources in the HED said the advertisements would soon be placed in the media to search for the suitable candidates for these universities. Notifications issued in this regard read that the ban imposed by the Election Commission of Pakistan is not applicable in these cases as the Supreme Court of Pakistan had issued directions on April 22 in Human Rights Case No 13865-P. As per the eligibility criteria, the applicants must not be more than 65 years of age on the last date fixed for submission of applications and the applicants preferably have earned PhD degree from a recognised institution.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreLahore College for Women University

inaugural ceremony under PHEC's Induction Training of College

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 10:58
LAHORE:24 April: Teachers must focus on the conceptual learning of the students and should discourage rote memorisation which erodes the critical ability and productivity of education system. This was said by Provincial Minister for Higher Education Syed Raza Ali Gilani while addressing the inaugural ceremony of the first batch of new college teachers under PHEC's Induction Training of College Teachers programme, according to a press release issued Monday. The ceremony which held at Faculty Development Academy was also attended by PHEC Chairperson Prof Dr Mohammad Nizamuddin, UoE Vice-Chancellor Prof Rauf-e-Azam, Additional Secretary Muhammad Tanvir Jabbar, and Academic Committee for Training of PHEC. Emphasising the need for teacher training Raza Gilani said the modern trends of learning at the global level were rapidly changing, our teacher must get their knowledge and skills up to date matching the global trends. “We need to enable our teachers to effectively share the knowledge and skills with the students in our classrooms, to bring students to their own level by their knowledge, skill and competence. For this we have to change our system; there is a dire need to teach the teachers” the minister said. “At Faculty Development Academy, we have the best resource person to train you for this 12 days intensive training programme” he added. Talking about restoring the trust of students and parents on the public colleges, the minister said that we were to understand the learning needs of our students; create their interest towards learning; and handle them with respect, love and politeness. This would bring the students to public colleges and help them in conceptual learning. Speaking about the BS 4-year programme run by selected public sector colleges of Punjab, the minister said the programme is being extended after a thorough evaluation “By 2020, we are planning to introduce BS 4-year programme in 736 public sector colleges of Punjab” he said. Trusting upon the newly-inducted lecturers, the minister said “we rely on you for the success of this programme; you have the experience of that semester system; you have up-to-date knowledge, and you have a devotion” he maintained. The minister said that total 3,271 lecturers have been inducted this year, the majority of them are women “we are encouraging females to be the part of college faculty” he said. “To improve the college-student ratio, we will recruit around 4,000 more college teachers in the year to come” he added, ”we have built 26 new colleges in the province as well” he added. He said that a 12-day training programme will be monitored and evaluated and there would be no compromise on the quality. “We have devised a proper mechanism; this training and the future ones, have been linked with the regularisation, promotion, scholarship, and transfer posting of the faculty members, only those who will perform better will reap the benefits” he added. The minister maintained that the commerce colleges of the province have also come under the administrative ambit of HED, “we will develop the structure, make up missing facilities, and work on capacity building of those colleges” he added. Welcoming the college teachers at Faculty Development Academy, Chairperson PHEC Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin said that a 12-day training programme is designed to orient the newly-inducted college lecturers with new teaching methodologies, class management skills and service rules, regulations and process. “You are the pioneer of this training programme; we are going to make you know that your role is more than a teacher, you people are the active members of higher education department to meet its vision of quality higher education,” said Dr Nizam. He emphasised that college teachers should adopt interactive learning approach rather than lecture the students “you should make your classrooms more interactive, inclusive and discussion oriented, should encourage a two-day learning to boost the critical learning abilities of students” Dr Nizam added. “Faculty Development Academy of PHEC practice this innovative and interactive approach; we are providing our teachers with full residential facilities so that they may interact with each other, know themselves, and share their knowledge and skills” he maintained. Dr Nizam appreciated the Higher Education Department, the Punjab government for making the induction training as pre-condition for promotion/regularisation. Additional Secretary HED, Muhammad Tanveer Jabbar, at this eve, said “There were not proper induction training of the college teachers before, which was begetting the issues of quality and competency of teaching and teachers; establishment of Faculty Development Academy with the collaboration of PHEC has provided a proper training institute for teacher training.The news.Lahore

genuine knowledge depended on books study World Book Day

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 10:57
LAHORE:24 April: Managing Director Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board Abdul Qayyum Monday said book was vital in seeking, imparting and promoting knowledge. Addressing the participants of a walk held on the occasion of the World Book Day, the MD said genuine knowledge depended on books’ study.He said study broadened vision of man and an ignorant man could not make distinction between good and evil. Qayyum said progress of any nation hinged upon knowledge. He stressed the need of inculcating the habit of study in children before going to sleep. About modern psychological troubles, the MD said study of good books kept man away from several problems. The walk started from the PCTB, Gulberg-3 and culminated at Qaddafi Stadium.The news.Lahore

PU inaugural ceremony of Pakistan Co-curricular Competitions

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 10:55
LAHORE:24 April: Punjab Minister for Higher Education Syed Raza Ali Gillani has said that Pakistan’s young generation is full of potential and their abilities must be utilised for the development of the country. He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of All Pakistan Co-curricular Competitions being jointly organised by Punjab University, Punjab Higher Education Commission, National Accountability Bureau and Lahore College for Women’s University, at New Campus here on Monday, according to a press release issued here. Addressing the ceremony, Syed Raza Ali Gillani said that we must remove the inferiority complex of giving preference to English speaking people. He said if we follow the principles of Islam, the West would start following us. He said that Pakistan had provided us an opportunity to excel in and now it is up to us to use our professional energies for development.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

conference on “Research in Special Education at PU Law College

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 10:54
LAHORE:24 April: Punjab University (PU) Department of Special Education in collaboration with Higher Education Commission, Punjab Higher Education Commission and Punjab Welfare Trust for the Disabled will organise inaugural ceremony of three-day international conference on “Research in Special Education” on Tuesday (today) at PU Law College Auditorium. According to a press release, PHEC Chairman Dr Muhammad Nizam-ud-Din, Dr Amjad Saqib, Prof Dr Barbra, Prof Dr Aftab, Prof Dr Muhammad Tahir and other will address the ceremony.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Pakistan Co-curricular competitions 2018 begin at Punjab University

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 10:10
LAHORE:23 April: Aimed at promoting national solidarity the second five-day All Pakistan Co-curricular competitions 2018 will begin on Monday (today) at Punjab University IER with participation of over 1,500 students from Punjab, Sindh, KPK, Balochistan and Kashmir in 14 competition categories. According to a press release issued here on Sunday, the event is a joint venture of Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC), Punjab University, The Educationist, NAB and Lahore College for Women University. Punjab Higher Education Commission Chairman Dr Nizamuddin is the chief guest of the opening ceremony at Faisal Auditorium. The ceremony would be held in four halls of the university simultaneously including Faisal Auditorium, Al-Razi Hall and Waheed Shaheed Hall from April 23 to April 27. Around 920 participants are from Punjab, 15 from Sindh, 11 from KPK, 18 from Balochistan and 5 from Kashmir. Furthermore, groups of students from schools all around Pakistan will be visiting. The main purpose of conducting this mega event is to promote national unity and harmony among provinces. It aims to provide a chance to people coming from different provinces to come forward and talk with one another. The event comprises competitions of Qirat, Naat, Debates (Urdu, English, Punjabi), Photography, Essay writing, Poetry, Painting, National Songs and Theatre Dramas among school and university students in three separate categories including School Junior, School Senior and College/University. certificates: Punjab Nursing Director General Kausar Parveen has said in every sector appreciation certificates must be awarded to those who are performing up to the mark and field of nursing has special emphasis in this regard. She was addressing a function held at Neuro Surgery Unit-2 of Lahore General Hospital (LGH) where 17 nurses were awarded with certificates, according to a press release issued here on Sunday. Professor of Neuro Surgery Dr Khalid Mahmood attended the ceremony. Kausar Parveen lauded the efforts of Prof Khalid Mahmood on introducing new techniques in neuro surgery and said it has been proved ‘our doctors have full capability to meet any challenge and bring innovations in medical field’. The DG nursing said apart from appreciation strict discipline compliance also being observed for nurses and inquiry has been initiated against those two hospitals’ nurses who found using mobile phones during their duty time. She said the government has given special emphasis on equipping the nurses with modern education and training and 4th badge of nurses has been sent to Turkey which would come back as master trainer to provide training to other nurses as well. She said this step would help directly to extend better medical facilities to the patients. Kausar Parveen said nurses who completed specialisations must be posted in wards otherwise action would be initiated against nursing superintendents.the news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Three-day seminar on physics at Lahore College Women University

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 10:09
LAHORE:23 April: A three-day international seminar on physics was held at Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) under the supervision of Prof Dr Rehana Zia, Head of the Department of Physics. The aim of the event was to provide a platform for the students to interact with the leading scientists, scholars, researchers and engineers from academia. The seminar was inaugurated by Vice Chancellor, LCWU, Prof Dr Uzma Qureshi. Eminent Physicist of Pakistan Dr Samar Mubarakmand delivered a lecture and participated in the seminar as special guest, according to a press release issued here on Sunday. He remarked that the seminar has provided an opportunity to the students of LCWU to exchange views with the veteran physicists. Prominent Physicists of Pakistan addressed the students and participants of the seminar.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreLahore College for Women University

Supreme Court ordered VC of three universities to step down

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 10:08
LAHORE:23 April: A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court on Sunday ordered vice chancellors of three public sector universities to step down and removed the woman vice chancellor of Lahore College for Women University after she declined to resign, remarking that the state of education in Punjab was in complete disarray. The bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Ijazul Ahsan, resumed hearing of suo motu notice of reports that the vice chancellor of Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), Prof Dr Uzma Quraishi, was appointed to the post without merit, at the Lahore Registry on weekly holiday. The bench was also seized with the issue of appointment of vice chancellors at other public sector universities. The CJ issued orders to the Punjab government to fill the posts purely on merit, through newly-constituted search committees. He remarked that the Supreme Court could not tolerate any appointment without transparency as the state of education in the province is in complete disarray. The vice chancellors of Fatima Jinnah Medical University, Faisalabad Medical University and Rawalpindi Medical University resigned in compliance with the court orders without any delay. However, Dr Uzma Quraishi, while appearing before the bench, insisted that her appointment had been made on merit, saying her career would become tainted if she resigned. The chief justice responded that he was fully aware of Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal’s role in her appointment. However, Prof Quraishi, clarified that Ahsan Iqbal had no role in her appointment and her appointment was made purely on merit and in a transparent manner. Responding to a query, she conceded that Ahsan Iqbal had been a student of her father. “Attempts have been made to malign me,” she added. Her insistence not to step down compelled the CJ to issue order of her suspension and removal. Punjab Health Minister Khwaja Salman Rafique, Secretary Najam Shah and Higher Education Secretary Nabeel Awan were presented in the court. Punjab Higher Education Minister Syed Ali Raza Gilani also appeared on the court orders. Minister Raza Gilani informed the bench that Quraishi’s appointment was not made during his tenure, adding that the inquiry of the matter was forwarded to him for which a committee had been formed. The chief justice directed the education minister and secretary to reconstitute an inquiry committee after having consultation with chief minister to decide pending complaints against Prof Quraishi regarding her research work. The chief justice questioned how seniors were sidelined in the appointment process. “Is this the Punjab government’s (efficiency),” he asked. “Who is responsible for over two-year delay in the appointment of the Punjab University vice chancellor: secretary, minister or chief minister?” asked the chief justice and observed, “It shows incompetence of the government.” The chief justice directed the education minister and secretary to appoint the senior-most professor of the university as acting vice chancellor till the appointment of a regular VC. The chief justice also asked them to constitute new search committees for appointment of VCs to three medical universities. The secretary education informed the court that a search committee formed for the Punjab University VC could be asked to recommend names for the LCWU as well. The court accepted the suggestion. During the course of proceedings, the CJ was irked after the secretary education stated that the appointment of a regular VC to Punjab University could not be made before August 5. He was of the view that a large number of candidates had applied for the top slot of the largest educational institute of the province. And their scrutiny needed sufficient time. The chief justice chided the secretary and remarked that he had never come across a DMG officer like him, who was leaving no stone unturned to protect the interest of a political government. The CJ directed the secretary to make appointment of a regular VC to the PU within six weeks. The Punjab advocate general informed the bench that a search committee had been formed which comprises Razzaq Dawood, Zafar Iqbal Quraishi and Umar Saif. Chief Justice Nisar approved the body members and remarked that the committee will recommend names for appointment of VCs to the public sector universities. Former PU VC Prof Zakria Zakar, who had resigned a day earlier on the court orders, turned up and sought mercy from the court in his case. He said he had been serving the university for 28 years with unblemished career. He said he made one mistake and was punished. CJP Nisar came down hard on him saying, the court was fully aware of his financial affairs. “If you want to challenge the court, we can refer an inquiry to the Federal Investigation Agency,” the chief justice told Prof Zakar. Before concluding the proceedings, the chief justice asked Health Minister Salman Rafique that his presence was not required at every hearing, unless the court summoned him. Addressing Khwaja Salman, the CJ remarked in a lighter vein, “Tell your brother, (Railways Minister) Saad Rafique that anything can happen anytime”. Hearing another suo motu notice case regarding alleged irregularities at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC), Lahore, Chief Justice Saqib Nisar directed for placing the name of member board PIC Afzaal Bhatti on the Exit Control List (ECL). Bhatti is also commissioner Overseas Pakistanis Commission, Punjab. The court ordered the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore Director General (DG) Saleem Shehzad to probe the case. PIC head Nadeem Hayat and others were present in the court. The chief justice asked as to how a dual national [Afzaal Bhatti] was appointed the overseas commissioner and PIC board member at the same time. The chief justice was informed that he was receiving an amount of Rs500,000 monthly as salary. At this, Justice Saqib Nisar remarked that how could he receive such a high salary when a chief secretary, who is at the top of the bureaucracy in a province, is receiving Rs180,000? “We cannot ignore favouritism in recruitments,” he said, adding that the matter would be sent to NAB for further investigation. “The court will get to the bottom of the PIC mismanagement case,” the CJP remarked. The chief justice summoned the Lahore NAB chief and ordered for placing the name of Afzaal Bhatti on the ECL. The court summoned all concerned in the case on April 28. Managing Director of Punjab Mass Transit Authority Sibtain Fazl-i-Aleem told the Supreme Court that the project of Orange Line Metro Train would be completed by the end of May. He said the government had set the target to inaugurate the project on May 10; however, it may be delayed till May 25. CJ Nisar told him to complete the project as soon as possible as it was causing a great dust on roads. “I think you would not take it beyond May 31,” said the chief justice referring to the deadline for upcoming caretaker set-up. Mr Aleem had appeared before the court being member of a search committee formed for appointment of the vice chancellor. Taking suo motu notice on lack of treatment facilities for children born with cholesterol, Justice Saqib Nisar ordered the Punjab Health Minister Khwaja Salman Rafique to obtain within 10 days the machine required to treat patients with high cholesterol. The chief justice wondered as to why no hospital in the country had that machine, saying that if the government did not have funds, the court could get financial assistance from the rich people and get it on its own. However, the health minister assured the court that the machine would be imported and all relevant facilities would be provided. Punjab Health Secretary Najam Shah and some senior doctors present in the court told the chief justice that the children had been suffering from a rare disease since birth which keeps disturbing the cholesterol level in their body. The doctors said they never came across any such patient during their whole career. As the hearing commenced, the parents of a child said they were mistreated in a hospital and sought some other relief until the machine arrives in Pakistan. The chief justice said the children would be treated in Pakistan and the parents should not seek an excuse to leave the country. Dr Ayaz from the Services Hospital stated that the machine required for their dialysis like treatment was not available in Pakistan. He said the machine would cost Rs7 to Rs8 million if the government wanted to import it. The CJ observed that the Supreme Court was ready to arrange for the money for the purchase of the machine if the government had any financial constraints. “I can arrange the amount by this evening from any philanthropist,” said the chief justice. However, Health Minister Khwaja Salman Rafiq undertook that the government would import the machine itself within no time. The chief justice directed the government to ensure the best available treatment of the children in the meantime. Earlier, hearing a suo motu notice of security for unauthorised persons, the chief justice remarked that 4,610 policemen recalled from protocol duties by the Punjab government would save Rs38 billion public money a year. The bench observed that the amount didn’t include the cost of fuel and vehicles. “If the same money was spent on health and education, things would have been different,” the chief justice Nisar observed. Later, in a separate case, the CJP expressed serious concerns over non-payment of salaries to ladies health workers, observing that why these workers have not been regularised. Justice Nisar also said that the lady health workers had been protesting for two days, but their voice was not heard. The CJ directed the secretary to resolve their issues. He also suspended the transfer order of Assistant Land Record Iram Shehzadi from one district to another, with directive to DG Land Record to present the record on the next hearing. After hearing the cases, when the CJ left for his home and his vehicle came on the road in front of the Supreme Court Lahore Registry, a number of litigants came in front of his vehicle and stopped his car, pleading with him to hear their grievances. The CJ asked the litigants to appear in his chamber. He came back and heard the complaints of citizens.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreLahore College for Women University

PITB launches hotline for 53,000 public schools

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 15:04
LAHORE:21 April: A hotline service for more than 53,000 public schools in Punjab was launched on Thursday. The initiative was taken by the School Education Department in collaboration with the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB). PITB Chairperson Dr Umar Saif launched the service. While addressing the participants, Dr Umar Saif said, “Punjab’s education system is among the largest networks in the world where performance of students and teachers will be monitored in real time by 1,143 school inspectors and education officials.” He added that the realtime monitoring will not only be limited to the attendance of students and teachers, cleanliness, and the provision of tap water but will also include questionnaires for students to gauge the standard of education being provided. PITB chairman’s office fired at by sniper in Lahore He maintained that during the soft launch of the hotline service two months ago, it was revealed that out of 9,200 complaints that were received, at least 77 % had been addressed to the complainant’s satisfaction. Dr Saif said that the hotline number, 042-111-11-2020, had been prominently displayed outside public schools, which were open from 8am to 8pm for the community, parents and students. Earlier, Special Secretary Education Punjab Rana Hassan Akhtar lauded the PITB’s interventions in the education sector and termed the initiative a huge success. Later, Umar Saif distributed shields among those officials associated with the project. Published in The Express Tribune, April 20th, 2018.Lahore

PPLA postpones sit-in for two weeks

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 15:03
LAHORE:21 April: The protesters, led by the Punjab Professors and Lecturer Association (PPLA), on Thursday postponed their sit-in for two weeks after successful negotiations with the government. A 10-member committee chaired by Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) Secretary Nabeel Awan held negotiations on the demands made by the PPLA. After successful talks, it was decided that each point on the demand list would be deliberated upon and committee had been formed for the purpose. In response, PPLA postponed its sit-in for two weeks. Earlier, continuing their sit-in outside the Punjab Civil Secretariat, the college teachers had threatened to block the GT Road and boycott election duties if the government did not accept their demands. PPLA had set up camp and blocked the Lower Mall area for traffic. The teachers have been protesting against the Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) for a number of demands, including one-step pay-scale upgrade, implementation of timescale, pay protection, an end to pay cuts, professional allowances for teachers and principals, devolution of powers, restoration of MPhil and PhD allowances and lifting of the ban on study leave for the teachers. Punjab’s HED stinks with corruption On the second day of the protest, the college teachers shouted slogans against the HED and demanded the withdrawal of recent policies, especially the ‘rationalisation policy’. They also demanded house requisition similar to that given by the federal government and appointment of educationists against the posts of chairmen of intermediate and secondary education boards, instead of commissioners. They demanded that the HED must stop cutting conveyance allowance during summer vacations. PPLA Secretary General Shafiq Khalil Butt said the teachers had been protesting against the policies of the government for over five years. “During teachers’ protest last year, Punjab Higher Education Minister Syed Raza Ali Gillani had ensured the protestors that he has accepted and promised to fulfill their demands by January,” he said. “However,” he continued “nothing was done and the teachers approached the government functionaries several times to remind them of their promises.” Published in The Express Tribune, April 20th, 2018.Lahore