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Orientation of Rawalpindi Law College students held

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:29
Rawalpindi:January 9: Chief Executive of Rawalpindi Law College (RLC) Peerzada Rahat Masood Quddusi said that the lawyers of today are the future of Pakistan. These students will lead the nation in the practical life and will enlighten their country and will elevate the green flag to its zenith, says a press release. He stated this while addressing the students of RLC in a welcome party arranged for the new students of LLB-I. RLC Principal Mushtaq Ali Khan Baloch, Jinnah Institute of Informatics & Commerce Principal Masood Sultan Ch. and Rawalpindi College of Commerce Principal Hamid Mehmood were also present on the occasion. Rahat Quddusi said the law students must be updated with the latest innovations in their profession because traditional modes of these legal practices do not lead to the professional culmination. The law students must be completely aware of the new academic dimensions and the practical facets of the legal profession. He said that the lawyers are the most significant community of a state who play vital role in seeking justice for human being. RLC in affiliations with the Punjab University is diligently performing its educational and professional duties for the last 30 years. I feel great pleasure and elevation to mention that RLC produced exemplary results in Annual Examination of 2016-17 of the Punjab University. I pray that RLC should continue achieving its goals and progress continuously and our green Pak flag should be at the top in the comity of the nations of the world. At the end of the ceremony, students performed different skits, tableaus, songs and funny speeches.The news.RawalpindiUniversity in rawalpindiRawalpindi Medical College

SLS School celebrates ‘World as a Global Village

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:27
Rawalpindi:January 9: All campuses of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori & High School are celebrating ‘World as a Global Village’ as the theme for their on-going term. Following this theme SLS Tufail Road Branch recently held an Information Fair in which they highlighted a wide array of cultural traditions, food, performances and music from around the globe, says a press release. The purpose of the information fair was to make the students aware of the rapid globalisation and its effects on our everyday life style. Multiple display corners were decorated by each grade level and the school ground looked like a small global village. The primary & secondary students displayed as well as presented projects related to sports, art, culture, style, food and music to show that how a simple melody, a mouth-watering cuisine or a festival celebrated anywhere across the globe aims towards a peaceful global community. The primary students focused on the global aspects of food, sports and festivals. The display corners were seen to be packed with visitors as the students confidently explained in detail about various food chains being run across the globe and the diverse range of sports played in different parts of the world and how they are contributing towards globalization. A display corner show casing various festivals celebrated across the globe was loved by everyone. One by one the students shared information about the origin and religious associations of festivals like Eid, Halloween, Christmas, The Dragon Festival and Basant. The secondary students emphasized on the global aspect of media and music. Students of grade 7 and grade 8 described the importance of social media in connecting people all across the globe and the role of music in bringing people closer through melodies respectively. The highlight of the Information Fair was the colourful and stylish ‘Global Bridal Couture’ pageant in which the girls of grade 9th and 10th dressed up as brides from across the globe. One by one they walked up the stage and very elegantly presented the versatility of styles adopted and shared by the women across the globe in terms of fashion. The special event was appreciated by the parents and students as they enjoyed food served at the food stalls. Managing Director SLS Schools Asiya Talha appreciated the Section Head Samina Zeeshan along with the staff and students and said that all across the globe people adapt to things that are not necessarily a part of their own country. This dependency is not restricted to commodities but it encompasses food, clothing, culture, economy and lifestyle. Therefore the need to understand that we are living in a highly connected globe has become urgent.The news.Rawalpindi

Zakaria is new Vice Chancellor of Punjab University

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:26
Lahore:January 9:Punjab Governor/Chancellor has appointed Dr Muhammad Zakaria Zakar as Vice Chancellor of Punjab University (PU) till the appointment of a regular official. The governor has accepted the resignation of interim VC Prof Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasar with effect from Jan 6. Dr Zaffar Mueen had abruptly resigned from the post after serving the university for around a year on an interim basis. It was alleged that he had resigned in protest against the Punjab government for pressurizing him to give 2-kanal of the university land to a seminary. However, according to PU teachers, the teaching community had resisted the move and the VC had not done so. They had even demanded the government hold an inquiry against former VC Dr Zaffar for his alleged corruption as highlighted by the Minister for Higher Education. Meanwhile, Punjab University’s Teachers Front (PU-TF) has demanded the government place the name of Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasar on the Exit Control List (ECL) and not to offer him a safe exit.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

New role: Dr Zakria Zakar to take charge as acting VC of PU today

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 12:15
LAHORE:08 January:Dr Zakria Zakar, who has been serving as the Dean of Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences and Director of the Institute of Social and Cultural Studies (ISCS) at the Punjab University, will take charge as the acting vice chancellor of the Punjab University on Monday (today). A notification in this regard is expected to be issued by the Punjab Higher Education Department (HED). According to sources of the HED, Dr Zakar was selected because he was one of the three shortlisted candidates for the position of VC for the Punjab University in 2015. The official said that the decision had been made and the department would soon issue a notification to this effect. When contacted, Punjab Higher Education Minister Syed Raza Ali Gillani confirmed the appointment of Dr Zakar for the Punjab University. Dr Zakar is being appointed to the position after provisional vice chancellor Dr Zafar Mueen Nasar resigned from the position recently. His resignation came after claims of government’s pressure to hand over land of the varsity as well as allegations on Dr Nasar for financial and administrative irregularities during his tenure. Dr Nasar contended that he had been under immense pressure by the Punjab government to give two kanals of land of the Punjab University to the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F). The government had asked for the land to build a mosque which was going to be demolished due to the Orange Line Metro Train project. On the other hand, Gillani had written to the chief minister of Punjab to probe the alleged irregularities by Dr Zafar and his use of chancellor’s powers without approval. In the 26-point charge-sheet, the minister recommended that the Chief Minister’s Inspection Team (CMIT) investigate the irregularities and asked for the removal of the provisional vice chancellor in the meantime. The Punjab government has been unable to finalise the appointment of a permanent VC at the Punjab University since 2015. A case, in the Lahore High Court (LHC), contesting the legal authority over the appointment of the VC, as well as appointing Dr Nasar as provisional vice chancellor until a decision was made. The case ended in favour of the Punjab government and the LHC, in April 2017, gave the Punjab government a go-ahead to appoint vice chancellors in public universities in the province. The court also told the government to appoint a vice chancellor from among the three names finalised by the vice chancellors’ search committee earlier. Among the proposed names were former vice chancellor Dr Mujhaid Kamran, Dr Zafar Mueen Nasar and Dr Zakria Zakar. However, the Punjab government decided to re-advertise the post after revamping the rules for the appointment of vice chancellors and the search committees. The Punjab government has since made little progress to appoint permanent vice chancellors and is in the process of finalising the procedures for the appointments. Dr Zakar is the recipient of the Presidential Pride of Performance in 2015 and also received the Best University Teacher Award for 2012-13 by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC). Published in The Express Tribune, January 8th, 2018.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Grade 3 students across Punjab to take part in test

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 12:14
LAHORE:08 January:The Punjab School Education Department (SED) has ordered to prepare for the six-monthly assessment of grade 3 students in public and Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) schools. A total of 430 schools have been selected for the assessment for March 18, out of which 250 are government-run schools and 180 are PEF schools. The children of these schools will take part in the examination scheduled to be held between February 26 and March 10. The schools are selected from all 36 districts of the province. The assessment will be held for three subjects -Urdu, Mathematics and English. Government introduces education programme for adults According to a letter sent by the SED, “The department is making concerted efforts to improve quality of education by measuring learning outcomes through the six-monthly assessments of Grade 3 students of government and PEF schools across Punjab.” The letter gave instruction for the staff of various departments and officials involved with the assessment process and also informed that external invigilators would conduct the exam. SED Secretary Dr Allah Baksh Malik told The Express Tribune that the assessment was part of the government’s literacy and numeracy test, through which they test the learning outcomes of children. The assessment was aimed at testing what the teachers’ have taught and what has been learned by the students. The test was not a traditional test, which the SED takes every three months, rather it had multiple choice questions, he said. “This assessment is in addition to exams taken by the SED and was administered and monitored by an external agency,” he said. He added that the current assessment was the mid-term test, and another one would be taken in October, when the academic year ended. He said that this assessment, taken by an external agency, was used to devise the district ranking of schools. The letter asked the District Education Authorities (DEAs) Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) to start preparing for the assessment and directed teachers in their jurisdiction to prepare their students for the tests. It further said that the Technical Assistance Management Organisation (TAMO), a private firm, and School Reform Roadmap team representatives would perform the invigilation and monitoring duties of the assessment test in selected schools. The letter stated, “CEOs (DEA) are requested to ensure schools cooperate with the invigilation and the monitoring teams at the time of the test.”The news. Lahore

Affiliation of 71 private colleges to be revoked

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 10:59
SARGODHA:03 January: The University of Sargodha syndicate in its third and last meeting of 2017 has approved disaffiliation of 71 private sector colleges for their poor performance and falling short of the required standards. It also approved the establishment of Noon Business School in recognition of the services of the Noon family for the cause of Pakistan. In addition, the syndicate approved the launching of an evening programme (certificate, diploma and MSc) in military sciences and management. As a long-awaited step, the revised service statutes of the employees of grades 1 to 21 were also recommended. The syndicate approved the appointment of more than 150 regular faculty members in different departments of the university, including eight professors, nine associate professors, 32 assistant professors and 80 lecturers. The appointments, made through a merit-based transparent process, were recommended by two successive selection boards. The syndicate took notice of the alleged subversive activities of a teacher and recommended his removal from all statutory bodies, including the office of social sciences dean. It approved to grant 15 PhD degrees to candidates of different faculties. It also sanctioned an increase of 200-400 per cent in the death compensation benefits for the families of the deceased employees of the university during their service by bringing the benefits on a par with that of the government employees. The meeting chaired by Vice Chancellor Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmed was attended by all syndicate members, including GCU Lahore VC Prof Dr. Hassan Amir Shah, parliamentarians Dr. Nadia Aziz, Waris Kaloo and Gazanfar Cheena, representatives from higher education department and Higher Education Commission, education board secretary and principals of Jauharabad and Mianwali colleges. Published in Dawn, January.SargodhaSargodha University

Govt asks Punjab University to give land to religious party

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 10:57
LAHORE:03 January: The Punjab government on Monday asked the Punjab University (PU) administration to hand over its prime two kanals to a religious party. Adviser to Chief Minister Khwaja Ahmed Hassaan held a meeting with the university authorities at 90 Shahrah-i-Quaid-i-Azam on Monday and forced them to let the government acquire the land without any delay. PU Vice Chancellor Zaffar Mueen Nasar, four deans, resident officers 1 and 2, the treasurer and the director of sports were present. The Punjab government had acquired the land of a seminary at Chauburji to accommodate the route of the Orange Line Train project, and now forced the university to give up its land to compensate the seminary. Seminary land was acquired for Orange Line train project One of the participants in the meeting told Dawn that the university authorities asked Mr Hassaan to build the seminary in question on the acquired land of the PU near the PIA Planetarium. “The provincial government told the PU administration and teachers that the land would remain property of the university and the mosque or seminary would also be constructed by the PU using its own procedures and offices,” a varsity official told Dawn. “The fact is the government’s agreement with the mosque committee reveals the contract guarantees allocation of land for the mosque/seminary at a place in the university grounds at Old Campus and it will always remain in the legal control of the mosque administration while the PU administration will have nothing to do with it.” The PU Academic Staff Association recently passed a resolution against the purposed land plan. They said under the PU Act, the land only could be used for academic purposes. Last week, a meeting of all PU deans and principals of constituent colleges was held under the chairmanship of the VC Dr Nasar for a syndicate meeting they demanded that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif stop snatching the PU land and instead, construct the mosque on the premises of other government offices on Lake Road (next to Madrassatul Banat). In the last decade, the government has taken over over 33 PU kanals for the expansion of Pekhewal Mor, the Baba Ground (a.k.a. Chishtia High School Ground) next to the Punjab Secretariat, over 305 kanals for Maulana Shaukat Ali Road, eight-kanals for the Orange Train and now eyes on two kanals more for the same project. The Punjab government has not paid even a single penny to the PU for the land. Sources say then VC Dr Mujahid Kamran gave away the land for road under an unwritten promise from the government that he would be given the third tenure as PU VC. The road has cut the once lush green serene PU New Campus into two halves . The road claimed the life of a female student when a bus hit her on Dec 13. The provincial government had also promised to build two underpasses and paying Rs300 million to the PU for the acquired land. Despite the passages of years, the government has not fulfilled its promise. The government also violated the agreement regarding construction of the commercial market on both sides of the road. The New Campus land was bought from the government by paying around Rs6.4m in 1963. In 1997, then VC Prof Dr Khalid Hameed Sheikh had preferred quitting the post, instead of giving four marlas to the government for a slip road at the Barkat Market crossing. Teachers urged the chief justice to take suo moto of ‘snatching’ of the PU land.Published in Dawn, LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Punjab University VC tells teachers land won’t be given to govt

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 10:55
LAHORE:03 January: Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Moeen Nasar on Tuesday assured faculty members that the varsity will not give the land of its Old Campus sports ground to the provincial government. He gave this assurance at a meeting of representatives of different groups of teachers on Tuesday. Academic Staff Association President Javed Sami, Secretary Iftikhar Ahmed Tarrar, Academic Forum President Prof Dr Saleem Mazhar, Prof Dr Fakhrul Haq Noori, Prof Dr Rafaqat Ali Akbar, Prof Dr Sajid Rashid, Dr Mahboob Hussain and Dr Muhammad Farooq Shahid participated in the meeting. The government is said to be forcing the university administration to let it acquire two kanals of the varsity’s Old Campus sports ground near Chauburji to compensate a religious party. The Punjab government had acquired the seminary land at Chauburji to accommodate the route of the Orange Line Train project, and was now forcing the university to give up its land as compensation. Staff member says Hassaan told to give Planetarium land to religious party All groups of the university’s faculty members who are set to participate in the upcoming election of the syndicate had expressed concern over giving more land to the government to compensate a religious party. One of the participants said they met with Khwaja Ahmad Hassaan and pointed out another piece of government land that could be given to the religious party for constructing a seminary. He said the sports ground had historical significance as Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had addressed Muslims before the creation of Pakistan. And it would also impact the extracurricular activities of students, he said. The vice chancellor also assured the teachers that they would not give the land to the government and would instead suggest they give away the PIA Planetarium land to the religious party. Dr Nasar also expressed the desire that teachers play a role in promoting a positive environment at the university while participating in the syndicate’s upcoming elections. The meeting also condemned anonymous letters against the vice chancellor. All the groups of teachers agreed that mudslinging must be avoided and everybody should take care of each other’s self-respect. The meeting also agreed that such elements must be exposed and action taken against them.Published in Dawn, January 3rd, 2018LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Punjab University teachers to resist govt demand

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 10:54
LAHORE:January 3:Punjab University (PU) teachers expressing concern over the request of the Punjab government demanding two kanal prime PU land at Old Campus sports ground observed that the university land could not be used other than academic and co-curricular purposes. They vowed to resist any such move. The meeting of different groups of teachers was convened by the Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Moeen Nasir who speaking on the occasion said the teachers must respect each other to ensure pleasant academic atmosphere on the campus.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Govt releases Rs3.5b to district authorities for schools

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 13:23
LAHORE:02January:The Punjab government released Rs3.5 billion in the non-salary budget (NSB) for schools and placed the amount for each district in the Special Drawing Accounts (SDAs) of the District Education Authority’s Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) accounts. The released amount is the second installment for the fiscal year 2017-18 released by the provincial government. It also ordered to place the sanctioned amount in the existing District Education Authority (SDAs) of DEAs and District Education Officers (Secondary) (DEOs). The release of funds for the second quarter of the current fiscal year is part of the Punjab government’s move to give some financial independence to schools so that they could improve infrastructure, hire part-time staff etc. A formula has also been devised to pay the NSB funds to all primary, elementary, high and higher secondary schools in each of the 36 districts of the province. According to the allocation made for the 2nd quarter each district, Attock received Rs72.57 million, Bahawalnagar Rs123 million, Bahawalpur Rs92.31 million, Bhakkar Rs73.15 million, Chakwal Rs58.36 million, Chiniot Rs51.8 million, Dera Ghazi Khan Rs104.18 million, Faisalabad Rs243.9 million, Gujranwala Rs124.09 million, Gujrat Rs97.91 million, Hafizabad Rs45.64 million, Jehlum Rs48.73 million, Jhang Rs103.87 million, Kasur Rs118.46 million, Khanewal Rs123.12 million, Khushab Rs52.50 million, Lahore Rs168.42 million, Layyah Rs85.86 million, Lodhran Rs49.83 million, Mandi Bahauddin Rs62.38 million, Mianwali Rs70.13 million, Multan Rs106.93 million, Muzaffargarh Rs107.71 million, Nankana Sahib Rs54.85 million, Narowal Rs77.1 million, Okara Rs115.19 million, Pakpattan Rs71.68 million, Rahim Yar Khan Rs160.07 million, Rajanpur Rs53.43 million, Rawalpindi Rs116.09 million, Sahiwal Rs100.73 million, Sargodha Rs141.95 million, Sheikhupura Rs94.89 million, Sialkot Rs123.1 million, Toba Tek Singh Rs100.57 million and Vehari Rs105.3 million. The Punjab Management and Implementation Unit of the Punjab Education Sector Reform Programme (PMIU-PESRP) has also written a letter to all CEOs of DEAs to ensure allocation and transfer of funds to individual schools in their respective districts. The letter stated, “Chief Executive Officers, District Education Authorities are requested to ensure that every school council already has an exclusive bank account for these funds. The head teachers and co-chairperson will continue to be the custodian of school council funds as co-signatories. The school council NSB account can only be opened in the name of the school.” Furthermore, the letter said that all NSB funds provided to schools would be subject to audit by the Auditor General of Pakistan. The officials have also been directed to ensure ‘effective and efficient’ monitoring and utilization of the funds, the letter added. A similar transfer of NSB funds of Rs3.5 billion was made for the first quarter of the fiscal year 2017-18.Published in The Express Tribune, January 2nd, 2018.Lahore

GC University completes 154 years

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 13:21
LAHORE:January 2: Government College University (GCU), one of the oldest seats of higher learning in Pakistan, Monday completed 154 years of its academic journey. According to a press release, Founders' Day cake-cutting ceremony was held in which Vice-Chancellor Prof Hassan Amir Shah expressed gratitude to principals, professors and students whose hard work and efforts brought this great institution to its present position of eminence. He proudly said that GCU in its 154 years academic travel produced hundreds of eminent literary figures, politicians, two Nobel Laureates, four prime ministers, jurists, sportsmen, generals in armed forces and scientists. Prof Shah said the biggest challenge, which GCU had been facing for last many decades, was of space for initiating new academic programmes. “I hope, in 2018, this issue would be resolved to some extent, as the first phase of university's new campus at Kala Shah Kaku is near completion,” he added. A large number of Old Ravians also sent felicitation messages through letters, social media and email to their alma mater on its Founders' Day.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreGC University Lahore

After winter break Campuses re-open today

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 13:00
LAHORE:01January: After annual winter holidays, public sector schools and most of the private schools across Punjab will reopen on Monday (today). According to the schools department notification, the break schedule applies both on public and private schools. However, some private schools do not follow the schedule and adjust their break as per their own academic calendar. After annual winter holidays, public sector schools and most of the private schools across Punjab will reopen on Monday (today). According to the schools department notification, the break schedule applies both on public and private schools. However, some private schools do not follow the schedule and adjust their break as per their own academic calendar.The news.Lahore

Alhamra Literary sitting

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 12:58
LAHORE:01 January: English Literary Society and Progressive Writers' Association held a session on Japan-born British novelist and short-story writer Kazuo IShiguro at Alhamra Adbi Baithak. It was presided over by Prof Anwar-ul-Haq. The chief guests were Salma Awan and Asim Butt. The writers, including Amjad Tufail, Rubia Jilani, Raza Naeem, Asim Shujaee, Mian Salah-ud-Din, Comrade Shafique and Dr Atta-ul-Wudood gave their views saying the writer was a contemporary fiction writer of all times.The news.Lahore