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Punjab University students win

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 14:20
LAHORE:December 10: Punjab University students have clinched team trophy and four gold medals in All Pakistan Music Conference held at Open Air Theatre, Jinnah Bagh. PU College of Art & Design (CAD) student Ghufran Chishti, Muhammad Awais from Department of English, Zaroon from Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology and Nazar Abbas from Department of Psychology participated in the event. Besides this, the students from Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) Ali Jan and Shahid Ali clinched first position in Battle of Bands Eastern Music and Cultural Dance held at a private university in Lahore. PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir congratulated them on their extraordinary achievement. Meanwhile, PU Library organised a special lecture on effective communication skills and customers services. Corporate sector speaker Usman Ali Khan, Chief Librarian Dr Muhammad Haroon Usmani, Director Career Counselling and Placement Centre Dr Abdul Qayyum Chaudhry, other saffers and students were present.The news. LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Sanaullah for ‘law course’ instead of mere discourse

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 12:40
Lahore:December 9:Punjab Law Minister, Rana Sanaullah, has come up again with his typical energetic style to reinforce clarity in the minds of media seniors on tricky issues and controversies by putting himself in the (media) dock in a non-traditional style. This iconoclastic style is evident from Rana Sanaullah’s all-time preparedness with which he has been able to quench every curiosity by answering every possible question in the minds of the people represented through their unelected representatives i.e the media persons. Almost every question was asked and no one showed any uncalled for leniency towards Sana as against the perception spread by certain quarters that those attending such discussions have a pre-determined soft corner for the politicians in power, in Punjab, specifically.. The composure of one of the important ministers of the province indicated as if Sana was ready for this ‘mass inquisition as he was seen well prepared, finally succeeding in satisfying every questioner present at his interaction at 90, Shahrahe Quaide Azam, Lahore, the title held by Punjab Chief Minister Office since many years. In all, the central idea of this interaction was most probably to satisfy the public that no government, democratic or non-democratic could afford to play with fire intentionally or contribute towards the killings of citizens since the resultant situation always means disaster for the government of the day at the first instance and for the rest of the country at the second instance. The message thus conveyed was that no one in the Punjab administration’s higher echelons meaning thereby the political echelons had any designs in their minds to kill innocent people affiliated with Minhajul Quran or Dr Tahirul Qadri’s Pakistan Awami Tehreek. Now the question arises can anybody find out the reason as to why the government of Mian Shehbaz Sharif in Punjab or Law Minister Rana Sanaullah could have passed orders for the killing of PAT supporters when the administration’s operation in Model Town was aimed only at the removal of road barriers built by PAT people about which the courts had also been moved by the citizens of the locality for relief (from these barricades)? If this question of Rana Sanaullah is posed to people having experience and study of different eras of governance and governments in the country, whether they belong to politics, other national institutions or even media, they won’t be able to answer this question so confidently the way it has been answered by the minister with a logical approach that seems to be built on facts (facts should henceforth be taken for those facts that can be proved on the basis of solid evidence in a court of law otherwise things won’t reach any logical conclusion). The Law Minister has cleared the confusion about the government appeal and delay in the issuance of Baqar Najfi report. There has been no delay at all. This was quite a stunning disclosure in the ‘gossip perspective’. So far, for the last about three years, the gossip had it (almost everyone with little or more knowledge, believed it) that the Punjab government was deliberately delaying the report public. Accompanied with this gossip was another gossip that there was solid incriminating evidence present in the Najfi report that was dissuading the government from making it public. But, now after the lapse of about three years, the surprise bubble has burst like anything in one go. This in itself suffices to give benefit of doubt to Shehbaz government, as is being claimed, by inference, by Rana Sana and by the vocal lobby within PML-N. Answering some other very relevant questions, the Law Minister has laid emphasis on another important point that some kind of panicky situation led to knee-jerk reactions or killings without anyone in the government or higher ranks having any such intentions at all but “the process of law is going ahead in the courts of law on the basis of JIT investigations that also included a representative of MI. The JIT was headed by a police officer from outside the Punjab province in line with the demand made by PAT leadership. PAT leadership also opted for private complaint as a top priority instead of the routine trials on the basis of FIRs”. Answering another crucial question whether some compromise could materialize, Rana Sana said he himself went to the house of one of PAT leaders and double compensation money or’Deyat’ was also agreed upon for payment to the victims’ survivors but, unfortunately, the demand came that the compensation money should be given to the leadership instead of being given to the survivors. The utterances of Rana Sanaullah certainly appear to have been made by him in his own defence or in the defence of PML-N government of Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif in Punjab but this whole matter must not be seen in this perspective. Things should, instead, be seen and evaluated on the yardsticks which are in force for decades in the country’s legal system and they are more than sufficient yardsticks to adjudge the things fairly. Take for example a vital issue that deals with Najfi report. It has been ruled by the learned judges that the contents of this report should not be used as evidence in a court of trial. How can this non-evidentiary value of Najfi report be ignored in the handling of this entire matter? The sum total of all these discussions is that the courts of the country are still performing exactly in accordance with the set procedures as laid down in the legal/penal and procedure codes as well as law of evidence. Let the law take its course. As such, mere discourse should be replaced with the ‘law course’. Only in this manner, the victims of this human tragedy can get justice on a sure footing. The interaction with the minister has revealed certain things which are eye-openers.The news.Lahore

Punjab University to pay homage to Prof Muhammad Afzal Chaudhry

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 12:37
LAHORE:December 9: Punjab University’s Department of Social Work organised a reference to pay homage to the services of the late Prof Dr Muhammad Afzal Chaudhry, former chairman of the department. According to a press release Dr Chaudhry, who passed away recently, served the PU for more than 35 years. Department of Social Work Chairman Dr Zahid Javed, Social Welfare Director General Waheed, Assistant Professor Sonia Omer, faculty members and students were present at the ceremony. The participants paid reached tribute to the services of Prof Chaudhry and offered Fateha for the departed soul. Meanwhile, PU Hailey College of Commerce organised a seminar “Role of Maqasid-Al-Shariah in Islamic Finance.” Noted scholar Dr Talat Hussain was the keynote speaker on the occasion.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Iqbal’s ideology lauded in punjab University

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 12:36
LAHORE:December 9: Punjab University (PU) Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Moeen Nasir has said there is a need to follow Allama Iqbal’s ideology for bringing about change in the country. He was addressing a seminar on Allama Iqbal held on the 147th foundation day of PU Oriental College at Old Campus on Friday. Allama Iqbal’s grandson Muneeb Iqbal, PU Faculty of Oriental Learning Dean Prof Dr Saleem Mazhar, Imam Khumeni University, Iran, Pro-Vice Chancellor Hameed Tahiri, Istanbul University’s Dr Khalil Toqar, Oriental College Principal Prof Dr Fakhrul Haq Noori and a large number of students were also present. Dr Zafar Moeen Nasir said Iqbal had called the youth “Shaheen.” Pakistani youth must work together for progress the country, he added. He said, "It is our pride that Allama Iqbal joined PU Oriental College." Muneeb Iqbal said the three most important contributions of Allama Iqbal to the creation of Pakistan were the motivation of the Muslims of the subcontinent through his poetry, presentation of the concept of Two-Nation theory and bringing Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah back to fight for Muslims’ rights. He said there was a dire need to understand the message given by Allama Iqbal. He clarified that the audio circulating on social media these days with a note that a poem was being recited by Allama Muhammad Iqbal was fake as Allama Iqbal never recorded any piece of his poetry. Hameed Tahiri said Allama Iqbal was a great poet. Iqbal was not only a philosopher but also sociologist, he added. Dr Khalil Toqar said, "Allama Iqbal is much popular in Turkey too and we benefit from the ideology of Allama Iqbal." He said Turkish people respected Pakistani nation the most as Pakistan had stood by Turkey in difficult times. He said, "We consider Allama Iqbal our own poet." He said Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan cited the poetry of Allama Iqbal in his speeches. Earlier, PU VC Dr Zafar Moeen Nasir cut a cake to celebrate the 147th foundation day of Oriental College.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Lahore University of Management won National Medal of Innovation

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 12:35
LAHORE:December 9:Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) has won the National Medal of Innovation in the Most Innovative University category at National Innovation Awards for developing an innovative model for university-based incubation exemplified by LUMS Centre for Entrepreneurship, now called National Incubation Centre, Lahore. According to a press release, Pakistan Innovation Forum is the Pakistan’s first forum that is dedicated to promote and celebrate innovation within corporate Pakistan and the broader Pakistani society. The forum is now in its fourth year. This year, it brought together some of the leading policymakers, opinion leaders, investors, innovators and entrepreneurs to shape the narrative around innovation in Pakistan.The news.LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Information Technology University starts admissions

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 12:33
LAHORE:December 9: Information Technology University (ITU) has opened its online admission portal for undergraduate programmes starting in Fall 2018 and the graduate Executive MBA in Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (EMBITE) starting in Spring 2018. According to the ITU spokesperson, the deadline for submission of online undergraduate applications, for this cycle, is February 3, 2018, and the admission tests for eligible students are scheduled for February 17, 2018. For the EMBITE programme, online admissions are open till December 31, 2017. Admission interviews and decisions will be processed in January 2018 and classes will commence on February 10, 2018. The undergraduate programmes include BS Economics with Data Science, BS Management and Technology, BS Computer Science and BS Electrical Engineering. The graduate degree, Executive MBA in Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (EMBITE), provides skills and knowledge to those who are interested in starting a new business or those who are interesting in growing their businesses, said the spokesperson.The news. LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Aalmi Urdu Conference is celebrating 10th glorious year of Urdu

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 12:31
Lahore:December 9:The foundation of the International Urdu Conference (Aalmi Urdu Conference) is celebrating the 10th glorious year of Urdu literature, poetry, prose and plays at the Arts Council of Pakistan. The conference gives the people of Karachi an opportunity to be a part of amazing activities and events that are designed to celebrate our national language. The conference will be attended by renowned names of Urdu literature. The five-day event opens at 3pm from Thursday, Dec 21 and continues until Dec 25. Call 0300 0802391 for more information. One Source, Many Forms Koel Gallery is hosting an exhibition titled “One Source, Many Forms” featuring works by Dr. Susana Marín. Dr.Marín is a researcher of Pahari painting. Her long-life interest in Sub-Continent art and culture, particularly in the 18th century Guler and Kangra idioms of Pahari painting, brought her into contact with the few remaining practitioners of this art form living in the Punjab Hills. The exhibition opens at 5pm on Tuesday, Dec 12 and continues till Dec 23. Call 021-35831292 for more information.The news. Spirit of Visual Sanat Inititative is hosting a show titled “Spirit of Visual” featuring works by Sajjad Ahmed. Ahmed’s works addresses a diverse extent of concerns revolving around relationships between representation & abstraction, globalisation and existentialism. His subjects accompany a strong formal visual language. The show opens on Tuesday, Dec 12 and continues until Dec 21 at 5pm daily. Call 0300-8208108 for more information.The news.Lahore

China team visits Arid Agriculture University

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 14:07
Rawalpindi:December 5: A six members delegation from Guizhou Academy of Sciences, China headed by Prof. Zhang Hongjiang visited Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) to see the potential for development of mountainous agriculture, situation of economic crop cultivation in Pakistan, sharing information regarding agricultural products & crop pest control and to explore the further possibilities to exchange technical knowledge and establish a mutual working relationship between both the institutions. The delegation met with PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Sarwat Naz Mirza and Deans of various faculties and concerned institutions /directorates. The delegation discussed the areas of mutual interest in various disciplines to collaborate in future. Dr. Sarwat Naz Mirza briefed about university’s mission, functions, programmes and also shared various achievements and initiatives and also apprised on the completed, ongoing and proposed academic and research projects with the delegation. He hoped for the research and academic collaboration in the areas of high efficiency irrigation system, mountain agriculture, technological advancements, testing and analysis for development of products and services and for the exchange of faculty members, students and other joint research activities.The news.RawalpindiUniversity in rawalpindiAgriculture University Rawalpindi

24 varsities prepare action plans for peace

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 14:06
LAHORE:December 5: In order to promote peace, tolerance and harmony at university campuses, 24 leading public sector universities of the Punjab have prepared concrete action plans at regional and university levels. Under the joint venture of University of Education and Punjab Higher Education Commission, these plans were prepared by the Director Student Affairs (DSAs) who are considered the direct points of contact to deal various issues being faced by the universities’ students, reads a press release. According to the three regional plans (Central, North and Southern) based on detailed group deliberations by the DSAs, the universities have agreed to undertake collaborative efforts through organising inter-university cultural, sports, literary, co-curricular competitions and festivals among the university students, strengthening student societies, organising workshops for students to provide them proper perspectives for the promotion of peace, tolerance and conflict resolution, provision of various facilities such counseling through students service centers, organising seminars, peace walks , social media summit, training of office-bearers of all societies of the region on structure, functions and resources, open mind student forum for general students, appointment of peace proctors at departmental level. They have also agreed to avail one another’s experiences and expertise aimed at safe, peaceful and tolerant university campuses. In this regard, regional forums of the universities would be established. The DSAs also suggested to the Punjab government to allocate a sum of Rs 500 per student in order to engage the enrolled university students in various extra-curricular and healthy activities in meaningful way. The participants were unanimous of the view that strengthening of directorate of student affairs would be quite helpful in addressing the issues of violence and extremism at the university campuses. Appreciating action plans prepared by the public sector universities, Syed Raza Ali Gillani, Punjab Minister for Higher Education, and Prof Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin, Chairperson Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC), assured their utmost cooperation in effective implementation of the plans. Dr Rauf-i-Azam, Vice Chancellor University of Education Lahore, hoped these action plans would prove a great steps towards promoting peace, tolerance, co-existence and harmony at the university campuses.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Punjab University date sheet

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 14:05
Lahore:December 5:The Punjab University (PU) on Monday issued date sheet of different exams. According to details, Annual Examination 2017 of MBA (3.5 year programme) Part-I, II and III, BS-Computer Science first, second, third and fourth year, MSc IT first and second year and M.Com (3.5 year programme) Part-I and II.The news. LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Punjab University Dean Faculty Honoured

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 14:04
Lahore:December 5:Punjab University Dean Faculty of Life Sciences and former registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan was awarded ‘YKSUG Visiting Professor Fellowship’ by Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno, Belarus. According to the Ministry of Education, Republic of Belarus, ‘YKSUG Visiting Professor Fellowship’ is awarded to help improve bilateral academic linkages and research collaborations between Belarusian and Pakistani universities.The news. LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Government College University Faisalabad to hold 8th annual convocation

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 15:08
FAISALABAD:03 December:Government College University Faisalabad (GCUF) will organise its 8th annual convocation at new campus on December 13. A spokesman of the university said here on Saturday that Punjab governor and GCUF chancellor would grace the occasion as chief guest, whereas GCUF vice chancellor would preside over the event for which all arraignments were being finalised. He said during convocation degrees and medals would be conferred to graduates passed out during sessions 2011-2016, 2012-2016, 2013-2016, 2014-2016, 2015-2016 and PhD scholars of 2016, 2017 sessions.Published in The Express Tribune, December 3rd, 2017.FaisalabadUniversity in FaisalabadGC University Faisalabad

Appointments of VCs: ‘Finalisation of search committee around the

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 15:07
LAHORE:03 December:The Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) is scrutinising proposed committee members for the search committee which will vet potential candidates for vice chancellors in eight universities. The committee is to be finalised within a few days. A total of 12 names for the VC search committee had been recommended by the Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) earlier in November and three to five members would constitute each of the search committee. “The HED is in the process of contacting each of the recommended members and a final list of names is expected to be compiled within a few days,” revealed an official privy to the matter. The universities include Punjab University Lahore, Women University Multan, Ghazi University Dera Ghazi Khan, University of Home Economics Lahore, University of Sahiwal, University of Jhang and University of Okara, while the search committee for Information Technology University (ITU) would be established after the approval of the governor. The recommended names for Punjab University include Sartaj Aziz, Dr Amir Muhammad, Lt General (retd) Muhammad Akram, Dr Muhammad Aslam, Dr Faizul Hassan, Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Prof Muhammad Akram Chaudhry, Dr Nadeemul Haq, Dr Khalid Hameed Sheikh and Prof Saleema Hashmi. The recommended names for Women University Multan are Lt General (retd) Muhammad Akram, Dr Muhammad Aslam, Dr Najma Najam, Prof Dr Faizul Hassan, Prof Muhammad Akram Chaudhry, Dr Munawar S Mirza, Dr Khalid Aftab, Prof Saleema Hashmi, Prof Sajida Haider Vandal and Dr Mira Phailbus. For the Ghazi University, Justice (retd) Amir Raza, Lt Gen (retd) Muhammad Akram, Dr Muhammad Aslam, Dr Faiz ul Hassan, Dr Najma Najam, Dr Muhammad Nawaz, Dr Riazul Hassan Qureshi, Dr Khalid Aftab, Dr Zafar Iqbal Qureshi and Dr Kamran Asdar Ali had been recommended. For the University of Home Economics, the names include Dr Amir Muhammad, Lt Gen (retd) Muhammad Akram, Dr Muhammad Aslam, Dr Najma Najam, Dr Faizul Hassan, Dr Riazul Hassan Qureshi, Dr Muhammad Nawaz, Dr Mira Phailbus, Prof Saleema Hashmi and Prof Sajida Haider Vandal. Names for the University of Sahiwal include Syed Babar Ali, Lt Gen (retd) Muhammad Akram, Dr Muhammad Aslam, Prof Dr Faiz ul Hassan, Prof Dr Najma Najam, Prof Dr Riazul Hassan Qureshi, Dr Khaleequeur Rehman, Dr M Ashraf, Dr Fateh Muhammad Malik, and Prof Saleema Hashmi. For the University of Jhang names include Dr Amir Muhammad, Dr Muhammad Aslam, Lt Gen (retd) Muhammad Akram, Dr Najma Najam, Dr Faizul Hassan, Dr Zafar Iqbal Qureshi, Dr Kamran Asdar Ali, Dr SM Junaid Zaidi, Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Dr Muhammad Abbas Chaudhry. For the University of Okara, the recommended names include Syed Babar Ali, Lt Gen (retd) Muhammad Akram, Dr Muhammad Aslam, Dr Najma Najam, Dr Faizul Hassan, Dr Amir Muhammad, Dr Khalid Mehmood Khan, Dr Nadeemul Haque, Dr Syed Muhammad Awais, and Prof Sajida Haider Vandal. Recommended names for ITU include Dr Zafar Iqbal Qureshi, PHEC Chairperson Dr Nizamuddin, Lt Gen (retd) Muhammad Akram and Javed Ghani. When contacted, HED Secretary Nabeel Awan said that names for the search committee would be finalised within a few days. Earlier, the HED had revised the minimum requirements for vice chancellors to be appointed in eight universities of the province and issued a notification to this effect. The criteria also included the new rules for the search committee. The committee had been tasked to examine the validity of research articles and other publications of candidates and was also given the authority to appoint a Technical Review Committee from the PHEC.Published in The Express Tribune, December 3rd, 2017.LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Salman Sufi selected honoree for Voices of Solidarity Award 2017

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 15:05
LAHORE:03 December:Salman Sufi, director general of Punjab chief minister's Strategic Reforms Unit, has been selected as an honoree for the Voices of Solidarity Award 2017. Salman Sufi of Pakistan joined the list of the top five men selected for the award from around the world for working to end violence against women. Prominent personalities, including former US Vice-President Joe Biden and UN Secretary General ANTÓNIO GUTERRES are also on the list. The award will be presented to them by Vital Voices Global Partnership, an organisation under the chairmanship of Hillary Clinton, at the IAC HQ, New York City, on December 4. Salman Sufi's dedicated efforts and significant contributions to the cause of woman empowerment in Punjab earned him the status of a male champion for the cause. He also played an instrumental role in drafting and passage of the Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Act 2016.The news.Lahore

Mir Muhammad Ali of Khabarnak honoured

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 15:04
LAHORE:03 December:Mir Muhammad Ali, the main character in the Geo News programme Khabarnak, was given the Extremes of Excellence Award by the Inaya Rehaab Foundation of New York on Friday. Representative of the foundation in Pakistan, Shamaila Salahuddin, conferred a gold medal on Mir Muhammad Ali along with a brass shield. The whole team of Khabarnak congratulated Mir Muhammad Ali on the auspicious occasion. Shamaila Salahuddin said the Inaya Rehaab Foundation of New York started appreciating performing arts in Pakistan few years back and almost everyone in the Khabarnak team had been honoured. She appreciated the performance of Wajid Khan, Hassan Murad and Sherry Nanha. She said actresses in Khabarnak could do wonders if they were given opportunities like male actors. “Khabarank has evolved from a talk show to a theatre of satire and absurd which was the hallmark of the 17th century England,” she added. She expressed her fondness for the show in which Ali Mir has performed 50 dummies in a go. Ali Mir thanked Shakeel Siddiqui, the patron of Inaya Rehaab Foundation of New York sister concern of Harris-Ashar Endowments. Harris Ashar has already awarded Ali Mir, Saleem Albela, Hassan Murad, Shoaib Ukasha, Sherry Nanha, Zunera Maham, Sarwat, Mehru Un Nisa and Saira Tahir. Everyone was glad that there is someone to evaluate and appreciate their performances without any bias and prejudice.The news.Lahore

Punjab University results of MA Islamic Studies Part-II

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 15:03
LAHORE:03 December:Punjab University (PU) has announced the results of MA Islamic Studies Part-II Annual Examination 2017 and MA Kashmiriat Part-II Annual Examination 2017. The detailed results are available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

No holiday for Punjab govt officials today

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 12:52
RAWALPINDI:02 December: Punjab government employees will not get a holiday today (Friday) as government officials have been asked to come to work to attend Mehfil-i-Milad functions being held in their departments. According to a notification, the offices of the local government will remain open on Eid Miladun Nabi and the staff will not go on leave. The PML-N government in Punjab has directed the Rawalpindi mayor, the Rawalpindi Municipal Corporation (RMC) and district council to arrange special events for Eid Miladun Nabi in the city. The ruling party also directed local leaders and members of parliament to ensure they attended the Eid Miladun Nabi processions and to put up party banners and posters in this regard as well. “This year, special directives have come from the provincial government to arrange naat functions in government departments. In the past, the government would just light up buildings on the occasion,” a senior RMC official told Dawn. He said this year, the RMC and District Council have been asked to light up public and private buildings, decorate roads and streets and main squares from government funds, conduct a special cleanliness drive and arrange naat and Quran recitation competitions. “The RMC and district council are to install sabeel and food distribution stalls on the route of the procession and all funds are to be provided by the respective local governments,” he said. According to a senior PML-N leader, the party has asked all MNAs, MPAs and union council chairmen to ensure they attend these functions and that Rawalpindi Mayor Sardar Naseem, who is PML-N metropolitan president, will tell the party’s Punjab chapter about the leaders who did not attend. He said the party wants to win back support from religious parties and groups in the province after the Faizabad operation. He said Sardar Naseem, MNA Malik Abrar and former MNA Hanif Abbasi visited local seminaries on Thursday and met Barelvi leaders to inform them of the government’s preparations and the arrangements made for the processions and the naat functions. According to the party leader, PML-N local leaders had also met with Naqeebur Rehman, custodian of Eidgah Sharif, at his house on Asghar Mall Road and offered government services for making arrangements for the main procession. The district administration led by Additional Deputy Commissioner Arif Raheem and local police also briefed him about the arrangements made. When asked, RMC Chief Municipal Officer Khalid Javed Goraya said a Mehfi l-i-Naat had been arranged at the RMC on the directives of the provincial government which all union council chairmen and officials will attend. He said more than 10 sabeel and food distribution stalls will be installed in various areas of the city and that the RMC has finished making arrangements for the main procession.The news.Rawalpindi

Private medical colleges barred from admission

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 12:50
LAHORE:02 December: The Lahore High Court Thursday reserved judgment on petitions challenging central admission policy of the private medical colleges and restrained the private colleges from offering admission and displaying merit lists. A division bench headed by Justice Ayesha A Malik and Justice Jawad Hassan heard the petitions moved by students and Young Doctors Association. During the proceedings, Advocate Ijaz Ahmad Awan who was representing the students submitted that the last date has been announced by the medical colleges to apply for admission. University of Health Sciences (UHS) has also sought applications, the counsel said. He said the students are worried as to where they have to apply for admission. Private colleges told the court that Pakistan Medical and Dental Council had barred them from fresh admission while the rules made for admission had not been presented before the Council of Common Interest for debate on these rules. The students have been approaching them for admission while their parents daily ask about admission policy, the counsel said. The public medical colleges cannot accommodate all medical students, he said pleading that therefore, the private colleges be allowed to give admissions. Advocate Noshab A Khan who was representing the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council said that existing laws have been implemented and all private and public colleges are bound to comply with the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council laws. According to the law, he said, private medical colleges are not allowed to sell their prospectus but it is very awful that the private medical colleges are involved in offering admission to the students which is illegal and unjustifiable. Such attitude of private colleges is ruining medical education and depriving many eligible students of admission, the counsel said. It was the reason that central induction policy was introduced under which UHS was given powers to allow colleges for admission in medical colleges, he said. Khan also submitted that the University of Health Sciences offered merit-based admission to 34 medical colleges and fixed 15 percent quota for overseas Pakistanis. He asked the court to bar the private medical colleges from offering admission to MBBS. After hearing both sides, the bench reserved the judgment which will be announced on December 7.LahoreUniversity in LahoreUniversity of Health Sciences Lahore

Protesting students want their degrees recognised by HEC

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 12:49
LAHORE:02 December:A large number of students of the Imperial College of Business Studies (ICBS) held a protest and a sit-in outside the Lahore Press Club on Thursday. They demanded that their degrees get attested by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan. Students were of the view that the ICBS management, HEC, Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) and Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) had misled them. They added that despite several assurances, their degrees were not being recognised by the authorities. Sikandare Azam, a leader of the protest, told The Express Tribune that their only demand was that the departments concerned issue attested degree to students of the ICBS. He said, “It has been one and a half year since we had completed our programmes, but we are yet to receive our degrees.” Sikandar said that they were demanding that the relevant bodies, the Punjab government and Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif should take notice of the situation and help them get their degrees recognised. HEC bars four universities from enrolling students According to the protesters, the future of as many as 5,000 students studying at ICBS was at stake. The students belonged to three faculties of the ICBS which had 18 departments. The faculties included Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Health and Allied Sciences and School of Architecture and Designing. The protesters said that as many as 600 students had completed their studies and were waiting for their degrees. They said that at the time of admission, the ICBS had given advertisements in newspapers and claimed that these faculties were recognised by the federal and provincial bodies. However, according to a spokesman for higher education department, the issue had been taken note of and would be resolved soon. Published in The Express Tribune,02 December .LahoreColleges in LahoreInstitute of Business and Information Technology

24th Convocation: UET confers honorary PhD on Ahsan Iqbal

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