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Virtual University enrolls 4,500 students without NoC

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 12:39
LAHORE:October 13:The holding of this conference will be a landmark achievement to bring together open and distance learning academicians, policymakers, practitioners and scholars of Asia. AAOU’s objective is to bring together universities from the Asian countries to improve the quality of education while promoting distance education at the same time.Published in The Express Tribune, October 13th, 2017.LahoreUniversity in LahoreVirtual University

Virtual University to host AAOU Conference in 2019

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 12:36
LAHORE:October 13:Virtual University of Pakistan will host the 33rd Annual Conference of Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) after acceptance of its proposal by the executive committee.The Express Tribune,LahoreUniversity in LahoreVirtual University

Punjab University to probe controversial PhD admissions at ICS

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 12:29
Lahore:October 13:According to the MoU, PU would forward the credentials entered by students to NADRA and NADRA would send verification report against each data in a few days. Dr Nasir said that the MoU was a part of administration’s vision to introduce digital reforms in the university and replace obsolete existing system with the modern ones. The meeting also explored further options of cooperation in various fields of mutual interest.Published in The Express Tribune, October 13th, 2017.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Punjab University to verify candidates’ record

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 12:27
LAHORE:October 13:Punjab University (PU) would now verify record of the candidates who would apply for registration from National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) for authentication of credentials regarding submitted identification. In this regard, PU has entered into an agreement with NADRA and a ceremony was held at committee room of Vice Chancellor’s office. PU VC Dr Zafar Moeen Nsair, Examinations Controller Dr Shahid Munir, Treasurer Rao Sharif, additional controllers Shahid Javed and Rauf Nawaz, NADRA Public Service Directorate’s Director General Fizah Shahid, Verifications Director Qasim Rizvi and VERISYS Team Leader Asad Ali Bhatti were present on the occasion.The Express Tribune, LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Security measures at Category A schools

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 12:24
LAHORE:October 13:The Punjab government directed officials to ensure security measures at Category A schools of the province remained in line with the recommendations of law enforcement agencies (LEAs). According to a letter sent to all District Education Authorities (DEAs) Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), the Punjab School Education Department (SED) had ordered a fresh security audit to observe security measures as per standard operating procedures (SOPs) that were put in place. Flawed audit oversight system in Pakistan “A fresh exercise regarding security audit of Category A of Public and Private Schools was conducted in the month of September, 2017, by the team of the Special Branch with the objective to examine the effectiveness of present security arrangements, security administration, threat and risk assessments etc.” The letter asked the CEOs to implement the recommendations. It said that the threat of terrorism still persisted at all educational institutions. It was requested that foolproof and stringent security arrangements be ensured for the safety of all education institutions in Punjab. The document continued that due weight must be given to recommendations of the Special Branch to avert any untoward incidents. Capitalist schools: PEIRA failed to control abrupt increases in fees The letter asked the DEA CEOs to conduct a security audit of schools in category A. “You are therefore requested that security audit of all Category A schools be conducted and sensitise the District Security Committee to ensure observance of all security measures as per SOPs of the Home Department.”The Express Tribune, October 13th, 2017.Lahore

Inter 1st year Total Marks

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:42
11th Class Total Marks 2016-2017-2018-2019-2020   FSC Pre Medical (Part 1) Total Marks =505   SUBJECT Objective Subjective Practical Total  1 URDU 20 80 0 100 2 ENGLISH 20 80 0 100 3 ISLAMIYAT 10 40 0 50 4 PHYSICS 17 68 15* 100 5 CHEMISTRY 17 68 15* 100 6 BIOLOGY 17 68 15* 100   TOTAL 101 404 45* 550

*سال اول میں عملی امتحانات نہیں ہوتے ۔ پریکٹکل (عملی) امتحانات سال دوئم کے امتحان کے ساتھ ہوتے ہیں
اس لئے بیالوجی گروپ (پری میڈیکل ) کے سال اول کے سالانہ امتحان کے کل 505 نمبر ہیں یعنی حصہ معروضی کے 101 نمبر ،اور حصہ انشائیہ کے 404 نمبر

  FSC Pre Engineering (Part 1) Total Marks =520   SUBJECT Objective Subjective Practical Total  1 URDU 20 80 0 100 2 ENGLISH 20 80 0 100 3 ISLAMIYAT 10 40 0 50 4 PHYSICS 17 68 15* 100 5 CHEMISTRY 17 68 15* 100 6 Mathematics 20 80 0 100   TOTAL 104 416 30* 550

*سال اول میں عملی امتحانات نہیں ہوتے ۔ پریکٹکل (عملی) امتحانات سال دوئم کے امتحان کے ساتھ ہوتے ہیں
اس لئے ریاضی گروپ (پری انجئنرنگ ) کے سال اول کے سالانہ امتحان کے کل 520 نمبر ہیں یعنی حصہ معروضی کے 104 نمبر ،اور حصہ انشائیہ کے 416 نمبر

  (ICS) F.Sc Computer Science (Part 1) Total Marks =510   SUBJECT Objective Subjective Practical Total  1 URDU 20 80 0 100 2 ENGLISH 20 80 0 100 3 ISLAMIYAT 10 40 0 50 4 PHYSICS/Statistics 17 68 15* 100 5 Mathematics 20 80 0 100 6 Computer Science 15 60 25* 100   TOTAL 102 408 40* 550

*سال اول میں عملی امتحانات نہیں ہوتے ۔ پریکٹکل (عملی) امتحانات سال دوئم کے امتحان کے ساتھ ہوتے ہیں اس لئے کمپیوٹر سائنس گروپ (آئی سی ایس ) کے سال اول کے سالانہ امتحان کے کل 510 نمبر ہیں یعنی حصہ معروضی کے 102 نمبر ،اور حصہ انشائیہ کے 408 نمبر

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Punjab University withholds canteen contracts

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 12:23
LAHORE :October 9:Abnormally high bids for some canteens of Punjab University (PU) has put the university administration in a fix which has now decided to withhold the process to award contracts, it is learnt. Through newspaper advertisements, the PU Resident Officer-1 had invited sealed bids for 25 different spots at the varsity including canteens, tuck shops, motor mechanic workshop, fast-food and juice and photocopy shops, etc. with October 6 as the closing date. Sources said the committee overseeing the bidding process went for open bidding as the bids received were low. However, the open bidding turned out to be a totally different experience. The sources further said the open bids led to further confusion as this time abnormally high bids were received which surprised everyone. They added one of the canteens at the university’s Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) was rented out for around Rs 20,000 per month last time but the latest bid for the same canteen turned out to be whopping Rs 200,000 per month in open bidding. Similarly, substantially high bids were received against canteens at Institute of Administrative Sciences and Sociology Department. On condition of anonymity, an official, who is privy to the developments, said the abnormally high bids had raised eyebrows keeping in view feedback of the former contractors as well as the number of students availing services at these canteens. He said even the main canteen of Government College University (GCU) which catered to thousands of students did not cost so much in terms of rent under the contract. He further said it also needed to be investigated whether going for open bidding was violation of Punjab Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules or not. When contacted, RO-1 Iftikhar Ahmad Ch said he personally felt that the bids were way too high. He said it was as if the bidders had locked horns and wanted to take lead. “I’m surprised because this will not be manageable for the bidder/s.” To a question, the RO-1 said he had security concern at the back of his mind and added the same could not be ruled out before awarding contracts. PU spokesman Khuram Shahzad, when contacted, said Vice Chancellor Dr Zafar Moeen Nasir had immediately taken notice of abnormal and surprising increase in the bidding of the canteens. He added the university would get security clearance of the highest bidders. He said the VC had instructed officials concerned not to award contract of canteens and the matter would now be decided after the report of security agencies. He said PU administration would not take any risk in the prevailing security situation of the country.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

World Teachers' Day observed at Alhamra Hall

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 11:49
LAHORE:07 October: World Teachers' Day was observed on Thursday by paying tribute to the teachers in the provincial capital, as a number of ceremonies were held to focus on the importance of teachers. Different organisations as well as educational institutions and teachers unions held seminars, walks and other events to mark the day, while the School Education Department (SED) organised a major ceremony at Alhamra Hall. Minister for Schools Education Rana Mashood, Schools Secretary Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik and a large number of teachers were present. Speaking on the occasion, Rana Mashood said that the purpose of celebrating the day was to pay tribute to the teachers' important role in educating the younger generations. "In this regard, teachers have been provided conducive atmosphere at the schools so that they can educate their students with hard work and consistency," he said. The minister further said that if the students were brightening the name of the country at the international level, it was because of the hard work of their teachers. He further said that the Punjab government had therefore decided to confer star teachers awards, certificates and cash prizes on 500 best teachers of public sector schools. He said that best performing five thousand teachers would be sent to world's best institutions for their capacity building in phases, and added that 300 teachers would be sent soon in the first phase. Similarly, interest-free loans would be provided to the teachers through teachers' foundation for the education of their children, healthcare and for the provision of other facilities, he said. While giving details of different steps taken for the betterment of the teaching community, he said that primary schoolteachers had been upgraded from BPS-9 to BPS-14 and the BPS-15 teachers had been promoted to BPS-16. "Similarly, the elementary schoolteachers have been upgraded in BPS-15, while the BPS-16 teachers of secondary schools have been given two increments. The Schools Education Department has given training to 672,000 teachers so that they can give quality education to their students." He said that 96 percent attendance of teachers had been ensured at schools and the recruitment of 2,116 assistant education officers had been made purely on merit. He said that teachers were the architects of society and "today we should make a sovereign pledge that we shall give all possible respect and honour to the teaching community, as they are the nation-builders". Schools Secretary Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik paid a rich tribute to the role of teachers in the education sector and said that it was the teachers' community who educated the children and improved their intellectual ken so that they could face the challenges of life. He said that Quaid-i-Azam Academy for Educational Development had been established as a state-of-the-art institution to provide quality training facilities to the teachers. He said that star teachers were intellectual vanguards of society and the whole nation was united to pay homage to the teaching community. He further said that teaching was not a job but a sacred profession, which "plays a pivotal role in nation building". Later, Rana Mashood distributed awards, certificates and cash prizes among the star teachers. Separately, in a statement on World Teachers' Day, All Pakistan Private Schools Federation President Kashif Mirza said that quality teachers were the key to sustainable global development and their training, recruitment, retention, status and working conditions were among the association's top priorities. "In fact, teachers are the single most influential and powerful force for equity, access and quality in education," he said, adding that worldwide there was a shortage of well-trained teachers. He said that the demand for teachers was expected to rise to 25.8 percent, which had a target calling for a substantial increase in qualified teachers. "The APPSF is determined to achieve universal primary education by 2030," he added. Meanwhile, the Ghazali Education Trust organised a walk in which students, members of civil society, social activists and political personalities paid tribute to teachers. Awards were also distributed among teachers. The participants urged the government to appreciate teachers without any discrimination between the public and private institutions. Similarly, the University of Management Technology (UMT) Lahore organised a seminar and an awareness walk where speakers blessed students with the priceless guidance about the respect of teachers. On the occasion, students voted for the best teachers, who were then presented special awards. The participants, while appreciating the efforts of the teachers, said that educationists had a very important role to play for the education and development of young minds. Published in Daily Times, October 6th 2017.Lahore

LHC extends stay on deportation of Turkish teachers

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 11:48
LAHORE:07 October: Justice Shams Mehmood Mirza of the Lahore High Court (LHC) extended the stay order against possible deportation of former vice president of Pak-Turk Schools and his family for two more weeks, as the federal government said that law enforcement agencies had been asked to find out the whereabouts of the alleged abducted Turkish nationals. The petitions were moved for the recovery of Mesut Kacmaz, former vice president of Pak-Turk Schools, his wife and two minor daughters, and for restraining the government from deporting another Turkish teacher Murat Ervan and his family members. During the hearing of these petitions on Friday, a law officer on behalf of the Interior Ministry informed the court that letters had been written to all law enforcement agencies to know the whereabouts of the alleged missing/abducted Turkish family. He also sought time to file a detailed report regarding the alleged missing family. Justice Shams Mehmood allowed the request and deferred the hearing for two weeks. Orhan Uygun a colleague of Kacmaz, had filed a petition alleging that the school's former vice president, his wife and two daughters were abducted from their Wapda Town residence. Counsel for the petitioner Asma Jahangir said that the government through the attorney general had undertaken before the court last year that the Turkish employees of the Pak-Turk Schools would not be deported until November 24, 2017. She submitted that Kacmaz and his family members were abducted by unidentified persons from their house and there was a likelihood that they would soon be deported in violation of the court's order. She said that the petitioner had already filed an application with the police station concerned for the registration of an abduction case but the police were reluctant to take action. She requested the court to stop the Interior Ministry from deporting the Turkish family. In a separate petition, Murat Ervan through his lawyer Asad Manzoor Butt said that his colleagues had been allegedly abducted by law enforcement agencies and were likely to be extradited forcibly. He submitted that the petitioner and other Turkish educationists had sought asylum in Pakistan under the protection of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR). He said that the incumbent Turkish government resorted to persecution of employees associated with Pak-Turk Schools on political grounds. He pointed out that despite an undertaking by the attorney general of Pakistan regarding deportation of Turkish employees, the educationists were being abducted and subjected to forced deportation in violation of the undertaking before the court. He requested the court to restrain the government from possible extradition of the petitioner and his family members and also place their names on the Exit Control List.Published in Daily Times, October 7th 2017.Lahore

Information Technology University session on eSearching

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 11:46
LAHORE:07 October :The library of Information Technology University (ITU) in collaboration with the university’s Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) organized a session Friday on “Optimising Information Searching and Retrieval Skills”. ITU QEC and Library Director Dr Muhammad Ramzan was the resource person for the session. He briefed the participants about searching online databases to find authentic and reliable information, identifying and refining search terms and using best search strategies, to stay on top of the literature in the respective field using automatic alerts, RSS feeds and tracking engines and discovering the ITU library’s vast digital resources.The news.LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Punjab University faculty honoured

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 11:45
LAHORE :07 October :The faculty members of Punjab University (PU) Institute of Business Administration have won three best research papers award in 9th South Asian International Conference (SAICON) 2017 held in Bhurban. According to a press release, Assistant Professor Dr Humaira Asad won two best paper awards while one award was clinched by Dr Rafia Faiz and Altmash. Researchers from different parts of the world participated in the conference and presented 92 research papers. The titles of Dr Humaira’s papers were “Effective Financial Development and Poverty: An Empirical Investigation” co-authored with John Maloney and James Davidson, and “Can Innovation Orientation Improve Operational Performance? An Empirical Investigation of Manufacturing Concerns in Pakistan” co-authored with Hajira Liaquat.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Punjab University BA/BSc exam schedule

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 11:42
LAHORE :07 October :Punjab University Examinations Department has issued the schedule for submission of admission forms for BA/BSc Part-I, Part-II and composite (old scheme) for annual examination 2018. The last date for submission of admission forms for regular candidates of BA/BSc Part-II annual examination 2018 with single fee is 19-Oct-17 (by post) and 24-Oct-17 (by hand) while forms can be submitted with double fee till 2-Nov-17 (by post) and 7-Nov-17 (by hand). Similarly, the last date for submission of admission forms for regular candidates of BA/BSc Part-I annual examination 2018 with single fee is 4-Dec-17 (by post) and 7-Dec-17 (by hand) while forms can be submitted with double fee till 18-Dec-17 (by post) and 21-Dec-17 (by hand). The last date for submission of admission forms for private candidates of BA/BSc Part-II annual examination 2018 with single fee is 26-Oct-17 (by post) and 31-Oct-17 (by hand) while forms can be submitted with double fee till 9-Nov-17 (by post) and 14-Nov-17 (by hand). Similarly, the last date for submission of admission forms for private candidates of BA/BSc Part-I annual examination 2018 with single fee is 27-Nov-17 (by post) and 30-Nov-17 (by hand) while forms can be submitted with double fee till 11-Dec-17 (by post) and 14-Dec-17 (by hand). The last date for submission of admission forms for BA/BSc (composite old scheme) annual examination 2018 with single fee is 19-Oct-17 (by post) and 24-Oct-17 (by hand) while forms can be submitted with double fee till 2-Nov-17 (by post) and 7-Nov-17 (by hand). The examinations of BA/BSc Part-I, Part-II and (composite old scheme) annual examination 2018 will commence from first week of April 2018. The candidate eligible to appear in both parts will submit their admission forms and fee separately as per above schedule. The candidates having compartment in Part-I examination are eligible to appear in Part-II examination. Such candidates will submit their admission forms and fee for Part-II separately. It is pertinent to mentoion here that annual examination 2018 is the last exam of Old Scheme. The details are also available on PU website www.pu.edu.pk.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

University of Faisalabad’s failure to display results on website irk students

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 12:31
FAISALABAD:03 october:The scholars included Faizul Hassan Shah from the National Institute of Food Science and Technology, Zeeshan Aslam from the Institute of Soil and Environmental Sciences, Zulqurnain Khan from the Centre of Agricultural Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Ghulam Abbas from the Institute of Animal and Dairy Sciences, Asma Irshad from the Department of Biochemistry and Ummara Batool from the Department of Zoology.Published in The Express Tribune, October 3rd, 2017.FaisalabadUniversity in FaisalabadAgriculture University Faisalabad

Six awarded PhD degrees by University of Agriculture Faisalabad

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 12:27
FAISALABAD:03 october:At least six scholars were awarded PhD degrees by the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) on Monday. The total number of PhDs from UAF rose to 1,587. A spokesman of the university said that on the recommendations of external examiners and after fulfilling all the requirements, the UAF vice-chancellor issued directives to issue PhD degrees to six scholars who passed their final examination in 2017. FaisalabadUniversity in FaisalabadAgriculture University Faisalabad

Punjab University awards five PhD degrees

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 12:25
LAHORE:October 3:The Punjab University (PU) awarded five PhD degrees on Monday to scholars in different fields. Mahwish Bashir was awarded the degree in the subject of Solid State physics Microelectronics/Nanotechnology after approval of her thesis entitled “Stabilisation of Zirconia Using Different Experimental Methods and their Applications.” At the same time, Marium Muhammad Hussain was given her doctorate in International Relations on her thesis entitled “Role of India in Afghanistan and the Changing Regional Security Scenario of South Asia: Implications for Pakistan (2001-2014)”. Court declares PU equivalence dept illegal Meanwhile, Humaira Yasmeen earned her PhD in the subject of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics. Others included Raza Ashraf and Habibur Rehman. Moreover, the Punjab University Examinations Department has declared the results of BSC.S (second & third year) 2nd annual examinations 2016. The detailed result is also available at www.pu.edu.pkPublished in The Express Tribune, October 3rd, 2017.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Interns to make up for college teachers’ shortage

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 12:23
LAHORE:October 3:The Punjab government has initiated a College Teaching Interns (CTI) programme to compensate the lack of staff in colleges across Punjab. Teachers, however, believe the initiative will not be as useful as it was launched too late into the academic year. According to the initiative, the college head will produce a report of staff shortage in their respective colleges. Consequently, interns would be hired after walk-in interview. College teachers to protest new HED policy today Interns will be positioned as per the demand of teaching staff in the colleges. The duration of the internship would be six months and each intern will be paid Rs30,000 per month. According to the rules of hiring interns by the Punjab Higher Education Department (HED), the interns would be temporarily hired for an academic session or until he or she was replaced by a full-time appointee. According to the terms of contract, the placement of the intern was deemed temporary and could be terminated by the Selection Committee at any time if it considered the performances as unsatisfactory. Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association (PPLA) and college teachers’ representative bodies expressed their dismay over the initiative. Talking to The Express Tribune, PPLA President Hafiz Khaliq Nadeem said that the teaching body had been demanding that all vacant teaching positions should be filled, but the government had delayed recruiting lecturers. He pointed out that teaching interns were being hired two months after the start of the academic year. Nadeem said that CTI hiring should have been done before the start of the academic year. He said it was an administrative failure of the HED that it was unable to take necessary measures on time. The PPLA president said the recruitment process would take the month of October only the months of November and December would be left. Punjab gets modern Staff Development Academy When contacted, Lahore Division Director (Colleges) Zafar Inayat Anjum said the initiative had been taken to fulfill the requirement of teaching staff in colleges and interns would be hired through a walk-in interview which would be conducted by a Selection Committee comprising vice principals and heads of departments. When asked about the delay in the CITs recruitment process, he refuted claims by teachers and said that CITs were hired in November every year, but this year it was done a month earlier.Published in The Express Tribune, October 3rd, 2017.Lahore

Surprise visits: 24 teachers suspended over absenteeism

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 12:21
FAISALABAD:October 3:Chief executive officer (CEO) Education has suspended 24 male and female teachers of four schools on charge of absence from duty without permission and without informing the department formally. A spokesperson for the education department said on Tuesday that Education CEO Javaid Chishti conducted surprise visits to four schools and found 24 teachers absent from duty. The teachers included Abdus Shakoor, Afzal, Ali Raza, Ghulam Mustafa, Riaz Ahmad, Muhammad Aslam, Muhammad Ajmal, Muhammad Yar, Muhammad Arshad, Allah Ditta, Maqsood Ahmad, Farzana Kausar, Shehnaz Begum, Sumera Rasool, Afshan Bibi, Saima Zafar, Razia Bibi, Nauman Akram, Nasreen Aslam, Nasreen Akhtar and Najma Akhtar. The said teachers were serving at Government Girls Higher Secondary School Rehmay Shah. Similarly, Muhsan Shah and Muhammad Abrar of Government High School Chak No 448-GB and Robina Kausar of Government Girls High School Chak No 467-GB were also suspended. The education CEO issued show-cause notices to the teachers for further action. Besides, the teachers had been called for personal hearing on September 28, the spokesman added. Earlier, Education CEO Javaid Iqbal Chishti suspended 12 teachers, including a headmistress for maintaining poor hygiene in schools in Faisalabad. The CEO visited various schools in Tandlianwala and Mamonkanjan areas and found poor sanitation condition in Government Girls Elementary School Chak No 548-GB and Government Girls Primary School No-2 in Mamonkanjan. Iqbal suspended 12 teachers, including the headmistress of Government Girls Elementary School. The suspended teachers were identified as Kalsoom Akhtar, Fateh Bibi, Sarwat Begum, Zarina Bibi, Umme Kalsoom, Musarrat Rehman, Rehana Kausar, Naseem Akhtar, Yasmeen Yousuf and Farhatun Nisa, etc.Published in The Express Tribune, Faisalabad

Lahore High Court orders halt of teachers’ deportation

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 12:19
LAHORE:October 3:The Lahore High Court issued orders to stop the deportation of the teachers of Pak-Turk schools and told the Federal Minister for Interior to submit a reply on the matter by October 6. Justice Shams Mehmood Mirza ordered the clubbing of all petitions filed by Turkish teachers. The orders were issued when the court was hearing the petition of Murat Erdogan. Advocate of the petitioner, Asad Manzoor Butt, told the court there was chaos in Turkey due to the political instability. Turkish teachers vow to continue serving Pakistan “Opponents of Erdogan are being victimised. His opponents in Pakistan are also being targeted. Turkish nationals residing in Pakistan enjoy protection under international agreements,” the lawyer said. He added that regardless of the situation in Turkey, these teachers were still being deported. He also pointed out that court had already issued stay orders against their deportation. The court, after hearing the arguments, issued orders to stop deportation of Turish teachers. It also sought a reply from the interior ministry by October 6 and asked that the petitions of all Turkish teachers be clubbed. On September 27, Rumi Forum Chairman Mesut Kamcaz, his wife and two teenage daughters were picked up. The victims had an asylum certificate, issued by UNHCR, which was valid till November 27. Earlier, the attorney general of Pakistan, on a petition, had told the court that the government was not deporting Turkish teachers affiliated with Pak-Turk schools till November 24, 2017. On Friday last week, Turkish teachers expressed their utmost desire to live in Pakistan and not to be deported to Turkey. Living in fear: Turkish teachers move court against deportation They were speaking during a news conference at the Lahore Press Club on Friday. Fatima Tosun, a teenage Turkish girl, daughter of a woman vice-principal of a Pak-Turk School, said that she came to Pakistan more than ten years back. She was five years old at the time. “Pakistan is a country of freedom and democracy for me. I love Pakistan and I don’t want to leave it,” she said. My foreigner friends often say you live in Pakistan? How are you still alive there? I reply that this is my country. They don’t know how loving the place is, how good the people here are.” The teenager says she has known no other country other than Pakistan as this is the place she grew up in and became conscious. Tosun said that Huma and Huda were her friends for 10 years and were her sisters. She remained extremely worried about them. “We don’t know how they are or what are they doing. And also whether they are safe and have eaten or not? She further stated that Meral is her mother. “She is not just the mother of Huda and Huma. Novin Tosun said that she was the vice principal of a Pak-Turk school and had been in the country for ten years. “I have three children. The last one was born in Pakistan and he is a two-and-a-half-year-old. I have named him after Iqbal, Pakistan’s national poet. Tosun said that Meral was like her sister. “Her daughters were the only friends my daughter Fatima Tosun had,” she added. “We are two sisters. My other sister (Emine Emrah Gelik) has been in jail with her husband since August 2016 in Turkey. She has three children and their uncle was looking after the children,” Tosun said. She feared a similar fate if deported to Turkey. Published in The Express Tribune, October 3rd, 2017.Lahore

HEC directed to certify medical graduates degrees

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 12:18
LAHORE:October 3:The Lahore High Court on Monday ordered Higher Education Commission (HEC) to certify transcripts/degrees of medical students issued to them by Fatima Jinnah Medical University (FJMU) within two weeks. Justice Shams Mahmood Mirza issued this order while hearing a petition moved by Khadijatul Kubra and hundreds of other students who passed their MBBS from Fatima Jinnah Medical College (FJMC). However, the HEC declined to certify their degrees on the ground that FJMC was not a constituent college of FJMU. The petitioners through their counsel pleaded that they completed their MBBS and were duly issued degrees but they were disallowed to do house-job after HEC showed reluctance in certifying their degrees. The petitioners pointed out that their career was in doldrums due to HEC’s act. They asked the court to order the HEC to verify their degrees enabling them to start house-job. A law officer informed the court that the Punjab government had issued a notification declaring the FJMC constituent college of the FJMU. He said a similar notification from the federal government would also be issued soon. The officer stated that the degrees of the petitioners would be certified by the HEC as per an undertaking given by the commission’s counsel. Justice Mirza disposed of the petition directing the HEC to certify the degrees of the students within two weeks.The news.LahoreMedical College in Lahore

UMT says no unaccredited course being taught at varsity

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 11:54
LAHORE:September 25: The University of Management and Technology (UMT) has rejected news times published in the print media that the varsity is offering some non-accredited degree programmes. In a statement, the varsity said that the Higher Education Department (HED) was not a major authority to give accreditation to the faculty, curriculum and degree programmes of both public and private institutions; rather the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and the Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) have had the rights to give accreditation. In this connection, an urgent meeting was called by UMT Rector Dr Muhammad Aslam in which UMT director general, registrar and other officials participated. The meeting strongly condemned the news leaking prior to the minutes of a meeting of the Higher Education Department (HED) on September 14, which was participated by vice chancellors and rectors of different private sector universities. UMT Rector Dr Muhammad Aslam said, "The HED officials have themselves admitted that the HEC and the PHEC only can grant accreditation to faculty, curriculum and degree programmes of both public and private institutions. He said that there were several discrepancies in the public sector universities but only private sector universities were being targeted. "All our degree programmes have been formally approved by all professional bodies. We never start a degree programme unless getting prior approval from accreditation bodies. While pointing out the issue of delay in granting accreditation to varsities' faculties and degree programmes, UMT's Director General Abid HK Shirwani said that the varsity and other private sector universities were helping the government carry out its agenda of eradicating illiteracy and spreading education but some elements wanted to damage the ties between the academia and the government. "All degree programmes being offered by the varsity are approved by the accreditation bodies and councils concerned," he added. "While the School of Systems and Technology (SST) is approved by the National Computing Education Accreditation Council (NCEAC), the School of Architecture and Planning has been accredited by the Pakistan Council of Architectures and Town Planners (PCATP) and the School of Aviation has been approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), all other degree programmes, including BS Architecture, BS City and Regional Planning, Doctor of Physiotherapy, Doctor of Nutrition Sciences, BS Medical Laboratory Sciences, NS Medical Imaging and Ultrasonography are legal and widely approved," he said. Abid added that the UMT had fulfilled all requirements formulated by the accreditation bodies and councils. "Degrees of thousands of students have been verified by the HEC and they are doing jobs in national as well as international organisations, non-governmental-organisations (NGOs), multinational companies and business outlets," he added. He went on to say, The UMT just like other universities has also its own process where programmes are developed and later on approved by the accreditation bodies. There are representatives of the government in UMT's academic council and the programmes getting approval therein are discussed by the board of governors that also comprises representatives from the government, including the HEC, and others. Published in Daily Times, September 25th 2017.LahoreUniversity in Lahore